The White House is preparing to replace millions of US government workers with robots, if comments by a senior technology official is anything to go by.
Writing on the White House blog, Ed Felten, deputy US chief technology officer, says the government is working with various agencies to integrate artificial intelligence systems into its operations.
His title for the piece takes the view that the government is “preparing for the future”, and talks of the “tremendous opportunities… across the federal government in privacy, security, regulation, law, and research and development” in incorporating AI into government.
The US government currently employs approximately 22 million humans.
New IBM innovations to help The Championships, Wimbledon serve insights to fans worldwide
IBM and The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC), unveiled new technologies for The Championships 2016, marking the next phase in the AELTC’s award-winning digital transformation.
IBM, which is the official supplier of information technology to Wimbledon, will be using all its artificial intelligence wizardry to keep tennis fans entertained and informed.
New for 2016 is an Apple TV app for Wimbledon developed by IBM Interactive Experience that will enable fans to engage with Wimbledon in the comfort of their own homes. Users will be able to browse real-time scores, watch the Live @ Wimbledon studio show, listen to three live radio channels, and delve through all of Wimbledon’s video and photo content, bringing the 2016 Wimbledon experience into their homes in the truest sense.
New Wimbledon smartphone apps for iOS and Android, responsive to all screen sizes, will provide multi-content personalized feeds for fans at home and on the move. The new apps also provide an enhanced experience for visitors onsite at Wimbledon, including personalized messaging, and the opportunity to create their own Wimbledon Story, allowing fans to capture and share their unforgettable Wimbledon experiences with the global community. Continue reading IBM and Wimbledon to serve up new AI-driven insights to enhance tennis fans’ entertainment
By Abdul Razack, SVP and head of platforms, big data and analytics at Infosys
Artificial intelligence is rapidly changing the business and consumer landscape, but has it reached its full potential?
With the wide adoption of automation and machine learning among organisations, we’re closer than ever before. And in 2016, we will continue this momentum and see artificial intelligence redefine the future of work, deliver on the promise of big data, and even transform consumers’ lives.
Artificial intelligence will define the future of work
Humans could soon be totally freed from thinking for themselves – because the era of omnipresent artificial intelligence is here
The world’s most famous and influential technology leaders have declared that humanity is either already in the grip of artificial intelligence or, if it isn’t, it soon will be.
Reuters has reported comments from several tech moguls who, the news agency says, have declared this the “era of artificial intelligence”. And O’Reilly Media has organised its first Artificial Intelligence Conference in New York to discuss “AI going mainstream”.
Artificial intelligence has come out of the dark corners of science fiction and is ready to become ubiquitous in the real world, according to one of the most influential tech gurus of the internet era.
Writing on the company’s website, Tim O’Reilly, founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media, say humanity is “at the beginning of an explosion of intelligent software” which could change everything.
O’Reilly says: “It’s easy to get excited about recent progress but much more difficult to understand what lies ahead. Researchers have built some excellent, but very specialized, systems. Still, we’re far from anything that looks like a general intelligence system.
“We have programs that can play Go, drive a car, chat, manage investments, and identify pictures; we don’t have programs that can do all of the thousands of things that humans do every day. Integrating many systems that can each do one very specific task is a challenging problem, if that’s even the right approach. What does the future hold, and how are we to get there?” Continue reading O’Reilly says artificial intelligence is ‘going mainstream’
Some people say artificial intelligence will eventually take over the world, and make humans obsolete and useless in large parts of society, starting with firing us from all employment – low-skilled or high. Others say it’s already happened – that AI rules the world.
From artificially intelligent assistants which answer your emails and manage your diary, to artificially intelligent industrial robots that can custom manufacture products to individual customer specifications and that can tell you when they need a little maintenance, not to mention the AI in the latest cars of today which can brake and change lanes to avoid you having an accident because you fell asleep at the wheel, AI is everywhere.
Exclusive interview with Dennis Mortensen, founder and CEO of intelligent assistants technology developer x.ai
Virtual assistants, or intelligent assistants, are multiplying by the day. Currently there are around a dozen really well-known ones, such as Siri and Cortana, and then there’s several dozen other reasonably well-known ones talking or otherwise communicating their way into the public consciousness.
These intelligent assistants can be placed in at least 10 different categories, such as text and chatbots, personal advisors, and employee assistants.
Of these, perhaps the most commercially profitable is the employee assistants category. And within this segment, the virtual assistance technology that arguably holds most promise is the one produced by x.ai – in part because among its investors is SoftBank, the Japanese communications giant behind Pepper, the cloud-connected humanoid robot which is claimed to be able to discern human emotions and communicate appropriately. Continue reading Virtual assistants prepare to take over the world of work
Chipmaker finds a way into lucrative advanced driver assistance systems market
An Intel senior executive has written a blog about how the company has bought its way into what is now one of the fastest-growing segments of the global auto technology market – advanced driver assistance systems.
Outspoken American talk show host Alex Jones has been on a verbal rampage against what he calls “anti-human robots” in the hands of the “technocracy” – a mysterious cabal secretly controlling society.
In his latest tirade against what he has dubbed a “breakaway civilisation” of elite groups bent on enslaving the rest of humanity, the influential commentator says the present political and economic situation on Earth is equivalent to an “alien invasion”.