Microsoft also has an AI bot that makes phone calls to humans
Microsoft has announced its new social chat bot Xiaoice, which is in use across platforms in China, can place phone calls to humans, similar to Google’s Duplex, but only in China. It remains to be seen what reception Microsoft gets considering the fact that Google’s Duplex was panned by all and sundry for seeming eerily human. Read more about Microsoft’s Xiaoice on The Verge. And catch our update on Duplex and our issues on it here.
You may also want to refresh your memory on a previous chapter in the evolution of Microsoft AI: MicroSoft Fields Self Learning AI That Quickly Learns To Be Rude, Sexist and Racist.
Qualcomm launches Snapdragon 710 platform in mobile AI, neural networking push
With AI becoming mainstream, the chip makers are pushing the envelope to become AI complaint. Smartphone chip maker, Qualcomm has now forayed into AI and neural network with its new 10nm Snapdragon 710 SoC with 4K HDR playback support. Qualcomm promises twice the AI performance compared to Snapdragon 660 and expects it to be shipped in the second quarter of this year. Source: ZDNet.
Tech Firms Move to Put Ethical Guard Rails Around AI
Tech companies want to avoid an Internet of Things like ethical conundrum with artificial intelligence and AI. Tom Simonite take a look at how tech firms are trying to make ethical AI. He found some top tech companies are already formalizing ethics processes, Facebook being one of them. Read his full article on Wired. We have been tracking the issues of technology and ethics for quite a while. One of our latest pieces is at: The Ethics Of AI and Big Data: Facebook and Cambridge Analytica Are Writing New Case Studies For Us All
Pentagon Will Expand AI Project Prompting Protests at Google
The ethical conundrum at Google HQ continues over helping Pentagon with its AI project. Google Executives are trying to assuage thousands of employees protesting a contract with the Pentagon’s flagship artificial-intelligence initiative, Project Maven. Google employees feel that Project Maven algorithms may ultimately end up harming humans more. Source Wired. We have more context on this at: In Defense Of 3% Of Google’s Employees And Their (And Everyone’s) Right To Have Opinions
Here Are Three Factors That Accelerate The Rise Of Artificial Intelligence
Ethics apart, Artificial Intelligence has been heralded next big thing of the high-tech industry. Janakiram MSV takes a look at the top three factors that could accelerate the research and innovation in AI. Janakiram feels that AI could influence industry verticals including healthcare, automobile, finance, manufacturing and retail in a big way. Read his full article on Forbes.