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Emergent // Future Weekly: Preparing for Our AI Future, Smarter Smartphones, Self-Driving Cars

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We’re back after a week off the grid. This week we look at how Obama is
preparing for the future of AI, how AI assistants are adding the “smart” to smartphones, check in on self-driving cars and other emergent transportation tech, and we take a mulligan on Notes from the Frontier this week — Sorry!

And, per usual, our top projects to try at home, and favorite articles from the past week are down at the bottom. 

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Preparing for the Future of AI ⚡️

You Might Have Heard: President Obama sat down with MIT Media Lab director Joi Ito and WIRED to talk about neural nets, self-driving cars, and the future of the world.

In this must read interview Obama and Ito discuss how AI will shape our world over the next 50 years more than any other single technology.

But Did You Know? The Obama Administration releasedPreparing for the Future of Artificial Intelligence, a report focused on the opportunities, considerations, and challenges of artificial intelligence on society.

The new report coincided with the White House Frontiers Conference in Pittsburgh, where some of the world’s top innovators came together to discuss how science and technology can help improve lives, such as using machine learning to build intelligent traffic systems, improve medical diagnoses, and protect wildlife.

Worried about your job? Don’t be. While artificial intelligence will kill some jobs, it’ll create others.

ALSO: Obama challenged America to send humans to Mars by the 2030s, and safely return them to Earth, with the ultimate ambition to one day make human settlement of space a reality.

That sounds vaguely familiar to Elon Musk’s plans.


AI Assistants 🤖

Google aims to win the AI revolution by building a personal assistant into everything.

Tim Cook, meanwhile, says the iPhone’s future is in AI, which is why Apple’s hired a prominent artificial intelligence researcher from Carnegie Mellon University.

Apple’s penchant for secrecy has burdened efforts to improve their AI offerings and hire the best talent. Researchers in the field like to publish their findings, something Apple has historically frowned upon.

Walt Mossberg says Apple wasted its lead with Siri and now has an intelligent assistant that is too limited and unreliable to be an effective tool in coming AI wars.

It’s a bit ironic then that Samsung recently acquired Viv, the next-gen AI assistant built by the creators of Apple’s Siri. 🔥

In the end, the only difference between the next generation of smartphones will be their AI assistants.


Department of Self-Driving Cars 🚗

Apple’s car team has a late 2017 deadline to prove feasibility of their self-driving system.

The project has endured numerous shakeups, job cuts, departures, and strategy disagreements..

While Apple’s car failure looks like a bad sign for Apple, it actually isn’t.

In Other News Transportation News:


What We’re Reading 📚

  • Stop Coding Machine Learning Algorithms From Scratch.Are you implementing a machine learning algorithm at the moment? Why? Implementing algorithms from scratch is one of the biggest mistakes I see beginners make. (Machine Learning Mastery)
  • How a co-founder of a startup built an AI chatbot, trained on past messages, for texting with her deceased friend. When her best friend died, she rebuilt him using artificial intelligence. (The Verge)
  • Vim for Humans. A brief overview of the advantages of vim and why it is one of the best investments you can make in your career. (Vim eBook)
  • WTF is a container? Instead of shipping around a full operating system and your software, you simply pack your code and its dependencies into a container that can then run anywhere. (TechCrunch)
  • Differentiable neural computers. A memory-augmented neural network can learn to use its memory to answer questions about complex, structured data, including artificially generated stories, family trees, and even a map of the London Underground. (DeepMind)
  • Deep Learning Key Terms, Explained. Gain a beginner’s perspective on artificial neural networks and deep learning with this set of 14 straight-to-the-point related key concept definitions. (KDnuggets)

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