WEEKLY TOP 10 AUTOMATION ARTICLES
1. A.I. Will Cause A Tectonic Shift In Human Creativity, But Don’t Be Scared Yet
Earlier this month, an autonomous test vehicle veered out of its lane to avoid a merging car, only to hit a motorcycle in the lane it moved into. If this is all you know about the story, it sounds like the kind of moral choice conundrum that often comes up in discussions about artificial intelligence behavior: between two bad outcomes, how does the machine decide which course to pursue? Do you swerve to avoid hitting the pedestrian crossing the street if it means running over the cyclist in the bike lane?
REPORTED BY: Daven Mathie
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2. Microsoft Invests In Databricks, One Of The Winners In The Big Data Platform Race
Databricks, a popular unified analytics platform, today announced that it has secured $250 million in a Series E funding round. Microsoft was one of the investors in this round. This round raises the Databricks’ valuation to $2.75 billion. The company mentioned that its revenue exceeded $100 million during 2018, thanks to the availability of Azure Databricks, a first-party integrated Microsoft Azure service. Microsoft partnered with Databricks to build Azure Databricks to simplify the process of big data and AI solutions. This solution makes it easier for users to focus on their data by providing a fully managed, scalable, and secure cloud infrastructure that reduces operational complexity and total cost of ownership.
REPORTED BY: Pradeep
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3. The World’s Fastest Supercomputer Breaks an AI Record
Along America’s west coast, the world’s most valuable companies are racing to make artificial intelligence smarter. Google and Facebook have boasted of experiments using billions of photos and thousands of high-powered processors. But late last year, a project in eastern Tennessee quietly exceeded the scale of any corporate AI lab. It was run by the US government
REPORTED BY: Tom Simonite
READ MORE ON: WIRED
4. How AI Is Changing Photography
If you’re wondering how good your next phone’s camera is going to be, it’d be wise to pay attention to what the manufacturer has to say about AI. Beyond the hype and bluster, the technology has enabled staggering advances in photography over the past couple of years, and there’s no reason to think that progress will slow down.
REPORTED BY: Sam Byford
READ MORE ON: THE VERGE
5. The Risks of Advanced AI Are Real. We Need to Act Before It's Too Late, Warn Experts
Artificial intelligence can play chess, drive a car and diagnose medical issues. Examples include Google DeepMind's AlphaGo, Tesla's self-driving vehicles, and IBM's Watson.
This type of artificial intelligence is referred to as Artificial Narrow Intelligence (ANI) – non-human systems that can perform a specific task. We encounter this type on a daily basis, and its use is growing rapidly.
REPORTED BY: PAUL SALMON, PETER HANCOCK & TONY CARDEN
READ MORE ON: SCIENCE ALERT
6. Microsoft reports $32.5 billion in Q2 2019 revenue: Azure up 76%, Surface up 39%, and LinkedIn up 29%
Microsoft today reported earnings for its second fiscal quarter of 2019, including revenue of $32.5 billion, net income of $8.4 billion, and earnings per share of $1.08 (compared to revenue of $28.9 billion, net income of $7.5 billion, and earnings per share of $0.96 in Q2 2018). All three of the company’s operating groups saw year-over-year growth. Analysts had expected Microsoft to earn $32.5 billion in revenue and report earnings per share of $1.09.
REPORTED BY: Emil Protalinski
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7. The 'Godfather Of Deep Learning' On Why We Need To Ensure AI Doesn't Just Benefit The Rich
Martin Ford made waves with his 2015 book, Rise of the Robots, which details the many accelerating trends in automation and how they’re slated to impact business and, especially, employment. For his next book, Architects of Intelligence: The Truth About AI from the People Building It, he, well, attempts to hone in on precisely what that subtitle describes. It’s stuffed with in-depth interviews with the biggest names in AI. One of those is Geoffrey Hinton. Currently a professor of computer science at the University of Toronto and a part of the Google Brain project, Hinton is considered by many in his field to be the ‘godfather of deep learning,’ due to his pioneering work in artificial neural networks.
REPORTED BY: Martin Ford
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8. Big Companies Are Not Becoming Data-Driven Fast Enough
I remember watching MIT professor Andrew McAfee years ago telling stories about the importance of data over gut feeling, whether it was predicting successful wines or making sound business decisions. We have been hearing about big data and data-driven decision making for so long, you would think it has become hardened into our largest organizations by now. As it turns out, new research by NewVantage Partners finds that most large companies are having problems implementing an organization-wide, data-driven strategy.
REPORTED BY: Ron Miller
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9. Gmail Is Now Blocking 100 Million Extra Spam Messages Every Day With AI
Google has recruited its in-house machine learning framework, TensorFlow, to help train additional spam filters for Gmail users. With the new filters in place as of last month, the company claims Gmail is now blocking an extra 100 million spam messages every day.
In the context of Gmail’s 1 billion-plus users, this isn’t necessarily a huge gain — it works out as one extra blocked spam email per 10 users — but Google says Gmail already blocks 99.9 percent of spam, so working out what constitutes that last sliver of a percentage is hard.
REPORTED BY: James Vincent
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10. Facebook Turns 15 And Google+ Is Killed By AI
Facebook turns 15 today, after announcing last week a record profit and 30% revenue growth. Also today, “you will no longer be able to create new Google+ profiles, pages, communities or events,” in anticipation of the complete shutdown in April of Google’s social network, its bet-the-company challenge to Facebook.
REPORTED BY: Gil Press
READ MORE ON: FORBES