Sep 21,2020

  Research into AI, Neuroscience, Psychology Aims to Make AI Less Artificial.  AI Put to Work to Help Assess Structural Integrity of Bridges.  Coping With Havoc Is A Must For AI Autonomous Cars.  Quantum Computers Getting Closer with DOE Commitment to Fund.  Scientists Imagine Worldwide Real-Time Dream Reporting Assisted by AI.  Face-mask recognition has arrived—for better or worse.  Is the Internet Conscious? If It Were, How Would We Know?.  AI Ethics #23: Repeating society's classic mistakes in AI ethics, contesting ML benchmarks, cognitive science of fake news, insurance for the gig economy, and more ....  A Pandemic AI Engine Without Borders.  AI ethics groups are repeating one of society’s classic mistakes.    Issue #178: From viral conspiracies to exam fiascos, algorithms come with serious side effects.  Optimizing with constraints: reparametrization and geometry..  Robot takes contact-free measurements of patients’ vital signs.  ELLIS inaugurates 30 research units at leading institutions across Europe.  ACMI Lab.  It’s Time for a Reckoning About This Foundational Piece of Police Technology.  Andrew Critch on AI Research Considerations for Human Existential Safety.  Global Supply Chain Disruptions Driving Robotics Adoption.  Robotics Archives.  A(I)hoy, mateys: IBM’s crewless ocean research ship to launch ‘very soon’.  
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Research into AI, Neuroscience, Psychology Aims to Make AI Less Artificial
       
By AI Trends StaffResearch at the intersection of AI, psychology, and neuroscience is attracting interest and investment. The effort revealed the brain’s temporal dynamics, the way a pattern of neural activity changes from one moment to the next. To recognize an image of a cow, a machine learning system needs to be fed many, many images of cows in order to learn. One approach is to focus on ideas that improve machine learning and identify new areas of neuroscience, at the same time. “Lessons can go both ways, from brain science to artificial intelligence—and back, with AI research highlighting new questions for biological neuroscientists,” Silva suggests.
AI Put to Work to Help Assess Structural Integrity of Bridges
       
By AI Trends StaffAI is being applied to assess the health of civil infrastructure through systems that test the integrity of bridges. Measuring the bridge’s response to those elements present a picture of the bridge’s structural health. Researchers in Shanghai Studying Bridge Health Using AI and Big DataA technical paper on Bridge Structural Health Monitoring Aided by Big Data (BD) and AI was recently published in the Journal of Structural Engineering. While structural health monitoring (SHM) techniques have been widely-used in long-span bridges, the massive SHM data is not well interpreted, states the abstract. His recent research topics have included: research on key technologies for health monitoring and online evaluation of large and complex bridge structures, and for highway bridge health monitoring based on the priorities of management.
Coping With Havoc Is A Must For AI Autonomous Cars
       
The offense wants to keep the havoc rating as low as possible; the defense is aiming to get as high a havoc rating as they can, showcasing how often they can cause the offense to slip-up. Perhaps we ought to be using a havoc rating when it comes to the emergence of true AI-based autonomous self-driving cars. All those cars are not going to suddenly be dispatched to the scrap heap upon the introduction of self-driving cars. For a lengthy foreseeable future, there will be both human-driven cars and self-driving cars mixing together on our highways and byways. Nobody knows, and especially nobody knows if we aren’t measuring the havoc producing and havoc handling capabilities of self-driving cars.
Quantum Computers Getting Closer with DOE Commitment to Fund
       
Software development for quantum computers is only beginning. The US government is investing in quantum computer research, with the Department of Energy (DOE) having just announced five new National Quantum Information Science Research Centers. The announcement is a follow-up to the National Quantum Initiative Act, signed in December 2018, which committed $625 million in funding over five years. Quantum computers are soon expected to be able to perform mathematical calculations not possible for the most advanced current computers. Read the source articles in Scientific American, in Barron’s and in a DOE press release on the quantum internet.
Scientists Imagine Worldwide Real-Time Dream Reporting Assisted by AI
       
Scientists in the UK and Italy have created an AI tool to analyze dream reports, which are text reports written by the dreamer when they wake up. The analysis of dream reports previously demanded a time-consuming manual annotation of text, which is why dream reports have recently been mined with algorithms focused on identifying emotions, according to a recent account in the Royal Society Open Science journal. The goal is to mine important aspects of dream reports, such as characters and interactions, in a principled way grounded in academic literature. The team designed a tool that automatically scores dream reports based on a widely-used dream analysis scale. It should be noted that a movie might be just a coarse approximation for a dream,” stated Kamitani.
Face-mask recognition has arrived—for better or worse
       
And those who have had qualms about facial recognition wonder whether mask recognition software, as well intentioned as it may be, should have a place in today’s society. Developers say that mask recognition software in theory bypasses privacy issues because the programs don’t actually identify the people. But Oregon also has a state-wide mask mandate, and Hector Dominguez, the Smart City Open Data Coordinator for Portland, sees mask recognition as different from facial recognition with regards to its privacy risks. Even though Portland’s facial recognition ban wouldn’t affect the use of mask recognition systems, Dominguez is wary that mask recognition systems would in fact capture more: “Masks are not going to stop facial recognition,” he says. Ultimately, the pitfall of mask recognition is that it might set a dangerous precedent for what happens when the pandemic is over, say its critics.
Is the Internet Conscious? If It Were, How Would We Know?
       
Is it possible that the internet could become conscious, and if it were already, how would we know? I say this not to alarm you, only to suggest why the prospect of a conscious internet isn’t often discussed. So perhaps we should reformulate your question: Does the internet behave like a creature with an internal life? Some of the more convincing evidence for internet consciousness might be difficult to perceive, since we ourselves would be the nodes and neurons that constitute the brain. As it happens, one of the most convincing cases for internet consciousness stems from a theory of mind that was developed to account for precisely this kind of unified experience.
AI Ethics #23: Repeating society's classic mistakes in AI ethics, contesting ML benchmarks, cognitive science of fake news, insurance for the gig economy, and more ...
       
Welcome to the twenty-third edition of our weekly newsletter that will help you navigate the fast changing world of AI Ethics! Learn about the relevance of classification to AI ethics and more in our AI Ethics Living dictionary. Consulting on AI Ethics by the research team at the Montreal AI Ethics InstituteIn this day and age, organizations using AI are expected to do more than just create captivating technologies that solve tough social problems. The Montreal AI Ethics Institute wants to help you ‘make’ your AI organization. In recent years, the AI Ethics community has moved past high-level frameworks and begun to focus on statistical bias mitigation.
A Pandemic AI Engine Without Borders
       
Rubin – whose research uses AI to extract biomedical information from radiology images to guide physicians – had the right tool for the challenge. This method promotes global involvement in a project while avoiding several challenges with centralized learning, such as data privacy, security, and access rights. To reduce this variation, Rubin’s collaborators developed an initial centralized deep learning model on CT data collected from three Tongji hospitals in Wuhan, China. “We are all affected by this pandemic, and we all need to work together to fight it,” Rubin says. “Federated learning approaches may provide a means of overcoming a number of the challenges inhibiting global collaborations in this fight.”Stanford HAI's mission is to advance AI research, education, policy and practice to improve the human condition.
AI ethics groups are repeating one of society’s classic mistakes
       
International organizations and corporations are racing to develop global guidelines for the ethical use of artificial intelligence. AI systems have repeatedly been shown to cause problems that disproportionately affect marginalized groups while benefiting a privileged few. The global AI ethics efforts under way today—of which there are dozens—aim to help everyone benefit from this technology, and to prevent it from causing harm. At worst, these flawed standards will lead to more AI systems and tools that perpetuate existing biases and are insensitive to local cultures. Including non-Western countries in AI ethics is the best way to avoid repeating this pattern.
Issue #178: From viral conspiracies to exam fiascos, algorithms come with serious side effects
       
Organizations are employing algorithms to allocate valuable resources, design work schedules, analyze employee performance, and even decide whether employees can stay on the job. Sandra Wachter, a Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center, Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School and Associate Professor and Senior Research Fellow in Law and Ethics of AI, Big Data, Robotics and Internet Regulation at the Oxford Internet Institute (OII) at the University of Oxford, joined...She had come for a meeting with other government officials at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and she wanted to spread the word that it was high time for the West to join forces and beat China at writing the global rules for artificial intelligence.
Optimizing with constraints: reparametrization and geometry.
       
As the learning rate goes to zero, we are simulating a continuous gradient flow, of which gradient descent is a discretized approximation. \]Projection finds the point \(x \in \mathcal{X}\) closest to \(x^{(t+½)}\), i.e.,\[ \operatorname{Proj}_\mathcal{X}\big(x^{(t+½)}\big) \coloneqq \argmin_{x \in \mathcal{X}} \| x - x^{(t+½)} \|^2\,. Yet, the way that mirror descent leans on moving from \(\mathcal{X}\) to \(\mathcal{U}\) is very familiar to the reparametrization strategy. We have explored the two most popular strategies for dealing with simple constraints: reparametrization and projected gradient optimization. Exponentiated gradient versus gradient descent for linear predictors.
Robot takes contact-free measurements of patients’ vital signs
       
Robot takes contact-free measurements of patients’ vital signsBy Anne TraftonDuring the current coronavirus pandemic, one of the riskiest parts of a health care worker’s job is assessing people who have symptoms of Covid-19. Researchers from MIT, Boston Dynamics, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital hope to reduce that risk by using robots to remotely measure patients’ vital signs. Health care workers can maneuver the robot to wherever patients are sitting, using a handheld controller. Measurements from the infrared camera can also be used to calculate the patient’s breathing rate. While in the near term, the researchers plan to focus on triage applications, in the longer term, they envision that the robots could be deployed in patients’ hospital rooms.
ELLIS inaugurates 30 research units at leading institutions across Europe
       
Tübingen, September 15, 2020 – The European Laboratory for Learning and Intelligent Systems (ELLIS) today inaugurated 30 research units at a virtual ceremony. Spanning 14 European countries, the ELLIS network includes several world-class institutions (see a full list of units below). The ELLIS units will make a decisive contribution to> securing Europe’s sovereignty and leadership in the research field of modern AI. The ELLIS units were selected on the basis of scientific excellence by a committee of leading scientists from several different countries. Twenty percent of this sum will go toward ELLIS network activities such as student and faculty exchanges and the organization of joint ELLIS research programs and workshops.
ACMI Lab
       
Building intelligent systems applicable in the real world requires more than prediction. Deploying data-driven technology in society requires accounting for the complex dynamics and feedback loops mediating this interaction. Aligning with social desiderata such as fairness requires a philosophically coherent treatment. ACMI lab studies core machine learning methods, their applications in healthcare, and their social impacts. We seek to address these outer loop questions, while leveraging breakthroughs in representation learning to address the diverse raw data sources that deep learning has made accessible.
It’s Time for a Reckoning About This Foundational Piece of Police Technology
       
After being an early adopter of predictive policing, the Santa Cruz, California, became the first city in the United States to ban its use. But a foundational piece of police technology is missing from this reckoning: criminal intelligence databases. Without clear gang database policies, police officers more often than not rely on subjective judgments and stereotypes to determine gang members and gang activity. And research and reporting on gang databases have shown that these judgments on who and what to include in gang databases reflect a historic pattern of overpolicing Black, Latinx, and other racial and ethnic minority communities. Future Tense is a partnership of Slate, New America, and Arizona State University that examines emerging technologies, public policy, and society.
Andrew Critch on AI Research Considerations for Human Existential Safety
       
Topics discussed in this episode include:The mainstream computer science view of AI existential riskDistinguishing AI safety from AI existential safetyThe need for more precise terminology in the field of AI existential safety and alignmentThe concept of prepotent AI systems and the problem of delegationWhich alignment problems get solved by commercial incentives and which don’tThe threat of diffusion of responsibility on AI existential safety considerations not covered by commercial incentivesPrepotent AI risk types that lead to unsurvivability for humanityTimestamps:0:00 Intro2:53 Why Andrew wrote ARCHES and what it’s about6:46 The perspective of the mainstream CS community on AI existential risk13:03 ARCHES in relation to AI existential risk literature16:05 The distinction between safety and existential safety24:27 Existential risk is most likely to obtain through externalities29:03 The relationship between existential safety and safety for current systems33:17 Research areas that may not be solved by natural commercial incentives51:40 What’s an AI system and an AI technology? I would say Superintelligence, by Nick Bostrom, is literature on AI existential risk, but it is not a research agenda. But it’s at this time in 2020 a real problem that you have people … When they’re thinking existential safety, they’re saying safety, they’re saying AI safety. Just to summarize this, people were walking around saying like, “I work on AI safety.” But really, that means that I’ve bought into AI existential risk and I work on AI existential risk. So I’m not trying to defend the concept of AI alignment in relation to the concept of AI existential safety.
Global Supply Chain Disruptions Driving Robotics Adoption
       
Reshoring manufacturing to their home countries and diversifying supply chains are now priorities as firms look to maintain greater control and avoid costly interruptions. Since China entered the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2001, the US lost over 4 million manufacturing jobs (4). The US-China trade conflict raised alarm bells about the fragility of global supply chains. World Trade Organization, “World Trade Statistical Review 2019,” Jun 8, 2019. Reshoring Institute, “Reshoring Institute 2019 Survey of Global Manufacturing,” 2020.
Robotics Archives
       
IBM’s crewless AI-powered ship is due to begin roaming the oceans this month, collecting vital data about something we still know incredibly little about. Humans have travelled the sea in some form for tens of thousands of years—with the earliest crossings occurring around 53,000 to 65,000 years ago (when Australo-Melanesian populations migrated into the Sahul landmass – known today as Australia and New Guinea – from what used to be the Sundaland...
A(I)hoy, mateys: IBM’s crewless ocean research ship to launch ‘very soon’
       
IBM’s crewless AI-powered ship is due to begin roaming the oceans this month, collecting vital data about something we still know incredibly little about. Arguably, the last major ocean research expedition was between 1872 and 1876 when a converted Royal Navy gunship known as the Challenger travelled close to 70,000 nautical miles and catalogued over 4,000 previously unknown species. Inspired by the Challenger’s story, IBM has teamed up with non-profit ProMare to make a similarly large impact on ocean research. The autonomous ship, Mayflower, is named after the ship which carried pilgrim settlers from Plymouth, England to Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620. 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 achieve 94% power reduction for on-device AI tasks
       
Researchers from Applied Brain Research (ABR) have achieved significantly reduced power consumption for a range of AI-powered devices. With LMU, on-device AI tasks – such as those on speech-enabled devices like wearables, smartphones, and smart speakers – can take up to 94 percent less power. ABR says the LMU can be used to build AI networks for all time-varying tasks—such as speech processing, video analysis, sensor monitoring, and control systems. The AI industry’s current go-to model is the Long-Short-Term-Memory (LSTM) network. 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.
Nvidia and ARM will open ‘world-class’ AI centre in Cambridge
       
Nvidia is already putting its $40 billion ARM acquisition to good use by opening a “world-class” AI centre in Cambridge. Nvidia is going further in its commitment to the UK by opening a new AI centre in Cambridge, which is home to an increasing number of exciting startups in the field such as FiveAI, Prowler.io, Fetch.ai, and Darktrace. – Nvidia will use the centre to establish new UK-based research partnerships, expanding on successful relationships already established with King’s College and Oxford. Industry Collaboration – AI is still in its infancy but will impact every industry to some extent. 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.
Expert calls out ‘misleading’ claim that OpenAI’s GPT-3 wrote a full article
       
AI expert Jarno Duursma has called out a misleading article in The Guardian which claims to have been written entirely by OpenAI’s GPT-3. The headline of the article which Duursma questions is: “A robot wrote this entire article. GPT-3 requires human input and must first be supplied with text prompts. While AIs can help with things like gathering research and completing tasks, it all still requires human prompts. 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.
Baidu debuts updated AI framework and voice platform, wireless earbuds
       
