artificial intelligence

  • ‘Appocalypse,’ Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love AI Crunch Network

    ‘Appocalypse,’ Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love AI

    The force has been strong for AI (artificial intelligence) over the last few weeks, what with Slack announcing a fund for bots, Elon Musk announcing OpenAI and, of course, the release of Star Wars. This has given all of us new hope — and even more reason to talk about AI and bots controlling every aspect of our lives. Read More

  • Autonomous Robots Are Changing The Way We Build And Move Products Around The World Crunch Network

    Autonomous Robots Are Changing The Way We Build And Move Products Around The World

    Many eyes may be gazing toward the sky in anxious anticipation of new drone delivery systems, but an increasing number of intelligent robot systems is already on the ground, in warehouses and manufacturing facilities, helping to manufacture and move products across the globe. These automated systems, which employ the world’s most innovative advancements in software, artificial… Read More

  • Will Robots Save The Future Of Work? Crunch Network

    Will Robots Save The Future Of Work?

    Is a robot coming for your job? It’s not a novel question, but if Gartner’s predictions are correct, the answer could be leaning more definitively toward yes. The analyst firm’s research suggests one in three jobs will be converted to software, robots and smart machines by 2025. What is new, however, is that the influx of robots in the workforce is no longer just a… Read More

  • Virtual Reality And A Parallel Universe Of Cyberclones Crunch Network

    Virtual Reality And A Parallel Universe Of Cyberclones

    One of the biggest technology trends of 2015 was virtual reality (VR), from Oculus Rift to Google’s cardboard headsets. TechCrunch SF Disrupt 2015 saw a lot of VR experiences where users could wear headsets and navigate in an immersive 3D world. In Las Vegas, CES demonstrated a range of new gadgets and gaming experiences involving both VR and AR (augmented reality, e.g., Magic Leap). Read More

  • App-Improvement AI And The Future Of Web Development Crunch Network

    App-Improvement AI And The Future Of Web Development

    Artificial intelligence (AI) is permeating our lives — just not in the ways we might have expected from reading sci-fi novels or watching robot apocalypse-themed movies. Instead of having live robots walking around, doing our dishes and engaging us in conversation, AI exists primarily in web and mobile apps designed to help us with small intellectual chores, like finding out when the… Read More

  • The First International Beauty Contest Judged By Robots Crunch Network

    The First International Beauty Contest Judged By Robots

    Robots are starting to appear everywhere: driving cars, cooking dinners and even as robotic pets. But people don’t usually give machine intelligence much credence when it comes to judging beauty. That may change with the launch of the world’s first international beauty contest judged exclusively by a robot jury. Read More

  • Artificial Intelligence Poses A Greater Risk To IP Than Humans Do Crunch Network

    Artificial Intelligence Poses A Greater Risk To IP Than Humans Do

    Substantial thought and angst has been expended over the fact that artificial intelligence (AI) is coming to your workplace to take over blue- and white-collar jobs, alike. But a major risk of AI has been almost entirely ignored: the threat to companies’ intellectual property (IP). Existing laws are insufficient to protect against the unique threats posed by AI. While I am no fan of… Read More

  • The Middleman Strikes Back Crunch Network

    The Middleman Strikes Back

    One of the great promises of the Internet — a democratic, transparent, open network that would disintermediate entrenched industries, remove fee-taking middlemen and thereby lower the costs of goods — has seemingly been realized. And yet, just as surely as we thought they were gone for good, middlemen have come surging back to life — rebranded as our best friends: the… Read More

  • Investing In Artificial Intelligence Crunch Network

    Investing In Artificial Intelligence

    Artificial intelligence is one of the most exciting and transformative opportunities of our time. From my vantage point as a venture investor at Playfair Capital, where I focus on investing and building community around AI, I see this as a great time for investors to help build companies in this space. Read More

  • Why Startups Will Dominate The AI-Powered Apps Landscape Crunch Network

    Why Startups Will Dominate The AI-Powered Apps Landscape

    I recently had an interesting conversation with someone who argued against the viability of artificial intelligence startups, given the tremendous budgets and development resources large tech companies like IBM are committing to develop broader platforms — the premise being that these platforms will fill each niche application startups try to carve out. I’d like to argue against… Read More

