THE SUNDAY AI REVIEW: 25TH JUNE 2017
by Michele Baker
Happy Sunday my little cyborgs!
Welcome to the Sunday AI review this week.
So, here I am again. Saturday afternoon with a cup of tea, Abba playing on Spotify, and a nice peaceful weekend with Indie at her dad’s. Out to dinner with some old colleagues from my first job as an SEO Manager a few years back. Cannot wait to catch up with those guys. But for now, I’m nice and snug at my desk and not sweltering for the first time this week… what a relief!
There’s some pretty cool articles coming through Buzzsumo’s top shared articles for the AI Review this week. Some weird ones, some interesting ones… but, as always, a pleasure to work your way through. Let’s get cracking…
PICK OF THE WEEK
The top shared article this week is also my favourite, earning it the accolade of Pick of the Week! I like it so much because it is just so bloody weird.
So, okay… um… where do I begin? After receiving a request from Portland Guinea Pig Rescue Centre, research scientist Janelle Shane set about a rather unusual task. She built a neural network designed for the sole purpose of – wait for it – generating guinea pig names. To be fair, some of the names the AI came up with were absolutely brilliant. But then there were some hilariously wrong ones: Fleshy, for instance. I’m actually dying. 😂
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And now for something completely different…
Google’s new jobs feature promises to make the gruelling process of job-hunting much easier. It allows users to simply enter a search term to browse jobs from job boards on major platforms including LinkedIn, Monster, Facebook, and CareerBuilder. Handy stuff, right?
3. In the AI Age, “Being Smart” Will Mean Something Completely Different (Harvard Business Review) – PAYWALL
For Krishna’s sake! I know paywalls are necessary for monetising some sites, but HBR, really? Well, if you’re a paid-up Harvard Business Review subscriber, then this sounds like it could be a good one. I like the opening sentence:
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Covered this in last week’s review. And Jon went into more depth in his blog this week:
All hail the robo-overlords! This is pretty cool, if you find the prospect of becoming a useless meat machine appealing, that is. Here’s a nice chart to show you how long it’s going to take before you’re a redundant pauper:
I know for a fact that there’s a laundry-folding robot already. I saw it on Facebook. I don’t think that involves AI – that’s robotics.
Finally: A Shiny New Section for the Sunday AI Review – Just For You!
As you may know, in addition to the AI review, at TDMB we keep a close eye on all aspects of technology throughout the week. Our awesome team pick their favourite piece of news from the week to cover, so I just wanted to give you an extra chance to go read these fine little diamonds of content. Here you go:
by Mark Grayson
“it is not just organisations that will be affected by vulnerable IoT devices. As they become more and more widespread people will integrate them into their homes, via their appliances or even alarm systems. For this reason alone, it is clear that we need to take security very seriously when it comes to the Internet of Things.”
by James Dearsley
” I used to be a seed bomber. I know that is a huge admission but it is true. I used to, in the dead of night, go around my local areas, find gardens, hedgerows, or even public spaces, that needed brightening up, and throw a seed bomb (a mixture of wildflowers generally), into the soil.”
by Amy Bennie
“A Swedish company is turning its staff into cyborgs, not for medical purposes, but to simply embrace transhumanism in the workplace, and demonstrate their dedication to the development of innovative technology.”
by Jon Wood
“Researchers at Facebook have found a buried line in their latest AI report. It seems that their chatbots are having conversations with one another, thus providing a fantastic glimpse into the future and, in particular, the future of language.”
by Michele Baker
“To satisfy your AI craving, and to offer you a new way to enjoy that daily commute, here’s the TDMB’s favourite AI podcasts for you to listen to at your leisure!”
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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