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Google Puts Artificial Intelligence in The Hands of Students with New DIY AI Kits
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April 19th, 2018

Google Puts Artificial Intelligence in The Hands of Students with New DIY AI Kits

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Do It Yourself AI Kits

We’ve all heard of “DIY,” do it yourself projects that are saved to Pinterest boards daily around the world.

Well, according to New York Post, there’s a new DIY in town—AIY, artificial intelligence yourself.

Google has created AIY kits aimed at students who want to learn more about artificial intelligence and how to create AI solutions. The Voice Kit lets you build a voice-controlled speaker and the Vision Kit creates a camera that learns to recognize people.

Billy Rutledge, director of AIY projects at Google explains, “We’re taking the first of many steps to help educators integrate AIY into STEM lesson plans and help prepare students for the challenges of the future by launching a new version of our AIY kits.”

Google’s Voice and Vision Kits are already on sale at Target.com and in stores throughout the United States for $49.99 and $89.99 respectively.

Google Maps + Neural Networks

According to Digital Trends, mapping roads in Google Maps is about to get a lot easier thanks to MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL).

Traditionally, roads are mapped manually on aerial images to make them machine usable. With over 20 million miles of roadways across the world, this is a very mundane and time-consuming task.

MIT’s CSAIL developed an AI system, RoadTracer, that uses neural networks and is 45 percent more accurate than manual mapping. They trained RoadTracer using 10-square miles of roads in the city centers of 25 cities in six countries across North America and Europe.

RoadTracer is now able to use a known location within a road network to example the surroundings and work out what is most likely the next part of the road. It does this over and over again until the entire road has been mapped.

RoadTracer’s developers are excited about its ability to map out remote and rural areas of the developing world that are frequently out of date.

New Jobs Being Created By AI

AL.com asked Mike Palumbo, a recruiter with over 20 years of experience, what jobs we can expect to be created in the next several years as a result of artificial intelligence.

In his six-minute video, Palumbo breaks down three new career fields: machine trainers, sustainers, and explainers.

Trainers will be the pilots of artificial intelligence, figuring out the backend of AI and training systems to do new things. Sustainers will be concerned with ethical issues and quality control. Explainers will be individuals who understand the technology completely and are able to explain it to others, perhaps in a courtroom situation, for example.

Palumbo also lists a few industries set for growth in 2018. The five he names are renewable energy and natural gas, artificial intelligence as a whole, AI engineering, video gaming and streaming, and caregiving.

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About Ashley Sams

Ashley Sams is a consultant at PR 20/20. She joined the agency in 2017 with a background in marketing, specifically for higher education and social media. Ashley is a 2015 graduate of The University of Mount Union where she earned a degree in marketing.

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