Mar 28,2021

  Invincible Recap: Tryout Season.  'Hamster ball' robot could explore Moon caves.  Apple Acquired The Highest Number Of AI Startups In Last 5 Years.  Richard Stallman resigns from MIT over Epstein comments.  What‌ ‌is‌ ‌DataOps,‌ ‌and‌ ‌why‌ ‌it’s‌ ‌a‌ ‌top‌ ‌trend‌.  Does your enterprise plan to try out GPT-3? Here’s what you should know.  Daewoo Shipbuilding establishes shipyard simulation system with game engine.  The creepy technology bringing dead relatives back to life.  AI will write poetry at Dubai Expo by combining words from different visitors.  34 Toys, Games, and Building Kits That Will Teach Your Kids the Basics of Coding.    National Security AI Commission Recommends Ramping Up a Military Tech Race with China.  Samsung SDS CEO vows makeover into cloud business.  Samsung SDS CEO vows makeover into cloud business.  Daewoo Shipbuilding establishes shipyard simulation system with game engine.  Euronews debates: What's the future of healthcare post-COVID-19?.  How the Trevor Project Is Using AI to Train Crisis Counselors For Teens.  The NSFW future of OnlyFans, where celebs, influencers, and sex workers post side by side.  Las 5 cosas que debes saber este 26 de marzo: Las claves que deja la primera conferencia de Biden.  Ask him anything: William Shatner's life story to live on through AI.  Ask him anything: William Shatner's life story to live on through AI.  
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Invincible Recap: Tryout Season
       
Last episode was basically Invincible’s tryout for the Teen Team, and it left him with severe trauma. Meanwhile, Robot is listening in, gathering data for his own mysterious plan as he takes a leadership role on the planet’s premier superhero team. While Eve and Rex are breaking up, Mark and Amber are making a love connection against all odds. Mark invites Amber over for a study date, but it gets derailed before it really even begins. Unlike Eve and Rex, Mark and Amber have developed a captivating relationship, largely because the otherwise-invincible Mark is so vulnerable to Amber’s teasing.
'Hamster ball' robot could explore Moon caves
       
If people are going to stay on the Moon for long periods, they'll need to consider resources below the surface — and a rather unusual robot might just help. The European Space Agency is backing work on DAEDALUS (Descent And Exploration in Deep Autonomy of Lunar Underground Structures), a "hamster ball" robot from Julius-Maximilians-University built to study lunar caves. The tether would be useful as a WiFi receiver while the robot works on its own. DAEDALUS is one cave exploration concept under consideration at the ESA, and there are no guarantees it'll reach the lunar surface. The right caves might even be suitable for Moon settlements, as they could shield against micrometeorites, radiation and extreme temperatures.
Apple Acquired The Highest Number Of AI Startups In Last 5 Years
       
What Happened: The Cupertino, California-based company acquired 25 AI startups during the five-year period from 2016 to 2020, leading the acquisition race that was dominated by U.S. tech giants. Alphabet Inc.’s (NASDAQ: GOOG) (NASDAQ: GOOGL) Google, Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) and Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) were the other U.S.-based companies that dominated the deal-making landscape in the AI tech space. Collectively — Apple, Google, Microsoft and Facebook undertook 60 acquisitions in the AI tech space. Apple acquired self-driving startup Drive.ai in June 2019. The company confirmed in May last year that it acquired virtual reality startup NextVR and the acquisition of Spaces in August.
Richard Stallman resigns from MIT over Epstein comments
       
Famed computer scientist Richard Stallman has resigned from his position at MIT over recent comments he made concerning Jeffrey Epstein’s victims. He has also resigned as president of the Free Software Foundation, an organization Stallman founded in 1985, as well as from its board of directors. Last week it emerged that Stallman had cast doubt upon the reports that AI pioneer Marvin Minsky had sexually assaulted one of Epstein’s victims. “I am resigning effective immediately from my position in CSAIL at MIT,” Stallman wrote in a blog post, “I am doing this due to pressure on MIT and me over a series of misunderstandings and mischaracterizations.” Stallman has been affiliated with MIT since 1971, when he first became a programmer at the university’s Artificial Intelligence Lab. “On September 16, 2019, Richard M. Stallman, founder and president of the Free Software Foundation, resigned as president and from its board of directors,” the Free Software Foundation wrote in a separate statement on its website.
What‌ ‌is‌ ‌DataOps,‌ ‌and‌ ‌why‌ ‌it’s‌ ‌a‌ ‌top‌ ‌trend‌
       
The‌ ‌term‌ ‌DataOps‌ ‌emerged‌ ‌seven‌ ‌years‌ ‌ago‌ to refer to ‌best‌ ‌practices‌ for ‌getting‌ ‌proper‌ ‌analytics,‌ ‌and research firm Gartner calls it a major trend encompassing several steps in the data lifecycle. Just‌ as‌ ‌the‌ ‌DevOps‌ ‌trend‌ ‌led‌ ‌to‌ ‌a‌ ‌better‌ ‌process‌ ‌for‌ ‌collaboration‌ ‌between‌ ‌‌developers‌ ‌and‌ ‌operations‌ ‌teams,‌ ‌DataOps‌ ‌refers‌ ‌to closer collaboration between various teams handling data and operations teams deploying data into applications. This came to be known as DevOps since it improved the handoff between development and operations teams. The next step lies in mapping out a strategy to address security, governance, and quality issues as companies scale their data operations. The dawn of XOpsBarot has had many conversations with enterprises asking for DataOps tools only to discover they already had a strong DataOps framework.
Does your enterprise plan to try out GPT-3? Here’s what you should know
       
In a previous article, I talked about the market advantages enterprises could reap by developing applications using OpenAI’s GPT-3 natural language model. There’s currently a waiting list to gain access to the GPT-3 API, but I’ve had an opportunity to play around in the system. Context is everythingThe input you give GPT-3 is some seed text that you want to train the model on. There are actually four different versions of the GPT-3 model available as “engines,” and each of them has a different pricing model. In GPT-3’s case, every call you make to the API is routed to some shared instance of the GPT-3 model running in OpenAI’s cloud.
Daewoo Shipbuilding establishes shipyard simulation system with game engine
       
A simulated version of DSME’s shipyard constructed by a game engine (DSME)Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering said Friday it launched a shipyard simulation system based on a game engine for optimized operations. According to DSME, it utilized the Unity game engine and constructed a 3D version of its actual shipyard. DSME aims to further advance the simulation system by applying cloud computing and machine learning technologies. Also, the company will customize the system to test various scenarios that can happen in the shipyard. “By partnering up with Unity, DSME will pursue smart shipyard operations and bolster its future competitiveness.
The creepy technology bringing dead relatives back to life
       
Travel entrepreneur Becky Davies has very few memories of her father, Peter, who died suddenly when she was two-years-old. Then in late February, she saw the company MyHeritage had launched "Deep Nostalgia", an artificial intelligence tool that could generate a "deepfake" video from a single picture and bring photographs of ancestors or the deceased digitally "back to life". "When I first saw it, I immediately burst into tears, just because it was the first time I'd ever seen my dad animated and moving. It was the first time I'd seen him not in 2D. "The innovation within the app makes his head move to the side and then he looks up and then looks to the other side, and then does like a little smile at the end… it looks really natural."
AI will write poetry at Dubai Expo by combining words from different visitors
       
AI will write poetry at Dubai Expo by combining words from different visitorsFrom enhancing performance of phones to boosting smart public transport, AI has rapidly made its way into every walk of life in the past few years. But the machine learning based system isn't entirely mechanical, since interactive virtual assistants and droids with emotional intelligence are also improving quality of life for users. This year people can expect the processing power of machine learning to mesmerise them by producing poetic couplets by combining words collected from visitors. Experts from Poetry Archive, Poetry Society and the Scottish Poetry Library have trained the smart wordsmith to refine the content, and to only use topics relevant to a global audience. Among other initiatives set to unveil the creative prowess of machine learning at Dubai Expo, the world's most precise reconstruction of Michelangelo's David will be on display.
34 Toys, Games, and Building Kits That Will Teach Your Kids the Basics of Coding
       
Coding — or the language used to develop websites, apps, and software — is a complex concept, but even the most basic of coding skills are accessible to the youngest of kids through STEM toys with a focus on programming. Whether it's a robot toy that kids have to build themselves or a board game that puts emphasis on sequencing and other coding basics, there are so many toys, games, and building kits that can help get your little interested in learning code. Keep scrolling to see and shop some of our favorites!
National Security AI Commission Recommends Ramping Up a Military Tech Race with China
       
“AI is the fulcrum of a broader technology competition in the world,” the NSCAI report states. Although Silicon Valley firms can (and often do) bid on lucrative Pentagon contracts for military-related AI work, they are not obligated to do so. These disparities, the report claims, have prevented the United States from moving as swiftly as China in exploiting commercial innovations for military use. Many of these measures are intended to raise the profile of military-oriented AI work and to reduce the potential stigma of working for the Department of Defense. Not everything in the final NSCAI report is framed in Cold War–like rhetoric and oriented toward a tech war with China.
Samsung SDS CEO vows makeover into cloud business
       
Samsung SDS President and CEO Hwang Sung-woo urged the company to realign itself into a cloud-based business platform that focuses on logistics and security services.“It is now time for Samsung SDS to transform into a true cloud company. Let us concentrate all strengths on cloud, logistics and security,” Hwang said Friday in an email sent out to staff and executives.Marking his first official message since taking office last December, Hwang made it clear that cloud-based business is the company’s key growth engine in the years to come.Hwang also underlined that cloud transitions should take place in all IT services in the company’s business portfolio, including artificial intelligence, blockchain and smart factory solutions.Samsung SDS is the IT solutions and logistics service arm of South Korea’s Samsung Group. The company earned 11 trillion won ($9.7 billion) and 871.6 billion won revenue and operating profit last year.By Kim Byung-wook ( kbw@heraldcorp.com
Samsung SDS CEO vows makeover into cloud business
       
BUSINESSSamsung SDS President and CEO Hwang Sung-woo (Samsung SDS)Samsung SDS President and CEO Hwang Sung-woo urged the company to realign itself into a cloud-based business platform that focuses on logistics and security services.“It is now time for Samsung SDS to transform into a true cloud company. Let us concentrate all strengths on cloud, logistics and security,” Hwang said Friday in an email sent out to staff and executives.Marking his first official message since taking office last December, Hwang made it clear that cloud-based business is the company’s key growth engine in the years to come.Hwang also underlined that cloud transitions should take place in all IT services in the company’s business portfolio, including artificial intelligence, blockchain and smart factory solutions.Samsung SDS is the IT solutions and logistics service arm of South Korea’s Samsung Group. The company earned 11 trillion won ($9.7 billion) and 871.6 billion won revenue and operating profit last year.By Kim Byung-wook ( kbw@heraldcorp.com
Daewoo Shipbuilding establishes shipyard simulation system with game engine
       
BUSINESSA simulated version of DSME’s shipyard constructed by a game engine (DSME)Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering said Friday it launched a shipyard simulation system based on a game engine for optimized operations.According to DSME, it utilized the Unity game engine and constructed a 3D version of its actual shipyard. Inside the simulated space, DSME developed an algorithm that provides optimized transporter routes and block assembly.DSME aims to further advance the simulation system by applying cloud computing and machine learning technologies. Also, the company will customize the system to test various scenarios that can happen in the shipyard.“By partnering up with Unity, DSME will pursue smart shipyard operations and bolster its future competitiveness. Also, DSME will offer a new paradigm in the shipbuilding industry,” a DSME official said.By Kim Byung-wook ( kbw@heraldcorp.com
Euronews debates: What's the future of healthcare post-COVID-19?
       
What's the future of healthcare? Euronews will be putting these questions and more to a panel of experts in a live virtual debate. On the panel:Dr. Seán Byrne, President of the European Health Parliament, and Brussels based expert in EU health policy and bioethics. Naomi Lee, Senior Editor at The Lancet and Vice-Chair of the ITU-WHO Focus Group on AI for Health. Dr Bertalan Meskó, Director of The Medical Futurist Institute, Private Professor at Semmelweis Medical SchoolJan-Willem Scheijgrond, Vice-President Global Government & Public Affairs, Philips
How the Trevor Project Is Using AI to Train Crisis Counselors For Teens
       
How the Trevor Project Is Using AI to Train Crisis Counselors For TeensThe result is a chatbot called the Crisis Contact Simulator, or "Riley"
The NSFW future of OnlyFans, where celebs, influencers, and sex workers post side by side
       
Like many other adult content creators whose Patreon revenue was decimated, Ashley migrated to OnlyFans in 2018. “OnlyFans continues to be a platform that welcomes content creators of all genres, including adult,” Stokely says. An unfriendly internet Before OnlyFans, Stokely had a string of web businesses in the porn space. “We have a very large and fast-growing trust and safety [team] that [uses] AI software to monitor the content,” Stokely says. OnlyFans creators are encouraged to submit their videos to the OFTV team for consideration.
Las 5 cosas que debes saber este 26 de marzo: Las claves que deja la primera conferencia de Biden
       
habilitará instalaciones militares para menores inmigrantesEl gobierno de Biden prepara dos sitios adicionales para las admisiones de emergencia de menores inmigrantes no acompañados. publicidad4Solicitudes por desempleo son las más bajas en la pandemia, pero…Las solicitudes de subsidio por desempleo en Estados Unidos cayeron a su punto más bajo en la pandemia durante la semana pasada. Es la primera vez que la cantidad es menor a 700.000 semanales. Pero varios conocedores de esta bebida son ahora los primeros en el mundo que prueban un vino que pasó un año en el espacio. La cifra del díaUS$ 688.000El precio por el que se subastó un «autorretrato» del robot Sophia, que «interpretó» la representación de su propio rostro.
Ask him anything: William Shatner's life story to live on through AI
       
Slideshow ( 2 images )LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actor William Shatner, best known for forging new frontiers on the “Star Trek” TV series, has tapped new technology that will give current and future generations the chance to query him about his life, family and career. Shatner, who turned 90 on Monday, spent more than 45 hours over five days recording answers to be used in an interactive video created by Los Angeles-based company StoryFile. Starting in May, people using cellphones or computers connected to the internet can ask questions of the Shatner video, and artificial intelligence will scan through transcripts of his remarks to deliver the best answer, according to StoryFile co-founder Stephen Smith. The Canadian-born actor said he “wanted to reveal myself as intimately as possible” for his family and others. “This is like what you would leave your children, what you’d leave on your gravestone, the possibilities are endless.”
Ask him anything: William Shatner's life story to live on through AI
       
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actor William Shatner, best known for forging new frontiers on the “Star Trek” TV series, has tapped new technology that will give current and future generations the chance to query him about his life, family and career. Shatner, who turned 90 on Monday, spent more than 45 hours over five days recording answers to be used in an interactive video created by Los Angeles-based company StoryFile. Starting in May, people using cellphones or computers connected to the internet can ask questions of the Shatner video, and artificial intelligence will scan through transcripts of his remarks to deliver the best answer, according to StoryFile co-founder Stephen Smith. The Canadian-born actor said he “wanted to reveal myself as intimately as possible” for his family and others. “This is like what you would leave your children, what you’d leave on your gravestone, the possibilities are endless.”
Wikisoft is Primed to Capitalize on the Lucrative Global Business Intelligence Industry
       
As a segment of the global B2B software-as-a-solution industry, the business intelligence and analytics industry has undergone tremendous growth driven by the global need for companies to reduce costs by implementing technological innovations to address core challenges and opportunities. The global need for business intelligence insights to influence data-driven decision making is precisely what motivated the management team behind Wikisoft (WSFT:US) to create a new game-changing SAAS platform for evaluating business professionals and organizations. Wikiprofile, Wikisoft's flagship online platform creates a true "Wikipedia for business" that leverages the processing power of artificial intelligence and machine learning to deliver a dynamic business intelligence resource for making informed decisions about investments, staffing decisions, and business development strategies. Wikiprofile's massive source of validated information about global business professionals and organizations far exceeds what competitors LinkedIn, Hired, and GlassDoor are able to offer. The management team behind Wikiprofile brings a wealth of experience in the SAAS industry working with subscription-based pricing models.
House panel offers its plan to double NSF budget and create technology directorate
       
The House bill, introduced today with bipartisan support, would lift NSF’s overall budget from the current $8.5 billion to $18.3 billion in 2026. But the House bill avoids Schumer’s focus on specific technologies such as artificial intelligence--sometimes called “industries of the future”—in favor of supporting all the disciplines that NSF traditionally funds. “We were worried that this shiny new thing would overshadow” the rest of NSF, says a House science committee staffer. “But we are very supportive of [Schumer’s] desire to grow NSF.”The House bill justifies rapid growth for NSF by emphasizing the “grand challenges” facing the country. “We have made our intent as clear as possible,” says the science committee staffer.
Watch artificial intelligence grow a walking caterpillar in Minecraft
       
Watch artificial intelligence grow a walking caterpillar in MinecraftThe video above will be familiar to anyone who’s played the 3D world-building game Minecraft. But it’s not a human constructing these castles, trees, and caterpillars—it’s artificial intelligence. There, squares in a grid turn black or white over a series of timesteps based on how many of their neighbors are black or white. These are called “neural cellular automata.” But the grid is still only in two dimensions, or in three with only one kind of building block. The scientists taught neural networks to grow single cubes into complex designs containing thousands of bricks, like the castle or tree or furnished apartment building above, and even into functional machines, like the caterpillar.
Wix vs. Squarespace: Comparing The Best Website Builders For Users In The UK
       
But how can you figure out which is the best website builder for you? Where Wix wins: AI design options and a free versionThere are a lot of elements that make Wix great, but where the website builder really shines is in its ease of use. If you're not inclined to use a website builder that directly integrates WordPress, this should be your first choice for a powerful and attractive website with a blog. Where Squarespace falls short: Photo-centricity, no site history featurePossibly because it offers more powerful site-building tools, Squarespace is not as easy to use as Wix. Each website builder also allows users the opportunity to make their website their own, even if they don't know a lot (or anything, frankly) about coding.
Salesforce COO Bret Taylor discusses the company's push to digital-first
       
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailSalesforce COO Bret Taylor discusses the company's push to digital-firstSalesforce is hoping to tap into a growing digital-first sales world with its latest product update. The company unveiled its revamped sales cloud 360 this week, which features a number of services including the use of artificial intelligence to track sales performance. Bret Taylor, Salesforce president and COO, and Snowflake chairman and CEO Frank Slootman, joins 'Closing Bell' to discuss.
Watch CNBC's full interview with Salesforce president Bret Taylor and Snowflake CEO Frank Slootman
       
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailWatch CNBC's full interview with Salesforce president Bret Taylor and Snowflake CEO Frank SlootmanSalesforce is hoping to tap into a growing digital-first sales world with its latest product update. The company unveiled its revamped sales cloud 360 this week, which features a number of services including the use of artificial intelligence to track sales performance. Bret Taylor, Salesforce president and COO and Snowflake chairman and CEO Frank Slootman, joins 'Closing Bell' to discuss.
How AI Can Help Companies Set Prices More Ethically
       
Three Questions Companies Should AskWhat am I selling — and can these prices impede access to essential products? High pricing by pharma companies has historically blocked access to drugs for chronically ill patients — harming people they could help and making these companies targets of social outrage. Analytics, big data, and AI technologies supercharge companies’ ability to address these questions in granular detail. So it behooves companies to explore how to use big data and pricing in ways that address such concerns. These are all examples of using data and AI in ways that help rather than exploit customers.
AI-equipped backpack designed for the blind 'speaks' to provide users with directions
       
Researchers at the University of Georgia have developed a wearable AI engine that can help visually impaired people navigate the world around them. Housed in a backpack, the system detects traffic signs, crosswalks, curbs and other common challenges, using a camera inside a vest jacket. Users receive audio directions and advisories from a Bluetooth-enabled earphone, while a battery in a fanny pack provides about eight hours of energy. 'It's incredible to see a developer take Intel's AI technology for the edge and quickly build a solution to make their friend's life easier,' said Hema Chamraj, director of Intel's AI4Good program. Last spring Google unveiled a virtual keyboard that lets the visually impaired type messages and emails without clunky additional hardware.
Logistics giant XPO and robotics vendor Balyo partner on autonomous reach forklifts
       
Testing Linde trucks at a distribution center in FranceAmerican transport and logistics company XPO Logistics is trialing a reach truck from robotics specialist Balyo. The test, currently underway at an XPO distribution center near Blois, France, aims to see how the robotic systems perform in real-life conditions. Balyo uses Linde/R-Matic R16HD reach trucks, which rely on sensors, lasers, and 3D cameras to detect pallet openings and loads, as well as obstacles – such as humans. "We’re working closely with XPO to enhance our latest robotic reach technology for their state-of-the-art distribution centers," Balyo CEO Pascal Rialland said. "Our collaboration validates the performance of our autonomous robots in specific applications in order to deliver the greatest benefit to XPO’s operations."
Nvidia's Arm Deal Would Make It the Center of the Chip World
       
The deal would reshape the chip industry overnight—putting Nvidia at the center of much of the action. The news may be especially concerning in China, since it could allow the US to restrict access to chip designs used in a wide array of products. Only recently have some companies, including Amazon, begun adapting Arm’s designs to make more efficient new data center chips. Data center sales are a fast-growing part of Nvidia’s business, generating $3 billion in revenue last year, up from growing from $830 million in 2016. In an interview with industry analyst Patrick Moorhead, Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang said adding Arm to Nvidia would help sell more Arm chips to data centers.
AI Ruined Chess. Now, It’s Making the Game Beautiful Again
       
It starts learning a game equipped with only the rules, a way to keep score, and a preprogrammed urge to experiment and win. “But seeing it evolve from a void of nothingness is exciting and almost pure.”In chess, AlphaZero initially doesn’t know it can take an opponent’s pieces. It's a nice feeling, like you're a child.” Vladimir Kramnik, former world chess championDeepMind’s researchers were ultimately more interested in the analysis of the other great chess brain on the project, Kramnik. A more extreme change, self-capture chess, in which a player can take their own pieces, proved even more alluring. Kramnik hopes AlphaZero’s adventures in alien forms of chess will convince players of all levels to try them.
To Clean Up Comments, Let AI Tell Users Their Words Are Trash
       
Another approach that’s gained steam is to give commenters automated feedback, encouraging them to rethink a toxic comment before they hit publish. Please remove any inappropriate language from your comment,” or “Some members of the community may find your comment inappropriate. The study found that for about a third of commenters, seeing the intervention did cause them to revise their comments. Thirty-six percent of users who saw the intervention posted their comment anyway, without making any edits. Another 18 percent posted their comment, unedited, after refreshing the page, suggesting that they took the warning as a block.
Portland’s Face-Recognition Ban Is a New Twist on ‘Smart Cities’
       
Portland's 2016 entry for a $50 million federal contest called the Smart City Challenge described a Pacific Northwest tech-topia. One thing that has changed: Portland’s conception of what makes a city smart. The new rules originated in part from a small city office called Smart City PDX that has sought to redefine the buzzword it is named for. The US Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge reflected the concept's usual form. “‘Smart cities’ was a marketing term created to sell cities technology, and when the concept first started getting traction, a lot of those technologies were oversold,” he says.
As Trump Squeezes China, Alipay’s Star Rises
       
Li Xian, who works at a publishing company in Shanghai, says the Chinese mobile-payments app Alipay is indispensable. More than 711 million people and 80 million merchants use the Alipay app each month, generating RMB118 trillion ($17.4 trillion) in payments over the 12 months ending June 30. Apple Pay, Google Pay, PayPal, and others provide smartphone payments via near-field communications and QR codes. But nothing rivals Ant’s scale and reach, its integration with Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba, or how it leverages artificial intelligence. In China, it is the subject of government scrutiny for its broad reach and competition with government-run banks.
This Chip for AI Works Using Light, Not Electrons
       
As demand for artificial intelligence grows, so does hunger for the computer power needed to keep AI running. Lightmatter’s chip, by contrast, is designed to perform only a specific kind of mathematical calculation that is critical to running powerful AI programs. It looked like a regular computer chip with several fiber optic wires snaking out of it. Lightmatter plans to start shipping its first light-based AI chip, called Envise, later this year. The company says its chip runs 1.5 to 10 times faster than a top-of-the-line Nvidia A100 AI chip, depending on the task.
The National Guard’s Fire-Mapping Drones Get an AI Upgrade
       
These MQ-9 “Reaper” drones don’t usually fly domestic—they’re on standby in case the Air Force needs them for overseas reconnaissance. But climate change has helped make crisscrossing California gathering video a new fall tradition for the 163rd Attack Wing. Its drones have helped map wildfires every year since 2017, thanks to special permission from the secretary of defense. Normally, National Guard analysts review that wildfire surveillance video to create maps, a process that takes as long as 6 hours. The California Air National Guard’s 163rd Attack Wing has used drone footage to map wildfires every year since 2017.
Researchers Blur Faces That Launched a Thousand Algorithms
       
But last week every human face included in ImageNet suddenly disappeared—after the researchers who manage the data set decided to blur them. It is largely used to gauge the performance of machine learning algorithms, or to train algorithms that perform specialized computer vision tasks. Russakovsky says the ImageNet team wanted to determine if it would be possible to blur faces in the data set without changing how well it recognizes objects. Blurring the faces did not affect the performance of several object-recognition algorithms trained on ImageNet, the researchers say. Prabhu says blurring faces is good but is disappointed that the ImageNet team did not acknowledge the work that he and Birhane did.
Anduril’s New Drone Offers to Inject More AI Into Warfare
       
This spring, a team of small drones, each resembling a small, sensor-laden helicopter, scoured a lush stretch of wilderness near Irvine, California. They were props for early test flights of a prototype military drone stuffed with artificial intelligence—the latest product from Anduril, a defense-tech startup founded by Palmer Luckey, the creator of Oculus Rift. The new drone, the Ghost 4, shows the potential for AI in military systems. “What we don't know is how soon.”AI and military systems are either a perfect match or a terrible idea—depending on who you ask. Many researchers view military use of AI as deeply troubling and are seeking bans on weapons that could act autonomously.
Google Offers to Help Others With the Tricky Ethics of AI
       
The company plans to launch new AI ethics services before the end of the year. Longer term, the company may offer to audit customers’ AI systems for ethical integrity, and charge for ethics advice. Google has learned some AI ethics lessons the hard way—through its own controversies. Now, it aims before the end of the year to launch formal AI ethics services. Google, Facebook, and Microsoft have all recently released technical tools, often free, that developers can use to check their own AI systems for reliability and fairness.
Could The Simpsons Replace Its Voice Actors With AI?
       
In May 2015, The Simpsons voice actor Harry Shearer—who plays a number of key characters including, quite incredibly, both Mr. Burns and Waylon Smithers—announced that he was leaving the show. But Fox, the producer of The Simpsons, was looking to cut costs— and was threatening to cancel the series unless the voice actors took a 30 percent pay cut. But maybe the producers of the show don’t actually need voice actors anymore. So could The Simpsons replace its voice cast with an AI? “It focuses in on what makes a Homer voice a Homer voice, and the different frequencies,” he says.
Go Ahead, Try to Sneak Bad Words Past AI Filters—for Research
       
Facebook’s artificial intelligence researchers have a plan to make algorithms smarter by exposing them to human cunning. On Thursday, Facebook’s AI lab launched a project called Dynabench that creates a kind of gladiatorial arena in which humans try to trip up AI systems. AI labs at Stanford, University of North Carolina, and University College London will all maintain artificial intelligence tests on the Dynabench platform. More AI researchers are now seeking alternate ways to measure and spur progress. “It will challenge the community to think harder about how learning should really take place with AI,” Choi says.
How Yandex plans to expand its autonomous robot delivery service
       
But in some cases, delivery rovers like Refraction’s could minimize the risk of spreading disease. As something of a case in point, Yandex says that in early February its Yandex.Rovers autonomous delivery program reached a milestone: 4,000 deliveries since April 2020. Yandex soon plans to pilot the service in Ann Arbor, Michigan, which will be the company’s first autonomous delivery site in the U.S. Future workBeyond Ann Arbor, Yandex says it is shipping rovers to Israel and South Korea for autonomous delivery testing. And in a sign of the segment’s competitiveness, Uber-owned Postmates X, the division of Postmates developing autonomous delivery robots, recently spun off into a separate company.
Aunalytics unifies siloed bank customer data with AI-driven data mart and NLP
       
Join Transform 2021 for the most important themes in enterprise AI & Data. Aunalytics announced an update to its Daybreak for Financial Services platform that employs machine learning algorithms to enable midrange banks and credit unions to more easily analyze data. Midrange financial services providers have realized they are losing touch with customers in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic as they rely more on digital services. Given the general shortage of data science professionals, it’s especially difficult for smaller organizations to hire and retain in-house talent. Most end users, of course, are a lot more interested in the business outcomes AI models and data science enable than they are in the processes employed to build them.
Avvir raises $10M for AI that spots construction site errors
       
Avvir, a startup using laser scans and AI to catch construction mistakes, today announced that it raised $10 million in a funding round led by Trust Ventures. Avvir, which was founded in 2017 by CEO Raffi Holzer and CTO Tira Odhner, provides a platform that monitors construction progress for budget and schedule overruns. Avvir can refresh bills of materials with site laser scans to document real-world modifications as they occur. Avvir competes with companies including Swapp, which automates construction planning using AI. Another rival is SiteAware, a startup that tracks construction zone progress using a combination of drones and machine learning systems.
Snap acquires Berlin company that helps online shoppers pick clothes that fit properly
       
Fit Analytics is the maker of a product called Fit Finder, which businesses use to help online customers pick properly fitting clothes in an effort to reduce returns. Fit Finder uses machine learning and customer-provided information to make its recommendations. More than 100 Fit Analytics employees will join Snap and continue to operate out of Berlin. The company will also continue to build Fit Finder and other products for its clients. The team will also work closely with Snap's product group on e-commerce and shopping products, Snap said.
NYT's Kevin Roose: Robots and AI have potential to replace white-collar jobs
       
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailNYT's Kevin Roose: Robots and AI have potential to replace white-collar jobsConsulting firm McKinsey predicts automation will take over the workplace with 45 million U.S. workers displaced by 2030. Kevin Roose, a columnist at The New York Times, says "robots will be the ones to climb the corporate ladder." Roose says artificial intelligence robots are now able to do cognitive jobs. He joins 'The News with Shepard Smith' to discuss.
Upstart CEO on using artificial intelligence to increase access to consumer credit
       
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailUpstart CEO on using artificial intelligence to increase access to consumer creditUpstart co-founder and CEO Dave Girouard said the online lending platform is among the first to apply artificial intelligence to address issues in money lending operations. He explained how his company seeks to play in a big market opportunity.
Upstart CEO on applying AI to lending: 'An enormous market opportunity'
       
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailUpstart CEO on applying AI to lending: 'An enormous market opportunity'Upstart co-founder and CEO Dave Girouard joined Jim Cramer on "Mad Money" to discuss how the online lending platform is using modern technology to solve the biggest problems in the loans business.
Baidu A.I. chip unit valued at $2 billion after funding and may become standalone business
       
GUANGZHOU, China — Baidu has raised money for its artificial intelligence (AI) semiconductor business at a valuation of $2 billion, a person familiar with the matter told CNBC. The funding round was led by CPE, a Chinese asset management and private equity firm, the person said. "Baidu's Kunlun chip business has recently completed a round of financing. Kunlun is the name of Baidu's AI chip business. It was not immediately clear how much money Baidu raised, but the source said the valuation of the chip business after the funding was $2 billion.
Amazon staffers reportedly fear secret ‘Vesta’ robot will be a pricey flop
       
Amazon is getting closer to unleashing its Alexa-powered home robot — but some staffers working on it reportedly fear it will be an expensive flop. But development delays and “shifting strategies” have some staffers worried it could end up being an expensive niche product that few people will want to buy, the outlet reported Tuesday, citing six people directly involved in the project. But it’s reportedly unclear exactly how popular it might be given that its price tag could ask upwards of $1,000. Amazon is projecting low sales and may initially make Vesta a “limited invite-only product,” limiting the risk of piling up unused inventory, according to Insider. Asked about Insider’s report, an Amazon spokesperson said the company does not comment on “rumors and speculation.”
Las 5 cosas que debes saber este 25 de marzo: 70% de hospitalizados por covid-19 no se ha recuperado del todo en meses
       
1Los efectos duraderos del covid-19Siete de cada 10 personas hospitalizadas por covid-19 no se han recuperado por completo cinco meses después del alta, según un estudio. 2Cómo se compara la actual crisis fronteriza con la de 2019El presidente Joe Biden no es el primer presidente de EE.UU. que se enfrenta a un número creciente de migrantes en la frontera con México, y no será el último. Las fluctuaciones en los flujos migratorios son comunes, independientemente del partido que esté en el poder, como fue evidente en 2019 durante la crisis fronteriza bajo el entonces presidente Donald Trump. Es que el robot humanoide pondrá sus obras en subasta para quienes quieran tener una pieza única.
NFT artwork by humanoid robot sells at auction for nearly $700,000
       
HONG KONG (Reuters) -A digital artwork by humanoid robot Sophia was sold at auction on Thursday for $688,888 in the form of a Non-Fungible Token (NFT), the latest sign of a frenzy in the NFT art world. Titled “Sophia Instantiation,” the digital work is a 12-second MP4 file showing the evolution of Bonaceto’s portrait into Sophia’s digital painting, and is accompanied by a physical artwork, painted by Sophia on a printout of her self-portrait. Slideshow ( 5 images )Sophia’s creator, Hong Kong-based David Hanson of Hanson Robotics, said he was surprised at the pace of the bidding. Art collector and blockchain investor Jehan Chu believes there’s a lot of money waiting to invest in digital goods and while the digital art sector is looking frothy right now, he sees huge potential. “What we’re seeing right now looks like a bit of a bubble, especially in the NFT art world,” Chu told Reuters.
Bag-carrying robot ‘companions’ to be trialled in Newcastle to help the elderly
       
Bag-carrying robots that follow the elderly around to help them with daily chores are set to hit the streets of Newcastle. The £2,360 robot 'companions' will be tested by the National Innovation Centre for Ageing (NICA) to see if they can help older people stay active, as well as ease their loneliness. They move at 6mph, can carry bags weighing up to 18kg of cargo and communicate with those around them using sound, light and touch. The gita robots can be "paired" with one person at a time, who they are programmed to follow constantly and stop when they stop. They are currently being trialled at the 24-acre Newcastle Helix innovation cluster.
Meet the Chatbot That Simulates A Teen Experiencing A Mental Health Crisis!
       
The Crisis Contact Simulator is designed to make training for volunteer counselors more efficient and accessible. Rowe, who once served as executive director of the Arkansas Crisis Center, knows firsthand the logistical challenges of training volunteer counselors. Rowe believes that there should be little downside to incorporating AI into volunteer training provided it doesn't eventually replace human supervisors. The Trevor Project is currently developing other personas to reflect the diversity of life experiences, sexual orientations, gender identities, and risk levels. The organization is aiming to triple its digital volunteer crisis counselors in 2021 to meet a surge in demand.
AI Backpack Concept Gives Audio Alerts To Blind Pedestrians
       
"[The camera data] is processed right away as it's captured," he said. That data makes it to a Bluetooth-enabled earphone that alerts the user of any obstructions or route changes. Along with a backpack, the user also has to wear a vest and fanny pack, which houses the AI equipment, sensors, camera, and GPS. Blind volunteers helped him create the interface for MIRA and the backpack system. Mahendran's AI backpack isn't for sale, but he says he is going to start a GoFundMe to equip any blind pedestrians who want to use the system.
Smart cabinets from Israel are being will manage medical equipment by themselves at French hospitals
       
In an era of such fast-paced innovation, an Israeli firm is enhancing hospitals with systems to automate security and to manage the supply of medical equipment, through machine learning. IDENTI Medical from Israel is on track to install 'smart cabinets' at a thousand French hospitals, to keep stock of their inventory and ensure availability of medical tools. The smart solution brings down the burden on hospital staff by keeping real-time records via data capture tech, while it also increases accuracy. But bringing in cabinets that handle medical equipment via sensors can significantly boost efficiency in healthcare. Apart from the collaboration with French hospitals, IDENTI has also inked a pact to help delivery giant DHL, by offering AI tech for handling implants crucial for neurological surgeries.
AI to watch residents round the clock in Saudi's futuristic megacity Neom
       
AI to watch residents round the clock in Saudi's futuristic megacity NeomSmart cities are already in the works across the gulf with Dubai zooming ahead towards integration of AI and digital solutions in public infrastructure. Apart from the Emirates and Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Bahrain have also become proactive about using innovative tech for mobility and day-to-day tasks. Fingerprint scans on doorknobs and biometrics will be used to facilitate automatic check ins at hotels, and to identify people at public spaces. Neos is aimed at collecting 90% of data from tech enthusiasts who choose to call the megacity home as well as the smart infrastructure around them. Last year, even tech titan Google's plans for a smart city near Toronto were scrapped over surveillance.
Self-driving buses set to hit Abu Dhabi's roads! Will carry residents to malls & offices in trial run
       
Proactive adoption of machine learning and announcements about smart vehicles have been the most visible aspects of Middle East's tech transformation in the past few years. Residents have witnessed integration of AI into public services, including surveillance systems for traffic management as well as security on metro trains. Abu Dhabi has recently upgraded its public transport infrastructure with electric buses that can be fully charged in record time. But in a major step towards providing a smart lifestyle for residents, the Emirati capital has rolled out self-driving vehicles for public transport as part of a test run, with about 13 vehicles. They will also set standards for cyber-security measures to protect communication systems and software in the self-driving shuttles.
Saudi relies on radar-backed AI to prepare for extreme weather with accurate predictions
       
Saudi relies on radar-backed AI to prepare for extreme weather with accurate predictionsGlobal warming is a major cause for concern in an era when humanity is surging towards the future riding the tide of digital transformation. AI then processes this info collected from 94% inhabited areas across Saudi Arabia, to predict adverse conditions that can help authorities prepare for a crisis. The kingdom had become aware of the need for tracking the climate after a flood wreaked havoc in Saudi Arabia back in 2009. In addition to channeling AI capabilities to counter effects of climate change, Saudi Arabia's meteorology chief also highlighted plans for cloud seeding to improve rains. The Emirates has also elevated efforts for addressing climate change, by launching a small satellite that can monitor emissions and measure pollution in the region.
Abu Dhabi set to zoom past supercomputers with UAE's own quantum computer
       
Abu Dhabi set to zoom past supercomputers with UAE's own quantum computerTechnology manifesting itself more than ever before via apps and gadgets, has significantly improved speed and efficiency of everyday consuming tasks. In the wake of China's claims of beating Google with a computer 10 billion times faster than classic machines, Abu Dhabi has also entered the fray to set up UAE's first quantum computer. Having such a powerful platform for data processing will significantly speed up research on medicines, chemicals and AI in the region. But quantum computers use qubits which are digital equivalents of atoms, and can represent all numbers between 0 to 255 simultaneously. UAE's journey to speed up complex calculations has already started with homegrown quantum chips on track to arrive halfway into the year.
Emirati theme park goes contactless with facial recognition to boost social distancing
       
Emirati theme park goes contactless with facial recognition to boost social distancingContactless services seem on track to become the norm in the post-pandemic environment, since people are prioritising social distancing even after vaccinations in the UAE. Facial recognition first made waves in the Emirates when Dubai used AI based facial scans for security on public transport, and now the technology has replaced passports at Dubai's airport as well. Taking a proactive approach towards the latest in contactless tech, Yas group has introduced facial recognition at its theme park in Abu Dhabi, to reassure visitors about safety from infections. To create a complete socially distanced ecosystem, facial recognition also facilitates online payments at shops and restaurants inside the theme park. In addition to FacePass, visitors staying at the Hilton in Yas Island will get wristbands to unlock their hotel rooms and also for entering the theme park.
Israeli AI set to boost return on investment by filtering knowhow from stock market experts
       
Israeli AI set to boost return on investment by filtering knowhow from stock market expertsThe rise of fintech over the past few years has simplified everything from regular bill payments to banking and even management of insurance policies. Innovative services offered by online platforms have attracted the attention of young people towards investment opportunities, since apps also provide guidance for those just stepping on the bandwagon. The recent GameStop standoff between Redditors and Wall Street hedge funds, has highlighted the increasing interest of tech-savvy netizens in the stock trading arena. App development firm AppCentral has joined hands with Israel-based Tipigo to collect real-time analysis and advise from the most successful minds in global stock markets. The app creates a dream team of market gurus for newbies in the stock trading ecosystem, and it also brings in news about firms that the user has invested in.
Pepsi sorts out Saudi Arabia's plastic problem with smart trash cans
       
Pepsi sorts out Saudi Arabia's plastic problem with smart trash cansFrom clean energy to paperless services, cities in the Middle East are focusing on environment friendly solutions in their bid to evolve as smart ecosystems. But at the same time, the kingdom is paying attention to the basics, since it has deployed AI backed solutions for effectively tackling plastic waste in its holiest city. In collaboration with beverage giant Pepsi, Saudi's administration is using smart dustbins in Makkah to separate plastic bottles from rest of the garbage. This method will speed up and simplify the process of sending plastic to be reused on an industrial scale. Among the kingdom's neighbours in the gulf, Dubai had started placing smart trash cans back in 2018 for waste segregation.
Trust us, you'd be better at chess if you played with this AI instructor — Future Blink
       
ChessUp, a chess board with built-in training, uses AI to show you all of your possible moves and how good they are.
Bag-carrying robot ‘companions’ to be trialled in Newcastle to help the elderly
       
Bag-carrying robots that follow the elderly around and help them with their daily chores are set to hit the streets of Newcastle. Once Covid-19 restrictions are lifted, two £2,360 robot 'companions' will be tested by up to 100 elderly volunteers working with the National Innovation Centre for Ageing (NICA) to see if they can help them stay active and ease loneliness. They can be "paired" with one person at a time, who they are programmed to follow constantly and stop when they stop. They are currently being trialled at the 24-acre Newcastle Helix innovation cluster. This is the first time the robots, which are sold commercially by US company Piaggio Fast Forward, will be trialled in the UK.
Cyber threats, ongoing war for talent, biggest concerns for tech leaders
       
And in an effort to expand that pool of candidates, respondents say they have even eliminated requirements that applicants have certain types of academic degrees in order to get hired. Against the backdrop of the pandemic, ongoing remote work, and headline-making cyber breaches such as the SolarWinds hack, a majority of tech leaders tell us that cloud computing, machine learning, and software-defined security are critically important to their organization's tech strategy over the next 12 months. Of little importance to these tech leaders right now: biochips, nanotechnology, and autonomous vehicles. Some other pathways to finding the right talent: easing location restrictions; gamification of training; and prioritizing the search for candidates with a diversity of career backgrounds. About half of tech leaders have hired people with no college degree at all.
AI Could Enable 'Swarm Warfare' for Tomorrow's Fighter Jets
       
The three-way battle offers a glimpse of how AI may control future fighter jets—and the likely challenges of deploying the technology. He says pilots may someday tell an AI program to scan an area or take care of one adversary while the pilot engages with another. Last year, a single AI-controlled fighter plane easily defeated a human pilot in a Darpa demonstration. That program was trained using an AI technique that’s produced breakthroughs in video games and robotics. Real fighter pilot trainees spend months learning the correct protocols for flying and fighting in tandem.
The Departure of 2 Google AI Researchers Spurs More Fallout
       
The controversy has drawn new attention to the influence of tech companies on AI research, and has led researchers inside and outside of Google to ask whether it was distorting research into AI’s impact on society. Mitchell, a coauthor on the paper, was fired in February, apparently after attempting to gather evidence about Gebru’s treatment at Google. Hadas Kress-Gazit, a robotics professor at Cornell, was invited in January, after Gebru left the company but before Mitchell’s departure. But after Google’s AI ethics controversy snowballed, and the event grew nearer, she began to reconsider. “Google has shown an astounding lack of leadership and commitment to open science, ethics, and diversity in their treatment of the Ethical AI team, specifically Drs.
This Robot Vacuum-Mop ‘Professionally’ Cleans Floors, and It’s $120 Off on Amazon If You Use a Secret Code
       
Editor's note: The Ultenic D5 Robot Vacuum has sold out since the writing of this story. The Ultenic D5 Robot Vacuum Cleaner has hundreds of five-star ratings from Amazon shoppers who love its powerful suction and slim profile. While the Ultenic D5 vacuum retails for $239, you can add it to your cart for just $120 with the code LSW4REGJ at checkout. Ultenic D5 Robot Vacuum Cleaner Image zoom Credit: AmazonBuy It! Ultenic D5 Robot Vacuum Cleaner, $119.50 with code LSW4REGJ (orig.
United Flies, GrowGen Jumps and a Robot NFT Sells for Six Figures - on TheStreet Thursday
       
United Flies, GrowGen Jumps and a Robot NFT Sells for Six Figures - on TheStreet ThursdayOn Thursday, March 25, 2021, TheStreet is watching United Airlines (UAL) - Get Report, which is expanding domestic routes amid a rebound in traveler demand, GrowGeneration (GRWG) - Get Report, which expects strong first-quarter sales of hydroponic and cannabis growing equipment, and the latest non fungible token sale, this time a self-portrait made by world-famous robot, Sophia. TheStreet’s Corey Goldman details what is in focus on Thursday. Plus, catch Jim Cramer's recap of SPACs, Darden, Rite Aid Suez Canal, Oil and Tech.
Less Algorithm, More Application: Lyft’s Craig Martell
       
Craig Martell, Lyft Craig Martell is head of machine learning at Lyft and an adjunct professor of machine learning for Northeastern University’s Align program in Seattle. Craig Martell: So that’s really interesting. Craig Martell: Yeah, I think that’s great. I think that’s really important. But isn’t this what Einstein said — that you don’t really understand something unless you can describe it to a 5-year-old?
The Best of This Week
       
The week’s must-reads for managing in the digital age, curated by the MIT SMR editors. Many people are anticipating a post-pandemic return to working together in offices. The companies preparing their employees for when AI will be more prevalent are building up digital skills, predicting job trends, and helping workers choose their own futures. Research Updates From MIT SMR Get weekly updates on how global companies are managing in a changing world. Targeted learning improves the way people collaborate in the course of day-to-day execution.
How HR Leaders Are Preparing for the AI-Enabled Workforce
       
Leaders around the world began to consider how their organizations would be different when thousands of their employees’ jobs are automated away. Similarly, leaders at DBS Bank in Singapore provided employees with seven digital skills, including digital communications, digital business models, digital technologies, and data-driven thinking. Strategy 3: Predicting Job TrendsPredicting the nature of future jobs is, of course, difficult or impossible to do with precision. SAP is focused on growing employees’ skills in cloud computing, artificial intelligence development, blockchain, and the internet of things. Strategy 4: Helping Workers Choose Their Own FuturesUnilever is taking a different approach to preparing workers for future jobs.
Execs Bullish on AI but Wary of Data Leadership
       
They also express concerns about the executive roles — most frequently, the role of chief data officer (CDO) — that are charged with making their company’s data environment better. 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. AI Sees a SurgeFor the past several years, the survey has assessed companies’ success with the combined category of big data and AI. Since data is a diffuse resource that’s difficult to manage, it’s not surprising that the data executives are having challenges with it. There is simply little clarity about what kind of background is best suited to the chief data executive role.
Conversational Marketing Is Key to Future-Proofing Your AI Strategy
       
The same transformation likely applies to your marketing strategy as the pendulum swings further toward the digital-first economy. Conversational marketing powered by AI strategyConversational marketing allows you to create a sense of empathy and personal connection by scaling your brand voice, delivering valuable content and recommendations, and learning directly from your consumers in the digital ecosystem. By optimizing Watson AI technology and natural language processing, The Weather Channel achieved tremendous success by providing value to users. What’s next for AI and conversational marketing? As we look to the future, the relationship between brand-driven AI and consumers could become an indefinite presence.
Not Even a Pandemic Can Curb the Creative Innovation to Be Showcased at SXSW
       
The ongoing pandemic and evolving tech disruptions have precipitated a step-change in the ways marketers connect with customers and collaborate with partners. The innate need for social connection—made more acute due to social distancing—is propelling innovation further, as people search for ways to replace or reclaim habits of the past. AI Music software allows brands to create a unique sonic identity and real-time adaptation of music. Charisma.ai uses creative AI to allow fans to chat directly with characters that can then alter the storyline. With expertise in motion design, visual effects and digital experiences, Territory Studios creates assets that live on different platforms and can be utilized for film, games, theme parks and apps.
IAB Releases New Guidelines for AI’s Use in Digital Advertising
       
As ad-tech companies consider AI alternatives to cookies and other third-party trackers, the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) is releasing new guidelines and best practices for the use of machine learning at every level of digital advertising production.
Spotify, Etsy, Goop, Patagonia, and others say Congress should pass national paid family leave
       
Close to 200 companies have signed a letter asking Congress to create permanent paid family and medical leave as part of the Biden administration’s economic recovery package. Among those attaching their names to the effort are Rent the Runway, Etsy, Salesforce, Pinterest, Spotify, Eventbrite, Levi Strauss & Co., Danone, and Patagonia. Celebrity-business signatories include Goop (Gwyneth Paltrow), Haus Labs (Lady Gaga), Bad Robot Productions (J.J. Abrams), Hello Bello (Kirsten Bell and Dax Shepard), and Once Upon a Farm (Jennifer Garner). “At the onset of the pandemic, fewer than 21 percent of workers had access to paid leave through their employers,” the letter reads. “Lack of a national paid leave policy makes all of us more vulnerable during this pandemic and for future public health emergencies, while putting the financial stability of businesses on the line.
2 former Navy Seals are using robot submarines to build ‘Google Earth’ for the ocean
       
advertisementadvertisement“The Navy really doesn’t have charts or maps of very much of the seafloor at all,” Kauffman says. Even now, 80% of the ocean remains unmapped, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration . “One day we looked at each other and said, ‘Why isn’t anybody taking this technology—autonomy, AI, and machine learning—and finding a way to map the ocean?’ ” Kauffman says. The system relies on edge computing, which can analyze information and solve problems at the data source in near real time. advertisementAlong with a camera, the submarine utilizes two types of sonar as well as depth, navigational, temperature, and geolocation instruments.
How Google tried—and failed—to use AlphaGo as a bridge to China
       
In the spring of 2017, a year after the match in Korea , AlphaGo played its next match, in Wuzhen, China, an ancient water town 80 miles south of Shanghai along the Yangtze River. The Google powers that be had arranged the match as a valedictory lap for AlphaGo—and as a way of easing the company’s return to China. Under its new CEO, Sundar Pichai, Google was having second thoughts about China. And as Google eyed the Chinese market, one of its primary aims was to promote its expertise in artificial intelligence. Alongside the match itself, Google organized its own artificial-intelligence symposium in the same conference center, after the first game of the match and before the second.
The most innovative products of 2021
       
From the smart home gyms of Tempo and Mirror to a personal robot named Moxie, the following products helped launched their brands onto Fast Company’s list of the Most Innovative Companies of 2021. Whether you’re looking for clean beauty products, eco-friendly household cleaners, work-from-home desk and lighting essentials, or a weekend getaway to the great outdoors, we’ve got some great ideas for you.
Vogue’s Spring Cleaning Checklist, Plus the Best Organizers and Products
       
Follow a spring cleaning checklist to help your home reach orderly heaven. A spring cleaning is also the time to upgrade your detergents and products with plant-derived formulas made without harsh chemicals. If you’re really serious about upgrading your cleaning routine, reusable paper towels by Papaya and Samsung’s robot mop will take your cleaning routine to the next level. Here, things to add to your spring cleaning checklist and 28 of our favorite essentials to shop now. Papaya reusable paper towels six-pack and hooks $54 PAPAYA Shop Now Reel premium bamboo paper towels 12 rolls $40 REEL Shop Now
Can we survive lockdown’s creativity crisis?
       
Since machines can hold more information than us, the answer is the only thing that AI doesn't have, compared to humans, is the skill of creativity. It is a skill that we should all invest in more, as it will be in demand in the future workspace, but also a skill that we need in order to survive. After all, the problem-solving process is creativity. We have adopted a task-ridden process when it comes to working, but creativity does not work in such a way. Creativity needs time and it needs us to think, to actively clear up time in order for us to do nothing but think.
Moda primavera estate 2021: giacca + pantaloncini sportivi
       
L'arte del mix & match prende nuove forme, la moda primavera estate 2021 suggerisce di indossare la giacca classica con i pantaloncini sportivi. Il look è una soluzione davvero smart che unisce l'universo classy e quello sporty: tutto gravita attorno a un capo che viene utilizzato per lo più per praticare attività sportiva, gli shorts. © Christian Vierig© Jeremy Moeller© Edward BerthelotIl riferimento visivo dell'ultimo look è Versace per la collezione moda maschile AI 2019, quando la bellissima Imaan Hammam ha sfoggiato un paio di pantaloncini adatti per le specialità kickboxing e Muay Thai. Gli shorts sono in netto contrasto con la giacca lunga, elegante e nera. È arrivato il momento di dire addio alla combo moda lanciata da Kim Kardashian “blazer più ciclisti”.
Deepfake generators Wombo, MyHeritage and Avatarify are booming without many guardrails
       
A few years ago, deepfake videos — named after the “deep learning” artificial intelligence used to generate faces — required a Hollywood studio or at least a crazy powerful computer. But deepfake videos pose new problems, like being weaponized, particularly against women, to create humiliating, nonconsensual fake pornography. Social networks say deepfakes haven’t been a major source of problematic content. It’s probably not realistic to think deepfake tech could be successfully banned. Wombo’s CEO Ben-Zion Benkhin says deepfake app makers should be “very careful” about giving people the power to control what comes out of other people’s mouths.
ESA designs ‘dangling hamster ball’ rover that will look for places to live on the Moon
       
The European Space Agency is designing a new robot to explore caves on the moon. Daedalus, named after the mythological Greek craftsman and father of Icarus, is 46 centimetres in diameter – approximately twice as large as a football. Read our privacy notice INDY/ LIFE Newsletter Be inspired with the latest lifestyle trends every week Thanks for signing up to the INDY/LIFE newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy noticeDaedalus is not the only concept that the ESA is exploring for future Moon missions. The agency also invited designs for other studies, including a rover that would scout and map lava tubes by hopping around, and another with a crane attachment.
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Online genelogy company MyHeritage unveils a new tool called Deep Nostalgia that uses artificial intelligence to give old photos life-like movement.
This robot's 'self-portrait' NFT just sold for nearly $700,000
       
Sophia the robot is getting into the NFT game. Her "interpretation" of an artist's depiction of her face sold as an NFT (non-fungible token) for over $688,000. Source: CNN Business
New U.K. Currency Honors Alan Turing, Pioneering Computer Scientist And Code-Breaker
       
New U.K. Currency Honors Alan Turing, Pioneering Computer Scientist And Code-BreakerEnlarge this image toggle caption Bank of England Bank of EnglandThe Bank of England has unveiled the new £50 note featuring mathematician and computer science pioneer Alan Turing, who helped the Allies win World War II with his code-breaking prowess but died an outcast after facing government persecution over his homosexuality. But far beyond that, he said, Turing's pioneering work in computing and artificial intelligence "has had an enormous impact on how we all live today." A sunflower-shaped foil patch, containing the initials "AT, "represents Turing's work in morphogenetics, a branch of developmental biology focused on the algorithms behind patterns occurring in nature. Turing was convicted of homosexuality under "gross indecency" laws in 1952, after police learned of his relationship with another man. LGBTQ advocates on social media celebrated the new bank note as an overdue step towards increasing visibility.
Navigating the hype around artificial intelligence
       
Sectors UpcloseNavigating the hype around artificial intelligencePostedInvesting in Artificial Intelligence is very much on-trend, with one recent report predicting deep learning would add $30 trillion to global market capitalization in the next 15-20 years. WisdomTree’s Chris Gannatti explains how to avoid the pitfalls of investing in this sector.
Bay Area prosecutors hit Amazon for ‘misleading’ price comparisons
       
Amazon must pay $2 million for allegedly using misleading price references to sell products online, after district attorneys from the counties of Santa Clara, Alameda, Santa Cruz and three other California counties sued the e-commerce giant. “Amazon commonly uses a reference price to show how much a consumer is saving,” the Santa Clara County DA’s office noted in a news release Thursday, using as an example a product selling for $9.99 with a reference price saying, “List Price: $17.99.”The DA’s offices, including those from Riverside, San Diego and Yolo counties, investigated Seattle-based Amazon for alleged violations of California law against advertising false or misleading reference prices, the news release said. Under the judgment in San Diego County Superior Court, Amazon, which reported $386 billion in revenue last year, must also improve its disclosures about reference pricing. “Amazon cooperated with prosecutors to implement the changes, which will benefit not only California online shoppers but anyone visiting the site,” the news release said. The firm said in an emailed statement Thursday that in accordance with the judgment it has changed the description of its reference prices so customers can better understand what’s meant by “list” and “was” prices, along with prices with a strike-through and language such as “Best Price in 30 Days.”Related Articles Amazon’s robot army fuels expansionLawmakers meet with Amazon union organizers in AlabamaAmazon’s third-party drivers owed millions in wage theft probe, California says “Amazon has always provided clear and accurate pricing information on our product pages,” a company spokesperson said, “and we have made improvements to how we describe the pricing information we provide to make it even clearer for customers.”Part of the $2 million judgment will go into the state’s fund for enforcing consumer protection, the news release said.
'Smart clothes' that can measure your movements
       
Among other things, the researchers showed that their clothes can actually determine things like if someone is sitting, walking, or doing particular poses. The group from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) says that their clothes could be used for athletic training and rehabilitation. The team's "tactile electronics" use a mix of more typical textile fibers alongside a small amount of custom-made functional fibers that sense pressure from the person wearing the garment. Explore further Novel soft tactile sensor with skin-comparable characteristics for robotsMore information: Yiyue Luo et al. Journal information: Nature Electronics Yiyue Luo et al.
Faulty methods and 'Frankenstein datasets' are undermining the use of AI in COVD research
       
It analyzed the use of machine learning techniques by AI researchers and specialists in fields like infectious disease, radiology and ontology. Among the faults found were a lack of external validation of training data, failures to assess models, and inattention to demographic detail. All of these factors can affect the integrity of the training data used for machine learning. Machine learning models for novel Coronavirus diagnosis were often trained on ‘Frankenstein datasets’, containing duplicate images obtained from similar datasets. “In their current reported form, none of the machine learning models included in this review are likely candidates for clinical translation for the diagnosis/prognosis of COVID-19.”
Peloton beefs up with AI, wearables, and hardware acquisitions
       
Shareholder gains, from #gainsHome fitness equipment and services company Peloton Interactive has put on some bulk, adding three new companies to its portfolio. The business acquired AI-powered digital voice assistant developer Aiqudo, smartwatch company Atlas Wearables, and interactive workout map startup Otari. The purchases follow the $420m acquisition of fitness equipment company Precor, as well as of hardware designer Gossamer Engineering. A $12 subscription is also available for people who don't own any Peloton hardware. Such functionality could prove useful to Peloton users whose hands are busy mid-exercise.
eBook: Data Science Fails: Building AI You Can Trust
       
Any organization that is considering adopting AI must first be willing to trust in AI technology. They must feel confident that human error did not inadvertently contribute to AI bias that resulted in inaccurate findings. Data Science Fails: Building AI You Can Trust, outlines eight important lessons that organizations must understand to follow best data science practices and ensure that AI is being implemented successfully. Gain insights including:• How to watch for bias in AI• Why your organization’s values should be built into your AI• How human errors can influence AI findings• The optimal level of disclosure to AI stakeholders
Amazon tells drivers to sign biometric consent form, or lose their job
       
Amazon delivery drivers in the US have been given an ultimatum: agree to be watched and tracked by AI-powered camera systems, or lose your job. Around 75,000 drivers have this week to decide whether to sign a "biometric consent" form. The dystopian dashcamIn February, Amazon began installing Netradyne cameras in their Amazon-branded vans – which are often run by third-party 'Delivery Service Partner' companies. Its Global Security Operations Center hired private intelligence agency Pinkerton to pose as warehouse workers in an effort to find union sympathizers. Operations Center also created fake social media accounts to befriend warehouse workers, and infiltrate labor movements.
eBooks: Artificial Intelligence in Finance
       
Please fill in the short form below to receive your ebooks! By downloading this eBook I consent to receiving marketing information from DataRobot, the sponsors of this eBook. By downloading this eBook I consent to receiving marketing information from DataRobot, the sponsors of this eBook. An in-depth eBook - 5 AI Solutions Every Retail Bank Needs - highlighting the five key AI applications that retail banks need to develop to be competitive. And AI in Financial Markets: Beyond the Market-Predicting Magic Box, a second ebook highlighting reasons why AI solutions are rapidly becoming a must-have for quantitative finance professionals.
The AI Consulting Podcast
       
The AI Consulting PodcastIf you want to start or grow an AI consulting business, you’re in the right place. The AI Consulting Podcast helps AI service providers, advisors, and consultants to find more AI opportunities, grow their companies, and deliver more value to clients. Each week, Emerj founder Daniel Faggella interviews AI services and consulting leaders to discover how they started and grew their firm – and the AI skills and best practices that have allowed them to help their clients succeed. Each episode of The AI Consulting Podcast is focused on insights to make you a trusted AI advisor, including:How to start and grow an AI consulting practiceHow to find AI opportunitiesHow to develop an AI strategy and roadmapHow to determine the ROI of AI projectsMuch more…Don’t be on the wrong end of disruption – hear straight from AI’s best and brightest. Subscribe below and browse our latest episodes:Subscribe to our NewsletterSubscribe to Emerj’s weekly AI consulting newsletter by downloading our AI consulting PDF guide: http://emerj.com/k3
AI Making Some Headway into Diagnosis and Prognosis in Dentistry
       
By AI Trends StaffThe application of AI to dentistry so far has concentrated on diagnosis and prognosis by extracting useful information from a large volume of medical records. To move it along, leaders in the dental industry last fall formed the Dental AI Council (DAIC) to help define the future of AI in dentistry. “We need a productive interchange of ideas and expertise, cross-pollinated with a best practices-focused mindset to foster advancement in dental AI,” Parikh stated. Ophir Tanz, CEO of the dental AI company Pearl. Research Into AI in Dentistry Goes Back Over 10 YearsResearch into how AI can be applied in dentistry has been going on for over 10 years.
The Famous Tullock Spikes Thought Experiment Pertains To AI Autonomous Cars
       
Another car comes along and perhaps sideswipes the self-driving car, crushing you, or maybe you entirely fall out of the self-driving car, doing so while the vehicle is underway. AI self-driving cars are ostensibly being programmed to be safe drivers. Assume that eventually there are hardly any human-driven cars and the mainstay of traffic is entirely self-driving cars. In any case, on freeways and open highways, there is some logic to letting those self-driving cars run with the wind. Note: For reader’s interested in Dr. Eliot’s ongoing business analyses about the advent of self-driving cars, see his online Forbes column: https://forbes.com/sites/lanceeliot/]http://ai-selfdriving-cars.libsyn.com/website
Use of Synthetic Data, in Early Stage, Seen as an Answer to Data Bias
       
Synthetic data is computer-generated data that can be used as a substitute for data from the real world. A goal for synthetic data is to correct for bias found in real world data. “By more completely anonymizing data and correcting for inherent biases, as well as creating data that would otherwise be difficult to obtain, synthetic data could become the saving grace for many big data applications,” Grossman states. If synthetic data can generate 3,800 more synthetic examples for oranges, the model will have no bias toward either fruit and thus can make a more accurate prediction. Also, assess whether synthetic data is similar enough to real data for its application area.
Early Experience with GPT-3 Large Language Model Points to Uncertainty
       
That is ten times larger than the next large language model, Microsoft’s Turing Natural Language Generator (NLG), according to Wikipedia. Asked what challenges he faced while training large language models, Mor cited “a lack of data relevant for the task at hand” namely, document processing. The participants worked to address two questions: what are the technical capabilities and limitations of large language models? And, what are the societal effects of widespread use of large language models? This raises the question of when (or what) jobs could (or should) be automated by large language models,” stated the summary from HAI.
Why Startups Will Be At The Forefront of GPT-3 Adoption - Four Trends For 2021
       
Why Startups Will Be At The Forefront of GPT-3 Adoption – Four Trends For 2021Originally published on TechCrunch.comStartups are leading the way. In 2021, this technology will power the launch of a thousand new startups and applications. Trained on trillions of words, GPT-3 is a 175-billion parameter transformer model – the third of such models released by OpenAI. When prompted by a user with text, GPT-3 can return coherent and topical emails, tweets, trivia, and much more. As early-stage technology investors, we are inspired to see AI broadly, and natural language processing specifically, become more accessible via the next generation of large-scale transformer models like GPT-3.
The AI Ethics Brief #48: Privacy Paradox, artifact affordances, the AI gambit, and more ...
       
