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Top Artificial Intelligence Books to Read in 2019

Machine Learning Tech News Uncategorized By   Asif Razzaq - May 24, 2019 1.  Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach  by  Stuart Russell  and  Peter  Norvig : A Modern Approach, 3e  offers the most comprehensive, up-to-date introduction to the theory and practice of artificial intelligence. Number one in its field, this textbook is ideal for one or two-semester, undergraduate or graduate-level courses in Artificial Intelligence. 2.  The Emotion Machine: Commonsense Thinking, Artificial Intelligence, and the Future of the Human Mind  by  Marvin Minsky In this mind-expanding book, scientific pioneer Marvin Minsky continues his groundbreaking research, offering a fascinating new model for how our minds work. He argues persuasively that emotions, intuitions, and feelings are not distinct things, but different ways of thinking. 3.  Introduction to Artificial Intelligence  by Philip C Jackson Introduction to Artificial Intelligence  presents an introduction to the science of r

What is Artificial Intelligence? By  Samuel Greengard , Posted May 24, 2019 Learn how artificial intelligence (AI) uses software-driven systems and intelligent agents to make decisions that approximate human cognitive functions. SHARE           Download the authoritative guide:  Big Data 2019: Mining Data for Revenue The term  artificial intelligence  (AI) refers to computing systems that perform tasks normally considered within the realm of human decision making. These software-driven systems and intelligent agents incorporate advanced  data analytics  and  Big Data  applications. AI systems leverage this knowledge repository to make decisions and take actions that approximate cognitive functions, including learning and problem solving. AI, which was introduced as an area of science in the mid 1950s, has evolved rapidly in recent years. It has become a valuable and essential tool for orchestrating digital technologies and managing business operations. Particularly useful are AI advances such  mac

Why Modi Won

May 23, 2019 17:27 IST 'Modi's advent has made the mass of Indians realise that there was absolutely nothing wrong or objectionable in proclaiming nationalism as the masthead of the polity and Hinduism as its centerpiece,' says B S Raghavan, the distinguished civil servant. Illustration: Dominic Xavier/ The BJP tsunami, under the direction of Narendra Damodardas Modi, has swept away all that stood in its path. None so blind as those who were baiting and bashing Modi, who refused to see what was so unmistakably visible, and who were in a state of denial right until the end. What explains this spectacular verdict handed by the largest electorate in history in the largest democracy of the world? Contrary to the notion among the English educated class, people did not judge Modi on the nitty-gritty of demonetisation, agricultural crisis and other customary tripe that that class rolls out at a sneeze. That class is totally divorced from the mass of what roughl

Disinformation: A New Normal

  A new “normal”? Over the last few weeks,  increasing attention  has been devoted to the question of foreign (read: Russian) interference in the EP elections. With several   high-profile   cases  of Kremlin-orchestrated meddling still vivid in our collective memory, the EU campaign period has been plagued by apprehension about  how  the Kremlin may seek to sway and/or undermine the electoral process this time around. In response to these concerns and to the growing demand for scrutiny of Russia’s influence efforts, a number of research and monitoring initiatives  emerged  in recent months to track, expose, and analyse election-related disinformation, as well as support the EU’s own evolving efforts to mitigate the problem, which include mounting pressure on social media companies to tackle their key role in facilitating the spread of disinformation. But in the final days leading up to the vote, their findings  appear to be anticlimactic : expectations of a massive coordinated infl

Is Artificial Intelligence Really Disrupting Travel?

Giri Devanur Forbes Councils Member Forbes Technology Council CommunityVoice POST WRITTEN BY Giri Devanur President and CEO  Serial entrepreneur: 1 IPO, 2 exits, 27+ yrs. in tech. EandY Entrepreneur of the year. Author, Nothing to Nasdaq GETTY We have been hearing for months that AI will kill millions of jobs — that technology will take over all aspects of the travel industry and so on. Let’s take this onslaught of information and clinically dissect it to get a clearer view of how the travel industry will be affected. We can broadly define the core aspects of the travel industry in three main categories: preparation, buying and the actual experience itself. 1. Preparation Assume you want to go from New York to London on vacation. If you are bringing your family of four or five people, you will likely end up searching for hours on various search engines like Kayak or Expedia to get the right itinerary and number of stops, book the nearest airport, etc. This is a ti

