Last week, the Japanese multinational conglomerate Hitachi quietly issued an intriguing announcement. Apparently, the company has appointed its first AI boss.
Well, kinda-sorta. The announcement details a new initiative in which artificial intelligence (AI) technology is being used to determine workflows and employee duties in real time. Specifically, an AI “boss” was put in charge of a warehouse management system, where it managed to effect an 8 percent increase in efficiency among its human servants workers.
Dell Inc. is expanding in China by linking up with the Chinese Academy of Sciences to create an artificial intelligence lab, joining with local companies for technology development and allowing its venture capital firm to operate in the country.
Dell will create the lab with the scientific institute to develop advanced technology relating to cognitive systems and deep learning, the Round Rock, Texas-based company said Thursday in a statement. The maker of personal computers, software and data-center equipment has also signed a strategic partnership agreement with Kingsoft Corp. of Beijing to co-develop and sell products relating to big data and cloud computing.
The Artificial Intelligence assistant of Facebook, which the company has currently dubbed as ‘M’ is under development and testing. Specific users have been testing the AI assistant in the Silicon Valley. The AI assistant is slated to answer queries of the users and reply them from the available sources. The same functions have been incorporated in Apple’s Siri and Windows Cortana. Also, Google search has been improving by the addition of several search algorithms Google Knowledge Graph.
However, there is something more peculiar about ‘M’. It is the ability of the AI assistant to learn exponentially that makes it truly unique and probably better than Google, Siri and Cortana. What has been known about ‘M’ so far seems to support this notion. It is stated that ‘M’ unlike the other search engines or AI assistants do not simply mimic the humans. It learns their behavioural patterns and learns to improvise.
Chinese search giant Baidu has introduced a Siri-like artificial intelligence digital assistant to a mobile app used by millions of people. The Duer assistant will reportedly offer help to users by taking into account their internet search history, location, and other data collected by the company often referred to as the Google of China.
In a demo on Tuesday (8 September) at Baidu’s annual corporate conference in Beijing, Duer ordered two lattes through a version of the artificial intelligence software embodied in a robot. There are currently no plans to release the robot, but the machine learning software will be rolled out to users of the Mobile Baidu app that runs on Android and iOS operating systems.
Apple is beefing up its artificial intelligence team, in an apparent attempt to make iPhones clever enough to know what they’re users want before they do.
The company has launched a huge hiring push to take on more experts in machine learning — a branch of computing that aims to make devices that think like humans. The push is likely part of Apple’s attempts to make iPhones more clever and able to predict and then anticipate what users are looking for, which is being built in to its personal assistant, Siri.
A recent announcement indicates that, “UBIC, Inc. (UBIC) (TSE:2158) (“UBIC” or “the Company”), a leading provider of AI-based, big data analysis services, and BI.Garage, Inc. (“BI.Garage”) announced today that they have formed a business alliance to provide a social networking site (SNS) marketing support service that combines BI.Garage’s expertise in social media marketing and UBIC’s artificial intelligence (AI) technology. This will be the first AI-based SNS marketing support service in Japan. Initially, BI.Garage will equip Tweetmanager, a Twitter account operation support tool that it has developed and provided since 2009, with a new function to work in collaboration with UBIC’s Virtual Data Scientist (VDS) and related technologies. VDS technology allows Tweetmanager to quickly analyze the massive volume of text posted on Twitter. Companies using Tweetmanager will be able to analyze their marketing strategies by reviewing and incorporating the information provided by VDS related to Twitter users. Companies with access to this user information will be able to make more effective business actions.”
Apple has posted a lot of job openings dealing with artificial intelligence lately.
Having more AI-focused employees at Apple would likely have the biggest impact on Siri going forward, but it’s an odd way to invest the company’s funds considering Apple has taken a hard stance against collecting users’ data.
“Machine learning,” better known as AI, absolutely requires massive amounts of data to be analyzed by a program before it can even begin to operate in the way we’d expect it to.
At the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems in September, members of the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) and their colleagues will describe an experiment conducted over six days at a large public garden in Singapore, in which self-driving golf carts ferried 500 tourists around winding paths trafficked by pedestrians, bicyclists, and the occasional monitor lizard.
The experiments also tested an online booking system that enabled visitors to schedule pickups and drop-offs at any of 10 distinct stations scattered around the garden, automatically routing and redeploying the vehicles to accommodate all the requests.
In the B2B supply chain, technology is introducing significant improvements to the way businesses deal with each other. SaaS and Big Data have both played a role in making the supply chain more efficient. Hitachi’s new technology is propelling B2B supply chain technology even further with its new innovation — and one that is likely to impact more B2B business processes than supply chain management.
On Friday (Sept. 4), Japan-based technology conglomerate Hitachi revealed that it has developed supply chain artificial intelligence (AI) to help businesses manage their work orders and gain deeper insight into demand fluctuations.
A who’s-who grouping of the world’s most prominent minds has signed onto a letter urging robotics researchers to be extremely cautious in developing artificial intelligence (AI) technology, warning that an inevitable military AI arms race could (and likely will) unfold, leading to “a third revolution in warfare.”
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, Tesla’s Elon Musk, scientist Stephen Hawking and more than 1,000 others, presenting at the recent International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Argentina, obviously see the writing on the wall: If AI technologies continue to develop unabated, they say, autonomous weapons systems that operate without human input will eventually commit atrocities like mass genocide and ethnic cleansing campaigns.