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review 2018-12-15 00:14
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The Fourth Age: Smart Robots, Conscious Computers, and the Future of Humanity - Byron Reese

The Fourth Age: Smart Robots, Conscious Computers, and the Future of Humanity by Byron Reese could have been really good if only it wasn't riddled with so many grammatical errors. :'-( Repeated words, completely missing words, and words in the wrong order (was this down to the editor?) were liberally spread through the entire book which really took away from my enjoyment. I felt that what he was trying to accomplish with this book was interesting but I'm not entirely sure that he accomplished his goal (and he certainly needs to do a more thorough job of editing). This was less a purely scientific look at artificial intelligence and more a philosophical one about the nature of consciousness and if it's even remotely possible to duplicate it in a computer matrix. As with philosophical books, there were more questions raised than answers proposed. For all of the books on AI that I've read this one rests at the bottom and you'd be better served reading something along the lines of In Our Own Image by George Zarkadakis for a well-executed and researched work on the subject. Additionally, major points taken off for a lack of a bibliography. I have no idea how you can reference so many other people's work and then give them absolutely no credit. 2/10

 

What's Up Next: 5 Worlds Book 2: The Cobalt Prince by Alexis & Mark Siegel with illustrations by Boya Sun & Matt Rockefeller

 

What I'm Currently Reading: Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond and The Science of Supervillains by Lois H. Gresh & Robert Weinberg

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text 2018-11-22 10:52
Artificial Intelligence Market Augmented Expansion to be Registered by 2025

Market Overview:

Artificial intelligence is a study of "intelligent agents": any device that perceives its environment and takes actions that maximize its chance of successfully achieving its goals. AI technologies are being developed to assist human beings in deliberating, deducing, analysing, and inventing new technologies that can guarantee the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Global Artificial Intelligence Market is expected to grow in the forecasted period, in 2017 market size of the Artificial Intelligencewas XX million and in 2025 is expected to reach at XX million with growing CAGR of XX%. 

Market Dynamics:

The availability and widespread adoption of graphical processing units due to innovation in technology, increased power capacity, and reduced costs have been an impetus for the adoption of AI technologies in sensor system. One of the major factors responsible for the increasing use of this product is its ability to recognize patterns of sounds, images, and other data. Also, it is highly gaining popularity among its end users as it enables computer scientists to model several layers of virtual neurons and multiple neural networks. 
The increasing use of AI to combat cyber security threats will drive the growth prospects for the global AI market in the coming years. Some of the issues that can be addressed by such systems include the failure of firewall and signature-based techniques to stop current threats, a large volume of security threat data, and scalability challenges in addressing security threat data with people.

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Market Players:

Artificial intelligence market hold some of the prominent players serving industries like Amazon Web Services, IBM, Siemens, Omron Adept Technologies, AIBrain, Anki, Apple Inc., Banjo, CloudMinds, Facebook, Google, CarbonX, Intel, Jibo, Microsoft, Next IT, NVIDIA.

Market Segmentation: 

Artificial Intelligence market is segmented on the basis of end users, application and geography. On the basis of application the market is bifurcated into machine learning, deep learning, fuzzy logic, neural networks, expert system and knowledge based system.The development of deep-learning technology will drive the growth prospects for the global AI market for the coming years. The deep-learning software is an advanced version of AI technologies that attempts to mimic the activity and functioning of the human neocortex.
On the basis of region the market is segmented into North America, Europe, Latin America Asia-Pacific and Middle East & Africa.

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Market segmented on the basis of application:
- Machine learning
- Deep learning
- Neural networks
- Expert systems
- Knowledge-based systems
- Fuzzy logic

Market segmented on the basis of End User:
- Healthcare Sector
- Media and entertainment sector
- Manufacturing sector
- Automotive sector
- Retail Sector

Market segmented on the basis of region:
- North America
• US
• Canada
• Mexico
- Europe
• UK
• Germany
• France
• Rest of Europe
- Asia-Pacific
• China
• Japan
• India
• Australia
• Rest of Asia-Pacific
- Latin America
• Brazil
• Rest of Latin America
- Middle East and Africa (MEA)
• South Africa
• Saudi Arabia
• Rest of MEA

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review 2018-11-17 14:21
A cautionary tale, with plenty of action and philosophical touches thrown in.
Killing Adam - Earik Beann

I am writing this review as a member of Rosie’s Book Review Team (authors, if you’re looking for reviews, I recommend you check her amazing site here), and I thank her and the publisher for providing me an ARC copy of this book that I freely chose to review.

This is a very interesting book, and I doubt anybody reading it will fail to put themselves in the shoes of the protagonist. The concept is easy to grasp. Accidentally, (there was an experiment linking several people’s brains) an artificial intelligence (who later describes itself as a “singularity”) called Adam is born. Adam quickly takes control of the whole world, creating ARCs (altered reality chips), which are inserted into everybody’s brains, and allow people to control everything around them and to live get interconnected and live in an altered (virtual) reality world. Of course, the intelligence behind the inventions (and there is a company behind it too, BioCal) gets to control the brains of the people involved, in turn. You can imagine Terminator with AIs instead of physical robots, or Matrix, although in this case people are not physically hooked onto a computer, but hooked they are, nonetheless. Adam is extraordinary, but a megalomaniac and cannot stand the thought of coexisting with other singularities who might take a different view of matters. He will not stop at anything to achieve his ubercontrol and will use (and has used) any means necessary.

