At a dinner party the other night, a very accomplished business person told a story about how he and his wife were certain that their devices were listening to their conversations. “I was talking to my wife about a pair of designer shoes that she wanted to purchase, and not 10 minutes later while she was doing some online research for work, she saw an ad for that exact pair of shoes. She hadn’t searched for the shoes; the ad just appeared. Clearly, our computers or our phones are listening.” Some people nodded in agreement, and others began to chime in. Continue Reading →
Can an AI model be sentient? Could it be conscious? One Google engineer thought so and is on paid leave for violating his confidentiality agreement. Shelly Palmer speaks with Dan Bowens on Fox 5's Good Day New York about Google's AI and who the Turing Test actually tests. Continue Reading →

Is Meta Smarter Than Google?

Mark Zuckerberg wants to build an AI universal translator for Meta: "This is going to be especially important when people begin teleporting across virtual worlds and experiencing things with people from different backgrounds.” He's right, of course. Continue Reading →
Facebook AI has announced Ego4D, a project that is trying to give AI the ability to understand and interact with the world from a first-person perspective (the way that humans do). AI typically learns from photos and videos captured in third-person, but next-generation AI will need to learn from videos that show the world from the center of action. Continue Reading →

Amazon Astro: Cool or Creepy?

Cool or creepy? These are the opposite ends of the Shelly Palmer scale for evaluating AI-powered surveillance systems built into robots, IoT, and other tech. With my cool or creepy scale in mind, behold Amazon's Astro. Continue Reading →