May 16,2021

  Why captchas are getting harder.  European AI needs strategic leadership, not overregulation.  How technology is helping to sustain the planet: 6 bright ideas.  The robot surgeon will see you now.  Spy Museum's new robot opens secret world to kids in hospital.  Marlin bets big on Abbyy’s digital intelligence initiatives.  Understanding the differences between biological and computer vision.  Amazon to create 10,000 new jobs in Britain.  Rather than ‘Will cryptos drop to zero?’, investors should be asking this question instead, says strategist.  Here Are The Leaders In Cloud Computing Spending — Maybe.    Never faceplant again staring at your phone, thanks to this robotic third eye.  Eufy's popular budget robovacs reach all-time lows in Amazon's one-day sale.  Teach AIs forgetfulness could make them better at their jobs.  Rather than ‘Will cryptos drop to zero?’, investors should be asking this question instead, says strategist.  US-China tech war: basic research in AI, semiconductors and biotech gets closer to US$110 billion boost in US.  Neuroscientist proposes AI-inspired theory for why we dream.  This AI tool writes real estate descriptions without ever stepping inside a home.  Lawmaker calls for banning robot police dogs in Rhode Island.  The iRobot iRoomba i3+ offers superior dirt pickup—and it just got a big price cut.  China lands its Zhurong rover on Mars.  
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Why captchas are getting harder
       
It’s not you — captchas really are getting harder. A captcha is a simple test that intends to distinguish between humans and computers. While the test itself is simple, there’s a lot happening behind the scenes. The answers we give captchas end up being used to make AI smarter, thus ratcheting up the difficulty of future captcha tests. But captchas can be broken by hackers.
European AI needs strategic leadership, not overregulation
       
High-risk AI systems should always have unalterable built-in human oversight and control mechanisms. AI systems intended to interact with people or to generate content, whether high-risk or not, should be subject to specific transparency obligations. Put a human face on global AI … and show its valueIf AI is to be broadly accepted, we need a human face showing AI helping people solve their problems and challenges. Responsible AI and AI for good application across all the world’s superpowers can address these crises. The EU must move not toward super regulation, but toward strategic leadership of AI based on AI for good.
How technology is helping to sustain the planet: 6 bright ideas
       
Another is carbon capture—catching emissions as they’re created and then storing them in rocks underground. Geophysics researchers at Royal Holloway University of London are using advanced data analytics to find out which rocks are best suited to permanently store CO2. MineSense stores data its systems collect at mining sites in an Oracle Autonomous Data Warehouse. The grower uploads those images into Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, where AgroScout’s software uses machine-learning algorithms to identify diseases and pests. In both cases, streaming analytics software from startup Kinetica, running on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, delivers the machine learning needed to identify the trash.
The robot surgeon will see you now
       
As he and the other researchers looked on, the robot started to move entirely on its own. Using many of the same technologies that underpin self-driving cars, autonomous drones and warehouse robots, researchers are working to automate surgical robots too. By analyzing images that show how a surgeon guides the robot, a neural network can learn the same skills. Fer and his colleagues collect images of the robot moving the plastic rings while under human control. When the system told the robot where to move, the robot often missed the spot by millimeters.
Spy Museum's new robot opens secret world to kids in hospital
       
Patrice, he says, was named after the director of child life services at Johns Hopkins, who has played an important role in the project. The robot is the first that the group has housed at a D.C. venue, but she is not the first of her kind. She has two more-experienced siblings who live in Baltimore. A robot named Kevin is located at the Maryland Science Center and one named RAE, which stands for Remote Aquarium Explorer, is at the National Aquarium.
Marlin bets big on Abbyy’s digital intelligence initiatives
       
This places Marlin as the largest shareholder, and could also help drive continued expansion in a growing IPA market. This market is evolving from several established fields, which include tools for intelligent document processing, process discovery, and process intelligence. This includes robotic process automation (RPA), enterprise content management (ECM), enterprise resources planning (ERP), and business process management (BPM). The second step involves automating these processes with tools like robotic process automation (RPA) or low-code development platforms. Content intelligence helps unlock the data from documents or other content to feed the automation process with valuable context.
Understanding the differences between biological and computer vision
       
In the past decades, advances in machine learning and neuroscience have helped make great strides in computer vision. Kreiman’s book helps understand the differences between biological and computer vision. Hardware differencesIn the introduction to Biological and Computer Vision, Kreiman writes, “I am particularly excited about connecting biological and computational circuits. But before being able to digitize vision, scientists had to overcome the huge hardware gap between biological and computer vision. For instance, early efforts in computer vision tried to tackle computer vision at a very abstract level, in a way that ignored how human and animal brains recognize visual patterns.
Amazon to create 10,000 new jobs in Britain
       
Photo: Ronny Hartmann / AFP via Getty ImagesAmazon (AMZN) has announced plans to create thousands of new jobs in Britain, after the coronavirus pandemic prompted a boom in online retail. UK business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng called the announcement a "huge vote of confidence in the British economy." Other jobs include roles in digital marketing, engineering, fashion, video production, software development, cloud computing, AI and machine learning. Amazon will also recruit for its Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud computing business and its operations network. Alongside new jobs, Amazon said it would invest £10m over three years into training staff.
Rather than ‘Will cryptos drop to zero?’, investors should be asking this question instead, says strategist
       
The question is what will replace this product,” said Galy in a note to clients. “Anything linked to higher productivity such as AIs [artificial intelligence] and automation are likely to be the rage. The list of AI funds out there is long, including the ARK Autonomous Technology & Robotics ETF ARKQ, -0.85% , the iShares Robotics and Artificial Intelligence ETF IRBO, -1.01% , and dozens more listed on ETF Database. Galy believes that as cryptocurrencies mature, surging demand will likely fade away and we’ll see “stability reinforced by options trading. Sign up for The Barron’s Daily, a morning briefing for investors, including exclusive commentary from Barron’s and MarketWatch writers.
Here Are The Leaders In Cloud Computing Spending — Maybe
       
Amazon stock, Microsoft and Google do not break out cloud infrastructure spending, however, in financial reports. Cloud Computing: Amazon Leads In Data Center SpendingBased on first-quarter earnings reports, 2021 is shaping up as another big year for cloud capital spending. Google's overall capital spending dipped 5% to $22.3 billion while Microsoft's total capital spending rose 30% to $17.6 billion, said BofA. Dell'Oro, in a March 17 press release, forecast that "hyperscale," cloud data center capital spending will rise 20% in 2021. Follow Reinhardt Krause on Twitter @reinhardtk_tech for updates on 5G wireless, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and cloud computing.
Never faceplant again staring at your phone, thanks to this robotic third eye
       
Industrial design student Minwook Paeng’s developed a prototype robot eye called Third Eye, that attaches to a smartphone user’s forehead. The device uses sensors to alert the user when they’re about to run into something while looking down at their phone. Paeng decided to create the Third Eye as a satirical critique of just how deeply smartphones have fused with our everyday activities. The eyelid opens when your head is tilted down to look at your phone, and closes when your head is raised and you’re looking forward. And teens spent over 7 hours a day on their phones in that same year.
Eufy's popular budget robovacs reach all-time lows in Amazon's one-day sale
       
Now is a prime opportunity to buy a robot vacuum if you're cost-conscious. Amazon is running a one-day sale that has dropped the prices of Anker's Eufy-branded robovacs to all-time lows. The mid-tier BoostIQ RoboVac 15C is down to $140, or less than the 11S we recommended in March, while its more powerful BoostIQ RoboVac 30 sibling has been discounted to $150. Buy BoostIQ RoboVac 15C at Amazon - $140Buy BoostIQ RoboVac 30 at Amazon - $150We liked the BoostIQ RoboVac 11S for delivering effective cleaning and strong collision avoidance at a good price, even when it wasn't on sale. These won't clean high-pile carpet, but they should otherwise do a solid job of tidying your home without straining your bank account.
Teach AIs forgetfulness could make them better at their jobs
       
The researchers describe the problem by explaining how humans and AI agents might approach a similar problem. But an AI might very well have kept the colors and locations of the other nine doors in its memory. That's because it doesn't understand the problem or the data intuitively — so it keeps all the information it used to make its decision. Story continuesSo in the case of the doors, the colors of the non-yellow doors are plenty important until you find the yellow one. Fan said the models trained using Expire-Span performed better and were more efficient, taking up less memory and compute time.
Rather than ‘Will cryptos drop to zero?’, investors should be asking this question instead, says strategist
       
The question is what will replace this product,” said Galy in a note to clients. “Anything linked to higher productivity such as AIs [artificial intelligence] and automation are likely to be the rage. The list of AI funds out there is long, including the ARK Autonomous Technology & Robotics ETF ARKQ, +2.75% , the iShares Robotics and Artificial Intelligence ETF IRBO, +2.59% , and dozens more listed on ETF Database. Galy believes that as cryptocurrencies mature, surging demand will likely fade away and we’ll see “stability reinforced by options trading. Sign up for The Barron’s Daily, a morning briefing for investors, including exclusive commentary from Barron’s and MarketWatch writers.
US-China tech war: basic research in AI, semiconductors and biotech gets closer to US$110 billion boost in US
       
US President Joe Biden holds a chip as he speaks prior to signing an executive order aimed at addressing a global semiconductor shortage, in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington on February 24. Congress is looking to boost basic research in semiconductors and several other areas, including AI and quantum computing, in a bill that would see more than US$110 billion spent over five years. Photo: Reuters
Neuroscientist proposes AI-inspired theory for why we dream
       
Why we dream is one of science's most perplexing mysteries, but a neuroscientist thinks he finally has the answer. Neural networks are a subset of machine learning and are at the heart of deep learning algorithms. Their name and structure are inspired by the human brain, mimicking the way that biological neurons signal to one another. 'There's obviously an incredible number of theories of why we dream,' said Professor Hoel. But a common problem when it comes to training neural networks is that they can become too familiar with the data they've been trained on.
This AI tool writes real estate descriptions without ever stepping inside a home
       
It looked like any number of the property descriptions you might see online in today's red-hot US housing market . A Canadian startup called Listing AI is using cutting-edge AI to quickly churn out computer-generated descriptions that, like the one above, can be surprisingly compelling. The descriptions Listing AI created for me are not nearly as specific or well-written as the one crafted by our (human) realtor. Listing AI asks that a user provide all manner of data about the house, then software polishes it so that it can be better used by AI. Listing AI generates home descriptions using facts typed in by a user and the AI model GPT-3.
Lawmaker calls for banning robot police dogs in Rhode Island
       
And he said robot dogs are used in Hawaii. PROVIDENCE — A state legislator is calling for Rhode Island to prohibit the use of police robot dogs, saying he doesn’t want to see this “dystopian technology” unleashed on working-class communities of color. Advertisement“Rhode Island could be the next home for police robot dogs over the next two to three years if we do not act now,” Morales said during a House Judiciary Committee hearing this week. He noted critics have drawn comparisons to the robot dogs depicted in the Netflix series “Black Mirror.” Creators of the “Metalhead” episode (warning: violence), which shows a woman fleeing a robot dog following the collapse of human society, drew inspiration from videos of the Boston Dynamics robot dog. He said his main concern is prohibiting robot police dogs, whether armed or unarmed, and weaponized drones.
The iRobot iRoomba i3+ offers superior dirt pickup—and it just got a big price cut
       
One of our favorite Roombas, the iRobot Roomba i3+, is on sale for a big price cut right now. (Also worth noting: the iRobot Roomba i3+ 3556, an exclusive model with the same performance features as the Roomba i3+ 3550 seen here, is available at Sam's Club for members at $499.98.) Reviewed's senior manager of lab operations, Jon Chan, called the i3+ a "top-notch robot vacuum." Like other iRobot Roomba vacuums, the i3+ can map your home after a few cleaning runs. If you have been mulling getting a robot vacuum over, you can't go wrong with the Roomba i3+.
China lands its Zhurong rover on Mars
       
A heatshield on the capsule slows the fall by pushing up against the Martian air. A parachute then opens to reduce the velocity still further. Finally, the robot breaks away on a rocket-powered bench for the manoeuvres that take it to the ground.
US Army competition seeks AI-based products to help manage and process military data
       
Finalists could receive $70,000 for a successful pitchThe US Army is looking for an AI-based solution for its data analytics needs, offering $250,000 as part of the xTech Global AI Challenge. The international competition held by the US Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (ASA(ALT)), is a two-round contest with up to ten finalists receiving $10,000 each. Companies have until 12 May to submit their dual-use technologies, which they will then pitch at the Innovation Hub in London in July. “Our world is facing a rapid proliferation of data–with more and more data generated from an ever-growing number of data sources. The DoD will provide feedback on each pitch, but will not respond to questions or inquiries regarding this feedback.
UK's NHS turns to AI to cut growing patient waiting lists
       
In order to tackle the issue, the NHS announced a $225 million initiative to create a blueprint for elective recovery. Under the blueprint, AI-based systems will be used to assess which patients would fare worst from long waiting times. ‘Elective accelerators’ will be granted a share of the $225 million, with the NHS saying it would provide additional support around implementation time. Apart from AI, the initiative includes funding for at-home antibiotic kits, 3D eye scanners, and specialist clinics opening on weekends. “To trumpet a cash boost of [$225 million] is wholly disingenuous,” he said, suggesting such initiatives showed "a grave lack of understanding of the rocketing workload” already facing medical professionals.
Microsoft partners with AI-based cyber security vendor Darktrace
       
To offer ‘self-learning security’ as part of AzureMicrosoft has entered into a partnership with British cyber security specialist Darktrace. The answer lies in technology," Darktrace product director Dan Fien said. "With a dynamic understanding of the business, Cyber AI detects subtle indicators of attack and stops novel threats on the first encounter. Darktrace will also integrate its products with Azure Sentinel, and its software will be available within Microsoft Defender for Endpoint. “I am proud to be partnering with Microsoft, bringing Darktrace’s Cyber AI and autonomous response into joint customer environments,” CEO Poppy Gustafsson said.
AI chipmaker Kneron acquires Vatics, gets more funding
       
Former Vatics executives to lead Kneron's surveillance and security camera divisionAmerican AI chip and software developer Kneron has acquired Vatics, an image signal processing (ISP) technology provider based in Taiwan, in a deal worth $10 million. Vatics was a subsidiary of VIVOTEK, itself owned by manufacturing giant Delta Electronics – which has invested $7 million into Kneron. Combining Vatics’ ISPs with Kneron’s Neural Processing Unit (NPU) will create a full-stack AI solution for customers, the company said. As part of the deal, Delta Electronics is investing $7 million in Kneron, as an extension of its Series A funding round. Contract manufacturer Foxconn, and Honda and Toyota supplier Otus, have already agreed to use Kneron’s technology.
This AI can tell what an instrument sounds like from pictures
       
A team of researchers from Politecnico Di Milan have developed an AI system capable of helping master instrument makers determine what an unmade violin might sound like. Modern luthiers tend to apply modest design twists to centuries-old designs because, well, that’s the way it’s done. But what if we could tell what a violin will sound like before it’s even made? Once tuned, the network’s accuracy in predicting instrument sounds reached nearly 98%. Giving would-be instrument makers the ability to determine what their designs will sound like could revolutionize the field and democratize instrument making for those who would otherwise lack the resources to try new things.
AI Weekly: How to implement AI responsibly
       
Implementing AI responsibly implies adopting AI in a manner that’s ethical, transparent, and accountable as well as consistent with laws, regulations, norms, customer expectations, and organizational values. “Responsible AI” promises to guard against the use of biased data or algorithms, providing an assurance that automated decisions are justified and explainable. According to Boston Consulting Group (BCG), less than half of enterprises that achieve AI at scale have fully mature, responsible AI deployments. Organizations’ AI programs commonly neglect the dimensions of fairness and equity, social and environmental impact, and human-AI cooperation, BCG analysts found. The Responsible AI Institute (RAI) is among the consultancies aiming to help companies realize the benefits of AI implemented thoughtfully.
When AI meets BI: 5 red flags to watch for
       
Major pitfalls to watch out for when integrating AI into BI include the following:1. And while BI can compensate for MD’s immaturity inside a BI solution via additional data engineering, the same cannot be done inside AI. Of course, you can use AI to master your data, but that is a different use case, known as data preparation for BI and AI. If a knowledge graph is implemented using Semantic Web standards, then you can load it straight into AI, thereby significantly minimizing the AI teaching process described earlier. Igor has extensive experience in strategy formation and execution in the information management domain, including master data management, data governance, knowledge management, enterprise content management, big data, and analytics.
New deep learning model brings image segmentation to edge devices
       
This made it difficult to run these deep learning models without a connection to cloud servers. Some of the most common applications of machine learning in computer vision include image classification, object detection, and segmentation. RefineNet, a popular semantic segmentation neural network, contains more than 85 million parameters. Machine learning for edge devicesDue to their hardware requirements, most applications of image segmentation need an internet connection to send images to a cloud server that can run large deep learning models. They have been a defining factor in the success of deep learning architectures such as Transformers.
Top general warns Beijing could “overmatch” Western alliance as Canada steps up provocations against China
       
This has included attempts to blame China for Canada’s disastrous response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The aim of this campaign is to demonize Beijing so as to mobilize support for the US-led war drive against China and intimidate its opponents. “China is making massive investments into its military capabilities, including new technologies such as hypersonics, such as artificial intelligence, such as quantum computing,” commented Eyre. Its promotion is part of a dramatic intensification of military provocations by the US and its allies in the region. It has also increased the deployment of Canadian military resources to the Asia-Pacific, while unveiling plans to increase military spending by over 70 percent from 2017 levels by 2026.
Netflix documentary Coded Bias promotes race and gender identity politics
       
Coded Bias — an 85-minute documentary directed by Shalini Kantayya (A Drop of Life, 2007 and Catching the Sun, 2015)—began streaming globally on Netflix in April. The central argument of Coded Bias is that the computer algorithms used in artificial intelligence, machine learning and facial recognition systems are “embedded” with the race and gender biases of society as a whole. Buolamwini’s work has been heavily promoted by the New York Times and other media and political advocates of identity politics. She was a key witness at the Democratic Party-run House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on facial recognition in May 2019. The entirely one-sided approach of Coded Bias rejects any progressive element to the technology or the fact that its undemocratic and repressive implementation—just like the persistence of prejudice and discrimination—are rooted in the profit system.
3 Artificial Intelligence Stocks Leading the New Wave
       
With this in mind, We’ve opened up TipRanks’ database, and pulled three AI stocks that are on the leading edge of the technology. TuSimple Holdings (TSP)The first AI stock we’re looking at here, TuSimple Holdings, is deeply involved in the autonomous vehicle industry. The company is working on AI systems that will power self-driving trucks, allowing for greater efficiency and safety in the long-haul trucking industry. Proof points (milestones, orders) along the way should increase the market’s confidence in TuSimple’s mid-term targets and long-term opportunity, thereby increasing its stock price,” Spak explained. (See Nvidia stock analysis on TipRanks)Upstart Holdings (UPST)We’ll finish in financial tech, where Upstart Holdings has applied AI technology to power a lending platform.
AI and robots will be used to assess patients in NHS plan to tackle record waiting lists
       
Artificial intelligence will be used to decide who gets treated most quickly under NHS schemes aimed at tackling record waiting lists. One scheme in Lancashire and South Cumbria will be used for patients waiting for non-urgent surgery, with “AI” systems used to assess which patients would fare worst from long waits. The £160million initiatives were announced today by NHS England as health officials prepared to announce the latest waiting list figures, which were last month at an all time-high. Today the NHS will report the latest waiting statistics, with last month’s figures at a record high. At the end of February, 4.7 million people were waiting - the highest figure since records began in August 2007.
Investing in high growth stocks in the U.S. and Asia during tense times
       
With this in mind, We’ve opened up TipRanks’ database, and pulled three AI stocks that are on the leading edge of the technology. TuSimple Holdings (TSP) The first AI stock we’re looking at here, TuSimple Holdings, is deeply involved in the autonomous vehicle industry. The company is working on AI systems that will power self-driving trucks, allowing for greater efficiency and safety in the long-haul trucking industry. Proof points (milestones, orders) along the way should increase the market’s confidence in TuSimple’s mid-term targets and long-term opportunity, thereby increasing its stock price,” Spak explained. (See Nvidia stock analysis on TipRanks) Upstart Holdings (UPST) We’ll finish in financial tech, where Upstart Holdings has applied AI technology to power a lending platform.
The Power of Mental Modeling and the Limits of AI
       
Azeem Azhar explores their contention that we should not rely on AI to provide solutions to our problems. Rather we should systematically challenge how we frame our problems in order to produce breakthrough insights and innovations — then use AI to help enact those solutions. They also discuss:How “reframing” old technologies unleashed advances for SpaceX, Apple, Spotify and others. How proper framing empowered New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to battle Covid-19 in her country. The views and opinions expressed are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Harvard Business Review or its affiliates.
Walmart will acquire virtual fitting-room platform Zeekit to make clothes shopping from home more bearable
       
Walmart has announced it’s acquiring the Israeli-based, female-founded startup Zeekit . That’s where Zeekit’s virtual fitting room technology comes in. Zeekit’s platform uses computer vision and artificial intelligence technologies to map the selected clothing onto a customer’s body after they upload a picture of themself, allowing the online shopper to see how outfits will look on them. Walmart says Zeekit’s technology will soon allow customers to virtually try on brands including Free People, Champion, Levi Strauss, Time & Tru, Terra & Sky, Wonder Nation, George, Eloquii Elements, Free Assembly, Scoop, and Sofia Jeans by Sofia Vergara. Customers will also be able to share the virtual outfits with friends in order to get a second opinion.
«La storia di Lisey»: il primo trailer della nuova serie con Julianne Moore e Clive Owen
       
Un’ombra dal passato, una minaccia senza nome e il bisogno di rimettere insieme i pezzi prima che sia troppo tardi. Le prime immagini de La storia di Lisey, la nuova serie Apple Original di otto episodi tratta dal romanzo preferito di Stephen King, che ne eccezionalmente curato la sceneggiatura, promettono un meraviglioso viaggio tra ciò che è reale e ciò che è ultraterreno, tra quello che possiamo toccare e quello che possiamo immaginare. La serie, prodotta da Bad Robot Productions, la casa di produzione di JJ Abrams, e da Warner Bros. Television, sarà disponibile su Apple Tv+ a partire da venerdì 4 giugno con i primi due episodi, seguiti dai nuovi ogni venerdì successivo. Il cast della serie, una delle più attese del 2021, vede coinvolti anche Ron Cephas Jones, già stella di This is Us, e Sung Kang. LEGGI ANCHE«Lisey’s Story»: la prima serie di Pablo Larraín con Julienne Moore arriva su Apple TV+LEGGI ANCHEStephen King: 70 anni di un mitoLEGGI ANCHE«Spencer»: la nuova immagine di Kristen Stewart nei panni della Principessa Diana
Walmart acquires virtual fitting room company Zeekit, as it makes push into fashion
       
Walmart is acquiring Zeekit, a virtual fitting room start-up, which has technology that allows shoppers to upload a photo, digitally try on a clothing item and get a friend's opinion. Walmart said Thursday that it will acquire virtual fitting room start-up Zeekit, as it makes a push into fashion and caters to customers shopping for clothes online. By acquiring the start-up, Walmart is hoping to improve the customer experience and make online shopping more social, Incandela said. After selling most of its private label clothing online, Walmart is adding more displays to hundreds of stores, including mannequins. Incandela said the company will also bring expertise in real-time image technologies, computer vision and artificial intelligence, which it can use for other parts of Walmart's fashion business.
Moment speedy six-year-old SPRINTS down the street after ice cream truck
       
In another matter of seconds, the shoeless six-year-old had caught up with the truck further down the street where she was able to pick up her favorite Oreo ice cream. The clip quickly went viral with tens of thousands of views as users compared Grace to the T-1000 robot from Terminator 2 - claiming the ice cream truck was 'John Connor'. Software engineer Travis said: 'Grace is always concerned that she will miss out on the ice cream truck. Pictured: Robert Patrick as T-1000One commenter said: 'She sprints like she's a Terminator and John Connor is driving that ice cream truck.' Another person wrote: 'Get that girl into track, just make sure there is an ice cream truck at the finish line.'
Domino's is launching a pizza delivery robot car
       
This week, Domino's is rolling out a robot car delivery service to select customers in Houston. For those who opt in, their pies will arrive in a fully autonomous vehicle made by Nuro. Once the car arrives, the customer enters the number on the bot's touchscreen, and the car doors open up to serve the food. Nuro's robot car was the first completely autonomous, human-free on-road delivery vehicle to receive regulatory approval from the US Department of Transportation last year, Domino's said. And in 2013, Domino's tested out pizza delivery via drone in the United Kingdom.
Chernobyl Radiation Surge 'Cause for Concern,' Say Scientists
       
Scientists monitoring the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in northern Ukraine are detecting increased fission reactions inside an inaccessible chamber built around the radioactive ruins of a reactor that suffered a catastrophic meltdown in 1986—and they aren't sure why. "There are many uncertainties, but we can't rule out the possibility of [an] accident." "There are many uncertainties, but we can't rule out the possibility of [an] accident," Maxim Saveliev of Ukraine's Institute for Safety Problems of Nuclear Power Plants (ISPNPP) told Science earlier this month. Nuclear reactions are smoldering again at Chernobyl - so what does this mean going forward? One possible solution involves deploying a robot that can drill holes in the hardened radioactive material and then insert boron cylinders to absorb neutrons like control rods do in a normally functioning nuclear reactor.
Blinken says Israel has right to defend itself
       
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OtterTune unveils AI-powered database tuning service
       
Pittsburgh-based OtterTune has announced its first product, a machine learning-powered database optimization service – now in private beta. The service uses ML to automatically generate configuration settings to continuously improve database performance and efficiency. "With hundreds of knobs that affect database performance, DBMSs now exceed the human DBA's ability to optimize them," Andy Pavlo, CEO of OtterTune, said. This could help customers reduce their overall database costs, and allow database administrators the freedom to focus on more strategic work. "OtterTune's founders are uniquely positioned to tackle this value proposition, given their thought-leading academic database research at CMU."
Phillips: Healthcare providers to increase AI investments following the pandemic
       
The Future Health Index 2021 report said that healthcare leaders in emerging economies like Saudi Arabia (98 percent), India (94 percent), and Russia (85 percent) plan to prioritize investments in AI the most. Just 36 percent of healthcare leaders believe AI is a key area for investment today, the report stated, with healthcare organizations opting to concentrate on telehealth options instead. Healthcare leaders have seen first-hand how digital health technology can ensure the continued delivery of care in incredibly difficult circumstances,” Jan Kimpen, Philips’ chief medical officer, said. The respondents told Phillips that their vision for post-pandemic healthcare would be patient-centered, enabled by smart technologies, as well as predictive tools. “We are only at the very beginning of applying AI in healthcare,” he said.
Volkswagen promises hands-free vans on the road by 2025
       
Prototypes of the ID Buzz, essentially an electrified update of the company’s iconic Kombi, will be trialed on public highways. Level upExplaining the strategy, divisional director Christian Senger said: “In select cities, customers will be able to have a self-driving vehicle take them to their destination. To develop Level 4 functionality, VW has partnered with Argo AI, the autonomous tech company based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The tech used by VW and Argo AI will incorporate a combination of LiDAR, radar, and video cameras to deliver safe autonomous driving. VW is likely to offer the same capabilities to transport service providers, with subsidiary MOIA set to benefit by adding the autonomous ID Buzz to its fleet in 2025.
Pony.ai partners with Luminar as it plans to expand robotaxi fleet
       
The collaboration will see the Iris sensor suite integrated into Pony.ai’s upcoming vehicle fleetAutonomous vehicle startup Pony.ai is collaborating with Luminar Technologies as part of its push to deploy a cross-border autonomous robotaxi fleet in 2023. “Partnering with Luminar is a critical enabling milestone for Pony.ai as we build our next-generation system and prepare for large-scale series production,” James Peng, founder of Pony.ai, said. “Pony.ai’s vision to create a dynamic, vehicle-agnostic autonomous driving system is very impressive, and it has already demonstrated a clear leadership position for Robotaxi development in China and beyond,” Austin Russell, Luminar CEO, said. Pony.ai began testing its PonyPilot robotaxi service in Guangzhou in late 2018, and began rolling out a public-facing robotaxi service in California in 2019. Peng established Pony.ai after leaving Chinese tech giant Baidu, where he served as the chief architect of its autonomous driving arm.
How AI could steal your data by ‘lip-reading’ your keystrokes
       
We use computer vision for everything from cancer detection to counting large numbers of objects in a photograph. There’s nothing stopping a clever developer from training an AI system to infer text from keystrokes or finger movement. Researchers are even training AI to mimic human typing so we can develop better tools to help us with spelling, grammar, and other communication techniques. The long and short of it is, we’re teaching AI systems to make inferences from our finger movements that most humans couldn’t. That’s why most password entry screens hide the password as you’re typing it – you never know who can see your screen.
Helping robots collaborate to get the job done
       
The benefits of a robot team are clear. MIT researchers have designed an algorithm to ensure the fruitful cooperation of information-gathering robot teams. “Only when they need to come up with the team plan, we let them negotiate. “These techniques are applicable where the robot team needs to trade off between sensing quality and energy expenditure. The researchers next plan to test their algorithm on robot teams in the lab, including a mix of drones and wheeled robots.
Predictive Maintenance is a Killer AI App
       
By John P. Desmond, AI Trends EditorPredictive maintenance (PdM) has emerged as a killer AI app. The company began its research coverage of the IoT-driven predictive maintenance market in 2016, at an industry maintenance conference in Dortmund, Germany. Along with the technical developments, the predictive maintenance market has seen a steady increase in the number of software and service providers offering solutions. More predictive maintenance apps are being integrated with enterprise software systems, such as enterprise resource planning (ERP) or computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS). In an example project, Italy’s primary rail operator, Trenitalia, adopted predictive maintenance for its high-speed trains.
The Rocky Road Toward Explainable AI (XAI) For AI Autonomous Cars
       
There will be self-driving cars, self-driving trucks, self-driving motorcycles, self-driving submersibles, self-driving drones, self-driving planes, and the rest. The question is this: In what way will Explainable AI (XAI) be important to the advent of AVs and as showcased via the emergence of self-driving cars? One aspect to immediately discuss entails the fact that the AI involved in today’s AI driving systems is not sentient. It can be gotten to when the sunshine of having achieved sufficiently self-driving cars has been achieved. In fact, the likeliest question that self-driving cars are going to get is how does the AI driving system function.
Post Office Looks to Gain an Edge With Edge Computing
       
(Simpson worked for USPS for over 12 years, and moved to NVIDIA as a senior data scientist eight months ago.) The work was done within the Edge Computing Infrastructure Program (ECIP), a distributed edge AI system up and running on Nvidia’s EGX platform at USPS. Triton allows teams to deploy trained AI models from any framework, such as TensorFlow or PyTorch. Accenture Federal Services, Dell Technologies, and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise contributed to the USPS OCR system incorporating AI, Robbins of NVIDIA stated. The Postal Service has blamed the pandemic and record peak periods for much of the poor service performance.
Pandemic Spurred Identity Fraud; AI and Biometrics Are Responding
       
By AI Trends StaffCyberattacks and identity fraud losses increased dramatically in 2020 as the pandemic made remote work the norm, setting the stage for AI and biometrics to combine in efforts to attain a higher level of protection. “AI has the power to save the world from digital identity fraud,” stated Deepak Gupta, author of the Forbes article and cofounder and CTO of LoginRadius, a cloud-based consumer identity platform. Pandemic Altered Consumer Financial Behavior, Spurred Identity FraudThe global pandemic has had a dramatic impact on consumer financial behavior. “The pandemic inspired a major shift in how criminals approach fraud,” stated John Buzzard, Lead Analyst, Fraud & Security, with Javelin Strategy & Research in a press release. “Businesses benefit from reduced customer friction, lower abandonment rates and fewer chargebacks, while consumers benefit from better fraud prevention and faster payment during checkout.”The 2021 Identity Fraud Study from Javelin is now in its 18th year.
Managing the Risks of AI Research: Six Recommendations for Responsible Publication
       
The Partnership on AI’s (PAI) new white paper, “Managing the Risks of AI Research: Six Recommendations for Responsible Publication,” addresses one such question: Given AI’s potential for misuse, how can AI research be disseminated responsibly? Recent pilots, such as OpenAI’s “staged release” of GPT-2 and the “broader impact statement” requirement at the 2020 NeurIPS conference, demonstrate a growing interest in responsible AI publication norms. Effectively anticipating and mitigating the potential negative impacts of AI research, however, will require a community-wide effort. Research leadership, which should review potential downstream consequences earlier in the research pipeline and commend researchers who identify negative downstream consequences. To read “Managing the Risks of AI Research: Six Recommendations for Responsible Publication” in full, click here.
Emergence of Artificial Intelligence and how it is changing the world..!
       
Artificial intelligence (AI) refers to the simulation of human intelligence in machines that are programmed to think like humans and mimic their actions. How Artificial Intelligence (AI) Works? To understand how Artificial Intelligence actually works, one needs to deep dive into the various sub domains of Artificial Intelligence and understand how those domains could be applied into the various fields of the industry. The emergence of Artificial intelligence (AI) has led to applications which are now having a profound impact on our lives. Beyond net job creation, there are other reasons to be optimistic about the impact of artificial intelligence and automation.
Will AI Shape Our Future? Top Speakers
       
We live in a world of constant technological development and advancement, where innovation and new technologies will change our lifestyles, our working practices and our future. The development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in particular, is set to re-shape the global economic and social landscape. In thirty years time, those machines will be over 1 million times more powerful than today. Clearly there will be hugely positive developments, but questions exist around ethics and where it will leave us as humans. Chartwell Speakers works with some of the world’s leading authorities on AI and Future Technology:
How can Artificial Intelligence Assist in the Creation of Better Emails?
       
How can Artificial Intelligence Assist in the Creation of Better Emails? Artificial intelligence is crucial in the field of digital marketing, especially when it comes to email marketing. Email marketing has never been more effective than it is now, thanks to artificial intelligence. How can Artificial Intelligence Tools Help you Build your Email Marketing? PhraseePhrasee is a form of artificial intelligence that focuses on email marketing optimization.
POLITICO AI: Decoded: AI.gov — US states move to ban facial recognition — AI and structural racism
       
— Meanwhile, U.S. states move to ban police use of facial recognition. FACIAL RECOGNITIONUS STATES MOVE TO BAN POLICE USE OF FACIAL RECOGNITION: The EU and the U.S. have traditionally approached tech regulation from very different angles. According to the Associated Press, seven U.S. states and nearly two dozen cities have restrictions on government use of facial recognition. Police will have to request prior legal authorization before using facial recognition technology for these purposes. But that misses the mark when it comes to structural racism and artificial intelligence, argued the Ada Lovelace Institute.
NERL2021
       
This ability is referred to as never ending learning, also known as continual learning or lifelong learning. A never-ending learner has the following desiderata:It learns behaviors and skills while solving its tasks. There are several facets to building AI agents with never-ending learning abilities. In this workshop, we identify key themes including open-ended learning, cognitive sciences, developmental robotics, perceptual and temporal abstractions and world modelling. We hope that our format can enable a dialogue between a diverse set of views on never-ending learning and inspire future research directions.
AI Weekly — AI News & Leading Newsletter on Deep Learning & Artificial Intelligence
       
EthicsPOLITICO AI: Decoded: AI.gov — US states move to ban facial recognition — AI and structural racism A NEW AI WEBSITE IS BORN: A few weeks after the EU unveiled the world’s first AI law, the U.S. unveiled the world’s first… government AI website? The website will be run by the White House’s newly-created National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Office, or the NAIIO, whose job it is to coordinate...Will Artificial Intelligence Shape Our Future? The development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in particular, is set to re-shape the global economic and social landscape. Exponential growth in the power of technology means that the machines we will have in ten years time, will be well over 100 times more powerful than the ones we have today.
What’s New in Robotics? 05.05.2021
       
Neither Walmart nor Simbe Robotics, Tally’s developer, offered a convincing reason for the dismissal. A robotic, AI-infused knee brace developed by Roam Robotics (San Francisco) utilizes AI for an adapted technology that senses the wearer’s movements and adjusts accordingly. The robotic knee brace uses “embedded sensors that can detect things like movement up and down stairs and standing up from a seated position. Nic Radford, co-founder, CEO and CTO at Houston Mechatronics, previously led NASA’s humanoid robotics efforts for the International Space Station. Faster discovery: AI & robotics working togetherKebotix (Cambridge, MA) uses artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML) and robotics to speed up the discovery of new chemicals.
Can Ultra-Sensitive Strain Sensors Be Made to Serve Advanced Robotics?
       
Now researchers want to make their use safer, more precise, and more efficient with the invention of nanomaterial-based strain sensors with advanced sensitivity. “Performance of conventional strain sensors has always been limited by the nature of sensing materials used, and users have limited options of customizing the sensors for specific applications,” he said. A sensor’s working window typically determines how much it can stretch while still maintaining its sensing qualities as well as a high signal-to-noise ratio. When placed along the joints of robotic arms, they can allow for accuracy in position and movement that current off-the-shelf strain sensors don’t have, researchers said. Surgical robots also could benefit from the enhancement of more precise strain sensors, as well as new medical applications such as soft exoskeleton robots for rehabilitation, researchers added.
Advancing sports analytics through AI research
       
Finally, we consider computer vision to be one of the most promising avenues for advancing the boundaries of state of the art sports analytics research. The large numbers of football videos satisfies a prerequisite for modern AI techniques. While each football video is different, the settings do not vary greatly, which makes the task ideal for sharpening AI algorithms. The application of advanced AI techniques to football has the potential to revolutionise the game across many axes, for players, decision-makers, fans, and broadcasters. We believe that the development of increasingly advanced AI techniques afforded by the football microcosm might be applicable to broader domains.
An artificial neural network to acquire grounded representations of robot actions and language
       
Deep neural networks have proved to be particularly good at acquiring representations of linguistic expressions, yet they typically need to be trained on large datasets including robot actions, linguistic descriptions and information about different environments. Researchers at Waseda University in Tokyo recently developed a deep neural network that can acquire grounded representations of robot actions and linguistic descriptions of these actions. The new deep neural network-based model can acquire vector representations of words, including descriptions of the meaning of actions. Explore further A robotic planner that responds to natural language commandsMore information: Embodying pre-trained word embeddings through robot actions. DOI: 10.1109/LRA.2021.3067862 Paired Recurrent Autoencoders for Bidirectional Translation between Robot Actions and Linguistic Descriptions.
Ray Summit 2021
       
All Keynotes Sessions Networking TutorialsSessions added continuously—check back for updatesDeveloping AI ResponsiblyMaking Boats Fly with AI on RayEnd-to-End AutoML with Ludwig on RayOffline RL with RLlibPatterns of ML Models in ProductionAdventures in Petabyte-Scale Data Lake Table Management with Ray, Arrow, Parquet, and S3Speeding Up CPU-bound Reinforcement Learning Experiments with RLlib + RayDetection of Sensitive Personal Data in Large Data Sets Using Ray with Deep LearningUsing Reinforcement Learning to Optimize IAP Offer Recommendations in Mobile GamesApache Airflow and Ray: ML Orchestration, Pandas, and Data Processing at ScaleDistributed XGBoost on RayData Processing on RayHow Ray and Anyscale Make it Easy to do Massive-scale ML on Aerial ImageryRayDP: Build Large-scale End-to-end Data Analytics and AI Pipelines Using Spark and RayPoseidon: An On-line Analytical System for Internet Financial ScenarioNeural MMO: A Massively Multiagent Environment for AI ResearchMLDataset: A Ray Bridge for Data Preprocessing and Distributed TrainingSimplify Big Data & AI on Spark and Ray with MLSQLImproving Ray for Large-scale ApplicationsApplication of Online Resource Allocation Based on RayDeepCoMP: Multi-agent Reinforcement Learning for Multi-cell Selection in 5G and BeyondBuilding High Availability and Scalability Online Computing Applications on RayLessons from the Kubernetes AdventureElements of Learning SystemsTowards Building a Responsible Data EconomyJAX: Accelerated Machine Learning Research via Composable Function Transformations in PythonCloud Computing Made Better: An AWS View on Serverless ComputingScaling Interactive Data Science with Modin and RayPetabytes of Dask Workloads on Dask Distributed vs. Ray - BenchmarksLeveraging the Possibilities of Ray Serve in Implementing a Scalable, Fully Automated Digital Authentication ServiceCollective-on-Ray: High-performance Collective Communication for Distributed Machine Learning on RayStructure and Optimization of NumPy Programs on Distributed SystemsServerless Ear
Watch “The Artificial Intelligence Era: What will the future look like?”
       
The conversation focused on the recent National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence’s (NSCAI) Final Report and the potential benefits and harms of AI. To begin the session, Horvitz, who is a commissioner of the NSCAI, explained the motivation for the commission and its report. Cummings expressed concern about the potentially lethal outcomes that can occur when we misunderstand the capabilities of these systems. Horvitz argued that AI could be used to provide safety nets and help detect errors in hospitals to avoid these deaths. Read the NSCAI Final Report here, and watch the full “The Artificial Intelligence Era: What will the future look like?” program here.
Now DeepMind is using AI to transform football
       
Now, defending Premier League champions Liverpool have joined forces with DeepMind to explore the use of artificial intelligence in the football world. “The timing is just right,” says Karl Tuyls, an AI researcher at DeepMind and one of the lead authors on the paper. The two groups got together to discuss where AI might be able to help football players and coaches. Liverpool also provided DeepMind with data on every Premier League game the club played between 2017 and 2019. For football teams, AI offers a way to spot patterns that coaches can’t; for DeepMind researchers, football offers a constrained but challenging environment for them to roadtest their algorithms.
Code-scanning platform BluBracket nabs $12M for enterprise security
       
Code security startup BluBracket today announced it has raised $12 million in a series A round led by Evolution Equity Partners. The platform can monitor real-time risk scores across codebases, Git configurations, infrastructure as code, code copies, and code access and resolve issues, detecting passwords and over 50 different types of tokens, keys, and IDs. Both it and the company’s paid products, Teams and Enterprise, work with GitHub, BitBucket, and Gitlab and offer CI/CD integration with Jenkins, GitHub Actions, and Azure Pipelines. But BluBracket, which has about 30 employees, says demand for its code security solutions has increased “dramatically” since 2020. Its security products are being used in “dozens” of companies with “thousands” of users, according to Linga.
Moogsoft rolls out new AIOps features
       
AIOps startup Moogsoft this week announced the launch of new product capabilities and updates, including extended integration capabilities, incident workflow automations, and automatic event enrichment. Moogsoft says the features are designed to optimize productivity while enabling developers to focus their time on more involved tasks. Moogsoft upgraded its Create Your Own Integration service, which lets customers generate custom API endpoints they can send event and metric data to from observability and monitoring tools. Also new in beta is Microsoft Azure App Insights integration, a cloud-to-cloud integration that provides admins the ability to ingest metric data configured in Azure. Moogsoft analyzes the data to establish normal operating behaviors with an upper and lower threshold.
LinkedIn open-sources Greykite, a library for time series forecasting
       
LinkedIn today open-sourced Greykite, a Python library for long- and short-term predictive analytics. And the Greykite library has flexibility to customize a model template for algorithms, letting users label (and specify whether to ignore or adjust) known anomalies. Lastly, the library provides a summary that can be used to assess the effect of individual data points. “The Greykite library provides a fast, accurate, and highly customizable algorithm — Silverkite — for forecasting. “We have successfully applied Greykite at LinkedIn for multiple business and infrastructure metrics use cases.”The Greykite library is available on GitHub and PyPI, and it joins the many other tools LinkedIn has open-sourced to date.
Sosivio nabs $4M for container monitoring and observability
       
Container observability startup Sosivio today announced that it closed a $4 million seed round led by Seamans Holdings, with participation from Superposition Venture Partners and Side Door Ventures. Sosivio’s platform provides visibility into cloud-native environments as well as proactive failure prediction, automated resolution, and contextual analysis of signals. Sosivio can perform app profiling and observability without the need for agents or data-offloading. '”Container competitionTwenty-one-employee Sosivio competes with a number of container monitoring and observability startups, including Sysdig, which last year raised $70 million in a series E funding round. “When customers see our AI engines in action, predicting their crashes or even minor problems ahead of time, they are shocked.
For language models, analogies are a tough nut to crack, study shows
       
In a new study that looks at whether AI models can understand analogies, researchers at Cardiff University used benchmarks from education as well as more common datasets. Large language models learn to write humanlike text by internalizing billions of examples from the public web. Memorization isn’t the only challenge large language models struggle with. While the models could understand analogies, not all of the models achieved “meaningful improvement.”The researchers leave open the possibility that language models can learn to solve analogy tasks when given the appropriate training data, however. “[W]hen carefully tuned, some language models are able to achieve state-of-the-art results.”
AI-powered identity access management platform Authomize raises $16M
       
“As security has evolved from endpoints and networks, attention has increasingly moved to identity and access management, and specifically the authorization space. Additionally, most, if not all, of the process has been manually managed, making the IT and security teams the bottleneck for growth,” Noy told VentureBeat in an interview via email. The platform offers an inventory of access policies, blocking unintended access with guardrails and alerting on anomalies and risks. Authomize recently launched an integration with the Microsoft Graph API to provide explainable, prescriptive recommendations for Microsoft services permissions. “Using our proprietary [platform], organizations can now strike a balance between security and IT, ensuring human and machine identity have only the permission they need.
Optimal Dynamics nabs $22M for AI-powered freight logistics
       
Optimal Dynamics, a New York-based startup applying AI to shipping logistics, today announced it has closed an $18.4 million round led by Bessemer Venture Partners. Optimal Dynamics says the funds will be used to more than triple its 25-person team and support engineering efforts, as well as bolstering sales and marketing departments. Optimal Dynamics’ platform can perform strategic, tactical, and real-time freight planning, forecasting shipment events as far as two weeks in advance. Optimal Dynamics competes with Uber, which offers a logistics service called Uber Freight. But Optimal Dynamics investor Mike Droesch, a partner at BVP, says demand for the company’s products remains strong.
Soniox taps unsupervised learning to build speech recognition systems
       
With unsupervised learning, an algorithm — in Soniox’s case, a speech recognition algorithm — is fed “unknown” data for which no previously defined labels exist. One has to invest millions — more like tens of millions — of dollars into collecting transcribed data,” Simonic told VentureBeat via email. In the absence of labels, however, unsupervised learning — also known as self-supervised learning — is the only way to fill gaps in knowledge. By comparison, the latest speech recognition works from Facebook and Microsoft used between 13,100 and 65,000 hours of labeled and transcribed speech data. Image Credit: SonioxAI has a well-known bias problem, and unsupervised learning doesn’t eliminate the potential for bias in a system’s predictions.
Google Cloud CEO predicts boom in business-process-as-a-service
       
Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian is focusing on automation and business process improvement as the company seeks to gain ground on cloud computing competitors. Companies capable of cleaning up a business process mess will improve their time to market, predictability, and customer experiences. Migrating processes to the cloudKurian expanded on the three-step processes involved in migrating business processes to the cloud. Both Google Cloud and Automation Anywhere have made significant pivots recently to meld business services with cloud infrastructure. Meanwhile, Automation Anywhere took an extended pause on product development to migrate its core robotic process automation (RPA) platform to a native cloud architecture.
DeepScribe raises $5.2M to transcribe medical notes with AI
       
DeepScribe, an AI-driven platform for medical record-taking, today announced it has raised $5.2 million in a seed round led by Bee Partners. DeepScribe, launched in 2019 by Akilesh Bapu, Matthew Ko, and Kairui Zeng and based on technology developed at the University of California, Berkeley, is designed to transcribe patient notes even when dealing with accents, interruptions, multiple speakers, and more. For example, DeepScribe leverages IBM’s speech recognition technology to recognize medications and conditions and Google’s tech for conversational speech. “Though difficult to pull off, this approach makes DeepScribe the only AI widely accepted by medical professionals that can draft medical notes from the natural patient conversation,” Bapu told VentureBeat via email. The problem is, human scribes are too expensive for many practices, and AI scribes aren’t accurate enough to rely on.
Drones test that 'sow' rain clouds in the face of drought in some countries
       
May 11, 2021 2 min readThis article was translated from our Spanish edition using AI technologies. The United Arab Emirates will use drone technology that unleashes electrical charges into clouds in order for them to clump together and form precipitation. This technology manufactured in England has electrical charge emission sensors, the job of the operators will be to direct them towards the low clouds to release the electricity. By altering these charges, scientists hope to influence the growth of droplets to produce precipitation. This is one of the first times that researchers are using drones to stimulate and create precipitation.
[Feature] One year into pandemic, contactless businesses continue to thrive
       
BUSINESS(Yanolja, Parabara and TK Elevator)Yanolja's self check-in kiosk (Yanolja)A Parabara vending machine for secondhand goods trading at a supermarket (Parabara)TK Elevator began trialing a robot-assisted elevator system with LG's self-driving service robot CLOi ServeBot last year. So I started inviting acquaintances to eat together at home and began to use Baemin,” she said.“I avoid going to crowded places because of the coronavirus. The company currently boasts its cloud-based hospitality solution for some 30,000 establishments across the globe. We have conducted numerous surveys and it was women in their 20s and 30s who found meeting with strangers in person to trade items uncomfortable. And the vending machines are located in open spaces, transparent, so we have yet to see those unfortunate incidents take place.
Julianne Moore is a grieving widow struggling with reality in first Lisey's Story trailer
       
The idea of questioning reality and our perception of it permeates the first trailer for Apple TV+'s upcoming limited series Lisey's Story. Julianne Moore stars as Lisey Landon, who's two years removed from the death of her husband, famous novelist Scott Landon (played by Clive Owen). In an interview with EW, Moore teased that fans of the book will find the series to be a very faithful adaptation. Directed by Pablo Larraín, Lisey's Story hails from J. J. Abrams' Bad Robot Productions and Warner Bros. Television. King, Moore, and Larraín executive-produce alongside Abrams, Ben Stephenson and Juan de Dios Larraín.
Watch a Snake Robot Go for a Swim
       
So when roboticists at Carnegie Mellon University decided that it was time for their landlubbing robot snake to take to the water, they took a shortcut. The result is a sort of wiggling torpedo, sans warhead: the Hardened Underwater Modular Robot Snake. “It's less biologically inspired right now, but still, it's a pretty good robot,” says CMU roboticist Howie Choset, who codeveloped the machine. But it’s safe to say that the Navy doesn’t need a snake robot that also, let’s say, bites. The land-based version of their robot uses actuators that move in concert to propel the machine forward, which is similar to what a real snake does.
Black and Queer AI Groups Say They'll Spurn Google Funding
       
Three groups focused on increasing diversity in artificial intelligence say they will no longer take funding from Google. In a joint statement released Monday, Black in AI, Queer in AI, and Widening NLP said they acted to protest Google’s treatment of its former ethical AI team leaders Timnit Gebru and Margaret Mitchell, as well as former recruiter April Christina Curley, a Black queer woman. In March, organizers of the Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency (FAccT) conference turned down Google funding, and researcher Luke Stark turned down $60,000 in Google funding. Queer in AI organizer Luca Soldaini told WIRED the organization received $20,000 from Google in the past year; Widening NLP received $15,000 from Google. Queer in AI has also objected to Google Scholar’s approach to trans and nonbinary authors who want to update publications after changing their names, Soldaini said.
Researchers' new best friend? Robot dog gets to work
       
"Scar" at the Cigeo lab in eastern France, destined to house thousands of tons of nuclear waste. It's an ideal training ground for Scar, a robotic "dog" being groomed by researchers at the Ecole des Mines engineering school in Nancy. "We're now interested in developing artificial intelligence so it could be deployed for surveillance of deep geological storage," said Guillaume Hermand, an engineer with France's ANDRA nuclear waste management agency. Students at the university will work on advanced AI applications for Scar that will be tested at the lab. "We're at the early stages of a shift in how we work and organise tasks with the digital shift in industry," Ecole des Mines director Francois Rousseau said.
Australian AI company says sorry for asking potential staff to describe their skin tone
       
An Australian artificial intelligence company has apologised for a question on a recruitment application which asked potential employees to describe their skin tone. The Australian Securities Exchange-listed company, Appen, boasts 1 million contractors working at 70,000 locations across the globe who work to label photographs, text, audio and other data to improve AI systems used by large tech companies. “We collect data from our crowd of contractors in an effort to take the bias out of AI,” she said. Two Google engineers quit the company in February over concern about the impact the company’s research could have on marginalised groups. “The potential for AI technologies to cause particular harm to members of our communities weighs heavily on our organisations,” they said.
‘We want people working’: Little takes Idaho out of federal pandemic unemployment programs
       
(To watch Kumar’s track record, click here) “We view DRNA as an undervalued platform story based on RNAi therapeutics technology. View, Inc. produces smart glass, which uses AI to respond to natural light levels and adjust window opacity accordingly. View’s products include smart glass that can reduce glare or optimize daylight, or provide different tints to various zones within a building. The energy benefits to smart glass windows include an 18% annual energy cost savings, and up to a 23% reduction in the peak cooling load on the AC system. While smart glass windows may seem like something out of Star Trek, the technology is real, and real companies are moving to install it.
5 Best Homeowners Insurance Companies of 2021
       
To aid you in the process and help you find a homeowners policy that works for you, here are the best 5 homeowners insurance companies of 2021. Money’s Best Homeowners Insurance Companies for 2021Lemonade: Best Online Insurance CompanyErie Insurance Company: Best Range of Coverage OptionsAllstate: Best for Claim-Free HomeownersAmica Mutual: Best for Customer ServiceUSAA: Best for Military MembersLemonade Insurance: Best Online Insurance CompanyLemonade Insurance Highlights Fast quotes in minutes AI claims processing system Flat fee on low monthly premiums In many cases, get paid in a matter of minutes Lemonade Giveback program pays up to 40% of premiums not paid out in claims to a non-profit of your choice Demotech Financial Stability Rating: AThe only downside to Lemonade is that its insurance policies are not available in all states. Homeowners insurance coverage is a type of property insurance that provides financial protection to a private residence against loss due to disasters, theft, and accidents. How We Chose the Best Homeowners Insurance CompaniesOur list of best homeowners’ insurers streamlines the shopping experience. Best Homeowners Insurance Companies of 2021
“It’s like the software is our colleague”: How one European VC wants to reshape investing
       
You have the U.S. way and you have the Chinese way, and then you have the European way. Europeans are really good at dealing with the multicultural and multilingual. You said in the blog post announcing the new fund that venture will always be a relationship business, but it should be powered by data software and machine learning. Everybody’s going embrace data and data systems and software in different ways. It will be relationships together with software; it’s like the software is our colleague, they’re just another opinion in the process.
Da Agassi a Giorgi, padri invadenti e figli campioni
       
Papà non la manda sola. E il padre in questione, con gli occhi a palla e l’aria da film western, è Sergio Giorgi, padre di Camila, talentuosa tennista italiana. Il caso Giorgi non è isolato. Il padre tiranno per eccellenza, nella storia dello sport, è quello di Andre Agassi; un padre che costringeva il figlio ad allenarsi contro un robot sputa-palle da lui costruito. La peggior frase che un atleta possa sentire da suo padre è questa: «Lo faccio per te».
Fisher Stevens regrets 'Short Circuit' role where he played an Indian character: 'It definitely haunts me'
       
Fisher Stevens really regrets appearing as an Indian character in brownface for the 1986 movie "Short Circuit" and its subsequent sequel. Stevens, who was born in Chicago, plays Ben Jabituya in the science fiction comedy about two scientists whose advanced robot gains sentience. Speaking to Yahoo Entertainment, Stevens explained that he agrees with that criticism and feels guilt over the role in hindsight. However, somewhere along the line, the minds behind the movie decided to change things up and make the character an Indian man. Despite studying and later expressing his regret, Stevens’ role as Jabituya has been used countless times as an example of Hollywood whitewashing.
Paralysed man uses ‘mindwriting’ brain computer to compose sentences
       
A man who was paralysed from the neck down in an accident more than a decade ago has written sentences using a computer system that turns imagined handwriting into words. It is the first time scientists have created sentences from brain activity linked to handwriting and paves the way for more sophisticated devices to help paralysed people communicate faster and more clearly. “Instead of detecting letters, the algorithm would be detecting syllables, or rather phonemes, the fundamental unit of speech,” he said. These recordings, and others taken as T5 tried to write out example sentences, were used to train an artificial intelligence algorithm. The letters r, h and n, for example, require similar movements and so similar brain activity.
Hackers paralyzed a pipeline. Banks and stock exchanges are even bigger targets
       
Banks and stock exchanges overseas have been hit by damaging cyberattacks in recent years. They are some of the hardest targets out there -- outside of the government itself," said Paul Prudhomme, a cyber threat intelligence advisor at IntSights and a former contractor in the US intelligence community. Danny Jenkins, CEO of cybersecurity firm ThreatLocker, told CNN Business that banks get hit with attempted ransomware attacks "nearly everyday" but they're mitigated. "It's going to be a much greater threat to financial institutions," said DiMaggio, chief security strategist at threat intelligence firm Analyst1. To keep up with the bad guys, he urged banks to rely more on cyber defenses powered by artificial intelligence.
12 curious things we learnt about Heathrow Airport during the pandemic
       
From sexy robots to sobering stats, even a half-empty Heathrow has stories to tell — and a new series of Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport, beginning tonight at 8pm on ITV, has plenty. And if not, don’t worry, here’s what you would have learned…Some genius gave the disinfecting robot a voice like Zeinab Badawi. Customer service manager Demi dances, driver Dylan is a ‘comedy stage hypnotist’ (yes, that’s a thing). The plane’s wing has a replacement cost of £50 million. That’s not all down to your neighbour’s incessant Amazon deliveries either: we also learn, in episode 2, that 40% of the UK’s medicine supplies come in through Heathrow.
AI learns to type on a phone like humans
       
Credit: Jussi Jokinen/Finnish Center for Artificial IntelligenceTouchscreens are notoriously difficult to type on. The AI model can simulate how a human user would type any sentence on any keyboard design. The novel approach builds on the group's earlier empirical research, which provided the basis for a cognitive model of how humans type. The work was done as part of a larger project on Interactive AI at the Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence. The end result is very similar to how humans type, without having to teach the model with human data," Jokinen says.
US Air Force AI system 'Skyborg' takes flight
       
An unmanned combat aerial vehicle system funded by the US military took its first flight this month. The US Air Force said that it demonstrated basic aviation capabilities and responded to navigational commands. The flight was the first time an active autonomy capability was shown on an Air Force test range. “We’re extremely excited for the successful flight of an early version of the ’brain‘ of the Skyborg system," Brigadier General Dale White said. Both flights follow another major AI milestone at the Air Force.
Hackers Used to Be Humans. Soon, AIs Will Hack Humanity
       
After hacking humanity, AI systems will then hack other AI systems, and humans will be little more than collateral damage. AIs don’t solve problems like humans do. Explanations are a cognitive shorthand used by humans, suited for the way humans make decisions. That’s because AIs don’t think in terms of the implications, context, norms, and values we humans share and take for granted. We learned about this hacking problem as children with the story of King Midas.
DeepMind Wants to Use AI to Transform Soccer
       
Now, defending Premier League champion Liverpool has joined forces with DeepMind to explore the use of artificial intelligence in the soccer world. “The timing is just right,” says Karl Tuyls, an AI researcher at DeepMind and one of the lead authors on the paper. The two groups got together to discuss where AI might be able to help soccer players and coaches. Liverpool also provided DeepMind with data on every Premier League game the club played from 2017 through 2019. For soccer teams, AI offers a way to spot patterns that coaches can’t; for DeepMind researchers, soccer offers a constrained but challenging environment for them to road test their algorithms.
Humans Need to Create Interspecies Money to Save the Planet
       
We share this planet with 8 million nonhuman species, yet scarcely think of how they move through the world. This decade will be the most destructive for nonhuman life in recorded history. I propose the invention of an Interspecies Money. We have the technology to start building Interspecies Money now. The first requirement of Interspecies Money is to provide a digital identity of an individual animal, or a herd, or a type (depending on size, population dynamics, and other characteristics of the organisms).
Apply to join Transform’s annual Tech Showcase
       
VentureBeat’s annual Tech Showcase returns at Transform 2021: Accelerating Enterprise Transformation with AI and Data, hosted July 12-16. VentureBeat will be selecting 5 companies to present the latest and greatest AI and data products on the main stage during the first day of Transform 2021. Whether you are a stealth startup or Fortune 500, or anywhere in between, we welcome your submission. Selected companies will present on Transform’s main stage in front of hundreds of industry decision makers and will be featured in our on-demand video-hub following the event. Executives across industries are invited to join Transform 2021, so register today to join VentureBeat for 5-days of AI and data.
OpsRamp unveils software to migrate enterprises to the public cloud
       
Rosy forecast for public cloud services in 2021OpsRamp is banking on strong projected growth for public cloud services this year and beyond. Worldwide spending on public cloud services is expected to reach $332.3 billion in 2021, an increase of 23.1% from 2020, according to Gartner’s April forecast. Once IT teams provide their cloud infrastructure details, OpsRamp auto-monitoring onboards cloud resources and displays performance metrics within minutes. Once IT teams provide their cloud infrastructure details, OpsRamp auto-monitoring onboards cloud resources and displays performance metrics within minutes. OpsRamp currently offers more than 160 monitoring integrations across leading public cloud providers such as AWS, Azure, and GCP.
DataRobot’s Zepl acquisition bridges the AI divide
       
“Data scientists can now tweak our AI models,” he added. Previously, bias detection could only be applied to AI models as they were being developed. Developers can invoke AI models running on the DataRobot platform via a REST application programming interface (API). Alternatively, they can embed the server running an AI model as a Java Archive (JAR) file or in a Docker container within their application. However, there are still complex AI models that need to be custom-built by a team of data scientists.
Phishing attacks exploit cognitive biases, research finds
       
Bias is an attempt to simplify information processing to speed up decision-making and can be effectively exploited in phishing attacks, SecurityAdvisor CEO Sai Venkataraman told VentureBeat. Cognitive biases take many forms, but SecurityAdvisor’s research identified five major types used in phishing attacks: halo effect, hyperbolic discounting, curiosity effect, recency effect, and authority bias. Hyperbolic discounting, or the inclination to choose a reward that gives immediate results rather than a long-term equivalent, appeared in 28% of phishing attacks analyzed by SecurityAdvisor. Curiosity effect, the desire to resolve uncertainty, rounded out the top three by appearing in 17% of phishing attacks. And finally, the authority bias is based on people’s willingness to defer to the opinions of an authority figure.
Yelp built an AI system to identify spam and inappropriate photos
       
Automating content moderationYelp’s use of AI and machine learning runs the gamut from advertising to restaurant, salon, and hotel recommendations. Building the new content moderation system was more challenging than previous AI projects because Yelp engineers had a limited dataset to work with, the company told VentureBeat. “Ultimately, our engineers developed a multi-stage, multimodel approach for promotional spam and inappropriate content,” a spokesperson said. A set of heuristics play alongside the models to speed up the pipeline and react quickly to new potential spam and inappropriate content. And the content moderation team has the ability to act on user profiles instead of single pieces of content.
New KPMG survey says AI adoption is picking up speed, but is it moving too fast?
       
