Will AI and robots become part of our lives in the near future?

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Will AI and robots become part of our lives in the near future?

We are becoming more accustomed to jaw-dropping video game technology, Amazon’s Alexa speakers, and nifty Android and iOS apps that seem to let us do just about anything.

While commercial technology continues to make leaps and bounds each year, what role does artificial intelligence play in all this, and how will AI and robots become part of our lives in the near future? The following is an overview of several way that AI and robots are helping us through algorithms and physical functioning at work, in our homes, and in the way we move around. We are on just the cusp of a lot of this technology, but companies are quickly making moves to feasibly commercialize these types of products for our use in the near future.

Artificial Intelligence may continue making its way into the doctor’s offices and hospitals of the world – and we aren’t just talking about the computer opponent on the chess program. Continue reading “Will AI and robots become part of our lives in the near future?”

New EU data privacy rules could affect business working with AI

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New EU data privacy rules could affect business working with AI

Europe’s data privacy rules could drastically affect businesses working with artificial intelligence. The new European Union’s rules related to General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into effect in May 2018.

The new rules could pose problems for companies who are working with AI and expanding their operations in Europe. The gathering and use of data is fundamental in training artificial intelligence and using the technology to answer questions.

Thanks to the rise of IoT, companies from sports brands to pharmaceutical corporations are gathering more data than ever. The upcoming regulations crack down on data ‘profiling’, the ability of companies to use automation to determine characteristics of individual users. Continue reading “New EU data privacy rules could affect business working with AI”

The rise of automation & AI to trigger a demand in skilled thinkers

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The rise of automation & AI to trigger a demand in skilled thinkers

There’s another high-level skill that will also be needed. A point raised in the Aspen discussions was the problematic and inherent biases that may be embedded in AI, and thus, too much trust being placed in machines with flawed, or even dangerous, logic. The ability to design inherent biases out of AI systems, and to provide critical thinking over and above automated decisions, is is a skill area that needs to be developed and brought into every organization considering AI.

“With the rise of automation, you definitely have conversations about jobs that are going to be lost,” says Joy Buolamwini, founder of the Algorithmic Justice League at MIT Media Lab. “But I think something we’re not talking as much about is who then become the gatekeepers for the jobs that are there? Even now, you have automated systems going through applications for jobs, looking for specific patterns. Those specific patterns might reflect prejudice in selection from prior decision makers. So now what you do is you embed that prejudice, potentially, if you’re not intentional about checking for bias or trying to take measures to ensure fairness. Data is destiny. If you have biased data, you’re destined to have bias in your outcomes or your predictions if it’s left unchecked.” Continue reading “The rise of automation & AI to trigger a demand in skilled thinkers”

Internet of Things is already here, but how close is it?

Almost everyone has faced the maddening thought that they are miles from home but not sure whether they turned off the space heater or some other appliance.

A person might even drive back home to make sure the thing is turned off. Well, as the Internet of Things takes hold, that is at least one aggravation that may become history, because a smartphone app will be able to display whether that heater is on, and allow the user to turn it off — remotely — if it is. Continue reading “Internet of Things is already here, but how close is it?”

Hi-tech firms are banding together to make sure “internet of things” smart devices are safe to use

More than 30 firms, including BT, Intel, and Vodafone, are creating an industry body to vet internet-connected devices for vulnerabilities and flaws.

It will encourage firms making smart gadgets to think about security as the hardware is being developed.

Consumers could be at risk unless the industry gets better at securing hardware, say experts. Continue reading “Hi-tech firms are banding together to make sure “internet of things” smart devices are safe to use”

How will businesses capitalize on the consumerization of healthcare?

While mHealth and wellness applications may appear to be interchangeable concepts, there are key differences in how they affect the life of the user as well as the business success of their providers. If your doctor advises you to begin a walking regimen for better health, you might choose to track your steps with a device to keep track of your progress. If the device and applications keep the data siloed with the individual, it would be considered a wellness product (e.g. activity trackers such as a FitBit or Jawbone. or diet apps like Lose It). Continue reading “How will businesses capitalize on the consumerization of healthcare?”

Bracelet that signs you in to your computer when you get close, presented by Intel

At today’s Intel Developer Forum event, the chipmaker showed off a prototype for a bracelet that would log you in to your computer or smartphone when you get close enough. That prototype, developed in conjunction with fashion brand Fossil, doesn’t get rid of passwords entirely: When you put it on, you enter your password. Continue reading “Bracelet that signs you in to your computer when you get close, presented by Intel”