Google DeepMind is making artificial intelligence a slave to the algorithm

  • Your article (Hi-tech brain drain threatens British university research, 2 November) contains one particularly chilling revelation: that Google DeepMind now runs artificial intelligence courses at UCL and Oxford.
  • Having met the DeepMind people in my role with the MIT Media Lab, I know that their definition of “intelligence” is so impoverished that it doesn’t extend beyond the abstract calculations that an algorithm can achieve, and completely fails to understand that human intelligence is embodied and distributed throughout our…
  • Artificial intelligence of the kind Google promotes can play Go and even – at a pinch – recognise Bach or Picasso.
  • If we entrust the education of those who will determine the future relationship of people and machines to a company whose core belief is that all human experience can be replicated by algorithms, all we can hope is that global warming wipes us out before the machines do.
  • Sheila Hayman – – Director’s fellow, MIT Media Lab – – • Read more Guardian letters – click here to visit gu.com/letters

Letters: Google’s role in university artificial intelligence courses alarms Sheila Hayman
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How Amazon, Google, Microsoft, And IBM Sell AI As A Service

How Amazon, Google, Microsoft, And IBM Sell #AI As A Service  #SaaS #LeonardoLive

  • Alphabet, Amazon, and Microsoft have all discovered that the artificial intelligence they use to make their own products better can be turned into a service and sold to corporate customers as a value-added service on top of their booming cloud-computing businesses.
  • Once Google decided to get more serious about its cloud computing business and serving enterprise customers—Google Cloud storage officially launched in 2010—it has found more ways to take its AI investment and acumen and use it to serve others.
  • Both groups have worked on applying AI in healthcare, for example, which then allows Google Cloud to better serve businesses in that field.
  • Although most of the value in Google’s AI accrues to its own products and services, the company has stated that Google Cloud is one of its fastest-growing business units.
  • Amazon has a much more natural synergy between its AI efforts and how it can sell those initiatives to others via its industry-leading cloud computing service.

The tech giants with cloud computing businesses are using artificial intelligence offerings to distinguish themselves and win business.

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The Industrial Internet of Things

  • Today, the industrial internet of things has already had an impact on how effectively a factory is run and how its equipment runs.
  • With a network of devices directly linked in the industrial internet of things, there are a few benefits.
  • If there is a jam in machinery, a device connected to the internet of things can halt production around it.
  • If there is a global internet outage, how does that impact factory equipment and other items that are attached through the network that is running the industrial internet of things?
  • While there are some concerns, that doesn’t mean a company shouldn’t consider the industrial internet of things as a solution.

The Industrial Internet of Things – Bill McCabe. The technology in a factory today is far different from what was there even a decade ago.
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Microsoft just officially listed AI as one of its top priorities, replacing mobile

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

  • 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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Ever takes on Microsoft, Amazon, IBM, and others with AI facial recognition service

Ever takes on Microsoft, Amazon, IBM, and others with #AI facial recognition service

  • The company has spent a lot of time honing its facial recognition technology for the purpose of building a system that can recognize people in consumer photos, and it’s now bringing those same models to commercial customers.
  • That provides a benefit to enterprise customers, because it means that Ever can continue optimizing its facial recognition model on its consumer data set without having to tap the data of their enterprise clients.
  • Customers who license Ever’s APIs will be entitled to ongoing updates as the company continues to revise its models in the future.
  • Ever chose to make its APIs available under a self-hosted license that provides ongoing service, support, and upgrades rather than through a cloud service because its customers wanted the flexibility for unlimited use and the ability to run Ever AI in their own data centers.
  • Ever AI has the potential to power products like improved multi-factor authentication, since its facial verification technology can let companies ensure that the person who’s looking at a camera matches an image they have on file for the same identity.

