When we think about artificial intelligence, it’s usually something involving robot overloads and the answer to how many tablespoons are in a cup. Less often do we think about their emotional intelligence, something so intrinsic to human interaction that we take it for granted. Pamela Pavliscak, CEO of Change Sciences to took the stage at TNW Conference 2018 to discuss the “emotion revolution” we’ll see in our machines and software within the next years. For AI and virtual assistants to make the most positive impact, they’ll need to know how to understand and behave within the framework of our very human emotional cues. “The most intimate digital technology festival on the planet” CNBC liked TNW Conference that much FIND OUT WHY This concept isn’t new; technology companies have tried to humanize technology for ages, to varying degrees of success. One of the most infamous examples is Microsoft’s Clippy – an early example of … [Read more...] about Why emotionally intelligent machines are the future of AI
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On Monday, I sat down with nine members of the team at Facebook fighting fake news: Eduardo Ariño de la Rubia, John Hegeman, Tessa Lyons, Michael McNally, Adam Mosseri, Henry Silverman, Sara Su, Antonia Woodford, and Dan Zigmond. The meeting began with introductions, led by Tucker Bounds and Lindsey Shepard from the marketing and communications team. Then we spoke in depth about Facebook’s recent product changes and the way the News Feed can be adjusted to counter false news. Nicholas Thompson: Let’s get cracking. You guys have rolled out a ton of stuff since December 2016: you’ve rolled out the fact-checking initiative, you’ve shrunk images on suspect posts, you’ve rolled out machine language tools for fact-checking, and machine language tools for clickbait headlines. I’m curious what’s been the most effective of the many things you’ve introduced? John Hegeman: I think this is a space where there isn’t a silver bullet. We can … [Read more...] about How Facebook Wants to Improve the Quality of Your News Feed
Already one of the biggest movies of all time, Marvel Studios’ massive team-up feature Avengers: Infinity War surprised audiences by turning Thanos, the film’s purple-skinned, digital villain, into one of its breakout stars. Portrayed by Academy Award nominee Josh Brolin through a mix of performance-capture technology and digital animation, Thanos managed to be more than just a mad titan on a mission to eradicate half the population of the universe. The team at visual effects studios Digital Domain and Peter Jackson’s Weta shared duties in bringing Thanos to life on the screen, and the end result was an impressively detailed, complicated character that held his own — both physically and theatrically — against the combined might of Marvel’s (mostly) live-action heroes. Digital Trends spoke to two members of the Digital Domain team — visual effects supervisor Kelly Porter, and the studio’s head of digital humans, Darren Hendler … [Read more...] about How the ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ VFX team made Thanos a movie star
With the House of Lords having reported in the opportunities and threats posed by artificial intelligence (AI), I have asked what my sector – the PR industry – is doing in anticipation of AI’s rise. Are the machines really coming for our jobs or will AI free us up from our time-consuming tasks so we can focus on our core strength: creativity. On 16 April, the House of Lords released its Select Committee report on the impact of AI on British life. For context, the definition of AI that it followed was; “Technologies with the ability to perform tasks that would otherwise require human intelligence, such as visual perception, speech recognition and language translation.” The impact of AI on jobs, in particular, is something that has caused much discussion in recent years. One estimate says 900,000 London jobs are at risk from automation and globalisation by 2030, but on the upside, the capital is well-placed to draw on the new jobs this technology will bring. … [Read more...] about How is the PR industry adapting to the march of artificial intelligence?
“Would you rather be smart, or kind?” For most of us, this would be a difficult question to answer. Both characteristics are valued highly in our society. Which do you choose? If you’re leaning toward smart, you’re not alone. It’s easy to associate intelligence with wealth and success. Meanwhile, kindness and its cousin — empathy — is often associated with passivity and weakness, especially by self-proclaimed diehard business people. But are these associations valid? Must we really choose between the two? The answer is no. Emotional intelligence results in higher salary and better job performance, that’s why you need to know what it is and how to improve it. Although intelligence is important, it’s not worth much in the workplace until paired with reliability, honesty, and friendliness. It wasn’t lost on me in a 2007 Berkshire Hathaway meeting in Omaha that the legendary Charlie Munger responded succinctly with: “Be … [Read more...] about Improving your emotional intelligence can earn you a raise — here’s how