? Welcome to another edition of the Montreal AI Ethics Institute’s weekly AI Ethics Brief that will help you keep up with the fast-changing world of AI Ethics! Every week we summarize the best of AI Ethics research and reporting, along with some commentary. We use this Wikipedia-style tipping model to support the democratization of AI ethics literacy and to ensure we can continue to serve our community. What's next for AI Ethics in 2021? The lack of clarity on why a team is working on a project can have consequences for adherence to responsible AI principles.
‎The Robot Brains Podcast on Apple Podcasts
       
On the first ever episode of The Robot Brains podcast, our host Pieter Abbeel sits down with Andrej Karpathy, director of AI at Tesla. Andrej is a world-leading expert when it comes to machine learning and training neural nets. In this episode he talks about what it's like working with Elon Musk, training driverless cars with machine learning and the time he had to sleep on a yoga mat at Tesla HQ... Host: Pieter Abbeel. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Why machine learning struggles with causality
       
Independent and identically distributed dataWhy do machine learning models fail at generalizing beyond their narrow domains and training data? Image Credit: TechTalksEfforts to address these problems mostly include training machine learning models on more examples. Transfer learning in machine learning algorithms, however, is limited to very superficial uses, such as fine-tuning an image classifier to detect new types of objects. assumption that underlies statistical machine learning,” the authors of the paper write, adding that adversarial vulnerabilities are proof of the differences in the robustness mechanisms of human intelligence and machine learning algorithms. Adding causality to machine learningIn their paper, the AI researchers bring together several concepts and principles that can be essential to creating causal machine learning models.
It is time to negotiate global treaties on artificial intelligence
       
The U.S. National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence recently made the news when its members warned that America faces a national security crisis due to insufficient investment in artificial intelligence and emerging technologies. With the rise of artificial intelligence, supercomputing, and data analytics, the world today is at a crucial turning point in the national security and the conduct of war. Keep humans in the loop with autonomous weapons systems. Improve transparency on the safety of AI-based weapons systems. As advocated by the members of the National Security Commission, it is time for serious action regarding the future of AI.
The Role of Arts in Shaping AI Ethics
       
It’s a form of communication that can more easily convey a “hard concept” to a large group of people—this is vital for educating individuals about AI and AI ethics. In addition, many in the AI community have recognized the “need for designing AI systems with empathy.” This is key in correcting the current power imbalances in AI referenced earlier. While they broadly outline the ways in which the arts can help shape AI ethics, there is still much to be done in order to understand how we can effectively operationalize this idea. Finally, a particular question posed by the authors deserves further investigating: how can we effectively and concretely integrate these forms of artistic expression into the development of AI systems? As many in the field of AI ethics acknowledge, we struggle with putting ideas and theories into practice.
Why Women Are Making It Big in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
       
How Can We Get More Women in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Careers? Every facet of machine learning, whether it’s AI, deep learning, robotics, machine learning research, statistics, or text mining benefits from diversity at all levels. “I was learning something new every day,” said Diana Xie, a Springboard graduate from the Machine Learning Career Track who now works as a machine learning engineer at IQVIA. Knowing machine learning and deep learning concepts is important—but not enough to get you hired. This is why more than 50% of Springboard's Machine Learning Career Track curriculum is focused on production engineering skills.
AI names colors much as humans do
       
What the research is:Across the thousands of different languages spoken by humans, the way we use words to represent different colors is remarkably consistent. Facebook AI has now shown that cutting-edge AI systems behave similarly. The images on the left show two color-naming systems created entirely by neural networks. How it works:We built two neural networks, a Speaker and a Listener, and tasked them with playing the “communication game” illustrated below. This chart shows color-naming systems created by human languages (shown in blue) and by neural networks (shown in orange).
AI Weekly — AI News & Leading Newsletter on Deep Learning & Artificial Intelligence
       
As part of the Speaker Series, hear from Shivani Poddar who is the Machine Learning Tech Lead for the Meeting Assistant team at Workplace, Facebook where she leads the development of conversational AI for making remote collaboration easier for work. In this discussion she shares the latest AI trends, applications, and opportunities whilst offering tips and best practices for AI practitioners and non-technical professionals to build careers in AI Watch here
In pursuit of parity: A guide to the responsible use of AI in health care
       
Leaders from all sectors of health care are increasingly integrating artificial intelligence (AI) into their organizations to achieve strategic goals, and confidence in the technology's promise is growing. A 2020 Optum survey on AI in health care found that 59% of respondents expect a full return on their AI investments in under three years, nearly double the 31% who answered similarly in 2018. The risk is that predictive models may unintentionally perpetuate harmful racial and gender biases that directly impact a patient's health or access to care. In this VB Live event, you'll learn more about how AI can help health care experts do their jobs more efficiently and effectively, and how stakeholders throughout health care can use AI responsibly, ethically, and equitably. Plus, you'll get an in-depth perspective on the strengths and limitations of data, AI methodology, the application of AI results, and more.
Why Robots Won’t Steal Your Job
       
Science-fiction films and novels usually portray robots as one of two things: destroyers of the human race or friendly helpers. The big difference is that the robots have come not to destroy our lives, but to disrupt our work. The same report that predicts robots will soon steal our jobs also says that even more roles will open as a result of this shift — 97 million to be exact. This competitive disadvantage disappears as new types of roles — roles that no one has done before — are created. You can find these within job descriptions, or through the connections you make and research you conduct on sites like LinkedIn.
Researchers’ algorithm designs soft robots that sense
       
Researchers’ algorithm designs soft robots that senseBy Daniel Ackerman | MIT News OfficeThere are some tasks that traditional robots — the rigid and metallic kind — simply aren’t cut out for. That’s a tall task for a soft robot that can deform in a virtually infinite number of ways. MIT researchers have developed an algorithm to help engineers design soft robots that collect more useful information about their surroundings. Soft robots are not so tractable. “The main problem with soft robots is that they are infinitely dimensional,” says Spielberg.
TUC: Employment law gaps will lead to staff ‘hired and fired by algorithm’
       
Find him on Twitter: @Gadget_RyLegal experts and the Trades Union Congress (TUC) have warned that gaps in employment law will lead to staff “hired and fired by algorithm”. A report, commissioned by the TUC and carried out by leading employment rights lawyers Robin Allen QC and Dee Masters from the AI Law Consultancy, claims there are “huge gaps” in British law. A legal right to ‘switch off’ from work so workers can create “communication free” time in their lives. Every worker must have the right to have AI decisions reviewed by a human manager. 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.
8 ways AI is transforming talent management in 2021
       
Talent intelligence platforms typically rely on augmented and autonomous AI levels to personalize the candidate experience and guide the job seeker to the role that best matches their capabilities. Most talent intelligence platforms anonymize applicants’ data in an attempt to remove biases from recruiting, evaluating candidates only on skills and capabilities. Leading companies providing talent intelligence platforms include Claro, Eightfold, SeekOut, and Stratigens. Recruiters use virtual event apps to upload the resume books they receive from college and university recruitment programs into a talent intelligence platform. Key vendors in this area include Landit and Guild, as well as Talent Intelligence Platforms, Claro, Eightfold, SeekOut, and Stratigens.
Amazon launches Lookout for Metrics, an AWS service to monitor business performance
       
Amazon today announced the general availability of Lookout for Metrics, a fully managed service that uses machine learning to monitor key factors impacting the health of enterprises. Launched at re:Invent 2020 last December in preview, Lookout for Metrics can now be accessed by most Amazon Web Services (AWS) customers via the AWS console and through supporting partners. Using the same machine learning technology behind Amazon, Lookout for Metrics ostensibly solves this problem by automatically inspecting business health indicators including revenue, web page views, active users, transaction volume, and mobile app installations. Customers can connect Lookout for Metrics to 19 popular data sources like Amazon CloudWatch and Amazon Redshift as well as software-as-a-service apps like Salesforce, Marketo, and Zendesk. Lookout for Metrics scrapes and prepares the data, selects the best-suited machine learning algorithm, begins detecting anomalies, groups related anomalies together, and summarizes the possible causes.
The pandemic and gender inequality: How AI is helping companies hire women
       
With an imminent all-out-war for talent, known as the Great Rehire, employers have a chance to re-evaluate the way they hire women talent this year. In fact, from July 2020 to January 2021, searches for women candidates increased by 15%, according to recruiter activity on Hiretual’s platform. Recruiters use our AI sourcing technology to address gender inequality and close gender gaps in engineering teams. On average, hiring teams on Hiretual see a 27% drop-off in women candidates at each hiring process stage. At that point, a team now has the data to explain candidate activity and identify bottlenecks preventing them from successfully hiring women.
DataRobot CEO calls for ‘a new era of democratization of AI’
       
Join Transform 2021 for the most important themes in enterprise AI & Data. Dan Wright just became CEO of DataRobot, a company valued at more than $2.7 billion that is promising to automate the building, deployment, and management of AI models in a way that makes AI accessible to every organization. VentureBeat: Most AI models require a lot of manual effort to build and maintain. Will training of AI models soon be moving all the way out to edge computing platforms? VentureBeat: Is it possible one day AI models created for conflicting purposes ultimately just nullify each other?
When AI flags the ruler, not the tumor — and other arguments for abolishing the black box (VB Live)
       
AI helps health care experts do their jobs efficiently and effectively, but it needs to be used responsibly, ethically, and equitably. In this VB Live event, get an in-depth perspective on the strengths and limitations of data, AI methodology and more. One of the big issues that exists within AI generally, but is particularly acute in health care settings, is the issue of transparency. AI models — for example, deep neural networks — have a reputation for being black boxes. “Looking back, Caruana says thank God we didn’t use this neural net on patients,” Christian says.
Cruise acquires rival autonomous vehicle specialist Voyage
       
The two nautical-themed self-driving businesses team upGeneral Motors-backed Cruise is acquiring fellow autonomous vehicle company Voyage for an undisclosed sum. Voyage takes a Cruise“At Voyage, we’ve been laser-focused on delivering a product that benefits the lives of real people,” company CEO Oliver Cameron said in a blog post. Unlike Voyage, which last year signed a deal with Fiat Chrysler for custom Pacifica Hybrids, Cruise has its own self-driving car. Cruise Origin is built from the ground up to be an autonomous vehicle, rather than a traditional car that has been retrofitted. The smaller business will bring its AI experience from developing a primary self-driving system, Commander; its collision mitigation system, Shield; and its remote assistance solution, Telessist.
The power of data to seize gaming’s red-hot market opportunities
       
VentureBeat x OptumLeaders from all sectors of health care are increasingly integrating artificial intelligence (AI) into their organizations to achieve strategic goals, and confidence in the technology's promise is growing. The risk is that predictive models may unintentionally perpetuate harmful racial and gender biases that directly impact a patient's health or access to care. In order to overcome these challenges, health care organizations need to acknowledge their existence—and take proactive steps to promote equity by examining both the data these models interpret and how the models are being applied. In this VB Live event, you'll learn more about how AI can help health care experts do their jobs more efficiently and effectively, and how stakeholders throughout health care can use AI responsibly, ethically, and equitably. Plus, you'll get an in-depth perspective on the strengths and limitations of data, AI methodology, the application of AI results, and more.
The RAN revolution: Good news for 5G, edge, IoT, and enterprise private networks
       
Virtualized RAN (VRAN) is the fastest-growing area of cloud investment for operators, according to a new report by Analysys Mason. Similarly, in September Japanese e-commerce and communications giant Rakuten lit up the world’s first all-virtual, cloud-native 5G network, also employing FlexRAN. Verizon, Samsung, Wind River and Intel collaborated on the industry’s first fully virtualized 5G sessions, including virtualized RAN. One of the biggest benefits for enterprises will be the ability to buy or build private 5G networks and connectivity. The goal is to build a repeatable platform that will foster a healthier ecosystem for open, virtualized RAN.
FourKites raises $100M for supply chain visibility
       
Chicago, Illinois-based supply chain visibility platform FourKites today said that it raised $100 million in series D financing, bringing its total raised to over $200.5 million. Supply chain challenges are myriad in the pandemic world. CEO Matt Elenjickal says that the idea for FourKites evolved from his time as a supply chain consultant, where he worked with Fortune 50 enterprises that often struggled with the need for basic supply chain visibility. “FourKites primarily uses data science in service of improving supply chain performance. “If you look at the strategic investors in this growth financing, we are now evolving beyond transportation visibility into true end-to-end supply chain visibility so that you know exactly what is happening in your supply chain, anywhere and everywhere, at any given point in time,” he said.
Salesforce introduces AI-powered features to improve meetings and identify sales
       
Salesforce today announced new features designed to help companies transform their organizations for digital sales during the pandemic and in a post-pandemic world. The goal is to create customized training and one-on-one coaching that aligns with teams’ needs, according to Sales Cloud chief revenue officer Warren Wick. We’ve reimagined Sales Cloud to guide every company as they rethink the digital sales experience, from leads to coaching to processing revenue.”Alongside Einstein Conversation Insights are new features in Salesforce Meetings, including post-call action items that Einstein automatically surfaces to keep deals moving. Image Credit: SalesforceAnother new capability in Sales Cloud — pipeline inspection — helps track changes week by week, using AI to focus on the deals that ostensibly matter most. Salesforce says that Einstein Call Insights, Mulesoft Composer, and the new Salesforce Meeting features will be generally available as of March 24.
How data and automation make indie game developers competitive (VB Live)
       
Data levels the playing field for developers, fueling effective user acquisition, monetization, and more for companies of every size. Mobile gaming has been a data-driven business since the start, but the biggest story over the past few years is the advent of machine learning and automation. Automation and machine learning has also had a major impact on personalization, Sapp says. With machine learning, you can look at all of a player’s journey, whether they’re new or they’ve been in the game for five years, and create segments of users in an unbiased way. Have a good understanding of how to use the data to optimize your product, and don’t get too narrowly focused.
Employees attribute AI project failure to poor data quality
       
Join Transform 2021 for the most important themes in enterprise AI & Data. A clear majority of employees (87%) peg data quality issues as the reason their organizations failed to successfully implement AI and machine learning. When it comes to data quality issues, data professionals said inconsistent standards across data collection, compliance and privacy issues, and a lack of democratization or access to data were the three most common blockers. Of the enterprises that have deployed AI, respondents cited better modeling skills among analysts, cataloging data for visibility and access to data, and the ability to crowdsource info as ways to combat bias in AI. The findings agree with other surveys showing that, despite enthusiasm around AI, enterprises struggle to deploy AI-powered products.
Sorcero launches Ingestum, a free and open source data ingestion engine
       
The project aims to break down unstructured data without destroying its valueEnterprise AI startup Sorcero has revealed Ingestum, a free and open source (FOSS) content ingestion framework that supports sourcing and transformation of a wide variety of data types into a uniform format. “We want organizations to benefit from AI and ingestion is a significant barrier,” said Dipanwita Das, CEO at Sorcero. “Open-sourcing Ingestum will democratise ingestion.”Bon appétitInformation may be the lifeblood of companies, but their AI machines are very fussy eaters, according to Sorcero. “Ingestum leverages many existing open source projects, so no one has to reinvent the wheel; it can easily integrate existing workflows, or incorporate existing software as plugins,” Bender said. Sorcero has invited IT directors, software engineers, and AI researchers to download and use Ingestum today from Gitlab.
Flex Logic raises $55m for AI inferencing at the edge
       
Another day, another chip startup funding roundChip design startup Flex Logic has raised $55m as it targets artificial intelligence inferencing at the edge. The company, which also licenses out eFPGA intellectual property, developed the InferX X1 semiconductor for low-cost processing at the site where the data is generated. He added that the new funds would be used to expand Flex Logix’s software, engineering and customer support teams, as well as help get its products to market. “This technology advantage positions Flex Logix for rapid growth in edge enterprise inference in applications such as medical, retail, industrial, robotics and more," Royan said. In the chip space, Mithril most recently invested in Arm specialist Nuvia.
UK to wow World Expo with AI-based interactive poetry installation
       
The UK Department for International Trade has funded an artificial intelligence system that is expected to produce interactive poetry at the Expo 2020 Dubai, which was delayed due to COVID-19. The system was trained on more than half a million lines of British poetry, with poetry experts helping fine-tune results. Experts from the Poetry Society, Poetry Archive and Scottish Poetry Library then went through tens of thousands of couplets to pick out those that worked, and discard those that didn't. And yet, the group said it was aiming for both a “modern and a timeless voice” in the AI poetry. And here’s one more Google poem for AI Business readers:“What is poetry, when it comes from a machine?
3 Questions: Artificial intelligence for health care equity
       
The potential of artificial intelligence to bring equity in health care has spurred significant research efforts. Racial, gender, and socioeconomic disparities have traditionally afflicted health care systems in ways that are difficult to detect and quantify. Stultz: Many factors contribute to economic disparities in health care systems. Q: What are the policy implications for government agencies and the industry of more equitable AI for health care? Christia: The use of AI in health care is now a reality and for government agencies and the industry to reap the benefits of a more equitable AI for health care, they need to create an AI ecosystem.
Affectiva receives six new patents for using AI to analyse vehicle occupants
       
Find him on Twitter: @Gadget_RyHuman perception AI pioneer Affectiva has been granted six patents for detecting the awareness and emotions of vehicle occupants. Affectiva Automotive AI combines deep learning with computer vision – using in-vehicle cameras – to analyse the states of the driver and other vehicle occupants in a cabin in real-time. For other vehicle occupants, reading their emotions and current perception can deliver improved experiences via things such as infotainment systems. The latest six patents awarded to Affectiva are:Drowsiness Mental State Analysis Using Blink Rate (US Patent No. Vehicle Content Recommendation Using Cognitive States (US Patent No.
LGN, which helps companies deploy AI at scale, raises $2M
       
Join Transform 2021 for the most important themes in enterprise AI & Data. LGN, a company specializing in distributed machine learning, deep learning, and AI technologies, today announced that it raised $2 million. It’s essential to tuning AI and machine learning performance, but it’s also typically arduous and involves rewriting features before they’re deployed. “Our product[s] allow companies to operate edge AI at scale in challenging, diverse, real- world environments. “Our model optimisation solution allows enterprises to deploy AI and machine learning models on low-cost hardware.
ServiceNow acquires RPA startup Intellibot to bring automation to legacy systems
       
Cloud computing firm ServiceNow today announced it has signed an agreement to acquire Intellibot, a robotic process automation company based in Hyderabad, India, for an undisclosed amount. ServiceNow, which expects to complete the purchase in Q2 2011, says it plans to fold Intellibot’s capabilities natively into its platform, enabling ServiceNow customers to bring AI and machine learning to legacy systems. Intellibot, which was cofounded in 2015 by Alekh Barli, Srikanth Vemulapalli, and Kushang Moorthy, offers RPA solutions designed specifically for enterprise corporations. ServiceNow recently released Now Platform Quebec, which brought several AI-powered and low-code capabilities to the Now Platform. Automation Anywhere rival Blue Prism has raised over $120 million, Kryon $40 million, and FortressIQ $30 million.
Marketing campaign analytics startup Sellforte raises $4.78M
       
Helsinki-based software-as-a-service startup Sellforte today announced a €4 million ($4.78 million) funding round. Traditionally, companies have resorted to one-off projects, trying to access marketing campaigns’ results on an ad-hoc basis. For businesses that try to go it alone, marketing data is often scattered around different internal and external platforms, making it difficult to get a clear picture of investment performance. Sellforte typically needs sales and marketing data from the past two to three years to create a reliable predictive model. It brings the company’s total raised to date to €4.5 million ($5.37 million) at a post-money valuation of €15 million ($17.9 million).
75F, an AI-powered HVAC management startup, nabs $4.75M
       
75F, a Burnsville, Minnesota-based startup providing AI-powered building management technologies, today announced that it raised a $4.75 million extension to its $18 million series A, bringing its total raised to $29.2 million. Commercial buildings are the fourth-leading contributor to greenhouse gas emissions globally, at 20% of emissions around the world. Roughly half of their emissions is from heating and cooling, with HVAC and lighting accounting for 65%. 75F, which was founded in 2012, offers an AI-powered, internet of things-based building platform that includes wireless sensors, equipment controllers, and cloud-based mobile and web apps that deliver analytics and predictive, proactive building automation. Moreover, it lets managers remotely adjust, monitor, or schedule temperature changes and add zones to existing HVAC equipment, which tenants and employees can control via their phones.
Jumio raises $150M to secure onboarding with image verification AI
       
Join Transform 2021 for the most important themes in enterprise AI & Data. Jumio, an AI platform that offers identity verification as a service, today announced the closure of an over $150 million fundraising round, bringing its total raised to $163 million. The company, which claims the tranche is among the largest ever for an identity verification startup, plans to put the capital toward hiring and expanding its customer base. Javelin Strategy reported that 6.64% of consumers, or about 16.7 million people, fell victim to identity fraud in 2017, up 1 million from 2016. “Jumio leverages AI in every identity verification that we process,” CEO Robert Prigge explained to VentureBeat via email.
Major flaws found in machine learning for COVID-19 diagnosis
       
A coalition of AI researchers and health care professionals in fields like infectious disease, radiology, and ontology have found several common but serious shortcomings with machine learning made for COVID-19 diagnosis or prognosis. However, researchers say major changes are needed before this form of machine learning can be used in a clinical setting. “In their current reported form, none of the machine learning models included in this review are likely candidates for clinical translation for the diagnosis/prognosis of COVID-19,” the paper reads. Other common issues they found with machine learning models developed using medical imaging data was virtually no assessment for bias and generally being trained without enough images. In other news at the intersection of COVID-19 and machine learning, earlier this week the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved emergency use authorization of a machine learning-based screening device which the agency says is the first approved in the U.S.
Big data analytics firm Dataminr raises $475M to fund platform expansion
       
Join Transform 2021 for the most important themes in enterprise AI & Data. Data analytics is the science of analyzing raw data to extract meaningful insights. Market Research Future predicts that the global data analytics market will be valued at over $132 billion by 2026. Dataminr, which was founded in 2009 by Yale graduates Ted Bailey, Sam Hendel, and Jeff Kinsey, offers an information discovery platform that detects patterns of emerging events and information from public data signals. Dataminr develops products targeting businesses, the public sector, and newsrooms, all of which use a combination of AI to parse the public data it regularly analyzes.
Machine translation startup Language I/O raises $5M
       
Language I/O, a startup providing AI technologies for real-time, company-specific language translations, today announced that it raised $5 million. Customers tell Language I/O which words they want in their dictionary, which enables the models to improve over time across more than 100 languages. “Language I/O uses natural language processing techniques to engineer unique features from the data, which power the machine learning models. “Language I/O enables us to deliver our knowledge base content to our expanding international audience in their native language,” she said. Twenty-employee Language I/O claims to have been bootstrapped since 2015, with the exception of a $500,000 seed round in October 2020.
Ford and University of Michigan team up on a $75 million robotics complex
       
Believed to be the first facility of its kindAutomotive giant Ford has opened a new robotics superhub in Ann Arbor, in partnership with the University of Michigan (U-M). The $75 million, 134,000 square-foot, four story Ford Robotics Building is expected to become one of the world’s leading robotics facilities and will see a team of 100 of the car-maker’s researchers work in tandem with the university’s own robotics leaders. It’s believed to be the first time anywhere in the world that an industrial robotics team has co-located with their peers from academia. Robots work, robots playThe first three floors of the complex will host University of Michigan laboratories that will research robots that can walk, roll, fly, and augment the human body, plus classrooms and offices. Some of the non-human members of the Ford Robotics Building team © Ford“Autonomous vehicles have the opportunity to change the future of transport, and the way we move,” said Tony Lockwood, Ford’s technical manager for Autonomous Vehicle Research.
China's largest chip maker to build $2.35bn fab with state funding
       
SMIC soldiers on, despite the US sanctionsChina’s largest domestic chip manufacturer plans to build a $2.35 billion semiconductor plant with government help. The Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC) site will receive the funds from the government of Shenzhen, China's IT capital. At its peak, the fab hopes to produce 40,000 12-inch wafers a month, developing silicon that is 28nm or above. And China, conscious of how easily it can be crippled by trade wars, is keen to spend large sums of public money to fund domestic manufacturing. The much-hyped Tacoma Semiconductor Technology company raised more than $2.8bn from the Nanjing Economic and Technology Development Zone in 2016.
Boeing demonstrates UAV created for the Australian military
       
Skyborg-like ‘wingman’ system takes to the skies, hopes to accompany human pilotsThe Australian military's new unmanned aerial vehicle has taken its first flight. Developed by American airplane manufacturer and military contractor Boeing, the Loyal Wingman uncrewed aircraft is expected to be able to fly next to human pilots as an artificial intelligence-powered wingman. While Loyal Wingman is being developed for the Australian military, some of its elements will be sold to other governments with similar projects underway. “Boeing and Australia are pioneering fully integrated combat operations by crewed and uncrewed aircraft,” Leanne Caret, Defense, Space & Security president and CEO at Boeing, said. In December, the US Air Force awarded contracts to build Skyborg prototypes to Boeing, Kratos, and General Atomics.
Noogata raises $12m for its 'no code' AI platform
       
Israeli startup Noogata has raised $12 million to develop a modular system that enables a ‘no code’ approach to AI-based services. This system relies on users daisy-chaining together multiple ‘AI blocks’ - single components engineered to gather, enrich or model data. These blocks can ingest information from enterprise platforms, pull in relevant external data, and apply modeling techniques to generate the information users need. Noogata claims the system can be used without any training in data science or programming. Noogata unlocks the value of data by providing contextual, business-focused blocks that integrate seamlessly into enterprise data environments to generate actionable insights, predictions and recommendations.”
NYC Council Member proposes law banning police from using armed robots
       
Following Boston Dynamics Digidog being used in a potential hostage situationNew York City Council Member Ben Kallos has proposed a bill to ban the police from owning or operating armed robots. Say no to RobocopOfficers sent a Boston Dynamics Digidog into a Bronx house after being told that two men were holding two others hostage. Digidog manufacturer Boston Dynamics states that its terms of service prohibit adding weapons to its robots. There are a few examples of police forces using existing robots as weapons. In a statement, the NYPD said it “has been using robots since the 1970s to save lives in hostage situations and hazmat incidents.
Researchers’ algorithm designs soft robots that sense
       
MIT researchers have developed an algorithm to help engineers design soft robots that collect more useful information about their surroundings. That’s a tall task for a soft robot that can deform in a virtually infinite number of ways. Creating soft robots that complete real-world tasks has been a long-running challenge in robotics. Soft robots are not so tractable. “The main problem with soft robots is that they are infinitely dimensional,” says Spielberg.
More transparency and understanding into machine behaviors
       
What if the model makes mistakes with very high confidence? “An especially alarming situation is when the model is making mistakes, but with very high confidence. Bayes-TrEx can also help with understanding model behaviors in novel situations. “We want to make human-AI interaction safer by giving humans more insight into their AI collaborators,” says MIT CSAIL PhD student Serena Booth, co-lead author with Zhou. Along with Booth, Zhou, and Shah, MIT CSAIL postdoc Nadia Figueroa Fernandez has contributed work on the RoCUS tool.
Flex Logix raises $55M to design AI chips for edge enterprise applications
       
Flex Logix, a startup designing reconfigurable AI accelerator chips, today announced that it closed a $55 million funding round led by Mithril Capital Management. Mountain View, California-based Flex Logix, which was founded in 2014, claims its AI inference chip — InferX X1 — is among the fastest and most efficient. But Flex Logix investor Ajay Royan points to Tate’s pedigree as one reason for his continued confidence. Flex Logix says its revenue in 2020 was in the “double digits” millions and is expected to grow 50% to 100% this year. “This technology advantage positions Flex Logix for rapid growth in edge enterprise inference in applications such as medical, retail, industrial, robotics and more.
Optimizely adds real-time customer data tracking with Zaius acquisition
       
Optimizely, a provider of tools for building websites and applications that drive digital experiences, today announced it has acquired Zaius to add a customer data platform (CDP) to its portfolio. It’s not clear whether we can expect a wave of CDP mergers and acquisitions, but there are a host of standalone CDP platform providers. In general, CDP is considered a type of data warehouse that includes tools to address everything from personalized recommendations using predictive analytics to marketing data segmentation, customer retention and engagement, data monetization, and data enrichment. Most organizations are data-rich today because of the investments they have made in platforms such as data warehouses, Atzberger noted. However, there is a pressing need to harmonize customer data that today resides in multiple application silos, especially as those customers begin losing patience with vendors that don’t understand their preferences.
Camunda nabs $100M for cloud-native software that drives hyperautomation
       
This has led to a surge in chatter around hyperautomation, the concept of integrating several process automation technologies to achieve even greater digital transformation velocity. Today Camunda announced it has raised $100 million in a round led by Insight Partners. Those companies are facing the challenge of keeping up with a vast number of new technologies that hold the promise of greater automation. Camunda promises to help reduce this technical backlog by making it easier to orchestrate automation across a wider range of processes. That effort has been boosted by the company’s process-automation-as-a-service platform — Camunda Cloud — that was released last year.
How synthetic data could save AI
       
Synthetic data is artificial computer-generated data that can stand-in for data obtained from the real world. For example, the Virginia law grants consumers the right to access, correct, delete, and obtain a copy of personal data as well as to opt out of the sale of personal data and to deny algorithmic access to personal data for the purposes of targeted advertising or profiling of the consumer. Although ideal for applications that use personal data, synthetic information has other use cases, too. The emerging ecosystemForrester Research recently identified several critical technologies, including synthetic data, that will comprise what they deem “AI 2.0,” advances that radically expand AI possibilities. By more completely anonymizing data and correcting for inherent biases, as well as creating data that would otherwise be difficult to obtain, synthetic data could become the saving grace for many big data applications.
How many robot helpers are too many?
       
It’s certainly a simple thing to ask a human to do, but what if people or objects get in the way of the robot following behind a person? Like, if you’re a construction worker watching the site manager approach with a robot entourage, is five robots the limit? In 2019, Piaggio Fast Forward introduced its Gita robot to follow behind people and carry up to 40 pounds of weight. Ideally, a robot companion on a worksite could augment human workers by carrying tools for an electrician, as the company’s video demonstrates. “One of the things about the Trimble announcement is we’re kind of announcing we don’t have to build every robot on Earth.
Replica Studios makes it easy for game and filmmakers to create AI character voices
       
AI voice technology startup Replica Studios has launched a desktop app that makes it easier for game and filmmakers to create high-quality voice-over lines and dialogue. And the opportunity is there are millions of creators out there creating games, but hiring voice actors doesn’t scale from a cost and a time perspective. Image Credit: ReplicaHe said that Replica’s high-quality AI character voices and makes voice production significantly easier for games and filmmakers. We’ve built this app where you’ve got currently 40 AI character voices that are really suited to games and film. Matt and Ben Horton, creators of feature-length films in Roblox, have used Replica AI character voices to produce animated and game-based narratives.
Why machine learning struggles with causality
       
Independent and identically distributed dataWhy do machine learning models fail at generalizing beyond their narrow domains and training data? Image Credit: TechTalksEfforts to address these problems mostly include training machine learning models on more examples. Transfer learning in machine learning algorithms, however, is limited to very superficial uses, such as finetuning an image classifier to detect new types of objects. assumption that underlies statistical machine learning,” the authors of the paper write, adding that adversarial vulnerabilities are proof of the differences in the robustness mechanisms of human intelligence and machine learning algorithms. Adding causality to machine learningIn their paper, the AI researchers bring together several concepts and principles that can be essential to creating causal machine learning models.
AI Weekly: With RPA on the rise, security challenges remain
       
That’s because they’re optimized to increase productivity, and because some security solutions are too costly to deploy and integrate with RPA, Swaroop says. Of course, the first step to solving the RPA security dilemma is recognizing that there is one. Realizing that RPA workers have identities gives IT and security teams a head start to securing RPA technology prior to its implementation. He also suggests putting in place a privileged access management (PAM) setup that can secure and govern RPA systems. PAM systems allow enterprises to secure, control, and audit credentials and privileges RPA technology uses without compromising the return on investment.
How adaptive computing solves AI productization challenges
       
How can software developers and AI scientists overcome these challenges? Plus, adding an AI inference DSA will allow the whole system to be optimized to meet the product requirements from end-to-end. Image Credit: Ben DicksonConstantly changing ‘state-of-the-art’ modelsThe AI research community is arguably the most active with new AI models being invented daily by top researchers around the world. This is proof that the FPGA industry is taking the right steps to enable software and AI developers to solve real-world AI productization challenges. Indeed, DSAs will represent the future of AI inference with software developers and AI scientists harnessing hardware adaptability for their next-generation applications.
IBM’s Rob Thomas details key AI trends in shift to hybrid cloud
       
Join Transform 2021 for the most important themes in enterprise AI & Data. I don’t really think anybody is going to invest to build a data lineage model, explainability model, or bias detection. VentureBeat: Historically, AI models have been trained mainly in the cloud, and then inference engines are employed to push AI out to where it’d be consumed. If you put those two together, suddenly you’ve got an AI system that’s really designed for a business. VentureBeat: If organizations are each building AI models to optimize specific processes in their favor, will this devolve into competing AI models simply warring with one another?
3DLook gets $6.5 million to take intelligent body measurement to more sectors
       
Hoping to offer designers in other sectors the savings and sales enjoyed by fashion e-tailersSilicon Valley-headquartered startup 3DLook has raised $6.5 million in Series A funding to bring mobile body measuring and fitting tech already used by online retailers to more markets. The company has developed a system that uses a combination of computer vision and 3D statistical modeling to instantly measure the human body using just two photos. The cash will be used to expand the US leadership team and build new R&D labs in the US and Western Europe. Its body intelligence also helps create better-fitting clothes for uniform makers, fashion brands, and body armor producers. Consequently, as shopping shifted online, 3DLook has grown faster than other e-commerce players, with a five-fold rise in revenue since April 2020.
MarkForged fine-tunes 3D printers over time with federated learning
       
New software platform leverages data from the world’s largest fleet of connected 3D printers3D printer maker MarkForged is using AI and federated learning within the new Blacksmith software to enable its machines to improve over time. By using federated learning, each printer can now contribute to a shared prediction model, while keeping all the training data on the device. Collective knowledgeAs a new discipline, 3D printing has room for improvement as turning every new design spec into a product is a matter of interpretation for the 3D printer. By using federated learning, a machine can tap into a sort of ‘collective knowledge’ of the fleet – even if it prints a particular part for the first time. “Blacksmith fundamentally changes the way engineers think about additive manufacturing,” said David Benhaim, co-founder and CTO of Markforged.
PatSnap raises $300m to boost patent search with AI
       
The company hopes to take advantage of the US-China trade warAI-powered patent intelligence company PatSnap has raised a whopping $300m in a Series E funding round. SoftBank Vision Fund II and Tencent were among the investors that helped tip the company's valuation over $1 billion. A patent unicornOn a basic level, PatSnap helps companies search for patents. SoftBank Vision Fund boss Masayoshi Son revealed that he spent less than half an hour on the phone with Tiong before deciding to invest. “We believe AI is radically changing industries, and PatSnap is a technology leader using AI to enable companies to innovate faster using IP data and R&D analytics,” said Eric Chen, managing partner at SoftBank Investment Advisers.
System detects errors when medication is self-administered
       
From swallowing pills to injecting insulin, patients frequently administer their own medication. The researchers say the system, which can be installed in a home, could alert patients and caregivers to medication errors and potentially reduce unnecessary hospital visits. Finally, the system alerts the patient or their health care provider when it detects an error in the patient’s self-administration. The team developed a neural network to key in on patterns indicating the use of an inhaler or insulin pen. Every proper medicine administration follows a similar sequence — picking up the insulin pen, priming it, injecting, etc.
Essential Rules For Autonomous Robots To Drive A Conventional Car
       
This means that any car at any time can immediately become a self-driving car (i.e., non-human driven). The cost of having a self-driving car goes toward the driving robot rather than the car itself. Nope, the car is a car, and the driving robot has to drive it as it exists, just as humans drive the car. For self-driving cars, you need to find a self-driving car before you can use it. In the case of a driving robot, as long as you have a driving robot near you or accompanying you, any car will do.
Fashion Leaning on AI for a Makeover of Its Business Model, to be More Green
       
By AI Trends StaffA Los Angeles fashion house is using AI to change the business model of the fashion industry, which historically has high risks related to unsold inventory. We created this because we want fashion to be more sustainable,” stated Ramin Ahmari, founder and chief executive of Finesse, in a recent account in Fortune. Sustainability is a theme of many young entrepreneurs in the fashion industry, who aim to apply technology to make better use of forecasting, pricing and operational research to reduce waste. Data Scientist Created Sustainability Benchmark for Fashion IndustryOne sustainability consultant sees the fashion industry as being in a good position to exploit AI technology trends to its benefit as Finesse is doing. “Retailers can ensure that their customers look good while their operations remain profitable by investing in sustainable fashion technologies and applying newer technologies such as AI across the fashion value chain,” she stated.
AI-Powered Trading App Benefitting DFIN as IPOs Surge to Record Numbers
       
Through mid-March of 2021, another record has been set with $162.4 billion raised by 600 issuers, the most ever at this point in the year, according to a recent account in Bloomberg. Accounting for about half of those proceeds—some $77 billion—are “blank check” listings, also called special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs). In the first three months of 2020, the SPACs raised $37 billion. “The DFIN platform with eBrevia AI plays a key role in all of the above—the actual collaboration, filings and transactions of the De-SPAC,” Clay said. That’s where DFIN and its eBrevia AI capabilities are sought by SPAC’s,” Clay said.
AI Being Applied in Hopes of Speeding COVID-19 Vaccine Supply Chain
       
By John P. Desmond, AI Trends EditorThe application of AI to the COVID-19 vaccine distribution involves separate supply chain problems: demand forecasting, supply chain management, quality assurance, and adverse event surveillance. Getting the vaccine where it needs to be on time is a supply chain challenge, and an opportunity for well-positioned software providers. Blockchain Technology Seen as Having Potential to HelpBlockchain technology could be useful for tracking doses through the supply chain, some suggest. In another challenge, most supply chain software packages were designed to be used within a single organization. Read the source articles in Healthcare IT News, in Fortune and in Supply Chain.
Emerging Artificial Intelligence Technologies of 2020s: Formative AI
       
Emerging Artificial Intelligence Technologies of 2020s: Formative AIArtificial intelligence technologies have always lived up to the hype. Emerging technologies like artificial intelligence continues to play a vital role in helping the world in numerous ways. Gartner defines ‘Formative AI’ as a type of artificial intelligence that is capable of dynamically changing itself to respond to a situation. In layman’s terms, it refers to artificial intelligence technologies which dynamically adapts based on context. The three most common forms of Formative AI include: Generative AI, AI-assisted software development and Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs).
AI Ethics Brief #47: Governing AI, AI ethics in Canada and Spain, Arts and AI ethics, and more ...
       
Welcome to another edition of the Montreal AI Ethics Institute’s weekly AI Ethics Brief that will help you keep up with the fast-changing world of AI Ethics! Every week we summarize the best of AI Ethics research and reporting, along with some commentary. We use this Wikipedia-style tipping model to support the democratization of AI ethics literacy and to ensure we can continue to serve our community. My goal with this is to make doing the right thing from an AI ethics perspective the default and easier option. Event summaries:10 Takeaways from the State of AI Ethics in Canada & SpainThis event recap was co-written by Muriam Fancy (our Network Engagement Manager) and Connor Wright (our Partnerships Manager), who co-hosted our “The State of AI Ethics in Spain and Canada” virtual meetup in partnership with OdiseIA earlier in February.
He got Facebook hooked on AI. Now he can't fix its misinformation addiction
       
The team that worked on determining which posts individual Facebook users would see on their personal news feeds wanted to apply the same techniques. Quiñonero’s success with the news feed—coupled with impressive new AI research being conducted outside the company—caught the attention of Zuckerberg and Schroepfer. They created two AI teams. Called FBLearner Flow, it allowed engineers with little AI experience to train and deploy machine-learning models within days. It was “the inner sanctum,” says a former leader in the AI org (the branch of Facebook that contains all its AI teams), who recalls the CEO shuffling people in and out of his vicinity as they gained or lost his favor.
Construction Site Automation by Dusty Robotics
       
Abate interviews Tessa Lau on her startup Dusty Robotics which is innovating in the field of construction. At Dusty Robotics, they developed a robot to automate the laying of floor plans on the floors in construction sites. Dr. Tessa LauDr. Tessa Lau is an experienced entrepreneur with expertise in AI, machine learning, and robotics. She is currently Founder/CEO at Dusty Robotics, a construction robotics company building robot-powered tools for the modern construction workforce. Previously, Dr. Lau was a Research Scientist at Willow Garage, where she developed simple interfaces for personal robots.
How one employee's exit shook Google and the AI industry
       
"A constant battle from day one"Gebru joined Google in September 2018, at Mitchell's urging, as the co-leader of the Ethical AI team. "The outside world sees us much more as experts, really respects us a lot more than anyone at Google," Gebru said. Margaret Mitchell brought together the Ethical AI team at Google and later described Gebru's departure as a "horrible life-changing loss in a year of horrible life-changing losses." Ten teams centered around AI ethics, fairness, and accessibility — including the Ethical AI team — now report to her. Mitchell told CNN Business that the ethical AI team had been "terrified" that she would be next to go after Gebru.
Why use Robots?
       
In this sectionToday, industrial robots are an essential part of many manufacturing processes across a broad range of market sectors. Robots, as part of a modern manufacturing strategy, bring a host of benefits, including process consistency, improvements in productivity, quality and yield, high levels of flexibility and of course robots can free humans from dirty or hazardous working environments. Robots also bring benefits in applications that require high levels of cleanliness such as those found within the medical, pharmaceutical and food sectors. With no requirement for minimum lighting or heating levels, robots offer a great opportunity to cut your energy bills. Robots can now also be programmed offline, ensuring new production processes can be quickly introduced for faster production5.
Announcing the ICLR 2021 Invited Speakers
       
In 2001 she was appointed as Lecturer at the Department of Computer Science at Queen Mary University of London. In 2013 she joined the Department of Computer Science at University College London and was promoted to full professor in 2015. His research is in the area of computer vision and computer graphics, especially at the intersection of the two. Prior to that she was a co-lead of the Ethical AI research team at Google Brain. J.P. Morgan AI Research partners with applied data analytics teams across the firm as well as with leading academic institutions globally.
The Secret Auction That Set Off the Race for AI Supremacy
       
He used a standing desk inside his office at the University of Toronto. As Hinton and his students showed, a neural network could learn this very human skill by analyzing vast amounts of data. It promised to transform not just computer vision but everything from talking digital assistants to driverless cars to drug discovery. The idea of a neural network dated back to the 1950s, but the early pioneers had never gotten it working as well as they’d hoped. When submitting research papers to academic journals, those who still explored the technology would often disguise it as something else, replacing the words “neural network” with language less likely to offend their fellow scientists.
Microsoft Turing Academic Program (MS-TAP)
       
We have created the Microsoft Turing Academic Program (MS-TAP) as part of our program to share Microsoft advances with Microsoft’s Turing family of natural language models in responsible manner. MS-TAP provides leading academics and researchers with a private preview of Turing models. Program participants collaborate closely with Microsoft Turing scientists as well as domain experts contributing to Microsoft’s on ethical and responsible AI. : Explore the application of Turing language models in a variety of downstream tasks that span various domains of machine learning. Explore inadvertent and unintended outcomes : Identify and evaluate the spectrum of potential unintended outcomes posed by Turing models.
Using AI ethically to tackle covid-19
       
Without forethought, this can lead to problems, such as a one-size-fits-all approach that harms already disadvantaged groups.3Secondly, public trust in AI is crucial. Bringing together AI ethics and health ethics AI can broadly be defined as digital systems that can make complex decisions or recommendations on the basis of data inputs. AI systems seek to optimise a particular objective function—that is, a mathematical function representing the goals it has been designed to achieve. More broadly, when AI systems are proposed for a response to a pandemic, difficult trade-offs between values could be introduced. No single checklist is available that these decision makers can mechanically follow to ensure that AI is used ethically and responsibly.
Why machine learning struggles with causality
       
Machine learning algorithms, especially deep neural networks, are especially good at ferreting out subtle patterns in huge sets of data. Independent and identically distributed dataWhy do machine learning models fail at generalizing beyond their narrow domains and training data? Transfer learning in machine learning algorithms, however, is limited to very superficial uses, such as finetuning an image classifier to detect new types of objects. assumption that underlies statistical machine learning,” the authors of the paper write, adding that adversarial vulnerabilities are proof of the differences in the robustness mechanisms of human intelligence and machine learning algorithms. Adding causality to machine learningIn their paper, the AI researchers bring together several concepts and principles that can be essential to creating causal machine learning models.
AI Weekly — AI News & Leading Newsletter on Deep Learning & Artificial Intelligence
       
In The NewsDon't miss the interview with Alexander Sadovsky VP of AI at SurePrep. As part of the Speaker Series, hear from Alexander Sadovsky, VP of AI at SurePrep who has led teams of data scientists, engineers, and mathematicians to create products driven by petabytes of data by focusing on open source technologies and scalable cloud architecture. Alex shares the latest AI trends, applications, and opportunities whilst offering tips and best practices for AI practitioners and non-technical professionals to build careers in AI. Watch hereArtificial Intelligence In 2021: Five Trends You May (or May Not) Expect MLOps MLOps (“Machine Learning Operations”, the practice of production Machine Learning) has been around for some time. AutoML has traditionally focused on algorithmic selection and finding the best Machine Learning or Deep Learning solution for a particular dataset.
Eight lessons for robotics startups from NRI PI workshop – Silicon Valley Robotics
       
My nation is poised to invest billions of dollars to remain the leader in artificial intelligence as well as quantum computing. We are increasingly seeing how AI is having a pervasing impact on our lives, both for good and for bad. in Computer Science at Georgia Tech (1998), and Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of Southern California (2003). His research addresses problems in interactive robotics and human-robot interaction, primarily focused on mobile manipulation, robot perception, and robot learning from demonstration. Stream at:https://roboticstoday.github.io/watch.html See more details • • •13 Robotics CoLab @Circuit Launch From $1500 Robotics CoLab @Circuit Launch From $1500 10:00 am - 5:00 pmCircuit Launch, 8000 Edgewater Drive, Oakland, CA, USA See more details •
Opinion: Best practices for building an AI serving engine
       
One of the most critical steps in any operational machine learning (ML) pipeline is artificial intelligence (AI) serving, a task usually performed by an AI serving engine. You need the flexibility to scale-out or scale-in the AI serving engine based on your expected and current loads. Support for multiple platformsYour AI serving engine should be able to serve deep-learning models trained by state-of-the-art platforms like TensorFlow or PyTorch. In addition, machine-learning models like random-forest and linear-regression still provide good predictability for many use cases and should be supported by your AI serving engine. Make sure to require that the AI serving engine support A/B testing to compare the model against a default model.
AI-powered grocery inventory startup Shelf Engine nabs $41M
       
In April 2020, grocery prices showed their steepest monthly increase in nearly 50 years, led by rising prices for perishables like meat and eggs. Shelf Engine, a Seattle-based startup cofounded in 2015, aims to make a change by tapping AI to help stores increase profits while reducing product waste. According to cofounder and CEO Stefan Kalb, grocery retailers that fail to innovate today could put their companies at risk. Shelf Engine doesn’t charge for items that don’t sell — retailers only pay for the items that do. In addition to continued expansion, 145-employee Shelf Engine says the round will enable it to further invest in its team of engineers, data scientists, and supply chain automation specialists.
Robotics safety system developer Fort Robotics raises $13M to tackle workplace automation
       
Fort Robotics, a startup developing a safety and security platform for robots, today announced it has raised $13 million in a funding round led by Prime Movers Lab. As industrial manufacturers increasingly embrace automation, workplace injuries involving robots are becoming more common. For example, a recent report revealed that Amazon fulfillment warehouses with robots had higher rates of serious worker injuries than less automated facilities. A warehouse in Kent, Washington that employs robots had 292 serious injuries in one year, or 13 serious injuries per 100 workers. “We’re excited to partner with our new investors to help position Fort at the forefront of this rapidly evolving space,” Reeves said.
Fetcher.ai nabs $6.5M to match employees with open roles using AI
       
AI is poised to impact health care dramatically, but how do you ensure it’s used equitably across all populations? Fetcher.ai, a recruitment platform that combines AI with human teams, today announced it has raised $6.5 million in a round led by G20 Ventures. Fetcher’s AI-powered platform provides enterprises with an internal team that trains and monitors data to deliver a pipeline of candidates. Another rival, Vervoe, offers AI tools that test would-be employees’ on-the-job skills with a mix of general assessments, coding challenges, and personality quizzes. Fetcher claims its AI technologies work to decrease unconscious bias while increasing the size and scope of diverse talent pools.
Enterprises share the challenges of migrating legacy systems to the cloud
       
Enterprises are hopeful to achieve the many business, technical, and financial benefits of moving legacy systems to the cloud. However, the road to migrating and running these systems on cloud infrastructure can be rough for companies that fail to plan ahead. IT management systems were the most likely legacy applications to move to the cloud, while security and ecommerce were the second-most and third-most likely, respectively. Security and compliance were listed by 59% of IT leaders as the top challenge facing enterprises when moving legacy systems to the cloud, while 43% of respondents said the migrations took too long. Cloud migrations can cost between $100,000 and $250,000 and rarely come in under budget, IT leaders told Lemongrass.
Moment AI looks to develop in-car system focused on driver health
       
The goal is a prototype in-vehicle AI system that detects when a driver is incapacitated due to a health condition – such as epilepsy – and can assume control of the car and guide it to safety. Transportation equityThe first objective of the project is to create an AI system that can detect, monitor and analyze the road-worthiness of drivers at the wheel. Moment AI founder Megan Gray was diagnosed with epilepsy at 23 and told to forget about driving. After researching how ADAS (advanced driver-assistance systems) could help detect her own seizures, Gray started Moment AI. He added that Moment AI exemplifies the need for “transportation equity,” and building Gray’s personal story into an academic/industry partnership may have a significant impact on the lives of many in need.
Applied Materials uses AI to improve chip manufacturing, claims it saved customers $400m
       
ExtractAI hunts out defects, making semiconductor fabs a little less expensive to runSemiconductor manufacturing equipment supplier Applied Materials has developed an artificial intelligence system to improve the efficiency of chip printing. A small defect can cause the whole chip to be rendered useless, or lead to surprise issues later down the line. To combat this, chip manufacturers have historically scanned semiconductors looking for issues – but at such a microscopic scale, these efforts can take days. By relying on AI, Applied Materials claims it can save time, spot issues earlier, and lower manufacturing costs. Ideally, it should be able to help semiconductor manufacturers analyze how defects occur, potentially reducing them rate over time.
Researchers blur faces in seminal ImageNet dataset; object recognition algorithms maintain accuracy
       
ImageNet was first launched in 2012, featuring thousands of images of objects, people, and scenes – all carefully labeled by hand. Researchers involved in maintaining ImageNet have updated the dataset to blur faces as new images are added, and are calling for the main ImageNet archive to follow suit. Fuzzy thinkingThe group of researchers maintaining ImageNet decided that, given the growth of AI and the concerns over surveillance and bias, it was time to start obscuring faces. A large number of images featured on ImageNet were not primarily about people, but included faces. Have you bothered to even contact the curators of the ImageNet dataset?
Cymbio, which connects brands with markets, raises $7M
       
Cymbio, a startup creating a product that connects brands with markets, today closed a $7 million series A round led by Vertex Ventures. Cymbio claims to enable things like real-time, cross-platform inventory and order updates by replacing manual tasks with preconfigured rules. Cymbio customers get a product catalog showing their products, product images, and product details relevant to their market partners. “One of the challenges brands, retailers, and marketplaces experience is the difference in the way they describe attributes such as centimeters and inches, different sizes, colors. “As retail is in its challenging moments, Cymbio brings a new approach for business partnerships between brands and retailers,” Melissa founder and CEO Michele Levy said.
Responsible AI in health care starts at the top — but it’s everyone’s responsibility (VB Live)
       
Breakthroughs in the application of machine learning and other forms of artificial intelligence (AI) in health care are rapidly advancing, creating advantages in the field’s clinical and administrative realms. Using AI to simplify those processes creates efficiencies that reduce the amount of work it takes to deliver health care and improves the experiences of both patients and providers. Machine learning models, by definition, learn from the available data that’s being created throughout the health care system. Inequities in the system may be reflected in the data and predictions that machine learning models return. There’s no shortage of tools and capabilities available across the field of responsible AI because there are so many people who are passionate about making sure we all use AI responsibly.
Language models struggle to answer questions without paraphrasing training data
       
But they found that even the best LFQA models, including theirs, don’t always answer in a way that’s grounded in — or demonstrates an understanding of — the documents they retrieve. Large language models like OpenAI’s GPT-3 and Google’s GShard learn to write humanlike text by internalizing billions of examples from the public web. Open-domain question-answering models — models theoretically capable of responding to novel questions with novel answers — often simply memorize answers found in the data on which they’re trained, depending on the data set. Because of this, language models can also be prompted to show sensitive, private information when fed certain words and phrases. Memorization isn’t the only challenge large language models struggle with.
‘Anonymized’ X-ray datasets can reveal patient identities
       
However, these systems require a large amount of patient data from which to learn to make diagnoses, which can have frightening privacy implications if the data isn’t properly anonymized. A study coauthored by researchers at the University Erlangen-Nurnberg in Erlangen, Germany sought to determine the extent to which patient data could be compromised by an X-ray classification system. “We conclude that publicly available medical chest X-ray data is not entirely anonymous. Assuming multiple datasets contain the same patient but different metadata, an attacker might be able to obtain a complete picture of the patient. “We hypothesize that collecting patient information by this means could significantly help an attacker infer the true identity of the patient,” the researchers wrote.
OctoML raises $28M for machine learning deployment optimization
       
In the latest news for such a company, OctoML today raised a $28 million series B funding round. OctoML helps businesses accelerate AI model inference and training and relies on the open source Apache TVM machine learning compiler framework. OctoML will use the funding to continue building out products like its Octomizer platform and investing in its go-to-market strategy and customer service teams. The $28 million funding round was led by Addition, with participation from existing investors Madrona Venture Group and Amplify Partners. OctoML has raised $47 million to date, including a $3.9 million seed funding round in October 2019, just months after the company was founded.
Torch.AI raises $30M for AI that unifies disparate enterprise data
       
Join Transform 2021 for the most important themes in enterprise AI & Data. Torch.AI, a startup developing “network-centric” AI to deliver big data insights, announced that it raised $30 million. Torch.AI’s platform functions as an enterprise communication system that provides AI-enhanced data transformations, ingesting data from any source. In addition, Torch.AI provides a suite that maintains a hardened cybersecurity posture and tools that make the implementation of compliance regulations and policies ostensibly easier. And there’s Quantexa, which last July raised $64.7 million to further develop its AI platform that extracts insights from big data.
Creo unveils AI-based BioBulb for indoor plant walls
       
