AI BRIEFS: October 2019

KFC Hints at AI, License Plate Recognition for Drive-thrus | THE SPOON | October 30, 2019 | by Jennifer Marston | ‘drive-thru technology could bump up check averages thanks to better personalization and suggestive selling — one of the key benefits McDonald’s has been touting with the Dynamic Yield AI technology it’s rolled out to thousands of drive-thrus of late.’

The end of humanity: will artificial intelligence free us, enslave us — or exterminate us? | October 27, 2019 | by Danny Fortson |‘From Russell’s vantage point, we have come to a crossroads. In one direction lies “a golden age of humanity” where we are freed from drudgery by machines. The other direction is, well, darker.’

Google chief: I’d disclose smart speakers before guests enter my home | BBC NEWS | October 15, 2019 | by Leo Kelion | “Does the owner of a home need to disclose to a guest? I would and do when someone enters into my home, and it’s probably something that the products themselves should try to indicate.” – Rick Osterloh, Google

There’s An Art To Artificial Intelligence | FORBES | October 10, 2019 | by Joe McKendrick | ‘Previously, value creation was usually achieved through simple transactional processes with customers in traditional organizations. In the digital world, things are more multi-dimensional.’

A.I. musicians are a growing trend. What does that mean for the music industry? | DIGITAL TRENDS | October 5, 2019 | By Luke Dormehl | ‘Auxuman dropped its debut album on September 27th. From here, it promises to bring out new A.I.-generated albums each month, uploaded to YouTube, Soundcloud, and assorted streaming platforms.’

Word games show AI’s limitations | AXIOS | October 5, 2019 | by Kaveh Waddell | ‘It’s one thing to play chess against a computer — you’ll lose — but it’s another entirely to play a collaborative word game. That stretches the limits of today’s AI.’

Tiny AI models could supercharge autocorrect and voice assistants on your phone | MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW | October 4, 2019 | by Karen Hao | ‘In addition to improving access to state-of-the-art AI, tiny models will help bring the latest AI advancements to consumer devices.’

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