Chris Yiu has just published the December update of his AI examples tracker. New entries include discovering exoplanets , staffing a police station and mixing killer tunes for the dance floor. He rates progress with the following scale:
The CIO of the National Football League Michelle McKenna-Doyle has decided to make a bold decision to leverage machine learning technology to help evolve the game of football for coaches and scouts, while also improving the fan engagement and protecting approximately 2,000 players throughout the 32-team league.
Machine learning became the focal
point to a new NFL initiative called NextGen Stats, which is replacing the NFL’s existing player-tracking system. NextGen Stats will be powered by cloud provider Amazon Web Services. NextGen Stats will track all basic stats like touchdowns, interceptions, yards rushing, passing yards, tackles and fumbles, but it will also venture to manufacture a new collection of stats such as real-time location, speed, and acceleration data.
Frank Chen, a partner specialising in AI at top venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, makes a case that AI could be entering a golden age. Knowledge@Wharton caught up with him at the recent AI Frontiers conference in Silicon Valley to talk about the state of AI, what’s realistic and what’s hype about the technology, and whether we will ever get to what some consider the Holy Grail of AI — when machines will achieve human-level intelligence.
I really believe, and this is our investing strategy, that AI is going to touch every single industry. AI is a set of computer science techniques that, like databases, will get into all of the applications. So for me, asking that question, which sectors is AI good for, is a little like asking which sectors is the database good for. And the answer is, well, all of them.
The Centre for Argument Technology (ARG-tech) located at the University of Dundee now provides tools based on in-house artificial intelligence designed for arguments. While that may sound completely useless given humans do extremely well at arguing each other, this AI is meant to make those arguments more productive, so everyone involved can reach an agreement.
According to ARG-tech director Chris Reed, his group first turned to the BBC’s Moral Maze 10 years ago. They created large “maps” based on every debate that took place on the show, and turned those maps into infographics using an algorithm to “determine the most central themes.” From that data, the team pulled important issues, where participants stood, the highest points in conflict, and more.
People have told Facebook that they dislike spammy posts on Facebook that goad them into interacting with likes, shares, comments, and other actions. For example, “LIKE this if you’re an Aries!” This tactic, known as “engagement bait,” seeks to take advantage of their News Feed algorithm by boosting engagement in order to get greater reach. So, starting this week, they will begin demoting individual posts from people and Pages that use engagement bait.
To help them foster more authentic engagement, teams at Facebook have reviewed and categorised hundreds of thousands of posts to inform a machine learning model that can detect different types of engagement bait. Posts that use this tactic will be shown less in News Feed.
Under the original plans first announced in 2015, Volvo would deliver 100 of its XC90 SUVs to real families in Sweden, followed by a similar number of vehicles to families in China and the UK. These participants would test Volvo’s autonomous car technology. The cars would be able to run in fully “unsupervised” autonomous mode on certain, pre-approved and pre-mapped freeways in their respective communities.
But now these families are going to have to wait longer before getting behind the wheel. According to Automotive News, Volvo is saying 100 people, not 100 cars, will be involved in the Drive Me program within the next four years. And instead of getting fully driverless, Level 4-ready cars, the people taking part in Drive Me will test the cars with the same Level 2 semi-autonomous assistance systems that are commercially available in Europe and the US.
Edward is a much-loved staff member at UK hotel chain Edwardian Hotels. The trouble is, he doesn’t have anywhere to spend his tips this Christmas season…because he is a chatbot.
Michael Mrini, director of information technology, told the EyeforTravel Amsterdam 2017 conference that their 18-month-old artificially intelligent valet has just started a new adventure, responding to voice commands and speaking to their guests. “Edward is our vitual host,” he explained. “As soon as you check in – up to three days before arrival – you receive a message from Edward who says if you need anything, just text me. As soon as the room is ready, he texts you.”