Dyllan Furness

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

Articles by Dyllan

30 articles
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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The White House Has Big Plans for AI

The White House Has Big Plans for AI

The White House has chimed in on artificial intelligence this week. Some may say it’s too little too late. Others will insist it’s better late than never. In the past year alone, AI discussions have made their way from the fringes of science and science fiction to the forefront of popular culture. We’ve seen intelligent […]

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Elon Musk's "AI Gym" Lets You Develop and Train AI Algorithms

Elon Musk’s “AI Gym” Lets You Develop and Train AI Algorithms

Non-profit artificial intelligence research company OpenAI has open-sourced a public beta of “OpenAI Gym,” a virtual toolkit to help AI engineers develop and compare reinforcement learning algorithms. OpenAI chose to focus on reinforcement learning – a behaviorist-inspired subfield of machine learning concerned with refining actions (like decision making and motor controls) through rewards – due […]

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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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This Startup Suggests Their AI Personal Assistant Passed the Turing Test

This Startup Suggests Their AI Personal Assistant Passed the Turing Test

A startup called X.ai finished a $23 million funding round this month, jostling for a position in the tech giant-dominated market of AI-driven personal assistants (PA). With competition from Apple’s Siri, Facebook’s M, and Microsoft’s Cortana, X.ai’s development of their personal assistant program, Amy Ingram, seems like an uphill battle. But intuitive features, natural language, and […]

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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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