Machine learning and artificial intelligence are near the top of the list of items dominating discussions about digital transformation. Chris Bedi is the CIO at ServiceNow and he said, during a briefing at the company's Knowledge 18 event, CEOs are now value in speed over cost. As businesses are changing, he says there's a huge sense of urgency as companies want to ensure they're not left behind.
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Lots of discussions about complex topics start with the premise that there are two types of people. That's where Symantec's Chief Technology Officer Hugh Thompson began his discussion on the challenges facing the security industry. He began his entertaining security keynote at this year's CeBIT event in Sydney telling the story of a bird that flew into a commercial aircraft as the plane was being loaded by ground staff. It was trapped in the passenger cabin, only becoming known when the trans-Atlantic flight was in the air. The reactions to the story are indicative, he said, about differing attitudes to security risks.
The modern workplace is undergoing a substantial transition. Systems to foster collaboration, automation and machine learning are creating a workplace that is almost unrecognisable from the 1990s. Careers are built by moving between companies and, increasingly, we are expected to be the masters of our own training and development. Where is this leading and what will the workplace look like in another 20 years?
At the opening of Google's I/O event, the company showed off their new AI tool. In the demonstration, someone told the Google Assistant they wanted to book an appointment. Google found the hairdresser and then phoned them, holding a natural language conversation with a person to make the appointment and add it to a calendar. The party on the other end of the phone didn't know they were talking to a computer (so we're told). This opens up an interesting future.
If you've ever wanted to have a deeper conversation with the printed page - or scan a library of literature for answers to your many questions - Google's Talk to Books tool is a fun little way to do just that. It isn't a Google search for books, but it does offer more conversational answers for your questions than a traditional search.
The nature of work is changing. While we've seen increasing levels of automation in workplaces over the last 300 years or so, it's only been over the last decade where we've seen machine learning improve to the point where it can replace humans in tasks that go beyond the repetitive and mechanical. Greg Muller from Gooroo and Jarrad Skeen from Affix are seeing these changes first hand in their roles in recruitment and the development of high performance teams. And while they see different sides to this change, there's one thing they absolutely agree on; being able to adapt to the change will be critical if you want to keep working.
Machine learning (AKA AI) seems bizarre and complicated. It's the tech behind image and speech recognition, recommendation systems, and all kinds of tasks that computers used to be really bad at but are now really good at. It involves teaching a computer to teach itself. And you can learn to do it in well under a year, according to data scientist Bargava. You'll need to put in a solid 10-20 hours a week, but you will learn a lot along the way.
Machine learning is changing the way systems are being designed and how we process information. That's true in security as well. But can a ML-based approach protect us when dealing with attack vectors and exploits that haven't been seen before? I spoke with Cylance's VP for engineering, Milind Karnik.
Artificial intelligence has been big news over the last year or so. While the idea of the technology is not new - Arthur C Clarke's HAL 9000 brought it to the fore back in 1968 when 2001: A Space Odyssey was released - we have reached a tipping point as the amount of data we have access to has exploded and the cloud has made vast amounts of computing power accessible. But we are only now starting to think about the real impacts of AI on business and society.
Zendesk has developed Answer Bot - a chat bot that can deflect email support requests. And while they're not the first to do this, they are the only company I've found that has been developed a bot Ike this locally that can work at the scale Zendesk delivers. I spoke with Zendesk's Brett Adam, the managing director ANZ and VP of engineering for APAC and data scientist Chris Hausler.
A panel hosted by the Australian Computer Society (ACS), featuring Liz Bacon (a past President British Computer Society), Marita Cheng (Founder/CEO of Aubot and winner of Young Australian of the Year), Mike Hinchey (from the International Federation for Information Processing) and Anthony Wong (current President of the ACS) discussed what AI is and how it will impact the IT industry and society.
I have to admit to a little bit of self-interest in this story, as someone I love has Type 1 diabetes (it used to be called Juvenile Diabetes). The Juvenile Diabetes Reseach Foundation (JDRF) and IBM have commenced a new collaboration to apply machine learning in order to identify the factors leading to the onset to this autoimmune disease.
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At last week's SplunkLive! event, the company's global field leader for IT markets, Johnathon Cervelli opened the event, saying the company has continued to grow their business with a focus on more than security analytics although this continues to be an area the company is working on. Cervelli says companies are using data, not just to secure their businesses, but to also make more sense of changing environments as businesses move to an increasingly hybrid world.
Artificial intelligence is infiltrating our daily lives, with applications that curate your phone pics, manage your email, and translate text from any language into another. Google, Facebook, Apple and Microsoft are all heavily researching how to integrate AI into their major services. Soon you'll likely interact with an AI (or its output) every time you pick up your phone. Should you trust it? Not always.
Our world moves at a breakneck pace, making it easy to feel overwhelmed and stressed out. That's why it's important to find time to take care of yourself -- even if you only have a few minutes here and there. Thankfully, Aura's meditation teachers and therapists had our busy schedules in mind when making Aura Premium, a science-backed mindfulness tool to help you give anxiety the boot.
Computers believe in conspiracy theories now. The New Inquiry's Francis Tseng trained a bot to recognise patterns in photos and draw links between similar pictures, forming the kind of conspiracy-theory diagram seen in the last act of a Homeland episode or the front page of Reddit. It's a cute trick that reminds us that humans are gullible (hey, maybe those photos do match!), and that the machines we train to think for us could end up just as gullible.
As machine learning matures, we're finding more and more applications for the technology, beyond the niche and novelty. It's even starting to encroach on the jobs of designers and programmers, if Tony Beltramelli's research project "pix2code" is anything to go by.
In my salad days I posted some supremely unflattering selfies. I was a photo newbie, a bearded amateur mugging for the camera. I'm happy to say that the results of my self-portraits (shared below purely for educational purposes, of course) have improved through experience, but if I had a ruthless robot telling me where I was going wrong it would have been a lot easier. Luckily, the magic of machine learning is now upon us, and it's here to tell us how to take a good selfie.