Creo has unveiled its BioBulb platform that allows businesses to create appealing indoor plant walls with automated water and nutrient systems. The system uses AI to create a smart, green living system that allows nature to grow in environments with scarce resources, such as inside office building lobbies. Creo can put the plants on walls and connect them with small plastic wires that deliver the nutrients and water as needed. Tubes connect the BioBulb to the Bio-Server, which is hooked up to the building’s water source. Creo competes with hydroponics systems that are based on growing plants in water, but BioBulb uses soil and small amounts of water to be more efficient.
Asia's first 'official' open data portal comes online
       
Hopes to be as successful as the EU Open Data PortalThe Taipei Computer Association – primarily known for running Computex, the world’s largest technology trade show – has launched Asia’s first official open data portal, as part of a data application workshop organized by Asia Open Data Partnership (AODP). Modeled after the EU open data initiatives, AODP was established in 2015 to promote open data communication and cooperation. Working togetherCurrent AODP secretariat, Taipei Computer Association, plans for the new portal to serve as the single point of access to open data published by institutions, agencies, and organizations in the member states. To deal with this, AODP is using machine translation and “diplomatic efforts” toward data standardization. Some of the datasets available through the open data portalAODP is one of a number of efforts to get nations to collaborate on data and AI.
AI and big data analytics startup Noogata nets $12M
       
Noogata, a startup developing products for designing, implementing, and deploying big data analytics models at scale, today announced that it raised $12 million. IDC expects the worldwide big data analytics market will be worth $274.3 billion by 2022. The Noogata AI platform is helping us take steps to further optimize crop yield, which helps support farmers’ productivity, profitability, and resiliency.”Noogata competes with several startups in the big data analytics space. Leadspace offers a customer data platform that uses AI and big data to help sales and marketing teams build B2B customer profiles. “Noogata is perfectly positioned to address the significant market need for a best-in-class, no-code data analytics platform to drive decision-making,” Team8 managing partner Yuval Shachar said.
Location data analytics provider SafeGraph raises $45M
       
While more users worldwide are refusing to share location data with apps, marketers say the data is incredibly valuable for targeting purposes and personalizing customer experiences. SafeGraph customers gain access to not only location information, but spatial hierarchy metadata and place traffic data. More recently, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and IRS announced they would audit their own use of location data after it was revealed that the agencies were purchasing cellphone location data from commercial sources. In May, North Dakota said its smartphone app, Care19, had been sending users’ location data to the digital marketing service Foursquare, an issue the state’s app developer later fixed. “By singularly focusing on providing the highest-quality places data to data science teams, they’ve earned the trust of some of the largest public and private institutions.
Liqid integrates HPC management tool with Slurm orchestration engine
       
The integration of Liqid Matrix Software with the open source orchestration engine will make it easier for IT organizations to dynamically scale HPC workloads up and down as needed, Liqid CEO Sumit Puri said. That capability has become more critical as IT teams increasingly run AI workloads on HPC platforms configured with graphical processor units (GPUs), Puri added. Organizations are looking to maximize utilization rates on HPC platforms to increase the value of investments they have made in existing platforms, Puri noted. The software Liqid provides makes it possible to manage systems based on those processors as if they were one logical entity. Regardless of approach, HPC platforms are about to become a mainstay of many IT environments as the number of AI workloads continues to increase.
Applied Materials brings AI and big data into semiconductor inspection machines
       
Join Transform 2021 for the most important themes in enterprise AI & Data. Applied Materials has launched a new generation of optical semiconductor wafer inspection machines that incorporate big data and AI techniques. “We all know that AI and big data have the potential to transform every area of the economy,” Wells said. We’re bringing AI and big data into the semiconductor manufacturing.”The new inspection systems are the fastest-ramping tools in the history of Santa Clara, California-based Applied Materials, which is the largest maker of equipment used in semiconductor factories. The SemVision system trains the Enlight system with ExtractAI technology to classify yield-killing defects and distinguish defects from noise.
Datagen emerges from stealth to create synthetic datasets for computer vision models
       
Datagen, a Tel Aviv, Israel-based startup offering a platform to create synthetic computer vision system training data, today emerged from stealth with $18.5 million in funding from TLV Partners and Viola Ventures. As for reinforcement learning, it’s a technique that allows AI models to learn how to make decisions automatically through trial and error. For example, self-driving vehicle companies alone spend billions of dollars per year collecting and labeling training data, according to estimates. To create synthetic training data, Datagen works with customers to establish requirements like camera lens specifications, lighting, environmental factors, demographic distributions, and annotations and metadata. Parallel Domain also taps AI and machine learning to create synthetic computer vision datasets.
AI patent intelligence platform PatSnap secures $300M
       
Join Transform 2021 for the most important themes in enterprise AI & Data. PatSnap, which offers a patent and R&D platform and services, today announced that it raised $300 million in series E funding from SoftBank Vision Fund 2 and Tencent Investment. Based on patent and document information, the company also uses AI and machine learning to create a series of models that generate a unique index analysis for every patent and paper. PatSnap says it connects 140 million patents, licensing, litigation, and company information with nonpatent literature to bring together over 250 million data points across 116 jurisdictions into a single platform. PatSnap also compiles competitive intelligence reports that provide clients with business intelligence about competitors’ strengths and strategies.
Lightmatter announces Envise, a photonic accelerator for AI
       
Envise 4U server blade © LightmatterAs the first commercial, general-purpose photonic AI accelerator, Envise is expected to be able to handle a variety of workloads, including inference on GPT-3, Megatron, BERT-Large, DLRM, and ResNet-50. Lightmatter claims Envise is five times faster than Nvidia’s A100 in BERT, but that has not been independently verified. Lightmatter claims a seven-fold energy efficiency improvement over the A100. To help developers make the most of Envise, Lightmatter plans to roll out a new software stack called Idiom. It competes with a number of photonic chip pioneers, who all vie for the post-Moore's Law computing space.
Optibus receives $107 million to optimize mass transit
       
Algorithmic decisions could shorten billions of journey timesTel Aviv-based AI startup Optibus has raised $107 million in Series C funding to expand its services for public transport across the globe. Old schoolOptibus sweats mass transit assets, fine-tuning each individual journey by presenting each commuter with the best information for their travel decision. Even small clients with five buses and 50 trips a day could have over a million vehicle combinations, and 10 million driver-shift options to choose from. There are a few mass transit specialists emerging across the world that can do this, and demand for their services is high: Remix mapping platform for mass transit just sold for $100 million, and Intel bought Moovit in 2019 for $900 million. Even during lockdown, the value of Optibus has continued to rise, according to founder and CEO Amos Haggiag.
Ibex gets $38 million to further AI-powered cancer diagnostics
       
Starting with prostate and breast cancerIbex Medical Analytics has secured $38 million in Series B financing to fund advances in its artificial intelligence and machine learning systems for cancer diagnosis. Ibex is now recruiting talent in research and development, clinical, and commercial teams. The latest investment will help the Ibex development team strengthen and widen the options that Galen provides for identifying more tissue types. “In live clinical settings our AI is a game changer in eliminating misdiagnosis and ensuring real-time patient safety,” he said. Ibex's Galen Prostate and Galen Breast algorithms has already corrected misdiagnosed and mis-graded cancers in digitized slides, prompting pathologists to make quicker and more accurate reviews, he added.
Faster drug discovery through machine learning
       
The researchers say DeepBAR could one day quicken the pace of drug discovery and protein engineering. The second category is less computationally expensive, but it yields only an approximation of the binding free energy. Exact and efficientDeepBAR computes binding free energy exactly, but it requires just a fraction of the calculations demanded by previous methods. The “BAR” in DeepBAR stands for “Bennett acceptance ratio,” a decades-old algorithm used in exact calculations of binding free energy. “This research is an example of combining traditional computational chemistry methods, developed over decades, with the latest developments in machine learning,” says Ding.
Research finds 1.4 million UK jobs could be automated this year
       
Find him on Twitter: @Gadget_RyAccording to a Faethm AI forecast, over 1.4 million jobs in the UK could be replaced by automation this year alone. The future of work is already here and the introduction of technology does not affect work in a uniform way. Faethm’s research finds that many staple UK jobs are at risk from automation and may cease to exist in the future. As the country rebuilds from the pandemic, Faethm wants to see a focus on where AI can augment human jobs rather than replace them. 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.
Enterprise workflow automation startup DeepSee.ai raises $22.6M
       
DeepSee.ai, an enterprise workflow automation platform, today announced that it closed a $22.6 million series A round led by ForgePoint Capital. Salesforce’s recent Trends in Workflow Automation report found that 95% of IT leaders are prioritizing automation and 70% of execs are seeing the equivalent of over 4 hours saved each week per employee. Moreover, according to market research firm Fact.MR, the adoption of business workflow automation at scale could create a market opportunity of over $1.6 billion between 2017 and 2026. Within a span of months, Blue Prism raised over $120 million, Kryon $40 million, and FortressIQ $30 million. Tech giants have also made forays into the field, including Microsoft, which acquired RPA startup Softomotive, and IBM, which purchased WDG Automation.
Google partners with Automation Anywhere to develop RPA products
       
Google today announced a strategic, multi-year collaboration with robotic process automation (RPA) startup Automation Anywhere to accelerate the adoption of RPA with enterprises “on a global scale.” The partnership will make the Automation Anywhere platform available on Google Cloud and see the two companies mutually develop AI- and RPA-powered solutions, closely aligning go-to-market teams. And in its recent Trends in Workflow Automation report, Salesforce found that 95% of IT leaders are prioritizing workflow automation, with 70% seeing the equivalent of more than 4 hours saved each week per employee. As a part of its agreement with Automation Anywhere, Google plans to integrate the former company’s RPA technologies including low- and no-code development tools, AI workflow builders, and API management with Google Cloud services like Apigee, AppSheet, and AI Platform. For its part, Automation Anywhere has pledged to migrate its cloud-native, web-based automation platform to Google Cloud as its primary cloud provider, in exchange for becoming Google Cloud’s preferred RPA partner. As Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian notes, RPA has become a key part of businesses’ digital transformation efforts.
Cruise acquires driverless vehicle startup Voyage to tackle dense urban environments
       
Terms of the buyout weren’t disclosed, but Voyage CEO Oliver Cameron said “key members” of the Voyage team will join Cruise when the purchase is finalized in the coming months. The San Francisco, California-based startup targets communities that may have a greater and more imminent need for a network of self-driving cars, particularly retirement villages. 1/ I’m pleased to welcome @OliverCameron & @Voyage to the @Cruise team! According to Gartner analyst Mike Ramsey, consolidation in the self-driving market is inevitable and necessary. Recently, Cruise revealed that it has roughly 1,800 employees working on its self-driving cars, up from 1,000 as of March 2019.
On-demand logistics and fulfillment startup Flowspace raises $31M
       
On-demand warehousing fulfillment startup Flowspace today announced that it raised $31 million in a series B equity funding round. Founded in 2017, Flowspace offers fulfillment and distribution services, warehouses, and a team of workers that help pick, pack, and ship products. “Our software is already running in hundreds of warehouse facilities that are using Flowspace to enable e-commerce fulfillment,” he said. For every $100 spent online, companies are spending $20 of that to store and ship these products to customer’s homes. Previous investments came from Canvas Ventures, Industrious Ventures, Moment Ventures, 1984 Ventures, eGateway Capital, and Y Combinator.
Getting to trustworthy AI
       
Join Transform 2021 for the most important themes in enterprise AI & Data. To get to trustworthy AI, organizations have to resolve these problems with investments on three fronts: First, they need to nurture a culture that adopts and scales AI safely. To ensure fair and transparent AI, organizations must pull together task forces of stakeholders from different backgrounds and disciplines to design their approach. Developing data and AI governanceAny organization deploying AI must have clear data governance in effect. There are dozens of AI governance boards around the world that are working with industry in order to help set standards for AI.
Gartner’s 2021 Magic Quadrant cites ‘glut of innovation’ in data science and ML
       
Gartner’s Magic Quadrant report on data science and machine learning (DSLM) platform companies assesses what it says are the top 20 vendors in this fast-growing industry segment. The most innovative DSML vendors support various types of users collaborating on the same project: data engineers, expert data scientists, citizen data scientists, application developers, and machine learning specialists. CIOs and senior management teams want to understand the specifics of how data science and machine learning models work. OSS adoption has become so pervasive that most DSML vendors rely on OSS, starting with Python, the most commonly used language. OSS adoption has become so pervasive that most DSML vendors rely on OSS, starting with Python, the most commonly used language.
Top 10 Artificial Intelligence Technologies Making a Breakthrough in 2021
       
Top 10 Artificial Intelligence Technologies Making a Breakthrough in 2021Analytics Insight has listed the top 10 AI technologies that are taking innovation to next level in 2021Artificial intelligence is the technological blow that took the world by storm. Henceforth, Analytics Insight has listed the top 10 AI technologies that are taking innovation to next level in 2021. There are many types of biometrics technology namely face recognition, touch recognition, Iris recognition, DNA matching, Retina recognition, voice recognition, etc. With the help of computer vision technology, machines can accurately identify and classify objects in images, videos and deep learning models. The normal devices that were used for a long time in daily routine are re-modelled as smart devices.
How to scale AI with a high degree of customization
       
Join Transform 2021 for the most important themes in enterprise AI & Data. In a previous post, I outlined four challenges to scaling AI: customization, data, talent, and trust. Finally, an AI system’s alignment to business objectives may be specific to the group developing it. On top of that, once an AI system is live and in production, maintaining it, optimizing, and governing it is another ongoing challenge. This means any team across the enterprise can contribute their ML development for reuse with clear instructions on use.
Spanish team wins AI vs. COVID Xprize
       
The ‘Valencia IA4COVID19’ team won the four-month competition that saw more than 100 entrants. When testing in “what-if” scenarios, those measures were expected to minimize infection rates as well as economic impact. “We salute the ingenuity and dedication of the two winning teams of the Pandemic Response Challenge, VALENCIA IA4COVID19 and JSI vs COVID, and thank all who participated in this global competition,” said Brian Humphries, CEO of Cognizant. “It’s amazing what can happen when you bring together creative minds in data science, computer programming, machine learning, and epidemiology. The 84-person meeting required attendees to provide negative COVID tests – but these are unreliable, and do not detect the virus in its earliest stages.
Ocean exploration company Bedrock raises $8m for underwater drones
       
New York-based Bedrock Ocean Exploration has raised $8 million to develop autonomous robots equipped with an array of sensors that map the ocean floor. 20,000 leagues under the scannerMore than 80 percent of the ocean floor is yet to be mapped, meaning we know less about it than the Moon's surface. Bedrock’s fleet collects data on the ocean, including depth, temperature, and profiles of the ocean floor. A deep sea mining test in 1989 left deep scars on the ocean floor that still remain, with sea life yet to return. Among other use cases, Bedrock Ocean Exploration is hoping to work with submarine cable companies, helping them chart routes for the cables that deliver 99 percent of intercontinental Internet traffic.
Artificial intelligence that more closely mimics the mind
       
Now the startup Nara Logics, co-founded by an MIT alumnus, is trying to take artificial intelligence to the next level by more closely mimicking the brain. The result is an AI platform that holds a number of advantages over traditional neural network-based systems. While other systems use meticulously tuned, fixed algorithms, users can interact with Nara Logics’ platform, changing variables and goals to further explore their data. Perhaps most importantly, Nara Logics’ platform can provide the reasons behind every recommendation it makes — a key driver of adoption in sectors like health care. Eggers became convinced Nara Logics’ AI engine offered a superior way to help businesses.
Yseop now tells you what percentage of a financial report can be generated automatically
       
French AI company Yseop has launched a new tool that instantly shows prospective clients what percentage of their financial reports can be automatically generated. According to Yseop, financial analysts spend 48% of their time writing and updating reports, a figure the company said falls to 9% when using its platform. First up, the user uploads a PDF document containing an existing financial report from their business. We then tried ALIX with two real financial reports to see how it assessed their suitability for automation. With ALIX, Yseop is trying to remove some of the friction for companies that are considering automating their report writing.
Luum’s AI-based Lash Robot can delicately extend eyelashes for customers in beauty salons
       
Luum has created an AI-based Lash Robot that can delicately extend eyelashes for customers in beauty salons. The Luum robot can do the same procedure — where it grabs someone’s eyelash and adds an extension to it — in under 20 minutes. While the robot does replace a person who would otherwise do the procedure, Luum still requires a human to operate the machine. Senior lash artists get paid $250 to $350 for a job, and Sanchez believes the service with the robot can cost less than $200. Hardin was amazed by the artist’s dexterity and thought it would be a great job for a robot.
Facebook details AI that can understand videos
       
Join Transform 2021 for the most important themes in enterprise AI & Data. On the heels of a computer vision system that achieved state-of-the-art accuracy with minimal supervision, Facebook today announced a project called Learning from Videos that’s designed to automatically learn audio, textual, and visual representations from publicly available Facebook videos. Already, Learning from Videos, which began in 2020, has led to improved recommendations in Instagram Reels, according to Facebook. Facebook AI research scientist Lorenzo Torresani told VentureBeat that TimeSformer can be trained in 14 hours with 32 GPUs. In the future, when applied in production, we believe they could do things like caption talks, speeches, and instructional videos; understand product mentions in videos; and search and classification of archives of recordings,” Geoffrey Zweig, director at Facebook AI, told VentureBeat.
AI Weekly: Facebook, Google, and the tension between profits and fairness
       
This week, we learned a lot more about the inner workings of AI fairness and ethics operations at Facebook and Google and how things have gone wrong. On Monday, a Google employee group wrote a letter asking Congress and state lawmakers to pass legislation to protect AI ethics whistleblowers. That letter cites VentureBeat reporting about the potential policy outcomes of Google firing former Ethical AI team co-lead Timnit Gebru. And when that happens, whistleblower protections become essential.” The 2021 AI Index report found that AI ethics stories — including Google firing Gebru — were among the most popular AI-related news articles of 2020, an indication of rising public interest. The group is chaired by former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, and Google Cloud AI chief Andrew Moore is among the group’s 15 commissioners.
Bipartisan Agreement in Congress on AI Points to Way Forward with China
       
By John P. Desmond, AI Trends EditorThe final report from the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence, released last week, points to a surprisingly bipartisan agreement on the importance of setting an AI industrial policy to compete with China. “This is the kind of bipartisan support we hope can drive new investment” in AI and other emerging technologies, stated a senior administration official to the Post. The recent National Defense Authorization Act created a National AI Initiative Office to coordinate the federal AI effort. It is set within the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Meanwhile, members of Congress continue to focus on issues posed by the spread of AI, such as risks from data bias.
How AI Is Helping the Supply Chain Disrupted by Covid-19
       
By John P. Desmond,, AI Trends EditorThe supply chain of the biggest supplier of toilet paper in the US was severely disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020. It turns out, the ability of the AI-powered supply chain software to simulate alternative outcomes and quickly respond, is helpful. “What was normally modeled in their supply chain [for toilet paper] was just completely disrupted. “After this global crisis cools off, there will be an acceleration to even more of a continuous versus static supply chain,” predicted Adam Compain, founder and CEO of ClearMetal, focused on supply chain continuous delivery. Read the source articles in datanami, in SupplyChainBrain, in The Washington Post, in Supply Chain and in The Wall Street Journal.
Top AI Job Interview Questions Aim to Connect Theory to Practice
       
Knowledge and some experience in artificial intelligence and machine learning are the job skills most in demand in 2021. The interviewer is looking for an understanding of whether a candidate can translate their AI skills into business results, he suggested. He offered some interview questions he has tried recently to prospective AI hires:What is your experience with AIOps or MLOps? MLOps is a practice for collaboration and communication between data scientists and operations professionals to help management production in the machine learning lifecycle. At the basic level, one question is: what’s the difference between AI, machine learning and deep learning?
Latest Source Code Cyber Hacking Getting Closer To Autonomous Cars
       
Speaking of source code, consider a recent spate of newsworthy reports about high-profile source code incursions. In the headlines recently, Microsoft acknowledged that some of its source code was viewed in an unauthorized manner (per their press release on the matter): “We detected unusual activity with a small number of internal accounts and upon review, we discovered one account had been used to view source code in a number of source code repositories. Consider code that is quite serious stuff, namely the source code developed for self-driving cars. In that case, they now have the source code in their own hands, separate and apart from wherever the source code was originally housed. Okay, so let’s assume that the source code is still intact at its original point of storage (which might not necessarily be so) and that the intruder has “only” grabbed a copy of the source code.
Toyota Building a City of the Future to Serve as a Living Lab
       
By AI Trends StaffToyota has started building a 175-acre smart city in Japan with plans to incorporate AI and futuristic technologies to serve as a “living laboratory,” according to the company. The Woven City is one of many smart city projects across Japan, some also spearheaded by major companies. In 2014, electronic appliance company Panasonic opened a smart city in Japan’s Kanagawa Prefecture called the Fujisawa Sustainable Smart Town, according to Tokyo Esque, a market research agency. Accenture, an Irish multinational technology services company headquartered in Dublin, is teaming up with the University of Aizu on smart city projects in the town of Aizuwakamatsu. A challenge for smart city developers is to focus on the human aspects of the projects and not just the technology.
Klara and the Sun Imagines a Social Schism Driven by AI
       
I remember raising the question with a very leading AI expert about whether there could be a program that could write novels. And in that world, human beings are starting to look at each other in a different way. When you actually face the prospect of losing somebody you love, I think then you really, really start to ask that question, not just intellectually but emotionally. In general, that question, about human oversight, is one that we need to be thinking about right now. It's just about giving an AI program a goal, and then we kind of lose control of what it does thereafter.
New approach needed to address bias in machine learning and AI systems, say Oxford legal and AI ethics experts
       
Most fairness metrics clash with this idea because they take existing inequalities for granted. The researchers analysed 20 fairness metrics according to their compatibility with EU non-discrimination law and came up with a classification system based on how they treat existing inequalities in society (‘bias preserving’ and ‘bias transforming’ fairness metrics). They argue that the use of ‘bias preserving’ fairness metrics requires legal justification if used to make decisions about people in Europe. In contrast to other fairness metrics used in machine learning and AI, ‘bias transforming’ metrics do not blindly accept social bias as a given or neutral starting point that should be preserved. Wachter concludes, “Choosing a fairness metrics is not a neutral act.
NY Times AI Reporter Cade Metz on His New Book, “Genius Makers”
       
Audio + TranscriptCade Metz:Concern about AI harming the world, even destroying the world, is something that gets talked about a lot. I am James Kotecki and my guest is Cade Metz, New York Times reporter and author of the new book Genius Makers: The Mavericks Who Brought AI to Google, Facebook, and the World which comes out on March 16th. And this concern about AI harming the world, even destroying the world, is something that gets talked about a lot. You often get headlines in even places like the New York Times that say, “AI Experts Say.” Well, that’s misleading. James Kotecki:Cade Metz is a New York Times reporter and the author of the new book, Genius Makers, and it comes out on March 16th.
30 Women in Norway Changing the field of Artificial Intelligence
       
In honor of the International Women’s Day, NORA will promote and shed light on inspiring women in Norway, working within the field of Artificial Intelligence. The list attempts to give an overview of the incredible women that are driving forward the field of artificial intelligence in Norway. Alise is passionate about creating Explainable Artificial Intelligence as she believes that “Explainable Artificial Intelligence (XAI) is a necessary step towards creating ethical, responsible and trustworthy AI, which corresponds to e.g. Birte HansenInnovation and Industry Coordinator at the Norwegian Artificial Intelligence Research Consortium (NORA)Birte Hansen is the most recent hire in NORA. Ieva was appointed in 2018 to the High-Level Expert Group on AI (AI HLEG) by the European Commission.
Robots that feel by seeing
       
Robots that feel by seeingWhile modern cameras provide machines with a very well-developed sense of vision, robots still lack such a comprehensive solution for their sense of touch. At ETH Zurich, in the group led by Prof. Raffaello D’Andrea at the Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control, we have developed a tactile sensing principle that allows robots to retrieve rich contact feedback from their interactions with the environment. The talk features a tech demo that introduces the novel tactile sensing technology targeting the next generation of soft robotic skins. DesignThe sensing technique is based on a camera that tracks fluorescent particles, which are densely and randomly distributed within a soft, deformable gel. In a recent proof-of-concept, we have demonstrated how highly dynamic manipulation tasks can be achieved via the sole use of tactile sensing, as shown in the video below.
How Spotify Uses Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, and Machine Learning
       
How Spotify Uses Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, and Machine LearningDespite the hate it gets from musicians over the less-than-ideal music streaming rates, Spotify is here to stay. Behind Your Discover Weekly PlaylistSpotify’s “Discover Weekly” playlists are one of the seminal consistencies with the platform’s meteoric rise. For Spotify’s Discover Weekly playlists, daily mixes, and personal recommendations, the software uses a complicated set of algorithms that leverage big data, AI, and machine learning. How do Spotify Algorithms work? Although they are constantly evolving, we will outline a few of the basic principles of typical Spotify algorithms below.
AI Weekly — AI News & Leading Newsletter on Deep Learning & Artificial Intelligence
       
As part of the AI Weekly & FourthBrain AI Speaker Series, hear from Mohamed Elgendy, VP of Engineering Rakuten, AI Platforms Founder of Kolina and Author of the book "Deep Learning for Vision Systems", as he shares the latest AI trends, applications, opportunities, and challenges in various industries, and sheds light on tips and best practices for AI practitioners and non-technical professionals to build careers in AI. Learn More #bigdata #ai #IoT
2021 AI Professional Speaker Series
       
About The Speaker SeriesIt’s designed to share the latest AI trends, applications, opportunities and challenges in various industries, and to shed light on tips and best practices for AI practitioners and non-technical professionals to build careers in AI. The shared efforts are also fundamental to expanding business leaders' understanding of the power (and challenges) of AI + ML. Sharing vetted and trusted expert knowledge is key to building confidence and belief in a technology that is quietly working in the background to shape many parts of our future.
Towards a Taxonomy of Emotional Expressions in Human-Robot Interactions
       
Towards a Taxonomy of Emotional Expressions in Human-Robot InteractionsExisting categorical emotion modelsImagine you’re at the airport and there is a robot at the gates information. This is the first step in developing a rich taxonomy of emotional expressions. So we aim to develop a data-driven categorical taxonomy of emotional expressions in real-world human-robot interactions. Unlike many non-realistic models for human-robot interaction, we can discover the emotional expressions as they occur in our target domain. ConclusionWe have created an initial taxonomy of social signals and emotional expressions in real-world human-robot interactions utilizing emojis as expression classes.
Aiming advances in AI at biomedical search
       
Microsoft Biomedical Search builds on several threads of work. This freely available resource of machine-readable content about the coronavirus group of viruses has stimulated numerous research projects worldwide on biomedical search and scientific visualization. With Microsoft Biomedical Search, we’ve brought together large biomedical literature datasets, representative query workloads and advances in large-scale neural language models to enhance biomedical search. MetaAdaptRank helps to accurately determine relevance by alleviating common problems associated with the ranking of research search results. We’re excited to put Microsoft Biomedical Search in the hands of biomedical research scientists, clinicians, epidemiologists and public health experts.
Learning visuomotor policies for autonomous systems from event-based cameras
       
Event camera simulation in Microsoft AirSim: an event camera produces +1/-1 spikes according to brightness changes instead of full frames. In contrast to normal cameras, event cameras contain a 2D grid of pixels, with each pixel independently outputting a ‘spike’ only when it observes a change in illumination at that particular area. Commercially available event cameras can comfortably output events at rates of around a billion events per second. The event context network, which is a simple multi-layer perceptron, breaks up the event data into spatial and temporal parts. Finally, we apply these representations in a reinforcement learning setting and show how event camera data can be used for learning visuomotor policies.
Meet Moxie, the robot that could be your child’s or parent’s new best friend
       
Consumer robots aren’t really a thing yet, but some specialized robots are starting to edge toward the mainstream. One of those is a big-eyed little robot named Moxie, which its maker, Pasadena, California-based Embodied, designed to be an emotionally intelligent friend to a child. Moxie uses a powerful natural language model to carry on conversation; in fact, it starts getting to know its child friend from the moment it’s turned on. Moxie uses computer vision AI to recognize the child (and others) and to detect eye contact and facial expressions. Some of those kids really needed a friend, as the pandemic kept them home from school and cut them off from their social circle.
Facebook’s New AI Teaches Itself to See With Less Human Help
       
Peer inside an AI algorithm and you’ll find something constructed using data that was curated and labeled by an army of human workers. Now, Facebook has shown how some AI algorithms can learn to do useful work with far less human help. The Facebook research is a landmark for an AI approach known as “self-supervised learning,” says Facebook's chief scientist, Yann LeCun. LeCun pioneered the machine learning approach known as deep learning that involves feeding data to large artificial neural networks. “I've been advocating for this whole idea of self-supervised learning for quite a while,” he says.
Q&A: Netra.ai uses Intel technologies to identify diabetic retinopathy
       
Find him on Twitter: @Gadget_RyNetra.ai, a solution developed by Leben Care and the Sankara Eye Foundation, is using Intel technologies to identify diabetic retinopathy in minutes. The current solution Netra.ai – where we had a key role in the design and development with Leben Care – uses robust platforms from Intel. The AI solution at the edge helps to correctly identify, with very high accuracy, normal versus abnormal images and classify the need of referral. HC: During the pandemic, we’ve seen AI help doctors with COVID testing and drug discovery. 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 works with Deci to speed up machine learning on its chips
       
Intel today announced a strategic business and technology collaboration with Deci to optimize machine learning on the former’s processors. Deci says that in the coming weeks, it will work with Intel to deploy “innovative AI technologies” to the companies’ mutual customers. Machine learning deployments have historically been constrained by the size and speed of algorithms and the need for costly hardware. Intel and Deci say the partnership will enable machine learning “at scale” on Intel chips, potentially enabling new applications of inference through reductions in costs and latency. Deci was cofounded by Geifman, entrepreneur Jonathan Elial, and Ran El-Yaniv, a computer science professor at Technion in Haifa, Israel.
‘Your Computer Is On Fire’ draws on tech history to critique AI and the cloud
       
In a story last year about nine books I read about AI in 2020, I called Your Computer Is On Fire a book worth watching out for this year. The premise of the book is that techno-utopianism should die because it’s too dangerous to be allowed to continue. But once people throw away unrealistic visions of outcomes, the history of technology looks very different. Benjamin Peters says that history shows that just because a network works does not mean it works as its designers intended. “Tech will deliver on neither its promises nor its curses, and tech observers should avoid both utopian dreamers and dystopian catastrophists.
IBM’s AI may lead to new antimicrobials, drugs, and materials
       
The researchers say that the model outperforms other AI methods at designing such peptides and increases the success rate of identifying a viable candidate by 10%. IBM’s proposed solution is generative modeling, a subfield of AI that allows researchers to decide upfront what characteristics they want peptides to have versus guessing combinations. To combat this, IBM’s AI model pulls from a large dataset to reverse-engineer a peptide’s design and produce the desired peptide framework. Beyond antibiotics, IBM says the generative AI system could potentially accelerate the design process of molecules for new drugs and materials. It demonstrated a technique that enabled the coauthors to create up to 100 bacteria-fighting polymers in nine minutes, using AI and machine learning.
State of the Edge report projects edge computing will reach $800B by 2028
       
A battle for control over edge computing environments is expected to drive a total of $800 billion in spending through 2028, according to a report published today by the LF Edge arm of the Linux Foundation. The State of the Edge report is based on analysis of the potential growth of edge infrastructure from the bottom up across multiple sectors modeled by Tolaga Research. Historically, IT organizations have deployed applications that process data in batch mode overnight. It also provides a control plane that manages Kubernetes clusters deployed at the network edge. There is almost no IT vendor, including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google, Dell Technologies, and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE), that has not signaled an intention to provide multiple edge computing platforms in one form or another.
Merchant data platform Woflow emerges from stealth with $3.5M
       
Woflow, a San Francisco-based data infrastructure company offering a standardized management platform for enterprises’ merchant data operations, is helping streamline the food delivery ecosystem during the pandemic. IT teams are struggling to make sense of unstructured data, which is a problem for vendors in the food tech industry. In an interview with VentureBeat, Woflow cofounder Will Bewley explained that the company is focused on structuring unstructured data. “And so we’re helping drive this digital shift by providing that data infrastructure.” Bewley added that Woflow is a data infrastructure product that — like Stripe — can process lines of code that have been input and use them to power online processing. The company’s journey began with a SaaS tool that morphed into the more comprehensive data infrastructure platform it now offers.
Multitasking chatbots are the new Amazon Alexa Prize challenge
       
In 2016, Amazon launched the Alexa Prize, an annual challenge to create AI-powered chatbots that can maintain a coherent, engaging 20-minute conversation on popular topics. The newly launched Alexa Prize challenge — the TaskBot Challenge — is intended to promote research along this direction. As with the initial Alexa Prize challenge, ten teams of university students will be selected to compete for research grants, Alexa-enabled devices, free Amazon Web Services cloud computing services, and more. Alexa for Business, which made its debut at Amazon Web Services’ re:Invent conference, allows enterprise users to schedule meeting rooms with third-party services such as Cisco, Polycom, and Zoom. Amazon claims that the neural response generator, which reviews conversation histories and finds topics to inform the generated responses, led to increased satisfaction among Alexa users.
Hugging Face triples investment in open source machine learning models
       
Developers have used a hub on Hugging Face to share thousands of models, and CEO and cofounder Clement Delangue told VentureBeat Hugging Face wants to become to machine learning what GitHub is to software engineering. Delangue said Hugging Face believes transfer learning is critical to the future of machine learning. Ultimately, we think transfer learning is going to power machine learning, and hopefully we’re going to be able to power all these transfer learning models.”Hugging Face has also published AI research. Hugging Face raised $15 million in a 2019 series A funding round and has raised a total of $60 million to date. In 2017, Hugging Face was part of the Voicecamp startup accelerator hosted by Betaworks in New York City.
ServiceNow adds new AI and low-code development features
       
Join Transform 2021 for the most important themes in enterprise AI & Data. AIOps, short for AI for IT operations, is a category of products that enhance IT by leveraging AI to analyze data from tools and devices. Quebec also introduces AI Search, underpinned by technology acquired in ServiceNow’s purchase of Attivio. AI Search delivers intelligent search results and actionable information, complementing Quebec’s Engagement Messenger that extends self-service to third-party portals to enable AI search, knowledge management, and case interactions. ServiceNow also today unveiled Creator Workflows, a set of low-code development tools to transform manual processes into digital workflows.
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Content posted in March 2021Elucidate raises $3m for platform that predicts the risk of financial crime News3/10/2021 Standardized risk scoring, but for money laundering and terrorist financingKepler Vision launches Edge Box, enabling AI to watch over the elderly News3/10/2021 Claims to cut 99 per cent of false alarms in care homesVMware teams up with Nvidia on AI Enterprise software suite News3/9/2021 Optimized, certified, and supported to run on vSphereHonda Legend is the world’s first Level 3 certified autonomous car News3/5/2021 Sales will be limited, with only 100 Legends being made available for lease at a price in the region of 11 million yen (around $102,000)Deloitte and Nvidia join forces to launch supercomputing center for AI News3/5/2021 Based on DGX A100 systemsIterative.ai pitches open source alternative to AWS SageMaker and Azure ML Engineer News3/4/2021 Working to integrate ML workflows into current software development practices
Kepler Vision launches Edge Box, enabling AI to watch over the elderly
       
The company claims its system cuts 99 per cent of false alarms in care homesDutch medtech startup Kepler Vision Technologies has launched an edge device that uses computer vision to improve elderly care. The Kepler Night Nurse Edge Box analyzes live video feeds in care homes and hospitals to detect when patients are in distress or in need assistance, and alert staff immediately. In response, UoA spin off Kepler Vision Technologies (KVT) used Nvidia’s small form factor Jetson Xavier NX module to build an edge computing device. The Edge Box can process data locally, saving on multiple connections to the cloud, while simultaneously reducing the rate of false alarms produced by motion detectors and sensors buried in bed mats, necklaces, and bracelets. After a three-month calibration period the Edge Box improves patient privacy by taking over surveillance from staff.
Elucidate raises $3m for platform that predicts the risk of financial crime
       
Standardized risk scoring, but for money laundering and terrorist financingBerlin-based fintech startup Elucidate has secured €2.5m (~$3m) in its second seed financing round, as it looks to apply AI to predict and prevent financial crime. Its flagship product, the FinCrime Index (EFI), analyses financial data from a variety of sources and is positioned as the industry's only regulated financial crime risk benchmark. “Our deep learning dataset is unparalleled in the industry, identifying financial crime patterns as they emerge,” Shane Riedel, co-founder and CEO of Elucidate, said. Benchmarking the un-benchmarkedElucidate was established in 2018 in Berlin’s tech hub, affectionately known as Silicon Allee, to create a universal standard for measuring financial crime risk that could replace a myriad of individual approaches, often developed in-house. The company’s EFI platform enables financial institutions and public sector agencies – including financial regulators - to score and price the risks of financial crime including money laundering, corruption, tax evasion, trafficking and terrorist financing.
Using artificial intelligence to generate 3D holograms in real-time
       
“People previously thought that with existing consumer-grade hardware, it was impossible to do real-time 3D holography computations,” says Liang Shi, the study’s lead author and a PhD student in MIT’s Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS). Training a neural network typically requires a large, high-quality dataset, which didn’t previously exist for 3D holograms. This advance paves the way for real-time 3D holography. The research “shows that true 3D holographic displays are practical with only moderate computational requirements,” says Joel Kollin, a principal optical architect at Microsoft who was not involved with the research. This technology could prove faster and more precise than traditional layer-by-layer 3D printing, since volumetric 3D printing allows for the simultaneous projection of the entire 3D pattern.
How the pandemic challenges companies that use predictive models
       
For enterprises using predictive models to forecast consumer behavior, data drift was a major challenge in 2020 due to never-before-seen circumstances related to the pandemic. Organizations were forced to constantly retrain and update their machine learning models, and 12 months later, many are still wrestling with the challenge. It’s also critical to establish a way to scale this process, he said, because changing machine learning models and adapting to continuously shifting data takes a coordinated effort. As an example, Simion talked about a multibillion-dollar global consumer packaged goods company in the frozen food sector. To fix these models, companies might look to analogies like past economic shocks for an idea of the future during and after the pandemic.
Capital One Ventures partners with Securonix on cloud-native security analytics in $24M deal
       
Join Transform 2021 for the most important themes in enterprise AI & Data. “Cloud-native and scalable architectures are the direction where this market is going to go, and Securonix is built cloud-native from the ground up,” Capital One Ventures Partner Jay Emmanuel said. While the latest funding will help continue this work, Nayyar said the partnership with Capital One is just as critical. Capital One Ventures is taking a seat on the board and Securonix will be working closely with Capital One to explore product enhancements and use cases related to monitoring cyberattacks. Nayyar also hopes to use that development partnership to springboard into other security areas, such as IoT and mobile.
App security platform provider Pathlock raises $20M
       
Unified access orchestration platform provider Pathlock, formerly Greenlight Technologies, today announced it has secured $20 million in a strategic growth round led by Vertica Capital Partners. Pathlock says the funds will be used to bolster R&D for its products, extending the capabilities of its insider threat prevention platform. Flemington, New Jersey-based Pathlock, which was founded in 2004, says its access orchestration solution surfaces violations and takes action to prevent loss. With Pathlock, enterprises can manage different aspects of access governance — including user provisioning and temporary elevation, ongoing user access reviews, internal control testing, transaction monitoring, and audit preparation. There’s Strata Identity, an identity orchestration platform for multicloud environments that recently raised $11 million.
Aqua Security protects containerized apps and infrastructure, raises $135M
       
Aqua Security today announced that it raised $135 million in series E funding at a post-money valuation exceeding $1 billion. According to a 2019 Veritis report, 34% of respondents had no container security strategy or were still in the planning stages. This past year, Aqua launched Aqua Wave, a software-as-a-service offering that works to secure apps as they’re built and the infrastructure they’re deployed on. The company also launched Aqua Enterprise, a version of Aqua’s enterprise offering that runs on top of its existing self-hosted version, with added capabilities for securing workloads at runtime. ION Crossover Partners led Aqua’s series E funding round announced today with participation from existing investors M12 Ventures (Microsoft’s venture arm), Lightspeed Venture Partners, Insight Partners, TLV Partners, Greenspring Associates, and Acrew Capital.
Optibus launches new AI platform to help cities plan transit routes
       
Haggiag learned about some of the problems plaguing mass transit planning from his father, the CFO of one of the largest transit companies in Israel. Optibus’ software attempts to account for this by providing recommendations to make cities’ transportation networks more passenger-friendly. Optibus also shows demographic data illustrating how route changes could affect residents’ access to public transit. A dashboard lets operators define transit networks and set single or multiple routes, checkpoints, and other variables as they please. “Many people don’t realize just how complex a mathematical problem public transit poses.
Alphabet is repurposing Google TPUs for quantum computing simulations
       
Emergen Research anticipates that the global quantum computing market for the enterprise will reach $3.9 billion by 2027. Google’s TPUs are liquid-cooled and designed to slot into server racks; deliver up to 100 petaflops of compute; and power Google products like Google Search, Google Photos, Google Translate, Google Assistant, Gmail, and Google Cloud AI APIs. Verdon says that Floq simulators, dubbed Floq Units, run 10 to 100 times faster than state-of-the-art simulations accelerated by GPUs when compared in terms of runtime. It’s almost like they were designed for this task.”When it launches more broadly, Floq will complement Cirq, Google’s service that gives developers access to its quantum computing hardware. And it’ll compete with a number of other quantum simulators already available on the market, including a service in IBM’s Quantum Experience suite and simulators from Intel, Amazon, and Microsoft.
Employee engagement startup Centrical raises $32M
       
Centrical, a startup developing an employee engagement and performance management platform, today announced that it raised $32 million in funding led by Intel Capital. A survey by global recruitment firm Robert Walters found that 64% of businesses are concerned about remote employees’ productivity. Centrical, founded in 2013 as GamEffective, sells companies access to a platform designed to let remote employees interact, train, and perform in hybrid workplaces. Another client, Cellular Sales, Verizon’s largest authorized retailer, notched a 53% increase in new handset sales and two times higher combo sales of accessories using Centrical’s software. According to Ramon, Centrical doesn’t take screenshots of workers’ desktops or retain employee data.
Gartner: 75% of VCs will use AI to make investment decisions by 2025
       
Join Transform 2021 for the most important themes in enterprise AI & Data. By 2025, more than 75% of venture capital and early-stage investor executive reviews will be informed by AI and data analytics. This isn’t to suggest that AI and machine learning are — or will be — a silver bullet when it comes to investment decisions. In an experiment last November, Harvard Business Review built an investment algorithm and compared its performance with the returns of 255 angel investors. Part of the problem with Harvard Business Review’s model was that it exhibited biases experienced investors did not.
VMware teams up with Nvidia to launch AI Enterprise software suite
       
The AI Enterprise suite expands AI management capabilities of VMware’s ever-popular vSphere virtualization platform – as long as the underlying hardware comes from Nvidia. “Until now, the world has run AI on bare-metal servers,” said Justin Boitano, vice president and general manager of Enterprise and Edge Computing at Nvidia. The AI Enterprise suite has been optimized, certified and supported by Nvidia to run with the latest vSphere 7 Update 2 release, available immediately. It includes a variety of tools and frameworks used to develop AI applications, including TensorFlow and PyTorch, Nvidia Transfer Learning Toolkit, Nvidia Triton Inference Server, and Nvidia TensorRT. In addition, Nvidia ConnectX-6 adapters are now certified for VMware vSAN over RDMA (Remote Direct Memory Access).
Opinion: Industrial transformation and the path to autonomy
       
Efficiencies and EffectivenessIndustrial transformation takes many shapes and forms; traditional approaches include BPR, Six Sigma, and digitization of workflows. Large infrastructure is set to gain the most for their businesses on the path to autonomy through:The rise of A.I. While automation of workflows provides higher quality and often faster workflows, autonomy provides a feedback loop to respond to fuzziness in the workflow. Once this clarity is established, one can set a path to autonomy. 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.
Researchers find that large language models struggle with math
       
It’s revealing, then, that as sophisticated as machine learning models are today, even state-of-the-art models struggle to answer the bulk of math problems correctly. Given a problem from MATH, language models must generate a sequence that reveals the final answer. They also come with step-by-step solutions so that language models can learn to answer new questions they haven’t seen before. As the researchers explain, the step-by-step solutions in the datasets allow the language models to use a “scratch space” much like a human mathematician might. Even with the solutions, the coauthors found that accuracy remained low for the large language models they benchmarked: GPT-3 and GPT-2, GPT-3’s predecessor.
KPMG: AI adoption is accelerating in the pandemic
       
A survey published by KPMG today suggests that a large number of organizations have increased their investments in AI during the pandemic to the point that executives are now concerned about moving too fast. The fact that business leaders generally adverse to oversight are calling for more regulation indicates they are looking for greater clarity, KPMG AI principal Traci Gusher said. The challenge is that as business conditions change, new data sources become available that require AI models to be continuously retrained. Most organizations have yet to achieve the level of AI maturity required to deploy and retrain AI models at that scale. Most executives are always conscious of business risk, so AI is not being treated much differently than any other risk, Gusher noted.
Privacera raises $50M to help companies manage compliance and security risk across clouds
       
Privacera announced it has raised $50 million in its quest to tackle the data privacy and security challenges faced by large enterprises. It’s safe to say that compliance management is a red-hot sector. Back in 2018, BigID nabbed $30 million to expand its data privacy management platform for enterprises. “We help organizations use data effectively and responsibly, so they remain compliant with an ever-growing number of regulations,” Ganesan said. “The latest investment will ensure we continue to deliver on our mission of accelerating data democratization by enabling IT and data teams to easily empower analytical teams with the data they need.”
Splice Machine 3.1 enhances support for real-time AI deployments
       
Join Transform 2021 for the most important themes in enterprise AI & Data. Splice Machine 3.1 introduces new features and functionality to support enterprises with real-time AI projects, including resource elasticity support on Kubernetes, GPU support, and extensions to Spark’s machine learning libraries. According to a recent survey by Rackspace, only 20% of enterprises report having mature AI and machine learning initiatives. Splice says that version 3.1 of its product — which combines database and AI technologies — addresses some of the challenges data science teams encounter while training, validating, and deploying AI systems. “[They’ll] successfully operationalize real-time AI applications and bring machine learning models into production.”Splice Machine 3.1 also aims to increase the transparency around the data used to create AI and machine learning models at scale.
VMware and Nvidia launch GPU virtualization platform for enterprises
       
VMware — in collaboration with Nvidia — today announced that an AI-Ready Enterprise platform is now available as part of an update to its core virtual machine software. VMware is making a case for deploying virtual machine software to enable multiple workloads to share the same GPU processor in the same way virtual machine software is widely employed on x86 processors. GPUs are significantly more expensive than x86 processors, which creates an economic incentive to employ virtual machine software. The work between the two companies has optimized VMware software where the overhead added is indistinguishable from a bare-metal GPU system, said Lee Caswell, VP of marketing for the Cloud Platform Business Unit at VMware. That approach provides the added benefit of making AI workloads accessible for the average IT generalist to manage, Caswell added.
WorkFusion raises $220M to automate repetitive enterprise backend processes
       
Intelligent process automation provider WorkFusion today announced it has raised $220 million, bringing the company’s total raised to date to over $340 million. Intelligent process automation, or technology that automates monotonous, repetitive chores traditionally performed by human workers, is big business. WorkFusion 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. Five of the world’s top 10 banks outside of China use WorkFusion, including Deutsche Bank, Standard Bank, and Axis Bank. “Cloud-based, AI-enabled robots bringing Intelligent Automation to enterprises.
Zeni raises $13.5M to automate bookkeeping with AI
       
Zeni, an AI-powered finance concierge for startups, today announced it has raised $13.5 million in a series A round led by Saama Capital. Our bookkeepers, accountants, or finance teams would send financial updates two to three weeks after month end,” Swapnil Shinde told VentureBeat via email. The platform’s API integrations unify disparate systems, while Zeni’s AI backend processes data daily and provides insights into spending, burn rate, operating expenses, cash/card balance, revenue by product, month-end reports, and more via a dashboard. Once the receipt is reconciled, a bot automatically comments on the email, providing a link to the transaction for Zeni’s finance team to review. “We have been fortunate to experience steady growth and adoption of Zeni over the past year, despite the pandemic.
Ibex raises $38M for AI that diagnoses diseases
       
Ibex, whose competitors include Paige, PathAI, and ContextVision, among others, was founded by Joseph Mossel and Dr. Chaim Linhart. Ibex offers an AI solution that operates as a “safety net” for pathologists and patients, according to Mossel. Biopsies undergo an AI second read, where the AI provides a “second opinion” that enables the automated detection of diagnostic errors — first and foremost missed cancers. Ibex’s AI also serves as a decision support tool during primary diagnosis. Ibex trains its AI models using a Maccabi dataset that contains millions of pathology slides and digitized reports, which Ibex augments with additional datasets from other pathology institutes.
Algorithm helps artificial intelligence systems dodge “adversarial” inputs
       
If the car blindly trusted so-called “adversarial inputs,” it might take unnecessary and potentially dangerous action. Possible realitiesTo make AI systems robust against adversarial inputs, researchers have tried implementing defenses for supervised learning. Traditionally, a neural network is trained to associate specific labels or actions with given inputs. Everett and his colleagues say they are the first to bring “certifiable robustness” to uncertain, adversarial inputs in reinforcement learning. The team’s new algorithm, CARRL, handles such adversarial attacks, or manipulations to measurements, winning against the computer, even though it doesn't know exactly where the ball is.
Google employee group urges Congress to strengthen whistleblower protections for AI researchers
       
VentureBeat spoke with two sources familiar with Google AI ethics and policy matters who said they want to see stronger whistleblower protection for AI researchers. Google AI chief Jeff Dean questioned the veracity of the research represented in that paper in an email to Google Research. These include Ethical AI, now under Google VP Marian Croak, who will report directly to AI chief Jeff Dean. Last week, Reuters reported that Google will reform its approach to research review and additional instances of interference in AI research. According to a copy obtained by VentureBeat, Ethical AI team members demanded Gebru be reinstated and Samy Bengio remain the direct report manager for the Ethical AI team.
Delivery startup Refraction AI raises $4.2M to expand service areas
       
Refraction AI, a company developing semi-autonomous delivery robots, today announced that it raised $4.2 million in seed funding led by Pillar VC. Refraction says that the proceeds will be used for customer acquisition, geographic expansion, and product development well into the next year. Launched in July 2019, Refraction was cofounded by Matt Johnson-Roberson and Ram Vasudevan, both professors at the University of Michigan. Prior to a partnership with Ann Arbor, Michigan-based Produce Station, REV-1 had been delivering exclusively from Ann Arbor restaurants, including Miss Kim and Tio’s Mexican Cafe, during lunchtime as part of a three-month pilot. As of May 2020, Refraction had eight robots running in Ann Arbor, and it expects to have over 20 within the next few weeks.
Debate over accuracy of AI transcription services rages on
       
Dialpad, for example, recently announced that its Voice Intelligence AI technology has surpassed rivals in terms of both keyword and general accuracy. An analysis of general word and keyword accuracy Dialpad published claims it achieves a word accuracy rating of 82.3% and a keyword accuracy rating of 92.5%. AI transcription services that would be applied in, for example, the health care sector will need to be trained to understand specific nomenclature. It’s not clear to what degree organizations are evaluating accuracy as a criterion for selecting one conversational AI platform over another. There is no need to first set up and then maintain APIs to call an external cloud service, Walker said.
Nvidia and Harvard develop AI tool that speeds up genome analysis
       
Researchers affiliated with Nvidia and Harvard today detailed AtacWorks, a machine learning toolkit designed to bring down the cost and time needed for rare and single-cell experiments. But an individual cell pulls out only the subsection of genetic components that it needs to function, with cell types like liver, blood, or skin cells using different genes. In the Nature Communications paper, the Harvard researchers applied AtacWorks to a dataset of stem cells that produce red and white blood cells — rare subtypes that couldn’t be studied with traditional methods. With a sample set of only 50 cells, the team was able to use AtacWorks to identify distinct regions of DNA associated with cells that develop into white blood cells, and separate sequences that correlate with red blood cells. “With very rare cell types, it’s not possible to study differences in their DNA using existing methods,” Nvidia researcher Avantika Lal, first author on the paper, said.
Building AI for the Global South
       
A 2019 paper about designing AI for the Global South describes the term “Global South” as similar to the term “third world,” with a shared history of colonialism and development goals. But that organization only includes six Global South nations: Brazil, India, Indonesia, Mexico, South Africa, and Turkey. Make a lexicon for AI in the Global SouthData & Society has launched a project to map AI in the Global South. As part of that project, he will collaborate with members of the AI community, including AI Now Institute, which is working to build a lexicon around conversations about AI for the Global South. Global South AI use casesRida Qadri is a Ph.D. candidate who grew up in Pakistan and now studies urban information systems and the Global South at MIT.
Deloitte and Nvidia join forces to launch supercomputing center for AI
       
Based on DGX A100 systemsOff the back of launching its third annual State of AI survey, Deloitte has announced plans to open a supercomputing lab designed to accelerate the deployment of AI-based solutions for its clients. The Deloitte Center for AI Computing will feature a modular ‘SuperPOD’ based on Nvidia's DGX A100 server systems and Mellanox network fabric. The center will help Deloitte expand its ability to build AI tools in-house – an effort that started with opening of the AI Exploration Lab in Austin, Texas, and the AI Factory in China. Its launch could be a well-timed strategic decision for Deloitte, whose latest ‘State of AI’ report found that, as the industry exists its ‘early adopter’ phase, companies are leaning towards buying, rather than building, their AI solutions. "AI is moving from research labs into industry, and Deloitte's efforts will supercharge its reach," Jensen Huang, CEO at Nvidia, said.
CDEI: Public believes tech isn’t being fully utilised to tackle pandemic, greater use depends on governance trust
       
Under half (42%) believe digital technology is improving the situation in the UK. This research confirms that public trust in how we govern data is essential. Among the key ways to help improve public trust is by increasing transparency and accountability. Less than half (45%) of respondents know where to raise concerns if they feel digital technology is causing harm. 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 launches AI platform to discover new materials
       
IBM today announced the launch of the Molecule Generation Experience (MolGX), a cloud-based, AI-driven molecular design platform that automatically invents new molecular structures. MolGX, a part of IBM’s overarching strategy that aims to accelerate the discovery of new materials by 10 to 100 times, uncovers materials from the property targets of a given product. The chemical sciences have made strides in the discovery of novel and useful materials over the past decades. “The development of new materials follows a number of different pathways, depending on both the nature of the problem being pursued and the means of investigation. Beyond IBM, startups like Kebotix are developing AI tools that automate lab experiments to uncover materials faster than with manual techniques.
Full Speed Automation raises $3.2M for no-code solutions that accelerate industrial digitization
       
For all the talk about the factory of the future and Industry 4.0, manufacturing systems can still be antiquated and fragmented when it comes to achieving real automation. After leading the automation engineering team at Tesla for almost two years, Luc Leroy believes he knows how to solve this problem. Last summer, he left Tesla to found Full Speed Automation, which has just raised $3.2 million to finish development of the first version of its platform, called Vitesse (the French word for ‘speed’). This no-code approach uses APIs to accelerate the speed at which manufacturers can enhance their own systems. And we still call that zero stock.”Part of the issue was that manufacturing systems were still too slow.
Sitecore acquires Boxever and Four51 to give marketers a better view of every customer
       
Sitecore is best known for providing an integrated content and digital asset management platform infused with AI capabilities that enterprises employ to personalize engagements with customers online. Most of those initiatives revolve around corporate websites organizations are now employing to engage with their end customers more directly, Tzikakis said. Sitecore currently has about 4,000 customers — spanning a wide range of verticals — 1,000 of them Fortune 1000 organizations. Naturally, Sitecore views Boxever and Four51 as linchpins in an evolving strategy for addressing digital business transformation initiatives that ideally should start with the customer rather than as a backend process. End customers, however, now expect an online multimedia experience that piques their interest without unnecessarily compromising their privacy.
Study warns deepfakes can fool facial recognition
       
Deepfakes, or AI-generated videos that take a person in an existing video and replace them with someone else’s likeness, are multiplying at an accelerating rate. Open source tools make it possible for anyone with images of a victim to create a convincing deepfake, and a new study suggests that deepfake-generating techniques have reached the point where they can reliably fool commercial facial recognition services. In one case, one of the APIs — Microsoft’s Azure Cognitive Services — was fooled by up to 78% of the deepfakes the coauthors fed it. Google offers celebrity recognition via its Cloud Vision API, but the researchers say the company denied their formal request to use it. Then they extracted faces in the deepfakes’ video frames and had the services attempt to predict which celebrity was pictured.
How AI trained to beat Atari games could impact robotics and drug design
       
In 2018, Uber AI Labs introduced Go-Explore, a family of algorithms that beat the Atari game Montezuma’s Revenge, a commonly accepted reinforcement learning challenge. Now researchers from OpenAI and Uber AI Labs say Go-Explore has solved all previously unsolved games in the Atari 2600 benchmark from the Arcade Learning Environment, a collection of more than 50 games, including Pitfall and Pong. Training agents to navigate complex environments has long been considered a challenge for reinforcement learning. Researchers envision recent Go-Explore advances being applied to language models but also used for drug design and robotics trained to navigate the world safely. The annual index chronicles AI performance progress, as well as trends in startup investment, education, diversity, and policy.
AI Weekly: These researchers are improving AI’s ability to understand different accents
       
According to a new report from Juniper Research, consumers will interact with voice assistants on 8.4 billion devices by 2024. But despite their growing popularity, assistants like Alexa, Google Assistant, and Siri still struggle to understand diverse regional accents. Traditional approaches to narrowing the accent gap would require collecting and labeling large datasets of different languages, a time- and resource-intensive process. “It’s not even really creating a dataset, it’s just training a dataset that comes about as a result of searching the larger corpus,” Reddi explained. Mozilla’s Common Voice, an open source and annotated speech dataset, consists of voice snippets and voluntarily contributed metadata useful for training speech engines like speakers’ ages, sex, and accents.
Pinterest details the AI that powers its content moderation
       
Pinterest this morning peeled back the curtains on the AI and machine learning technologies it’s using to combat harmful content on its platform. One of the challenges in building multi-category machine learning models for content safety is the scarcity of labeled data, forcing engineers to use simpler models that can’t be extended to multi-model inputs. Since users usually save thematically related Pins together as a collection on boards around topics like recipes, Pinterest deployed a machine learning model to produce scores for boards and enforce board-level moderation. A Pin model trained using only embeddings — i.e., representations — generates content safety scores for each Pinterest board. When fed into the Pin model, these embeddings produce a content safety score for each board, allowing Pinterest to identify policy-violating boards without training a model for boards.
Iterative.ai pitches open source alternative to AWS SageMaker and Azure ML Engineer
       
Silicon Valley startup Iterative.ai has launched major updates for Data Version Control (DVC) and Continuous Machine Learning (CML) software projects, as it hopes to create open source alternatives to machine learning toolsets from major cloud providers like AWS and Microsoft. The company enables ML engineers and data scientists to more easily work with standard development tools like Git and popular CI/CD stacks. GitFlow for data scienceIterative.ai was founded in 2018 to develop open source tools to streamline the workflow of data scientists. It offers an open source library for implementing continuous integration and delivery (CI/CD) – the backbone of modern DevOps – in machine learning projects. You can find more technical details about DVC and CML in the video below:
Retrofitting MIT’s deep learning “boot camp” for the virtual world
       
Deep learning is advancing at lightning speed, and Alexander Amini ’17 and Ava Soleimany ’16 want to make sure they have your attention as they dive deep on the math behind the algorithms and the ways that deep learning is transforming daily life. Last year, their blockbuster course, 6.S191 (Introduction to Deep Learning) opened with a fake video welcome from former President Barack Obama. They co-developed 6.S191’s curriculum and have taught it during MIT’s Independent Activities Period (IAP) for four of the last five years. They also explore deep learning’s myriad applications, and how students can evaluate a model’s predictions for accuracy and bias. A fourth project proposed the use of deep learning to make it easier to analyze street-view images of buildings to model an entire city’s energy consumption.
Survey Finds Many Companies Do Little or No Management of Cloud Spending
       
