The year, sadly, has come and gone after the actualization of a superintelligent AI overlord. And, bold Santa doesn’t have a new deep acquirements archetype in his sack of toys, we’ll have to try again next year. Still, there was a lot of cool stuff that happened in the AI world in 2018.

We assuredly got a fully free customer agent … but it wasn’t a car. It came in the form of the pilotless Skydio R1 drone, an amazing flying camera. Check out our review here.

In fact 2018 brought a slew of AI-powered gadgets. And, just like we predicted, nearly every flagship phone this year had some sort of baked-in AI and a fancy apparatus acquirements chip.

Intel and Nvidia slapped AI onto all their accouterments in 2018, but both companies also took AI in some amazing new directions.

In Intel’s case, it’s become credible the chip maker isn’t about to abandon the future of apparatus acquirements to Nvidia after a fight. And Nvidia, undaunted, continues to push the boundaries of what’s possible, both with its neural networks and its hardware. This affable animosity is one of the brightest spots in the field, and we hope it never ends.

It wasn’t all peachy in AI land, however. We saw very little movement in the borderland of ethics at the edge of AI.

Big tech struggled to find a happy medium amid acknowledging the government and developing weaponized AI. Amazon and Google’s advisers protested, wrote letters, and wrote more belletrist over their corresponding company’s captivation in developing AI for the government.

In Amazon’s case, it’s been testing facial acceptance technology for law enforcement. We think this is a bad idea, and we’re not alone.

In Google’s case, like Facebook, there’s simply too much to get into. Here’s a few links to take you down that rabbit hole, if you’re in the mood for some anniversary jeer:

  • Googlers are bent about their AI being used with aggressive drones
  • Opinion: There’s more to the Google aggressive AI activity than we’ve been told
  • Google advisers quit over the company’s aggressive AI project
  • Google pulls plug on $10 billion Pentagon cloud deal
  • Google Cloud’s new AI head comes with his own ties to the Pentagon’s Activity Maven

It looks like we’re still award our way, collectively, when it comes to addition out the ethics of AI. Here’s hoping 2019 sees some absolute movement in that department. But, let’s get back to the past for now. We’ll let the future figure itself out.

AI also founds its artistic side in 2018 and, for better or worse, the Pandora’s box of “creative AI” has been unleashed on the world. The good part was seeing the idea of “AI-generated art” come to accomplishment in dozens of altered ways.

RobotArt held an AI art contest. It was fascinating! The aggregate of human and AI is a potent one, and possibly the agitator for the next great art movement.

But, the bad part was seeing the public acumen of AI’s modern adequacy exploited for profit under the guise of art.

Obvious AI, a group of humans who used a neural arrangement to spit out images, sold a painting at Sotheby’s beforehand this year. The work sold for nearly half a actor dollars admitting it not really being made by an AI. It gets worse.

But, for all the not-so-great things that happened in AI this year there were some amazing advances. For example, Google’s AI is taking diabetes and amaurosis head-on… and winning.

Emergency casework in the EU got a lifesaving AI advancement as well, with call centers now employing a basic abettor that listens in on emergency calls. The new system can detect if a caller is experiencing a cardiac arrest. It can also make real-time recommendations if the person having the emergency isn’t the one making the call, which can lead to faster analysis and better treatment.

In 2018 AI became a bonafide life-saving tool. It’s as important as a stethoscope or penicillin in the field of medicine, and we’re just accepting started.

It’s safe to say that AI is well on the way to biting every industry. And, as well as being a life-saver, it’s allowance companies like IBM save the world, heal the environment, and empower astronauts in space.

And all of this was just the tip of the iceberg. It’s simply not accessible to acknowledgment aggregate that happened in the field of AI over the past 12 months. Here’s a few more tales from our Artificial Intelligence area to round out your 2018 experience:

  • Nvidia’s AI reconstructs partially erased images with jaw-dropping accuracy
  • Robot does the absurd by accumulating IKEA appliance in 20 minutes
  • Chinese factories deploy AI to grow more than 6 billion roaches a year
  • Here’s why bags of AI advisers will avoid a science journal

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