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The finance robots are coming: 73% of organizations plan to replace humans with machines this year

March 19th, 2020 at 10:08 am » Comments Off

Even finance is being affected by the onslaught of human vs. machine with a recent Deloitte survey revealing some startling stats. The finance function is experiencing rapid change, and a recent Deloitte survey found that 73% percent of respondents are planning to implement technology to replace humans in their workforce this year—up from 58% a […]

Yale researchers say humans would like robots better if they were more vulnerable

March 18th, 2020 at 10:33 am » Comments Off

Three humans and a robot form a team and start playing a game together. No, this isn’t the beginning of a joke, it’s the premise of a fascinating new study just released by Yale University. Researchers were interested to see how the robot’s actions and statements would influence the three humans’ interactions among one another. […]

AI is growing, but the robots are not coming for customer service

March 15th, 2020 at 1:02 am » Comments Off

Recent data out of the World Economic Forum in Davos has shed new light on the role that AI and customer service are playing in shaping the future of work. Jobs of Tomorrow: Mapping Opportunity in the New Economy provides much-needed insights into emerging global employment opportunities and the skill sets needed to maximize those […]

This robot taught itself to walk entirely on its own

March 14th, 2020 at 3:56 am » Comments Off

Google is creating AI-powered robots that navigate without human intervention—a prerequisite to being useful in the real world.  Within 10 minutes of its birth, a baby fawn is able to stand. Within seven hours, it is able to walk. Between those two milestones, it engages in a highly adorable, highly frenetic flailing of limbs to […]

The intelligence community is developing its own AI ethics

March 13th, 2020 at 2:54 pm » Comments Off

While less public than the Pentagon’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, the intelligence community has been developing its own set of principles for the ethical use of artificial intelligence. The Pentagon made headlines last month when it adopted its five principles for using artificial intelligence, marking the end of a months-long effort over what guidelines the […]

How hard will the robots make us work

March 7th, 2020 at 11:40 am » Comments Off

In warehouses, call centers, and other sectors, intelligent machines are managing humans, and they’re making work more stressful, grueling, and dangerous On conference stages and at campaign rallies, tech executives and politicians warn of a looming automation crisis — one where workers are gradually, then all at once, replaced by intelligent machines. But their warnings […]

In two decades, your future meals will be flavored with trendy contradictions

March 5th, 2020 at 12:09 pm » Comments Off

As Sunday morning, January 1, 2040, dawns, Coloradans will wake up to a breakfast of lab-cultured sausage, mung bean–based eggs, and tiger-nut-flour banana bread—all prepared by robots who talk like Alexa’s much smarter granddaughter. There is no kale in sight, and almond milk was banned long ago for being an environmental threat. The first month […]

Powerful antibiotics discovered using AI

February 28th, 2020 at 1:21 am » Comments Off

Escherichia coli bacteria, coloured green, in a scanning electron micrograph. A pioneering machine-learning approach has identified powerful new types of antibiotic from a pool of more than 100 million molecules — including one that works against a wide range of bacteria, including tuberculosis and strains considered untreatable.

Elon Musk says all advanced AI development should be regulated, including at Tesla

February 27th, 2020 at 12:11 pm » Comments Off

Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is once again sounding a warning note regarding the development of artificial intelligence. The executive and founder tweeted on Monday evening that “all org[anizations] developing advance AI should be regulated, including Tesla.” Musk was responding to a new MIT Technology Review profile of OpenAI, an organization founded in 2015 […]

EU introduces AI strategy to build ‘ecosystem of trust’

February 26th, 2020 at 12:15 pm » Comments Off

Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission The European Commission today unveiled a sweeping set of proposals that it hopes will establish the region as a leader in artificial intelligence by focusing on trust and transparency. The proposals would lead to changes in the way data is collected and shared in an effort […]

AI-formulated medicine to be tested on humans for the first time

February 25th, 2020 at 1:36 pm » Comments Off

It took less than a year to develop the drug, which is designed to treat OCD. A drug designed entirely by artificial intelligence is about to enter clinical human trials for the first time. The drug, which is intended to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder, was discovered using AI systems from Oxford-based biotech company Exscientia. While it […]

The Human and machine workforce leading digital transformation

February 24th, 2020 at 1:08 pm » Comments Off

When it comes to digital transformation, humans—believe it or not—play an integral role. In fact, companies that make strong use of the combined human/machine workforce have a far greater chance of success in digital transformation. Accenture calls these combined people/bot workspaces “future systems”—systems that seamlessly integrate humans and robots to create business goals that are […]

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