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Evolution One | AI: Arms Race 2.0

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On February 11, President Trump signed an executive order outlining the American AI initiative. Among other things, the order discussed the need for the U.S. to maintain its current leadership in AI.

The desire to dominate AI space is quite understandable — after all, the idea that AI would one day enable a whole new world of possibilities has been around for decades. Until recently, however, it was largely relegated to the realm of science fiction and the works of select few researchers & futurists. It all started changing in the early 2010s when the technology and, perhaps equally as important, the computational resources, finally caught up, and we got AI (or rather, machine learning) capable of solving real-world problems for the first time.

However, as it often happens with any kind of game-changing advancements, different countries have found themselves facing new opportunities and challenges offered by AI in vastly different circumstances. That's why we've decided to summarize our thoughts on the unfolding arms race between the West and China for leadership in Artificial Intelligence.

Read the full article here: AI: Arms Race 2.0

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Evolution One | Reflections on the State of AI: 2018

Photo from Microsoft’s blog post “   Facial recognition: It’s time for action   ”

Photo from Microsoft’s blog post “Facial recognition: It’s time for action

Every day, multiple news items discussing various things “related to AI” pile up in our mailboxes, and there are dozens, if not hundreds, articles, opinions and overviews being published every week that have the term “AI” in their titles. However, not everything claimed as related to artificial intelligence is actually meaningful or relevant, and instead can often have nothing to do with the field altogether.

As part of our effort at Evolution One to create a comprehensive guide to the field of AI & machine learning, today we are kick-starting a series of articles that will cover the latest developments in the field.

In our first article, we share our take on the state of AI in 2018, taking a look at the most active players in this fruitful year, and also discussing the opportunities and challenges the industry is facing today. In particular, we’ll be covering:

  • Products & services released in 2018 by Google & Microsoft

  • State of investments in AI startups in 2018

  • A number of topics concerning AI ethics, regulation & education

  • AI applications, as exemplified by the computational photography field

Read the full article here: Reflections on the State of AI: 2018.

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Evolution One Project

As anyone who hasn’t been living under a rock these past few years would likely know, machine intelligence is now playing an increasingly important role in our lives, with AI finding its way into the most unlikely of products.

Given my educational background, interests, and professional experiences in venture capital, startups, and now at Microsoft, it should probably come as no surprise that I've been following this space with increasing interest and fascination. Lately, however, I've been looking for an opportunity to focus my efforts, by creating a place to write and share interesting content, as well as to try and systematize everything that's happening in this fascinating field right now.

So today, together with my colleague and friend Eugene Sidorin, we are launching Evolution One initiative. To quote from the source:

At Evolution One, we are inspired by this idea of building a comprehensive guide that would aggregate and structure the body of knowledge related to the industry, and serve the AI community. In this work, we focus on three areas: development of the clear-cut taxonomy of the field, constant monitoring of recent developments, and focused deep dives into specific topics.

You can find Evolution One’s intro post outlining our goals and intended approach, as well as an overview of the materials soon to come, here.

If you are curious and would like to stay updated on our progress, I encourage you to subscribe to the newsletter at https://evolutionone.ai/, or follow it on Twitter and LinkedIn.

This blog will remain independent and continue to focus on topics that span beyond the AI space, and while I might occasionally post links to some of the materials related to AI here, the best place to follow Evolution One’s content would be directly on the project’s website.