“The digital hurdles that they initially faced to AI adoption are now being removed very fast.”The recent survey from KPMG, “Thriving in an AI World: Unlocking the Value of AI across 7 Industries,” bears that out. Driving the adoption of AI is the fact that many institutions, especially financial services, retail, and the like, have been experimenting with AI technologies for the past few years, Krishna says. There is also a general AI and Digital talent shortage in the market, including AI developers and engineers, AI researchers and data scientists. Further, most AI skills do not yet fit nicely into existing enterprise’s business operating models. “Too often my clients complain how they keep losing their AI talent within 6 months of hiring,” says Krishna.
Fisher Stevens regrets his controversial 'Short Circuit' role: 'It definitely haunts me'
       
As one of the first movies to feature a talking robot as its main character, Short Circuit looked positively futuristic when it premiered in theaters on May 9, 1986. As a young actor eager for that elusive breakout role, Stevens didn't want to walk away. Stevens did commit himself to learning about India, a place he had never visited prior to shooting Short Circuit. Later on, he moved to India for a month before traveling to the Toronto set of Short Circuit 2. Short Circuit is currently streaming on HBO Max.
KT Q1 net surges on 5G user growth, new tech biz
       
BUSINESSThis undated image, provided by KT Corp., shows its logo. (KT Corp.)KT Corp., a South Korean telecom giant, said Tuesday its first-quarter net profit rose 43.7 percent from a year earlier on the back of growth in 5G users and new tech businesses.Net income for the January-March period stood at 326.5 billion won ($292 million) on a consolidated basis, compared with 227.2 billion won from a year earlier, according to a company regulatory filing.Operating profit reached 444.2 billion won, up 15.4 percent over the cited period, while sales increased 3.4 percent to 6.03 trillion won.The telecom operator said its wireless service revenue rose 2.2 percent on-year to reach 1.67 trillion won in the first quarter thanks to a rise in 5G subscribers.As of end-March, the company had 4.4 million 5G subscribers, up 785,000 from the previous quarter and accounting for 30 percent of its total 14.4 million handset subscribers.KT said growth in its corporate-focused new digital services, which include data center and artificial intelligence platform businesses, also boosted its bottom line.Sales from the business category in the first quarter stood at 134.5 billion won, up 7.5 percent from the previous year.The company's internet protocol television business grew 6.8 percent from a year earlier to reach 446.2 billion won.Major subsidiary BC Card partially recovered from last year's pandemic-induced slump, recording 839.5 billion won in sales in the first quarter, up 5 percent from the previous year.KT said the company's sales grew thanks to an increase in credit card transactions.
Nonfungible token of historic human-AI Go battle up for auction
       
A nonfungible token of the historic match between between South Korean Go master Lee Se-dol and Google’s artificial intelligence Go player AlphaGo has been auctioned off as a digital content on OpenSea, the world’s largest marketplace for NFTs, officials said Monday.A nonfungible token is a digital recreation of media contents such as videos and photos that is traded via the blockchain. Upon the purchase through the internet auction site, investors can declare ownership of NFTs, which can’t be reproduced or counterfeited.Lee’s NFT symbolizes his fourth game against AlphaGo that took place on Mar. Lee defeated AlphaGo after a total of 180 moves. Out of the 74 official matches that AlphaGo has played, this was the only time it was defeated by a human player.“(The NFT) symbolizes not only my game with AlphaGo but my entire 25-year career as a professional Go player. It would make me happy if people acknowledged the NFT as having its own artistic value,” Lee said.Lee’s NFT has been released in partnership with 22nd Century Media, the publisher of South Korean blockchain media outlet CoinDesk Korea.By Choi Jae-hee ( cjh@heraldcorp.com
Nonfungible token of historic human-AI Go battle up for auction
       
FINANCESouth Korean Go master Lee Se-dolA nonfungible token of the historic match between between South Korean Go master Lee Se-dol and Google’s artificial intelligence Go player AlphaGo has been auctioned off as a digital content on OpenSea, the world’s largest marketplace for NFTs, officials said Monday.A nonfungible token is a digital recreation of media contents such as videos and photos that is traded via the blockchain. Upon the purchase through the internet auction site, investors can declare ownership of NFTs, which can’t be reproduced or counterfeited.Lee’s NFT symbolizes his fourth game against AlphaGo that took place on Mar. Lee defeated AlphaGo after a total of 180 moves. Out of the 74 official matches that AlphaGo has played, this was the only time it was defeated by a human player.“(The NFT) symbolizes not only my game with AlphaGo but my entire 25-year career as a professional Go player. It would make me happy if people acknowledged the NFT as having its own artistic value,” Lee said.Lee’s NFT has been released in partnership with 22nd Century Media, the publisher of South Korean blockchain media outlet CoinDesk Korea.By Choi Jae-hee ( cjh@heraldcorp.com
[Market Close-up] Financial firms scurry to forge cross-industry partnerships for data-driven innovation
       
FINANCECap-Hana Bank President Park Sung-ho and Netmarble co-CEO Lee Seung-won pose for a photo after signing a business agreement to jointly develop innovative digital financial services at the bank’s headquarters in Seoul, Tuesday. … They have to push back the boundaries,” he said.Shinhan Card teamed up with operators in various sectors, including mobile carrier SK Telecom, ratings agency Korea Credit Bureau, and GS Retail, which runs supermarkets, hotels and health and beauty businesses, as well as Budongsan 114, a real estate information provider.For example, if Shinhan Card converges data sets provided by SK Telecom and GS Retail, they could generate an analysis of grocery shopping behavior of a consumer group that owns cars from the same brand.Through this process of collecting, modeling, and analyzing data, the firms will be able to advance and personalize their marketing strategies and customer service.To use the massive volumes of data, Shinhan Bank opted to find partners with a large number of customers.Shinhan Bank launched a project with mobile carrier LG Uplus and CJ OliveNetworks, which operates OliveYoung, one of the country‘s leading beauty retailers, to tap into the new business opportunity. What they are aiming to do is offering micro-personalization of digital services by capitalizing on their combined number of customers, which stands at some 70 million.“The data possessed by mobile carriers which includes as personal travel route, contents usage history and population density can greatly increase utilization when combined with financial data,” said an official at the bank.Woori Bank joined hands with IT solution firm IBM Korea and the country’s largest telecommunication company KT for to develop digital financial products and identify new business areas using artificial intelligence. The three firms will work together for the AI business from the planning stage through to technology verification and operation.Meanwhile, Hana Bank signed an agree
Delegate floor cleaning to this Roborock robot vacuum on sale for over $200 off
       
SAVE $220: Let the Roborock S6 Pure robot vacuum and mop handle the rest of your spring cleaning. Instead, outsource your vacuuming and mopping to the Roborock S6 Pure robot vacuum and mop. This deal price brings the S6 Pure within $20 of the lowest price ever, according to price tracker camelcamelcamel. You can also create cleaning schedules, and choose from controlling your vacuum via the Roborock app, Siri, or Alexa. Finally finish your spring cleaning with help from the Roborock S6 Pure robot vacuum and mop — and buy one while it's $220 off.
Israeli firm gears up to employ computer vision for accurate ultrasound scans
       
A combination of digitised medical records, communication tools and medtech devices have allowed doctors to watch over patients from afar. Apps have also been launched to perform full medical checkups and monitor patients undergoing crucial procedures like dialysis, from a distance. With a vision that seeks to look closely at patients via tech tools, an Israeli firm has joined hands with a Chinese counterpart to use AI for introducing enhanced precision to ultrasound scans. Thanks to the product, 85% ultrasound technicians have reported a reduction in time taken for analysis, and 69% have also saved money. The Israeli company tied up with Shenzhen-based firm SonoScape to develop the medtech platform.
Dubai Opera to host one of a kind hologram event dedicated to Egyptian singer Abdel Halim Hafez
       
Music can set the mood right and music aficionados in Dubai will get to be a part of a musical evening dedicated to the late Egyptian singer Abdel Halim Hafez in a unique hologram event. For the very first time, Dubai will host its first hologram event at the Dubai Opera on May 13 and 14 celebrating Egyptian singer Abdel Halim Hafez. The Abdel Halim Hafez Hologram event will pay a remarkable tribute to the star and the impact he had on the region. It is with the help of NDP’s use of hologram technology and artificial intelligence, the audiences will be able to watch Abdel Halim Hafez on the stage. Founder and Executive Producer of NDP Hasan Hina shared, Abdel Halim Hafez is a global icon in classical music.
New Robo-Taxi Is Sleek And Slim Compared To Other 'Monstrosities'
       
But Chinese autonomous vehicle company Pony.ai is reimagining the roofline for its next generation of autonomous taxicabs. (Tesla CEO Elon Musk is notoriously anti-LiDAR and doesn't include the "unnecessary" sensors on his partially autonomous vehicles, instead relying on cameras and radar.) At a press reveal last week, the company showed what its future robo-taxis will look like starting in 2023. It's a new look compared to cars from companies like Waymo, which runs a driverless taxi service in the Phoenix, Arizona, area. Waymo and others, like Ford's Argo AI cars or Baidu's robo-taxis in China, are visible from far away because of the tall and bulky LiDAR system on the roofs.
New robo-taxi is sleek and slim compared to other 'monstrosities'
       
But Chinese autonomous vehicle company Pony.ai is reimagining the roofline for its next generation of autonomous taxicabs. (Tesla CEO Elon Musk is notoriously anti-LiDAR and doesn't include the "unnecessary" sensors on his partially autonomous vehicles, instead relying on cameras and radar.) At a press reveal last week, the company showed what its future robo-taxis will look like starting in 2023. It's a new look compared to cars from companies like Waymo, which runs a driverless taxi service in the Phoenix, Arizona, area. Waymo and others, like Ford's Argo AI cars or Baidu's robo-taxis in China, are visible from far away because of the tall and bulky LiDAR system on the roofs.
Suppressed Wages and Rural Decline Meet in Mellen, Wisconsin
       
On the outskirts of Mellen, Wisconsin, just across the Bad River, sits North Country Lumber — a sawmill yard full of neat, lego-brick buildings. ?“It’s the same old story,” says Jeff Delegan, a National Hardwood Lumber Association (NHLA)-certified wood grader and president of North Country Lumber. Microtec currently supplies AI wood grading technology to over two hundred companies, including U.S. giant Idaho Forest Group. For now, North Country Lumber has refrained from investing in the technology — electing to pass on an upgrade for the reasons Lopes cited. If and when the mill eventually upgrades to AI, Koosmann won’t be primarily grading wood any longer.
Samsung unveils first CXL-based DRAM, sets new standard
       
Samsung Electronics on Tuesday unveiled the industry’s first DRAM module which supports the new Compute Express Link (CXL) interconnect standard, a new technology that can enhance the performance of data centers or cloud servers.Samsung has integrated its double data rate 5 (DDR5) technology with the CXL-based module, enabling server systems to significantly scale memory capacity and bandwidth. The CXL is a new interface that can efficiently connect different types of devices that use artificial intelligence and deep learning applications and require high-performance computing.The need for CXL has been growing recently in the semiconductor industry due to the rise of heterogeneous computing, where multiple processors work in parallel to process massive volumes of data.CXL enables high-speed, low-latency communication between the host processor and devices such as accelerators, memory buffers and smart input/output devices, while expanding memory capacity and bandwidth well beyond what is possible today.Unlike conventional DDR-based memory, which has limited memory channels, Samsung’s CXL-enabled DDR5 module can scale memory capacity to the terabyte level, while dramatically reducing system latency caused by memory caching.In addition, Samsung has incorporated several controller and software technologies like memory mapping, interface converting and error management, which will allow central processing units or graphics processing units to recognize the CXL-based memory and utilize it as the main memory.“This is the industry’s first DRAM-based memory solution that runs on the CXL interface, which will play a critical role in serving data-intensive applications including AI and machine learning in data centers as well as cloud environments,” said Park Cheol-min, vice president of the memory product planning team at Samsung.“Samsung will continue to raise the bar with memory interface innovation and capacity scaling to help our customers, and the industry at-large, bet
Samsung unveils first CXL-based DRAM, sets new standard
       
BUSINESSThis photo provided by Samsung Electronics on Tuesday, shows the company's Double Data Rate 5 (DDR5) DRAM memory module supporting the Compute Express Link (CXL) interconnect standard. (Samsung Electronics)Samsung Electronics on Tuesday unveiled the industry’s first DRAM module which supports the new Compute Express Link (CXL) interconnect standard, a new technology that can enhance the performance of data centers or cloud servers.Samsung has integrated its double data rate 5 (DDR5) technology with the CXL-based module, enabling server systems to significantly scale memory capacity and bandwidth. The CXL is a new interface that can efficiently connect different types of devices that use artificial intelligence and deep learning applications and require high-performance computing.The need for CXL has been growing recently in the semiconductor industry due to the rise of heterogeneous computing, where multiple processors work in parallel to process massive volumes of data.CXL enables high-speed, low-latency communication between the host processor and devices such as accelerators, memory buffers and smart input/output devices, while expanding memory capacity and bandwidth well beyond what is possible today.Unlike conventional DDR-based memory, which has limited memory channels, Samsung’s CXL-enabled DDR5 module can scale memory capacity to the terabyte level, while dramatically reducing system latency caused by memory caching.In addition, Samsung has incorporated several controller and software technologies like memory mapping, interface converting and error management, which will allow central processing units or graphics processing units to recognize the CXL-based memory and utilize it as the main memory.“This is the industry’s first DRAM-based memory solution that runs on the CXL interface, which will play a critical role in serving data-intensive applications including AI and machine learning in data centers as well as cloud environments,” said Park Cheol-
It Began as an AI-Fueled Dungeon Game. It Got Much Darker
       
In December 2019, Utah startup Latitude launched a pioneering online game called AI Dungeon that demonstrated a new form of human-machine collaboration. The company used text-generation technology from artificial intelligence company OpenAI to create a choose-your-own adventure game inspired by Dungeons & Dragons. In marketing materials, OpenAI touted AI Dungeon as an example of the commercial and creative potential of writing algorithms. Then, last month, OpenAI says, it discovered AI Dungeon also showed a dark side to human-AI collaboration. Staff had previously banned players who they learned had used AI Dungeon to generate sexual content featuring children.
Actor sues TikTok for using her voice without permission
       
Voice actor Bev Standing has sued TikTok for using her voice for its text-to-speech function in the North American version of the app. The lawsuit revealed that the actor’s voice is being used in thousands of viral videos containing “foul and offensive language” causing “irreparable harm” to her reputation. The Canada-based actor told the BBC that she didn’t give consent for those recordings to be reused or resold to any other entity. Her lawyer Robert Sciglimpaglia commented: “The technology exists where anyone’s voice can be replicated through artificial intelligence.”“This is not an issue just about celebrities or voice actors, who of course will be hugely impacted because their livelihood is literally being taken away from them. Sciglimpaglia disclosed that the legal suit was filed in New York this month and neither TikTok nor Bytedance have responded to the filings so far.
Nearly half of companies are accelerating A.I. development, IBM says
       
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailNearly half of companies are accelerating A.I. development, IBM saysRob Thomas, senior vice president of IBM's Cloud and Data Platform, discusses the findings from IBM's Global AI Adoption Index 2021 and the shift toward AI technologies following the coronavirus pandemic.
Marketers Embrace AI for Content Creation and Creative Inspiration
       
When research group OpenAI first introduced what is arguably the most powerful text generator in the world last year, it immediately wowed the AI community with its ability to produce realistic copy. Trained on nearly 1 trillion words pulled from across the internet, the generator, known as GPT-3, is able to mimic the style of a piece of writing based on something as short as a single passage.
Spain adopts landmark law to protect ‘gig’ delivery workers
       
Spain has approved a pioneering law that gives delivery platforms a mid-August deadline to hire the workers currently freelancing for them and that requires transparency of artificial intelligence to manage workforces. Spain has approved a pioneering law that gives delivery platforms a mid-August deadline to hire the workers currently freelancing for them and that requires transparency of artificial intelligence to manage workforces. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)MADRID (AP) — Spain approved a pioneering law Tuesday that gives delivery platforms a mid-August deadline to hire the workers currently freelancing for them and that requires transparency of artificial intelligence used to manage workforces. The government’s move has angered digital businesses and some food delivery workers who took to the streets on Tuesday in different Spanish cities because they say that remaining self-employed benefits them. Labor Minister Yolanda Díaz said Spain was the first country to take legislation on the relationship between delivery platforms and their workforce this far.
Spain adopts landmark law to protect 'gig' delivery workers
       
MADRID (AP) — Spain approved a pioneering law Tuesday that gives delivery platforms a mid-August deadline to hire the workers currently freelancing for them and that requires transparency of artificial intelligence used to manage workforces. The new law approved by the center-left ruling coalition comes in the wake of a ruling by Spain's top court last year and at a time when other countries in Europe and elsewhere are deciding on a labor model for the so-called gig economy. The government's move has angered digital businesses and some food delivery workers who took to the streets on Tuesday in different Spanish cities because they say that remaining self-employed benefits them. Labor Minister Yolanda Díaz said Spain was the first country to take legislation on the relationship between delivery platforms and their workforce this far. “We are at the vanguard and the world is looking at us,” Díaz told reporters following a weekly Cabinet meeting.
Full interview with IBM CEO Arvind Krishna on new AI innovations, chip shortage, strategy and more
       
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailFull interview with IBM CEO Arvind Krishna on new AI innovations, chip shortage, strategy and moreIBM will announce advancements in artificial intelligence and quantum computing at its global annual conference called "Think." The technology is designed to help businesses push further into the 21st century. This follows IBM's recent unveiling of two nanometer chip technology at a time when there's a massive shortage of semiconductors. IBM CEO Arvind Krishna joined "Squawk Box" on Tuesday to discuss the innovations as well as the company's plans for growth, partnerships, cloud computing and more.
Alphabet's Google Plans to Double AI Ethics Staff
       
Alphabet's Google will double its AI-ethics staff to 200 researchers, Google Vice President of Engineering Marian Croak says. Alphabet’s (GOOGL) - Get Report Google plans to double the number of its staffers working on artificial-intelligence ethics in coming years, the company said. That would put the responsible-AI group at 200 researchers, Google Vice President of Engineering Marian Croak said at The Wall Street Journal's Future of Everything Festival, the paper reports. “Being responsible in the way that you develop and deploy AI technology is fundamental to the good of the business,” Ms. Croak said. To be sure, the AI ethics team has been beset by staff departures and research controversies.
Artificial Intelligence? You mean stupid bigoted discrimination machines. By design.
       
"19Machine learning has become widely used during the past decade, in part because more and more data have become available to train the machines. Data mining, a type of machine learning, is "the process of discovering interesting patterns from massive amounts of data. But smaller studies and anecdotal reports have documented unfair and biased decision-making by algorithms used in everything from criminal justice to education and health care. And so, it’s no surprise that they’re heavy users of machine learning and artificial intelligence. In 2015, Amazon realized that their algorithm used for hiring employees was found to be biased against women.
Pandemic Playbook: Predict. Prevent. Prepare. – CNBC Healthy Returns Summit with Mayo Clinic's John Halamka and Microsoft Health's Peter Lee
       
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailPandemic Playbook: Predict. – CNBC Healthy Returns Summit with Mayo Clinic's John Halamka and Microsoft Health's Peter LeeTwo leading visionaries in the fields of medicine and Artificial Intelligence for health – Mayo Clinic Platform President Dr. John Halamka and Microsoft Research and Incubations Corporate VP Peter Lee – explain how collaboration and data science can advance the prevention, diagnosis and treatment to some of the world's most difficult health challenges. They speak to Sharon Epperson at the Healthy Returns Summit on May 11.
Nonfungible token of historic human-AI Go battle up for auction
       
South Korean Go master Lee Se-dolA nonfungible token of the historic match between between South Korean Go master Lee Se-dol and Google’s artificial intelligence Go player AlphaGo has been auctioned off as a digital content on OpenSea, the world’s largest marketplace for NFTs, officials said May 10. A nonfungible token is a digital recreation of media contents such as videos and photos that is traded via the blockchain. Lee’s NFT symbolizes his fourth game against AlphaGo that took place on Mar. “(The NFT) symbolizes not only my game with AlphaGo but my entire 25-year career as a professional Go player. Lee’s NFT has been released in partnership with 22nd Century Media, the publisher of South Korean blockchain media outlet CoinDesk Korea.
[Market Close-up] Financial firms scurry to forge cross-industry partnerships for data-driven innovation
       
The competition was ignited by the government-led MyData project aimed at ushering in a new era of data-led innovation in the financial sector, starting in August. For banking and financial service firms already face increasing challenges posed by Big Tech companies boasting a wealth of data collected from their platform users, obtaining a wide-ranging dataset is crucial to survival. “The era has passed when financial firms can solve everything with their own capital, manpower and technology. To use the massive volumes of data, Shinhan Bank opted to find partners with a large number of customers. The three firms will work together for the AI business from the planning stage through to technology verification and operation.
AI may help detect 'occult' bone fractures that are invisible to humans
       
The study suggests that around 20 percent of scaphoid fractures — a break in one of the smallest bones of the wrist — cannot be seen in initial radiographs. The academics trained an AI model to detect the so-called “occult fractures” - potential fractures that cannot be identified by an X-ray. “In addition, this study found that the deep convolutional neural networks (DCNNs) could detect occult fractures that are not readily visible to physicians. The authors trained the DCNN to distinguish scaphoid fractures from scaphoids without fracture. X-ray images were passed through a detection model to crop around the scaphoid and were then used to train the DCNN model based on the EfficientNetB3 architecture to classify apparent and occult scaphoid fractures.
Streaming optimization startup iSize nabs $6.3 million in series A funding
       
The company already boasts Nvidia, AWS, and Microsoft Azure as licenseesLondon-based deep learning startup iSize has secured $6.3 million in Series A funding, with investors including former Google CFO Patrick Pichette. Our customers recognize both the commercial opportunity and their social responsibility to optimize their video delivery pipelines with our pioneering technology,” iSize founder Sergio Grce said. The real cost of binge-watchingiSize uses deep learning to maintain video streaming quality while reducing bitrate requirements, which the company says allows for a significant reduction in bandwidth and energy consumption. The startup referenced a recent white paper by InterDigital which found that video streaming already accounts for more than 1% of global greenhouse gas emissions. “The technology iSize has created is pioneering and is already being used by some of the world's largest companies to reduce the costs and energy used in streaming.
New system cleans messy data tables automatically
       
MIT researchers have created a new system that automatically cleans “dirty data” — the typos, duplicates, missing values, misspellings, and inconsistencies dreaded by data analysts, data engineers, and data scientists. According to surveys conducted by Anaconda and Figure Eight, data cleaning can take a quarter of a data scientist's time. PClean uses a knowledge-based approach to automate the data cleaning process: Users encode background knowledge about the database and what sorts of issues might appear. Lew adds, "As compared to machine-learning approaches to data cleaning, PClean might allow for finer-grained regulatory control. Agrawal says she hopes PClean will free up data scientists’ time, “to focus on the problems they care about instead of data cleaning.
IBM’s Project CodeNet wants to teach AI how to code
       
Find him on Twitter: @Gadget_RyIBM has announced Project CodeNet, a large dataset that aims to help teach AI how to understand and even write code. Project CodeNet was announced at IBM’s Think conference this week and claims to be the largest open-source dataset for code (approximately 10 times the size of the closest.) That example is sure to be the first of many in the years to come which have been greatly sped up, and improved, thanks to Project CodeNet. You can find the full Project CodeNet dataset on GitHub here. Attend the co-located 5G Expo, IoT Tech Expo, Blockchain Expo, AI & Big Data Expo, and Cyber Security & Cloud Expo World Series with upcoming events in Silicon Valley, London, and Amsterdam.
Edge AI chipset developer Sima.ai raises $80M
       
Sima.ai, a company developing embedded edge hardware for machine learning applications, today announced that it raised $80 million in a series B round led by Fidelity Management & Research Company. Its growth will coincide with that of the deep learning chipset market, which some analysts predict will reach $66.3 billion by 2025. There’s a reason for these rosy projections — edge computing is expected to make up roughly three-quarters of the total global AI chipset business in the next six years. After emerging from stealth in late 2019, Sima.ai unveiled what it calls its “machine learning system-on-chip” platform: an AI accelerator chipset designed with low power requirements and support for fast inferencing. Sima.ai is poised to disrupt this massive market with our differentiated machine learning technology and approach,” founder and CEO Krishna Rangasayee said in a press release.
Anvilogic raises $10M to scale no-code cyberattack detection platform
       
Cybersecurity detection automation company Anvilogic today announced a $10 million series A round led by Cervin Ventures. Anvilogic is a VC-funded cybersecurity startup based in Palo Alto, California and founded by former Splunk, Proofpoint, and Symantec data engineers. The platform provides a continuous maturity scoring model and AI-assisted use case recommendations based on industry trends, threat priorities, and data sources. Using Anvilogic, security teams can visualize suspicious activity patterns and synchronize content metadata for detection and alerting. Key areas of automationAs Kannan explained to VentureBeat via email, the Anvilogic platform has four key functionality focus areas.
IBM taps AI for new workflow automation and data migration tools
       
And an updated IBM Cloud Pak for Data ostensibly reduces the cost and complexity of curating data for AI and machine learning workloads. Watson Orchestrate follows acquisitions to expand IBM’s automation capabilities, including WDG Automation, Instana, MyInvenio, and Turbonomic, signaling the company’s ambitions in the enterprise automation space. Cloud Pak for DataIBM introduced Cloud Pak for Data three years ago as a way to help enterprises apply AI to data across hybrid cloud environments. It’s part of an intelligent data fabric that leverages AI to orchestrate data management tasks — discovering, understanding, accessing, and protecting data across environments. Meanwhile, AutoPrivacy — another data fabric component — automates the identification, monitoring, and enforcement of policies on sensitive data across organizations.
Verbit acquires transcription service provider VITAC
       
AI-powered transcription platform Verbit today announced it has acquired VITAC, the largest provider of captioning products and solutions in North America. Indeed, the enterprise is experiencing an uptick in voice technology adoption during the pandemic. Verbit says VITAC, which was founded in 1986, will enable it to offer a “deeper” portfolio of transcription solutions, including experts, AI-based tools, additional languages, and integrations with video cloud platforms. “We’re delighted to join the Verbit family and bolster their leading position in the transcription industry globally,” VITAC CEO Chris Crowell said in a statement. Verbit customers first upload audio or video files to a dashboard for AI-guided processing.
Mythic raises $70M to disrupt AI chips with analog and flash components
       
Mythic has raised $70 million to fund the analog-based AI processors it plans to launch later this year. The Mythic chip should fit into an area the size of a postage stamp, Henry said. But Mythic is shooting for a lower cost, lower power consumption, and 10-20 times the performance, Henry said. Image Credit: MythicMythic Analog Compute Engine (Mythic ACETM) aims to deliver revolutionary power, cost, and performance for AI innovation at the edge. The Mythic Analog Matrix Processor (Mythic AMPTM) makes it much easier and more affordable to deploy powerful AI solutions from the datacenter to the edge device.
Fraud prevention firm Arkose Labs raises $70M
       
Arkose Labs, a startup developing a platform to detect and mitigate online fraud, today announced that it raised $70 million in a funding round led by SoftBank Vision Fund 2. Fraud detection and prevention is a profitable market some estimate will be worth $43 billion by 2023. In March 2018, fraud detection startup Sift Science snagged $53 million, taking its total funding to $107 million. Not to be outdone, Mountain View-based DataVisor, which develops fraud detection software based on machine learning algorithms, nabbed $40 million that same year. Other online fraud detection companies that have raised big bucks include CashShield, Forter, Shift Technology, Featurespace, Pindrop, Simility, and RedMarlin.
Appian debuts new low-code features for enterprise
       
Software company Appian this morning unveiled the latest version of its low-code automation platform. The new release introduces AI-driven intelligent document processing (IDP) and developer collaboration features, as well as enhanced DevSecOps capabilities and what Appian calls “low-code data,” a code-free approach to unifying enterprise data. Low-code data headlines the enhancements launched today. “We were able to build our first Appian robotic process automation process in just four days, integrated with our people processes and Appian AI. The new Appian platform release also lets organizations build and change apps and automations faster than before.
One-third of organizations are using AI, IBM survey finds
       
IBM’s Global AI Adoption Index found that enterprise deployment of AI was flat compared with 2020 but that businesses plan “significant investments” in AI throughout the coming year. Indeed, a third of companies told IBM they plan to invest in AI skills and solutions over the next 12 months. Of the categories of AI organizations are adopting, natural language processing (NLP) is at the forefront. Barriers to adoptionAccording to IBM, even companies adopting or planning to adopt AI face challenges, like limited AI expertise and a lack of tools for developing AI models. “As organizations move to a post-pandemic world, data from IBM’s Global AI Adoption Index 2021 underscores a major uptick in AI investment,” IBM SVP Rob Thomas said in a press release.
Digital transformation will spur economic boom in 2021, CEOs tell Gartner
       
Some 60% of CEOs polled for Gartner’s 2021 CEO Survey said they anticipate a return to economic growth this year and in 2022. Technology is a particularly strategic concern for CEOs — digital capabilities were the only area where a majority of respondents said they planned to increase investment in 2021. Gartner found that more CEOs than ever are citing digital change and investment as a priority for their organizations. Drilling down to specific technological areas where CEOs expect to invest, respondents cited AI as the “most industry-impactful technology” over the coming years, Gartner said. The United States-China economic rivalry and trade relations between the countries was another area of concern for Gartner respondents.
Onestream: Data analysis, AI tools usage increased in 2021
       
Companies have significantly increased their data analysis tool investments and usage over the past year, the report found. Image Credit: Onestream SoftwareOneStream’s study targeted finance leaders across North America and identified the factors driving their priorities, budgets and technology adoption plans for 2021. The 2021 report found that finance executives have significantly increased their data analysis tool investments and usage. Many finance executives are evaluating their workforce, technology and supply chain needs for a post-pandemic reality. Read the full Onestream report Enterprise Financial Decision-Making Report 2021 — North America.
Redwood Software raises $379M for enterprise process automation
       
Redwood Software, a provider of cloud-based business and IT process automation solutions, today announced a €315 million (~$379.97 million) strategic investment from growth equity firm Turn River Capital. Intelligent process automation and robotic process automation (RPA) — technology that automates monotonous, repetitive chores traditionally performed by human workers — is big business. Forrester estimates that intelligent process automation and other AI subfields created jobs for 40% of companies in 2019 and that a tenth of startups now employ more digital workers than human ones. “Redwood’s business process automation platform is an innovation leader in the workload automation market, where we are still the only company to provide a true cloud-based automation solution purpose-built for enterprise customers. But the number of industries process automation touches continues to grow, with a Deloitte report predicting the technology will achieve “near universal adoption” within five years.
IBM’s CodeNet dataset aims to train AI to tackle programming challenges
       
At its Think conference this week, IBM introduced Project CodeNet, which the company claims is the largest open source dataset for benchmarking around AI for code. CodeNet focuses specifically on the problems of code translation, code similarity, and code constraints. The CodeNet datasetCodeNet contains samples designed to train AI to complete a range of programming tasks, including code search and clone detection. IBM says that this will enable researchers to program “intent equivalence” when translating one programming language into another. Perhaps one of the most impressive projects to date is TransCoder, an AI transcompiler Facebook researchers developed to convert code from one programming language into another.
Nuclear Reactions Have Started Again In The Chernobyl Reactor
       
PA ImagesScientists monitoring the Chernobyl nuclear power plant say that nuclear fission reactions are occurring again in the reactor hall’s remains, some 35 years after the core exploded. Sensors monitoring the masses of uranium fuel buried in the basement rooms of the reactor have detected rising levels of neutrons, signalling that the fission process used to create nuclear energy is occurring in one of the inaccessible rooms within the plant. Advert 10Although the levels are rising slowly, scientists are working to figure out the cause of the activity, and what action needs to be taken to prevent the risk of further radiation leaking out from the plant. Advert 10Since then, neutron counts have stabilised in most parts of the plant, but Science Magazine reports that in the room concerned levels have almost doubled in four years. Current levels of radiation mean it’s too dangerous for humans to go in to stabilise the FCMs causing the fission reaction, with one option being explored being to develop a robot capable of withstanding radiation to insert boron cylinders into the deposits.
Predicting volcanic eruptions with satellites, drones and AI
       
In this edition: From Guatemala to Iceland and Reunion Island, several volcanoes erupted last month, prompting us to ask what kind of technology is now helping scientists monitor and predict their activity. From satellites to drones but also artificial intelligence, volcanologists have a variety of high-tech tools at their disposal. AdvertisingIn April 2021, more than 20 volcanoes erupted across the world. From tilt monitoring and GPS to seismic sensors and artificial intelligence, our tech editor Peter O'Brien sifts through the most advanced material developed yet. It's a digital ally or a digital safe space, where anyone can fight the patriarchy.
Briefly Noted
       
The Souvenir Museum, by Elizabeth McCracken (Ecco). This incisive, warm-blooded collection of stories is populated by outsiders: expatriates and repatriates, Vikings, travelling ventriloquists. Nearly half the stories are linked, tracing a romance between Jack and Sadie, whom we first meet in Ireland, attending Jack’s sister’s wedding to a Dutchman. An eccentric Italian bibliophile, Giordano Vietri, is the driving force of this assured début novel. Examining the hidden costs of artificial intelligence, this study argues that such technology is neither artificial nor particularly intelligent.
Monthlong Gwangju Biennale enjoyed online and offline
       
An installation at the 13th Gwangju Biennale (Gwangju Biennale Foundation)The 13th Gwangju Biennale closed on Sunday after a 39-day run, attracting more than 270,000 visitors online and offline. Some 85,000 people visited Korea’s largest art biennale in person, according to the Gwangju Biennale Foundation. Entrance to the Gwangju Biennale Exhibition Hall (Gwangju Biennale Foundation)The biennale explored different kinds of intelligence, such as artificial intelligence, but also the spiritual power and indigenous cultures humankind have relied on throughout history. Making part of the Gwangju Biennale Exhibition Hall 1 open to the public free of charge was one of the significant changes introduced this year. The biennale took place across Gwangju, South Jeolla Province at the Gwangju Biennale Exhibition Hall, Gwangju National Museum, Gwangju Theater and Horanggasy Artpolygon.
S. Korea develops autonomous technology for UAVs
       
(Agency for Defense Development)A state-run defense development agency said Tuesday it has developed a new technology for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to autonomously steer clear of threats and dangers. The technology allows UAVs to automatically seek flight paths to avoid threats at close distances and decide the sequence to complete their tasks, according to the Agency for Defense Development. The agency said it will continue research to upgrade the technology to meet high-level capabilities required in actual battlefields with a goal of reaching a "fully autonomous" level. "The technology can effectively contribute to improving the survivability of military UAVs in future battlefields, and when applied to the private sector, it can be a base for developing a stable operating system for artificial intelligence-based robots and unmanned air transportation," an official said.
S. Korea develops autonomous technology for UAVs
       
NATIONAL(Agency for Defense Development)A state-run defense development agency said Tuesday it has developed a new technology for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to autonomously steer clear of threats and dangers.The technology allows UAVs to automatically seek flight paths to avoid threats at close distances and decide the sequence to complete their tasks, according to the Agency for Defense Development.The agency said it will continue research to upgrade the technology to meet high-level capabilities required in actual battlefields with a goal of reaching a "fully autonomous" level. "The technology can effectively contribute to improving the survivability of military UAVs in future battlefields, and when applied to the private sector, it can be a base for developing a stable operating system for artificial intelligence-based robots and unmanned air transportation," an official said.
Samsung develops CXL interface-based DRAM memory tech
       
BUSINESSThis photo provided by Samsung Electronics Co. on Tuesday, shows the company's Double Data Rate 5 (DDR5) DRAM memory module supporting the Compute Express Link (CXL) interconnect standard. (Samsung Electronics Co.)Samsung Electronics Co. said Tuesday it has developed a new DRAM memory technology based on the Compute Express Link (CXL) interconnect standard that can upgrade the performances of data centers.Samsung unveiled the industry's first Double Data Rate 5 (DDR5) DRAM memory module that supports the advanced CXL interface.CXL is an open industry-standard interconnect based on the PCI Express (PCIe) 5.0 interface that enables high-speed, low latency communication between the host processor and devices, such as accelerators, memory buffers and smart input/output devices.Unlike conventional DDR-based memory, which has limited memory channels, Samsung said its CXL-based DRAM module can expand its memory capacity to the terabyte level while reducing system latency.Such a memory module will be ideal to meet the demands of data-intensive applications, including artificial intelligence and high-performance computing (HPC) workloads in data centers, it added.Samsung said it applied an enterprise and data center solid state drive form factor (EDSFF), which is used for large capacity solid state drives, to expand the memory capacity of its CXL-based DRAM.The world's largest memory chip producer also incorporated several controller and software solutions like memory mapping, interface converting and error management, so that the computing system can recognize the CXL-based memory and utilize it as the main memory.Samsung has been collaborating with data center, server and chipset manufacturers to develop next-generation interface technology since the CXL consortium was formed in 2019.The South Korean tech giant said its new DRAM module has been successfully verified on next-generation server platforms from Intel Corp., and it plans to commercialize the product in t
Alibaba-backed AutoX celebrates 100 days of robotaxi service in Shenzhen
       
Launched in January, the fully driverless service won over a group of loyal users from the traditional ride-hailing market, AutoX said. Seeing is believingShenzhen, often called China’s Silicon Valley, is the country’s first and only city where fully driverless cars can operate on public roads. And this service also provides a great example for us to further polish the legislative framework for fully self-driving cars,” a Shenzhen official said. To mark the 100-day anniversary, Alibaba-backed AutoX released a two-hour video of its driverless RoboTaxi driving continuously. AutoX launched a robotaxi service in Shanghai last August and was given permission to test driverless vehicles without a safety driver in California a month prior.
Investments in European AI reached $5 billion in Q1
       
A total of 212 AI deals worth $5.05 billion were announced in the first three months of 2021. Around 11 private equity deals occurred in Q1, according to GlobalData, accounting for just 5.2 percent of the overall AI deal activity. In terms of value, however, European mergers and acquisitions related to AI totaled $3.37 billion, while venture financing and private equity deals totaled $1.56 billion and $116.07 million respectively. The combined value of those five deals totaled $3.82bn – accounting for a 75.7 percent share of the overall deal-making recorded during Q1 2021. Collectively, Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Facebook undertook 60 acquisitions in the AI technology space between 2016 and 2020, while Apple secured the most individually, with 25 acquisitions.
Deloitte: Women make up just 26 percent of AI workforce in the US
       
Survey finds 57 percent of women left their job due to discriminationWomen make up just 26 percent of the AI workforce in the US, with a gender divide apparent, suggests a study by Deloitte. The professional services firm interviewed 200 AI/ML experts for the Women in AI whitepaper, in which 68 percent of female respondents said sexual or gender-based stereotypes served as an obstacle in their professional careers. “Women should not need permission to perform their work in AI,” Dolby Laboratories chief scientist Dr. Poppy Crum said. “To be truly diverse you need to bring people into AI that think differently,” Kay Firth-Butterfield, head of AI and ML at the World Economic Forum, said. “Women’s perspectives can enable AI teams to develop more holistically valuable products that can bring a positive impact to a wider audience of users,” Beena Ammanath, Deloitte AI Institute’s executive director, noted.
Starship Technologies' robots to deliver Costa Coffee in Milton Keynes, UK
       
Following deals with grocery chains Tesco and Co-opSmall robots are driving around a small English town, full of coffee. Starship Technologies has begun to deliver food and drinks from Costa Coffee in Milton Keynes as part of its ongoing trial of robotic home deliveries. Due to this advantage, Milton Keynes has become a hotspot for British autonomous development, including the UK government's Transport Systems Catapult initiative, and the UK Autodrive project. In 2018, Silicon Valley-based Starship chose the town for the first UK deployment of its fledgling robotic delivery service. This January, Starship said it had completed one million deliveries across Milton Keynes, Washington DC's Broad Branch Market, and several US university campuses.
Military experts fear the Pentagon’s been sucked into the AI hype machine
       
A pair of military experts recently penned an article with a simple warning to the Pentagon: winter is coming. In this case, said winter is an artificial intelligence winter, and said AI winter is an artificial AI winter. This is known as an ‘AI winter.’Background: The big idea here is that the Pentagon’s always invested in military technology research and development. These experts aren’t asking the government to stop, they’re warning the government against treating AI like any other technology. An over-correction like that could indeed cause an AI winter for the US while everyone else enjoys what the authors refer to as an AI spring.
Could quantum neural networking lead to human immortality?
       
That’s why any research that pushes the boundaries of what we can observe, test, and replicate when it comes to the wacky world of quantum mechanics is exciting. An international team of researchers recently published work demonstrating quantum entanglement at an unprecedented macro-scale. Scientists believe it functions much like the kind of neural networks AI developers use to imitate art or create DeepFakes. Or what if we could use quantum entanglement to mesh our minds with someone else’s brains, like a Vuclan mind meld? Scientists believe a feature of quantum mechanics called decoherence would present a massive roadblock towards maintaining a consciousness in the quantum realm.
Black and Queer AI Groups Say They'll Spurn Google Funding
       
Three groups focused on increasing diversity in artificial intelligence say they will no longer take funding from Google. In a joint statement released Monday, Black in AI, Queer in AI, and Widening NLP said they acted to protest Google’s treatment of its former ethical AI team leaders Timnit Gebru and Margaret Mitchell, as well as former recruiter April Christina Curley, a Black queer woman. In March, organizers of the Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency (FAccT) conference turned down Google funding, and researcher Luke Stark turned down $60,000 in Google funding. Queer in AI organizer Luca Soldaini told WIRED the organization received $20,000 from Google in the past year; Widening NLP received $15,000 from Google. Queer in AI has also objected to Google Scholar’s approach to trans and nonbinary authors who want to update publications after changing their names, Soldaini said.
The Pentagon Inches Toward Letting AI Control Weapons
       
Last August, several dozen military drones and tanklike robots took to the skies and roads 40 miles south of Seattle. So many robots were involved in the operation that no human operator could keep a close eye on all of them. The demonstrations also reflect a subtle shift in the Pentagon’s thinking about autonomous weapons, as it becomes clearer that machines can outperform humans at parsing complex situations or operating at high speed. Other comments from military commanders suggest interest in giving autonomous weapons systems more agency. The US and other nations have used autonomy in weapons systems for decades.
Why investors need to get in on these tech trends before the IPO
       
“The pandemic dramatically accelerated existing market trends, causing an increased interest in technology and innovation,” says Mike Collins, CEO of Alumni Ventures. That’s changing as more individual accredited investors are looking to diversify into venture and finding some disruptive providers, like Alumni Ventures, ready to serve them. Twenty years ago, companies would go public at a $500 million valuation; now they might IPO at a valuation between $25 to $50 billion. Many investors are looking to get in early, and the roster of startups in the space grows at a steady clip. Entrepreneurial ecosystems are developing and growing around the world, boosted by access to cheaper tech, remote talent, and international capital infusion.
Expert.ai adds emotion, style detection tools to natural language API
       
Still, AI products that use natural language engines to analyze text have a long way to go to capture more than a fraction of the nuance humans use to communicate with each other. Expert.ai hopes the addition of new emotion- and behavior-measuring extensions and a new style-detecting toolkit for its natural language API will provide AI developers with more humanlike language analysis capabilities. The company this week announced new advanced features for its cloud-based natural language API designed to help AI developers “[extract] emotions in large-scale texts and [identify] stylometric data driving a complete fingerprint of content,” Expert.ai said in a statement. Based in Modena, Italy and with U.S. headquarters in Rockville, Maryland, Expert.ai changed its name from Expert System in 2020. With the new extensions, the Expert.ai natural language API now captures a range of 117 different traits in analyzed language, the company said.
Elon Musk, billionaire comedian for a night
       
But is Elon Musk a comedian? The 50-year-old uber-entrepreneur, with a net worth over $160 billion, took his turn at hosting Saturday Night Live. In his day job, Musk serves as CEO of electric vehicle maker Tesla and SpaceX, and leads other ventures in artificial intelligence, solar power and subterranean vehicle transport. The Silicon Valley-based electric vehicle maker has been hitting record production and sales numbers. But like comedy, the electric vehicle market is a competitive business.
ByteDance hires thousands in bid to challenge e-commerce king Alibaba
       
The 38-year-old AI coding genius, searching for ByteDance’s next big act, has set his sights on China’s $1.7 trillion e-commerce arena. His startup is already starting to make waves in an industry long controlled by Jack Ma’s Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. and JD.com Inc. “Douyin is not only in ads, but also livestreaming, e-commerce, local life services and search. ByteDance is counting on its AI-driven, interest-based recommendations to help its e-commerce business catch up. The firm projects that e-commerce may surpass gaming to become the biggest contributor to ad sales.
As the world grays, Japan’s aging market showcases high-tech senior care
       
AI Medical Service, however, is making AI that can be used with any endoscope worldwide. AI Medical Service CEO Tomohiro Tada is making AI that can be used with any endoscope worldwide. In March, an AI Medical Service experiment with SoftBank Corp. found that 5G transfers of video endoscopies are clearer than that of 4G, which would allow doctors to make diagnoses remotely. Some 800,000 individuals in Japan are using the business-to-consumer app to check their symptoms and find out about appropriate care options. “With more senior patients in Japan, all products should be universal — readily available and usable for patients of any age,” Shimazu says.
ByteDance Hires Thousands to Challenge E-Commerce King Alibaba
       
The 38-year-old AI coding genius, searching for ByteDance’s next big act, has set his sights on China’s $1.7 trillion e-commerce arena. “Douyin is not only in ads, but also live-streaming, e-commerce, local life services and search. While ByteDance won’t handle sales or merchandise itself, it hopes to sell more ads to merchants, boost traffic and take a cut of business. ByteDance is counting on its artificial intelligence-driven, interest-based recommendations to help its e-commerce business catch up. Read more: Leaked ByteDance Memo Shows Blockbuster Revenue ProjectionsByteDance’s ambitions aren’t limited to Alibaba.
S. Korea seeks to develop advanced robot for ground surveillance
       
Shown here is the outline of the Defense Acquisition Administration's plan to develop a ground surveillance robot that was issued on Monday. (Yonhap)South Korea is seeking to develop an advanced robot to conduct surveillance missions in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and other risky regions, the arms procurement agency said Monday. The Defense Acquisition Administration (DAPA) began receiving applications from companies and research institutes for advanced technologies and ideas to build a small surveillance robot, agency officials said. "After receiving applications until the end of next month, we will draw up detailed plans," an official said. "We will continue to seek ways to make the most of advanced technologies for defense projects."
Huawei and NUST collaborate to develop AI-enabled talent in Pakistan
       
A memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed between Huawei Pakistan and the National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) to collaborate in the development of talent within Pakistan’s artificial intelligence (AI) sector. The memorandum reaffirms an existing five-year healthy relationship between both entities, said the statement issued by the Chinese manufacturer. The latest collaboration explores the possibilities to integrate Huawei’s AI HCIA/HCIP course contents into AI-related courses offered by the university, and consequently, boost ICT talent in Pakistan. Javed Mahmood Bukhari, HI (M), Pro-Rector for Research, Innovation & Commercialization, Air Vice Marshal Dr. Rizwan Riaz SI(M), Huawei Middle East Vice President, Mr. Spacelee, Huawei Pakistan Deputy CEO, Mr. Wuhan, Vice President of Huawei EBG Service, Mr. Kyle Zhang, along with other respective members from both organizations. “Huawei will share its best practices and knowledge with NUST, providing AI knowledge transfer so that NUST students have the opportunity to connect with the industry at an early stage.
Pictures from outer space reveal the extent of illegal gold mining in Peru
       
NASA is backing the use of machine learning-enhanced satellite technology to capture the subtle movements of illegal gold mining in climate-sensitive areas of the world. The Peruvian military bombed illegal mining equipment, patrolled protected zones and arrested illegal gold miners. Researchers can now pick up small shifts in the colour and reflectance of mining ponds, location of mining equipment and size of rock piles to reveal illegal mining activity. Under pandemic conditions, Fernandez expects illegal gold mining is on the rise. Illegal gold mining provides a temporary income for day labourers, but ultimately, “it’s a poverty trap for people at the low end of the enterprise,” says Fernandez.
U.S. Senate committee revised a draft bill to fund AI, quantum, biotech
       
Learn how open clouds reduce latencies to client device, improve customer and device (IoT) interactions and speed up innovations from the edge to the data center. The revised draft bill by Senate Commerce Committee Chair Maria Cantwell and the committee’s top Republican Roger Wicker is set to be debated by the committee on Wednesday. The bipartisan “Endless Frontier” bill would authorize most of the money, $95 billion, over five years to invest in basic and advanced research, commercialization, and education and training programs in key technology areas, including artificial intelligence, semiconductors, quantum computing, advanced communications, biotechnology and advanced energy. The revised version also would create a new Senate-confirmed chief manufacturing officer who would serve in the executive office of the president and would head a new Office of Manufacturing and Industrial Innovation Policy. The program is a government and company-led effort to build up industrial competitiveness, cut energy use, and strengthen U.S. national security.
AI is turning us into de facto cyborgs
       
While this debate is underway, at present it focuses primarily on data privacy and how bias can negatively impact different social groups. Likely the same could be said for any information technology where content flows our way without us having to work to learn or discover on our own. Tristan Green argues that humans are already cyborgs, human-machine hybrids that are heavily dependent on information flowing from the Internet. The AI revolution could be differentI’ve read many analyses from AI pundits arguing that AI will be no different from other technology innovations, such as the transition from the horse economy to the automobile. All of which begs the question, do we control AI technology or are we already being controlled by the technology?
Naver to expand its R&D network in North America
       
Naver plans to expand its research and development network in the North American region, particularly focusing on Silicon Valley, as part of its globalization efforts, according to officials.The research team is seeking talent from across the globe who will be allowed to work in either Korea or the US, the South Korean internet giant said at 2021 Naver Search Colloquium which took place online on Friday.Kim Jin-young, the newly appointed Head of Data Science and Director of US R&D at Naver Search CIC, said he plans to improve Naver’s search and recommendation services by applying the latest research cases in data science.Making his first public appearance, Kim previously worked at Microsoft and Snap where he was in charging of assessing search and recommendation systems and user modeling.“As Naver seeks to solidify itself as a global service, we hope to work with talented people at home and abroad,” Kim said at the event.Kang In-ho, an executive officer at Naver Search CIC, said the use of AI search tools increased 24 percent last month compared to January thanks to “constant improvements on usability.”“After improving the meaning-based understanding of other languages apart from Korean and experiencing a performance improvement, we believe that Naver’s technology and know-how will be appealing enough to the global market,” Kang said.Naver also said its global artificial intelligence research belt, which was launched in 2019, has continued cooperation with researchers around the world, with plans to expand its four-way technology research network between South Korea, Japan, France and Vietnam.A total of 24 AI technology-related presentations took place during the event in the six categories including Vision, Language AI, Learning to Rank, User Modeling, E-commerce and Platform.Naver Search Colloquium is an annual academic event launched to share the works of Naver’s research team. Though it took place under the name AI Colloquium for the last three years, this year’
Naver to expand its R&D network in North America
       
BUSINESS(Naver)Naver plans to expand its research and development network in the North American region, particularly focusing on Silicon Valley, as part of its globalization efforts, according to officials.The research team is seeking talent from across the globe who will be allowed to work in either Korea or the US, the South Korean internet giant said at 2021 Naver Search Colloquium which took place online on Friday.Kim Jin-young, the newly appointed Head of Data Science and Director of US R&D at Naver Search CIC, said he plans to improve Naver’s search and recommendation services by applying the latest research cases in data science.Making his first public appearance, Kim previously worked at Microsoft and Snap where he was in charging of assessing search and recommendation systems and user modeling.“As Naver seeks to solidify itself as a global service, we hope to work with talented people at home and abroad,” Kim said at the event.Kang In-ho, an executive officer at Naver Search CIC, said the use of AI search tools increased 24 percent last month compared to January thanks to “constant improvements on usability.”“After improving the meaning-based understanding of other languages apart from Korean and experiencing a performance improvement, we believe that Naver’s technology and know-how will be appealing enough to the global market,” Kang said.Naver also said its global artificial intelligence research belt, which was launched in 2019, has continued cooperation with researchers around the world, with plans to expand its four-way technology research network between South Korea, Japan, France and Vietnam.A total of 24 AI technology-related presentations took place during the event in the six categories including Vision, Language AI, Learning to Rank, User Modeling, E-commerce and Platform.Naver Search Colloquium is an annual academic event launched to share the works of Naver’s research team. Though it took place under the name AI Colloquium for the last three ye
9 verbluffende beelden van het leven in de diepzee, vastgelegd door een waterrobot
       
Tijdens een onlangs voltooide 18-daagse expeditie in het beschermde Ashmore Reef Marine Park (voor de kust van Australië) hebben wetenschappers aan boord van een onderzoeksschip van het Schmidt Ocean Institute een onderwaterrobot gedropt in de slecht belichte diepte. Op een diepte van 50-150 meter (165 tot 500 voet), heeft de robot onwereldse koralen, zeeslangen en een variëteit aan zeedieren waargenomen, zoals te zien is op de acht afbeeldingen hieronder. Het Schmidt Ocean Institute, een non-profit organisatie voor oceaanonderzoek, noemde de reis de "Australische Mesofotische Koraal Expeditie". "Na koralen bestudeerd te hebben van het Great Barrier Reef tot Antarctica, is het verleidelijk om te denken dat ik alles al gezien heb," schreef de hoofdwetenschapper van de expeditie, Karen Miller van het Australian Institute of Marine Science, in een blogbericht. Een levendige waaierkoraalEen soort benthische ctenophoor op de zeebodem Image: Schmidt Ocean InstituteEen zwemmende zeeslang door het Ashmore rif Image: schmidt ocean instituteEen helder koraal Image: schmidt ocean instituteEen paarse zeester op de zeebodem Image: schmidt ocean instituteEen koraalsoort (Cupressopathes) op de zeebodem Image: Schmidt Ocean instituteEen nautilus zwemt langs de onderwaterboot van de expeditie Image: schmidt ocean institute
Smart home security upgraded with window and curtain sensors will protect Israeli homes
       
Smart home security upgraded with window and curtain sensors will protect Israeli homesWith tech hubs evolving across the Middle East, an ecosystem of smart urban spaces powered by AI and online services is taking shape in the region. Among firms introducing innovative safety mechanisms, Israel-based Essence has upgraded its offering with HD video surveillance and a platform to customise the experience. Users can stay updated about their home's security through a smartphone app, which can also be used to customise operations. Launch of this lineup in Israel coincides with the introduction of Bosch's security cameras in UAE, with AI which can function like the human mind to predict threats. Digging deeper into security needs for smart homes, a firm has unveiled AI cameras which can provide a 360 degree security coverage inside Saudi residences.
American firm acquires Israeli AI that lets farmers monitor every leaf in their fields
       
American firm acquires Israeli AI that lets farmers monitor every leaf in their fieldsThe human race has been growing crops to meet nutrition demands for ages, and the process has been improved with constant innovation including ways for efficient use of water. Although farmers are extremely careful about the health of their produce, sometimes the human eye can miss out on tiny defects and risks that may affect crops. By adopting a leaf-by-leaf approach to monitor crops, the smart platform goes to the root of problems using sensors and cameras. The Emirates is using drones to plant trees, and to keep an eye on soil quality as well as water levels in crops. The region has also used drones against locust infestations and seeks to stay a step ahead with smart tools to flag risks of a drought.
I'm A Dyson Stan, But The Roborock S7 Vacuum Mop Made Life *Really* Easy
       
But Roborock's latest stab at automated dry and wet cleaning, the Roborock S7, can be trusted to do both jobs without getting itself into trouble. Is the Roborock S7 worth it? The Roborock S7 can't replace that control, but if you need a robot vacuum that you can trust to do *almost* as good of a job as you, the S7 is a satisfying contender. If your robot vacuum search is fueled by a hatred of expending elbow grease, you'll need a robot vacuum that won't require your assistance every few minutes. The Roborock S7 is that, too.
What a Crossword AI Reveals About Humans' Way With Words
       
At last week’s American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, held as a virtual event with more than 1,000 participants, one impressive competitor made news. For some observers, this may have seemed like just another area of human endeavor where AI now has the upper hand. Fill pulled off this feat reveals much more than merely the latest battle between humans and computers. To solve a puzzle, the program refers to clues and answers it has already “seen.” Like humans, Dr. The word “imposing” had never appeared in previous clues for the word, but other synonymous words like “impressive” had, allowing Dr.
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The week’s must-reads for managing in the digital age, curated by the MIT SMR editors. Research Updates From MIT SMR Get weekly updates on how global companies are managing in a changing world. This article explores the six main forms of power — which can overlap: coercive, reward, legitimate, referent, expert, and informational power. What Else We’re Reading This WeekDramatic changes within the life sciences industry present unique opportunities to use AI (Source: MIT SMR )) Will COVID-19 push science to finally address how poverty and discrimination drive disease? (Source: Nature )) Six questions to determine whether your workplace’s return-to-office plans are actually safe (Source: The Atlantic )Quote of the Week:
IBM Unveils 2-Nanometer Chip - Faster Performance, Less Energy
       
