Google Assistant sounds eerily human, The White House forms AI committee, Carnegie Mellon launches AI degree

These are some of the hot topics we are tracking in the domain of Artificial Intelligence:

Google Grapples With ‘Horrifying’ Reaction to Uncanny AI Tech

We provided our thoughts on Google Duplex here (we think it is cool tech but needs bounding). This is consistent with how others seem to be viewing it. From Boomberg: Google faces pushback after demoing its Duplex service, a voice-based assistant programmed to sound as human as possible, which many found uncanny — The most talked-about, futuristic product from Google's developer show isn't even finished yet — and Google hasn't agreed how to do it. Read how the tech world reacted to the eerily human Google Assistant on Bloomberg.

Carnegie Mellon Launches Undergraduate Degree in Artificial Intelligence

With the mainstreaming of Artificial Intelligence, the dearth of a specialization degree in AI and machine learning was felt since 2017. Now Carnegie Mellon says it will offer the first AI degree program in the US, awarding a “bachelor of science in artificial intelligence” degree beginning in fall. SCS has created the new AI degree, the first offered by a U.S. university, in response to extraordinary technical breakthroughs in AI and the growing demand by students and employers for training that prepares people for careers in AI. For more information see Carnegie Mellon University blog. We will track this on an ongoing basis in our Training and Education section.

White House Announces Select Committee of Federal AI Experts

With education sector entering AI, how can the government be left far behind? The United States White House announces Select Committee on Artificial Intelligence, comprised of AI researchers in government, to advise on R&D priorities, partnerships, more. The White House unveiled that it was convening an advisory panel to foster the development of artificial intelligence at a gathering of more than 40 companies in Washington Thursday. Read about it on Next Gov. This activity has been panned by many as just pretending to take action. And the Observer has really slammed the initiative. We will keep an open mind and track this topic and report more as we see progress. It may well be that more leadership on this topic will be coming out of Congress for now. See our post on Congressional Artificial Intelligence Caucus: Helping inform policymakers on impact of AI

H&M Pivots to Big Data to Spot Next Big Fast-Fashion Trends

The applications of Artificial Intelligence are immense. H&M, the world's largest clothing brand has realized this and says that it will start using AI to customize inventory in each of its 4,200 stores to entice customers as sales slump — Instead of cookie-cutter stores, the H&M chain is using granular data to customize the offerings in each one of its 4,200 locations. Read how your next pair of garments could be AI customized on Wall Street Journal.

Android P leverages DeepMind for new Adaptive Battery feature

As smartphones get smarter, the biggest complaint from users is about the low battery life. Now Artificial Intelligence is going to help your Android smartphone stay alive longer. Google says it's using DeepMind's AI to improve battery life in Android P by learning user habits to increase efficiency — No surprise here, Android P was the highlight of today's Google I/O keynote. The new version of the company's mobile operating system still doesn't have a name. Read on Tech Crunch.



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