Artificial intelligence promises to transform society


Artificial intelligence promises to transform society on the scale of the industrial, technical and digital revolutions before it. Machines that can sense, reason and act will accelerate solutions to large-scale problems in myriad of fields, including science, finance, medicine and education, augmenting human capability and helping us to go further, farther, faster. Buoyed by Moore’s Law and fed by a deluge of data, AI is at the heart of much of today’s technical innovation.

Industry Leaders focus on AI

The Intel® Nervana – Artificial intelligence

Today, isolated data stores, complex tools and a small talent pool limit access to AI. In response, Intel has committed to democratize AI innovation, leading the charge for open data exchanges and initiatives. The Intel® Nervana™ AI Academy program was created to increase accessibility to data, tools, training and intelligent machines for a broad community of developers, academics and start-ups. The goal is to meet these diverse needs and help take AI to the next level.

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg shared his experience building an AI assistant Jarvis, named after the faithful butler to Tony Stark’s family. He used Facebook’s developer tools like Messenger Bot Framework reinforced …

To build an AI that would run the household, Zuckerberg had to connect common household appliances to the internet. That’s easier said than done, because even appliances connected to the Internet ran on different protocols. He had to find a common ground for his Samsung TV, Nest cam, and Sonos system to communicate with one another.

Not only did Zuckerberg have to bridge differences in messaging formats, but in some cases he had to rigup unconnected appliances to the internet. For example, Zuckerberg said one challenge was finding a toaster oven that would start toasting when the power turned on. Eventually, he found a oven from the 1950s that would allow you to press down bread even when it was turned off. He then installed a connected switch to the toaster.


Zo is Microsoft’s latest AI chatbot

Microsoft is ready to introduce its next chatbot. Meet Zo — the software giant’s latest take on chatbots powered by artificial intelligence. The chatbot was spotted by Twitter user Tom Hounsell, and users can give it a try right now. At the moment, Zo is only available on Kik which is definitely an interesting platform to choose. Unlike Tay, Zo isn’t yet available on Twitter and that’s not really a surprise after what happened earlier this year. However, the app will likely come to Twitter, Facebook Messenger, and Snapchat once it’s officially announced.

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Chatbots and Virtual Agents have radically changed how companies and consumers communicate. Almost two-thirds of consumers interact with companies via chat, and they expect immediate responses 24/7.

Artificial Narrow Intelligence (ANI) technology automates repetitive service tasks, such as looking up shipping information, return policies, product details, or any number of customer requests to provide a consistent service experience.

Translating human speech into actionable software commands is called natural language processing (NLP). Your service solutions should deliver accurate interpretations regardless of slang, nuances, or other complexities of human speech.

IBM – A New Partnership Between Humanity and Technology

It’s time to transform health with new ways of working to improve approaches to care, productivity and well-being. Watson Health’s cognitive systems understand, reason and learn – helping to translate information into knowledge that can help drive more informed decision-making. With cognitive computing, we can see and analyze more data than ever before – and achieve more than we ever thought possible.

Healthcare models are undergoing a profound transformation. This is due to a number of factors, including aging populations, individuals’ expectations and changes in how providers deliver care. Consequently, there is increasing pressure on the industry to change and refine the way it delivers care.

The treatment of chronic diseases, such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, type 2 diabetes, obesity and arthritis, could benefit significantly from new care models. These diseases are among the most prevalent, deadly and expensive health conditions in the US. About half of all adults have one or more chronic conditions according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and about 1.7 million deaths annually are attributed to chronic disease. Not surprisingly, the cost of treating chronic illness is significant: In 2010, 85% of all healthcare expenditures involved care for people with one or more chronic condition.

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