Harvard, MIT Get $27M to Research Artificial Intelligence From Humanities Perspective

Those who develop AI know that one of AI danger is coming from the biaises voluntarily and unvolontary included in the algorithms. Here is another great news for humankind, a $27M funding is invested in thinking from an ethical perspective Artificial Intelligence.

“One of the most critical challenges is how do we make sure that the machines we ‘train’ don’t perpetuate and amplify the same human biases that plague society,”said Joi Ito, director of the MIT Media Lab”

“Artificial intelligence and complex algorithms in general, fueled by big data and deep-learning systems, are quickly changing how we live and work…” reads the announcement from the Knight Foundation. “Because of this pervasive but often concealed impact, it is imperative that AI research and development be shaped by a broad range of voices—not only by engineers and corporations, but also by social scientists, ethicists, philosophers, faith leaders, economists, lawyers and policymakers.”

Further text here: http://observer.com/2017/01/harvard-mit-get-27m-to-research-artificial-intelligence-from-humanities-perspective/

A robot Barrista is now available at CES

Would you actually buy your coffee from a human Barrister or a robot Barrister? There are plenty of coffee machines that deliver you a coffee with no human interaction already; not a great one for sure, but it’s coffee… Or the other end, you had to wait long lines especially in the rush of the morning to get your morning coffee and usually the first smile of the morning… Which one do you pick?

Last detail: the machine must still be cleaned by human being for now.





Is Alexa winning the top-layer race for home assisting VA?


Alexa is developped by an amazing team, no doubt about that! But what strikes one even more is their ability to embark third-parties to make Alexa even smarter.

It is said that Alexa is now topping 7,000 skills vs. 3,000 last september (4 months ago)! Last june, Amazon was topping 1,000 skills; as Apple decided to open the Siri platform…

For those huge champions (Siri, Alexa, Cortana, …), the race isn’t about developping the most used features; but rather on making it easy and attractive for third parties to developp for them…


An example of when AI increases the human faculty

Sometimes, I hear people opposing AI and human: as in the famous “AI is gonna take away all your jobs”. The truth is that far before the AI can offer a full-service with no-human involved, the AI will be tasked with the Assistant role. Preselecting, pre-collecting, pre-compiling the data so we, human with limited data manipulation ability, can quickly assess and take a decision.

Here is an exemple of collaboration between human and AI. The AI detects a potential chock, signals it and applies gently the break, so the human have more time and awareness to take a critical decision. Well done Tesla!



Merry Christmas and happy new year

Dear all,

A quick note on behalf of the Lili.ai team to wish you a merry christmas and a happy new year.

I am extremelly thankful for this intense year, where we went through the various stages of the start-up, and I am extremelly proud of the team and the way we have overcomed all the challenges on our way. We went from the crazy idea that “Project Management could become assisted by Artificial Intelligence”, to the “how we are gonna make it?”, to the “would you allow us to test it with you?”, to the final “we did it!”.

I am very looking forward for the upcoming year and its wonderful opportunity! Lili.ai will now go to its next step of further implementations of more Lilis around the world, and further development of its AI part.

More than ever before, we are convinced that Lili is a story that will continue thanks to your support!

Again merry Christmas and Happy new year!

All the best,

Milie TAING on behalf of Lili.ai