New feature : Likes in stat section in Announcements

I spent some time to hack a likes leader board into the stats section. Haven't done any PHP for a few months, boy do you soon get rusty.

Anyway, way to go Korrelan !

Stats page...

Started March 23, 2018, 11:10:04 pm


Deep Learning already obsolete? in AI News


Professor Ole-Christoffer Granmo has, in secret, developed a solution which will be quicker, simpler, and more precise than established methods for self-learning machines. The results were presented at a seminar at the Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research.

Using the Russian mathematician Michael Lvovitch Tsetlin and his experiments training rats as a starting point, Granmo has developed a Tsetlin machine built using quite different principles than those used by today’s leading engineers working within artificial intelligence.

The Tsetlin Machine has provided better results in four different experiments than the established artificial intelligence formulae.

Started March 23, 2018, 09:26:21 pm


Digital Andy Serkis in Gaming

Epic Games and 3Lateral Introduce Digital Andy Serkis

A stunning development in real-time human-driven digital characters featuring actor Andy Serkis was unveiled during Epic Games’ “State of Unreal” opening session today at the Game Developers Conference.

More of the story here : https://www.unrealengine.com/en-US/blog/epic-games-and-3lateral-introduce-digital-andy-serkis

1 Comment | Started March 23, 2018, 07:49:42 pm


New Article : Bot Development Frameworks - Getting Started in Announcements

Thanks to our new friends at Maruti Techlabs we have a new article to end the week with.

What Are Bot Frameworks ?

Simply explained, a bot framework is where bots are built and where their behavior is defined. Developing and targeting so many messaging platforms and SDKs for chatbot development can be overwhelming. Bot development frameworks abstract away much of the manual work that's involved in building chatbots. A bot development framework consists of a Bot Builder SDK, Bot Connector, Developer Portal, and Bot Directory. There’s also an emulator that you can use to test the developed bot.

Read more here : Bot Development Frameworks - Getting Started

Started March 23, 2018, 08:06:04 pm


Self-driving Uber kills Arizona woman in first fatal crash involving pedestrian in AI News

I imagine everyone has seen this. Is this the first person to have been killed (accidentally) by an AI ?

An autonomous Uber car killed a woman in the street in Arizona, police said, in what appears to be the first reported fatal crash involving a self-driving vehicle and a pedestrian in the US.

Tempe police said the self-driving car was in autonomous mode at the time of the crash and that the vehicle hit a woman, who was walking outside of the crosswalk and later died at a hospital. There was a vehicle operator inside the car at the time of the crash.

Full story at The Guardian : https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/mar/19/uber-self-driving-car-kills-woman-arizona-tempe

13 Comments | Started March 20, 2018, 05:45:33 pm


Advice for Natural Language Processing etc. in General Project Discussion

Hi, I'm pretty new here, so I hope this is the right forum.
I recently took an Introduction course to AI and got interested.
I want to write a program which takes a question as input and give an answer depending on a "Facts-Database".
For example, if the user asks "How tall are you?" the program looks into the database for height and answers the question.
So kinda like a Chatbot but with a fixed set of knowledge.
My problem is just that I have no idea where to start, so I would be glad if someone could link me any papers, projects etc. which could help me.

Thanks in advance

1 Comment | Started March 23, 2018, 06:34:17 pm


Professor Tom Leighton wins 2018 Marconi Prize in Robotics News

Professor Tom Leighton wins 2018 Marconi Prize
22 March 2018, 8:55 pm

MIT professor of mathematics Tom Leighton has been selected to receive the 2018 Marconi Prize. The Marconi Society, dedicated to furthering scientific achievements in communications and the Internet, is honoring Leighton for his fundamental contributions to technology and the establishment of the content delivery network (CDN) industry.

Leighton ’81, a professor in the Department of Mathematics and a member of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), will be awarded at The Marconi Society’s annual awards dinner in Bologna, Italy, on Oct. 2.

“Being recognized by the Marconi Society is an incredible honor,” said Leighton. “It’s an honor not just for me, but also for Danny Lewin, who created this company with me, and for all of the people at Akamai who have worked so hard for over two decades to make this technology real so that the internet can scale to be a secure and affordable platform where entertainment, business, and life are enabled to reach unimagined potential.

Leighton developed the algorithms now used to deliver trillions of content requests over the internet every day. Akamai, the world’s largest cloud delivery platform, routes and replicates content over a gigantic network of distributed servers, using algorithms to find and utilize servers closest to the end user, thereby avoiding congestion within the internet.

“Tom’s work at MIT and with Akamai has had a groundbreaking impact in making the world a more connected place," says Professor Daniela Rus, director of CSAIL. "His insights on web content delivery have played a key role in enabling us to share information and media online, and all of us at CSAIL are so very proud of him for this honor."