That was a finding of a recent survey by the FinOps Foundation, a non-profit trade association focused on cloud financial management best practices, of more than 800 FinOps practitioners spending $45 billion collectively on cloud computing. Cloud Management Tools Used by Survey RespondentsThe tools the respondents used most often for managing cloud costs included: AWS Cost Explorer, Cloudability from Apptio, CloudHealth from VMWare, Azure Cost Management from Microsoft, Google Cloud Platform Cost Tools and CloudCheckr, with a product of the same name. About half the respondents used native cloud tools as their primary technology, while 43% used a third-party platform and 11% used homegrown tools. These savings can increase to 75 % , “so this is a must for cloud cost optimization,” the CloudCheckr experts suggest. For example, cloudtamer.io allows account creation in AWS Regions that are not supported by AWS Control Tower, such as AWS GovCloud, according to cloudtamer.io.
Convergence of AI, 5G and Augmented Reality Poses New Security Risks
       
To properly train AI models, for example, the company needs to protect the data needed to train the AI and the environment where it is created. Risk of Model Extraction and Attacks on PrivacyMachine learning models have demonstrated some unique security and privacy issues. If the AI model is being delivered as a service, companies need to consider safety controls in place in the cloud service environment. “Like the growth of cloud services, 5G has the potential to create shadow networks that operate outside the knowledge and management of the company,” Ordóñez stated. In a federated learning model, data stays secure in its environment.
Autonomous Cars And Minecraft Have This In Common
       
You might be surprised to know that there are some interesting parallels between aspects of self-driving cars and the game of Minecraft. For self-driving cars, the future is likely to add the ability to do a third-person perspective in several ways. ConclusionThere are quite a number of additional parallels that can be made between self-driving cars and Minecraft (I’ll do more if this sparks interest from readers). One might say that by playing Minecraft, you are indirectly getting ready to learn about self-driving cars. Note: For reader’s interested in Dr. Eliot’s ongoing business analyses about the advent of self-driving cars, see his online Forbes column: https://forbes.com/sites/lanceeliot/]http://ai-selfdriving-cars.libsyn.com/website
Three Finalists Selected in $4.5 Million Watson AI XPrize Competition
       
By AI Trends StaffThree finalist companies have been named in the $5 million IBM Watson AI XPrize competition that aims to demonstrate how humans can collaborate using AI technologies to tackle some of the most pressing issues facing our world. IBM Watson Health provided Aifred Health with millions of records of observational depression data to improve their machine learning models. The Marinus team used IBM Watson Discover and IBM Watson Assistant to extend their Traffic Jam application, assisting investigation into financial fraud and the illicit flow of proceeds to international crime groups. The company has created custom modules built with tools including IBM Watson Studio, IBM Watson Machine Learning and IBM PAIRS Geoscope, to predict the number of small water bodies caused by weather, enabling it to optimize the timing for launching larviciding operations. The IBM Watson AI XPrize competition will conclude in June 2021 with the final round, where the finalists will be up for a $3 million grand prize, a $1 million second place price and a $500,000 third place price.
How to Meet the Enterprise-Grade Challenge of Scaling AI
       
A separate survey by Accenture found that companies that strategically scale AI generate five times the return on investment compared to companies that are not able to scale. Some 86% of executives reported that they do not expect to achieve their growth objectives unless they can scale their AI. However, “Most companies are struggling to scale AI,” the account states. Trust: Given fears AI may make jobs obsolete, AI systems need to be designed with human-machine collaboration at the foundation. If not in place, the organization trying to scale AI needs an “AI Governance Model,” with buy-in from the C-suite, alignment with the business strategy, and structuring of role and responsibilities for execution.
AI ethics research conference suspends Google sponsorship
       
The ACM Conference for Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency (FAccT) has decided to suspend its sponsorship relationship with Google, conference sponsorship co-chair and Boise State University assistant professor Michael Ekstrand confirmed today. The organizers of the AI ethics research conference came to this decision a little over a week after Google fired Ethical AI lead Margaret Mitchell and three months after the firing of Ethical AI co-lead Timnit Gebru. Google has subsequently reorganized about 100 engineers across 10 teams, including placing Ethical AI under the leadership of Google VP Marian Croak. Putting Google sponsorship on hold doesn’t mean the end of sponsorship from Big Tech companies, or even Google itself. DeepMind, another sponsor of the FAccT conference that incurred an AI ethics controversy in January, is also a Google company.
What is an “algorithm”? It depends whom you ask
       
Describing a decision-making system as an “algorithm” is often a way to deflect accountability for human decisions. For example, in late December Stanford Medical Center’s misallocation of covid-19 vaccines was blamed on a distribution “algorithm” that favored high-ranking administrators over frontline doctors. While many people interpreted the use of the term to mean that AI or machine learning was involved, the system was in fact a medical algorithm, which is functionally different. It was more akin to a very simple formula or decision tree designed by a human committee. Leaving the term “algorithm” open to interpretation could place some of the models with the biggest impact beyond the reach of policies designed to ensure that such systems don’t hurt people.
‘This is bigger than just Timnit’: How Google tried to silence a critic and ignited a movement
       
advertisement advertisementTimnit Gebru—a giant in the world of AI and then co-lead of Google’s AI ethics team—was pushed out of her job in December. To many who work in AI ethics, Gebru’s sudden ouster and its continuing fallout have been a shock but not a surprise. It is a stark reminder of the extent to which Big Tech dominates their field. The most prestigious machine learning conference, NeurIPS, has had at least two Big Tech companies as primary sponsors since 2015, according to the same 2020 study that analyzed the influence of Big Tech money in universities. The field of AI ethics, like much of the rest of AI, has a serious diversity problem.
Understanding Deep Learning (Still) Requires Rethinking Generalization
       
Research highlights Understanding Deep Learning (Still) Requires Rethinking GeneralizationCredit: WordquantDespite their massive size, successful deep artificial neural networks can exhibit a remarkably small gap between training and test performance. Surprisingly, stochastic gradient descent with unchanged hyperparameter settings can optimize the weights to fit to random labels perfectly, even though the random labels completely destroy the relationship between images and labels. Note that we did not do any hyperparameter tuning when switching from the true labels to the random labels. To investigate the role of regularization in deep learning, we explicitly compare behavior of deep nets learning with and without regularizers. Understanding deep learning requires rethinking generalization.
Unity flexes its robotic muscles in Object Pose Estimation demo
       
Find him on Twitter: @Gadget_Ry3D content development platform Unity is showing off how it can improve robotics in a new demonstration. The new demo is called Object Pose Estimation and shows off Unity’s AI and machine learning (ML) capabilities. Training data is collected in Unity and used to train a deep neural network that predicts the pose of a cube. Robotics developers can use Unity’s URDF Importer to import a robot into a Unity scene. 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.
Researchers create a swimming robot that can 'heal' itself
       
Researchers at UC San Diego did this by creating 2 cm long swimming robots shaped like fish and composed of three layers. They also added platinum to the tail, which reacted with hydrogen peroxide fuel to form oxygen bubbles that propelled the robot. The tiny swimmer was then able to move around a petri dish containing a weak hydrogen peroxide solution. To observe its healing abilities, the scientists cut the bot with a blade. It could also reassemble itself when cut into three parts or when the magnetic strip was placed in a different position, according to the researchers.
Rapid robotics for operator safety: what a bottle picker can do
       
Rapid robotics for operator safety: what a bottle picker can doDutch brewing company Heineken is one of the largest beer producers in the world with more than 70 production facilities globally. According to Shobhit Yadav of TNO, flexible manufacturing is one of the most important developments in smart industry. At RoboHouse, we had access to the expertise of robotics engineers and state-of-the-art technologies like robotic arms. Each SMITZH project consists of at least one manufacturing company and a fieldlab. The post Rapid Robotics for Operator Safety: What a Bottle Picker Can Do appeared first on RoboValley.
Machine Learning with ML.NET – Random Forest
       
The interesting occurrence in machine learning is that sometimes we tend to get better results by using multiple predictors and then averaging results than from using one special algorithm for it. This technique in which we use multiple algorithms instead of one is called Ensemble Learning. Ensemble Learning is based on the law of the large numbers, which means that even if algorithms that are composing the ensemble are weak learners, the ensemble can be a strong learner. There is also a soft voting technique. In this case, each algorithm outputs probability, the ensemble will predict the class with the highest class probability, averaged over all the individual classifiers.
Emerging Behaviour of our Driving Intelligence with End to End Deep Learning
       
Emerging Behaviour of our Driving Intelligence with End to End Deep Learning1st March 2021in EngineeringThis video shows our Driving Intelligence completing an unprotected right turn through an intersection near our London King’s Cross HQ. This is one of the hardest manoeuvres for autonomy and behaviour Wayve has been able to learn with end-to-end deep learning. We’ve worked hard to build the necessary foundations and are excited about deploying a solution to this problem with end-to-end deep learning. What do we mean by end-to-end deep learning? We learn to drive with end-to-end deep learning, from sensory input to motion plan output.
Ensuring statistical models command public confidence
       
This review identifies lessons for model development to support public confidence in statistical models and algorithms in the future. Our approach: Lessons on building public confidenceThis review centres on the importance of public confidence in the use of statistical models and algorithms and looks in detail at what it takes to achieve public confidence. These lessons apply to those that develop statistical models, policy makers who commission statistical models and the centre of government. Our review has identified lessons to ensure that statistical models, whatever they are designed to calculate, can command public confidence in the future. Government has a central role to play in ensuring that models developed by public bodies command public confidence.
AI Weekly — AI News & Leading Newsletter on Deep Learning & Artificial Intelligence
       
Applied use casesEmerging Behaviour of our Driving Intelligence with End to End Deep Learning Wayve is building the most adaptable driver, a Driving Intelligence that can learn to understand the world, yet adapt and scale intelligently to different driving domains: cities, vehicle platforms or mobility use-cases. Google’s deep learning finds a critical path in AI chips In Apollo, by contrast, rather than a floor plan, the program is performing what Yazdanbakhsh and colleagues call "architecture exploration." Given that the task is to design an AI chip, the architectures that the Apollo program is exploring are architectures suited to running neural networks.
Google’s deep learning finds a critical path in AI chips
       
The chips that Yazdanbakhsh and the team are developing are themselves chips for AI, known as accelerators. Hence, a nice symmetry, using AI to design chips to run AI. However, it does something more, which is that it can run what's called transfer learning to show how those optimization approaches can in turn be improved. Here's Akin's reply in full:There are certainly use cases where we are designing the hardware for a given suite of fixed neural network models. However, there are certainly cases where there is a flexibility to jointly co-optimize hardware design and the neural network architecture.
How screen scraping and TinyML can turn any dial into an API
       
This image shows a traditional water meter that’s been converted into a web API, using a cheap ESP32 camera and machine learning to understand the dials and numbers. I’ve already heard from multiple teams who have legacy hardware that they need to monitor, in environments as varied as oil refineries, crop fields, office buildings, cars, and homes. Screen scraping is a common technique to use when you have a system you can’t easily change that you need to extract information from, when there’s no real API available. What I’d love to see is some middleware that understands common displays types like dials, physical or LED digits, or status lights. I know I’d enjoy being able to use something like this myself.
Scientists build robot that 'hears' through the ear of a dead locust
       
Enlarge Image Tel Aviv UniversityBeetles wearing camera backpacks and moths driving tiny cars are the results of real insect experiments. A team of researchers at Tel Aviv University in Israel has taken a different path and created a bio-hybrid robot that "hears" through the ear of a dead locust, a type of grasshopper. The robot receives electrical signals through the ear. While the donor locust was dead, the researchers needed to keep the ear alive, so they developed an ear-on-a-chip device that supplies oxygen and feeds the ear, making it a sort of zombie organ. Enlarge Image Tel Aviv UniversityThe team published a study on the robot this year in the journal Sensors.
Intel’s AI is helping NFL hopefuls to reach their full potential
       
He can often be sighted at tech conferences with a strong coffee in one hand and a laptop in the other. Find him on Twitter: @Gadget_RyEXOS is piloting the use of Intel’s 3D Athlete Tracking (3DAT) technology to help the next generation of professional footballers reach their full potential. Pose estimation algorithms are then applied to analyse the biomechanics of athletes’ movementsMonica Laudermilk, VP of Research at EXOS, said:“Metrics that were previously unmeasurable by the naked eye are now being revealed with Intel’s 3DAT technology. We’re able to take that information, synthesize it and turn it into something tangible for our coaches and athletes. 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.
Facebook’s new computer vision model achieves state-of-the-art performance by learning from random images
       
Facebook today announced an AI model trained on a billion images that ostensibly achieves state-of-the-art results on a range of computer vision benchmarks. Facebook claims to have made a step toward this with a computer vision model called SEER, which stands for SElf-supERvised. Performance and future workAfter pretraining on a billion public Instagram images, SEER outperformed the most advanced state-of-the-art self-supervised systems, Facebook says. “Self-supervised learning has incredible ramifications for the future of computer vision, just as it does in other research fields. Self-supervised learning can also help specialize models in domains where we have limited images or metadata, like medical imaging.
How TytoCare uses AI to improve diagnostic care
       
Join Transform 2021 for the most important themes in enterprise AI & Data. Companies like Current Health and Twistle have teamed up with Providence and other health care providers to pilot at-home health-tracking platforms. TytoCare is among the many startups vying for a slice of the growing telehealth and remote health monitoring market, which is projected to reach $559.52 billion by 2027. And in 2017, Accenture analysts demonstrated the potential of AI in health care to realize $150 billion in annual savings by 2026. It also is being expanded to detect symptoms in throat exams, such as exudates, throat redness, and swollen tonsils.
What If Media Group introduces AI tool to make marketing campaigns smarter
       
According to a recent HubSpot survey, email automation campaigns are among the top three tactics used by marketers to improve performance. To meet the growing demand, performance marketing company What If Media Group today launched out of beta Automated Response Intelligence Algorithm, or ARIA , a product that leverages AI systems and techniques to drive response to sales campaigns. There’s Pyze, which raised $4.6 million in July 2019 for its AI-driven analytics and marketing campaign orchestration tool, and Clari, which recently nabbed $60 million to further develop its AI sales pipeline toolset. That’s not to mention TapClicks, which raised $10 million in August 2019; Boomtrain; Albert Technologies; 6Sense; Appier; Highspot; and Panoramic. More recently, SendinBlue raised $160 million for its AI-powered product to automate repetitive marketing tasks.
Intel’s 3D and AI tech now helps train athletes
       
Join Transform 2021 for the most important themes in enterprise AI & Data. Intel’s 3DAT technology captures skeletal data when an athlete is sprinting, using a video camera running at 60 frames per second. It’s not clear how organizations that ultimately hire professional athletes might use this capability, but most professional sports teams already make extensive use of analytics to evaluate players. The 3D Athlete Tracking (3DAT) technology only captures skeletal data. The AI technology required to capture how the muscles interact with the rest of the body has not yet been created, Eaton noted.
Snapcommerce raises $85M for AI-powered ecommerce messaging
       
While consumer spending in the U.S. dipped last month year-over-year, on the whole, the pandemic has supercharged ecommerce. In October, Fazal and Shi launched Snapcommerce under Wise Travel Technologies, the legally registered business name behind Snaptravel. Also in the works is Snapcommerce Subscription, a paid offering that will connect businesses with discounted offers and a white-glove concierge service run by Snapcommerce. “Snapcommerce collects terabytesof data including supply and demand information, customer browsing behaviour, and over 100 million messages exchanged with our services. Despite the pandemic, Snaptravel users have made bookings in over 10,000 cities across more than 150 countries, the company says.
Precisely acquisition sets the stage for data integrity market consolidation
       
Precisely, provider of a range of tools for integrating and enhancing data, this week revealed it is being acquired by Clearlake and TA Associates as part of an effort to build out a data integrity platform for digital business transformation initiatives. Precisely was formed as Syncsort acquired the software and data business of Pitney Bowes at the end of the last year. Precisely will remain primarily focused on data integrity, while continuing to rely on partners such as Collibra to provide customers with complementary data management tools, Rogers said. The success of any digital business transformation is dependent on the quality of the data used to drive those processes, Rogers said. Regardless of how data integrity is achieved and maintained, it’s apparent data management and quality issues that have often been ignored for years are coming to the fore.
What the swarm of new Azure announcements mean
       
Microsoft took steps to meet these needs with key announcements around Azure Arc, Azure Synapse, Azure Percept, Azure Purview, and Azure Cognitive Search, among a slew of other announcements. For those unfamiliar, Azure Arc is a suite of technologies designed to simplify management, expedite app development, and deliver consistent Azure services across multi-cloud, on-premises, and edge environments. Azure Synapse. Microsoft announced that Azure Synapse Link for Azure Cosmos DB and v4.0 server support in Azure Cosmos DB API for MongoDB are both generally available. Pathway is a tool that designed to speed up migration from legacy and/or cloud data warehouses to Azure Synapse Analytics.
Kazuo Ishiguro’s Radiant Robot
       
A disheveled old man stands on the far side of the street, waving and calling to an old woman on the near side. “They seem so happy,” she says to the store manager, or as Klara fondly calls this kindly woman, Manager. “But it’s strange because they also seem upset.”“Oh, Klara,” Manager says. She’s also Ishiguro’s most luminous character, literally a creature of light, dependent on the Sun. At moments of high emotion, her partitioning becomes disjointed and expressive, a robot cubism.
Don't leave mopping out of spring cleaning. Save $50 on iRobot's robot mop instead.
       
Save $50: The iRobot Braava Jet M6 robot mop is on sale for $399.99 — a discount that matches its lowest price ever at Amazon. A robot mop like iRobot's Braava Jet M6 picks up where a robot vacuum leaves off, and you can grab it for its lowest price ever at Amazon of $399.99. Deep spot cleaning may still require some elbow grease, but the M6 will get the worst of it. If you don't already have a robot vacuum, the M6 technically has dry sweeping capabilities. Most customers agree that its suction can only really tackle small spot sweeping of light debris, however.
A new program can animate old photos. But there's nothing human about artificial intelligence
       
Users are invited to supply old photos of their loved ones, and the program uses deep learning to apply predetermined movements to their facial features. Our brains, as sophisticated as they are, have a prehistoric response to things that are almost human, but not quite. Those kinds of applications are courting a similar kind of human connection as Deep Nostalgia. Farid is careful to point out that machine learning, which is what drives more widely available animation technologies like Deep Nostalgia, is a field within the greater world of artificial intelligence. When using Deep Nostalgia, MyHeritage cautions users against uploading photos of living people without their consent, and says the company did not add audio options in the interest of user safety.
These 5 apps take the pain out of wrangling your huge photo collection
       
advertisementadvertisementFirst, we’ll review and delete any bad photos on your phone, then we’ll get all your old physical photos digitized. Purpose-built for photo organization, Slidebox (Android, iOS) lets you trash the duds with a simple Tinder-like swipe. The Android version of the app seems to have been abandoned, but it still works well, and it’s free as in free-free. Google-owned PhotoScan (Android, iOS) makes digitizing your old photos reasonably painless. For that, there’s Remini (Android, iOS), a photo-enhancing app that uses artificial intelligence to work wonders on subpar snaps.
Barstool Sports El Presidente, Dave Portnoy, Helping To Launch BUZZ ETF
       
Portnoy's presence should lead to big business for the social sentiment themed ETF and it'll be fun to watch! He'll be lending his likeness and marketing muscle to the soon-to-be launched VanEck Social Sentiment ETF (BUZZ). The ETF is expected to launch on Thursday and it will track the BUZZ NextGen AI US Sentiment Leaders Index. First, this won't be the first social sentiment ETF ever launched. It tracked, you guessed it, the BUZZ NextGen AI US Sentiment Leaders Index, the same index that BUZZ will track.
Nestlé debuts AI cookie guide for baking 'perfect' cookies
       
Nestlé Toll House has deployed a high-tech method to help bakers achieve “perfect” chocolate chip cookies. The nearly 82-year-old cookie company is currently using an artificial intelligence program that can answer baking questions through an automated chat service, according to a tweet shared by Nestlé. The character takes inspiration from Ruth Graves Wakefield, the Toll House Inn chef who invented the brand’s iconic chocolate chip cookie. Aside from answering questions, Ruth can guide online users through recipe walkthroughs, including Nestlé’s original chocolate chip cookie recipe or a custom recipe the user puts together through the AI program’s limited ingredient options. DOUBLETREE HOTEL SHARES SIGNATURE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE RECIPE FOR THE FIRST TIME EVERNestlé USA’s Head of Digital Innovation & Transformation Orchid Bertelsen told FOX Business it took two years to develop the AI baking program.
TikTok empowered these plus-sized women, then took down some of their posts. They still don't know why
       
It made her rethink the content she posts, which can be a difficult tradeoff since her mission is body positivity. Scrolling through videos on TikTok, the short-form video app especially popular among teens and 20-somethings, there's no shortage of scantily clad women and sexually suggestive content. Adding to their confusion is the fact that even after appealing to the company, the videos don't always get reinstated. And like many other social networks, TikTok also uses AI to help humans sift through large numbers of posts and remove objectionable content. The company statement followed a report alleging the platform took action on posts from users who were overweight, among others.
China overtakes US in global race to dominate AI
       
China has overtaken the US in the number of artificial intelligence (AI) citations, according to a new report, demonstrating how the country is pulling ahead in a global race to become the world's leading technology superpower. Although China has claimed the world's largest share of AI journal publications since 2017, the country's output has long been critiqued in academic circles as prioritising "quantity over quality". But researchers behind Stanford University's 2021 AI Index Report, released on Wednesday, found that China is now also a global leader in AI journal citations. He stressed: "[The battle for AI supremacy] does matter and it matters a lot because if China were to become the global technology on the planet, then by extension, China's values and outlook would become more the global norm. A report released last year by US think tank MacroPolo, which promotes ties between the US and China, found that 27pc of AI researchers working for US institutions were Chinese nationals.
Ex-Google chief: European tech ‘not big enough’ to compete with China alone
       
In an interview with POLITICO, Schmidt, who chairs the U.S. National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI), said Europe is "simply not big enough on the platform side" to compete. But differences on privacy, trade and national security are driving a wedge between the two. Washington and Brussels are in the midst of thorny negotiations around data sharing. It's in mutual interests of both sides to have more data sharing for national security,” he said. The NSCAI report recommends the proposed Emerging Technology Coalition lead negotiations on a new transatlantic data sharing deal, and stressed that data sharing agreements for specific purposes, such as facilitating pandemic response efforts, “would have a greater chance of success” than a more general deal.
Hybrid robot can 'hear' electrical signals using a dead locust's ear in a world's first experiment
       
A robot has heard sounds through the ear of a dead locust in a world's first experiment that uses the Ear-on-a-Chip method to create a long-lasting sensory device. The result is extraordinary, according to researchers, as when they clap once, the dead insect's ear hears the sound, the robot interprets the pulse and moves forward. Dr. Moaz and his team began by designing a robot capable of receiving and responding to signals from the environment. This was then connected to custom-made suction electrodes, resulting in a microfluidic chip that could be linked to the bio-hybrid robot. The result is extraordinary, according to researchers, as when they clap once, the dead insect's ear hears the sound, the robot interprets the pulse and moves forward.
Jim Reacts to BUZZ ETF, Launched With Help From Dave Portnoy
       
Dave Portnoy noted that he's partnering, but no this is not his ETF. The VanEck Social Sentiment ETF, which will trade under BUZZ, is expected to launch on Thursday. "In essence, BUZZ will invest in the stocks that are receiving the most positive sentiment on the internet and social media. It does this by using an artificial intelligence natural language processing algorithm to scour the web for mentions," wrote David Dierking for TheStreet. Recap TheStreet Live: Everything Jim Cramer Is Watching in the Markets Wednesday
The Roomba 670 is just $199 at Walmart
       
Save $130.99: The iRobot Roomba 670 WiFi robot vacuum is only $199 at Walmart as of March 2. And it doesn't need to be a huge investment if you take advantage of a budget-friendly robot vacuum available at Walmart. Focus on dusting shelves and leave the hard work to the iRobot Roomba 670 WiFi robot vacuum on sale for $199 . The Roomba 670 is a great mid-range robot vacuum if you still want some premium features. If you're ready to delegate some of your cleaning tasks this spring, then hire some help with an iRobot Roomba 670 robot vacuum on sale for $199 .
AI robot artist tries to master self-portraits without having an actual self
       
Ai-Da 'is' a humanoid robot that uses AI algorithms, cameras for eyes, and a robot arm to create and critique contemporary art in the age of technological overload.
Dubai-based startup links professionals to their ideal mentor via smart tech
       
Dubai-based startup links professionals to their ideal mentor via smart techRemote working may have emerged as a useful tool for adapting to work amid restrictions during the year of the pandemic, but this period was also marked with a harsh reality of job cuts. The changing conditions drove a lot of young professionals in the Emirates towards the freelance route to offer their services for businesses eyeing a recovery with limited resources. Facing similar difficulties, an entrepreneur in the UAE, has launched a smart app which analyses preferences and professional background of fresh local talent, to link them with the ideal mentor to boost personal growth. The platform aptly branded as Mentorshape asks workers and job seekers to fill a questionnaire, which is then analysed via machine learning. The platform also encourages mentees and mentors to set goals and earn points to drive incentive based learning and growth.
Israel combines satellite footage and AI-powered prediction to tame wild fires
       
Israel combines satellite footage and AI-powered prediction to tame wild firesThe world around us is changing rapidly and while most of this transition is driven by innovation, the environment has also become more turbulent and unpredictable. The technique will use satellite imaging to collect data about forests and vegetation, which will be processed through AI to map out areas most vulnerable to fires. Hence, use of aspects like presence of vegetation and humidity scanned via satellites for accurate predictions can prove to be a live saving solution. Apart from the immediate damage to life and property caused by forest fires, these catastrophes are also threatening to affect efforts to bring down emissions. The Amazon rainforest known for absorbing carbon dioxide from the environment, is at risk of becoming a major carbon emitter due to wildfires.
Etihad hops aboard Abu Dhabi's startup hub to create launch-pad for innovators
       
Etihad hops aboard Abu Dhabi's startup hub to create launch-pad for innovatorsThe Emirates has taken off towards the future propelled by its enthusiasm for roping in innovative tech to enhance public services. Going beyond aligning its offerings with Abu Dhabi's policy of rewarding unconventional ideas, Etihad will also collaborate with firms for innovative initiatives. As part of yet another program for Emirati talent, Abu Dhabi's investment body has tied up with Microsoft to provide tech tools and business development knowhow, along with capital and tech tools for digital businesses. The UAE's focus on capturing opportunities to shape the future of tech are also reflected in academic initiatives including the world's first AI university. Abu Dhabi has also unlocked its research institute for development of futuristic tech including the high-speed hyperloop commute, within the UAE.
Así funciona el robot para implantar microchips en humanos
       
Neuralink, la empresa de Elon Musk que busca implantar microchips en humanos, mostró cómo funciona el robot que usarían para implantar los dispositivos. Acá te mostramos cómo funciona
Study: Employment rose among those in free money experiment
       
Universal basic income has been a popular idea among California's tech titans as they grapple with how to handle the inevitable job losses that will come with breakthroughs in automation and artificial intelligence. Tubbs, who at the time was Stockton's first Black mayor, was eager to try it. Not everyone was on board with the idea. Aside from conservatives who dislike big government programs, opposition also comes from labor unions that worry about what other types of social safety net programs would have to be sacrificed to pay for a guaranteed income. It could cost nearly $3 trillion a year to provide a guaranteed income to everyone.
AI-powered transcription platform Otter.ai secures $50m investment
       
After growing its revenue by more than 800 percent in 2020A favourite of journalists, translators, and recruiters alike, transcription platform Otter.ai has raised $50 million dollars as part of its Series B funding round led by Spectrum Equity. After securing funds from Horizons Ventures, Draper Associates, GGV Capital, Draper Dragon Fund, and more, the firm now plans to accelerate product development. After the world switched to remote work seemingly overnight, apps like Otter saw huge increases in demand, with the company’s revenue growing by more than 800 percent in 2020. The firm claims that the app has now transcribed more than 100 million meetings spanning three billion minutes, across 230 countries. “This new mode of online interaction, however, has exposed an existing chasm between our need for meetings and the lack of their effectiveness.
Five common use cases where machine learning can make a big difference
       
As new data comes available, machine learning programs can automatically adapt and produce updated predictions. As with any tool, machine learning is not a silver bullet. Machine Learning algorithms can solve this problem. It’s important to remember that machine learning is a tool – it’s not magic. 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.
Algorithmia’s latest tools aim to solve ML governance challenges
       
Find him on Twitter: @Gadget_RyAlgorithmia is today debuting new reporting tools which aim to solve machine learning (ML) governance challenges. 56 percent of the IT leaders surveyed by Algorithmia ranked governance, security, and auditability issues as a major concern. Algorithm usage reporting with details of the algorithm used, so organizations can bill users for their usage. The new reporting and governance tools added to Algorithmia will help IT decision-makers tackle one of the biggest challenges they face with deployments today. 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.
Featured: AI News’ list of innovative companies to watch in 2021
       
Find him on Twitter: @Gadget_RyCompanies around the world have ramped up their AI deployments over the past year. As with any emerging technology, AI has brought significant opportunities but also its fair share of challenges. In this feature, AI News takes a look at some of the most innovative companies leading the way in maximising the opportunities while minimising the challenges of artificial intelligence deployments. “Some other solutions claim to be using AI – but it is important to remember that not all AI is equal. AI News sees those awards as fully justified and the company is definitely one to watch this year – and beyond.
5 jobs that you should apply for this week (before it’s too late)
       
Here at Venture Beat, we want to help, and try to get as many of you into jobs you love. Associate Engineer Software, Northrop GrummanThe Associate Software Engineer position supports the United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) programs. The candidate should have experience with structured software development methodologies and modern software test tools and techniques. Strategic Sales Executive, FinastraThe Strategic Sales Executive will generate revenue by selling Finastra software solutions and services to new prospects within assigned territory. Responsibilities will include creating and managing strategic territory planass that will include activities for quota attainment.
Iterative.ai updates MLOps platform to streamline and support cloud provisioning
       
Join Transform 2021 for the most important themes in enterprise AI & Data. Iterative.ai, provider of a framework for managing machine learning operations (MLOps), today announced updates to its open source Data Version Control (DVC) and Continuous Machine Learning (CML) open source projects. Those processes can also span multiple organizations that are increasingly collaborating on the development of AI models, Petrov noted. It’s unlikely two or more organizations will have standardized on the same proprietary platform to construct AI models. It’s too early to say to what degree organizations will standardize on open source tools and platforms for MLOps.
Annual index finds AI is ‘industrializing’ but needs better metrics and testing
       
China overtook the U.S in total paper citations, but the U.S. continued a two-decade lead in citations at AI research conferences. A Queer in AI 2020 member survey found that roughly half of respondents have experienced harassment or discrimination and encountered issues around inclusiveness. The AI Index report shows progress in AI systems that can be used for surveillance, like object detection system YOLO. The AI Index report included a call for more benchmarks and testing in the fields of computer vision, ethics, and NLP. In previous years, the AI Index expanded to include tools like an arXiv monitor for searching preprint papers.
U.S. doubles down on protecting university research from China
       
The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI), led by former Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, on Monday voted unanimously to approve its final report https://www.nscai.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Full-Report-Digital-1.pdf to Congress. A new section on university research was added to the final report, which also features numerous recommendations in areas including competition in artificial intelligence and the semiconductor supply chain. The cases are part of the U.S. Department of Justice's so-called "China initiative" launched in 2018 to counter China’s national security threats. The lack of guidance so far has meant that some nervous university presidents have kept Chinese nationals away from any research projects, said Louie. Tobin Smith, vice president for science policy and global affairs at the Association of American Universities, said universities have struggled with assessing risk and welcomed the blueprint.
Jack Ma loses title as China's richest man after coming under Beijing's scrutiny
       
BEIJING (Reuters) - Alibaba and Ant Group founder Jack Ma has lost the title of China’s richest man, a list published on Tuesday showed, as his peers prospered while his empire was put under heavy scrutiny by Chinese regulators. FILE PHOTO: Alibaba Group co-founder and executive chairman Jack Ma attends the World Artificial Intelligence Conference (WAIC) in Shanghai, China, September 17, 2018. His fall out of the top three comes “after China’s regulators reined in Ant Group and Alibaba on anti-trust issues,” the Hurun report said. Tencent’s Ma saw his wealth swell 70% over the year to 480 billion yuan ($74.16 billion) while Pinduoduo’s Huang’s fortune grew 283% to 450 billion yuan, the list said. In comparison, the wealth of Ma and his family grew 22%, to 360 billion yuan.
Artificial Intelligence in Business Gets Real
       
3Pioneers Are Deepening Their Commitments to AIHas artificial intelligence finally reached the point where it is a practical technology for business use? This is precisely what the 2018 research reveals: Today’s AI Pioneers are deepening their AI commitments. Figure 3: AI Shifts Business Models Looking ahead to the next five years, a majority of companies expect AI to spur business model change. Buoyed by the Chinese government’s recent five-year plan calling for businesses to achieve leadership in artificial intelligence, Chinese companies report greater increases in AI investment than companies in other regions. As is the case with many business initiatives requiring new investment, leadership support and a business case are critical.
Researchers introduce a new generation of tiny, agile drones
       
Chen hopes the robots could one day aid humans by pollinating crops or performing machinery inspections in cramped spaces. While piezoelectric ceramics allowed the first generation of tiny robots to take flight, they’re quite fragile. Chen designed a more resilient tiny drone using soft actuators instead of hard, fragile ones. The soft actuators are made of thin rubber cylinders coated in carbon nanotubes. “Because of the soft actuators’ inherent compliance, the robot can safely run into obstacles without greatly inhibiting flight.
Accessori autunno inverno 2021: le tendenze della nuova stagione
       
Gli accessori autunno inverno 2021 2022, tra borse, scarpe e gioielli, che abbiamo visto alle sfilate digitali (e che non vediamo l'ora di indossare)Un continuo fluire tra il nuovo minimalismo e lo stile decontracté: sono queste le due maxi tendenze moda dell'autunno inverno 2021 2022 che abbiamo visto alle sfilate digitali. La tensione è continua e prende forma nelle proposte di stagione: accessori corazza che coprono e avvolgono, come i cuissardes altissimi o i body jewel; items che esprimono la ricerca della della comodità e versatilità, come le ciabatte furry e le maxi shopping bag; infine l'eleganza espressa attraverso il classy, le bag totalmente nere, le pochette di morbidissima pelle da indossare all day long e gli orecchini statement. Infine il rifugio nel passato che conferisce una particolare sicurezza: non si sbaglia mai nell'indossare un paio di mocassini con le calze corte, sfoggiare collant bianchi con le scarpe nere o indossare borse di tessuto con lunghissimi guanti. Questi trend contrapposti vengono espressi anche attraverso la palette cromatica e le texture: da una parte troviamo il monocolore che si concede solo al fascino del grafismo black & white; dall'altra l'arte del métissage di fantasie e materiali che insieme creano un look ultra-personalizzato. Le scarpe AI 2021Stivali cuissardesMocassini con taccoCiabatte furryLe borse AI 2021ClutchmorbidissimeShopping bag XXXLBorse nere minimaliI gioielli AI 2021
Unions push for more Uber scrutiny after claims its photo ID tech was racist
       
Unions have called for a clampdown on how Uber uses automated systems after the company faced fresh accusations that its photo identification tech had been "racist" and led to some ethnic minority couriers being fired. Uber Eats is understood to rely on both the automated systems as well as human verification, and argues accounts are never blocked purely because of AI software. In total, around 100 IWGB members had been fired as a result of decisions made by automated systems at courier companies, the union claimed. IWGB hit out at Uber on Monday, saying the company was "governing people's lives through opaque algorithms". An Uber spokeswoman said: "Any decision to remove a partner from the Uber platform always involves a manual human review.
China wants to dominate AI. The U.S. and Europe need each other to tame it.
       
Elected officials in Europe and the U.S. began laying the groundwork on Monday at an EU parliamentary hearing. The EU’s new law will set strict rules for AI applications that are considered “high risk” and the bloc is mulling who to hold accountable when AI goes awry. The law also establishes a National AI Initiative Office to develop and implement the U.S. approach to the technology. It could also help to avoid a repeat of ceding ground on data privacy rules, where the U.S. severely lags Europe in shaping global standards. “China is trying to steer countries in a direction that is different than what the United States and Europe are trying to go towards,” Albright said.
China wants to dominate AI. The US and Europe need each other to tame it.
       
Political leaders in the U.S. and Europe are becoming increasingly alarmed by China’s use of artificial intelligence to track its people and engage in other authoritarian behavior. Europe will soon propose strict AI regulations as part of a push to wield greater influence over the world’s emerging technologies. Indeed, the Commission sees the Biden administration as being open to the bloc’s message about AI rules that respect human rights, inclusion and data protection, and wants to establish a “transatlantic accord” on artificial intelligence. “For the U.S. to be a world leader on AI, we need to give this area of policy the significant attention it deserves,” McNerney said. It could also help to avoid a repeat of ceding ground on data privacy rules, wherethe U.S. severely lags Europe in shaping global standards.
A dystopian robo-dog now patrols New York City. That's the last thing we need
       
Even Black police officers share these biases and often replicate the harm of their white counterparts. Any new technological development will only give police departments new tools to further surveil, and potentially to arrest or kill, Black and Muslim people. Speaking to ABC’s Eyewitness News, an operator of the NYPD’s robot dog troublingly described the process of operating the urban drone as “as simple as playing a video game”. While Boston Dynamics, the creators of the robot dog, have insisted that Digidog will never be used as a weapon, it is highly unlikely that that will remain true. It seems doubtful that Americans would have so callously ignored the death of a white teenager in a drone bombing.
'Klara And The Sun' Asks What It Means To Be Human
       
'Klara And The Sun' Asks What It Means To Be HumanEnlarge this image Knopf Knopf"Is there any yoked creature without its private opinions?" Ishiguro's eighth novel, Klara and the Sun, is narrated by another kind of yoked creature, an AF, or Artificial Friend, a humanoid robot designed as a companion for children. Here, the reader wonders if Klara, offered the option of replacing the human she is supposed to protect, will take it. Klara becomes determined to save, not replace, Josie. And far from Klara scheming to replace her human companion, there's a sense that some of the people in the novel might actually envy AFs.
QAnon believers apparently think Joe Biden is a robot with a malfunctioning mouth
       
(Getty Images)QAnon adherents apparently believe that Joe Biden is actually a malfunctioning robot wearing human-like skin. One former QAnon adherent, Ashley Vanderbilt, said when she left the movement she knew of several members who believed that Mr Biden is actually a robot. Yeah, so they really believe that Joe Biden is not even Joe Biden." Charlotte Rozich, another former believer, said a common belief in QAnon circles was that Mr Biden is not truly the president. Prior to that, they believed Mr Trump would return to power on Mr Biden's inauguration day, 20 January.
U.S. is ‘not prepared to defend or compete in the A.I. era,’ says expert group chaired by Eric Schmidt
       
Eric Schmidt speaks during a National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence conference November 5, 2019, in Washington Alex Wong | Getty ImagesThe U.S. is drastically underprepared for the age of artificial intelligence, according to a group of experts chaired by former Google CEO Eric Schmidt. The 15 members of the commission include technologists, national security professionals, business executives, and academic leaders. "We will not be able to defend against AI-enabled threats without ubiquitous AI capabilities and new warfighting paradigms," wrote Schmidt and Work. Samim Wagner, an AI researcher in Berlin, sees things differently, telling CNBC that AI weapons and killer robots will make today's weapons even more deadly. "[Adopting AI weapons] is brutal inanity and everyone knows it yet think tank staffers from DC to Beijing keep assuring us it's 'progress and necessary'."
C3.ai Slides as First Earnings Report as Public Company Disappoint
       
C3.ai (AI) - Get Report was falling Tuesday after the artificial intelligence software provider posted a-wider-than expected loss in its first report as a public company. Revenue increased 19% to $49.1 million, compared with Wall Street's consensus of $47.3 million. Looking ahead, C3.ai said it expects fourth-quarter revenue of $50 million to $51 million, compared with Wall Street's forecast of $48.3 million. The company sees fiscal 2021 revenue ranging from $180.9 million to $181.9 million, compared with analysts' estimates of $177.1 million. C3.ai began trading in December $100 a share, up 138% from its initial public offering price of $42.
Taco Bell owner Yum Brands buys A.I. business to improve marketing
       
Yum Brands announced Tuesday that it has bought a Kvantum business unit that uses artificial intelligence for consumer insights and marketing performance analytics. The Taco Bell owner plans to use the acquisition to optimize its marketing spending, giving it a leg up on fast-food rivals. In 2015, Yum acquired Collider Lab, a consulting firm that hires sociologists and anthropologists to provide culture-based consumer insights. Yum plans to combine the newly acquired machine learning approach with Collider Lab's data. The Kvantum business unit will still consult with clients outside the restaurant industry once it's part of Yum.
'Aliens: Fireteam' is an online-only survival shooter with Xenomorph hordes
       
Six years and four acquisitions later, Cold Iron Studios is ready to reveal exactly what kind of Alien game it's been working on: Aliens: Fireteam. Cold Iron is a 40-person studio founded in 2015 by former Cryptic Studios developers Matt Highison and Craig Zinkievich. Cold Iron was bought and sold four times starting in 2018, and today it's owned by Daybreak Games. This is in contrast to 2014's Alien: Isolation, arguably the most iconic Alien game to date. There are always three Colonial Marines in a squad, whether they're other online players or bots, and more than 20 enemy types with disparate AI systems.
'Machinehood' Upgrades Asimov's 3 Laws Of Robotics
       
From the very first page, Machinehood, the debut science fiction novel from Nebula- and Hugo-award nominated machine intelligence specialist and biomedical engineer S.B. That Machinehood goes on to upend long-established laws of robotics, question longstanding political machinations, establish a credible voyeurism-based sub-economy, and take us on a thrilling who-done-it through the advent of the singularity are only a few of the novel's accomplishments. Machinehood also introduces us to the plight of humans caught within a future where everything is faster, better, and smarter — everything except humans. The original "Three Laws," which first appeared in fiction in 1942, largely defined artificial intelligence as subservient to humanity. In contrast, by upgrading the way we think about intelligence and robotics, Divya is preparing humanity for a revolution.
Conoce a Robocov, el robot creado por estudiantes mexicanos para combatir el coronavirus
       
Alumnos, investigadores y profesores del Tecnológico de Monterrey en México unieron fuerzas para crear un robot que luchará contra el coronavirus. Robocov puede desinfectar superficies con luz ultravioleta o por rocío y es capaz de tomar la temperatura o detectar el uso adecuado del cubrebocas. Mira aquí cómo funciona.
AI panel urges US to boost tech skills amid China’s rise
       
“To win in AI we need more money, more talent, stronger leadership,” Schmidt said Monday. It also calls for “wise restraints” on the use of AI tools such as facial recognition that can be used for mass surveillance. It’s still awaiting confirmation of a new director for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, which Biden has elevated to a Cabinet-level position. It’s been led by Schmidt, who was Google’s CEO and later the executive chairman of its parent company Alphabet. The commission asked Congress to make new laws requiring federal agencies to conduct human rights assessments of new AI systems used on Americans.
Uber spins off robotic delivery unit, takes stake in new startup
       
The new startup will be led by Ali Kashani, who runs the robot deliveries unit for Postmates, which Uber acquired last year. Uber will co-lead what's likely to be a $50 million investment in the new delivery startup, Serve Robotics, which will bring food, groceries and other items to Uber customers without human intervention. "Over the next five years delivery robots will become the first commercial application of self-driving at scale," Kashani said. For Uber, taking a stake in Serve Robotics increases its sizable portfolio of venture investments, which already exceeds $13 billion. When the pandemic hit -- boosting Uber's food delivery sales but decimating its ride-hailing business -- the company's other bets looked increasingly like a liability.
Tech geeks take note! Innovations including farming drones and food sensors in store for Dubai
       
Innovations including farming drones and food sensors in store for DubaiCountries in the Middle East are investing heavily in digitisation both for the private sector, as well as public services. Dubai's civic bodies DEWA and RTA have been in the limelight for deploying machine learning as well as sophisticated gadgets including robotic employees to enhance their daily operations. Dependent on imports for over 80% of its food, UAE has turned towards tech including nanoclay which can retain water to increase agricultural production. To enhance the food security push, Dubai will use AI to predict water demand and control pumps to empower irrigation in the region. To ensure food quality and supply further, sensors will be placed in storage facilities to monitor humidity, light, temperature and air quality, to avoid unwanted damage and wastage of food.
New AI Tool 'Deep Nostalgia' Brings Old Photos To Life In Creepy Video Portraits
       
What if I told you an AI tool can achieve the same effect, at least to some extent? Now that I have your attention, a new AI technology is bringing old pictures to life. The tool, called Deep Nostalgia is breathing life into photos of historcial figures like US President Abraham Lincoln, Indian freedom fighter Bhagan Singh mong others. Deep Nostalgia is an AI tool from MyHeritage with a photo animation feature that creates short video portaits from old images. https://t.co/p3h600G3MX pic.twitter.com/YdAn9IxyW0 — MyHeritage (@MyHeritage) February 28, 2021While its surreal, the use of the nifty piece of technology goes beyond a fascination with history.
These ‘deepfake’ videos of Tom Cruise on TikTok show how realistic — and popular — altered content can be
       
But the computer-generated video, known as a “deepfake,” was realistic enough that viewers could hardly tell the difference. A deepfake is video that has been digitally altered with artificial intelligence technology. Internet users got a wakeup call last week when a man resembling Tom Cruise appeared in a video hitting a golf ball on the popular video-sharing app TikTok. The videos, while seemingly playful in nature, have stirred up conversations about how deepfake technology could be harmful, and whether there should be additional oversight. “If you’re building manipulated/synthetic media detection technology, get it moving,” she said.
Van Eck Launching ETF to Profit From Stocks Hyped on the Net
       
The VanEck Vectors Social Sentiment ETF will track an index of the 75 most-favorably mentioned companies on the web. VanEck Associates on Thursday will introduce an exchange-traded fund that seeks to take advantage of commentary written about stocks on the Internet. The VanEck Vectors Social Sentiment ETF (ticker: BUZZ) will track the BUZZ NextGen AI US Sentiment Leaders Index. The fund has an algorithm that chooses the stocks most intensely discussed in a positive manner on the Internet. Meanwhile, Dave Portnoy, founder of Barstool Sports, promoted the ETF in a Twitter video Tuesday.
Microsoft Mesh platform lets users create an avatar that can be beamed anywhere in the world
       
Called Microsoft Mesh, the application is a mix-reality system that uses the firm's HoloLens headset, enabling users in different locations to 'beam' themselves as a hologram into other experiences. Microsoft Mesh was announced during the firm's Ignite digital conference, where Microsoft Technical Fellow Alex Kipman, said: 'This has been the dream for mixed reality, the idea from the very beginning.' Microsoft Mesh comes at a time when millions are using videoconferencing platforms, like Zoom, to keep in contact with loved ones, along with complete daily work tasks. Microsoft Mesh is the result of the research and development team spending years on advancing hand and eye tracking with the HoloLens, along with developing persistent holograms and AI models for avatars. The holographic content is in the cloud, and I just need the special lenses that allow me to see it.'
Uber spins out Postmates' robot delivery division into a separate company
       
Uber will be a minority shareholder in Serve Robotics, the companies told Bloomberg.The new startup will be led by Ali Kashani, who runs the robot deliveries unit for Postmates, which Uber acquired last year. “Over the next five years delivery robots will become the first commercial application of self-driving at scale,” Kashani said. But Kashani believes that Serve robots could make 5% of food deliveries in the U.S. within five years. The company sold its electric bike division Jump to Lime, and led an $170 million investment in the startup. The company’s three robots, which will now be operated by Serve Robotics, are named Pinky, Dotty and Solly (named after Pink Dot CEO Sol Yamini).
US lagging in critical artificial intelligence: panel
       
The United States is dangerously behind in artificial intelligence critical to its future including national security, according to a commission that includes a former head of Google and the future chief of Amazon. A report released by the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence called for the country to invest $40 billion to win a strategic AI competition with China. "This is the tough reality we must face," the chairs of the commission said in the report released late Monday. "It is no secret that America’s military rivals are integrating AI concepts and platforms to challenge the United States' decades-long technology advantage," the letter read. The United States also needs to ramp up science and technology education and do more to attract highly skilled immigrants, the commission said.
AI panel urges US to boost tech skills amid China's rise
       
“To win in AI we need more money, more talent, stronger leadership,” Schmidt said Monday. It also calls for “wise restraints” on the use of AI tools such as facial recognition that can be used for mass surveillance. It’s still awaiting confirmation of a new director for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, which Biden has elevated to a Cabinet-level position. It's been led by Schmidt, who was Google's CEO and later the executive chairman of its parent company Alphabet. The commission asked Congress to make new laws requiring federal agencies to conduct human rights assessments of new AI systems used on Americans.
China will dominate AI unless U.S. invests more, commission warns
       
Driving the news: The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence approved its 750-page report on Monday, following a 2-year effort. And It's not just AI technology that the U.S. needs to maintain a lead in. "We don’t have to go to war with China," Schmidt said. Military leaders also want AI systems that can support broader decision making, Schmidt said, but added that is probably a few years away. Yes, but: China already holds the lead in some areas, including some aspects of payment technology and facial recognition.
As China Rises, the US Builds Toward a Bigger Role in AI
       
Washington is taking baby steps toward something closer to central planning—seeking to inspire, guide, and protect advances in key areas like artificial intelligence, biotechnology, and quantum computing. The latest evidence of a shift in thinking is the final report of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI). Louie says it isn’t just a question of China catching up in AI; it’s also that the technology will be critical to national interests. “Artificial intelligence is going to be not just a driver of things like the economy and quality of life and national security,” he says. The WIRED Guide to Artificial Intelligence Supersmart algorithms won't take all the jobs, But they are learning faster than ever, doing everything from medical diagnostics to serving up ads.
Cryptic crosswords: A puzzling British obsession
       
The answer is 'rues', playing on a double meaning combining the French word for street with an English word for regret. Fittingly for such cleverly creative puzzles, cryptic crosswords have made telling appearances in British literature, particularly in murder mysteries. Famed fictional cop Inspector Morse was one devotee – hardly surprising given his creator Colin Dexter set cryptic crosswords for The Oxford Times. Yet experts like Friedlander think cryptic crosswords are one arena no AI will ever truly master, thanks to their use of "aesthetically beautiful clues that incorporate subtle nuances of language to misdirect the reader... Bringing humans togetherDespite the image of solitary solvers puzzling over clues, cryptic crosswords actually often engender a distinctive community spirit of shared appreciation in the effort to decode each setter's tricks.
Virginia governor signs nation’s second state consumer privacy bill
       
ADADA growing patchwork of different state laws could create more pressure on Congress to move forward on federal privacy legislation. Privacy advocates have widely viewed the Virginia law as a mixed bag. Although they have applauded Virginia for acting on consumer privacy, they are calling policymakers in the state to consider adding more protections before the law takes effect. ADADNortham’s administration will have an ongoing work group to continue to strengthen the law’s consumer protections, according to the news release from Marsden. Hayes also said he wanted to propose legislation in the future that specifically addresses data privacy concerns related to artificial intelligence and facial recognition.
Fostering ethical thinking in computing
       
As part of the efforts in Social and Ethical Responsibilities of Computing (SERC) within the MIT Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing, a new case studies series examines social, ethical, and policy challenges of present-day efforts in computing with the aim of facilitating the development of responsible “habits of mind and action” for those who create and deploy computing technologies. Understanding and incorporating broader social context is becoming ever more critical,” says Daniel Huttenlocher, dean of the MIT Schwarzman College of Computing. Each case study is brief, but includes accompanying notes and references to facilitate more in-depth exploration of a given topic. The SERC case studies are specially commissioned and written by scholars who conduct research centrally on the subject of the piece. The SERC case studies are made available for free on an open-access basis, under Creative Commons licensing terms.
Microsoft unveils Azure Percept, a family of edge devices optimized for AI
       
The Azure Percept platform includes a development kit with a camera called Azure Percept Vision, as well as a “getting started” experience called Azure Percept Studio that guides customers through the AI lifecycle. In addition, Azure Percept devices will automatically connect to Azure IoT Hub, which helps enable communication with security protections between internet of things devices and the cloud. Azure Percept competes with Google’s Coral, a collection of hardware kits and accessories intended to bolster AI development at the edge. Microsoft’s investment has also bolstered Azure Sphere; Azure Security Center, its unified cloud and edge security suite; and Azure IoT Edge, which distributes cloud intelligence to run in isolation on IoT devices directly. And Baidu’s OpenEdge offers a range of IoT edge computing boards and a cloud-based management suite to manage edge nodes, edge apps, and resources such as certification, password, and program code.
AI ethics research conference suspends Google sponsorship
       
The ACM Conference for Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency (FAccT) has decided to suspend its sponsorship relationship with Google, conference sponsorship co-chair and Boise State University assistant professor Michael Ekstrand confirmed today. The organizers of the AI ethics research conference came to this decision a little over a week after Google fired Ethical AI lead Margaret Mitchell and three months after the firing of Ethical AI co-lead Timnit Gebru. Google has subsequently reorganized about 100 engineers across 10 teams, including placing Ethical AI under the leadership of Google VP Marian Croak. Putting Google sponsorship on hold doesn’t mean the end of sponsorship from Big Tech companies, or even Google itself. DeepMind, another sponsor of the FAccT conference that incurred an AI ethics controversy in January, is also a Google company.
How Uber Freight handled shifts in demand during the pandemic
       
To tap into this, in 2017 Uber launched Uber Freight, the company’s grab at the $8.1 trillion global logistics transport industry. When a business schedules a delivery through Uber Freight for shippers, they get prices upfront in the Uber Freight app. In a conversation with VentureBeat, Uber Freight marketplace head Bar Ifrach spoke about the logistics and freight challenges and opportunities brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. Chai attributed a least a portion of the growth to the launch of Uber Freight Enterprise and Uber Freight Link last September. Uber announced in March 2019 that it would hire hundreds of Chicago-area Uber Freight workers ahead of plans to lease additional city office space.
Microsoft brings RPA to Windows 10 with new Power Platform products
       
Microsoft announced AI-focused Power Platform products at its Microsoft Ignite 2021 conference, which kicked off in earnest today. Among the highlights is Power Automate Desktop for Windows 10 users, a robotic process automation service (RPA) that automates tasks within Windows across various apps. New Power Virtual Agents features were also unveiled. Power Automate Desktop for Windows 10, which arrives after Microsoft acquired RPA startup Softomotive, provides an attended RPA solution to automate tasks in SharePoint, Excel, Outlook, OneNote, and third-party business apps. Over the next 24 months, Microsoft plans to expand PowerFx from Canvas app components in Power Apps, where it’s currently used, to Power Virtual Agents, Power Automate, and more.
Salesforce launches tool to help businesses drive loyalty during the pandemic
       
Called Rebate Management, it taps a customizable data model to promote visibility and collaboration for sales teams and partners. To this end, Rebate Management identifies cross-sell opportunities and exposes a view of attainment progress alongside account information within Salesforce’s customer relationship management platform. It also provides channel partner visibility into incentive programs, allowing sales teams to share threshold attainment with partners. Moreover, Rebate Management optimizes and automates incentive programs with analytics, enabling companies to model and analyze rebate programs while leveraging recommendations to drive upsells with offers. Rebate Management is the latest of several products Salesforce has introduced over the past year to address pandemic-related enterprise challenges.
Beam raises $80 million for AI-driven dental coverage that rewards good hygiene
       
Beam Dental, a Columbus, Ohio-based dental benefits provider, today announced it has raised $80 million in an oversubscribed series E round led by Mercato Partners. Alex Curry, Alex Frommeyer, and Dan Dykes founded Beam in 2012 to make dental care more affordable. In the 41 U.S. states where the company’s plans are available, Beam sells a semiannual subscription service that consists of a Bluetooth-enabled sonic toothbrush — the Beam Brush — along with paste, floss, and refill heads. The result is to effectively mimic the intuition of the best dental insurance underwriters. This ostensibly lets an employer get rates for dental insurance that are better tailored to who they are and their specific needs.
Health Gorilla raises $15 million to build secure APIs for medical records
       
Health care API provider Health Gorilla today announced it has raised $15 million in a series B round co-led by IA Capital and Nationwide. Some experts estimate that as many as half of records are mismatched when data is transferred between health care systems. Tellingly, in a 2018 survey by Stanford Medicine in California, 59% of clinicians said they felt that their electronic medical records (EMRs) systems needed a complete overhaul. The company’s platform can also facilitate collecting medical records to power risk assessment and record consolidation for ordering labs electronically. Health Gorilla isn’t the only health API provider in town.
Voice assistants enable enterprise automation, CRM, and data intelligence
       
Voice assistants like Google Assistant, Cortana, Alexa, and Oracle Digital Assistant can analyze enterprise-specific vocabulary and derive intelligence from enterprise applications like enterprise resource management, customer relationship management, and HR systems. For example, in April Google announced it would partner with Zoom to integrate the latter’s videoconferencing platform with smart displays powered by Google Assistant. And for business users on Windows 10, a dedicated Cortana-powered chat-based app helps users compose emails on the fly. Recent reporting revealed that accidental voice assistant activations exposed private conversations, and a study by Clemson University School of Computing researchers found that Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice app privacy policies are often “problematic” and violate baseline requirements. In July, a third-party contractor leaked Google Assistant voice recordings for users in the Netherlands that contained personally identifiable data, like names, addresses, and other private information.
Quality Match raises $6 million to build better AI datasets
       
Join Transform 2021 for the most important themes in enterprise AI & Data. Quality Match, a Heidelberg, Germany-based quality data annotation provider, today announced that it raised a €5 million ($6 million) seed round from LEA Partners. It’s estimated most enterprises that adopt machine learning spend over 80% of their time on data labeling and management. There’s no shortage of data labeling startups competing with Quality Match — the market was valued at $1.3 billion in 2020, according to Grand View Research. Quality Match runs multiple repeats of this decision tree to provide confidence scores on all of the annotations.
Cipher Skin raises $5 million for mesh sensors that detect motion in real time
       
Cipher Skin, a startup developing a network of wraparound sensors that can deliver big data diagnostics, today announced it has raised $5 million in a series A round led by Boyett Group. “We do not believe there’s a direct competitor for Cipher Skin today. However, there’s some overlap between what we do and some wearable companies, telehealth companies, and even athletics companies that are innovating in the smart clothing area. Other defense customers include the U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command. “On the military side, we have hundreds of sleeves in usage through the Air Force Special Operations Command,” Bogdanovich said.
ETL company Airbyte raises $5.2M to integrate open source data
       
Airbyte today announced it has raised $5.2 million in seed funding as part of an effort to make open source tools for managing and integrating data more accessible. The company, which offers an open source extract transform and load (ETL) tool used to create data pipelines, is now seeking to further democratize that process. This includes, for example, building complementary open source tools to govern and secure data, Airbyte cofounder and CEO Michel Tricot told VentureBeat. As of the end of January, more than 600 organizations are using Airbyte ETL tools, including Safegraph, Dribbble, Mercato, GraniteRock, Agridigital, and Cart.com. It’s not clear what impact the availability of open source ETL tools is having on providers of the rival commercial offerings some organizations have been employing for decades.
Sonantic uses AI to infuse emotion in automated speech for game prototypes
       
That’s why the Sonantic technology is finding use with 200 different video game companies for audio engineering. Creating that “believability” factor is at the core of Sonantic’s voice platform, which captures the nuances of the human voice. But the point of this isn’t to put voice actors out of work, Qureshi said. Image Credit: SonanticFilm and game studios are not the only beneficiaries of Sonantic’s platform. But we’ve created a way that helps actors work virtually as well as in person.
Kaskada launches platform to prep data for AI models
       