  • Your Algorithmic Self Meets Super-Intelligent AI Crunch Network

    Your Algorithmic Self Meets Super-Intelligent AI

    As humanity debates the threats and opportunities of advanced artificial intelligence, we are simultaneously enabling that technology through the increasing use of personalization that is understanding and anticipating our needs through sophisticated machine learning solutions. In effect, while using personalization technologies in our everyday lives, we are contributing in a real way to… Read More

  • Artificial Intelligence Nonprofit OpenAI Launches With Backing From Elon Musk And Sam Altman

    Artificial Intelligence Nonprofit OpenAI Launches With Backing From Elon Musk And Sam Altman

    Today, OpenAI, a nonprofit artificial intelligence research company was announced to the world. Its director, Ilya Sutskever, is a research scientist at Google. This comes a day after Facebook open-sourced its AI hardware. Its reason for existing was explained in an introductory post: Our goal is to advance digital intelligence in the way that is most likely to benefit humanity as a… Read More

  • Mezi Is An Intelligent Virtual Assistant That’s Obsessed With Shopping

    Mezi Is An Intelligent Virtual Assistant That’s Obsessed With Shopping

    There is an increasingly large roster of personal assistant apps that use artificial intelligence in an attempt to make users’ lives easier. Mezi is the newest contender and while it has plenty of competition, the service wants to set itself apart with what its founders call a “maniacal” focus on e-commerce, helping users with the most time-consuming shopping errands. Read More

  • Three Challenges For The Hearables Future Crunch Network

    Three Challenges For The Hearables Future

    In Spike Jonze’s Her, Joaquin Phoenix falls in love with his earpiece — or rather, the female voice inside it. The film depicts a society in which artificially intelligent hearing devices serve as human companions. A cliché for the hearables future, Her nonetheless raises several key issues regarding the increasingly saturated industry of ear-worn wearables that must be resolved. Read More

  • Humility, Accountability And Creative Thinking Can Fix IT Security Crunch Network

    Humility, Accountability And Creative Thinking Can Fix IT Security

    The state of cybersecurity has reached full-blown systemic failure. The narrative goes something like this: Companies are spending massive amounts of money on technologies that don’t seem to be living up to their marketing messages. According to Gartner, $80 billion will be invested in IT security products in 2015 alone. Yet breaches persist. While it’s always easier to point out… Read More

  • Machine Intelligence In The Real World Crunch Network

    Machine Intelligence In The Real World

    In the past few years, I’ve been laser-focused on machine intelligence. I’ve talked to hundreds of entrepreneurs, researchers and investors about helping machines make us smarter. And in the months since I shared my landscape of machine intelligence companies, folks keep asking me what I think of them — as if they’re all doing more or less the same thing. (I’m… Read More

  • Machine Learning Versus Machine Discovery Crunch Network

    Machine Learning Versus Machine Discovery

    Machine learning is hot. Where it applies, it heatedly enables data-rich and knowledge-lean automation of valuable tasks of perception, classification and numeric prediction. Its sibling, machine discovery, deals with uncovering new knowledge that enlightens or guides human beings. Let’s consider where learning or discovery best applies — and why this matters for business. Read More

  • No UI Is The New UI Crunch Network

    No UI Is The New UI

    A few months ago, I shared with my friends how I think apps like Magic and Operator are going to be the next big thing. What makes them special is that they don’t use a traditional UI as a means of interaction. Instead, the entire app revolves around a single messaging screen. These are called invisible and conversational apps and, since my initial post, a slew of similar apps came… Read More

  • An Inconvenient Proof Crunch Network

    An Inconvenient Proof

    An Inconvenient Proof refers to the fact that personalization algorithms proselytize via code. Designed to scrutinize our lives, they’re also programmed to influence our behavior. Created by humans, every algorithm is imbued with the biases, business goals and personal agendas of their manufacturers. This doesn’t make artificial intelligence malevolent. But unless individuals… Read More

  • The History Of Gaming: An Evolving Community Crunch Network

    The History Of Gaming: An Evolving Community

    Since its commercial birth in the 1950s as a technological oddity at a science fair, gaming has blossomed into one of the most profitable entertainment industries in the world. The mobile technology boom in recent years has revolutionized the industry and opened the doors to a new generation of gamers. Indeed, gaming has become so integrated with modern popular culture that now even grandmas… Read More

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