Artificial intelligence: making a human connection - Genevieve Bell (Intel Corporation)

From Youtube:

We have been talking about robots and artificial intelligence forever, or so it sometimes seems. Images of smart machinery have inhabited our thinking and our literary and cultural imaginations long before technology made such objects possible. It is tempting to keep separate the art and science of the robot and the artificial intelligence that underpins it. However, there are reasons to thread them back together. After all, the AI of our imagination is the AI we have built.

Genevieve Bell explores the meaning of “intelligence” within the context of machines and its cultural impact on humans and their relationships. Genevieve interrogates AI not just as a technical agenda but as a cultural category in order to understand the ways in which the story of AI is connected to the history of human culture.

Inside the Microsoft's HoloLens

From The Register:

Microsoft today revealed a first look at the inside of its Holographic Processing Unit (HPU) chip used in its virtual reality HoloLens specs.

The secretive HPU is a custom-designed TSMC-fabricated 28nm coprocessor that has 24 Tensilica DSP cores. It has about 65 million logic gates, 8MB of SRAM, and a layer of 1GB of low-power DDR3 RAM on top, all in a 12mm-by-12mm BGA package. We understand it can perform a trillion calculations a second.

How to Give Rural America Broadband? Look to the Early 1900s

From New York Times:

Now high-speed internet is finally reaching these remote places, but not through the telecom and cable companies that have wired most of urban America.

Instead, local power companies are more often the broadband suppliers — and to bring the service, they are borrowing techniques and infrastructure used to electrify the United States nearly a century ago. In some cases, rural municipalities are also using electrification laws from the early 1900s to obtain funds and regulatory permissions reserved for utilities, in order to offer broadband.

The NHS plan to share medical data with Google

From The Guardian:, the grand project to make the medical records of the UK population available for scientific and commercial use, is not inherently evil – far from it – but its execution has been badly bungled. Here's how the government can regain our trust

Everything would be much simpler if science really was "just another kind of religion". But medical knowledge doesn't appear out of nowhere, and there is no ancient text to guide us. Instead, we learn how to save lives by studying huge datasets on the medical histories of millions of people. This information helps us identify the causes of cancer and heart disease; it helps us to spot side-effects from beneficial treatments, and switch patients to the safest drugs; it helps us spot failing hospitals, or rubbish surgeons; and it helps us spot the areas of greatest need in the NHS. Numbers in medicine are not an abstract academic game: they are made of flesh and blood, and they show us how to prevent unnecessary pain, suffering and death.

Learning machines - how computers got smart - The Royal Society

From Youtube:

A panel of experts discuss what exactly machine learning is, how it is changing our world, and what it means for our future. Marcus du Sautoy chairs the panel, with robotics researcher Dr Sabine Hauert, Professor Chris Bishop, Laboratory Director at Microsoft Research, and Professor Maja Pantic, researcher in machine vision.

Deep learning vs Human Brain by Jen-Hsun Huang - Nvidia’s CEO

From MIT Technology Review:

MIT Technology Review - Deep learning has certainly been successful, but it’s only a very approximate simulation of what goes on in the brain. Are you interested in developing hardware that works more like the underpinnings of biological intelligence?

Jen-Hsun Huang (Nvidia’s CEO) - We’re trying to build a better plane rather than figure out how a bird works. Some people describe it as neurons, but the analogy to the brain is very loose. To us it’s a whole bunch of mathematics that extracts the important features out of images or voice or sensor action. Any analogy to a brain is not necessarily that important.

Holoportation: virtual 3D teleportation in real-time by

From Microsoft:

Holoportation is a new type of 3D capture technology that allows high quality 3D models of people to be reconstructed, compressed, and transmitted anywhere in the world in real-time. When combined with mixed reality displays such as HoloLens, this technology allows users to see and interact with remote participants in 3D as if they are actually present in their physical space. Communicating and interacting with remote users becomes as natural as face to face communication.


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