Policy on ‘globesity’ epidemic must shed urban bias

Oxford ANALYTICA Thursday, May 23, 2019 Approaches to tackling the rise in overweight and obese populations have tended to ignore alarming rural trends Source: UN; WHO; NCD Risk Factor Collaboration, Nature, May 2019 Outlook An extensive new study on the global epidemic of overweight and obesity -- or ‘globesity’ -- since 1985 reveals two alarming trends: first, rural populations of low and middle-income countries (LMICs) have made unhealthy transitions as fast or faster than cities ; and second, rural areas have contributed to the rising epidemic more than the impact of urbanisation. Such risky ‘urbanisation of rural life’ requires a broadening of existing policy approaches, especially extending the obesity healthcare provision to rural areas, ensuring rural supply chains deliver affordable healthy food, and planning rural development to facilitate healthier lifestyles. Remedial efforts will face major impediments in LMICs: their health budgets are constrained, and population

Congress final tally is 52

Congress final tally is 52.... ✔ Lesser than Modi's 56 inch chest... ✔2 short of getting leader of opposition... ✔8 more than 2014 count... So all the "Chowkidar Chor Hai" and "Mahathagbandhan" they could not even increase their count by double digits... But for Kerala who voted against the Commies and Stalin in TN, CONgrass would have got less than last time... A guy who can't speak proper Hindi, is elected from Kerala from a "secular" seat...  A "Nachnewali",  Maharajadhiraj Ko Nachayi... NYAY milgaya?

US: Billions proposed for AI

Boston Dynamics' SpotMini robot. Photo: Laura Chiesa/Pacific Press/LightRocket/Getty   A new proposal in the Senate would set aside $2.2 billion for artificial intelligence R&D over the next five years,  Kaveh reports. The bill ,  introduced today by Martin Heinrich (D–N.M.), Rob Portman (R–Ohio) and Brian Schatz (D–Hawaii), would add fuel to the Trump administration's AI strategy, for which the White House  has so far requested about $850 million . The Artificial Intelligence Initiative Act would give the National Science Foundation $500 million to fund research and new educational standards and institutions.$40 million would go to the National Institute of Standards and Technologies, which would be tasked with setting up benchmarks for AI algorithms.The Department of Energy would set up five AI research centers with $1.5 billion.New inter-agency groups would coordinate strategy and R&D efforts. Background:  The bill joins  another proposal  in the House and Sena

Did Saudi Arabia have inkling about Lanka blasts?

Indrani Bagchi | Reuters | Updated: May 22, 2019, 08:47 IST   HIGHLIGHTS In the past couple of days, a leaked diplomatic cable by the Saudi Arabian foreign ministry suggested Riyadh knew more than they were letting on about the Easter blastsThe cable is addressed to the Saudi ambassador to Sri Lanka and signed by the foreign minister Ibrahim bin Abdul Aziz al-AssafIt asks the ambassador to ensure Saudi citizens did not travel outside near churches on Easter Sunday NEW DELHI: Even as tests conclusively proved that Zahran Hashim, chief suspect of the Easter Sunday blasts in Sri Lanka, died in the attacks, India worries that the growing tensions between the nation’s Buddhist majority and Muslim minority might plunge the island back into another crisis of the kind that saw a bloody war culminating in the LTTE’s elimination a decade back. Given the fact that India shared detailed intelligence on the attackers days ahead of the incident, the Sirisena government has little to quibble a

Big data, attention and wealth

AXIOS FUTURE Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty/Somerset House   A core obsession of internet reformers  is to loosen Big Tech’s stranglehold on the financial spoils from the data they vacuum up, and spread the riches around. But some economists say the payoff to ordinary Americans will be much less than many imagine. What's happening:  Economists say we live in an age of income inequality not seen since before the Great Depression — and possibly since the Gilded Age at the end of the 19th century. But they struggle to identify precisely why it's happened. What they do know:  A growing proportion of the nation's wealth is concentrated at the very top. In the 1920s, more than 20% of U.S. wealth was held by 0.1% of the population. The figure plunged over the subsequent decades, but now is back near 20%, according to a  January paper  by Gabriel Zucman, a professor at UC Berkeley. And the tech-led economy appears  to be a  big reason for the gap,  with wealth concentrated amo

Hindu Families In West Bengal Flee Their Homes After Mosques Call For Non-Muslims To Be Killed *Hindu Families In West Bengal Flee Their Homes After Mosques Call For Non-Muslims To Be Killed * 15 May 2019 17:04:11 *In shocking footage out of West Bengal, Hindus can be seen fleeing from their households in village Bagakhali under Bishnupur block of Diamond Harbour after local mosques allegedly called for violent attacks against them.* The people seem shaken with fear after announcements were made by local mosques to kill and maim non-muslims in that area. Watch the footage below: Women, kids, families are seen on the streets in large numbers. When asked why were they leaving their homes, they echoed the same sentiments of fear and alleged that the mosques had taken it upon themselves to announce their intention to kill non-muslims. A woman said, "They have been announcing on the microphone that if the Hindus leave their house, they shall kill them." Another man, who was escaping on a bike said that their houses