The Sunday AI Review: 2nd July 2017

POSTED BY   Michele Baker
2nd July 2017
Sunday AI and ML Review | Michele Baker for TDMB Tech

The Sunday AI Review: 2nd July 2017

by Michele Baker


Happy Sunday!

It’s that time of the week again where I take my net and trawl through the biggest news in artificial intelligence and machine learning to find you the best articles from the last seven days.

I’m writing my review this week from bed on Friday night, whilst Indie and Billy the dog sleep soundly beside me. This is basically the only time I’m going to get if I’m to get this to you bright and early on Sunday morning, as I’ve got lots of fun plans for Indie and me this weekend.

So, time to get a move on…

Sunday AI and ML Review | Michele Baker for TDMB Tech

 

I always love it when we have a nice mix of the weird and wonderful mixed in with the serious AI news, so the top shared article this week has made me hug myself with glee…

top socially shared artificial intelligence and machine learning articles of the week

 

1. AI Trying To Design Inspirational Posters Goes Horribly And Hilariously Wrong (IFL Science)

Top socially shared AI article 01.07.17

With weirdness enough to rival last week’s top story, this week someone has had enough time on their hands to create an AI that generates inspirational posters. You know the type of thing: sunset, a kitten, a footprint in the sand, overlaid with some sappy text about believing in yourself? Well, the Inspirobot tries its best, I guess – but the results are hilariously nihilistic…

Inspirobot

2. The Real Threat of Artificial Intelligence (New York Times)

Every week I am asked to write some article or another about the threat of AI on jobs. Some weeks, I am cautiously optimistic, following the voices in the tech community that insist that it’ll all be fine because all other industrial revolutions have created more jobs than they have destroyed. Other weeks, I read something like this and I am plunged into existential despair once more, worrying over whether procreating in this doomed world was really a good idea after all. Fancy joining me in despair? Here you go!

3. Why “How Many Jobs Will Be Killed By AI?” Is The Wrong Question (LinkedIn)

Well, thank goodness for that! After all the NYT doom and gloom, it’s good to find a contradicting article that gives us a bit of light at the end of the tunnel. It also, crucially, puts the emotive scaremongering in its place with a nice smattering of stats and facts. Thanks to the author, Andrew McAfee, for untangling me from the spiral of hopelessness.

4. Consumer-goods giant Unilever has been hiring employees using brain games and artificial intelligence — and it’s a huge success (Business Insider UK)

What the bot doth take away with one hand, it doth give back with the other. Or something.

This news centres around Unilever’s interesting use of AI to help with its recruitment process. Candidates play neuroscience-based games to measure inherent traits, then have recorded interviews analysed by AI. If candidates pass the AI screening, they go through an in-person screening that determines whether they get the job.

Seems like a pretty sensible decision really. I have a few friends in Recruitment who would welcome losing the task of trawling through candidates to a robot.

5. In 10 Years, Your iPhone Won’t Be a Phone Anymore (Wall Street Journal) – PAYWALL

This week’s winner of the ‘Yeah, like…duh!’ award goes to the Wall Street Journal, for their fascinating coverage of the bleeding obvious. I can’t say too much about this because of the blasted paywall, but suffice to say, things will clearly evolve beyond an easily-broken block you have to carry everywhere in your hand.


 

Best Articles on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

1. The Future Isn’t AI, It’s Already Here (The Visionary)

2. Man Buys Two Metric Tonnes of LEGO Bricks; Sorts Them Via Machine Learning (Mental Floss)

3. 5 ways computer vision could impact how we do AI (Venturebeat)

4. Silicon Valley’s Latest Craze: Brain Tech (IEEE Spectrum)

5. Where Artificial Intelligence Will Pay Off Most in Health Care (Fortune)

6. Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs) may take us into a “post-truth” world.  (Inside AI – Commentary – scroll to bottom)

7. Is Your Job About To Disappear?: QuickTake (Bloomberg)

8. Artificial intelligence: A force for good or evil? (Marketing Week)

9. Beware the Hype of Artificial Intelligence (Fortune)

10. Jack Ma: Artificial intelligence could set off WWIII, but ‘humans will win’ (CNBC)


THAT’S IT FOR THIS WEEK! SEE YOU AGAIN NEXT SUNDAY FOR WHAT NEWS MAY COME IN THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS. JUST FOR A BIT OF FUN, I’VE STARTED SIGNING OFF MY REVIEWS WITH A LINE FROM A FAMOUS SCI FI FILM. IF YOU CAN GUESS WHAT FILM IT’S FROM AND TWEET IT TO ME (@MSMICHELEBAKER) – I’LL RETWEET ALL YOUR TWEETS FOR A WEEK. PROMISE. AND THERE’S A CLUE SOMEWHERE ON THIS PAGE… SEE IF YOU CAN FIND IT!
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Michele Baker

Michele Baker is the Senior Content Strategist at TDMB. She began her journey into tech marketing via a Masters in Creative Writing, evolving from a prize-winning poet and short story writer to a futuristic content guru. Michele now writes endlessly about all aspects of technology, hosts the TDMB Presents… tech podcast, and speaks at numerous tech and marketing events.

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