Amazon plans to open six more cashierless Go stores

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Amazon.com plans to open as many as six more cashierless stores this year, Recode reported. The e-commerce giant is considering locations in Los Angeles and Seattle, where the first and only Amazon Go store opened to the public last month. Source: Seattle Times Date: February 23rd, 2018 Link: https://www.seattletimes.com/business/amazon-plans-to-open-six-more-cashierless-go-stores-recode-says/ Discussion 1) Why is Amazon doing this? 2) What could… Read more »

Microsoft AI

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<iframe src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/9tucY7Jhhs4?rel=0″ width=”560″ height=”315″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen”></iframe> This video is a TV commercial from Microsoft talking about their AI systems. <strong>Source: </strong>Microsoft <strong>Date: </strong>February 15th, 2018 <strong>Link: </strong><a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tucY7Jhhs4″>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tucY7Jhhs4</a> <strong>Discussion</strong> 1) What actually is Artificial Intelligence? 2) What sorts of applications can you think of, beyond those shown in the video, that could use AI?

Why Silicon Valley singles are giving up on the algorithms of love

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Kate Chan, a 30-year-old digital marketer in Silicon Valley, first approached dating apps with a blend of curiosity and hope that they’d help her find a great guy.  But after six months of dead-end mismatches with guys she thought were boring or work-obsessed, she has gone back to what she called “meeting the old-fashioned way”: without… Read more »

‘I didn’t even meet my potential employers’

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As companies rely more on machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) to find the right job candidates, is recruitment in danger of losing that personal touch?  Peter Lane, a 21-year-old who graduated last summer from Cardiff University with a degree in History, is hoping to get into business consulting.  He’s applied for 55 jobs and secured around… Read more »

The Tricky Ethics of Knightscope’s Crime-Fighting Robots

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THE San Francisco SPCA deployed a 5-foot-tall, 400-pound robot to patrol its campus. Not for muscle, mind you, but for surveillance. The SPCA, a large complex nestled in the northeast corner of the city’s Mission neighborhood, has long dealt with vandalism, break-ins, and discarded needles in its surrounding parking lots. Fearing for the safety of its… Read more »

Amazon’s Alexa going live in Canada

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The Toronto Star’s publisher is one of several Canadian companies that have partnered with Amazon as the company’s voice-activated digital assistant heads north. Source: Toronto Star Date: December 7th, 2017 Link: https://www.thestar.com/business/tech_news/2017/12/05/amazons-alexa-going-live-in-canada.html Discussion 1) This article notes that the Toronto Star “is one of several Canadian companies that have partnered with Amazon as the company’s voice-activated digital assistant… Read more »

Virtual infant BabyX prompts question: how do we feel about AI that looks so much like us?

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The eyes are the windows to the soul. That’s what we say about humans — but what about with robots or humanoid simulations? Is a realistic complexion or an earnest gaze the key to seeing artificial beings as more than, well, artificial?  That’s the premise behind BabyX, the lifelike virtual infant from the New Zealand-based research group Soul… Read more »

Now computers are writing perfectly acceptable pop songs

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Taryn Southern, a YouTube star and content creator, has just released a song she wrote with the help of artificial intelligence.  Called Break Free, it’s a brooding ballad that wouldn’t sound out of place on the Hunger Games soundtrack. Southern wrote the lyrics and melody, but the backing track was built by her laptop, after she punched in… Read more »