“Alphabet and Google CEO, Sundar Pichai, is the latest tech giant kingpin to make a public call for AI to be regulated while simultaneously encouraging lawmakers towards a dilute enabling framework that does not put any hard limits on what can be done with AI technologies.
Google chief claiming: ‘AI has the potential to improve billions of lives, and the biggest risk may be failing to do so'”
“Apple has reportedly paid $200 million to acquire Seattle-based artificial intelligence company Xnor.ai, which specialises in edge-based AI.
Whilst Siri has fallen behind Amazon’s Alexa and, in particular, Google’s Assistant – Apple might have its sights on an entirely different goal with this acquisition: giving users control of extremely personal data.
If concerns around data privacy become a key – or core – factor in purchasing smart devices, then Apple is likely best placed to satisfy those buyers because of acquisitions like Xnor.ai.”
“That’s what AI as a service is all about: making new technology accessible across the board, whether a company is big, small, tech-advanced, or on a budget.
SMBs require it. AI as a service allows for advanced infrastructure at minimal cost. This is exactly what small and mid-sized businesses around the world need right now to compete against tech giants. AI as a service, in a way, is their only hope.”
“More than 13,000 artificial intelligence mavens flocked to Vancouver this week for the world’s leading academic AI conference, NeurIPS.
“All of the models that we have learned how to train are about passing a test or winning a game with a score, [but] so many things that intelligences do aren’t covered by that rubric at all,” said Aguera y Arcas.
emerging field called metalearning concerned with crafting learning algorithms that can devise their own learning algorithms.”
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