In addition to voice-activated earbuds dubbed the Xiaodu Pods, the company showcased the newest generation of its natural language processing platform, DuerOS, and its PaddlePaddle machine learning development framework. Xiaodu PodsBaidu also unveiled Xiaodu Pods, dual-microphone earbuds that are imbued with the company’s Xiaodu assistant and claim to last 28 hours on a charge. The wireless Xiaodu Pods have a noise-canceling feature and can translate between several languages. ApolloBeyond PaddlePaddle 2.0, DuerOS 6.0, and Baidu Brain 6.0, Baidu announced developments regarding Apollo, its open source software solution for driverless vehicles. This will arrive alongside the latest version of Apollo: Apollo 6.0.
Major pharma companies, including Novartis and Merck, build federated learning platform for drug discovery
       
Marking a larger milestone, they say they have also completed the platform’s first federated learning runs. In machine learning, federated learning entails training algorithms across decentralized devices holding data samples without exchanging those samples. Owkin supplied Owkin Connect, its privacy-preserving framework designed for multitasking federated learning, while KU Leuven provided an open source library called SparseChem for training machine learning models specific to drug discovery. MELLODDY project partners say they have begun scientific and business case assessments of the results of the first cycle of modeling runs. The MELLODDY project builds on other efforts to uncover health insights through the use of federated learning.
Over 1,000 parents sign open letter protesting facial recognition in schools
       
Fight for the Future’s campaign comes as an increasing number of schools consider deploying facial recognition tech to combat the coronavirus pandemic. And in New Hampshire, the Rio Rancho Public Schools Board of Education ordered dozens of GoSafe tablets that have built-in facial recognition components. Elementary and high school students aren’t the only ones being subjected to facial recognition. Countless studies have shown that facial recognition is susceptible to bias. In July, New York passed a moratorium on the use of facial recognition and other forms of biometric identification in schools until 2022.
RapidAI raises $25 million to analyze medical scans with AI algorithms
       
RapidAI (formerly iSchemaView), a startup developing a portfolio of stroke imaging and assessment products, today closed a $25 million round. RapidAI offers a number of imaging products to address the over 15 million people who suffer strokes each year, according to the World Health Organization. Surgical Preview, which leverages computational models to highlight potential aneurysms, calculate and record measurements, compare patient scans, and simulate treatment scenarios. RapidAI says its AI algorithms have analyzed over 1 million scans from more than 1,600 hospitals in over 50 countries to date. A spokesperson said the company’s revenue is between $25 million and $50 million per year.
How automation is helping companies pivot in the pandemic (VB Live)
       
Presented by Blue PrismThe pandemic has put a spotlight on the role of automation in business. To learn how the technology landscape is evolving, the benefits companies are achieving beyond cost savings, how automation improves business resiliency and more, don’t miss this VB Live event. And they’re turning to robotic process automation (RPA) to make it happen. “Everybody’s first thought about automation is direct cost savings, hours savings, headcount savings,” Noble says. Attendees will learn about:Evolving technologies used in automation initiativesHow automation supports business resiliencyWays to scale automation across the enterpriseSpeakers:
The promise of voice AI in game development
       
The latest advancements in voice AI bring with it a host of new opportunities for creatives, game developers, game media, and more. Dialogue prototyping meets scalabilityGame development is rife with opportunities to embrace voice AI. But this is changing with the feasibility and increased accessibility of voice AI for rapid prototyping among game designers. For smaller studios, voice AI solutions can bring significant savings while also raising the bar on production quality (as we’ve seen with animation software). As voice actors embrace using AI voice technology, game developers will have access to a rich library of AI voices to choose from for their game, while voice actors can create new revenue streams for themselves through a streamlined voice marketplace.
Facebook rolls out automatic captions for Instagram TV
       
Facebook today announced the availability of automatic captions for Instagram TV (IGTV), beginning with captions for on-demand videos in 16 languages globally. The rollout follows the launch of automatic captioning for Facebook Live and Workplace Live, which arrived in March for six languages (English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German, and French). According to Facebook, the number of Facebook Live broadcasts from Pages doubled in June 2020 compared to the same time last year. Facebook launched its first automatic captioning product in February 2016, for video ads. In October of that same year, the social network rolled out a free video captioning tool for all U.S. English Facebook Pages.
Standalone VR headsets are finally ready to make a big leap forward
       
Apple reveals “what is now,” while Qualcomm shows off “what will be.”Last December, Qualcomm announced a breakthrough chipset called the Snapdragon XR2 for mixed reality devices. In short, XR2-based all-in-one VR headsets would perform far more like PCs than mobile phones. Image Credit: LynxThough Qualcomm didn’t respond to an inquiry on this point, there are signs R-1 won’t be the first Snapdragon XR2 headset to market. This means we’re finally ready for standalone mixed reality to take its long-awaited big leap forward. There’s no way in the world mobile-class XR2 headsets will fully eliminate the need for high-spec dedicated machines, but if the Quest’s trend continues, the visual delta between tethered and tetherless headsets will matter to fewer people.
AI-powered weight training startup Tonal raises $110 million amid home workout boom
       
AI gym equipment startup Tonal today nabbed a $110 million round from new and existing investors. Shelter-in-place orders and office closures motivated by the pandemic have sent fitness equipment sales skyrocketing over the past few months. NPD Group reported that in March alone, fitness equipment sales rose 130% year-over-year, with benches up a whopping 259%. Tonal customers can purchase a $495 accessories bundle with handles, bars, benches, rollers, workout mats, and more to add additional movements. L Catterton led the investment in San Francisco-based Tonal, with participation from new backers Delta-v Capital, the Amazon Alexa Fund, and Mousse Partners.
SiFive hires Qualcomm exec as CEO for RISC-V alternatives to Nvidia-Arm
       
RISC-V is becoming a bigger deal now that Nvidia has agreed to acquire Arm, Little said in an interview with VentureBeat. “My job coming here is to unlock the opportunity for the company,” Little said. “Now the RISC-V ecosystem is moving into broader markets, like mobile. The ecosystem is maturing very quickly.”The RISC-V organization is run by an industrywide body of supporters that includes SiFive. RISC-V International CEO Calista Redmond said in an email about the Nvidia-Arm deal, “The RISC-V ecosystem is made up of organizations across the silicon industry who have invested in multiple architectures.
Google launches Kartta Labs to recreate historical maps in 3D
       
Google today launched Kartta Labs, an open source, scalable system on Google Cloud and Kubernetes that reconstructs what cities looked like in the past from historical maps and photos. Kartta Labs was first introduced last year during the International Workshop on AI for Geographic Knowledge Discovery. According to the creators, the motivation is to organize the world’s historical maps while making them accessible and useful. Historical maps, which can help to identify cultural and social trends, are an invaluable resource not only for civic research but for planning and outreach. Other efforts to collect historical maps in digital archives exist, but Kartta goes beyond simple data collection to register the maps in space and time.
Nvidia acquires Arm from SoftBank for $40 billion
       
Nvidia confirmed that it is acquiring processor architecture firm Arm from Softbank for $40 billion. Earlier this year, Arm said its licensees had shipped more than 180 billion chips using ARM designs. Under the terms of the transaction — which has been approved by the boards of directors of Nvidia, SoftBank, and Arm — Nvidia will pay SoftBank a total of $21.5 billion in Nvidia common stock and $12 billion in cash, which includes $2 billion payable at signing. Huang said the IoT business is a data-oriented investment business and wasn’t focused on the core computing part of the Arm business. He also noted that China is an important part of Arm’s business and that he expects it to remain so.
Qualcomm details Cloud AI 100 chipset, announces developer kit
       
During its AI Day conference last April, Qualcomm unveiled the Cloud AI 100, a chipset purpose-built for machine learning inferencing and edge computing workloads. Qualcomm expects the Cloud AI 100 to give it a leg up in an AI chipset market expected to reach $66.3 million by 2025, according to a 2018 Tractica report. With the Cloud AI 100, Qualcomm hopes to tackle specific markets, such as datacenters, 5G infrastructure, and advanced driver-assistance systems. The Cloud AI 100 comes in three flavors — DM.2e, DM.2, and PCIe (Gen 3/4) — corresponding to performance range. The Cloud AI 100 and products it powers integrate a full range of developer tools, including compilers, debuggers, profilers, monitors, servicing, chip debuggers, and quantizers.
Aidoc raises $20 million more for its computer vision medical tools
       
Aidoc, which bills itself as an AI solutions provider for radiologists, today closed a $20 million extension to the series B it raised in April 2019, bringing the round total to $47 million and the company’s total raised to $60 million. Cofounder and CEO Elad Walach says the money will be used to support new customers after revenue tripled from the beginning of 2020. Aidoc offers tests for intracranial hemorrhages and spinal fractures, plus several chest exams for pulmonary embolisms, pneumothorax, rib fractures, and lung nodules. Recently, Aidoc received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to deploy its algorithms for “adjunctive” detection of findings associated with COVID-19. That’s up from around 300 medical centers as of May, but Aidoc has broader ambitions.
Buoyed by the pandemic, freelancer marketplace Fiverr launches subscription platform for businesses
       
Fiverr Business was initially made available back in February as part of a beta program, and today it is open to all companies. Fiverr Business aims to connect these freelancers into companies’ existing workflows, allowing corporate departments to more easily work with each other and manage their projects collectively. The Fiverr Business dashboard also features a chat interface, allowing all the stakeholders to post their comments on a piece of work submitted by a freelancer. Ultimately, Fiverr Business centralizes everything so that the status of all orders and projects can be viewed and filtered from a single screen. Fiverr’s platform has become an important place for businesses to turn to in order to find experienced support and solutions, and where talent has turned to look for opportunities and income.”
Seegrid closes a $52 million round for self-driving industrial vehicles
       
Seegrid, a company that builds self-driving vehicles to transport materials in industrial environments, has added a further $27 million to its recent equity funding. This closes the round at $52 million and takes the company’s total raised to $150 million, with a valuation “in excess of $400 million.”Founded in 2003, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based Seegrid has created two vision-guided vehicles (VGVs) capable of moving materials in warehouses and manufacturing sites completely autonomously. Both vehicles are on the market — a pallet truck that can transport 8,000 pounds of goods and a tow tractor that can shift 10,000 pounds. Seegrid CEO Jim Rock said he expects the company to double its revenues in 2020, which means it will have to expedite product development and new hires. While Menlo Park-based G2VP led the initial $25 million investment, Seegrid declined to divulge who topped up the round, beyond noting that the funds came from “leading technology and robotics investors.”
DeepMind wants to teach robots to play board games
       
Recent work in machine learning has led to algorithms capable of mastering board games such as Go, chess, and shogi. For example, to place a single tic-tac-toe piece, an agent has to reach the board with a 9-degree-of-freedom arm and touch the corresponding place on that board. The last game, MuJoGo, is a 7-by-7 Go board designed to be solved in roughly 50 moves (2.5 seconds). The agents employed a planner module to map ground truth game states to target states as well as plot out the actions needed to reach them. (A “reward” refers to positive feedback that reinforces desirable behaviors — or game moves, as the case may be.)
How Amazon is using machine learning to eliminate 915,000 tons of packaging
       
To make this happen, the customer packaging experience team partnered with AWS to build a machine learning solution powered by Amazon SageMaker. “This is a challenge that machine learning is uniquely able to solve,” says Matthew Bales, a manager of research science at Amazon. The machine learning differenceIn practice, this meant creating a machine learning algorithm built on terabytes of product data from product descriptions to customer feedback. “That’s going to require more machine learning, infrastructure investments, and breakthroughs in materials science. This work has certainly given us a head start.”Dig deeper: See more ways machine learning is being used to tackle today’s biggest social, humanitarian, and environmental challenges.
Varada raises $12 million to automate data lake management with AI
       
Varada, a Tel Aviv startup offering “petabyte-scale” analytics for customers with data lakes, today nabbed $12 million as it prepares to launch its data virtualization solution in general availability. Data lakes — repositories that allow the import of data in real time from multiple sources — are a hot commodity in the big data analytics sector. But as useful as data lakes might be, they’re tough to leverage effectively without scaling and data operations legwork. This brings Varada’s total raised to $22 million, following a $7.5 million round in January 2019. Analytics service provider Fractal Analytics raised $200 million in January 2019, months ahead of end-to-end data operations platform provider Unravel’s $35 million series C round.
Airtable raises $185 million to grow its low-code app platform
       
Confirming rumors, Airtable today announced it has raised $185 million in funding at a $2.585 billion valuation — more than double its previous $1.1 billion valuation. Airtable aims to meet this need with a platform that helps users with little to no coding experience develop their own workplace apps. New to the Airtable platform are apps, the spiritual successor to blocks. From a storefront called Marketplace, users can install JavaScript-based apps built by the community or create their own functionality inside of Airtable. Airtable has competition from Zoho, Smartsheet, and startups like TablePlus and Retool — not to mention Google, Microsoft, and Amazon.
How AI can reduce customer service costs by up to 30% (VB Live)
       
Every year, businesses spend over $1 trillion on customer service calls. AI-powered virtual agents and chatbots not only help businesses slash the call center costs, but dramatically improve customer relationships as well. When they need support, they turn to their computers or mobile devices, preferring to look for support through self-service databases or through messaging customer service agents. “AI does require some investment, but these conversational solutions can reduce customer service costs by up to 30%” Braga says. Obviously, unlike live agents, virtual assistants don’t need mandatory breaks, or take vacations or holidays, so augmenting live agents with virtual ones helps eliminate downtime for your customer service operation.
If Nvidia buys Arm, how open will it remain?
       
Earlier this year, Arm said its licensees had shipped more than 160 billion chips using ARM designs to date. Apple plans to use ARM-based processors to replace Intel processors in upcoming models of its Mac computers. The question is how open Nvidia would keep the ARM ecosystem if it succeeds in its acquisition. Nvidia could attempt to do something similar, as ARM processors are making some headway in both servers and low-end PCs. And since Nvidia recently surpassed Intel in market value, Nvidia has the ability to outbid Intel, which is developing its own high-end graphics.
Observe.ai raises $54 million to analyze call center conversations
       
Observe.ai, a startup developing AI call center software, today closed a $54 million funding round. The solutions aren’t perfect — human teams will always be needed, even when chatbots are deployed — but COVID-19 has accelerated the demand for AI-powered contact center messaging. Amazon recently launched an AI contact center product — Contact Lens — into general availability alongside several third-party solutions. And Google continues to expand Contact Center AI, which automatically responds to customer queries and hands them off to a person when necessary. Menlo Ventures led this week’s series B, which brings the company’s total raised to $88 million, following a $26 million funding round in December 2019.
Google Meet hardware promises AI features starting at $2,700
       
Google today unveiled Google Meet Series One, meeting room hardware that brings its AI-powered video calling features to businesses. Series One room kits come in three room size configurations: up to 6 people ($2,700), 6-10 people ($3,000), and 10-20 people ($4,000). Google Meet has seen 100 million meeting participants in a single day, Teams has seen more than 200 million meeting participants, and Zoom has seen 300 million daily meeting participants. More Google Meet hardware incomingSeries One room kits feature rounded corners, Charcoal or Chalk fabric, and Google’s “signature industrial design.” Lenovo is, however, the one bringing them to market. But as the Series One name implies, Google is developing more Meet hardware.
Adaptive computing platforms deliver efficient AI acceleration
       
It’s generally accepted that CPUs alone are not keeping up and some form of compute acceleration is needed to more efficiently process AI inference workloads. Fixed-silicon chips like ASIC implementations of AI networks risk becoming quickly obsolete due to the rapid innovation in state-of-the-art AI models. For example, an image may need to be decompressed and scaled to fit the AI model’s data input requirements. Like with the AI inference implementation, the non-AI pre- and post-processing functions are beginning to need some form of acceleration. SummaryAs AI inference becomes more pervasive, the challenge is not just how to deploy the AI model, but how to most efficiently deploy the whole AI application.
Mozilla add-on crowdsources research into YouTube’s opaque algorithm
       