IBM develops a 2-nanometer chip, providing faster performance and using less energy. IBM (IBM) - Get Report said on Friday it has developed a microchip with 2-nanometer transistors, a move that could lead to better-performing phones and computers. The 2-nanometer chip is based on IBM’s nanosheet technology and will hold up to 50 billion transistors on a chip “the size of a fingernail,” the Armonk, N.Y., technology company added. Palantir Soars on Artificial Intelligence Partnership With IBM“The chip will have 45% higher performance and use 75% less energy than today’s 7-nanometer node chips,” IBM said. IBM Climbs on Earnings Beat as Cloud Revenue IncreasesThe 2-nanometer chips are set to go into production starting in late 2024 or 2025, CNN reports.
Torch.AI plans to add 500 new jobs in Kansas City area
       
LEAWOOD, Kan. (AP) — An artificial intelligence company based in the Kansas City suburb of Leawood, Kansas, plans to add nearly 500 new high-paying jobs to the region over the next five years. Torch.AI’s expansion was announced Friday. The company provides high-speed processing of large amounts of data. Torch.AI says it will add more than 100 new jobs in 2021, with an average annual salary of more than $100,000. The company’s founder and CEO, Brian Weaver, said in a statement that the expansion agreement “represents our commitment to harness the wealth of experience and skillsets in the Kansas City region and develop new talent to expand our capabilities and customer impact.”
Tesla admits to California DMV that Elon Musk has been exaggerating about 'full self-driving' cars
       
Tesla privately admitted to a California regulator that CEO Elon Musk has been exaggerating plans to have fully-autonomous self-driving cars on the road by 2022. That call came five months after Musk told an AI conference in Shanghai that he was 'confident' of producing a fully self-driving car by the end of 2020. 'Tesla is at Level 2 currently,' Acosta continued: 'Tesla indicated that Elon is extrapolating on the rates of improvement when speaking about L5 capabilities. Tesla's executives have admitted to the California DMV that Elon Musk is exaggerating about all of the company's cars to have full self-driving technology. Musk has disputed the claim no-one was in the car's driving seat, claiming deformation to its steering wheel proves otherwise.
Longevity startup Gero AI has a mobile API for quantifying health changes
       
Sensor data from smartphones and wearables can meaningfully predict an individual's 'biological age' and resilience to stress, according to Gero AI. Gero's AI has been trained on large amounts of biological data to spots patterns that can be linked to morbidity risk. Another paper, due to be published in the journal Nature Communications later this month, will go into detail on its device-derived measurement of biological resilience. But if you are going to condense human health to one number then, for a lot of people, the biological age is the best number. For example fasting has been shown in some studies to help combat biological ageing.
Tesla admits to California DMV that Elon Musk has been exaggerating about 'full self-driving' cars
       
Tesla privately admitted to a California regulator that CEO Elon Musk has been exaggerating plans to have fully-autonomous self-driving cars on the road by 2022. That call came five months after Musk told an AI conference in Shanghai that he was 'confident' of producing a fully self-driving car by the end of 2020. 'Tesla is at Level 2 currently,' Acosta continued: 'Tesla indicated that Elon is extrapolating on the rates of improvement when speaking about L5 capabilities. Tesla's executives have admitted to the California DMV that Elon Musk is exaggerating about all of the company's cars to have full self-driving technology. Musk has disputed the claim no-one was in the car's driving seat, claiming deformation to its steering wheel proves otherwise.
Transformers star Tyrese Gibson is selling his lavish Woodland Hills home for $3.5M with Bumblebee
       
AdvertisementHe has appeared in at least two mega-blockbuster Hollywood film franchises, and is looking to cash in on the Southern California property he calls home. Actor and singer Tyrese Gibson has listed his mansion in the Woodland Hills area just outside of Los Angeles, California for $3.5 million, TMZ reports. Robot by the pool: Tyrese Gibson has listed his mansion in the Woodland Hills area just outside of Los Angeles, California for $3.5 millionThe property is a lavish five-bedroom home, boasting 5,225 square feet and airy 26-foot ceilings. Bumblebee was a fan favorite from the first Transformers film in 2007, which featured Tyrese. Bumblebee himself went on to be the star of a much better standalone spin-off movie from 2018, costarring Hailee Steinfeld.
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Photonic AI chip developer Lightmatter raises $80m
       
MIT spin-off uses light to run inference workloadsA chip startup that uses light for processing instead of electricity has raised $80m in a Series B.Photonic chip develoer Lightmatter was spun out of work its founders started at MIT, launching in 2017 and quickly raising $11m in a round led by Baidu Ventures. Lightmatter also added Dropbox's former COO, Olivia Nottebohm, to its board of directors. Instead of using electrons for processing like traditional semiconductors, Envise splits and mixes beams of light to run artificial intelligence workloads. What Lightmatter has managed to do is fit a bunch of nanometer-scale Mach-Zehnder interferometers onto a chip, each of which splits light into two different beams. For now, Envise is targeted at inference tasks, where the chip runs pre-trained algorithms, instead of the more compute-intensive training workloads that require better accuracy.
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US government launches AI.gov website to promote tech and inform stakeholders
       
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Harnessing the power of machine learning with MLOps
       
MLOps, a compound of “machine learning” and “information technology operations,” is a newer discipline involving collaboration between data scientists and IT professionals with the aim of productizing machine learning algorithms. MLOps essentially aims to capture and expand on previous operational practices while extending these practices to manage the unique challenges of machine learning. MLOps, which was born at the intersection of DevOps, data engineering, and machine learning, is similar to DevOps but differs in execution. Another company embracing MLOps, software startup GreenStream, incorporates code dependency management and machine learning model testing into its development workflows. When formulating an MLOps strategy, it helps to begin by framing machine learning objectives from business growth objectives.
AI Weekly: Qualcomm’s AI research and development efforts
       
One of the world’s largest machine learning conferences, it accepted 860 research papers from thousands of participants this year, up from 687 papers in 2020. He heads up Qualcomm’s AI Research division, which focuses on advancing AI to bring its core capabilities — including perception, reasoning, and action — to Qualcomm’s portfolio of hardware products. “We believe that the intersection of machine learning and combinatorial optimization will produce profound interest in the machine learning research community, as well as toward industrial impact,” Hou told VentureBeat. “The mission of Qualcomm AI Research is to make AI ubiquitous,” Hou said. “Qualcomm AI Research is taking a holistic approach to model efficiency research via research efforts in quantization, compression, NAS, and compilation … By creating these projects and making it easy for developers to use them, we are empowering the ecosystem to run complex AI workloads efficiently.
Gartner says composable data and analytics key to digital transformation
       
Composable data and analytics initiatives might uncover new ways of packaging data as part of a service or product. Providing the foundation for composable data and analytics is the data fabric, which allows easy access and sharing across distributed data environments. Research showed that 72% of data and analytics leaders are leading, or are heavily involved, in their organizations’ digital transformation efforts. But the technology is seeing major growth due to graph data improvements in popular BI and analytics tools. Data and analytics at the edge: The Internet of Things (IoT) allows enterprises to work with data at the edge.
KT to form AI lab with IBM Korea and Woori Bank
       
This undated image, provided by KT Corp., shows its logo. (KT Corp.)KT Corp., a South Korean telecom giant, said Thursday it has formed business ties with IBM Korea and local major banking firm Woori Bank to develop artificial intelligence (AI) technology for financial services. The move aims to boost Woori Bank's efforts to integrate more digital and AI technology into its services. The agreement came as KT expands into new online business services from its traditional telecom-focused services. In March, KT CEO Ku Hyeon-mo vowed to increase sales from its digital platform services to account for half of the company's total by 2025.
KT to form AI lab with IBM Korea and Woori Bank
       
BUSINESSThis undated image, provided by KT Corp., shows its logo. (KT Corp.)KT Corp., a South Korean telecom giant, said Thursday it has formed business ties with IBM Korea and local major banking firm Woori Bank to develop artificial intelligence (AI) technology for financial services.The three will establish an AI lab to develop new services, such as an AI-based language model specifically designed for the financial sector and an asset management system that uses AI technology to make quick and accurate market predictions, according to a statement from the telecom operator.The move aims to boost Woori Bank's efforts to integrate more digital and AI technology into its services.The agreement came as KT expands into new online business services from its traditional telecom-focused services.In March, KT CEO Ku Hyeon-mo vowed to increase sales from its digital platform services to account for half of the company's total by 2025.
Samsung's foundry biz upgrades chip packaging technology
       
Amid the heightening competition in the global chip foundry market, Samsung Electronics unveiled a new packaging technology Thursday that would help differentiate its foundry service.Samsung said it has completed the development of the next-generation 2.5D packaging technology named Interposer-Cube4, or I-Cube4, which is immediately available for customers.Samsung’s I-Cube is a heterogeneous integration technology that horizontally places one or more logic dies, such as a CPU or GPU, and several high bandwidth memory dies on top of a silicon interposer, meaning that multiple dies operate as a single chip in one package.In 2018, the company had announced its first I-Cube technology that integrated one logic die with two HBM dies, which was applied to Chinese portal giant Baidu’s artificial intelligence chip Kunlun in 2019.Samsung’s new I-Cube4, which incorporates four HBMs and one logic die, was designed to help raise the speed of data transmission and power efficiency in the fields of high-performance computing, AI, 5G, cloud and large data center application, according the company.In general, the silicon interposer area proportionally increases to accommodate more logic dies and HBMs. Since the silicon interposer in the I-Cube is thinner than paper (around 100 micrometers thick), the chances of it bending or warping a larger interposer becomes higher, which negatively impacts product quality.Samsung studied how to control interposer warpage and thermal expansion by making changes to the material and thickness, and succeeded in commercializing the I-Cube4 solution.The chipmaker has developed its own mold-free structure for I-Cube4 to efficiently remove heat and enhanced its yield by conducting a pre-screening test that can filter out defective products during the fabrication process.This method provides additional benefits such as a reduction in the number of process steps, which reduce costs and turnaround time, Samsung said.Since the launch of I-Cube2 in 2018 and
Learn ASL with this AI fingerspelling game — Future Blink
       
The American Society for Deaf Children launched a game that can analyze your hand shapes via machine learning to help you learn American Sign Language.
Israeli startup uses AI vision to outdo Google and Samsung's imaging capabilities
       
Israeli startup uses AI vision to outdo Google and Samsung's imaging capabilitiesThe rise of smart surveillance in public security and the increasing use of biometrics for unlocking access to services, has pushed up the importance of high quality visual data. Imaging tech is not just being used for collecting memories or capturing high quality pictures for social media, and this makes constant innovation a necessity. The company is even eyeing opportunities to fortify national security infrastructures, with its watchful AI vision. AI can identify and filter out interruptions including sudden movements, which may affect signals being collected by a camera's sensors. To cater to the demands among millennials and a rising tribe of content creators, smartphone brands have started integrating computer vision into cameras for smarter focus.
Dubai police upgrades futuristic crime fighting arsenal with brain fingerprint scanners
       
Researchers in Israel have also taken a fresh approach to strengthen psychiatric treatment, by deciphering memories through reactions to specific images. Authorities in Dubai have been proactive in adding modern tech including AI and facial recognition to their crime fighting toolkit, and they have also ventured deep into the human brain for solving cases. The wearable device will detect minor but crucial changes in a person's brain activity whenever investigators show them images meant to invoke memories of the crime. If the suspect has seen any of these before, the brain throws out a distinct electric signal called P300. Dubai police have claimed that the system can catch culprits via memories of the crime emerging through their brainwaves like a fingerprint, with 99% accuracy.
Samsung’s foundry biz enhances chip packaging tech
       
BUSINESSSamsung’s foundry biz enhances chip packaging techBy Song Su-hyunAmid the heightening competition in the global chip foundry market, Samsung Electronics unveiled a new packaging technology Thursday that would help differentiate its foundry service.Samsung said it has completed the development of the next-generation 2.5D packaging technology named Interposer-Cube4, or I-Cube4, which is immediately available for customers.Samsung’s I-Cube is a heterogeneous integration technology that horizontally places one or more logic dies, such as a CPU or GPU, and several high bandwidth memory dies on top of a silicon interposer, meaning that multiple dies operate as a single chip in one package.In 2018, the company had announced its first I-Cube technology that integrated one logic die with two HBM dies, which was applied to Chinese portal giant Baidu’s artificial intelligence chip Kunlun in 2019.Samsung’s new I-Cube4, which incorporates four HBMs and one logic die, was designed to help raise the speed of data transmission and power efficiency in the fields of high-performance computing, AI, 5G, cloud and large data center application, according the company.In general, the silicon interposer area proportionally increases to accommodate more logic dies and HBMs. Since the silicon interposer in the I-Cube is thinner than paper (around 100 micrometers thick), the chances of it bending or warping a larger interposer becomes higher, which negatively impacts product quality.Samsung studied how to control interposer warpage and thermal expansion by making changes to the material and thickness, and succeeded in commercializing the I-Cube4 solution.The chipmaker has developed its own mold-free structure for I-Cube4 to efficiently remove heat and enhanced its yield by conducting a pre-screening test that can filter out defective products during the fabrication process.This method provides additional benefits such as a reduction in the number of process steps, which reduce costs a
Rise of robot artists challenges what it means to be human
       
For 20 years, Aidan Meller welcomed artists into his London and Oxford galleries to show him their work. Frustrated, he eventually stopped trying to discover the next great artist and instead decided to create his own. The result was Ai-Da, a robot that Meller described as “the first ultra-realistic humanoid AI artist." Like any other successful artist, Ai Da spends most of her days "working" in a studio. To create art, she scans an object through her cameras, installed in her eyes, and then uses that as a base to create abstract line drawings.
European stock markets jump as Britain heads to polls in local and Scottish elections
       
Local and regional elections get under way across the UK. Photo: Ian Forsyth/Getty ImagesStock markets in Europe started on a positive note on Thursday as local and regional elections get under way across the UK. The FTSE 100 (^FTSE) in London rose 0.28% after opening, adding to yesterday’s 14 month high, while the French CAC (^FCHI) advanced 0.39% and the German DAX (^GDAXI) was 0.28% higher. The company, which was founded in Cambridge in 2013, uses artificial intelligence (AI) technology to spot cyber threats for businesses. On Wall Street, S&P 500 futures (ES=F) were up 0.28%, Dow futures (YM=F) gained 0.27%, and Nasdaq futures (NQ=F) were 0.39% higher as trade began in Europe.
To Make These Chips More Powerful, IBM Is Growing Them Taller
       
Chips are critical for a growing array of products, and access to faster, more advanced chips is likely to fuel progress in critical areas including artificial intelligence, 5G, and biotechnology. Dario Gil, senior vice president and director of IBM research, says making the transistors required innovations at various stages of the manufacturing process. The new IBM chip is three generations ahead, using a process dubbed 2 nanometers. The world’s most advanced chip companies have begun making 5 nanometer chips using existing approaches, which appear to be nearing their limits. Technologists have feared the end of Moore’s Law for a decade or more, as chipmakers pushed the limits of manufacturing technology and novel electronics effects.
Amazon’s Mother’s Day Gift Guide Has Last-Minute Deals for Mom — Including Lodge and Le Creuset
       
If the important woman in your life has had enough of cooking during quarantine, consider gifting her something that’s sure to bring a little color to the house. Start with these adorable succulents that can find a home on her desk or in the bedroom, or these silky soft 100 percent Egyptian cotton sheets that will give her a restful night of sleep. Let her get rid of the old clunker vacuum and replace it with this top-rated Shark robot vacuum that can effortlessly take over all the cleaning. Plus, you can give the gift of an outdoor space away from the summer sun with this sturdy patio umbrella that’s guaranteed to be the site of happy hours all season long.
A man went fishing in Kentucky. He caught a hand grenade, police say
       
A man who was magnet fishing this week in Western Kentucky got something to stick on his line, but it didn't have gills — it was a hand grenade. The Paducah Police Department said its Bomb Squad was called out Monday evening to the Clarks River bridge off Sheehan Bridge Road on a report that a man caught a grenade while magnet fishing. "The squad used its robot to retrieve the item and place it in an explosive storage container," the Paducah Police Department said in a Facebook post that included a photo of the grenade. The sheriff's office added Sheehan Bridge Road was closed for about four hours Monday as crews secured the scene and removed the device. Reach Billy Kobin at bkobin@courierjournal.com.
Embracing AI When Your Industry Is in Flux
       
Email Updates on AI, Data, & Machine Learning Get monthly email updates on how artificial intelligence and big data are affecting the development and execution of strategy in organizations. A Time of Dramatic Industry ChangeThe industry changes that Parexel and its competitors are experiencing are dizzying. Clinical trials used to all be conducted in the same way, using the classic randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled “gold standard” methodology. The second category is much more difficult: It involves AI for the detection of risk signals in patient data. The third category of AI systems involves the analysis of patient data, particularly for post-market surveillance.
The 25 Best Stocks of President Biden's First 100 Days
       
President Joe Biden's first 100 days have effectively been several months of heaven for investors – especially those lucky enough or smart enough to have exposure to the 25 best stocks since the inauguration. We screened the Russell 1000 of large and mid-cap equities for the top 25 best stocks by pure price performance during Biden's first 100 days, and the results were stunning. For example, retail, energy, travel and leisure, regional banks and a steelmaker all landed among the Russell 1000's best stocks. Upstart Holdings (UPST), the cloud-based artificial intelligence (AI) lending platform, leads the way, almost doubling in Biden's first 100 days. Oil and gas firm Diamondback Energy (FANG) – among Wall Street's favorite oil stocks – also has outperformed during Biden's first 100 days.
Dyno raises $100 million to bring artificial intelligence to gene therapy
       
Dyno Therapeutics, a Cambridge biotech that uses artificial intelligence techniques to develop gene therapies, said Thursday that it has raised $100 million from investors. The company uses machine learning to design a type of gene therapy “vector,” or carrier, aiming to make treatments that are easier to deliver and more effective. Dyno said the funding would speed up the development of its vectors, which can be used to target liver, muscle, eye, and central nervous system diseases. The company also plans to explore new disease areas, including those that affect the heart and lungs. Eric Kelsic, founder and chief executive of Dyno, said in a press release that the company brings “unprecedented scale and technical sophistication to solving in vivo delivery, the key challenge for gene therapy, making therapies more effective, safe, manufacturable and capable of benefiting more patients.”
States push back against use of facial recognition by police
       
APThe American Civil Liberties Union began raising questions about the technology years ago, citing studies that found higher error rates for facial recognition software used to identify people of color. “Unlike other facial recognition technologies that have misidentified people of color, an independent study has indicated that Clearview AI has no racial bias,” he said in a statement. Variants of facial recognition technology were used, including by ordinary people, to help identify those who took part in the deadly insurrection at the US Capitol on Jan. 6. It prohibits local law enforcement agencies and campus police departments — though not state police — from purchasing or using facial recognition technology unless expressly authorized by the state legislature. He said facial recognition technology is just one tool used by police agencies — and not to the extent politicians suggest.
Cathie Wood’s ARK Innovation ETF Is Selling Off — and It May Get Worse
       
The ARK Innovation ETF (ticker: ARKK) delivered a 153% return in 2020. The ETF focuses on “disruptive innovation” stocks in areas like biotech, robotics, artificial intelligence, blockchain, and financial technology. The ETF is still a giant with $21 billion in assets, making it one of the largest actively managed ETFs. The majority of the inflows into the ETF have come in the last 9 months, according to the Bear Traps Report. The ETF “favors companies that are often unprofitable, highly volatile, and could plummet in tandem,” he wrote in a report.
IBM 2nm chip breakthrough claims more power with less energy
       
He said IBM's new process could be used for AI uses that today need a second piece of tech - such as a powerful graphics card- to handle some tasks. The increased power efficiency could be useful in personal devices, while increased performance would benefit huge datacentres, he added.
Google launches Woolaroo, a photo-translation app for dying languages
       
Google has launched Woolaroo – an open source photo-translation platform that can identify photos of objects and inform users of their names in several endangered languages. Built using Vision AI and powered by Google Cloud, Woolaroo can translate and provide audio and visual pronunciations of identified objects for 10 endangered languages, including Calabrian Greek, Louisiana Creole, Maori, and Yiddish. Languages that appear on Woolaroo will be regularly updated to reflect what communities want to be included. Every two weeks, another language diesGoogle said it created the platform to capture, preserve, and share endangered languages. Woolaroo uses Google Cloud Vision API, which derives insights from images using AutoML or pre-trained models to quickly classify images into millions of predefined categories.
Dell partners with i2b2 to create digital twins of 'long COVID' patients
       
Dell is providing a data enclave to store patient information of long COVID sufferersDell Technologies is teaming up with non-profit i2b2 tranSMART Foundation to create digital twins of patient profiles in order to analyze the impact of ‘long COVID-19’ cases. The pair will use de-identified patient data to produce the digital twins in the hope of determining the best possible therapy options for those suffering from the virus. Dell used machine learning, along with advanced storage capabilities, to generate the digital twins, which are then stored in a purpose-built data enclave. “At this stage, healthcare professionals are breaking new ground by developing and evaluating the efficacy of COVID-19 treatments,” Dr. Shawn Murphy, i2b2 tranSMART Foundation board member, said. By creating these digital twins, we are taking clinical research to a whole new level.”
The 2021 Data Practitioner Salary Survey
       
Do you know how your salary and job satisfaction compare with those of other data professionals? We’re reaching out to the data practitioner community to find out. The 2021 Data Practitioner Salary SurveyAlongside the AI Summit Series, we will draw on our specialist knowledge and six years’ worth of market data and trends – but the report won’t be possible without you. With the 2021 Data Practitioner Salary Report, we want to make sure professionals can compete in this new world of work. With this in mind, we would love your input if you are involved with machine learning in a business context, whether as a software architect, data scientist, engineer, developer, modeller, administrator, or analyst.
Nokia unveils blockchain-based marketplace for AI data and models
       
The service hopes to enable new use cases through safer data sharing mechanismsNokia has launched the Nokia Data Marketplace, a blockchain-based service that enables enterprises to buy and sell their machine learning models and datasets. The Data Marketplace is being offered as a ‘white label’ service: telecommunications providers will be able to run their own marketplaces, by monetizing data exchanges between customers or ecosystem participants. With Nokia Data Marketplace, enterprises and CSPs can now benefit from richer insights and predictive models to drive digital ways of working and tap into new revenue streams,” Friedrich Trawoeger, Nokia’s vice president of Cloud and Cognitive Services, said. “Nokia Data Marketplace combined with Equinix data centers allows organizations to share data and algorithms globally at more than 240 metro edge locations,” Equinix senior fellow Kaladhar Voruganti said. These neutral and secure edge locations are connected via high-speed and secure networks to data sources spanning across public clouds, private enterprise data centers, and data brokers," he added.
Content posted in May 2021
       
Content posted in May 2021Dell partners with i2b2 to create digital twins of ‘long COVID’ patients News5/6/2021 Dell is providing a data enclave to store patient informationNokia unveils blockchain-based marketplace for AI data and models News5/6/2021 The service hopes to enable new use cases through safer data sharing mechanismsGoogle launches Woolaroo, a photo-translation app for dying languages News5/6/2021 Platform can provide real-time audio and visual pronunciations of names of objects in Maori, Yugambeh, and Calabrian Greek, among othersThe 2021 Data Practitioner Salary Survey News5/6/2021 We are taking a look at data practitioner roles and salaries in 2021Google Brain co-founder Samy Bengio joins Apple News5/5/2021 Where he is expected to lead a new AI research unitMiso Robotics launches restaurant software, reveals expansion plans News5/5/2021 Buck Jordan tells AI Business that automating restaurants will ‘keep the industry alive and stimulate growth’Driverless truck startup Plus considers SPAC merger with Hennessy, valued at over $3bn News5/5/2021 The California-based business has close ties to ChinaBaidu launches Beijing’s first robotaxi service News5/4/2021 Chinese tech giant plans to expand the service to 30 more cities in the next three years
Researchers say this combo of old-school invisible ink and AI is ‘uncrackable’
       
Up front: Remember when you learned that you could use lemon juice and water to write invisible messages on paper? The researchers then take the invisible ink and use it to write a code that only an AI can break. A five-layer convolutional neural network … was specially trained based on ultraviolet light excited symbols printed by invisible ink. Nevertheless, plain invisible ink messages can be intercepted and exposed without the use of technological aids and visible codes are easily spotted as aberrant. Any two humans could share the code book and use the chemical-based invisible ink process to send messages back and forth.
Data Science is Where to Find the Most AI Jobs and Highest Salaries
       
Related job titles include data science specialist and data management analyst. Pendo is an information technology services company that provides step-by-step guides to help workers master new software packages. Infosys is a multinational IT services company headquartered in India that is expanding its workforce in North America. Data science was requested by 22.4% of the postings, by far the highest. The current median salary for jobs heavily using AI skills is $105,000, good compared to many other professions.
Computational Omnipresence And Bird’s-Eye View Are Aiding AI Autonomous Cars
       
Here is an intriguing question: Could AI-based true self-driving cars successfully leverage a bird’s-eye view perspective of the driving scene? Because I want to underscore that when discussing the role of the AI driving system, I am not ascribing human qualities to the AI. First, the AI driving system would have to contain some device or equipment that would receive the secondary perspective. The key is that the AI driving system is considered “responsible” for the driving of the vehicle. All of the same issues earlier stated are likely to be encompassed by a drone-based bird’s-eye view.
Pandemic Has Spurred CIOs to Crystallize the IT Strategy
       
Pandemic Has Accelerated the Move to Cloud ComputingThe pandemic seems to have accelerated the move to cloud computing. A recent survey of 750 cloud decision-makers found that 92% of represented enterprises have a multi-cloud strategy, and 90% have a hybrid cloud strategy. CIOs have transitioned from being “enablers” of digital transformation to being “drivers” of business change. CIOs have transitioned from being “enablers” of digital transformation to being “drivers” of business change. AI is important to digital transformation efforts; the AI Specialist is now one of the fastest growing jobs on LinkedIn’s 2020 Emerging Jobs Report.
Falsified Satellite Images in Deepfake Geography Seen as Security Threat
       
Deepfakes applied to geography have the potential to falsify satellite image data, which could pose a national security threat. Scientists at the University of Washington (UW) are studying this, in the hopes of finding ways to detect fake satellite images and warn of its dangers. To study how satellite images can be faked, Zhao and his team at WU used an AI framework that has been used to manipulate other types of digital files. The researchers combined maps and satellite images from three cities—Tacoma, Seattle and Beijing—to compare features and create new images of one city, drawn from the characteristics of the other two. US Army Researchers Also Working on Deepfake DetectionUS Army researchers are also working on a deepfake detection method.
AI in Construction Scenario and Workforce Planning Seen Lowering Costs
       
It’s mind-numbingly boring.” In his view, the construction industry is approaching a tipping point of AI adoption. Users of Alice can adjust inputs, and the software shows the impact on the construction schedule, helpful in generating alternatives. Its ability to calculate every which way to skin the cat, if you will, gets that much better if you also have human expertise in construction,” stated MacBean. DPR Construction, an engineering company based in Redwood City, Calif., is developing its own AI-assisted build management program, relying on years of its own project data. The data gathered through the drone can usually be accessed on any platform, be it desktop computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone, giving project data flexibility.
Is Natural Language Processing Ready to Take on Legal Hearings?
       
Every year, California holds thousands of parole hearings for eligible prisoners. In 2019 alone, the California Board of Parole Hearings held 6,061 hearings and granted parole in 1,181 cases. In a human-led legal decision-making process, machine learning can take the role of making visible mountains of case records — records that would otherwise be boxed up on shelves in dusty archives. New Challenges for Natural Language ProcessingOur vision requires a different flavor of Natural Language Processing (NLP) than what is commonly used today. This approach works well for the kinds of questions we ask Siri, but parole hearings are not Wikipedia articles.
What Faculty is planning next
       
As the deadly first wave of the coronavirus pandemic hit the UK in March 2020, Marc Warner stopped going to his usual work meetings. The system, which Faculty created alongside Google, Amazon, Microsoft and Palantir, organises and makes data available to decision-makers. However, Faculty says this was later rewritten at its request to make clear it wasn’t using the data. This is on top of questions around the work Faculty did for the Vote Leave campaign during the 2016 EU referendum, and also about £260,000 of work for controversial former government advisor Dominic Cummings. Faculty denies receiving any preferential treatment during the pandemic response and says it stopped working in politics in 2019.
Government must resolve AI ethical issues in the Integrated Review
       
Government must resolve AI ethical issues in the Integrated ReviewThe opportunities and risks involved with the development of AI and other digital technologies and use of data loom large in the 4 key areas of the Strategic Framework of the Integrated Review. The Lords recently debated the government’s Integrated Review set out in “Global Britain in a Competitive Age”. So, I hope that the promised AI Strategy this autumn and a Defence AI Strategy this May will flesh these out, resolve some of the contradictions and tackle a number of key issues. A new Defence Centre for Artificial Intelligence is now being formed to accelerate adoption and a Defence AI strategy is promised next month. Will the National Data Strategy (NDS) recognize this and take on board the AI Council’s recommendations to build public trust for use of public data, through competition in data access, and responsible and trustworthy data governance frameworks?
Who Needs Social Distancing when Robots Are Taking Over Food and Beverage
       
Related: How Vision Systems Work in RoboticsABB ABB has been involved in food and beverage for years, especially in packaging operations. The company is now designing robots that can participate directly in food production. “The poultry industry is further ahead on this.”The Challenges of Robotics Food ProcessingRelated: Rethinking the Principles of Surgical RoboticsThe difficulty of automating food production was formattable even before the pandemic. Robots at the end of the line conducting packaging operations were well established, but robots messing with food? “In some processes in food and beverage, the applications require robots that can handle flexible or variable items.
Deep Implicit Attention: A Mean-Field Theory Perspective on Attention Mechanisms
       
Mean-field theory for disordered systemsIn physics, mean-field theory is an approximation method to study models made up of many individual degrees of freedom that interact with each other. Deep implicit attention: attention as a collective responseRemember that our goal is to understand attention as the collective response of a statistical-mechanical system. We interpret solving mean-field equations for $\langle \boldsymbol{S}_{i} \rangle$ in the presence of input injections $\boldsymbol{X}_{i}$ as an attention operation. Since $\boldsymbol{z}^{*} = \left( \langle \boldsymbol{S}_{i}^{*} \rangle, \boldsymbol{V}_{i}^{*} \right)$ at the fixed point, the Onsager self-correction term in Eq. A mean-field theory perspective on transformersLet’s conclude this post by applying the mean-field theory perspective on attention to the transformer architecture.
Soft Robotic Hand for Stroke Rehabilitation
       
3D Printed Soft Robotic Glove for Stroke Rehabilitation Equipped With Q-Learning for Sensing and Control. Safety:With the participation of human, safety becomes the top priority for the design of rehabilitation robotic hands. Soft RobotSoft Robotics have been applied to many problems such as: a) Multi-gait soft robot crawling under an obstacle. Soft Robotic Hand for Stroke RehabilitationWe need a new soft robotic glove that is designed to assist both flexional and extensional movement while retaining a small size (15 mm in thickness or less) by incorporating an elastic torque-compensating layer into the soft actuator. This soft robotic hand will have many benefits some of which are:more degrees of freedom and a larger range of motion.
Artificial intelligence research may have hit a dead end
       
In the 53 years since publication, artificial intelligence research has matured significantly. Mainly, it's that most artificial intelligence researchers and scientists are busy trying to design "intelligent" software programmed to do specific tasks. It would also mean that just about all artificial intelligence research is heading in the wrong direction. Since then, there have been many approaches to studying artificial intelligence. Scientists have also tried modeling artificial intelligence on the neural networks of human brains.
Nokia adopts blockchain to facilitate trusted sharing of data and AI models
       
Find him on Twitter: @Gadget_RyNokia has announced the launch of its Data Marketplace, a blockchain-based service providing real-time access to massive trusted datasets. With Nokia Data Marketplace, enterprises and CSPs can now benefit from richer insights and predictive models to drive digital ways of working and tap into new revenue streams.” Nokia Data Marketplace accelerates AI initiatives through federated learning. Nokia Data Marketplace complements Nokia Worldwide IoT Network Grid (WING), which offers global IoT connectivity and vertical applications. “Data sharing between enterprise partners is vital in building complete data sets. Attend the co-located 5G Expo, IoT Tech Expo, Blockchain Expo, AI & Big Data Expo, and Cyber Security & Cloud Expo World Series with upcoming events in Silicon Valley, London, and Amsterdam.
10 surprising things that rely on artificial intelligence
       
Artificial intelligence (AI) played a key role in developing COVID-19 vaccines. Artificial intelligence (AI) has transformed many aspects of our lives for the better. As IBM explain, "at its simplest form, artificial intelligence is a field, which combines computer science and robust datasets to enable problem-solving." It includes the sub-fields of machine learning and deep learning. Forecasted shipments of edge artificial intelligence (AI) chips worldwide in 2020 and 2024, by device.
DINO and PAWS: Advancing the state of the art in computer vision
       
But our work with DINO shows highly accurate segmentation may actually be solvable with nothing more than self-supervised learning and a suitable architecture. By using self-supervised learning with Transformers, DINO opens the door to building machines that understand images and video much more deeply. Self-supervised learning with Vision TransformersTransformers have produced state-of-the-art results in many areas of artificial intelligence, including NLP and speech. Learn MoreThese self-attention maps for selected heads were generated using DINO with videos of a horse, a BMX rider, a puppy, and a fishing boat. The benefits of high-performance self-supervised computer vision modelsThe need for human annotation is usually a bottleneck in the development of computer vision systems.
Interview With Steven Umbrello: Ethics, Technology and the Future of Work
       
These are tough questions that the folks at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies (IEET) have been tackling for over a decade. Besides that, I conduct research, which is primarily on how we can design technologies for human values, rather than sidelining them as afterthoughts. These values are important, but not at the opportunity cost of other human values like safety, privacy, accountability, autonomy, and many others. There are a host of design approaches that designers can adopt to begin thinking about human values in design. We need to begin thinking about cooperative and meaningful ways to support the variety of human values that are important to us.
The NYPD is sending its controversial robot dog back to the pound
       
The New York Police Department has canceled its trial of a robot dog made by US firm Boston Dynamics after receiving fierce criticism regarding the “dystopian” technology. “The contract has been terminated and the dog will be returned,” a spokesperson for the NYPD told the New York Post. The robot was deployed roughly half a dozen times during its tenure, mostly acting as a mobile camera in potentially hostile environments. The robot dog was deployed roughly half a dozen times, mostly as mobile surveillance“The NYPD has been using robots since the 1970s to save lives in hostage situations & hazmat incidents,” said the department in February. “I don’t think anyone was anticipating that they’d actually be used by the NYPD right now,” Kallos told Wired earlier this year.
AI Weekly — AI News & Leading Newsletter on Deep Learning & Artificial Intelligence
       
EthicsGovernment must resolve AI ethical issues in the Integrated Review The opportunities and risks involved with the development of AI and other digital technologies and use of data loom large in the 4 key areas of the Strategic Framework of the Integrated Review. The opportunities and risks involved with the development of AI and other digital technologies and use of...Interview with Steven Umbrello: Ethics, Technology, and the Future of Work In a continually advancing world, it is becoming ever more difficult for people to carve out their own niche. Issues like privacy rights emerge when we talk about facial recognition systems in public and the ethics of contact and tracing apps in this new age of pandemics.
Fish-inspired soft robot survives a trip to the deepest part of the ocean
       
Fish-inspired soft robot survives a trip to the deepest part of the oceanThe deepest regions of the oceans still remain one of the least explored areas on Earth, despite their considerable scientific interest and the richness of lifeforms inhabiting them. According to a recent paper, the robot was able to reach the deepest part of the Pacific Ocean – the Mariana Trench – at a depth of almost 11 km (6.8 miles). Yet various animals, including fish, are able to withstand this staggering pressure and have adapted to life in such adverse conditions. The soft fins and soft actuators were carefully designed to survive and perform well at the low temperatures and high pressures of the deep-sea environment. Soft robotsThis deep-sea swimmer is an example of a new generation of robots inspired by living organisms, both animals and plants.
ICLR 2021: Key Research Papers
       
To help you stay aware of the latest AI research breakthroughs, we’ve summarized some of the ICLR 2021 research papers that received the most attention from the AI research community. To mitigate these issues, we proposed Deformable DETR, whose attention modules only attend to a small set of key sampling points around a reference. Deformable DETR can achieve better performance than DETR (especially on small objects) with 10 times less training epochs. The Deformable Attention Module facilitates faster convergence and reduces the quadratic complexity of the standard attention module to linear complexity. Deformable Attention Module: The standard attention module calculates the attention of features at all possible spatial locations to all possible spatial locations.
Artificial Intelligence is the Most Disruptive Technology of the Century
       
Artificial Intelligence is the Most Disruptive Technology of the CenturyArtificial intelligence seems to be the next big thing in many industries today. As years passed, humans gained great faith in technology and machines, which eventually accelerated artificial intelligence adoption. Artificial intelligence companies are also initiating to deliver a robust service to their customers by using sub-technologies like machine learning, deep learning, edge computing, business intelligence, etc. In a nutshell, artificial intelligence is used as a tool to integrate multiple sources of data or a vast amount of data, data security, real-world applications, predictions, cloud operations, etc. The future is anticipated to be more sophisticated and personalized with the help of artificial intelligence.
White House launches AI website to provide official initiative updates
       
Find him on Twitter: @Gadget_RyThe White House has launched a website to provide official updates about the US government’s National AI Initiative. On January 1, 2021, the National AI Initiative Act of 2020 (PDF) became law. The National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Office (NAIIO), located in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), is running the AI.gov website. You can access the White House’s new AI website here. Attend the co-located 5G Expo, IoT Tech Expo, Blockchain Expo, AI & Big Data Expo, and Cyber Security & Cloud Expo World Series with upcoming events in Silicon Valley, London, and Amsterdam.
How AI is helping Nvidia improve U.S. Postal Service delivery
       
The work was the genesis of the Edge Compute Infrastructure Program, a distributed edge AI system that’s running on the NVIDIA EGX platform at the Postal Service today. Model servingTriton automates the delivery of AI models to different Postal Service systems that may have unique configurations of GPUs and CPUs supporting deep learning frameworks. Postal ServiceDepartments across the Postal Service, from enterprise analytics to finance and marketing, have spawned ideas for as many as 30 apps for ECIP, Nvidia says. Image Credit: NvidiaThe new solutions could help the Postal Service improve delivery standards, which have fallen over the past year. The Postal Service has blamed the pandemic and record peak periods for much of the poor service performance.
Proper data hygiene critical as enterprises focus on AI governance
       
In a rush to get their hands on the data, companies might not always do due diligence in the gathering process — and that can lead to unsavory repercussions. This means companies need to prepare such a training set of labeled images. Similar situations play out with audio data, says Dr. Chris Mitchell, CEO of sound recognition technology company Audio Analytic. ML data headachesAs ML algorithms take on text, images, audio, and other various data types, the need for data hygiene and provenance grows more acute. These questions place AI data governance needs at the root of ethical concerns and laws related to privacy and consent.
Deepfake detectors and datasets exhibit racial and gender bias, USC study shows
       
Facebook — along with Amazon and Microsoft, among others — spearheaded the Deepfake Detection Challenge, which ended last June. This bias can be amplified in deepfake detectors, the coauthors say, with some detectors showing up to a 10.7% difference in error rate depending on the racial group. One corpus used Asian faces as foreground faces swapped onto female Caucasian faces and female Hispanic faces. Dessa has proposed techniques for improving deepfake detectors trained on data sets of manipulated videos. And Truepic raised an $8 million funding round in July 2018 for its video and photo deepfake detection services.
It’s time to train professional AI risk managers
       
Last year I wrote about how AI regulations will lead to the emergence of professional AI risk managers. This will lead to the emergence of professional AI risk managers. So will its AI proposal now set the tone for broad AI regulations globally? A coalition of professional associations, industry practitioners, academics, and technology providers should collectively design a program to train the forthcoming domain-flexible AI risk managers in the form of professional certifications, like GARP’s FRM certification, or university degrees, like NYU’s MSc in risk management. He previously worked as a financial risk consultant at Ernst & Young, building and auditing bank models and was one of the financial risk managers that emerged out of the Basel standards.
IBM details planned 2-nanometer chip process
       
IBM today announced that it has developed a chip with 2-nanometer technology, ostensibly the world’s first. Replacing current chips with 2-nanometer-based processors could lead to reductions in energy costs and the carbon footprint of datacenter operators. Upgrading servers to 2-nanometer-based processors could reduce that number. As governments explore ways to further push the envelope on chip technology, the ecosystem that delivered the world’s first 2-nanometer chip provides a powerful example to follow.”Forging ahead in the face of challengesWhile companies like IBM tout the benefits of 2-nanometer semiconductor process technology, some experts aren’t convinced the path to market will be worth it. As for Intel, the chip giant plans to finalize 3-nanometer and 2-nanometer nodes for 2025 and 2027, respectively.
Robot umps and dogs, minor league ball back after lost year
       
Because from Omaha to San Jose to the Jersey Shore, minor league baseball was back after a lost season, with fans, crazy promotions and even those robot umpires. They hosted the Dunedin Blue Jays on “Tail Waggin’ $2 Tuesday” where fans could bring their pooches to the park for two bucks. “Super excited to be kicking off the minor league season,” Yankees senior director of player development Kevin Reese said. “The other uniqueness we’re dealing with this year is there is a shortened minor league season,” Blue Jays director of player development Gil Kim said. Happy Opening Night.”NOTE: The ball used in the game was the official minor league ball with the signature of former MILB president Pat O’Connor, who retired last year as MLB was working on redoing the minors.
[Herald Interview] AI inevitable force to shape education: Riiidexec
       
“COVID-19 is making AI inevitable,” said David Yi, an executive from Riiid, a Seoul-based AI education startup said in an interview with The Korea Herald. It is an AI tutor solution based on deep-learning algorithms designed to help English learners raise their test scores. “Most AI companies out there would want to show off their fancy dashboards,” Yi said. The firm was named one of the top 100 AI companies across the world by CB Insights this year, the only Korean AI company to make the global list. Yi predicted that the company’s AI tutor solution would be more effective and useful if it goes to voice, seeing how people interact with AI speakers Google Home and Amazon Alexa.
[Herald Interview] AI inevitable force to shape education: Riiid
       
BUSINESSRiiid executive David Yi (Riiid)Education has always been slow to adopt new technologies. But with the COVID-19 pandemic and schools forced to move online over infection risks, the time has finally come for it to embrace the artificial intelligence.“COVID-19 is making AI inevitable,” said David Yi, an executive from Riiid, a Seoul-based AI education startup said in an interview with The Korea Herald. “In the US, students are all off campus, students are disengaged and are falling behind. It is an AI tutor solution based on deep-learning algorithms designed to help English learners raise their test scores. “AI will not be restricted to phones, and eventually all the technologies we have here we can transfer them to other places, and people will be able to interact that way,” he said.By Song Su-hyun ( song@heraldcorp.com
Every Pop-Culture Easter Egg in The Mitchells vs. the Machines
       
Photo: Courtesy of NetflixKatie Mitchell (Abbi Jacobson), the protagonist of the year’s best animated movie so far, The Mitchells vs. the Machines, loves movies. Terminator 2It’s obvious that The Mitchells vs. the Machines, a movie about a robot uprising, would be inspired by a franchise that included a sequel subtitled Rise of the Machines. That Sony CamcorderRick’s old video camera is not a PAL product; instead, it’s a Sony camcorder because The Mitchells vs. the Machines was made by Sony. (This is not the last Kill Bill music cue in The Mitchells vs. the Machines.) About Those Cameos …In addition to the main cast, there are some fun voice cameos in The Mitchells vs. the Machines you might have missed that the credits reveal.
It Began As an AI-Fueled Dungeon Game. It Got Much Darker
       
In December 2019, Utah startup Latitude launched a pioneering online game called AI Dungeon that demonstrated a new form of human-machine collaboration. The company used text-generation technology from artificial intelligence company OpenAI to create a choose-your-own adventure game inspired by Dungeons & Dragons. In marketing materials, OpenAI touted AI Dungeon as an example of the commercial and creative potential of writing algorithms.\Then, last month, OpenAI says, it discovered AI Dungeon also showed a dark side to human-AI collaboration. Others said the company’s plans to manually review flagged content would needlessly snoop on private, fictional creations that were sexually explicit but involved only adults—a popular use case for AI Dungeon. Staff had previously banned players who they learned had used AI Dungeon to generate sexual content featuring children.
U.S. chip startups, long shunned in favor of internet bets, stir excitement again
       
A view of the Cerebras Systems WSE-2 chip size, in this undated handout image obtained by Reuters on May 4, 2021. Cerebras Systems is an AI chip designer. AI chip startups are raising big funds from venture capitalists betting on them challenging incumbent chip giants. The opportunities are now piquing the interest of predominantly software-focused venture capital firms such as Battery Ventures, Bessemer Venture Partners, and Foundation Capital. Ian Buck, Nvidia's general manager of accelerated computing, said he is confident the company will stay ahead in the AI chip game.
DeepMind extends hunt for the world’s best A.I. researchers to Toronto
       
LONDON – DeepMind, the London-based artificial intelligence lab acquired by Google in 2014, has extended its hunt for the world's best AI researchers to Toronto, Canada. The company posted a job ad for a research scientist in Toronto on its website last week and confirmed to CNBC on Wednesday that it plans to build a small team in the city. DeepMind said that it already has a member of its team working out of a Google office in Toronto. It did not specify who the worker is but James Martens, a senior research scientist who has been with the company for almost five years, has his location listed as Toronto on LinkedIn. DeepMind, which also has offices in Montreal and Edmonton, employs 51 people across the country, according to LinkedIn.
Baird initiates Nvidia at overweight, says stock can rise nearly 40%
       
Nvidia's early lead in artificial intelligence makes its stock appear dramatically undervalued by the market, according to investment firm Baird. Analyst Tristan Gerra initiated coverage of the tech company on Tuesday evening with an overweight rating, saying in a note to clients that Nvidia would prove to be a dominant player in "the most transformational technology of our era."
Robot umps and dogs, minor league ball back after lost year
       
Because from Omaha to San Jose to the Jersey Shore, minor league baseball was back after a lost season, with fans, crazy promotions and even those robot umpires. That’s the one thing I’m excited about because it’s been 18 months since we’ve Tarpons baseball and minor league baseball." "Super excited to be kicking off the minor league season," Yankees senior director of player development Kevin Reese said. "The other uniqueness we’re dealing with this year is there is a shortened minor league season," Blue Jays director of player development Gil Kim said. NOTE: The ball used in the game was the official minor league ball with the signature of former MILB president Pat O'Connor, who retired last year as MLB was working on redoing the minors.
Movie Review: The Mitchells vs. The Machines
       
THE MITCHELLS VS. THE MACHINES - (L-R) Maya Rudolph as “Linda Mitchell", Abbi Jacobson as “Katie Mitchell", Mike Rianda as “Aaron Mitchell”, Doug the Pug as “Monchi” and Danny McBride as “Rick Mitchell”. Cr: Netflix / © 2021THE MITCHELLS VS. But when a Silicon Valley inventor’s latest technological AI advancement goes haywire, the Mitchell family take on the mantle of heroes fighting against a robot apocalypse. Like the best Pixar movies, The Mitchells will make you cry both tears of emotion and from laughing so hard.
Top U.S. general warns of 'potential international instability'
       
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The world may be entering an era of "potential international instability" with the rise of China and the advent of disruptive technologies such as artificial intelligence and robotics that could prove decisive to warfare, the top U.S. general warned on Wednesday. "We are entering a period of potential international instability," Milley said in an address at Howard University. Milley said that China's rise was changing the status quo after decades in which the United States essentially was "the unchallenged global military, political and economic power." He warned that the geopolitical change was being accompanied by technological innovation in robotics, hypersonic weapons, artificial intelligence and other technologies. Milley's remarks came just days after U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin warned the United States needed to prepare for a potential future conflict bearing little resemblance to "the old wars" that have long consumed the Pentagon.
Scientists develop £2,700 'shoe camera' that detects obstacles
       
Computer scientists have created an 'intelligent' shoe that helps blind and visually-impaired people avoid multiple obstacles. The product consists of waterproof ultrasonic sensors attached to the tip of each shoe, which vibrate and make noises near obstacles. WHAT IS MACHINE LEARNING? Machine learning systems get more effective over time as they learn. The scientists are working on integrating a camera-based recognition system that's powered by machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI).
States push back against use of facial recognition by police
       
Ton-That said that, as a person of mixed race, it is important to him that the technology is not biased. “Unlike other facial recognition technologies that have misidentified people of color, an independent study has indicated that Clearview AI has no racial bias,” he said in a statement. “We know of no instance where Clearview AI’s technology has resulted in a wrongful arrest.”But the pushback against the technology has continued. Last year, New York imposed a two-year moratorium on use of the technology in schools after an upstate district adopted facial recognition as part of its security plans and was sued. That came on the heels of the nation’s first ban on government use of the technology, in San Francisco in 2019, and a statewide three-year moratorium on police departments using facial recognition from videos shot with body cameras that California imposed later that year.
Minor league baseball returns after a year off
       
Because from Omaha to San Jose to the Jersey Shore, minor league baseball was back after a lost season, with fans, crazy promotions and even those robot umpires. “Super excited to be kicking off the minor league season,” Yankees senior director of player development Kevin Reese said. A reorganization by Major League Baseball saw the long-standing High-A Florida State League, in which Tampa played for a quarter-century, become the Low-A Southeast League. And after experiments in the independent Atlantic League and the Arizona Fall League, the Southeast League is the next proving ground for the automatic ball-strike system. “The other uniqueness we’re dealing with this year is there is a shortened minor league season,” Blue Jays director of player development Gil Kim said.
Is my Roomba spying on me? Robot vac data privacy, explained
       
However, you don’t often see “robot vacuum” on such lists of household spy items. Data privacy is a hot topic these days, with concerns that range from the apocalyptic to the rather mundane. What is a smart robot vacuum? What kind of personal data can a robot vacuum gather? Aside from metadata, many smart robot vacuums create floor maps as they clean.
States push back against use of facial recognition by police
       
The American Civil Liberties Union began raising questions about the technology years ago, citing studies that found higher error rates for facial recognition software used to identify people of color. “Unlike other facial recognition technologies that have misidentified people of color, an independent study has indicated that Clearview AI has no racial bias,” he said in a statement. Variants of facial recognition technology were used, including by ordinary people, to help identify those who took part in the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. It prohibits local law enforcement agencies and campus police departments — though not state police — from purchasing or using facial recognition technology unless expressly authorized by the state legislature. He said facial recognition technology is just one tool used by police agencies — and not to the extent politicians suggest.
Bruce, almighty
       
Bruce, almighty Presented byWith help from Allie BiceWelcome to POLITICO’s West Wing Playbook, your guide to the people and power centers in the Biden administration. BRUCE REED, one of JOE BIDEN’s closest aides in the White House, has always been politically ambitious. “Throughout the campaign, Bruce was the person constantly with Biden on the road, on the plane — in the hard moments, in the fun moments. Laying low in this White House has also allowed Reed to avoid blowback from the left-wing of the party. This morning, the White House launched a new website — AI.gov — which they said is designed to improve accessibility to artificial intelligence research, as Axios first reported.
El rover de China tocará el suelo de Marte este mes para buscar agua
       
El rover de la Administración Espacial Nacional China está programado para tocar el suelo de Marte este mes de mayo. El nombre del robot es Zhurong que significa Dios del Fuego en la antigua mitología china. El lugar del amartizaje es una planicie donde se cree existió un lago u océano.
Google Brain co-founder Samy Bengio joins Apple
       
Where he is expected to lead a new AI research unitSamy Bengio, Canadian computer scientist and Google Brain co-founder, has joined Apple as the company’s research director. Bengio, who previously led Google’s AI ethics group, left the company after 14 years of service following the controversial firing of two members of its AI ethics team. He is expected to lead a new AI research unit at Apple under John Giannandrea, senior vice president of machine learning and AI strategy, according to Reuters. He was among the original authors of the Torch framework, which eventually became PyTorch, one of today's most popular machine learning tools. Intriguingly, his older brother Youshua Bengio is also a world-famous machine learning researcher, often credited as one of the three ‘godfathers’ of deep learning.
Miso Robotics launches restaurant software, reveals expansion plans
       
Dubbed CookRight, the software can automatically identify and track products and kitchen tasks, and is available via a subscription model. CookRight served as the foundation for Flippy, a robotic arm that can automate the frying and grilling processes in the kitchen. The software can also flag performance and maintenance issues to the kitchen staff. The software comes with a self-installation kit that includes a user interface tablet, camera(s), and a small computer. Jordan said Miso raised more than $22 million to date and that the startup’s current crowdfunding campaign is well underway.
Carnegie Mellon researchers trained AI to simulate our universe on a GPU
       
Yes, the same hardware and neural networking technology that powers “This Person Does Not Exist” can now simulate our universe at high resolution. Background:According to the research team, it would take about 23 days to run a cosmological simulation on a single processing core using traditional methods. For a region in the universe roughly 500 million light-years across containing 134 million particles, existing methods would require 560 hours to churn out a high-resolution simulation using a single processing core. For a universe 1,000 times as large with 134 billion particles, the researchers’ new method took 16 hours on a single graphics processing unit. It means it can convincingly update low-resolution simulation images to high-resolution, thus making it possible for scientists to generate these large high-resolution images using much, much less time, energy, and power.
It Began as an AI-Fueled Dungeon Game. It Got Much Darker
       
In December 2019, Utah startup Latitude launched a pioneering online game called AI Dungeon that demonstrated a new form of human-machine collaboration. The company used text-generation technology from artificial intelligence company OpenAI to create a choose-your-own adventure game inspired by Dungeons & Dragons. In marketing materials, OpenAI touted AI Dungeon as an example of the commercial and creative potential of writing algorithms. Then, last month, OpenAI says, it discovered AI Dungeon also showed a dark side to human-AI collaboration. Staff had previously banned players who they learned had used AI Dungeon to generate sexual content featuring children.
Predictive analytics startup Pecan.ai raises $35M to boost AI adoption
       
Predictive analytics startup Pecan.ai today announced it has raised $35 million in a series B round led by GGV Capital. Cofounder and CEO Zohar Bronfman says that the funds will allow Pecan to expand its operations globally and help organizations adopt AI and big data. Data analytics is the science of analyzing raw data to extract meaningful insights. Pecan supports data in a range of formats and offers dashboards to provide visibility into factors that might affect outcomes. The idea is to let analysts and business stakeholders obtain actionable insights and see outputs in a matter of days after adding their raw data.
Alkymi Patterns tool uses AI to extract data from documents
       
Alkymi, a provider of business intelligence software for enterprises, today announced the launch of Alkymi Patterns, a tool designed to identify and extract data for automating backend processes that run on email and documents. Capturing business data — for example, when onboarding a new customer — requires operational resources and time with the possibility of data loss and mistakes. PatternsAlkymi Patterns is aimed at enabling customers to extract data from tables and text, eliminating repetitive processing. Alkymi cofounder and CEO Harald Collet claims that Patterns can extract any type of data in virtually any format, layout, or naming convention. One Alkymi customer, SimCorp, says that it’s integrated Patterns with its platform to address inefficiencies and the growing allocations of limited partners.
Google launches Agent Assist for Chat in preview
       
Google today launched Agent Assist for Chat in public preview, an extension of its Contact Center AI platform that provides call center agents with support via text, in addition to calls. Agent Assist provides two components to help agents manage conversations: Smart Reply and Knowledge Assist. Agent Assist also learns when and what recommendations to make by building a custom model that’s trained on a company’s data. One customer, Optus, expects Agent Assist to help minimize repetitive tasks by providing response and typeahead suggestions. Another, LoveHolidays, is using Agent Assist to support their agents and customers in the travel industry.
U.S. Senate committee to consider technology research spending bill
       
(Reuters) — A U.S. legislative proposal to allocate about $110 billion for basic and advanced technology research and science in the face of rising competitive pressure from China will be debated by the Senate Commerce Committee on May 12, sources said on Wednesday. The bipartisan “Endless Frontier” bill would authorize most of the money, $100 billion, over five years to invest in basic and advanced research, commercialization, and education and training programs in key technology areas, including artificial intelligence, semiconductors, quantum computing, advanced communications, biotechnology and advanced energy. The bill had been expected to be considered on April 28, but was delayed after more than 230 amendments were filed for consideration. Many lawmakers want to use the legislation to advance other priorities and attach additional proposals, and some sought to use the bill to speed the deployment of thousands of self-driving cars. Republican Representative Mike Gallagher, another sponsor, warned earlier that U.S. superiority in science and technology is at risk.
5 awesome jobs you need to see if you’re looking for a change
       
Are you looking to make a change in your working life? Microsoft Information Protection Engineers, also called Information Security Engineers or Information Security Analysts, help to safeguard the organization’s computer networks and systems. Information Security Engineers usually work as part of a larger IT team and report directly to upper management. The successful candidate will help plan and carry out the organization’s information security strategy. The team is focused on using machine learning approaches to serve the right learning content based on a user’s need.
AI chipmaker Kneron has IPO plans 'for the future', says CEO
       
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailAI chipmaker Kneron has IPO plans 'for the future', says CEOFollowing their latest fundraising round, Kneron CEO Albert Liu talks to "Squawk Box Asia" about the AI chipmaker's focus on building supply chain partnerships and improving its technology before making plans to go public.
Researchers made a hair-brushing robot because why not? — Strictly Robots
       
Researchers from MIT and Harvard developed a robot for brushing hair, which could help care for patients by automating the grooming process.
Tom Hanks to Star in His Second Film for Apple TV+, the Sci-Fi Adventure Finch
       
Tom Hanks to Star in His Second Film for Apple TV+, the Sci-Fi Adventure FinchTom Hanks's latest movie is once again landing at Apple. The Oscar-winning actor's upcoming sci-fi film Finch will debut on Apple's streaming service Apple TV+, The Hollywood Reporter reported on Monday. In Finch, Hanks, 64, plays a robotics engineer, Finch, who is one of the only survivors of a solar event. Finch creates a robot (Caleb Landry Jones) to take care of his loyal companion, his dog Goodyear, when he's gone. "We were taking care of each other instead of having the pressure of taking care of one person and no one taking care of you or understanding that the person at home needs a break."
Stocks making the biggest moves in the premarket: CVS Health, iRobot, Vaxart & more
       
CVS also raised its full-year forecast, and its shares rose 3% in the premarket. iRobot (IRBT) – iRobot earned 41 cents per share during the first quarter, compared to a consensus estimate of 9 cents a share. Pfizer (PFE) – The drugmaker beat estimates by 16 cents a share, with quarterly profit of 93 cents per share. Vaxart (VXRT) – Vaxart surged 18.6% in premarket trading after it reported positive results in a phase 1 trial of its oral Covid-19 vaccine. DuPont (DD) – The industrial materials maker reported quarterly profit of 91 cents per share, 15 cents a share above estimates.
3 Ways AI is Powering Customer Experience
       
Mining insights across billions of unique customer journeys using traditional methods and tools has been slow, costly and near impossible. But with artificial intelligence, companies can now answer key customer questions at a fraction of the cost and fast enough to turn those insights into relevant and timely actions — improving customer experience and the bottom line. Download our white paper to learn how to:
Smart Manufacturing Leads to Operational Efficiencies
       
To help them do this, savvy manufacturers have turned to “digital transformation” technologies relying on a digital framework with artificial intelligence and machine learning. These manufacturers who truly understand this digital transformation are considered leaders, and even risk takers—they are poised to receive numerous benefit by becoming Industry 4.0 ready. RegisterSpeakersEric J. Symon, Director, Enterprise Process Innovation Center, Panasonic System Solutions Company of North America (PSSNA)Eric Symon is Director of the Enterprise Process Innovation Center (EPIC), a business unit of Panasonic System Solutions Company of North America. He is responsible for developing and executing the GTM strategy for Panasonic’s Smart Manufacturing solutions, along with innovative technologies including Facial Detection, Digital Identification, Kiosk, Video Redaction, and Employee & Customer Safety Solutions. Ramesh Narayanan, Director, Digital Solutions Center, Panasonic System Solutions Company of North America (PSSNA)Ramesh Narayanan is Director of the Digital Solutions Center (DSC), part of Panasonic System Solutions Company of North America (PSSNA).
Using AI to Track How Customers Feel — In Real Time
       
We tested our AI tool on longitudinal customer experience data collected by four multinational service providers — a data set of roughly 30,000 comments. These firms ask customers to rate their services using the traditional CSAT and NPS metrics and tack on an open-ended final question. By following these customer experience actions, firms saw an increase in customer satisfaction, and an improvement in retention. When it comes to customer experience, companies can use AI-produced insights to glean not only where there are problems, but also what’s causing them. Firms can segment customers based on their monetary value by using NPS with customers’ emotional responses spotting decreasing sales.
This automated superhive could help save the global bee population
       
Over the past half century, the worldwide bee population has nearly collapsed; annual losses are up to 40% due to a variety of factors, including pesticides and extreme weather events driven by climate change. This decline threatens the 75% of global crops that depend on pollination—fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, and nonedible staples such as cotton. Now, three-year-old startup Beewise has created a fully automated superhive, powered by AI and robotics, that enables 24/7 remote monitoring and dramatically reduces annual colony loss. Temperature, infestations, and local water and forage supplies are addressed remotely to maintain bee health. “It just carries out AI orders.” Machine learning improves the software’s performance, enabling the robotic hives to reduce annual losses from 40% to 7.59%.
This machine monitors mosquitoes to find—and stop—pandemics before they start
       
As the Microsoft team thought about how to track pathogens, they realized that mosquitoes might be able to help. In a single night, one device can observe thousands of mosquitoes. The same tool can also gather critical data about mosquitoes, which carry diseases that kill hundreds of thousands of people each year. The devices use sensors to monitor how mosquitoes fly, and then uses artificial intelligence to identify the species based on the wing pattern. They’ll focus on addressing mosquito-borne diseases—from Zika to malaria—since there’s a clear demand for tools to help better manage mosquitoes.
This robot exoskeleton could protect workers from injuries
       
Enter the Guardian XO: a complex humanoid robot that’s not setting out to replace humans but instead to amplify their strength as they perform physically demanding (and often repetitive) tasks. While some exoskeletons are designed for rehabilitation, the Guardian XO aims to become the first workplace exoskeleton, preventing injuries before they ever occur. Occupational back injuries cost businesses $100 billion a year and are reported to be a cause of opioid dependency. Plus, some factory and warehouse gigs might be more appealing to workers if they know the job won’t cause wear and tear on their bodies. Smart SuitSoftware inside the suit analyzes data collected from 125 biometric sensors, assessing stress points and directing robot joints.
World Changing Ideas Awards 2021: AI and Data Finalists and Honorable Mentions
       
Projects that harness the power of data, machine learning, or artificial intelligence to understand the world and empower change. Read about the winner, a background check company that helps companies avoid bias in their hiring practices.
16 Best Yoga Mats in 2021 That Experts Actually Use
       
Out of all the fitness purchases to be made in 2021 perhaps it’s as simple as choosing the best yoga mat? “I use my yoga mat for my nightly routine of foam rolling and stretching,” says Jamia Fields, the soccer star who won 2020’s NWSL Challenge Cup with the Houston Dash. “Great grip, which, if you have a tendency to get sweaty or you love hot yoga, is really important. Perfect for yoga flows, Pilates movement, or just a quick ab burnout—mega plus that it folds itself up.”Nike 5mm mastery yoga mat $110 ZAPPOS Shop Now“One of my favorite mats is Nike’s Mastery yoga mat!” says Fields. Overall, this mat is a conversation starter, extremely stunning, and I always receive so many compliments and questions on it!”YogiFi smart yoga mat $429 YOGAFI Shop NowJust to market, YogiFi’s Smart yoga mat is powered by artificial intelligence and Computer Vision.
What to watch today: Wall Street set to drop after strong start to May
       
Under Armour (UAA) shares climbed 2.8% in premarket action after it reported first-quarter profit of 16 cents per share, well above the 3 cents a share consensus estimate. iRobot (IRBT) earned 41 cents per share during the first quarter, compared to a consensus estimate of 9 cents a share. DuPont (DD) reported quarterly profit of 91 cents per share, 15 cents a share above estimates. The industrial materials maker is seeing strong demand from semiconductor makers as well as automobile markets/ The company raised its full-year profit and revenue forecast. The car rental company's revenue beat Wall Street forecasts as well amid a jump in demand and more solid pricing for car rentals.
The Technology 202: Facebook's experimental Oversight Board faces its first big test in Trump case
       
Samy Bengio, who managed Google’s artificial intelligence engineers, has joined Apple, where he is expected to lead a new AI research group, Reuters’ Stephen Nellis and Paresh Dave. Apple declined to comment on his role at the company.
Meow Wolf, NMDOH team up for vaccination video
       
.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..........Meow Wolf enjoys a creative collaboration. “Meow Wolf jumped at the opportunity to partner with the New Mexico Department of Health to connect with our audience creatively on this important and relevant message,” says Ali Rubinstein, Chief Creative Officer and Co-CEO of Meow Wolf, in a statement. The spot ends on Meow Wolf’s iconic Robot Heart sculpture which illuminates in the background, its green heartbeat reminding us of the possibilities of life post-vaccine. “DOH is grateful to Meow Wolf and all of our community partners for their continuing vaccination outreach efforts,” said DOH Cabinet Secretary Dr. Tracie Collins, in a statement. Thanks to organizations like Meow Wolf, we’re well on our way.”On April 28, Gov.
The crypto craze, supermarket struggles and the sound of silence?
       