Ever, maker of a consumer app for storing and organizing digital photos, is getting into the enterprise market. Today, the company announced Ever AI, a set of APIs that are supposed to provide a wide variety of visual intelligence capabilities to companies that need them.
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Pixelmator unveils new Pro software with machine learning features

Pixelmator unveils new Pro software with machine learning features

  • Now, the company behind Pixelmator is introducing some of those extra features itself, unveiling a new version of its software today named Pixelmator Pro.
  • Pixelmator Pro won’t do everything that Adobe’s full suite can, but it looks to be a big step up from the company’s original software.
  • The other exciting change is a set of new machine learning-enhanced tools, integrated into Pixelmator Pro using Apple’s new Core ML API.
  • These include a new Quick Selection tool that Pixelmator says snaps to boundaries more intelligently than ever before; a feature that automatically labels different layers based on their content; and a Repair tool that will quickly and seamlessly remove and replace parts of any photo.
  • These flashy features aside, Pixelmator Pro also introduces some practical functions missing from the original software, including support for processing RAW images (a must for photographers looking to do professional-grade editing).

Pixelmator Pro will go on sale later this year, but the new set of features looks promising
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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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An Interview With David Kenny – The Innovator news

  • — D.K.:We are at the point in AI that we were with the Internet in 1993 and mobile around 2003.
  • So I would say, view AI as something in the fabric of your company like electricity — like data flowing through your company in fundamental ways.Is it a threat or an opportunity?
  • — D.K.: The digital and mobile disruptions largely favor distribution, so most of the real value is held by a handful of companies who have consolidated distribution.
  • To take advantage of AI we really encourage companies to maintain control of their data — their intellectual property — because the value is in using it to train the AI.Don’t feed it to (an outside) platform that will serve as a distribution chokehold.
  • Companies need to establish their data and knowledge strategy first — extending their own knowledge and not just turning it over to someone else.

David Kenny, IBM Watson’s Chief and a scheduled keynote speaker at Viva Technology recently spoke to The Innovator about what executives should do to prepare for AI. — D.K.: When you can predict…
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Google is using machine learning to sort good apps from bad on the Play Store

Google is using machine learning to sort good apps from bad on the Play Store

  • Google is using machine learning to group apps by function and spot the bad apples.
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    With machine learning, Google can use peer grouping to scan apps that are being loaded on to the Play Store en masse.

  • “We focus on signals that can negatively affect user privacy, such as permission requests that are not related to core app functionality, and the actual, observed behaviors,” explains Martin Pelikan of Google’s security and privacy team over email.
  • In its most recent annual Android security review, the percentage of users who had installed harmful apps from the official Play Store fell from 0.15 percent in 2015 to 0.05 percent in 2016.
  • Many users — particularly those in China — install Android apps from alternative app stores, which the company doesn’t have control over.

Security on Android has always been a challenge for Google due to the operating system’s open nature. But in recent years, the company has been gaining ground in its fight against malware and…
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The Startup Rushing to Usher in the Self-Driving Era Even Faster

The #Startup Rushing to Usher in the #SelfDriving Era Even Faster  @driveai_ #Cars #AI

  • Drive.ai never set out to build the best self-driving car.
  • Instead of striking early deals with car manufacturers to see who can roll out the most robust working product—though Drive.ai says it has some secret deals in place already—the company has focused on creating the best possible, fully autonomous self-driving AI “brain” in the world.
  • The company’s test vehicles have shown promising results driving in cloudy and rainy conditions that continue to stump other self-driving cars, bringing the world that much closer to the true prize in self-driving tech: the ability to eliminate the human altogether.
  • For now, drivers are expected to maintain awareness at all times, ready to take control of mostly self-driving cars if conditions make the automated system screw up.
  • And by lowering the price tag on self-driving from the cost of a new futuristic vehicle to that of a retrofit kit that can hook up with your old Toyota Tercel, Drive.ai could create a mass market overnight.

Using a simple kit users can make their cars self-driving if Drive.Ai is able to make these work for all car models on the road.
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