Africa Is Tech’s Next Great Frontier, Github A.I. Lead Says

The bleeding edge of technology innovation is increasingly shifting from Silicon Valley to places that are also at the frontiers of economic development, including sub-Saharan Africa, says Omoju Miller, the head of machine learning at software development platform Github. Miller, who grew up in Lagos, Nigeria, told the Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference that both demographics […]

Artificial Intelligence Is Center Stage at Brainstorm Tech: Eye on A.I.

These days, executives at big companies come in two flavors, it seems: Those who have already invested in artificial intelligence to sift through their business data and those are considering investing. That’s why A.I. is a key theme at this year’s Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference in Aspen, Colo., a three-day event that kicked off Monday. […]

What People Get Wrong About China and Artificial Intelligence

China is close to becoming the world’s leader in artificial intelligence, according to conventional wisdom. But Jeffrey Ding, leader of all things China at the Center for the Governance of AI at Oxford University’s Future of Humanity Institute, has a much different take: China’s prowess in artificial intelligence is exaggerated. Ding’s take on China and […]

Worrying About Artificial Intelligence Starting a Nuclear War: Eye on A.I.

An organization that won the Nobel Prize in 2017 for its work to eliminate nuclear weapons is sounding the alarm about the possibility of artificial intelligence leading to unintended wars. Beatrice Fihn, executive director of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, is worried that hackers could breach A.I. technologies that are used in nuclear […]

Artificial Intelligence Is About to Make Ransomware Hack Attacks Even Scarier

A year ago, network security specialists spotted a worrying new trend: hackers began unleashing ransomware attacks on really big targets–America’s cities. Atlanta, Baltimore, and Greenville, N.C. would later grind to a halt after devastating computer outages disrupted everything from the collection of parking tickets to the sale of new homes. The next big thing that […]

Here’s How Much Companies Are Spending on Artificial Intelligence: Eye on A.I.

Some companies are spending over $5 million on artificial-intelligence projects, showing just how serious businesses are getting about the cutting-edge technology. The finding comes from a survey of over 300 companies by Figure Eight, a business that helps customers label their data. The results, published in late May, provides a glimpse into how quickly companies […]

How to Avoid Winding Up As Pets for A.I. Robots

A warning: Paul “Pablos” Holman’s vision of the future may alternately inspire or frighten. Speaking at Fortune’s CEO Initiative conference on Tuesday, the futurist and inventor gave a condensed history of humankind that highlighted what he described as the essentially positive influences of technology. In the millions of years since hominids first arrived, we have […]

The Next Generation of Robots Will Be Powered By Artificial Intelligence: Eye on A.I.

Robots must be smarter if they’re going to pack boxes in warehouses, scan inventory in stores, and even care for the elderly. The rise of machine learning in recent years is making that possible. Steady innovation has led to robots that can independently “learn” to navigate tight corridors and grasp delicate objects without crushing them. […]

Why Artificial Intelligence Is a Lot Like Romance: Eye on A.I.

Executives who are afraid of long-term commitments should avoid artificial intelligence. Like with romantic relationships, using the technology requires an appetite for hard work, planning, and patience. Even then, failure is a real possibility. “If you are not going to make this investment for the long term, it is not a good idea to do […]

Eye on A.I.— Why Standards Are Critical to Improving Artificial Intelligence

Improving artificial intelligence to help prevent heart attacks doesn’t just depend on innovation. It also hinges on creating standards, the wonky underpinnings of the technology agreed to by companies and government agencies. For example, the Consumer Technology Association, which hosts the annual CES tech show in Las Vegas, recently created an A.I. working group made […]