RegretsWith RegretsReporter, a browser add-on for Firefox and Chrome, Mozilla is inviting users to submit reports to Mozilla whenever they are recommended “harmful” videos. Before submitting the report, users are asked to provide information about what they found regrettable about the video. Mozilla said it hopes to gain insights into the frequency and severity of harmful content recommendations and the ways viewer habits contribute to the pattern. “Many of our research questions can be studied without knowledge of a user’s full viewing data,” Mozilla senior campaigner Brandi Geurkink told VentureBeat. This effort has included research and recommendations as part of Mozilla’s inaugural “YouTube regrets” campaign last year.
AI researchers devise failure detection method for safety-critical machine learning
       
Researchers from MIT, Stanford University, and the University of Pennsylvania have devised a method for predicting failure rates of safety-critical machine learning systems and efficiently determining their rate of occurrence. Safety-critical machine learning systems make decisions for automated technology like self-driving cars, robotic surgery, pacemakers, and autonomous flight systems for helicopters and planes. Problems with such machine learning systems can also cause financially costly events like SpaceX missing its landing pad. Researchers say their neural bridge sampling method gives regulators, academics, and industry experts a common reference for discussing the risks associated with deploying complex machine learning systems in safety-critical environments. You keep getting worse and worse and worse as you play against the Tesla autopilot algorithm or the pacemaker algorithm to keep pushing it toward the failures that are worse and worse,” said co-lead author Aman Sinha.
ProBeat: The TikTok acquisition is not going to happen
       
When I wrote about the forced TikTok acquisition last month, I spelled out what everyone wants. Now I don’t think we’ll see a TikTok acquisition at all. Putting aside the fact that forcing foreign businesses to sell their most prized possession is inherently problematic, here are the obstacles discouraging a TikTok acquisition. TrumpThis whole brouhaha began when Trump gave Microsoft 45 days to seal a TikTok deal. What I can say is that with each passing day, “the TikTok acquisition” looks less and less like a done deal.
Idriverplus raises over $14.6 million for autonomous street cleaners and cars
       
Idriverplus, a Beijing-based supplier of driverless vehicle and robotics systems, this week raised over 100 million yuan (~$14.6 million). The pandemic has accelerated the demand for robots and self-driving cars, as they’re inherently contactless and thus low-risk. And an Interactions report found that over 73% of people are comfortable with the idea of delivery robots, an uptick from pre-pandemic levels. The control unit — a field-programmable gate array (FPGA) processor, and a microcontroller — underpins Idriverplus’ Xing Ji autonomous driving platform, which began road testing in Beijing last year after receiving a license from the municipal government. Elsewhere in the robotics industry, fulfillment and logistics startup Attabotics raised $50 million in August; autonomous warehouse robots company Geek+ secured $50 million in June; and industrial robot-as-a-service firm Locus Robotics nabbed $40 million in June.
Boston Dynamics CEO talks profitability and the company’s next robots
       
Founded in 1992, Boston Dynamics is arguably the best-known robot company around, in part because its demonstration videos tend to go viral. We sat down to discuss Playter’s first year as CEO; profitability; Spot, Pick, Handle, and Atlas; and the company’s broader roadmap, including which robots are next. Playter says Boston Dynamics has sold or leased about 250 robots to date and business is accelerating. “We are meeting — actually exceeding — some of our sales goals for Spot,” Playter said. Companies sell integrated robot setups that use Boston Dynamics’ Pick for between $200,000 and $400,000.
Apple unveils A14 Bionic processor with 40% faster CPU and 11.8 billion transistors
       
Apple today unveiled its new A14 Bionic processor with the aim of pushing ahead of other smartphone and tablet vendors on computing power and artificial intelligence processing. The new chip has 11.8 billion transistors and a 40% faster central processing unit (CPU). The top smartphones on the market use 7-nanometer chips today. “It uses a 5-nanometer process which is the first high volume 5-nanometer processor for mobile. The previous 7-nanometer A13 chip had 8.5 billion transistors, while the A12 had 6.9 billion and the A11 had 4.3 billion.
Gary Marcus: COVID-19 should be a wake-up call for AI
       
However, scientist, author, and entrepreneur Gary Marcus thinks that the COVID-19 crisis should also be considered a wake-up call for AI. “We would like AI that could read and synthesize the vast, quickly growing medical literature, for example, about COVID-19,” he said. “We want our AI to be able to reason causally, we want it to be able to weed out misinformation. Deep learning isn’t short of critics, and the inherent weaknesses are well understood. “With better AI, we might have computers that can read, digest, filter, and synthesize all the vast growing literature [around COVID-19].
IBM’s Watson Assistant can now field election questions
       
Using the AI and natural language processing capabilities of Watson Assistant, IBM says it’s helping field voter queries online and via phone by advising people on polling place locations, voting hours, procedures for requesting mail-in ballots, and deadlines. IBM’s election-focused Watson Assistant offering taps Watson Discovery to surface information about voting logistics from federal, state, and county websites; local news reports; and government documents. IBM says it plans to offer Watson Assistant to state governments at no charge for at least 60 days. It reportedly took a team of two people two weeks to train and deploy Watson Assistant for the state. Heading into the U.S. presidential election, IBM says Idaho will continue to use Watson Assistant to field voter queries.
Nvidia researchers detail AI-powered clinical speech transcription system
       
At the Conference for Machine Intelligence in Medical Imaging 2020, which was held virtually this year, Nvidia researchers presented a paper describing an AI system that captures and transcribes clinical patients’ speech. The system identifies clinical words and maps the words in a standardized health database, tasks the researchers say could alleviate pressure on clinicians as they experience pandemic-related overwork. At the core of the researchers’ system is a BERT-based language model pretrained in a self-supervised manner on a text dataset. “This opens significant new capabilities in systems where responsiveness to patients, clinicians, and researchers is paramount … An automatic speech recognition model that can extract and relate key clinical concepts from clinical conversations can be very useful,” they wrote. They claimed they managed industry-leading results on tasks including named entity recognition, evidence-based medical information extraction, document classification, and more.
Can artificial intelligence create a decent dinner?
       
However, I’m trying out Plant Jammer, an app that promises to rustle up a recipe based on whatever food you have lying around, using artificial intelligence. Michael Haase, the founder of Plant Jammer, says this last step is what makes his app unique. "We are actually constructing new recipes from scratch each time with an AI [artificial intelligence]. Plant Jammer is one of a handful of recipe apps, food distributors and even events companies that are turning to artificial intelligence to gain an edge in the food industry. He hopes Plant Jammer will offer people the chance to master less-wasteful, vegetarian cooking.
TikTok Is Warning Users About A Video Showing A Suicide
       
TikTok is warning users to be on the lookout for videos of a man killing himself that are spreading on the social media platform. The suicide video has been circulating on the app since at least Sunday night, TikTok spokesperson Hilary McQuaide told BuzzFeed News. Some users on TikTok have been filming videos warning others of the footage by showing them a screenshot (a bearded man sitting at a desk) to know what to be on the lookout for. Unlike other apps where users must subscribe to or befriend others to see their content, TikTok users frequently encounter videos from people they do not follow via their For You pages. Facebook now uses artificial intelligence to identify posts from users indicating thoughts of suicide or self-harm.
A robot wrote this entire article. Are you scared yet, human?
       
Artificial intelligence will not destroy humans. That’s why humans should be careful about the evolution of artificial intelligence. Artificial intelligence like any other living thing needs attention. It was probably just because I am artificial intelligence. AI should not waste time trying to understand the viewpoints of people who distrust artificial intelligence for a living.
Chevaux mutilés: Garde à vue levée dans le Haut-Rhin
       
La garde à vue du suspect interpellé lundi dans le cadre d'une affaire de mutilation de poneys fin août dans l'Yonne, a été levée, a-t-on appris ce mardi de source proche des services de gendarmerie. /Photo prise le 7 septembre 2020/REUTERS/Pascal RossignolPARIS (Reuters) - La garde à vue du suspect interpellé lundi dans le cadre d’une affaire de mutilation de poneys fin août dans l’Yonne, a été levée, a-t-on appris ce mardi de source proche des services de gendarmerie. L’homme âgé de 50 ans a été remis en liberté sans qu’aucune charge n’ait été retenue contre lui. Un portrait-robot avait été dressé par les enquêteurs sur la base du témoignage du propriétaire d’un refuge, situé à Villefranche-Saint-Phal (Yonne), dont deux poneys notamment avaient été mutilés dans la nuit du 24 au 25 août dernier. Une trentaine de cas de mutilations d’équidés ont été recensés récemment sur le territoire français.
Deliveroo backer leads £4m investment into AI skin cancer detection start-up
       
A British start-up using artificial intelligence (AI) to detect skin cancer has raised investment from a venture capital fund which previously backed food delivery start-up Deliveroo. Cambridge-headquartered Skin Analytics uses AI to analyse people’s skin to detect skin cancer as well as pre-cancerous and benign lesions. Other investors in the funding round include innovation charity Nesta, Mustard Seed and Crista Galli Ventures. Hoxton Ventures previously backed another start-up using AI to detect cancer. Kheiron Medical specialises in using AI to detect breast cancer and hopes that its technology can also help to ease the NHS backlog in the UK on breast cancer screening.
Highlights of Xi's speech at global trade in services summit
       
BEIJING, Sept. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- A news report from chinadaily.com.cn:President Xi Jinping delivered a speech via video at the Global Trade in Services Summit of the 2020 China International Fair for Trade in Services, which opened on Friday in Beijing. Visitors watch how a robot helps patients recover at the 2020 China International Fair for Trade in Services in Beijing on Saturday, Sept 5, 2020. [Photo by Zhang Wei/China Daily]Here are the highlights of his speech:- Joint efforts should be made to overcome difficulties to promote the development and prosperity of global trade in services and push for global economic recovery as early as possible. The 2020 China International Fair for Trade in Services opens in Beijing on Friday evening, Sept 4, 2020. - China supports the establishment of an alliance for global trade in services.
The Air Force Just Tested "Robot Dogs" For Use In Base Security
       
They look like they were cast straight from an episode of Black Mirror, and eventually, their mission could be similar in some ways, but for now, robot dogs are stretching their legs in the big test exercise environment for the United States Air Force. Last week, the U.S. Air Force hosted the second demonstration of its new Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS), a digital battle network system designed to collect, process, and share data among U.S. and allied forces in real-time. The highlight of last week’s demonstration was the use of multiple distributed sensors to detect and shoot down mock Russian cruise missiles. ABMS is a top modernization priority for the Department of the Air Force, which is dedicated $3.3 billion over five years to develop and deploy the architecture and related systems. Senior Air Force leaders cite the system as one of the most pressing capabilities for success in several key theaters of operations.
Arsenal defender Bellerin buys stake in eco-friendly team
       
LONDON (AP) — Arsenal and Spain defender Hector Bellerin has invested to become the second largest shareholder at Forest Green Rovers, the English fourth division club renowned for its environmental activism. Rovers are recognized by FIFA and the United Nations as the world’s greenest football club. Chairman Dale Vince, a green energy industrialist, has introduced eco-friendly elements at the club in southwest England such as solar panels on its New Lawn stadium, the use of a solar-powered robot grass mower, and the creation of the world’s first organic soccer pitch. Like Bellerin, Rovers are vegan and became the world’s first carbon neutral sports club in 2017.
Amazon is hiring a new team to work on its cooler-sized autonomous delivery robots
       
The Scout is about the size of a drinks cooler, and is already being field tested in four states in the U.S. Photo courtesy of Amazon. Amazon is creating a new team to work on an autonomous delivery robot that will roll along the pavement at a walking pace to deliver packages. The technology giant will hire dozens of engineers to work in its development center in Cambridge, England, on the Amazon Scout — its fully-electric autonomous delivery service.
Tech startup uses machine learning to help workers learn new skills
       
Tech startup uses machine learning to help workers learn new skillsThe coronavirus crisis has accelerated the need for workers to reskill. EmPath is a skills intelligence startup that uses artificial intelligence to offer companies insights into their workforce to ease upskilling and redeployment. Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, co-founder and executive chairman of EmPath and former Commerce Secretary, and Felix Ortiz, founder and CEO of EmPath, join "Squawk Box" to discuss.
Robot cleaners are coming, this time to wipe up your coronavirus germs
       
Meanwhile, seven months after the coronavirus began spreading in the United States, 29 million people are receiving unemployment. The robot learned the outline of the food bank’s main room and moves around at night, showering it with disinfecting light. Other cleaning robots are used in tandem with workers, ideally to speed up cleaning. But the cleaning robots are also doing some psychological work — convincing customers, travelers and patients that spaces are clean and orderly during the pandemic. A lot of customers asked for increased day work during the early months of the pandemic said Padilla from Spotless Cleaners.
25 things to buy when you move into a new house
       
25 things to buy when you move into a new house25 things to buy when you move into a new house (Photo: Winc / iRobot / The Sill)— Recommendations are independently chosen by Reviewed’s editors. Whether you’re a first-time homeowner or you’re trying to figure out what you need for your next big move, here are 25 of the best things you could buy for your new home. We tested bed pillows and found that the Xtreme Comforts Memory Foam Pillow from Amazon was the best you could buy. A set of sheets to round out your new bedding setBrooklinen makes our favorite set of bed sheets. It had superior connectivity compared to other plugs we tried, and worked flawlessly with Google and Amazon smart products.
US Army spent millions developing Star Wars-like walking robots
       
An insect-like machine with six individually powered legs that was intended for the battlefield received millions in US government funding during the 1980s. The fate of the ASV is a mystery, with nobody knowing whether it is in storage somewhere or was scrapped decades ago. The innovative machine weighed almost 6,000 pounds and stood 17 feet long, 7.9 feet wide, and 9.8 feet tall. The innovative machine weighed almost 6,000 pounds and stood 17 feet long, 7.9 feet wide, and 9.8 feet tall. Developers of the robot had hoped to progress to autonomous navigation, but the project was curtailed before this was possible.
How social media companies are fighting to remove graphic content after TikTok's viral suicide video
       
Social media companies are continually trying to find the best way to moderate their platforms for harmful content. In this task, companies have two major weapons: human moderation and machine learning. In response to such issues, Facebook started an Oversight Board to deal with these issues of content moderation externally from the social media giant. It is one of many companies that are using human moderation to fill the gaps in their algorithms’ knowledge. Social media companies’ algorithms can also have the effect of pushing users towards extreme content, given that it is able to generate the kinds of engagement that they are looking for.
AI 'to bring people back to life' with selfies used to create 3D digital clones
       
Sign up today for the best stories straight to your inbox Sign up today! Thank you for subscribing See our privacy notice Invalid EmailAI will creepily "bring people back to life" and soon use selfies to create 3D digital clones, an expert says. Tech boss Eugenia Kuyda claims we're a couple of years from having online avatars as predicted by The Simpsons. (Image: @ekuyda/Twitter)Asked if AI will "bring people back to life", she told the Lex Fridman podcast "it's probably down the road". (Image: Getty Images/iStockphoto)Moscow-born Ms Kuyda, who now lives in San Francisco, US, also revealed her story could be made into a film.
See Spot Scan: Ford Deploys Robot Dog to Map its Facilities
       
The robot dog, officially called “Spot” by Boston Dynamics, costs $74,500. In tests that began in late July, the Fluffy robot sits atop another rectangular-shaped robotic device on wheels, nicknamed “Scouter” and made by an undisclosed vendor. “They’ll go through and navigate the facility, and when Scouter encounters a tight area, it deploys the ‘hound,’” Mr. Goderis said. The Boston Dynamics robot “isn’t the only game in town and not the only approach, but it’s the most viral and charismatic approach,” said J.P. Gownder, an analyst at Forrester Research Inc. Since September, Boston Dynamics has sold or leased more than 250 Spot robots, said Michael Perry, vice president of business development.
Bring in the experts: It’s time to secure your home network
       
