Weekly Top 10 Automation Articles

1. Microsoft Says Employers Will Look For These 3 Skills As A.I. Changes The Workforce

There's no doubt that Artificial Intelligence is changing the workforce. Four in five business leaders in Asia Pacific believe the burgeoning technology will transform the way their firms operate within the next three years, according to a new report from Microsoft and the International Data Corporation. And yet, there's disconnect among the workforce.As many as 15 percent of employees believe AI will have no impact on their jobs, the research found. Meanwhile, more than three-quarters (77 percent) expect their employer to help them develop skills to adapt to the changing environment.

Author: Karen Gilchrist

Read More On: CNBC

2. Intel’s Neuro Guru Slams Deep Learning: ‘it’s Not Actually Learning’

"Backpropogation doesn't correlate to the brain," insists Mike Davies, head of Intel's neuromorphic computing unit, dismissing one of the key tools of the species of A.I. In vogue today, deep learning. "For that reason, "it's really an optimizations procedure, it's not actually learning."  Davies made the comment during a talk on Thursday at the International Solid State Circuits Conference in San Francisco, a prestigious annual gathering of semiconductor designers. 

Author: Tiernan Ray

Read More On: ZD NET

3. Facebook Mods Are so Traumatized They’re Getting High at Work

The people who moderate Facebook spend their days reading and watching conspiracy theories, violent murders, and hate speech, often hundreds of times per day. Many of them — who actually work for a professional services company called Cognizant — don’t make it a full year of consuming the absolute worst of the internet before quitting, The Verge‘s Casey Newton found in a chilling exposé. Meanwhile, the moderators are coping by getting high and having sex during work.

Author: Dan Robitzski

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4. Should We Fear Artificial Superintelligence?

Speaking at a conference in Lisbon, Portugal shortly before his death, Stephen Hawking told attendees that the development of artificial intelligence might become the “worst event in the history of our civilization,” and he had every reason for concern. Known as an artificial superintelligence (ASI) by AI researchers, ethicists, and others, it has the potential to become more powerful than anything this planet has ever seen and it poses what will likely be the final existential challenge humanity will ever face as a species.

Author: John Loeffler


5. New AI Development So Advanced It's Too Dangerous To Release, Says Scientists

A group of scientists at OpenAI, a nonprofit research company supported by Elon Musk, has raised some red flags by developing an advanced AI they say is too dangerous to be released.

For many years, machine learning systems have greatly struggled with the human language. Though it has been a long time coming, remember SmarterChild from the early 2000s? While it could answer simple questions, the AIM bot usually answered with "I'm sorry I do not understand the question." However, with new methods in analyzing texts, AI has the ability to now answer like a human with little indication that it is a program.

Author: Nicole Martin

Read More On: FORBES

6. How Cybercriminals Sell Their Skills So The Average Joe Can Steal Money

Cybercriminals around the world are breaking down the technical barriers that prevent people with little computer knowledge from committing cybercrime.

By offering up their services for a fee, cybercriminals make it possible for almost anyone with a computer and internet connection to steal money and personal information.

"This is having a powerful effect on the world of crime because it has lowered the bar for inexperienced actors to launch sophisticated cyberattacks," said Dima Alhadidi, an assistant professor at the Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity at the University of New Brunswick. 

Author: David Burke

Read More On: CBC

7. Robotics, AR And VR Are Poised To Reshape Healthcare, Starting In The Operating Room

About 20 years ago, a medical device startup called Intuitive Surgical debuted the da Vinci robot and changed surgical practices in operating rooms across the United States.

The da Vinci ushered in the first age of robotic-assisted surgical procedures with a promise of greater accuracy and quicker recovery times for patients undergoing certain laparoscopic surgeries.

Author: Jonathan Shieber

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8.Why Daimler Moved Its Big Data Platform To The Cloud

Like virtually every big enterprise company, a few years ago, the German auto giant Daimler  decided to invest in its own on-premises data centers. And while those aren’t going away anytime soon, the company today announced that it has successfully moved its on-premises big data platform to Microsoft’s Azure cloud. This new platform, which the company calls eXtollo, is Daimler’s first major service to run outside of its own data centers, though it’ll probably not be the last.

As Daimler’s head of its corporate center of excellence for advanced analytics and big data Guido Vetter told me, the company started getting interested in big data about five years ago. “We invested in technology — the classical way, on-premise — and got a couple of people on it.

Author: Frederic Lardinoi


9. Science Versus Pseudo-Science: What Really Works to Prevent Cognitive Decline?

If you’re in your sixties, you’re familiar with this scene. A group of friends is having dinner. As the conversation progresses, one by one each person fails to come up with a word they want—the name of a favorite dish, or a town visited on a trip, an actor or the movie he appeared in, a person in the news. Everyone laughs and groans. “God, this aging thing sucks.”

People are living longer. During the later parts of their lives, they are healthier and more productive compared to previous generations. If there’s something that can be done to preserve mental acuity, there’s a whole generation of aging baby boomers eager to try it.

Author: Prudence Gourguechon

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10. Artificial Intelligence In Humanoid Robots

When people think of Artificial Intelligence (AI), the major image that pops up in their heads is that of a robot gliding around and giving mechanical replies. There are many forms of AI but humanoid robots are one of the most popular forms. They have been depicted in several Hollywood movies and if you are a fan of science fiction, you might have come across a few humanoids. One of the earliest forms of humanoids was created in 1495 by Leonardo Da Vinci. It was an armor suit and it could perform a lot of human functions such as sitting, standing and walking. It even moved as though a real human was inside it.

Author: Sanjit Singh Dang, PhD

Read More On: FORBES

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