This week’s headline story: Artificial Intelligence battles Human Intelligence Once Again
Intelligent machines have challenged and beat our best Chess champions and Jeopardy Champions. Now one of Google’s AI’s is battling another human champion at the ancient board game, Go. The game is most popular in countries such as China, South Korea and Japan, and involves two contestants moving black and white stones on a square grid, with the aim of seizing the most territory. Google executives say that, unlike Chess, Go offers too many possible moves for a machine to win simply through brute-force calculations. Instead, their AI software, AlphaGo has sought to approximate human intuition, by studying old matches and using simulated games to hone itself independently.
South Korean Champion, Lee Sedol is one of the world’s top Go players and a holder of 18 international titles. Lee was taken by surprise by the computer’s expertise and lost the first three games. But, on Sunday, Lee regained his composure to beat AplhaGo in the fourth round, denying the AI a clean sweep victory. The final game of the match will be played Tuesday.
- Striking back against the machine: Korean Go player beats Google program [Reuters]
- Google’s AlphaGo Uses AI To Beat World Champ ‘Go’ Player [NewsFactor]
In other news:
- Algorithm reads tweets to figure out which restaurants make you sick [PCWorld]
Computer-science researchers from the University of Rochester have developed software to find restaurants that may unkowingly be giving customers food poisoning. One out of every six U.S. residents gets food poisoning each year, and when they do, many of them write about it on Twitter. That’s where nEmesis comes in. The software uses natural language processing and artificial intelligence to identify food poisoning-related tweets, connect them to restaurants using geotagging and identify likely hot spots.
- The U.S. Government Launches a $100-Million “Apollo Project of the Brain” [Scientific American]
The Machine Intelligence from Cortical Networks program, or MICrONS, intends to reverse-engineer one cubic millimeter of the human brain and study the way it makes computations. The end goal is to use the findings of the research to better inform algorithms in machine learning and artificial intelligence. MICrONS, is receiving $100 Million in funding from the Whitehouse as a part of President Obama’s BRAIN Initiative, an initiative designed to advance the status quo in brain-inspired computing.
in Information Security News…
- White House Proposes $3B IT Update Fund [Ecommerce Times]
President Obama is seeking $3.1 billion to update federal information technology systems that need to be replaced with newer, more efficiant technologies. The request comes as part of a $19 billion cybersecurity initiative within the proposed 2017 budget.CIO Tony Scott says that legacy IT systems are “suffering from a multitude of things,” including expensive operation and maintenance, declining functionality, weak security, and fewer people with the background to operate older facilities. Efficiencies created by the upgrades are expected to provide savings of $12 billion over 10 years which would be used to fund more tech upgrades.
and in Tech Industry news…
- Google’s Hands Free Puts Your Money Where Your Mouth Is [Ecommerce Times]
Google is testing a new “Hands Free” app that allows users of Google Wallet to pay without getting out their phone. The app offers hands-free connectivity via Bluetooth Low Energy, WiFi and location services on a user’s handset, which can detect when it is at a participating store. To check out and pay, the user simply needs to tell the cashier that payment will be made by Google Hands Free. Face recognition software at the register confirms the shopper’s identity and debits the shopper’s account.