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Offbeat AI means your children will talk to your lightbulbs, Amazon says

15:26  11 october  2018
15:26  11 october  2018 Source:   cnet.com

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To imagine what artificial intelligence might look like in your house tomorrow, look at what it's already done today to a top AI exec, Amazon's Swami Sivasubramanian.

The vice president of Amazon's machine learning efforts has a 3-year-old daughter. With Amazon's Echo smart speakers, powered by Amazon's Alexa voice control technology, she turns on the lights and listens to "The Wheels on the Bus" being sung, he said Wednesday at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit.

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My lightbulb is in a coma. It used to be a smart lightbulb ; I could turn it off and on from hundreds of miles away, adjust its brightness and set it to turn on It had to be recalled by the company that made it, an early casualty in the developing internet-of-things industry. Now, my lightbulb is just a lightbulb .

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AI technology is a big part of the tech world, shaping Google's search results, screening out your email spam and recognizing your face to unlock your iPhone. Expect it to continue to bleed into just about everything you do that touches something electronic.

One example: buying beer. Biometric authentication technology company Clear lets people use their fingerprints to ensure they're old enough to buy alcohol at Seattle Seahawks games, and the company uses AI as part of the authentication process, Chief Executive Caryn Seidman-Becker said at the conference.

"You are your ID," Seidman-Becker said. "When you enroll in Clear, you are your driver's license."

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Start teaching your children to say the basics such as “please” and “thank you” before they can talk . Children deserve the common courtesy of manners that If you find that your child is not responding to your requests or getting confused by your instructions, remember to check for their understanding

AI -­powered devices like Amazon Echo and Google Home are poised to invade tens of millions more households this year—even creeping into kids’ bedrooms. Assume anything your kid says to your assistant will stay private. It will come back to haunt her in that first job interview.

But Amazon realized it was lagging even bigger AI powers like Google and Facebook.

CEO Jeff Bezos and other Amazon leaders "realized that AI is going to disrupt the IT industry," Sivasubramanian said. "We started training all of our developers in machine learning as part of their toolset."

Now thousands of Amazon engineers work on AI technology. And the company's Amazon Web Services, the industry's dominant cloud-computing foundation, is used by everyone from Toyota to NASA for AI tasks.

"We worry AI is this robot that can spell doom," Sivasubramanian said. "But it can enable us to do amazing things."


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