Join Transform 2021 for the most important themes in enterprise AI & Data. The Kaskada platform doesn’t require setup, and it ingests historical data from data warehouses and data lakes, consuming messages from streaming sources like Apache Kafka and Amazon Kinesis. It transforms this events-based data into a usable format for aggregations and other calculations and lets data scientists write calculations using data from connected sources while visualizing distributions and drilling into outliers. With Kaskada, data scientists can scale, transform, and encode features and view all features for a model within a dashboard. “Kaskada’s feature engineering platform is designed to make truly hard data problems in machine learning easy,” Bonaci said.
Microsoft launches Azure Arc machine learning and container services
       
Azure Arc-enabled Kubernetes, which launched in preview last May, is now generally available. And a new offering, Azure Arc-enabled Machine Learning, is entering preview starting today. The benefits of AI and machine learning can feel intangible at times, but surveys show this hasn’t deterred enterprises from adopting the technology. Microsoft says Azure Arc-enabled Machine Learning and Azure Arc-enabled Kubernetes are designed to help companies strike a balance between enjoying the benefits of the cloud and maintaining apps and workloads on-premises for regulatory and operational reasons. With the new services, companies can deploy Kubernetes clusters and build machine learning models where data lives, as well as managing applications and models from a single dashboard.
Microsoft launches semantic search feature for enterprises and new form-recognizing features in Azure
       
Join Transform 2021 for the most important themes in enterprise AI & Data. During the Microsoft Ignite 2021 conference, which is taking place virtually this week, the company announced new products and updates across the whole of its Azure AI cloud product portfolio. Among other highlights, Microsoft rolled out a semantic search capability in Azure Cognitive Search that enables developers to deliver search results based on intent, as opposed to only keywords. For example, in Azure Cognitive Search, Microsoft says its search service for mobile and web app development now allows businesses to use the same capabilities powering search engines like Bing to deliver contextual search experiences in apps. That’s perhaps why the corporate sector has taken an interest in cognitive search products like Azure Cognitive Search that ingest, understand, organize, and act on digital content from multiple digital sources.
Gatik to winterize self-driving box trucks through partnership with Ontario government
       
Gatik, a startup developing an autonomous vehicle stack for B2B short-haul logistics, today announced it has secured CAD$9 million (~$7.12 million), with CAD$1 million coming from a partnership with Ontario’s Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Network (AVIN). Self-driving cars, vans, and trucks promise to minimize the risk of spreading disease by limiting driver contact. Palo Alto, California-based Gatik, which has offices in Toronto, is the brainchild of Carnegie Mellon graduate and CEO Gautam Narang. In July, Walmart revealed it had launched a pilot with Gatik to ferry customer orders between select store locations in Bentonville, Arkansas. In collaboration with an unnamed partner, referred to as “one of the state’s largest retailers,” Gatik says its autonomous trucks will operate on predetermined, fixed routes throughout Grand Rapids and Rochester.
Japanese companies ramping up use of artificial intelligence, report says
       
TOKYO - Japanese companies are ramping up the use of artificial intelligence and other advanced technology to reduce waste and cut costs in the pandemic, and looking to score some sustainability points along the way. Disposing of Japan’s more than 6 million tonnes in food waste costs the world’s No.3 economy some 2 trillion yen ($19 billion) a year, government data shows. Others have also joined forces with food firms in developing new technological platform to cut food waste as part of global efforts to meet sustainable development goals (SDGs). NEC has deployed the technology to some major retailers and food makers, helping them reduce costs by 15%-75%. “Reducing food waste is not our ultimate goal,” said Ryoichi Morita, senior manager overseeing NEC’s digital integration.
Golden Globes 2021 winners: full list of TV and film awards as The Crown triumphs
       
Golden Globe television award winners 2021Best Television Series - DramaTHE CROWN - NETFLIX (Left Bank Pictures / Sony Pictures Television) – WINNER- NETFLIX (Left Bank Pictures / Sony Pictures Television) – LOVECRAFT COUNTRY - HBO (HBO / Afemme / Monkeypaw / Bad Robot / Warner Bros. Television)- HBO (HBO / Afemme / Monkeypaw / Bad Robot / Warner Bros. Television) THE MANDALORIAN - DISNEY+ (Lucasfilm Ltd.)OZARK - NETFLIX (MRC Television)- NETFLIX (MRC Television) RATCHED - NETFLIX (Fox21 Television Studios)Best performance by an actress in a television series - DramaOLIVIA COLMAN (The Crown)(The Crown) JODIE COMER (Killing Eve)(Killing Eve) EMMA CORRIN (The Crown) – WINNER(The Crown) – LAURA LINNEY (Ozark)(Ozark) SARAH PAULSON (Ratched)Best performance by an actor in a television series - DramaJASON BATEMAN (Ozark)(Ozark) JOSH O'CONNOR (The Crown) - WINNER(The Crown) - BOB ODENKIRK (Better Call Saul)(Better Call Saul) AL PACINO (Hunters)(Hunters) MATTHEW RHYS (Perry Mason)Best Television Series - Musical or ComedyEMILY IN PARIS - NETFLIX (Darren Star Productions / Jax Media / MTV Studios)- NETFLIX (Darren Star Productions / Jax Media / MTV Studios) THE FLIGHT ATTENDANT - HBO MAX (HBO Max / Berlanti Productions / Yes, Norman Productions / Warner Bros. Television)- HBO MAX (HBO Max / Berlanti Productions / Yes, Norman Productions / Warner Bros. Television) THE GREAT - HULU (Hulu / Civic Center Media / MRC)- HULU (Hulu / Civic Center Media / MRC) SCHITT'S CREEK - POP TV (Not A Real Company Productions / Canadian Broadcast Company / Pop TV) – WINNER- POP TV (Not A Real Company Productions / Canadian Broadcast Company / Pop TV) – TED LASSO - APPLE TV+ (Apple / Doozer Productions / Warner Bros. Television / Universal Television)Best performance by an actress in a television series - Musical or ComedyLILY COLLINS (Emily in Paris)(Emily in Paris) KALEY CUOCO (The Flight Attendant)(The Flight Attendant) ELLE FANNING (The Great)(The Great) JANE LEVY (Zoey's Extraordinary Play
SoftBank's internet business to invest $4.7 billion in tech over five years
       
TOKYO (Reuters) - SoftBank’s internet subsidiary Z Holdings on Monday outlined plans to invest 500 billion yen ($4.7 billion) in technology over five years with a focus on artificial intelligence. ($1 = 106.5600 yen)
SoftBank's internet business to invest $4.7 billion in tech over five years
       
TOKYO (Reuters) - SoftBank’s internet subsidiary Z Holdings on Monday outlined plans to invest 500 billion yen ($4.7 billion) in technology over five years with a focus on artificial intelligence. The announcement follows the completion of the merger of its internet business Yahoo Japan with chat app operator Line creating a $30 billion internet heavyweight. Z Holdings is targeting sales of 2 trillion yen and operating income of 225 billion yen by 2023, the firm said in a statement. ($1 = 106.5600 yen)
Chips are down as Nvidia's $40bn Arm takeover faces gauntlet of investigations
       
Few companies have as many things going simultaneously in their favour today as the Silicon Valley processor maker Nvidia. The company’s graphics chips are in furious demand as locked down households turn to video games in record numbers. Skyrocketing internet use has led to huge investments in data centres, where its AI chips are increasingly becoming a fixture. Six months ago, Nvidia announced plans to pay $40bn (£28bn) for Arm, the Cambridge-based microchip designer currently owned by Japan’s SoftBank. “Nvidia competes with a lot of Arm licensees, and the US is moving towards a more active regulatory stance towards antitrust.”
Nvidia resists signing pledge on Arm jobs in $40bn takeover
       
The $40bn sale of the British technology giant Arm may come without a guarantee on jobs as the US microchip company Nvidia seeks to avoid signing a binding pledge on the matter. Nvidia has said it will increase investment in Arm and Britain, but has been less committed to following SoftBank in a jobs target. When SoftBank paid £24bn for the microchip design company in 2016, it entered into a “post offer undertaking” to double Arm’s UK staff over five years. The CMA does not have the power to demand a pledge on jobs or investment although this could arrive through political means. Nvidia has said that as well as keeping Arm’s UK base it will fund AI research in Cambridge.
Da Coco Chanel a Julia Garner ai Golden Globe, i bracciali di Verdura
       
Una scelta puntuale, acuta che vuole rendere omaggio a quel sodalizio creativo e culturale che ha unito negli anni '30 Coco Chanel al duca Fulco di Verdura: stiamo parlando dei bracciali sfoggiati da Julia Garner in occasione del red carpet virtuale dei Golden Globe 2021. Nel dettaglio si tratta di una coppia di cuff di smalto nero su cui svettano due importanti croci maltesi composte da diamanti neri briolette, diamanti bianchi, perle coltivate bianche e tahitiane, la cui bicromia trova armonia con l'abito firmato Prada. Conosciuti in occasione di un ballo veneziano, tra i due nasce subito una particolare intesa che sfocia in un rapporto intrecciato tra affetti e lavoro. Dopo alcuni disegni per il mondo del tessile, Coco fiuta la sua passione per il mondo della gioielleria e così nascono i noti bracciali a polsino. Oggi gli originali bracciali realizzati dal conte siciliano per Coco Chanel si trovano nello showroom-museo del brand Verdura, al 12esimo piano al 745 di Fifth Avenue, mentre questo look scelto da Julia Garner per Golden Globe 2021 ci fa riassaporare tutto il glamour delle grandi dive americane, recentemente ricordato anche da Jeremy Scott nel video di Moschino AI 2021.
Meet the robots helping to tackle loneliness in Japan
       
When you think of cute and cuddly the word robot isn't the first to spring to mind. However, in Japan cute and clever robots have become more and more popular. These robots are designed to give comfort to people of all ages, some are even warm to touch so it feels even more real! According to technology firms sales of these cuddly guys have gone up as more people, both young and old, turn to them to tackle their loneliness. Pictures from AFP.
Beyond Covid-19: RNA tech brings treatments for other diseases
       
In this edition, we look at how the global pandemic has accelerated research around mRNA technology, giving way to two vaccines against Covid-19 but also opening up new possibilities for cancer treatments. AdvertisingScientists from the National Center for Nanoscience and Technology in China have shared a groundbreaking discovery: they were able to develop a new mRNA vaccine to help treat cancer. When injected into mice with melanoma, the RNA successfully caused tumours to shrink and prevented the development of metastases. Progress has also been made in the early detection of cancerous cells, which is key to battling the disease. In Russia, the startup ProRodinki is using artificial intelligence to identify the presence of melanoma in photos of moles.
Deep Nostalgia: 'creepy' new service uses AI to animate old family photos
       
Deep Nostalgia, a new service from the genealogy site MyHeritage that animates old family photos, has gone viral on social media, in another example of how AI-based image manipulation is becoming increasingly mainstream. Launched in late February, the service uses an AI technique called deep learning to automatically animate faces in photos uploaded to the system. Because of its ease of use, and free trial, it soon took off on Twitter, where users uploading animated versions of old family photos, celebrity pictures, and even drawings and illustrations. https://t.co/p3h600G3MX pic.twitter.com/YdAn9IxyW0 — MyHeritage (@MyHeritage) February 28, 2021This 'Deep Nostalgia' AI software is slightly Harry Potter-ish but altogether minblowing. I just ran the @Warcraft cover through the Deep Nostalgia Tool, and this happened... pic.twitter.com/1eD3bb7fAN — Solitaire #The06 (@SolitaireYTG) March 1, 2021“Some people love the Deep Nostalgia feature and consider it magical, while others find it creepy and dislike it,” MyHeritage says about its technology.
Huawei exec who turned the Chinese firm into smartphone giant takes the reins at the cloud and A.I. unit
       
Richard Yu (Yu Chengdong), head of Huawei's consumer business, speaks during the presentation of a Kirin 990 5G chip set at the international electronics and innovation fair IFA in Berlin on September 6, 2019. Yu turned Huawei into a company that designed and made phones for other brands into one of the world's top smartphone vendors in just a few years. After a brief time as the top smartphone maker in the world, Huawei's handset business has been in decline due to U.S. sanctions. The executive, who has been at Huawei for nearly three decades, will start his post as head of the cloud and AI business on Feb. 7, the source said. Moving a successful veteran to this business unit, which was created last year, highlights the areas where Huawei sees its future as some of its businesses, in particular smartphones, continue to feel the heat from U.S. pressure.
Volkswagen's long-awaited revival of microbus goes autonomous: ID Buzz electric van on its way
       
The long-awaited revival of the Volkwagen microbus will finally happen in 2022, and it'll apparently include some form of autonomous driving capability. VW confirmed Monday that it plans to debut its new electric van next year, which would be half a decade after a concept version made a splash at the 2017 Detroit auto show. The German automaker announced it will integrate autonomous driving technology into the Volkswagen ID. The company recently invested in autonomous vehicle technology startup Argo AI and plans to test it this year in "a version of" the ID. "The aim is to develop a ride-hailing and pooling concept," VW said.
McDonald's considers partial sale of technology startup Dynamic Yield
       
McDonald's said it is considering selling part of Dynamic Yield, the artificial intelligence company it acquired in 2019. Dynamic Yield specializes in personalization and decision logic technology. Dynamic Yield has additional clients in the retail space and McDonald's said the potential sale would be related to the third-party business, not what the company does for the fast food giant. McDonald's said the potential sale is exploratory and preliminary at this point and it is possible it might not happen. We look forward to our continued relationship while continuing to expand the use of Dynamic Yield's technology at McDonald's restaurants around the world," said Liad Agmon, founder and CEO of Dynamic Yield, in a statement.
QAnon believers apparently think Joe Biden is a robot with a malfunctioning mouth
       
QAnon adherents apparently believe that Joe Biden is actually a malfunctioning robot wearing human-like skin. Yeah, so they really believe that Joe Biden is not even Joe Biden." Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the Inside Washington newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Prior to that, they believed Mr Trump would return to power on Mr Biden's inauguration day, 20 January.
Deep Nostalgia AI brings old photos to life with ‘creepy’ accuracy
       
The user then needs to upload one of their family photos in order to apply the Deep Nostalgia AI to it. Read our privacy notice INDY/ LIFE Newsletter Be inspired with the latest lifestyle trends every week Thanks for signing up to the INDY/LIFE newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice“I’m not really sure how I feel about this Deep Nostalgia AI thing,” Twitter user Garth Humphreys wrote. MyHeritage addressed concerns about the use of deepfake technology in its FAQs about Deep Nostalgia. “Some people love the Deep Nostalgia feature and consider it magical, while others find it creepy and dislike it.
Your Next Job Interview May Be With a Robot—Whether You Realize It Or Not
       
When Emily applied for her dream job, she expected to ace her interview. What Emily didn’t realize until after the interview was that the third-party company that hosted the video software used facial analysis technology to screen candidates. Major companies such as Hilton and Unilever have used AI interview software, and an estimated 83 percent of US companies use some form of AI in their HR processes. Kevin Parker is CEO of industry-leading video interview company HireVue. “As you would with any other job interview, take the necessary time to research the company, job role and the team that you would be working with,” he says.
Google's predictive 'Smart Compose' is coming to chat apps in Pixel phones
       
These features appear to be rolling out now, and include tweaks to the Recorder app, an underwater upgrade for photography and Smart Compose coming to more apps. Through GBoard, the feature will be available on Android Messages, Google Chat / Hangouts, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Verizon Messages, Line, Telegram and Slack. When you have Smart Compose enabled and start typing in one of these apps, you'll see suggestions for how to complete your message based on what Google's machine learning determined is appropriate or common. Story continuesGoogle Pixel Smart Compose update spring 2021 animationThe company is also announcing a way to use the Pixel camera underwater... by putting your phone in a Kraken case. Finally, Google is also releasing a set of new wallpapers for Pixel phones celebrating International Women's Day on March 8th.
AI to train Emirati drivers for preventing accidents caused by human error
       
AI to train Emirati drivers for preventing accidents caused by human errorSmart mobility has taken centre stage in the Emirati push for integration of innovative solutions into public services, as autonomous shuttles and cabs are already being tested in the country. Dubai's road transport authority has also made waves with the use of AI for mapping bus routes and setting up a smart control centre to monitor traffic. But till the time a fully autonomous fleet of vehicle is in place to steer public transport towards the future, human beings will remain essential for navigation. When it comes to smart public transport, the focus is usually on enhancing autonomous tech and cybersecurity, but the human factor is hardly considered. While AI isn't free from its own vulnerabilities, human error remains a major factor triggering road accidents and traffic snarls.
University in Dubai creates smart lab to enlighten students about futuristic electricity grids
       
University in Dubai creates smart lab to enlighten students about futuristic electricity gridsThe past few years have seen sustainable energy come under the spotlight on a global stage, and the Emirates have also turned their focus towards renewable sources of power. Raising the bar for scope of innovation in the power sector, the Rochester Institute in Dubai has set up a smart lab, where students can get first hand experience of futuristic grids. Gadgets like smart meters already being used in Dubai, will enable consumers to become participants in energy efficiency, through use of AI generated data that can guide their usage. The grid can also connect with smart homes to guide distribution of electricity to appliances depending on availability and prices. Followed by the world's first AI university in Abu Dhabi, initiatives such as this lab at Rochester Institute are aimed at nurturing local talent with potential for creating futuristic solutions.
Dubai-based cooling firm to use AI to track consumer demand changing with the weather
       
UAE-based cooling firm to use AI to track consumer demand changing with the weatherDuring an era of swift tech transition, the UAE has unveiled groundbreaking digital innovation, ranging from robots to med tech gadgets. In line with this, the city's cooling firm Tabreed has deployed AI to monitor climatic changes for real time updates and predictions, which keep it in sync with consumer needs that change as mercury rises. The cooling is done by passing ice-cold water through insulated pipes that run through walls of buildings. Being a provider of cooling solutions to 86 districts in the region, the digital push by Tabreed will impact sustainable living beyond Emirati borders. The move follows other simple yet significant changes that are triggering lifestyle changes in the UAE, including smart living solutions by Dubai's electricity and water authority.
AI panel urges US to boost tech skills amid China's rise
       
An artificial intelligence commission led by former Google CEO Eric Schmidt is urging the U.S. to boost its AI skills to counter China, including by pursuing "AI-enabled" weapons – something that Google itself has shied away from on ethical grounds. Schmidt and current executives from Google, Microsoft, Oracle and Amazon are among the 15 members of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence, which released its final report to Congress on Monday. “To win in AI we need more money, more talent, stronger leadership,” Schmidt said Monday. The report says that machines that can “perceive, decide, and act more quickly” than humans and with more accuracy are going to be deployed for military purposes — with or without the involvement of the U.S. and other democracies. It warns against unchecked use of autonomous weapons but expresses opposition to a global ban.
AI panel urges US to boost tech skills amid China’s rise
       
“To win in AI we need more money, more talent, stronger leadership,” Schmidt said Monday. It’s still awaiting confirmation of a new director for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, which Biden has elevated to a Cabinet-level position. “AI policy tends to be very bipartisan,” said Michael Kratsios, who was U.S. chief technology officer under President Donald Trump and led a push to pump more resources into AI development across federal agencies. The greatest imperative, he said, is that “the next great AI technologies are developed in the West.”ADVERTISEMENTOne big difference between the two administrations is likely to be the approach to building AI talent. The commission asked Congress to make new laws requiring federal agencies to conduct human rights assessments of new AI systems used on Americans.
Creativity emerges in quieter, digital Milan Fashion Week
       
“It is so weird thinking about fashion, and the kind of hamster wheel of fashion, and how we never had a break and always complained about it,” Marc Jacobs said during a Milan Fashion Week video chat with Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons post-digital show. Milan Fashion Week of mostly womenswear previews for next fall and winter wrapped a nearly all-digital edition on Monday. Underlining this leap forward, a humanoid robot developed by the Italian Institute of Technology acted as master of ceremonies for the digital runway show. The result was a mix of Dolce&Gabbana’s trademark tailoring — underlined by a humanoid robot who acted as master of ceremonies for the digital runway show. Milan designer Francesca Liberatore had planned an extravagant show in a Milan theater with holographic effects, but decided against it in solidarity with theater creatives who can’t occupy that space.
Spy apps monitor dangerous sex offenders by watching for suspicious behaviour
       
Some of Britain’s most serious sex offenders are being monitored by spy apps that track their activity on their phones and computers 24/7 for suspicious behaviour. The Home Office-funded scheme sees the convicted sex offenders’ phones, computers and tablets fitted with software apps that use AI to track words, images and behaviours. The number of convicted sex offenders has more than doubled in a decade from around 30,000 to 60,000. The Home Office said its child sex abuse strategy is to invest in extending a pilot scheme to provide law enforcement agencies with improved technology to monitor sex offenders in the community. As well as tracking and recording the convicted sex offenders, the app sends alerts via emails to police at their HQ if it detects suspicious behaviour so they can take immediate action.
AI panel urges US to boost tech skills amid China's rise
       
An artificial intelligence commission led by former Google CEO Eric Schmidt is urging the U.S. to boost its AI skills to counter China, including by pursuing "AI-enabled" weapons – something that Google itself has shied away from on ethical grounds. Schmidt and current executives from Google, Microsoft, Oracle and Amazon are among the 15 members of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence, which released its final report to Congress on Monday. “To win in AI we need more money, more talent, stronger leadership,” Schmidt said Monday. It warns against unchecked use of autonomous weapons but expresses opposition to a global ban. It also calls for “wise restraints” on the use of AI tools such as facial recognition that can be used for mass surveillance.
Panel on artificial intelligence urges US to boost tech skills amid China’s rise
       
An artificial intelligence commission led by former Google CEO Eric Schmidt is urging the U.S. to boost its AI skills to counter China, including by pursuing “AI-enabled” weapons – something that Google itself has shied away from on ethical grounds. It also calls for “wise restraints” on the use of AI tools such as facial recognition that can be used for mass surveillance. It’s still awaiting confirmation of a new director for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, which Biden has elevated to a Cabinet-level position. It’s been led by Schmidt, who was Google’s CEO and later the executive chairman of its parent company Alphabet. “The nominal reason to have these tech CEOs on these committees is they’re experts in the technology.
This $22 Key Finder Is the Easiest Way to Locate Lost Items—and It Has a Secret Use for Parents
       
Whether it's workout gadgets that keep us accountable, thermostats that we control from our phones, or robot vacuums that clean while we're not home, we already use technology to make our lives easier in so many ways. So it makes sense that we would rely on technology to help us with everyday inconveniences, too, like misplacing your phone or losing your keys. After all, these minor annoyances can start to feel bigger when they happen frequently or while you're in a rush to get out the door.
Why a YouTube Chat About Chess Got Flagged for Hate Speech
       
Last June, Antonio Radi?, the host of a YouTube chess channel with more than a million subscribers, was live-streaming an interview with the grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura when the broadcast suddenly cut out. But a new study suggests it reflects shortcomings in artificial intelligence programs designed to automatically detect hate speech, abuse, and misinformation online. The algorithms flagged around 1 percent of transcripts or comments as hate speech. Detecting hate speech or abuse is about more than just catching foul words and phrases. Choi says additional progress in detecting hate speech will require big investments and new approaches.
AI panel urges US to boost tech skills amid China’s rise
       
“To win in AI we need more money, more talent, stronger leadership,” Schmidt said Monday. It also calls for “wise restraints” on the use of AI tools such as facial recognition that can be used for mass surveillance. It’s still awaiting confirmation of a new director for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, which Biden has elevated to a Cabinet-level position. It’s been led by Schmidt, who was Google’s CEO and later the executive chairman of its parent company Alphabet. The commission asked Congress to make new laws requiring federal agencies to conduct human rights assessments of new AI systems used on Americans.
Artificial intelligence panel urges US to boost tech skills amid China’s rise
       
An artificial intelligence commission led by former Google CEO Eric Schmidt is urging the U.S. to boost its AI skills to counter China, including by pursuing “AI-enabled” weapons — something that Google itself has shied away from on ethical grounds. Schmidt and current executives from Google, Microsoft, Oracle and Amazon are among the 15 members of the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence, which released its final report to Congress on Monday. “To win in AI we need more money, more talent, stronger leadership,” Schmidt said Monday. It warns against unchecked use of autonomous weapons but expresses opposition to a global ban. It also calls for “wise restraints” on the use of AI tools such as facial recognition that can be used for mass surveillance.
PIC Group’s Remote Operating Center in Full Operation
       
ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar 1, 2021--PIC Group, Inc., a global power and energy service provider, announces the full operation of its remote operating center (ROC), headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. Particularly suited for renewable energy applications such as wind, solar and hydropower, PIC Group’s ROC is a versatile platform for all technologies including simple cycle and combined cycle power plants as well as refining operations. Compliant with NERC CIP protocols and industry cyber-security standards, the ROC integrates all available data sources for a central hub of operations tailored to a plants unique configuration. “Manned 24-hours per day, 7-days per week, PIC Group’s remote operations center combines state-of-the-art technology with highly qualified and experienced control room operators for unmatched operations and control capability,” said Frank Avery, President and CEO at PIC Group. Offering full start, stop and control capability, fully documented operations protocols for coordinating ROC and site staff as well as immediate response to plant issues including plant trips, and equipment failures, PIC Group’s ROC enables improved plant performance through production models that minimize lost production through advanced scheduling of maintenance activities and Advanced Artificial Intelligence Application (AI) modeling to identify and predict failure.
It's time for Biden's financial regulators to face the Senate spotlight
       
Gary Gensler, chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), speaks during a Senate Banking Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, July 30, 2013. The confirmation hearings for President Joe Biden's choices to run the Securities and Exchange Commission and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau — Gary Gensler and Rohit Chopra, respectively — are set to begin Tuesday. They will be the first of Biden's financial regulators to face the spotlight in the Senate. A November working paper co-written by Gensler warns that certain kinds of artificial intelligence "may lead to financial system fragility and economy-wide risks." After a meeting last week with Gensler, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, added climate change to the agenda.
Dolce & Gabbana mixa hi-tech e anni '90 nella sfilata donna AI21
       
Dolce & Gabbana presenta la collezione donna autunno inverno 2021 2022, con una sfilata senza pubblico al Metropol, a conclusione della giornata finale della Milano Fashion Week. I giovani di oggi sono molto affascinati dall’immaginario degli anni '90, dalle top model, dal sexy della corsetteria. I robot in passerella mettono in mostra le borse di stagione con dettagli sovradimenzionati, mentre ai piedi delle modelle si alternato stivali e sneaker chunky. «I giovani di oggi hanno un approccio più libero con la moda che rispecchia lo spirito più autentico di Dolce & Gabbana. Le nuove generazioni conoscono il linguaggio per andare avanti, con questa sfilata vogliamo aprirci verso un mondo che arriva».
US 'unprepared' to defend against new AI threats, report finds
       
The federal government is "unprepared" to defend the nation against new threats posed by the increased adoption of artificial intelligence technologies, according to a report released Monday. The report, compiled by the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence, recommended that the U.S. implement a “significant change” to keep up with countries such as China and Russia in the field of AI to address national security concerns. “The United States must act now to field AI systems and invest substantially more resources in AI innovation to protect its security, promote its prosperity, and safeguard the future of democracy,” the commission wrote. ADVERTISEMENT“Today, the government is not organizing or investing to win the technology competition against a committed competitor, nor is it prepared to defend against AI-enabled threats and rapidly adopt AI applications for national security purposes,” it continued. “I urge Congress again to adopt all of our AI Commission recommendations, which provide a clear blueprint to win a technology competition that is centered around AI,” he said during his testimony.
AI panel urges US to boost tech skills amid China’s rise
       
“To win in AI we need more money, more talent, stronger leadership,” Schmidt said Monday. It also calls for “wise restraints” on the use of AI tools such as facial recognition that can be used for mass surveillance. It’s still awaiting confirmation of a new director for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, which Biden has elevated to a Cabinet-level position. It’s been led by Schmidt, who was Google’s CEO and later the executive chairman of its parent company Alphabet. The commission asked Congress to make new laws requiring federal agencies to conduct human rights assessments of new AI systems used on Americans.
AI panel urges US to boost tech skills amid China’s rise
       
“To win in AI we need more money, more talent, stronger leadership,” Schmidt said Monday. It’s still awaiting confirmation of a new director for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, which Biden has elevated to a Cabinet-level position. “AI policy tends to be very bipartisan,” said Michael Kratsios, who was U.S. chief technology officer under President Donald Trump and led a push to pump more resources into AI development across federal agencies. The greatest imperative, he said, is that “the next great AI technologies are developed in the West.”ADVERTISEMENTOne big difference between the two administrations is likely to be the approach to building AI talent. The commission asked Congress to make new laws requiring federal agencies to conduct human rights assessments of new AI systems used on Americans.
AI chip firm Wave Computing emerges from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection
       
OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) - Artificial intelligence chip designer Wave Computing Inc said on Monday it has emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection following an auction of the company and will rebrand the firm as MIPS. Wave Computing filed for bankruptcy in April. According to two sources, CIP has kept the scope of that license even as the company emerges from bankruptcy. Wave Computing was not immediately able for comment on the CIP license. Wave Computing said Tallwood Venture Capital won the auction with a bid valued at $61 million and has sole ownership of the company.
Former Google CEO: China is winning AI race, US must do more
       
An artificial intelligence commission led by former Google CEO Eric Schmidt is urging the U.S. to boost its AI skills to counter China, including by pursuing “AI-enabled” weapons – something that Google itself has shied away from on ethical grounds. “We believe we are one or two years ahead of China, not five or 10” - - Former Google CEO Eric SchmidtSchmidt told the Senate Armed Services Committee last week. It’s still awaiting confirmation of a new director for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, which Biden has elevated to a Cabinet-level position. “AI policy tends to be very bipartisan,” said Michael Kratsios, who was U.S. chief technology officer under President Donald Trump and led a push to pump more resources into AI development across federal agencies. It’s been led by Schmidt, who was Google’s CEO and later the executive chairman of its parent company Alphabet.
'Superman' reboot in the works at Warner Bros with J.J. Abrams producing
       
Henry Cavill in Man of Steel (Credit: Warner Bros)The Man of Steel is to be rebooted at Warner Bros, with J.J. Abrams producing, according to reports. The new plans for Superman will be overseen by Abrams' Bad Robot production company, with author Ta-Nehisi Coates behind the script, and Hannah Minghella also producing. Per Deadline, there is no word yet on a plot for the new movie, nor whether we could see the introduction of a new Superman. It comes following news that Warner Bros is also working with Abrams' Bad Robot company on a Justice League Dark project, a new cinematic 'universe' which is set to traverse both TV and the big screen. Watch: Zack Synder's Justice League trailer
C3.ai Beats Consensus in First Earnings Report Since IPO. Shares Are Falling.
       
Kyolshin/DreamstimeAlways-volatile C3.ai shares are trading sharply lower in late trading Monday after the artificial intelligence software reported financial results for its fiscal third quarter ended January 31, the company’s first quarterly report as a public company. While revenues were ahead of the Street consensus view, investors may have been expecting more upside to Street estimates than the company delivered.C3.ai (Ticker:AI) went public in December at $41 a share, opening for trade at $100 a share. Subscription revenue was $42.7 million, up 23%. The company had a loss from operations of $18.5 million, and a non-GAAP operating loss of $11.9 million. “This is a large and rapidly growing market; we continue to innovate; we continue to expand our market-partner ecosystem and associated distribution capacity; and we continue to demonstrate technology leadership.
C3.ai Beats Consensus in First Earnings Report Since IPO. Shares Are Falling.
       
Kyolshin/DreamstimeAlways-volatile C3.ai shares are trading sharply lower in late trading Monday after the artificial intelligence software reported financial results for its fiscal third quarter ended January 31, the company’s first quarterly report as a public company. While revenues were ahead of the Street consensus view, investors may have been expecting more upside to Street estimates than the company delivered. C3.ai (ticker:AI) went public in December at $41 a share, opening for trade at $100 a share. The stock has since traded as high as $183.90 on an intra-day basis. Ce.ai, which rallied 7.6% to $121.05 in Monday’s regular session, is off 10.8% to $108 in late trading.
Boeing, Australian air force say pilotless, fighter-like jet completed first test flight
       
SYDNEY, March 2 (Reuters) - Boeing Co and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) said on Tuesday they had completed the first flight test on a pilotless fighter-like jet designed to operate in conjunction with crewed aircraft. "The Loyal Wingman project is a pathfinder for the integration of autonomous systems and artificial intelligence to create smart human-machine teams," RAAF Air Vice-Marshal and Head of Air Force Capability Cath Roberts said in a statement. The first Loyal Wingman is being used as a foundation for Boeing's Airpower Teaming System, a service being developed for various global defence customers. Boeing said additional Loyal Wingman aircraft are currently under development, with plans for teaming flights scheduled for later this year. The plane maker has previously said up to 16 of the Loyal Wingman jets could be teamed with a crewed aircraft for missions.
The dematerialized office can help enterprises prepare for the “next normal”
       
Companies have made the best of the shift to remote working. Remote work may be the new normal, but enterprises need to create adaptable infrastructure to help them prepare for the “next normal.”The dematerialized enterpriseDematerialization leads to increased value and less consumption of resources, enabling enterprises to “create more with less” and remain adaptable. In fact, ICT (information communication technology) decision-makers largely believe dematerialized enterprises will be the norm by 2030. Remote work is now the expectationThe current trend of remote working is only expected to accelerate. As companies plan for the future, they need to look beyond the remote working trend toward what comes next.
TripleBlind raises $8.2 million for its encrypted data science platform
       
TripleBlind, a Kansas City, Missouri-based startup developing a platform that enables companies to train models on encrypted data, today announced it has raised $8.2 million. The startup aims to launch a marketplace that will let research institutes, businesses, and engineers collaborate around both sensitive data and algorithms. Enthusiasm for data encryption has given rise to a cottage industry of startups estimated to be worth a combined $268.3 million by 2027. In March 2019, Paris-based Cosmian raised €1.4 million (about $1.5 million) for a data encryption product that combines functional and homomorphic encryption. There’s also Enveil, which is developing “enterprise-scale” data encryption solutions, and security-conscious collaboration platform Cape Privacy.
National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence issues report on how to maintain U.S. dominance
       
The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence today released its report today with dozens of recommendations for President Joe Biden, Congress, and business and government leaders. The report recommends several changes that could shape business, tech, and national security. The report calls failure to recognize the need to develop a government technical workforce shortsighted and a national security risk. The report also calls immigration a “national security imperative” and that immigration policy could slow progress for China. Leadership in 5G telecommunications and robotics are also referred to as national security imperatives in the report.
Axonius raises $100 million to protect IoT devices from cyberattacks
       
Axonius, a cybersecurity startup developing an end-to-end device management platform, today announced it has raised $100 million in series D funding, valuing the company at over $1 billion post-money. Axonius counts among its rivals Zededa, which raised $15.9 million in February; Armis Security, which secured $65 million in April; Vdoo, which recently nabbed $32 million; and Mocana, which raised $15 million in March. Axonius currently covers millions of devices for customers, including the New York Times, Schneider Electric, Landmark Health, and AppsFlyer. But Axonius claims it took less than 15 months to grow from $1 million in annual recurring revenue to $10 million. The raise follows a $58 million round in March 2020 and brings the company’s total funding to $195 million.
Amazon eases voice app development with Alexa Conversations
       
Last July, Amazon announced the beta launch of Alexa Conversations, a deep learning-based way to help developers create more natural-feeling apps for Alexa with fewer lines of code. Today marks the general availability of Conversations in U.S. English, which Amazon claims is the first and only AI-based dialog manager for voice app development. Alexa Conversations, which was announced last June in developer preview at Amazon’s re:MARS conference, shrinks the lines of code necessary to create voice apps from 5,500 down to about 1,700. Conversations’ dialog manager is powered by two innovations, according to Amazon: a dialogue simulator and a “conversations-first” modeling architecture. Given these and a few example exchanges, the Conversations dialog manager can extrapolate the possible dialog turns.
The Boston Globe
       
The race among the United States, China, Russia, and others to develop and deploy autonomous AI weapons makes the world’s turn to them inexorable and irreversible. The technology will disrupt warfare in all domains: on land, on water, underwater, in the air, and in space. One of these four is: “Robotic systems and AI should not intensify zero-sum arms races.” But that’s happening. AdvertisementAutonomous AI weapons are the next step to make weapons more effective. Autonomous AI weapons also will help to stall the tendency of warfare to degrade because of chaos and unpredictability, exacerbated by the fog and friction of war.
Amazon AI patent could spell the end for voiceover actors
       
A new plan by Amazon to use artificial intelligence (AI) to dub films could spell the end for voiceover actors. Amazon’s computer systems could then automatically generate foreign language versions without any need for voiceover actors to dub the audio. The company used the example of “The Last Samurai” as an example use of the technology in its patent filing. Last year, Amazon employees published an academic paper in which they described training AI on 47 hours of speech recording so that it could automatically dub films. However, the existence of a patent granted to Amazon doesn’t guarantee that the company is going to start releasing AI overdubs any time soon.
This top-rated Eureka vacuum packs a powerful punch—and it's just over $100
       
Robot vacuums are a dime a dozen, and most will cost you a pretty penny. And lucky for you, it happens to be on sale right now for just over $100. That matches the best price we’ve ever seen on this machine and beats the Walmart listing for this same machine by more than $100. our favorite robot vacuum of all time. All in all, if you’re in the market for an affordable robot vacuum, this is one of the best you’ll find.
Emirati police to receive alerts about car crashes within seconds via eCall systems
       
Emirati police to receive alerts about car crashes within seconds via eCall systemsThe integration of smart solutions into healthcare and medical response has emerged as a life-saver in the UAE, and it also laid the foundation for more such initiatives in public service. With Emirati cities driving forward on the path to become smart ecosystems, Dubai's RTA has gone all out with AI-powered traffic management that predicts jams and detects accidents quickly. As other cities too adopt surveillance for road security, Abu Dhabi's police have launched an eCall system which alerts them about a car crash within seconds, to ensure timely response, hence increasing the potential to save lives. The eCall mechanism will be embedded into all new car models being sold in the Emirates from this year, and it will use the driver's mobile network for communication with authorities. The integration of the smart solution in Abu Dhabi's traffic monitoring infrastructure, comes after the Emirati capital started using AI to spot motorists using their phone or not wearing seatbelts.
Police officer fatally shot during mask dispute at basketball game, Louisiana cops say
       
The New York TimesNEW YORK — Two men were being held hostage in a Bronx apartment. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat, described Digidog on Twitter as a “robotic surveillance ground” drone. The City Council passed the Public Oversight of Surveillance Technology Act last June amid efforts to overhaul the police force, many of them triggered by Black Lives Matter demonstrations. Boston Dynamics began selling the robot dog, which it calls Spot, last June. The robotic dog, which bears a resemblance to those featured in the 2017 “Metalhead” episode of “Black Mirror,” was not designed to act as a covert tool of mass surveillance, Perry said.
U.S. doubles down on protecting university research from China
       
Slideshow ( 2 images )The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (NSCAI), led by former Google chairman Eric Schmidt, is set to vote Monday on its final report to Congress. A new section on university research was added to a recently published final draft, which also features numerous recommendations in areas including competition in artificial intelligence and the semiconductor supply chain. Among those arrested was Chen Song, a former Stanford University visiting scholar in neurology who faces charges including obstruction of justice, destruction of records, and making false statements to a government agency. The cases are part of the U.S. Department of Justice’s so-called “China initiative” launched in 2018 to counter China’s national security threats. “On paper, these measures seem fine,” said Qiaojing Ella Zheng, a partner at Sanford Heisler Sharp who is also president of the Chinese American Lawyers of the Bay Area.
5 steps to creating a responsible AI Center of Excellence
       
To practice trustworthy or responsible AI (AI that is truly fair, explainable, accountable, and robust), a number of organizations are creating in-house centers of excellence. Deliberately connect groundswellsTo form a Center of Excellence, notice groundswells of interest in AI and AI ethics in your organization and conjoin them into one space to share information. There should be a rotating leadership model within an AI Center of Excellence; everyone’s ideas count — everyone is welcome to share and to co-lead. The AI lifecycle includes a variety of roles, performed by people with different specialized skills and knowledge who collectively produce an AI service. There are certainly similar steps you can take to ensure you are a steward of trustworthy AI too.
Why IT needs to lead the next phase of data science
       
Rinse and repeat, until every functional entity within the corporation has its own siloed data scientist or data science team. Right now, the vast majority of data science tools and packages are open source, downloadable from forums and websites. Every data scientist or group has their favorite language, tool, and process, and each data science group creates different models. Tracking data science assets, such as the underlying data, discussion threads, hardware tiers, software package versions, parameters, results, and the like helps reduce onboarding time for new data science team members. What’s more, IT can actually help accelerate data science research by standing up systems that enable data scientists to self-serve their own needs.
Maine hands UConn hockey fourth straight loss
       
AJ Drobot scored twice and Maine rallied from an early deficit with four unanswered goals to lead the Black Bears to a 6-4 Hockey East win over UConn on Friday at Freitas Ice Forum in Storrs.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Condemns NYPD Test Deployment of K-9 Robot in Bronx Home
       
consistently prioritized for underserved communities like this?" Please ask yourself: when was the last time you saw next-generation, world class technology for education, healthcare, housing, etc consistently prioritized for underserved communities like this? — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 25, 2021Boston Dynamics, the manufacturer the "Spot" robot, advertises the 70-pound quadruped—which can run about three-and-a-half miles an hour and climb stairs—for $74,500, retail. The NYPD version of the robot, which is still in its testing phase, is equipped with additional cameras and lights. Boston Dynamics’ robot dog is now armed—in the name of art.
McDonald's considers selling part of digital startup Dynamic Yield
       
McDonald's Corp is exploring selling part of Israeli artificial intelligence startup Dynamic Yield Ltd, which it acquired two years ago in an attempt to boost online marketing efforts, the company said on Friday. The startup, whose customers include IKEA and Lacoste, has businesses with more than 300 brands globally. The Chicago-based hamburger chain said it was considering a sale of only the part of Dynamic Yield that works with other companies with no timeline set for the deal. Ticker Security Last Change Change % MCD MCDONALD'S CORP. 206.14 -3.52 -1.68%McDonald's said Dynamic Yield's technology was used across many markets, adding, "We're continuing to deploy to more." CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ON FOX BUSINESS(Reporting by Ann Maria Shibu in Bengaluru; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)
Ta-Nehisi Coates Is Bringing A Black Superman To The Big Screen
       
Ta-Nehisi Coates is writing a Superman movie reboot to be produced by J.J. Abrams, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "To be invited into the DC Extended Universe by Warner Bros., DC Films and Bad Robot is an honor," Coates said in a statement to Shadow and Act. Coates also confirmed the Superman reboot news via his Instagram page. Sources tell Variety that Coates' Superman is still in the beginning stages of development. Back in 2019, Michael B. Jordan pitched his idea for Superman to Warner Bros., although that project never materialized.
How Amnesty International Failed Alexei Navalny
       
On Wednesday evening, the journalist Aaron Mate posted on Twitter that Amnesty International (AI) had stripped Alexei Navalny of his status as a prisoner of conscience. Did Putin pardon Navalny, and that prompted AI to reconsider? As a result of two bloody wars in Chechnya and lack of political alternatives, Russian nationalism was on the rise. Navalny saw an opportunity to turn those confused young Russian nationalists into his constituency. I was one Jew who believed that Navalny had to give it a try and find ways to speak to the young Russian nationalists.
Aichi Design Vision: Manufacturing collabs inspire creative homeware projects
       
When faced with a downturn in business in Aichi Prefecture last April, Aichi Design Vision, sponsored by the startup support initiative Aichi Manufacturing Network (AMN), began exploring design-led ways to promote and expand manufacturing industries. Aichi Design Vision’s focus, however, was to steer such companies away from their usual fields and utilize their skills to create brand new homeware products. Making the cutPaired with design unit Aatismo, Seiwa, an aluminum cutting and milling manufacturer of automobile and industrial robot parts, was tasked with the most artistic piece of Aichi Design Vision: the Ooparts-001, a striking circular package opener. It’s the functional design details of the Junen Kyusu that highlight Suzuki Chemical Industry’s expertise in plastic molding and pressing. To find out more about all these items and the Aichi Design Vision’s work, visit bit.ly/amn-makuake and https://adv-aichi.com (both Japanese only).
Facebook doesn't seem to mind that facial recognition glasses would endanger women
       
The moment they looked in your direction the glasses identified you via facial recognition technology. While it’s not clear exactly what these devices will do yet, Buzzfeed has reported that Facebook is considering building facial recognition capabilities into them. Facebook, of course, may not end up building facial recognition into its glasses. At least three black men have been falsely arrested based on a bad facial recognition match. Timnit Gebru is one of the leading voices in AI ethics and has done groundbreaking work around bias in facial recognition technology.
Hitting the Books: The Brooksian revolution that led to rational robots
       
Story continuesTHE BROOKSIAN REVOLUTIONTo understand Brooks’s arguments, it is helpful to return to the Blocks World. Recall that the Blocks World is a simulated domain consisting of a tabletop on which are stacked a number of different objects—the task is to rearrange the objects in certain specified ways. (This did not stop research into the Blocks World, however: you can still regularly find research papers using it to the present day; I confess to have written some myself.) McCarthy’s vision of an AI system that maintained a central symbolic, logical model of its environment, around which all the activities of intelligence orbited, was firmly rejected. But in this way, an AI system is inherently decoupled from its environment.
Will Artificial Intel get along with us? Only if we design it that way
       
In previous columns, I've looked, for example, at bias in AI systems and the impact of AI-generated synthetic reality, such as deep fakes or "mind twins." Successful AI agents need to acquire, maintain and use such mental models to modulate their own actions. At a minimum, AI agents need approximations of humans’ task and goal models, as well as the human’s model of the AI agent’s task and goal models. As AI systems increasingly become human-aware, even quotidian tools surrounding us will start gaining mental-modeling capabilities. We should be proactively building a future where AI agents work along with us, rather than passively fretting about a dystopian one where they are indifferent or adversarial.
Digidog, a Robotic Dog Used by the Police, Stirs Privacy Concerns
       
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat, described Digidog on Twitter as a “robotic surveillance ground” drone. The City Council passed the Public Oversight of Surveillance Technology Act last June amid efforts to overhaul the police force, many of them triggered by Black Lives Matter demonstrations. “So openness and transparency is key.”The New York Police Department did not respond to requests for comment about the civil liberty concerns. The company, which calls the robot dog Spot, began selling it last June. The post Digidog, a Robotic Dog Used by the Police, Stirs Privacy Concerns appeared first on New York Times.
AI smashes video game high scores by remembering its past success
       
Many AI systems use reinforcement learning, in which an algorithm is given positive or negative feedback on its progress towards a particular goal after each step it takes, encouraging it towards a particular solution. This technique was used by AI firm DeepMind to train AlphaGo, which beat a world champion Go player in 2016. The team set the algorithm to playing a collection of 55 Atari games that has become a standard benchmark for reinforcement learning algorithms. In one particularly complex game, Montezuma’s Revenge, the algorithm scored higher than the previous record for reinforcement learning software and also beat the human world record. Peter Bentley at University College London says the team’s approach of combining reinforcement learning with an archive of memories could be used to tackle more complex problems.
Ta-Nehisi Coates to Pen New ‘Superman’ Film for DC Extended Universe
       
Author Ta-Nehisi Coates has been enlisted to write a new Superman film for DC Films and Warner Bros., with J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot also on board to produce. While the project is early in its development, Variety reports that Coates’ Superman movie — like the upcoming The Batman — would be more of a reboot of the Man of Steel franchise than a continuation of the current Superman storyline. “To be invited into the DC Extended Universe by Warner Bros., DC Films and Bad Robot is an honor,” Coates said in a statement. “Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me opened a window and changed the way many of us see the world,” Warner Bros. Pictures chairman Toby Emmerich said in a statement. “We’re confident that his take on Superman will give fans a new and exciting way to see the Man of Steel.”
Dejan un perro robot teledirigido con una pistola de pintura en una galería de arte. Mira lo que pasa
       
El colectivo de arte MSCHF quiso mostrar cómo el perro robot Spot de la firma Boston Dynamics puede ser siniestro. Para ello, le colocaron una pistola de pintura y dejaron que varios usuarios lo pudieran manejar desde sus casas en una galería de arte. Mira el resultado.
L'eterna eleganza del nero assoluto. Giorgio Armani AI 2021
       
Quel fil noir delle collezioni autunno inverno 2021 2022 di Giorgio ArmaniNotturnoNella collezione moda donna AI 2021 c'è traccia dei misteri, delle emozioni, delle sensazioni che la notte, anche poeticamente, ha sempre portato con sé. Una pagina sentimentale e intimistica del mistero dell'eleganza del nero. Foto in esclusiva per Vogue © Szilveszter Mako'Foto in esclusiva per Vogue © Szilveszter Mako'Foto in esclusiva per Vogue © Szilveszter Mako'PassaggiScegliere come abbinare i capi e accessori del proprio guardaroba, descrive un particolare aspetto psicologico dell'animo umano. Attraverso questi passaggi si attua l'autodeterminazione ed espressione del sé: ed è proprio da qui che Giorgio Armani sviluppa la collezione autunno inverno 2021 2022. Foto in esclusiva per Vogue © Szilveszter Mako'
Mobile carriers boost efforts in sustainable energy
       
BUSINESSThis image, provided by SK Telecom Co. last Monday, shows a graphic of the company's deal with Korea Electric Power Corp. to purchase renewable energy. (SK Telecom Co.)South Korean telecom companies are stepping up efforts in sustainable energy projects, as they join the country's broader push for renewable energy and commit more to environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) initiatives.Last Monday, top mobile carrier SK Telecom Co. said it signed a deal with state-backed utility Korea Electric Power Corp. (Kepco) to be supplied with 44.6 gigawatt hours of renewable energy annually as part of its efforts to go green.Along with affiliates under the broader SK Group, such as SK hynix Inc., the telecom operator late last year joined the RE100 campaign, a global initiative for businesses to use 100 percent renewable electricity by 2050.The mobile carrier said it will use the energy from solar and wind power sources at its telecommunication infrastructure centers in eastern Seoul and Seongnam, south of Seoul, and plans to gradually expand its use to other locations.SK Telecom added that it will expand use of its artificial intelligence-based data traffic management system for base stations to optimize power consumption.Smaller rival LG Uplus Corp. is also redoubling efforts in its sustainable energy drive, taking part in a government-led project to utilize Internet of Things (IoT) devices, AI and big data technology to boost energy efficiency in industrial complexes.LG Uplus said it will establish a cloud-based energy management system at an industrial complex in southwestern Incheon, a port city of west of Seoul, allowing companies inside the complex to track and analyze their energy data without infrastructure of their own.The system allows for efficient energy management and is expected to reduce costs and help cut down on greenhouse gas emissions, according to LG Uplus.South Korea plans to install such smart energy management systems in seven indust
GPT-3: We’re at the very beginning of a new app ecosystem
       
The most impressive thing about OpenAI’s natural language processing (NLP) model, GPT-3, is its sheer size. As enterprises begin to imagine and engineer NLP applications, here’s what they should know about GPT-3 and its potential ecosystem. GPT-3 and the NLP arms raceAs I’ve described in the past, there are really two approaches for pre-training an NLP model: generalized and ungeneralized. Predictably, startups have begun to explore how to use GPT-3 to power the next generation of NLP applications. Regardless of whether a GPT-3 application ecosystem matures or whether it’s superseded by another NLP model, enterprises should be excited at the relative ease with which it’s becoming possible to create highly articulated NLP models.
New Zealand backs drone project to protect endangered dolphins
       
By Praveen MenonWELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand's government said on Friday that it was backing a new project that uses drone technology to understand and protect the endangered M?ui dolphins in the country. The new M?ui Drone Project is a one-year collaboration between the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), non-profit wildlife technology organisation MAUI63 and WWF-New Zealand. The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is capable of finding and tracking M?ui dolphins using artificial intelligence. "There has been unfortunately for many years disputes over how to best protect Maui dolphins," Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said after announcing the initiative, adding that the government has stepped in to fund the project and help protect the dolphins. The drone ensures dolphins remain undisturbed as they fly at an altitude of over 120 metres (394 feet).
New Zealand backs drone project to protect endangered dolphins
       
WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand’s government said on Friday that it was backing a new project that uses drone technology to understand and protect the endangered M?ui dolphins in the country. The new M?ui Drone Project is a one-year collaboration between the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), non-profit wildlife technology organisation MAUI63 and WWF-New Zealand. The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is capable of finding and tracking M?ui dolphins using artificial intelligence. The government has already moved to restrict fishing around the areas Maui dolphins frequent. The drone ensures dolphins remain undisturbed as they fly at an altitude of over 120 metres (394 feet).
Hi, Robot: Japan's android pets ease virus isolation
       
"I felt my circle became very small," said 23-year-old Hamaura, a recent graduate who has worked almost entirely remotely since April 2020. So she adopted Charlie, a mug-sized robot with a round head, red nose and flashing bow-tie, who converses with its owner in song. "Many Japanese people accept the idea that every object has a soul," said Shunsuke Aoki, CEO of robot firm Yukai Engineering. - 'Heartwarming feeling' -Studies have shown that therapeutic robot pets designed in Japan, such as fluffy mechanical seals, can bring comfort to dementia patients. During Japan's virus state of emergency, the capital became "stark and empty", she said.
High hopes: drones join fight to save New Zealand’s rarest dolphin
       
The lives of New Zealand’s smallest and most endangered dolphins will soon become less elusive as drones take to the skies to study their location, habits and numbers. M?ui dolphins are a subspecies of the Hector’s dolphin and are one of the rarest dolphins in the world, living in a small stretch of ocean off the west coast of New Zealand’s North Island. Oceans and fisheries minister David Parker said current estimates suggest that only 63 adult M?ui dolphins remain, so it’s critical that every effort is made to save them from extinction. A 2019 Colmar Brunton poll found 81% of New Zealanders believed the government needed to act immediately to save M?ui and Hector’s dolphins and halt further population decline. Initial testing of the drone shows the AI technology can distinguish M?ui dolphins from other species with over 90% accuracy.
DataRobot makes move into COVID-19 monitoring
       
DataRobot said its technology can be used to let people know their level of risk for transmitting the virus, and to to help determine the prevalence of cases in a community. DataRobot, the Boston-based tech company focused on artificial intelligence software, is moving into the business of monitoring coronavirus infections with a productit says will help businesses, governments, and health systems detect early signs of contagion. AdvertisementThe program, called ContagionNET, allows participants to regularly administer their own nasal swabs and run them through an electronic device that will look for antigens related to the virus that causes COVID-19. Advertisement“We certainly don’t think that COVID-19 is over,” Embrey said. DataRobot has about 50 people working on ContagionNet, but it does not anticipate making money from the effort.
Shockingly realistic Tom Cruise deepfakes go viral on TikTok
       
Deepfake videos of Tom Cruise golfing, performing magic tricks and telling jokes about Mikhail Gorbachev have gone viral on TikTok. The videos, which have been appearing on user @deeptomcruise’s account since 25 February, are some of the most convincing deepfakes out there. Deepfakes use a form of artificial intelligence called deep learning to make images of fake events. Read our privacy notice Independent Culture Newsletter The best in film, music TV & radio straight to your inbox every week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Culture newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. “People now conduct large parts of their lives online and their online activity can make and break reputations.
Roivant to buy Silicon Therapeutics for $450 million to boost drug discovery
       
(Reuters) - Roivant Sciences said on Friday it will buy drug developer Silicon Therapeutics for $450 million in an equity deal to strengthen its artificial intelligence capabilities for drug discovery. The acquisition of Silicon will bolster Roivant’s targeted protein degradation platform, which is currently powered by machine learning techniques, the company said. Roivant has multiple subsidiaries focused on developing treatments for multiple cancers, nervous system and immune system disorders, including Immovovant Inc and Sio Gene Therapies Inc.Its platform aims to design candidates harnessing the body’s natural mechanism to get rid of harmful, disease-causing proteins. The deal also includes additional potential regulatory and commercial milestone payments. Silicon’s drug discovery leadership team, including its Chief Scientific Officer Woody Sherman, will join Roivant.
Toyota is building a ‘city of the future’ powered by robots and AI for 2,000 staff and families
       
Toyota has started constructing a 175-acre smart city in Japan that will work on artificial intelligence and futuristic technologies and serve as a “living laboratory”, the company has announced. Construction began this week on the project dubbed “Woven City”, at a site at the base of Japan’s Mount Fuji, about 62 miles from Tokyo. Toyota launched its own self-driving vehicle, the e-Palette, in 2018, and it is expected that they will make up the bulk of the Woven City project’s transport infrastructure. Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the News newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the News newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent.
Jacinda Ardern launches project to save one of world’s most endangered dolphin species
       
New Zealand is to launch a project to protect one of the world’s most endangered dolphin species, said to number just 55. Jacinda Ardern, the country’s prime minister, announced a conservation effort aimed at saving the critically endangered Maui dolphin using drones. Helped by artificial intelligence, conservationists will use the drone data to piece together how the Maui dolphins, a subspecies of the Hector’s dolphin, live and hunt. Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the News newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice Thanks for signing up to the News newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent.
Ta-Nehisi Coates to write new 'Superman' film
       
NEW YORK (AP) — Ta-Nehisi Coates, the acclaimed essayist and novelist who expanded the world of Wakanda for Marvel comics, will write the script for a new “Superman” film from Warner Bros. The studio announced Friday that Coates will pen the screenplay for an upcoming “Superman” film that's early in development. “To be invited into the DC Extended Universe by Warner Bros., DC Films and Bad Robot is an honor,” said Coates in a statement. “Ta-Nehisi Coates’s ‘Between the World and Me’ opened a window and changed the way many of us see the world,” said Toby Emmerich, chairman of Warner Bros. Pictures Group. “We’re confident that his take on Superman will give fans a new and exciting way to see the Man of Steel.”
Ta-Nehisi Coates to write new 'Superman' film
       
NEW YORK (AP) — Ta-Nehisi Coates, the acclaimed essayist and novelist who expanded the world of Wakanda for Marvel comics, will write the script for a new “Superman” film from Warner Bros. The studio announced Friday that Coates will pen the screenplay for an upcoming “Superman” film that's early in development. No director or star has yet been announced. “To be invited into the DC Extended Universe by Warner Bros., DC Films and Bad Robot is an honor,” said Coates in a statement. He was thanked in the credits of Ryan Coogler's 2018 film “Black Panther."
Ta-Nehisi Coates to write new ‘Superman’ film
       
NEW YORK (AP) — Ta-Nehisi Coates, the acclaimed essayist and novelist who expanded the world of Wakanda for Marvel comics, will write the script for a new “Superman” film from Warner Bros. The studio announced Friday that Coates will pen the screenplay for an upcoming “Superman” film that's early in development. No director or star has yet been announced. “To be invited into the DC Extended Universe by Warner Bros., DC Films and Bad Robot is an honor,” said Coates in a statement. “I look forward to meaningfully adding to the legacy of America’s most iconic mythic hero.”
‘Superman’ reboot in the works from J.J. Abrams, Ta-Nehisi Coates
       
Warner Bros., DC Comics and J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot production company are planning a reboot feature film, a rep from Warner Bros. told The Post. The film “is being set up” as a black Superman, according to the Hollywood Reporter. “I think the comic book purists can accept that more than me being Clark Kent from Kansas. In addition, Superman took flight in a big-budget, five-film franchise starring the late Christopher Reeve that launched in 1978. The “Superman” comic book series has previously featured a black title character, whose incognito name is Calvin Ellis (as opposed to Clark Kent).
Kinky and absurd: The first AI-written play isn’t Shakespeare—but it has its moments
       
Kinky and absurd: The first AI-written play isn’t Shakespeare—but it has its momentsOne hundred years ago, a play by the Czech author Karel ?apek introduced the word “robot,” telling the story of artificial factory workers designed to serve humans. Now, in a metanarrative twist, a robot itself has written a play. “It’s a kind of futuristic Little Prince ,” says dramatist David Koš?ák, who oversaw the script. For example, the AI sometimes forgot the main character was a robot, not a human. The AI only reflects what people have been writing about on the internet, without any filter or shame.
Superman is being turned into a movie again for DC Films
       
Ta-Nehisi Coates will write the screenplay for a new Superman movie for DC Films and Warner Bros, it was shared on Friday. 'To be invited into the DC Extended Universe by Warner Bros., DC Films and Bad Robot is an honor. The last time that Superman was seen on screen was in the 2017 film Justice League, where the character was portrayed by Henry Cavill. 'Ta-Nehisi Coates's Between The World And Me opened a window and changed the way many of us see the world,' said Toby Emmerich, chairman of Warner Bros. Pictures Group. The new Superman project is not the author's first foray into the superhero realm.
Google to change research process after uproar over scientists' firing
       
Google will change procedures before July for reviewing its scientists’ work, according to a town hall recording heard by Reuters, part of an effort to quell internal tumult over the integrity of its artificial intelligence (AI) research. Internal reviewers had demanded that at least three papers on AI be modified to refrain from casting Google technology in a negative light, Reuters reported. Lawyers also required deleting references to Google technology; the authors’ finding that AI leaked copyrighted content; and the words “breach” and “sensitive”, the email said. Google, in answer to questions about the email, disputed its contention that lawyers were trying to control the paper’s tone. Tensions in Dean’s division had deepened in December after Google fired Timnit Gebru, co-lead of its ethical AI research team, following her refusal to retract a paper on language-generating AI.
Ta-Nehisi Coates to write new ‘Superman’ film
       
Jake CoyleAssociated PressNew York – Ta-Nehisi Coates, the acclaimed essayist and novelist who expanded the world of Wakanda for Marvel comics, will write the script for a new “Superman” film from Warner Bros. The studio announced Friday that Coates will pen the screenplay for an upcoming “Superman” film that’s early in development. “To be invited into the DC Extended Universe by Warner Bros., DC Films and Bad Robot is an honor,” said Coates in a statement. “There is a new, powerful and moving Superman story yet to be told,” said Abrams. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with the brilliant Mr. Coates to help bring that story to the big screen.”
School closures risk 'permanent scarring' to children, adviser warns
       
School closures risk "permanent scarring", the president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health has warned. Yet when we focus on infection risk we forget the potential for harm that can occur when schools are closed. Our research provides clear evidence for the first time that school closures and lockdown also bring a wide range of serious harms to children's health and well-being." Prof Viner, an expert in adolescent health at University College London, led a team of researchers who used machine learning to analyse all the available global data on the impacts of school closures on children's health. They examined 72 studies from 20 countries in detail and concluded that school closures and lockdown have "very harmful effects for children and young people's mental health and well-being".
Ta-Nehisi Coates writing a new Superman film for DC and Warner Bros.
       