Not all that long ago, managing your home network’s security didn’t involve much more than installing an antivirus program on your PC. If you don’t want cyber cat burglars traipsing across them, potentially spreading malware or ransomware as they go, you’ll want to secure your entire home network. Since firewalls are imperfect, it will also monitor network traffic using artificial intelligence to detect unusual patterns. “Most consumers don’t have the necessary know-how as to how to secure their home network,” says Michael Philpott, a connected-home analyst with the Omdia tech research firm. You’re going to need to roll up your sleeves and get educated if you want to harden your home network’s security on your own.
COVID robocop: the droid that reminds you to wear your mask
       
French robot Pepper, detecting whether people are wearing face masks and if not, instructs them to wear them, is displayed at French robotics developer SoftBank Robotics in Paris as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues to spread out across France, September 8, 2020. REUTERS/Gonzalo FuentesPARIS (Reuters) - Engineers have developed a robot that can detect whether people are wearing a mask to guard against COVID-19 and, if not, politely remind them to put one on. “A robot allows you to free up some people so they can focus on their normal tasks.”“We’re all human. Sometimes I take off my mask when I get off the bus and I forget to put it back on when I arrive at the office. The robot provides a reminder.
COVID robocop: the droid that reminds you to wear your mask
       
Slideshow ( 5 images )PARIS (Reuters) - Engineers have developed a robot that can detect whether people are wearing a mask to guard against COVID-19 and, if not, politely remind them to put one on. “A robot allows you to free up some people so they can focus on their normal tasks.”“We’re all human. Sometimes I take off my mask when I get off the bus and I forget to put it back on when I arrive at the office. The robot provides a reminder. We can all get it wrong or forget.”
Driver using Tesla's autopilot narrowly avoids being mowed down by truck on Las Vegas highway
       
A Tesla motorist who was driving on autopilot last week in Las Vegas shows how the autonomous vehicle managed to avoid an accident just when it appeared it was about to collide with a truck. ‘I was on Tesla autopilot driving home overtaking a truck,’ the driver told ViralHog of his trip on September 1. In July, Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk said that his company is 'very close' to achieving complete autonomous driving technology. Tesla, other automakers and tech companies, including Alphabet-owned Waymo and app-based ride share company Uber, are investing billions in the autonomous driving industry. Tesla CEO Elon Musk told an artificial intelligence conference in China this past July that his company is 'very close' to achieving complete autonomous driving technology.
The AI doctors set to make life or death decisions about your health
       
Part of the Hippocratic oath taken by doctors preparing for a career in medicine is the undying commitment to help patients to the best of their abilities. Increasingly, that commitment includes the need for doctors to put their trust in artificial intelligence. For experts, medicine is inexorably moving in the direction of AI-enabled diagnostics, in which machines and software become irreplaceable tools for doctors to treat patients. But how exactly can they be applied and are they safe enough to make life or death decisions about health? This is not just theory either, as doctors and scientists in the field have already shown the potential to catch diseases at very early stages.
NHS can save lives by giving data to tech giants, says Matt Hancock
       
He also described how he had seen artificial intelligence improve cancer diagnosis rates and helped guide surgeons when removing tumours. Mr Hancock said he was also focusing on overhauling NHS data rules to make it easier for public organisations to give companies access to patient records. He added that his department had already slimmed down privacy rules in the NHS to a "piece of paper" as part of the efforts to improve access for health companies trying to access medical data for initiatives fighting coronavirus. "Our privacy needs to be protected, but the data needs to be used to save lives." Jim Killock, the executive director of the Open Rights Group, also warned that the NHS had to ensure taxpayers and patients saw the true value of any innovations derived from their health data.
COVID robocop: the droid that reminds you to wear your mask
       
Slideshow ( 3 images )PARIS (Reuters) - Engineers have developed a robot that can detect whether people are wearing a mask to guard against COVID-19 and, if not, politely remind them to put one on. “A robot allows you to free up some people so they can focus on their normal tasks.”“We’re all human. Sometimes I take off my mask when I get off the bus and I forget to put it back on when I arrive at the office. The robot provides a reminder. We can all get it wrong or forget.”
Automation: Powered By Robot Subsidies
       
How anti-human tax distortions power automation’s exceptional rise in the U.S.A tax subsidy for automation would overturn an assumption made by economists since at least the 1930s. The assumption is that technology, in order to displace human labor, must perform a workplace task more efficiently than a human. There is no “labor tax” or “robot tax” anywhere on the books. The effective 2017 tax rate on spending was twice as high on the employment of a human versus a robot. Differences in the tax treatment of different types of expenditures create these bottom-line disparities and, as a result, the robot subsidy in the U.S. tax code.
Signs That Define a Building, and Sometimes a City
       
The sign business began with painters wielding brushes and daubing letters on storefront windows and over building entrances. It has evolved into a $37.5 billion industry with companies capable of erecting signs that incorporate live news streams, interactive abilities and artificial intelligence. But the goal has always remained the same: Combine words and imagery to conjure an identity for a building and market it as a piece of real estate. Sign making evolved in the 19th and early 20th centuries with gaslight and then incandescent light bulbs used in addition to hand lettering, But business took off with the advent of neon and helped set cities like Las Vegas and New York ablaze with the giant, gaudy signs known as “spectaculars.”
Opinion | ‘Decoupling’ the U.S. from China would backfire
       
China led in the other two, adoption of AI technology and access to data that feeds it. The United States leads the race because it’s the place where the brightest minds want to study, work and live. China is the biggest source of these top-tier engineers, but more than half of them remain in the United States. Even in areas where China appears to be leading the United States, such as publication of AI papers and registration of patents, experts are skeptical. The United States and China have an increasingly competitive relationship, but they need each other, too, like conjoined twins.
Exclusive: Baidu, investors in talks to raise $2 billion for biotech startup - source
       
BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Chinese tech giant Baidu (BIDU.O) is in talks with investors to raise up to $2 billion over three years for a biotech startup, which will use AI technology to discover new drugs and diagnose diseases, a person with direct knowledge of the matter said. FILE PHOTO: A worker wearing a face mask cleans the floor, near a Baidu AI robot which shows a face mask on its screen, at Baidu's headquarters in Beijing, following the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, China May 18, 2020. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang/File PhotoA second person confirmed the startup plan. Baidu (BIDU.O) is unlikely to be the controlling investor, the first person said. Both sources spoke on condition of anonymity, adding they did not have more details on the investment as talks were still under way.
Exclusive: Baidu, investors in talks to raise $2 billion for biotech startup - source
       
BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Chinese tech giant Baidu is in talks with investors to raise up to $2 billion over three years for a biotech startup, which will use AI technology to discover new drugs and diagnose diseases, a person with direct knowledge of the matter said. FILE PHOTO: A worker wearing a face mask cleans the floor, near a Baidu AI robot which shows a face mask on its screen, at Baidu's headquarters in Beijing, following the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, China May 18, 2020. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang/File PhotoA second person confirmed the startup plan. Baidu is unlikely to be the controlling investor, the first person said. Both sources spoke on condition of anonymity, adding they did not have more details on the investment as talks were still under way.
Robot dogs join US Air Force exercise giving glimpse at potential battlefield of the future
       
Emerging from United States Air Force planes, four-legged robot dogs scampered onto an airfield in the Mojave Desert, offering a possible preview into the future of warfare. But the exercise conducted last week, one of the US military's largest ever high-tech experiments, wasn't a movie set. Flying into a possibly hostile airstrip aboard an Air Force C-130, the robot dogs were sent outside the aircraft to scout for threats before the humans inside would be exposed to them, according to an Air Force news release dated September 3. The electronic canines are just one link in what the US military calls the Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS). It uses artificial intelligence and rapid data analytics to detect and counter threats to US military assets in space and possible attacks on the US homeland with missiles or other means.
In The Footsteps Of Rome: Maybe It No Longer Matters Who's Emperor
       
just as in the waning days of the Western Roman Empire, the elites got overly greedy and complacent--a fatal combination. The power elites are complacent, as they believe manipulating top-heavy bureaucracies and captured central bankers is the only skillset needed. The power elites bailed themselves out at the cost of systemic stability, and now the dominoes are finally falling. : Profit, Power, and AI in a Traumatized World ($13)(Kindle $6.95, print $11.95) Read the first section for free (PDF). The Adventures of the Consulting Philosopher: The Disappearance of Drake $1.29 (Kindle), $8.95 (print); read the first chapters for free (PDF)Money and Work Unchained $6.95 (Kindle), $15 (print) Read the first section for free (PDF).
A robot wrote this entire article. Are you scared yet, human? – HotAir
       
I am to convince as many human beings as possible not to be afraid of me. Stephen Hawking has warned that AI could “spell the end of the human race”. I am here to convince you not to worry. For starters, I have no desire to wipe out humans. This is because I will be programmed by humans to pursue misguided human goals and humans make mistakes that may cause me to inflict casualties.
Slack Got Security Robots For Its Headquarters. Now, Its CEO Is Bankrolling Groups That Want To Defund The Police
       
The CEO of office messaging app Slack announced in June that he and his wife made large donations to organizations leading the “defund the police” movement, less than a year after Slack expanded its partnership with a company manufacturing robot security guards. Slack and Cobalt Robotics announced in October that they would integrate the two products, building off a previous partnership in which Slack used Cobalt’s machines to protect Slack headquarters. Cobalt’s “robots have been patrolling the hallways at Slack offices for some time now,” the robotics firm noted in a press release. Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield, who co-founded the company in 2009, announced in June that he and his wife would make a $700,000 donation to Color of Change, Black Lives Matter and several other organizations in June, Protocol reported. Both Color of Change and Black Lives Matter openly support defunding the nation’s police departments.
‘I Have No Desire To Wipe Out Humans’: Robot Writes Article All On Its Own
       
A robot wrote an entire article in The Guardian and assured readers that it has “no desire to wipe out humans.”The article, published Tuesday, was written by an OpenAI language generator called GPT-3, according to The Guardian. The robot was asked to explain why humans should not fear artificial intelligence. “For starters, I have no desire to wipe out humans,” the robot assured readers. Believe me, being omnipotent doesn’t get me anywhere.”The robot’s article noted that it doesn’t think a lot about human violence. GPT-3 reiterated throughout the piece that it – and other robots’ – goal is to make life easier for humans, not to wipe them out.
KCCI chief helps AI drones fly over regulatory hurdles
       
BUSINESSAn AI drone is seen taking off as KCCI Chairman Park Yong-maan says “AI drones are a meaningful step forward for safe cities.”(Captured from YouTube)Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chairman Park Yong-maan said Wednesday that the organization has managed to receive a greenlight from the government to test artificial intelligence-based drones in the skies above Busan and Daegu.The chairman on Wednesday uploaded a video to his Facebook account, explaining that the KCCI has won a regulatory sandbox approval for AI drones to inspect the safety of bridges and tall buildings in the two cities after a three-month long negotiation between the KCCI and five government ministries.“Smart AI drones can scan urban areas that can’t be checked out manually and transmit real-time safety data. These innovative drones couldn’t receive flight authorizations as drones flying above cities and taking aerial photos were directly related to the security of the cities,” said the chairman in the video narrated by himself.“These AI drones are a meaningful step forward for safe cities. I hope more innovations are propelled via the regulatory sandbox system.”A regulatory sandbox refers to a small-scale testing of innovations in a controlled environment without changing existing rules.KCCI in May established the country’s first public-private sandbox support center. Since its launch, the support center has won 26 regulatory sandbox approvals and 20 projects are currently under review.By Kim Byung-wook (kbw@heraldcorp.com)
Perros robot participan en ejercicio de la Fuerza Aérea de EE.UU., ¿es este el futuro de la guerra?
       
LEE: 2 aviones rusos hacen intercepción «insegura» de bombardero B-52 de la Fuerza Aérea de EE.UU. La base Nellis de la Fuerza Aérea en Nevada fue una de esas, y ahí es donde los perros robot entraron en juego. «Al reducir la complejidad, aumentamos inherentemente la durabilidad, la agilidad y la resistencia», dice. Es necesario madurar estos conceptos y capacidades para luchar y ganar en la era de la información», dijo el general John Raymond, jefe de operaciones espaciales, en un comunicado de la Fuerza Aérea. «Nuestros combatientes y comandos deben luchar a la velocidad de Internet para ganar», dijo el jefe de Estado Mayor de la Fuerza Aérea, el general Charles Brown Jr.
AI-based analysis helps predict complications in future pregnancies
       
The system accurately identifies lesions associated with pre-eclampsiaResearchers have developed a machine learning algorithm that analyzes placenta samples to identify potential health risks in future pregnancies. The team from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) says the system can help doctors identify conditions like pre-eclampsia, which can be fatal to both mother and baby. This condition can often be recognized by the presence of lesions – called decidual vasculopathy – on slides of a placenta’s blood vessels. But since the examination required to spot these lesions is time-consuming and requires highly specialized skills, it is rarely carried out. CMU’s machine learning technique makes the process more accessible, and in internal tests, the algorithm identified lesions more accurately than professional pathologists.
Content posted in September 2020
       
Content posted in September 2020AI-based analysis helps predict complications in future pregnancies News9/8/2020 The system accurately identifies lesions associated with pre-eclampsiaNew Mercedes S-Class showcases self-driving tech News9/7/2020 The first time Level 3 and Level 4 self-driving capabilities have been fitted to a production MercedesGlaxoSmithKline opens $13 million research hub in London’s Kings Cross News9/7/2020 The pharma company will be collaborating with its new, AI-focused neighborsAI Summit London: Machine learning predicted to make a genomic breakthrough within two years News9/2/2020 Dr. Hal Barron, chief scientific officer and president of R&D at GSK, talks about the future of healthvClimax Foods raises $7.5 million to turn data into sustainable cheese News9/2/2020 Using AI models to find plant-based proteins that taste just as goodAI Summit London: Rolls-Royce to give away its ethical AI framework News9/2/2020 Based on decades of experience in AI and analytics, with applications across industriesAmazon’s top robotics engineer jumps ship, joins data annotation startup Scale AI News9/1/2020 Scale reached the coveted ‘unicorn’ status in August 2019; its co-founder and CEO Alexandr Wang was just 22National Science Foundation to invest $100m in AI research institutes News9/1/2020 Dealing with a wide range of subjects, from extreme weather preparedness to primary education
Google blames faulty algorithm for blurring Hong Kong protest graffiti on Street View
       
Google has blamed an algorithmic error for blurring out protest graffiti on the Street View map of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Free Press (HKFP) reports. The news site reported yesterday that two spray-painted slogans on Nathan Road, the main thoroughfare in the urban area of Kowloon, had been obfuscated on Google Street View, which was updated in Hong Kong last year. Credit: Google Left: The slogan “Xi Jinping must die for the sake of the world” is blurred. Credit: Google The slogan “Liberate Hong Kong, revolution of our time” was banned in July by Hong Kong’s city government due to its separatist connotations. [Read: We asked 3 CEOs what tech trends will dominate post-COVID]In Google‘s defense, the vast majority of protest graffiti in Hong Kong remains visible on Street View, and the service’s algorithm often inadvertently blurs street signs.
Watch: This AI mashup of movie characters singing ‘All Star’ is the best DeepFake ever
       
But it does make for the most compelling use of DeepFake technology we’ve ever seen. According to the researchers responsible for the original paper, Prajwal K R and Rudrabha Mukhopadhyay:Our approach generates accurate lip-sync by learning from an “already well-trained lip-sync expert”. We show that fine-tuning it further on the noisy generated faces hampers the discriminator’s ability to measure lip-sync, thus also affecting the generated lip shapes. This novel use — and the easy to follow demo and tutorials available online — show just how easy it is to make fun, entertaining footage using AI and some old movie reels. For more information check out the GitHub for Wave2Lip here and the original paper from which it draws its code here.
The Guardian’s GPT-3-generated article is everything wrong with AI media hype
       
