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Google DeepMind To Scan Eyeballs

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Google has reached an agreement to partner with Moorfields Eye Hospital in London on a project to use Google’s machine learning to try to discover paths to early detection of eye problems from diabetes sufferers and from the onset of macular degeneration in aging populations.

Google’s health unit will use deep learning to assess over one million anonymized hi-res 3-D eye scans with the goal of becoming able to automatically diagnose vision problems in hi-risk groups. The hope is that ...

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CEO Roundup — Views On AI from 5 Top Tech Execs

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Business Insider offers a capsule summary of the current views on AI held by five of the most influential executives in technology: Eric Schmidt of Google, Elon Musk of Tesla & Space X, Satya Nadella of Microsoft, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, and Jeff Bezos of Amazon.

On malicious AI, with the exception of Musk, they trend non-alarmist. On near-term and medium-term opportunities, they are cautiously optimistic.

Satya Nadella, in particular, has a recent nuanced view articulated in Slate.

The bottom line is that ...

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AI vs. Cognitive Computing: How do YOU decide?

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Artificial intelligence (AI) and cognitive computing are distinct fields, though the terms are sometimes used interchangeably to refer to the ability of computers to reason. The differences in the fields may seem subtle, but they have distinct approaches and goals. AI advocates are convinced that their machines will provide augmented intelligence that will surpass humans in accuracy and insight or strength and agility. Cognitive computing advocates say that “cognitive assistants” are tools that handle volumes of data and exhaustive rounds ...

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Financial Times Doubles Down on Robots’ Impacts

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Robotics, like cognitive computing, is a field in full upheaval. Today’s market has left welding, assembling, and spray painting far behind and is now knocking on the door of blue collar and white collar skills alike. Implications are seismic for applications ranging from military weaponry to journalism to customer service to emerging investment niches. The Financial Times collects a large selection of perspectives on robots’ impacts across the business spectrum.

Read more at The Financial Times

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Voice Interfaces Reap New Investment from Tech Giants

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Having a smart digital assistant you send messages to via a keyboard seems like a contradiction in terms. So 20th century. If they’re so smart, why don’t they talk like we do? And there’s the rub: now they don’t, but Amazon, Facebook, and Google, among others, see competitive advantage in bringing the best voice interaction to market. The impact will be similar to the one Google had on internet search, so why not get excited.

ReCode offers a good overview of ...

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Smarter Perspectives Needed to Prepare for Smart Machines

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Tom Davenport and the International Institute for Analytics offer a thoughtful perspective on “how to help humans work better with smart machines.” This is not the first or the last word you will hear on this issue, but it provides an important, business-based perspective on what can be a largely emotional topic.

Read more at International Institute for Analytics

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Viv To Demo “New” Virtual Assistant

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Attendees at TechCrunch’s Disrupt conference will see the first large public demo of startup Viv Labs’ “Viv” virtual assistant. In gestation for over a decade and in concentrated development since Viv Labs was founded 4 years ago, the new assistant brings an open architecture model to the problem of creating a voice-driven personal service with range and depth.

Created by the team that developed Siri and sold it to Apple, the goal of Viv is literally to replace the current middleman ...

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AI First World for Google

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Google (not to be confused with Alphabet) CEO Sundar Pichai used the company’s (Alphabet’s) annual “founders’ letter” to paint a brief but interesting picture of the company’s commitment to intelligent assistant technologies:

Looking to the future, the next big step will be for the very concept of the “device” to fade away. Over time, the computer itself—whatever its form factor—will be an intelligent assistant helping you through your day. We will move from mobile first to an AI first world.

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Rob High Suggests Emotional Analysis is Next

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IBM Watson CTO Rob High presented a keynote recently at the NVidia GPU Technology Conference in San Jose, in which he took the 3,500 attendees through the milestones of Watson development since the 2011 Jeopardy win, reviewed the differences between AI and Cognitive Computing, and suggested that a core future development area for Watson will be taking the analysis of sentiment beyond “red light/green light” toward a more textured understanding of personality, emotion, and tone.

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Cautionary Tales for Digital Assistant Apps

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Young human ex-question-answerer Biz Carson offers an insider’s look at human-assisted search apps and what can go wrong when developers leave humans and machines to collaborate to find the “best” answers to users’ questions. While she specifically points to Facebook’s M as a candidate for falling into some of the same negative dynamics that beset her former company (would-be search innovator ChaCha) in 2009, her experience sheds light equally well on any cognitive app being developed to provide more than ...

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