Nnamdi Onwumere

Tech Companies Are Building Tiny, Personal AIs to Keep Your Messages Private

Quartz, 2/10/2017

Technology companies, such as Facebook and Google, are developing artificial intelligence systems (AI) for mobile devices to improve the privacy of messaging applications. New AI innovations allow algorithms that need less computing power, and can therefore be implemented locally on mobile devices. This means that information would not be sent to and from the cloud, reducing potential security issues.

New Smartwatch Software May Now Verify Your Signatures

Phys.org, 1/30/2017 (university press release)

Researchers from Tel Aviv University and Ben-Gurion University have developed new software that will allow smartwatches to verify handwritten signatures. This software monitors the movement of the entire wrist in order to catch attempts at forgery, by identifying movements that do not match the movements of the original owner. The goal of this software is to reduce acts of forgery.

From Jingles to Pop Hits, A.I. Is Music to Some Ears

New York Times, 1/22/2017

A number of companies are beginning to use artificial intelligence to compose music. For example, music can be generated using artificial neural networks that learn the structure of human-generated music, then produce new instances. This article focuses on the start-up Jukedeck, but also covers several other companies, including Google and IBM, that are creating their own music-generation AIs — each with different approaches. These developments have the potential to create a new dynamic in the music industry.

AI Spots Skin Cancer as Well as Human Doctor

Newsweek, 1/26/2017

A team of researchers at Stanford University has developed an artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm that can identify early symptoms of skin cancer. The researchers trained the algorithm with a large data set of images that had already been identified as cancerous or benign. The algorithm identifies skin lesions with the same accuracy as board-certified dermatologists.

A String Quartet Concert, With an A.I. Assist

New York Times, 1/13/2017

“Sight Machine”, a performance piece by artist Trevor Paglen, uses AI to generate a live image mapping of musicians as they play. The algorithm involves movement-analysis techniques common in automated surveillance. By showing how machines see movement, Paglen hopes to highlight the distinct divide between how AIs and humans perceive things — and how that might affect computer-aided decision-making.

Japanese Company Replaces Office Workers With Artificial Intelligence

The Guardian, 1/5/2017

Fukoku Mutual Life Insurance, an insurance firm in Japan, is replacing 34 workers with an AI system that will calculate payouts to policyholders. They are making these changes in an attempt to increase productivity within the firm. The article mentions other new uses of AI systems in Japan, including in government and politics, intended to increase productivity.

Uber Launches Artificial Intelligence Lab

BBC News 12/5/2016

Uber has acquired an artificial intelligence (AI) startup, Geometric Intelligence, and put the team to work on (among other things) self-driving cars. The company already uses machine learning to predict when and where cars will be needed, but self-driving cars would be a significant boon for company profits — albeit at the expense of existing drivers working with Uber.

Meeting of the Minds for Machine Intelligence

MIT News Office, 11/22/2016

Industry leaders and computer scientists are pushing for more use of machine intelligence so that machines can aid doctors, business corporations, investors and many more entities in decision making. The article discusses the potential rewards of using machine intelligence to solve real-world problems, for example, whether machine learning can help to better quantify uncertainty when trying to predict outcomes in various fields.

Want to Avoid Vendor Lock-In? Software-Defined Storage Could Be the Answer

Computing, 11/28/2016

At a Computing IT Leaders Forum, panelists discussed the potential of software-defined storage (SDS) to help companies avoid vendor lock-in and allow more flexibility in planning — an issue given how quickly data storage technology changes. The article also mentions how SDS provides an alternative to cloud storage, as the latter raises concerns about data security.