Rewrote a few paragraphs in the AI: Most Powerful Weapon Ever article. As you would suspect, weapons are a controversial subject, and my insistence on using videos to make better points (than I would make with words) runs into trouble sometime. Some of the "touchy" videos I use get frequently removed. So I had to use different ones and adjust sightly the points I wanted to make. The basic ideas are the same though.
The list of AI conferences linked to in the Concepts article was updated through 2021. Secondly, some of the 2020 conferences have been scheduled to take place virtually.
August 23, 2020
The site underwent a 2-month restructuring, in particular the URL structure, all with SEO (Search Engine Optimization) in mind. The site has many more visitors now, and so it is time to make it easier for the search engines.
June 29, 2020
Reviewing an interview with Karl Friston (discoverer/proponent of the Free Energy Principle) by Lev Friedman. You can watch it directly on YouTube in its entirety, before I launch into a discussion of its many implications for our topics. The id of the video is "NwzuibY5kUs". Alternatively, you can go to Friedman's podcast site, where you will find a larger selection of interviews on the topic of AI: Artificial Intelligence: AI Podcast
June 5, 2020
I received some constructive criticism about the treatment of the Century of Humiliation in the AI In a Bipolar World article and revised a few paragraphs. I am working on a deeper revision though.
May 15, 2020
Semantic markup has been added as a test to one of the articles. The work will continue until all the articles will be shown with enriched information by search engines.
April 17, 2020
The article on Artificial Consciousness has been revised to account for some new material on the Neural Correlates of Consciousness; a short page has been added to clarify the various terms and structures of the biological neuron.
March 25, 2020
Improved the responsiveness and performance of the website; added it to Cloudfare so it can perform faster in all parts of the world; compressed some files; technical stuff in other words. Content had only minor changes.
February 23, 2020
AI Blue Dot has a Facebook page. We'll use that page as our home for discussions.
The original version. The expectation is that, after feedback is received from you (and for which I would be very grateful), errors will be corrected and unclear parts will be formulated better. Minor improvements will happen daily.
A timely Forbes article on some future directions of AI, with an informative look at the types of networks called transformers, the recent success they have had in NLP, and their potential uses in other areas, like computer vision. The Next Generation Of Artificial Intelligence. I'll probably add it to the permanent "Further Reading" list as a complement to the Main AI Concepts article.
"What the researchers have achieved has remarkable results: by replacing the traditional h.264 video codec with a neural network, they have managed to reduce the required bandwidth for a video call by an order of magnitude. In one example, the required data rate fell from 97.28 KB/frame to a measly 0.1165 KB/frame – a reduction to 0.1% of required bandwidth. The mechanism behind AI-assisted video conferencing is breathtakingly simple. The technology works by replacing traditional full video frames with neural data. Typically, video calls work by sending h.264 encoded frames to the recipient, and those frames are extremely data-heavy. With AI-assisted video calls, first, the sender sends a reference image of the caller. Then, instead of sending a stream of pixel-packed images, it sends specific reference points on the image around the eyes, nose, and mouth."
The Autocomplete feature in the Google search uses ML on the data collected from users. Quote from the article: "The company says that it will now remove any Autocomplete predictions that seem to endorse or oppose a candidate or a political party, or that make a claim about voting or the electoral process. That would mean eliminating predictions like 'you can vote by phone,'' 'you can’t vote by phone' or anything suggesting that you donate to a party or candidate.". here
August 14, 2020
Using an unconventional method, machine learning, first-year physics students solve a 30-year old problem in astronomy. here.
July 24, 2020
Apple has been the top buyer of AI startups, but it has not yet translated that power into visible results, as for example Siri is trailing all the other major personal assistants. here.
July 24, 2020
The biggest multidisciplinary design company in Russia passed off an AI designer as human for more than a year, and no one caught on. here.
July 19, 2020
Although the article has been published in April, it is still making its rounds. It contains a very good explanation of the differences between neuromorphic computing chips and AI accelerators. They DO NOT target the same AI applications. here.
June 28, 2020
A nice review of the role of AI in combating the current COVID-19 crisis, from the Aspen Ideas Festival (it's a long video) is now on YouTube. Watch it directly on YouTube, the id of the video is 8LShJa_ovCY. You can find a fuller coverage of the festival here.