Simon Quarterman and Thandie Newton in “Westworld,” Season 2. (John P. Johnson/HBO) In the original film “Westworld” (1973), written and directed by an up-and-coming novelist named Michael Crichton, the Delos corporation operates a kind of Disney World for depraved adults, a series of amusement parks where they can interact with uncannily lifelike robots in various environments. The parks include Medievalworld and Romanworld, but the bulk of the movie’s action takes place in Westworld, where visitors are invited to shoot at android attractions like the Gunslinger (Yul Brenner) without fear of retaliation. All that changes when a technical glitch spreads through the parks like a virus, and suddenly the hosts are attacking the guests, not the other way around. Of the many differences between Crichton’s “Westworld” and the HBO version, which started its second season Sunday, the most telling is the hands. For all their technical … [Read more...] about ‘Westworld’ and ‘Ready Player One’ show how our relationship to artificial intelligence has changed
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Few people are as well-positioned as technologists to understand how artificial intelligence is changing the world. After all, IT professionals are accustomed to exploring new automation technologies with the potential for transforming how work gets done. “In the machine learning paradigm, you have to learn about how computers can be trained to do certain tasks,” says Naren Ramakrishnan,the Thomas L. Phillips Professor of Engineering at Virginia Tech and director of its Discovery Analytics Center. “If you’re going to work in Amazon’s Whole Foods Market division, you might be thinking of training a computer to recognize vegetables. If you’re going to be working in a bank, you have to train an algorithm to be good at understanding financial transactions and loans,” he says. “In a sense, you become the human element — the trainer, if you will — behind the algorithm.” As part of Virginia Tech’s Online Master of … [Read more...] about Artificial intelligence: The human element
A new technology-driven real estate firm is launching in Denver this month with plans to crack the traditional real estate brokerage industry’s thick walls in a way no other startup has ever managed. REX Real Estate Exchange, based in Woodland Hills, Calif., will roll out the large siege engines of artificial intelligence, big-data analytics, targeted social media marketing and even robots in its push to lower commissions on home sales to 2 percent from the current rate of 5 to 6 percent. REX plans to break through the brokerage industry’s defenses by recruiting the people most likely to sell or buy a home before they ever reach an agent. Effectively, it seeks to create its own marketplace. “We can predict who will be the buyer for your home. We are not relying on the multiple listing service (MLS) to find us a buyer,” said REX founder Jack Ryan, who in an earlier career helped automate stock trading at Goldman Sachs. Many firms over the years have offered … [Read more...] about Can artificial intelligence outflank human real estate brokers? REX, a tech-powered firm, thinks so.
The search to improve and eventually perfect artificial intelligence is driving the research labs of some of the most advanced and best-known American corporations. They are investing billions of dollars and many of their best scientific minds in pursuit of that goal. All that money and manpower has begun to pay off.In the past few years, artificial intelligence -- or A.I. -- has taken a big leap -- making important strides in areas like medicine and military technology. What was once in the realm of science fiction has become day-to-day reality. You'll find A.I. routinely in your smart phone, in your car, in your household appliances and it is on the verge of changing everything. It was, for decades, primitive technology. But it now has abilities we never expected. It can learn through experience -- much the way humans do -- and it won't be long before machines, like their human creators, begin thinking for themselves, creatively. Independently with judgment -- sometimes … [Read more...] about Artificial intelligence positioned to be a game-changer