Artificial Intelligence in the News – 26Nov2019

The current trend in tech, no matter what the venue, is Artificial Intelligence (AI) | #TpromoCom #ArtificialIntelligence #AI #HealthCare | Fashionable and trendy, the use of AI in society is looked upon as progressive and modern, not to mention smart and intelligent. No matter what the facts may be–whether AI’s the savior or the destroyer of mankind–everyone wants it, and they want it now.

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The future is now!

One of the reasons why corporations and governments across the globe are sure to continue their efforts to develop AI is the fact that this tech is capable of reading, sorting, assessing, analyzing, and logically, systematically reporting on huge quantities of data–commonly called Big Data.

But, will corporations and governments stop with Big Data? Let me take a guess… “No!” and let me tell you why, because AI is capable of so much more.

–Allan B. Colombo

The following is a quick look at AI in the news:

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Can Artificial Intelligence Cure What Ails The Healthcare Industry? | Personal healthcare experiences often spark pioneering cures, and Pinaki Dasgupta, CEO of Hindsait, is no exception. After two immediate family members weathered serious health issues, Dasgupta brought his digital expertise in manufacturing to the healthcare industry. Click Here!

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Stanford-led snapshot of artificial intelligence reveals challenges | A periodic review of the artificial intelligence industry revealed the potential pitfalls of outsourcing our problems for technology to solve rather than addressing the causes, and of allowing outdated predictive modeling to go unchecked. As part of Stanford’s ongoing 100-year study on artificial intelligence, known as the AI100, two workshops recently considered the issues of care technologies and predictive modeling to inform the future development of AI technologies. Click here!

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Top Artificial Intelligence (AI) Predictions For 2020 From IDC and Forrester | IDC and Forrester issued recently their predictions for artificial intelligence (AI) in 2020 and beyond. While external “market events” may make companies cautious about AI, says Forrester, “courageous ones” will continue to invest and expand the initial “timid” steps they took in 2019. Click Here!

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Can Artificial Intelligence Learn to Learn? | As businesses integrate Artificial Intelligence into their systems, technology professionals are looking at a new frontier of AI innovation. This is in the area of Meta-Learning. Meta-Learning is simply learning to learn. We humans have the unique ability to learn from any situation or surrounding. We adapt our learning. We can figure out how we can learn. To acquire this kind of flexibility in learning, AI needs Artificial General Intelligence. Click Here!

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Artificial Intelligence: Humans could one day marry robots and ’emotionally’ bond with AI | PEOPLE will increasingly bond with artificial intelligence (AI) in the coming years and give the green light to marriage between man and machine, a philosopher has spectacularly claimed. The bizarre prediction was made by Dr Maciej Musiał from the University of Adam Mickiewicz in Poznan, Poland. Click Here!

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VoiceBase Expands Beyond Voice, Offering Text Analytics, Introduces VoiceBase Online and Enterprise Accelerator

VoiceBase Expands Beyond Voice, Offering Text Analytics, Introduces VoiceBase Online and Enterprise Accelerator | #TpromoCom #Voice #AI | Latest VoiceBase release provides organizations omni-channel views of their customers and unparalleled flexibility and speed in deployments

San Francisco, CA, USA, Nov. 12, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — VoiceBase, the leading AI-driven voice analytics company, today announced Text Analytics. This new capability empowers organizations to analyze text data in parallel with voice data. Customers can now ingest text data from chat, messaging, email, social platforms, forums and help platforms such as Zendesk, ServiceNow and Salesforce.

“Combining text data with our award winning AI-powered voice analytics platform allows for organizations to truly listen to the omni-voice of the customer,” said Mark Langsfeld, VP of Product, VoiceBase.Enterprises will now be able to leverage consistent categorization and analysis using a unified platform, rather than siloed channel views of critical customer information.Introducing VoiceBase Online

With the competitive landscape changing many industries, customer experience is at the core of digital transformation.  To enable customers to optimize the time to market for speech and text analytics, VoiceBase is also introducing VoiceBase Online. VoiceBase Online is a fully hosted SaaS application that hosts the analytics databases with optimized query schemas, data transformations, and front-end visual analytics, powered by Tableau.

“In a changing analytics world, many customers ask for self-service, but a segment of customers also desire full-service analytics.  VoiceBase Online is a fully hosted, highly scalable, and affordable option for organizations that value speed to market with their voice of the customer analytics,” said Langsfeld.

General availability for VoiceBase Online is January 2020.

Introducing VoiceBase Enterprise Accelerator

To help organizations rapidly deploy speech and text analytics at scale, VoiceBase is also announcing Enterprise Accelerator. 

