NASA’s ISS robot companion CIMON gets caught copping an attitude

NASA’s ISS robot companion CIMON gets caught copping an attitude

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As more machines and humans work alongside one another how we interact with one another will become increasingly crucial.   As he entered his final month on the International Space Station (ISS) on Monday, Alexander Gerst could be proud that he’s helped given birth to...

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Lexus turns to IBM to create the world’s first AI scripted advert

Lexus turns to IBM to create the world’s first AI scripted advert

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In time all adverts, and the majority of content, will be created by AI, and people won’t be able to tell it from the “real” thing.   Over the past eighteen months or so I’ve been discussing how Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been becoming increasingly...

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IBM’s AI wins debates in San Francisco against champion debating team

IBM’s AI wins debates in San Francisco against champion debating team

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The art of debating often helps humans learn new things and see topics from new perspectives, so an AI that can debate with humans on a vast range of topics could be incredibly useful.   Checkmate is a simple concept. It’s a final, decisive move...

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Daimler hires Soul Machine’s lifelike Avatar to answer customer queries

Daimler hires Soul Machine’s lifelike Avatar to answer customer queries

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Bots are evolving and increasingly it’s going to get more difficult to tell bots from real people, whether they’re just text bots or, in this case, life like looking avatars.   New Zealand based company Soul Machines, the company behind a sophisticated high definition digital...

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IBM’s “flying brain” Watson heads into space

IBM’s “flying brain” Watson heads into space

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the space industry steps looks to explore more space and even colonise and mine new planets the demands on astronauts is increasing, so CIMON and its descendents will be used to help lighten their load and make them more productive.   IBM Watson is...

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Japanese insurer announces it will replace office workers with artificial intelligence

Japanese insurer announces it will replace office workers with artificial intelligence

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF More and more companies are experimenting with AI as a way to automate away jobs, and as the human toll continues to increase this is just the beginning   Fukoku Mutual Life, a Japanese insurance company with a turnover of $6.8 Billion in 2016, announced...

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The world’s largest hedge fund is using AI to automate its entire management team

The world’s largest hedge fund is using AI to automate its entire management team

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The news is filled with news about automation and machines that are taking our jobs, arguably for the first time we can see companies who are automating both the workers at the base of the pyramid, and the executives at the top. In the next...

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Apples CEO Tim Cook speaks out the future of AI

Apples CEO Tim Cook speaks out the future of AI

Apples latest announcements on its plans for AI are, well, boring Pixar founder George Lucas might have given the world the word “Droid” before he sold the company to Apple’s Steve Jobs but now Apple CEO Tim Cook is making no secret of the fact that he wants the company to play...

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An AI Bot posing as a Teaching Assistant fooled students for five months

An AI Bot posing as a Teaching Assistant fooled students for five months

A quiet revolution is coming, one that will eventually turn every industry into a dumb pipe and flip the world of commerce, decision making, jobs and transactions on their heads. Here come the Bots. Earlier this year Eric Wilson who was taking an online Artificial Intelligence course at  Georgia Institute of Technology...

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Your new kindergarten teacher is a small, green dinosaur

Your new kindergarten teacher is a small, green dinosaur

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Can AI help children learn better? Perhaps…   What is green, very small, sounds like Yoda and boasts almost endless wisdom? The answer is Elemental Path’s CogniToys small talking and listening dinosaur that taps into IBM Watsons powerful AI and Cognitive Computing smarts to help children learn – or that,...

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Meet Olli the self driving bus, perfectly disruptive, perfectly purposeful

Meet Olli the self driving bus, perfectly disruptive, perfectly purposeful

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Local Motors represents a new breed of company, one that competitors would be wise to watch out for.   Local Motors, an Arizona based automaker that crowd sources vehicle design, has introduced a 3D printed, autonomous, partly recyclable, electric shuttle bus called Olli. Local Motors...

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How Artificial Intelligence will shape the future of management

How Artificial Intelligence will shape the future of management

The field of artificial intelligence has been static for quite a while; AI funding started plunging in the late seventies after the US government became frustrated with the slow progress on efforts such as automated robots. The market finally collapsed in the mid-eighties, when personal computers from IBM and Apple...

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Eclipse, the world’s first AI produced short film hits the screens at Cannes

Eclipse, the world’s first AI produced short film hits the screens at Cannes

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The worlds first AI produced short film is a portent of things to come.   Earlier this year I wrote a thought article showcasing how emerging technology will change how entertainment is produced, distributed and consumed and here I am, just months later, writing another...

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Meet Ross, the world’s first AI lawyer

Meet Ross, the world’s first AI lawyer

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF If AI can automate the legal profession is any job safe?   Law firm Baker & Hostetler has announced that they are employing IBM’s AI “Ross” to handle their bankruptcy practice, which at the moment consists of nearly 50 lawyers. According to CEO and co-founder of...

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Under the skin of Ross the worlds first AI lawyer

Under the skin of Ross the worlds first AI lawyer

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Lauded as the world’s first AI lawyer the story of “Ross” began with a divorce.     When Jimoh Ovbiagele was 10 years old, his parents decided to separate. His mother started seeking out divorce lawyers, but was quickly halted by the astronomical hourly rates....

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