Could You Fall in Love With an Artificial Intelligence?

“Will Julie receive a gift from a Valentine today?”

To Hollywood, the answer to that question is clearly ‘yes’ and this scenario has inspired the filmmaking industry for a while now: in 1927, Fritz Lang imagined a romance between the lead actor of Metropolis and the robot Maria! More recently, the story has been repeated in movies like HER (2013) or Ex-Machina (2015).

What does it take to go from fiction to reality?

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10 Artificial Intelligence influencers you should follow!

Due to recent major technological developments, Artificial Intelligence is evolving at an exponential rate. It is even considered to be the technology of the future. But the truth is, it is already present in our everyday lives: fraud detection, purchase predictions on e-commerce sites, videos games and virtual personal assistants like our favorite one, Julie.

In case you still don’t fully understand what it entails or want to know more about AI, here is a list of 10 Artificial Intelligence experts and influencers who specialized in Artificial Intelligence and related fields and who share their knowledge on the subject area or just keep you up to date with the latest developments.

bannerblog-tamaramccleary_ai_influencer 1. Tamara McCleary @TamaraMcCleary

CEO of Thilium, an Influencer Marketing Agency and International branding expert, Tamara McCleary also specializes in Business experiences in IoT, Machine Learning, Blockchain, Wearables, FinTech and Artificial Intelligence, to name a few. She was ranked one of the Top 50 Digital Transformation Influencers by Onalytica in their 2016 analysis.

bannerblog_jimharris_ai_influencer 2. Jim Harris @JimHarris

Jim Harris is a bestselling Author and Speaker who specializes in Disruptive Innovation. He is a consultant for businesses and he helps them adapt to new disruptive technologies and gain engagement from their employees. His book “Blindsided: How to Spot the Next Breakthrough That Will Change Your Business” is a #1 international bestseller and is destined to help companies navigate through change. He is also a Keynote speaker and has a very interesting talk on how Disruptive Innovation turns Industries Upside down in which he states: “The same way we need to profoundly change to save our planet is the same way we need to profoundly change to to save our businesses”.

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Towards an ethical Artificial Intelligence

With the increasing presence of autonomous agents in our daily lives, Artificial Intelligence specialists propose to implement a set of ethical rules to allow them to realize the extent of their actions. Others seek the establishment of a right for robots as a way to resolve the emerging legal issues

Among the numerous articles dedicated to autonomous cars today, one particular thought experiment resurfaces often: the trolley problem. Adapted to self-driving cars, it is usually presented as follows: an autonomous car, with a person onboard, sees five pedestrians suddenly appear in its path. The only way to avoid them is for the car to send itself off the road, crashing and therefore causing its passenger’s death. Faced with this Cornelian dilemma, what choice does the Artificial Intelligence control software have to make? This thought experiment is anything but science-fiction. Many American states have already authorized some manufacturers to test their autonomous vehicles on their roads (with a human driver, ready to intervene and take over if necessary). Tesla’s commercial vehicles are equipped with an auto-pilot mode, which allows the car to self-drive under certain conditions (like on a highway where the driving is easy). This subject does not only apply to autonomous cars: from virtual assistants (Siri, Cortana, Google Now…) to humanoid robots, Artificial Intelligence increasingly inserts itself into our daily lives. Given this reality, many are those who insist on the importance of setting up ethical rules to supervise Artificial Intelligence.

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What if Artificial Intelligence could boost the economy? [Study]

AI will destroy jobs, robots will replace humans … That’s what we often hear when we talk about the evolution of AI and the rise of robots. But what if Artificial Intelligence could actually boost the economy?

We recently conducted a study with Censuswide and asked around 1000 British citizens how they felt about AI and its impact on the automation of their calendar management tasks. One interesting thing to notice is that 47% of professionals in the UK would be interested in using Artificial Intelligence powered assistants to gain time. And how would they spend the time they saved? By going shopping or making love! Great news, right?

Let’s dig into the results.

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How to build Empathy in AI?

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend and speak at AI Europe in London.

Lots of interesting and passionate debates on the evolution of AI. I want to get back to a question I was asked and I tried to answer during my keynote speech: How will Virtual Assistants impact the Internet and, on a larger scale, Society as a whole?

First, it’s important to define what we mean when we talk about virtual assistant based on Artificial Intelligence (AI). We are mainly influenced by science-fiction movies, and we all have our own fantasies about what our lives could look like with an assistant like « HER », capable of achieving every task we ask of her, and in the end, become a part of our daily life, and even a close friend!

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Chatbots to best manage your finances

Chatbots are taking over in the financial field and they act as personalized bank advisors or virtual piggy banks.

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Recent advancements in AI have lead to the rise in Chatbots. These conversational agents are able to have written or spoken communication with humans and provide access to a large number of services. Whether you are booking a flight with the help of Alexa, Amazon Echo’s voice-enabled virtual assistant or ordering yourself an Uber using Siri, Apple’s intelligent personal assistant, it’s all possible nowadays. This technology is beginning to expand in the banking sector. In fact, there is a rise in chatbots that promise a better customer service experience, quicker transactions or an assistance to spendthrifts so they can save money regularly.

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Julie: Behind the scenes! [Infographic]

“Julie who is CC’d in this email will contact you to schedule the meeting”

Ah! Where would we be without her? Even though she is an integral part of your daily life, we haven’t really taken the time to fully introduce her to you have we? Let’s fix this right now: come discover what goes on behind the scenes of Julie through this infographic display. You can print it and showcase it above your desk, share it with your friends… the possibilities are endless.

A self-aware intelligence…

If we go back to the definition and origins of the term intelligence,Wikipedia, the king of definitions tells us this:

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