Ta-Nehisi Coates will write a new Superman film for DC Films and Warner Bros. The project is in very early development, but the new film is being produced by J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot. "To be invited into the DC Extended Universe by Warner Bros., DC Films and Bad Robot is an honor," Coates said in a statement. "Ta-Nehisi Coates's 'Between the World and Me' opened a window and changed the way many of us see the world," said Toby Emmerich, chairman of Warner Bros. Pictures Group. The new Superman project is not the author's first foray into the superhero realm.
Ta-Nehisi Coates to Write New ‘Superman’ Movie for Warner Bros. and Producer J.J. Abrams
       
Ta-Nehisi Coates, author of “Between the World and Me” and “We Were Eight Years in Power,” is writing a new “Superman” movie. The news was first reported by Shadow and Act, which learned exclusively of the deal from Warner Bros. and DC Films. “To be invited into the DC Extended Universe by Warner Bros., DC Films and Bad Robot is an honor,” Coates wrote in a statement given to Shadow and Act. A statement from Warner Bros. head Toby Emmerich hints at the possibility, suggesting Coates will have full creative freedom. “’Between the World and Me’ opened a window and changed the way many of us see the world,” he wrote.
Ta-Nehisi Coates tapped to write new Superman movie produced by J.J. Abrams
       
EW has confirmed that Warner Bros. has hired acclaimed essayist-turned-comic book writer Ta-Nehisi Coates to write a new Superman movie, produced by J. J. Abrams. As of right now, there are no details about the story, casting, or potential directors attached to the project. "To be invited into the DC Extended Universe by Warner Bros., DC Films and Bad Robot is an honor," said Coates in a statement to Shadow and Act, which broke the news Friday morning. Image zoom Credit: Bennett Raglin/Getty Images; DC ComicsIt's not surprising that Coates is moving into the superhero film space. In the past, DC and Warner Bros. were hesitant about having different versions of major characters like Superman on both TV and in the movies at the same time.
Robots delivering food to Philadelphia airport passengers amid coronavirus pandemic
       
Flying might be the most nerve-wracking way to travel amid the coronavirus pandemic, so Philadelphia International Airport is using a robot called Gita to provide contactless delivery of food and drinks to passengers. OAKLAND AIRPORT FIRST IN US TO SELL COVID-19 TEST KITS IN VENDING MACHINESOnce a traveler places a delivery order, they can enter specifics about their location anywhere in the airport. An onsite delivery specialist walks with the Gita to the person's location, where the traveler can choose the level of contact they want. For instance, the traveler can choose for the delivery specialist to open up the top of the Gita and walk six feet away for a smooth and contactless delivery. GET FOX BUSINESS ON THE GO BY CLICKING HEREPhiladelphia International Airport's use of Gita is currently in a pilot phase through April, at which point they will decide how to keep using the robots.
‘This is bigger than just Timnit’: How Google tried to silence a critic and ignited a movement
       
advertisement advertisementTimnit Gebru—a giant in the world of AI and then co-lead of Google’s AI ethics team—was pushed out of her job in December. To many who work in AI ethics, Gebru’s sudden ouster and its continuing fallout have been a shock but not a surprise. It is a stark reminder of the extent to which Big Tech dominates their field. The most prestigious machine learning conference, NeurIPS, has had at least two Big Tech companies as primary sponsors since 2015, according to the same 2020 study that analyzed the influence of Big Tech money in universities. The field of AI ethics, like much of the rest of AI, has a serious diversity problem.
Ta-Nehisi Coates is writing the script for the next Superman movie
       
Ta-Nehisi Coates is working on the script for an upcoming Superman movie from DC Films and Warner Bros. Pictures, as confirmed by the Man of Steel’s shiny logo posted on the author’s Instagram page Friday. “To be invited into the DC Extended Universe by Warner Bros., DC Films and Bad Robot is an honor,” Coates said in a statement to Shadow and Act , which first reported the news. He’s also no stranger to the superhero genre, having previously penned comic book series for “Black Panther” and “ Captain America ” for Marvel. Advertisement“There is a new, powerful and moving Superman story yet to be told,” Abrams told Shadow and Act in a statement. Late last year, HBO released an adaptation of “Between the World and Me,” a collaboration based on the 2015 book he wrote as a letter to his teenage son.
UK's NHS faces legal challenge over deal with Palantir
       
And a contract initially valued at just £1The UK's National Health Service (NHS) is being taken to court over a deal with analytics firm Palantir, as a number of recent government contracts come under scrutiny. The initial £1 contract was signed in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, as an "emergency" deal to use Palantir’s cloud and artificial intelligence tools as part of the NHS' pandemic response strategy. Palantir's local head Louis Mosley hosted a meal attended by David Prior, chair of NHS England, in July 2019. There, the company pitched a deal that would give it access to this data. Another NHS Covid data contract winner, Faculty, had close ties to Boris Johnson’s chief adviser at the time, Dominic Cummings.
Google is changing its paper review process following internal revolt
       
Find him on Twitter: @Gadget_RyGoogle is making changes to how it reviews papers following an internal revolt over the company’s controversial practices. In an email to employees following Gebru’s firing, Jeff Dean, Head of Google Research, said:“Papers often require changes during the internal review process (or are even deemed unsuitable for submission). We call on Google Research to strengthen its commitment to research integrity and to unequivocally commit to supporting research that honors the commitments made in Google’s AI Principles. In an hour-long Google staff meeting recording heard by Reuters, Google Research executives said they were working to regain trust after the string of incidents. 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.
Blueshift raises $30 million to manage and analyze customer data
       
Customer data analytics company Blueshift today announced it has closed a $30 million series C round, bringing its total raised to $65 million. The company plans to put the funds toward expanding its workforce while further developing its marketing platform. It’s continually enhanced with new attributes, like channel engagement and affinity, which are stored in a single index. Last year, Blueshift launched Channel Engagement Scores, which predicts the likelihood of a user engaging with a message on a channel such as email, push, in-app, SMS, or third-party integrations. The round also saw participation from existing investors, including Softbank Ventures Asia, Storm Ventures, Conductive Ventures, and Nexus Venture Partners.
Connections and inspirations between science fiction, tech, and games
       
What happens when you put a science fiction writer, a venture capitalist, and a game journalist together? That was the premise behind our latest conversation on Oculus Venues and Zoom in a session dubbed “Science Fiction, tech, and games.”I moderated the hour-long session with computer scientist and accomplished science fiction writer Ramez Naam and Tim Chang, partner at Silicon Valley venture capital firm Mayfield Fund. I got the idea for the session because so much science fiction is becoming science fact. I brought a couple of other friends as guests, some other great science fiction authors, and we hit it off immediately. It ended up being three or four different science fiction authors, some pretty interesting folks in the science community.
Saltmine raises $20 million to automate office space design
       
Commercial office space planning startup Saltmine today announced that it raised $20 million and formed a strategic partnership with real estate firm JLL. Even before the pandemic, U.S. Commercial Real Estate Services estimated unused commercial property in the U.S. is worth about $1 trillion. She created Saltmine to house workplace data in one place and enable insights that help companies to optimize their real estate portfolios. Saltmine has partnerships with commercial real estate and design firms including Cushman & Wakefield, Newmark, Interior Architects, and Space Matrix, according to founder and CEO Shagufta Anurag. “Real estate is the second largest cost for companies and has a direct impact on their largest cost — their people,” Anurag said in a statement.
AI Weekly: Biden calls for $37 billion to address chip shortage
       
AI research has received military funding from the outset, and government organizations like DARPA continue to fund AI startups, but a global chip supply shortage caused by COVID-19 has hindered the progress of numerous industries. During his remarks, Biden acknowledged that semiconductor chip shortages impacts products like cars, smartphones, and medical diagnostic equipment. Analysts who spoke to VentureBeat found a number of factors contributing to the current chip shortage. A Bloomberg analysis found that Chinese spending on computer chip production equipment jumped 20% in 2020 compared to 2019. He added that, based on conversations with manufacturers, he expects an end to chip supply chain shortage issues by Q2 or Q3 2021.
Truvian raises $105 million to commercialize its automated blood-testing platform
       
Truvian says the funds will advance development of its benchtop blood testing system and enable the company to grow its product development team. A 2014 study estimated that diagnostic errors for U.S. outpatients occur about 12 million times per year. Truvian, which was founded in 2015, claims to have developed a blood-testing system that combines chemistries, immunoassays, and hematology assays in one device. While the FDA issued emergency use authorization for the company’s Easy Check test in July 2020, the agency has yet to approve Truvian’s benchtop blood-testing platform. For example, Truvian has alternatively said its platform would require five or seven drops of blood.
Why machine learning strategies fail
       
Lower costs, improved precision, better customer experience, and new features are some of the benefits of applying machine learning models to real-world applications. Machine learning is about dataMachine learning models live on compute resources and data. This highlights one of the main hurdles when applying machine learning techniques to real-world problems. With machine learning and deep learning having reached mainstream use in production environments only recently, many smaller companies don’t have data scientists and machine learning engineers who can develop AI models. And these shortcomings prevent them from making company-wide deployments of machine learning initiatives.
Helping Hand: Bay Area Vaccinations
       
Helping Robot hand that isOver the last few weeks I reached out to friends who were struggling to get vaccination appointments in The SF Bay Area. I’ve posted in the past on how bad the vaccination system is and that there are very simple changes which would tremendously accelerate vaccinations. My Robot would log into their healthcare provider on internet and check for the nearest open vaccination date. The robot would look every 10 seconds for an open vaccination spot, and operated completely without supervision on my Apple Laptop. If you are an older people struggling in the Bay Area, I’d be happy to work with them to see if I can adapt the Robot for your healthcare provider.
The ‘Morality’ of AI Weaponry
       
Question: how would AI weapons systems have affected this strategy? The French air force, the Iraqi air force, the National Army, and the Shi’a militia also fired on the city. Would the possession of AI weaponry have altered in a substantial way the conduct of the war, casualty levels and the outcome? Question: had we access to AI weapons at the time, would this thinking have been any different and actions otherwise? Would Radovan Karadzic or Slobodan Mladic have welcomed AI weapons as a solution to a moral dilemma that endangered their immortal souls?
LG AI Research unveils first AI achievement
       
LG Group unveiled its first achievement in artificial intelligence research conducted by the group’s AI research arm.The South Korean conglomerate announced two academic papers on explainable AI and continual learning in collaboration with University of Toronto, through the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence.Explainable AI, co-researched by a team led by Professor Konstantinos Plataniotis, refers to a technology that easily explains a result of its research to humans by providing reasons and evidence.For example, when the explainable AI is applied to analyzing X-ray images, the AI system not only provides a result, but also how it has come to the conclusion.This could be used to support or replace human decision-making in professional fields like medicine, finance and law.“The explainable AI is a nascent sector, and even Google is in very early stages of research on it,” said LG.Continual learning enables AI to continue its learning data sequentially and to make a comprehensive judge by analyzing the data accumulated from past learning.LG and a team led by Professor Scott Sanner have improved the learning capability by 40 percent by applying the Sharpley value – a measure for importance of data – for the first time in the field.“LG aims to make our customers feel and experience AI technologies by elevating the levels,” said Bae Kyung-hoon, head of the LG AI Research. “Our goal is to nurture 1,000 AI experts by 2023.”By Song Su-hyun ( song@heraldcorp.com
LG AI Research unveils first AI achievement
       
BUSINESSLG Twin Tower (Yonhap)LG Group unveiled its first achievement in artificial intelligence research conducted by the group’s AI research arm.The South Korean conglomerate announced two academic papers on explainable AI and continual learning in collaboration with University of Toronto, through the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence.Explainable AI, co-researched by a team led by Professor Konstantinos Plataniotis, refers to a technology that easily explains a result of its research to humans by providing reasons and evidence.For example, when the explainable AI is applied to analyzing X-ray images, the AI system not only provides a result, but also how it has come to the conclusion.This could be used to support or replace human decision-making in professional fields like medicine, finance and law.“The explainable AI is a nascent sector, and even Google is in very early stages of research on it,” said LG.Continual learning enables AI to continue its learning data sequentially and to make a comprehensive judge by analyzing the data accumulated from past learning.LG and a team led by Professor Scott Sanner have improved the learning capability by 40 percent by applying the Sharpley value – a measure for importance of data – for the first time in the field.“LG aims to make our customers feel and experience AI technologies by elevating the levels,” said Bae Kyung-hoon, head of the LG AI Research. “Our goal is to nurture 1,000 AI experts by 2023.”By Song Su-hyun ( song@heraldcorp.com
GCHQ takes on Russian fake news bots with plans to use AI to find troll farms, new paper reveals
       
GCHQ is taking on Russian fake news bots with plans to use artificial intelligence (AI) to find troll farms, it has been announced. Britain’s cyber spy agency has outlined how it protects the country against state-backed disinformation campaigns and other cyber attacks using AI. In a paper released today titled Ethics of AI: Pioneering a New National Security, GCHQ has explained how it counters malign foreign cyber attacks, whilst adhering to an “ethical framework for using AI in operations”. So-called troll farms, organisations making deliberately offensive or provocative online posts to cause conflict or manipulate public opinion, are being targeted by GCHQ. The report says AI will help identify such places “so that online operations could be mounted to counteract these malicious accounts”.
Master Chief Is Heading to Paramount+
       
The live-action series based on the megahit video game franchise, which had filmed “55%-60%” of its first season before the pandemic shut down production, was set to debut on Showtime in 2021. But ViacomCBS announced today that the show is moving to the newly renamed Paramount+ streaming service (formerly CBS All Access) and will be available in early 2022. News of a live-action Halo series broke all the way back in 2013, with Steven Spielberg set to executive produce. Pornstache from Orange Is the New Black) is set to don the Master Chief helmet, and the original voice of the AI companion Cortana, Jen Taylor, will reprise her role in the series. Halo Infinite, the sixth game in the main Halo series, is due out this fall.
Milano Fashion Week: i look più belli delle sfilate AI 2021
       
Dalla Milano Fashion Week una selezione dei look più belli delle sfilate AI 2021, tra nuovi trend e must-haveLa Milano Fashion Week ha avuto inizio. Come annunciato dalla Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana si tratterà di un'edizione interamente digitale che includerà 61 sfilate e 57 presentazioni. Saranno soltanto 15 gli show fisici, tutti riservati a una minima presenza di addetti ai lavori, tra giornalisti e buyer. Ma Vogue.it vi aprirà le porte delle passerelle selezionando, giorno dopo giorno, i look più belli di questa stagione. Guardate la gallery dedicata ai look più belli avvistati alla Milano Fashion Week.
Exclusive: Google pledges changes to research oversight after internal revolt
       
(Reuters) - Alphabet Inc’s Google will change procedures before July for reviewing its scientists’ work, according to a town hall recording heard by Reuters, part of an effort to quell internal tumult over the integrity of its artificial intelligence (AI) research. Internal reviewers had demanded that at least three papers on AI be modified to refrain from casting Google technology in a negative light, Reuters reported. Google in answer to questions about the email disputed its contention that lawyers were trying to control the paper’s tone. Tensions in Dean's division had deepened in December after Google let go of Timnit Gebru, co-lead of its ethical AI research team, following her refusal to retract a paper on language-generating AI. “We want responsible AI and ethical AI investigations,” Dean said, giving the example of studying technology’s environmental costs.
Revoking Navalny’s Prisoner of Conscience Status Emboldens Opponents of Human Rights
       
AI’s decision to revoke Navalny’s prisoner of conscience status is also inconsistent with the organization’s own past decisions. Those individuals were granted prisoner of conscience status despite being part of an organization that openly advocated violence because their imprisonment was unrelated to that advocacy. As per the same article, AI refused a prisoner of conscience designation to certain Serbian and Croatian nationalists because they were imprisoned over their racist statements. Eduard Limonov was granted prisoner of conscience status in 2011 after being arrested for opposition activities. Just like with Navalny, none of this information was a secret at the time of Limonov’s prisoner of conscience designation.
Deep Nostalgia uses video reenactment technology to animate faces in still photos
       
Those family photos hung on the wall might soon take on a new life. The genealogy platform MyHeritage released a feature that animates faces in still photos using video reenactment technology. The feature, called Deep Nostalgia, produces a realistic depiction of how a person could have moved and looked if they were captured on video. Deep Nostalgia, licensed from the AI face platform D-ID, uses pre-recorded driver videos prepared by MyHeritage. The feature will then produce a short video animation of an individual face that can smile, blink, and move.
Robot vacuums go out of control after software update
       
A software update has sent Roomba robot vacuums out of control. The problems affect iRobot’s i7 and s9 Roomba robot vacuums, according to multiple reports on Reddit and Twitter. A spokesperson for iRobot, which makes the Roomba vacuums, said that the problems will be fixed with another software update, but that it might take “several weeks”, in a statement to The Verge. INDY/ LIFE Newsletter Be inspired with the latest lifestyle trends every week Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the INDY/LIFE newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice INDY/ LIFE Newsletter Be inspired with the latest lifestyle trends every week Thanks for signing up to the INDY/LIFE newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent.
Drunk Roomba? Software update makes some robot vacuums 'dumb'
       
Share this Story: Drunk Roomba? Software update makes some robot vacuums 'dumb'Drunk Roomba? Software update makes some robot vacuums 'dumb' Roombas have been seen spinning around, slamming into furniture, driving around in weird patterns and getting stuck in the middle of a room. It turns out that a recent software update has caused some i7 and s9 models of the robot vacuums to behave erratically — and it could take awhile to fix. Try refreshing your browser, or Drunk Roomba?
Zillow begins making cash offers for houses based on its Zestimate in push to snap up properties
       
Online real estate listing site Zillow will begin making cash offers to homeowners based on the company's 'Zestimate', a price estimate of the home's market value. The 'Zesitmate' value estimation tool is now an initial cash offer for eligible homes in more than 20 cities nationwide, Zillow saidZillow CEO Rich Barton is seen above. After a customer requests a cash offer from Zillow, a Zillow employee will inspect the home, provide a list of needed repairs and an adjusted final offer, and the homeowner can pick a closing date. To determine the Zestimate, Zillow says it uses data from public records, feeds from multiple listing services and brokerages as well as artificial intelligence to analyze photographs. Zillow launched as a media company selling advertising on its website, but has expanded to offer property management tools and a mortgage marketplace.
Amazon is putting cameras in its delivery vans and some drivers aren't happy
       
Road safety experts say Amazon's driver monitoring should bring safety benefits for the company and everyone it shares roads with. Amazon is going further and embracing cameras consistently pointed at drivers, which rely on artificial intelligence to voice real-time feedback. Amazon drivers say negative experiences with the company's existing driver monitoring system contribute to their concerns. But "the potential is huge," said Matthew Camden, a researcher at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute who has studied driver monitoring systems. Amazon's largest delivery competitors, UPS, FedEx and DHL all declined to say if they've considered using AI-powered driver monitoring systems.
AOC rips NYPD’s new robotic dog
       
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez growled on Twitter on Thursday about the NYPD’s new robotic dog, which was tested on her home turf in the Bronx this week. “Now robotic surveillance ground drones are being deployed for testing on low-income communities of color with under-resourced schools,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote. The four-legged “Digidog,” deployed at the scene of a home invasion in the Bronx this week, is getting a test run as the NYPD’s newest crime-fighting weapon. The robotic canine can also climb stairs and run about three-and-a-half miles an hour, and is getting a test run by the NYPD Technical Assistance Unit. But Ocasio-Cortez, a Bronx Democrat, says money and technology devoted to the robot could have been put to better use.
AOC criticizes NYPD’s new robot dog
       
Democrat firebrand Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., claimed that the New York City Police Department’s (NYPD) new robot dog is "being deployed for testing on low-income communities of color with under-resourced schools." "Now robotic surveillance ground drones are being deployed for testing on low-income communities of color with under-resourced schools," she added. Jessica McRorie, a spokesperson from the NYPD who spoke to FOX 5 New York. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe dog can also open doors, traverse stairs and check out potentially dangerous areas so officers don't have to risk their lives. The NYPD did not immediately respond to Fox News' request for comment regarding Ocasio-Cortez's tweets.
Is Chanel's Lipscanner app the future of beauty?
       
If you’ve ever had a hard time finding the right shade of nude or the perfect red to match your outfit, Chanel’s new Lipscanner is the app for you. Using the latest AI technology, the brand has launched a new makeup app that matches any colour in the world to the nearest Chanel lipstick. “Feed your inspiration everywhere and at all times.”A collaboration between Chanel's Makeup Creation Studio and CX Lab, Lipscanner is an exciting example of what technology can do when used in the pursuit of beauty. The new app marks a first for Chanel and is a taster of what’s to come for beauty and cutting-edge technology. Chanel’s Lipscanner is available for iPhones via Apple’s App Store nowAlso read:How to buy makeup online: Your complete guide to a good shopping experienceHow experts are using artificial intelligence to shape the future of fashion8 makeup tricks that will make sure your lipstick stays put all day
Nvidia CEO talks Q4 earnings results, says AI is driving cloud adoption
       
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailNvidia CEO talks Q4 earnings results, says AI is driving cloud adoptionNvidia CEO Jensen Huang joined Jim Cramer on "Mad Money" to discuss the chipmaker's performance from the latest quarter, comment on the chip shortage impacting industry and give his outlook for the artificial intelligence market.
Toyota starts building 'smart city' with self-driving cars, robots and AI homes
       
Toyota has started building a "smart city" which will include self-driving cars, robotics and AI homes. Construction began this week at the base of Japan's Mount Fuji, and has been dubbed the "Woven City." Other aspects of the Woven City include hydrogen fuel cells and it is reported the city will be fully sustainable. (Image: Toyota)But the company said the high-tech homes and smart city will promote human connection, but have not released plans on how to encourage this. What do you think about the smart city?
Google to remove gender labels from image recognition tool
       
An early example of a feature clashing with the company’s ethical AI principlesGoogle’s widely-used Cloud Vision API, which provides machine vision capabilities to developers, will no longer attach gendered labels like ‘man’ or ‘woman’ as image tags. In an email to developers last week, Google said it will instead tag images of people with ‘non-gendered’ labels such as ‘person,’ citing the company’s internal guidelines on AI ethics. “Given that a person’s gender cannot be inferred by appearance, we have decided to remove these labels in order to align with the Artificial Intelligence Principles at Google, specifically Principle #2: Avoid creating or reinforcing unfair bias,” the email said. If I can 99% of the time identify if someone is a man or woman, then so can the algorithm. With little in the way of external accountability, it remains to be seen whether Google’s ethical principles amount to more than just lip service.
Driving on the cutting edge of autonomous vehicle tech
       
Formed in 2018 and hosted by the Edgerton Center at MIT, MIT Driverless comprises 50 highly motivated engineers with diverse skill sets. In October, a modified Dallara-15 Indy Lights race car programmed by MIT Driverless will hit the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway at speeds of up to 120 miles per hour. In this format, MIT Driverless and their competitors program and race a sleek electric vehicle dubbed the DEVBot 2.0. Consider the connection between the Han Lab at MIT and MIT Driverless. Han is a big fan of MIT Driverless, and he's been extremely helpful,” says Castillo.
AI Weekly — AI News & Leading Newsletter on Deep Learning & Artificial Intelligence
       
Embedding safety into in computer vision by improving data qualityAccording to the World Health Organization, there are 285 million visually impaired people around the world who not only live in darkness, but also suffer poverty caused by visual impairment. For those without the visual ability to perceive the outside world, AI can be used to convert the content or text they need to “see” the world so that they can still perceive the outside world with their other senses. Hugo Tsai, Product VP of AngelEye’s company NextVPU, shared his team’s experience of using the Microsoft Trove saying for the AngelEye Smart Reader, an intelligent edge device based on computer vision that helps the vision impaired community, “We need a large number of pictures, and our internal team struggles to find the right quantity and breadth of categories. Trove connects us to partners all over the world who provide tremendously rich pictures”. After using Trove to gather training data, Hugo Tsai found that the OCR character recognition accuracy has increased from 50% to 99.15%, which has significantly improved the experience of end users.
By bringing AI to surgeries, startup hopes to close knowledge gaps
       
Theator, a startup based in Palo Alto, California with an R&D site in Tel Aviv, aims to bring AI to surgery. Earlier this month, the company announced that it had raised $15.5 million in a Series A funding round to grow what it calls its “surgical intelligence” platform. During an average 85-year lifespan, it’s estimated that an average American will undergo more than nine surgeries. “Surgeons around the world today don’t have tools that allow them to experience decision-making in surgery at scale,” he said. Right now, Wolf said, Theator is crafting an intelligence foundation to build on in the future.
Humans are trying to take bias out of facial recognition programs. It’s not working–yet.
       
Williams and the suspect are both Black, and facial recognition technology tends to make mistakes in identifying people of color. Researchers are working to remedy that by providing computer vision algorithms with datasets that represent all groups equally and fairly. There are many ways that artificial intelligence algorithms are increasingly present in our society. Bias isn’t just a problem with the datasets that power artificial intelligence. But Eliassi-Rad also says artificial intelligence could help shape a fairer future.
AI Coupled With Videos of Movement May Help in Diagnosing Parkinson’s
       
The study, “Distinguishing Between Parkinson’s Disease and Essential Tremor Through Video Analytics Using Machine Learning: a Pilot Study,” was published in the IEEE Sensors Journal. The presence of at least two of four symptoms supporting a disease diagnosis includes shaking or tremor, slowness in movement, body rigidity, and difficulty in maintaining balance. There was also a no movement test to assess tremor at rest, and other activities that clinicians commonly use. A second analysis compared people with an official Parkinson’s diagnosis to those with essential tremor. After leaving the lab to pursue a career in Science Communication, she served as the Director of Science Communication at iMM.
AI and IoT – 5 use cases where it’s gathering pace
       
Autonomous drivingAutonomous driving always captures the imagination, but it’s an excellent example of how AI and IoT can work in concert. The wearable IoT sensors track patient vitals and update them live to their doctors and caregivers to alert them about any significant health events. AI with Machine Learning algorithms analyze this large amount of data, giving significant insights into the overall health of a person. AI capabilities, along with machine learning and deep learning algorithms parses the data generated from the IoT sensors to track real-time energy consumption. Machine Learning, Natural language processing (NLP), and other disruptive technologies encourage interaction among businesses to accelerate.
AI uses "ugly duckling" technique to spot melanoma with high accuracy
       
The new system developed by the MIT and Harvard researchers again leverages deep learning algorithms to take aim at skin cancer, but with some key differences. Within these images were both suspicious and non-suspicious lesions, which were labeled by three trained dermatologists. Individual lesions were given an oddness score based on how concerning their features were, with the assessments compared to those made by three trained dermatologists. The algorithm agreed with the consensus of the dermatologists 88 percent of the time, and the individual dermatologists 86 percent of the time. Using deep learning to detect cancerous skin lesionsSource: Wyss Institute
iGibson Challenge 2021
       
We present iGibson Challenge 2021, implemented in collaboration with Robotics at Google. Compared to our challenge last yearWe significantly revamped iGibson, the Interactive Gibson Environment [1], a novel interactive extension of our photorealistic Gibson simulator that can be used to train agents for navigation tasks in dynamic environments. For Interactive Navigation, all of the objects in our scenes are interactable this year, not just a subset of them. iGibson Challenge 2021 launches at the 2021 Embodied AI Workshop at the Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), in coordination with eight other embodied AI challenges supported by 15 academic and research organizations. The organizers will collectively share results across all these challenges at CVPR in June, providing a unique viewpoint on the state of embodied AI research and new directions for the subfield.
Image Recognition: Everything You Need to Know (Guide)
       
In this article we will cover image recognition, an application of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and computer vision. Image recognition works by analyzing each pixel of an image to extract information, just like a human eye does. Difference of Image Recognition vs Computer VisionImage Recognition is often used interchangeably with computer vision because of the similarities between the two tasks. Meanwhile, image recognition assigns a class label to an entire image. What is Image Recognition Used for?
Artificial intelligence: The dark matter of computer vision
       
Most recent advances in artificial intelligence rely on deep neural networks, machine learning algorithms that roughly mimic the pattern-matching capabilities of human and animal brains. Deep neural networks are like layers of complex mathematical functions stacked on top of each other. “Reasoning across such large intraclass variance is extremely difficult to capture and describe for modern computer vision and AI systems. Many AI systems incorporate utility functions, such as scoring more points in a game or optimizing resource usage. The authors of “Dark, Beyond Deep” believe hybrid AI systems that incorporate both neural networks and classic intelligence algorithms have the best chance of achieving FPICU-capable AI systems.
From Hobart, to London, to Dhaka: using cameras and AI to build an automatic litter detection system
       
Currently, the most common method for monitoring litter relies on humans conducting on-ground visual counts. As part of CSIRO’s research to end plastic waste, we’ve been developing an efficient and scalable environmental monitoring system using artificial intelligence (AI). Drawing on these capabilities, we worked in partnership with Microsoft (using its Azure cloud computing services) to develop an automated system for monitoring river litter. For this, we drew from our footage of river litter collected from Hobart, London and Dhaka. Our data revealed food packaging, beverage bottles and cups were by far the most frequently spotted litter items across all three countries.
Top 10 Computer Vision Papers 2020
       
Here are my top 10 of the most interesting research papers of the year in computer vision, in case you missed any of them. Watch a complete computer vision 2020 rewind in 5 minutesHave you ever wondered how the ocean would look like without water Remove this blue-green tint of the underwater pictures, and still have the true colors of a coral reef? Well, using computer vision and machine learning algorithms, researchers from the University of Haifa were able to accomplish exactly that! ECCV 2020 Best Paper Award | A New Architecture For Optical FlowECCV 2020 Best Paper Award Goes to Princeton Team. [10] Y. Zeng, J. Fu, and H. Chao, Learning joint spatial-temporal transformations for video in-painting, 2020. arXiv:2007.10247 [cs.CV].
The Capitol riot is spurring new interest in gun-detection AI
       
A new round of debate over surveillance technology broke out after the riot at the U.S. Capitol on January 6. Companies such as ZeroEyes and Omnilert sell computer vision AI systems that identify guns–not people—seen through the lenses of security cameras. “AI is already a concern for people, and with anything having to do with facial recognition, privacy becomes top of mind,” he says. There is currently no comprehensive federal law governing the use of facial recognition AI. In 2019, the city of San Francisco was the first to pass a ban the use of facial recognition in body cams used by police.
CLIP: Connecting Text and Images
       
We show random, non-cherry picked, predictions of zero-shot CLIP classifiers on examples from various datasets below. In contrast, the CLIP model can be evaluated on benchmarks without having to train on their data, so it can’t “cheat” in this manner. CLIP is flexible and generalBecause they learn a wide range of visual concepts directly from natural language, CLIP models are significantly more flexible and general than existing ImageNet models. The best CLIP model outperforms the best publicly available ImageNet model, the Noisy Student EfficientNet-L2, on 20 out of 26 different transfer datasets we tested. CLIP models are also more compute efficient than the models from 10 prior approaches that we compare with.
British intelligence agency GCHQ publishes ‘Ethics of AI’ report
       
Find him on Twitter: @Gadget_RyThe intelligence agency’s first-ever public report details how AI can be used “ethically” for cyber operations. Jeremy Fleming, Director of GCHQ, said:“We need honest, mature conversations about the impact that new technologies could have on society. With the release of this paper, GCHQ plans to begin setting out what this ethical framework may look like. GCHQ’s full ‘Ethics of AI’ paper can be found here (PDF). 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.
Mobileye partners with Lohr and Transdev to develop self-driving shuttles
       
Intel subsidiary Mobileye today announced a partnership with Transdev ATS and Lohr Group to develop and deploy shared autonomous vehicle transportation services. Some experts predict the pandemic will hasten the adoption of autonomous vehicles for delivery. Over the next year, Mobileye says it’ll work with Transdev and Lohr to ship i-Cristal autonomous shuttles equipped with Mobileye’s autonomous technology. One is based entirely on cameras while the other incorporates radar, lidar sensors, modems, GPS, and other components. By 2025, Mobileye expects to bring the cost of a self-driving system below $5,000.
Medisafe raises $30 million for predictive AI that reminds people to take their pills
       
Medisafe, a startup developing a personalized medication management platform to help patients stay on top of their prescriptions, today announced it has raised $30 million. According to a review in the Annals of Internal Medicine, 20% to 30% of medication prescriptions are never filled, and approximately 50% of medications for chronic disease aren’t taken as prescribed. In 2012, Medisafe cofounders Omri Shor and Rotem Shor faced a family health emergency. Medisafe employs what it calls “digital drug companions” to ensure medication takers follow through with their prescriptions. “Through [Medisafe’s] platform, the company delivers average adherence rates by users of 86%, well above industry norms of 50%.
Ataccama acquires data visualization startup Tellstory
       
Data management platform Ataccama today announced it has acquired data visualization provider Tellstory. The data visualization tools will make it simpler for end users to surface insights from data residing in the Ataccama ONE Gen2 platform, Ataccama CEO Michal Klaus said. Tellstory will be more tightly integrated within Ataccama’s data management platform later this year, Klaus added. The visualization tools from Tellstory will make it simpler for end users to navigate the Ataccama Data Catalog as they invoke existing analytics tools provided in the platform, Klaus explained. There’s a big opportunity to improve data management using machine and deep learning algorithms capable of identifying patterns.
Armorblox has raised $30 million to protect against phishing attacks with AI
       
Armorblox, a cybersecurity startup using natural language understanding to protect enterprise communications, today announced that it raised $30 million in series B venture capital funding. A recent Trend Micro survey found that 91% of cyberattacks begin with a “spear phishing” email, or a personalized and highly targeted email with malicious file attachments and links to malware. Armorblox, which was founded in 2017, taps AI to analyze the identity, behavior, and language in emails and protect against business email compromise and targeted phishing attacks. And as of today, Armorblox says it’s protecting over 9,000 organizations and 450,000 mailboxes. The round brings Sunnyvale, California-based Armorblox’s total raised to date to $46.5 million, following a $16.5 million series A last February.
Biden should double down on Trump’s policy of promoting AI within government
       
The Biden administration should prioritize this policy because standards set the tone for agency staff. However, there is a danger that the policy on AI standards for government gets lumped in with the Trump administration’s policy on AI regulations and standards for the private sector. The private sector AI policy is not as bipartisan and has its critics. This is just what the previous administration did with the new AI policy. Developing government-wide standards specific to AI will promote more and better use of AI within government agencies, leading to higher-quality policies and services.
January AI raises $8.8 million for AI that helps people manage their diabetes
       
January AI, a startup developing a platform that predicts diabetic patients’ responses to certain foods, today announced that it raised $8.8 million. Diabetes is among the most expensive chronic conditions, with $1 out of every $7 in the U.S. health care system spent on diabetes care. January adopts a “multi-omic” approach to chronic disease management, incorporating wearables and microbiome data to make health recommendations that address hyperglycemia. Seventy percent of all participants improved their time-in-range — the amount of time their blood glucose remained within a healthy zone — including 58% of individuals with the highest blood glucose levels. Beyond pharma partners, employers can work with January to gain access to the company’s atlas of over 16 million foods, complete with glycemic index, glycemic load, and glucose response data.
Otter.ai raises $50 million for AI transcription
       
AI transcription startup Otter.ai today announced it has raised $50 million in a series B round that includes $10 million in convertible notes and was led by Spectrum Equity. There’s no shortage of competition in the audio transcription market, which is estimated to be worth $31.82 billion by 2025. Otter.ai also offers a free plan, with 600 minutes of transcription per month and unlimited cloud storage. It’s part of Otter Live Notes, Otter.ai’s offering that lets participants open a transcript directly from a videoconference or after a meeting. Otter Live Notes enables users to access some of the same real-time features available in Otter Voice Meeting Notes, which can be launched directly from a videoconferencing platform.
[Herald Interview] S. Korea to ramp up rights protection of digital technology: IP office chief
       
The chief of the nation’s intellectual property office vowed Wednesday to reinforce intellectual property rights protection of digital inventions to contribute to South Korea‘s efforts to become a pacesetting nation in the digital era.“In the era of digital economy, business realms driven by digital intellectual property are forecast to expand rapidly. A transition to digital economy depends on active creation of patents for innovative digital technologies across industries as well as proper safeguards for their property rights,” said Kim Yong-rae, commissioner of the Korean Intellectual Property Office.“In the case of AI devices advancing to a degree of being able to replace human inventors, (KIPO) and related organizations will continue to promote patent policies for monitoring AI-created inventions,” Kim said.Earlier this week, KIPO announced its policy direction for measures to protect inventions produced by artificial intelligence. The authority is planning to grant exclusive rights for AI-created inventions only when under the control of a human workforce by revising the patent law, he added.Along with AI-created inventions, the intellectual property office will also establish property rights for virtual software products like a virtual keyboard -- a software component in virtual space that allows the input of characters on a computer screen without physical keys -- officials said.Meanwhile, as part of a move to support the Moon Jae-in administration’s New Deal initiative, the intellectual property chief pledged to support local firms in green and digital sectors to secure patents for new inventions.“This year, the KIPO is planning to extend its IP-R&D support project to some 100 New Deal projects, whereby the agency’s patent experts analyze related companies’ research and development process to offer strategies on how to ensure patent rights for new technologies or prevent and avoid patent infringement,” Kim said.To do so, the KIPO has set aside a budget of m
KIPO to strengthen IP protection for digital innovation drive
       
South Korea’s patent protection agency is seeking to sharpen the nation’s industrial edge by overhauling intellectual property policies amid the rapid digital transformation brought on by the COVID-19 era.Artificial intelligence and data have emerged as essential means of generating intellectual property, but uncertainties surrounding related laws and a lack of institutional support are hindering the use of such technologies.The acceleration of the transition to a digital economy is shedding light on new kinds of digital intellectual property that need to be protected, such as AI creations, data, hologram trademarks and video designs.To address the pressing issues, the Korean Intellectual Property Office has drawn up strategies to create, use and protect intellectual property involving artificial intelligence and data.KIPO Commissioner Kim Yong-rae said intellectual property would become the key path to dominance in digital markets.“We will innovate intellectual property to make our economy more competitive in the digital industry, including AI and data, to lead the digital era,” he said.KIPO will start to improve intellectual property laws and systems to cope with the digital transformation, he said.This year it will begin discussions with related ministries to build a framework for the institutionalization of policies to protect rights to AI-generated content and to revitalize its creation and distribution. In 2022, the office plans to consult with the World Intellectual Property Organization about whether the policy proposals meet global standards, and then push for legislation.Other tasks -- such as those related to data, hologram trademarks and video design -- will go through the legislative process, the office said.The office will push for regulations to prevent the unauthorized use and acquisition of data, and to expand protection for new types of digital trademarks and video designs used online.Measures will be drawn up to prevent the infringement of intelle
Apple buys a company every three to four weeks
       
Here's a visualization of how options are pricing expected moves, followed by some examples of spread strategies, incorporating the expected move. With this credit spread, more has to be risked ($190) than the potential reward ($60). On a credit spread, the defined ‘risk', can be thought of similarly to the ‘cost' one would associate with a long option or a debit spread. Rather than "not bearish" or "not bullish" like the Credit Spread above, this is a trade that ‘sells the move' to both the bulls and the bears – the Iron Condor. Learn / Options AI has a couple of free tools, including an earnings calendar with expected moves, as well as education on expected moves and spread trading.
Robot density 'improves wealth of the nation,' ABB Robotics president says
       
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailRobot density 'improves wealth of the nation,' ABB Robotics president saysSami Atiya, president of ABB Robotics, discusses how an increase in robot density can lead to lower unemployment.
This cute book explains AI to children, without scary Terminators
       
But a new book by Matteo Loglio, cofounder of the product and interaction studio oio , aims to make AI accessible to children. Called Many Intelligences ($22), the cute children’s book for ages six and up—which Loglio both wrote and illustrated—walks through the gradient of human, animal, and robotic intelligence. Animal thinking is often shoehorned as instinctual, while human thinking is championed as something greater. In fact, our inability to understand animal intelligence may often be due to our own methodological shortcomings. Many Intelligences is a proper bedtime story for AI, not another nightmare that will keep your child up at night.
China Wants Your Data — And May Already Have It
       
China Wants Your Data — And May Already Have ItEnlarge this image toggle caption AP APAs COVID cases began to rise a year ago, a Chinese company contacted several U.S. states and offered to set up testing labs. But U.S. national security officials urged the states to reject the offer, citing concerns about how China might use personal data collected on Americans. Biotech companies in China, the U.S. and elsewhere routinely collect DNA data and use it to help guide the development of cutting-edge medicines that can benefit people worldwide. Still, Beijing acknowledges it wants to be a world leader in gathering big data, and using artificial intelligence to sort through it. Alexander said China could cross-reference the data to send a highly personalized phishing email to a person in a key U.S. tech industry that China hopes to exploit.
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Armed and dangerous? Online art project takes aim at militarization of robotics
       
An internet-enabled art installation that launched Wednesday offers a strange proposition: the chance to pilot a $75,000 four-legged robot named Spot that is armed with a paintball gun. The robot may be familiar to people who have seen various viral videos of similar robots from Boston Dynamics that have offered a sometimes startling glimpse at leaps in robotics technology. The Spot project has already drawn a response from Boston Dynamics, the manufacturer of the robot. Just the fact that Boston Dynamics responded to their project made the whole drop worth it, Greenberg said. “The fact that Boston Dynamics tweeted about it and the fact that they’ve released public statements basically means that we did our job right,” he said.
NYPD testing AI-powered robot dog
       
The NYPD has a new police dog in its ranks — and this one doesn't need to eat, sleep, or poop. The department is testing a 70-pound robotic dog that uses "artificial intelligence to navigate its environment," Sgt. "There are cameras and lights mounted on the device which allow the NYPD to view its surroundings in real time." The NYPD wouldn't share the details of the operation but confirmed it was part of an active investigation. The robot dog, made by Boston Dynamics, can climb stairs, search and examine potentially dangerous areas, and carry a small cargo if needed.
Surveillance of Uyghurs Detailed in Chinese Police Database
       
Surveillance cameras are mounted to the exterior of a mosque in the main bazaar in Ürümqi, Xinjiang, on Nov. 6, 2018. For example, documents in the database reference a Chinese government system called the Integrated Joint Operations Platform. Photo: Yomiuri Shimbun via APFrom Checkpoints to Chat Monitoring: Surveillance in Ürümqi The surveillance in Xinjiang was known to be extensive, creating one of the most watched regions in the world. Photo: Ng Han Guan/APThe database also helps quantify how broadly phone surveillance was deployed around Ürümqi. The database also shows increased use of artificial intelligence, coupled with human intelligence, in directing surveillance in recent years.
Incredible footage shows colour footage of 1920s Paris recreated by AI
       
An incredible YouTube video is giving viewers a glimpse into what daily life in 1920s Paris could have looked like. The video caption explains: 'Time travel back to Paris of the roaring 20s, flappers, bobbed hair, cloche hats, and dancing to jazz! Elias Burton Holmes (1870–1958) was an American traveler, photographer and filmmaker, who coined the term 'travelogue'. The 1920s in Paris were often referred to as 'les années folles', which means 'the crazy years'. Clips of the film, called Seeing Paris, were then taken by glamourdaze and then restored with a series of AI techniques.
Industrial 3D-printing firm Markforged to go public in $2.1 billion SPAC deal
       
Watertown-based Markforged, a 3D-printing firm, said on Wednesday that it plans to go public through a $2.1 billion merger with a special purpose acquisition company. It was one of two big SPAC announcements in Massachusetts on Wednesday — warehouse robotics company Berkshire Grey said it would go public in a deal that values it at $2.7 billion. Markforged will merge with a SPAC called “one,” led by tech investor Kevin Hartz, the cofounder and chairman of event management company Eventbrite. Markforged pairs industrial 3D printers with artificial intelligence software, allowing manufacturers and designers to create parts on the spot. Markforged said its technology is used in 10,000 facilities in 70 countries by organizations that include NASA, Toyota, Tesla, and the US Air Force.
Philadelphia airport offers robot food delivery to travelers
       
The gita robots are a temporary addition to Philadelphia International Airport's existing contactless ordering program, which it launched in October in partnership with the AtYourGate delivery service. On Monday, the airport launched a robotic food delivery program using gita robots developed by Piaggio Fast Forward. Each gita robot can hold up to 40 pounds in its cargo bin, where customers’ orders are kept. The gita program started on Monday and will run through April, according to the Philadelphia airport. “We think passengers and employees will be pleasantly surprised to see their AtYourGate delivery being handled by a robot,” O’Connell said.
How AI is paving the way for autonomous cars
       
Behrooz Rezvani, Neural Propulsion Systems, joined Yahoo Finance to discuss how AI is paving the way for Autonomous Vehicles.
Nvidia forecasts sales above estimates as gaming chip sales surge
       
(Reuters) - Nvidia Corp forecast better-than-expected fiscal first-quarter revenue on Wednesday, expecting strong demand for its graphics chips used in gaming PCs and artificial intelligence chips for data centers. The Santa Clara, California-based company’s gaming chips have also regained popularity for mining cryptocurrency, a trend Nvidia is trying to counter by throttling its gaming chips ability to mine for currencies and instead offering specialty chips for mining. The company expects the new mining chips to generate about $50 million revenue in its fiscal first quarter, Kress added. Revenue in the company’s gaming segment was $2.5 billion, above analyst estimates of $2.36 billion, according to data from FactSet. Data center revenue was $1.9 billion, above estimates of $1.84 billion according to FactSet data.
Nvidia forecasts sales above estimates as gaming chip sales surge
       
(Reuters) - Nvidia Corp forecast better-than-expected fiscal first-quarter revenue on Wednesday, expecting strong demand for its graphics chips used in gaming PCs and artificial intelligence chips for data centers. “Throughout our supply chain, stronger demand globally has limited the availability of capacity and components, particularly in gaming,” Kress said. Analysts on average were expecting $4.82 billion, according to IBES data from Refinitiv. Revenue in the company’s gaming segment was $2.5 billion, above analyst estimates of $2.36 billion, according to data from FactSet. Data center revenue was $1.9 billion, above estimates of $1.84 billion according to FactSet data.
Why iRobot Still Considers Itself a Challenger Brand After 30 Years
       
Though the Roomba robot vacuum may be a household name that has been navigating homes for nearly two decades, the company behind it still considers itself a challenger in the home cleaning space.
Britain's GCHQ cyber spies embrace the AI revolution
       
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s cyber spies at the GCHQ eavesdropping agency say they have fully embraced artificial intelligence (AI) to uncover patterns in vast amounts of global data to counter hostile disinformation and snare child abusers. FILE PHOTO: A GCHQ logo on a wall inside Britain's Government Communication Headquarters, in Cheltenham, November 17, 2015. GCHQ, where Turing cracked Germany’s naval Enigma code during World War Two, said advances in computing and the doubling of global data every two years meant it would now fully embrace AI to unmask spies and identify cyber attacks. The world’s biggest spy agencies in the United States, China, Russia and Europe are in a race to embrace the might of the technological revolution to bolster their defensive and offensive capabilities in the cyber realm. Hostile states were using AI tools in an attempt to undermine free societies by spreading disinformation, GCHQ said, so it would use AI to counter such networks.
'Drunk' Roombas? Software update trips up models of robot vacuums
       
Has your Roomba vacuum been acting strange lately? Some i7 and s9 models of the robot vacuums have been experiencing issues due to a recent software update, iRobot said in a statement emailed to USA TODAY. Users on social media and sites like Reddit have complained of issues with their Roombas, including the vacuums behaving erratically. Reddit searches for "3.12.8," the name of the software update causing issues, turn up several posts on the Roomba subreddit claiming the vacuum acts like it's "drunk." "It will bang itself against the same wall 20 times before moving on," reads one Reddit post.
Vice FM calls for multilateral responses to human rights challenges posed by new technologies
       
NATIONALVice Foreign Minister Choi Jong-moon attends a virtual session of the Alliance for Multilateralism, a forum launched in 2019 to reinforce multilateralism, on Thursday(Geneva time), in this photo provided by the foreign ministry. (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)Vice Foreign Minister Choi Jong-moon has called for multilateral cooperation in addressing the challenges of new and emerging technologies to the efforts to protect human rights at a global forum, the foreign ministry said Thursday.Choi made the call at a virtual session of the Alliance for Multilateralism, a forum launched in 2019 to reinforce multilateralism, on Wednesday (Geneva time), as concerns rise that artificial intelligence and other digital technologies could hurt privacy and other rights absent globally established regulations and norms. "Vice Minister Choi said that as there are both positive and negative aspects of digital technologies, close cooperation among concerned parties is crucial to maximize the positive aspect of digital technologies that affects human rights," the ministry said in a press release.Choi also stressed the importance of joint responses to climate change and emerging and future pandemics, as concerns still linger over the waning of multilateralism amid nationalism, anti-globalist sentiment and protectionism.Choi took part in the forum on the sidelines of the virtual high-level segment of the UN Human Rights Council. The forum was attended by representatives of some 30 countries and related international organizations.
U.S. Holds Slim Edge over China in Artificial Intelligence, Former Google Chairman Says
       
The chairman of a special commission on artificial intelligence warned Congress the United States is only one to two years ahead of China in developing artificial intelligence, as Beijing remains “relentlessly focused” on achieving dominance across the broad spectrum of high technologies. While South Korea and Thailand – both allies – and Vietnam have stepped up semi-conductor production, the United States needs to begin “re-shoring” this industry. This was an industry the United States dominated until 20 years ago. “America needs to stay two generation steps ahead of China” in this cornerstone manufacturing sector, Schmidt added. The advantages the United States has in this competition, particularly with China, comes in its innovative private sector and strong university system.
E-scooters embrace AI to cut down on pedestrian collisions
       
The problem has become so severe that countries including Singapore France and Spain have banned e-scooters on pedestrian walkways . During the first phase of the trial, e-scooters fitted with Luna's technology were ridden by Voi employees. Spin,micromobility unit, recently announced it would be adding computer vision and machine learning technology to its next fleet of e-scooters. Cities should make roads safer for e-scooters, deterring riders from using the sidewalk, says the International Transport Forum. Pedestrian collisions often "occur in places where scooter riders do not feel safe on the streets and they go onto the pavements," he says.
Smart home as-a-service company Plume reaches 'unicorn' status
       
The business focuses on the needs of CSPsCalifornia-based Plume has raised $270 million in a Series E funding round that values it at $1.35 billion. The company offers a software-as-a-service platform for communications service providers, which is designed for connected 'smart' homes. Welcome to the clubFor smart home users, Plume HomePass helps optimize WiFi connections, offers parental controls, improves cyber security, and brings together output from IoT devices, including motion sensors. Meanwhile, Plume Haystack and Harvest give CSPs a back-end service to provide support, and gather data. Plume has partnered with more than 170 CSPs to date, placing HomePass in more than 22 million households around the world.
ABB adds two models to its 'cobot' line-up
       
GoFa and SWIFTI hope to take robotics into new environmentsThe revolution in workplace automation is set to gain momentum with the arrival of two new ‘cobots’ from industrial giant ABB. GoFa and SWIFTI will join the family of collaborative robots that already includes multiple variations of YuMi, launched in 2015 as one of the first industrial robots designed to work side-by-side with humans. The new models are expected to play a key role in taking robotics into potentially high growth sectors – including healthcare, consumer goods and food and beverages – where ABB does not yet have a major presence. Cobots are designed to operate in the presence of workers without the need for physical safety measures. “Our experience is that the best performing operations harness people’s skills, alongside the potential of new technologies.”
AIOps firm ScienceLogic raises $105m in Series E
       
“What we're witnessing is a major investment cycle away from legacy monitoring tools and toward AIOps platforms,” says CEO Dave LinkScienceLogic, a provider of AI-driven monitoring solutions for hybrid cloud management, has secured $105 million in growth financing during its Series E funding round. The round was led by Silver Lake Waterman and supported by existing investors including Goldman Sachs, Intel Capital, and NewView Capital. The investment is meant to broaden the company’s position within the $30+ billion IT operations management software market by accelerating AI/ML product development and expanding its engineering teams. AI for ITWith an unprecedented number of companies adopting cloud platforms, the demand for scalable digital services has boomed, and vendors like ScienceLogic are becoming the key beneficiaries of this trend. “What we're witnessing is a major investment cycle away from legacy monitoring tools and toward AIOps platforms.”Funds will be allocated to recruitment and products aimed at cloud-native technologies including microservices and container solutions, AI and machine learning, and hybrid cloud operations that transform digital experiences and enhance security.
Tesla Working on Full Self-Driving Mode, Extending AI Lead
       
Tesla also uses its own AI chips, developed after early experience with NVIDIA chips. As of the fall of 2018, Tesla vehicles equipped with Autopilot hardware had collected a cumulative eight billion miles, according to an account in ZDNet. The development of Tesla’s AI chips was recently described at a Hot Chips conference in a report from analyticsteps. The Tesla system includes two AI chips for better road performance. The chip was developed after 14 months of R&D; Samsung is now manufacturing the processor, which will be installed in new Tesla cars as well as older models.
IBM Reportedly Retreating from Healthcare with Watson
       
The Wall Street Journal last week reported IBM was exploring the sale of Watson Health; IBM did not confirm the report. Ten years ago, when IBM Watson won on the Jeopardy! As reported in AI Trends last February, the day after Watson defeated the two human champions on Jeopardy!, IBM announced Watson was heading into the medical field. IBM made a round of layoffs in the IBM Watson Health unit in 2018, according to another report at the time by IEEE Spectrum in June 2018. While retreating from applying Watson in healthcare, IBM is expanding the role of Watson in its cloud service offerings.
Asimov’s Three Laws Of Robotics And AI Autonomous Cars
       
At this time, the fastest or soonest path to having self-driving cars is the build-it into the vehicle approach. I say this because the law of physics is paramount over any dreamy notions of what an AI driving system can do. This kind of ethical dilemma is often depicted via the infamous Trolley Problem, an aspect that I have vehemently argued is very applicable to self-driving cars and deserves much more rapt attention as the advent of self-driving cars continues. The AI driving systems can be devised with those rules as part of the overarching architecture, but the rules are aspirations, not irrefutable and immutable laws. We need to sort out the reality of how AI driving systems are going to render life-or-death decisions.
SolarWinds Hackers Targeted Cloud Services as a Key Objective
       
By John P. Desmond, AI Trends EditorThe SolarWinds hackers appeared to have targeted cloud services as a key objective, potentially giving them access to many, if not all, of an organization’s cloud-based services. SAML Authentication Method for Cloud Services Seen TargetedCloud-based services use an authentication method called Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML), which issues a token that is “proof” of the identity of a legitimate user to the services. While this type of attack was first seen in 2017, “This is the first major attack with this kind of broad visibility that targets cloud-based authentication mechanisms,” Budd stated. “The SolarWinds attacks and these kinds of SAML-based attacks against cloud services in the future can involve non-Microsoft SAML-providers and cloud service providers,” Budd stated. Because the SolarWinds attack was apparently executed through a software patch, “Ironically, the most exposed SolarWinds customers were the ones that were actually diligent about installing Orion patches,” stated White.
RAND Corp. Finds DoD “Significantly Challenged” in AI Posture
       
By AI Trends StaffIn a recently-released updated evaluation of the posture of the US Department of Defense (DoD) on artificial intelligence, researchers at RAND Corp. found that “despite some positive signs, the DoD’s posture is significantly challenged across all dimensions” of the assessment. (RAND Corp. is a US nonprofit think tank created in 1948 to offer research and analysis to the US Armed Forces.) The RAND researchers decided to remain flexible and not be bound by precise definitions. Considering the implications of AI for DoD strategic decision makers, the researchers concentrated on three elements and how they interact:the technology and capabilities spacethe spectrum of DoD AI applicationsthe investment space and time horizon. The RAND team sees the following challenges for AI at the DoD:Organizationally, the current DoD AI strategy lacks both baselines and metrics for assessing progress.
Cloud observability startup OpsCruise emerges from stealth
       
Cloud observability startup OpsCruise today emerged from stealth and announced it has landed a $5 million round of funding. OpsCruise’s agentless platform supports the embedding and integration of open source and cloud monitoring tools with a range of telemetry data formats. OpsCruise offers zero-touch configuration, automatic discovery, and monitoring of dynamic microservice workloads running inside containers on cloud services. “The OpsCruise platform leverages predictive behavior models for anomaly detection that learn and use at each component level at scale. He believes the cloud observability market could be worth in excess of $17 billion, pointing to data from Dynatrace showing that the addressable segment has surged in the past year.
Gaming, datacenters boost Nvidia’s Q4 revenues to $5 billion
       
Nvidia reported revenues of $5.0 billion for its fourth fiscal quarter ended January 31, up 61% from a year earlier. The revenues and non-GAAP earnings per share of $3.10 beat expectations as new gaming hardware and AI products generated strong demand. Nvidia RTX has started a major upgrade cycle as gamers jump to ray tracing, DLSS and AI,” Huang said. Datacenter revenue was $1.9 billion for the quarter, up 97% from a year earlier, while gaming revenues were $2.5 billion, up 67% from a year ago. “In gaming, Nvidia is taking advantage of more people staying home, gaming, and with a very competitive 300 Series product line.
Band of AI startups launch ‘rebel alliance’ for interoperability
       
