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New computing theory allows artificial intelligences to store memories.
- To become autonomous, robots need to perceive the world around them and move at the same time.
- Researchers create a theory of hyperdimensional computing to help store robot movement in high-dimensional vectors.
- This improvement in perception will allow artificial intelligences to create memories.
The Hyperdimensional "pipeline"<img type="lazy-image" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8xOTUzOTgwMy9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTYyMTAyNjYxMn0.iQxWUW79T62eRmxCNbfH6T1-PxcRSRDvd6o8QhByXtY/img.jpg?width=980" id="c63fd" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="a2cff69725fafbbdb27ecbe59263b949" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" />
This "pipeline" describes how data from a drone flight is recorded and translated into binary vectors that are integrated into memory through vector operations. This memory can then be recalled.
Credit: Perception and Robotics Group, University of Maryland.
Here’s a video of how DVS works:<span style="display:block;position:relative;padding-top:56.25%;" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="ec66027f1a99f06ac381de9a13d67727"><iframe type="lazy-iframe" data-runner-src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/UCAJi0ZFaZ8?rel=0" width="100%" height="auto" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></span>
A new AI-produced commercial from Lexus shows how AI might be particularly suited for the advertising industry.
- The commercial was written by IBM's Watson. It was acted and directed by humans.
- Lexus says humans played a minimal part in influencing Watson, in terms of the writing.
- Advertising, with its clearly defined goals and troves of data, seems like one creative field in which AI would prove particularly useful.
Is AI coming after creative jobs?<p>It seems likely that AI could eventually replace jobs like cashier, truck driver, data analyst and even accountants. What's harder to imagine, but increasingly plausible, is how AI could soon begin replacing jobs in more creative fields—journalism, entertainment and, especially, advertising.</p><p>AI has already made breakthroughs—some more impressive than others—in multiple creative endeavors. In music, an AI has combined the mathematical properties of disparate instruments to create sounds never before heard by humans. In visual art, an auction house has already sold the first AI-produced produced artwork, for a price of $432,000, and there's also an algorithm that can <a href="https://www.newscientist.com/article/2177121-this-ai-will-draw-whatever-you-want-but-its-utterly-terrible/" target="_blank">draw anything you want</a>, though the results aren't always intelligible. And in entertainment, AIs have also written scripts, including one that, while mostly ridiculous, managed to <a href="https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2016/06/an-ai-wrote-this-movie-and-its-strangely-moving/" target="_blank">capture some of the rhythm and conventions of science fiction writing.</a></p><p>But it's in advertising—a field with a clearly defined parameters and goals—that AI seems likely to be most effective.</p><blockquote>"Advertising, more than music, movies, art or entertainment, is the perfect incubation bed for this kind of technology," wrote Loz Blain for <em><a href="https://newatlas.com/lexus-ai-tv-commercial/57310/" target="_blank">New Atlas</a></em>. "Where you have a measurable result to grade the art against, it's easy for an algorithm to decide what has been effective and what hasn't, and tune itself up to improve its performance over time. Advertising is an art form designed purely to manipulate. You better believe that ad agencies will use every tool in their arsenal to get the job done."</blockquote><p>Still, considering Lexus admitted giving a "nudge" here and there to Watson, it could be a long time before the industry's top copywriters start fearing for their jobs. </p>
The controversy around the Torah codes gets a new life.
- Mathematicians claim to see a predictive pattern in the ancient Torah texts.
- The code is revealed by a method found with special computer software.
- Some events described by reading the code took place after the code was written.
Dr. Eliyahu Rips. 2017.
Here's the History Channel's teaser for Smith's TV special<span style="display:block;position:relative;padding-top:56.25%;" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="f22213ea949751d143e9bd631f81101f"><iframe type="lazy-iframe" data-runner-src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/w8RJPPKyzH0?rel=0" width="100%" height="auto" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></span>
An Ivy League education without the Ivy League price tag.
We recently published an article outlining how you can take Yale University courses for free. Given the response to that article, we have decided to show you more classes that you can access at no cost. Just like last time, a certificate of completion is available for all of these classes for a fee, if you want to prove that you have bettered yourself this way.
So, here are 8 Harvard University courses you can take right now, for free.
Introduction to Computer Science
Knowing how to code is a vital skill in in today’s digital world. This entry level course teaches the basics of computational thinking, programming problem solving, data structures, and web development, among other things. It will leave the learner able to code in several languages including C, Python, and Java.
The class is self-paced, and consists of a time investment of 10-20 hours to finish nine problem sets and a final project, which is done online. This class will help you learn several of the five programming languages that Bjarne Stroustrup, inventor of C++, says you should learn in his Big Think interview.
Elon Musk, Sam Harris, Ray Kurzweil and other visionaries discuss AI superintelligence at a recent conference.