Tag: Newsletter

AI’s many challenges must be thoughtfully addressed

In the future, personalized AI assistants will use knowledge of our behaviors to inform us of goings-on and do chores, and as we grow older, they’ll provide companionship and assistance when caregivers aren’t around. These assistants will not only chart our calendars and supply answers to questions, but will help administer medical treatments, assist us […]

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AI Weekly: Nuclear fusion, neurology, robotics, and other frontiers advanced by AI

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: Artificial intelligence (AI) will eliminate jobs, encode biases against ethnicities and genders, and automate war machines. And it might just lead to a third world war. Those and other dire AI predictions resurface continuously in reports and speeches by analysts, celebrities, and prominent researchers alike — admittedly not […]

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AI Weekly: Despite fears of job-stealing robots, AI did a lot of good this year

In case you somehow missed the dire predictions regarding artificial intelligence (AI): AI is coming for our jobs. Over 10 percent of positions currently occupied by humans will be eliminated by cheaper, more efficient automated replacements, and experts agree AI could make redundant as many as 75 million jobs by 2025. With new reports sounding […]

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AI Weekly: Driverless car innovation has sped ahead of regulation

Driverless cars remain on a slow but steady march toward widespread deployment. This week proved as much. On Tuesday, Google spinoff Waymo became the first to obtain a driverless testing permit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). A 40-strong fleet of fully autonomous Chrysler Pacifica minivans — overseen by remote operators — will […]

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AI Weekly: For evidence of academic investment in AI, look no further than Pittsburgh

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced this week that it would invest $1 billion in a new college of computer engineering: the Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing. It’s the single largest investment in artificial intelligence (AI) by a U.S. academic institution to date. And when the new building hosts its first classes in 2022, […]

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AI Weekly: Transparency challenges stand in the way of ambient computing

This week, Amazon held a September hardware event — the Seattle company’s second — in its gorgeous new urban botanical garden, The Spheres, where it refreshed its Echo smart speaker lineup (including the Dot, Plus, and Show), unveiled new appliances and accessories (the Echo Wall Clock, AmazonBasics Microwave, Echo Link, Echo Link Amp, Amazon Smart […]

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AI Weekly: Contrary to current fears, AI will create jobs and grow GDP

The inevitable march toward automation continues, analysts from the McKinsey Global Institute and from Tata Communications wrote in separate reports this week. Artificial intelligence’s growth comes as no surprise — a survey from Narrative Science and the National Business Research Institute conducted earlier this year found that 61 percent of businesses implemented AI in 2017, […]

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