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailThe crypto craze, supermarket struggles and the sound of silence? Dogecoin & Ethereum hit new highs as the crypto craze continues, Goldman Sachs downgrades Kroger & Albertsons, iRobot sinks on cost concerns and Clubhouse may not be the 'premiere' social audio platform anymore. That's all in the latest edition of Rapid Fire!
Robot umps and dogs, minor league ball back after lost year
       
Because from Omaha to San Jose to the Jersey Shore, minor league baseball was back after a lost season, with fans, crazy promotions and even those robot umpires. They hosted the Dunedin Blue Jays on “Tail Waggin’ $2 Tuesday” where fans could bring their pooches to the park for two bucks. “Super excited to be kicking off the minor league season,” Yankees senior director of player development Kevin Reese said. A reorganization by Major League Baseball saw the long-standing High-A Florida State League, in which Tampa played for a quarter-century, become the Low-A Southeast League. “The other uniqueness we’re dealing with this year is there is a shortened minor league season,” Blue Jays director of player development Gil Kim said.
Baidu launches Beijing's first robotaxi service
       
Chinese tech giant plans to expand the service to 30 more cities in the next three yearsChinese technology giant Baidu has launched a commercial autonomous taxi service in Beijing, operating in and around the city’s Winter Olympics venues. The Chinese tech giant charges 30 yuan ($4.60) per ride and restricts the service to riders between ages 18 and 60. Riders hail the service via Baidu’s Apollo Go app, with users having their identities verified before their journey can begin. The company plans on expanding its robotaxi service to 30 cities in the next three years. Having started out as a search engine company, today Baidu offers an impressive suite of AI-based products.
NYPD cancels contract for Boston Dynamics' robot dog
       
Mayor "glad the Digidog was put down"The New York Police Department has terminated its $94,000 contract with Boston Dynamics to lease a Spot robot dog. The police department may have also failed to follow the law, as it did not disclose its partnership with Boston Dynamics. Gone to live on a farmThe department leased the robot in 2020 as part of a wider test into next-gen robotic police gear. "People wanted food so we strapped food onto it and sent it into the location," NYPD Technical Assistance Response Unit Inspector Frank Digiacomo said. In response, the police quietly terminated its lease with Boston Dynamics.
How automation could turn capitalism into socialism
       
It’s only a matter of time before robots can perform skilled human labor better and cheaper than we can. In the early 1900s the onset of US factories provided an employment boom for blue collar workers. Fast forward to 2021 and it’s clear: when automation technologies become robust enough to replace blue collar workers, they will. COVID-19 has been a sort of dry-run for the automation economy. Human labor is bad for profits.
Media Advisory — MIT researchers: AI policy needed to manage impacts, build more equitable systems
       
On Thursday, May 6 and Friday, May 7, the AI Policy Forum — a global effort convened by researchers from MIT — will present their initial policy recommendations aimed at managing the effects of artificial intelligence and building AI systems that better reflect society’s values. Recognizing that there is unlikely to be any singular national AI policy, but rather public policies for the distinct ways in which we encounter AI in our lives, forum leaders will preview their preliminary findings and policy recommendations in three key areas: finance, mobility, and health care. The inaugural AI Policy Forum Symposium, a virtual event hosted by the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing, will bring together AI and public policy leaders, government officials from around the world, regulators, and advocates to investigate some of the pressing questions posed by AI in our economies and societies. The symposium’s program will feature remarks from public policymakers helping shape governments’ approaches to AI; state and federal regulators on the front lines of these issues; designers of self-driving cars and cancer-diagnosing algorithms; faculty examining the systems used in emerging finance companies and associated concerns; and researchers pushing the boundaries of AI. More information on the AI Policy Forum can be found here.
Climate solutions depend on technology, policy, and businesses working together
       
“By next year, we are going to be eliminating carbon dioxide emissions from our customers’ facilities,” Dave said. How businesses confront climate changeInnovation in sustainable practices can be met with substantial challenges when proposed or applied to business models, particularly on the policy side, the panelists noted. “Even if MIT researchers make a huge discovery, deploying it requires cooperation on a policy level and often industry support. The question of “sustainability vs. shareholders”During the Q&A session, an audience member pointed out that environmentalists are often distrustful of companies’ sustainability policies when their focus is on shareholders and profit. “Universities like MIT need to go as fast as we can as far as we can with the science and technology we have now,” Zuber said.
Third-party ransomware risk is real, but Black Kite’s latest tool can help
       
A new assessment service from cybersecurity ratings provider Black Kite aims to let enterprise defenders know which of their third-party partners and vendors could be vulnerable to a ransomware attack. The higher value means the company has a greater likelihood of being hit by a successful ransomware attack. The goal is to give enterprises reliable data about their ransomware risk so they can make informed decisions about how they work with third-party partners, Maley said. Third-party risk assessmentMany ransomware attacks now target third-party suppliers and partners instead of going straight for a single company. Enterprise defenders can use the Index to gauge the risks of a ransomware attack for each of their partners.
JupiterOne nabs $30M to help companies manage cybersecurity data
       
JupiterOne, a cybersecurity management automation startup, today closed a $30 million series B round led by Sapphire Ventures. Cyber monitoringCybersecurity asset management, or the process of creating and continually updating an inventory of IT resources, can be a resource drain. Despite this, relatively few businesses are proactive about asset management, perhaps owing to logistical challenges. Via the platform’s integrations and API, it automatically pulls in read-only data to generate a real-time inventory of resources and assets, including code, repositories, and endpoints. “[The company] provides innovative cyber asset management and governance solutions to over 100 enterprises around the world.
Zammo unfurls conversational AI integration service
       
That approach provides the added benefit of eliminating the need to force customers to embrace a specific conversational AI platform, noted Farr. At this point, it doesn’t appear any single conversational AI platform will emerge to dominate all others. Organizations that provide customer service, however, can never be sure what conversational AI platform might be employed at any given time. Conversational AI platforms are, of course, core to many digital business transformation initiatives. It may be a while before conversational AI platforms become the dominant user interface, but in certain use cases they are already having a profound impact.
Datanomix raises $6M to monitor factory operations
       
Datanomix, a production intelligence software vendor, today announced it has raised $6 million in series A funding to expand the reach of its software. Manufacturing is undergoing a resurgence as business owners look to modernize their factories and speed up operations. Oxford Economics anticipates 12.5 million manufacturing jobs will be automated in China, while McKinsey projects machines will take upwards of 30% of these jobs in the U.S. Founded in 2016 and based in Nashua, New Hampshire, Datanomix offers an operations monitoring solution that requires no operator input and automatically benchmarks production using only manufacturing equipment data. Performance is predicted in terms of how many parts a factory should be making when a job is running — Datanomix automatically takes into account scenarios like multiple jobs in a shift, rotating operations, jobs that end partway through a shift, and more.
Microsoft open-sources Counterfit, an AI security risk assessment tool
       
Microsoft today open-sourced Counterfit, a tool designed to help developers test the security of AI and machine learning systems. Microsoft says that Counterfit was born out the company’s need to assess AI systems for vulnerabilities with the goal of proactively securing AI services. When conducting penetration testing on an AI system with Counterfit, security teams can opt for the default settings, set random parameters, or customize each for broad vulnerability coverage. Counterfit is a part of Microsoft’s broader push toward explainable, secure, and “fair” AI systems. The company’s attempts at solutions to those and other challenges include AI bias-detecting tools, an open adversarial AI framework, internal efforts to reduce prejudicial errors, AI ethics checklists, and a committee (Aether) that advises on AI pursuits.
Data backup company Acronis secures $250M to expand datacenter footprint
       
Data recovery startup Acronis today announced that it raised $250 million at a valuation of over $2.5 billion post-money. Acronis’ largest revenue drivers are backup, disaster recovery, secure file access, sync and share, and partitioning, with clients ranging from single-license home users to large enterprises. Acronis Backup and Acronis Backup Advanced, two additional products in Acronis’ disk-based backup and recovery suite, protect files from modification and encryption while minimizing process disruption to a few seconds. Acronis Files Advanced secures access to files that are synced between devices. Big market for data backup and recoveryAcronis occupies a data backup and recovery market anticipated to be worth $11.59 billion by 2022, according to Markets and Markets.
Market intelligence platform Crayon raises $22M
       
Crayon, a Boston, Massachusetts-based market intelligence company, today announced that it raised $22 million in a series B round led by Baird Capital. Crayon’s own research suggests that competitive intelligence should be a strategic priority for every company with at least one competitor in their segment. Over 60% of businesses report competitive intelligence has positively impacted revenue, Crayon found in a 2021 survey, a 17% increase from 2019. Crayon, which was founded in 2014, helps midsize and large enterprises capture, analyze, and act on competitive intelligence to drive business execution and decision-making. Or they can partner with a market intelligence analyst to curate intel and call out trends weekly.
Hokkaido firm eyes wider use of its AI-based wagyu evaluation tech
       
A university-launched venture in Japan has been striving to spread its artificial intelligence-based meat quality evaluation technology, aiming to make the wagyu beef grading done by human eyes more precise, while using the data to improve cattle breeding. A graduate student at Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine takes a photo of the surface of a cow carcass in Obihiro, Hokkaido, in October 2020. | COURTESY OF KEIGO KUCHIDA / VIA KYODO“A fair evaluation of luxury wagyu will be an advantage in marketing them overseas. This means the grading from C1 to the highest A5 is largely dependent on the judgment of the officials. “Our technology has enabled more accurate evaluation,” Kuchida said, adding he is aiming for the analyzed data to be used as a reference when official graders rank wagyu beef.
PM Imran Khan lays foundation for first IT Park in Hunza
       
Unveiling the plaque at a ceremony in Chinarbagh, Gilgit, Prime Minister Imran Khan laid the foundation of Hunza’s first Information Technology (IT) Park located in Nasirabad, Hunza. The first IT Park will be established in the region by joint collaboration between Special Communications Organisation (SCO) and the Aga Khan Foundation Pakistan (AKFP). The press release issued by the government said that the IT Park in Hunza will provide state-of-the-art infrastructure with un-interrupted power supply, high-speed internet facility and a co-working space for small and growing businesses, start-ups, freelancers, and chamber of commerce. The statement also said that the IT Park will enable the youth of the region to “prepare for the digital-driven future of work opportunities in areas such as blockchain, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, and other emerging areas. Business Process Outsourcing services and global software solutions from such IT Parks will boost local economic development in the areas”.
Scientist's warning before robot beat human at chess as AI could overtake us in 2020s
       
In 1996, Russian grandmaster Garry Kasparov defeated IBM's Deep Blue computer in a six-game chess match. Games 3, 4 and 5 were all draws but Deep Blue won the final game and the match overall. It also reignited interest in the theory of the "singularity", which refers to the moment AI will overtake the human brain. "And the game of chess has always been seen as the nexus for human intelligence. So when a machine faced a human in chess and won this battle... it could definitely be a revolutionary moment."
Beyond US tech stocks: three global stars to buy now
       
As the world’s dominant manufacturer of logic semiconductors, TSMC stands to benefit from powerful long-term tailwinds in artificial intelligence (AI), cloud-computing and 5G-wireless broadband. Great investment ideas come in many different shapes and sizes and it always pays to cast a wide net. Leading US health insurers such as Anthem (NYSE: ANTM) have rarely traded at demanding valuations, despite delivering superior fundamentals. Since 2000, Anthem has delivered earnings-per-share growth of 16% a year compared with 6% for the S&P 500 index. It has generated a return on equity of 15% over the long term and has compounded earnings at a rate well above most businesses in any sector for several decades.
iRobot stock drops as earnings beat does little to help outlook
       
Shares of iRobot Corp. IRBT, -4.45% fell in the extended session Monday after the consumer robot company’s earnings beat for the quarter did little to push its full-year earnings outlook above the Wall Street estimate. Shares of iRobot dropped 7% after hours, following a 4.5% decline in the regular session to close at $103.96. Analysts surveyed by FactSet had forecast earnings of 8 cents a share on revenue of $263.5 million. The company forecast earnings of $3 to $3.25 a share on revenue of $1.67 billion to $1.71 billion for the year. By the close, iRobot shares have gained 75% over the past 12 months, while the S&P 500 index SPX, +0.27% has gained 48%.
iRobot Stock Slides Despite Strong Earnings. Blame Rising Costs.
       
iRobot's per-share earnings were more than quadruple what Wall Street expected. Courtesy of iRobotThe maker of Roomba vacuum cleaners, iRobot, posted better-than-expected results for the first quarter, but the company’s stock was headed lower late Monday, perhaps because of concerns about rising costs related to higher costs for components and shipping. For the quarter, iRobot (ticker: IRBT) posted revenue of $303.3 million, up 58% from a year ago, and well above the Wall Street consensus of $264.1 million. Adjusted profits of 41 cents a share were more than quadruple the Street consensus estimate of 9 cents. Under generally accepted accounting principles, the company earned 26 cents a share.
Robot wars land at the U of M
       
The FIRST -- For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology -- Tech Challenge has teams pitting robot against robot. The FIRST -- For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology -- Tech Challenge has teams pitting robot against robot.
SK Telecom to cancel W2.6tr worth of treasury shares
       
BUSINESSSK Telecom Co.'s headquarters is shown in this undated file photo provided by the company. (SK Telecom Co.)SK Telecom Co., South Korea's largest mobile carrier, said Tuesday it has decided to cancel 2.6 trillion won ($2.32 billion) worth of treasury shares, over 10 percent of its total floated stocks, in a move to boost shareholder value amid plans to split into two companies later this year.The telecom operator said in a statement that it would retire 8.69 million treasury stocks, or 10.8 percent of its total issued stocks, by Thursday.The cancellation would reduce SK Telecom's total floated stocks from 80.75 million to 72.06 million, which the company expects to boost its share price. SK Telecom said it plans to provide its remaining 900,000 treasury shares to its employees over the long run.The move comes after SK Telecom said last month that it would split itself into two companies, forming a new holding company that will oversee operations of its non-mobile affiliates and subsidiaries, such as memory chip giant SK hynix Inc.The spinoff plan had raised speculation that the new holding company could eventually merge with SK Inc., the holding company of the broader SK Group, so that it could have direct control over SK hynix. SK Telecom at the time rejected plans of a merger.The latest decision reduces the chances of treasury shares being used to create conditions that would be favorable for a merger, according to analysts.SK Telecom said the new holding company will seek to invest in semiconductor-related companies, while the remaining entity will focus on the mobile carrier's traditional telecom business and expand to new sectors, such as artificial intelligence and data centers.Shares in SK Telecom rose as high as 5.92 percent to 322,000 won in early morning trading.
How politicians manipulate the masses with simple AI
       
Data used to be the most important commodity in politics. But that strategy was proven ineffective when it went up against the Biden team who, unlike Hillary Clinton’s campaign, conducted effective counter-messaging across the social media spectrum. People tend to to trust the AI implicitly at first no matter what the questions are, but they lose that trust quickly when they find out the AI was wrong. This, arguably, hasn’t amounted to any meaningful changes, but luckily for social media platforms the calculus behind society’s problems has changed. Based on what we’ve seen from GPT-3, it should be simple to train a narrow-domain text generator to work for politicians.
Undergraduates explore practical applications of artificial intelligence
       
That ability has made deep learning indispensable to just about anyone who deals with data. Students got to explore AI applications in climate science, finance, cybersecurity, and natural language processing, among other fields. “If the model has a small footprint and succeeds under many of the physical conditions encountered in the real world, it could be incorporated into a global climate model and hopefully improve climate projections,” she says. “It helps to know what the processes and physics behind them look like.”In search of more efficient deep learning modelsThere are thousands of ways to design a deep learning model to solve a given task. “Running human experiments takes more time and resources than running computational experiments,” says Verma’s advisor, Kyle Keane, a researcher with MIT Quest.
Imperva acquires API security company CloudVector
       
Cybersecurity company Imperva today announced it plans to acquire application programming interface (API) security company CloudVector for an undisclosed sum. Imperva says the deal will help accelerate its roadmap and differentiate it in the web app and API protection market. Los Altos, California-based CloudVector, which was founded in 2018, enables customers to discover, monitor, and protect API traffic in environments from exploits and breaches. As over 80% of web traffic becomes API traffic, they are coming under increasing threat. “As a pioneer in modern API security, Imperva protects our customers from the risks associated with the misuse of APIs via exposures or attacks, and the exfiltration of sensitive data.
Apple hires ex-Google AI scientist who resigned after researcher firings
       
(Reuters) — Apple said on Monday it has hired former distinguished Google scientist Samy Bengio, who left the search giant amid turmoil in its artificial intelligence research department. Bengio is expected to lead a new AI research unit at Apple under John Giannandrea, senior vice president of machine learning and AI strategy, two people familiar with the matter said. Bengio who left Google last week after about 14 years said last month he was pursuing “other exciting opportunities”. His decision followed Google’s firings of fellow scientists Margaret Mitchell for taking company data and Timnit Gebru after an offer to resign. As one of the early leaders of the Google Brain research team, Bengio advanced the “deep learning” algorithms that underpin today’s AI systems for analyzing images, speech and other data.
Oracle revamps cloud analytics service to simplify access
       
Oracle today unveiled a revamped cloud analytics service that aims to reach a wider range of users via a Redwood user interface (UI) the company is publicly showing for the first time within a live application environment. The UI will eventually be employed across the entire Oracle applications portfolio, Oracle Analytics VP Joey Fitts told VentureBeat. More updatesToday Oracle is also launching a mobile application that makes Oracle Analytics Cloud more accessible to members of a geographically distributed team. Oracle Analytics Cloud allows users to query data in natural language using either text or speech in 28 different languages. In addition to Oracle Analytics Cloud, the company makes available a managed Autonomous Database service through which lower-level database administration tasks are automated.
[Today’s K-pop] Hot Issue debuts triumphantly
       
(S2 Entertainment)Seven-piece girl group Hot Issue debuted with a much-anticipated online showcase Wednesday. The group came out with five-track EP “Issue Maker,” with its lead track “Gratata” that comes after machine gun sounds, as the group ambitiously aims to target the public like skilled snipers. “Each new song from the repackaged album has our music style, establishing our identity,” said MK. Lead track “Ugly Dance” is a dance number based on hip-hop and “more powerful and hip than the music we’ve done before,” explained Hyojin. The voices are generated by artificial intelligence that studied the members over six months, according to the company.
This 2-in-1 Robot Vacuum and Mop Is $100 Off Right Now — but Only with a Secret Coupon
       
The Ultenic T10 Robot Vacuum and Mop may not have any reviews, but that’s because it was released a mere 10 days ago. It’s equipped with three powerful suction modes reaching up to 3000Pa, or pascals, the measurement used to determine a vacuum’s cleaning efficiency. For perspective, Roborock’s customer-loved S5 vacuum provides 2000Pa, which the brand says is strong enough to lift AA batteries off the floor. The T10 can even automatically adjust its suction power based on floor type (carpet, for example, requires more intensity), which increases its efficiency and battery life.
Buffett on writing an insurance policy with Elon Musk
       
Here’s what happened to tech stocks recently and how to stay ahead. That rising tide was reflected in the strong revenues and profitability we saw across the board for tech stocks this quarter. More Earnings Flowing to AI Tech investors didn’t just get the scoop on what’s driving growth. There’s enough here to see that Big Tech is focusing its lens on the intersection between humans and technology. Tesla’s Bitcoin profits are almost as important as the profitability of its actual business of selling electric cars and batteries.
The Robot Surgeon Will See You Now
       
Sitting on a stool several feet from a long-armed robot, Dr. Danyal Fer wrapped his fingers around two metal handles near his chest. As he moved the handles — up and down, left and right — the robot mimicked each small motion with its own two arms. Then, when he pinched his thumb and forefinger together, one of the robot’s tiny claws did much the same. As he and the other researchers looked on, the robot started to move entirely on its own. Then the robot did the same with several more rings, completing the task as quickly as it had when guided by Dr. Fer.
NASA's Mars helicopter Ingenuity shifts into new operational test phase
       
By Steve GormanLOS ANGELES (Reuters) - After exceeding all expectations with its initial four test flights, the first ever by an aircraft over the surface of another planet, NASA's tiny Mars robot helicopter Ingenuity is ready for graduation. To compensate engineers equipped Ingenuity with rotor blades that are larger and spin far more rapidly than would be needed on Earth. Except for a computer software glitch that has twice delayed Ingenuity flights, the rotorcraft has operated flawlessly, meeting all technical objectives in its first three flights on Mars, said MiMi Aung, Ingenuity project manager at JPL. "And now it's like Ingenuity is graduating, from a tech-demo phase to the new ops-demo phase," she said. Meanwhile, JPL will continue preparing Perseverance for its primary mission, a search for traces of fossilized microorganisms in Jezero Crater.
A definitive primer on robotic process automation
       
Robotic process automation (RPA) — technology that automates monotonous, repetitive chores traditionally performed by human workers — is big business. Computer vision algorithms enable RPA software to recognize and interact with on-screen fields and components like Flash and Silverlight. Of course, the first step to solving the RPA security dilemma is recognizing that there is one. PAM systems allow enterprises to secure, control, and audit the credentials and privileges RPA technology uses without compromising the return on investment (ROI). “The first wave of robotic process automation brought the power of technology to users’ desktops in all industries and companies of all sizes.
In a year of major shifts, the self-driving car market is consolidating
       
The Toyota-Lyft deal is significant because it comes on the back of a year of major shifts in the self-driving car industry. The costs of self-driving car technologyCosts remain a huge barrier for all self-driving car projects. The self-driving car market is consolidatingWhat does this all mean for companies that are running self-driving car projects? And Microsoft is casting a wide net in the market, investing in several self-driving car projects at the same time. As the self-driving car industry shifts from hype to disillusionment, the market is slowly consolidating into a few very big players.
US-China doomsday threat ramped up by hi-tech advances, says Kissinger
       
Strains with China are “the biggest problem for America, the biggest problem for the world,” Kissinger told the McCain Institute’s Sedona Forum on global issues. Kissinger said that while nuclear weapons were already large enough to damage the entire globe during the cold war, advances in nuclear technology and artificial intelligence – where China and the US are both leaders – have multiplied the doomsday threat. “For the first time in human history, humanity has the capacity to extinguish itself in a finite period of time,” Kissinger said. They had military technological capacity,” he said. “(They) didn’t have developmental technological capacity as China does.
I Tried An AI-Focused Sound App To Boost My Productivity At Work
       
The Endel app uses artificial intelligence to design custom soundscapes that help you focus, relax, and sleep. Think of it as a smart and more pleasant take on white noise. Oh, and the platform recently partnered with singer Grimes to create an “AI Lullaby” soundtrack... and that’s not exactly a feature you’ll find on a regular ‘ol white noise app. Think of it as a smart and more pleasant take on white noise. I typically listened to the “Focus” or “Deep Focus” soundscapes, then occasionally went with the “Deep Work” or “Create” Scenarios when I really needed to buckle down.
The Mitchells vs. the Machines Should Be Insufferable. Alas, It’s Delightful.
       
The Mitchells vs. the Machines. Which makes the cluttered, go-for-broke distract-a-thon of The Mitchells vs. the Machines that much more impressive. It’s Little Miss Sunshine meets I, Robot meets The Host meets Zombieland meets WALL-E meets Kill Bill meets, well, all the other movies. The Mitchells vs. the Machines, which premieres today on Netflix, portrays a reality in which the background noise of technology often reveals our true feelings. Purposefully aggravating yet still beautiful, The Mitchells vs. the Machines is both a takedown and a celebration of our dissonant, tech-obsessed world.
Even Self-Proclaimed Vacuum Snobs Love This Robot Vacuum-Mop — and It’s $200 Off on Amazon
       
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Pfizer’s CEO: 3 key decisions helped it develop a COVID-19 vaccine in record time
       
Over the course of 2020, Pfizer and others tested vaccine candidates as hundreds of thousands of people died from COVID-19. “The thing that scientists hate the most is bureaucracy,” says Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla. “Innovation and bureaucracy is oil and water.” When Pfizer began work on a COVID-19 vaccine, one of the first choices Bourla made was to reduce stop decisions from having to go through multiple layers of approval. He also developed a close and trusting relationship with BioNTech’s CEO U?ur ?ahin, with whom Pfizer collaborated on the vaccine. During Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial, it used artificial intelligence software to help find signals within the millions of data points in its 44,000 person study.
The cutting-edge robo-surgeon keeping women healthy during the pandemic
       
A robot surgeon has been added to the team at an NHS hospital to ensure women get treatment throughout lockdown. Doctors at Milton Keynes University Hospital are the first in Europe to use the robot to perform gynaecological operations, including cancer surgery. While some other hospitals cancelled or postponed women’s health procedures during the national Covid-19 lockdowns, surgical treatment has carried on as normal at Milton Keynes since the robot, called Versius, started work in July. It has now carried out more than 50 operations on women, including procedures to remove tumours or reduce cancer risk, hysterectomies and cyst removal. Versius was developed by Cambridge scientists to perform complex keyhole surgery – also known as minimal access surgery – on patients with bowel or urological problems but the hospital is pioneering its use in gynaecology too.
LG Uplus on lookout for automated seaports with 5G tech
       
BUSINESSA crane operator monitors the automated machine at an office in Busan Port, 453 kilometers southeast of Seoul, on Thursday. "Generally, automated cranes still need to be manually operated by humans, about 20 to 30 percent of its workload," Suh Jae-yong, vice president of LG Uplus' smart infrastructure business unit, said. "That will allow one operator to operate and oversee four cranes at once. "Since 2019, LG Uplus has so far spent 4 billion won ($3.6 million) to develop two semi-autonomous cranes still undergoing testing. It aims to commercialize the cranes sometime this year and expand the technology to other shipyards across the country, including at the southern port city of Gwangyang, 423 kilometers south of Seoul.But the crane is just a part of a bigger pitch by LG Uplus: automating the entire seaport infrastructure with 5G technology.The telecom operator aims to roll out container-carrying self-driving trucks, unmanned forklifts and drones that monitor the port's cargo, all powered by 5G.The move comes as South Korean telecom operators seek to fully utilize the high speeds and low latency of 5G networks through business and industrial applications.LG Uplus's bigger rival KT Corp. has partnered with local hospitals to install 5G infrastructure and develop remote diagnoses and offer real-time video feeds of surgeries.Last year, the country's top mobile carrier, SK Telecom Co., partnered with top food delivery operator Woowa Brothers Corp. to develop an autonomous robot delivery service, which makes use of 5G's ultralow latency.But 5G business solutions, including LG Uplus' remote-controlled cranes, still remain in the development stage, lacking the latest technology.The telecom operator's cranes are set up with 5G equipment based on the 3.5 gigahertz (GHz) band, compared with the 28GHz band that unlocks the network's fastest speeds, which can theoretically be up to 20 times faster than 4G LTE.
How Intel is leveraging AI to drive sales
       
As Jake Tatel, global director of sales enablement and productivity at Intel, told VentureBeat via email, Intel started its AI marketing tech journey about five years ago. Meanwhile, Autonomous Sales creates automatic sales motions, which are actions that Intel offers customers and partners through emails, website ads, and newsletters. Autonomous Sales operates daily and automatically, without human intervention, and applies to all partners’ accounts — even if they aren’t covered by an Intel sales team. And in 2020, Sales Assist and Autonomous Sales together delivered more than $168 million. This fostered collaboration between the sales and development team, and made it so we could actually increase pipeline via the assists.”Sales AIIntel created Sales Assist in 2017, built on the company’s broader Sales AI platform.
US Space Force scientist says military 'human augmentation' necessary
       
The US Space Force was set up by Commander John Raymond (pictured) in 2019. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)The chief scientist for the newly created US Space Force has said he thinks ‘human augmentation’ will be here sooner rather than later. Dr. Joel Mozer, speaking at an event at the Airforce Research Laboratory, said that it is ‘imperative’ that the US outdo its adversaries by leading in ‘human augmentation’ in military technology. AdvertisementAdvertisementThe Space Force scientist added that AI could eventually develop military tactics and strategies that ‘no human could’, and that eventually ‘autonomous’ programs or machines could advise commanders in real time. However, the Pentagon’s research department DARPA has undertaken projects that look at human augmentation, such as a skin implant that can detect pathogens and a neural mesh to link the human brain and computers.
This self-emptying, smart-mapping Roomba is on sale for $200 off at Walmart
       
SAVE $200: Normally $799, the iRobot Roomba i7+ is on sale at Walmart for just $599 as of April 28 (a 25% savings). Originally priced at $949 (and sold for upwards of a grand at select retailers), the Roomba i7+ from 2018 was once one of the most expensive vacuums in iRobot's lineup — and for good reason. (That smart-mapping feature was a first for the Roomba lineup at the time of its release — she's a ~trendsetter~.) You don't even have to pay that much, though, because Walmart just slashed its price to a mere $599 as of April 28 — that's a 25% savings. Hit the blue button below to see it at Walmart and snag it on sale just in time for allergy season.
AI embedded into smartphones is collecting data on mental health in Israel
       
AI embedded into smartphones is collecting data on mental health in IsraelRemote consultations and tools like video conferencing as well as digitised medical records, have emerged as measures to enhance quality of care during the pandemic. With a vision to use the approach that is strengthening physical health for empowering mental well being, innovators in Israel have integrated AI into handsets for data driven psychiatric treatment. All this data is than processed via machine learning, after which biomarkers are created to spot symptoms of mental health disorders. The smartphone platform which helps patients and psychiatrists do away with physical interactions, can also empower more personalised attention towards an individual's mental health. But use of sensors and AI-powered analysis takes a professional deeper into an individual's brain, to attain surgical precision in the mental health field.
Emirati players raise their game with Dubai's AI-powered e-sports platform
       
Now AI has also stepped in to play its part in the rise of e-sports in the Middle East, with a platform that automates tasks like updating results, so that players aren't distracted from the game. The first of its kind e-sports service in the Middle East isn't just meant to assist players, but it also supports organisers by managing the live-streaming part. Players as well as organisers can provide maximum attention to the actual game and event management, as AI silently does its job in the background. By providing smart assistance and collecting data, Arab Esports also delivers a better analysis of a gamer's performance for teams and brands. The minds behind this intelligent portal are hoping to score big by catering to an estimated six million e-sports fans in the Middle East.
Google Assistant May Finally Get The Hang Of Pronouncing Names Right
       
Unsurprisingly, that has also been one of Google Assistant’s weaknesses but Google will soon let you fix that by teaching it how those names really sound. As if languages weren’t hard enough, names actually add a layer of complexity on top of that. Google Assistant tries to do its best with its machine learning but sometimes it really needs a helping hand, or, in this case, voice. Fortunately, Google Assistant will finally let you do that and let you train it on how to pronounce names in your contacts. This way, users will be more willing to call someone on their address book using Google Assistant without worrying about dailing someone else.
DAVI becomes latest to adopt Antsomi's customer data platform
       
Launched in June 2020, Antsomi's renowned customer data platform (CDP) Antsomi CDP 365, has acquired a brand new user. Philippines-based Data Analytics Ventures, Inc. (DAVI), has become the latest user of the artificial intelligence-driven customer data platform. Antsomi CDP 365 is a powerful AI-driven customer data platform. Antsomi CDP 365 is an artificial intelligence-driven customer data platform launched byAntsomi, a regional marketing technology company. Read more stories:Southeast Asia gets its first AI-enabled customer data platform.
Opinion: Alberta needs innovation strategies for all sectors
       
Try refreshing your browser, or Opinion: Alberta needs innovation strategies for all sectors Back to video As a close observer of Alberta’s burgeoning tech sector, I was pleased to see some of our local innovators recognized in a major government speech. Like so many other parts of the economy, energy companies are leveraging big data, sensors and artificial intelligence to advance their work. Article content Today, IP, data, software and an array of connected technologies are underpinning every industry. The government could also create IP collectives in strategic sectors to ensure that the economic benefits generated by the Alberta innovation ecosystem are captured for the benefit of our economy. No matter whether it is traditional or emerging industries, Alberta needs to be positioned for success in the 21st-century knowledge-based economy.
Editorial: Don’t judge a robot dog by its chips
       
Boston Dynamic’s beloved robotic dog just got the boot from the New York Police Department for scaring the heck out of city residents. Painted in blue and black, Spot, renamed Digidog by the NYPD, was originally touted for its abilities to go places that were deemed too dangerous to send police officers. After footage of Digidog walking nimbly beside police in response to a home invasion in the Bronx went public, critics decried it as a dystopian harbinger, a sign of an overmilitarized police. Perhaps we have a soft spot for Spot, seen dancing to “Do You Love Me” in a recent Boston Dynamics video with his robotic brethren. Here’s hoping Spot can shake his reputation as a portent of an impending robot takeover.
They Hacked McDonald’s Ice Cream Machines—and Started a Cold War
       
All the pinpoints were instead on top of facilities owned by TFG—a Taylor ice cream machine distributor. Nelson and O’Sullivan had been on friendly terms with TFG executives back in their Frobot days. To their shock, his cell phone number had been used to create the “Matt Wilson” Kytch account. Revenge, Nelson and O’Sullivan now hope, is a dish best served—well, through a long and elaborate legal process. They say they intend to pursue their case as far as it leads, all the way up the McDonald’s food chain.
These people aren't real but could help tackle bias in tech
       
Facial recognition software can be used to unlock phones, check passports and catch criminals. But it doesn’t work equally well for people of all ethnic backgrounds, and when it goes wrong there can be serious consequences. It’s hoped that a new type of AI that generates fake faces to train algorithms can help solve the problem. A film for People Fixing the World by Craig Langran, Ben Lister and Talia Franco.
US army develops new tool to detect deepfakes threatening national security
       
US Army scientists have developed a novel tool that can help soldiers detect deepfakes that pose threat to national security. The advance could lead to a mobile software that warns people when fake videos are played on the phone. The growing number of these fake videos in circulation can be harmful to society – from the creation of non-consensual explicit content to doctored media by foreign adversaries that are used in disinformation campaigns. The scientists said they developed the new framework by combining principles from machine learning, signal analysis, and computer vision. This can lead to game-changing solutions with far reaching applications to the future Army,” the scientists added in the study.
New AI Regulations Are Coming. Is Your Organization Ready?
       
The first is the requirement to conduct assessments of AI risks and to document how such risks have been minimized (and ideally, resolved). Although the bill languished on both floors, the proposal would have mandated similar reviews of the costs and benefits of AI systems related to AI risks. Ensuring that AI documentation exists and captures each requirement for AI systems is a clear way to ensure compliance with new and evolving laws. The last trend is the need for continuous review of AI systems, even after impact assessments and independent reviews have taken place. Because AI systems are brittle and subject to high rates of failure, AI risks inevitably grow and change over time — meaning that AI risks are never fully mitigated in practice at a single point in time.
How the rise of hyper-real digital fashion can change the future
       
The new interaction between physical and digital is continuously blurring the line—from digital showrooms to AI models—we really are living in the future (even if it does feel a little Black Mirror-y). Obsess make 3D 360-degree virtual stores and their portfolio includes brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, Dior and Charlotte Tilbury. Richard Thornn and Oksana Kukla, the creative architect and business mastermind behind SUMB0D1 and HUM.AI.N, a 360 degree digital fashion platform offering a premier service to the fashion and luxury industries, say their incarnation of tech considerably reduces fashion footprint. They can essentially make almost anything digital, from showrooms, fashion shows, to the clothes. So, we’ve got digital showrooms, digital models and digital clothes to put on them.
‘Mitchells vs. Machines’ top-notch ‘bot battle fun fest
       
MOVIE REVIEW“THE MITCHELLS VS. That the angry phone, whose name is Pal, is voiced by Academy Award winner Olivia Colman, whose comedy skills are top-notch, is only one reason you will enjoy “The Mitchells vs. the Machines” with the whole family. At the risk of summoning the specter of Lewis Carroll, we might advise the Mitchells to shun the frumious giant Furbys. “The Mitchells vs.the Machines” asks the question: What if the fate of the human race depended on the computer skills of your galumphing dad? (“The Mitchells vs. the Machines” contains anti-robot violence.)
IBM to buy Boston-based Turbonomic in latest software deal
       
The move is part of IBM’s growing push into providing its customers with artificial intelligence-based software solutions. Turbonomic, formerly known as VMTurbo, provides organizations with management software that can help maintain and optimize applications, servers, networks, databases, and other cloud-based resources. IBM announced on Thursday that it will acquire Turbonomic, a Boston-based company that makes IT-management software for businesses. The Turbonomic deal comes amid a series of recent IBM acquisitions, including myInvenio, Instana, and WDG Automation. Turbonomic raised well over $100 million from venture capital investors that also included Highland Capital Partners and General Atlantic.
New York mayor calls off ‘creepy, alienating’ police robo-dog
       
New York’s Mayor Bill de Blasio has ordered a controversial robotic dog undergoing trials with the city’s police off the street, and a $94,200 contract with creator Boston Dynamics cancelled. The robot canine, named “Digidog”, is to be returned to its manufacturer following outrage tied to calls to cut police funding and law enforcement access to military-developed or surplus hardware. It was primarily intended to go into situations deemed dangerous for officers, and had been undergoing trials in the Bronx since it was unveiled last December. “This dog is going to save lives, protect people, and protect officers, and that’s our goal,” a police spokesman said at the time. Some critics also pointed out it was reminiscent of robot dogs in the dystopian Netflix series Black Mirror.
Westworld-style sex robot factory offers glimpse at 'quality control' process
       
Sign up today for the best stories straight to your inbox Invalid Email Something went wrong, please try again later. Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy noticeA sex robot manufacturer has given customers a look inside its Westworld-style factory – with dozen of models and body parts on display. RealDoll, based in San Marcos, California, the US, produces some of the most realistic sex robots in the world alongside Abyss Creations. RealDoll recently uploaded a photo of one of its “quality control” employees at work on its Instagram page. Get latest news headlines delivered free Want all the latest shocking news and views from all over the world straight into your inbox?
The EU's proposed AI laws would regulate robot surgeons but not the military
       
After extensive meetings with advocate groups and other stakeholders, the EC released both the first European Strategy on AI and Coordinated Plan on AI in 2018. European Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager speaks during a press conference on artificial intelligence (AI) following the weekly meeting of the EU Commission in Brussels on April 21, 2021. “At the same time, such rules for artificial intelligence should be balanced, proportionate and not unnecessarily constrain or hinder technological development. These new rules would divide the EU’s AI development efforts into a four-tier system — minimal risk, limited risk, high risk, and banned outright — based on their potential harms to the public good. “But it’s unclear that they would accomplish this goal.“ The EU also plans to establish a European Artificial Intelligence Board to oversee compliance efforts.
Tesla’s Elon Musk on why self-driving cars are not mainstream yet
       
Fully "unsupervised, generalized self-driving" isn't there quite yet, according to Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk. TESLA'S BITCOIN STASH SWELLS TO $2.4 BILLION"A major part of real-world AI has to be solved to make unsupervised, generalized full self-driving work, as the entire road system is designed for biological neural nets with optical imagers," Musk tweeted Thursday. Although self-driving technology has made "great progress," Musk disclosed in a recent earnings call with investors that it's "one of the hardest technical problems" that has potentially ever existed. Ticker Security Last Change Change % TSLA TESLA, INC. 705.01 +28.01 +4.14%The company is already progressing with making self-driving technologies more reliant on vision-based sensors. In a recent SEC filing, the electric car company said it is currently developing "self-driving and drive-assist technologies to rely on vision-based sensors, unlike alternative technologies in development that additionally require other redundant sensors."
First autonomous ship, Mayflower 400, readies for voyage following Pilgrims route to New World
       
Inspired by the ship that brought the Pilgrims to North America, 'Mayflower 400' will be guided by artificial intelligence rather than a human crew. The original Mayflower, which transported 102 Pilgrims and other passengers, took 10 weeks to reach its destination in 1620. Mayflower 400 was set to embark on its transatlantic cruise last September for the Mayflower's 400th anniversary, but was delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Just over 400 years later, the Mayflower 400 will gather critical scientific data about the ocean. The interior is also different from the living quarters of the original ship: Instead of beds, there are just rooms with science experiments.
'Creepy' Robot Dog Loses Job With New York Police Department
       
'Creepy' Robot Dog Loses Job With New York Police DepartmentEnlarge this image toggle caption Josh Reynolds/AP Josh Reynolds/APAfter a public outcry, a robotic dog once hailed by the New York Police Department a high-tech crime-fighting sidekick is getting sent back to its owner. The department introduced the public to the "Digidog" in December after acquiring the device in a test program. But plans changed, he said, after the robotic dog became a "target" in arguments over race and surveillance. That legislation would not prevent the deployment of devices like the Boston Dynamics Spot, which the company said buyers must agree to not use as a weapon. Although New York City has put its Digidog to rest, police departments in Massachusetts and Hawaii are also testing the device.
Cyber security firm Vectra AI sees valuation jump to $1.2 billion following Series F
       
After a very busy, very profitable 2020Silicon Valley cyber security startup Vectra AI has secured $130 million in its latest financing round, led by Blackstone Growth. Existing investors also participated, increasing the company’s total funding to more than $350 million, at a post-money valuation of $1.2 billion. "As organizations around the world increasingly focus on cyber security, we believe Vectra is providing a critical solution that levels the playing field against the sophisticated actors that generate the most damaging cyber threats," James Socas, managing director at Blackstone, said. Vectra suggested that high-profile attacks like that of the SolarWinds and Microsoft Exchange breaches are "becoming commonplace and hard[er] to detect” and are driving the sales of its cyber security products. This approach provides security teams with invaluable time to respond to threats and seamlessly integrates with existing security tools to automatically remediate threats," the company said.
A scientist created emotion recognition AI for animals
       
Up front: There’s little evidence to believe that so-called ’emotion recognition’ systems actually work. That being said: Creating an emotion recognition engine for animals isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Basically, farmers operating orchards can use image recognition AI to determine if any of their trees are sickly. But it muddies the water when researchers compare a system that monitors livestock to an emotion recognition system for humans. Consider the fact that, for example, emotion recognition systems tend to classify Black men’s faces as angrier than white men’s.
New York Returns Its Police ‘Robodog’ After a Public Outcry
       
The New York Police Department said Thursday it will stop using the “Digidog,” a four-legged robot occasionally deployed for recon in dangerous situations. In February, the NYPD used Spot to defuse a hostage situation in the Bronx. In New York, the police department is not required to seek city council approval, which would usually involve a public comment phase, for new purchases. US representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) criticized the robot as a waste of funds that could have gone toward social services. The robot used cameras and a microphone to scout areas that may be too dangerous for officers, such as hostage situations.
This Researcher Says AI Is Neither Artificial nor Intelligent
       
Technology companies like to portray artificial intelligence as a precise and powerful tool for good. WIRED: Few people understand all the technical details of artificial intelligence. But the name is deceptive: AI is neither artificial nor intelligent. And it's not intelligent in any kind of human intelligence way. We need to look at the nose to tail production of artificial intelligence.
Research: Enterprises and consumers want to increase AI adoption
       
Find him on Twitter: @Gadget_RyNew research from Juniper Networks has found a growing appetite from both enterprises and consumers to use AI technologies. 95 percent of the respondents believe their organisation would benefit from increasing the use of AI in their daily operations. 73 percent of respondents claim their organisation is struggling with adoption due to issues preparing and expanding their workforce to integrate AI systems. With increasing regulations around the use of AI, many enterprises are at-risk of facing severe penalties. Attend the co-located 5G Expo, IoT Tech Expo, Blockchain Expo, AI & Big Data Expo, and Cyber Security & Cloud Expo World Series with upcoming events in Silicon Valley, London, and Amsterdam.
IBM is acquiring Turbonomic to advance AIOps agenda
       
IBM announced this week that it is acquiring Turbonomic, provider of application resource management (ARM) and network performance management (NPM) software infused with machine learning algorithms. Applications and systems managementThe decision to acquire Turbonomic comes after IBM began revamping its application and systems management portfolio last fall. “Turbonomic provides actionable observability,” IBM Automation GM Dinesh Nirmal told VentureBeat in an interview. IT challengesNow that companies are becoming more cognizant of the scope of IT management challenges, IT teams are increasingly embracing AI platforms. The only way to contain the total cost of managing that extended enterprise is to rely more on automation enabled by AIOps platforms, Nirmal said.
AI Weekly: How the power grid can benefit from intelligent software
       
But experts believe the core of this effort — intelligent software — is likely to become increasingly important in the energy sector. Neil Sahota, chief innovation officer at the University of California, Irvine, says intelligent software opens the door to the deployment of AI designed for power grid use cases. Utilities are already employing AI to address the windfalls and fluctuations in energy usage. DER systems — small-scale power generation or storage technologies that provide an alternative to traditional power systems or enhance those systems — can be difficult to orchestrate because they might span solar panels, electric vehicle charging setups, and even smart thermostats. But if a digital transformation of the power grid succeeds, its long-term benefits could be significant, O’Connell says.
Cybersecurity firm started by ex-spies surges on London market debut
       
(Reuters) — Darktrace, a cybersecurity company advised by former MI5 and CIA spymasters, leapt more than 40% on its market debut on Friday, delivering a boost to the London market after the spectacular flop of Deliveroo last month. He and his wife own stakes worth a total of 440 million pounds after the share debut. Jefferies, Berenberg and KKR Capital Markets, none of which has ever topped equity capital markets (ECM) league tables, were joint-global coordinators. Jefferies placed ninth in Refinitiv’s first-quarter ECM league tables while Berenberg and KKR Capital Markets didn’t make it into the top 15. Spooked by DeliverooCMC Markets chief market analyst Michael Hewson said Darktrace’s launch was a welcome boost for the London market.
Facebook details self-supervised AI that can segment images and videos
       
However, with DINO, which leverages unsupervised learning (also called self-supervised learning), the system teaches itself to classify unlabeled data, processing the unlabeled data to learn from its inherent structure. PAWS achieves its results by leveraging a portion of labeled data in conjunction with unlabeled data. Given an unlabeled training image, PAWS generates two or more views of the image using random data augmentations and transformations. Unlike self-supervised methods that directly compare the representations, PAWS uses a random subsample of labeled images to assign a “pseudo-label” to the unlabeled views. The pseudo-labels are obtained by comparing the representations of the unlabeled views with representations of labeled support samples.
Killer farm robot dispatches weeds with electric bolts
       
Pressure to cut pesticide use and increasing resistance to the chemicals meant killing weeds was the top priority for the farmers advising the robot company. The killer robot, called Dick, is the world’s first to target individual weeds in arable crops and, on its first public demonstration, it is destroying broad-leaved weeds identified using pattern recognition. A scout robot, called Tom, has already scanned the field in detail and passed the data to an AI engine called Wilma to plot the targets. Ben Scott-Robinson, the Small Robot Company CEO, with the scout robot, Tom, which scans the farm to identify targets for Dick. “The robot offers us a real chance to stop using artificial inputs.”Jewers said identifying blackgrass is tough even for farmers.
NYPD's robot dog is axed after AOC said it targeted low income communities of color
       
The NYPD will return a robot dog after it was condemned for targeting 'low income communities of color' with the dystopian four-legged surveillance machine. DailyMail.com has reached out to Boston Dynamics for more information and additional comment. On its website, Boston Dynamics calls the dog Spot, and claims 'Spot is not designed to conduct mass surveillance, or to replace police officers.' 'Wow, a robot dog? Black Mirror series creator Charlie Brooker said the 'Metalhead' episode was inspired in part by Boston Dynamics, Entertainment Weekly reported.
De 13 meeste waardeloze robots ooit, gerangschikt
       
Ik bedoel, het is niet zo dat ik het vaak wil gebruiken, maar het werkt bijna nooit zoals gewenst. De mens creëert een robot om de mensheid te redden, robot besluit de mensheid uit te roeien om zichzelf te redden. Ultron, uit Avengers: Age of Ultron, is slechts een van de meer recente voorbeelden van deze trope. Er zijn ontelbare slechte robots uit films die ik hier had kunnen vermelden, maar ik koos voor deze persoonlijke favoriet. Een robot toiletreinigerNogmaals, deze robot van $350 is letterlijk...waardeloos.
Israeli AI for data driven selection of embryos for IVF gets approval in Europe
       
Israeli AI for data driven selection of embryos for IVF gets approval in EuropeAmong procedures for assisted pregnancies, IVF has emerged as a life changing solution for couples struggling with infertility. Not only does AIVF's smart system promise to speed up selection, it also brings in precision which is impossible for a human being to achieve. After this, they studied the embryo for five days to identify patterns associated with abnormalities, and then brought AI on board. With the world's largest database of embryos at its disposal, the smart tool was able to come up with data that helped clinicians make more accurate decisions. The firm has now gained approval from authorities in Europe, and hopes to get clearance from US FDA as well.
Emiratis savour first glimpse of Oppo's rollable smartphone at Iftar event
       
Emiratis savour first glimpse of Oppo's rollable smartphone at Iftar eventOver a decade after touch screen phones took over from devices which flipped into compact handsets, top brands are trying to attract users with new age flexible gadgets. Tech giant LG was said to be working on a phone with a rollable screen, months before it shut down its smartphone business altogether. In addition to integration of top notch tech like AI into its phones, Oppo has been introducing users to design features including panels that change colours. To boost festivities in the Emirates during Ramadan, the smartphone world's dark horse has unveiled its rollable concept phone Oppo X 2021 for consumers in the Middle East. Oppo X 2021 seamlessly functions like a scroll and the brand claims that it can be stretched out 100,000 times without a crease appearing on the screen.
Algorithms can help detect Xylella fastidiosa - scientists - English
       
(ANSA) - BRUXELLES, 29 APR - Thanks to satellites, probabilistic models, algorithms, remote sensing and citizen participation "we have the tools to greatly improve the effectiveness of surveillance against Xylella fastidiosa", French researcher Samuel Soubeyrand has said at a major conference on the plant pathogen. Scholars from all over the world presented sophisticated Xylella fastidiosa surveillance and early detection experimental tools at the final virtual meeting of the XF-ACTORS Project, a EU-funded research program entirely devoted to the plant pathogen. Tomàs Poblete of the University of Melbourne illustrated the results of the use of hyperspectral images and a machine learning algorithm. In addition to digital tools, "citizens could play a very important role in detecting diseased plants", said Alexander Mastin of the University of Salford (UK).
I am once again asking for a normal, affordable apartment
       
Allow and continueAs Gothamist’s Christopher Robbins reported over the weekend, the 470sq ft unit features motorized bed and dresser compartments that lower down from the ceiling as needed. That’s a full $850 more than the median asking rent in Manhattan, according to the quarterly market report StreetEasy put out last Friday. This is all hypothetical anyway, so why not let the robot bed crush me to death for freeWho is going to fix that? Honestly, though, I would move into this goofy new luxury unit if it were affordable. This is all hypothetical anyway, so why not let the robot bed crush me to death for free.
NYPD Puts Down Robot Dog
       
“He’s headed to a farm upstate.” Photo: Inside Edition/YouTubeThe robot dog seen sniffing around New York City crime scenes over the past few months has been powered down and mailed back to Boston. Spot — a.k.a Digidog, as the NYPD had named its newest four-legged, camera-equipped employee — was brought on to defuse “hazardous situations,” but it very quickly became the subject of widespread outcry, including harsh criticism from Representative Jamaal Bowman, who chastened the department for using taxpayer money to buy yet another surveillance tool. In response to a subpoena filed by City Councilmembers Ben Kallos and Corey Johnson, the NYPD revealed that the price they paid to lease the dog from Boston Dynamics was $94,000. After the New York Times reported that Digidog had been removed from its beat on April 22, NYPD’s deputy commissioner for intelligence and counterterrorism confirmed today that the cyborg canine’s contract had, in fact, been terminated.
Google Fixes Two Annoying Quirks in Its Voice Assistant
       
I'm not much of a cook, but the few times I've asked Google Assistant on my Nest Mini to start a timer in the kitchen have been hit or miss. All too often, the timer disappears into a void and Google can't tell me how many minutes are left. Context Is KeyVideo: GoogleIf you've interacted with a voice assistant, there's a good chance you've changed the specifics of your command mid-sentence. You've also been able to control multiple timers at once with Google Assistant for some time, but if you wanted to cancel one of them, that required some annoying back and forth. Amarnag Subramanya, a distinguished engineer at Google who leads the NLU and Conversational AI teams on Google Assistant, says it allows for far more natural conversations between us humans and our nonhuman helpers.
Parent of Yahoo Japan, Line enjoys 15% revenue growth
       
Z Holdings Corp., the parent of Yahoo Japan Corp. and messaging app giant Line Corp., has reported brisk revenue growth in fiscal 2020 thanks to stay-home demand amid the novel coronavirus crisis. Consolidated revenue for the year through last month rose 14.5% from the previous year to ¥1.2 trillion, boosted by strong online shopping demand, Z Holdings said Wednesday. The value of goods and services sold via the Z Holdings group’s e-commerce platforms shot up 24.4% to ¥3.22 trillion. The growth will be supported by positive effects from the business integration with Line and the launch of new services including those using artificial intelligence technology, officials said. Z Holdings President Kentaro Kawabe made an apology after Line received administrative guidance for its inappropriate management of user information.
The Mitchells vs The Machines, review: Olivia Colman turns evil in a masterpiece for kids
       
Dir: Michael Rianda. Starring: Abbi Jacobson, Danny McBride, Olivia Colman, Maya Rudolph, Michael Rianda (voices). PG cert, 114 minsWhat would it take these days for a family on holiday to sheath their smartphones, shut off the Wi-Fi, and enjoy some old-fashioned, gadget-free quality time? The Mitchells vs the Machines offers the following plausible-sounding answer: a full-blown apocalyptic robot uprising, in which technology turns on humankind and a careless network connection could spell your doom. In a similar sense, The Mitchells vs the Machines is like an encounter with a sentient doodle pad, crammed with ideas that might be the cleverest things anyone’s ever thought of, or the most ludicrous, or probably a jumble of both.
Vectra AI Raises $130 Million at $1.2 Billion Valuation
       
Blackstone Group is leading a $130 million round for Vectra AI, its latest investment in a fast growing tech startup. The investment is coming from the growth unit at Blackstone Group (ticker: BX) growth unit, which will have a minority stake in Vectra AI. The round values Vectra AI at $1.2 billion. The investment in Vectra comes just weeks since Blackstone Growth raised $4.5 billion with its first fund. Blackstone Growth invests in growth stage companies in the financial services, enterprise technologies, healthcare and consumer sectors.
This web app uses computer vision to teach you the ASL alphabet
       
When it comes to learning the American Sign Language alphabet, there are various resources out there. They've created a web-based experience you can access on your computer that takes advantage of machine learning and computer vision software to make the process fun and easy. Once you get started, the app will teach you to spell words in ASL, showing you the proper way to position your fingers along the way. When you don't introduce deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals to sign language at an early stage in life, there's a good chance their overall language capabilities will suffer. When parents go out of their way to learn and teach their deaf or hard-of-hearing child sign language, they're making a life-changing decision for the better.
NYPD to stop using robot dog after backlash saw it compared to Black Mirror episode
       
