Thought I would start this thread on AI, there is an upcoming Microsoft Event Future Decoded which will explore some of the fields and interesting questions arsing -31 October to 1 November which will be streamed live if interested in any of it More details here https://www.futuredecoded.com/content/live Information from the 2017 event also available https://news.microsoft.com/en-gb/2017/10/31/future-decoded-2017, also short video Decoded 2017 Highlights
I'll also include work Samsung has been doing in this area with some details from the AI forum in September https://news.samsung.com/global/samsung-ai-forum-offers-a-roadmap-for-the-future-of-ai https://research.samsung.com/artificial-intelligence
With regard to the latest recent developments would say areas that have most caught my attention are Virtual Agents, Automated Hardware, Optimised Hardware, Biometrics (which can creat emore natural interactions between touch, speech and body reactions) Robotic processes, Digital Twin Modelling, Cyber Defences, Empowering Workers (despite risks in some area of undoubted benefit in medical and legal circles). Undoubtably potential benefits which will assist us all in daily life. some more detail https://blog.adext.com/en/artificial-intelligence-technologies-2018 Much scope with Content Creation (for instance one tool Wibbitz can quickly create content from written documentation). Emotion Recognition is certainly an interesting concept which can have application in the entertainment and business arenas. We are all familiar with voice recognition but continually advancing. Detail of 14 applications, some will be more familiar than others. https://blog.adext.com/en/applications-of-artificial-intelligence
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Some interesting articles to share:
There was controversy about the Facial Recognition sysyem used by a company at the King's Cross Development (of course some of us in that area recently)
More on this later but with the conference underway a few links to give some more info on this year's event, "The Cloud" and the sheer amount of Data driving the process featuring in the presentations and Microsoft claims their Azure Cloud way ahead of AWS and Google. http://www.itpro.co.uk/data-insights/32254/microsoft-future-decoded-the-three-forces-driving-the-ai-... Some estimates that AI has the potential to add up to £230 Billion to the economy and it is important not to be left behind,currently 51% of leaders do not have an AI strategy and 37% not even considering it at the monent.
News also on a new AI Academy https://www.onmsft.com/news/microsoft-uk-is-launching-a-new-ai-academy-to-teach-digital-skills-in-th...
A few of the slides on Azure just to give you a feel of it without going too much into the technical side(not that I know a great deal about it myself) but may be interrested in finding out a bit more. Anyone work with cloud based systems?
Basically Azure allows users to host software in the cloud so that they do not have to buy and manage servers. Advantage is that you only pay for resources your application actually uses. Anyway speaker said impossible to be expert in all aspects, what is important is to know the fundamentals and learn to navigate Microsoft Docs.
Here is an overview of the Day's events, some of highlights were the speech on Tech trends by Microsoft CTO Michael Wignall , AI will soon be so commonplace and empower us, the idea is that we can so creative and not need to do many mundane tasks. Earlier focus on the Microsoft Surface Pen wiith its Time Saving elements and benefits bound to grow in future with variety of technology. Whilst there may be fears of replacement new opportunities will be created, employees may well need to continually retrain. Obviously the benefits in medical research a big feature and great speech by Scientist/Broadcaster, Dr. Maggie Aderin-Pocock about dreaming big and in many ways using Technology to help others. Interesting to hear Michael Caine on the perspective of the Entertainment industry . https://news.microsoft.com/en-gb/2018/10/31/future-decoded-2018-day-one-live/
Ethiics touched upon which centers around Data/People and consumers need to clear of the purposes for collecting and sharing, transparancy is important. However a consensus not always easy to achieve, survey on ethical decisions regarding Driverless Car Technology got a bit of attention lately. Bit of detail on this here https://www.forbes.com/sites/patricklin/2018/10/29/does-ai-ethics-need-to-be-more-inclusive/#35d9871...
