Macao, Alibaba to build smart city by cloud computing

Macao, #Alibaba to build smart city by  #CloudComputing, #Artificialintelligence

  • Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) Chief Executive Office Director O Lam and President of Alibaba Cloud Hu Xiaoming sign the Strategic Cooperation Framework Agreement to Build Smart City at a ceremony presided by SAR Chief Executive Chui Sai On (2nd R) and the board of directors of Alibaba Group Jack Ma (2nd L), in Macao, south China, Aug. 4, 2017.
  • Macao and Alibaba Cloud will work together to upgrade the SAR into a smart city by applying cloud computing and artificial intelligence (AI), according to the agreement signed on Friday.
  • (Xinhua/Cheong Kam Ka)

    MACAO, Aug. 4 (Xinhua) — Macao and Alibaba Cloud will work together to upgrade the special administrative region (SAR) into a smart city by applying cloud computing and artificial intelligence (AI), according to an agreement signed on Friday by Macao SAR government and Alibaba Cloud.

  • Macao SAR Chief Executive Office Director O Lam and President of Alibaba Cloud Hu Xiaoming signed the Strategic Cooperation Framework Agreement to Build Smart City at a ceremony presided by SAR Chief Executive Chui Sai On and the board of directors of Alibaba Group Jack Ma.
  • O Lam told a press conference that the SAR government seriously considered the plan to build Macao as smart city with Alibaba and it was a strategic decision for economy development and people’s welfare.

Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) Chief Executive Office Director O Lam and President of Alibaba Cloud Hu Xiaoming sign the Strategic Cooperation Framework Agreement to Build Smart City at a ceremony presided by SAR Chief Executive Chui Sai On (2nd R) and the board of directors of Alibaba Group Jack Ma (2nd L), in Macao, south China, Aug. 4, 2017. Macao and Alibaba Cloud will work together to upgrade the SAR into a smart city by applying cloud computing and artificial intelligence (AI), according to the agreement signed on Friday. (Xinhua/Cheong Kam Ka)
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Facebook researchers use AI to build a better translator

#ai Facebook researchers use AI to build a better translator  via @thenextweb

  • Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research (FAIR) is at it again, unleashing advanced AI networks on the world.
  • The social network’s AI research team have turned translation services over to AI completely, it said in a post from an official blog.
  • FAIR has been training its AI to better understand how things like slang, typos, and intent work, in order to provide more accurate translations.
  • All the hooplah surrounding Facebook’s AI recently has been a tad over-blown, but better translations are good for everyone.
  • The FAIR team makes communication with people who don’t speak the same languages seamless, effortless, and integrated into Facebook.


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The Role of Artificial Intelligence in Growing Business

  • While the merits of providing everyone with a minimum income have been debated for many years, the practicality of the government providing it to the people has been non-existent at least until recently.
  • This is because the many services that government provides already, including welfare, healthcare, and the like are taking up so much in terms of money that simply providing every person with a minimum income seems like a simpler solution.
  • What was once limited to science fiction, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has now become a part of the internet in helping businesses grow.
  • For those in the low-income bracket, the future looks bright thanks to the many avenues available to help people make money through Microsoft, Google, Tesla, and other companies dedicated to providing economic access to the power.
  • Big online companies such as Google and Microsoft for example can use their considerable pull to provide the following;

    While the idea of a secure, minimum income has been around for several decades, it may come true thanks to the internet and the ability of large online companies to provide opportunities for millions of people who otherwise would be limited in how they could earn a living.

How Can We Guarantee a Secure Minimum Income for Everyone? How can it be achieved without damaging the fabric of society?Explore the answers in my article.
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Facebook’s translations are now powered completely by AI

Facebook’s translations are now powered completely by AI

  • Every day, Facebook performs some 4.5 billion automatic translations — and as of yesterday, they’re all processed using neural networks.
  • While the phrase-based system translated sentences word by word, or by looking at short phrases, the neural networks consider whole sentences at a time.
  • “With the new system, we saw an average relative increase of 11 percent in BLEU — a widely used metric for judging the accuracy of machine translation — across all languages compared with the phrase-based systems,” the company said.
  • When a word in a sentence doesn’t have a direct corresponding translation in a target language, the neural system will generate a placeholder for the unknown word.
  • “Neural networks open up many future development paths related to adding further context, such as a photo accompanying the text of a post, to create better translations,” the company said.

Every day, Facebook performs some 4.5 billion automatic translations — and as of yesterday, they’re all processed using neural networks. Previously, the social networking site used simpler…
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It’s official: AI is better than humans at naming craft beers

#ai AI is better than humans at naming craft beers  via @thenextweb

  • I often tell people not to worry about robots taking our jobs, but if you’re in the business of branding craft beer, your career might well be nearing its end, thanks to a clever new AI that’s figured out how to do it on its own.
  • Researcher and electrical engineer Janelle Shane, who’s previously taught AI to conjure up pick-up lines and christen guinea pigs, developed a neural network system to name craft brews by learning from an extensive dataset spanning 90 types of beer culled from BeerAdvocate.com.
  • Here are some of my favorites, which I’d happily consider drinking if I spotted these names on a tap or label:

    Do those sound good or what?

  • There’s more where that came from over at Shane’s blog, and you can also hand over your email address for a PDF with 100 more great names.
  • Craft beer names, invented by neural network on Lewis and Quark

If you’re in the business of branding craft beer, your career might well be nearing its end, thanks to a new AI that’s figured out how to do it on its own.
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Microsoft just officially listed AI as one of its top priorities, replacing mobile

Microsoft just officially listed #AI as one of its top priorities, replacing #mobile

  • The annual report for the company’s 2017 fiscal year, which ended on June 30, now includes six references to AI, up from zero in the previous annual report.
  • And the company has plunked AI into its corporate vision statement, too.
  • “Our strategic vision is to compete and grow by building best-in-class platforms and productivity services for an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge infused with AI,” the company wrote in the annual report, which was released on Wednesday.
  • For the sake of comparison, here’s last year’s version: “Our strategic vision is to compete and grow as a productivity and platform company for the mobile-first and cloud-first world.”
  • For Microsoft watchers, that old tagline should sound very familiar — pretty much ever since he became CEO of Microsoft in 2014, Satya Nadella has repeatedly spoken of the “mobile-first and cloud-first world” that the company was trying to target.

Artificial intelligence has replaced mobile in the company’s overall mission in its 2017 annual report.
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62% of cybersecurity experts believe AI will be weaponized in next year

62% of #cybersecurity experts believe #AI will be weaponized in the next year

  • Some 62% of security experts believe that artificial intelligence (AI) will be weaponized and used for cyberattacks within the next 12 months, a Cylance survey released Tuesday found.
  • Of those surveyed, the top issues they have dealt with in the last three months were phishing (36%), critical infrastructure attacks (33%), IoT attacks (15%), ransomware attacks (14%) and botnet attacks (1%), the report found.
  • Feel free to copy and paste these top takeaways into your next slideshow.62% of security experts believe that artificial intelligence (AI) will be weaponized and used for cyberattacks within the next 12 months.
  • – Cylance, August 2017 OS patching and updating is a top concern of 39% of security professionals.
  • – Cylance, Auguat 2017 Phishing (36%), critical infrastructure attacks (33%), and IoT attacks (15%) were top issues cited by cybersecurity professionals.

A recent survey of infosec professionals, conducted by Cylance, found that many believe artificial intelligence will soon be used to conduct cyberattacks.
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