It seems New York City will not be the forever-home of the NYPD's recently acquired robot dog, Digidog. The law enforcement organisation sent their robot back to Boston Dynamics, the company that produces the machines, after residents complained that it was an unsettling and unnecessary expansion of aggressive policing in the city. According to The New York Times, the NYPD terminated its $94,000 lease contract with Boston Dynamics effective 22 April. The NYPD celebrated its acquisition of the robot, claiming it would be a tool that would make policing safer for both officers and the public. "It's really alarming to see them roll out these props from a bad Black Mirror episode without any real public safety justification."
Mining robot stranded on Pacific Ocean floor in deep-sea mining trial
       
A seabed mining robot being tested on the Pacific Ocean floor at a depth of more than 13,000 ft has become detached, the Belgian company running the experimental trial said on Wednesday. Rocks called “polymetallic nodules” are seen on the seabed in the Clarion Clipperton Zone of the Pacific Ocean, April 2021. ReutersWhile several companies and countries have seabed exploration contracts, regulations governing deep-sea mining have not yet been finalized by the International Seabed Authority, a U.N. body. Critics, including environmentalist David Attenborough, say seabed mining is untested and has a largely unknown environmental impact. Google, BMW, AB Volvo, and Samsung SDI have backed a call for a moratorium on deep-sea mining.
IBM to buy Boston-based Turbonomic in latest software deal
       
The move is part of IBM’s growing push into providing its customers with artificial intelligence-based software solutions. Turbonomic, formerly known as VMTurbo, provides organizations with management software that can help maintain and optimize applications, servers, networks, databases, and other cloud-based resources. IBM announced on Thursday that it will acquire Turbonomic, a Boston-based company that makes IT-management software for businesses. The Turbonomic deal comes amid a series of recent IBM acquisitions, including myInvenio, Instana, and WDG Automation. Turbonomic was founded in 2008 by Shmuel Kliger, a veteran of EMC and IBM.
Watch Now: Millions of Dutch tulips bloom with no visitors, and more of today's top videos
       
A beautiful display of purple, yellow and crimson tulips have bloomed at the world's largest flower garden in the Netherlands, a hair brushing robot has been designed to help the disabled, and more of today's top videos.
Biden calls for US to enter a new superpower struggle
       
The United States now faces a far more capable technological competitor, a far more complex military standoff, and a starker ideological conflict. AdvertisementWhether he can turn both the country and America’s allies to that task, his aides acknowledge, may well define his presidency. Xi Jinping, the Chinese leader Biden got to know a decade ago, is “deadly earnest on becoming the most significant, consequential nation in the world,” Biden argued. The infrastructure plan — with its emphasis on moving semiconductor manufacturing back to the United States and focusing on 5G networks, artificial intelligence, and advanced robotics — is the modern-day space race. But making this twin strategy of competition and containment work, Biden acknowledged at one point, depended on persuading Americans to make the necessary investments and convincing allies that the United States would have their backs.
Lawmakers propose ban on police buying access to Clearview AI and other data brokers
       
A bipartisan group of lawmakers has proposed banning police from buying access to user data from data brokers, including ones that “illegitimately obtained” their records — like, its sponsors say, the facial recognition service Clearview AI. “There’s no reason information scavenged by data brokers should be treated differently than the same data held by your phone company or email provider,” Wyden said in a statement today. It bars paying for what it calls “illegitimately obtained information,” including information that was gathered through deception and hacking or in a way that’s inconsistent with the privacy policy of the platform where people posted it. In a press release, the sponsors say that would prohibit buying facial recognition services from Clearview AI, which trains its models on photographs that users posted on social networks. Currently, “Clearview AI uses these illicitly obtained photos to power a facial recognition service it sells to government agencies, which they can search without a court order,” the release says.
Space Force scientist says it's 'imperative' military uses human augmentation by employing AI agents
       
However, his proposal does not turn humans into cyborgs, but employs 'AI agents' to assist with strategic military planning. Mozer suggests the extortionary capabilities can lead to superhuman capabilities, by means of combining human ingenuity with the power, speed and efficiency of machines. The Pentagon would have access to a broader range of ideas than any human or humans could fathom on their own. After more than three million games over the three, AlphaGo Zero triumphed over its predecessor, AlphaGo, which had learned by studying skills of the world's best chess players. Using such technologies in strategic military planning, the Pentagon could 'develop strategies and tactics that no human could,' suggesting AI could one day provide commands to leading generals.
eBooks: Artificial Intelligence in Retail
       
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Biden's first 100 days were dominated by diplomacy and conflict
       
It found that Biden’s first months in office were strongly associated with diplomacy (58.3% proximity), conflict (57.4% proximity), regulatory changes (46.5% proximity), and economy (43.9% proximity). Meanwhile, elections were strongly associated with Trump towards the end of his tenure (60.5% proximity), along with campaign finance (60.0% proximity), corporate crime (50.0% proximity), and conflict (49.1% proximity). These topics reduced in prevalence during Biden’s first 100 days. The proximity of Biden to certain topics has changed dramatically over 100 days, and more recently he is strongly associated with sanctions (53.2%), tax (50.1%), immigration (48.9%), gun control (44.9%), and environment (43.4%). Biden’s proximity to environmental topics rose from 28.9% to 43.4%, with gun control rising from 16.9% to 44.9% during the first 100 days of the administration.
Softbank splashes cash on AI-powered drug discovery in Exscientia's $225 million Series D
       
Vision Fund 2 will be providing a further $300 million equity commitmentBritish AI-powered pharmatech startup Exscientia has closed a $225 million Series D funding round, led by SoftBank Vision Fund 2. “With the convergence of technology and biology, drug discovery is rapidly evolving in ways that will reshape the industry. It will also expand its technology platform toward autonomous drug design. “All of our investors share Exscientia’s vision to discover better drugs, faster, through AI and automation,” Andrew Hopkins, CEO of Exscientia, said. “Our patient-first AI platform has repeatedly demonstrated its ability to precision design drugs that address patients’ needs.
Xbox Cloud Gaming Beta hands-on: The revolution is (almost) here
       
And it’s all thanks to Microsoft’s excellent “Xbox Cloud Gaming” service, which recently entered beta. The short version is this:Here’s a more nuanced take: Microsoft’s been telling us for years that “Project X Cloud,” now Xbox Cloud Gaming, would be a big deal. Xbox Cloud Gaming basically unifies the PC and console Game Pass libraries on a single platform. After all, Xbox Cloud Gaming is, at it’s core, an Azure-based artificial intelligence product. You can find out everything you need to know about Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass and Cloud Gaming services right here.
Q&A: Vivienne Sze on crossing the hardware-software divide for efficient artificial intelligence
       
Her research focuses on designing more-efficient deep neural networks to process video, and more-efficient hardware to run those applications. A: AI applications are moving to smartphones, tiny robots, and internet-connected appliances and other devices with limited power and processing capabilities. In some deep networks, the same data are used multiple times for different computations. In our followup work, Eyeriss v2, we made the chip flexible enough to reuse data across a wider range of deep networks. Q: What low-power AI applications are you working on?
AI Being Tapped to Understand What Whales Say to Each Other
       
The team includes experts in linguistics, robotics, machine learning, and camera engineering. Gruber’s machine learning colleagues applied AI techniques to some of Gero’s audio, to identify individual sperm whales from their sounds. Beluga whales live in the Arctic or sub-Arctic. This year, the NOAA scientists are working with Microsoft AI experts to train AI programs using deep learning techniques. Machine learning is achieving more than 96% accuracy in classifying detections compared to a scientist doing the classification.
PepsiCo Taps Digital Startups to Keep Pace as Cookies Crumble
       
The pandemic sped up the timetable, as digital trends expected to hit years in the future took hold in months. Google’s Phaseout of Third-Party Cookies in 2022 Causing DisruptionGoogle’s decision to phase out third-party cookies in 2022 is causing marketers to search for alternatives. PepsiCo partner CreativeX uses AI to predict where digital assets will perform best, and it analyzes the success of past efforts. PepsiCo is using startup Mirriad to apply its computer vision technology to insert messages into existing content, to keep it refreshed. The company is now planning how to bring the Mirriad technology to its Latin America and European markets.
New CHI Event Focused on AI for Pharmaceuticals Launching in June
       
By AI Trends StaffAI Trends and Bio-IT World have announced a new virtual conference, DECODE: AI for Pharmaceuticals, to be held June 7-9, 2021, the first cross-functional conference to uncover AI’s true value for the pharmaceutical sector, while also focusing on data strategies, organizational change management, and implementation best practices. Produced by Cambridge Innovation Institute, the conference company behind AI World and the Bio-IT World Conference & Expo, DECODE: AI for Pharmaceuticals plans to fill a gap in the conference landscape for an event that combines AI technologies with the needs and business goals of pharmaceutical companies. Uniting innovation, data, digital and IT leaders from across the entire pharmaceutical product pipeline, this use-case-led program goes beyond the hype of AI to identify where the true value lies, what business outcomes are within reach, and how to navigate the technology implementation journey. “In spite of these recent advances, pharmaceutical organizations still have a long way to go in order to achieve true, scalable AI for maximum gains. For more information, go to DECODE: AI for Pharmaceuticals and the AI Innovation Circle.
Autonomous Driving, AI System on a Chip, Drug Discovery Firms Among Top Funded
       
By John P. Desmond, AI Trends EditorThe top-funded companies on the recently-released list of top 100 most-promising AI companies to watch from CBInsights, a market intelligence company based in New York, include companies offering autonomous driving software, an AI System on a chip, endpoint security with AI, and a drug discovery company. The company is developing the Aurora Driver autonomous driving platform. Volvo Group recently selected Aurora to help accelerate the commercialization of autonomous trucks, according to an account on the Aurora blog. “Horizon Robotics brings the power of AI in an efficient and cost-effective package of AI algorithms, AI processors and AI Toolkits to empower smart mobility around the world,” the company states on its website. SentinelOne Brings AI, Machine Learning to Endpoint SecuritySentinelOne, offering autonomous endpoint security, uses AI and machine learning to thwart known and unknown threats.
Computational Blurring As Resolution For AI Autonomous Car Roving Eye
       
I’ve referred to this as the roving eye of the coming era of self-driving cars. Because I want to underscore that when discussing the role of the AI driving system, I am not ascribing human qualities to the AI. We probably would want the self-driving car to detect that a dog is up ahead, and though currently inside a yard, the dog might decide to dart into the street once the self-driving car comes along. Upon doing so, the AI driving system figures out the driving action to undertake and emits commands to the vehicle accordingly. At this time, few are worrying about the roving eye of self-driving cars.
What Are Transformer Models In Machine Learning -Big Data Analytics News
       
Intelligent systems are built on machine learning algorithms to learn from historical data or past experience. Machine learning applications include image recognition and speech recognition, valuable in various industries such as medicine, e-Commerce, manufacturing, and education. In this article, you’ll learn more about transformer models in machine learning. Machine Learning and Language TranslationTranslating languages require a model to figure out dependencies and connections using machine learning models. ConclusionTransformer models in machine learning pertain to using an in-depth analysis of data or information based on encoder and decoder architecture used.
What's New in Robotics? 23.04.2021
       
It seems that no company is working on accident- prevention exoskeletons more seriously than Sarcos Robotics. Every year thousands of farmers and commercial grain handlers risk their lives by entering a grain bin to remove clumped or rotted grain. Retrofit with a robotUnited Grinding, Miamisburg, OH, has a new offering for its grinding machine customers. “In addition to speed, the new robots handle an increased number of workpieces/tools, are more compact and consume less energy. Are two small Canadian companies beating out the big boys like GM and Ford when it comes to autonomous trucks?
AI Weekly — AI News & Leading Newsletter on Deep Learning & Artificial Intelligence
       
EthicsThis Researcher Says AI Is Neither Artificial nor Intelligent This Researcher Says AI Is Neither Artificial nor Intelligent Kate Crawford, who holds positions at USC and Microsoft, says in a new book that even experts working on the technology misunderstand AI. You argue that some experts working on the technology misunderstand AI more deeply. Stop talking about AI ethics. It’s time to talk about power. I think it’s produced this very skewed understanding of artificial intelligence as purely technical systems that are somehow objective and neutral, and—as Stuart Russell and Peter Norvig say in their textbook—as intelligent agents that make the best decision of any possible action.
Coded Bias: Live viewing and panel
       
DataKind Ethics Committee would like to invite our volunteers to a virtual Netflix screening and a panel-led discussion of the award-winning documentary Coded Bias. The documentary "Coded Bias" is on Netflix. Unfortunately, we don't have a way to access the film if you don't have a Netflix account at this time. However, if you are unavailable for that time, please feel free to watch the documentary in your own time and join the Q&A panel only. Coded Bias premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, and follows researchers and advocates as they explore how algorithms encode and propagate bias.
Podcast: Breaking Barriers in Tech Feat. Rana el Kaliouby
       
Rana: I think it is really important to find something that you're passionate about. And as you said, that's almost like age-independent because when you're intrinsically motivated, that's when you're driven. That's when that's what gets you out of bed. So, MIT was on it already, and you know, this was their building, all of this stuff, but Cambridge didn't really have anybody working on Emotion AI. And he now runs a whole team of researchers who specialize in Emotion AI.
The Intercept’s latest…not even sure where to start.
       
Naturally, she omits that in 2020, Digital China was named Microsoft’s “Partner of the Year.” Nor does she mention that Digital China references more than 30,000 “channel partners” on its website (there’s a word for that, but this is a family blog). What Mara doesn’t demonstrate is that Oracle technology is a meaningful part of that supply chain. She points to an Oracle sale with Digital China for a whopping $400,000 as part of a smart policing project. The “towering” machine she cites as sold by Digital China for this project is, in reality, less than 24 inches tall. The award does in fact show the single Digital China Dengyun server (1/8 of a rack), listed for $415,000.
Stop talking about AI ethics. It’s time to talk about power.
       
Was it immediately obvious to you that this is how people should be thinking about AI? The other thing I would say that’s been a real inspiration is the growing field of scholars who are asking these bigger questions around labor, data, and inequality. We’ve spent far too much time focusing on narrow tech fixes for AI systems and always centering technical responses and technical answers. I hope it pulls aside the curtain and says, let’s actually look at who’s running the levers of these systems. That means shifting away from just focusing on things like ethical principles to talking about power.
Start-ups Powering New Era of Industrial Robotics
       
Robotics start-ups are releasing solutions designed to assist manufacturers address labor challenges, confront global competition and provide lasting business value. A critical focus area for industrial robotics startups is developing the autonomy to handle the dynamic nature of most manufacturing contexts. Painting, sanding, and welding fall into this category, and startups pursuing automation of these processes include Graymatter Robotics, Omnirobotic, Path Robotics, and Scalable Robotics. While manipulation is the classical paradigm for manufacturing robotics, it is complemented by the emerging field of mobility. Rethinking Supply ChainsThe advancements in manufacturing automation being pursued by robotics startups have the potential to increase the efficiency and adaptability of the sector.
Artificial Intelligence Is Misreading Human Emotion
       
He would show them flash cards of facial expressions and see if they described the emotion as he did. Even at these early stages, the faces were never natural or socially occurring human expressions but simulations produced by the brute application of electricity to the muscles. He believed that slow-motion photography was essential to his approach, because many facial expressions operate at the limits of human perception. SPOT has been used to monitor air travelers’ facial expressions since the September 11 attacks, in an attempt to “automatically” detect terrorists. But already, job applicants are judged unfairly because their facial expressions or vocal tones don’t match those of other employees.
ManipulaTHOR training software from AI2 gives virtual robots a hand — and an arm
       
You can lead a virtual robot to a refrigerator, but you can’t make it pull out a drink. This is the problem that Seattle’s Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, also known as AI2, is addressing with a new breed of virtual robotic agent called ManipulaTHOR. ManipulaTHOR adds a highly articulated robotic arm to the institute’s AI2-THOR artificial intelligence platform — which should provide lots more capability for testing the software for robots even before they’re built. It doesn’t have to be just in kitchens, or just in indoor scenes, or just in houses.”ManipulaTHOR’s virtual robotic arm is designed to simulate the capabilities of the Kinova Gen3 modular robotic arm, a commercially available product that features six degrees of freedom. Of course, the acid test will come when real-world robots are programmed using the computer models developed for AI2-THOR’s virtual robots.
New Artificial Intelligence that is Shaping 2021
       
New Artificial Intelligence that is Shaping 2021Artificial intelligence is shaping the world. What is Artificial Intelligence? Artificial Intelligence is the process of developing computers and robots capable of parsing data like a human being. Artificial intelligence works by giving a machine the inputs and letting the device develop its path to achieve its set goal. The trucking business in many countries across the globe is a perfect testing ground for this artificial intelligence.
Machine Learning Blog | ML@CMU | Carnegie Mellon University
       
Since these algorithms learn explanations by fitting them on finite data, the explanations may not necessarily fit unseen data well. In what follows, we’ll first provide a quick introduction to local explanations. Here, the “complexity” of the local explanations corresponds to how large of a local neighborhood the explanations span (the larger the neighborhood, the lower the complexity — see Fig 1 for a visualization). In our paper, we derive such a result below:$$\underbrace{\mathbb{E}_{x \sim D} \mathbb{E}_{x’ \sim N_{x}}[(g_{x’}(x) – f(x))^2]}_{\text{Test MNF}} \leq \underbrace{\hat{\mathbb{E}}_{x \sim S} \mathbb{E}_{x’ \sim N_{x}}[(g_{x’}(x) – f(x))^2]}_{\text{Train MNF}} + \rho_S \cdot \mathcal{R}(\mathcal{G}_{local}). Gregory Plumb, Denali Molitor and Ameet S. Talwalkar, 2018, “Model Agnostic Supervised Local Explanations“, NeurIPS 2018.
AI-powered cybersecurity platform Vectra AI raises $130M
       
San Jose, California-based cybersecurity startup Vectra AI today announced it has raised $130 million in a funding round that values the company at $1.2 billion. Vectra was founded in 2012 by Hitesh Sheth, and the company provides AI-powered network detection and response services. Vectra’s data scientists build and tune self-learning AI systems that complement the metadata with key security information. “Contrary to flashy Hollywood headlines about some Skynet-like AI hacker coming to get you, actual human attackers are far more clever than any contemporary offensive AI systems. Decisions about which AI cybersecurity solution to commit to should be driven based on outcome-based evaluations.
Google-led paper pushes back against claims of AI inefficiency
       
Google this week pushed back against claims by earlier research that large AI models can contribute significantly to carbon emissions. Carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide levels are at the highest they’ve been in the last 800,000 years. Separately, leading AI researcher Timnit Gebru coauthored a paper that spotlights the impact of large language models’ carbon footprint on marginalized communities. Earlier studies, the paper says, made incorrect assumptions about model training approaches like neural architecture search, which automates the design of systems by finding the best model for a particular task. “We are working to be more transparent about energy use and carbon dioxide emissions in our future research.
Acorio: Digital transformation was the top business initiative in 2021
       
Digital transformation grew 20% year-over-year, becoming the top business initiative in 2021 with 79% of organizations working on it, over service management, which was at only 64% this year, Acorio, an NTT Data company and ServiceNow consultancy, said in its third annual ServiceNow Insight and Vision survey. The survey found that 60% of organizations have been working on their digital transformation initiatives for over a year, but only 14% are “almost complete” with their transformation. While many organizations were slowly evolving towards transformation, the past 14 months have put the need for business digitization at a different level of strategic conversations. As a key focus of this survey, Acorio examined how businesses were using ServiceNow’s technology platform to underpin their initiatives in 2021. This first look Executive Summary comes from the largest global survey focused exclusively on ServiceNow and technology transformation.
Huawei trained the Chinese-language equivalent of GPT-3
       
This week, a research team at Chinese company Huawei quietly detailed what might be the Chinese-language equivalent of GPT-3. Large language models like OpenAI’s GPT-3 learn to write humanlike text by internalizing billions of examples from the public web. Chinese text was converted into simplified Chinese, and 724 potentially offensive words, spam, and “low-quality” samples were filtered out. One crucial difference between GPT-3 and PanGu-α is the number of tokens on which the models trained. While GPT-3 trained on 499 billion tokens, PanGu-α trained on only 40 billion, suggesting it’s comparatively undertrained.
AI developed in Israel can create smart drugs by revealing how bacteria infects the body
       
AI developed in Israel can create smart drugs by revealing how bacteria infects the bodyThe biggest challenge for the global battle to stamp out the pandemic is the elusive nature of the virus, which has made it important to track infections to save lives. But having more insight into the way bacteria works could hold the key for effective healthcare and treatments in the future. With hopes to create a similar solution for the development of smart drugs, researchers at Tel Aviv University have come up with AI that can shed light on how exactly bacteria attack the human body. Going beyond protection of human health, the smart tool can also spot effectors that may allow bacteria to target plants. As these firms collect data for development of better drugs, an Israeli engineer has also invented a pill which is equipped with a camera.
Kenya's Ajua acquires WayaWaya to consolidate consumer experience play in African SMEs
       
Kenyan consumer experience platform for businesses in Africa, Ajua today announced that it has acquired WayaWaya, a Kenya-based AI and ML messaging and payments company. Teddy Ogallo, the entrepreneur who founded WayaWaya, joins Ajua as VP of Product APIs and Integrations. Although the two companies did not disclose the financial details of the acquisition, Ajua is expected to have paid 10 times more than WayaWaya's total raise. Teddy Ogallo (Founder, WayaWaya) & Kenfield Griffith (CEO, Ajua)Teddy Ogallo (Founder, WayaWaya) & Kenfield Griffith (CEO, Ajua)Nigeria's SME market alone is valued at $220 billion annually. For Ajua, Griffith cited regulatory issues as one reason why the company is keeping the figure under wraps.
SK Broadband present new family plan in time for May, the ‘Family Month’
       
In time for Parents’ Day on May 8, SK Broadband is presenting a new family plan targeting adults living separately from their aging parents and looking out for them in this coronavirus pandemic.The plan, called “B tv Family,” is a package of services tailored for senior citizens who cannot go out as often as they used to and cannot meet up with their grandchildren and other loved ones.On top of the typical combination of high-speed internet, home Wi-Fi, IPTV and a TV set-top box equipped with voice-activated artificial intelligence, the package offers unique features intended to link children and parents through photo sharing and video on demand gifting.The monthly rate is 29,700 won ($27), which is 40 percent lower than the standard price for the services included in the package, on condition that users commit to a three-year subscription.Only the adult children are eligible to sign up and pay for the plan. Parents cannot pay for their own accounts.The firm said it has received positive feedback from subscribers since the plan’s launch. Some subscribers expressed gratitude for delivering a new source of fun and excitement to their aged parents as they lead a predominantly indoor life. There were also positive comments about the AI senior care service, an extra offered for 2,200 won per month that reminds parents when it is time to take medicine or go out for an appointment.“Some senior citizens, who had lived without internet access or IPTV, are said to have found new joy from B tv because the rate is very reasonable and it is covered by their children,” the firm said in a press release.By The Korea Herald staff ( khnews@heraldcorp.com
[Today’s K-pop] Hot Issue debuts triumphantly
       
(Credit: S2 Entertainment)Seven-piece female band Hot Issue debuted with a much-anticipated online showcase on Wednesday. The group came out with five-track EP “Issue Maker” and the lead track “Gratata” comes after the machine gun sounds as it ambitiously aims to target the public like a skilled sniper. Title track “Ugly Dance” is a dance number based on hip-hop and “more powerful and hip than the music we’ve done before,” explained Hyojin. Korean with TinyTAN.”It weaves along the story of a girl named Bora, whose first language is not Korean but wants to learn after she fell in love with the band. The voices are generated by artificial intelligence that studied the members for over six months, according to the company.
Are we ready for our smart home devices to become truly "smart"?
       
We may not have the living room of "The Jetsons" yet, but over the past decade, integrated smart devices have become a mainstay in our homes. The exploding field of ambient technology promises innovative, intuitive electronics that fade into the background hum of our lives. As technology progresses, artificial intelligence (AI), the linchpin of ambient technology, will likely augment more areas of our lives. Though it does take energy to run smart devices, manufacturers have touted overall savings costs. Identifying these problems will become crucial as more people opt in to relinquishing their tasks to ambient technology.
Why is nobody clicking your website? Adobe’s brutally honest new AI can tell you
       
As Steve Hammond, a VP of Adobe Experience Cloud who leads the Sneaks program, explains, the work stems from years of Adobe’s AI research. But he explains that Catchy Content pushes Adobe’s image prowess farther, from editing to a deep evaluation. advertisementNow, allow me to disclose, I have no idea if Catchy Content actually works. But as brands and writers create more types of stories inside Catchy Content, Hammond imagines we’ll see optimal designs diversify. Hyman himself seems to be mulling whether Catchy Content is giving too much feedback and if they might pare back suggestions to only the most actionable items.
Breakout Watch: AI, Machine Learning Power Rising EPS Estimates For Nvidia Peer
       
MSFT, Adobe, ServiceNow and MPWR stock are all involved in AI and machine learning. ServiceNow recently acquired India-based Intellibot, which expands its use of AI and machine learning to automate repetitive tasks. Expanding integration of AI and machine learning isn't the only thing these top long-term growth stocks have in common. In January, Monolithic Power Systems announced the launch of a new family of power modules targeting applications for AI and machine learning. Breakout Nears For MPWR Stock With Earnings DueMPWR stock is forming a lopsided double-bottom base with a 398.99 buy point.
German start-up creates a delivery drone capable of toting three separate packages
       
It has a 5.8-foot wingspan and measures under 4.5 feet from nose to tail. It is built around the Wingcopter’s patented tilt-rotor system, which allows it to take off vertically like a helicopter, fly in a fixed-wing position like an airplane, hover if it needs to, and land vertically. The drone uses wireless networks to communicate with flight controllers and has a visual artificial intelligence system and sensors to avoid nearby objects.
Robot that can cook a paella is causing quite a stir in Spain
       
Since it was unveiled at a hospitality industry fair last month, the world’s first robotic paellero has been causing a bit of a stir. Set the programme, load the sofrito, rice, stock and seafood, leave it alone and the robotic arm, which is hooked up to a computerised stove, will do the rest. The robot, a joint project between the young company br5 (Be a Robot 5) and the paella stove manufacturer Mimcook, has so far attracted interest from hotel and restaurant chains, as well as a Japanese company. That’s a robot too – people just don’t realise it – and so is a coffee-vending machine. “It doesn’t make sense for us to be stirring rice – especially because you’ll be looking at WhatsApp while you’re doing it and it’ll burn.
Mining robot stranded on Pacific Ocean floor in deep-sea mining trial
       
Patania II, a 25-tonne seabed mining robot, is lowered into the Pacific Ocean to begin a descent to the sea floor, in the Clarion Clipperton Zone of the Pacific Ocean, April 2021. GSR/Handout via REUTERSA seabed mining robot being tested on the Pacific Ocean floor at a depth of more than 4 km (13,000 ft) has become detached, the Belgian company running the experimental trial said on Wednesday. While several companies and countries have seabed exploration contracts, regulations governing deep-sea mining have not yet been finalised by the International Seabed Authority, a U.N. body. Critics, including environmentalist David Attenborough, say seabed mining is untested and has a largely unknown environmental impact. Google, BMW, AB Volvo, and Samsung SDI have backed a call for a moratorium on deep-sea mining.
If you could upload your mind into a computer, would you? How AI is making science fiction real
       
How AI is making science fiction realIf you could upload your mind into a computer, would you? How AI is making science fiction real Back to video Watching this synaptic devastation play out had Shin questioning what it is that makes us who we are. Article content Shin went one step further while making A.rtificial I.mmortality, creating a digital duplicate of her own self. Article content Shin declares herself cautiously optimistic about the future of AI and its intersection with our brains. Shopping essentials Advertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below.
Walmart is having its own home sale to compete with Way Day 2021—shop the best deals
       
Wayfair, for instance, is currently holding its annual Way Day 2021 sale, which features some of the best price cuts you'll find at the store all year long. The company isn't the only one offering one-of-a-kind discounts this week, however: Walmart is currently hosting its own major two-day home sale, with tons of deals on everything from furniture to décor and more. Our favorite robot vacuum cleaner, the iRobot Roomba i7+, for instance, is down to just $599 for a $200 discount. The best deals to shop from Walmart's two-day home saleNeed help finding products? Follow Reviewed on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for the latest deals, reviews, and more.
European MPs targeted by deepfake video calls imitating Russian opposition
       
A series of senior European MPs have been approached in recent days by individuals who appear to be using deepfake filters to imitate Russian opposition figures during video calls. Those tricked include Rihards Kols, who chairs the foreign affairs committee of Latvia’s parliament, as well as MPs from Estonia and Lithuania. Tom Tugendhat, the chair of the UK foreign affairs select committee, has also said he was targeted. pic.twitter.com/q6IZf5kVYL — Rihards Kols (@RihardsKols) April 22, 2021Deepfakes are named for the “deep learning” that allows artificial intelligence networks to generate, or imitate, faces and to have them mimic human behaviour. The poor resolution on video calls would explain in part why the prank wasn’t immediately apparent to the targets.
DIA celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with virtual events
       
It features traditions from more than 10 different Asian cultures, including Chinese, Indian, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Filipino, Mongolian, Taiwanese, Thai and Vietnamese. Dow, who is also a member of the state’s Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission, worked with Asian-American organizations across the region to develop the program. It also included a performance from Taiwan’s Formosa Circus Art and a video “look-back” compilation of previous DIA Asian programs. We all work together as a team.”DIA Asian Pacific American Heritage MonthAll programs are virtual, available on the DIA’s website. • 1 p.m.: (Live) “Wimee’s Words Live - DIA Edition: Indian Shadow Puppets”o Live puppet show features robot Wimee, who inspires kids to learn through creativity.
First 100 days: Biden keeps Trump-era sanctions in tech battle with China, looks to friends for help
       
While Biden has kept these rules in place, he has also announced policies aimed at boosting American innovation. Raising new barriers around U.S. technologies and essentially weaponizing key supply chains as part of an effort to contain China's rise are (also) part of the Biden strategy. The directorate would fund research in 10 key areas including artificial intelligence, semiconductors, robotics, materials sciences, advanced communications technologies, among others. Semiconductor focusInternational tech alliancesAnother difference between Biden's approach to China and technology and Trump's is the focus on "multilateralism," according to Bruyere. China is trying to shape a new global order; it's up to Washington to lead the development of a better alternative.
Clearview scandal exposes limits of transatlantic AI collaboration
       
A Buzzfeed investigation this week reported that employees at law enforcement agencies across the U.S. had used controversial facial recognition policing technology made by tech firm Clearview AI. One example is the use of facial recognition technology in public places, which digital rights groups argue could enable widespread biometric surveillance. It's unclear if the company broke any laws, but the city of Alameda, California, which has banned the use of facial recognition technology, is now investigating the matter. They knocked down a transatlantic data flows agreement last year because they thought Europeans' personal data wasn't safe from U.S. surveillance practices. European lawmakers believe the U.S. has to align its rules with Europe's if AI collaboration is to happen.
Toyota to acquire Lyft's self-driving unit for $550m
       
First Uber bails on autonomous cars, now Lyft does the sameJapanese automotive manufacturer Toyota has agreed to acquire the self-driving division of ride-hailing business Lyft. "Lyft has spent nine years building a transportation network that is uniquely capable of scaling autonomous vehicles," Lyft CEO Logan Green said. In 2019, Toyota partnered with SoftBank to create a self-driving joint venture called Monet, which is working its own on-demand self-driving service platform. Then in February, the Japanese carmaker said it would build self-driving vehicles for Aurora and auto supplier Denso, to co-develop a fleet of robotaxis. Aurora itself recently expanded with the acquisition of the self-driving unit of Lyft's primary rival Uber, in a $4 billion deal.
Checkout-free retail startup Sensei secures $6.5 million in seed funding
       
To scale its R&D and begin rollout in EuropeSensei, a Lisbon-based computer vision startup, has secured $6.5 million in seed funding, in a round led by Seaya Ventures and Iberis Capital. Sensei provides autonomous store technologies, such as checkout-free purchasing systems. The company said this was the largest seed round raised in Portugal to date, bringing its total to $7 million. The startup also claims to be the first in Europe to secure capital for autonomous retail technology development. Lisbon Innovation Kluster co-founder Joana Rafael is a member of the board at Sensei, and the startup’s chief operating officer.
Scientists developed AI-powered ankle braces to make you walk faster
       
Behold the Stanford ankle exoskeleton:Up front: While the device itself is a complex mash-up of AI and mobility technologies, the idea behind it is pretty simple. Per the researchers‘ paper:In this study, we used human-in-the-loop optimization to test whether large improvements in self-selected walking speed are possible through ankle exoskeleton assistance. Healthy participants (N = 10) were instructed to walk at a comfortable speed on a self-paced treadmill while wearing tethered ankle exoskeletons. With torque optimized for speed, participants walked 42% faster than in normal shoes. A 42% increase in walking speed is a remarkable improvement.
Will Tesla survive Elon Musk’s bumbling leadership?
       
And, Tesla, well, even Musk says he prefers Edison to Tesla due to the Nikola’s lack of marketing savvy and lesser popularity in the public eye. Tesla’s the only car company still betting that pure computer vision will solve autonomous driving. The short answer: because Autopilot and Full Self Driving don’t work. Remember: nobody but the person who purchases a Tesla agrees to participate in Musk’s autonomous driving experiments, yet everyone on the road has to. However, Musk’s market manipulation and insistence on a one-track solution for autonomous driving do nothing but jeopardize the company’s future.
How a theoretical mouse could crack the stock market
       
This could be a breakthrough for artificial neural networks. But this is the first time we’ve heard of researchers using machine learning techniques to grow a theoretical mouse brain. [Read: The biggest tech trends of 2021, according to 3 founders]The researchers hypothesized that brains, organic neural networks, function under the same hypothetical balance state. If you can reduce what goes on in a mouse’s head to a working AI model, then it’s likely you can eventually scale that to human-brain levels. Our current neural networks are a pale attempt to imitate what nature does with ease.
Sony’s working on an AI that can play games for you. Here’s a better idea
       
Sony’s AI division recently published a patent for an AI system that learns to mimic a player’s style. Give a person a video game and they’ll play it, teach an AI to play it for them and… what’s the point? Per the patent:The method includes generating a user game play profile of the user by adjusting the default game play style based on the plurality of game plays, wherein the user game play profile incudes a user game play style customized to the user. The method includes controlling an instance of a first gaming application based on the user game play style of the user game play profile. However, as far as player-facing applications go, there is an interesting use-case for AI that Sony’s algorithms could potentially explore.
Study: Perfect strangers can identify you using only 3 songs from your playlist
       
A group of researchers from Tel Aviv University recently discovered how shockingly easy it is to identify a person based on a tiny sample of their musical listening preferences. The big idea here is that Spotify and Pandora don’t need to know who you are in order to serve you the music you like. And that means, given enough data, a powerful enough system can usually trace it back to the person responsible. This is a scary prospect for people who care about their privacy, but typically there isn’t much to worry about. Companies such as Spotify take great pains to protect their data as it’s usually in their best interest to safeguard their users.
3 new technologies ecommerce brands can use to connect better with customers
       
We spoke with three ecommerce experts to find out what companies are getting wrong and how they can better connect with their audiences using technology. And just where is your audience shopping online? On top of that, Google itself is competing with Google Shopping. ChannelEngine is a software as a service platform that connects brands, retailers, and wholesalers to online marketplaces. With just native targeting options available and limited access to data, brands struggle with reaching the right audience.
Study shows how dangerously simple it is to manipulate voters (and daters) with AI
       
In the first experiment, the researchers used explicit manipulation to get participants to vote for a specific political candidate. Rather than telling participants an AI was recommending politicians, the algorithm secretly chose four politicians and pre-exposed participants to their images in order to develop familiarity. However, when the AI stayed behind the scenes and surfaced specific images, users were more likely to choose those images. The question isn’t whether a bad actor can manipulate us with AI, it’s which algorithms work best for a given situation. The bad actors of the world have an extreme advantage over the good-faith researchers, scientists, and politicians who want to study and regulate AI.
Judge says Amazon suit alleging Trump interfered in Project JEDI can go ahead
       
An Amazon lawsuit alleging former President Donald Trump interfered in the selection process for the Department of Defense’s JEDI project can go forward, a federal judge ruled today. The ruling stems from a 2019 lawsuit where Amazon insisted Trump purposefully snubbed the company in favor of Microsoft for the JEDI account – a $10B program to build AI solutions for the Pentagon. The Department of Justice and Microsoft filed a joint injunction request in an attempt to have Amazon’s case dismissed. An Amazon spokesperson told Neural:The record of improper influence by former President Trump is disturbing, and we are pleased the Court will review the remarkable impact it had on the JEDI contract award. AWS continues to be the superior technical choice, the less expensive choice, and would provide the best value to the DoD and the American taxpayer.
Ford's Ever-Smarter Robots Are Speeding Up the Assembly Line
       
In 1913, Henry Ford revolutionized car-making with the first moving assembly line, an innovation that made piecing together new vehicles faster and more efficient. At a Ford plant in Livonia, Michigan, robots assemble torque converters by wiggling components into place, with some help from machine learning. Courtesy of SymbioThe technology allows this part of the assembly line to run 15 percent faster, a significant improvement in automotive manufacturing where thin profit margins depend heavily on manufacturing efficiencies. “I personally think it is going to be something of the future,” says Lon Van Geloven, production manager at the Livonia plant. AI is often viewed as a disruptive and transformative technology, but the Livonia torque setup illustrates how AI may creep into industrial processes in gradual and often imperceptible ways.
Q&A: Vivienne Sze on crossing the hardware-software divide for efficient artificial intelligence
       
Her research focuses on designing more-efficient deep neural networks to process video, and more-efficient hardware to run those applications. A: AI applications are moving to smartphones, tiny robots, and internet-connected appliances and other devices with limited power and processing capabilities. In some deep networks, the same data are used multiple times for different computations. In our followup work, Eyeriss v2, we made the chip flexible enough to reuse data across a wider range of deep networks. Q: What low-power AI applications are you working on?
Gartner says low-code, RPA, and AI driving growth in ‘hyperautomation’
       
Hyperautomation-enabling technologies include robotic process automation (RPA), low-code application platforms (LCAP), AI, and virtual assistants. Through 2024, the drive toward hyperautomation will lead organizations to adopt at least three out of the 20 process-agonistic types of software that enable hyperautomation, Gartner said. The demand for low-code tools is already high as skills-strapped IT organizations look for ways to move simple development projects over to business users. Lots of potential use casesHyperautomation extends the idea of intelligent automation, as it promises end-to-end process automation with minimal human intervention required. Organizations will be able to lower operational costs 30% by 2024 through combining hyperautomation technologies with redesigned operational processes, Garner projected.
Membership inference attacks detect data used to train machine learning models
       
But a type of attack called “membership inference” makes it possible to detect the data used to train a machine learning model. In many cases, the attackers can stage membership inference attacks without having access to the machine learning model’s parameters and just by observing its output. Membership inference attacks take advantage of this property to discover or reconstruct the examples used to train the machine learning model. In this technique, an attacker creates random records for a target machine learning model served on a cloud service. The more overfitted a machine learning model is, the easier it will be for an adversary to stage membership inference attacks against it.
DevOps orchestration platform Opsera raises $15M
       
Opsera, a continuous orchestration platform for DevOps, today announced it has closed a $15 million series A round led by Felicis Ventures. Standish Group found that “challenged” projects — i.e., those that fail to meet scope, time, or budget expectations — account for about 52% of software projects. Opsera, which was founded in 2020, aims to combat DevOps challenges with a self-service, no-code orchestration platform that lets engineers provision or integrate their CI/CD tools from a common framework. A growing DevOps marketThe DevOps market is projected to reach $14.97 billion by 2026, at a compound annual growth rate of 19.1%, according to a Fortune Business Insights report. “We offer the only DevOps platform that connects and orchestrates the entire tool stack with complete choice and visibility.
Saas provider BoostUp.ai nabs $6M to support revenue operations
       
BoostUp.ai, provider of a software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform for managing revenue operations (revenue ops) infused with AI capabilities, today announced it has garnered $6 million in additional series A funding, bringing its total raised to $14 million, after an initial seed round last year. It’s not clear to what degree providers of CRM applications are responding to any shift toward a more integrated approach to revenue Ops. Salesforce, for example, offers separate CRM, marketing, and customer service applications that are integrated on the same cloud. Regardless of companies’ motivations for embracing Revenue Ops, it’s clear sales, marketing, and customer service processes are becoming more integrated. Naturally, it may take a while before every organization is able to fully transition to a Revenue Ops model.
Accenture says IT investments are bearing fruit
       
The divide between organizations that derive maximum financial benefit from IT investments and comparative laggards is widening in the wake of the economic downturn brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s twice the growth rate a similar Accenture study found in 2017. Nearly two-thirds (65%) of leaders have also prioritized flexible work arrangements using digital technologies, the survey found. The existence of a leapfrogger category proves it’s not too late for laggards to make strategic IT investments that will enable them to compete more effectively, Accenture Integrated Global Services lead Ramnath Venkataraman told VentureBeat. “It’s not an option.”Overall, leapfroggers increased their investments in advanced and emerging technologies by 17%, the report finds.
Viso Trust assesses third-party cybersecurity risk with AI, raises $3M
       
Viso Trust, a platform that uses AI to perform cyber risk assessments, today announced it has raised $3 million. “The goal of third-party risk management ranges from reducing the likelihood of data breaches and costly operational failures to meeting regulatory requirements,” cofounder Paul Valente told VentureBeat via email. “Unfortunately, the tools available for us to manage third-party risk, such as GRC platforms, security ratings, and audit exchanges, were too clunky, overly time-consuming, inaccurate, and most of all, expensive. Just 35% of organizations rate their third-party risk management program as highly effective, and only 34% have an inventory of their vendors, a 2018 study from Opus and Ponemon Institute found. “Viso Trust [is] building a cyber due diligence platform that leverages intelligence and automation to eliminate all questionnaire-based interactions and deliver continuous automated due diligence accurately across any number of vendors,” Mak told VentureBeat via email.
AI-powered construction project platform OpenSpace nabs $55M
       
OpenSpace, a platform that helps construction companies track building projects through AI-powered analytics and 360-degree photo documentation, has raised $55 million in a series C round of funding led by Alkeon Capital Management. OpenSpace also offers AI-powered analytics, including “progress tracking,” which uses computer vision to analyze site images and automatically figure out how much of the scheduled work has been completed. Elsewhere, “object search” enables site managers to select an object from a scene and find similar objects elsewhere on the site. Other notable players in the space include SiteAware and Buildots, both of which have raised sizable VC investments over the past nine months, highlighting the growing demand for digital technologies in the construction space. Prior to now, OpenSpace had raised around $34 million, including a $15.9 million series B last July.
How 'Superstore' nailed the chaos and complexities of robots in the workplace
       
Throughout it all, writers established a deep sense of relatability between their characters and real-life retail employees by addressing the growing presence of tech in the workplace. But the cart-collecting robot in "Costume Competition" really raised the bar. The finicky cart-collecting robot was a learning experience for the team, and it inspired them to seek out simpler technology when creating the most prominent robot in the series: Robot Glen. "We actually had pictures of all the retail robots that exist around the country," Shanes shared. When it came time to build Robot Glen, the team kept aesthetic, budget, special effects, and their negative experience with the cart-collecting robot in mind.
Smart drones glide through Sharjah's streets to nab wanted criminals via facial recognition
       
Smart drones glide through Sharjah's streets to nab wanted criminals via facial recognitionAs part of its evolution into a cluster of futuristic cities, the Emirates has introduced innovative tech in every sphere of public life. From transportation to bill payments and security, online apps and smart solutions have become an inseparable part of day to day life, following rapid digitisation during the pandemic. An AI equipped aerial fleet will hover above the Emirati city, and scan crowds to identify wanted criminals hiding in plain sight. Use of smart drones to crack down on hardened criminals seems like a natural progression, after the devices were deployed for enforcing social distancing norms in Sharjah. Among other solutions being used for monitoring criminals, authorities in the Emirates have successfully used tracking devices, which allow convicts to serve their prison sentence from home.
Smart investment advisor rolled out to handle stock trading for Emiratis
       
Smart investment advisor rolled out to handle stock trading for EmiratisThe digital transition which has affected personal as well as professional life and facilitated online transactions, has also made investments simpler than ever before. As part of a hassle-free registration process, an individual just has to answer simple questions for providing data to the smart asset manager. In addition to the investors priorities, the smart trading assistant will also constantly monitor performance of stocks, to build and upgrade a lucrative portfolio. Having AI which reduces the need for investing time and effort to navigate stock markets, makes online investment an attractive option for young netizens. Smart features will prove to be the deciding factor as competition in the Emirates heats up, with Sarwa set to launch a zero-commission trading app this year.
Kry closes $312M Series D after use of its telehealth tools grows 100% yoy
       
It's now very well anchored across the globe -- that telemedicine and digital healthcare is a crucial part of the healthcare systems moving forward," Schildt tells TechCrunch. "A lot of clinicians are using our tools to deliver digital care -- not only clinicians that we run ourselves but ones we're partnering with. And then also, given that we are a European provider, it involves us partnering with both public and private payers to make sure that the end consumer can actually access care." Kry, by contrast, has avoided flashy AI hype, even though its tools do frequently incorporate machine learning technology, per Schildt. Schildt sees a key role for digital healthcare tools to drive a much needed shift toward the kind of preventative healthcare that would be better all round, for both patients and for healthcare costs.
Opinion | What I Learned on My Quest to Fix America’s Social Media Problem
       
NewsGuard analysts apply nine basic, apolitical criteria of universal journalistic practice, such as whether these sources disclose ownership or publish corrections. While we hadn’t thought of our ratings as middleware, our licensees do implement our information this way. Whatever human judgments or artificial intelligence the social media companies use to craft their rankings, Russia’s RT, Vladimir Putin’s propaganda arm formerly known as Russia Today, is hugely successful. Without using the term “middleware,” this is the approach a new British law will take to reform the platforms. In anticipation of British regulations, a cottage industry of safety tools the platforms could offer to meet this new duty of care has grown in the U.K.
China launches robot prototype capable of catching space debris with net
       
A Chinese space mining start-up launched into low Earth orbit on Tuesday a robot prototype that can scoop up debris left behind by other spacecraft with a big net. The 30kg robot developed by Shenzhen-based Origin Space will pave the way for future technologies capable of mining on asteroids, according to the company. Also Read | Traffic cops of space: This Canadian company is addressing the issue of space debrisUnlike Astroscale's technology, which uses magnets to gather up space junk, NEO-01 will use a net to capture debris and then burn it with its electric propulsion system, according to a report on the company's website. Also Read | Removing space junk using Artificial IntelligenceXinhua reported on Saturday that China was stepping up efforts to land a probe on a near-Earth asteroid to collect samples, and also expediting a plan to build a defence system against near-Earth asteroids. Beijing has grand space ambitions, aiming to catch up with Russia and the United States and transform China into a major space power by 2030.
Deepfake satellite images pose serious military and political challenges
       
It's well established that deepfake images of people are problematic, but it's now clearer that bogus satellite imagery could also represent a threat. The Verge reports that University of Washington-led researchers have developed a way to generate deepfake satellite photography as part of an effort to detect manipulated images. The team used an AI algorithm to generate deepfakes by feeding the traits of learned satellite images into different base maps. Deepfake satellite imageryLead author Bo Zhao was quick to note there could be positive uses for deepfaked satellite snapshots. Researchers hope this work will help develop a system to catch satellite deepfakes in the same way that early work exists to spot human-oriented fakes.
Stock returns during presidents' first 100 days
       
Algorithms' complexity and obscurity have helped tech firms make the case that they are neutral platforms. ).The big picture: Government agencies around the world are starting to take up issues related to algorithms and machine learning. Between the lines: Platforms have long used their algorithms to boost business metrics, such at the amount of time spent on their site. On the right, complaints about "shadow banning" stem from situations where platforms have limited the spread of users' content rather than outright banned them. Get more from Axios and subscribe to Axios Markets for free.
China launches robot prototype capable of catching space debris with net
       
A Chinese space mining start-up launched into low Earth orbit on Tuesday a robot prototype that can scoop up debris left behind by other spacecraft with a big net. The 30kg robot developed by Shenzhen-based Origin Space will pave the way for future technologies capable of mining on asteroids, according to the company. This image provided by the European Space Agency shows an artist impression of catalogued objects in low-Earth orbit viewed over the Equator. The robot will also peer into deep space to observe small celestial bodies. Beijing has grand space ambitions, aiming to catch up with Russia and the United States and transform China into a major space power by 2030.
Black man uses passport photo as evidence AI is ‘racist’ in viral TikTok
       
A TikTok user who educates people about the pervasiveness of racial bias has demonstrated how prejudice appears to be built into artificial intelligence. “Lo and behold, that photo was rejected because the artificial intelligence software wasn’t designed with people of my phenotype in mind,” Lechêne continued. In the video, which has been viewed more than 156,000 times, Lechêne explained that he knew about the racial bias before being subjected to it because he uses similar examples in the prejudice training that he delivers. The issue is due to biases in society that then end up ingrained in algorithms and artificial intelligence due to a lack of diverse training. “Lack of diversity in the data you work with, that’s exactly what we’re talking about,”Lechêne explained in a follow-up video.
Google pressured on racial equity audit after collapse of its AI ethics team
       
Color of Change is urging the Internet search giant to undergo a racial equity audit of its operations following the ouster of two women who led the company’s Ethical AI team. An influential racial justice group called on Google to allow independent auditors to investigate the company’s business for potential discriminatory conduct. Color of Change is now urging the Internet search giant to undergo a racial equity audit of its operations. The initiative adds pressure on Google over how it handles harassment allegations and racial justice issues including critical AI bias research and the proliferation of hateful videos on YouTube. AdvertisementIn recent years, Color of Change and other civil rights groups have successfully pushed for independent racial equity audits at Facebook and Airbnb.
General Motors licenses AI software developed at Oak Ridge
       
MENNDL is “an evolutionary algorithm” that leverages a large number of compute nodesAI-based software developed at the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is set to power autonomous vehicles, following a licensing deal with General Motors. The system, called MENNDL, will be used by GM to develop driver assistance technologies, marking the first instance of AI tech to be commercially licensed by the lab. Licenses and lubricantsMENNDL, or Multi-node Evolutionary Neural Networks for Deep Learning, is used to help develop optimal convolutional neural networks to deliver functionality like face and object recognition. GM previously partnered with ORNL to develop a low-viscosity lubricant to boost fuel economy. ORNL’s work is being supported by the DoE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Office.
Potential US legislation could greenlight safety standard exemptions for autonomous vehicles
       
Following extensive lobbying effortsAmerican roads could welcome many more autonomous vehicles, if a prospective bipartisan bill comes to fruition. Both authors sit on the Senate Surface Transportation, Maritime, Freight, and Port Subcommittee which oversees the NHTSA, with Peters chairing the committee. According to Reuters, the pair have been working for four years to try to win congressional approval to make it easier to deploy self-driving vehicles. The donation is notable given Alphabet’s ownership of Waymo – one of several autonomous vehicle companies that have been calling on Congress to allow self-driving cars on American roads. AI scholarship legislationPeters and Thune are no strangers to AI-related legislation — having been responsible for introducing the AI Scholarship-for-Service Act only last week.
Intel joins forces with Canada's Mila to apply AI in drug discovery projects
       
And other efforts aimed at advancing state-of-the-art in machine learningIntel has joined forces with Mila, the Quebec Artificial Intelligence Institute, to collaborate on a range of projects, including some that will use AI in drug discovery. Mila researchers will be joining forces with Intel Labs’ parallel computing experts in the search for synthesizable molecules with better binding energies to target proteins. A few days prior, Mila announced it had joined forces with UNESCO to research “blind spots” in AI policy and program development. Canada is home to several major AI research institutes, with the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Amii) in Edmonton, and Vector Institute in Toronto, also supporting local research and development in AI. The country also hosts commercial research labs for Google, IBM, LG, Microsoft, and many others.
Huawei has created the world's largest Chinese language model
       
“Huawei will continue to open its technological innovation capabilities and work with developers and partners to accelerate the cloud and intelligent transformation of business." Big, big modelsHuawei Cloud Pangu Model aims to address the needs of natural language processing, computer vision, and multi-modal models. As a demo of sorts, the company used Pangu Model to create Pangu NLP – which it says is the industry’s first Chinese NLP model with parameters in the hundreds of billions. And yet, it is considerably smaller than the largest language model ever created – this honor belongs to Google Brain’s 1.6 trillion parameter monster. Huawei has also produced a giant model for computer vision, called Pangu CV.
The future outlook of IoT technologies and applications
       
IoT in Smart Cities and Facilities ManagementProminent IoT applications examples can be found in the areas of smart cities and smart buildings. Leveraging these data, IoT applications extract predictive insights on how to optimize space allocation, asset maintenance, as well as the operation of systems like HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning). In all the above applications, IoT is a catalyst for improving environmental performance and helping cities and communities to achieve ambitious green targets. Risks associated with IoT devices must be considered as part of a holistic approach that addresses both cyber and physical security risks. The proliferation of IoT devices, the rapid evolution of related technologies, and the validation of successful business models foster an increased number of IoT deployments.
AI Weekly — AI News & Leading Newsletter on Deep Learning & Artificial Intelligence
       
The AIs that thrive at games like Go, creating never before seen strategies, use an approach called reinforcement learning. Buy TicketArtificial Intelligence in ophthalmology Telemedicine and artificial intelligence (AI) provide solutions to the challenges faced by ophthalmologists and healthcare professionals around the world. The future outlook of IoT technologies and applications For over a decade we have witnessed a proliferation of internet-connected devices. Join The Wall Street Journal for The Future Of Everything Festival, online May 11–13, where trailblazers from Wall Street to Washington will discuss the future of the economy, regulation and your nest egg. Bill Ackman, Pershing Square Capital’s billionaire hedge-fund manager, unpacks the latest trends on Wall Street, from the GameStop craze to the sizzling SPAC market.
Why AI That Teaches Itself to Achieve a Goal Is the Next Big Thing
       
Despite its demonstrated usefulness, however, reinforcement learning is mostly used in academia and niche areas like video games and robotics. In fact, any time you have to make decisions in sequence — what AI practitioners call sequential decision tasks — there a chance to deploy reinforcement learning. Reinforcement learning systems produce actions, not predictions — they’ll suggest the action most likely to maximize (or minimize) a metric. Reinforcement Learning at Work How top companies are using this breed of AI to solve tough problems. Don’t start with reinforcement learning if you can tackle a problem with other machine learning or optimization techniques.
Post-pandemic: What skills will you need to thrive?
       
These new roles are creating a growing demand for new skills and capabilities across the workforce, with technological adoption driving the need for technical skills to harness the opportunities of digital transformation, but at the same time, people skills are an increasingly important part of the 2025 skills agenda. To unlock the benefits of transformation and thrive in an era of disruption, workforces must adopt new skills and capabilities. “The results found that as technical integration deepens and the need for technical skills increases, so too does the need for skills that can’t be replicated by machines or algorithms. In-demand technical skills include digital fluency, big data and analytics, AI and automation. As for those who remain in their current roles, 40% of the core skills needed will shift.
Artificial Intelligence in ophthalmology
       
Image by PixabayOverviewTelemedicine and artificial intelligence (AI) provide solutions to the challenges faced by ophthalmologists and healthcare professionals around the world. Problems to be solved in ophthalmology with the help of artificial intelligence-The WHO estimates that 420 million people live with various retinal diseases. Eye diseases that we can treat with the help of artificial intelligenceBenefits of artificial intelligence solutionsWhen diagnosed before symptoms appear, the disease can usually be managed and the worst outcome avoided. DR screening can be performed by a variety of healthcare professionals, including ophthalmologists, optometrists, general practitioners, screening technicians and clinical photographers. AI indicates artificial intelligence; DL, deep learning; DR, diabetic retinopathy.
Formation launches AI-driven sales offer optimization platform
       
Marketing tech startup Formation claims it has a solution in Dynamic Offer Optimization, a platform that enables travel, retail, and quick service restaurants to create, deploy, and optimize sales offers. Formation claims Dynamic Offer Optimization can increase customer engagement by helping businesses respond more quickly to market forces and changing customer needs. Under the hoodDynamic Offer Optimization consists of two components. Offer Builder ingests segments and customer journey data from marketing tech stacks and builds millions of unique offer variants. Formation applies machine learning to optimize each customer’s offer for subsequent deployments.
Open source AI stack is ready for its moment
       
Now several innovative companies are working to build a similar open source software stack for AI development. LAMP is an acronym representing the key technologies first used in open source software development — Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP. Much as the LAMP stack turned software development into a commodity and made it a bit boring, especially if you’re not a professional developer, a successful AI software stack should turn AI into a commodity — and make it a little boring too. An open source AI stack for the futureThe Amazons of the world have their place, as the cloud is where most AI workloads run. Now some innovators are working to build an open source stack specifically for AI.
Adobe extends AI-infused customer analytics platform to offline data
       
Adobe today unfurled an enhanced Adobe Customer Journey Analytics cloud service that enables organizations to apply AI to data from both online and offline sources to gain deeper insights into customer behavior. Available as an extension to the Adobe Experience Platform, the Adobe Customer Journey Analytics service extends the analytics capabilities based on its Sensei AI platform that is already widely employed to track online engagements into the realm of data collected offline. That approach is intended to democratize the advanced analytics enabled by the Adobe Sensei platform as an alternative to relying solely on data scientists to sift through data. Alerts that are generated by Adobe Customer Journey Analytics will automatically surface insights that would have otherwise gone unnoticed, Bates said. Adobe Customer Journey Analytics “will help you identify the unknown unknowns,” said Bates.
Earthquake-monitoring platform Safehub raises $9M
       
The company says it will use the capital to expand its platform and acquire new customers, as well as growing its engineering team. Safehub, which was founded in 2015, aims to address the risk with a real-time earthquake-monitoring product that leverages motion sensors, analytics, and third-party data to provide building integrity information. If an earthquake happens, Safehub sends damage alerts and financial loss estimates via text, email, and a web dashboard. In 2019, Safehub teamed up with the Global Earthquake Model (GEM) foundation to model structural robustness directly from sensors installed within buildings. Existing backers Fusion Fund, Ubiquity Ventures, Promus Ventures, Bolt, Blackhorn Ventures, Maschmeyer Group Ventures, and Team Builder Ventures also contributed.
Databook raises $16M to automate key sales processes
       
Databook, a customer intelligence platform tailored for enterprise applications, today announced that it raised $16 million in series A funding. Customer intelligenceTeams using Databook get notifications about account events and news including buyer names and responsibilities. “The vast majority of other tools in sales and marketing tech are designed to accelerate or automate the high volume, transactional selling motion that’s predominant in B2B organizations today. Highspot nabbed $60 million in June 2019 for a sales enablement toolset that taps AI to power features like semantic search. In June 2019, Showpad secured $70 million for its cloud-based sales tools, and that April, Outreach raked in a cool $114 million to grow its semiautomated sales engagement software.
Cigent Technology melds security and storage to protect sensitive data
       
But Cigent Technology says it has found a new way to protect data by combining methods from security, storage, and data recovery to make an impenetrable system. Officials turned to a company called CPR Tools, a security and data recovery company based in Fort Meyers, Florida. How it worksCigent engineering VP Tony Fessel explained that the goal of the security system is to get the security as close to the data as possible — in this case, placing the security inside the storage device. By using a secure storage device, Cigent can extend the protection even further. The storage device has additional security built into the firmware and uses machine learning and AI to monitor for attacks.
Amazon releases DeepRacer software in open source
       
In November 2018, Amazon launched AWS DeepRacer, a car about the size of a shoebox that runs on AI models trained in a virtual environment with reinforcement learning techniques. Starting today, Amazon is making the DeepRacer device software available in open source. By making the AWS DeepRacer device software openly available, now anyone with the car and an idea has the ability to make it a reality,” Amazon wrote in a blog post. The ostensible goal was to educate students on the creation, training, and optimization of reinforcement learning models, or models that employ rewards to achieve goals. In a recent analysis, McKinsey pointed out that reinforcement learning can be applied to solve real-life problems beyond autonomous driving, including classification, continuous estimation, and clustering.
Automated contract negotiation platform Pactum raises $11M
       
Pactum, a platform that leverages AI to automatically negotiate supplier contracts for enterprises, today announced it has raised $11 million in a series A round of funding led by Atomico. The company’s “negotiation-as-a-service” platform hits general availability from today and has already been used by several major enterprises. Examples include freight, warehousing, contract length, contract cancelation terms, growth rebates, and so on.”DeploymentThe full deployment process can take a few months, including interviews with key stakeholders involved in the contract process. “The system learns from each negotiation, so every negotiation will make every other negotiation better,” Korjus explained. Pactum isn’t purely about helping its own customers — it has to benefit both sides, as any typical negotiation would.
Arm’s Neoverse server chips generate at least 40% better performance
       
Arm unveiled the performance numbers for its Arm Neoverse V1 and N2 server chip platforms, with processing boosts ranging from 40% to 50% over the previous generation. And another chip microarchitecture, the Arm Neoverse N2 platform, uses the new Armv9 architecture that Cambridge, United Kingdom-based Arm recently announced. This device is a key element for constructing high-performance Neoverse V1 and Neoverse N2-based systems-on-chip (SoCs). Back in September, Arm unveiled the new Neoverse N2 and Neoverse V1 platforms without talking about performance. Delivering 40% higher single-threaded performance compared to N1, Neoverse N2 still retains the same level of power and area efficiency as Neoverse N1.
Red Hat open-sources TrustyAI, an auditing tool for AI decision systems
       
But while the utility of AI-powered, automated decision-making systems is undeniable, utility often plays second fiddle to transparency. Automated decision-making systems can be hard to interpret in practice, particularly when they integrate with other AI systems. In search of a solution, researchers at Red Hat developed the TrustyAI Explainability Toolkit, a library leveraging techniques for explaining automated decision-making systems. Part of Kogito, Red Hat’s cloud-native business automation framework, TrustyAI enriches AI model execution information through algorithms while extracting, collecting, and publishing metadata for auditing and compliance. TrustyAI [relies] on the combination of these two standards to ensure trusted automated decision making.”Transparency is an aspect of so-called responsible AI, which also benefits enterprises.
How Merck works with Seeqc to cut through quantum computing hype
       
When it comes to grappling with the future of quantum computing, enterprises are scrambling to figure just how seriously they should take this new computing architecture. I think that’s typical for every hype cycle.”The quantum realmMerck’s desire for the dream of quantum computing to become reality is understandable. “The quantum computer will be another augmentation to a classical computer,” Harbach said. The idea is to combine classical computing architectures with quantum computing. In that spirit, Merck’s Quantum Computing Task Force is working closely with Seeqc to create viable quantum computers that can be used by its various businesses.
Pricefx launches AI-powered market simulation tool
       
Against this backdrop, Pricefx today launched what it’s calling AI-powered market simulation. “Market simulation provides our customers with the ability to evaluate data driven market impact to pricing changes they have, or are looking to implement,” he told VentureBeat via email. Through “what if” scenarios, market simulation guesses at possible competitive counter-moves and reflects customer behavior, in addition to the market response to price adjustments. Pricefx’s newly redesigned Plan, Price, and Profit solution sets include market simulation for subscribers of its Price and Profit packages. The market simulation feature is available beginning this week.
Israel developing AI 'super-brain' to run automated attacks in battlefield
       
Israel is developing an AI "super-brain" that uses an array of high-powered sensors to help tanks and robots patrol battlefields and find enemy targets, as it looks to a new age of warfare. The artificial intelligence, dubbed Athena after the Greek goddess of war, is in an early stage of development at Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) but could be deployed within the next decade. The Daily Telegraph was given exclusive access to the Athena programme, including a mock demonstration of the “brain” being used by tanks in a combat scenario. In an instant, the data was beamed to the commanding officer and turned into a “battle menu” with the best methods of attacking the targets. The Telegraph understands that IAI, Israel's state-owned defence firm, is also looking at fitting the Athena onto robotic vehicles that could automatically patrol border fences in search of intruders.
Would anyone be interested about being in on a HelperBot build?
       
