The next 5 years in A.I. will be frenetic, says Intel A.I. chief

Research into artificial intelligence is going gangbusters, and the frenetic pace won’t let up for about five years — after which the industry will concentrate around a handful of core technologies and leaders, the head of Intel’s new A.I. division predicts.

Intel is keen to be among them. In March, it formed an Artificial Intelligence Products Group headed by Naveen Rao. He previously was CEO of Nervana Systems, a deep-learning startup Intel acquired in 2016. Rao sees the industry moving at breakneck speed.

“It’s incredible,” he said. “You go three weeks without reading a paper and you’re behind. It’s just amazing.”

It wasn’t so long ago that artificial intelligence research was solely the domain of university research labs, but tech companies have stormed into the space in the last couple of years and sent technical hurdles tumbling.

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Microsoft’s Emma Watch could help people with Parkinson’s

Technology lets us do some pretty amazing things, and every now and then we hear stories about technology making a huge difference in someone’s life.

Microsoft highlighted one such story at their Build 2017 developer conference this week, when they showed the video about a woman with Parkinson’s, and a device developed by one of Microsoft’s researchers that helps with Parkinson’s tremors.

In IT Blogwatch, we love a feel-good story. 

So what is going on? Andy Weir has some background:

This week, Microsoft is hosting its Build 2017 developer conference…where it’s already made a wide range of announcements – from 500 million Windows 10 devices, to Visual Studio for Mac general availability…and the new Azure IoT Edge platform.

But along with all the…big announcements in its day one keynote, Microsoft also showcased [an]…experimental project led by one of its researchers, which began when she met a young woman affected by hand tremors caused by Parkinson’s disease.

And what does this experimental project entail? Brian Fagioli has more details:

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‘So, what do you do?’

Whenever you meet someone new, whether in a professional or social setting, one of the first questions that you ask each other (at least here in the U.S.) is, “What do you do?” It’s part of the bedrock of small talk. But how you answer this seemingly innocuous question can have serious implications for both your career success and your personal happiness.

Most people answer along the lines of “I’m a (insert profession here)”: “I’m a GO developer.” “I’m a SQL Server DBA.” “I’m a rabbit farmer.”

When you think about it, that’s a rather odd way to answer this question. In fact, the standard response is really an answer to a quite different question, who you are vs. what you do, identity vs. activities.

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