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AI Digest: Edition XXV

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Former Uber/Google Engineer Starts AI Religion

Anthony Levandowski has been a polarizing figure in the AI world since he left Google’s self-driving unit, Waymo, to start his own company, Otto, which was bought by Uber not long after. The acquisition made Levandowski the head of Uber’s self-driving division. Allegedly, Levandowski took an enormous amount of Waymo research with him, and a massive lawsuit between Google and Uber followed.

However, Levandowski is now in the news for an entirely different reason. He has established a new, non-profit, AI-centric religion, called Way of the Future. The mission state of Way of the Future is as follows: “To develop and promote the realization of a Godhead based on artificial intelligence and through understanding and worship of the Godhead contribute to the betterment of society.” Obviously.

According to The Inquirer, the group has yet to submit forms to the IRS as a tax-exempt religious group, but it does list Levandowski as its CEO and President. I personally have a difficult time wrapping my head around it all, but there are a lot of strange things in the world today, and I would not be surprised if Way of the Future gained a substantial following.

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Google’s AI Isn’t Smarter Than a 6-Year-Old, But Better Than Siri

Chinese researchers recently tested the IQ of 50 AI systems and Google’s AI scored the highest. While this is something for Google to hang its hat on, it still only has the IQ of the average 6-year-old, scoring a 47.28. This is reassuring for those who think AI is rapidly taking over the world. Now, I don’t think I would mind a world ran by first-graders, seems like a pretty chill world, but alas, that will never happen.

The study revealed the IQ of a number of other prominent AI systems. “Chinese search engine Baidu had a score of 32.92, Microsoft’s Bing measured at 31.98. Apple’s Siri scored just 23.94 — less than half the IQ of Google’s AI.” In the fiercely competitive enterprise market, any victory for these huge rivals is substantial. So congrats, Google, on having the smartest (least dumb) AI.

Google’s DeepMind Starts an AI Ethics Unit

AI ethics is an ongoing discussion that we’ve discussed in length in past AI Digests, but DeepMind is again bringing it to the forefront. The Google-owned company said that it will “conduct research across six ‘key themes’ — including ‘privacy, transparency and fairness’ and ‘economic impact: inclusion and equality.’”

According to The Verge, “DeepMind Ethics & Society (or DMES, as the new team has been christened) will publish research on these topics and others starting early 2018. The group has eight full-time staffers at the moment, but DeepMind wants to grow this to around 25 in a year’s time.”

It will be interesting to see the impact that these types of ethics boards will have over corporate and government usage of advanced AI. We’ve gone over the dangers of AI, particularly when Elon Musk gets everyone riled up, but these are positive steps to ensuring that AI isn’t used improperly or for wrongdoing.

Enterprise AI News

  • Microsoft Is Making AI Boring: Great or Scary? (MIT Technology Review)
  • Microsoft Unveils Its Next-Generation AI Developer Tools (ZDNet)
  • Microsoft AI in Use at Macy’s, Handling Service Requests (ABC News)
  • Microsoft’s CEO Wants AI to Help, Not Replace, Humans (Bloomberg)
  • The Amazing Ways Microsoft Uses AI to Drive Business Success (Forbes)
  • Microsoft AI and Research Grows to 8k People in Massive Bet on AI (GeekWire)
  • The Google Clips Camera Puts AI Behind the Lens (The Verge)
  • Google CEO Sets AI Device Blueprint to Catch Apple (Bloomberg Technology)
  • Sundar Pichai Says the Future of Google is AI. (The Verge)
  • Apple Acqui-hired the Team From Messaging Assistant (TechCrunch)
  • Tesla Reportedly Working with AMD on Self-Driving AI Chip (CleanTechnica)
  • Oracle Leverages AI to Push Enterprise Apps as Users Move to Cloud (CIO)
  • Oracle HCM Cloud AI, UX, Analytics Unveiled at OpenWorld 2017 (TechTarget)
  • Oracle Adds AI Development Service to Platform Offerings (TechCrunch)
  • AI  Business Apps and a Blockchain Service Highlight Openworld (GeekWire)
  • Samsung Is Working on a AI Chips (Trusted Reviews)
  • Intel Investigates Chips  Like Your Brain to Turn the AI Tide (The Verge)

AI Product of the Week

Apttus Contract Management | Apttus is Putting Artificial Intelligence to Work on Contract Management (TechCrunch)

Video of the Week

Check out the new Google Clips, a portable camera that uses Google’s AI to take pictures for you!

Quick Hits

  • There Will Be a Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates of AI (CNBC)
  • Appier Hires Sean Chu (Microsoft) to Head Its Growth Strategy (TechCrunch)
  • 6 Ways to Get Your Artificial Intelligence Motor Running (Forbes)
  • AI and the Public Sector – The Key Emerging Themes (Diginomica)
  • AI Could Become Your Personal Shopper (VentureBeat)
  • 5 Myths About AI You Must Stop Believing (Forbes)
  • How AI Will Change Strategy: A Thought Experiment (Harvard Business Review)
  • DeepMind’s New Way to Think About the Brain… (MIT Technology Review)
  • Forget Killer Robots – Bias Is the Real AI Danger (MIT Technology Review)
  • UBS Combined AI and Analyst Smarts to Pick the 7 Best… (Business Insider)
  • Huawei’s Mate 10 Pro Shows Its 3 Cameras and Teases AI (The Verge)
  • Samsung Takes AI Research to Higher Level (Financial Tribune)
  • Where Human Intelligence Outperforms AI (TechCrunch)
  • Tata-Backed Startup Plans New AI Services (The Hindu)
  • How AI Learned to Bluff and Beat Humans at Poker (BigThink)
  • AI Hype Has Peaked So What’s Next? (TechCrunch)
  • AI Is Like Steroids for Business – Competitors Have to Keep Up (CNBC)
  • UN: AI Could Destabilize World Through Unemployment and War (Futurism)
  • This AI Can Predict How Long Your Relationship Will Last (TNW)
  • to Open Singapore Office With New Grab Funding (TechCrunch)
  • Bay Area Self-Driving Startup Sets Sights on Singapore (SF Gate)
  • Gets Backing From Uber Rival Grab, Plans Singapore Move (Forbes)
  • Is AI Riding a One-Trick Pony? (MIT Technology Review)
  • BBC to Launch AI-Enabled Interactive Radio Show (Forbes)
  • For Disposable Voice Recognition, Take Cheap… (MIT Technology Review)