Enterprise Accelerator is a tightly integrated, turn-key analytics platform.  Through simple online configuration, Enterprise Accelerator creates and continually maintains a performant and easy-to-query warehouse in your own Snowflake, Redshift, or Azure SQL instance.  Enterprise Accelerator also provisions a companion Tableau server site with a suite of ready-to-customize dashboards.

Langsfeld added “Speed and flexibility are at the heart of Enterprise Accelerator, and our alpha customers and partners are really excited by how fast we can go from a call recording to enterprise scale analytics within hours.”

“At Delta Dental of Washington, Enterprise Accelerator allowed us to spend time on analysis, without having to build out an internal analytics environment.  Deploying through Enterprise Accelerator easily saved us months of project time,” said Becky Masters, Director of Digital Experience.

General availability for VoiceBase Enterprise Accelerator is January 2020.

To learn more about Text Analytics, VoiceBase Online, and Enterprise Accelerator, stop by the Tableau Conference 2019 in Las Vegas from November 12th through 15th.  VoiceBase will be in the expo hall at Mandalay Bay, booth 639.

About VoiceBase

VoiceBase helps people bring vision to voice.  VoiceBase’s AI-driven platform allows people to quickly process speech and text data to create actionable insight.

To learn more about VoiceBase, please visit https://www.VoiceBase.com.

To talk to VoiceBase’s sales team, please visit https://www.voicebase.com/contact-us/contact-sales/.

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Is the US losing the artificial intelligence arms race?

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Is the US losing the artificial intelligence arms race? | #TpromoCom #AI #ArtificialIntelligence #War | The U.S. government, long a proponent of advancing technology for military purposes, sees artificial intelligence as key to the next generation of fighting tools.

The U.S. defense community is coming to understand that AI will significantly transform, if not completely reinvent, the world’s military power balance. The concern is more than military. As Chinese and Russian technologies become more sophisticated, they threaten U.S. domination of technological innovation and development, as well as global economic power and influence.

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Personal Perspective: The issue of AI in military hands is a frightening one in that once you open that bottle and the Genie jumps out, you’re NOT going to put him back. Elon Musk has been very vocal on this right from the start, especially since he works with AI in his engineering work.

A number of years ago when AI engineers began working on AI tech, I read a number of comments made by them. Most common, ordinary people would be just as concerned as I was, and still am with what I read. The brunt of it is, “We know there’s a potential for annihilation by our own contrived, mechanized children, but they will embody the essence of humanity by virtue of the fact that we made them.”

I’m not sure about you, but that kind of statement by the creators of the first AI prototypes is disconcerting. Here’s another report released over the past few daze that should also cause you some concern: Click Here! –Al Colombo

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Chinese AI unicorns target smart cities & public security

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Chinese AI unicorns target smart cities & public security | #TpromoCom #AI #Military #Chinese | According to research company, Memoori, in a bid to be at the forefront of the technology, China is pouring billions of dollars into companies that are researching AI technology, with video analytics and IoT platforms for smart cities being two of the prime applications.

Memoori estimates that China accounts for approx. 31% of global physical security revenues and says that it is now the biggest single country market for physical security products having increased its share by almost 50% in the last 7 years.

Video surveillance equipment has been the major contributor here, with the market growing rapidly through a boom in new construction and safe city projects in the public sector. Hundreds of cities in China, large and small, have jumped on the smart cities bandwagon, as advocated by Beijing, and have established budgets to support such initiatives.

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Artificial Intelligence Research Needs Responsible Publication Norms

Artificial Intelligence Research Needs Responsible Publication Norms | #TpromoCom #AI #ArtificialIntelligence #RulesofEngagement | After nearly a year of suspense and controversy, any day now the team of artificial intelligence (AI) researchers at OpenAI will release the full and final version of GPT-2, a language model that can “generate coherent paragraphs and perform rudimentary reading comprehension, machine translation, question answering, and summarization—all without task-specific training.”

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When OpenAI first unveiled the program in February, it was capable of impressive feats: Given a two-sentence prompt about unicorns living in the Andes Mountains, for example, the program produced a coherent nine-paragraph news article. At the time, the technical achievement was newsworthy—but it was how OpenAI chose to release the new technology that really caused a firestorm.

OpenAI was cautious with this release to limit the extent to which it could go in the creation of written copy. The reason, for those who follow today’s political issues, involved the fear that many have concerning the ability of such an expanded AI program to create fake and inaccurate news articles.

“In light of the political climate today, and considering how many of today’s popular news organizations do manufacturer news–rather than simply report it–this fear appears to be warranted.

