Facebook creates a new intelligence test to test how smart AI’s really are
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today we only have one yard stick to measure how intelligent an AI really is, and it’s out dated, so Facebook has created a new one fit for the modern age   One of the greatest common misconceptions about many of today’s Artificial Intelligence (AI)... Read more
France’s railways to run semi-autonomous from 2023
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Every mode of transportation is going autonomous, and the railways will be no different   The French national railway company, SNCF, has announced that it has begun working on semi-autonomous high speed trains that will top out at 300km/h, and it hopes to have... Read more
Futurist in Amsterdam: Behind the scenes at the iGaming Super Show
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As more industries look to engage their new digital, omni-channel customers in new ways they often look to the gaming world for inspiration, and there’s plenty of inspiration to be had   Firstly I’d like to thank Michael Caselli, the Editor in Chief of... Read more
Microsoft’s AI just got a perfect score on Mrs. Pacman
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Games and play help humans learn new skills, especially when we’re young, but it increasingly looks like AI’s are the superior game players   Video games are one of the best ways to train Artificial Intelligence (AI) – they offer risk free digital environments... Read more
Facebook’s bots unexpectedly created their own language
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF AI agents are learning how to bluff, negotiate, create and hide their own languages and as the technology increasingly becomes part of our world’s digital fabric that should raise some eyebrows   As Mark Zuckerberg plays around with Artificial Intelligence (AI) to create his... Read more
Goldman Sachs is automating IPO’s and finance
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Organisations in the financial services industry have the money, resources and financial need to automate and increasingly no stone is being left unturned   Goldman Sachs, and, it has to be said most banks and financial services organisations are on an automation tear at the... Read more
Power breakthrough, new Nvidia Xavier AI chips deliver an Exaflop for a megawatt
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Nvidia is a chip company on the rise, their GPU’s are increasingly underpinning most company’s AI learning initiatives, and they’re innovating aggressively   At the inaugural GPU Technology Conference Europe the other week Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang unveiled Xavier, Nvidia’s all new, all singing... Read more
Andrew Ng has started a new AI company: DeepLearning.ai
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Andrew Ng is one of the world’s leading Deep Learning experts and now he’s resurfaced it’s likely that the boundaries of AI are going to get pushed faster and harder than ever before   Former Baidu chief scientist Andrew Ng, who used to head up... Read more
Companies are racing to fill the seas with autonomous drone ships
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It seems like every mode of transport is going autonomous these days, and that’s because it is, and cargo ships of every kind are no exception   Forget Uber’s itsy bitsy diddy self-driving cars, and Otto’s self-driving semi-trucks, if you want a robot to haul... Read more
US Intelligence director: “AI will replace 75 percent of spies”
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF One day the world’s best spy could very well be an AI, and that’s bad news for Starbuck’s whose biggest coffee shop is on the NSA campus…   The rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI), and an increasingly connected society has already, according to the... Read more
Boeing will trial its first self-piloting planes in 2018
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The future of transportation is autonomous, and giant passenger planes will be no different   At this week’s Paris Airshow Boeing, who along with Rolls Royce are talking about fuel-less aircraft, announced that they are looking towards a “brave new world” where jetliners fly... Read more
Futurist in London: Behind the scenes at Marketforce’s OpsTechFS 2017 event
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The financial services industry is going through one of the greatest transformations since its inception as it tackles not one disruption but three, namely AI, Blockchain and “Digital”   Yesterday, and much to the chagrin of the audience of financial services professionals and executives... Read more
Elbit’s persistent surveillance drone can watch entire cities in real time
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF In an age where threats can lurk anywhere authorities are calling out for new surveillance systems that can watch entire areas, or cities, in real time, and industry is answering them   Yesterday at the Paris Airshow Elbit Systems, an Israeli defence company, demonstrated their... Read more
Microsoft’s pig wrangling competition is teaching AI’s to cooperate
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today’s AI’s operate independently of each other, but in the future they’ll need to cooperate and Microsoft wants to teach them how   I live in the countryside in the UK, and I also visited France a lot when I was a child, so... Read more
Skype can now translate ten languages in real time
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Over the past five decades the world has got immeasurably smaller but language is still a barrier, but that’s all beginning to change   Yes, it’s a small world. Or so we’re told. The advent of the telephone and the internet made distance irrelevant... Read more
Companies want to use AI to judge your ‘Character’ from just a photo
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We are well on the path to creating a society shaped and guided by digital, and genetic, profiling and that can be a good, and a bad, thing   Dangerous dystopian tech, or a must have pre-crime tech in an increasingly dangerous world? I’ll... Read more
An Australian AI can predict when you’ll die with 70 percent accuracy
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF How long you have left to live is determined by a whole range of factors and scientists in Australia are trying to work backwards from death to use AI to predict when you’ll die, and so far the results are impressive   Scientists, data... Read more
Some of the biggest names in A&R are using AI to pick future stars
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF AI’s list of tricks and new skills know no bounds and now it’s increasingly being used by the A&R industry to filter out the winners from the losers   $100 million. That’s the value, that Music XRay, a 21st century A&R company that uses Artificial... Read more
Google’s new AI can build AI’s that eclipse those created by human experts
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It is inevitable that one day the majority, if not all, new AI’s will be created by AI’s and not humans, and that day might come sooner than we think   Machine learning experts and data scientists are in increasingly short supply as organisations... Read more
DTCC wants to put hundreds of trillions of dollars of securities transactions on the blockchain
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The Vice Chairman of the DTCC argues that a lack of standards is holding back blockchains adoption in the financial services industry, and he wants to change that   Last week Larry Thompson, the Vice Chairman of the US Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation... Read more
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