**This article was first published on my Medium account on May 9th 2020. ** On December 31st 2019, a small Canadian Artificial Intelligence startup called BlueDot, which uses natural language processing and machine learning to scour through hundreds of foreign sources daily, issued a thorough warning that an “unusual pneumonia case”, originating from the Wuhan province […]
The AGI is near and that’s a problem because of WHO will own it
We looooove the idea of having an Artificial General Intelligence (AGI), don’t we? And even more so, we love the idea of what a human-level AGI could potentially create: a Superhuman Intelligence. I sure do love that idea. It’s like making a God who’ll be more or less tangible, giving us world-changing results, fix all […]
A little over a year ago, Crew Interactive Mobile Companion (CIMON) , an Artificial Intelligence system created in collaboration between IBM (Watson, obvi), Airbus, and German Aerospace Center, began its first missions on the International Space Station (ISS). The goal was to create a sort of super-charged Alexa, but better (which frankly, doesn’t seem like a […]
OpenAI unleashes scary believable Fake News AI
…And releases it into the wild on GitHub. What could possibly go wrong? OpenAI, a research organization supposed to come up with ways to protect mankind from rogue AIs (think Terminator foot on human skull, I do) actually created this mind-blowing AI back in February of 2019. It’s called GPT-2 because apparently super smart people […]
In his great book about the future of AI, “The Fourth Age” (highly recommended!), GigaOM CEO Byron Reese (Twitter) hypothetically asks WHEN will we create that mysterious Artificial General Intelligence (AGI), if at all. He says that he gets different answers from different people. And therein lies the answer. In “Wisdom of Crowds” by James […]
Tesla stock price rockets up – can AI tell us what’s next?
Today Elon Musk, our lord and savior, made a surprise announcement during Tesla‘s earnings call – they’re actually turning a profit! In fact, with $1.86 earnings per share (beating analysts and everyone else’s expectations, really), Tesla’s stock price is up over 20% today in after-hours trading to a whopping $304-ish per share price, which is […]
Google achieves Quantum Supremacy, again.
Today, Wednesday October 23rd 2019 Google announced that its quantum supercomputer named “Sycamore” achieved so-called “quantum computational supremacy” by solving a complex problem in 200 seconds that would take today’s most powerful supercomputer 10 000 of years to crack. OK, actually today marks the day when Google PUBLISHED their results officially – in Nature magazine, […]
Donald Trump and Obama speaking perfect Chinese thanks to AI
Whoa – mindblowing performance from China’s iFlyTek and their translation AI. The voice sounds just like Trump, pitch, inflection, etc. Same with Obama. I imagine deepfakes but with voices. This progress is as creepy as it is absolutely thrilling to me. The fact that China got there first is disconcerting though.
Why Arizona is the ideal launch pad for Fintech (and other) Startups
In 2018, Arizona became the first State in the Nation to adopt what’s referred to as a “regulatory sandbox” – in practice this means a fintech startup (and here I’m thinking AI-based fintechs but it could be non-AI) can serve up to 10 000 customers for 2 years before they have to get a license. […]