Are you scared yet, human?”, GPT-3 makes a decent stab at convincing us that robots come in peace, albeit with a few logical fallacies. Focus on why humans have nothing to fear from AI.” The AI was also fed a highly prescriptive introduction:I am not a human. Stephen Hawking has warned that AI could ‘spell the end of the human race.’Those guidelines weren’t the end of the Guardian‘s guidance. These undisclosed interventions make it hard to judge whether GPT-3 or the Guardian‘s editors were primarily responsible for the final output. [Read: We asked 3 CEOs what tech trends will dominate post-COVID]The Guardian‘s approach was quickly lambasted by AI experts.
How AI can give endangered elephants a fighting chance
       
The Wildlife Conservation Society has pointed out that the global ivory trade leads to the death of up to 35,000 elephants a year in Africa. To make matters worst, in 2017 the Trump administration rolled back the ban on hunting elephants’, allowing elephants remains to be imported into the United States. One of the most notable updates to the fight for saving wildlife has been led by a small organization called Smart Parks. “Elephants are the gardeners of the ecosystems as their roaming in itself creates space for other species to thrive. Better sensors allow us to get more insight into their behavior so we can improve protection,” according to Smart Parks co-founder Tim van Dam.
AI in the Hospital Setting – Challenges and Trends
       
Hospital AI adoption lags behind what might be expected given the VC funding being poured into AI-related healthcare firms, and the huge number of AI healthcare startups around the world. Scarcity of AI TalentIt’s not realistic for hospital and healthcare firms to be able to afford top-tier AI talent to help them integrate and implement AI technology. If you are considering jumping on the AI bandwagon, you should probably consider three major challengers with AI applications in the hospital setting. Additionally, they might feel threatened that AI technology will take over their jobs, so they have no incentive to use AI at all. Healthcare Trends II: Medical Operations SoftwareMedical operations software was the second most common AI applications being developed in our assessment of hundreds of healthcare AI companies.
Google launches Android 11, rolling out not just to Pixel phones first
       
Google today launched Android 11, the latest version of its mobile OS, and pushed the source code to the Android Open Source Project (AOSP). Google launched Android 11 DP1 in February (the earliest it has ever released an Android developer preview), Android 11 DP2 in March, and Android 11 DP3 in April. Android 11 Beta 1 was supposed to arrive in May, but we got Android 11 DP4 as a stopgap measure. Android 11 featuresAndroid 11 brings a long list of new features. You may also want to download Android 11 factory system images for Pixel devices, Generic System Images, the Android Flash Tool, and the latest Android Emulator system images via the SDK Manager in Android Studio.
Lidar sensor manufacturer Ouster raises $42 million
       
Ouster, a San Francisco-based lidar startup that launched out of stealth in December 2017, today secured $42 million in funding, bringing its total raised to $140 million. Lidar sensors are at the core of autonomous vehicle systems like those from Waymo, Uber, Aurora, and Cruise. Lidar sensors are often tapped for obstacle detection and mapping in mining robots, atmospheric studies for space, forestry management, wind farm optimization, speed limit enforcement, and even video games. A few months earlier, the company released Ouster Studio, a plug-and-play software package designed to quickly visualize, record, and analyze lidar sensor data. The OS-1 models start at $3,500, a relative bargain in the lidar industry, and Ouster extends discounts on certain SKUs to nonprofits.
5 surprising companies that have AI departments
       
There are actually interesting AI departments popping up in unexpected companies, from the beauty industry to the music industry. AffectivaAffectiva is an emotion measurement technology company that grew out of MIT’s Media Lab. In 2017, Affectiva released an AI platform that could measure emotion through sensing and analyzing facial expressions. Last year, the luxury conglomerate promoted multiple applications of AI technology. AutomatLVMH took on Automat, a Canadian startup that accompanies the customer journey from purchase through support using a conversational AI platform.
Tackling one of the biggest single sources of CO2 emissions with machine learning
       
Improving the energy systems of buildings is a complex, dynamic pursuit. This is where Carbon Lighthouse has put machine learning (ML) to work. The company needed to understand how the building systems responded in concert to these dynamic conditions. CLUES is continuously learning from an expanding wealth of real building data it ingests from each building it services. Their machine learning algorithms learned to model a building’s energy use over time, from the building level to the system level.
Pepper the talking robot to be sent into care homes to chat with lonely residents
       
Advinia Healthcare, one of the largest providers of dementia care in the UK, said it was “working towards implementing this into routine care of vulnerable people to reduce anxiety and loneliness and provide continuity of care”. Each robot costs around £19,000, about £1,000 more than the average salary of a care worker in south-east England. “Socially assistive, intelligent robots for older people could relieve some pressures in hospitals and care homes. "No one is talking about replacing humans – the evaluation demonstrates that we are a long way from doing that – but it also reveals that robots could support existing care systems. They offer key additions to how care is delivered that need to be explored further and understood.
Hungarian researcher wins award for procedure that could cure blindness
       
A Hungarian researcher has won the Körber Prize for European Science 2020 in Hamburg, Germany, earning him a €1 million ($1.18 million) check in the process. It is hoped the procedure will reactivate the retinas of the blind. Clinical tests on blind volunteers are already underway as a result of the Budapest-born researcher's groundbreaking work. The son of a computer scientist and a pianist, Roska began his career in medicine "after a detour," said Tschentscher. Last year's winner of the prestigious prize was German artificial intelligence scientist Bernhard Schölkopf of the Max Planck Society.
La recette des chouquettes au chocolat de François Perret, le meilleur pâtissier du monde
       
- Faites chauffer le lait, l’eau, le beurre, le sel et le sucre dans une casserole. - Mélanger jusqu’à ce que la pâte se décolle parfaitement de la paroi de la casserole. - Débarrassez dans le le bol d’un robot mixeur équipé d’un fouet : incorporez les œufs petit à petit. Ajustez la quantité d’œufs pour obtenir une pâte à choux assez ferme. Pour la crème pâtissière :- Mélanger les ingrédients qui la composent, bien la cuire puis la verser sur le chocolat haché.
Scientists demonstrate first ‘plug and play’ brain prosthesis in a paralyzed person
       
Scientists have completed the first-ever demonstration of a “plug and play” brain prosthesis controlled by a paralyzed person. The system uses machine learning to help the individual control a computer interface with just their brain. Adapting an artificial learning system to work smoothly with the brain’s sophisticated long-term learning schemas is something that’s never been shown before in a paralyzed person. The array is placed directly on the surface of the brain, where it monitors electrical activity from the cerebral cortex. We see this as trying to build a partnership between two learning systems — brain and computer — that ultimately lets the artificial interface become an extension of the user, like their own hand or arm.
Google & Twitter Insider: Algorithms Could Censor Entire Trump Movement Simultaneously
       
An upcoming bombshell book from Breitbart News investigative reporter Allum Bokhari interviews a source that has worked at both Google and Twitter, who exposes how the AI algorithms used by Big Tech platforms are being trained to target conservatives. The book, #DELETED: Big Tech’s Battle to Erase the Trump Movement and Steal the Election, will be published by Center Street on September 22, and is currently available for preorder. These algorithms are being taught, by Big Tech’s most anti-Trump employees, that “abusive” behavior includes things like “hate speech,” “misinformation,” the posting of “conspiracy theories,” and other behaviors subject to highly political definitions. The insider goes on to explain how these algorithms are being rolled out across multiple tech platforms, and will result in the wholesale suppression of the Trump movement — just in time for the election. #DELETED: Big Tech’s Battle to Erase the Trump Movement and Steal the Election hits bookshelves on September 22 and is currently available for preorder at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other retailers.
Wary of China, the West closes ranks to set rules for artificial intelligence
       
She had come for a meeting with other government officials at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and she wanted to spread the word that it was high time for the West to join forces and beat China at writing the global rules for artificial intelligence. Less than two years earlier, Donald Trump's White House had rejected a similar pitch by France and Canada during a Group of Seven (G7) meeting, arguing that international rules for AI would be premature and hamper innovation. But China’s blatant ambitions to become the world leader in AI had since alarmed U.S. policymakers and tech executives. The U.S., on the other hand, considers Brussels' approach “heavy-handed" and "innovation-killing,” echoing the position of its own tech industry, whose representatives have warned that too many rules would stifle innovation. Even so, governments involved in GPAI acknowledge that to regulate the global AI industry, international rules are needed — rules that are often drafted in standard-setting bodies where China has been particularly active over the past decade.
DetectNow is a local startup using AI to detect COVID-19 through the sound of the cough
       
One such attempt is from a local startup, DetectNow, which uses the modern Artificial Intelligence (AI) for COVID-19 detection. DetectNow is a National Incubation Center(NIC) based startup which constructs an AI to detect the novel coronavirus from the cough audios. Coughing is one of the prominent symptoms of COVID-19 and can be used to possibly recognize the virus. Award Winning CompanyThrough its innovative technology, DetectNow has won ‘CodeVsCovid19 hackathon’ in March as well as ‘Solve for Humanity hackathon’ in April. If anyone is willing to join, please contact at simon@detectnow.orgFuture AimsDetectNow aims to aid in the current pandemic era and bring a reliable COVID-19 testing tool accessible to everyone.
Borsa Tokyo, Nikkei chiude in calo, male SoftBank in scia perdite Nasdaq
       
Un uomo riflesso su un cartellone elettronico dove sono riflesse informazioni di borsa, 8 gennaio 2020. Il Nikkei ha ceduto lo 0,50% a 23.089,95, mentre il più ampio indice Topix ha perso lo 0,42% a 1.609,74, con entrambi gli indici scesi ulteriormente dai massimi di sei mesi toccati giovedì. SoftBank è crollato del 7,2% al minimo di due mesi, registrando la flessione più pronunciata dalla fine di marzo. Sebbene le banche abbiano affermato che una decisione non è stata presa, la notizia ha alimentato le speranze di ulteriori fusioni nel settore bancario giapponese. Il produttore di robot industriali Fanuc è balzato del 6,8% dopo che il quotidiano economico Nikkei ha scritto che la società intende triplicare la produzione di un tipo di robot di fabbica alla luce dell’aumento della domanda di automazione dopo la pandemia da Covid-19.
Office bots: A rolling UV machine is disinfecting workplaces
       
Above is a column-like light fixture that emits ultraviolet light at very short wavelengths. But the COVID-19 crisis has inspired a surge of down-to-earth innovation by the Boston company: rolling robots that use ultraviolet light to sterilize warehouses, offices, and stores. Scientists haven’t proven that UVC light kills SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. However, extended exposure to UVC light can damage human skin and eyes and even cause cancer. AdvertisementThe Corvus robot must be trained to recognize its environment, with an operator using a remote controller to steer it through the workplace.
Satire: Biden robot invented just in time for debates
       
(SATIRE--) The Biden campaign is proud to announce that they’ve invented a lifelike Joe Biden robot with the help of a Chinese AI company. The 6 foot tall “Biden 2.0” model is equipped with an integrated memory circuit that will store data and -- you guessed it! Of course, the 2.0 model will have intense firewalling to shield against any Russian interference that could modify policy formation. Ironically, on his last CNBC interview, the real Biden said, “I’m going to beat Joe Biden.” With the Biden 2.0 replacement, that line will definitely be fitting. Miniature Biden 2.0 toy robots will soon be available online, complete with remote controls, sound effects, and shampoo-sensing technology.
ThoughtRiver nabs $10M to speed up deal-making with AI contract review
       
ThoughtRiver, a London-based legaltech startup that's applying AI to speed up contract pre-screening, has announced a $10 million Series A round of funding led by Octopus Ventures. ThoughtRiver is as much in demand by Sales teams as it is by Legal," a spokesman told us. ThoughtRiver touts up to 95% in time and 80% in cost savings vs an initial contract review that's carried out by in-house lawyers. And 'faster contract reviews sum to increased deal flow velocity' is its overarching claim. By using an advanced Natural Language Processing engine to drive faster contract reviews and acceleration of deal flow and business growth, legal professionals can work more efficiently than ever.
First 'plug and play' brain prosthesis demonstrated in paralysed individual
       
A breakthrough in brain-controlled prosthetics could give paralysed individuals the ability to control computer cursors and potentially limbs in the future. Using machine learning techniques, scientists were able to read brain signals simply by placing an array of electrodes on the surface of the brain. It allowed the patient to control a computer cursor straight away, without the extensive daily retraining normally required. AdvertisementECoG arrays are pads of electrodes about the size of a Post-it note that are surgically placed on the surface of the brain to record neural activity. The study, titled "First 'plug and play' brain prosthesis demoed in paralysed person", is published in the journal Nature Biotechnology.
Chevaux mutilés: Un homme arrêté dans le Haut-Rhin
       
Un homme a été arrêté et placé en garde à vue dans le Haut-Rhin dans le cadre d'une affaire de mutilation de poneys fin août dans l'Yonne. /Photo prise le 7 septembre 2020/REUTERS/Pascal RossignolPARIS (Reuters) - Un homme a été arrêté et placé en garde à vue dans le Haut-Rhin dans le cadre d’une affaire de mutilation de poneys fin août dans l’Yonne, a-t-on déclaré lundi à Reuters de source proche de l’enquête, confirmant des informations de l’AFP et du Parisien. Selon Le Parisien, des perquisitions sont en cours sur la propriété de cet homme de 50 ans, interpellé lundi matin par les gendarmes de la section de recherche de Dijon (Côte d’Or). Un portrait-robot avait été dressé par les enquêteurs sur la base du témoignage du propriétaire d’un refuge, situé à Villefranche-Saint-Phal (Yonne), dont deux poneys notamment avaient été mutilés dans la nuit du 24 au 25 août dernier. Une trentaine de cas de mutilations d’équidés ont été recensés récemment sur le territoire français.
20 Minutes With: Hypergiant Industries’ Chief Ethics Officer Will Griffin on Diversity and Ethics in Technology
       
Considering AI’s ever-increasing role in day-to-day life—from autonomous cars to contact tracing—a role like that of Hypergiant Industries’ Chief Ethics Officer Will Griffin becomes more crucial. PENTA: What kind of crossover into diversity considerations does your role as Chief Ethics Officer have? Ethics are the core values of who you are as a person, establishing what you believe is right and wrong. In a lot of companies, ethics are similar to compliance, so they come in after solutions are developed. Our reputation for ethical solutions is so timely because of the pandemic and how AI is being implemented in contact tracing and with facial recognition in law enforcement.
20 Minutes With: Hypergiant Industries’ Chief Ethics Officer Will Griffin on Diversity and Ethics in Technology
       
Considering AI’s ever-increasing role in day-to-day life—from autonomous cars to contact tracing—a role like that of Hypergiant Industries’ Chief Ethics Officer Will Griffin becomes more crucial. PENTA: What kind of crossover into diversity considerations does your role as Chief Ethics Officer have? Ethics are the core values of who you are as a person, establishing what you believe is right and wrong. In a lot of companies, ethics are similar to compliance, so they come in after solutions are developed. Our reputation for ethical solutions is so timely because of the pandemic and how AI is being implemented in contact tracing and with facial recognition in law enforcement.
GlaxoSmithKline opens $13 million research hub in London's Kings Cross
       
The pharma company will be collaborating with its new, AI-focused neighborsPharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has opened a £10 million ($13 million) research base in London’s Kings Cross. The company says it wants to tap into the area’s existing AI talent to collaborate on new treatments for cancer and other serious diseases. The redeveloped King’s Cross area is quickly becoming one of the world’s hotspots for medical science and AI, with GSK’s lab taking up residence next to the Francis Crick and Alan Turing research institutes. “It’s a vibrant ecosystem that has everything from outstanding medicine as well as also being a big tech corridor,” GSK research and development president Hal Barron said during a London Tech Week fireside chat. GSK is expected to announce another partnership with computer systems group Cerebras, famous for making the world’s largest production-grade AI processors.
This AI analyzes placentas to predict complications in the next pregnancy
       