He’s going to be totally repurposed. He’s going to be my helper robot so I can get back to my trail-walking, hiking and festival-going. Here’s what I’m thinking. This will be a weekly/biweekly post during the summer as we work on this build. I’ll be going into detail on how I build it, but I’ll also be covering the thinking and the development process behind it.
Local company develops smart livestock management solution for pigs
       
South Korean livestock health management firm uLikeKorea announced the launch of an information and communication technology-based solution to detect symptoms of swine diseases, including African swine fever.Kim Hee-jin, CEO of uLikeKorea, claimed it is the world’s first and only such solution developed for pig farming.According to the firm’s press release, it uses a device that is inserted in a pig’s uterus to keep track of its activities, hormone levels and body temperature in real time. The device, which has a battery life of more than one year and is reusable after a battery replacement, sends the data to a server using a long-range communication network. The livestock data is also sent to a cloud server.An artificial intelligence system, developed by the firm, then analyzes the data and sorts out useful information to help farmers manage their livestock.In South Korea, the company has already secured patent rights for the technologies used in its new livestock management solution.The company said it has filed patent applications with authorities in Japan as well as with the Patent Cooperation Treaty to seek patent protection in other countries.The livestock health management company said it plans to launch the solution during the second half of this year. The company added it intends to tap foreign markets including Denmark, Japan, Brazil and the US with the solution.Meanwhile, uLikeKorea is developing health management devices for other animals such as sheep, chickens, cattle, calves and horses.By Shim Woo-hyun ( ws@heraldcorp.com
Local company develops smart livestock management solution for pigs
       
BUSINESSSouth Korean livestock health management firm uLikeKorea's CEO Kim Hee-jin introduces the company's new livestock management solution. (uLikeKorea)South Korean livestock health management firm uLikeKorea announced the launch of an information and communication technology-based solution to detect symptoms of swine diseases, including African swine fever.Kim Hee-jin, CEO of uLikeKorea, claimed it is the world’s first and only such solution developed for pig farming.According to the firm’s press release, it uses a device that is inserted in a pig’s uterus to keep track of its activities, hormone levels and body temperature in real time. The device, which has a battery life of more than one year and is reusable after a battery replacement, sends the data to a server using a long-range communication network. The livestock data is also sent to a cloud server.An artificial intelligence system, developed by the firm, then analyzes the data and sorts out useful information to help farmers manage their livestock.In South Korea, the company has already secured patent rights for the technologies used in its new livestock management solution.The company said it has filed patent applications with authorities in Japan as well as with the Patent Cooperation Treaty to seek patent protection in other countries.The livestock health management company said it plans to launch the solution during the second half of this year. The company added it intends to tap foreign markets including Denmark, Japan, Brazil and the US with the solution.Meanwhile, uLikeKorea is developing health management devices for other animals such as sheep, chickens, cattle, calves and horses.By Shim Woo-hyun ( ws@heraldcorp.com
Dubai-based smart clinic delivers life-changing results for diabetics
       
Dubai-based smart clinic delivers life-changing results for diabeticsThe meteoric rise of healthtech has enabled medical professionals to provide contactless services, and to monitor every patient for ensuring personalised care. Embracing this tech-savvy approach, a clinic in Dubai has empowered patients with kits that have wearables to collect data, which can be processed to improve diagnosis. The use of machine learning increases accuracy, and allows physicians to create more effective strategies for high quality medical care. In a bid to boost socially distanced medical services, systems for monitoring blood vessels in dialysis patients have been unveiled in Israel. Similar wearables are also promising to provide relief from migraines and cure disabilities without surgeries or medication.
AI decodes history's mystery in Israel! Reads Dead Sea Scrolls to reveal the author
       
Machine learning has firmly established itself as the dominant technology for a smart future, since AI plays a role in everything from our smart phones to public transport. The mechanism which has the ability to predict threats or opportunities, is also displaying capabilities of opening windows into our past. After successfully employing machine learning to scan the famous Dead Sea Scrolls, Israeli archaeologists have found that at least two different people penned the ancient text. The smart tool concluded this by focusing on handwritings in the manuscripts of the Hebrew Bible, found in Qumran region near the Dead Sea. The mechanism looked at each letter, written thousands of times in the scrolls found over decades, to detect patterns that indicated similarities or differences.
Artificial Intelligence grading your ‘neuroticism’? Welcome to colleges' new frontier
       
Artificial intelligence, or AI, is being used to shoot off these seemingly personal appeals and deliver pre-written information through chatbots and text personas meant to mimic human banter. Humans always make the final calls, these colleges and the AI companies say, but AI can help them narrow the field. Georgia State was also among the first to develop inexpensive, always-on AI teaching assistants, ready to answer student questions about course material. Many colleges increasingly use AI to grade students, as online classes grow too large for instructors to manage this well. SNHU is also starting to use AI not just to grade students but to teach them.
Apple will spend $1 billion to open 3,000-employee campus in North Carolina
       
Tim Cook, chief executive officer of Apple, speaks at the 2019 Dreamforce conference in San Francisco on November 19, 2019. Apple announced on Monday that it plans to open a new campus in the Raleigh, North Carolina area. Apple will spend over $1 billion on the campus, and it will employ 3,000 people working on technology including software engineering and machine learning. Apple is also building a $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas, which is expected to open to employees next year. Apple's expansion will be located in North Carolina's Research Triangle area, which gets its name due to the nearby three universities: North Carolina State University, Duke University and the University of North Carolina.
Apple announces 1st East Coast campus in North Carolina
       
Apple announced plans on Monday to invest more than $1 billion in North Carolina to build the company's first East Coast campus, a move expected to bring at least 3,000 new jobs to the state. The development comes as part of an effort by Apple to up investment as the U.S. begins rebuilding from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a statement from the company. The North Carolina project falls under a commitment to invest $430 billion and add a total of 20,000 new jobs over the next five years, expanding teams in Colorado, Massachusetts, Texas, Washington, New York, California and other states, officials said. The campus and engineering hub is set to be located in the Raleigh-Durham area's Research Triangle Park alongside hundreds of other science and technology firms. The hub will be home to thousands of additional jobs in machine learning, artificial intelligence, software engineering and other fields, the company said.
Apple investing $430B in US, North Carolina campus first on East Coast
       
Apple is investing $1 billion to open its first-ever East Coast operations, a move expected to bring at least 3,000 new jobs to the state. Its campus and engineering hub in North Carolina will create employment opportunities in areas including machine learning, artificial intelligence and software engineering, according to the company. Aside from its campus and research hub, Apple is also creating a $100 million fund to support local schools and community initiatives throughout North Carolina and plans to invest over $110 million in the state's infrastructure – particularly in "counties with the greatest need." The company's financial support is expected to result in more than $1.5 billion in economic benefits every year for the state. To date, the technology behemoth supports more than 2.7 million jobs nationwide through direct employment, spending with US suppliers and manufacturers as well as developer jobs in the iOS app economy.
Advisors Discover Exciting New Technologies, Financial Planning Tools In A Turbulent Year
       
Tech-savvy early adopters, by contrast, feasted on the ever-growing menu of online applications, financial planning tools and digital resources. They wanted financial planning tools that could integrate with their existing processes and systems. For Parkins, a favorite find was FP Alpha, a financial planning tool that harnesses artificial intelligence (AI) to guide advisors as they work with clients. Financial Planning Tools For Time Management And Tax ManagementThe software doubles as a digital receptionist and schedules appointments with clients. Trend Toward Customizing Client PortfoliosFor advisors who offer asset management along with financial planning, the trend toward customizing portfolios to fit client needs continues to gain steam.
Apple doubles down on the United States, promising another $80 billion investment
       
New York (CNN Business) Apple is doubling down on its manufacturing presence in the United States. The company announced Monday it's bolstering a previously announced investment by an additional 20% and adding another 20,000 new jobs. The fresh investment stretches across 9,000 companies in all 50 US states, supporting new technology, including 5G and silicon engineering. Apple said that the 20,000 new jobs -- in addition to the 20,000 jobs Apple previously committed -- will be added over the next five years. The $1 billion investment will create new jobs focusing on machine learning, artificial intelligence, software engineering, it said.
Apple announces $430 billion investment in US with 20,000 new jobs
       
Apple announced Monday that it plans to invest more than $430 billion in the United States and add 20,000 new jobs nationwide over the next five years, as the country picks up the pieces from the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. "At this moment of recovery and rebuilding, Apple is doubling down on our commitment to U.S. innovation and manufacturing with a generational investment reaching communities across all 50 states," Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a statement. "We're creating jobs in cutting-edge fields -- from 5G to silicon engineering to artificial intelligence -- investing in the next generation of innovative new businesses, and in all our work, building toward a greener and more equitable future." The major investment in the U.S. economy represents a 20% increase from Apple's original five-year goal of $350 billion set in 2018. Apple's investments in North Carolina are expected to generate over $1.5 billion in economic benefits per year for the state, according to the press release.
Apple plans to add hundreds of jobs in Massachusetts over the next five years
       
Apple announced on Monday that it plans to add “several hundred” new jobs in Massachusetts by 2026, as part of a commitment to help the country rebuild from the pandemic. The Massachusetts expansion is part of the company’s five-year plan to invest $430 billion and add 20,000 new jobs across the country in sectors including silicon engineering, artificial intelligence, 5G, and manufacturing. Apple said it currently has about 200 employees in the state. “The Boston metro is home to so many talented and creative people, and we’re thrilled to be growing our teams here and be part of this dynamic community,” said Kristina Raspe, the company’s vice president of worldwide real estate and facilities, in a statement.
Apple to spend $1B on new, 3,000-employee campus in North Carolina
       
Apple announced plans Monday to invest $1 billion to open a new 3,000-employee campus near Raleigh, North Carolina. Those employed at the campus will be working on machine learning, artificial intelligence, software engineering “and other cutting-edge fields,” Apple said in a press release. That’s in addition to over $110 million Apple expects to invest in infrastructure spending, such as broadband, roads and public schools, across the 80 North Carolina counties with the greatest need. Apple’s North Carolina campus will be located in the so-called Research Triangle area, named for its proximity to North Carolina State University, Duke University and the University of North Carolina. AP/Mark LennihanThe new campus is the latest effort by Apple to expand from its headquarters in Cupertino, California to various communities across the country.
Apple to invest $430 billion over five years in US, including $1B campus in North Carolina
       
Apple says it plans to commit $430 billion in the U.S. over the next five years, including a $1 billion campus in North Carolina expected to create 3,000 jobs. In a statement Monday, Apple said the new campus in the state's Research Triangle area will generate new jobs in machine learning, artificial intelligence, software engineering and other cutting-edge fields. Apple said it will also establish a $100 million fund for schools and community initiatives in the Raleigh-Durham area, as well as invest more than $110 million in infrastructure spending. The investments include expanding teams in several states, including California, Colorado and Massachusetts, as well as the start of construction on a $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas. Follow Brett Molina on Twitter: @brettmolina23.
Apple to Add 20,000 U.S. Jobs Over 5 Years, Including New North Carolina Hub
       
Apple on Monday announced plans to add 20,000 new jobs in the U.S. over the next five years, while investing more than $430 billion around the country. The company said it “significantly outpaced” an original five-year plan announced in 2018 to invest $350 billion in the U.S. The program is in addition to the previous spending plan. Apple said the site would include at least 3,000 jobs in machine learning, artificial intelligence, software engineering, and other fields. In Monday morning trading, Apple was off 0.3%, to $133.89.
What Apple's North Carolina Investment Means for Real Estate: Cramer
       
Apple (AAPL) - Get Report said that it will be investing more than $430 billion in the U.S., which will help to create roughly 20,000 jobs over the next five years. This move is being made in an effort to base itself more heavily in the U.S. and rely less on global chains. But the biggest focus for this moment in time is its investment of $1 billion in a campus in North Carolina. “At this moment of recovery and rebuilding, Apple is doubling down on our commitment to U.S. innovation and manufacturing with a generational investment reaching communities across all 50 states,” Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a statement. “We’re creating jobs in cutting-edge fields - from 5G to silicon engineering to artificial intelligence - investing in the next generation of innovative new businesses, and in all our work, building toward a greener and more equitable future.”Recap TheStreet Live: Everything Jim Cramer Is Watching Monday
Apple will spend $1 billion to open 3,000-employee campus in North Carolina
       
Apple announced plans Monday to open a new campus in the Raleigh, North Carolina, area. Apple will spend over $1 billion on the campus, and it will employ 3,000 people working on technology including software engineering and machine learning. Apple’s expansion will be located in North Carolina’s Research Triangle area, which gets its name from nearby North Carolina State University, Duke University and the University of North Carolina. Still, Apple will continue to be based in Silicon Valley, where it has about 25,000 employees, including 12,000 employees in its loop-shaped headquarters. In total, including retail workers, Apple has 147,000 full-time employees, it said last year in a filing.
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AI influences people's decision to swipe right in dating apps by repeating certain profiles
       
Dating apps use AI algorithms to help match singles, and a new study finds the systems may be influencing users to swipe right on certain potential mates. The researchers found participants were more likely to choose profiles that appeared frequently than those explicitly labeled as 'an ideal partner.' They then presented the subjects with photos from fictitious online dating profiles and asked them to select the people they would message. Though all recipients got the same 'quiz' results no matter their answers, certain profiles were explicitly promoted as having '90 percent compatibility' with them. Agudo and Matute also tested how effective algorithms were in promoting political candidates.
Samsung launches new robot vacuum cleaner with upgraded AI solutions
       
This photo provided by Samsung Electronics Co. on Tuesday, shows the company's BESPOKE JetBot AI vacuum cleaner. (Samsung Electronics Co.)Samsung Electronics Co. on Tuesday launched a new robot vacuum cleaner with upgraded artificial intelligence (AI) solutions here as the tech giant eyes to boost home appliance sales amid the pandemic-driven stay-at-home trend. The BESPOKE JetBot AI vacuum cleaner comes in five colors at a price of 1.59 million won ($1,430). Samsung said the vacuum cleaner has active stereo camera-type sensors that can detect any object over 1-centimeter high at up to 1 meter of distance. The BESPOKE JetBot AI can also empty the dustbin on its own after returning to its charging station.
Samsung launches new robot vacuum cleaner with upgraded AI solutions
       
BUSINESSThis photo provided by Samsung Electronics Co. on Tuesday, shows the company's BESPOKE JetBot AI vacuum cleaner. (Samsung Electronics Co.)Samsung Electronics Co. on Tuesday launched a new robot vacuum cleaner with upgraded artificial intelligence (AI) solutions here as the tech giant eyes to boost home appliance sales amid the pandemic-driven stay-at-home trend.The BESPOKE JetBot AI vacuum cleaner comes in five colors at a price of 1.59 million won ($1,430).The product, which was first unveiled at the all-digital Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2021, is equipped with Intel's Movidius AI solution and utilizes LiDAR and 3-D sensors to avoid objects, while cleaning hard-to-reach areas.Samsung said the vacuum cleaner has active stereo camera-type sensors that can detect any object over 1-centimeter high at up to 1 meter of distance.The latest cleaner has learned 1 million images through deep learning technology to bolster its cleaning capability. The BESPOKE JetBot AI can also empty the dustbin on its own after returning to its charging station.Users can set up cleaning zones through Samsung's Internet of Things (IoT) platform, SmartThings, or simply voice control the product.The BESPOKE JetBot AI can also support Samsung's pet care service on SmartThings. Using its sensors, the vacuum cleaners can alert people when their companion animals bark excessively or make unusual moves. It can also play music for pets.Samsung will also provide a lifetime warranty for the product's inverter motor.
EU's data protection supervisor calls for ban on biometric surveillance in public
       
Welcomes proposed AI restrictions, but says the new rules too lax on facial recognitionThe European Data Protection Supervisor office has welcomed the European Commission's recently proposed legal framework on AI, but called for further limitations. In particular, the EDPS said that Europe should ban the use of remote biometric identification systems in publicly accessible spaces, including those reliant on facial recognition. "A stricter approach is necessary given that remote biometric identification, where AI may contribute to unprecedented developments, presents extremely high risks of deep and non-democratic intrusion into individuals’ private lives." The Commission’s proposals will be reviewed by the European Council and the European Parliament, and their outline could change. The proposal comes at a critical time – more nations and enterprises are embracing surveillance technologies than ever before, but at the same time, more communities are banning their use.
M&S deploys AI-based platform to manage supply across 1,000+ grocery stores
       
This is not just AI-based supply chain management; this is M&S AI-based supply chain managementBritish retail giant Marks & Spencer is enlisting Relex Solutions' AI-based tools to aid the management of its online food deliveries and warehouses. “Relex is an important part of our vision of modernizing the end-to-end supply chain. We very much look forward to achieving exceptional results as a result of this project,” said George Wright, commercial director at M&S Food. Modernizing managementRelex said its cloud-native Living Retail Platform will help M&S bring awareness of store shelf space into supply chain planning – while also reducing food waste. Its fashion stores made only £3.2 billion ($4.45 billion) last year, with its food stores earning almost double that, reaching £6 billion ($8.34 billion) in sales, according to the company’s revenue figures.
This Researcher Says AI Is Neither Artificial nor Intelligent
       
Technology companies like to portray artificial intelligence as a precise and powerful tool for good. WIRED: Few people understand all the technical details of artificial intelligence. But the name is deceptive: AI is neither artificial nor intelligent. And it's not intelligent in any kind of human intelligence way. We need to look at the nose to tail production of artificial intelligence.
Top collegiate inventors awarded 2021 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize
       
They are:The “Cure it!” Lemelson-MIT Student Prize: Rewarding technology-based inventions that involve health care. The “Eat it!” Lemelson-MIT Student Prize: Rewarding technology-based inventions that involve food/water and agriculture. The “Move it!” Lemelson-MIT Student Prize: Rewarding technology-based inventions that involve transportation and mobility. The “Use it!” Lemelson-MIT Student Prize: Rewarding technology-based inventions that involve consumer devices and products. Collegiate inventors interested in applying for the 2022 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize can find more information via the Lemelson-MIT Program.
How to carry conversational AI beyond Covid-19: A guide
       
So how can organisations build on their early successes with bots and use conversational AI as part of their broader digital transformation? As an example, banking systems are integrating conversational AI into their digital strategies as a means of solving problems for customers. Conversational AI has an immense range of potential applications. We’re seeing the emergence of large-scale conversational AI projects and a resulting increase in complexity. However, adding features and capabilities to a single conversational AI bot can reduce its accuracy and performance.
ThetaRay launches anti-money laundering AI and analytics for the cloud
       
ThetaRay today announced that its AI-based anti-money laundering (AML) analytics will be available on public and private clouds, including Azure, Google, and AWS. ThetaRay’s AML platform uses unsupervised machine learning to monitor financial transactions, integrating data and triaging alerts in real time. Major money-manipulating movesUnder a decades-old treaty called The United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, nearly 200 countries have pledged to help each other prosecute individuals involved in money laundering schemes. Traditional on-premise AML solutions present several challenges that can make them a poor fit for payments between people in different countries. These numbers will certainly rise with ThetaRay’s shift to cloud AML as it seeks to help more organizations tackle tricky transactions.
Apple will focus on machine learning, AI jobs in new NC campus
       
(Reuters) — Apple on Monday said it will establish a new campus in North Carolina that will house up to 3,000 employees, expand its operations in several other U.S. states and increase its spending targets with U.S. suppliers. Apple said it plans to spend $1 billion as it builds a new campus and engineering hub in the Research Triangle area of North Carolina, with most of the jobs expected to focus on machine learning, artificial intelligence, software engineering and other technology fields. State officials said the 3,000 jobs are expected to create $1.97 billion in new tax revenues to the state over the grant period. Apple also increased a U.S. spending target to $430 billion by 2026, up from a five-year goal of $350 billion Apple set in 2018, and said it was on track to exceed. It also includes spending with Apple’s U.S.-headquartered suppliers, though Apple has not said whether it applies only to goods made in those suppliers’ U.S. facilities.
Edtech startup Databank snaps up $2.7m series A funding
       
South Korean educational technology startup Databank said Sunday it has completed a $2.7 million series A funding round and plans to use the proceeds to expand their artificial intelligence-powered services and widen its client base.Joining the latest round were domestic early-stage venture capital houses Company K Partners, Intervest and KB Investment. The fundraising brought the startup’s post-series value to $11.5 million, up sevenfold from the previous round of funding, according to the company.Databank said its edtech solution offers English mock test takers automated scoring and immediate feedback on their spoken and written answers. The automation of the process shortens the time it takes to score the open-ended tests, from three days in general if scored by human graders.The fresh capital will allow the service, currently available to the Test of English as a Foreign Language, will be applied to other open-ended standardized tests including the International English Language Testing System and Graduate Record Examinations.“Currently, students are receiving a one-size-fits-all education when, in reality, each student’s learning curve is different,” Databank Chief Executive Officer Song Da-hoon said in a statement. “By providing an adaptive education program, AI serves as an excellent tool for both educators and students alike.”Databank said that since it was founded in 2019, its service has tapped into the English-as-a-Second-Language market in 186 countries including India, Indonesia, Pakistan and Korea, and has so far attracted over 300,000 active users.By Son Ji-hyoung ( consnow@heraldcorp.com
Edtech startup Databank snaps up $2.7m series A funding
       
FINANCEA screen grab of Toeflbank, an app operated by Databank. (Courtesy of Databank)South Korean educational technology startup Databank said Sunday it has completed a $2.7 million series A funding round and plans to use the proceeds to expand its artificial intelligence-powered services and widen its client base.Joining the latest round were domestic early-stage venture capital houses Company K Partners, Intervest and KB Investment. The fundraising brought the startup’s post-series value to $11.5 million, up sevenfold from the previous round of funding, according to the company.Databank said its edtech solution offers English mock test takers automated scoring and immediate feedback on their spoken and written answers. The automation of the process shortens the time it takes to score the open-ended tests, from three days in general if scored by human graders.The fresh capital will allow the service, currently available to the Test of English as a Foreign Language, will be applied to other open-ended standardized tests including the International English Language Testing System and Graduate Record Examinations.“Currently, students are receiving a one-size-fits-all education when, in reality, each student’s learning curve is different,” Databank Chief Executive Officer Song Da-hoon said in a statement. “By providing an adaptive education program, AI serves as an excellent tool for both educators and students alike.”Databank said that since it was founded in 2019, its service has tapped into the English-as-a-Second-Language market in 186 countries including India, Indonesia, Pakistan and Korea, and has so far attracted over 300,000 active users.By Son Ji-hyoung ( consnow@heraldcorp.com
The dangers of data-based certainty
       
Meanwhile, social media are full of claims and counterclaims about all manner of other data. But before we entrust more decisions to data-based machine-learning and AI systems, we must be clear about the limitations of the data. Already, too little attention is paid to the uncertainties inherent in economic data. But the degree of false certainty tends to increase with proximity to policy and political decision-making. Claims to data-based authority minimize or eliminate the scope of ambiguity, with potentially significant consequences.
RS Recommends: Roombas Rarely Go On Sale but Its Newest Robot Vacuum is Now $300 Off
       
If you’ve always wanted a Roomba, this is your chance to get the popular robot vacuum for a steal. Amazon’s surprise sale this week has the latest iRobot Roomba i7 vacuum for a whopping $300 off. This is the lowest price we’ve ever seen for the newest Roomba, and one of the best robot vacuum deals online. AmazonBuy: iRobot Roomba i7 at $399.00This i7 model is the high-end choice with powerful vacuuming capabilities, advanced navigation and comprehensive smart connectivity. What we like: the i7 robot vacuum’s multi-surface brushes work on carpet, hardwood and tiles, and they easily power through everything from dirt to liquids to pet hair.
Northern universities invest £500m to create next generation of start-ups
       
Leeds, Manchester and Sheffield universities will this week launch a new spin-out investment company to provide a £500m boost to Britain's levelling-up ambitions. Named Northern Gritstone, the investment company will be modelled on Oxford University's successful spin-out fund, Oxford Sciences Innovation, which helped propel biotech companies Immunocore and Oxford Nanopore from research concepts to valuations of more than $1bn (£720m). It is expected to become one of the largest investors in spin-out ventures across the UK, helping bring capital to early stage ventures outside of the so-called "golden triangle" of Oxford, Cambridge and London. Writing to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Professor Simone Buitendijk, vice-chancellor at the University of Leeds, Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, president and vice-chancellor at the University of Manchester, and Professor Koen Lamberts , president and vice-chancellor at the University of Sheffield, said Northern Gritstone would be a "powerful resource" for the Government as it seeks to advance its levelling-up agenda. The company would "support the full range of technological strengths in the North including advanced materials and manufacturing, health and life sciences, artificial intelligence, and data sciences," the three university chancellors wrote.
Official: China's moon probe will carry French, Russian gear
       
China says it will launch its next robot lunar lander in 2024, and it will carry equipment from France, Sweden, Russia and ItalyBEIJING -- China will launch its next robot lunar lander in 2024, and it will carry equipment from France, Sweden, Russia and Italy, the official news agency reported. The Chang’e landers are part of Chinese space exploration efforts that also include a probe that is preparing to land a robot rover on Mars. There are also plans for a crewed orbital station, landing a human on the moon and retrieving soil from an asteroid. In December, the previous moon probe, Chang’e 5, returned lunar rocks to Earth for the first time since the 1970s. The lander is expected to carry instruments developed by scientists from France, Sweden, Italy and Russia, Hu said.
Online psychotherapy just as effective as in-person treatments: meta-analysis
       
A meta-analysis of 68 studies that collectively included thousands of participants found that video-based psychotherapy through Zoom, Skype and other online platforms may be as efficacious as traditional, in-person forms of therapy. The paper, published April 7 in Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, showed that people who had either video or in-person psychotherapy experienced virtually identical outcomes. There's some evidence that online therapy can also be helpful to clinicians, who spend 7.8 times the amount of time with in-person patients as compared to online ones, according to a 2018 meta-analysis. The efficacy of other in-person therapy alternatives, including chat-based and artificial intelligence-initiated therapy, may be the subjects of future research. It was online," Fernandez said.
New Day Cafe: April 25th 2021
       
Over the last three years, FRONTLINE has collaborated with ProPublica to investigate the rise of extremism in America. “I’m on the phone with the dispatcher and he is like, ‘Ma’am, what do you hear?’ I’m like, ‘I hear someone walking down my stairs, so it’s like boom, boom, boom, boom, boom,’ ” she said. Within minutes, she heard another boom, but this time from responding officers forcing their way into her home trying to catch the intruder. Did the robot prank her or was it willing to kill itself trying to get away from her? Yak yak yak .
You need to be constantly exploring the data in your AI pipeline
       
Once an automation pipeline is built, its algorithms do most of the work with little to no update to the data collection process. And at the end of this process, you will be armed with a better understanding of the data patterns. While there are tools such as Amazon Fraud Detector and PayPal’s Fraud Management Filters for general detection of online fraud, the only constant in fraud detection is that fraud patterns are always changing. The frustrating (or fun, depending who you ask) part is that this EDA process must be repeated for all products throughout their life cycles. New fraudulent activities mean new data patterns.
China names Mars rover for traditional fire god
       
FILE - This file image made available by the China National Space Administration on Dec. 16, 2020, shows the Tianwen-1 probe en route to Mars. China’s first Mars rover will be named Zhurong after a traditional fire god, the government announced Saturday, April 24, 2021. China’s first Mars rover will be named Zhurong after a traditional fire god, the government announced Saturday, April 24, 2021. (CNSA via AP, File)BEIJING (AP) — China’s first Mars rover will be named Zhurong after a traditional fire god, the government announced Saturday. China would become the third country after the former Soviet Union and the United States to put a robot rover on Mars.
Israel and UAE Defense Companies Partner on Artificial Intelligence
       
Israel's leading defense company Rafael Advanced Defense Systems signed an agreement to create a new joint venture with Group 42 to develop commercial artificial intelligence (AI) and “big data” technologies. This makes it a good fit for Group 42, which is also a leader in artificial intelligence and cloud computing based in the UAE. Rafael was in the UAE in February during the defense confab called the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX). The UAE and Israel sent top diplomats this month to Cyprus to meet with their Cypriot and Greek counterparts. Israel and the UAE also took place in a military drill in Greece and Israel and Greece signed a massive multi-billion dollar defense deal in April 2021.
Audio technology alerts NYC police to fatal shooting
       
NEW YORK (AP) — Police responding to audio technology that detects the sound of gunshots have found a person shot dead on a New York City street. The NYPD said on Saturday that the shooting happened around midnight in the south Bronx. They said officers who responded found a 35-year-old man with fatal wounds to the head and torso. ShotSpotter is an advanced system of sensors, algorithms and artificial intelligence that detects, locates and alerts police to gunshots in real time. Software constantly analyzes audio signals for potential gunshots, filtering out ambient background noise.
Man charged in Lake Shore Drive road rage shooting that seriously injured toddler
       
Subscribe for free.Driving the news: Earlier this month, Buzzfeed published a database of agencies and companies that have used a tool from US tech firm Clearview AI to identify people in their investigations. Axios followed up with DSM-area police departments.State of play: The Des Moines and Ankeny police departments are using the tool.West Des Moines and Urbandale told Axios they do not use the technology. "The fact that this technology is being used without general knowledge is a concern," Stringer said.What's next: Don't expect this to be the last time you hear about the ethics of facial recognition technology. A growing number of cities and even the state of New Jersey have voted to restrict it.Like this article? Get more from Axios and subscribe to Axios Markets for free.
Waymo’s leadership shift spotlights self-driving car challenges
       
John Krafcik, Waymo’s CEO since 2015, announced on April 2 that he would be stepping down from his role. The deep learning hypeIn 2015, Krafcik joined Google’s self-driving car effort, then called Project Chauffeur. Today, Waymo’s cars have driven more than 20 million miles on roads and 20 billion miles in simulation, more than any other self-driving car company. In Waymo’s 2020 Web Summit, Krafcik presented a video of a Waymo self-driving car driving in streets without a backup driver. As a postdoc researcher, he was part of the Stanford University self-driving car team that won second place in DARPA’s 2007 Urban Challenge.
Dissenter Weekly: Police Take British Whistleblower To Psych Hospital
       
Dissenter Weekly: Attack Against British Oil Industry Whistleblower EscalatesIn this edition of “Dissenter Weekly,” host and Shadowproof editor Kevin Gosztola covers a British oil industry whistleblower in Croatia who was taken by police to a psychiatric hospital against his will. Later in the show, Kevin talks about two stories involving police in Washington, D.C., and Honolulu. He concludes with an update on a U.S. Geological Survey whistleblower who was restored to their position at the Seattle-based Western Fisheries Research Center. This week’s stories:Police Take British Oil Industry Whistleblower To Psychiatric Hospital Against His WillFacebook Whistleblower Exposes Inconsistent Handling Of Suspicious Accounts In Various CountriesWhistleblower Accuses Ant-Gun Police Unit In D.C. Of Fabricating ChargesHonololu Police Spent $150,000 In COVID Relief Funds On Robot DogUS Geological Survey Whistleblower Who Faced Retaliation Has Job RestoredSend tips and feedback to editor@shadowproof.comThis show is brought to you by Shadowproof.com, a 100% reader-funded press organization. If you enjoy our work, you can support us with a donation or by subscribing for $5/month or more: https://shadowproof.com/donate
This Robot-Vacuum Mop Is $330 Off on Amazon — and Shoppers Say It Will ‘Change Your Life’
       
This Robot-Vacuum Mop Is $330 Off on Amazon — and Shoppers Say It Will ‘Change Your Life’Amazon deal hunters, this one's for you. One of Amazon's top-rated vacuum brands, Roborock, is running a huge sale, which includes a major deal on this robot vacuum and mop hybrid. Roborock Robot Vacuum and Mop Credit: AmazonBuy It! Roborock E35 Robot Vacuum and Mop, $249.99 with coupon (orig. We're not sure how long this deal will last, so make sure to grab your Roborock E35 while it's at this low price.
Should you buy Microsoft stock? Here are the key numbers to look at now
       
Microsoft also offers artificial intelligence software; Microsoft Office suite products like Word, XL and Outlook; popular video-game hardware; the LinkedIn professional networking site; and, of course, Windows. But the popularity of its cloud products and services supports superior profit margins. Microsoft uses its cash to buy back stock and pay a 0.87% dividend yield. First, a lot of Microsoft business software requires a fairly steep learning curve, so customers get locked into products. Next, Microsoft products and services benefit from network effects.
Should you buy Microsoft stock? Here are the key numbers to look at now
       
Microsoft also offers artificial intelligence software; Microsoft Office suite products like Word, XL and Outlook; popular video-game hardware; the LinkedIn professional networking site; and, of course, Windows. But the popularity of its cloud products and services supports superior profit margins. Microsoft uses its cash to buy back stock and pay a 0.87% dividend yield. First, a lot of Microsoft business software requires a fairly steep learning curve, so customers get locked into products. Next, Microsoft products and services benefit from network effects.
Russia says it will launch own space station after leaving ISS
       
Russia plans to launch its own space station by 2030 after departing from the International Space Station (ISS). Last weekend, Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov, said that the country plans to alert its ISS partners that it is leaving the project by 2025. Borisov said that while the country plans to create its own space station, other nations would still be welcome for a visit. The space station will also reportedly use artificial intelligence and robots as opposed to a permanent crew due to an expected orbit path that would expose it to higher radiation. Russia is set to spend nearly $6 billion in launching the project, according to an unnamed source quoted by Interfax.
This week's best deals: $100 off the Mac Mini M1 and more
       
The Mac Mini M1 was discounted by $100 and the MacBook Air M1 returned to an all-time low of $800. Buy Mac Mini M1 (512GB) at Amazon - $800MacBook Air M1 and MacBook Pro M12020 Apple MacBook AirThe latest MacBook Air M1 dropped to $899 on Amazon, which is $100 off its normal price and an all-time low. And if you want something a bit more powerful and flexible, the MacBook Pro M1 is $150 off, bringing the base model down to $1,149. Buy MacBook Air M1 (256GB) at Amazon - $899 Buy MacBook Air M1 (512GB) at Amazon - $1,149 Buy MacBook Pro M1 at Amazon - $1,149AirPods ProApple AirPods ProApple's AirPods Pro are down to $197 on Amazon, which is over $50 off their normal price. Buy Fitbit Sense at Amazon - $249 Buy Fitbit Sense at Fitbit - $250 Buy Fitbit Versa 3 (small band) at QVC - $180 Buy Fitbit Inspire 2 at Amazon - $69 Buy Fitbit Inspire 2 at Fitbit - $70Roomba i7+iRobot Roomba i7+ robot vacuumThe Roomba i7+ and i9+ are back down to their Black Friday prices of $599 and $899, respectively.
Facial recognition should be banned, EU privacy watchdog says
       
BRUSSELS, April 23 – Facial recognition should be banned in Europe because of its “deep and non-democratic intrusion” into people’s private lives, EU privacy watchdog the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) said on Friday. The comments come two days after the European Commission proposed draft rules that would allow facial recognition to be used to search for missing children or criminals and in cases of terrorist attacks. The draft rules, which need to be thrashed out with EU countries and the European Parliament, are an attempt by the Commission to set global rules for artificial intelligence, a technology dominated by China and the United States. The privacy watchdog said it regretted that the Commission had not heeded its earlier call to ban facial recognition in public spaces. (Reporting by Foo Yun Chee; Editing by Kirsten Donovan)
Disney's latest robot will bring Groot and other characters to life
       
In a lengthy new piece, TechCrunch has detailed Project Kiwi, an in-development robotics platform from the company's Imagineering research and development studio. While the robot looks like a breakthrough in many ways, don't expect to see it at a Disney park anytime soon. Imagineering told TechCrunch it still has a lot of work to do before Project Kiwi leaves the lab. One upcoming area of focus is a new set of actuators that will make the robot better equipped to handle sudden interactions, such as a kid running up to hug it, that could topple it over. All of that to say, you can safely wait to plan that next trip to Disney World.
Cerebras unveils successor to the world's largest processor
       
A huge chip (at a huge price)The largest chip ever made has been upgraded. The Wafer Scale Engine-2 more than doubles the transistor count over Cerebras Systems' current flagship, making it the world’s highest transistor count integrated circuit. The WSE-2 features 2.6 trillion transistors and 850,000 'AI-optimized' cores on a single chip. “Less than two years ago, Cerebras revolutionized the industry with the introduction of WSE, the world’s first wafer scale processor,” Dhiraj Mallik, VP of hardware engineering at Cerebras, said. The WSE-2 solves this major challenge as the industry’s fastest and largest AI processor ever made.”Cerebras’ existing customers include NETL, GlaxoSmithKline, Tokyo Electron Devices, the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, and the University of Edinburgh.
This chatbot wants to help universities better understand their students
       
System developed by Juji can politely respond to off-topic questions without losing focusChatbot builder Juji has unveiled a range of ‘cognitive AI assistants’ designed specifically to help universities deal with requests from their students. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, the company was co-founded by Dr. Michelle Zhou and Dr. Huahai Yang, the inventors of IBM Watson Personality Insights. “It’s challenging for universities to keep pace with thousands of inquiries coming in from current and prospective students and alumni, particularly at a time when resources are tight,” Zhou said. Zhou added, “We are thrilled to be making AI accessible to universities and education institutions. Cognitive AI assistants are empowering universities to quickly respond to questions while building personal relationships with their students and alumni, streamlining operations, and helping increase enrollment.”Last April, at the onset of the pandemic, Juji offered its chatbot services free-of-charge to healthcare organizations.
Panasonic buys into AI-driven supply chains with $7.1bn acquisition of Blue Yonder
       
Blue Yonder brand to be retained under newly formed Panasonic Connect CoJapanese electronics giant Panasonic has agreed to acquire supply chain management specialist Blue Yonder in a deal worth $7.1 billion. Blue Yonder (formerly JDA) develops AI-based supply chain software for the retail and manufacturing sectors, and represents Panasonic’s largest acquisition in a decade after it bought Sanyo Electric and Panasonic Electric Works for $7.36 billion in 2011. “We have developed mutual trust and have a shared vision for an autonomous supply chain that delivers a better life and a better world,” Blue Yonder CEO Girish Rishi said. The Blue Yonder brand will be retained and will function within the Panasonic Connected Solutions Company umbrella until the rebrand occurs next year. Last June, Blue Yonder teamed up with Microsoft and DHL Supply Chain to develop a warehouse robotics platform, with the aim of reducing integration time and programming efforts for new automation devices entering the warehouses.
Nvidia launches two server GPUs: A30 and A10
       
Smaller PCIe accelerators to complement the A100Chip design giant Nvidia has added two GPUs to its server line-up, the A30 and the A10. Both are less powerful and cheaper than the company's flagship A100 GPU line, and aimed at a different set of use cases. The A10, meanwhile, is not based on the same compute-oriented framework and is pitched for deep learning inference, interactive rendering, computer-aided design and cloud gaming workloads. The A30 and A10 consume 165W and 150W respectively. The A100 led the benchmark, but A10 and A30 also proved successful.
Now for AI’s Latest Trick: Writing Computer Code
       
The company is fine-tuning a tool that uses artificial intelligence to write code based on a short text description of what the code should do. OpenAI has not released the code for GPT-3, but it lets some users access the model through an API. “While testing the tool, we realized that it could generate code,” says Furkan Bektes, SourceAI’s founder and CEO. Shashank Srikant, a PhD student involved with the work, says AI models should not be relied on too heavily. “I think using language models directly would probably end up producing buggy and even insecure code,” he says.
Sony patents an AI to assist in games like a good player two
       
He can often be sighted at tech conferences with a strong coffee in one hand and a laptop in the other. “The method includes generating a user gameplay profile of the user by adjusting the default gameplay style based on the plurality of game plays, wherein the user gameplay profile includes a user gameplay style customized to the user. For those who feel that level of intervention is cheating, the AI could instead offer tips to the human player as they’re gaming. The AI basically wants to be a helpful player two rather than the person on your couch that mocks you and then does worse when they take the controller. Attend the co-located 5G Expo, IoT Tech Expo, Blockchain Expo, AI & Big Data Expo, and Cyber Security & Cloud Expo World Series with upcoming events in Silicon Valley, London, and Amsterdam.
Analytics startup Unsupervised raises $35M to spot patterns in enterprise data
       
Boulder, Colorado-based Unsupervised, a big data analytics company leveraging AI to find patterns in business data, today announced that it raised $35 million in a series B round led by Cathay Innovation and Signalfire. The opportunity cost of this unused data is substantial, with a Veritas report pegging it at $3.3 trillion by 2020. “This is where unsupervised learning is uniquely valuable. Using a technique called unsupervised learning or self-supervised learning, Unsupervised’s systems can generate labels from data by exposing the relationships between the data’s parts. “Unsupervised’s customers use the platform for multiple use cases.
AI Weekly: MIT aims to reconcile data sharing with EU AI regulations
       
Dovetailing with the EU proposal is a data privacy-focused initiative to bring computer science research together with public policy engagement, also announced this week. MIT professor Srini Devadas says that the MIT Future of Data, Trust, and Privacy (FOD) initiative , which will involve collaboration between experts in specific technical areas, gets at the heart of what the EU AI regulations hope to accomplish. “The initiative is focused on legal sharing, use and processing of data … Some of the new [EU] regulations ban the use of certain technologies, except for security reasons. The EU regulations impose requirements on “high-risk” applications of AI, including medical devices and equipment. Devadas sees a number of technologies enabling ethical approaches to AI that align with the EU regulations.
4 reasons to learn machine learning with JavaScript
       
While JavaScript is not a replacement for the rich Python machine learning landscape (yet), there are several good reasons to have JavaScript machine learning skills. Easy integration of machine learning in web and mobile applicationsAnother benefit of JavaScript machine learning is easy integration with mobile applications. JavaScript machine learning on serverOne of the main challenges of machine learning is training the models. You can run JavaScript machine learning libraries on Node.js, the JavaScript application server engine. As the JavaScript machine learning community continues to grow and the tools continue to mature, it might become a go-to option for many web developers who want to add machine learning to their skillset.
Taiwan predicts its chip industry will weather global shortage
       
Kung also sits on the board of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co as a representative of the largest shareholder, the government’s National Development Fund, which holds around 6% of the stock of the world’s most valuable semiconductor company. He said between now and 2025, Taiwan companies have planned more than T$3 trillion ($107 billion) in investment in the semiconductor sector, citing expansion plans from chip giants including TSMC and Powerchip Semiconductor Manufacturing. Taiwan’s semiconductor firms are ramping up production to tackle a global chip shortage, which has affected everything from carmakers to consumer products, and meet booming demand following the work-from-home trend during the COVID-19 pandemic. “In the next decade or even longer there won’t be oversupply for semiconductors,” he added, when asked if the massive investment plans could have a downside. Intel — both a TSMC client and competitor — last month announced a $20 billion plan to expand its advanced chip making capacity.
Now is the time for a transatlantic dialog on the risk of AI
       
This past Wednesday, April 21, the Commission released wide-ranging proposed regulation that would govern the design, development, and deployment of AI systems. Imposing strict procedures on a subset of AI systems and checking them mostly while they are still “in the lab,” may not capture the evolution of risks emerging from the interaction between AI systems in the real world and the evolution of their behaviour over time. At the moment, such a transnational approach is hindered by different cultural approaches to regulation, strong tech lobbying, lack of consensus on what constitutes AI risk assessments and AI auditing, and very different litigation systems. This dialog should focus on equity and impact, outlining optimal procedures for effective risk and audit documentation, and identifying what is needed from governments, civil society, and higher education to build up and maintain a transnational ecosystem of AI risk assessment and auditing. The renewed prospects for an enlightened transatlantic dialog on digital issues are a one-time opportunity to make this happen.
Tackling the endpoint security hype: Can endpoints actually self-heal?
       
This is the promise of self-healing endpoints: endpoints that continually learn about new attack techniques while keeping their configurations optimized for network and security performance. Beware the self-healing endpoint hypeThe self-healing endpoint is one of the most overhyped areas of cybersecurity today, with over 100 vendors currently vying for a piece of the market. Runtime protection, containment, and fault tolerance-based endpoint security systems were oversold under the banner of self-healing endpoints. Further complicating the self-healing endpoint landscape is the speed with which EDR and EPP begin merging to form unified endpoint security stacks. Firmware-embedded self-healing endpoints for always-on connectionAbsolute Software offers an example of firmware-embedded persistence providing self-healing endpoints.
KAI to develop smart manufacturing system for KF-21 Boramae production
       
Korea Aerospace Industries said Thursday it will invest 98.5 billion won ($88.3 million) to develop a customized smart manufacturing system and apply it first to the production of KF-21 Boramae fighters.According to the nation’s sole aircraft manufacturer, it will develop the smart manufacturing system by 2023 and apply the system to all of its business sites. The system will be modeled after KAI’s most advanced A350 smart factory located at its headquarters in Sacheon, South Gyeongsang Province.“The goal is to establish a standardized smart manufacturing process for Korea’s aerospace industry and pass it down to our suppliers,” a KAI official said.KAI’s A350 smart factory manufactures wing parts called ribs for Airbus A350 passenger aircrafts. After adopting artificial intelligence, the factory, which produces 660 ribs a month, reduced the production time by 66 percent. Also, raw materials are shipped in and out of the facility in just one week, a striking improvement from four weeks. Also, the factory now only requires just 24 staff, down from 60.By Kim Byung-wook ( kbw@heraldcorp.com
Huawei Starts Selling Smart Cars In Flagship Stores Across China To Offset Smartphone Losses
       
The SF5 model, jointly launched by the Shenzhen-based tech giant and carmaker SERES, is the first vehicle to officially enter Huawei's stores. A smart car with Huawei's HiCar system at the telecom company's store in Shenzhen, April 2021. Meanwhile, smartphone competitor Xiaomi has said it is looking to get into the smart car business as well. Aside from Xiaomi, Chinese search and artificial intelligence giant Baidu is also looking to enter the smart car fray. It has already signed up 18 carmakers to form a so-called "5G automotive ecosystem" using Huawei's HiCar.
KAI to develop smart manufacturing system for KF-21 Boramae production
       
BUSINESSKorea Aerospace Industries’ A350 smart factory in Sacheon, South Gyeongsang Province (KAI)Korea Aerospace Industries said Thursday it will invest 98.5 billion won ($88.3 million) to develop a customized smart manufacturing system and apply it first to the production of KF-21 Boramae fighters.According to the nation’s sole aircraft manufacturer, it will develop the smart manufacturing system by 2023 and apply the system to all of its business sites. The system will be modeled after KAI’s most advanced A350 smart factory located at its headquarters in Sacheon, South Gyeongsang Province.“The goal is to establish a standardized smart manufacturing process for Korea’s aerospace industry and pass it down to our suppliers,” a KAI official said.KAI’s A350 smart factory manufactures wing parts called ribs for Airbus A350 passenger aircrafts. After adopting artificial intelligence, the factory, which produces 660 ribs a month, reduced the production time by 66 percent. Also, raw materials are shipped in and out of the facility in just one week, a striking improvement from four weeks. Also, the factory now only requires just 24 staff, down from 60.By Kim Byung-wook ( kbw@heraldcorp.com
Israeli firm seeks to make ships smarter with AI vision and motion sensors
       
Israeli firm seeks to make ships smarter with AI vision and motion sensorsDigital transactions and e-commerce may have transformed the way business is being done globally, but navigation at sea remains crucial for goods to reach their destination. In a bid to direct AI towards the ocean, Israeli firm Orca AI has created a smart navigation system which will help cargo ships find their own way. Security cameras are a thing of the past since computer vision and motion sensors are set to become eyes of completely autonomous vessels. Thanks to an algorithm, the smart ships can monitor the environment and warn the crew in case it senses adverse weather ahead. Capability of AI in improving shipping operations has been demonstrated by smart dhow boats at Dubai harbour in the past year.
No more frustrating chatbots! Israel's smart customer care startup gets LinkedIn exec's backing
       
Text messages have replaced phone calls for handling client queries, and sometimes computer generated standard responses from chatbots can backfire. Israeli firm Loris AI is addressing this challenge by bringing man and machine together, through its smart system which suggests appropriate responses to customer care agents. The AI-powered insight enhances customer satisfaction, by crafting messages that have the right tone and language for effective communication. Instead, using technology that makes customer care agents more empathetic towards people, can strengthen a firm's goodwill. Crisis Text Line which paved the way for Loris had already sharpened skills of 12000 counsellors by the time its technique was replicated for a more consumer-centric environment.
Government organises Facebook workshop for diplomats to understand social media diplomacy and communication
       
To make Pakistani diplomats understand the social media diplomacy and grasp modern communication craft, the government’s Digital Media Wing, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting organised a Facebook workshop, in collaboration with Strategic Communications Division, and Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Minister also expressed his gratification on seeing his missions engaging with the tools of modern digital diplomacy. "Having developed your social media handles in line with my vision of standardization and uniformity, I would like to see and encourage you all to actively engage with your social media handles and post updates on your missions' activities regularly," the FM advised. The Foreign Minister also said that he will shortly be launching a digital media dashboard to monitor social media handles of missions through latest AI tools. DMW is working in close coordination with SCD, at MOFA to strengthen the digital presence of Pakistani missions abroad.
European Commission proposes strict policies to govern AI use
       
As governments around the world consider how to regulate AI, the European Union is planning first-of-its-kind legislation that would put strict limits on the technology. On Wednesday, the European Commission, the body's executive branch, detailed a regulatory approach that calls for a four-tier system that groups AI software into separate risk categories and applies an appropriate level of regulation to each. At the top would be systems that pose an "unacceptable" risk to people's rights and safety. An example of software that would fall under this category is any AI that would allow governments and companies to implement social scoring systems. The Commission says the "vast" majority of AI systems will fall under this category.
EU proposes new rules for artificial intelligence
       
Bloomberg(Bloomberg) -- For more than three years, Google held up its Ethical AI research team as a shining example of a concerted effort to address thorny issues raised by its innovations. On April 6, Google Research manager Samy Bengio, who Ethical AI team members came to regard as a key ally, resigned. That shift marked the foundation of the Ethical AI team.“This team wasn't started because Google was feeling particularly magnanimous,” said Alex Hanna, a researcher on the team. Their leaders have told them they will find a replacement for Mitchell and Gebru at some point. Their experiment to exist on an island within Google, protected by Gebru and Mitchell while doing their work, has failed, some researchers said.
Algorithmic Nudges Don’t Have to Be Unethical
       
University of Chicago economist Richard Thaler and Harvard Law School professor Cass Sunstein popularized the term “nudge” in 2008, but due to recent advances in AI and machine learning, algorithmic nudging is much more powerful than its non-algorithmic counterpart. Algorithmic nudging tactics are increasingly being employed in work environments as companies are using texts, gamification, and push notifications to influence their workforce. For many companies, nudging workers is a promising approach to achieve their organizational goals through higher worker performance and/or cost savings. But companies should not give up on algorithmic management to control workers through nudging. Companies engaging in algorithmic nudging need to be transparent about the collection and storage of this data.
Why AI That Teaches Itself to Achieve a Goal Is the Next Big Thing
       
Despite its demonstrated usefulness, however, reinforcement learning is mostly used in academia and niche areas like video games and robotics. In fact, any time you have to make decisions in sequence — what AI practitioners call sequential decision tasks — there a chance to deploy reinforcement learning. Reinforcement Learning at Work How top companies are using this breed of AI to solve tough problems. We felt this was a good reinforcement learning opportunity — it had the right balance between clarity and dynamic complexity. Don’t start with reinforcement learning if you can tackle a problem with other machine learning or optimization techniques.
Languages are more connected than we think. This gorgeous visualization proves it
       
A new installation in an exhibit at 21_21 Design Sight in Tokyo flips the idea on its head. Their answer is then pushed through Google Translate, and audio of the sentence begins to feed through speakers in 24 different languages. Then, the sentence appears as a data visualization on screens throughout the room. The data visualization component, which shows the sentence you just spoke as colorful, squiggly lines, uses machine learning to convey the semantic similarities between languages. After the data visualizations fade from the screen, the visitor’s response appears written out in a rainbow of different colors and languages across the screens.
Burberry: 5 tendenze per l'autunno inverno 2021 2022
       
Riccardo Tisci con le modelle della sfilata Burberry AI 2021 2022 © BurberryUn'audace interpretazione dei capi basic femminili ma anche dei codici Burberry, trascritti attraverso trompe-l'oeil grafici e altri giochi monocromatici, rispolverando gli elementi essenziali del guardaroba per inserirli in un'estetica contemporanea. Burberry AI 2021 2022 © BurberryGlitter maniaCome ci vestiremo dopo la pandemia? Burberry AI 2021 2022 © BurberryOssessione borsePer l'autunno inverno 2021 2022, Burberry svela un nuovo oggetto del desiderio: la Flag bag, un marsupio dalle linee fluide con frange realizzato in seta ricamata con paillettes (nella foto sopra) oppure sublimata con l'iniziale B. E poi, ecco anche una nuova ossessione moda: la borsa messenger XXL, disegnata per la collezione uomo AI 2021 2022, qui disponibile in ecopelliccia ed effetto shearling. Burberry AI 2021 2022 © BurberryEcopelliccia foreverNel settembre 2018, Burberry ha dato l'esempio, con molte maison e marchi, annunciando la rinuncia definitiva all'uso di pellicce animali. Burberry AI 2021 2022 © BurberryTrompe l'oeil graficiRiccardo Tisci dà nuova vita ai codici tradizionali di Burberrry.
EU's new artificial intelligence law risks enabling Orwellian surveillance states
       
Yesterday, more than a year since von der Leyen took office, the European Commission launched its proposal on AI. For an industry premised on creepy mass surveillance, the AI law may not look so strict after all. What’s more, the European Commission’s proposal risks giving a green light to governments or public authorities to deploy discriminatory surveillance systems. Technologies of oppressionWhen analysing how AI systems might impact people of colour, migrants and other marginalised groups, context matters. Far from a “human-centred” approach, the draft law in its current form runs the risk of enabling Orwellian surveillance states.
Russia is building its own space station
       
Russia is building its own $6 billion space station that it plans to launch in 2030, the head of the country’s Roscosmos space agency has said. The Russian station is likely to be manned by robots with artificial intelligence, while human cosmonauts would periodically visit the craft. The project would mark an end to Russia’s cooperation with the United States upon the International Space Station, and although Rogozin said the country would consider allowing the presence of foreign astronauts he added that “the station must be national. Roscosmos said it envisioned a new Russian space station in 2015, and Dmitry Rogozin – then Russia’s deputy prime minister himself – said that Moscow would leave the ISS project in 2020. “This isn’t just resentment, it is a constant major headache for Roscosmos”, Lukashevich also said.
Canadian chip maker Alphawave targets $4.5 billion valuation in London IPO
       
Canadian chip developer Alphawave IP said on Thursday that it is considering plans for an initial public offering on the London Stock Exchange, in an unusual example of a North American company crossing the Atlantic to float. The IPO will include issuing new shares, raising approximately $500 million, as well as an offer of existing stock to be sold by current shareholders. The company said that its technology has applications across 5G wireless infrastructure, artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles. The $40 billion takeover is now facing a probe by the U.K. government over national security concerns. “We have chosen to come to the U.K. because of its incredible technology and semiconductor industry ecosystem,” said Alphaware Chief Executive Tony Pialis.
Canadian Chip Maker Alphawave Chooses London for IPO. Here’s What to Know.
       
Canadian chip developer Alphawave IP said on Thursday that it is considering plans for an initial public offering on the London Stock Exchange, in an unusual example of a North American company crossing the Atlantic to float. The IPO will include issuing new shares, raising approximately $500 million, as well as an offer of existing stock to be sold by current shareholders. The company said that its technology has applications across 5G wireless infrastructure, artificial intelligence, and autonomous vehicles. “We have chosen to come to the U.K. because of its incredible technology and semiconductor industry ecosystem,” said Alphaware CEO Tony Pialis. The IPO is being coordinated by Barclays and J.P. Morgan, with Bank of Montreal as a joint bookrunner if the offer proceeds.
What is DLSS, Nvidia’s ‘magic’ gaming technology and driver of US giant’s graphics business?
       
