AI BRIEFS: November 2019

AI Stats News: Chatbots Increase Sales By 67% But 87% Of Consumers Prefer Humans | FORBES | November 25, 2019 | by Gil Press | ‘…consumers say humans are better at answering a variety of questions, understanding complex situations, and they can “understand me” better; (and) say chatbots are better because they are available 24/7, they reduce hold times, and are quick in routing to the right team.’

Robot debates humans about the dangers of artificial intelligence
NEW SCIENTIST | November 24, 2019 | by Donna Lu | ‘Talking in a female American voice to a crowd at the University of Cambridge Union on Thursday evening, the AI gave each side’s opening statements, using arguments drawn from more than 1100 human submissions made ahead of time.’

Are batting wearables the next step in cricket’s evolution?
ESPN | November 19, 2019 | by Sreshth Shah | ‘Players can relive their sessions on a tablet or a phone, viewing vital stats like bat speed, speed of bat at impact, angle of bat, and quality of shot. That last metric is an analysis of how close the impact of the ball was to the bat’s sweet spot.’

Deutsche Bank turns to ‘robots’ to meet 18,000 job cut target
FN FINANCIAL NEWS | November 18, 2019 | by Paul Clarke | ‘Deutsche Bank has deployed an army of “robots” to enable it to strip out thousands of jobs as the German lender embarks on a radical overhaul of its business.’

Artificial Intelligence Can Now Predict When Lightning Will Strike
POPULAR MECHANICS | November 17, 2019 | by Courtney Linder | ‘After the algorithm completed its learning phase, it made correct predictions about new lightning strikes about 80 percent of the time. It’s the first time a simple model, trained on meteorological data, has predicted lightning strikes with live calculations.’

Country-wide workshops teach artists about artificial intelligence
GLOBAL NEWS | November 15, 2019 | by Mandy Vocke |
“If artists aren’t engaging in this huge topic, then a lot of voices won’t be heard that might inform a more ethical and a more human approach to rolling out this technology,” workshop instructor Jerrold McGrath said.

Singapore rolls out national strategy on artificial intelligence for ‘impactful’ social, economic benefits
CNA | November 13, 2019 | by Tang See Kit |By 2022, people living in Singapore will be able to report municipal issues via a chatbot that asks for details in real time and automatically identifies the correct government agency in charge.’

We Teach A.I. Systems Everything, Including Our Biases
NEW YORK TIMES | November 11, 2019 | by Cade Metz |
‘Primer’s chief executive, Sean Gourley, said vetting the behavior of this new technology would become so important, it will spawn a whole new industry, where companies pay specialists to audit their algorithms for all kinds of bias and other unexpected behavior.’

Artificial Intelligence Converts 2D Images Into 3D Using Deep Learning [Video]
SCITECH DAILY | November 9, 2019 | by Wayne Lewis |
‘Converting a 2D movie of a worm to 3D, frame by frame, the researchers were able to track the activity of individual neurons within the worm body.’

A Visual Timeline of AI Predictions in Sci-Fi
VISUAL CAPITALIST | November 6, 2019 | by Iman Ghosh |
‘Today’s infographic from takes a look at how some movie and television predictions for AI’s capabilities have taken hold in the real world.’

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