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Building up on our conversation about the Impact of AI on Online Customer Experience at this year’s CogX, we’re partnering up again with Accenture for breakfast briefing at the Science Museum on the 10th of October.
Charlie (chairing the panel) will be joined by Peter Dolukhanov (CTO at Karmarama), Jessica Rusu (Senior Director, European Analytics, Insight and Research at Ebay), Jessica Bradford (Collection Management Manager at Science Museum Group), and Thomas Graham (Co-Founder at Codec).
This morning is perfect for brands looking to understand the potential benefits and risks of AI being used for customer interactions. Some have already debated that the future interactions could be predominately voice and our screens could face
obsoletion. You can register for a ticket here.
For more information about the impact of AI on online customer experience and how it can help you business grow check out our research service.
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Tesla is planning on developing its own AI processors to reduce its reliance on third party AI processing hardware. Tesla currently uses Nvidia Graphic Processing Units for its autopilot system. It is now partnering with AMD to reduce its reliance on third party manufacturers and is line with the company’s push for vertical integration.
Google is reportedly working on a smaller version of its Home smart speaker, the Home Mini, and it appears to have just leaked out ahead of the company’s October 4th event, viaDroid Life, which discovered the upcoming product.
The Home Mini seems like an obvious alternative to Amazon’s Echo Dot, serving as a
smaller, cheaper version of Google’s Home smart speaker much in the same way the Echo Dot does for the full-size Echo. According to Droid Life, the Home Mini will cost $49 (compared to the Home’s $129) and come in three colors at launch: charcoal (black), chalk (gray) and coral (uh, coral).
Startups hoping to sell health tracking devices and software to corporate customers are worried European regulators will torpedo their business model.
Employers should be banned from issuing workers with wearable fitness monitors, such as Fitbit, or other health tracking devices, even with the employees’ permission, a European Union advisory panel said in June. Employers should also be barred from accessing data from their devices their employees wear, even if it is only aggregate data for the entire workforce or anonymous data, the EU body said.
Amazon’s first wearable device will be a pair of smart glasses with the Alexa voice assistant built in, according to a report in the Financial Times. The device will reportedly look like a regular pair of glasses and use bone-conduction technology so that the user can hear Alexa without the need for earphones or conventional speakers. It won’t, however, likely
have a screen or camera, although Google Glass founder Babak Parviz has apparently been working on the project following his hiring by Amazon in 2014.
AI researchers have a new set of free hardware that they can use for their work, thanks to Intel. At the O’Reilly AI Conference in San Francisco, the chipmaker announced a new Nervana
DevCloud aimed at giving thousands of people access to the latest chips for new innovations.
It will be available for free to developers, data scientists, researchers, academics, and startups as part of Intel’s Nervana AI Academy, which opens next month for up to 200,000 participants. It will also offer free courses, tools, and other guidance for pupils to help kickstart their learning about artificial intelligence.
“I think there’s a huge amount of hype around AI right now. There’s a lot of people that are unreasonably concerned around the rise of general AI,” John Giannandrea (SVP Engineering, Google) said at TechCrunch Disrupt SF. “Machine learning and artificial intelligence are extremely important and will revolutionise our industry. What we’re doing is building tools like the Google search engine and making you more productive.”
According to Giannandrea, artificial intelligence doesn’t mean much. “I almost try to shy away from this term artificial intelligence — it’s kind of like big data,” he said. “It’s such a broad term, it’s really not well defined. I’ve been trying to use the term machine intelligence.”
General Electric Co. is working on a way to use AI in electricity grids, a technology that it expects will save $200 billion globally by improving efficiency.
The technology would optimize how electricity flows in and out of storage devices such as batteries and points of consumption, in real time. This is expected to
significantly increase the efficiency of the grid and save consumers money. “This is an industry that needs infinite disruption,” Steven Martin, chief digital officer at GE’s energy connections business said.
If Edmonton researcher Randy Goebel has his way, AI judges and attorneys will become players in the courtrooms of the future. A professor in computing science at the University of Alberta, Goebel has partnered with scientists in Japan to develop artificial intelligence programs designed for the legal world.
His team has already designed an algorithm capable of passing the Japanese bar exam. Now the computer scientists are taking their research one step further. The latest project is new artificial intelligence software that could weigh contradicting legal evidence, rule on cases and predict the outcomes of future trials.
Inga Beale, CEO of Lloyds, says the insurance giant has been ready to insure autonomous vehicles such as self-flying planes for two decades. Regulators have proven unwilling to green-light the technology, while the public remains wary of completely handing over the cockpit to computers.
“We’re all set [to issue] insurance for autonomous planes,” Beale told Quartz. “The regulators just haven’t pressed the button even though the technology has been around for 20 years.Autonomous shipping will be here in two years,” she said. “But I doubt it will implemented. You won’t have regulation and international law agreeing it will be safe. Often the technology is way ahead of the ability of our society to
The IBM CEO thinks that the future of AI is one in which programming becomes obsolete.
“Watson would be the beginning of a new era where you didn’t program. Machines would look at data, understand, reason over it, and they continue to learn: understand, reason and learn, not program, in my
simple definition,” Ginni told Bloomberg.
Ginni further reiterates the need for transparency to avoid a dystopian future. Furthermore, she believes that in the long term run job displacement won’t be much of an issue as people will simply develop a different skill-set suited to other jobs.