Federal lawmakers want to have a say in defining artificial intelligence. Researchers are now using TV shows to feed the predictive capability of an AI system. Google said in recent days it’s opening an AI-focused research facility in China. And on and on the headlines keep coming, all of which is to say that interest in AI remains acute — and its presence pervasive — as 2017 draws to a close.
And, based on a few recent developments, 2018 should be another big year of AI-related leaps forward as machines expand their influence over the minutiae of our lives.
Dr. Lea Frermann certainly thinks that’s the case. She’s a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Edinburgh who was part of a team that used episodes from the popular TV crime series CSI — specifically, the video, audio and text related to those episodes — to train an AI system to learn how