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Discussions about Universal Basic Income are increasing

This hit my inbox last night (thank you Google Alerts) , very glad to see that there are groups in New Zealand who are pushing for a discussion on UBI with some of the current political Parties.

That said and referenced in the article I doubt that many incumbent politicians truly comprehend how UBI works and how it can be implemented and why it needs to be implemented sooner rather than later.

Still, this is a great step in the right direction.

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Here comes our quantum powered AIs.
 
"Physicists have performed machine learning on a photonic quantum computer, demonstrating that quantum computers may be able to exponentially speed up the rate at which certain machine learning tasks are performed -- in some cases, reducing the time from hundreds of thousands of years to mere seconds. The new method takes advantage of quantum entanglement, in which two or more objects are so strongly related that paradoxical effects often arise since a measurement on one object instantaneously affects the other. Here, quantum entanglement provides a very fast way to classify vectors into one of two categories, a task that is at the core of machine learning."

Never mind that their quantum computer had only two qubits, from entangling only two photons.
(Phys.org)—For the first time, physicists have performed machine learning on a photonic quantum computer, demonstrating that quantum computers may be able to exponentially speed up the rate at which certain machine learning tasks are performed—in some cases, reducing the time from hundreds of thousands ...
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On Network connected Robots

I think as the price of computing power, connectivity and storage comes down we will start to see the emergence of Robot Networks, AIs residing in the cloud controlling machines within the physical world, as technology improves however we will probably see these robots imbued with enough computing power to operate on their own without the need to rely on a cloud based AI.
The power of cloud software could make robots smarter and less expensive.
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The discussion about Universal Basic Income needs to happen sooner rather than later

Really glad to see that more and more media outlets are raising awareness about the topics of Universal Basic Income and the issue of Technological Unemployment

I do fear that even with all of this publicity the powers that be will not take note until its too late.
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I look forward to the day where we can all work on pursuing our passions in life rather than working to make ends meet.

Such a future is possible and I think its time we working towards that.

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UBI coupled with the adoption of businesses as cooperatives are the only two things which come to mind at the moment.

Other approaches (e.g. moving towards a Resource based economy) are possibly too radical in the short term.

Been very busy lately so I haven't had much time to post, sorry for the late reply!
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Looks like we're starting to see what magic leap is going to offer us.
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Looks very nice indeed.
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A parting gift


Thanks to the team at Xact Software , you've been a part of my family and the Xact office has been my second home for the last 8 years.
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More Details on ViV

An interview with Dag Kittlaus , co-inventor of Siri and who is currently working on ViV a cloud based AI system which aims to expose an API so that others can tap into its capabilities.
When Dag Kittlaus ⇒ announced his ; Viv artificial-intelligence project last August, it raised as many questions as it answered. The co-founder and CEO of Viv Labs, based in San Jose, Calif., said the voice-controlled platform advances well beyond the Siri digital assistant app he helped to create and later sold to Apple . Now, Kittlaus, who commutes to California from his Barrington home, is sharing more details about Viv and how he’s ai...
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AIs should fly our planes and drive our cars

Lets face it, people make horrible drivers and can also make horrible pilots, its time to remove the weakest link.
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Go DeepMind, Go!

Just Imagine the potential breakthroughs as DeepMind and other AI services mature and we start to use them to solve grand problems.

This is a first step of many towards an amazing future.
Deep Mind, the London-based artificial intelligence start-up bought for £400 million by Google last year, is working on technology to fight cancer, according to one of the search giant's top executives.
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The Impact of Cognitive apps on the Enterprise

I've been meaning to write about this for a couple of weeks, lucky for me it seems that the starts have finally aligned.

After encountering Watson's personality analytics service recently I started to dig deeper into how such a service can be utilized to provide a competitive advantage to enterprise users.

What stood out immediately was how such a service can be used within the sales/service CRM areas, using such a service it is possible to build a highly accurate profile of a client or a prospective client over time, in doing so a cognitive system can be used to assist the sales team(s) to communicate using the most effective keywords during a communication.

Think sales Emails & proposals containing sentences and keywords which would resonate with a client or a prospect, doing so would increase the chance that a sales opportunity would progress through the pipe-line to the next stage.

For evidence on how important this is search for the acquisition of Relate-IQ by Salesforce recently

Now lets take this a step further, what if you had a number of cognitive services combined into an automated customer support system, one that could understand sentences written (or spoken) using natural language.

Such a system could also be capable of figuring out how a person is feeling throughout the conversation (whether they're stressed, angry or happy) and respond appropriately.

Imagine an intelligent customer support system which can resolve support issues with a high level of satisfaction almost every time.

Said system could utilize the knowledge gained from all of its instances while interacting with customers to increase its knowledge and to provide a higher level of service.

IPSoft's Ammelia seems to work this way, wonder if there will be a Watson equivalent.

Looking at some of the demo services available I can see such a system becoming a reality very soon

Taking this yet another step further, what if we were to introduce decision making through AI into the enterprise 
(see Tradeoff analytics in the link below) , suddenly big data becomes extremely valuable, being able to look at all the data sources stored within an enterprise I can easily see an AI used to call the hard shots without being distracted by any factors which would otherwise affect the judgment of a human being.

The way I see it all of the above is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to cognitive computing, with the introduction of new hardware (nueromorphic chips etc.)

So, when machines start to outperform people within the enterprise world, one wonders how long will it be before the larger enterprises start shedding jobs and resort to employing narrow AI agents and eventually AGI agents instead of people.

On one hand, productivity will soar, customer satisfaction will reach new heights. on the other hand, people will lose jobs and will have to find alternative means to make a living.

The near future will be very interesting for sure.

#artificialintelligence   #enterprise   #cognitive   #system   #software  
The Watson Developer Cloud offers a number of cognitive services as RESTful APIs. Select a service to explore its capabilities and requirements.
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The AI psychologist will see you now.
 
IBM's Watson will analyze your personality from a writing sample.
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Husband,Father,Techno Optimist, Software Developer ,Gamer ,Dreamer and more.

By day I work as a software developer and a technical analyst, I help small and medium businesses get the most out of technology and software automation, most of my work involves building workflow automation software systems, integrating different systems together and using data to generate meaningful business intelligence.

When I'm not working I spend my time with my family, on that note I do need to devote more time to them =)

I see myself as a person who is very interested in improving the human condition and the quality of life for everyone wherever possible, when time permits I do what I can to offer my input to make the above happen.

I believe that anything is possible, if something has not been done or made, it is simply because we don't know how to yet!

I also believe that we can solve all the major problems plaguing our planet with the right use of science and technology. In addition, believe we should embrace change and not fear it as long as we know that the result is a positive one.

I think that a person's life is a learning journey and to that I think that we should all strive to learn as much as we can about the subjects that interest us.

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    Solutions Specialist, 2015 - present
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    Lead Systems Developer, 2007 - 2015
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