AI BRIEFS: December 2019

Art meets artificial intelligence: Austin artists explore new meaning in data | Stephenville Empire-Tribune | DEcember 31, 2019 | by Hojun Choi | ‘Morton said the new brand of AI-powered generative art forces people to look inward for meaning rather than using external context.’

Top movies of 2019 that depicted artificial intelligence
ANALYTICS INDIA MAGAZINE | December 30, 2019 | by Vishal Chawla | ‘While in the real world AI is still focused on solving narrow problems, we see a whole different face of AI in the fictional world of science fiction movies — which predominantly depict the rise of artificial general intelligence as a threat for human civilization.’

Lack of guidance leaves public services in limbo on AI, says watchdog
THE GUARDIAN | December 29, 2019 | by Dan Sabbagh |
‘The surveillance camera commissioner, Tony Porter, said he received requests for guidance all the time from public bodies which do not know where the limits lie when it comes to the use of facial, biometric and lip-reading technology.’

Artificial intelligence is helping us talk to animals (yes, really)
WIRED | December 29, 2019 | by Marty Lou Jepson and John Ryan | ‘What are the key elements of whale songs and of elephant sounds? Phonemes? Blocks of repeated sounds? Tones? Nobody knows, yet, but at least the journey has begun.’ 

Survey: 71% of Consumers Are ‘Amenable’ to More AI in Their Restaurant Experience
December 23, 2019 | by Jennifer Marston | ‘In particular, consumers would be most interested in AI if it could help drive down the cost of menu items (43 percent) and speed up the ordering process (42 percent).’

7 tips to get your resume past the robots reading it
CNBC | December 18, 2019 | Jennifer Liu | ‘These machines are nuanced, but their use still means very specific wording, repetition and prioritization of certain phrases matter.’

Bosch’s A.I.-powered tech could prevent accidents by staring at you
DIGITAL TRENDS | December 16, 2019 | by Ronan Glon | ‘It tries to wake you up if you’re dozing off, and it reminds you to look ahead if your eyes are elsewhere. Alternatively, it can recommend a break from driving and, in extreme cases, slow down the car to prevent a collision.’

The 10 Best Examples Of How AI Is Already Used In Our Everyday Life
FORBES | December 16, 2019 | by Bernard Marr | ‘…artificial intelligence is encountered by most people from morning until night.’ 

Artificial intelligence is writing the end of Beethoven’s unfinished symphony
EURONEWS | December 14, 2019 | by Shea Lawrence | “An AI system learns an unbelievable amount of notes in an extremely short time,” said Roeder. “And the first results are a bit like with people, you say ‘hmm, maybe it’s not so great’. But it keeps going and, at some point, the system really surprises you.

China’s AI initiatives to pay off with broad industrial applications, iFlytek founder says
SCMP | December 10, 2019 | ‘…he said AI advances were now entering a “critical stage” in the world’s second largest economy, without elaborating.’

The No. 1 job of 2019 pays $140,000 — and its hiring growth has exploded 74%
MARKETWATCH | December 10, 2019 | by Cately Hill | ‘No. 1 on the list: Artificial Intelligence Specialist — typically an engineer, researcher or other specialty that focuses on machine learning and artificial intelligence, figuring out things like where it makes sense to implement AI or building AI systems.’

Facebook’s Head of AI Says the Field Will Soon ‘Hit the Wall’
WIRED | December 4, 2019 | by Will Knight |
‘Deep learning and current AI, if you are really honest, has a lot of limitations. We are very very far from human intelligence, and there are some criticisms that are valid: It can propagate human biases, it’s not easy to explain, it doesn’t have common sense, it’s more on the level of pattern matching than robust semantic understanding.’

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) in 2020: 5 trends to watch
THE ENTERPRISERS PROJECT | December 3, 2019 | by Kevin Casey | ‘Look for reality checks about fit, new partnerships between IT and HR, and increasing use of RPA for security tasks.’

Risk Managers Grapple With Potential Downsides of AI
WALL STREET JOURNAL | December 2, 2019 | by Kristin Broughton | ‘A blind spot for risk managers in financial services is itself becoming a risk: Few say they have the know-how to properly analyze the potential downsides of artificial intelligence.’

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