The Sunday AI Review: 4th June 2017
Welcome to this week’s Sunday AI Review.
The last few days of the month are always busy at TDMB, as we work through client reports and planning strategies for coming months. So, I am glad that I have a weekend now entirely to myself (and Billy, of course!) to
relax work relentlessly through. Mind you, I have had a little break to dig up the garden and plant out my young tomatoes and beans. So, here I am back at my desk, covered in mud (yay!) and ready to give you your weekly dose of news from the world of artificial intelligence and machine learning.
Stuff wot I did wrote this week…
To start off, here’s a little something I put together this morning. Can Facebook really read our minds? Let me know your thoughts…
And on a slightly different note, I also wanted to share with you my interview with the artist Mat Collishaw. Though it’s principally VR-focused, it’s also a really interesting exploration of technology in art, so I thought you might be interested…
Anyway, it’s time to get on to AI now. So here’s the top stories of the week…
When will a machine do your job better than you? In my case, never. Yes, there’s the warning to journos and writers that AI might be able to take our jobs in some ways, but I remain confident that, should that occur, I can just write a few books because I am also confident that the (human) written word will never die. Anyhow, this article quotes stats from a recent survey that state that a bestselling book by an AI won’t appear until 2049 – I also bet it’ll suck. Stuff that in your pipe and smoke it. I’m up to the challenge. But for the rest of you, depending on what you do, there might just be a slight problem.
2. How Harley-Davidson Used Artificial Intelligence to Increase New York Sales Leads by 2,930% (Harvard Business Review)
What was that about jobs in trouble? Well, AI marketing tools have done wonders for one particular Harley-Davidson dealership in New York. Whilst TDMB is, of course, a digital marketing agency, I reckon these sort of tools are actually going to improve marketing jobs. After all, analytics is all well and good for the data junkies, but being able to generate leads from that data is a fine skill. If us marketers can work in collaboration with AI to be even more accurate, then we can do an even better job. Bring it on, I say!
And, as if by magic, third in the list of most socially-shared AI articles this week drives home my point. Co-operation is the key, if I help you and you help meeeee! (that’s lyrics from a song in Moondreamers, a cool cartoon from the 1980s, and it always comes to mind whenever I think of co-operation. But I digress…) So, anyway, this is a TED talk by Garry Kasparov, the guy who famously lost against Deep Blue in a game of chess in 1987. Far from being a sore loser, in this talk Kasparov shares his views and knowledge about the ways we can benefit from working with AI.
Just like the Harley-Davidson example above, this article explains how AI is changing work processes across a range of industries. There are some awesome stats in here about the predictive growth of the artificial intelligence market. The article also goes into detail about the most helpful uses of AI. Not something that would usually interest me, personally, but I’m totally down with this.
I’ve come across a bunch of stuff this week about the death of Moore’s Law, like this other piece from MIT. But this one is all about chips. The usual efficiency gains that transistors showed as they got smaller came to a halt in the mid-2000s, making power consumption a major headache. But there seems to be a resurgence in the growth of chip performance in some areas, whilst CPUs have continued to slow in progress. This all, of course, has a knock-on effect with how quickly we can develop AI software capable of
eliminating humankind improving our lives the way we want it to.
- Google Is Already Late to China’s AI Revolution (Wired)
- The Long, Slow, Rotten March of Progress (The Outline)
- Technology is making the world more unequal. Only technology can fix this (The Guardian)
- General-Purpose Brain-Computer Interface Brings Thought Control to Any PC (MIT)
- Summoning the Demon: Why superintelligence is humanity’s biggest threat (GeekWire)
- The Implications of Neuralink (Medium)
- Creative blocks: The very laws of physics imply that artificial intelligence must be possible. What’s holding us up? (Aeon)
- The Domino Effect: How machine logic infects our tastes (Real Life)
- Eliminating The Human (David Byrne)
- Who Will Pay for the Future if Not the Robots? (Wired)
There you go, tech fans. That’s your lot for this week. Don’t forget to subscribe to this review by email. We’ll have a special sign-up box here soon, but for now, just drop me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also contact me to chat, too, so don’t be a stranger!
May the force be with you.