Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Surely I can detect fragrance better than a computer, can’t I?

Bernard Marr has written an article for Forbes examining the use of Artificial Intelligence in the production of fragrances. Wait… AI can’t smell, can it? It can’t, but that doesn’t seem to be a hindrance. It is able to predict what smells we will like based on their chemical composition! I recommend the article. Read… Continue reading Surely I can detect fragrance better than a computer, can’t I?

Artificial Intelligence (AI) · Christmas · Online Shopping

An AI Christmas?

…the scales have tipped in favor of online shopping with 51% of the Deloitte 2017 Holiday Retail Survey respondents saying they would be making the bulk of their purchases online this holiday season Why will more than half of this years Christmas shopping happen online? According to Forbes, it’s due to the advances in AI that enable… Continue reading An AI Christmas?

Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Consider This … Artificial Intelligence

I would like to thank Emily Brewer for recommending a program at the Friday Center coming up on December 4. The event is free and addresses an issue at the heart of our Spring 2018 class. The program is titled “Consider This … Artificial Intelligence”. Here are the details: Date: Tuesday, Dec. 4 | 6:30… Continue reading Consider This … Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence (AI) · Machine Learning

New College at MIT Supports Application of AI to the Humanities and Sciences

In what seems an almost inevitable step, MIT is opening a new school to prepare students to develop and consider the implications of artificial intelligence (AI) in a wide range of fields. In the next few decades we will likely see other universities making similar adjustments to the ever-accelerating pace of the digital innovation. AI has… Continue reading New College at MIT Supports Application of AI to the Humanities and Sciences

Artificial Intelligence (AI) · Machine Learning

How Good Has AI Become at Translating?

Recent hype on Machine Translation: The Verge – Google’s AI translation system is approaching human-level accuracy Quartz – AI-based translation to soon reach human levels ZDNet – Microsoft researchers match human levels in translating news from Chinese to English There’s been a lot of hype lately about the amazing improvements in machine translation enabled by… Continue reading How Good Has AI Become at Translating?

Artificial Intelligence (AI) · Ethics

Shaping the New Generation of AI Researchers to be Ethical Leaders

“Developing safe and beneficial technology requires more than technical expertise — it requires a well-rounded education and the ability to understand other perspectives” (Tucker Davey). In May of this year (2018), Tucker Davey interviewed Yan Zang, one of the founders of SPARC—the Summer Program in Applied Rationality and Cognition. The interview is published at the Future… Continue reading Shaping the New Generation of AI Researchers to be Ethical Leaders

Artificial Intelligence (AI) · Common Sense

Beyond Deep Learning: Why aren’t computers learning the way children do?

Earlier this week Art Sherman let me know about a New York Times article, “Is There a Smarter Path to Artificial Intelligence? Some Experts Hope So“. In addition to discussing the limitations of Deep Learning that are becoming clearer as the approach fails to produce the kind of flexibility that is needed for many AI… Continue reading Beyond Deep Learning: Why aren’t computers learning the way children do?

Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Understanding AI Technology

The latest episode of the Artificial Intelligence podcast from MMC Ventures gives a good introduction to AI addressing the following questions: How does AI work? When does AI break down? Will artificial neural networks start to resemble biological neural networks (animals’ brains)? In this episode the host inteviews Dr. Janet Bastiman, who provides an accessible… Continue reading Understanding AI Technology

Artificial Intelligence (AI) · Finance · Machine Learning · Presentations · Social Media

Presentation for Sunday, April 15, 2018

I will be unable to attend tomorrow morning since I still have no voice, but I have uploaded the presentation that I would have used if I were there. Feel free to view it, use it, discuss it as you like. I will be glad to answer any questions you have about it. You can… Continue reading Presentation for Sunday, April 15, 2018

Artificial Intelligence (AI) · Imagination

Machines with Imagination

Imagination is a part of daily life. We use it successfully every day to avoid disaster, even with very minor actions. Imagining what can go wrong, we choose safer options. Of course some of us are better at this than others, but you get the point, don’t you? Imagination is essential to rationality. DeepMind is… Continue reading Machines with Imagination