“What is amazing about Tom is that, throughout his career, he is and has been as comfortable and talented as a researcher designing clever and efficient algorithms, as an educator teaching and mentoring our undergraduate and graduate students, as an entrepreneur turning mathematical and algorithmic ideas into a rapidly-expanding startup, and as an executive and industry leader able to weather the storm in the most difficult times and bring Akamai to a highly successful company,” says Michel Goemans, interim head of the mathematics department.

Leighton has said that Akamai’s role within the internet revolution was to end the “World Wide Wait.” World Wide Web founder and 2002 Marconi Fellow Tim Berners-Lee, who was the 3Com Founders chair at MIT’s Laboratory for Computer Science (LCS), foresaw an internet congestion issue and in 1995 challenged his MIT colleagues to invent a better way to deliver content. Leighton set out with one of his brightest students, Danny Lewin, to solve this challenge using distributed computing algorithms.

After two years of research, Leighton and Lewin discovered a solution — but then faced the challenge of convincing others that it would work. In 1997, they entered the $50K Entrepreneurship Competition run by the MIT Sloan School of Management.

“We literally went to the library and got the equivalent of 'Business Plans for Dummies' because, as theoretical mathematicians, we had no experience in business,” Leighton remembers. But they learned quickly from those who did, including business professionals they met through the $50K Competition.

At the time, Leighton and Lewin didn’t envision building their own company around the technology. Instead, they planned to license it to service providers. However, they found that carriers needed to be convinced that the technology would work at scale before they were interested. “Akamai was state-of-the-art in theory, meaning that it was well beyond where people were in practice. I think folks were very skeptical that it would work,” says Leighton.

While carriers were ambivalent, content providers were receptive: The internet had proven vulnerable to congestion that was crashing websites during high demand periods. So Leighton and Lewin decided to build their own content delivery network and provide content delivery as a service. Although their business plan did not win the $50K contest, it attracted enough venture capital investment to get a company started, and Leighton and Lewin incorporated Akamai in 1998.

Akamai’s first big opportunity came in 1999 with the U.S. collegiate basketball tournament known as “March Madness.” With 64 teams playing basketball during the course of a few days, millions of viewers were watching their favorite teams online, mostly from work. When ESPN and their hosting company Infoseek became overloaded with traffic, they asked if Akamai could handle 2,000 content requests per second.

Leighton and his team said yes — even though up to that point they had only been delivering one request every few minutes. “We were a startup and we believed,” said Leighton. Akamai was able to handle 3,000 requests per second, helping ESPN to get back on line and run six times faster than they would on a normal traffic day.

Akamai’s technology and viability were proven; the company went public in 1999, earning millions for several of its young employees. But when the tech bubble burst the next year, Akamai’s stock plummeted and the firm faced the prospect of retrenchment. Then, on September 11, 2001, Danny Lewin was killed aboard American Airlines Flight 11 in the terrorist attack on the Twin Towers. Akamai employees had to set aside their personal grief and complete emergency integrations to restore client sites that had crashed in the overwhelming online traffic created that day.

Akamai rebounded from that dark period, and over the years evolved from static image content to handle dynamic content and real-time applications like streaming video. Today, Akamai has over 240,000 servers in over 130 countries and within more than 1,700 networks around the world, handling about 20 to 30 percent of the traffic on the internet. Akamai accelerates trillions of internet requests each day, protects web and mobile assets from targeted application and DDoS attacks, and enables internet users to have a seamless and secure experience across different device types and network conditions. They created new technology for leveraging machine learning to analyze real-user behavior to continuously optimize a website’s performance, as well as algorithms that differentiate between human users and bots. Akamai’s security business surpassed half a billion dollars per year in revenue, making it the fastest growing part of Akamai’s business.

“Dr. Leighton is the embodiment of what the Marconi Prize honors,” says Vint Cerf, Marconi Society chair and chief internet evangelist at Google. “He and his research partner, Danny Lewin, tackled one of the major problems limiting the power of the internet, and when they developed the solution, they founded Akamai — now one of the premier technology companies in the world — to bring it to market. This story is truly remarkable.”

By receiving the Marconi Prize, Leighton joins a distinguished list of scientists whose work underlies all of modern communication technology, from the microprocessor to the internet, and from optical fiber to the latest wireless breakthroughs. Other Marconi Fellows include 2007 winner Ron Rivest, an Institute Professor, a member of CSAIL and the lab's Theory of Computation Group, and a founder of its Cryptography and Information Security Group; and LIDS adjunct Dave Forney, ScD (EE) ’65, who received it in 1997.  

In 2016, the MIT Graduate School Council awarded Leighton, jointly with Dean of Science Michael Sipser, the Irwin Sizer Award, for most significant improvements to MIT education, specifically for their development of the successful 18C major: Mathematics with Computer Science. Leighton was also inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2017 for Content Delivery Network methods; Danny Lewin was also inducted posthumously.

Leighton said he plans to donate the $100,000 Marconi Prize to The Akamai Foundation, with the goal of promoting the pursuit of excellence in mathematics in grades K-12 to encourage the next generation of technology innovators.