The presentation on AI in practical terms now available,Thought would include this one, found it interesting https://storageprdv2inwink.blob.core.windows.net/8db60c15-c71b-4512-a6eb-74b389f494bf/0f7df91c-ab57-...
The 2nd day's proceedings included a bit of a trip down memory lane with a bit of the Microsoft history, possible cringe alert For those who don't mind Bob http://techgenix.com/what-about-microsoft-bob/
The Microsoft CEO today focused on the three A's: AI, Azure, Accessibility . Satya Nadella also made a big play on a P word claiming "Privacy Is a Human Right", in today's environment though make of that what you will. A good summary in this article . https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/11/01/satya_nadella_microsoft_future_decoded_keynote/
In terms of services and customer engagement AI will play a much bigger role in the future and imperative that the infrastructure is in place to meet demand. As one example Microsoft working with Wiltshire council to improve efficiency and satisfaction with the use of Digital services and use of Bots, also advising on managing change. https://storageprdv2inwink.blob.core.windows.net/8db60c15-c71b-4512-a6eb-74b389f494bf/a873647b-6db5-...
Some other highlights, on accessibility Jenny Lay-Flurrie give a talk stresssing the benefits of inclusion are wide ranging leading to better products and helps earn the trust of consumers. Microsoft has features built into Powerpoint such as Translatorand Windows has a tool to help with Colour Blindness, some ideas such as the X Box Adaptive Controller have come from their Hackathon Programme where any employee can have an input and not just techies. https://news.microsoft.com/life/hackathon/ A few speakers have talked of the technology breaking down barriers and one app which can be transforming is Seeing AI https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/seeing-ai
Matthew Syed (former table Tennis Champ, journalist, author,consultant) ) released Black Box Thinking in 2015 focusing on how to make marginal gains and learn from mistakes,feels psychology at times holds us back. In his talk which closed this year's event he spoke about home some health care professionals have the wrong mindset , there is a need to continually learn and improve in all walks of life. He noted Microsoft have a growth mindset and recognised the need to change from know it all to learn it all.
Some more details on today's programme here Future Decoded-Day 2
Slides for the Expo sessions available here (some still to become available) https://www.futuredecoded.com/sessions
Just a few articles I've come across which I'll also include here, some focus on the ethics.
At the Samsung Developer's conference opportunities a few chances to win a Smart Watch and would say one of the winners earned it by correctly naming John McCarthy as the inventor of the phrase AI.
John McCarthy is considered to be the architech of AI and coined the phrase in 1958, which he would describe as the science and engineering of making intelligent machines. He also created LISP the standard computing language which would later be used in a variety of internet services such as detecting credit card fraud. McCarthy worked on the very early versions of the self Driving Car which we hear so much about today. Another advanced technique he developed was an early version of networking and his observation that “computation may someday be organized as a public utility can be seen as the concept of "cloud computing" so prevalent today.
See more details here Architech of AI
Will also include this information in this section as some technical details, general resume on TV/Smart phone threads.
Samsung Electronics announced powerful new developer tools for its Bixby and SmartThings platforms, as well as new, powerful mobile experiences with One UI and Infinity Flex Display. To make connected living a reality, Samsung is facilitating developers and partners to quickly build, launch and scale new experiences to millions of devices .
Connected living is the buzzword and the progress made enables third party devices and services to be effectively integrated to AI and IOT. The foldable mobile displays enables Samsung to create new enriched experiences for customers and the innovation will be enhanced by working with developers.
Gaming is also a big part of the future and on the 2nd day and the Electronics power announced that Galaxy Game Dev will be expanded with more cuting edge tools to take the technology to the next level and also greatly enhance mobile Gaming with the Vulkan Application programming. Digital ink is making bounds forward and Remote SDK can now be integrated with apps and coding will not be so involved. Wakom introduced their ink layer language (WILL) and and Note 9 users will be able to transform their drawings into 3D and the technology AI ready and thus the journey for personal digital experiences gathers pace.