IBM reportedly retreating from Healthcare with Watson 

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Reports surfaced last week that IBM is contemplating a sale of Watson Health, representing a retreat from the market of AI applied to healthcare that IBM had pursued under the direction of its previous CEO.  The Wall Street Journal last week reported IBM was exploring the sale of Watson…

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Tesla Working on Full Self-Driving Mode, Extending AI Lead 

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Tesla’s goal to release its level 5 Full Self Driving (FSD) mode autopilot capability in 2021 was deemed unrealistic by the CEO of competitor Waymo in a recent interview.  Tesla is the only autonomous vehicle manufacturer using real-time cameras, rather than pre-mapped Lidar (Light Detection and Ranging) to guide vehicle movement. Tesla also…

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Asimov’s three Laws of Robotics and AI Autonomous Cars 

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Perhaps one of the most well-known facets about robots is the legendary set of three rules proffered by writer Isaac Asimov. His science fiction tale entitled The Three Laws was published in 1942 and has seemingly been unstoppable in terms of ongoing interest and embrace.   

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Rule-Based AI vs. Machine Learning for Development – Which is best? 

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Rule-based AI systems borrow from rule-based expert system development, which tapped the knowledge of human experts to solve complex problems by reasoning through bodies of knowledge. Expert systems emerged in the 1970s and 1980s. Today rule-based AI models include a set of rules and a set of facts, described in a recent account in BecomingHuman/ Medium. “You can develop a basic AI model with the help of these two components,” the article states. 

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Guidelines for getting started with AIOps 

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As AI becomes more mainstreamed as a software development approach, enterprise IT operations need to get involved with managing its complexity. The need for AI to help IT operations, AIOps, has accelerated as organizations attempt to incorporate AI systems into their production environments. Tools positioning in the AIOps market incorporate analytics and machine learning to help get the job done. The use of tools in this category is projected by Gartner to grow from five percent of large enterprises in 2018 to 30% by 2023. 

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Misclassifying a Snowman as a Pedestrian is troublesome for AI Autonomous Cars 

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We misclassify a lot of things, all the time, daily, and at any moment. You are waiting in a restaurant for a friend to come and have lunch with you. Your eyes are scanning the people that are entering the busy eatery. Assume that it is a cold day and raining or snowing, which means that most of those coming into the restaurant are wearing heavy clothes and generally covered up. It would be quite easy to spot someone that appeared to be your friend, based perhaps on their height and overall shape, yet once they removed their coat and hat, presumably by now seeing clearly the face of the person, you would realize it is not the person you were waiting for.

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AI autonomous Cars might showcase the wisdom of the Einstein Clock Paradox 

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Are you familiar with the famous twin’s paradox that was proffered by Einstein? It’s quite a hoot. The topic focuses on the foundational nature of time and clocks. Einstein brought up the topic while conceiving the theories of relativity, though historians point out that the thought experiment can be traced to a 1911 paper from scientist Paul Langevin. In any case, let’s jump into the details and put aside the historical origins.

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Making sense of AI Autonomous Cars going in Reverse and Reversible Computing 

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Right now, we assume that time can only flow in one direction, namely forward. Mankind has dreamt forever that it would be nifty if time could be reversed. There are a plethora of science fiction tales including books, short stories, movies, TV shows, poetry, and you name it that have sought to explore what could happen and what might be done if time could flow in reverse.

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AI Autonomous cars as Drug Mules for Narco Dealers is a bad prescription

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The number of ways to transport illegal drugs seems to be nearly endless. We all have heard about the use of airplanes to smuggle in illicit drugs. There are also tales aplenty about motorboats and sailboats loaded with banned narcotics that try to reach land.

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Red Kill Switch for AI Autonomous Systems may not be a life saver

Kill Switch

We all seem to know what a red stop button or kill switch does. Whenever you believe that a contraption is going haywire, you merely reach for the red stop button or kill switch and shut the erratic gadgetry down. This urgent knockout can be implemented via a bright red button that is pushed, or by using an actual pull-here switch, or a shutdown knob, a shutoff lever, etc.

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How AI is helping with COVID-19 Vaccine rollout and tracking 

AI has been employed since the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic to track the spread of positive cases, to crunch through thousands of scientific papers to search for treatment options and to help develop a vaccine. Now AI and other digital tools are being deployed to manage complex supply chains for the vaccine.

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The fast-tracking approach to AI Ethics is unwise for AI Autonomous Systems 

The existing and ongoing pell-mell rush to get AI systems out-the-door is worrisome. There is a potential price to be paid for the flimsy assumption that soonest AI is the best kind of AI. For example, some have put together contact tracing apps that have AI capabilities to bolster the intended functionality of slowing or preventing the spread of the infectious virus, but insufferably those same apps oftentimes are privacy intrusion nightmares.

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Application of AI to IT Service Ops by IBM and ServiceNow exemplifies a trend 

The application of AI to IT service operations has the potential to automate many tasks and drive down the cost of operations. The trend is exemplified by the recent agreement between IBM and ServiceNow to leverage IBM’s AI-powered cloud infrastructure with ServiceNow’s intelligent workflow systems, as reported in Forbes. 

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Breaking AI workflow into Stages reveals Investment Opportunities 

An infrastructure–first approach to AI investing has the potential to yield greater returns with a lower risk profile, suggests a recent account in Forbes. To identify the technologies supporting the AI system, deconstruct the workflow into two steps as a starting point: training and inference.   

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AI tools assisting with Mental Health issues brought on by Pandemic 

The pandemic is a perfect storm for mental health issues. Isolation from others, economic uncertainty, and fear of illness can all contribute to poor mental health — and right now, most people around the world face all three. 

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