Alibaba, China’s e-commerce giant, and US software heavyweight Microsoft are competing head-to-head to come up with the most intelligent AI models. The two companies recently deployed their programs in a reading comprehension test at Stanford University in California. The result: BABA (Alibaba) and MSFT (Microsoft) performed slightly better than previously any human.
Cause for concern? Tesla founder Elon Musk, who has previously taken a rather pessimistic view of an AI-dominated future, has been working on an in-house solution for some time now. "It could be the best in the world," he stated at a party , at which he also projected that fully automated driving based on these AI systems will be available in just two years’ time.
Alibaba’s technology is already in use and is making more and more customer support staff redundant. Probably worried of being overtaken by Alibaba, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) now lists Taobao.com, the Group’s online auction house, on its overview of dangerous selling platforms – officially in particular because of counterfeiting.