White House could replace millions of US government workers with robots

IPSoft’s Amelia digital assistant
IPSoft’s Amelia digital assistant, which recently found a government job in the UK

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.

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IBM and Wimbledon to serve up new AI-driven insights to enhance tennis fans’ entertainment

The Wimbledon Championships 2014 The All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club Wimbledon Picture by:Thomas Lovelock/AELTC
Roger Federer at Wimbledon. Picture by:Thomas Lovelock/AELTC

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

Exclusive: ‘The future of artificial intelligence is here’, says Infosys big data boss

Abdul Razack, SVP of platforms, big data and analytics at Infosys
Abdul Razack, SVP of platforms, big data and analytics at Infosys

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

The pace at which large-scale organisations more widely adopt artificial intelligence to replace manual, repetitive tasks will rapidly increase.  Continue reading Exclusive: ‘The future of artificial intelligence is here’, says Infosys big data boss

Tech gurus proclaim: ‘This is the era of artificial intelligence’

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”.

However, most proponents have stopped short of declaring their unconditional support for AI’s newly acquired capabilities because some of them have fears about the possible consequences of machines ruling over humans.  Continue reading Tech gurus proclaim: ‘This is the era of artificial intelligence’

O’Reilly says artificial intelligence is ‘going mainstream’

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Tim O’Reilly, founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media

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’

If AI ruled the world: Exclusive interview with Jane Zavalishina, CEO, Yandex Data Factory

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Jane Zavalishina, Yandex Data Factory

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.

And like the concept of the omnipresent deities that many religious people believe in, AI – and its attributes of machine learning and deep learning and so on – has inspired a massive global following which is growing every day. Continue reading If AI ruled the world: Exclusive interview with Jane Zavalishina, CEO, Yandex Data Factory

Virtual assistants prepare to take over the world of work

Dennis Mortensen, CEO, x.ai,
Dennis Mortensen, CEO, x.ai, pictured in the Wall Street area of New York, US

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

Google boss downplays devices and talks up artificial intelligence

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Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, says the days of the ‘device’ are numbered 

The chief executive of Google, Sundar Pichai, says he can foresee the day when the “device” as we know it will be no more.

In a blog post on Google’s website, Pichai says: “Looking to the future, the next big step will be for the very concept of the ‘device’ to fade away.”

The reason, Pichai writes, is because artificial intelligence will make all devices work seamlessly and, therefore, make devices less important than the AI software behind them.

“Over time, the computer itself – whatever its form factor – will be an intelligent assistant helping you through your day,” says Pichai. “We will move from mobile first to an AI first world.”

Full story on Google’s blog.

An algorithm that makes music on the fly

Interview with Dr Kevin Curran, head of Ambient Intelligence, Ulster University

A computer science lecturer at Ulster University has invented a piece of software that composes music on the fly and is looking for someone to continue the work and eventually commercialise it. 

Dr Kevin Curran, who is also head of the Ambient Intelligence Group at Ulster and a senior member of the IEEE, has published more than 800 academic papers.

He says the paper about his algorithm which can create music dynamically is one if favourites.

The software was intended to fill any gaps in streaming media to mobile devices by actually generating a piece of music that actually fits in with the music.  Continue reading An algorithm that makes music on the fly

ICINCO conference to showcase global expertise in data science

The 13th International Conference on Informatics in Control, Automation and Robotics – ICINCO 2016 

The Thirteenth International Conference on Informatics in Control, Automation and Robotics (ICINCO), will take place from 29 to 31 of July 2016 in Lisbon, Portugal.

Organized by the Institute for Systems and Technologies of Information, Control and Communication (INSTICC), the purpose of the conference is to bring together researchers, engineers and practitioners interested in the application of informatics to control, automation and robotics.  Continue reading ICINCO conference to showcase global expertise in data science

Human Brain Project gives public access to web-based simulation platforms

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HBP opens up all of its computing platforms to the wider research community as it looks to accelerate progress 

The Human Brain Project has released all six of its computing platforms to the wider research community and the general public in an attempt to accelerate progress.

People who are interested can now request access to any or all of the platforms, most of which are suitable for collaboration and accessible through the worldwide web.

The six platforms have the following titles: Neuroinformatics; Brain Simulation; High Performance Analytics and Computing; Medical Informatics; Neuromorphic Computing; and NeuroRobotics.  Continue reading Human Brain Project gives public access to web-based simulation platforms

Intel buys YogiTech to move into driverless car technology

Illustration of advanced driver assistance systems lane warning
Illustration of advanced driver assistance systems lane warning

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.

Ken Caviasca, vice president and general manager of platform engineering and development in the Internet of Things (IoT) Group at Intel talks of the acquisition of YogiTech, and how it will bring IoT-related market opportunities to the chipmaking giant.  Continue reading Intel buys YogiTech to move into driverless car technology

Toyota turbo-charges AI and robotics operations in the US. Looks to hire 50 experts

Akio Toyoda Dr Gill Pratt at the launch of Toyota Research Institute
Akio Toyoda and Dr Gill Pratt at the launch of Toyota Research Institute a few months ago

Toyota has decided to boost its activities in artificial intelligence and robotics in the US.

Dr Gill Pratt, CEO of Toyota Research Institute (TRI), said the company will establish its third TRI facility in the US.

The new facility will be located in Ann Arbor, near the University of Michigan (U-M) campus where it will fund research in artificial intelligence, robotics and materials science.  Continue reading Toyota turbo-charges AI and robotics operations in the US. Looks to hire 50 experts

Darktrace launches machine learning network security system

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A company called Darktrace has launched what it calls “a ground-breaking new product that uses machine learning to allow networks to automatically self-defend”. 

Darktrace Antigena spots and inoculates against unknown threats, as they germinate within organizations in real time, according to the company.

In this exclusive interview, Dave Palmer, director of technology at Darktrace, tells Robotics and Automation News that artificial intelligence, specifically machine learning, will become a central component of cybersecurity strategies going forward.  Continue reading Darktrace launches machine learning network security system

Alex Jones channel claims robots want to ‘destroy humans’

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Talk show host Alex Jones has been railing against what he sees as anti-human robots and artificial intelligence used by technocratic elites in a scientific takeover of the world

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”.

His television/radio channel, Infowars.com, has been consistently broadcasting reports for more than a year about the  “robot takeover”, with Jones condemning what he says is a “metric, scientific, mathematic algorithm of tyranny” that humanity faces today.  Continue reading Alex Jones channel claims robots want to ‘destroy humans’