Source: MIT News - CSAIL - Robotics - Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) - Robots - Artificial intelligence

Reprinted with permission of MIT News : MIT News homepage

Use the link at the top of the story to get to the original article.

Started March 23, 2018, 12:00:02 pm


XKCD Comic : Personal Data in XKCD Comic

Personal Data
23 March 2018, 4:00 am

Do I just leave money in my mailbox? How much? How much money do they need, anyway? I guess it probably depends how the economy is doing. If stocks go up, should I leave more money in my mailbox or less?

Source: xkcd.com

Started March 23, 2018, 12:00:02 pm


Human Level AI Conference in Future of AI


The conference is not just for human level artificial intelligences, but for human beings who are interested in them as well.

Who else is going?

4 Comments | Started March 22, 2018, 06:51:53 am


You won’t own copyright in photos taken with Google’s new camera in AI News

Just who's camera is it? or Who really took that picture? Can an AI lay claim to a copyright?


Started March 23, 2018, 11:26:13 am
Bot Development Frameworks - Getting Started

Bot Development Frameworks - Getting Started in Articles

What Are Bot Frameworks ?

Simply explained, a bot framework is where bots are built and where their behavior is defined. Developing and targeting so many messaging platforms and SDKs for chatbot development can be overwhelming. Bot development frameworks abstract away much of the manual work that's involved in building chatbots. A bot development framework consists of a Bot Builder SDK, Bot Connector, Developer Portal, and Bot Directory. There’s also an emulator that you can use to test the developed bot.

Mar 23, 2018, 20:00:23 pm
A Guide to Chatbot Architecture

A Guide to Chatbot Architecture in Articles

Humans are always fascinated with self-operating devices and today, it is software called “Chatbots” which are becoming more human-like and are automated. The combination of immediate response and constant connectivity makes them an enticing way to extend or replace the web applications trend. But how do these automated programs work? Let’s have a look.

Mar 13, 2018, 14:47:09 pm
Sing for Fame

Sing for Fame in Chatbots - English

Sing for Fame is a bot that hosts a singing competition. 

Users can show their skills by singing their favorite songs. 

If someone needs inspiration the bot provides suggestions including song lyrics and videos.

The bot then plays it to other users who can rate the song.

Based on the ratings the bot generates a top ten.

Jan 30, 2018, 22:17:57 pm

ConciergeBot in Assistants

A concierge service bot that handles guest requests and FAQs, as well as recommends restaurants and local attractions.

Messenger Link : messenger.com/t/rthhotel

Jan 30, 2018, 22:11:55 pm
What are the main techniques for the development of a good chatbot ?

What are the main techniques for the development of a good chatbot ? in Articles

Chatbots act as one of the most useful and one of the most reliable technological helpers for those, who own ecommerce websites and other similar resources. However, a pretty important problem here is the fact, that people might not know, which technologies it will be better to use in order to achieve the needed goals. Thus, in today’s article you may get an opportunity to become more familiar with the most important principles of the chatbot building.

Oct 12, 2017, 01:31:00 am

Kweri in Chatbots - English

Kweri asks you questions of brilliance and stupidity. Provide correct answers to win. Type ‘Y’ for yes and ‘N’ for no!


FB Messenger






Oct 12, 2017, 01:24:37 am
The Conversational Interface: Talking to Smart Devices

The Conversational Interface: Talking to Smart Devices in Books

This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the conversational interface, which is becoming the main mode of interaction with virtual personal assistants, smart devices, various types of wearables, and social robots. The book consists of four parts: Part I presents the background to conversational interfaces, examining past and present work on spoken language interaction with computers; Part II covers the various technologies that are required to build a conversational interface along with practical chapters and exercises using open source tools; Part III looks at interactions with smart devices, wearables, and robots, and then goes on to discusses the role of emotion and personality in the conversational interface; Part IV examines methods for evaluating conversational interfaces and discusses future directions. 

Aug 17, 2017, 02:51:19 am
Explained: Neural networks

Explained: Neural networks in Articles

In the past 10 years, the best-performing artificial-intelligence systems — such as the speech recognizers on smartphones or Google’s latest automatic translator — have resulted from a technique called “deep learning.”

Deep learning is in fact a new name for an approach to artificial intelligence called neural networks, which have been going in and out of fashion for more than 70 years.

Jul 26, 2017, 23:42:33 pm
It's Alive

It's Alive in Chatbots - English

[Messenger] Enjoy making your bot with our user-friendly interface. No coding skills necessary. Publish your bot in a click.

Once LIVE on your Facebook Page, it is integrated within the “Messages” of your page. This means your bot is allowed (or not) to interact and answer people that contact you through the private “Messages” feature of your Facebook Page, or directly through the Messenger App. You can view all the conversations directly in your Facebook account. This also needs that no one needs to download an app and messages are directly sent as notifications to your users.

Jul 11, 2017, 17:18:27 pm