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“Projecting this fear out a bit, let’s consider the fact that a true AI-based platform must be able to re-write it’s own programming in order to truly ‘learn’ new things. I may not be an expert on AI tech, but I think it’s safe to say that this is going to be an issue one day, where true AI programs could be programmed with a mission that is contrary to what society deems as acceptable. The worry that many people in that industry have is that it could one day develop to the point where it could have and act on its own agenda–not ours.” –Al Colombo, Senior Design Specialist with TpromoCom of Canton, Ohio.

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The Memoreyes Video Safety System Prevents Crimes

The Memoreyes Video Safety System Prevents Crimes | #Memoreyes #CrimePrevention #Safety #SituationalAwareness | Memoreyes™, the Video Safety System that thinks and acts like a human, fights crime by being aware of its surroundings.

“I like to call it SAT, which is an acronym for Situationally Aware Technology,” says John Collings, founder and CEO, Memoreyes of Atlanta. “The system uses artificial intelligence (AI) to monitor the environment and to then deter unwanted behavior when necessary. Our system not only detects and documents events at high resolution for future use, but it’s designed to see the right thing at the right time.”

The underlying premise behind the Memoreyes system is SAT, and that’s achieved through the use of a highly effective sensor package comprised of thermal imaging, radar, and sound. In a word, it enables the AI portion of the system, which is called ‘The Director,’ to literally see a 360-degree area. In fact, the Memoreyes system is built upon the understanding that ‘There’s more that goes on outside a camera’s field of view than in it.’

Using a cellular App, the Model 360, the ‘All Property’ system, is able to differentiate between people who belong and those that do not. Once authentication takes place, the Director is able to track unknowns in relation to known individuals. The system makes decisions based on multiple criteria, such as interception paths, velocity of an unknown versus a known target, sounds, and others things.

“The Memoreyes system networks with other cameras in the system to follow an event to its conclusion. Each camera knows where to look all by itself,” says Collings. “No ordinary video system can do that!”

The Memoreyes App enables authenticated users to request that the system ‘follow’ them as they proceed through an outdoor area. A good application for this might be a young lady heading for the dorms as she leaves the library on a college campus. She can get immediate help as well by pressing the panic button. Another application is a retail store manager carrying a money bag as they make their way through a dark parking lot to their car for a drive to a local bank.

The Memoreyes system doesn’t wait for an authorized user to request help. If it ‘sees’ that an unknown target is moving at a high velocity in an intercept path with a known individual, the Director will begin flashing lights and issuing audible warnings. The Memoreyes Model 100, ‘Entrance System,’ is equipped with seven HD cameras–four that provide a 360-degree view, and three for license plate reading.

To learn more about the Memoreyes system, go to: http://bit.ly/2xkisdI

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Artificial Intelligence Is Making Increasing Headway In The Enterprise Back Office

Artificial Intelligence Is Making Increasing Headway In The Enterprise Back Office | #TpromoCom #AI #ArtificialIntelligence #Software | Artificial intelligence is making some of the most remarkable progress in back offices of enterprises of all types.

The back office is where business operations that support the main customer-facing parts of the organization operate. It handles finance and accounting, human resources, supply chain and logistics operations, IT and support technology, and all the other bits and pieces of the enterprise that are needed to make the rest of the operation work smoothly.

The back office is the place where everything happens that doesn’t directly deal with customers. This can be anything from research, scheduling the receipt and making of payments, or management of facilities. Much of these operations involve human activities and business processes that can be improved and expedited through the use of intelligent, AI-enabled technology and systems.

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Memoreyes’ Unique Outdoor Video Surveillance Systems are Totally Wireless


Memoreyes’ Unique Outdoor Video Surveillance Systems are Totally Wireless | #Memoreyes #TpromoCom #WiFi #VideoSurveillance | The use of outdoor WiFi is often unreliable. But the engineers behind Memoreyes’ unique outdoor video safety systems have solved this problem, providing reliable, steady wireless connectivity between the Model 360 and 100 camera systems. No wires means no trenching and lower installation fees.

The Camera Housing

  • The Entrance System Housing contains seven cameras and two to three micro-computers.
  • Four cameras document cars as they enter, pass by, and depart; and the other three read license plates, including the detection of vehicles that travel the wrong way through an exit.
  • The All Property System housing is a 12’ tall “candy cane” that houses an HD camera, 2 micro-computers, and the Camera Director System.
  • The system runs on low voltage power (no 120VAC power install requirements), and it wirelessly connects to a NVR (Network Video Recorder) through Ethernet radios.
  • Camera housings are weatherproof, including sun shades and are rated from -20°F to 120°F.
  • Anti-tampering features detect camera-pole shaking, which initiates a local verbal warning through an in-housing speaker. This action also directs other cameras in the vicinity to video the event.

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