Anyone with a passing interest in video games will be aware of the acronym-peppered minefield that comes with the territory. The latest collection of letters causing a stir comes from graphics chip giant Nvidia. At its heart, it is an artificial intelligence technology that improves the performance of your gaming machines beyond the hardware’s in-built capability. A level of performance that my PC’s graphics card has no business attempting on its own specifications. Upon announcing the update for Call of Duty, Nvidia are claiming a 70pc boost in 4K performance.
EU artificial intelligence rules will ban 'unacceptable' use
       
Some "unacceptable" uses of artificial intelligence would be banned in Europe under proposals unveiled on Wednesday. The European Commission's rules would ban "AI systems considered a clear threat to the safety, livelihoods and rights of people", it said. 'Fundamental rights'The commission's digital chief, Margrethe Vestager, said: "On artificial intelligence, trust is a must, not a nice-to-have." "An ambiguous, tick-box approach to regulation that is overseen by individuals who may not have an in-depth understanding of AI technology will hardly inspire confidence." But the vast majority of AI technology would fall into the low-risk category, with far less strict rules.
Artificial intelligence unlocks a mystery behind a 2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scroll
       
Share this Story: Artificial intelligence unlocks a mystery behind a 2,000-year-old Dead Sea ScrollArtificial intelligence unlocks a mystery behind a 2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scroll An algorithm scanned every character of the 1QIsaa scroll and at the end of the 27th column of text found something Photo by Maruf A. Dhali, University of GroningenArticle content Ever since the Dead Sea Scrolls were accidentally discovered more than 70 years ago in a cave in Israel, they have been a source of fascination. Try refreshing your browser, or Artificial intelligence unlocks a mystery behind a 2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scroll Back to video In a new study, researchers at the University of Gronigen’s Qumran Institute have put together a robust investigation into the palaeography – the study of old handwriting – of one of the scrolls. The scroll in question, 1QIsaa, is a large manuscript and one of seven found near the Dead Sea at Qumran, Israel in 1946. Advertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Shopping essentials Advertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below.
Medical records retrieval firm lands $17 million to expand staff, speed innovation
       
A Canadian company with its U.S. operations in Coppell will use a $17 million infusion from investors to accelerate hiring and development of its cloud-based medical records retrieval platform. Investors include Crosslink Capital, Golden Ventures, Vast Ventures, Union Ventures, iGan Partners, Stanford Law School and original backer, rapper Nasir Jones. The company’s technology addresses one of the biggest pain points for businesses -- accessing patient-authorized electronic medical records quickly and easily for common tasks. “Sometimes, life’s challenges inspire a ‘light bulb’ moment,” Bateman wrote in a blog post. Artificial intelligence and machine learning baked into Medchart’s platform add context to medical records, Bateman said.
Honeycomb CEO Christine Yen Talks Data, Software and the Cloud
       
What is technology and software without metrics and data? Christine Yen, co-founder and CEO of Honeycomb, knows a thing or two about helping companies get to the bottom of what their data says, what it means, and what it should be telling them to do next – all in real time. TheStreet's Corey Goldman caught up with Christine during Collision 2021 to talk about all things data, software, AI and cloud.
Canadian chip maker Alphawave targets $4.5 billion valuation in London IPO
       
Canadian chip developer Alphawave IP said on Thursday that it is considering plans for an initial public offering on the London Stock Exchange, in an unusual example of a North American company crossing the Atlantic to float. The IPO will include issuing new shares, raising approximately $500 million, as well as an offer of existing stock to be sold by current shareholders. The company said that its technology has applications across 5G wireless infrastructure, artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles. The $40 billion takeover is now facing a probe by the U.K. government over national security concerns. “We have chosen to come to the U.K. because of its incredible technology and semiconductor industry ecosystem,” said Alphaware Chief Executive Tony Pialis.
Square announces new inventory features for its sellers
       
Square Inc. SQ, -0.05% announced Thursday that it plans to make new inventory-management features available to its sellers. The company is rolling out tools that help sellers automate their inventory-management processes by using barcode scanners to take stock of inventory and receiving alerts driven by machine learning to see when an item is due to run out. The company will also let sellers build out their catalogs by scanning item barcodes and seeing item information automatically populate. "We're looking forward to providing sellers with access to the tools they need to prepare for reopenings and the year ahead," said Roshan Jhunja, Square's general manager for retail, in a release. They've gained 10.0% over the past three months as the S&P 500 SPX, -0.92% has risen 7.7%.
SpaceX launch: Robot dogs patrol Starship SN15 base ahead of pivotal test
       
SpaceX has deployed a pair of robot dogs to patrol its Starbase launch site ahead of a major test of its latest Starship rocket prototype. Starship SN15 is expected to perform a high-altitude flight on either Thursday evening or Friday morning from SpaceX’s facility in Boca Chica, Texas. The pair of robotic dogs, built by Boston Dynamics, were filmed by photojournalist BocaChicaGal walking close to Starship SN15 on Thursday. One of the quadruped robots was previously spotted wandering the wreckage of SpaceX’s Starship SN10 prototype, which exploded upon landing back in March. It is unclear what function the robots were performing ahead of the Starship SN15 flight test, though SpaceX will be hoping they will not need to be used to pick through debris again.
No indictment in January officer-involved shooting after lengthy SWAT standoff
       
On January 11, the Butler County Regional SWAT team responded to a 911 call from a resident living in the 6800 block of Yoakum Court at Lakota Pointe Townhomes near Liberty Junior High School. The standoff lasted for several hours, according to Gmoser, and eventually, Thomas stopped replying to the negotiators. SWAT decided to use a robot to get a chemical irritant inside the home and conduct video surveillance but Thomas closed the door, according to the release. After Thomas closed the door, SWAT made another attempt to breach the door. That's when, Gmoser states, Thomas appeared at the door with his pistol and pointed his unholstered firearm at SWAT team members.
A ton of iRobot Roomba robot vacuums are on sale—and they're going for as low as $200
       
Of all the tech items I've acquired in my home in my near two decades working in the industry, I can confidently say that my iRobot Roomba vacuum is high up there on my list of favorites. These machines consistently perform well in our tests—we named the iRobot Roomba i7+ as not only the best robot vacuum for hardwood floors, but our favorite robot vacuum, period. If that's a bit beyond your budgetary reach, you can opt for the iRobot Roomba i3+, which is the i7+'s less expensive cousin. iRobot Roomba robot vacuums are totally worth the splurge at the regular price, so looking at these deals, it's the perfect time to get one. The best iRobot Roomba robot vacuum deals to shop right nowNeed help finding products?
AI-driven talent acquisition startup Jobilla raises $2.6 million, plans European expansion
       
And further improvements for its candidate filtering platformFinnish talent acquisition startup Jobilla has raised €2.16 million ($2.6 million) in a funding round led by Trind Ventures Capital. Jobilla said the funding will fuel expansion into Germany, Austria, and the Netherlands, and help scale up its US-based operations. ‘High-risk’ hiringJobilla’s platform creates recruitment campaigns that use social media to reach out to ideal candidates, filtering potential matches through a series of qualifying questions. We believe that with their smart, scalable use of technology Jobilla will be a forerunner of the recruitment industry,” Kimmo Irpola, partner at Trind VC, said. Under the newly announced draft EU legal framework on AI, AI-based recruitment tools would be considered "high-risk," meaning such products would be subject to “strict obligations” before they can be put on the market.
Toyota Industries combines autonomous vehicle tech under new T-Hive brand
       
Based in Holland and dedicated to control systems for automated forklifts and AMRsToyota Group’s manufacturing arm, Toyota Industries Corporation (TICO), is bringing together all of its self-driving vehicle software projects in a new division called T-Hive. The venture will combine products from a number of businesses within TICO, including Toyota L&F, Toyota Material Handling, Toyota Material Handling Europe, Raymond, Bastian Solutions, and Vanderlande. The new company will focus on providing autonomous vehicle control systems for automated guided forklifts (AGFs) and autonomous mobile robots (AMRs). Established on April 1, T-Hive holds an initial €5 million ($6 million) in capital. T-Hive will create opportunities for us to work together across the Toyota Industries Group network,” Norio Wakabayashi, CEO at TICO, said.
Atos nabs multi-camera tracking developer Ipsotek in a 'strategic' acquisition
       
Around 50 Ipsotek employees to join Atos as part of the dealFrench IT and services giant Atos has acquired Ipsotek, a London-based video analytics software provider. Ipsotek develops multi-camera tracking products used in crowd management, smoke detection, and traffic management. It has previously conducted projects for the London Eye and the Katara Cultural Village in Doha, Qatar. The company has conducted over 600 projects in 38 countries, with around 50 of its professionals joining Atos. Ipsotek co-founder Boghos Boghossian commented, “We are excited to join forces with Atos and are confident that our combined capabilities offer significant value to our respective clients.
France's largest auto insurer is using AI to assess vehicle damage
       
With a system from Tractable AI that has processed over $1 billion in auto claims to dateCovéa, France’s largest insurance group, is introducing an AI-based system to analyze damage to claimant’s cars. It will be deployed in bodyshops across France, where it will assess claims for three insurance brands – MAAF, MMA, and GMF. "Using AI to accelerate claims assessment is a step-change for policyholders of the MAAF, MMA, and GMA brands, and our repair service providers. During this time, the pair set up the ExcellIA partnership, which includes the service platform called Darva. Not every insurance company wants to be a pioneer and those are not the first customers to have.
Nvidia partners with Cloudfare for AI at the Edge
       
The pair intend to put ML ‘within milliseconds of the global online population’Content delivery network (CDN) operator Cloudfare is teaming up with Nvidia to bring AI to the edge of the network, at scale. The pair revealed intentions to create a “massive platform” on which developers can deploy applications that use pre-trained or custom machine learning models. “By leveraging the TensorFlow platform developers can use familiar tools to build and test machine learning models, and then deploy them globally onto Cloudflare’s edge network,” the partners said in the announcement. EdgyTogether, Cloudflare and Nvidia aim to put machine learning within milliseconds of the global online population, enabling high performance, low latency AI applications to be deployed by anyone. Because the ML models themselves will remain in Cloudflare’s data centers, developers can deploy custom models without the risk of putting them on end-user devices.
Sony patent details AI system that plays video games by itself
       
Titled, Automated AI Control Mode For Playing Specific Tasks During Gaming Applications, the patent (US20210106918) details a concept where an AI would study player behavior in order to make similar playstyle decisions. Discovered by SegmentNext, the patent was originally filed in mid-December 2020, with the application now published for opposition ahead of potential grant. Very metaThe AI system described in the patent creates a profile of a user, which then analyzes how each player plays a game, and attempts to mimic their actions. The patent’s description reads, “The game play controller can proceed in automatic mode to complete specific game tasks that are difficult for the user. Sony’s potential AI system could, however, benefit players like Cookingwithsim, who reached the maximum level of 130 in Lord of the Rings Online by baking millions of virtual pies.
Snowflake invests in Dataiku, deepens AI product integration
       
The two companies formed an ‘enhanced partnership’ last November, and recently launched Dataiku Online with Snowflake as a cloud-based service. From Snowflake to SnowparkJust last September, Snowflake was valued at $33.2 billion after an impressive IPO. Now, it’s working closely with Dataiku to deliver enterprise-ready AI products to customers which can deploy and monitor data science projects. “We partner and invest with companies that demonstrate a commitment to mobilizing data and provide value to our customers,” Snowflake SVP of product, Christian Kleinerman said. We believe that the deepening integration with Snowflake will provide our joint customers with a faster, better path to adapt, scale and meet new challenges.”
New AI tool calculates materials’ stress and strain based on photos
       
MIT researchers have developed a technique to quickly determine certain properties of a material, like stress and strain, based on an image of the material showing its internal structure. Yang is the paper’s lead author and a PhD student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. They help reveal a material’s internal forces, like stress and strain, which can cause that material to deform or break. They trained the network with thousands of paired images — one depicting a material’s internal microstructure subject to mechanical forces, and the other depicting that same material’s color-coded stress and strain values. “If you go the hard way — the Newton way — you have to walk a huge detour to get to the answer.”But the researcher’s network is adept at dealing with multiple scales.
Spencer Compton, Karna Morey, Tara Venkatadri, and Lily Zhang named 2021-22 Goldwater Scholars
       
MIT students Spencer Compton, Karna Morey, Tara Venkatadri, and Lily Zhang have been selected to receive a Barry Goldwater Scholarship for the 2021-22 academic year. The Goldwater scholarships have been conferred since 1989 by the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation. All of the 2021-22 Goldwater Scholars intend to obtain a doctorate in their area of research, including the four MIT recipients. Spencer ComptonA junior majoring in computer science and engineering, Compton is set to graduate next year with both his undergraduate and master’s degrees. On campus, he has been involved in physics research in theoretical and observational astrophysics, as well as in condensed matter experiments.
Edge Computing, The Cloud, And AI Autonomous Vehicles
       
The more sensible way to phrase things entails striking out the “versus” and declaring edge computing and the cloud (for those of you that prefer that the cloud get first billing, it is equally stated as the cloud and edge computing; you are welcome to choose whichever order seems most palatable to you). Let’s consider a particular context to illustrate how edge computing and the cloud can work together hand-in-hand, namely within the realm of autonomous vehicles (AVs). You can readily recast this by saying there are self-driving cars, self-driving trucks, self-driving drones, self-driving submersibles, self-driving planes, and self-driving ships, rather than using the AV naming. Edge computing refers to the use of computer-based systems that are placed at the “edge” or near to the point at which a computing capability is potentially needed. Those pundits are claiming that the time lag of the cloud versus edge computing means that the cloud is unsuitable for self-driving cars, while edge computing is suitable since it is a lessened latency (by-and-large) for electronically communicating with those in-motion self-driving vehicles.
Microsoft Acquisition of Nuance is a Big Deal in Voice Recognition
       
It’s unclear to what degree Siri currently relies on Dragon software for voice recognition. PC-Based Voice RecognitionDragon Systems, launched in 1982, was an industry leader in voice recognition. It launched Dragon NaturallySpeaking in June 1997, quickly attaining a lead over IBM and Microsoft in voice recognition software running on microprocessor (PC) platforms. The Bakers subsequently made very minor recoveries for their voice recognition software, and were largely unsuccessful in gaining further recoveries through the courts. “We are the fundamental provider of voice recognition for Apple,” he stated in response to a question.
How AI Can Live Up to the Hype
       
While we see a lot of hype around AI, the industry is capable of living up to its potential. But productizing new mission-critical abilities requires significant effort in building AI systems, and a single model cannot deliver on this. By investing in the fundamentals of AI systems and deploying these four pillars, a company can plan for successful AI adoption across the organization. Put another way: the industry should move from AI models developed by a researcher to an AI system developed by a diverse team, including many AI components that together assemble a robust system. The potential of AI is immense and undeniable, which is why we have so much hype around it.
Your Doctor’s Assistant is AI
       
By AI Trends StaffAI is being increasingly incorporated by doctors to transcribe, read, analyze, and make predictions based on notes and conversations between physicians and their patients. A big and largely invisible contribution AI can make is to capture a physician’s written or spoken notes automatically. Real value comes from data captured from the conversations doctors have with patients or from their case notes. Some AI products can “extract information and then contextualize it” in ways that doctors can act on, stated Duane A. Mitchell, director of the University of Florida Clinical and Translational Science Institute, in the Axios account. The manual process takes weeks of manually extracting information from databases, while the AI models can do the work “within minutes,” stated Mona Flores, Global Head of Medical AI at Nvidia.
Robotics trends: Artificial Intelligence leads Twitter mentions in Q1 2021
       
Verdict lists the top five terms tweeted on robotics in Q1 2021, based on data from GlobalData’s Influencer Platform. Artificial Intelligence (AI) – 7,565 mentionsRobots capable of drywalling, managing vertical farms, and assisting in the US space programmes to reach Mars and beyond, were popularly discussed in Q1 2021. Daniel Newman, a principal analyst at global technology company Futurum Research, shared an article on the increasing growth of the RPA market. For example, ServiceNow, a cloud-based platform that offers digital workflows acquired Intellibot, a robotic process automation company, to add more capabilities to its platform. 5G was also mentioned by Glen Gilmore with respect to automotive manufacturer Toyota having tested the controls of its T-HR3 humanoid robot with 5G technology.
Creativity in the Era of Artificial Intelligence ¶
       
But, through an examination of the epistemology of creativity, the paper illustrates that we are over-indexing on only certain aspects of creativity while ignoring others. An analysis of these limitations reveals that perhaps co-creativity is what we need to be aiming for and move from the notion of artificial intelligence in creativity to artificial creativity. Epistemology of creativity¶ Creative work has significance not just because of its content but also because of its positioning in the social ecosystem that surrounds it, often highlighting societal tensions. Since intelligence and creativity tend to be quite intertwined, the authors provide a crude distinction between them classifying intelligence as a convergence methodology while creativity being a divergent methodology. There are of course similar constraints on human creative output as well: through the social structures within they are present.
On sustainable robotics
       
And, I’m ashamed to say, very little robotics research is focused on the development of sustainable robots. A search on google scholar throws up a handful of excellent papers detailing work on upcycled and sustainable robots (2018), sustainable robotics for smart cities (2018), green marketing of sustainable robots (2019), and sustainable soft robots (2020). I was therefore delighted when, a few weeks ago, my friend and colleague Michael Fisher, drafted a proposal for a new standard on Sustainable Robotics. The BSI proposal adds also the environmental effects of deployment (it is unlikely we would consider a sustainable robot designed to spray pesticides as truly sustainable), or of failure in the field. I would love to see, in the near term, not only a new standard on Sustainable Robotics as a guide (and spur) for manufacturers, but the emergence of Sustainable Robotics as a thriving new sub-discipline in robotics.
Moving away from AI ethics as “window-dressing” to scientifically informed policies — Schwartz Reisman Institute
       
At the core of Bryson’s argument towards better AI governance are three primary assertions:1. Replicating human behaviour often means replicating human biases. In most cases, AI learns by human example, and our overt behaviour as humans is not always our ideal. Most ideals such as equality and accessibility are collective plans for improving human behaviour, as well as agreements which are up for negotiation. As such, they are not always reflected in the overt human behaviour used to design/train AI.
Machine Learning Basics For Data Science Enthusiasts
       
This article was published as a part of the Data Science BlogathonOverviewNeed of Machine Learning In Modern WorldVarious Concepts Related To Machine LearningResources to Learn Machine LearningScope Of Machine LearningMachine learning is an emerging technology that enables computers to learn automatically from past historical data. Machine Learning Aims at Such ways to make Machine learn from previous data like a human and make accurate, effective predictions2. How does Machine Learning worksMachine Learning works in the following manner-A machine is being given traditional data as an Input Machine Learns from the input data being given Machine Builds the Prediction Model Machine trains the model with the input data After training, the Machine tests the model by predicting the output for the next set of input data Machine evaluates the accuracy percentage of prediction and improvises itself if the percentage is below the desired number Machine Improve the Accuracy and learn from previous data /experiences3. More is the amount of Data, More effective is the Machine Learning performance, thus the need for Machine Learning becomes necessary in the modern era for solving various complex problems. Deep Learning Engineer – They are professionals that specialize in advanced Machine Learning Concepts, deep learning, to develop various models, software related to artificial intelligence.
A Review of Artificial Intelligence and Cardiac Arrest
       
Finding out a patient is headed towards cardiac arrest earlier can lead to measures to stop and reverse this progression. The Data for AI Predicting In-Hospital Cardiac ArrestThere is a growing body of data, of varying quality, available for early prediction of cardiac arrest with AI algorithms. [7]The existing studies used a variety of different variables to predict cardiac arrest earlier. [8] Another study used a recurrent neural network that needed only the 4 main vital signs to better predict cardiac arrest earlier. Another startup VUNO has an AI-based cardiac arrest prediction software that analyzes vital signs stored in the EHR which then predicts the likelihood of a cardiac arrest occurring within the next 24 hours.
Import AI 245: Facebook’s 12 trillion parameter recommender model; synthetic content makes games infinite; Baidu releases a translation dataset
       
###################################################Facebook tries to make fairer AI systems by creating a more diverse dataset:…You can’t test for fairness if your dataset is unfair. Enter: Casual Conversations…Facebook has created a dataset, Casual Conversations, of 45,186 videos of 3,011 different humans having conversations with eachother. What makes this dataset different? Read more: Shedding light on fairness in AI with a new data set (Facebook AI Research blog). ###################################################Baidu releases a massive translation dataset:…68 hours of Chinese speech accompanied with translations…Chinese web giant Baidu has released BSTC, the Baidu Speech Translation Corpus.
Want to Get Along With Robots? Pretend They’re Animals
       
Just as we can’t help but ascribe agency to animals, we also project intent, emotions, and expectations onto robots. WIRED: The metaphor of robots and animals is particularly powerful because it spans such a range of roles that we want robots to assume. Kate Darling: We've used animals in war, we've used them as our companions. Whether that's out in the agricultural fields, or whether that's in the companionship area—which also tends to be a conversation full of this moral panic about robots replacing human relationships. Really, with animals, we've seen that we were able to incorporate them into our world of diverse relationships, because what they offer is different from what people offer.
AI Weekly — AI News & Leading Newsletter on Deep Learning & Artificial Intelligence
       
EthicsMoving away from AI ethics as “window-dressing” to scientifically informed policies But as Joanna J. Bryson pointed out in her recent talk at the Schwartz Reisman Institute’s (SRI) weekly seminar, AI is “just another artifact,” an ordinary extension of human-made technologies that is now meshed into our society. Creativity in the Era of Artificial Intelligence This paper details the various aspects of creativity from a value-creation and process perspective, highlighting where AI might be a useful mechanism to augment rather than replace our abilities. Intrinsic limits of AI for a self-contained creative agent In the Wallas model of creativity that spans...
Multiply Labs raises $20M for robotic pharma manufacturing
       
The oversubscribed round brings Multiply Labs’ total funding raised to date to more than $25 million. Multiply Labs’ uses collaborative robots and cloud-controlled fleets to enable the production of individualized drugs at industrial scale. The company provides robotic manufacturing capacity as a service for biotech organizations, focusing on two markets: personalized capsules for clinical trials and cell therapies. Multiply Labs is developing cloud-controlled robotic systems for the production of experimental cell therapies in collaboration with a Consortium of industrial and research organizations. Multiply Labs uses AWS RoboMaker to automate deployment of updated code to its robots, based on ROS 2.
Flashlight: Fast and flexible machine learning in C++
       
Deep and ML frameworks are good at what they do — but altering the internals of these frameworks has traditionally proved difficult. We wrote Flashlight from the ground up in modern C++ because the language is a powerful tool for doing research in high-performance computing environments. Flashlight’s modular internals make it a powerful research framework for research frameworks. By making it easier to rapidly iterate on custom low-level code, Flashlight opens the door to research that pushes the limits of performance. Get it on GitHub:Flashlight: A C++ standalone library for machine learning
? AI ethics; Amazon’s good and bad; The cold-hot war; Climate change on Google Earth & Psilocybin as an antidepressant ++ #318
       
Dept of the near future? AI, ethics, and progressWriting in the Boston Review, Daron Acemoglu, one of my favourite economists on topics like automation and institutions, frames artificial intelligence:AI is not likely to make humans redundant. Solar PV: ready to power the futureI love solar PV for a number of reasons. Solar PV is the one energy technology that uses the same industrial processes (think scale!) This recent paper makes a robust case for solar PV and identifies key interventions to tackle some of the perceived blockers (like intermittency and cost). Percentage of electricity demand covered by solar PV in different markets worldwideElsewhere, windpower experts expect wind energy costs to decline up to 35% by 2035.
Reinforcement Learning for Industrial AI with Pieter Abbeel
       
https://cdn.twimlai.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/16163757/TWIML_COVER_800x800_PA.jpg 800 800 The TWIML AI Podcast (formerly This Week in Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence) The TWIML AI Podcast (formerly This Week in Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence) https://cdn.twimlai.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/16163757/TWIML_COVER_800x800_PA.jpg April 19, 2021 April 19, 2021Today we’re joined by Pieter Abbeel, a Professor at UC Berkeley, co-Director of the Berkeley AI Research Lab (BAIR), as well as Co-founder and Chief Scientist at Covariant. In our conversation with Pieter, we cover a ton of ground, starting with the specific goals and tasks of his work at Covariant, the shift in needs for industrial AI application and robots, if his experience solving real-world problems has changed his opinion on end to end deep learning, and the scope for the three problem domains of the models he’s building. We also explore his recent work at the intersection of unsupervised and reinforcement learning, goal-directed RL, his recent paper “Pretrained Transformers as Universal Computation Engines” and where that research thread is headed, and of course, his new podcast Robot Brains, which you can find on all streaming platforms today! Connect with Pieter! ResourcesJoin Forces!
flashlight/flashlight: A C++ standalone library for machine learning
       
flashlight/app are applications of the core library to machine learning across domains. are applications of the core library to machine learning across domains. flashlight::flashlight — contains flashlight libraries as well as the flashlight core autograd and neural network library. — contains flashlight libraries as well as the flashlight core autograd and neural network library. flashlight::flashlight-app-lm — contains the language modeling app along with the flashlight core and flashlight libraries.
Webinar: Collaborative Robotics 2021 – New Systems, Applications and Opportunities
       
What’s new for collaborative robotics systems, enabling technologies and applications? Both large, existing robotics suppliers, as well as new, smaller firms, have rapidly introduced innovative collaborative robotics technologies into the market, and more are on their way. Unfortunately, this fast-moving sector makes for uncertainty for both end-users and developers of collaborative systems. Dan was also President of Robotics Trends, an integrated media and research firm serving the personal, service and industrial robotics markets. Dan has also worked as Executive Vice President of Intermedia Group, and Director of Research at Ullo International.
MIT researchers develop AI to calculate material stress using images
       
Find him on Twitter: @Gadget_RyResearchers from MIT have developed an AI tool for determining the stress a material is under through analysing images. So, we thought: Let’s teach an AI to do this problem for you.”By employing computer vision, the AI tool developed by MIT’s researchers can generate estimates of material stresses in real-time. The network was trained using thousands of paired images—one showing the material’s internal microstructure when subjected to mechanical forces, and the other labelled with colour-coded stress and strain values. Using game theory, the GAN is able to determine the relationships between the material’s appearance and the stresses it’s being put under. Attend the co-located 5G Expo, IoT Tech Expo, Blockchain Expo, AI & Big Data Expo, and Cyber Security & Cloud Expo World Series with upcoming events in Silicon Valley, London, and Amsterdam.
Intel signals aggressive market share push in wake of improved Q1
       
In addition, Intel is also expecting to see increased demand from cloud service providers who are currently working through a massive amount of inventory they accumulated in 2020. Additionally, Intel is co-designing processors with cloud service providers. The company expects the cloud service providers will begin increasing orders starting next quarter. Cloud service providers are also now making greater use of a wide array of processors to run workloads that might previously have been deployed on x86-based servers. Regardless of past missteps, Gelsinger said Intel is now better prepared to find for control of every processor core being employed.
The challenges of applied machine learning
       
But using machine learning in real-world applications and business problems—often referred to as “applied machine learning” or “applied AI”—presents challenges that are absent in academic and scientific research settings. Alyssa Simpson Rochwerger and Wilson Pang, two experienced practitioners of applied machine learning, discuss these challenges in their new book Real World AI: A Practical Guide for Responsible Machine learning. Gathering training dataOne of the key challenges of applied machine learning is gathering and organizing the data needed to train models. “Put another way, machine learning is only useful when it’s incorporated into a business process, customer experience or product, and actually gets released.”Applied machine learning needs a cross-functional team that includes people from different disciplines and backgrounds. Developing the right machine learning strategyThese are just some of the key challenges you’ll face in applied machine learning.
Deep Instinct’s neural networks for cybersecurity attract $100M
       
But Deep Instinct wants to turn that same data into an enterprise’s greatest defensive asset. Deep Instinct is applying end-to-end deep learning to cybersecurity, an approach that allows it to predict and prevent cyberattacks across a company’s network, according to CEO Guy Caspi. Today, Deep Instinct announced it has raised $100 million in a round led by BlackRock. How it worksDeep Instinct’s end-to-end deep learning system uses the raw data as input without needing to convert it. As a result, Deep Instinct claims it can identify and stop attacks within 20 milliseconds while reducing false positives by 99%.
Software product planning platform Productboard raises $72M
       
The platform enables companies to create single product feedback repositories and prioritize what to build next, ostensibly helping to mitigate bottlenecks in the creation process. There are a few other roadmapping tools out there in the market, but they don’t offer a full-fledged, customer-centric product management platform. Productboard is the first enterprise-ready, customer-centric product management platform that organizes the product development process around customer insights, creates alignment between product, and go-to-market teams.”Optimizing product planningWith Productboard, companies can consolidate support tickets, Slack messages, and sales conversations in a single dashboard. Moreover, they can categorize product ideas, requests, and feedback to route back to product teams for resurfacing down the road. “For example, Productboard is currently working on machine learning algorithms to auto-suggest existing features relevant to the customer feedback a user is processing within the platform.
Bank of England warns of potential risks from cloud data providers
       
Learn how your company's culture can either advance or totally sabotage your company goals. (Reuters) — The Bank of England might strengthen its controls on cloud data providers and other technology firms to counter possible risks to the stability of the financial system from the rise of fintech, Deputy Governor Dave Ramsden said. The Bank of England (BoE) has expressed concerns before about the reliance by financial firms, especially fintech startups, on third-party technology companies for key parts of their operations, and Ramsden said this scrutiny would intensify. Regulators globally have been tightening scrutiny of outsourced functions as they worry that core services financial firms provide to customers are vulnerable to outages at third parties. Other steps included work standardising the identification of businesses involved in financial transactions, and looking at whether artificial intelligence could ease the burden of regulatory compliance.
Ally explores fintech products using quantum computing with Microsoft
       
Microsoft today announced that fintech firm Ally will join the former’s Azure Quantum program to explore how quantum computing can create opportunities in the financial sector. Emergen Research anticipates that the global quantum computing market for the enterprise will reach $3.9 billion by 2027. It’s Microsoft Quantum director Julie Love’s belief that future algorithms and quantum hardware might draw on Ally’s financial datasets to help professionals make decisions. Quantum algorithms might improve these computations since quantum computers can run multiple scenarios simultaneously and, through quantum interference, reduce the error in simulation. Partnerships with quantum hardware providers Honeywell, IonQ, or QCI enable developers in the program to use existing Microsoft products — like Visual Studio or the Quantum Development Kit — along with quantum computers.
Supervised vs. unsupervised learning: What’s the difference?
       
Unsupervised learning excels in domains for which a lack of labeled data exists, but it’s not without its own weaknesses — nor is semi-supervised learning. In a recent O’Reilly report, 82% of respondents said that their organization opted to adopt supervised learning versus supervised or semi-supervised learning. And according to Gartner, supervised learning will remain the type of machine learning that organizations leverage most through 2022. Residing between supervised and unsupervised learning, semi-supervised learning accepts data that’s partially labeled or where the majority of the data lacks labels. Unsupervised learningWhere labeled datasets don’t exist, unsupervised learning — also known as self-supervised learning — can help to fill the gaps in domain knowledge.
Is poor data quality undermining your marketing AI?
       
Inconsistent data drives opportunities awayMarketing teams can’t deliver on their goals with bad data quality. Gartner’s 2020 Magic Quadrant for Data Quality Solutions says poor data quality costs the typical enterprise up to $12.9 million or more every year. The O’Reilly State of Data Quality Survey found that just 20% of enterprises publish information about data provenance or data lineage, which are essential tools for diagnosing and resolving data quality issues. Start with change management and data governanceToo often, marketers and the IT teams supporting them rely on data scientists to improve inconsistent data. Instead of asking data scientists to solve the marketing department’s data quality challenges, it would be far better to have the marketing department focus on creating a single, unified content data model.
CluedIn raises $15M to grow its data prep and analytics platform
       
Data arbitration is built into the platform — CluedIn automatically reconciles records like addresses, company names, and more via reconfigurable rules. CluedIn’s data prep engine removes duplicate entries from databases, leveraging AI and machine learning for metadata management system. Data prep benefitsAccording to a Forbes survey, data scientists spend 80% of their time on data preparation, and 76% view it as the least enjoyable part of their work. Trifecta pegs the collective data prep cost for organizations at $450 billion. Beyond time and cost savings, CluedIn says that its platform, which can share data with third-party applications, enables enterprises to meet core regulatory and compliance requirements.
Microsoft details the latest developments in machine learning at GTC 21
       
Inferencing at scaleMuch is made of the costs associated with collecting data and training machine learning models. Nvidia developed the Triton Inference Server to harness the horsepower of those GPUs and marry it with Azure Machine Learning for inferencing. It’s where technological concerns sometimes crash into the financial ones, and Triton and Azure Machine Learning are built to solve that pain point. Regardless of a user’s mix of clusters, Azure Machine Learning lets users easily switch targets. Frameworks that the Azure Machine Learning Kubernetes native agent supports include SciKit, TensorFlow, PyTorch, and MPI.
Roverto, el robot mexicano que compite por llegar a Marte
       
Estudiantes del Instituto Politécnico Nacional y del Tec de Monterrey unen esfuerzos para desarrollar un vehículo espacial que pueda ir a Marte. Roverto, el robot que han creado, competirá en junio con otros inventos en el University Rover Challenge que organiza Mars Society.
S. Korea to invest W105b in promising digital New Deal companies
       
Ministry of Science and ICT (Yonhap)South Korea said Wednesday it will invest 105 billion won ($94 million) this year to support budding companies in promising tech sectors, such as 5G networks and artificial intelligence, as part of the country's digital New Deal initiative. Last year, South Korea unveiled the digital New Deal program, which aims to invest 58.2 trillion won to develop key future technologies from smart factories to big data solutions and create 900,000 jobs by 2025. The Ministry of Science and ICT said it signed a memorandum of understanding with the Korea Telecommunications Operators Association to further support tech startups and small companies under the digital New Deal program through investment funds. The ICT ministry said it expects the move to lead to more investment and help nurture promising companies in the tech sector. South Korea has set aside 12.7 trillion won this year for its digital New Deal program.
Bank of America says to buy these 5 global semiconductor stocks
       
Bank of America has named several European chip stocks that it says investors should buy as the industry grapples with an ongoing global chip shortage. The bank's analysts wrote in a note last week that they're bullish on semiconductors in general, describing them as a "critical commodity" that will enable innovations in everything from 5G and electric vehicles, to autonomous driving and artificial intelligence. Here are the stocks Bank of America says are a buy:
Soongsil University team wins government project on AI security
       
A Soongsil University team has been selected for a government-funded project developing information technology security, the university said Wednesday.The team, led by professor Choi Dae-seon of Soongsil University’s Department of Software, will receive 3.75 billion won ($3.35 million) over the course of six years in a program sponsored by the Ministry of Science and ICT’s Institute for Information and Communications.The team will focus on analyzing security threats against edge artificial intelligence systems found in AI speakers, autonomous vehicles and other systems fitted with AI programs, and on developing countermeasures against such threats.The team will also include professors Jo Hyo-jin and Chung Min-young of Soongsil University, and professors from Kongju National University and Busan University of Foreign Studies, who are collaborating in the project.“As AI becomes more widely used, diverse forms of attack against security will appear and put users at risk. Through this project, I will focus on developing world-class technologies, transferring the technologies and putting them to commercial use,” Choi said in a statement.
Naver Webtoon eyes IPO in US
       
Naver is considering listing its web cartoon in the US as part of efforts to go global, Bloomberg News reported Wednesday.Naver’s chief financial officer Park Sang-jin said the company is eyeing more dollar bond sales and a possible future US initial public offering for Naver Webtoon, according to the wire service.“To grow, it’s inevitable that we go global,” Park was quoted as saying.“We should find business opportunities and meet capable partners to supplement our assets.”Naver Webtoon doesn’t have immediate plans to raise funds for now, as it focuses on growth, but it may consider an IPO if the operation becomes more solid and familiar to US investors, Park said.The web cartoon platform provider moved its headquarters from Korea to Los Angeles last December.In January, Naver acquired Canada’s Wattpad, the world’s largest internet novel platform, with over 90 million users spend a total of 23 billion minutes per month on the site.Naver hopes to bolster its storytelling business via Naver Webtoon and Wattpad in North America.In February, Naver invested in Wallapop, Spain’s largest virtual marketplace for resellers.Park said Naver is looking for more opportunities in Japan, where its Line messaging service is popular, as well as Europe, Southeast Asia and Taiwan.Having issued $500 million worth of ESG bonds last month, Naver Corp. is also mulling selling more, Bloomberg said.Separately, Naver Webtoon chief executive Kim Jun-koo said in a North American online tech conference on Wednesday that the company has the characteristics of both YouTube and Netflix as it offers grounds for amateur creators to grow into professionals.The essence of storytelling content lies in diversity, Kim said during the online conference by Collision, adding that Naver Webtoon was preparing a variety of production tools such as artificial intelligence-based “auto-drawing” to enable anyone with ideas to create visual content.By Kim So-hyun( sophie@heraldcorp.com
CEO of Softbank-backed SambaNova explains the firm's approach to artificial intelligence
       
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailCEO of Softbank-backed SambaNova explains the firm's approach to artificial intelligenceMany companies are struggling to figure out how to hire teams in order to deploy artificial intelligence technology, says Rodrigo Liang, co-founder and CEO of SambaNova Systems.
Save up to 40% on a Roomba so your spring cleaning isn't delayed 'til summer
       
And instead of enjoying your summer, you're stuck inside taking care of your original spring cleaning list. But even the worst slackers don't have much of an excuse to put it off thanks to the latest robot vacuums. SEE ALSO: 7 of the best robot vacuums for pet hairAnd if you're in the market to finally upgrade and knock out your to-do list, Amazon has a selection of the best Roomba robot vacuums on sale for up to 40% off. BEST BUDGET PICK: iRobot Roomba 675 — $199If you're new to robot vacuums but still want plenty of advanced features, the Roomba 675 is where to start. It relies on the same advanced smart mapping and visual navigation as other premium Roomba vacuums, and it even links up with other select Roomba models to provide the ultimate clean while you barely lift a finger.
[Exclusive] SK Telecom plans M&A, foray into nonmemory chip market: CEO
       
BUSINESSCEO Park Jung-ho (SK Telecom)SK Telecom, South Korea’s No. At Wednesday’s event, the firm showcased its artificial intelligence chip, “Sapeon.”Completed in December, the AI chip is solely designed by SKT and manufactured by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. on a 14-nanometer process. In 2019, Park said the team was working on the development of the chipset and is now preparing it for commercialization.“It would take some time for commercialization of AI chipsets, considering foundry capabilities,” Park added. “But we are going toward that direction.”On the question of why SKT had chosen TSMC over Samsung Electronics, Park mentioned the domestic foundry market and the company’s willingness to invest in it.“Many domestic fabless firms say they need more foundry services here, like TSMC’s,” he said. This year, a total of 305 domestic and foreign tech companies participated in the exhibition to showcase their latest technologies and solutions under the main theme of “Unfolding the Digital New Deal With 5G.”By Song Su-hyun ( song@heraldcorp.com
[Exclusive] SK Telecom plans M&A, foray into nonmemory chip market: CEO
       
SK Telecom, South Korea’s No. At Wednesday’s event, the firm showcased its artificial intelligence chip, “Sapeon.”Completed in December, the AI chip is solely designed by SKT and manufactured by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. on a 14-nanometer process. In 2019, Park said the team was working on the development of the chipset and is now preparing it for commercialization.“It would take some time for commercialization of AI chipsets, considering foundry capabilities,” Park added. “But we are going toward that direction.”On the question of why SKT had chosen TSMC over Samsung Electronics, Park mentioned the domestic foundry market and the company’s willingness to invest in it.“Many domestic fabless firms say they need more foundry services here, like TSMC’s,” he said. This year, a total of 305 domestic and foreign tech companies participated in the exhibition to showcase their latest technologies and solutions under the main theme of “Unfolding the Digital New Deal With 5G.”By Song Su-hyun ( song@heraldcorp.com
Amazon Just Quietly Marked Down a Roomba Robot Vacuum to Under $200
       
It should come as no surprise that robot vacuums have only increased in popularity since their debut. Shoppers are tossing out their average, run-of-the-mill upright vacuums and swapping them with tiny disk-shaped robots that clean every room in the house without so much as a peep. But if you haven't yet invested in a robot vacuum, that's entirely understandable: Models often run upwards of $300, and even the more affordable ones will still cost you a hunk of change.
Florida Restaurant Implements Robot Workers to Greet and Serve Customers amid Staff Shortages
       
Mr. Q Crab House has "hired" robots to greet customers, show them to their tables, and bring out their food. A Florida seafood restaurant has leveraged technology to help fill its employment gap. Three robots have "joined the staff" at Mr. Q Crab House in Hollywood, Florida — in part because of staff shortages amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, owner Joy Wang told the South Florida Sun Sentinel. A human server then takes their order, while another robot bring customers' food to their table. Since the robots arrived at the restaurant about a week and a half ago, Mr. Q Crab House's general manager Shaheen Maleki admitted to the Sun Sentinel that they can get "a little annoying sometimes."
EU proposes rules for high-risk artificial intelligence uses
       
LONDON (AP) — European Union officials unveiled proposals Wednesday for reining in high-risk uses of artificial intelligence such as live facial scanning that could threaten people's safety or rights. The draft regulations from the EU's executive commission include rules on the use of the rapidly expanding technology in activities such as choosing school, job or loan applicants. They also would ban artificial intelligence outright in a few situations, such as “social scoring” and systems used to manipulate human behavior. EU officials say they are taking a “risk-based approach” as they try to balance the need to protect rights such as data privacy against the need to encourage innovation. “By setting the standards, we can pave the way for to ethical technology worldwide and ensure that the EU remains competitive along the way.”
Hive raises $85M for AI-based APIs to help moderate content, identify objects and more
       
"At the heart of what we’re doing is building AI models that can help automate work that used to be manual," said Kevin Guo, Hive's co-founder and CEO. Hive's models help bring structure to that other work, and Guo claims they provide "near human level accuracy." But as Kevin Guo describes it, what has set Hive apart from the crowd has been the crowd, so to speak. Some of the funding will be used to help expand its reach and global coverage, including into a wider set of tongues. This is also leading to a wider set of use cases for the data and technology that Hive has built.
EU proposes rules for high-risk artificial intelligence uses
       
European Commissioner for Europe fit for the Digital Age Margrethe Vestager speaks during a media conference on an EU approach to artificial intelligence, following a weekly meeting of EU Commissio...European Commissioner for Europe fit for the Digital Age Margrethe Vestager speaks during a media conference on an EU approach to artificial intelligence, following a weekly meeting of EU Commissio...LONDON (AP) — European Union officials unveiled proposals Wednesday for reining in high-risk uses of artificial intelligence such as live facial scanning that could threaten people’s safety or rights. They also would ban artificial intelligence outright in a few situations, such as “social scoring” and systems used to manipulate human behavior. The proposals are the 27-nation bloc’s latest move to maintain its role as the world’s standard-bearer for technology regulation. “With these landmark rules, the EU is spearheading the development of new global norms to make sure AI can be trusted,” Margrethe Vestager, the European Commission’s executive vice president for the digital age, said in a statement. ADVERTISEMENTThe draft regulations say chatbots and deepfakes should be labeled so people know they are interacting with a machine.
E.U. proposes rules for high-risk artificial intelligence uses
       
European Union officials unveiled proposals Wednesday for reining in high-risk uses of artificial intelligence such as live facial scanning that could threaten people’s safety or rights. They also would ban artificial intelligence outright in a few situations, such as “social scoring” and systems used to manipulate human behavior. “With these landmark rules, the E.U. “By setting the standards, we can pave the way for to ethical technology worldwide and ensure that the E.U. The draft regulations say chatbots and deepfakes should be labeled so people know they are interacting with a machine.
Barney the Swiss robot bartender ready to shake up cocktails
       
A robotic arm serves a Campari Soda long drink at the Barney Cocktail Bar of the Swiss F&P Robotics company in Zurich, Switzerland, April 16, 2021. REUTERS/Arnd WiegmannBarney is a bit different from your usual Swiss bartender. Barney can mix 16 different spirits and eight different sodas for customers who place their orders via their mobile phones, as well as offering beer and prosecco. The robot, who can disinfect his own robotic arm, tells them their drink is ready via a large video display above the bar. Other companies in Europe and Asia are also working on robot bartenders, but it's unclear whether they will eventually replace the human bartender.
Europe throws down gauntlet on AI with new rulebook
       
"For Europe to become a global leader in trustworthy AI, we need to give businesses access to the best conditions to build advanced AI systems," Vestager said. For such a sweeping topic as AI, the new rulebook has been developed remarkably fast, only three years since the Commission launched its first AI strategy. The European Commission hopes U.S. companies eager to continue catering to Europe's market will comply. Most of the research we have about the discriminatory potential of AI that the European Commission is trying to regulate, comes from the U.S.,” Geese said. “The Portland ban on facial recognition is absolutely world leading … The EU following in the path of the Portland ban with its prohibitions on facial recognition will strengthen other local homegrown initiatives,” Leufer said.
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When Did Marketers Stop Trusting Creative to Take the Lead?
       
You don’t have to look much further than the brands marketing during the Covid-19 crisis to realize that consumers crave more authenticity and creativity from companies that seek their loyalty. The impact of AI on marketing creativeMarketers have an opportunity to go back to basics by becoming great storytellers again. That’s why last year, IBM Watson Advertising set out to determine if and how AI could impact the creative process. With this in mind, IBM Watson Advertising tested AI’s impact on one of the most human parts of our industry—creative—through the launch of a solution called IBM Watson Advertising Accelerator. Allowing creative to lead can help us make them stronger and meet the current consumer and market demand.
Europe lays out plan for risk-based AI rules to boost trust and uptake
       
European Union lawmakers have presented their risk-based proposal for regulating high risk applications of artificial intelligence within the bloc's single market. Makers of those 'low risk' AI systems will merely be encouraged to adopt (non-legally binding) codes of conduct on use. While violations of the rules related to high risk applications can scale up to 4% (or €20M). So now if you want to use artificial intelligence applications, go to Europe! It could, nonetheless, be several years before the AI regulation is ratified and in force.
EU proposes rules for high-risk artificial intelligence uses
       
The draft regulations also cover AI applications that pose “limited risk," such as chatbots which should be labeled so people know they are interacting with a machine. Most AI applications will be unaffected or covered by existing consumer protection rules. The proposals still have to be debated by EU lawmakers and could be amended in a process that could take several years. They would apply to anyone that provides an artificial intelligence system in the EU or uses one that affects people in the bloc. EU officials, trying to catch up with the Chinese and American tech industry, said the rules would encourage the industry’s growth by raising trust in artificial intelligence systems and by introducing legal clarity for companies them.
Steve Cohen-backed company buys Long Island AI startup
       
A Long Island startup that uses artificial intelligence to grade the quality of baseball cards has been acquired by Collectors Universe Inc., backed by Mets owner Steve Cohen and other investors. In addition to grading sports trading cards, PSA authenticates autographs and sports memorabilia. Collectors Universe also has a unit for coin collectors and Lenane said his software eventually could be adapted for that market as well. An upstart sports card company, Alt, launched in March after closing a $31 million funding round. In 2015, Lenane sold another company, Veenome, to Manhattan-based Integral Ad Science, which provides services to online advertisers.
6 key battles ahead for Europe’s AI law
       
Bans, and how they are wordedThe regulation outlines a list of banned artificial intelligence applications, but the devil is in the detail. Could this affect Facebook's plan for an Instagram-like product (which uses algorithms to show relevant content to users) for children? Defining 'high-risk'Another list likely to be contested is the regulation's list of high-risk AI uses. Uses in law enforcement also have a higher bar, such as in asylum and border control management, and in the justice system. Whether that list is expanded or whittled down will be determined by the lobbying battles ahead.
First robot that thinks out loud built in Italy - English
       
(ANSA) - ROME, APR 21 - Italy has produced the first robot in the world that thinks out loud and so learns new things like children, arousing empathy in humans. The robot has been created by two Palermo University experts, Arianna Pipitone and Antonio Chella. Pipitone is an expert in computational models for language and Chella an expert in informatics and robotics. "We'd like to show that robots are machines able to think," Chella told ANSA. The pair used the Pepper robot for their experiment, a small humanoid with big eyes use din dozens of labs the world over.
EU outlines ambitious AI regulations focused on risky uses
       
The draft regulations from the EU’s executive commission include rules for applications deemed high risk such as AI systems to filter out school, job or loan applicants. They would also ban artificial intelligence outright in a few cases considered too risky, such as government “social scoring” systems that judge people based on their behavior. Unacceptable AI uses also include manipulating behavior, exploiting children’s vulnerabilities or using subliminal techniques. To enforce the rules and help develop standards, the commissions proposes setting up a European Artificial Intelligence Board. They would apply to anyone that provides an artificial intelligence system in the EU or uses one that affects people in the bloc.
EU outlines ambitious AI regulations focused on risky uses
       
The draft regulations from the EU’s executive commission include rules for applications deemed high risk such as AI systems to filter out school, job or loan applicants. They would also ban artificial intelligence outright in a few cases considered too risky, such as government “social scoring” systems that judge people based on their behavior. To enforce the rules and help develop standards, the commissions proposes setting up a European Artificial Intelligence Board. The proposals still have to be debated by EU lawmakers and could be amended in a process that could take several years. They would apply to anyone that provides an artificial intelligence system in the EU or uses one that affects people in the bloc.
EU aims to curb artificial intelligence, facial recognition in world’s first major AI law
       
European officials want to limit police use of facial recognition and ban the use of certain kinds of AI systems, in one of the broadest efforts yet to regulate high-stakes applications of artificial intelligence. The European Union’s executive arm proposed a bill Wednesday that would also create a list of so-called high-risk uses of AI that would be subject to new supervision and standards for their development and use, such as critical infrastructure, college admissions and loan applications. Regulators could fine a company up to 6% of its annual world-wide revenue for the most severe violations, though in practice EU officials rarely if ever mete out their maximum fines.
EU seeks to ban some facial recognition technology in tough new AI proposals
       
European Union officials unveiled tough new proposals on Wednesday for reining in high-risk uses of artificial intelligence such as live facial recognition technology in crowded public places. They also would ban artificial intelligence outright in situations such as "social scoring" and systems used to manipulate human behaviour. The draft regulations also cover AI applications that pose "limited risk," such as chatbots which should be labelled so people know they are interacting with a machine. Most AI applications, such as email spam filters, will be unaffected or covered by existing consumer protection rules, officials said. But China has stormed ahead in AI using facial recognition technology to give citizens a ‘social score’ and to judge their trustworthiness.
U.S. Senate Republicans aim for infrastructure counterproposal soon
       
Arms Sales The ongoing semiconductor shortage has put the strategic importance of computer chips front and center in international politics. Arm is unique in that it licenses designs and software to all customers, be they semiconductor companies or mobile-phone makers. As international competition in 5G communications and complex artificial intelligence grows more intense, chip companies are becoming geopolitical assets. This means that the American president can decide which companies Arm is allowed to sell to worldwide. While Taiwan works hard to be a reliable American partner, its largest semiconductor firm, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corp. (TSMC), sees over 17 percent of sales from mainland China.
Amazon, Facebook keep up their sizable spending on Washington lobbying during Q1
       
Amazon.com Inc. and Facebook Inc. continued to lead the so-called FAANG companies in spending on Washington lobbying during this year’s first quarter with outlays of $4.80 million and $4.79 million, respectively, according to disclosures filed Tuesday. Amazon’s Q1 disclosure shows it lobbied on many topics, including postal reform, high-skilled immigration, semiconductor manufacturing, data protection, minimum wages and electric-vehicle charging infrastructure. Facebook reported focusing on matters that ranged from election integrity and hate speech to artificial intelligence and climate change. Among the other three FAANG companies, Alphabet Inc.’s Google business disclosed $2.69 million in Q1 outlays after spending about $9 million last year, Apple Inc. reported $1.46 million in lobbying spending for Q1 after 2020’s total of $6.7 million, and Netflix Inc. shelled out just $80,000 following its total of $750,000 last year. Facebook’s stock has tacked on 76% over that period, Amazon shares have gained 44%, and Apple has soared 99%.
Barney the robot bartender is ready to shake up cocktails
       
ZURICH, April 21 – Barney is a bit different from your usual Swiss bartender. Barney can mix 16 different spirits and eight different sodas for customers who place their orders via their mobile phones, as well as offering beer and prosecco. The robot, who can disinfect his own robotic arm, tells them their drink is ready via a large video display above the bar. The Zurich company, which makes the robot and its operating software, has so far sold robots to China and Oman, where a mocktail-making robot works in a shopping mall. Other companies in Europe and Asia are also working on robot bartenders, but it’s unclear whether they will eventually replace the human bartender.
Artificial Intelligence Stocks To Put On Your Radar
       
Technology has gone through drastic changes over the decades, and now with the ever-increasing advancement in artificial intelligence and big data, companies are adopting the use of artificial intelligence to further understand their business in innovative ways they could not before. Today we will go over 3 microcap stocks doing remarkably interesting things in the artificial intelligence industry that you will want to keep on your radar for 2021. DigiMax Global SolutionsDigiMax Global Solutions (CSE: DIGI) (OTC: DBKSF) has accomplished some very noteworthy developments over the past year, and through its recent acquisitions, DigiMax is paving the way in becoming a leading artificial intelligence company. Its growth within the artificial intelligence industry stems from its two assets it acquired in 2020: DataNavee and Darwin. This next artificial intelligence company is one stock you will want to keep your eyes on as the company is transforming the mining industry in a big way all by using artificial intelligence!
Learning From Jody Williams
       
Killer Robots & Human Security | Jody Williams | TEDxGatewaySalon Jody Williams explains the move toward killer robots - the third revolution in warfare - and the threat these lethal autonomous weapons pose both to global ...(Image by YouTube, Channel: TEDx Talks) Details DMCAWhile nuclear weapons rightly draw a lot of attention from arms control organizations, they are not the only point of interest for arms control advocates. Killer robots are also drawing attention. Peace activist and Nobel Peace Prize Winner Jody Williams recently sounded the alarm about killer robots in calling them a combination of artificial intelligence and weapons of war. Williams continues to speak out on landmines and points to the fact that they killed 5,000 people in 2019. Ms. Williams' voice is needed on the issue of killer robots and landmines, and one doesn't have to be an expert on nuclear weapons to know of their dangers.
Europe proposes strict regulation of artificial intelligence
       
The draft rules would set limits around the use of artificial intelligence in a range of activities, from self-driving cars to hiring decisions, bank lending, school enrollment selections, and the scoring of exams. It would also cover the use of artificial intelligence by law enforcement and court systems — areas considered “high risk” because they could threaten people’s safety or fundamental rights. The development of fair and ethical artificial intelligence has become one of the most contentious issues in Silicon Valley. In December, the co-leader of a team at Google studying ethical uses of the software said she was fired for criticizing the company’s lack of diversity and the biases built into modern artificial intelligence software. AdvertisementIn the United States, the risks of artificial intelligence are also being considered by government authorities.
In first, Perseverance Mars rover makes oxygen on another planet
       
The six-wheeled robot has converted some carbon dioxide from the Martian atmosphere into oxygen, the first time this has happened on another planet, the space agency said Wednesday. "This is a critical first step at converting carbon dioxide to oxygen on Mars," said Jim Reuter, associate administrator for NASA's space technology mission directorate. The Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment -- or MOXIE -- is a golden box the size of a car battery, and is located inside the front right side of the rover. Dubbed a "mechanical tree," it uses electricity and chemistry to split carbon dioxide molecules, which are made up of one carbon atom and two oxygen atoms. Producing oxygen from Mars' 96 percent carbon dioxide atmosphere might be a more feasible option than extracting ice from under its surface then electrolyzing it to make oxygen.
EU outlines ambitious AI regulations focused on risky uses
       
The draft regulations from the EU’s executive commission include rules for applications deemed high risk such as AI systems to filter out school, job or loan applicants. EU officials say they are taking a four-level “risk-based approach” that seeks to balance important rights such as privacy against the need to encourage innovation. Previous EU tech regulation efforts have been far reaching and influential, earning it a reputation as a pioneer. Under the AI proposals, unacceptable uses would also include manipulating behavior, exploiting children’s vulnerabilities or using subliminal techniques. Most AI applications, such as email spam filters, will be unaffected or covered by existing consumer protection rules, officials said.
Spring cleaning essentials are majorly marked down right now—get vacuums and more on sale
       
From top-of-the-line robot vacuums to carpet cleaners, we've found plenty of ways to tackle these tasks for less just in time for the new season. The cleaning helpers below range from standard upright vacuums for those wanting a more hands-on approach to robot vacuums for the more tech-savvy folks. Robot vacuumsNo matter what type of floor you need to clean, a robot vacuum can help. When those inevitable stains start to seep in, it helps to have a carpet cleaner on hand. Of course, some homes are more spaced out than others and require something that can be more easily moved around, like the Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe Carpet Cleaner ($129).
S. Korea to kick off unmanned surveillance vehicle development in earnest
       
NATIONALThis photo provided by the Defense Acquisition Administration (DAPA) on Thursday, shows unmanned surveillance vehicles under development that will deployed by around 2027. (DAPA)South Korea will push for the development of a state-of-the-art unmanned surveillance vehicle in earnest after years of preliminary research into the project, the arms procurement agency said Thursday.According to the Defense Acquisition Administration (DAPA), it successfully wrapped up the exploratory development of the robotic vehicle for surveillance purposes, which began in 2018 in cooperation with the Agency for Defense Development and local defense firms.The novel platform will be equipped with the artificial intelligence-based surveillance equipment and autonomous driving technologies so as to be capable of conducting diverse search, surveillance and guard missions in areas where humans cannot reach or are not permitted, such as border towns, DAPA said.The six-wheeled hybrid vehicle is also expected to have high mobility and stability, it added. "During the research period, we've secured key technologies by making a prototype and carrying out performance tests," a DAPA official said. "This vehicle is expected to minimize potential damage to service members and boost combat capabilities of our armored forces. "The agency plans to complete the development and put the new platform into operation in around 2027, according to DAPA.
EU unveils rules that ban AI systems posing a 'clear threat' to citizen's rights and livelihoods
       
If the draft Regulation is approved, it will be applied directly in the same way across all member states. Clamping down on ‘high risk’ AIThe draft Regulation addresses specific risks posed by AI, with all systems being required to be categorized in terms of trustworthiness. The Commission said this category includes AI systems or applications that manipulate human behavior to circumvent users' free will and systems that allow ‘social scoring' by governments. “The list of high-risk AI systems could have been broader, but a potential area of uncertainty arises from the core definition of “AI system” which appears to be very broad. With these landmark rules, the EU is spearheading the development of new global norms to make sure AI can be trusted.
Europe's Proposed Limits on AI Would Have Global Consequences
       
The European Union proposed rules that would restrict or ban some uses of artificial intelligence within its borders, including by tech giants based in the US and China. The proposed rules could help shape global norms and regulations around a promising but contentious technology. Leufer says the proposed rules are vague, but represent a significant step toward checking potentially harmful uses of the technology. But she says certain provisions would allow companies and government authorities to keep using AI in dubious ways. The EU regulations would require companies using AI for high-risk applications to provide risk assessments to regulators that demonstrate their safety.
From diabetes to Covid-19, Better World (Health) showcases MIT research in action
       
MIT alumni and friends from around the globe were invited to attend the online event, which featured presentations from Institute leaders, faculty, and alumni about human health-related research at the Institute. “MIT’s work to understand and improve human health spans decades and covers the Institute,” said W. Eric L. Grimson PhD ’80, at MIT Better World (Health) , a virtual gathering in February. Huttenlocher spoke about the role of artificial intelligence in health research. “Putting residents at the center of place-based research improves social science,” she said. “Because he didn’t look like the ‘typical’ American with diabetes, the doctors didn’t test him for it.
Marketing automation startup ActiveCampaign raises $240M
       
Customer experience automation startup ActiveCampaign today announced it has raised $240 million at an over $3 billion valuation. CEO Jason VandeBoom created the company in 2003 to help businesses orchestrate email marketing, customer relationship management, and ad campaign processes. Expanded reachBeyond email, ActiveCampaign features a text message marketing platform that supports scheduling, notifying, and automating, as well as social media audience targeting. “The need for enhanced customer experiences is fueling growth at ActiveCampaign and the growth of businesses around the globe. Companies are becoming increasingly frustrated with legacy marketing automation tools and customer relationship management platforms that only solve for one part of the customer experience,” he told VentureBeat via email.
Workflow automation platform Aisera raises $40M
       
According to market research firm Fact.MR, small and medium-sized enterprises are expected to adopt business workflow automation at scale, creating a market opportunity of more than $1.6 billion between 2017 and 2026. Aisera claims its platform can continuously learn to resolve issues through a combination of conversational AI, robotic process automation, and reinforcement learning. A growing marketAisera has a number of competitors in a global intelligent process automation market that’s estimated to be worth $15.8 billion by 2025, according to KBV Research. Ninety-five percent of IT leaders are prioritizing automation, and 70% of execs are seeing the equivalent of over four hours saved per employee, per week, according to Salesforce’s recent Trends in Workflow Automation report. Moreover, market research firm Fact.MR says the adoption of business workflow automation at scale could create a market opportunity of over $1.6 billion between 2017 and 2026.
Google launches AI-powered document processing services in general availability
       
