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The Ultimate Guide To Understanding AI

About a decade ago if you mentioned anything about artificial intelligence, you probably be laughed out of whatever room you were in at the time.

Back then, most peoples knowledge of AI would remind them of what they saw in films. Like Data from Star Trek or the Terminator robots from Terminator.

Today though, it’s a buzzword in both business and the industry. People have heard of it and some consider it to be a crucial part to have businesses evolve on a digital level. Those that embrace this technology are believed to be the ones who’ll capitalize the most from this shift.

But how did we get to this point? And what exactly is AI? Let’s explore that.

Saudia Arabia just granted citizenship to a humanoid robot

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Blade Runner, Ex Machina, Terminator… the Matrix…

Have humans forgotten what happens when machines become self-aware, the great battles of humans vs machines… uh.. wait, those are all Hollywood movies. But is fiction approaching reality?

My eyes popped out of my head when I read that a robot was granted citizenship within a country.   There are serious advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics sensors, where robots are looking more human with their facial expressions. but this seems a bit excessive. I am curious if this robot can get a passport and travel alone to other countries.

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 Baxter, The Blushing Robot

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Have you ever seen a robot blush?  Baxter, the chunky red robot with a face, can do that … when he makes a mistake.  But that’s OK – he’s learning.  He’s at school.  His teachers and trainers are a combined group from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and Boston University.

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Baxter is the product of Rethink Robotics.  The company advertises “smart, collaborative robots” for use in manufacturing and industry.  This two-armed model was preceded by Sawyer, a one-armed version with strong sensing capabilities allowing it to work safely next to humans in collaborative settings.

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Compare these 15 Virtual Reality Headsets

VR Headsets are more commonly user with computer games, however they can be used for so many other exciting applications for simulation and training. Some headsets even have eye and head tracking sensors!

Applications include:

  • Architecture and Real Estate – The ability to be immersed in the new building or room, have 360 degree views and it really helps you better understand scale. Some things look big on paper but in reality are too small.
  • Education and Tourism – Great for history, geology, geography and previewing potential holiday locations.
  • Automotive and Flight Simulators – Car designers are using this in addition to pilots to better refine their handling skills
  • Medical – Practice before surgery and some of their simulators even have haptic feedback so you can feel the amount of pressure required

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Google Translations Just Got Better with Artificial Intelligence

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Leaping Forward with Neural Nets

Ten years after introducing Translate, Google has made a major improvement. App users can now enjoy greater accuracy with several major foreign languages. They announced the good news mid-November: Google is now using Neural Machine Translation. A recent study testing the new method showed 60% greater accuracy in translation compared to the old.

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