The path to explainable AI

Artificial intelligence (AI) shifts the computing paradigm from rule-based programming to an outcome-based approach. It allows processes to operate at scale, reducing the number of human processing errors, and inventing new ways of solving problems. AlphaGo inspired Go players to try new strategies after experts...

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Specialized chips are threatening to take over cryptocurrencies

If cryptocurrencies’ greatest common asset is their decentralized nature—the inability of any one person, corporation, or united group to control a coin’s future—then there’s no existential threat quite like the rise of crypto-mining ASICs. Application-specific integrated circuits are chips specially designed to perform the kinds of...

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These restaurants are serving virtual food

Restaurants wanting to cash in on people increasingly sharing food photos are spicing up their menus with virtual cuisine that patrons can post across social media. To lift sales, fast food chains are turning to augmented reality to attract a new generation of customers. It’s a...

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In order to prepare for the impact of AI, we need to prepare for the worst

The view that AI-driven machines will outsmart humanity, take over the world, and kill us all – a staple of dystopian science fiction – is easy enough to dismiss, given that humans remain firmly in control. But many AI experts take the apocalyptic perspective seriously,...

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Trust in tech governance: the one success factor common to all 4IR technologies

If there is one factor critical to the success of all Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies, from AI to gene editing, from robotics to nanotech, it is trust in technology governance. It is the one necessary condition for all these technologies to deliver on their...

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The societal impact of AI

In "Merging with the machine," I highlighted how the exponential acceleration of technology, combined with a focus on augmenting humanity with technology is driving a future where we begin to merge with the machine. In fact, as I pointed out, we are already augmented, by the...

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This new treatment could put an end to the common cold

The common cold is so engrained into everyday life that it’s easy to forget just how, well, “common” it really is. American adults suffer an average of two to three colds per year and children catch even more, according to the Centers for Disease Control...

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How predictive analytics is transforming data into insights

What is predictive analytics? Predictive analytics is a category of data analytics aimed at making predictions about future outcomes based on historical data and analytics techniques such as statistical modeling and machine learning. The science of predictive analytics can generate future insights with a significant degree...

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Subcutaneous Fitbits? These cows are modeling the tracking technology of the future

Somewhere on a dairy farm in Wellsville, Utah, are three cyborg  cows, indistinguishable from the rest of the herd. Just like the other cows, they eat, drink, and chew their cud. Occasionally, they walk over to a big, spinning red-and-black brush, suspended at bovine back height,...

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The ethical challenges of AI

Machine learning algorithms are everywhere.  It is not just Facebook and Google.  Companies are using them to provide personalized education services and advanced business intelligence services, to fight cancer and to detect counterfeit goods. From farming to pharmaceuticals.  From AI-controlled autonomous vehicles to clinical decision...

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