Artificial Intelligence

Expert System Acquires the ICM and iLab Divisions of ISOCO

Expert System LogoMODENA, ITALY–(Marketwired – Dec. 11, 2014) – Today, the board of directors of Expert System, a leading developer of semantic software for the effective management of information and big data, listed on the AIM Italia market (organized and managed by Borsa Italiana S.p.A.), has approved subsidiary Expert System Iberia S.L.’s acquisition of the ICM (Intelligent Content Management) and iLab – Research Center Innovation – divisions of iSOCO, an international company based in Barcelona with contacts in South America, specialized in the development of semantic technology based software for the management of unstructured information aimed at a wide variety of industrial sectors, especially banking, government and pharmaceuticals. Read more

Deep Learning Startup MetaMind Raises $8M

metamindJordan Novet of Venture Beat recently wrote, “Richard Socher never set out to place himself on the bleeding edge of artificial intelligence. He merely wanted to blend language and math — two subjects he’d always liked. But one thing led to another, and he ended up developing an impressive technology called recursive neural networks, and now the startup he established after leaving university,MetaMind, is launching with financial backing from some serious names. Socher and his team at the four-month-old startup want to demonstrate MetaMind’s ability to process images and text better than any other available technology out there to perform deep learning. Toward that end, in addition to announcing an $8 million initial funding round from Khosla Ventures and Salesforce.com chief executive Marc Benioff, MetaMind today is introducing multiple demonstrations of its technical capabilities on its website.” Read more

Will Artificially Intelligent Robots Destroy Humanity? Stephen Hawking Says Maybe

7642344074_5db123eab7Katherine Noyes of Tech News World reports, “Artificial intelligence eventually could bring about mankind’s demise, renowned physicist Stephen Hawking said in an interview published earlier this week. ‘The primitive forms of artificial intelligence we already have have proved very useful, but I think the development of full artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race,’ Hawking told the BBC in an interview commemorating the launch of a new system designed to help him communicate.”

Noyes goes on, “Because he is almost entirely paralyzed by a motor neuron disease related to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Hawking relies on technology to communicate. Read more

How Quoc Le is Teaching Machines to Understand Emotions Through Deep Learning

Google LogoDaniela Hernandez of Wired recently wrote that Quoc Le “works on the Google Brain, the search giant’s foray into ‘deep learning,’ a form of artificial intelligence that processes data in ways that mimic the human brain—at least in some ways. Le was one of the main coders behind the widely publicized first-incaration of the Google Brain, a system that taught itself to recognize cats on YouTube images, and since then, the 32-year-old Vietnam-native has been instrumental in helping to build Google systems that recognize your spoken words on Android phones and automatically tag your photos on the web, both of which are powered by deep-learning technology.” Read more

Smart Toys For Girls and Boys

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Right before Thanksgiving The Semantic Web Blog gave readers a heads-up about how retailers use of semantic technology could help make the holiday shopping season brighter for consumers. This week, to help those still in need of finding something special for that someone special on his or her shopping list – i.e. friends, children and family with a taste for meaningful computing (or at least for the products that result from it) – we’ll take a look at some holiday gift buys that might fit the bill.

Ladies and gentlemen, start your shopping engines:

  • Joining his artificial-intelligence inspired robot friends like Robosapien X and Roboraptor is MiP, which toymaker Wowwee calls a balancing multifunctional and autonomous robot powered by iOS or Android smartphones. The device includes GestureSense technology that lets it respond to the motions of hands or other objects, so that you can play games like Follow the Leader, and to mobile apps that let you drive him around, set him up in a boxing match, or play games like stacking objects.

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Wendy Hall Appointed to New International Council on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics

Wendy HallAccording to a new article out of the University of Southampton, “Professor Dame Wendy Hall has been named as a founding member of a new International Council on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (iCAIR). Dame Wendy joins leading researchers and innovators from the world’s best universities, companies and organisations to pioneer the new iCAIR council that has just been launched in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The Council was inspired by the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics and will offer advice on the best ways to use robotics and artificial intelligence to improve people’s lives.” Read more

Carnegie Mellon Researchers Identify Brain Regions That Encode Words, Grammar, Story

cmuSome people say that reading “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” taught them the importance of friends, or that easy decisions are seldom right. Carnegie Mellon University scientists used a chapter of that book to learn a different lesson: identifying what different regions of the brain are doing when people read. Read more

Cognitive Computing and Humanity

watsonThe Wharton School of Business recently wrote, “Knowledge@Wharton spoke with Brad Becker, chief design officer for IBM Watson, about current and future applications of cognitive computing and how he hopes to make computers ‘more humane.’ An edited version of the conversation follows.” Asked how his background in user experience design affects his role in the Watson project, Becker commented, “[It’s based on] the idea that technology should work for people, not the other way around. For a long time, people have worked to better understand technology. Watson is technology that works to understand us. It’s more humane, it’s helpful to humans, it speaks our language, it can deal with ambiguity, it can create hypotheses, it can learn from us. And, of course, since it’s a computer, it can scale as much as needed and has recall far beyond what humans have.” Read more

Medical App HealthTap Uses Artificial Intelligence to Offer Personalized Advice

healthtapSage Lazzaro of Beta Beat reports, “Popular medical app HealthTap just launched a new product called ‘Top Doctor Insights.’ Using artificial intelligence, the new service provides users with completely personalized health information. HealthTap is a resource for accessing free medical information provided by more than 64,000 doctors. Until now, it wasn’t much more than a database. But with ‘Top Doctor Insights,’ two people searching the same topic now receive completely different results. After a user types in a question, the service goes beyond searching for keywords and actually analyzes the content and semantic meaning of the inquiry.” Read more

New Yorkers: IO Has Launched a Beta Version of Its AI Assistant

ioJosh Ong of The Next Web reports, “IO, a virtual assistant that you chat with to get local recommendations, has launched its beta in New York City. Up to 100 TNW readers interested in testing the app can sign up here from their mobile devices. Since it uses a natural language processing and conversation engine, IO has reached the point where it needs real-world users in order to train its algorithms. The company is hoping to launch publicly by the end of the year.Currently, IO is focused on providing restaurant recommendations, but the service will eventually extend to other verticals. The app pulls in data from Yelp, The New York Times, The Infatuation, New York Magazine, Eater, Urban Spoon, Foursquare, Time Out and Tripadvisor.” Read more

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