The story, told in the third-person by an omniscient narrator, is plot-driven. Each chapter is told from a character’s point of view (so there is no confusion as to whose point of view we’re following), mostly the main characters: Jimmy (a man who cannot be fitted with an ARC due to a brain injury suffered while he was playing American football), Adam, Trixie (another singularity, and one who sees things very differently to Adam), Jenna (one of the people —or “nodes”— hosting Trixie), and other secondary characters who play their part in the action but whom we don’t learn much about. Jimmy is the character we get to know better, but due to his personal circumstances, his life has become so limited that there is little information we gather in the time we spend with him. He is married and loves his wife, but as she’s mostly hooked onto the altered reality (23 hours a day), he can hardly spend any time with her. He attends “Implants Disability Anonymous”, an association for those who have difficulty adapting to life because they do not have an implant (and it is extremely complicated to live in a world centred on an alternate reality if you are an outsider), and has a friend, Cecil, whose life circumstances are very similar. He becomes a reluctant hero, and, perhaps preciesly because we do not know that much about him, it is easy to imagine ourselves in his place.

There are other characters with plenty of potential, especially Crazy Beard, an amateur philosopher who feels at home anywhere, and whose pearls of wisdom are eminently quotable. The language is not overly technical or complex and although there are some descriptions, these are not very detailed or lengthy. In a way, the experience of reading this book is similar to what life must be like for the characters of the novel hooked onto the alternate reality. You become so immersed in the story and focused on the content that you don’t see or notice what is around you, including the details about what surrounds you. The scenes and the actions succeed each other at a fast pace and, every-so-often you are thrown out of that reality by a detailed mention of a location or of an in-depth description of a character’s thoughts or feelings. And then, back you go, into the story.

The novel can be read as an allegory for our modern lives, increasingly taken over by social media and online content (yes, it is not a big stretch to imagine that you could walk along a crowded street and be virtually invisible because all people you come across are focused on their devices), a cautionary tale. Indeed, some of the technology, like the connected fridges and the self-driven cars are already here. It can also be read as a straightforward science-fiction/dystopian novel, with touches of humour, philosophical thoughts, and an inspiring and positive ending (and no, I won’t tell you what it is). Hard science-fiction fans might take issue with some of the novel’s premises (I missed getting a sense of how this alternate reality was, as we mostly see the effects of it but not the actual content), and a fair deal of suspension of disbelief is required to enjoy the novel if you are looking for a realistic story, but if you enjoy speculative fiction, plenty of action, and are open to a story that will make you look around and think, you’ll love this novel. I look forward to the author’s future works.

 

 

 

 

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text 2018-06-29 08:49
Global AI in Healthcare Market to register 39% Growth in 2018

The Global AI in Healthcare Market Size is expected to surpass USD 750 Million by 2018. The industry is expected to cross over US$ 10 Billion by 2025 end.

Artificial intelligence (AI) is largely seen as fourth industrial revolution. Healthcare is one such sector where AI is gaining higher traction. The industry has shifted from medical products based era to real-time outcome based care and now to predictive and preventative care modellings (AI, Augmented reality and Robotics). Intelligent solutions will be the backbone of the future healthcare industry. Early entrants will be able to maximize their business reach and create a brand recognition in the sector. It is due to this that many AI based startups has emerged in last few years. Over 250 companies emerged in Healthcare AI market post 2015. The numbers are expected to further increase with technological advancement and overall profitability margins from the sector.

There are thousands of data across various healthcare field that are unstructured. Successful structuring of data could not only save time but also maximize the operational output. Much of the demand for AI is expected to be seen in drug discovery programs.

Bekryl’s market research report, Global Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare Market Size Analysis and Industry Opportunity, finds North America to account for 58% of global sales in 2018. North America is pioneer in AI with most of the engaged companies are headquartered in the region. Furthermore, U.S. national healthcare expenditure is expected to increase from 17.9% in 2017 to 19.9% of total GDP by 2025. AI in healthcare will reach over US$ 5.5 billion by 2025 in U.S. This could potentially save over US$ 120 billion to US healthcare economy. Percent penetration will rise not only among medical devices and biotech companies but also hospitals, payers and insurance companies.

Some key trends from the global Healthcare AI market:

Trend#1: Artificial Intelligence companies are focusing on partnership/acquisition to strengthen their business presence and product portfolio

In the last few years, the competition has heighted in the Healthcare AI market with emergence of many new entrants. Leading companies are either going for mergers & acquisitions or partnership with small and midsize companies so as to ensure long term sustainability. For instance, in June 2018, EarlySense acquired cardiac predictive analytics (eCART) developed by Dana Edelson. Another company – Athenahealth – partnered with NoteSwift to offer AI powered HER (electronic health record) documentation. In the same year, 3M entered in partnership with C3 IoT to offer artificial intelligence based solutions for healthcare sector.

Trend#2: Innovative Product Development

Product development has been at the core of the strategy for most companies. Product and service offering differentiation could help company to expand its business presence organically. Various companies are coming with innovative product offerings so as to create their own niche in the segment. For instance, in January 2018, CLEW Medical developed healthcare predictive analytics software to analyze critical health situation. Another company – Beyond Verbal – developed emotions based analytical tool. The company is working on product development that could predict illness through user’s voice modulation.

Some key Global Healthcare AI Market Players are General Vision, Inc., Icarbonx Co. Ltd., Intel Corporation, IBM Corporation, Next It Corp., Nvidia Corporation, Oncora Medical, Inc., Enlitic, Inc., Alphabet Inc., Atomwise, Inc., Cyrcadia Health, Inc., Lifegraph Ltd., Microsoft Corporation, Modernizing Medicine Inc., Welltok, Inc., and Zebra Medical Vision Ltd.

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