Range against the machine: Exclusive interview with Garry Kasparov

 

With so many people voicing their fears about a future world in which artificial intelligence not only influences our day-to-day activities, but also makes life-or-death decisions in security and defence scenarios, there is arguably no one more qualified to comment on the issue of man versus machine than Garry Kasparov. 

For younger readers who may not know who Kasparov is, he is probably the most celebrated and most controversial chess grandmaster there has ever been.

Back in the days when the Cold War as at its height, and the then USSR and the US were constantly on the verge of wiping humanity from the face of the Earth, Kasparov took on the very icon of American power, IBM, and what was at the time its most powerful supercomputer, Deep Blue. It was the first time such tests were conducted in such an internationally high-profile way.  Continue reading Range against the machine: Exclusive interview with Garry Kasparov

Toyota shows off its progress in robotics, autonomous cars and artificial intelligence

 

Toyota Research Institute has been demonstrating its progress in the development of automated driving technology and other project work to the investor community this week.

Dr Gill Pratt, CEO of TRI, says: “In the last few months, we have rapidly accelerated our pace in advancing Toyota’s automated driving capabilities with a vision of saving lives, expanding access to mobility, and making driving more fun and convenient.

“Our research teams have also been evolving machine intelligence that can support further development of robots for in-home support of people.” Continue reading Toyota shows off its progress in robotics, autonomous cars and artificial intelligence

Robotics investment fund grows to $450 million since launch one year ago

 

Global X Funds, the New York-based provider of exchange-traded funds, today celebrated the one-year anniversary of the launch of the Global X Robotics and Artificial Intelligence ETF (BOTZ).

The company says Botz has received considerable interest from investors in its first year, having surpassed $450 million in assets under management.

Botz launched on September 12, 2016 and tracks the Indxx Global Robotics & Artificial Intelligence Thematic IndexContinue reading Robotics investment fund grows to $450 million since launch one year ago

Globetouch and CloudMinds to provide connectivity for robots

Globetouch and CloudMinds Technology have formed a partnership to provide connectivity for robots and other artificial intelligence initiatives.

Both companies are making the announcement during Mobile World Congress Americas 2017, a conference and expo bringing together industry leaders to meet and explore new business models in mobile technology.

Globetouch provides connectivity services and IoT platforms for the connected vehicle and the Internet of Things market.  Continue reading Globetouch and CloudMinds to provide connectivity for robots

Investing in robotics with a $100 million fund and a humanitarian perspective

Investing in robotics is something many people are interested in. 

Not surprising, since funds which have invested in robotics and related technologies on the stock markets have returned significantly more profits than funds in other business sectors.

Rewired is a new fund which is starting out with $100 million to invest in what it says will be “the next generation of robotics”. Continue reading Investing in robotics with a $100 million fund and a humanitarian perspective

Largest robotics and automation investment fund now has $1 billion in assets under management

ROBO, believed to be the first robotics and automation exchange traded fund, has reached a new milestone in terms of its assets under management.

Index provider ROBO Global, which has holdings in more than 100 listed companies, says investors have embraced its dedicated focus on robotics, automation and artificial intelligence.

The ROBO Global Robotics & Automation Index ETF recently surpassed $1 billion in assets under management, and its managers say it has achieved the psychologically significant benchmark less than four years after launching.  Continue reading Largest robotics and automation investment fund now has $1 billion in assets under management

Artificial intelligence driving revenue growth, says Infosys

US Secretary of State John Kerry in Davos
US Secretary of State John Kerry at a previous World Economic Forum meeting in Davos

In a report specially prepared for the World Economic Forum meeting of world leaders from business and politics at Davos, Switzerland, Infosys says businesses and economies which adopt artificial intelligence are seeing dramatic growth. 

The IT consulting giant says companies and countries which embrace AI can expect to see revenue rise around 40 per cent by 2020.

Infosys adds that 80 per cent of AI adopters who can replace workers with computer systems are actually planning to retain and retrain their staff.  Continue reading Artificial intelligence driving revenue growth, says Infosys

Chatbot market racing towards $1 billion, says report

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The market for chatbots is on course to reach $1 billion by 2024, according to a new report by Transparency Market Research

Advances in high-end artificial intelligence development is allowing companies to attain a far greater consumer pool than before, says Transparency.

Facebook, Google, and Microsoft were the “clear winners” in the global chabot market in 2015, adds the company.  Continue reading Chatbot market racing towards $1 billion, says report

Denso teams up with Carnegie Mellon to develop artificial intelligence knowledge

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Industrial robot-making giant Denso to advance artificial intelligence knowledge, signs technical advisory contract with Carnegie Mellon University

In an effort to deepen and advance its knowledge in artificial intelligence, Denso has entered into a technical advisory contract with one of the world’s foremost researchers in computer vision, Carnegie Mellon University Professor Dr Takeo Kanade.

Through this contract, Denso is looking to advance its artificial intelligence technology and expand its engineering expertise in the areas of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), autonomous drive, and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Dr Kanade, a UA and Helen Whitaker University Professor of Robotics and Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon, will provide technical guidance to Denso engineers on image recognition and machine learning, and will also speak at lectures and seminars organized by Denso for a variety of purposes, such as recruiting, relationship building, and so on. These activities will be held mostly in Japan.  Continue reading Denso teams up with Carnegie Mellon to develop artificial intelligence knowledge

To err is human. To forgive is beyond the capacity of Googlebot, for now at least

Picture courtesy of Unity Ecommerce
Picture courtesy of Unity Ecommerce

About 10 years ago, this company launched a website – a women’s clothes and accessories boutique. Our collective web publishing skills and experience was limited as we are journalists by profession. We initially decided to carry advertisements from Google AdSense. We signed up and placed some of their ads on the website. It was an interesting learning process.

But fashion being a very highly competitive publishing sector, our website was getting very few visitors, measured in the hundreds per week, and none of them were clicking on the Google ads. It occurred to us that maybe there was a technical problem with the way we had integrated AdSense, so we asked one of our visitors to test the ad by clicking on it.

The visitor, who we did not know, was apparently located overseas. It was a random request by one of us in the office who thought it was a good idea at the time. Turned out, it wasn’t a good idea at all.  Continue reading To err is human. To forgive is beyond the capacity of Googlebot, for now at least