More than 20 AI startups have banded together to create the AI Infrastructure Alliance in order to build a software and hardware stack for machine learning and adopt common standards. A spokesperson for the alliance said partner organizations have raised about $200 million in funding from investors. Dan Jeffries, chief tech evangelist at Pachyderm, will serve as director of the alliance. Participants include a number of companies whose founders have experience running systems at scale within Big Tech companies. For example, WhyLabs CEO and cofounder Alessya Visnjic worked on fixing machine learning issues at Amazon, and Jeffries previously worked with machine learning at Red Hat.
Zelros raises $11 million for AI that personalizes insurance plans
       
Insurance tech startup Zelros today announced that it raised $11 million in series A funding led by BGV. Online platform Next Insurance, which targets small business owners with a focus on specific niches, recently raised $250 million. In March 2019, Washington, D.C.-based workers’ compensation insurer Pie Insurance brought in $45 million, just a month after CoverHound nabbed $58 million. And in June 2020, Planck raised $16 million for its AI-powered commercial risk insurance platform. “At Zelros, we focus one hundred percent of our attention on developing res AI-driven technology to improve and advance the insurance industry.
Symbio emerges from stealth with $30 million to automate industrial assembly
       
Emeryville, California-based industrial robotics startup Symbio Robotics today emerged from stealth with $30 million in funding. Symbio, which was founded in 2014, claims its software can help by allowing factory-floor robots to “learn” what to accomplish. Symbio’s software runs on edge computing infrastructure through industrial networks to inform and instruct factory systems to execute assembly tasks. Existing industrial manufacturing robots run proprietary programming languages making them slow and cumbersome. “We’ve seen cars become much more complex and customized in the decades since the onset of industrial automation.
Prophecy.io raises $6.75 million to expand its data engineering platform
       
Enterprise data engineering platform Prophecy.io today announced it has raised $6.75 million from SignalFire and MuleSoft founder Ross Mason at a post-money valuation of $30 million. The Prophecy platform stores organizational, technical, and execution metadata searchable through browsing, graph traversal, and text dashboards. Prophecy allows data engineers to maintain separate environments for tests, integration, and production. In addition, Prophecy propagates column-level tags across data engineering pipelines, ensuring sensitive data is tagged with privacy and security restrictions. “The Prophecy SaaS version will enable even small teams and organizations to be incredibly productive.
Katana Graph raises $28.5 million to handle unstructured data at scale
       
Katana Graph, a startup that helps businesses analyze and manage unstructured data at scale, today announced a $28.5 million series A round led by Intel Capital. The company helps businesses ingest large amounts of data into memory, CEO Pingali told VentureBeat in a phone interview. The UT-Austin research group started working with graph processing and unstructured data two years ago and began by advising DARPA on projects that deal with data at scale. Katana Graph works in Python and compiles data using C++. Today’s round included participation from WRVI Capital, Nepenthe Capital, Dell Technologies Capital, and Redline Capital.
Amazon launches computer vision service to detect defects in manufactured products
       
Amazon today announced the general availability of Amazon Lookout for Vision, a cloud service that analyzes images using computer vision to spot product or process defects and anomalies in manufactured goods. Customers pay by the hour for usage to train the model and detect anomalies or defects using the service. After analyzing the data, Lookout for Vision reports images that differ from the baseline via the service dashboard or a real-time API. Customers using Lookout for Vision include GE Healthcare, Basler, and Sweden-based Dafgards. Dafgards is using the service to automate the inspection of its production lines and detect whether pizzas, hamburgers, quiches have correct toppings.
Game lets you control Boston Dynamics' robot dog and shoot paintballs with it
       
You may have heard of Spot, the robot dog made by robotics company Boston Dynamics. Regardless, capitalism has prevailed and last summer, Boston Dynamics made Spot available for sale at the low, low price of $75,000. Naturally, they attached a paintball gun to their metal pup, plopped him in an art gallery with shootable and climbable objects, and created a game: Spot's Rampage. Attempting to get ahead of the stunt, Boston Dynamics released this statement Friday evening on Twitter. We talked with Boston Dynamics and they HATED this idea.
Legendary duo Daft Punk splits up after 28 years of iconic music
       
After 28 years of releasing iconic dance bangers, legendary music duo Daft Punk are finally calling it quits. But it wasn't until a negative review by music magazine Melody Maker calling their music "a daft punky thrash" that the duo reinvented themselves as Daft Punk. Alongside their music, the duo also made quite the impression on visual pop culture, with their stand-out robot helmets being worn in public almost constantly and becoming synonymous with their identity. As a tribute, here's a list of this author's top five Daft Punk tracks. End of Line (2009)Which Daft Punk track is your favorite?
Game lets you control Boston Dynamics' robot dog and shoot paintballs with it
       
You may have heard of Spot, the robot dog made by robotics company Boston Dynamics. Regardless, capitalism has prevailed and last summer, Boston Dynamics made Spot available for sale at the low, low price of US$75,000. Naturally, they attached a paintball gun to their metal pup, plopped him in an art gallery with shootable and climbable objects, and created a game: Spot's Rampage. Here's how it'll work: Go to the Spot's Rampage website from your phone. Attempting to get ahead of the stunt, Boston Dynamics released this statement Friday evening on Twitter.
Chanel's New Lipscanner Technology Is Proof That Virtual Reality Beauty Testing Is Here to Stay
       
And it's not just beauty retailers seeing growth thanks to AI try-on technology, either. The list of brands with virtual try-on technology or apps is only growing. While we can clearly note that virtual try-on is breaking new ground, it is pivotal to line the technology up against accuracy and precision. "ModiFace found there was a 22 percent drop in conversion rates when virtual products didn't line up or appear correctly on the face." The future is looking colorful for virtual technology.
Continental invests in object recognition start-up
       
FILE PHOTO: Logo of German tyre company Continental is seen before the annual news conference in Hanover, Germany March 2, 2017. REUTERS/Fabian BimmerBERLIN (Reuters) - German automotive parts maker Continental AG said on Tuesday it had acquired a minority stake in German-U.S. start-up Recogni, as it deepens its expertise in autonomous driving technology. The start-up is working on a new chip architecture for object recognition in real time based on artificial intelligence, Continental said, adding that it expects chip architecture rollout production in 2026. Financial details were not disclosed.
NASA Shares First-of-Its-Kind Video of Perseverance Rover's Touchdown on Mars from Multiple Angles
       
For the first time on Monday, NASA shared "what it's like to land on Mars"NASA has shared some never-before-seen footage from Mars! The Perseverance Mars Rover touched down on the red planet on Thursday, and the space agency shared images, video and audio that depict for the first time a spacecraft landing on Mars from multiple angles. "Your front-row seat to my Mars landing is here," the agency wrote on the rover's Twitter account. Image zoom NASA Perseverance Rover | Credit: NASAThe landing also captured the first audio from Mars, including some Martian breeze and sounds of the "robot scientist" landing. Image zoom Credit: NASAAnother feat: helicopter Ingenuity, which aims to explore Mars by air autonomously, is aboard.
Toyota begins construction of smart city near Mount Fuji
       
Toyota Motor Corp. on Tuesday began construction of a smart city at the foot of Mount Fuji in central Japan as a testing ground for new technologies including robotics and artificial intelligence. About 360 people including Toyota employees will initially move to the so-called Woven City to be built at the 70.8-hectare former Toyota factory site in Susono, Shizuoka Prefecture. It will be powered by electricity from fuel cells, which derive power from a hydrogen-oxygen reaction, in addition to solar panels. The automaker has commissioned Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, who designed the 2 World Trade Center in New York City and Google’s headquarters in California, to plan the layout of the city. Toyota said the streets in Woven City will be designated for three type of usage — faster vehicles only, personal transporters and pedestrians, and a pedestrians-only promenade.
The Perfect Nude Lipstick? Chanel’s New App Will Find It For You
       
If you’ve ever had a hard time finding the right shade of nude or the perfect red to match your outfit, Chanel’s new Lipscanner is the app for you. Using the latest AI technology, the French fashion house has launched a new make-up app that matches any colour in the world to the nearest Chanel lipstick. As for being able to try it on during a global pandemic — with stores around the world shut due to Covid-19 restrictions — the app has that covered too, allowing you to try the lipstick on virtually. The new app marks a first for Chanel and is a taster of what’s to come for beauty and cutting-edge technology. Chanel’s Lipscanner is available for iPhones via Apple’s App Store now
Boston Dynamics pleads with people not to attach paintball gun to its robot dog
       
Boston Dynamics’ robot dog Spot has had a paintball gun affixed to it and will be let loose inside a mock art gallery that can be controlled by viewers over the internet. On 24 Feb at 6:00pm, the website Spot’s Rampage will swap control between users on the website every two minutes. INDY/ LIFE Newsletter Be inspired with the latest lifestyle trends every week Please enter your email address Please enter a valid email address Please enter a valid email address SIGN UP Thanks for signing up to the INDY/LIFE newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice INDY/ LIFE Newsletter Be inspired with the latest lifestyle trends every week Thanks for signing up to the INDY/LIFE newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Boston Dynamics apparently suggested to MSCHF that they could use a paintbrush in the art space, rather than a gun, using Spot’s robot arm.
Nasa releases first ever audio recording of Mars taken from Perseverance rover
       
Nasa has released the first ever direct audio recordings of the sounds of Mars. The sounds of the Perseverance rover can also be heard in the recordings, as it fings its place in the Martian soil. Nasa had hoped to capture sound as the rover made its perilous landing on the surface, but said the audio captures was “unusable”. Read our privacy notice INDY/ LIFE Newsletter Be inspired with the latest lifestyle trends every week Thanks for signing up to the INDY/LIFE newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy noticeWhile the new recordings sound similar to how the wind and a robot might on Earth, sound actually behaves differently on Mars.
‘It would not be enjoyable for humanity to see our features’: why Daft Punk put on the robot masks
       
In the final scene of Daft Punk’s 2006 arthouse movie Electroma, a robot refracts sunlight through a broken glass and sets itself ablaze. Daft Punk revisited Electroma this week as the French electro duo released a video announcing their split after 28 years. It would require a heart of metal not to experience a twinge watching Daft Punk bow out. Apparently a robot setting itself on fire is not a metaphor with which Daft Punk wished to engage as they exited the stage. Daft Punk, though, took the conceit to extremes in that they appeared as invested in concealing their identity as they did in the idea of pop stars conjuring with alternative personas.
Daft Punk Break Up After 28 Years With Eight-Minute 'Epilogue' Video
       
DANCE Daft Punk Break Up After 28 Years With Eight-Minute 'Epilogue' VideoBeloved enigmatic French EDM duo Daft Punk call it a day in a new eight-minute video entitled "Epilogue." As Homem-Christo strides with purpose in the video, Bangalter hangs back and eventually stops, with the distance between them growing. Among their most beloved hits are songs such as "Around the World" and "Da Funk," as well as "One More Time," "Robot Rock" and the No. At press time it was unknown if there was any unreleased DP tracks in the vault, so the final released music from the duo could be their 2016 collaboration with The Weeknd on his hit "Starboy" and "I Feel It Coming" from the Canadian singer's Starboy album. Watch the "Epilogue" video below.
Daft Punk future as mysterious as ever
       
There is speculation Thomas Bangalter (left) and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo of Daft Punk will pursue solo music projectsAdvertising Read moreParis (AFP)Have Daft Punk really gone for good? It's hard to break through those robot helmets," said Patrice Bardot, author of "Electrorama," a book on French dance music. From producing Japanese anime to making their own strange cult film, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo have thrown plenty of interesting curve-balls since first taking over dancefloors in the 1990s. The Daft Punk pair have already made a few moves in this direction, with Homem-Christo, 47, doing production work for Charlotte Gainsbourg and Sebastien Tellier. "I don't see either of them becoming a judge on The Voice any time soon," joked Yves Bigot, who co-wrote a book about the duo, "Daft Punk, Incognito".
Daft Punk played its first U.S. show at a campground in Wisconsin. You can watch it on YouTube.
       
And with the duo's “Alive” tour that kicked off at Coachella in 2006, Daft Punk turned live EDM into a senses-obliterating spectacle that transformed the genre into a festival-dominating juggernaut. But about a decade before Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter donned robot suits and jammed from an LED pyramid, they were at the scrappy (and muddy) Even Furthur Festival in Wisconsin. As an oral history of the set published by Spin magazine explains, co-promoter Woody McBride became familiar with Daft Punk when the duo opened for him at the Rex Club in Paris in 1995. Bangalter and de Homem-Christo didn’t don the robot suits. But it left an indelible mark on the people who were there — including Daft Punk.
Video shows NYPD’s new robotic dog in action in the Bronx
       
The NYPD deployed its new robotic dog to a home invasion crime scene in the Bronx on Tuesday morning, new video shows. The NYPD’s robot dog seen on duty in The Bronx on Feb. 23, 2021. Daniel Valls/FNTV freedomnews.tv“This robot is able to use its artificial intelligence to navigate things, very complex environments,” NYPD TARU’s Deepu John added. The robot dog responding at to a home invasion in The Bronx on Feb. 23, 2021. Daniel Valls/FNTV freedomnews.tvThe department also deployed a robotic dog back in October to a Brooklyn shooting, after the gunman holed up in a nearby basement.
Before Daft Punk changed the music festival game, the duo played at a campground in Wisconsin
       
And with the duo's “Alive” tour that kicked off at Coachella in 2006, Daft Punk turned live EDM into a senses-obliterating spectacle that transformed the genre into a festival-dominating juggernaut. But about a decade before Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter donned robot suits and jammed from an LED pyramid, they were at the scrappy (and muddy) Even Furthur Festival in Wisconsin. As an oral history of the set published by Spin magazine explains, co-promoter Woody McBride became familiar with Daft Punk when the duo opened for him at the Rex Club in Paris in 1995. Bangalter and de Homem-Christo didn’t don the robot suits. But it left an indelible mark on the people who were there — including Daft Punk.
Dubai's ENOC harnesses wind and sunlight to power up futuristic service station
       
Dubai's ENOC harnesses wind and sunlight to power up futuristic service stationRight from driving people towards electric cars with incentives like free charging to incorporating AI into public transport, smart mobility is at the heart of Dubai's futuristic ambitions. The city has also become home to the world's largest solar park to power up a sustainable public service infrastructure with clean energy sources. With the world's top notch tech offerings headed towards the Emirati tech hub, Dubai's state-owned energy firm has shed light on a futuristic service station to boost electric mobility and promote renewable energy. The facility by ENOC will be powered by harnessing the sun's energy via 280 solar panels and an additional thrust for its green energy voyage will come from wind power captured through a 25 metre turbine. Motorists will be guided in the direction of the futuristic establishment, equipped with electric charging points, through surface lighting.
UPDATE 1-Top U.S. Senate Democrat directs lawmakers to craft bill to counter China
       
This year's package would target investment in U.S.manufacturing, science and technology, supply chains andsemiconductors, Schumer said, adding he intends to have a billon the Senate floor by "this spring". "I want this bill to address America's short-term andlong-term plan to protect our semiconductor supply chain andkeep us No. 1 in AI (artificial intelligence), 5G (nextgeneration communications network), quantum computing,biomedical research, storage, all of these things are part ofthe bill," Schumer said. The legislative drive comes as Republican China hawks havestepped up pressure on Democratic President Joe Biden to stickto his Republican predecessor Donald Trump's hardline policieson Beijing. The Biden administration has said it is conducting a reviewof China programs and promised a tough but more multilateralapproach to Beijing.
Top U.S. Senate Democrat directs lawmakers to craft bill to counter China
       
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) speaks to reporters in The Senate Reception Room during the second day of Trump's second impeachment trial in Washington, U.S., February 10, 2021. This year’s package would target investment in U.S. manufacturing, science and technology, supply chains and semiconductors, Schumer said, adding he intends to have a bill on the Senate floor by “this spring”. “I want this bill to address America’s short-term and long-term plan to protect our semiconductor supply chain and keep us No. 1 in AI (artificial intelligence), 5G (next generation communications network), quantum computing, biomedical research, storage, all of these things are part of the bill,” Schumer said. A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers plans to meet with Biden at the White House on Wednesday to discuss supply chain issues, including semiconductor chips, Reuters reported.
'Next-gen' USPS vehicles can use gas or electric motors
       
With this in mind, we’ve used the TipRanks database to lock in on two transportation-related stocks that are deeply involved in AI technology. Cerence, Inc. (CRNC) Cerence develops AI tech as the brain behind an autonomous vehicle system. Cerence can boast that it has installed its AI-powered voice systems in over 325 million vehicles which are already on the road. The volume of data is tremendous; AI is necessary for the systems to sort out the relevant vehicles. MasterCard is talking to multiple quick serve restaurants to deploy Rekor technology to improve the customer experience (by using license plate information to accelerate customer transactions).
How Google's hot air balloon surprised its creators
       
They had spent many months honing an algorithm designed to steer an unmanned hot air balloon all the way from Puerto Rico to Peru. The balloon, controlled by its machine mind, kept veering off course. Salvatore Candido of Google's now-defunct Project Loon venture, which aimed to bring internet access to remote areas via the balloons, couldn't explain the craft’s trajectory. The fact they had done this, unprompted, surprised everyone, not least the researchers working on the project. This is just the sort of thing that can happen when AI is left to its own devices.
Xilinx launches Smart World for faster AI-based video analytics
       
New software platform promises quick, cheap inference – as long as you own FPGAsProgrammable chip designer Xilinx has launched a set of tools and services for AI-based video analytics, collected under the Smart World banner. At the core of the new offering is the Xilinx Video Machine-learning Streaming Server (VMSS), which enables use cases including facial recognition, virtual fencing, crowd statistics, traffic monitoring, and object detection. When combined with Xilinx Alveo FPGA cards, the Smart World platform promises lower latency and lower TCO in video-based inferencing workloads than a comparable GPU-based setup. The Smart World platform is designed to be deployed at the edge of the network or in small regional data centers, to enable near-instant inferencing. It includes a selection of containerized apps for specific use cases that already include anti-money laundering, live video transcoding, and the new Smart World AI-based services.
EU security agencies warn AI in autonomous vehicles "highly vulnerable to a wide range of attacks"
       
Autonomous vehicles may reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by human drivers, but they also open up an entirely new avenues for cyber attacks, the EU has warned. The report noted that while AI developers, vehicle manufacturers, and components suppliers all need to do more, so does the government. “When an insecure autonomous vehicle crosses the border of an EU Member State, so do its vulnerabilities," Juhan Lepassaar, executive director at the EU Agency for Cybersecurity, said. Stephen Quest, director-general at JRC, added: “It is important that European regulations ensure that the benefits of autonomous driving will not be counterbalanced by safety risks. "To support decision-making at EU level, our report aims to increase the understanding of the AI techniques used for autonomous driving as well as the cybersecurity risks connected to them, so that measures can be taken to ensure AI security in autonomous driving.”
Robotic harvest companion 'Carry' wants to help farmers boost efficiency
       
Future Acres claims the machine pays for itself in just 80 daysCalifornia-based Future Acres has emerged from stealth with the announcement of Carry, an autonomous, electric harvesting companion, which helps farmers gather hand-picked crops faster, more efficiently, and with less physical strain. Carry is able to transport up to 500 pounds of crops on all terrain and in all kinds of weather. At the same time, farmers are tasked with producing more food than ever before to meet growing global population demands. Lightening the loadAccording to Future Acres, Carry can help farmers boost production efficiency by up to 30%, and one unit operating on a field farm could result in up to $13,500 in efficiency gain per person. “The agricultural industry is facing a seemingly never-ending list of challenges on a financial, worker and sustainability level,” said Suma Reddy, CEO of Future Acres.
AI researchers detail obstacles to data sharing in Africa
       
AI researchers say data sharing is a key part of economic growth in Africa but that it faces a number of common obstacles, including the threat of data colonialism. The African data market is expected to grow steadily in the coming years, and the African Data Centre trade organization predicts the African data market will need hundreds of new datacenters to meet demand in the coming decade. In a paper titled “Narratives and Counternarratives on Data Sharing in Africa,” the research team lays out structural problems including but limited to financial or infrastructure problems. “As machine learning and data science move to focus on the Global South and especially the African continent, the need to understand what challenges exist in data sharing, and how we can improve data practices become more pressing.”Power plays a major role in data sharing in Africa. The coauthors add that power imbalance is also a factor in relationships between project managers and data analysts; data analysts and data collectors; and data collectors and research participants.
PerimeterX raises $57 million to fight bots and web app attacks
       
PerimeterX, a cybersecurity startup developing a platform to protect apps from malicious actors, today announced it has raised $57 million in growth capital, bringing its total raised to $144 million. The suite leverages a range of capabilities, including behavioral fingerprints, predictive analytics, and machine learning models to differentiate real users from automated attacks. [It] also uses advanced machine learning algorithms and models to process this data and ensure legitimacy, safety and fluidity of all web and app traffic. AllianceBernstein led the round announced today and was joined by new investors Stereo Capital, JS Capital, and Golden Arc Capital. There’s also Tessian, which uses machine learning to secure enterprise mail, and Valimail, which nabbed $45 million last year to thwart email phishing attacks.
Proposed framework could reduce energy consumption of federated learning
       
The impact could worsen with the emergence of machine learning in distributed and federated learning settings, where billions of devices are expected to train machine learning models on a regular basis. The effects of AI and machine learning model training on the environment are increasingly coming to light. In machine learning, federated learning entails training algorithms across client devices that hold data samples without exchanging those samples. Across several experiments, the researchers compared the performance of their framework with benchmark conventional federated learning settings. They hope it serves as a first step toward sustainable federated learning techniques and opens up research directions in building large-scale machine learning training systems with minimal environmental footprints.
FundGuard raises $12 million to help manage assets with AI
       
FundGuard, an AI-powered software-as-a-service investment management platform, today announced that it closed a $12 million funding round. AI is increasingly being used to manage assets toward the goal of maximizing returns on investments. For its part, FundGuard offers a cloud-based investment funds solution powered by AI. FundGuard can apply AI to automatically identify and resolve data mismatches and breaks for things like positions, general ledger, and trades. Using FundGuard, managers can add layers of oversight for more detailed reviews of cash, corporate actions, and holdings movements, with day-to-day change summaries.
Enterprises customize Clinc’s conversational AI to connect with their customers
       
Conversational AI platform company Clinc has experienced significant product pivots since it was founded by a group of University of Michigan computer scientists in 2015. Now the company is carving out a niche within the financial services market, where its customizable conversational AI platform streamlines customer queries and collects related data for enterprises. Its personalized conversational AI uses one model for multiple channels, helping enterprises like banks answer customer questions and understand customer data in less time. Enterprise IT teams either prototype the AI solution themselves or ask Clinc to do so based on their specifications. Clinc also launched Finie with U.S. Bank last July and is looking to grow with non-U.S. banks in Turkey and Singapore.
ScienceLogic raises $105 million to grow its AIOps platform
       
ScienceLogic, a startup developing an AIOps and IT infrastructure monitoring platform, today announced that it raised $105 million. In lieu of access to infrastructure, AIOps solutions could help prevent major outages, the cost of which a study from Aberdeen Research pegged at $260,000 per hour. For example, ScienceLogic can automatically extract, populate, and synchronize information with an asset management solution, whether ScienceLogic’s own tool or a third-party product like ServiceNow. Kellogg’s previous monitoring solution would have cost $10 million and required 10 technicians to scale to all of the company’s locations around the world. Carbon Relay nabbed $63 million last February to further develop its AI-powered monitoring platform.
Google fires yet another AI ethics lead and we've gotta ask: What's going on over there?
       
Mitchell's unceremonious canning follows on the heels of Google firing the prominent AI ethicist Dr. Timnit Gebru in December. "I'm fired," wrote Mitchell in her short statement. We reached out to Google to confirm that Mitchell was indeed fired on Friday, and to ask why she was fired. I am concerned about @timnitGebru 's firing from Google and its relationship to sexism and discrimination. Google confirmed Mitchell's firing in a statement to TechCrunch.
'Partnership with Naver might work on raising Mirae Asset's stock price'
       
Local brokerage Mirae Asset Daewoo could see a boost in stock price in a partnership with Naver which runs fintech and artificial intelligence businesses, a report said on Monday.Mirae Asset Daewoo has been maintaining a partnership with the online platform company since it created a fund with the internet firm in December 2016.In line with the partnership, the two companies made an investment of 500 billion won ($451.4 million), respectively, to buy each other’s shares and run joint projects to accelerate digital transition in the financial sector.The stock broker currently holds 1.71 percent of Naver while Naver owns a 7.11 percent stake in the stock trading firm.“In 2021, Mirae Asset Daewoo may see its own investments achieve meaningful results while the collaborative works with Naver, including those for data-driven financial services, will help boost its stock price,” said Kim Ji-young, an analyst from stock brokerage firm Kyobo Securities.They together rolled out financial services, including savings accounts, and made joint investments to nurture startups in emerging sectors.In addition to the joint investment with Naver, Mirae Asset Daewoo is estimated to have spent 100 billion won for investment with its own capital so far. Its stock came in at 9,900 won as of 1:30 p.m. on Monday, up 0.41 percent.By Kim Young-won ( wone0102@heraldcorp.com
'Partnership with Naver might work on raising Mirae Asset's stock price'
       
FINANCEMirae Asset Daewoo's headquarters in Seoul (Mirae Asset Daewoo)Local brokerage Mirae Asset Daewoo could see a boost in stock price in a partnership with Naver which runs fintech and artificial intelligence businesses, a report said on Monday.Mirae Asset Daewoo has been maintaining a partnership with the online platform company since it created a fund with the internet firm in December 2016.In line with the partnership, the two companies made an investment of 500 billion won ($451.4 million), respectively, to buy each other’s shares and run joint projects to accelerate digital transition in the financial sector.The stock broker currently holds 1.71 percent of Naver while Naver owns a 7.11 percent stake in the stock trading firm.“In 2021, Mirae Asset Daewoo may see its own investments achieve meaningful results while the collaborative works with Naver, including those for data-driven financial services, will help boost its stock price,” said Kim Ji-young, an analyst from stock brokerage firm Kyobo Securities.They together rolled out financial services, including savings accounts, and made joint investments to nurture startups in emerging sectors.In addition to the joint investment with Naver, Mirae Asset Daewoo is estimated to have spent 100 billion won for investment with its own capital so far. Its stock came in at 9,900 won as of 1:30 p.m. on Monday, up 0.41 percent.By Kim Young-won ( wone0102@heraldcorp.com
Alibaba and Pinduoduo join fight against looming China food crisis
       
Xi Jinping’s government has long made self-sufficiency in food a “top state issue” as it seeks to avert a looming food crisis. Now, some of the country’s largest private companies have joined in with state efforts to help growers boost production, improve food quality and lower prices. Out west, scientists in Yunnan are teaming up with Pinduoduo Inc. to use artificial intelligence to automate strawberry planting. JD has said its smart farm projects are at least 50% funded by government subsidies. The owner of Fuxin Farm in Fujian province has equipped 1,000 of his chickens with Apple Watch-style bracelets supplied by Alibaba.
Erdogan tells Rouhani he sees window of opportunity for Iran, U.S. on sanctions
       
Out west, scientists in Yunnan are teaming up with Pinduoduo Inc. to use artificial intelligence to automate strawberry planting.“Agriculture is a critical area supported by the Chinese government,” said Liu Yue, an analyst with market research firm EqualOcean. Breeding and cultivation sciences were also listed as one of Beijing’s top tech priorities for the next five years, alongside AI, quantum computing and computer chips. The owner of Fuxin Farm in Fujian province has equipped 1,000 of his chickens with Apple Watch-style bracelets supplied by Alibaba. But the twin drivers of surging demand for online produce and Beijing’s push for self-sufficiency in food supplies means the tech behemoths’ forays into modernizing China’s farms have only just begun.“Smart agriculture is really the way to move forward,” said Lei, the chicken farmer. “We all have to innovate.”(Updates with competition in online groceries in seventh paragraph)For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.
Daft Punk have split up, publicist confirms
       
The eight-minute clip features the duo -- Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo -- who for many years have concealed their features behind a robot concept, walking around the desert, wearing in their familiar space helmets and leather jackets. After a few moments, one of the members looks at the other, removes his jacket and reveals an energy pack on the back. The other touches a button on the pack. The first member walks away quickly, and then explodes.
French dance music superstars Daft Punk split: publicist
       
Their 2013 single "Get Lucky" won them two GrammysAdvertising Read moreParis (AFP)French electronic music stars Daft Punk have split up, their publicist confirmed on Monday, ending one of the era's defining dancefloor acts. The duo released a video titled "Epilogue" in which one of the robot duo is blown up in the desert, followed by a cutaway reading "1993-2021". Their publicist, Kathryn Frazier, confirmed the news to AFP by email. Daft Punk -- real names Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo -- launched themselves on to the world with the album "Homework" in 1997 and quickly established an iconic look with their ever-present robot helmets. Their 2013 single "Get Lucky" featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers was their biggest hit of all, selling millions of copies around the world and winning them two Grammys, which came with two more for the album "Random Access Memories".
Daft Punk split: Fans ‘heartbroken’ over break-up of French duo after 28 years
       
Daft Punk fans are devastated over the news that the Parisian electronic music duo have called it quits after almost three decades. Many fans have flocked to Twitter to express their sadness at the news, with one person writing: “Daft Punk have created some of the most iconic songs and albums of all time. Read our privacy notice Independent Culture Newsletter The best in film, music TV & radio straight to your inbox every week Thanks for signing up to the Independent Culture newsletter {{#verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} {{^verifyErrors}} {{message}} {{/verifyErrors}} I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy noticeDJ and Bestival co-founder Rob Da Bank wrote: “Just when we thought the news was gonna get better Daft Punk split up.”Formed by Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Baltanger in 1993, Daft Punk helped pioneer the French house movement of the Nineties. With the release of their 2001 follow-up, Discovery, the duo began wearing their now-iconic robot outfits in public and in press appearances.
The Station: The lidar SPAC craze and 10 investors give their mobility predictions
       
Some started to market their sensors to other industries and others touted the perception software that accompanied the lidar. Aeye is the sixth lidar company to announce a SPAC since last summer. Which lidar company will be next? Investors included BMW i Ventures, Toyota AI Ventures, and existing investors, along with Robert Bosch Venture Capital and Continental. Envoy, a Goodyear Ventures portfolio company, is capitalizing on these opportunities through its shared mobility EV platform.
Elon Musk mentions Tesla supercomputer in cryptic Dogecoin tweet
       
A three-word Twitter post about Dogecoin from Elon Musk has sparked speculation about whether Tesla’s experimental supercomputer could help the meme-inspired cryptocurrency. Crypto enthusiasts on Reddit’s Dogecoin-focused forum started connecting the dots after Musk’s cryptic Sunday afternoon tweet, which simply said, “Dojo 4 Doge.”Redditors suggested that he was referring to the powerful “Dojo” computer Tesla is building to train its artificial intelligence networks. But it nevertheless caused a brief spike in Dogecoin on Sunday before the price tanked Monday morning. “Dojo is the key to making dogecoin the people’s coin.”Elon Musk Bloomberg via Getty ImagesThe post was the latest example of Musk’s ability to move Dogecoin. “It was fun,” Musk said in a pair of Saturday tweets, adding that he’d bought the mining rigs on eBay.
Pranksters show how horrifying Boston Dynamics’ police robot dog is by strapping a paintball gun to it
       
The internet will get a chance to remotely control one of Boston Dynamics’ $75,000 “Spot” robots this week thanks to a mysterious startup company. Not only that, the robot will even come equipped with a paintball gun for added mayhem. Featured Video HideShare this article
How to get an online personal trainer for virtual, one-on-one workouts
       
NY Post may receive revenue from affiliate and advertising partnerships for sharing this content and/or when you make a purchase. On the other hand, you may still be struggling to find the perfect situation (and want to lose a few pounds of your quarantine weight). If you had a personal trainer pre-COVID, you probably haven’t had a workout session with them in a long time. Unlike other popular at-home workouts like spinning or running on a treadmill, the Tempo allows you to work almost all of your muscles and burn calories, too. Top-notch AI gives real-time guidance and motivation — providing the safest, most efficient workouts while you exercise in the comfort of your own home.
French dance music duo Daft Punk split after 28 years
       
File photo taken in January 2014 of recording artists Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo (L) and Thomas Bangalter of Daft Punk at the 56th Grammy Awards, LA, USA. Electronic music stars Daft Punk have split up, their publicist confirmed on Monday, ending one of the era's defining dancefloor acts. The reclusive pair -- real names Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo -- shunned publicity and were almost never spotted without their iconic robot helmets. Early singles "Da Funk" and "Around the World" quickly became club fixtures, and led to massive success for their debut album "Homework" in 1997. One review in the British music press dismissed the band as "daft punky thrash" -- giving them their new moniker.
Chanel's New Lipscanner Technology Is Proof That Virtual Reality Beauty Testing Is Here to Stay
       
And it's not just beauty retailers seeing growth thanks to AI try-on technology, either. The list of brands with virtual try-on technology or apps is only growing. Whilst we can clearly note that virtual try-on is breaking new ground, it is pivotal to line the technology up against accuracy and precision. "ModiFace found there was a 22 percent drop in conversion rates when virtual products didn't line up or appear correctly on the face." The future is looking colourful for virtual technology.
Watch the first ever video of NASA landing a rover on Mars
       
An image from the video taken by multiple cameras as NASA's Perseverance rover landed on Mars on Feb. 18, 2021. NASA on Monday released first-of-its-kind video of a spacecraft landing on another planet, as multiple cameras captured its Perseverance rover touching down on the surface of Mars. The Perseverance rover was built by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California and is the most technologically advanced robot ever sent to Mars. NASA spent about $2.4 billion to build and launch the Perseverance mission, with another $300 million in costs for landing and operating the rover on the Mars surface. Perseverance is also carrying a small helicopter named Ingenuity, which NASA plans to use to attempt the first flight on another planet.
Daft Punk Call It Quits With Retirement Announcement
       
French electronic music duo Daft Punk have called it quits after nearly 30 years. Formed in 1993, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo have long hidden their identities behind robot helmets while performing. The first member walks away and then explodes before the shot cuts to a sunset and Daft Punk’s “Touch” plays. By 2001, Daft Punk had donned their signature robot helmets, releasing more electronic dance, hits including “One More Time” and “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger”. Daft Punk’s last album was 2013’s Random Access Memories, which featured the hit track “Get Lucky” and won a Grammy for Best Album in 2014.
Video shows Perseverance rover's dramatic Mars landing
       
But first Perseverance needs to find the right place to put this aircraft down to conduct its experiments. Mission planners said on Friday it would be a few weeks yet before the robot reached this chosen location, meaning it's probably going to be April before Ingenuity, as the little chopper is known, takes to the skies.
Boston Dynamics’ Spot robot to be used in controversial paintball art project
       
A street-art company in New York called MSCHF (pronounced “mischief”) has purchased one of the four-legged $75,000 robots and mounted a paintball gun on its back. On Wednesday, MSCHF said, it will hold an online event called “Spot’s Rampage,” which will put the armed robot inside an art gallery. Boston Dynamics’ famed Spot robot is generating some controversy online, and there’s nothing the Waltham-based company can do to stop it. “We condemn the portrayal of our technology in any way that promotes violence, harm or intimidation,” the Waltham-based company said in a statement issued on Twitter. “We talked with Boston Dynamics and they HATED this idea,” the company wrote on its website.
Flashback: Daft Punk Bring the Pyramid to Lollapalooza
       
Of their nearly 30 years together, Daft Punk probably only spent a small fraction of that time on the road. Daft Punk, donning their signature robot outfits and spinning their euphoric hits, set up inside a 24-foot-tall aluminum pyramid covered with screens and dazzling LED lights. The duo debuted this show at an instantly legendary set at Coachella 2006, then brought it to festivals and arenas around the globe. (Some more polished footage of the Coachella show appeared in the 2015 documentary Daft Punk Unchained, while the tour also produced a live album, Alive 2007.) “We like the idea of trying to be pioneers, but the problem with that is when you’re too much ahead, the connection doesn’t really happen at the time,” Thomas Bangalter, one half of Daft Punk, told Pitchfork in 2013.
YouTube's Super Sema: Watch the opening credits
       
EW has an exclusive preview of Super Sema, which is produced in Kenya. YouTube Originals just announced its groundbreaking new series, Super Sema, and EW has the exclusive first look at the show's very catchy opening credits. As a show, Super Sema packs a unique punch with its Black superhero main character. Sema uses her science-fueled super powers, alongside some help from her brother, to protect her village from a heartless robot villain. The first season of Super Sema will consist of 20 5-minute episodes.
Boston Dynamics’ Robot Dog Is Now Armed—in the Name of Art
       
In Spot's Rampage, the robot roams an art gallery with a paintball gun. The project, called Spot’s Rampage, is the work of MSCHF (pronounced “mischief,” of course), an internet collective that regularly carries out meme-worthy pranks. Because the robot periodically checks in with Boston Dynamics servers, it would theoretically be possible to disable the Spot that MSCHF is using. Boston Dynamics has spent decades developing robots that balance dynamically—that is by constantly moving—in order to traverse difficult terrain. The company began selling Spot for $74,500 in 2019.
You Only Have 24 Hours to Buy This Shark Robot Vacuum for $150
       
What's more: You can operate it remotely. Wi-Fi-enabling allows the robot to be controlled from anywhere with the SharkClean app, or it can be connected to Amazon Alexa or a Google Assistant to use by voice control. Once activated, the robot vacuum cleans for up to two hours before needing to be charged again. Plus, the robot is plenty smart, built with sensors that prevent it from falling off ledges or down a flight of stairs, and it's even able to maneuver around situations where it could potentially get stuck. And it's slim enough to squeeze itself into those tight, hard-to-get-to areas — under the couch and bed, for instance — for a bonafide deep clean.
NASA unveils dramatic video, photos showing spacecraft descending onto Mars
       
NASA released dramatic video Monday that shows the Perseverance rover descending 7 miles to the surface of Mars as the spacecraft's engines kick up the red Martian dust just before landing. Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters, called the videos "mandatory viewing" for young people interested in science. The first images from Mastcam-Z show the rolling, rocky surface of Mars as well as portions of the car-sized Perseverance rover. The 2,263-pound robot is the largest, heaviest and most sophisticated rover NASA has sent to the Red Planet. What is the cost of the mission: $2.4 billion to build and launch and $300 million to land and operate the prime science mission.
This robot dog is changing the way buildings are designed, constructed, and used
       
One of architecture’s newest and unlikeliest tools can now be found clomping through the dusty concrete floors of a half-built building. Just four legs and a torso, it could transform the way buildings get made. The tool is the dog-like robot called Spot, which was created by Boston Dynamics and is now being used by the London-based global architecture firm Foster + Partners to scan and analyze buildings that are under construction. The robot can be used to monitor completed and occupied buildings, performing regular scans to understand how spaces are being used. But though there could come a time when a robot dog roving through a building is as innocuous as an escalator, for now it’s still a curiosity.
Is Chanel’s New Lipscanner App the Future of Beauty?
       
If you’ve ever had a hard time finding the right shade of nude or the perfect red to match your outfit, Chanel’s new Lipscanner is the app for you. Using the latest AI technology, the brand’s newly launched makeup app matches any color in the world to the nearest Chanel lipstick. With stores around the world shut due to COVID-19 restrictions, the app allows you to virtually try the lipstick on too. A collaboration between the Chanel Makeup Creation Studio and CX Lab, Lipscanner is an exciting example of what technology can do when used in the pursuit of beauty. Chanel’s Lipscanner is now available for iPhones via Apple’s App Store
Can bookstores compete with iPads and Kindles in a post-pandemic world?
       
What started nine years ago as a quiet haven for book lovers has over the years, steadfastly earned its patronage. At Kitab Khana, our book-loving patrons sent us ‘missing you’ notes during the lockdown and started to encourage us once we opened for delivery, in June. Our regulars sent in orders every week, while others got in touch with us for book recommendations to help them sail through the early months of the lockdown. Tome raiderOn hindsight, better sense prevailed when we realised early on that though e-commerce sites offer better prices, they don’t offer book recommendations. In the end, till the time AI cannot efficiently predict human emotions, bookstores will continue to thrive, albeit differently.
Google to evaluate executives on diversity and inclusion
       
Alphabet Inc's Google will evaluate the performance of its vice presidents and above on team diversity and inclusion starting this year, the company said on Friday in one of several responses to concerns about its treatment of a Black scientist. Timnit Gebru, co-leader of Google's ethical artificial intelligence research team, said in December that Google abruptly fired her after she criticized its diversity efforts and threatened to resign. MCDONALD'S SUED BY BLACK FRANCHISEE FOR DISCRIMINATION, CLAIMS HE WAS SHUT OUT OF AFFLUENT LOCATIONSAlphabet and Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai ordered a review of the situation. While Google declined to share specific findings, the company announced on Friday it will engage human resources specialists during sensitive employee departures. GOOGLE CEO APOLOGIZES AFTER AI RESEARCHER'S DISMISSAL, IS SORRY IT 'SEEDED DOUBTS'Alphabet for years had rejected proposals from shareholders and employees to set diversity goals and tie executive pay to them.
Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick lies in honor at the Capitol; Biden pays respects
       
Out west, scientists in Yunnan are teaming up with Pinduoduo Inc. to use artificial intelligence to automate strawberry planting.“Agriculture is a critical area supported by the Chinese government,” said Liu Yue, an analyst with market research firm EqualOcean. Breeding and cultivation sciences were also listed as one of Beijing’s top tech priorities for the next five years, alongside AI, quantum computing and computer chips. The owner of Fuxin Farm in Fujian province has equipped 1,000 of his chickens with Apple Watch-style bracelets supplied by Alibaba. But the twin drivers of surging demand for online produce and Beijing’s push for self-sufficiency in food supplies means the tech behemoths’ forays into modernizing China’s farms have only just begun.“Smart agriculture is really the way to move forward,” said Lei, the chicken farmer. “We all have to innovate.”(Updates with more details from farmer in 13th paragraph)For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.
AI and Linux to fly on Mars, as robot helicopter emerges from Perseverance
       
Ingenuity will be man’s first object to fly on MarsNASA plans to fly a helicopter on Mars that will run on Linux and use artificial intelligence to navigate. The Ingenuity helicopter will be the first aircraft to fly on Mars, should everything go to plan. At some point in the future, Perseverance will deposit Ingenuity, drive a little way off, and watch it fly. When and if it does take flight, Ingenuity will also be the first object to take Linux into the Martian skies. “So, you can get the software framework that’s flying on the Mars helicopter, and use it on your own project.”
How Close Are Computers to Automating Mathematical Reasoning?
       
Automated theorem provers, or ATPs, typically use brute-force methods to crunch through big calculations. But these two strategies, even when combined (as is the case with newer theorem provers), don’t add up to automated reasoning. For one thing, “computer proofs may not be as alien as we think,” DeDeo said. His group has built theorem provers guided by machine learning tools, which allow computers to learn on their own through experience. Szegedy at Google Research sees the challenge of automating reasoning in computer proofs as a subset of a much bigger field: natural language processing, which involves pattern recognition in the usage of words and sentences.
Researchers propose bias fix for GPT-3 and other language models
       
Large AI natural language models like OpenAI’s GPT-3 can perform few-shot learning without fine-tuning. But despite the promise of few-shot learning, new research finds that the accuracy of language models — particularly GPT-3 — can be “highly unstable” absent calibration. Interestingly, adding more training examples into the training examples didn’t necessarily reduce the variance in accuracy, with some training examples even hurting accuracy. The researchers say they identified three pitfalls that lead language models like GPT-3 to be biased toward certain answers: majority label bias, recency bias, and common token bias. “Through a detailed analysis, we identify that this volatility arises from biases in language models, e.g., their tendency to output recent or common tokens,” the coauthors wrote in a paper describing their work.
EU report warns that AI makes autonomous vehicles ‘highly vulnerable’ to attack
       
The report focuses on cybersecurity attacks with adversarial machine learning that carries the risk of malicious attacks undetectable to humans. “This is especially true for AI systems that are usually designed by computer scientists and further implemented and integrated by engineers. In the past few years, a number of studies have shown that physical perturbations can fool autonomous vehicle systems with little effort. In other autonomous vehicle news, last week Waymo began testing robo-taxis in San Francisco. But an MIT task force concluded last year that autonomous vehicles could be at least another decade away.
Google’s Voice AI accelerator launches 12 startups
       
Google today announced the first cohort in its Google for Startups Accelerator: Voice AI, a 10-week program designed to pair startups with experts to help tackle product development, machine learning, and other technical challenges. The 12 companies selected will gain access to resources across Google’s programs and products, Google says, as well as to its people and technology. Powow AI, a software-as-a-service platform that uses AI to transcribe and analyze meetings. Tinychef, a voice-first “Culinary AI” platform that helps users in the kitchen with grocery planning, grocery shopping, and cooking their meals through interactive experiences on smart speakers. Voice AI, which is in many ways Google’s answer to Amazon’s Alexa Accelerator and $200 million Alexa Fund, kicks off on March 15.
Disrupting tech hiring: How AI connects companies to talent
       
AI and big data technology are spearheading the latest stage of evolution in recruitment technology. Before AI recruitment software, finding top talent on GitHub wasn’t as straight and simple. These include AI software that ranks candidates based on facial features or word choice in resumes. One Hiretual user explained that the analytics in AI hiring software are often underutilized as a key driver in successful diversity hiring campaigns. With thorough resource vetting, careful AI automation — and not allowing AI to subjectively judge candidates — employers will be able to successfully expand their talent pool for diverse tech talent using AI technology.
LIG Nex1 heads to IDEX 2021, knocks on Middle East market
       
A rendering of LIG Nex1’s booth in IDEX 2021, where the company will showcase its medium-range surface-to-air M-SAM II missile, anti-tank guided missile Raybolt, wearable robot Lexo, unmanned surface vehicle Sea Sword and multipurpose, compact drone systems. (LIG Nex1)LIG Nex1 said Sunday it is participating in the International Defense Exhibition and Conference 2021 to showcase its next-generation defense technologies. “We look forward to introducing LIG Nex1‘s defense solutions optimized for modern battlefields through IDEX 2021,” said LIG Nex1 CEO Kim Ji-chan. Launched in 1993, IDEX is one of the largest defense exhibitions in the Middle East and Africa region that brings together about 1,100 defense companies from all around the world. This year, 18 South Korean defense firms are participating.
Now that science fiction is reality, it’s time for new laws of robotics
       
In the 1942 short story “Runaround,” the science fiction writer Isaac Asimov delineated three laws for smart machines. Asimov’s laws became a starting point for discussions of the ethics of AI law and policy in everything from movie dialogue to academic papers. At present, AI and robotics most often enhance, rather than replace, human labor, empowering people rather than rendering them redundant. With those ends in mind, here are four new laws of robotics. And the new laws of robotics can guide us on this journey.
Israeli firm develops AI tool for remote surveillance of blood vessels during dialysis
       
Israeli firm develops AI tool for remote surveillance of blood vessels during dialysisIsrael has been known for its prominence in introducing innovative tech in healthcare for decades, and has retained its reputation with a successful vaccination campaign. In view of a rising demand for contactless service and telemedicine during times of social distancing, Israeli firms seem to be scaling up development of remote health monitoring solutions. The latest offering for socially distanced treatment comes from PatenSee, which has launched an AI-driven system for contactless monitoring of blood vessels during dialysis. Patients undergoing hemodialysis for cleaning up blood need to be checked for blood vessels which tend to get narrower over time, and can reduce blood flow. Going beyond quality of care, the contactless service also provides a scope for saving millions spent on tests for checking up on blood vessels during an ongoing dialysis.
Emirati firms join Canada's Laipac to create world's first AI-based antigen test
       
Emirati firms join Canada's Laipac to create world's first AI-based antigen testDigital apps and devices deployed to detect, trace and block transmission of covid have helped reduce the impact of the pandemic in several parts of the world. Detection of covid symptoms in the UAE has been enhanced via constant innovation including laser scanners at highway checkpoints. Now two firms for the country have joined Canadian tech innovator Laipac to create the world's first antigen test, which is powered by AI and delivers quick results. Emirati firms Pure Health and YAS Pharma have joined the global player Laipac for this game changer, which will also be integrated with public service, IT and travel apps in the future. The Island kingdom of Bahrain in the gulf has also become of of world's first countries to launch vaccine passports for verifying immunity.
AI isn’t yet ready to pass for human on video calls
       
Today, AI avatars — i.e., AI rendered with a digital body and/or face — lack the sex appeal of Michael B. That revulsion has a name: “The Uncanny Valley.” Masahiro Mori, the roboticist who coined the term, predicted a peak beyond the Uncanny Valley wherein robots become indistinguishable from humans, beguiling us once more. Amazon, Microsoft, and Google offer consumable cloud text-to-speech (TTS) APIs that, underpinned by neural networks, generate increasingly humanlike speech. can we create humanlike AI is: should we? And does humanlike AI necessarily mean “capable of passing as human,” or should we strive, as many industry insiders agree, for distinctly non-human stylized beings to sidestep the Uncanny Valley?
Google fires another lead AI ethics researcher
       
Google said Friday it fired a lead artificial intelligence ethics researcher, following controversy last year over the tech giant's dismissal of a Black colleague who was an outspoken diversity advocate. Mitchell's dismissal came a day after Google named one of its few Black executives, Marian Croak, as head of a new center of expertise on responsible AI within Google Research. In a tweet early this month, Mitchell said she was troubled by the firing of Gebru, her co-leader on the AI ethics team. "I am concerned about @timnitGebru's firing from Google and its relationship to sexism and discrimination," Mitchell said in the tweet. Gebru had tweeted that Google told her a resignation she had not proffered was accepted, after she sent a message to an internal group lamenting the "silencing of marginalized voices."
Google 'ethical AI' unit leader tweets 'I'm fired' amid investigation into handling of documents
       
Google has fired a second member of its 'ethical AI' team after an investigation into why she allegedly downloaded thousands of internal documents and shared them with people outside of the company. AI researcher Margaret Mitchell announced the news on her Twitter on Friday, simply writing: 'I'm fired.' AI researcher Margaret Mitchell announced that she had been fired from Google on her Twitter on FridayMitchell, who was a member of the company's 'ethical AI' team, simply tweeted 'I'm fired.' Marian Croak, a long-time Google employee who is black, was tapped to lead ethical AI work throughout Google's research organization, Bloomberg News reported. And for that, I am sorry,' Google AI head Jeff Dean said in a memo on Friday, obtained by Axios.
Google sacks founder of its artificial intelligence ethics programme amid 'sexism and discrimination' claims
       
Tech giant Google has fired the head of its artificial intelligence (AI) ethics programme, claiming she had broken the rules on moving files outside of the company. Her colleague, Ms Gebru, left Google late last year and says she was fired - but the firm said she resigned - in a dispute over a research paper. Ms Mitchell was a co-author of the paper and said that by dismissing her colleague, Google had undermined the credibility of her work. Ms Mitchell has been a frequent critic of Google's handling of the dismissal of her former colleague, saying the firm has a problem with sexism and discrimination. Staff were told of Ms Mitchell's dismissal on Friday morning in a meeting by Google's AI research director Zoubin Ghahramani and a company lawyer.
A Second AI Researcher Says She Was Fired by Google
       
For the second time in three months, a prominent researcher on ethics in artificial intelligence says Google fired her. On Friday, researcher Margaret Mitchell said she had been fired from the company’s AI lab, Google Brain, where she previously co-led a group working on ethical approaches to artificial intelligence. Her former co-leader of that group, Timnit Gebru, departed Google in December. Gebru, Mitchell, and their ethical AI team at Google were prominent contributors to the recent growth in research by AI experts seeking to understand and mitigate potential downsides of AI. More than 2,600 Google employees signed a letter protesting Gebru’s treatment.
Only Amazon Prime Members Can Score These Weekend Deals That Start at $8
       
Prime shoppers can score not one, but two discounts on Coredy's reviewer-loved robot vacuum cleaner right now. There's a special coupon featured in the listing for the self-charging vacuum on top of Prime member savings, which brings the price down to just $123. The smart home gadget has earned over 3,200 five-star ratings from owners who love its strong suction, quiet design, and versatile cleaning capabilities. It's compatible with hardwood, tile, and carpeted floors.
¿Quieres ver el recorrido del rover Perseverance? Así puedes seguir sus pasos
       
La NASA habilitó una página en internet para que los usuarios que quieran conocer la ubicación exacta del rover Perseverance en Marte puedan monitorearlo. En esa plataforma podrá verse el recorrido del robot dentro del cráter Jezero.
Salesforce Research wields AI to study medicine, economics, and speech
       
But while the technology remains core to Salesforce’s business, it’s but one of many areas of research under the purview of Salesforce Research, Salesforce’s AI R&D division. Salesforce Research, whose mission is to advance AI techniques that pave the path for new products, applications, and research directions, is an outgrowth of Salesforce CEO Mark Benioff’s commitment to AI as a revenue driver. One particularly active subfield of applied research at Salesforce Research is speech. Socher, who came to Salesforce following the acquisition of MetaMind in 2016, left Salesforce Research in July 2020 to found search engine startup You.com but remains a scientist emeritus at Salesforce. “The goal is here — and at Salesforce Research broadly — is to remove the groundwork for people.
Chatty robot Franzi cheers up German patients
       
The cleaning robot named Franzi has made friends at the Neuperlach hospital where she worksAdvertising Read moreMunich (Germany) (AFP)Cleaning robot Franzi makes sure floors are spotless at the Munich hospital where she works, and has taken on a new role during the pandemic: cheering up patients and staff. I need to clean," trills the robot in German when people block her pre-programmed cleaning route. "Visitors are not allowed in the pandemic, so Franzi entertains the patients a bit," says Constance Rettler of Dr. Rettler, the company in charge of cleaning the Neuperlach hospital that provided the robot. Amused patients take photos of her, and some even stop to chat to the metre-high robot. "While Franzi is cleaning the floors, our employees can concentrate on doing that."
Google names exec to oversee responsible AI research after staff unrest
       
REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann/File PhotoOAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc’s Google on Thursday named Marian Croak, one of its few Black executives, to oversee research on responsible artificial intelligence (AI) after weeks of internal anger over its firing of a prominent Black scientist. Google confirmed Croak will manage 10 teams, including a dozen scientists studying the ethical considerations of automated technologies known as AI. Ethical AI co-lead Timnit Gebru said in December that Google abruptly fired her for contesting company orders. Croak, a vice president of engineering who will report to Google AI chief Jeff Dean, told employees in a Thursday meeting that she respected Gebru and that what happened to her was unfortunate. Google employee Alex Hanna on Twitter called the news about Croak “a betrayal,” saying it occurred behind the Ethical AI team’s back and did not address demands the team made after Gebru’s firing.
Google names exec to oversee responsible A.I. research after staff unrest
       
Alphabet Inc's Google on Thursday named Marian Croak, one of its few Black executives, to oversee research on responsible artificial intelligence (AI) after weeks of internal anger over its firing of a prominent Black scientist. Google confirmed Croak will manage 10 teams, including a dozen scientists studying the ethical considerations of automated technologies known as AI. Ethical AI co-lead Timnit Gebru said in December that Google abruptly fired her for contesting company orders. Google employee Alex Hanna on Twitter called the news about Croak "a betrayal," saying it occurred behind the Ethical AI team's back and did not address demands the team made after Gebru's firing. Croak, who previously was working on site reliability for Google, will also oversee teams doing research related to accessibility, social good and fairness in health algorithms.
Baidu's businesses look positive in 2021: Analyst
       
Share Share Article via Facebook Share Article via Twitter Share Article via LinkedIn Share Article via EmailBaidu's businesses look positive in 2021: AnalystGuotai Junan Securities' Jason Zhou says Baidu's online advertising will grow further as China's economy rebounds, and sees bright spots in its AI and autonomous driving businesses.
Panasonic's Nicobo is a pricey robot cat that farts whenever it feels like it
       
I've officially reached the point in quarantine where a farting cat robot has claimed the number one spot on my wish list. I'm specifically talking about Nicobo — Panasonic's very own companion robot. First spotted by Gizmodo, Nicobo doesn't really do much other than wag its tail, turn around, blink its little eyes, and talk a bit. It also looks more like a stuffed sock than it does a cat, but it's still very cute regardless. And, just when you thought spending over $300 was enough for Nicobo, you're stuck with additional expenses.
Panasonic's Nicobo is a pricey robot cat that farts whenever it feels like it
       
I've officially reached the point in quarantine where a farting cat robot has claimed the number one spot on my wish list. I'm specifically talking about Nicobo — Panasonic's very own companion robot. First spotted by Gizmodo, Nicobo doesn't really do much other than wag its tail, turn around, blink its little eyes, and talk a bit. It also looks more like a stuffed sock than it does a cat, but it's still very cute regardless. And, just when you thought spending over US$300 was enough for Nicobo, you're stuck with additional expenses.
S. Korea to introduce contact-free boarding at airports
       
Contactless, airport check-in systems will be set up across the country by next year, South Korea’s Vice Finance Minister said on Friday, in a bit to digitalize the nation’s social infrastructure.“By 2022, (the government) will implement a contactless check-in system at 15 airports across the nation, which automatically confirms identification of passengers via biometric data, in order to increase convenience of residents using local airports,” Vice Finance Minister Kim Yong-beom said in a meeting with economic officials to discuss policy drives for the Korean New Deal initiative.“Also, the government will invest more than 14.8 trillion won ($13.3 billion) in applying AI technology to social infrastructure, including roads, railways, airports and water quality management,“ he said.The proposed scheme to launch contactless boarding procedures is part of the Moon Jae-in administration’s New Deal drive which comprises two pillars -- the Digital New Deal and the Green New Deal. The initiative, announced last year, aims to foster digital transformation of national infrastructure as well as environment-focused business portfolios across industries.In addition, authorities are preparing to implement a high-tech traffic management system, known as the Intelligent Transport System, in a nationwide rollout by 2025. It notifies drivers of accident-related information, such as traffic conditions or where drivers have braked abruptly, in real time through smartphones or other electronic devices in vehicles, according to the Ministry of Economy and Finance.Kim also noted that prices of agricultural goods continued to show an upward trend due to a supply shortage, vowing to encourage local food companies to expand their imports of farm products by reducing import tariffs.Prices of agricultural products surged by 7.9 percent on-year, the fastest pace since August 2018, mainly due to cold spells and the outbreak of avian influenza, according to data from the Bank of Korea.“Not only
Enterprising Little Robot Lands on Mars
       
Point of view: You’re the Mars rover Perseverance. On Thursday, NASA landed a robot on Mars. I’m all in.#CountdownToMars pic.twitter.com/Eilc5Zq3ZW — NASA's Perseverance Mars Rover (@NASAPersevere) February 18, 2021Here goes! Get the Cut newsletter delivered daily Email This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. Terms & Privacy Notice By submitting your email, you agree to our Terms and Privacy Notice and to receive email correspondence from us.
S. Korea to introduce contact-free boarding at airports
       
FINANCEVice Finance Minister Kim Yong-beom speaks at an economic meeting held in central Seoul on Friday. (Yonhap)Contactless, airport check-in systems will be set up across the country by next year, South Korea’s Vice Finance Minister said on Friday, in a bit to digitalize the nation’s social infrastructure.“By 2022, (the government) will implement a contactless check-in system at 15 airports across the nation, which automatically confirms identification of passengers via biometric data, in order to increase convenience of residents using local airports,” Vice Finance Minister Kim Yong-beom said in a meeting with economic officials to discuss policy drives for the Korean New Deal initiative.“Also, the government will invest more than 14.8 trillion won ($13.3 billion) in applying AI technology to social infrastructure, including roads, railways, airports and water quality management,“ he said.The proposed scheme to launch contactless boarding procedures is part of the Moon Jae-in administration’s New Deal drive which comprises two pillars -- the Digital New Deal and the Green New Deal. The initiative, announced last year, aims to foster digital transformation of national infrastructure as well as environment-focused business portfolios across industries.In addition, authorities are preparing to implement a high-tech traffic management system, known as the Intelligent Transport System, in a nationwide rollout by 2025. It notifies drivers of accident-related information, such as traffic conditions or where drivers have braked abruptly, in real time through smartphones or other electronic devices in vehicles, according to the Ministry of Economy and Finance.Kim also noted that prices of agricultural goods continued to show an upward trend due to a supply shortage, vowing to encourage local food companies to expand their imports of farm products by reducing import tariffs.Prices of agricultural products surged by 7.9 percent on-year, the fastest pace since August 2018,
How to invest in the latest developments in hearing technology
       
Hearing problems are often dismissed as a niche concern when it comes to medical care. However, there is also strong evidence of “an increased incidence of hearing loss among those who are still relatively young”. At present they are only available through hearing-healthcare professionals in most countries, including America, the largest market for hearing aids. Christensen hopes that more people with mild hearing loss problems will therefore get help for their hearing sooner. She expects artificial intelligence (AI) to play a big role in the hearing aids of the future.
How Antler East Africa is building early-stage startups with experienced professionals
       
Turning professionals to foundersSimilar to other locations around the world, Antler East Africa runs two cohorts in a year. After the pre-seed investments, Antler East Africa claims to continue to support the teams as they hit the ground running and start raising funds from follow-on investors. To date, Antler East Africa has invested in a broad range of technology companies in the B2B, B2C and direct-to-consumer space, ranging from emerging sectors like robotics and AI to sectors such as health tech, fintech, and proptech. From its last two cohorts, Antler East Africa has invested in six startups. Image Credits: Antler East AfricaAnyi Health wants to improve access to financial support for primary healthcare seekers.
The Best 5G Stocks? There Could Be A Boatload Soon When Business Adopts It
       
The best 5G stocks to own these days usually boil down to Apple (AAPL), a handful of chipmakers in the iPhone supply chain and a few consumer-facing companies. 5G Stocks In Private Business NetworksSamsung and IBM in December forged a 5G partnership. Durga Malladi, senior vice president and general manager of 5G business at chipmaker Qualcomm (QCOM), told IBD that private 5G business networks will be key. For 5G Stocks, Competition Looms With Next-Gen Wi-FiCompanies see private 5G networks as well-suited for controlling robotics and remote devices such as drones. Follow Reinhardt Krause on Twitter at @reinhardtk_tech for updates on 5G wireless, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and cloud computing.
UK plans to launch $1.1 billion ‘high-risk, high-reward’ science research agency
       
LONDON — The U.K. government is planning to set up a new agency to support the development of new technologies. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy announced on Friday that the Advanced Research and Invention Agency will fund "high-risk, high-reward" scientific research in the hope of achieving "groundbreaking" discoveries. It said the agency will be given £800 million ($1.1 billion) to help "the most inspiring inventors" over the next four years, which is a relatively small amount compared to other government research agencies, such as U.K. Research and Innovation. The U.K. government's R&D budget for 2020-2021 alone is £10.36 billion. Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said in a statement: "From the steam engine to the latest artificial intelligence technologies, the U.K. is steeped in scientific discovery.
Mars landing: Excitement builds over new images from Nasa Perseverance rover
       
The American space agency is expected to release new photos from its Perseverance rover shortly. There was huge excitement at Nasa when its one-tonne robot touched down in Mars' Jezero Crater on Thursday. The shadow comes from the rover's robotic armThe coming days will be consumed by getting Perseverance properly commissioned. Sample rocks displaying the rover's most intriguing findings will be deposited in small tubes that will be left on the floor of the crater. Mars Sample Return illustrated guideIllustrated guide to the Mars sample return missionsClick here to see how Nasa and Esa will bring rocks from Mars to Earth.
IBM Reportedly Mulls Sale of Watson Health Unit. Here’s What It Would Mean for the Stock.
       
