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Dyllan Furness

Dyllan explores technology and the human condition for Tech Emergence. His interests include but are not limited to whiskey, kimchi, and Catahoulas.

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Swarm Intelligence Correctly Predicted a Superfecta – What Does it Think About AI?

“Swarm Intelligence” Correctly Predicted a Superfecta – What Does it Think About AI?

Horse betting is harder than it looks. At the 142nd Kentucky Derby last week, only one of five experts from Churchill Downs Racetrack correctly predicted the winner. None of them correctly predicted the top four horses. Known as a superfecta, this latter bet came with 540 to 1 odds, meaning $100 down would return $540,000. […]

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Why is AI Today's "Most Important" Technology? Ask Microsoft's Chief Envisioner

Why is AI Today’s “Most Important” Technology? Ask Microsoft’s Chief Envisioner

If you aren’t yet convinced by the real world potential of artificial intelligence, Microsoft’s chief envisioning officer, Dave Coplin has a few words for you. Speaking at an AI conference in London on Tuesday, Coplin emphatically told business leaders that AI is “the most important technology that anybody on the planet is working on today,” […]

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Meet Siri's Stronger, Faster Sister

Meet Siri’s Stronger, Faster Sister

The inventors of Apple’s virtual assistant software, Siri, have just demonstrated their secret, next-generation, artificial intelligence assistant. Created by Dag Kittlaus and Adam Cheyer, Viv is four years in the making. She offers an open platform through which queries can connect with third-party merchants. And yesterday, during Kittlaus’s demo at TechCrunch Disrupt NY, Viv performed […]

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AI is Colorizing and Beautifying the World 2

AI is Colorizing and Beautifying the World

Artificial intelligence may be making the world smarter, safer, more functional and accessible. But can it make the world more beautiful? A number of researchers hope to do so by developing AI systems that can paint, write, and colorize photographs. For years, Google’s neural networks have allowed the search engine to generate remarkably accurate results to queries. […]

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Google and Microsoft Invest in "Privacy-Preserving" Deep Learning

Google and Microsoft Invest in “Privacy-Preserving” Deep Learning

Big data is big business. But in an age of digital privacy paranoia, it isn’t always easy for tech companies to get their hands on information – particularly when some of the most potentially beneficial data is also confidential, locked up in healthcare and finance companies who aren’t comfortable sharing. In healthcare, industry standards like […]

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An AI Cybersecurity System May Detect Attacks with 85 Percent Accuracy

An AI Cybersecurity System May Detect Attacks with 85 Percent Accuracy

How secure is your company’s online data? Probably not as secure as you think. Recent statistics from a security risk benchmarking startup called SecurityScorecard suggest that the United States federal government ranks dead last among major cybersecurity industries, despite having spent $100 billion on cybersecurity measures over the past decade. IT and security teams are […]

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Unseen Ways AI is Making the World a Better Place

Unseen Ways AI is Making the World a Better Place

Despite what the media tends to depict, artificial intelligence is being put to better use than winning video games and board games. In fact, two of the world’s leading tech giants have begun using AI to help the blind perceive the world in helpful new ways. According to the World Health Organization, about 285 million people […]

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Goldman Sachs Leads a $30 Million Funding Round in Persuasion Automation

Goldman Sachs Leads a $30 Million Funding Round in Persuasion Automation

Last week, Goldman Sachs led a $30 million investment round into Persado, a company that offers AI-based copywriting and marketing services. Persado claims its system “outperforms man-made messages 100% of the time” in a process they call “persuasion automation.” In other words, according to Persado’s promotional video below, human marketers hardly stand a chance. Persado’s unique […]

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Should You Fear AI in Finance?

Should You Fear AI in Finance?

Science Magazine’s report on Friday that an artificial intelligence system was caught stealing banking customers’ money may have made you rethink vesting your funds in the burgeoning technology. But have no fear – the article was an April Fool’s joke. While there are still valid and plenty of concerns about AI, the threat that the so […]

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Millennials Develop "World's First" AI Creative Director 1

Millennials Develop “World’s First” AI Creative Director

Picture this: Mad Men returns for a final season set in the near future. The advertising agency Sterling, Cooper, Draper, Pryce is still a powerhouse though its namesakes have since retired. Actually, the entire human staff has been reduced to just a few account men, managers, and technicians. Where are the creatives? They’re in the […]

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