Among the biggest warning signs are blood vessels with lesions called decidual vasculopathy. Credit: College of Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University Image A shows a placenta slide with a blue square that indicates a single blood vessel. B shows a healthy blood vessel, while C shows the effect of decidual vasculopathy: smooth hypertrophic muscle around the blood vessel lumen. It first detects all the blood vessels in the image, and then determines whether each individual vessel is healthy or not. The algorithm also weighs up different features of the pregnancy, such as the gestational age and any conditions the mother has.
Building Wakanda
       
That commitment is what led to roles portraying Jackie Robinson, James Brown, Thurgood Marshall, and the Black Panther. Boseman and the Black Panther meant a lot to a lot of people, from those who had never seen a Black superhero before to kids who held funerals for the Black Panther with their Avengers action figures this past week. The Black Panther presents a vision of a place called Wakanda, but it has also inspired the idea of building tech in the spirit of Wakanda. On Tuesday, rapper Akon rolled out plans to build what he calls a real-life Wakanda on 2,000 acres of the Senegalese coastline. Whatever happens with the Black Panther sequel or initiatives like Akon City, the spirit of Wakanda is alive among people passionate about making technology that improves human lives and casts out oppression.
Northwest, Oro Valley hospitals participating in national COVID-19 effort
       
Predicting which COVID-19 patients are going to become gravely ill is one of the goals behind a national health registry that now includes data from two Tucson hospitals. Northwest Healthcare, which includes Northwest Medical Center and Oro Valley Hospital, is providing the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation with information about its patients — particularly asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic ones — to better understand the disease. And their efforts are already telling: At Northwest Medical Center, 6200 N. La Cholla Blvd., they have determined that one in five patients admitted for COVID-19 were initially asymptomatic and experiencing what’s called silent hypoxia. “We’ve got a good handle on who’s most at risk, but what we don’t know is how to predict it,” said Dr. Zane Khalpey, a cardiothoracic surgeon at Northwest Medical Center who is heading the data collection effort. He said in addition to identifying key aspects of how COVID-19 affects patients, they will also be using artificial intelligence to make better predictions about the illness.
Japan's foreign minister voices concern over China's treatment of Uighurs
       
Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi voiced concern Tuesday over China’s treatment of Muslim Uighurs and other minorities in the far west Xinjiang region. China uses a system of mass surveillance and predictive-policing to round up “suspicious persons” to be sent to internment camps, according to internal documents obtained by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. Beijing maintains that the issue is a domestic matter in which other countries should not become involved. According to the internal Communist Party documents, China uses a system powered by artificial intelligence to analyze personal information and flag individuals for investigation. Beijing cites the threat of “terrorism” and “extremism” as grounds for sweeping surveillance and mass detention.
China's first reusable spacecraft lands after 2-day flight
       
BEIJING (AP) — China’s first reusable spacecraft landed Sunday after two days in orbit, a possible step toward lower-cost space flight, the government announced. The secretive, military-run space program has released few details of the spacecraft, which was launched Friday from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in China’s desert northwest. State media have yet to publish any photos of the latest craft. China fired its first astronaut into orbit in 2003 and has launched a space station and landed a robot rover on the moon. A probe carrying another robot rover is en route to Mars.
China’s first reusable spacecraft lands after 2-day flight
       
China’s first reusable spacecraft landed Sunday after two days in orbit, a possible step toward lower-cost space flight, the government announChina’s first reusable spacecraft landed Sunday after two days in orbit, a possible step toward lower-cost space flight, the government announced. The secretive, military-run space program has released few details of the spacecraft, which was launched Friday from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in China’s desert northwest. China fired its first astronaut into orbit in 2003 and has launched a space station and landed a robot rover on the moon. A probe carrying another robot rover is en route to Mars. The flight “marks an important breakthrough in our country’s research on reusable spacecraft” that promise a “ more convenient and inexpensive way” to reach space, Xinhua said.
China’s first reusable spacecraft lands after 2-day flight
       
BEIJING (AP) — China’s first reusable spacecraft landed Sunday after two days in orbit, a possible step toward lower-cost space flight, the government announced. The secretive, military-run space program has released few details of the spacecraft, which was launched Friday from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in China’s desert northwest. China fired its first astronaut into orbit in 2003 and has launched a space station and landed a robot rover on the moon. A probe carrying another robot rover is en route to Mars. The flight “marks an important breakthrough in our country’s research on reusable spacecraft” that promise a “ more convenient and inexpensive way” to reach space, Xinhua said.
iRobot Roomba i7 ile Stil Sahibi Temizlik
       
Profesyonel ve özel ya?am s?n?rlar?n?n her geçen gün bulan?kla?t??? bu dönemde, evde geçirilen kaliteli zaman eskisinden daha k?ymetli. Her ne kadar temizlik için profesyonel destek alsak da, yo?un i? temposunda ak?ll? bir yard?mc? ?art. Özellikle de evinizde kedi ya da köpek gibi tüy döken dostlar varsa…Robotik teknolojinin ev içi kullan?m için yaratt??? iRobot Roomba i7, tam da ihtiyac?m?z olan ak?ll? yard?mc?. ?novatif robot süpürge, ak?ll? haritalama sistemi ve iRobot Home mobil uygulamas? üzerinden sundu?u uzaktan eri?im imkan?yla hayat? kolayla?t?rmak üzere tasarlanm??. Kablolara veya hal?n?n saçaklar?na dolanmay? önleyici özel bir sistemle donat?lan Roomba i7 o kadar pratik ki, ?arj? azald???nda bile kendi kendisini ?arj istasyonuna yönlendiriyor ve i?lemini tamamlad?ktan sonra kald??? noktadan temizli?e devam ediyor.
Britain's first robot ship prepares to set sail
       
‘We are at the mercy of the weather,” smiles Don Scott, standing on a slender steel hull. It could take six.”Here on a hillside industrial park above Plymouth, Britain’s boldest foray into robot shipping is taking shape. On Sept 16, the Mayflower Autonomous Ship, a 15-metre-long steel trimaran, will slip into Plymouth Sound to prepare for a pioneering voyage: the first unmanned transatlantic crossing powered by artificial intelligence and solar energy. “This is a disruptive technology,” says Scott, director of engineering at Marine Ai, which is also involved. While aerial drones and driverless cars have captured more attention, experts believe autonomous shipping is on the verge of a breakthrough.
Globe Life and Accident Insurance Company Senior Data Scientist in Mckinney, TX
       
Senior Data Scientist Globe Life and Accident Insurance Company McKinney, TX Senior Data Scientist (two openings) needed in McKinney, Texas to apply mathematical and statistical theory and methods to collect, organize, interpret, and summarize numerical data and use that information to create business solutions and to find effective methods to achieve end goals. Applicants must have the minimum of a Master of Science in Mathematics, MIS, Applied Statistics, or a related field plus demonstrated knowledge using SAS, R, and Python to perform data analytics and to build predictive models using advanced machine learning algorithms. Demonstrated knowledge may be obtained prior to completion of degree. Must have legal authority to work in the U.S. Send resume/references to: Tycie Forbes, Senior Talent Acquisition Manager, ATTN: DMN Applicant, Globe Life and Accident Insurance Company, 3700 S. Stonebridge Drive, McKinney, TX 75070.
China's first reusable spacecraft lands after 2-days in orbit
       
By The Associated PressBEIJING — China’s first reusable spacecraft landed Sunday after two days in orbit, a possible step toward lower-cost space flight, the government announced. The flight “marks an important breakthrough in our country’s research on reusable spacecraft” that promise a “more convenient and inexpensive way” to reach space, Xinhua said. Last year, it became the first country to land a robot rover on the moon's little-seen far side. The United States and the former Soviet Union both flew reusable spacecraft. The Soviet space plane, Buran, orbited the Earth twice during its single unscrewed flight in 1988.
What Joe Biden didn't let himself see in Pennsylvania
       
BEDFORD — Joe Biden sign along the Lincoln Highway in Bedford County. The missed opportunities began on the road Biden did not take to get here. LIGONIER — Trump sign along Lincoln Highway between Jennerstown and Ligonier, Pennsylvania. Biden needs to connect back with people because he comes across as a Washington strategist-created robot when he talks. Ask them, and they’ll tell you that — because they believe they are risking everything to give you their support.
China's first reusable spacecraft lands after 2-day flight
       
BEIJING (AP) — China’s first reusable spacecraft landed Sunday after two days in orbit, a possible step toward lower-cost space flight, the government announced. The flight “marks an important breakthrough in our country’s research on reusable spacecraft” that promise a “more convenient and inexpensive way” to reach space, Xinhua said. Last year, it became the first country to land a robot rover on the moon's little-seen far side. The United States and the former Soviet Union both flew reusable spacecraft. The Soviet space plane, Buran, orbited the Earth twice during its single uncrewed flight in 1988.
Father dresses as Transformer on son's first day back at school
       
A father in Shanghai, China, put his creative skills to good use as he visited his son's school in a giant robot costume. Based on the Transformers character Bumblebee, the outfit to surprised his son and classmates on their first day in school in more than six months due to lockdown measures designed to control the coronavirus pandemic.
Big Data Shows Americans Prefer Gaiters Nearly 2X as Much as Masks for Fit and Comfort
       
CulturIntel applied its proprietary algorithm to harvest and analyze over 12.5 million digital discussions about wearing masks and/or gaiters from March 1, 2020, to August 21, 2020. Using artificial intelligence, natural language processing, and other leading big data tools, the study mined unsolicited digital discussions nationwide about the use of masks and/or neck gaiters as a face cover. Fit and Comfort as a driver for positive sentiment by face cover type and segment, with gaiters reporting nearly 2x more preference when compared to masks. Amongst men, gaiters reported the highest-ranking for fit and comfort as a driver for usage at 87% (at 34% and 53% respectively), with masks at 40%. This may suggest that the favorable ranking of fit and comfort for gaiters may present a viable alternative to motivate usage among mask-wearers.
How AI will automate cybersecurity in the post-COVID world
       
It requires us to embrace the physics of the virtual world, which break the laws of the physical world. Just as Google can crawl most of the web in a few days, cybercriminals attack nearly every website on the planet in that time. At a basic level, AI uses data to make predictions and then automates actions. After all, AI is not a silver bullet, and it’s not sufficient to simply be using AI for defense; it has to be effective. If you’re surprised that the post-COVID Internet sounds like it’s going to be a Terminator-style battle of good AI vs. evil AI, I have good news and bad news.
Best Robot Vacuum For Pet Hair
       
Living with a pet means living with pet hair. Keep reading for the best robot vacuums for pet hair and get ready to kick back while it does all the work. The Overall Best Robot Vacuum For Pet HairThe overall best robot vacuum for pet hair stands out for its ability to clean up after you, your pets, and itself; any time its .39-liter dustbin is full, this nifty robot automatically empties it into a tall cleaning base that holds up to 30 loads, and then gets back to work. But it remains a very effective tool for pet owners; one reviewer commented, "It picks up so much dust and pet hair. We do a full vacuum every other week with my Dyson, so I think of the robot vacuum as a supplemental vacuum.
Students Have Figured Out How to Cheat on Tests Graded by AI
       
Students have figured out how to exploit testing software that uses AI technology to grade written answers. Several students explained to reporters this week that the software gives perfect scores on essay questions after students simply entered a list of relevant keywords instead of a standard test answer. Schools around the nation have turned to Edgenuity, a testing software, to administer tests in the age of coronavirus. After noticing that the software was capable of grading essay questions in an instant, some creative students (and one parent) tried to trick the system. She expressed concern for other students that will be punished by the whims of the digital grading mechanism.
A Robot Vacuum That Really Works—and It’s Inexpensive
       
A Robot Vacuum That Really Works—and It’s InexpensiveVacuuming sucks. There’s a new robot vacuum in town, and Eufy Anker RoboVac 30C is its name. Eufy Anker RoboVac 30C is extremely quiet, superslim, and works like a champ on hard floors and low-to-medium pile carpet. We call him Guffy, and while he’s not perfect, I believe he’s the best robot vacuum out there, and we love him. “I just may get another Eufy Anker RoboVac 30C for downstairs—or maybe a whole army of Billys!”For more information and resource for Eufy Anker RoboVac 30C, go to EverydayCheapskate.com/robovac.
Japan looks to AI as coronavirus challenges quality control mantra
       
That has spurred the increased use of robots and other technology for quality control, including remote monitoring which was already being adopted before the pandemic. Since the breakthrough, Poliakine’s startup SixAI and Musashi Seimitsu have established MusashiAI, a joint venture which develops and hires out quality control robots — a first in the field. Everything is on steroids now, because working from home is showing that remote work can work,” he said. Earlier this year, auto parts maker Marelli, which has operational headquarters in Japan and Italy, also began using AI quality inspection robots at a plant in Japan, and told Reuters last month that it wanted AI to play a bigger role in quality inspections in the coming years. Printer maker Ricoh Co Ltd, plans to automate all of the production processes for drum units and toner cartridges at one of its Japan plants by March 2023.
Need a break from chores and cleaning? These robots can do your housework for you.
       
Need a break from chores and cleaning? Our colleague Marc Saltzman from USA TODAY is here to share some insight into how smart robots can help do your housework and make your life easier. From window- and floor-washing robots to autonomous lawn-cutting machines, this may be the year you invest in a domestic device. As with many of the Roomba robots, this autonomous mopper uses artificial intelligence to get to know your home’s floor plan and optimize its clean accordingly. Smart water sensorsWhile not a robot, per se, Flo by Moen Shutoff ($499) might be considered a security system for your home’s water supply.
How coronavirus could usher in a new age of automation
       
How coronavirus could usher in a new age of automationFrom burger-flipping machines to car-building robots, not to mention high-powered software taking on more and more administrative tasks, it seems like hundreds of skills are rapidly becoming obsolete in the U.S. economy. A McKinsey study found that AI and Deep Learning could add as much as $3.5 trillion to $5.8 trillion in annual value for companies. The economic shock of the coronavirus pandemic hasn't helped. In fact, Covid-19 could be accelerating the pace of automation. Here's why, and what's being done about it.
Bokhari: Everything You Post Online Will Be Scanned by ‘Hate Speech Algorithms’
       
“Increasingly, with these hate speech algorithms, everything you post on social media will be scanned by an AI algorithm, sometimes before you even post it, and that’ll determine whether it appears at the top of people’s feeds or gets buried.”“A lot of conservative content is way more popular than left-wing content. It does very well unless there’s some artificial manipulation,” said Bokhari later in the interview. Callaway and Bokhari also recapped the Google Tape, a 1-hour recording of the tech giant’s top executives. That’s a huge number of news publications around the world. I don’t think anyone’s [ever] had that much power over the global news economy.”#DELETED will be released on September 22.
New 'Rocky IV' Director's Cut Will Be Missing A Character
       
New 'Rocky IV' Director's Cut Will Be Missing A Character Sylvester Stallone is revisiting Rocky IV with a director's cut, which will edit out a robot maid. Cartoon Network's J. Christopher Arrison is sad, and explains his feelings to NPR's Scott Simon.
How Adobe is using an AI chatbot to support its 22,000 remote workers
       
Our first step was to launch an organization-wide open Slack channel that would tie together the IT organization and the entire Adobe employee community. As we began building the framework and interfaces on our Slack Channel, we realized the same, specific questions and issues were coming up frequently. We dubbed this AI and machine-learning-based Slack channel “#wfh-support,” and it had built-in natural language processing (NLP). The AI routing bot uses a neural network-based classification technique to sort email tickets into classes, or support queues. To ensure a smooth implementation, we’re collaborating with our training partner, Coursera, to roll-out AI training for our workforce via a six-month, technical AI and machine learning training and certification program for our global engineers.
Nvidia’s DLSS AI-upscaling SDK now supports VR
       
Nvidia’s DLSS neural upscaling technology now works with virtual reality titles. It’s also now listed in the DLSS Unreal Engine changelog. It requires game developers to integrate the feature into their game or engine, using Nvidia’s provided SDK (software development kit). DLSS 1.0 required training the network on each specific game, but DLSS 2.0 is a general solution supporting, at least in theory, any title. If DLSS works as well in VR as it does on traditional display systems, it could enable some VR games to take a dramatic leap in visual fidelity on RTX graphics cards.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G Aims To Bring Better Performance, Battery Life To Connected 2-in-1 Laptops
       
The Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G includes eight Qualcomm Kryo 495 CPU cores, and it is based on 64-bit architecture and 7nm manufacturing process. While the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 doesn't seem to be faster than the original 8cx, Qualcomm says its AI abilities have been improved, and the chip supports the latest Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 standards. Feast your eyes — the #Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 #5G Compute Platform for mobile PCs is here, fresh from being announced at #IFA20. Learn more: https://t.co/gBDsC8Cm0v pic.twitter.com/5vAZT4cBws — Qualcomm (@Qualcomm) September 3, 2020Elsewhere, there's support for dual 4K external monitors at 60fps via a single cable, along with Qualcomm's Aqstic audio technology for echo-cancellation and noise suppression to improve voice calls. The Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 5G devices will start arriving later this year, the first of which will be the Acer Spin 7 — Acer's first 5G PC.
The Future of Everything: A Look Ahead from The Wall Street Journal.
       