IBM CEO Arvind Krishna has been looking for ways to streamline the company. Ethan Miller/Getty ImagesIBM is reportedly considering the sale of its Watson Health business.According to The Wall Street Journal, the company is considering various options for the business, which has about $1 billion in revenue, well under 2% of the company’s total revenue. The Watson Health unit uses artificial intelligence techniques to serve hospitals, medical-device companies, pharmaceutical firms, and insurance providers. IBM (ticker: IBM) on Friday declined to comment on the report.Watson Health includes multiple smaller brands, including Explorys (electronic health records), Merge Healthcare (AI health applications), Phytel (patient care coordination) and Truven Health Analytics. IBM stock on Friday is down 0.8% to $119.73.Write to Eric J. Savitz at eric.savitz@barrons.com
Mars landing: New picture released of Perseverance rover moments before touchdown on Red Planet
       
NASA has released new images of the Perseverance rover two metres above the surface of Mars as it gave more details of the mission. The space agency's robot successfully landed on the Red Planet just before 1pm local time on Thursday. It had been travelling through space for seven months before it entered the Martian atmosphere yesterday. Pic: NASAImage: Another new picture shows one of the wheels of the rover. NASA chose to land Perseverance in an ancient river delta and former lake known as the Jezero Crater.
Mars landing: Photo shows Perseverance rover during landing
       
It shows the robot heading down to the ground on Thursday during its landing. It was taken by the rocket cradle that placed the vehicle on the ground.
Tom Cotton’s big plan to “beat China,” explained
       
But Cotton’s plan isn’t just aimed at ensuring America’s economic well-being. Ending US-China economic cooperation in key sectors like quantum computing and artificial intelligence means Americans will take a hit as domestic companies and workers lose vital partners. What Vekasi did agree with, though, was another element of Cotton’s plan: ending America’s reliance on China’s extraction and processing of rare-earth elements. How to keep America’s economy humming while decoupling, explained by Tom CottonThis part of Cotton’s plan is less developed. They underscore the senator’s central thesis that any moves to untangle US-China economic ties must feature corresponding actions to mitigate the resulting disruption.
YouTube algorithm accidentally blocked chess player for discussing 'black versus white' strategy
       
Last summer, a YouTuber who produces popular chess videos saw his channel blocked for including what the site called 'harmful and dangerous' content. Scroll down for videoPopular chess YouTuber Antonio Radic had his channel blocked last summer for 'harmful and dangerous' content. He believes the platform's AI mistakenly flagged him for discussing 'black versus white' in a chess conversationWith more than a million subscribers, Agadmator is considered the most popular chess vertical on YouTube. Radi?, 33, started his YouTube channel in 2017 and has more than a millions subscribers. Radi?, 33, started his YouTube channel in 2017 and, within a year, its revenue exceeded his day job as a wedding videographer.
Mars landing: Photo shows Perseverance about to touch down
       
Perseverance viewed from its rocket cradle just before landingThe American space agency has released an astonishing image sent back from Mars by its Perseverance rover. It shows the robot heading down to the ground on Thursday to make its landing. This offering will include short movies shot during the Entry, Descent and Landing (EDL) sequence - with sound. "This is an image of the rover Perseverance slung beneath the descent stage, its propulsion backpack, as it is being lowered to the surface of Mars," he explained. "You can see the mechanical bridles that hold the rover underneath the descent stage - three straight lines heading down to the top deck.
What investors are missing when it comes to Tesla's valuation, according to trader
       
Todd Gordon, founder of TradingAnalysis.com, said critics of its high multiple are missing something critical regarding its growth prospects. That company raised another $850 million last week, pushing its total valuation to $74 billion. That provides massive potential for Tesla's push into autonomous vehicles, says Gordon. He hypothesizes that SpaceX's satellite coverage could allow Tesla vehicles to communicate with one another, track traffic, connect with AI processors and support autonomous driving. "I think that's why it's trading with a 1,200 P/E, and I just think a lot of people are missing that."
Kids can have fun and learn to code with this cool robot
       
Kids can have fun and learn to code with this cool robotiRobot is usually known for their Roomba robot vacuums, but they make coding toys for kids too
The AI Research Paper Was Real. The ‘Coauthor’ Wasn't
       
The name Cox isn’t uncommon, so he figured there must be another David Cox doing AI research. “It was unbelievable.”It isn’t clear how prevalent this kind of academic fraud may be, or why someone would list as a coauthor someone not involved in the research. Whatever the reason, it highlights weaknesses in academic publishing, according to Cox and others. It also reflects a broader lack of rules around the publishing of papers in AI and computer science especially, where many papers are posted online without review beforehand. Cox, who directs the MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab, a collaboration that explores fundamental challenges in AI, was credited as a coauthor on two papers in the niche journal Cluster Computing.
Mars landing team ‘awestruck’ by photo of descending rover
       
An image provided by NASA, taken on Feb. 18, 2021, shows the view from the Perseverance rover, without a protective cap over the camera's lens and in color. The newest Martian, a robot named Perseverance, is alive and well after its first day and night on the red planet, and scientists working on the mission are eagerly scrutinizing the first images sent back to Earth by the robotic explorer. (NASA TV via The New York Times)
Google fires second researcher leader amid diversity, research freedom controversies
       
FILE PHOTO: Letters spell the word "Alphabet" as they are seen on a computer screen with a Google search page in this photo illustration taken in Paris, France, August 11, 2015. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol(Reuters) - Alphabet Inc’s Google fired researcher Margaret Mitchell on Friday, they both said, after a weeks-long investigation found she moved electronic files outside the company amid a battle over research freedom and diversity. Google said in a statement Mitchell violated the company’s code of conduct and security policies. Google’s ethics in artificial intelligence research unit has been under scrutiny since December’s dismissal of Black scientist Timnit Gebru, which prompted protest from thousands of Google workers. She and Mitchell, who is white, had called for more diversity among Google’s research staff and expressed concern that the company was starting to censor research critical of its products.
Second Google AI ethics leader fired, she says amid staff protest
       
FILE PHOTO: Letters spell the word "Alphabet" as they are seen on a computer screen with a Google search page in this photo illustration taken in Paris, France, August 11, 2015. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol(Reuters) - Alphabet Inc’s Google on Friday fired scientist Margaret Mitchell, she said in a Twitter post, after weeks of being under investigation for moving thousands of files outside the company amid a battle over research freedom and diversity. Google and Mitchell did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Google’s ethics in artificial intelligence research unit has been under scrutiny since December’s dismissal of scientist Timnit Gebru, which prompted protest from thousands of Google workers.
Perseverance: il rover della Nasa su Marte per cercare vita
       
Passati applausi e festeggiamenti per l’ammartaggio perfetto, adesso comincia il lavoro vero del rover Perseverance arrivato su Marte dopo un viaggio durato mesi. Non è il primo mezzo che la Nasa manda sul pianeta rosso, è il quinto, ma è quella con mezzi maggiori e più innovativi. L’obiettivo di tutte le missioni su Marte è stato quello di cercare tracce di vita sul pianeta, tracce passate o presenti. Perseverance, rover della missione Mars 2020 della Nasa, lo fa nella zona del cratere Jazero, il bacino di un antichissimo lago, profondo circa 500 metri, che potrebbe avere tracce di vita passata. «Perseverance è il rover più ambizioso fra i robot della Nasa, il cui obiettivo scientifico è scoprire se su Marte ci sia mai stata vita», ha detto il capo del Direttorato delle Missioni scientifiche dell’agenzia spaziale americana, Thomas Zurbuchen.
Google to evaluate executives on diversity and inclusion
       
Alphabet Inc's Google will evaluate the performance of its vice presidents and above on team diversity and inclusion starting this year, the company said on Friday in one of several responses to concerns about its treatment of a Black scientist. Timnit Gebru, co-leader of Google's ethical artificial intelligence research team, said in December that Google abruptly fired her after she criticized its diversity efforts and threatened to resign. MCDONALD'S SUED BY BLACK FRANCHISEE FOR DISCRIMINATION, CLAIMS HE WAS SHUT OUT OF AFFLUENT LOCATIONSAlphabet and Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai ordered a review of the situation. While Google declined to share specific findings, the company announced on Friday it will engage human resources specialists during sensitive employee departures. GOOGLE CEO APOLOGIZES AFTER AI RESEARCHER'S DISMISSAL, IS SORRY IT 'SEEDED DOUBTS'Alphabet for years had rejected proposals from shareholders and employees to set diversity goals and tie executive pay to them.
Google fires research leader amid diversity, research freedom controversies
       
FILE PHOTO: The Google sign is shown on one of the company's office buildings in Irvine, California, U.S., October 20, 2020. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo(Reuters) - Alphabet Inc’s Google fired researcher Margaret Mitchell on Friday, they both said, after a weeks-long investigation found she moved electronic files outside the company amid a battle over research freedom and diversity. Google said in a statement Mitchell violated the company’s code of conduct and security policies. Gebru said Google fired her after she questioned an order not to publish a paper claiming AI that mimics language could hurt marginalized populations. Google employee Alex Hanna said on Twitter the company was running a “smear campaign” against Mitchell and Gebru, with whom she worked closely.
Future warfare will feature automomous weaponry
       
Such autonomous machines were once so far beyond the technical grasp of scientists that debating their ethics was merely an intellectual exercise. Mary Wareham is one of the leading activists pushing governments to consider the moral ramifications of using AI in weapons. Now, as the advocacy director for the organization’s arms division, she is working to persuade world leaders to impose sweeping restrictions on autonomous weapons. The following year, the U.N. Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) took up the question of whether the creation, sale and use of lethal autonomous weapons systems should be banned outright. Some of the future officers working with robotic tanks at West Point had adopted their own wary view of autonomous weapons.
Google fires Margaret Mitchell, another top researcher on its AI ethics team
       
Google has fired one of its top artificial intelligence researchers, Margaret Mitchell, escalating internal turmoil at the company following the departure of Timnit Gebru, another leading figure on Google’s AI ethics team. In a statement to Reuters, Google said the firing followed a weeks-long investigation that found she moved electronic files outside the company. Google said Mitchell violated the company’s code of conduct and security policies. Google’s ethics in artificial intelligence research unit has been under scrutiny since December’s dismissal of Gebru, a prominent Black researcher in Silicon Valley. Mitchell and Gebru co-led the ethics in artificial intelligence team for about two years.
Two Google engineers resign over firing of AI ethics researcher
       
An engineering director and a software developer have quit Alphabet Inc's Google over the dismissal of AI researcher Timnit Gebru, a sign of the ongoing conflicts at the search giant over diversity and ethics. Google declined to comment, but pointed to previous statements that it is looking to restore employees' trust after Gebru's departure and that it disputes Curley's accusation. GOOGLE, ALPHABET EMPLOYEES TO FORM UNIONThe resignations come as workers have demanded commitments to academic freedom and management change in Google's research organization. Ticker Security Last Change Change % GOOGL ALPHABET INC. 2,088.81 -17.00 -0.81%Baker, whose resignation letter was shared with an internal affinity group for Black employees, told Reuters he stood by his remarks. Reuters reported in December that Google had told some staff not to cast its technology in a negative light.
Google fires AI manager who protested her peer's departure
       
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Google has fired a leader of its artificial intelligence ethics team in the fallout from the recent departure of another former employee involved in the same field. The internet company confirmed the firing Friday after Margaret Mitchell announced her ouster on Twitter. The firing comes a month after Mitchell also vented on Twitter about the handling of her former colleague, Timnit Gebru, who parted ways with Google late last year. Gebru, a Black woman, said she was fired in a dispute over a research paper, while Google said it had accepted her resignation. Hundreds of Google employees have signed an online petition protested Gebru's departure.
Google fires researcher Meg Mitchell, escalating AI saga
       
Google fired the lead of its Ethical Artificial Intelligence team, Meg Mitchell, escalating the turmoil surrounding its AI division after the acrimonious exit of Mitchell’s former colleague Timnit Gebru. Mitchell had become a fierce public critic of Google and its management after Gebru’s exit. For five weeks, Mitchell, who had co-led the Ethical AI team with Gebru, was locked out of all corporate systems — unable to access her email or calendar. Alex Hanna, a researcher on Google’s Ethical AI team, wrote that there’s a double standard for conduct at the internet giant, alluding to allegations of sexual misconduct against former executives. But some members of the Ethical AI team, who will report to Croak, felt blindsided by the news.
Google sacks second ethical AI researcher amid censorship storm
       
Miss Mitchell was not immediately available for comment. Google’s ethics in AI research department has been a source of controversy after Dr Gebru, one of the few black AI researchers in Silicon Valley, was dismissed from the company in December. Her departure prompted hundreds of Google staff to accuse the company of "unprecedented research censorship" in an open letter supporting. Miss Mitchell, who is white, and Dr Gebru had both expressed concern that the company was censoring research that was critical of its products. Dr Gebru says she was fired when she complained that her research paper had been pulled by Google.
Mars landing: New picture released of Perseverance rover above Red Planet
       
NASA has released a new image of the Perseverance rover two metres above the surface of Mars as it gave more details of the mission. The space agency's robot successfully landed on the Red Planet just before 1pm local time on Thursday. It had been travelling through space for seven months before it entered the Martian atmosphere yesterday. Perseverance then took just seven minutes to touch down, travelling at 12,100mph - or 16 times the speed of sound - towards the surface. NASA chose to land Perseverance in an ancient river delta and former lake known as the Jezero Crater.
Google fires AI manager who protested her peer’s departure
       
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Google has fired a leader of its artificial intelligence ethics team in the fallout from the recent departure of another former employee involved in the same field. Gebru, a Black woman, said she was fired in a dispute over a research paper, while Google said it had accepted her resignation. ADVERTISEMENTHundreds of Google employees have signed an online petition protested Gebru’s departure. Google said Mitchell was fired after an internal investigation concluded she had broken multiple company policies. The violations included the unauthorized removal of confidential company documents and other private information about its employees, according to Google’s statement.
Google fires second AI ethics leader as dispute over research, diversity grows
       
Gebru said Google fired her after she questioned an order not to publish a study saying AI that mimics language could hurt marginalized populations. Mitchell, a co-author of the paper, publicly criticized the company for firing Gebru and undermining the credibility of her work. The pair for about two years had co-led the ethical AI team, started by Mitchell. Google AI research director Zoubin Ghahramani and a company lawyer informed Mitchell’s team of her firing on Friday in a meeting called at short notice, according to a person familiar with the matter. Google reiterated to researchers in a memo and meeting on Friday that it was working to improve pre-publication review of papers.
Google fires second AI ethics leader as dispute over research, diversity grows
       
Gebru said Google fired her after she questioned an order not to publish a study saying AI that mimics language could hurt marginalized populations. Mitchell, a co-author of the paper, publicly criticized the company for firing Gebru and undermining the credibility of her work. The pair for about two years had co-led the ethical AI team, started by Mitchell. Google AI research director Zoubin Ghahramani and a company lawyer informed Mitchell’s team of her firing on Friday in a meeting called at short notice, according to a person familiar with the matter. Google reiterated to researchers in a memo and meeting on Friday that it was working to improve pre-publication review of papers.
AI for Good
       
Bearing.ai comes out of stealth to optimize the shipping industry 2/18/2021 By Louis Stone Lands large customers at seaBengio: Open science and international cooperation key to AI for good 2/18/2021 By Ciarán Daly Father of deep learning talks politicsDendra Systems’ ‘sky tractors’ rely on computer vision to restore degraded land 2/10/2021 By Rachel England Aerial seeding drones can plant up to 300,000 trees a dayRNIB and conversational AI vendor Alana partner on tools for people with sight loss 2/8/2021 By Rachel England The project aims to support more than two million people in the UKWorld Economic Forum launches foundation for ethical AI 2/1/2021 By Louis Stone While the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation pumps $40m into AI for goodUnilever and Alibaba collaborate on AI-powered closed-loop recycling machines 1/13/2021 By Rachel England The systems are using AI to identify and sort plastic material, and fast-track it to recycling centersAMP Robotics raises $55m for AI-powered recycling sorter 1/6/2021 By Rachel England The system tackles some of the biggest challenges faced by the recycling industryOrCam and Starkey integrate AI-based solutions to help the deaf-blind 11/2/2020 By Tanwen Dawn-Hiscox Transmitting the visual world through audioAI and satellites could tell us just how many trees we have on Earth 10/19/2020 By Louis Stone Not enoughBMW launches a code of ethics for AI 10/12/2020 By Chuck Martin Seven principles for better AI applicationsUS security commission on AI considers the ethics of using citizen data to fight COVID-19 5/8/2020 By Sebastian Moss Corporate-military partnership asks Congress and Trump to pass contract-tracing privacy legislation
LIDAR specialist AEye to go public via SPAC, valuing it at $2bn
       
AEye claims to use artificial intelligence to make its LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) systems more accurate and faster than the competition. Private companies like the approach, because it allows them to circumvent the time-consuming process of going public via an Initial Public Offering. Back in 2012, Google built LIDAR systems for its self-driving vehicles at $70,000 a unit, and today they can retail for less than $1,000. The reason for this was obvious: Ford invested heavily in self-driving startup Argo AI, which has built its own LIDAR system – which the carmaker expects to use next year. The business was founded in 2013 by Luis Dussan, who previously designed targeting systems for fighter jets and ground troops, for defense contractors Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin.
AI Business
       
LIDAR specialist AEye to go public via SPAC, valuing it at $2bn 2/19/2021 By Louis Stone Joining a number of LIDAR businesses that have used SPACs instead of IPOsAiFi and Wundermart team up for checkout-less stores throughout Europe 2/18/2021 By Rachel England To start, 20 Wundermart locations will be fully automated using the OASIS platformBearing.ai comes out of stealth to optimize the shipping industry 2/18/2021 By Louis Stone Lands large customers at seaPeak says $21m funding round will help ‘level the playing field’ for AI in business 2/18/2021 By Rachel England The company runs a one-stop-shop for AI implementationBengio: Open science and international cooperation key to AI for good 2/18/2021 By Ciarán Daly Father of deep learning talks politicsVevo launches AI-powered ‘Moods’ to help align ads with music 2/17/2021 By Rachel England Enabling advertisers to choose between ‘fun,’ ‘heartfelt,’ ‘impassioned,’ and ‘empowering’Chinese AI ecosystem is much larger than previously thought 2/16/2021 By Ciarán Daly According to an AI-based analytics projectThe case for invisible AI 2/15/2021 By Chuck Martin The most effective artificial intelligence is totally unnoticeable by the end userVW Group and Microsoft join forces to build autonomous cars 2/15/2021 By Graham Hope As the car maker transforms into a “digital mobility provider”AI Business Podcast 19: The battle for a clean Internet 2/15/2021 By Max Smolaks “There’s no customer service [number] for saying, hey, I’m not a terrorist.”Brain Corp’s sales surge as retailers turn to robots for cleaning 2/12/2021 By Louis Stone Autonomous device OS developer partners with OEMs to build robots
AI Implementation
       
AiFi and Wundermart team up for checkout-less stores throughout Europe 2/18/2021 By Rachel England To start, 20 Wundermart locations will be fully automated using the OASIS platformBearing.ai comes out of stealth to optimize the shipping industry 2/18/2021 By Louis Stone Lands large customers at seaPeak says $21m funding round will help ‘level the playing field’ for AI in business 2/18/2021 By Rachel England The company runs a one-stop-shop for AI implementationVW Group and Microsoft join forces to build autonomous cars 2/15/2021 By Graham Hope As the car maker transforms into a “digital mobility provider”Brain Corp’s sales surge as retailers turn to robots for cleaning 2/12/2021 By Louis Stone Autonomous device OS developer partners with OEMs to build robotsBP celebrates successful oil refinery self-driving trial 2/9/2021 By Graham Hope Next, it plans for a permanent robo-vehicle deploymentKao data center to host AI supercomputer for InstaDeep 1/29/2021 By Louis Stone The company develops machine learning systems that can design proteins and circuit boardsUnilever and Alibaba collaborate on AI-powered closed-loop recycling machines 1/13/2021 By Rachel England The systems are using AI to identify and sort plastic material, and fast-track it to recycling centersAustralian insurer IAG deploys AI to assess vehicle damage and reduce claim times 12/2/2020 By Rachel England The platform reduces ‘total loss’ claim times to just a few days
AI Verticals
       
LIDAR specialist AEye to go public via SPAC, valuing it at $2bn 2/19/2021 By Louis Stone Joining a number of LIDAR businesses that have used SPACs instead of IPOsAiFi and Wundermart team up for checkout-less stores throughout Europe 2/18/2021 By Rachel England To start, 20 Wundermart locations will be fully automated using the OASIS platformBearing.ai comes out of stealth to optimize the shipping industry 2/18/2021 By Louis Stone Lands large customers at seaPeak says $21m funding round will help ‘level the playing field’ for AI in business 2/18/2021 By Rachel England The company runs a one-stop-shop for AI implementationVevo launches AI-powered ‘Moods’ to help align ads with music 2/17/2021 By Rachel England Enabling advertisers to choose between ‘fun,’ ‘heartfelt,’ ‘impassioned,’ and ‘empowering’VW Group and Microsoft join forces to build autonomous cars 2/15/2021 By Graham Hope As the car maker transforms into a “digital mobility provider”Brain Corp’s sales surge as retailers turn to robots for cleaning 2/12/2021 By Louis Stone Autonomous device OS developer partners with OEMs to build robotsHyundai’s autonomous TIGER concept sets sights on the moon 2/12/2021 By Graham Hope The robo-vehicle combines legs and wheelsNeuReality emerges from stealth with $8m to accelerate AI at scale 2/11/2021 By Rachel England First product is expected to launch later this yearDendra Systems’ ‘sky tractors’ rely on computer vision to restore degraded land 2/10/2021 By Rachel England Aerial seeding drones can plant up to 300,000 trees a dayTheator raises $15.5m for AI-assisted surgery system 2/10/2021 By Louis Stone Wants to watch you being cut open
AI Security
       
A risk and security perspective on AI 2/8/2021 By Klaus Haller We outline three potential threat scenarios and their implicationsCanada says Clearview’s AI-based surveillance is illegal, asks to delete data 2/5/2021 By Louis Stone This is a request, not an order – but the government might decide to pursue more aggressive actionAI-based cyber security outfit Darktrace reportedly eyes $5bn London IPO 2/4/2021 By Rachel England After seeing the demand skyrocketSkyGrid launches first AI-powered cyber security system for drones 1/19/2021 By Rachel England The platform claims to protect airborne hardware against 99.9% of never-before-seen threatsSophos shares data and tech to advance the state of AI in cyber security 12/15/2020 By Chuck Martin Including what it calls the first production-scale malware research dataset available to the general publicMITRE, Microsoft, and friends team up to tackle adversarial ML threats 10/23/2020 By Louis Stone Releasing an open framework to make AI more securePalantir wins US Army AI contract worth $91 million 10/8/2020 By Chuck Martin After going public on an estimated $22bn valuationCalypso AI raises $13m for AI model security and monitoring 7/27/2020 By Chuck Martin Customers include the US Air Force and Navy
AI Business
       
Edtech company Esme raises $7.5m to expand AI-driven learning platform 1/27/2021 By Rachel England The startup is already working with the likes of Oxford UniversityLinkedIn: AI is the fastest-growing job category 1/19/2021 By Rachel England The sector has seen explosive growth in hiring over the past five yearsSwedish edtech startup Sana Labs raises $18 million for AI-powered training 1/18/2021 By Rachel England The platform is helping hospital staff around the world adjust to COVID-19England’s exam regulator pauses study into AI-based marking 8/20/2020 By Louis Stone As the country is engulfed in an educational crisis caused by an algorithmNvidia and its co-founder donate $50m for University of Florida AI supercomputer 7/23/2020 By Chuck Martin UF alumnus Chris Malachowsky is coming back with gifts
AI Business
       
Chinese AI ecosystem is much larger than previously thought 2/16/2021 By Ciarán Daly According to an AI-based analytics projectThe case for invisible AI 2/15/2021 By Chuck Martin The most effective artificial intelligence is totally unnoticeable by the end userVisionAIres: AI ethics in the enterprise needs a level playing field 2/10/2021 By Chuck Martin When it comes to building an ethical AI-augmented organization, AI business leaders want a level playing fieldRackspace: The UK trails much of the world in AI uptake 2/3/2021 By Rachel England British companies cite poor data and a lack of expertise as barriers to implementationAI-driven research shows top FTSE 350 performers make tech a priority 1/27/2021 By Rachel England Accenture’s report-scanning algorithm indicates tech topics are becoming more important to businesses across all sectorsUS continues to lead in AI but China is closing the gap 1/25/2021 By Rachel England The EU invests more than it used to, but not as much as it shouldLinkedIn: AI is the fastest-growing job category 1/19/2021 By Rachel England The sector has seen explosive growth in hiring over the past five yearsWhite House launches National AI Initiative Office 1/14/2021 By Chuck Martin The office will collaborate with industry and academia to advance the country’s AI strategyCouncil of Europe adopts feasibility study on AI regulation 1/6/2021 By Chuck Martin As it considers a regulatory framework for 47 member statesDeloitte: Intelligent edge market will reach $12bn in 2021 12/15/2020 By Chuck Martin Showing impressive compound annual growth rate of 35%European Investment Bank adds €150m to support AI companies 12/9/2020 By Chuck Martin The funds will be available to 20-30 small and medium-sized companies focused on developing breakthrough AI applications
Python pioneer assesses the 30-year-old programming language
       
The Python programming language, which has never been more popular, arguably thanks to the rise of data science and AI projects in the enterprise, officially turns 30 years old tomorrow. The code that normally goes into simulations is compiled in C and C++. Python was a fantastic language to kind of wrap simulation code. The Python 3.1 release for this October will include pattern matching, which is one of the biggest syntax changes that Python has seen in a long time. I think Python still has a lot of potential to become faster.
AI Weekly: The challenges of creating open source AI training datasets
       
In January, AI research lab OpenAI released Dall-E, a machine learning system capable of creating images to fit any text caption. In other words, simulation and synthetic data, like AI-generated photos of people, could take the place of real-world photos from the web. “You can’t trade infinite compute for infinite data, but compute is more fungible than data,” Leahy said. Ultimately, even where synthetic data might come into play, O’Sullivan cautions that any open source dataset could put people in that set at greater risk. Piecing together and publishing a training dataset is a process that must be undertaken thoughtfully, she says — or not at all, where doing so might result in harm.
Google’s Model Search automatically optimizes and identifies AI models
       
Google today announced the release of Model Search, an open source platform designed to help researchers develop machine learning models efficiently and automatically. Instead of focusing on a specific domain, Google says that Model Search is domain-agnostic, making it capable of finding a model architecture that fits a dataset and problem while minimizing coding time and compute resources. Model Search — which is built on Google’s TensorFlow machine learning framework and can run either on a single machine or several — consists of multiple trainers, a search algorithm, a transfer learning algorithm, and a database to store evaluated models. After a Model Search run, users can compare the many models found during the search. Image Credit: GoogleGoogle says that in an internal experiment, Model Search improved upon production models with minimal iterations, particularly in the areas of keyword spotting and language identification.
Google fires Ethical AI lead Margaret Mitchell
       
Google fired Margaret “Meg” Mitchell, lead of the Ethical AI team, today. The move comes just hours after Google announced diversity policy changes and Google AI chief Jeff Dean sent an apology in the wake of the firing of former Google AI ethics lead Timnit Gebru in late 2020. On Thursday, Google restructured its AI ethics efforts that brings 10 teams within Google Research, including the Ethical AI team, under Google VP Marian Croak. The Ethical AI team has published research on model cards to bring transparency to AI and how to perform internal algorithm audits. Members of the Ethical AI team requested Google leadership take a series of steps to restore trust.
Automating boring tasks made these Japan startup founders rich
       
While the companies are using technologies like artificial intelligence and cloud computing, they’re applying them in less sexy ways. It’s a revenge of sorts for Freee founder Daisuke Sasaki, whose potential clients in the early days mostly saw the cloud-accounting service he was developing as “unnecessary,” he said in an interview in August. Freee sales increased 50% in the six months through December, and Sasaki’s net worth has surged to $1.4 billion. Rakus operating profit tripled in the nine months through December, and Nakamura is now worth $1.2 billion. “The attractiveness of becoming an entrepreneur and starting new businesses in Japan is stronger than ever,” Asymmetric Advisors’ Morse said.
Dear Mothers: Rest Can Make Room For Joy
       
Joyful rest, or, as she put it, rest as a form of resistance. "I remember when the coronavirus first began, I spoke to many Black mothers who were unfazed. "Many Black mothers are in robot mode — all they know to do is get it done. We are just learning what it looks like to put ourselves first, not just as Black mothers, but as Black women." How to Foster Joyful Rest In Our ChildrenAll of a mother's progress toward joyful rest ends with her if she doesn't teach her children to adhere to it, too.
Seoul to build research facilities for robotics and AI
       
The Seoul Metropolitan Government announced Thursday that it has decided to spend a total of 34.7 billion to build research facilities for robotics and artificial intelligence near Suseo-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul.The central government will inject 24.2 billion won in the project, while the city government and the Gangnam-gu office will invest 2.5 billion won and 7.8 billion won, respectively.The region near Suseo Station has remained idle since December 2019, when the city government decided to build welfare facilities there.But in June last year, the local government decided to turn the land into a research complex for robotics and related technologies.The Seoul city government expressed hope that the new research facilities could help the local industries to increase their robotics and AI capabilities in the future.Meanwhile, the Seoul Metropolitan Government Thursday also passed the plan to change Paris Park in Mok-dong, Seoul, into a cultural park. The city will hold a final review session in April to start construction.By Shim Woo-hyun ( ws@heraldcorp.com
Seoul to build research facilities for robotics and AI
       
BUSINESSThe Suseo-dong area, where the Seoul Metropolitan Government plans to construct research facilities for robotics and artificial intelligence. (Seoul Metropolitan Government)The Seoul Metropolitan Government announced Thursday that it has decided to spend a total of 34.7 billion to build research facilities for robotics and artificial intelligence near Suseo-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul.The central government will inject 24.2 billion won in the project, while the city government and the Gangnam-gu office will invest 2.5 billion won and 7.8 billion won, respectively.The region near Suseo Station has remained idle since December 2019, when the city government decided to build welfare facilities there.But in June last year, the local government decided to turn the land into a research complex for robotics and related technologies.The Seoul city government expressed hope that the new research facilities could help the local industries to increase their robotics and AI capabilities in the future.Meanwhile, the Seoul Metropolitan Government Thursday also passed the plan to change Paris Park in Mok-dong, Seoul, into a cultural park. The city will hold a final review session in April to start construction.By Shim Woo-hyun ( ws@heraldcorp.com
Video: Miele's self-charging robot vacuum with cameras and sensors
       
Video: Are robovacs for suckers? They claim to keep the house clean while you put your feet up but as more and more are flooding the market... Tanith Cary tries out a selection of the machinesMiele's self-charging Scout RX2 robot vacuum has multiple cameras and infrared sensors so it can navigate it's way around a home without crashing into walls or falling down stairs.
Tech Companies Are Limiting Use Of Facial Recognition By Law Enforcement : Short Wave : NPR
       
Why Tech Companies Are Limiting Police Use of Facial RecognitionEnlarge this image toggle caption Steven Senne/AP Steven Senne/APIBM said it was getting out of the facial recognition business last year. Then, Amazon and Microsoft announced prohibitions on law enforcement using their facial recognition tech. On today's encore episode, Short Wave host Maddie Sofia and reporter Emily Kwong speak with AI policy analyst Mutale Nkonde about algorithmic bias — how facial recognition software can discriminate and reflect the biases of society. Nkonde is the CEO of AI For the People, fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and Fellow at the Digital Civil Society Lab at Stanford University. Additional Reading:This episode was produced by Brit Hanson, fact-checked by Berly McCoy and edited by Viet Le.
Satellite data firm BlackSky enters public orbit with $1.5 billion blank-check deal
       
(Reuters) - Satellite imagery and data company BlackSky Holdings said it had agreed to go public through a merger with blank-check firm Osprey Technology Acquisition Corp in a deal valuing the combined entity at $1.5 billion. BlackSky, founded in 2014, uses a constellation of high-resolution small satellites with artificial intelligence and machine learning for real-time Earth observation. So-called SPACs like Osprey, which raised $275 million in an initial public offering last year, are shell companies which raise funds to acquire private companies. SPACs have emerged as a popular alternative to a traditional IPO, with at least 144 SPACs collectively raising $45.7 billion so far this year. Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC and Moelis & Company LLC are acting as financial advisers to BlackSky and Osprey respectively.
Así puedes ver cómo será el aterrizaje del rover Perseverance en Marte
       
Así es el nuevo robot que explorará Marte 3:41(CNN) — Se espera que el Perseverance, el rover más sofisticado de la NASA hasta ahora, aterrice en la superficie de Marte el jueves 18 de febrero, a eso de las 3:55 p.m., hora de Miami. El rover ha estado viajando por el espacio desde su lanzamiento desde Cabo Cañaveral, Florida, a fines de julio de 2020. Y puedes apostar que el Curiosity y el módulo de aterrizaje InSight le darán la bienvenida al Perseverance a su hogar, el planeta rojo. También puedes seguir cada paso del aterrizaje del rover a través de un interactivo de la NASA o registrarse para una experiencia virtual del aterrizaje. «Pero como el quinto rover de la NASA en Marte, el Perseverance tiene un pedigrí de ingeniería y un equipo de misión extraordinarios».
Nvidia announces new chips designed for mining Ethereum as the cryptocurrency hits record highs
       
Nvidia on Thursday announced it will release a new series of semiconductors specifically for mining ether, the second-largest digital cryptocurrency. The new chip type is called CMP, or Cryptocurrency Mining Processor. Ether mining is a process in which computers solve complicated math programs to help the Ethereum cryptocurrency network run. "RTX 3060 software drivers are designed to detect specific attributes of the Ethereum cryptocurrency mining algorithm, and limit the hash rate, or cryptocurrency mining efficiency, by around 50 percent," Nvidia's said in a blog post. Graphics cards were first developed to enable high-definition computer games but they're increasingly essential for new technologies like artificial intelligence.
The Skycrane: How NASA's Perseverance rover will land on Mars
       
When NASA’s Perseverance rover lands on Mars this afternoon, the robot will owe its safe passage to one of the most unlikely pieces of technology developed since the dawn of the Space Age: the Skycrane. In 2012, the Skycrane safely set down the Mars Curiosity rover on the Red Planet. The Skycrane was the consequence of considering — and then ruling out — every other option engineers could think of to land heavy rovers. His team dreamed up the Skycrane maneuver, and he was responsible for making sure it worked with Curiosity. And while the system performed flawlessly in 2012, Steltzner and his team are not taking anything for granted this time around.
Oil giant Aramco pumps funds into smart road safety solutions provider
       
Oil giant Aramco pumps funds into smart road safety solutions providerMigration towards tech-powered solutions has become a visible part of day to day life in countries like UAE and Saudi Arabia, with public transport also deploying smart solutions. Hazen's smart traffic management is currently being used in UK, Egypt, Oman, Peru and Spain, with plans to expand into more countries. The International Road Federation has also acknowledged the efficiency of their AI tech in cutting down the fatal accidents. The Saudi-based startup's services are relevant in times when gulf countries like UAE are using AI to spot traffic norm violators. Abu Dhabi already has a network of smart cameras which spot drivers without seatbelts or those using a phone, and send out warnings via SMS after identifying the individual.
AI mistakes ‘black and white’ chess chat for racism
       
Online discussions about black and white chess pieces are confusing artificial intelligence algorithms trained to detect racism and other hate speech, according to new research. Computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University began investigating the AI glitch after a popular chess channel on YouTube was blocked for “harmful and dangerous” content last June. Croatian chess player Antonio Radic, who goes by the online alias Agadmator, hosts the world’s most popular YouTube chess channel, with more than 1 million subscribers. Radic’s channel was reinstated after 24 hours, leading the chess champion to speculate that he had been temporarily banned for a referral to “black against white”, even though he was talking about chess at the time. YouTube’s moderation system relies on both humans and AI algorithms, meaning any AI system could misinterpret the comments if not trained correctly to understand context.
'This is a hard day' for NASA's Mars Exploration Rover as Opportunity mission ends
       
NASA on Wednesday announced the end of the Opportunity Mars Exploration Rover mission after being unable to raise the robot since June. Even so, this is a hard day," said John Callas, the Mars Exploration Rover project manager in a televised press conference from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. With the rovers, NASA now had "geologists on wheels," who could roll around and investigate. Even at the end when the rovers stopped communicating, the batteries still had 85 percent of their capacity. While the Opportunity mission is complete, it's not the end of NASA Mars mission.
Facebook 'unfriends' Australia: uproar as news pages go dark
       
Facebook wiped out pages from Australian state governments and charities as well as from domestic and international news organisations, three days before the launch of a nationwide COVID-19 vaccination programme. Facebook said it had blocked a wide swathe of pages because the draft law did not clearly define news content. It said its commitment to combat misinformation had not changed, and it would restore pages that were taken down by mistake. Facebook used its machine learning tools to identify news on the site to enforce the Australia action that blocked everything from news and government websites to its own site in Australia at one point. Still, Facebook’s action in Australia represented a tactical split with Google.
Review: Squirrel makes decent-enough superhero in fun 'Flora & Ulysses'
       
Adam GrahamDetroit News Film CriticA girl befriends a squirrel who happens to be a superhero in "Flora & Ulysses," a madcap adventure with a fair amount of flair that is just fine for its target audience, although the over-7 crowd need not apply. It's a task worthy of a superhero, whom she finds in a squirrel that she rescues from a runaway robot vacuum cleaner during an outdoor mishap. (Of course it's Ulysses, it's right there in the title, guys. Armed with tranquilizer darts, he tracks Ulysses and tries to take him down, which leads to, what else, chase scenes involving squirrels. 'Flora & Ulysses'GRADE: B-Rated PG: for some mild action and thematic elementsRunning time: 90 minutesOn Disney+
Nasa Mars landing: Celebrations as Perseverance rover touchdown is confirmed
       
The Nasa rover, Perseverance, has successfully landed on the surface of Mars, seven months after leaving Earth. Its landing, on the Jezero Crater, means work can now begin on searching for evidence of ancient life on the Red Planet. To do this, the robot will drill and collect samples of rock and soil for analysis at a later date. Read more: Nasa's Perseverance rover lands on Mars
Why can’t the Massachusetts vaccine website work better?
       
The latest and most spectacular failure occurred Thursday morning, when the state’s main vaccine scheduling site repeatedly crashed under heavy traffic from thousands of newly-eligible residents chasing the few available appointments. Massachusetts is a global leader in heavy-duty technology fields such as robotics and artificial intelligence, yet the state government is having a nightmarish time building a simple website to let residents easily book COVID-19 vaccine appointments. Akamai works with government agencies across the US, offering a service called Vaccine Edge to help manage vaccine distribution. Massachusetts legislators said the computer failure will be a central part of their oversight investigation into the state’s various stumbles on the vaccine front. Baker cautioned that such a system would be more complicated to manage in Massachusetts, which has a much larger population and many more individual vaccine providers than West Virginia.
Road to Challenger Brands: How iRobot Is Adapting to a Rise in Home Cleaning Amid Covid-19
       
As the Covid-19 pandemic turned everyone into a bit more of a homebody over the past year, iRobot has seen consumers place more priority on keeping their living spaces clean.
Is China Emerging as the Global Leader in AI?
       
China is quickly closing the once formidable lead the U.S. maintained on AI research. Twenty years ago, there was a huge gulf between China and the United States on AI research. From a research perspective, China has become a world leader in AI publications and patents. As of March 2019, the number of Chinese AI firms has reached 1,189, second only to the U.S., which has more than 2,000 active AI firms. “Currently, everyone is proud of publishing AI research results,” one manager of NISE Intelligent Technology, a startup specializing in AI algorithms and AI chips, told us.
Google reshuffles AI team leadership after researcher's controversial departure
       
Ten teams centered around AI ethics, fairness, and accessibility — including the Ethical AI team, which Gebru had previously helped lead — will report to her. Google AI Research Scientist Timnit Gebru speaks onstage during Day 3 of TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2018 at Moscone Center on September 7, 2018 in San Francisco, California. Until early December, when she abruptly left the company , Gebru was the co-leader of Google's Ethical AI team. Google GOOG Gebru's sudden exit sparked anger among many Google employees and others in the tech industry that continues to simmer months later, often exhibited via emotional posts on Twitter. The employee said morale in the ethical AI group is "pretty low."
NASA's Perseverance rover lands on Mars
       
NASA has unveiled the first pictures from its fifth Mars rover, Perseverance, after a successful landing on the red planet's Jezero crater on Thursday. Perseverance, the most technologically advanced robot NASA has sent to date, will remain on Mars for nearly two years, searching for signs of ancient life and exploring the planet's surface. The rover, built in NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., is about 10 feet long, 9 feet wide, seven feet tall and about 2,260 pounds, about 278 pounds heavier than its predecessor, Curiosity. Perseverance also has a robotic arm that reaches about seven feet long, containing cameras, a chemical analyzer, and a rock drill, and is nuclear powered using a plutonium generator provided by the U.S. Department of Energy. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPPerseverance traveled 293 million miles to reach Mars over the course of more than six months after launching on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaverl on July 30.
'Building blocks of life exist' on Mars, former NASA administrator confirms
       
"The building blocks of life exist all over Mars," former NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine told "Your World" Thursday as the Perseverance rover successfully landed on the Red Planet. The agency's fifth Mars rover is tasked with searching for signs that microbial life may have lived on the planet billions of years ago, as well as collecting rock and soil samples that will eventually be returned to Earth. The red planet contains 12 kilometers of liquid water below its surface, Bridenstine explained, "and we know that the methane cycles of Mars match the seasons of Mars. A helicopter and two microphones make the rover the most technologically advanced robot that NASA has ever sent to Mars. "If there is a chance to find signs of ancient life," responded Bridenstine, "that is a place to find it."
Lindsey Vonn and Ex-Fiancé P.K. Subban List Beverly Hills Home for $7.2 Million
       
The Daily BeastNASANASA’s Perseverance rover completed its intricate dance and landed safely on the surface of Mars at 3:49 p.m. “Perseverance is ready to begin sifting the sands for past life!”The safe landing was far from a foregone conclusion. As Perseverance plummeted at a top speed of three miles per second through Mars’ thin atmosphere, Mission-controllers nervously munched peanuts—a NASA tradition since the 1960s.But nothing went wrong. “First there is the cost, and a loss of the spacecraft means years of waiting—and a new round of funding—to recover. If it fails, they have nothing to show for their effort.”Perseverance, NASA’s fifth Mars rover since 1997 and a direct successor to the agency’s famous Curiosity rover, is actually the third Earth robot to approach Mars this month.
IBM exploring sale of its Watson Health unit
       
International Business Machines Corp. is exploring a potential sale of its IBM Watson Health business, according to people familiar with the matter, as the technology giant’s new chief executive moves to streamline the company and become more competitive in cloud computing. IBM IBM, +0.63% is studying alternatives for the unit that could include a sale to a private-equity firm or industry player or a merger with a blank-check company, the people said. The unit, which employs artificial intelligence to help hospitals, insurers and drug makers manage their data, has roughly $1 billion in annual revenue and isn’t currently profitable, the people said.
Bearing.ai comes out of stealth to optimize the shipping industry
       
Lands large customers at seaArtificial intelligence startup Bearing.ai emerged from stealth this week, as it announced major customer wins in the maritime shipping industry. The company, which was founded in 2019, hopes to use AI to optimize shipping route navigation, initially with a focus on reducing fuel consumption. Mitsui gave Bearing data on some 2,500 ships from the technically-independent-but-aligned Mitsui O.S.K. One of the world’s largest shipping companies, MOL now plans to use the system across some of its current fleet. The maritime shipping industry is well-positioned for AI to drive significant optimization," Ng said.
Peak says $21m funding round will help 'level the playing field' for AI in business
       
The company runs a one-stop-shop for AI implementationBritish ‘decision intelligence’ firm Peak has announced $21 million in Series B funding, bringing its total raised to $43 million. The Manchester-based company claims its platform has delivered “transformational results” to its clients, which include the likes of PepsiCo, KFC, ASOS, and Marshalls. Making critical decisions without AI would be like driving a Formula 1 car while wearing a blindfold. “AI enables businesses to make consistently great decisions, faster and more accurately than ever before. In 2019, Peak won the AI Summit’s AIconics award for the Best Application of AI in Sales and Marketing.
AiFi and Wundermart team up for checkout-less stores throughout Europe
       
To start, 20 Wundermart locations will be fully automated using the OASIS platformAutonomous retail specialist AiFi and Amsterdam-based ‘grab-and-go’ shopping brand Wundermart are teaming up to bring 20 checkout-less convenience stores to locations around Europe in the first quarter of 2021. Presently, Wundermart customers enter a store – usually found in hotels, offices and transport hubs – select their items, scan them, and make their payment at the self-checkout kiosk. As well as tracking items selected by each customer – which can include fresh produce, dispensed drinks and shelf items – Wundermart will use AiFi’s computer vision to monitor inventory levels and obtain better insights into consumer behavior. Back in the US, AiFi has a number of retailers using its OASIS (Orchestrated Autonomous Store Infrastructure and Services) platform. Evidently, AiFi is hoping to take on the likes of Amazon, which has the first mover advantage with its Amazon Go network.
Artificial Neural Nets Finally Yield Clues to How Brains Learn
       
Any biologically plausible learning rule also needs to abide by the limitation that neurons can access information only from neighboring neurons; backprop may require information from more remote neurons. So “if you take backprop to the letter, it seems impossible for brains to compute,” said Bengio. The forward weights slowly align themselves with the randomly selected backward weights to eventually yield the correct answers, giving the algorithm its name: feedback alignment. However, for every backward pass that a traditional backprop algorithm makes in a deep neural network, a predictive coding network has to iterate multiple times. That may or may not result in a spike, or action potential, going out on the neuron’s axon to the dendrites of post-synaptic neurons.
Misclassifying A Snowman As A Pedestrian Is Troublesome For AI Autonomous Cars
       
In particular, I’m referring to a posted indication of a snowman that was misclassified as a pedestrian by an AI driving system. It is seemingly a lot better to misclassify a snowman as a pedestrian than to do the opposite of misclassifying a pedestrian as a snowman. But, the reality is that there will be a mix of self-driving cars and human-driven cars for quite a while, likely decades (there are about 250 million conventional cars in the U.S. alone, and they are not going to overnight be replaced by self-driving cars). There is also the ever-present specter of lawsuits that might one day be launched against those that make self-driving cars. This comports with the belief by some that the real-world will need to conform to what self-driving cars can do, rather than self-driving cars being sufficiently improved to handle the real-world that they are immersed in.
Guidelines for Getting Started with AIOps
       
By AI Trends StaffAs AI becomes more mainstreamed as a software development approach, enterprise IT operations need to get involved with managing its complexity. The need for AI to help IT operations, AIOps, has accelerated as organizations attempt to incorporate AI systems into their production environments. Tools positioning in the AIOps market incorporate analytics and machine learning to help get the job done. AIOps tools are also capable of predicting when issues are likely to happen, so they can be prevented. In advice for IT managers on how to proceed, the AppDynamic experts recommended: identify your AIOps goals, go step-by-step and watch the AIOps market closely, because it is evolving rapidly.
Volkswagen Collaborating with Microsoft to Build Automated Driving Platform
       
Microsoft plans to rely on its Azure cloud service to support the effort. The mission was to bring car software development in-house, instead of getting most of it from partners. Groupwide software development was moved from the Wolfsburg headquarters to Ingolstadt, where the Audi brand is based, according to an account in AutomotiveNewsEurope. The companies will start working on ADP immediately and are looking to continuously expand the functional scope of the development platform. The new software platform will first come to play at the end of 2024.
Working on Open Source AI Project to Tune Models
       
By AI Trends StaffIBM and the Quebec AI Institute (Mila) are collaborating to accelerate the Orion AI and machine learning open source technology they started working on together in early 2020, to improve a key component known as hyperparameter optimization. The project aims to help researchers improve machine learning model performance, and pinpoint with the “black box” of AI where their models need work, according to a related IBM press release. IBM Intends to Integrate Orion Code into Watson Machine Learning AcceleratorIBM’s Spectrum Computing team based in Markham, Ontario, has contributed to the Orion code base. IBM intends to integrate the open-source Orion code into its Watson Machine Learning Accelerator. To accelerate the training process, Watson Machine Learning Accelerator includes SnapML, a distributed machine-learning library for GPU acceleration supporting logistic regression, linear regression and support vector machine models.
Rule-Based AI vs. Machine Learning for Development
       
Rule-based AI systems borrow from rule-based expert system development, which tapped the knowledge of human experts to solve complex problems by reasoning through bodies of knowledge. Today rule-based AI models include a set of rules and a set of facts, described in a recent account in BecomingHuman/Medium. The machine learning system constantly evolves and adapts based on training data streams, relying on models that use statistics. Machine learning models typically require more data than rule-based models. “Combining rules-based systems with machine learning enables each approach to make up for the shortcomings of the other,” states Grisenthwaite.
From vision to reality: the rise of Artificial Intelligence in the healthcare sector
       
Paula Bellostas Muguerza, Partner at Kearney, explores the growing significance of Artificial Intelligence in the healthcare sector. But while the COVID-19 pandemic has been devastating, it has also catalysed technological developments in and awareness of healthcare AI. The potential uses of Artificial Intelligence in the healthcare sector are vast, and the technology is rapidly gaining momentum with investors as a result. For healthcare providers and associated organisations, it remains a real challenge to turn vision into reality. Once more, the implications are enormous and not only for research scientists but for the role of Artificial Intelligence in the healthcare sector as a whole.
Happy Mars Day!
       
I hope we’ll see robots landing on Mars tomorrow. Scheduled arrival beginning 11:15am Thursday February 18 2021 with touchdown at 12:55pm PST. After nearly 300 million miles, our Perseverance rover completes its journey to Mars on Thursday, Feb. 18. To reach the surface of the Red Planet, it has to survive the harrowing final phase known as Entry, Descent, and Landing. Touchdown is scheduled for approximately 3:55 p.m. EST.
AI Weekly — AI News & Leading Newsletter on Deep Learning & Artificial Intelligence
       
EthicsWho Should Stop Unethical A.I.? When the SIGCHI ethics committee began its work, Shilton said, conference reviewers—ordinary computer scientists deciding whether to accept or reject papers based on intellectual merit—“were really serving as the one and only source for pushing back on a lot of practices which are considered...Is Your Company Ready For Generation AI? As more AI product comes onto the market all relevant stakeholders need to construct mechanisms to protect children while still enabling the benefits of AI, says Seth Bergeson, a PwC Fellow at the Forum who is leading the Generation AI project’s work with partners from the private, public, and...
Algorithmic injustice: a relational ethics approach
       
Complex, contextual, continually moving social and political challenges are automated and packaged as mathematical and engineering problems. Simultaneously, research on algorithmic injustice shows how ML automates and perpetuates historical, often unjust and discriminatory, patterns. The negative consequences of algorithmic systems, especially on marginalized communities, have spurred work on algorithmic fairness. Still, most of this work is narrow in scope, focusing on fine-tuning specific models, making datasets more inclusive/representative, and “debiasing” datasets. This work hopes for a system-wide acceptance of critical work as an essential component of AI ethics, fairness, and justice.
Which artificial intelligence applications will flourish by 2030?
       
3 min readBy Gautam GoswamiFor decades, artificial intelligence has been depicted as a sinister force in science fiction. I expect that half of all commerce will shift to voice technology by the mid-to-late decade. Today, seeking help with a home appliance issue typically begins with a call to the OEM’s Customer Service desk or local service center. Yet private developers of those algorithms guard their creations jealously and government agencies rarely divulge how their algorithms work. Yet the speed, comprehensiveness, and cost savings from AI technology are far too valuable to simply write off.
The Origin of Robot Arm Programming Languages – Rodney Brooks
       
In the late sixties, mechanical engineer Victor Scheinman at the Stanford AI Lab designed what became known as the Stanford Arm. There was actually a fourth Stanford Arm built, the Green Arm. Well, why not make the assembly language look like the PDP-10 assembly language??? People soon realized that a pun on computer assembly language was not powerful enough to do real work. In this way the engineer in the video is able to effortlessly move the robot arm to anywhere she likes.
The AI Ethics Brief #43: Learning Community 2.0, India, China, large language models, and more ...
       
Welcome to another edition of the Montreal AI Ethics Institute’s weekly AI Ethics Brief that will help you keep up with the fast-changing world of AI Ethics! Every week we summarize the best of AI Ethics research and reporting, along with some commentary. We use this Wikipedia-style tipping model to support the democratization of AI ethics literacy and to ensure we can continue to serve our community. I am guilty of the same when I saw that some other AI ethics folks were hosting conversations there (ironic!) Apply nowEvents:The state of AI ethics in Spain and Canada (El estado de la ética IA en España y Canadá)We’re partnering with OdiseIA to discuss the state of AI ethics in Canada and in Spain.
RoMi-H: Bringing robot traffic control to healthcare
       
RoMi-H: Bringing robot traffic control to healthcareImagine for a moment that a road is used only for a single car and driver. Even before the onset of COVID-19, the number of robots and automation technologies introduced and tested in the healthcare industry has been skyrocketing. First announced in July 2018, Robotic Middleware for Healthcare (RoMi-H) is a unique open-source system built on ROS 2 and simulated using the Gazebo simulator. This allows RMF to provide a common platform for integrating heterogeneous robotic systems. We see the RoMi-H project as a significant step, encouraging an open and integrated approach to robotics development and digitising healthcare.
Is Your Company Ready For Generation AI?
       
On February 16 the World Economic Forum will announce a collaborative initiative that will help set industry standards for AI-enabled smart toys, as part of its “Generation AI” project on developing artificial intelligence standards for children. If you don’t think responsible use of AI impacting children is an issue that concerns nearly every business, think again. This is highly concerning given the prevalence of bias in AI to which children are less attuned than adults, says the Forum. The Smart Toy Awards initiative, which kicks off next week, is inviting designers, developers and makers of smart toys to submit their products for review. Submissions will be judged on four criteria: data privacy and cybersecurity, accessibility, use of AI and transparency and age appropriateness and healthy play.
Designer-centered reinforcement learning
       
If the ratio of the style reward to the task reward is too high, the style reward overwhelms the task reward and navigation performance suffers. PBRS is a simple yet powerful technique where, at each step, we subtract the previous step’s style reward from the total reward (task reward plus style reward) of the current step. Figure 1: Potential-based reward shaping (PBRS) makes integrating the style reward into the task reward easier, preventing the style reward from degrading task performance even at high style-reward-to-task-reward ratios. The automatic reward ratio scheduler is effective in keeping the task reward above the specified task threshold. Figure 2a shows the task reward with different designer-specified minimum task reward thresholds.
Who Should Stop Unethical A.I.?
       
​“What is this hot garbage, #NeurIPS2019?” Alex Hanna, a trans woman and sociologist at Google who studies A.I. “It would be disappointing if we couldn’t investigate correlations—if done ethically,” one researcher wrote. “Curious if there have been discussions around having ethics review boards at either conferences or with funding agencies (like IRB) to guide AI research,” one person wrote. We will bring that up in the next board meeting.”Before leaving Vancouver, I sat down with Katherine Heller, a computer scientist at Duke University and a NeurIPS co-chair for diversity and inclusion. I presented her with a tweet, from an Austrian computer scientist, about how the software might make trans people feel.
Bosch partners with Fetch.ai to ‘transform’ digital ecosystems using DLTs
       
Bosch has partnered with Cambridge-based AI blockchain startup Fetch.ai with the aim of transforming existing digital ecosystems using distributed ledger technologies (DLTs). After the mainnet launch, Bosch intends to run nodes and applications on Fetch.ai’s blockchain network. Jonathan Ward, CTO of Fetch.ai, commented:“We have been working with Bosch for some time towards our shared vision of building open, fair, and transparent digital ecosystems. Fetch.ai’s vision is bold but it has the team and partnerships to pull it off. The venture capital arm of Bosch, Robert Bosch Venture-Capital, invested in the IOTA Foundation.
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Google’s new AI ethics lead calls for more ‘diplomatic’ conversation
       
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