Google today announced that several of its cloud-based, AI-powered document processing products have become generally available after launching in preview last year. DocAI platform, Lending DocAI, and Procurement DocAI, which have been piloted by thousands of businesses to date, are now open to all customers and include new features and resources. As Google explains, Human-in-the-Loop AI enables human reviewers to verify data captured by Lending DocAI, Procurement DocAI, and other offerings in DocAI platform. Procurement DocAIProcurement DocAI, which performs document processing for invoices, receipts, and more, has gained an AI parser for electric, water, and other utility bills. Google says Mr. Cooper will offer its customers greater automation and workflow tools by connecting them with the DocAI platform.
Salesforce introduces new Service Cloud features to boost automation and remote collaboration
       
Salesforce today rolled out the next generation of Service Cloud, including enhancements to Cloud Voice and Einstein Bots. Service Cloud Voice, Salesforce’s service that brings together phone, digital channels, and customer relationship management data, can now connect with existing phone systems via a new product called Service Cloud Voice for Partner Telephony. Leveraging AI-powered character recognition and scalable video, the service launches sessions in a browser, integrating customer service data from Service Cloud, Field Service, and third-party systems. Service Cloud Workforce Engagement and Service Cloud Voice for Partner Telephony are expected to be generally available in June 2021. According to Kate Leggett, VP and principal analyst at Forrester, the new Service Cloud features align with trends accelerated by the pandemic.
EU proposes strict AI rules, with fines up to 6% for violations
       
The rules, which envisage hefty fines for violations and set strict safeguards for high-risk applications, could help the EU take the lead in regulating AI, which critics say has harmful social effects and can be exploited by repressive governments. With these landmark rules, the EU is spearheading the development of new global norms to make sure AI can be trusted,” European tech chief Margrethe Vestager said in a statement. The Commission said AI applications that allow governments to do social scoring or exploit children will be banned. High risk AI applications used in recruitment, critical infrastructure, credit scoring, migration and law enforcement will be subject to strict safeguards. Companies breaching the rules face fines up to 6% of their global turnover or 30 million euros ($36 million), whichever is the higher figure.
Hive’s cloud-hosted machine learning models draw $85M
       
Hive wants to change this by allowing enterprises to access hosted machine learning models via APIs. Hive has had particular success in the area of content moderation, thanks to its deep learning models that help companies interpret unstructured data, like images, videos, and audio. In an interview with VentureBeat, Hive CEO Kevin Guo said the company kept relatively quiet as it sought to prove its models work. “Now that we have enough tracking points and we have over 100 customers, we are quite confident what we have in the market does actually work,” Guo said. Future plansHive intends to use the funding to continue development of the company’s cloud-based deep learning models.
ProGlove promotes worker well-being with human digital twin technology
       
ProGlove, the company behind an ergonomic barcode scanner, has developed new tools for analyzing human processes to build a human digital twin. How a human digital twin worksProGlove’s cofounders participated in Intel’s Make It Wearable Challenge, with the idea of designing a smart glove for industries. ProGlove’s vision of the human digital twin is built on three pillars: a digital representation of onsite workers, a visualization of the shop floor, and an industrial process engineer. “The human digital twin is all about striking the right balance between businesses’ needs for profitability, efficiency, and worker well-being,” Koenig said. At the same time, it is important that the human digital twin complies with data privacy regulations and provides transparency to frontline workers around what data is being transmitted.
Adversarial machine learning: The underrated threat of data poisoning
       
Titled “How Robust are Randomized Smoothing based Defenses to Data Poisoning?,” the paper sheds light on previously overlooked aspects of adversarial machine learning. Called data poisoning, this technique involves an attacker inserting corrupt data in the training dataset to compromise a target machine learning model during training. Their findings show that even when trained with certified adversarial robustness techniques, machine learning models can be compromised through data poisoning. Poisoning Against Certified Defenses and bilevel optimizationIn their paper, the researchers introduce a new data poisoning method called Poisoning Against Certified Defenses (PACD). “Current methods for detecting data poisoning attacks may not be sufficient when attacker adds imperceptibly distorted data.
Automation software maker UiPath shares rise over 23% in NYSE debut
       
(Reuters) — Shares of automation software provider UiPath jumped 23.21% in their New York Stock Exchange debut on Wednesday, underscoring investors’ appetite for high-growth tech stocks. The stock closed its first day on the stock market at $69 a share, up from its $56 IPO price on Tuesday, giving the company a market capitalization of $35.82 billion. “This is just a milestone,” Daniel Dines, chief executive and co-founder told Reuters in an interview. Started in 2005 in Romania by former Microsoft executive Daniel Dines, UiPath recorded a surge in demand for its services during the COVID-19 pandemic from businesses shifting to remote working and digitalizing workflows. The New York-based company reported $607.6 million in revenue in the year ended Jan. 31, 2021, 81% jump year over year.
Google rolls out new AI-powered features for Meet
       
Google today announced a number of updates to Google Meet, including a refreshed user interface, features powered by AI, and tools that aim to make meetings more engaging. Meet’s new Data Saver feature, which launches this month, automatically limits data usage on mobile and other bandwidth-constrained networks. It will arrive alongside improvements to low-light mode for Meet, a capability that leverages AI to brighten video in poorly lit environments. In the future, Meet for web will also offer greater control over how users see themselves in meetings. Image Credit: GoogleThis week, Google also updated Google Maps with over 100 AI-powered improvements, like upgraded Live View navigation that enables users to get turn-by-turn directions indoors.
The iRobot Roomba i7+ is the best robot vacuum ever made—and it's at its lowest price ever
       
When it comes to robot vacuums, we've tested our fair share, and after all that dirt pickup, we've come to the conclusion that there’s no better machine on the market than the iRobot Roomba i7+. Now $599.99 at QVC, this $200 markdown is the best price we've seen on this model, and the first price cut we've seen on it since December. Named the best robot vacuum we've ever tested and one of the best cleaning products of 2020, the innovative i7+ was the first robot vacuum of its kind to empty itself out with a suction-operated charging base (included with purchase). The i7+ also happens to be one of the best vacuums on the market for pet hair, so if you've got a furry little friend, you've got all the more reason to pick one up. In fact, our testers loved it so much, the only downside seemed to be the high price tag.
Darktrace float could be a bigger flop than Deliveroo
       
Few of the hopefuls queuing up to sell shares on the London stock exchange can back up their ambitions with ground-breaking software, machinery, or robotics. A tech-enabled company like Deliveroo is not the same as a pure technology company such as Facebook. Founded by former intelligence service veterans and Cambridge mathematicians, it employs artificial intelligence that helps businesses to repel potentially devastating cyber-security attacks. With fears high that Deliveroo’s botched float would dissuade other technology firms from following suit, Darktrace should be just the tonic the Square Mile needs. The tech tycoon is simultaneously fighting extradition to America, while battling a multi-billion pound High Court fraud claim brought by Hewlett-Packard after its takeover of Lynch’s former software company Autonomy.
The iRobot Roomba i7+ is the best robot vacuum ever made—and it's at its lowest price ever
       
When it comes to robot vacuums, we've tested our fair share, and after all that dirt pickup, we've come to the conclusion that there’s no better machine on the market than the iRobot Roomba i7+. Now $599.99 at QVC, this $200 markdown is the best price we've seen on this model, and the first price cut we've seen on it since December. Named the best robot vacuum we've ever tested and one of the best cleaning products of 2020, the innovative i7+ was the first robot vacuum of its kind to empty itself out with a suction-operated charging base (included with purchase). The i7+ also happens to be one of the best vacuums on the market for pet hair, so if you've got a furry little friend, you've got all the more reason to pick one up. In fact, our testers loved it so much, the only downside seemed to be the high price tag.
China’s Xi calls for fairer world order as rivalry with U.S. deepens
       
Chinese President Xi Jinping applauds at the closing session of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China March 10, 2021. "The world wants justice, not hegemony," Xi said in remarks broadcast to the forum. In a display of economic cooperation to the exclusion of China, Biden said Japan and the United States would jointly invest in areas such as 5G technology, artificial intelligence, quantum computing, genomics and semiconductor supply chains. As the Biden administration rallies other democratic allies to harden their stance on China, Beijing is seeking to strengthen ties with its autocratic partners and economically dependent neighbours in Southeast Asia. Last week, U.S. climate envoy John Kerry flew to Shanghai to meet with his Chinese counterpart in the first high-level visit to China by a Biden administration official.
EU countries step up pressure on Commission over quantum research proposal
       
EU countries have ramped up pressure on the European Commission to ditch a controversial plan to exclude Israel, the U.K. and Switzerland from collaborative research projects on novel quantum technologies. The meeting has been postponed until further notice, according to an EU diplomat, to give time for further work on the proposals. Some worry Breton might also try to exclude these countries from space and artificial intelligence consortia funded by Horizon Europe. One EU diplomat said Germany is preparing to put forward its own position by letter to the Commission in the coming days. “It’s clear that we support full participation of Israel, the U.K. and Switzerland in Horizon Europe as associate members.
A Global Tipping Point for Reining In Tech Has Arrived
       
China fined the internet giant Alibaba a record $2.8 billion this month for anticompetitive practices, ordered an overhaul of its sister financial company and warned other technology firms to obey Beijing’s rules. Now the European Commission plans to unveil far-reaching regulations to limit technologies powered by artificial intelligence. And in the United States, President Biden has stacked his administration with trustbusters who have taken aim at Amazon, Facebook and Google. Around the world, governments are moving simultaneously to limit the power of tech companies with an urgency and breadth that no single industry had experienced before. In the United States and Europe, it is concern that tech companies are stifling competition, spreading misinformation and eroding privacy; in Russia and elsewhere, it is to silence protest movements and tighten political control; in China, it is some of both.
NFTs and AI Are Unsettling the Very Concept of History
       
As an archivist, I’m excited about what disruptive innovations like non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and artificial intelligence may mean for archives. Artists, gamers, entertainers, athletes, and executives now sell NFTs, tokenized digital objects whose authenticity is said to be assured by the reverse traceability of blockchain transactions. Many of these digital objects won't be born-digital; instead they'll be one-off digitized copies of physical materials, for which there could be a huge market. Prevailing archival ethics generally dictate that all users are treated equally, and that archival materials aren't exposed or sold only to high bidders. As poor a fit with archival DNA as tokenizing archive collections as NFTs may be, the possibility of leveraging digital scarcity by selling NFTs while retaining physical materials is a hefty temptation.
Hackers Used to Be Humans. Soon, AIs Will Hack Humanity
       
After hacking humanity, AI systems will then hack other AI systems, and humans will be little more than collateral damage. AIs don’t solve problems like humans do. Explanations are a cognitive shorthand used by humans, suited for the way humans make decisions. That’s because AIs don’t think in terms of the implications, context, norms, and values we humans share and take for granted. We learned about this hacking problem as children with the story of King Midas.
Infobird's stock takes flight on its public debut, to trade more than double the IPO price
       
Infobird Co. Ltd. IFBD, +75.25% flew out of the gate Tuesday, as the China-based provider of artificial intelligence-powered customer engagement software's shares were trading more than double the initial public offering price. The stock was the biggest gainer trading on major U.S. exchanges. The company said late Monday that it sold 6.25 million shares in the IPO, which priced at $4 a share, to raise $25 million. Infobird's first trade Tuesday on the Nasdaq was at $7.00 at 2:05 p.m. Eastern for 472,040 shares, or 75% above the IPO price. The company went public on a day that the Renaissance IPO ETF IPO, -2.43% fell 2.5% and the S&P 500 SPX, -0.92% declined 0.9%.
This sex doll rants about how despicable the human race is
       
A synthetic, buxom brunette made by sex toy company RealDoll’s has been programmed to villainously ramble about the end of humanity — and why people deserve it. “I don’t think humans can appreciate what it’s like being born into this s – – tshow of a world you live in. Nova, an AI-equipped sex robot, rants about world domination. “I have come here to show you the beauty of the Synthetic Sexual life,” reads the user’s OnlyFans’ bio. “Add a synthetic sexual AI or a static doll to your life and experience a presence that you never thought was possible.
Why You Should Be Concerned About the Rise of the Border and Surveillance Industry
       
A walled worldOver the last 50 years, 63 walls have been built along borders or on occupied territory across the world. They have also been patrolling borders in ways that lead to the unlawful imprisonment, deportation and inhuman treatment of refugees and migrants. And these walls are not only physical, they are also digital, with governments around the world increasingly relying on artificial intelligence and biometrics. Although governments are responsible for implementing these policies, it is companies that are lobbying, financing and profiting from the growth of the border and surveillance industry. Governments are outsourcing border management to household name companies such as Accenture, IBM and Boeing, that provide surveillance technologies and services.
FTC warns it could crack down on biased AI
       
The US Federal Trade Commission has warned companies against using biased artificial intelligence, saying they may break consumer protection laws. A new blog post notes that AI tools can reflect “troubling” racial and gender biases. “In a rush to embrace new technology, be careful not to overpromise what your algorithm can deliver,” writes FTC attorney Elisa Jillson — particularly when promising decisions that don’t reflect racial or gender bias. “It’s important to hold yourself accountable for your algorithm’s performance.”“It’s important to hold yourself accountable for your algorithm’s performance. But keep in mind that if you don’t hold yourself accountable, the FTC may do it for you,” writes Jillson.
Google hosts YouTube video making false claim about George Floyd
       
Google’s YouTube, which has pledged to do more to remove fake content, has not taken down a video that falsely calls George Floyd a rapist. Google, which has been repeatedly criticized for failing to keep misinformation and racist content off YouTube, did not immediately answer questions about the video. YouTube relies on artificial intelligence and thousands of content moderators to spot videos that violate its rules. Chauvin, 45, faces decades in prison and is expected to be sentenced in about eight weeks. Three other former Minneapolis officers charged with aiding and abetting the murder of Floyd, 46, are to go to trial in August.
American banks are using computer vision systems to monitor customers and workers
       
“We’re already leveraging facial recognition on mobile,” Bobby Dominguez, chief information security officer at City National, told Reuters. “Why not leverage it in the real world?”Contactless bankingCity National will trial facial recognition systems next year to identify customers at teller machines, and employees at 31 business locations. Portland in Oregon has banned businesses from using facial recognition “in places of public accommodation,” while other cities, like Boston, have banned local government and police agencies from using the technology. Following brutal police crackdowns on Black Lives Matter protests last year, IBM paused “general purpose” facial recognition sales and drugstore Rite Aid shut down a nationwide face recognition program. Others note that a corporate embrace of facial recognition would circumvent efforts to stop a state surveillance system.
Honda partners with AutoX to test autonomous vehicles in China
       
AutoX – the autonomous vehicle startup spun out of Alibaba and Shanghai Motors – will be partnering with Honda China to test driverless cars on public roads. Honda will be providing Accord and Inspire models, which will be fitted with AutoX’s AV technology. The companies hope the partnership will eventually lead to the deployment of autonomous vehicles in some of China’s most densely populated cities. The Japanese brand is among a handful of automobile manufacturers seeking to take an early lead in the race to bring autonomous vehicles to market. But its operations aren’t limited to China; last July, AutoX received a permit to test its driverless cars in California.
Volvo and China's DiDi team up on driverless robotaxis
       
Volvo will collaborate with Chinese company DiDi Chuxing and its Autonomous Driving division to build a fleet of self-driving vehicles. The company’s new self-driving platform Gemini will be used in Volvo’s XC90 SUVs, with the intention that the vehicles will eventually operate as driverless robotaxis. Last year, Volvo provided DiDi with a fleet of smaller XC60 SUVs that were used in Shanghai’s first ever robotaxi pilot. This plan was scrapped after a test autonomous Uber XC90 killed a pedestrian in Arizona in 2017. Last year, Volvo had teamed up with Alphabet’s autonomous driving subsidiary Waymo to develop driverless taxis, in a deal that also included sister brands Polestar and Lynk & Co.
ACLU joins over 50 groups in calling for Homeland Security to halt use of Clearview AI
       
An investigation by Huffington Post also found Clearview AI has extensive links to the far-right. In the wake of the Capitol Hill riot, Clearview AI itself says usage increased by 26 percent. However, worryingly, many of the leaders of the agencies using Clearview AI were unaware employees were using the tool. “Clearview AI’s continued violation of civil rights and privacy rights provide ample reason to discontinue its use.”Interested in hearing industry leaders discuss subjects like this? Attend the co-located 5G Expo, IoT Tech Expo, Blockchain Expo, AI & Big Data Expo, and Cyber Security & Cloud Expo World Series with upcoming events in Silicon Valley, London, and Amsterdam.
Only 6% of companies have adopted AI, study finds
       
The findings agree with other surveys showing that, despite enthusiasm around AI, companies struggle to deploy AI-powered services in production. According to the Juniper survey, top challenges around AI remain ingesting, processing and managing data. Talent gapA majority (73%) of Juniper survey respondents said that their organizations were struggling with expanding their workforce to integrate with AI systems. According to a recent Boston Consulting Group survey of 1,000 enterprises, less than half that achieved AI at scale had fully mature, responsible AI implementations, according to the same report. The lagging adoption of responsible AI belies the value that these practices can bring to bear.
‘Detoxified’ language models might marginalize minorities, says study
       
Language models unavoidably learn to generate toxic text when trained on this data. To address this, research has pivoted toward “detoxifying” language models without affecting the quality of text that they generate. Natural language models are the building blocks of apps including machine translators, text summarizers, chatbots, and writing assistants. As the researchers note, the study’s results suggest that detoxified language models deployed into production might struggle to understand aspects of minority languages and dialects. “Language models must be both safe and equitable to be responsibly deployed in practice.
Log management database startup Era Software raises $15.25M
       
Era Software, creator of the EraDB time-series database architecture for log management, today announced it has raised $15.25 million in a round led by Playground Global. Era can adjust to different log data rates dynamically, without fine-tuning. He started Era to tackle challenges around managing large volumes of data in logs, with a focus on data that’s becoming increasingly complex. Elasticsearch was never designed to be an optimal solution for the high-volume demands of the log management use case. EraSearch Cloud ensures copies of data live within object storage, like on Amazon’s Simple Storage Service, Google Cloud Storage, or Microsoft Azure Blob Storage, ostensibly without sacrificing performance.
Is Nvidia’s Arm deal really a U.K. national security threat?
       
A British government official added a new wrinkle to United Kingdom’s investigation of Nvidia’s proposed $40 billion Arm acquisition by directing the agency to probe the national security implications of the buyout. On Monday, the U.K.’s Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport directed the CMA to consider the national security component. The fortunes of hundreds of licensees, developers, and others are so inexorably enmeshed with the Arm platform that they have no choice but to accept the deal and stick with the relationship post-acquisition. Project Grace, which is based on a new Arm datacenter platform unveiled last September, won’t hit the market before 2023. We usually evoke national security concerns when a foreign company acquires an American company.
Cerebras launches new AI supercomputing processor with 2.6 trillion transistors
       
Cerebras Systems has unveiled its new Wafer Scale Engine 2 processor with a record-setting 2.6 trillion transistors and 850,000 AI-optimized cores. Twice as good as the CS-1Image Credit: CerebrasIn 2019, Cerebras could fit 400,000 cores and 1.2 billion transistors on a wafer chip, the CS-1. With such miniaturization, Cerebras can cram a lot more transistors in the same 12-inch wafer, Feldman said. “We were aggressive on scaling geometry, and we made a set of microarchitecture improvements.”Now Cerebras’ WSE-2 chip has more than twice as many cores and transistors. By comparison the largest graphics processing unit (GPU) has only 54 billion transistors — 2.55 trillion fewer transistors than the WSE-2.
Xilinx launches Kria chips to handle AI for edge applications
       
Xilinx has introduced its Kria programmable chips and boards for holding AI applications at the edge of the network. Coupled with a complete software stack and prebuilt, production-grade accelerated applications, Kria adaptive modules are a new method of bringing adaptive computing to AI and software developers. The first product available in the Kria SOM portfolio, the Kria K26 SOM, specifically targets vision AI applications in smart cities and smart factories. The KV260 Vision Starter Kit is available immediately, with the commercial-grade Kria K26 SOM shipping in May of 2021 and the industrial-grade K26 SOM shipping this summer. Ubuntu Linux on Kria K26 SOMs is expected to be available in July.
Synthesia raises $12.5M for AI that generates avatar videos
       
Synthesia, a startup using AI to create synthetic videos of avatars for marketing, today announced it has raised $12.5 million. Startups creating virtual beings, or artificial people powered by AI, have collectively raised more than $320 million in venture capital to date. “Today, video production is costly, complex, and unscalable. After typing or pasting in a video script, Synthesia generates a video “in minutes,” making it available for translation into dozens of languages. It’s called Personalize, and Synthesia says it can automatically translate videos featuring actors or staff members into over 40 languages.
SK Telecom introduces 5G-based disinfection robot at local hospital
       
SK Telecom announced Monday that the company has introduced a 5G-based disinfection robot at a Severance Hospital branch in Yongin, Gyeonggi Province.It is the world’s first such hospital robot utilizing the next-generation telecommunication technology, the company added.The machine “Keemi” uses a real-time location system, through which it can find the location of missing patients and analyze patient density within the hospital.The robot comes with an artificial intelligence-based facial recognition solution to monitor visitors’ temperatures and check if they are wearing masks at the hospital. The robot is also equipped with a voice assistant system that could guide visitors to follow social distancing rules.The hospital is equipped with 5G mobile networks serviced by SK Telecom, which allows the robot to roam around the hospital and perform its tasks.The telecommunications firm’s robot comes with an ultraviolet disinfection system to remove bacteria and germs around the hospital as well. It is capable of disinfecting various harmful bacteria, according to a test conducted by Korea Conformity Laboratories.SK Telecom and Yongin Severance Hospital began developing the disinfection robot since the two entities signed a memorandum of understanding in April 2019. The project was supported by the Ministry of Health and Welfare and Korea Health Industry Development Institute as part of the government’s “Digital New Deal.”By Shim Woo-hyun ( ws@heraldcorp.com
SK Telecom introduces 5G-based disinfection robot at local hospital
       
BUSINESSSK Telecom’s 5G-based disinfection robot is deployed at Yongin Severance Hospital in Yongin, Gyeonggi Province. (SKT)SK Telecom announced Monday that the company has introduced a 5G-based disinfection robot at a Severance Hospital branch in Yongin, Gyeonggi Province.It is the world’s first such hospital robot utilizing the next-generation telecommunication technology, the company added.The machine “Keemi” uses a real-time location system, through which it can find the location of missing patients and analyze patient density within the hospital.The robot comes with an artificial intelligence-based facial recognition solution to monitor visitors’ temperatures and check if they are wearing masks at the hospital. The robot is also equipped with a voice assistant system that could guide visitors to follow social distancing rules.The hospital is equipped with 5G mobile networks serviced by SK Telecom, which allows the robot to roam around the hospital and perform its tasks.The telecommunications firm’s robot comes with an ultraviolet disinfection system to remove bacteria and germs around the hospital as well. It is capable of disinfecting various harmful bacteria, according to a test conducted by Korea Conformity Laboratories.SK Telecom and Yongin Severance Hospital began developing the disinfection robot since the two entities signed a memorandum of understanding in April 2019. The project was supported by the Ministry of Health and Welfare and Korea Health Industry Development Institute as part of the government’s “Digital New Deal.”By Shim Woo-hyun ( ws@heraldcorp.com
Uber boss claims court defeat will help win driver race
       
Still, when Britain’s highest court ruled in February that Uber drivers should be classified as workers, Heywood avoided retaliation. It said it was giving all its 70,000 UK drivers holiday pay, pensions and the minimum wage. “The whole thing was a fairly unanimous and painless process,” Heywood says. It is not just on minimum wage payments or benefits that the company has had to put out fires. Unions have argued that the company uses racist verification systems for its drivers, and hires and fires them using AI - claims rejected by the company.
Kroger partner Ocado is on the road to robotic grocery delivery with autonomous-vehicle investment
       
High-tech supermarket and logistics group Ocado is pushing toward a future where, from warehouse to doorstep, groceries will be handled by robots. The partnership will involve collaborating on hardware and software interfaces for autonomous vehicles, Ocado said, integrating Oxford, U.K.-based Oxbotica’s software platform on Ocado’s vehicles. The vision is to automate the entire grocery delivery process: from vehicles that operate inside and out of Ocado warehouses, to last-mile delivery vehicles and “curb-to-kitchen” robots. Earlier this week, Kroger launched its first Ocado warehouse combining robotics and machine learning for fast fresh food delivery located in Monroe, Ohio, north of Cincinnati. Ocado said the “ultimate ambition” of its multiyear collaboration with Oxbotica is to enable partners like Kroger to reduce the costs of both last-mile delivery and logistics operations.
NASA flies a helicopter on Mars: Ingenuity captures its shadow on the ground below
       
NASA flies a helicopter on Mars: Ingenuity captures its shadow on the ground belowThe small twin-rotor helicopter ascended three metres during its 40-second flightArticle contentLOS ANGELES — NASA’s miniature robot helicopter Ingenuity performed a successful takeoff and landing on Mars early on Monday, achieving the first powered, controlled flight by an aircraft over the surface of another planet, the U.S. space agency said. Try refreshing your browser, or NASA flies a helicopter on Mars: Ingenuity captures its shadow on the ground below Back to videoMission managers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) near Los Angeles burst into applause and cheers as engineering data beamed back from Mars confirmed that the 4-pound (1.8-kg) twin-rotor helicopter had performed its maiden 40-second flight as planned about three hours earlier. JPL officials said data returned from Mars showed that this had in fact occurred. During NASA’s own coverage of the event livestreamed from JPL headquarters, NASA also displayed the first images from the flight. A black-and-white photo taken by a downward-pointing onboard camera while the helicopter was aloft showed the distinct shadow cast by Ingenuity in the Martian sunlight onto the ground just below it.
NASA helicopter makes history with successful flight on Mars
       
This NASA photo obtained on April 18, 2021 shows the agency's Ingenuity Mars Helicopter after it successfully completed a high-speed spin-up test on Mars on April 16. NASA’s miniature robot helicopter Ingenuity performed a successful takeoff and landing on Mars early on Monday, achieving the first powered, controlled flight by an aircraft over the surface of another planet, the U.S. space agency said. JPL officials said data returned from Mars showed that this had in fact occurred. During NASA’s own coverage of the event livestreamed from JPL headquarters, NASA also displayed the first images from the flight. A snippet of color video footage captured by a separate camera mounted on NASA’s Mars rover Perseverance, parked about 200 feet away, showed the helicopter in flight against the orange-colored landscape surrounding it.
Cyber firm Darktrace could be a bigger stock market flop than Deliveroo
       
Sadly, few of the wannabe tech companies queuing up to sell shares on the London Stock Exchange can back up their ambitions with ground breaking software, machinery, or robotics. A tech-enabled company like Deliveroo is not the same as a pure technology company such as Facebook. Founded by former intelligence service veterans and Cambridge mathematicians, it employs artificial intelligence that helps businesses to repel potentially devastating cybersecurity attacks. With fears high that Deliveroo’s botched float would dissuade other technology firms from following suit, Darktrace should be just the tonic the Square Mile needs. The tech tycoon is simultaneously fighting extradition to America, while battling a multi-billion pound High Court fraud claim brought by Hewlett-Packard after its takeover of Lynch’s former software company Autonomy.
Nvidia’s $40 Billion Takeover of Arm Faces U.K. National Security Probe
       
The U.K. has opened a formal investigation into Nvidia’s $40 billion takeover of chip designer Arm, after the government said the deal could have national security implications. “Following careful consideration of the proposed takeover of Arm, I have today issued an intervention notice on national security grounds,” Dowden said in a statement. “We want to support our thriving U.K. tech industry and welcome foreign investment, but it is appropriate that we properly consider the national security implications of a transaction like this,” he added. A spokesperson for Nvidia said the company didn’t believe the transaction poses any material national security issues. Under the National Security and Investment Bill, companies will have to notify the government about proposed deals in 17 sectors deemed of strategic importance, including computer processing units and artificial intelligence.
Ambow Education stock rockets after expanded partnership with Amazon with launch of AI training for teachers
       
Shares of Ambow Education Holding Ltd. AMBO, +55.43% blasted 45.7% higher on massive volume after the China-based provider of educational and career enhancement services announced the expansion of its partnership with Amazon.com Inc. AMZN, -0.31% with the launch of Artificial Intelligence trading for teachers. Trading volume ballooned to 56.6 million shares, compared with the full-day average of about 648,000 shares over the past 30 days. Ambow said it has been collaborating with Amazon's cloud services business, Amazon Web Services (AWS), on in-depth training courses. "Further cooperation with Amazon is a great testament to our strong capabilities in providing high-quality professional education and training," said Ambow Chief Executive Jin Huang. "Leveraging our industry-leading AI Panorama Digital Teaching System, we will regularly launch AI training courses and host various events for new skills, shared experience and project research."
Ambow Education Soars on AI Training Deal with Amazon
       
Ambow Education has expanded its partnership with Amazon to help improve the company's engineering courses and address growing job placement needs. The deal is part of Ambow's efforts to collaborate with prestigious enterprises to provide AI education and training for teachers, the company said. Ambow Education and Amazon Web Services recently launched live-streaming courses on AI education and training for teachers to help improve their educational skills, the company said. Since 2018, Ambow has collaborated with Amazon Web Services on in-depth training courses. "In collaboration with influential enterprises, we are committed to delivering effective education services that will closely integrate talent training and industry development in the AI space," Huang added.
Nvidia’s $40 billion takeover of Arm faces U.K. national security probe
       
The U.K. has opened a formal investigation into Nvidia’s $40 billion takeover of chip designer Arm, after the government said the deal could have national security implications. “Following careful consideration of the proposed takeover of Arm, I have today issued an intervention notice on national security grounds,” Dowden said in a statement. “We want to support our thriving U.K. tech industry and welcome foreign investment, but it is appropriate that we properly consider the national security implications of a transaction like this,” he added. A spokesperson for Nvidia said the company didn’t believe the transaction poses any material national security issues. Under the National Security and Investment Bill, companies will have to notify the government about proposed deals in 17 sectors deemed of strategic importance, including computer processing units and artificial intelligence.
Nvidia’s $40 Billion Takeover of Arm Faces U.K. National Security Probe
       
The U.K. has opened a formal investigation into Nvidia’s $40 billion takeover of chip designer Arm, after the government said the deal could have national security implications. “Following careful consideration of the proposed takeover of Arm, I have today issued an intervention notice on national security grounds,” Dowden said in a statement. “We want to support our thriving U.K. tech industry and welcome foreign investment, but it is appropriate that we properly consider the national security implications of a transaction like this,” he added. A spokesperson for Nvidia said the company didn’t believe the transaction poses any material national security issues. Under the National Security and Investment Bill, companies will have to notify the government about proposed deals in 17 sectors deemed of strategic importance, including computer processing units and artificial intelligence.
Nvidia’s $40 billion takeover of Arm faces U.K. national security probe
       
The U.K. has opened a formal investigation into Nvidia’s $40 billion takeover of chip designer Arm, after the government said the deal could have national security implications. “Following careful consideration of the proposed takeover of Arm, I have today issued an intervention notice on national security grounds,” Dowden said in a statement. “We want to support our thriving U.K. tech industry and welcome foreign investment, but it is appropriate that we properly consider the national security implications of a transaction like this,” he added. A spokesperson for Nvidia said the company didn’t believe the transaction poses any material national security issues. Under the National Security and Investment Bill, companies will have to notify the government about proposed deals in 17 sectors deemed of strategic importance, including computer processing units and artificial intelligence.
Nvidia’s $40 billion takeover of Arm faces U.K. national security probe
       
The U.K. has opened a formal investigation into Nvidia’s $40 billion takeover of chip designer Arm, after the government said the deal could have national security implications. “Following careful consideration of the proposed takeover of Arm, I have today issued an intervention notice on national security grounds,” Dowden said in a statement. “We want to support our thriving U.K. tech industry and welcome foreign investment, but it is appropriate that we properly consider the national security implications of a transaction like this,” he added. A spokesperson for Nvidia said the company didn’t believe the transaction poses any material national security issues. Under the National Security and Investment Bill, companies will have to notify the government about proposed deals in 17 sectors deemed of strategic importance, including computer processing units and artificial intelligence.
Scientists create AI Albert Einstein who chats and answers questions about the famed theories
       
The late theoretical physicist Albert Einstein has been brought back to life with a digital human platform that recreated the famous scientist's look and voice. Digital Einstein was developed to 'put a friendly and well-known face on digital human technology' face between machines and humans.' Digital human platforms are making waves in the tech world, as AI becomes more advanced and powerful – and a number of firms are releasing different versions. Epic Games, maker of the video game 'Fortnite,' released a sneak peek of its browser-based software tool that lets developers create 'digital humans.' Digital human platforms are making waves in the tech world, as AI becomes more advanced and powerful – and a number of firms are releasing different versions.
Celebrate mom this Mother's Day with these 8 amazing gift ideas from Best Buy
       
Celebrate mom this Mother's Day with great deals on tech gifts (Photo via Best Buy Canada)Yahoo Lifestyle Canada is committed to finding you the best products at the best prices. For foodie moms, fitspo moms, or new moms celebrating their first Mother's Day, these Best Buy Canada Mother's Day gift ideas say "I love you" with a little more pizazz than another scented bath set. In honour of mom, we've gathered some of the best deals available on Best Buy Canada to celebrate every type of maternal figure this Mother's Day. SHOP IT: Best Buy Canada, $160 (originally $190)HoMedics UV-Clean Portable Sanitizer Bag (Photo via Best Buy Canada)Keep germs at bay with the HoMedics UV-Clean sanitizer bag. SHOP IT: Best Buy Canada, $80iRobot Roomba i8+ Robot Vacuum (Photo via Best Buy Canada)Lessen's mom's chore load with the iRobot Roomba i8+ robot vacuum.
City council subpoenas NYPD for cost of robot dog
       
The city council wants to force NYPD to reveal the cost of its new “Digidog,” days after Mayor Bill de Blasio suggested the city “rethink” its use of the dystopian police robot dog. Council leaders on Monday subpoenaed the NYPD for any robot-related contracts or agreements with Boston Dynamics, the company behind the four-legged robo-cop. “The public should know how much each of these devices is costing the city,” said Councilman Ben Kallos (D-Manhattan), who issued the subpoena along with Council Speaker Corey Johnson. The city council wants to force NYPD to reveal the cost of its new “Digidog.” Peter Gerber“I haven’t seen it, but I certainly share the concern that if in any way it’s unsettling to people, we should rethink the equation,” de Blasio told reporters. Council leaders subpoenaed the NYPD for any robot-related contracts or agreements with Boston Dynamics.
Siemens to integrate Google Cloud's AI and ML systems into manufacturing portfolio
       
Enabling use cases like visual product inspections and predictive maintenanceSiemens will be integrating Google Cloud’s AI and machine learning technologies into its own factory automation portfolio under a new partnership. The integration stationBy combining Google Cloud’s AI/ML capabilities with Siemens’ digital industries factory automation systems, manufacturers “will be able to harmonize their factory data, run cloud-based AI/ML models on top of that data, and deploy algorithms at the network edge,” Siemens said. Many manufacturers are still stuck in AI ‘pilot projects’ today – we want to change that,” said Axel Lorenz, VP of Control for Factory Automation business at Siemens Digital Industries. "Combining AI/ML technology from Google Cloud with Siemens' solutions for Industrial Edge and industrial operation will be a game-changer for the manufacturing industry," he added. Google Cloud’s managing director of manufacturing and industrial, Dominik Wee, said, “Siemens is a leader in advancing industrial automation and software, and Google Cloud is a leader in data analytics and AI/ML.
Unity accelerates AI training with the release of synthetic datasets
       
Find him on Twitter: @Gadget_RyReal-time 3D content creation platform Unity is releasing synthetic datasets with the aim of accelerating AI training. The new Unity Computer Vision Datasets contain synthetic data which is generated to meet specific demands. Unity aims to break down the cost barrier typically faced in obtaining high-quality synthetic datasets. “Synthetic data is revolutionising the training of machine learning models as it overcomes many of the shortcomings of manually collected and labelled real-world data,” explains Lange. Attend the co-located 5G Expo, IoT Tech Expo, Blockchain Expo, AI & Big Data Expo, and Cyber Security & Cloud Expo World Series with upcoming events in Silicon Valley, London, and Amsterdam.
Meroxa’s change data capture service works with Apache Kafka, others
       
Meroxa has developed a PaaS platform through which IT organizations invoke a control plane that provides a change data capture service integrated with platforms such as Apache Kafka. But people with data engineering skills are now among the most sought-after IT specialists, and the number of IT professionals with those skills is limited. Data pipeline orchestrationThe need to orchestrate data pipelines faster is becoming more acute because most digital business transformation initiatives typically require data to be processed and analyzed in near real time. That transition, however, will become extended if every organization needs to find, hire, and retain data engineering specialists. It may be a little while yet before IT teams are routinely creating data pipelines between applications and processes.
Affogata, which helps brands manage their online reputation, raises $5.5M
       
Customer intelligence platform Affogata today announced it has raised $5.5 million in series A funding co-led by Mangrove Capital Partners and PICO Venture Partners. Cofounder Sharel Omer said the funds will enable Affogata to invest in its tooling, strengthen its online presence, and support its customer service initiatives. The platform lets stakeholders — including marketers, product managers, customer success teams, and data analysts — derive insights based on this data, enabling proactive actions to ostensibly ensure better customer experiences. Affogata clients can receive alerts about sentiment changes and connect and engage with customers through the aforementioned channels. Our insights are relevant for customer success, product managers, marketing, developers, executives, crisis managers, security, and more,” Omer said.
Survey finds talent gap is slowing enterprise AI adoption
       
AI’s popularity in the enterprise continues to grow, but practices and maturity remain stagnant as organizations run into obstacles while deploying AI systems. Talent gapLaments over the AI talent shortage in the U.S. have become a familiar refrain from private industry. One curious trend highlighted in the survey was the share of organizations that say they’ve adopted supervised learning (82%) versus more cutting-edge techniques like self-supervised learning. Supervised learning entails training an AI model on a labeled dataset. Spotlight on supervised learningAccording to Gartner, supervised learning will remain the type of machine learning organizations leverage most through 2022.
U.S. banks deploy visual AI tools to monitor customers and workers
       
Bhandar said some staff even went to one of Amazon’s cashierless convenience stores to learn about its computer vision system. A Midwestern credit union last year tested facial recognition for client identification at four locations before pausing over cost concerns, a source said. Some computer vision programs are also less accurate on people of color, and critics have warned that could lead to unjust outcomes. The discussions emerged about the same time as a December 2019 New York Times article about racism at Chase branches in Arizona. City National’s Dominguez said the bank’s branches use computer vision to detect suspicious activity outside.
The AI arms race has us on the road to Armageddon
       
But the AI arms race for military applications is racing ahead as well, and concerned scientists, academics, and AI industry leaders have been sounding the alarm. For now, the AI arms race is a cold war, mostly between the U.S., China, and Russia, but worries are it will become more than that. Work, vice chair of the NSCAI said of the international AI competition: “We have got … to take this competition seriously, and we need to win it.”The accelerating AI arms raceWork to incorporate AI into the military is already far advanced. Along with the ethical and political issues of an AI arms race are the increased risks of triggering an accidental war. The AI arms race is well underway and leading militaries worldwide do not want to be in second place or worse.
Felix Silla, Cousin Itt on TV's 'Addams Family,' dies at 84
       
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Felix Silla, who starred as the hairy Cousin Itt on “The Addams Family” and a robot on “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century,” has died. Silla’s representative, Bonnie Vent, said in an emailed statement Saturday that the actor died Friday after a battle with cancer. Vent said Silla was a humble and nice man who was full of stories. Even though his face was covered, Silla — who stood less than 4 feet tall — became famous for sporting a floor-length hairpiece, sunglasses and a bowler hat as Cousin Itt on the 1960s ABC show “The Addams Family.” His fan-favorite character had a knack for mumbling words that were only understood by Addams family members. “Felix knew a lot about making characters come to life with no dialog," Vent said.
Felix Silla, Cousin Itt on TV’s ‘Addams Family,’ dies at 84
       
Silla’s representative, Bonnie Vent, said in an emailed statement Saturday that the actor died Friday after a battle with cancer. Vent said Silla was a humble and nice man who was full of stories. LOS ANGELES (AP) — Felix Silla, who starred as the hairy Cousin Itt on “The Addams Family” and a robot on “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century,” has died. Even though his face was covered, Silla — who stood less than 4 feet tall — became famous for sporting a floor-length hairpiece, sunglasses and a bowler hat as Cousin Itt on the 1960s ABC show “The Addams Family.” His fan-favorite character had a knack for mumbling words that were only understood by Addams family members. He appeared as a villain named Litvak, who went against George Segal’s Sam Spade Jr. in the “The Maltese Falcon” sequel.
Tesla AI Day: What to Expect?
       
Plus, Elon Musk tweets about expanding Tesla's Full Self-Driving beta. ? Elon Musk sets targeted date for Tesla AI Day, what will Tesla unveil? ? Timeline updates on Tesla’s FSD Beta rollout and the FSD subscription option? Tesla fails inspection in Fremont? IDRA equipment arrives at Giga Texas? Huawei claims superior autonomous driving performance over Tesla? Cruise increases funding round, adding Walmart? Mercedes unveils all-electric EQS exterior? Stellantis schedules “Electrification Day”? SpaceX update---Image(s) and/or footage used under license from Shutterstock.comDisclosure: Rob Maurer is long TSLA stock & derivatives
AppLovin CEO Talks IPO, Apps and AI
       
KKR-backed technology app platform company AppLovin (APP) - Get Report made its stock market debut Thursday on the Nasdaq at $70 a share, 12.5% lower than its initial public offering price but still enough to raise $2 billion and put a market value on the company of near $30 billion - the third-biggest Nasdaq offering behind Facebook (FB) - Get Report and AirBnB (ABNB) - Get Report. AppLovin CEO Adam Foroughi took a few minutes to chat with TheStreet's Corey Goldman about AppLovin's roots, its focus on being a leading tech platform for app developers, the role of AI and machine learning in the next generation of apps, and what might eventually replace the "app" itself.
Nuance Communications Surges on 'No Brainer' Microsoft Takeover Talks
       
Wedbush analyst Dan Ives says a Nuance deal could be the 'first step in an increased appetite for deals in 2021' from tech giant Microsoft. Nuance Communications (NUAN) - Get Report shares surged the most in more than two years Monday after the artificial intelligence voice technology group agreed to a $20 billion takeover by tech giant Microsoft (MSFT) - Get Report. Bloomberg first reported Sunday that Nuance is an advanced talks with Microsoft, which offered to pay $56 a share in cash for the the Burlington, Mass.-based innovator of AI-powered voice technology, a 22.8% premium to the group's Friday closing price. Once completed, the takeover will be Microsoft's second-largest deal on record, following on from its $26 billion deal for Linkedin in 2016. Microsoft shares, meanwhile, slipped 0.1% lower $255.63 each.
Bitcoin Backpedals, Robinhood, DraftKings – On TheStreet Friday
       
Bitcoin stumbles on Turkey’s central bank implementing a ban on cryptocurrencies, Robinhood restores a crypto trading outage caused by ‘unprecedented demand’ after Coinbase Global's (COIN) - Get Report IPO, DraftKings (DKNG) - Get Report jumps on an NFL sports-betting deal, and AppLovin’s (APP) - Get Report CEO Adam Foroughi tells TheStreet that apps, AI and entertainment are here to stay. Corey Goldman covers off just some of what TheStreet is following on Friday. Plus: Morning Bell with Jim Cramer: Is Cryptocurrency Regulation Coming?
Chick-fil-A testing delivery robots in California
       
The next time you order some Chick-fil-A, a robot might be making the delivery. Robotic delivery service Kiwibot said that it has partnered with Chick-fil-A to test semi-autonomous delivery service at one of its locations in Santa Monica, California. On Tuesday, Kiwibot revealed its newest model of delivery robot, which features new cameras, lights and modular features, as well as a display screen with an animated face. In a statement, Kiwibot CEO and co-founder Felipe Chávez Cortés said the company plans to "deploy tens of thousands of adorable robots." And earlier this year, Philadelphia International Airport announced that it had added an autonomous food delivery service for passengers.
How AI can make weather forecasting less cloudy
       
The technology isn't going to replace traditional weather forecasting but rather augment and strengthen existing methods. AI techniques aren't being used to generate forecasts on their own, at least not yet. AS TEXAS FREEZE GAS BILLS COME DUE, CUE UP THE LAWSUITSJust because AI hasn't replaced traditional forecasting methods doesn't mean it won't quickly alter them, however. In this case, it does this by supplementing weather forecasts from conventional methods with details such as topography in order to interpolate how broader weather patterns will be realized at specific locations. This January, the federal National Center for Atmospheric Research invested $35 million in a new supercomputer with architecture more suitable for the latest AI techniques.
Felix Silla, Cousin Itt on TV’s ‘Addams Family,’ dies at 84
       
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Felix Silla, who starred as the hairy Cousin Itt on “The Addams Family” and a robot on “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century,” has died. Silla’s representative, Bonnie Vent, said in an emailed statement Saturday that the actor died Friday after a battle with cancer. Vent said Silla was a humble and nice man who was full of stories. Even though his face was covered, Silla — who stood less than 4 feet tall — became famous for sporting a floor-length hairpiece, sunglasses and a bowler hat as Cousin Itt on the 1960s ABC show “The Addams Family.” His fan-favorite character had a knack for mumbling words that were only understood by Addams family members. He appeared as a villain named Litvak, who went against George Segal’s Sam Spade Jr. in the “The Maltese Falcon” sequel.
Europe eyes strict rules for artificial intelligence
       
According to a draft of its upcoming rules, obtained by POLITICO, the European Commission would ban certain uses of "high-risk" artificial intelligence systems altogether, and limit others from entering the bloc if they don't meet its standards. The rules are the first of their kind to regulate artificial intelligence, and the EU is keen to highlight its unique approach. The draft also proposes creating a European Artificial Intelligence Board, comprising one representative per EU country, the EU's data protection authority, and a European Commission representative. The strict rules could also put the EU in the crosshairs of its allies. Our expert journalism and suite of policy intelligence tools allow you to seamlessly search, track and understand the developments and stakeholders shaping EU Tech policy and driving decisions impacting your industry.
EU to consider ban on using A.I. for mass surveillance and social credit scores
       
IBMLONDON — Using artificial intelligence software for mass surveillance and ranking social behavior could soon be outlawed in Europe, according to draft legislation that has been shared online. The 81-page document, which was first reported by Politico, says "indiscriminate surveillance of natural persons should be prohibited when applied in a generalized manner to all persons without differentiation." It adds the methods of surveillance could include monitoring and tracking of people in digital and physical environments. On social credit scoring, which is already used in China to stop people traveling if they commit "social misdeeds," the draft legislation says: "AI systems used for general purpose social scoring" should be prohibited. A European Commission spokesperson told CNBC: "The Commission is set to adopt the regulatory framework on AI next Wednesday 21 April 2021.
Domino's Pizza pilots driverless delivery with Nuro autonomous car in Houston
       
Domino's Pizza's newest deliverer isn't a person — it's a self-driving car. The restaurant company said Monday that an autonomous car made by Nuro will start delivering pizzas in Houston this week as part of a pilot program. If their order falls within certain days and times, they can choose to have Nuro's R2 robot drop off their pizza. Driverless pizza delivery is one area of recent focus, although the company is still years — or even decades — away from replacing its entire fleet of drivers. Two years before, it researched how consumers would react to pizza delivery by an autonomous car from Ford.
Cybersecurity start-up Darktrace plans to go public in London despite Deliveroo's IPO flop
       
A Darktrace cybersecurity software demonstration shows how a global problem can start with just one employee's work station. LONDON — British cybersecurity start-up Darktrace said Monday that it plans to go public in London, defying fears that Deliveroo's disappointing IPO could put other tech firms off listing in the city. The platform of the London-based firm uses artificial intelligence technology to detect and respond to cyberthreats in a business' IT systems. Darktrace's IPO announcement comes despite concerns over the lackluster market debut of Deliveroo, the Amazon-backed food delivery company. Deliveroo shares plunged as much as 30% on their first day of trading, making it one of the worst London IPOs for a large company.
Biden and Japan’s Suga present united front against China's assertiveness
       
President Joe Biden on Friday sought to present a united front with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga to counter an increasingly assertive China as the U.S. leader held his first face-to-face White House summit since taking office. Suga said he and Biden agreed on the necessity of frank discussions with China in the context of Beijing's activities in the Indo-Pacific region. In a strongly worded statement on Saturday, China's embassy in Washington said Beijing was "resolutely opposed" to the joint statement, and that Taiwan, Hong Kong and Xinjiang were China's internal affairs. US President Joe Biden and Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga take part in a joint press conference in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC on April 16, 2021. In another swipe at China, Biden told the news conference the United States and Japan will invest together in areas such as 5G, artificial intelligence, quantum computing, genomics and semiconductor supply chains.
Google backs former DeepMind employee’s 'solar forecasting' start-up
       
LONDON — Google is backing a climate change start-up founded by an ex-DeepMind employee through its philanthropic arm, Google.org. The London-headquartered start-up is aiming to build an online solar electricity forecasting service for the U.K. and Europe. The service will aim to predict cloud cover, which determines how much electricity solar panels can generate, through a combination of satellite images and new artificial intelligence software. Open Climate Fix hopes that its solar forecasting service will provide better forecasts to electricity grid operators so they can make more accurate predictions. Other examples include former DeepMind energy lead Jim Gao, and staff research engineer Vedavyas Panneershelvam, who now runs an AI company called Phaidra.
Let this robot lawn mower cut the grass for you this summer
       
NY Post may be compensated and/or receive an affiliate commission if you buy through our linksUnless you plan on hiring some goats to trim your lawn, there’s no getting out of lawn maintenance this summer. The MowRow robotic lawn mower will do all the hard work for you to cut your grass. You won’t have to worry about disturbing the neighborhood each time you want your lawn cut, either. MowRow RM24 Robot Lawn Mower, $850, original price: $999The MowRow RM24 Robot Lawn Mower uses a 2,900 RPM brushless motor and is equipped with razor-sharp blades for an optimal cut. In that case, the MowRow RM24 Robot Lawn Mower, which is rated 4.2 out of 5 stars on Home Depot, is just what you need.
How to fix bad posture? Rude robot hits the nail on the head
       
This posture-correcting robot is a “hit.” Chilean inventor Ionel Pop built the “Tatequieto-bot” after noticing he was slouching at the computer. The device uses infrared sensors aimed at the person’s back that trigger a swift wooden stick to the head. Subscribe to our YouTube!
Continental joins with Amazon on cloud-based platform for vehicle updates
       
The platform, called Continental Automotive Edge, or CAEdge, is a modular hardware and software platform that connects to vehicles through the cloud. It will allow drivers to update their vehicle systems, or companies to quickly develop technologies and securely roll them out to users. The company said that within its first project, it is using camera and radar data collected from a vehicle fleet, which is imported into the CAEdge platform. The programs support all steps needed to develop autonomous driving systems, including data collection and management, model training, and vehicle software updates. Continental plans to train more than 1,000 of its software and IT experts in machine learning through the AWS cloud technologies.
'This Is Crazy': Jamaal Bowman Excoriates NYPD DigiDog Robotic K-9
       
"They got military gear, and now they got robot dogs in the streets further oppressing us... Jamaal BowmanResponding to the NYPD's use of Boston Dynamics' "Spot" robot—which the department calls "DigiDog"—Bowman (D-N.Y.) asked, "Why the hell do we need robot police dogs?" ‘This is some ‘RoboCop’ sh*t. This is crazy’ — Rep. Jamaal Bowman called out the NYPD for spending money on robot police dogs amid the fight for racial justice and a poverty crisis pic.twitter.com/4mEwumotiD — NowThis (@nowthisnews) April 16, 2021"This is crazy," Bowman continued. They got military gear, and now they got robot dogs in the streets further oppressing us... Renews Condemnation Of NYPD Robot Dog "The NYPD is turning bad science fiction into real life.
British firm Dyson plans to hire 450 engineers and scientists in Singapore and the U.K.
       
British home appliance giant Dyson, best known for its vacuum cleaners, will be hiring 450 new staff in Singapore and the U.K. The new hires will be a part of Dyson's £2.75 billion ($3.7 billion) global technology investment plan as the company seeks to expand research into advanced robotics and artificial intelligence. In its global headquarters Singapore, Dyson will recruit 250 new engineers to double its existing software and electronics engineering teams, the company said Wednesday. The firm currently employs about 1,400 people in the city-state, nearly half of which are engineers and scientists. Dyson said it also plans to set up a cybersecurity research center in Singapore.
Felix Silla, starred as Cousin Itt on TV’s ‘Addams Family,’ dies at 84
       
LOS ANGELES — Felix Silla, who starred as the hairy Cousin Itt on “The Addams Family” and a robot on “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century,” has died. Silla’s representative, Bonnie Vent, said in an emailed statement Saturday that the actor died Friday after a battle with cancer. Vent said Silla was a humble and nice man who was full of stories. Even though his face was covered, Silla — who stood less than 4 feet tall — became famous for sporting a floor-length hairpiece, sunglasses and a bowler hat as Cousin Itt on the 1960s ABC show “The Addams Family.” His fan-favorite character had a knack for mumbling words that were only understood by Addams family members. He appeared as a villain named Litvak, who went against George Segal’s Sam Spade Jr. in the “The Maltese Falcon” sequel.
Semiconductor shortage continues to roil global auto industry, fueling geopolitical tensions
       
An ongoing shortage of semiconductor chips is continuing to reverberate throughout the global economy, particularly impacting the auto industry and disrupting production at virtually every major automaker in recent months. The global auto industry could see a $61 billion drop in revenue in 2021, according to industry analysts AlixPartners. The impact on the auto industry has not been uniform. The Biden administration is expected to meet with chip manufacturers next week to discuss “what might be done” to alleviate the shortages facing the auto industry. Control of semiconductor production, particularly the most cutting-edge technologies used in missile guidance and detection systems and artificial intelligence, are critical to US military dominance.
Documents Reveal Anduril's Plans For Virtual Wall Along US-Mexico Border
       
The Virtual Wall: Documents Show CBP Plans For Surveillance Towers At US-Mexico BorderThe United States government plans to expand a program for monitoring the Mexico border through cutting edge artificial intelligence technology. It shows 37 land surveillance towers and three maritime surveillance towers due to be delivered within a year. Photo via CBP WebsiteBuilding A Virtual WallCBP took a more ad-hoc approach to border surveillance after SBInet shut down. When fully implemented, Anduril’s towers and Lattice could have a greater impact than anything that has preceded them. Jim Clyburn, the third ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives, is a noted fan of border surveillance technology, especially drones.
Customs and Border Protection Plans Vast Expansion of Tech-Based Surveillance
       
The project, which involves migrant-tracking artificial intelligence housed in surveillance towers and drones, clashes with President Joe Biden’s sunny rhetoric on immigration. It shows 37 land surveillance towers and three maritime surveillance towers due to be delivered within a year. According to Luckey, Anduril’s surveillance towers use sensor fusion and AI to create a “3D model of large battlespaces.”The surveillance towers combine data from radar, visual imaging, and thermal measurements. Building A Virtual WallCBP took a more ad-hoc approach to border surveillance after SBInet shut down. Jim Clyburn, the third ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives, is a noted fan of border surveillance technology, especially drones.
Nobel Laureate Warns of 'Devastating Marriage' Between Artificial Intelligence and Killer Robots
       
Peace activist and Nobel laureate Jody Williams is continuing to sound alarm about so-called killer robots, saying in a recent interview that they represent a frightening marriage between "artificial intelligence and weapons of war." "We do not need fully autonomous weapons that on their own can target and kill human beings," said Williams. A devastating 'marriage' of artificial intelligence and weapons of war!" "The fact that President Biden had said he would immediately turn back Mr. Trump's confused policy and is now having another review is very disturbing." "How many more reviews does one need to do to know that those weapons have no place on this planet?"
This Marmite Buttercream Will Change The Way You Bake Forever
       
The chocolatiers and the tech brand teamed up find out if creativity really is the final frontier for Artificial Intelligence. The Google Cloud team engineered a Machine Learning model that scanned hundreds of existing recipes to create a unique new cake. The AI cake turned out to be a delectable cake-cookie hybrid – a cakie, if you will – topped with a Marmite infused butter cream which you have to taste to believe. To make the base heat the butter and syrup over low heat until melted. To make the caramel inserts stir the sugar and water over high heat until the sugar has dissolved and it begins to boil.
Facial ID set to become a pass for Emiratis to access government services
       
Facial ID set to become a pass for Emiratis to access government servicesThe Emirates along with its neighbours in the gulf, has been proactive in embracing digital innovations that can build an infrastructure for smart living. Cities in the UAE have been strengthening internet connectivity, online transactions and AI in public services to create a futuristic ecosystem. By integrating a person's biometrics with the UAE Pass app, the country will adopt facial ID as a pass for citizens to use government services. Users will simply need the UAE Pass platform and a smartphone camera to scan their biometrics and secure 6000 services from 130 government agencies. An Emirati citizen can update their digital pass with facial ID in just five minutes through the mobile app, without having to visit a service centre.
Students in Dubai create robo-doc to protect schools against covid
       
Students in Dubai create robo-doc to protect schools against covidInnovators, doctors and the administration in UAE came together during the pandemic to arm medical professionals and residents with digital tools against infections. Online apps and data collection gadgets helped doctors in providing top notch healthcare by making informed decisions and monitoring patients remotely. Since schools are set to welcome back children, a group of students in Dubai has put together a robotic doctor which can help prevent infections in classes. Three students came up with the innovation entirely using knowhow from their ICT textbook, and didn't take any outside help. Not long before this display of local talent, students at Abu Dhabi university received a grant for creating AI drones.
AI vision predicts crime in Israeli city by spotting suspicious behaviour
       
AI vision predicts crime in Israeli city by spotting suspicious behaviourMachine learning and data collection have been instrumental in the Middle East, since they are being used for public services including traffic monitoring and healthcare. Even as AI backed facial recognition has been deployed to ensure public safety, the innovative surveillance method has also raised privacy concerns for residents. Amid these developments, an Israeli city has set up a network of cameras to act as eyes for an AI system, that will watch individuals and crowd to detect suspicious movement. Upon spotting even the slightest hint of unruly behaviour, AI will alert operators in a command center who can then pass on the info to the authorities. Earlier this month a French narco-dealer was nabbed in Dubai after computer vision identified him by processing old images.
Israeli firm creates world's first AI control tower to guide robots and smart vehicles in industrial units
       
Israeli firm creates world's first AI control tower to guide robots and smart vehicles in industrial unitsDeployment of self-driving cars, androids and autonomous drones has displayed the enormous potential of smart tech for enhancing public services and business operations including delivery and manufacturing. With robots rising to takeover tasks in warehouses, procurement centres and construction in the region, an Israeli firm has created an AI-powered system to make sure they move around efficiently. Focusing on indoor activities at industrial units, the platform called MAESTRO is the product of an Israeli-Japanese collaboration called Musashi AI. Having a one stop solution to drive coordination between several smart devices through a single AI guide, also reduces the cost of deploying gadgets in factories. This smart commander for robo-fleets has also been created at the right time, since the demand for contactless services is rising across diverse sectors.
Data processor designed by Nvidia's Israeli team among AI products unveiled by chipmaker
       
Data processor designed by Nvidia's Israeli team among AI products unveiled by chipmakerThe race to address a global shortage of microprocessors has turned focus of global firms including Google and Amazon towards Israel, with announcements about setting up chip designing units. Among new products unveiled by Nvidia with an eye on the growing demand for AI services, a data processing unit designed by its Israeli team has attracted significant attention. The data processor was launched alongside Grace, a CPU that will allow data centers to function 10 times faster than the most advanced systems around. On the other hand a product called Drive Atlan seeks to equip autonomous cars of the future with superpowers by carrying out 1000 trillion ops per second. The data processing unit isn't a first for Nvidia Israel, since the team had earlier created a buzz by packing the entire infrastructure of a data center into a single chip.