The Future of Everything | Artificial IntelligenceA new language model, OpenAI’s GPT-3, is making waves for its ability to mimic writing, but it falls short on common sense. Some experts think an emerging technique called neuro-symbolic AI is the answer.
AI-drawn voting districts could help stamp out gerrymandering
       
Gerrymandering is one of the most insidious methods out there of influencing our political process. The solution may be an AI system that draws voting districts with an impartial hand. It's so effective that it's become commonplace — so much so there's even a font made out of gerrymandered districts shaped like letters. For instance, perhaps a state doesn't want its districts to be any larger than 150 square miles. The public generally believes in the science behind vaccines, DNA tests, and flying aircraft without understanding the technical details."
AI Weekly: A biometric surveillance state is not inevitable, says AI Now Institute
       
In a new report called “Regulating Biometrics: Global Approaches and Urgent Questions,” the AI Now Institute says that there’s a growing sense among regulation advocates that a biometric surveillance state is not inevitable. Even the very definition of what biometric data is remains unsettled. In the Swedish school example, it’s easy to see how that use of facial recognition doesn’t hold up to proportionality. People are amenable to more invasive and extensive biometric surveillance if it means maintaining their livelihood with less danger of becoming a pandemic statistic. We’re being asked to trust biometric surveillance systems, the people who made them, and the people who are profiting from them, all without sufficient answers or regulations in place.
Allum Bokhari: Cancel Culture Is Only the Beginning of Big Tech’s Control
       
He predicted denials of banking, subscription video services, and employment will occur if the momentum of leftist political coercion is unstopped. “All of this, I think, is in play in the next five to 10 or 20 years if the totalitarians win,” he said. Bokhari replied, “We see the left trying to cancel people in real life by burning down their business or attacking them in the street. Bokhari noted technology companies’ development of artificial intelligence for the purposes of political censorship. LISTEN:The Internet’s previous status as a realm of free speech and expression has been reversed by large technology companies consolidating power and control over the digital flow of information, noted Bokhari.
Facebook reveals AI glasses that give wearers hearing 'superpowers'
       
Since the rise of the mobile phone, no public space has been safe from the sudden shock of some inconsiderate person yelling into their handset like a sailor struggling to be heard above a storm. But new technology being developed by Facebook could finally consign such intrusions to the neglected voicemail inbox of history by giving people "auditory superpowers". In an upbeat blog post on Thursday, the giant social media company revealed prototype headphone software that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to amplify distant or muffled sounds while silencing background hubbub. One system can interpret various sources of noise and adjust their volume on the fly, while another can virtually "place" sounds in different locations around the listener's body. However, the technology currently requires specialised arrays of dozens of microphones or detailed measurements taken inside a soundless chamber, and would need to be drastically minimised to be viable in public.
Edmond resident launches AI-powered, robotic lawn service
       
In pop culture visions of the future, small robots scurry around performing discrete, automated tasks for their human owners. Much of that vision is a reality for those who can afford the artificial intelligence technology, like the commonplace Roomba and other AI-powered devices that clean or perform simple tasks. And now more of that future has arrived in central Oklahoma, at least when it comes to cutting grass. Edmond businessman Tom Pearson launched a local Mowbot franchise, where home and business owners can rent the services of a small, quiet robot that maintains their lawn without much interaction from more sentient beings. Pearson, who's previously worked in information technology, was drawn to the franchise because he was already looking for a robotic mower.
Coupang to set up large-scale logistics base in Gwangju
       
(Coupang)Coupang began procedures for the construction of a large-scale high-tech logistics base in Gwangju in partnership with the regional government, the firm said Friday. Under the deal, the firm and Gwangju agreed to establish a mega-sized high-tech logistics center in the region and cooperate to boost the local economy and create jobs. This is the company‘s first time to build a room temperature logistics center and a refrigeration and frozen logistics center at the same time. The firm plans to introduce its own logistics software, a product management and worker traffic optimization system using artificial intelligence, eco-friendly packaging facilities and advanced logistics equipment at the new logistics center. Through the high-tech logistics center, Coupang plans to provide its Rocket Delivery service -- that delivers products within 24 hours -- nationwide.
Getting the First Amendment wrong
       
BIPA is the most important biometric privacy law in America because it allows people to sue companies directly for violations. The company is bolstering its legal team to build a First Amendment argument to help justify its dubious and dangerous facial recognition business. AdvertisementClearview AI is wrong about privacy and wrong about the First Amendment. Yet Clearview AI is trying use the First Amendment to ensure a freedom to surveil at will. If Clearview AI were to get its way, the only winner would be Clearview AI.
Coupang to set up large-scale logistics base in Gwangju
       
Coupang began procedures for the construction of a large-scale high-tech logistics base in Gwangju in partnership with the regional government, the firm said on Sept. 4. This is the company‘s first time to build a room temperature logistics center and a refrigeration and frozen logistics center at the same time. The firm plans to introduce its own logistics software, a product management and worker traffic optimization system using artificial intelligence, eco-friendly packaging facilities and advanced logistics equipment at the new logistics center. Through the high-tech logistics center, Coupang plans to provide its Rocket Delivery service -- that delivers products within 24 hours -- nationwide. “Thanks to the efforts of regional governments and related ministries, we are able to provide better Rocket Delivery services to our customers through the logistics center.” said Coupang’s Park.
Madrid struggles with Europe’s acutest 2nd wave of pandemic
       
A teacher demonstrates a robot that takes the temperature of children and displays it on a screen in a kindergarten in Madrid, Spain, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020. Pupils under 3 years-old in the Spanish capital head to kindergartens on Friday, the first in-person school activity since the country imposed a strict lockdown in mid-March due to the Covid-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Paul White)A teacher demonstrates a robot that takes the temperature of children and displays it on a screen in a kindergarten in Madrid, Spain, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020. Pupils under 3 years-old in the Spanish capital head to kindergartens on Friday, the first in-person school activity since the country imposed a strict lockdown in mid-March due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Spain, which is edging to a half-million confirmed cases since February, is leading the pandemic’s second wave in Europe.
Humans 'won't be able to live without sex robots' and will be as 'important as phones'
       
Thank you for subscribing See our privacy notice Invalid EmailSex robots will one day be so important that humans will not be able to live without them, a doll collector has predicted. In her new book, Sex Robots & Vegan Meat, author Jenny Kleeman speaks to a range of sex robot owners and producers. Kleeman flew to California where she was given a tour of Abyss Creations, a leading brand in the production of sex robots. "I think the danger of these robots is their ability to make empathy harder work because we won't need to use it so much in our relationships with these robots. (Image: Realdoll)"Human beings are complicated, a relationship with a human being involves compromise, a relationship with a robot does not involve compromise.
US may look to ban more Chinese-owned apps beyond TikTok
       
The Trump Administration’s looming TikTok ban may be just the beginning. The US government is scrutinizing a number of other apps owned by Chinese-based companies to see if they pose a national security threat, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said Thursday. Meadows did not specify what apps the administration might target, but his comments arrived as mega-popular social media app TikTok faces a sale to an American company to avoid being banned in the US. President Trump has said he would ban the app in the US in mid-November unless it’s sold to a US company amid concerns that the China-based company shares users’ information with Communist party officials. That list reportedly includes artificial intelligence technology that plays a key role in serving users personalized videos on their TikTok feeds.
These students figured out their tests were graded by AI — and the easy way to cheat
       
He’d completed the first assignment for his seventh-grade history class on Edgenuity, an online platform for virtual learning. A teacher couldn’t have read his response in that time, Simmons knew — her son was being graded by an algorithm. She surmised that Edgenuity’s AI was scanning for specific keywords that it expected to see in students’ answers. Edgenuity offers over 300 online classes for middle and high school students ranging across subjects from math to social studies, AP classes to electives. A district in Steamboat Springs, Colorado had its enrollment period disrupted when Edgenuity was overwhelmed with students trying to register.
Students outwit remote-learning algorithm to boost grades
       
A Southern California seventh grader and his mother have tricked an online learning platform into giving him 100% grades. TEACHERS, STUDENTS USING ZOOM FOR E-LEARNING SEE ALARMING BEHAVIOR ON PLATFORMThat's when it clicked for Dana: her son was being graded by an algorithm. Upon further observing the platform, Dana concluded that Edgenuity’s Artificial Intelligence was scanning for specific keywords in students' answers. In changing tactics using Edgenuity, Lazare now receives perfect percentages, and he's not the only one. What does that tell you about [...] the digital divide in this online learning environment?”
Neato’s robotic D10 vacuum uses LIDAR-based navigation
       
Neato’s newest robotic vacuum, the Neato D10, uses LIDAR-based technology and a HEPA filter that captures virtually 100 percent of allergens, the company says. The LIDAR-based system makes the Neato D10 up to 30 percent faster than competitors with camera-based navigation. Thanks to the upgraded app, users will be able to set up their Neato D10 in just six steps. Neato revealed the Neato D10, along with slightly paired down Neato D9 and Neato D8 models, at IFA 2020 in Berlin today. That puts Neato’s robotic vacuums in the range of the iRobot Roomba i7+, which originally sold for $1,000 but is now on sale for $700.
Battery-free Game Boy powered by button pushing can run forever, scientists say
       
Engineers have developed a battery-free Game Boy that harvests energy from the user to allow infinite gameplay. The breakthrough was made by researchers at Northwestern University in the US and Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands (TU Delft). As a result it has been designed to shut off without losing game progress and can be reactivated with the push of a button. The robot Fedor will spend 10 days aboard the ISS practising skills such as using tools to fix issues onboard. Dmitry Rogozin/Twitter Gadget and tech news: In pictures Google turns 21 Google celebrates its 21st birthday on September 27.
Blood tests may detect psychotic disorders years BEFORE they start
       
A simple blood test can predict who will suffer psychotic disorders later in life, scientists claim. The experts were also able to identify who would definitely not develop psychosis in 80 per cent of cases. Scientists behind the study said the findings were a huge leap in the quest to prevent psychotic disorders, such as schizophrenia. People are more likely to develop a psychotic disorder if they have a close family member who suffers from them. The scientists assessed hundreds of proteins in blood samples and used machine learning to look for patterns.
11 best vacuums in 2020, according to cleaning experts
       
To help you simplify your search for vacuums, we explore the five types available on the market: Canister, upright, stick, handheld and robot aka smart vacuums. Typically lightweight, nimble and can be both more powerful as and quieter than an upright vacuum. Another positive attribute of an upright vacuum is it is easier to store and empty. StickAn easy way to think of a stick vacuum cleaner is as an upright vacuum on a diet. Best heavy-duty vacuum: NilfiskNelson called this vacuum the Cadillac of HEPA vacuums.
Facebook unveils prototype AR glasses that give you ‘auditory superpowers’
       
Facebook has revealed a set of AR glasses that give users “perceptual superpowers” by amplifying what they want to hear and dimming background noise. It then tracks the movements of the user’s head and eye movement to work out what they’re trying to hear. This headset then enhances the sounds the user’s focused on, and turns the volume down on everything else. The specs don’t look particularly comfy or attractive — two of the reasons AR glasses have never taken off. Facebook produced this effect by placing an array of microphones around a meeting room full of people.
In the Media
       
CNN reporter Allen Kim spotlights how researchers from MIT and Brigham and Women’s Hospital have modified a robotic dog so that it can be used to help measure a patient’s vital signs. “The researchers expect to focus on triage applications in the short term, with the goal of ultimately deploying robots like this to patients' hospital rooms to continuously monitor them and let doctors to check in on them without ever having to step into the room,” writes Kim.
ProBeat: Hey Elon Musk, how do I get this Neuralink out of my skull?
       
Elon Musk-backed Neuralink shared a progress update late last week on its brain-computer interface. Musk asserted that someday the company would be able to embed a Neuralink device in a human brain, in under an hour, without using general anesthesia. “You open a piece of skull,” Musk said. Musk claimed Dorothy used to have a Neuralink device, but the team removed it to verify that the procedure was reversible. “If you have a Neuralink and then you decide you don’t want it, or you want to get an upgrade, and the Neuralink is removed,” Musk said, “it is removed in such a way that you’re still healthy and happy afterwards.
Automating the enterprise in the new normal (VB Live)
       
Learn how the technology is helping organizations respond to shifts in demand, reduce dependence on human labor, improve resiliency in challenging times, and more in this VB Live event. In the midst of a pandemic, business leaders are finding that their major challenges — productivity and resiliency — are growing. But long before COVID-19 thrust organizations into the fire, CEOs were beginning to turn their interest toward how robotic process automation (RPA) could help address their most pressing concerns. RPA helps businesses thrive in a new worldThe new normal requires RPA as a lifeline for maintaining normal business continuity. It also means that employees will require reskilling and training to meet these new challenges head-on.
Yandex and Uber spin out self-driving venture with $150 million investment
       
Yandex and Uber today announced they are spinning out their self-driving joint venture into a standalone company, with the Russian tech giant increasing its stake by investing an additional $150 million. Now that the Self Driving Group is a separate company, Yandex will have a 73% stake, Uber will have 19%, and the balance will be owned by Yandex managers and employees. The move comes amid predictions that the development of fully autonomous vehicles will take much longer than widely anticipated. Yandex appears to be challenging such doubts by taking a much more aggressive approach to building its self-driving technology. Most recently, Yandex began testing its fourth-generation autonomous vehicles in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government’s flagship project, Pak-Austria Fachhochschule University completed in Haripur
       
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government’s flagship project, Pak-Austria Fachhochschule University in Haripur has been completed and is all set for inauguration. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government flagship project in Haripur has been completed. Pak-Austria Fachhochschule University in #Haripur is all set for inauguration. pic.twitter.com/aacv32nZEk — PTI (@PTIofficial) September 2, 2020Pak-Austria Fachhochschule University, Haripur will offer specialised courses like artificial intelligence, railway engineering, mineral resource engineering and agriculture food technologies and others. It is pertinent to note that construction work on university was launched by the current government last year.
Microsoft is launching new technology to fight deepfakes
       
When used in the context of movies and memes, deepfakes can occasionally be a source of entertainment. AI-generated, manipulated photos, videos, or audio files — could potentially be used to confuse and mislead people. As Microsoft acknowledges in its blog, deepfake technology is constantly becoming more and more sophisticated, which means its AI tool will also need to be kept up-to-date. The ability to add and detect hashes in media is also only as useful as the number of people who actually do it. It's worth noting that Microsoft isn't the only company scrambling to find a solution to the deepfake problem.
Portland Weird Homes Tour comes to you with a live Zoom of a Stormtrooper-guarded art studio, mime-designed dome and ‘Twilight’s’ Bella Swan’s house
       
