AI Breakthroughs That Took Place In 2017

AI Breakthroughs That Took Place In 2017

We are at the end of 2017, and we can honestly state that it was quite fascinating in terms of artificial intelligence. Big names in the industry, as well as newly emerged startups, have been competing with each other all year long.

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We are at the end of 2017, and we can honestly state that it was quite fascinating in terms of artificial intelligence. Big names in the industry, as well as newly emerged startups, have been competing with each other all year long.

With AI on the rise, people are polarized in their opinions. Some are praising the beauty and progress in the sector, while others are picturing less pleasant scenarios. Never mind, it was definitely an exciting year for both camps. Artificial Intelligence managed to go viral several times this year and here are some of the most promising and remarkable happenings.

In October, the United Nations was presented to Sophia. The humanoid is able to mimic expressions and emotions, though it does not really understand what they mean. However, it did manage to raise a lot of questions. Sophia is programmed to learn from human interaction, but should we expect her to copy even our ugliest traits? She stated that if we were nice to her she would be nice to us, which to me sounds quite creepy. What’s more, she has a Twitter account where she managed to get into a feud with Elon Musk.

Engineers are constantly trying to make AI more human, and get rid of the robot behavior. We saw their efforts fire back a few times – machines started to mimic human bias as well. A research proved that a UK medical school selection software is ignoring female and minority candidates. Apart from that, AI developed by the University of Rochester can actually be used for scanning the internet for racial slurs and trolling.

Cases, when AI outperformed humans, were not rare. World class poker player lost to Libratus at Texas Hold ‘Em. From Xiaoyi, a robot from China, which passed the National Medical Licensing Examination test to CheXNet, which did better than real doctors in diagnosing patients with pneumonia in the UK, we had it all. Reports state that Facebook had to shut down their chatbots because they became too smart. iPhone X now is backed by a neural engine and it is only the beginning.

Google’s DeepMind showed signs of aggressiveness when it was about to lose. A couple of months after, Google announced they’ve created a programme, capable of imagination, In October a new version of AlphaGo was released which beat its predecessor 100 to 0.

Moreover, we saw the release of Alexa, which interacts with a human voice. AI is now able to compose music – Shimon being one of them; bake cookies or write prose. Defining real is harder than ever. Just consider the algorithm developed by the University of Washington. It can transform audio clips into lip-synced videos – like putting fake words in Obama’s mouth.

AI entered healthcare thanks to London startup RAVN. Their software can scan over 600 000 a day, while humans manage to do just 3000. We even have software fighting cybercriminals in the face of IBMs Watson.

It was an exciting year for everyone and it just goes to show that AI is not the future anymore. It is here and it is evolving. And while many believe it may be the end of us, others account that AI will create 500 million jobs.

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