Weekly Top 10 Automation Articles

1. When AI Becomes a Part of Our Daily Lives

As we live longer and technology continues its rapid arc of development, we can imagine a future where machines will augment our human abilities and help us make better life choices, from health to wealth. Instead of conducting a question and answer with a device on the countertop, we will be able to converse naturally with our virtual assistant that is fully embedded in our physical environment .

Author: Theo

Read More On: HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW

2. Developing Artificial Intelligence Tools For All

For all of the hype about artificial intelligence (AI), most software is still geared toward engineers. To demystify AI and unlock its benefits, the MIT Quest for Intelligence created the Quest Bridge to bring new intelligence tools and ideas into classrooms, labs, and homes. This spring, more than a dozen Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) students joined the project in its mission to make AI accessible to all.

Author: Kim Martineau

Read More On: MIT NEWS

3. This Robot Scans Preschoolers’ Faces Daily for Signs of Sickness

Every morning, children at more than 2,000 preschools in China start their days by facing off with a robot named Walklake.

The bot looks for signs of illness and alerts a teacher or school nurse if it notices that a child might be under the weather, according to a recent New Scientist story. It’s then up to the human to decide whether or not to send the student home for the day — and experts are divided on whether Walklake is a boon for schools or a potential privacy nightmare.

Author: Kristin Houser

Read More On: FUTURISM

4. MIT’s AI Makes Autonomous Cars Drive More Like Humans

Creating driverless cars capable of humanlike reasoning is a long-standing pursuit of companies like Waymo, GM’s Cruise, Uber, and others. Intel’s Mobileye proposes a mathematical model — the Responsibility-Sensitive Safety (RSS) — it describes as a “common sense” approach to on-the-road decision-making that codifies good habits like giving other cars the right of way .

Author: Kyle Wiggers

Read More On: VENTURE BEAT

5. Artificial Intelligence, Cybersecurity Talent Top List Of Hard-To-Find Skills

Application development workloads keep growing, but developer teams are not. If anything, development skills are increasingly in precious short supply.

That's the word from the latest survey of 3,300 IT leaders, conducted by OutSystems. The development skills shortage has been a crisis raging for a number of years now, and this latest survey shows no sign of abating.

Author: Joe McKendrick

Read More On: ZDNET

6. To realize its VR dreams, Facebook needs to kill what Oculus has built

Mark Zuckerberg has poured billions into his virtual reality dream, a new platform that Facebook owns.

Facebook  bought Oculus and has spent the last five years killing what it was and reinventing it as a Facebook-scale company. It has dumped most of the co-founders, brought in Zuck loyalists to take over the most important decisions and shifted towards accessibility over appeasing the company’s early supporters.

Author: Lucas Matney

Read More On: TECH CRUNCH

7. AI Doesn’t Always Need To Be More Human

There’s no shortage of ethical, moral, and even legal debates raging right now over artificial intelligence’s mimicry of humanity. As technology advances, companies continue to push the boundaries with virtual assistants and conversational AI, striving in most cases to more closely approximate real-life person-to-person interactions. The implication is that “more human” is better.

Author: Evan Kohn

Read More On: VENTURE BEAT

8. Microsoft AI creates Realistic Speech With Little Training

Text-to-speech conversion is becoming increasingly clever, but there's a problem: it can still take plenty of training time and resources to produce natural-sounding output.

Author: Jon Fingas

Read More On: ENGADGET

9. Fintech Is Putting The Bank Of Mom And Dad Out Of Business

According to recent research from peer-to-peer lender Zopa, those aged between 18 and 22 - also known as Gen Z - are no longer compelled to rely on their parents to support them financially as 35 percent of the age group and 52 percent of millennials have more than £1,000 in savings.

Author: Madhvi

Read More On: FORBES

10. When Quantum Computing Meets AI: Smarter Digital Assistants And More

Quantum computing’s processing power could begin to improve artificial-intelligence systems within about five years, experts and business leaders said.

For example, a quantum computer could develop AI-based digital assistants with true contextual awareness and the ability to fully understand interactions with customers, said Peter Chapman, chief executive of quantum-computing startup IonQ Inc.

Author: Sara Castellanos

Read More On: THE WALL STREET

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