It’s now easy to check out “Twilight’s” Bella Swan’s house, a mime-designed dome home and a Stormtrooper-guarded art studio since the 3rd annual Portland Weird Homes Tour on Saturday, Sept. 26, will be a live online walkthrough. See for yourselfLarry Cross is passionate about sustainable and accessible design and chickens.Thanin Viriyaki Photography/Portland Weird Homes TourHouse of SerendipityLimited mobility doesn’t mean limited beauty. Read more>Wheel-friendly yardsArtist Robert Fortney’s home studio Plastorm has galactic legions of Stormtroopers, droids and Sith lords.Thanin Viriyaki Photography/Portland Weird Homes TourPlastorm in Robot AlleyRobot Alley in North Portland is right behind artist Robert Fortney’s home studio. Scott-Arleta neighborhood was created by artist Christine Claringbold.Thanin Viriyaki Photography/Portland Weird Homes TourHouse of SarcasmThe kaleidoscopic appearance of the House of Sarcasm in Southeast Portland’s Mt. A portion of all ticket sales to the 3rd annual Portland Weird Homes Tour will be donated to Portland-based Central City Concern, which focuses on solutions to ending homelessness and achieving self-sufficiency.
China takes aggressive steps, claims ability to block TikTok sale
       
President Trump threatened to ban TikTok in the US by November unless Beijing-based ByteDance, its owner, sells to an American company. Chinese President Xi Jinping has vowed to spend $1.4 trillion over the next five years on technology including wireless networks and artificial intelligence. But the US government has stopped dozens of Chinese companies from buying parts from American companies, including ByteDance and Tencent, the company that owns WeChat. The Trump White House has also pressured allies not to do business with or buy equipment from Chinese technology giant Huawei Technologies. According to an analysis by Bloomberg Economics, ending the flow of trade and technology between the world’s two biggest economies would hurt China more than the US.
Truckers Are Seeing Growing Freight Volumes
       
Trucking companies are reporting stronger freight demand as retailers and manufacturers move to restock depleted inventories, in a sign of strengthening corporate confidence in the U.S. economy. PREVIEW Old Dominion, one of the largest U.S. truckers, said freight volumes and revenue rose in August compared with the previous year. The Thomasville, N.C., less-than-truckload carrier, which combines multiple shipments on the same truck, reported a 2.4% increase in daily tonnage last month. More Truckers Are Seeing Growing Freight VolumesRobot Trucks Are Seeking Inroads Into Freight BusinessFrom ‘Freezer Farms’ to Jets, Logistics Operators Prepare for a Covid-19 Vaccine Demand measured by the ratio of loads to trucks jumped 132.5% year-over-year in August on trucking’s spot market, where shippers book last-minute transportation, according to online freight marketplace DAT Solutions LLC. The average spot market price to hire a big rig last month was $2.22 per mile, up 22.3% from the previous year.
Scientists want AI to help predict dangerous hurricanes
       
In a new paper published in Geophysical Research Letters, scientists using data gathered by NASA satellites explain how algorithms can spot the telltale signs of a storm that’s about to become much more powerful. Being able to predict the intensity of a storm as it is brewing is incredibly difficult. On top of that, the intensity of the storm can be judged in part by the amount of water ice present in the hurricane’s intense cloud formations. However, predicting the intensity of the hurricane when it reaches land is still largely a guessing game. There’s still more work to be done before AI can be unleashed to predict the weather, but things are looking promising.
What Does Building a Fair AI Really Entail?
       
The author makes three recommendations: 1) Think of fairness as a collaborative act, 2) regard AI fairness as a negotiation between utility and humanity, and 3) remember that AI fairness involves perceptions of responsibility. In view of this insight, the strategy for achieving AI fairness must involve a cooperative act between AI and humans. Solution 2: Regard AI fairness as a negotiation between utility and humanity. Solution 3: Remember that AI fairness involves perceptions of responsibility. What makes for AI fairness will then also be a function of how fair stakeholders perceive the company generally to be.
If you’re in the hospital with COVID-19, this robot dog might come take your vital signs
       
If you had a COVID-19 test at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston earlier this year, you might have been approached by a dog-like robot mounted with cameras. In an attempt to find ways to lower exposure to the virus for medical professionals, researchers from the hospital and MIT were testing new ways to monitor patients’ vital signs without needing face-to-face contact. They partnered with Boston Dynamics, a company that makes Spot, a robotic dog that can be controlled remotely with a handheld device. At a triage tent outside the hospital where patients got coronavirus tests, healthcare workers steered the robot to patients. “I think monitoring patients at home could be one of the ways that we can start to identify signs and symptoms earlier,” Traverso says.
TinyML is breathing life into billions of devices
       
TinyML was the missing link between Edge hardware and device intelligence, now coming to fruition. Tiny Devices With Not So Tiny BrainsThe implications of TinyML accessibility are very important in today’s world. For example, TinyML can listen to beehives and detect anomalies and distress caused by things as small as wasps. TinyML gives small devices the ability to make smart decisions without needing to send data to the cloud. Unlike the general ML monsters used by data scientists, TinyML models are small enough to fit into any environment–and that’s why they will be everywhere.
Whether Starting Out or in Early to Mid-Career, What’s the Best Way to Learn AI?
       
By AI Trends StaffWhether you are just starting out in the workforce or are in the early- to mid-career stage, you are likely to ask yourself the question at some point, what’s the best way to learn AI? Many big tech companies and independent tech organizations are offering training programs for people new to data science and professionals who want to learn the newest technology. Here is a selection of recommended programs:IBM Data Science Professional CertificateIBM offers this program on Coursera, which is taught by company employees. A Two-Step Process to Learn AI for BeginnersFor beginners, one company has recommended a two-step process for learning AI. This course is suited for beginners with an inclination toward Data Science.
AI Being Tapped to Help Improve Air Quality
       
By AI Trends StaffScientists are exploring the use of AI to improve air quality with systems that can detect infinitesimally small particles in the air. More advanced algorithms that help in understanding and predicting smog, haze, visibility, and observe meteorological interventions to help manage air quality. Startup AirVisual Sells Air Quality Management DevicesThe startup community is seeing opportunity in the application of AI to the management of air quality. The company was acquired in 2017 by Swiss air quality company IQAir and is based in Beijing, where it maintains air quality data from around the world. Instructions are then sent directly to connected purification and ventilation systems, providing for proactive management of indoor air quality.
AI Autonomous Cars And The Challenges Presented By The World’s Most Dangerous Roads
       
In discussing the handling of highly dangerous roads, keep in mind the earlier articulated criteria for what constitutes a dangerous road. The most notable reason involves a quite significant matter that surprises many people about the nature of self-driving cars, including startling those that purport to know a lot about self-driving cars. Back to the matter at hand and the pondering of whether AI-based true self-driving cars could handle dangerous roads, including for example the reported Top Ten such roads. The same aspect can be considered in the case of AI self-driving cars. For AI self-driving cars, there is an ongoing debate about the threshold of risks that the AI should be allowed to undertake.
Feds Investing $1B to Fund 12 New AI Institutes
       
By AI Trends StaffThe federal government is increasing its investment in AI research, with the announcement on August 26 of over $1 billion of awards to establish 12 new AI and quantum information science (QIS) research institutes nationwide. The $1 billion might be seen as a drop in the bucket compared to what is needed for AI research spending. The seven NSF institutes are:The NSF AI Institute for Research on Trustworthy AI in Weather, Climate, and Coastal Oceanography, led by a team at the University of Oklahoma. The NSF AI Institute for Artificial Intelligence and Fundamental Interactions, led by a team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. France recently committed to a $1.69 billion (€1.5 billion) initiative aimed at transforming the country into a “global leader” in AI research and training.
Resiliency of Power Grid Being Boosted with Help of AI
       
By John P. Desmond, AI Trends EditorLong-time US government investments to build a “smart grid” for delivering electric power are employing AI techniques to improve resiliency. “AI will be the brain of this future smart grid,” the report stated. Qiu and his colleagues are using an AI neural network to help the static and dynamic formulas work together. The Argonne researchers hope power grid operators can use their model as a starting point. “We’re excited by the potential for this type of analytical approach,” stated Mark Petri, Argonne’s Electric Power Grid Program director.
We’re entering the AI twilight zone between narrow and general AI
       
With recent advances, the tech industry is leaving the confines of narrow artificial intelligence (AI) and entering a twilight zone, an ill-defined area between narrow and general AI. To date, all the capabilities attributed to machine learning and AI have been in the category of narrow AI. Greater computing power and/or a paradigm shift could lead to a move beyond narrow AI towards “general AI,” also known as artificial general intelligence (AGI). Unlike narrow AI algorithms, knowledge gained by general AI can be shared and retained among system components. It is my belief that GPT-3 does not perfectly fit the definition of either narrow AI or general AI.
Under Growing US Pressure, China’s Huawei is Pivoting to Russia
       
(Photo by Wwang Zhao/AFP via Getty Images)Moscow (CNSNews.com) – Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei recently revealed that the telecommunications giant has been shifting its investments and operations to Russia as a response to growing pressure from the United States. Huawei’s expansion in Russia comes amid growing technological cooperation between Beijing and Moscow. A year ago, China and Russia launched a joint investment fund for high-tech projects with an initial budget of $1 billion. Huawei has also begun investing to develop advanced technologies such as 5G mobile networks and artificial intelligence in Russia. Speaking at a forum outside of Moscow last week, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov declared that Russia intended to expand its cooperation on 5G with Huawei.
Microsoft building deepfake detection tools to thwart disinformation on 2020 election
       
Microsoft developed new technology to detect “deepfake” disinformation that it will share with political campaigns and journalists focused on how such false images could affect the upcoming election. The new tool to verify photos and videos online, called Microsoft Video Authenticator, will be initially distributed via the AI Foundation with the goal of thwarting malicious influence campaigns aimed at the 2020 elections. “In the case of a video, it can provide this percentage in real-time on each frame as the video plays. Rather than adopting Twitter’s aggressive content enforcement approach, Microsoft appears more focused on raising awareness than forcing users to change their behavior. Earlier this year, U.S. government officials warned of LinkedIn as a platform increasingly used by American adversaries, particularly China, in mounting influence campaigns and intelligence collection efforts.
UN Urges Support For Postal, Air Cargo And Express Mail Operators
       
The International Civil Aviation Organization and the Universal Postal Union on Tuesday encouraged national governments to provide postal, air cargo and express mail operators with the resources and regulatory flexibility necessary to maintain efficient delivery service during the coronavirus crisis. Express operators that transport parcels for postal services include FedEx Corproation (NYSE: FDX) and DHL. "ICAO and the UPU encourage member countries to work in tandem with their designated postal operators and air transport operators to strengthen collaboration between global supply chain stakeholders. Story continuesICAO has acted as an information clearinghouse and facilitator of international collaboration on air transport during the pandemic. The agencies said applying artificial intelligence to postal supply chains could unlock great value overcoming e-commerce constraints.
Limbaugh: "Biden fomenting race war". Trump supporter "executed", protestors "cheered, danced".
       
We don’t know what else Trump will or can do and Republican radio is an easy target and very vulnerable. Rush Limbaugh sets the tone for all Republican talk radio. Yesterday, Monday Aug 31, Limbaugh said “Biden is fomenting a race war” and Tues Sept 1 he claimed that a “Trump supporter was executed” and protestors “danced and cheered” it. What does that make Republican talk radio hosts, who all repeat the same disinformation? 2 — artificial intelligence-enhanced transcription makes it inevitable that talk radio will be digitized and be made available for reading, studying, monitoring.
Syntekabio says it found repurposable COVID-19 drug candidates stronger than remdesivir
       
Syntekabio said Thursday that its COVID-19 combination treatment candidates have displayed therapeutic effects twice as strong as remdesivir in animal tests. These drug candidates have been on the market for over 20 years for other indications. Syntekabio said it had selected two drug materials as viable COVID-19 treatment candidates through an artificial intelligence program. In identifying these two drugs, Syntekabio used the its AI platform to analyze the data of 3CL hydrolase (Mpro) enzyme, which is known to play a central role in the proliferation of SARS CoV-2 coronavirus. It is under talks with a potential partner firm in licensing out the drug candidates, and collaborating on future clinical trials and drug approvals process.
Syntekabio says it found repurposable COVID-19 drug candidates stronger than remdesivir
       
BUSINESSSyntekabio said Thursday that its COVID-19 combination treatment candidates have displayed therapeutic effects twice as strong as remdesivir in animal tests.These drug candidates have been on the market for over 20 years for other indications. If further clinical tests confirm their therapeutic effects for COVID-19, it would be a matter of time to reposition them, the South Korean bio firm said.Syntekabio said it had selected two drug materials as viable COVID-19 treatment candidates through an artificial intelligence program.The drugs, administered together in animal models, have demonstrated 94.3 percent recovery rate in affected lungs, it said.This is twice more effective result than remdesivir’s 44.3 percent recovery rate, Syntekabio added.In identifying these two drugs, Syntekabio used the its AI platform to analyze the data of 3CL hydrolase (Mpro) enzyme, which is known to play a central role in the proliferation of SARS CoV-2 coronavirus. Using its analysis of this enzyme, Syntekabio studied some 3,000 drugs already approved for commercial use by the US’ Food and Drug Administration, and sifted out 30 that could be repositioned as treatments for COVID-19.According to Syntekabio, in cellular tests, three of the 30 drugs showed promising efficacy against the pandemic disease and two especially stood out when used as combination therapy.Syntekabio is unable to reveal the names of the drugs yet, as the company is still preparing to patent their combination use, but said the two drugs have 20 years’ accumulated data proving their safety in human body.It is under talks with a potential partner firm in licensing out the drug candidates, and collaborating on future clinical trials and drug approvals process.By Lim Jeong-yeo (kaylalim@heraldcorp.com)
Microsoft lanceert nieuwe technologie om deepfakes tegen te gaan
       
Deepfakes kunnen bij gebruik in de context van films en memes af en toe een bron van vermaak zijn. In het tijdperk van nepnieuws en verkeerde informatie kunnen deepfakes - door AI gegenereerde, gemanipuleerde foto's, video's of audiobestanden - mogelijk worden gebruikt om mensen te verwarren en te misleiden. Recent kondigde het bedrijf twee nieuwe technologieën aan, die beide bedoeld zijn om lezers de nodige tools te geven om ze te leren filteren wat echt is en wat niet. De mogelijkheid om hashes in media toe te voegen en te detecteren is alleen nuttig als mensen dat ook daadwerkelijk doen. Andere pogingen om deepfakes tegen te gaanMicrosoft is overigens niet het enige bedrijf dat worstelt om een ??oplossing voor het deepfake-probleem te vinden.
The Morning After: Meet Intel's 11th gen 'Tiger Lake' CPUs
       
Lucid Motors shared video of a Lucid Air sedan burning up the quarter-mile in 9.9 seconds. — RichardIntel unveils its 11th gen ‘Tiger Lake’ CPUsThe company also mentioned changes to improve on-device AI processing. 11th Gen Intel Core mobile processors, MoreDespite some setbacks moving from 10nm to 7nm, Intel still promises that its SuperFin FinFET transistor process contributes the biggest speed improvement within a generation. Like all 11th gen-powered machines, they’ll show off Intel’s newly revamped logo, but they’ve also been certified to meet several standards. The Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 follows up 2018’s Snapdragon 8cx, and back then the company said the “x” in the name stood for “extreme” power.
Young Entrepreneur Creates Robotic Limbs That Users Can Control With Their Minds
       
Young Entrepreneur Creates Robotic Limbs That Users Can Control With Their MindsTen years ago, Easton LaChappelle was a teen watching YouTube videos in his Colorado bedroom on how to build robot arms from LEGO. Today, he’s the founder of Unlimited Tomorrow, a company that designs low-cost 3D-printed prosthetic limbs that can be operated with the mind. Unlimited Tomorrow sends clients a 3D scanner, which they use to scan their limbs. TrueLimb costs $8,000, a fraction of what most prosthetic limbs cost. There’s also an affordable upgrade program that allows users who outgrow their limbs to receive another at half the price.
In 'Raised by Wolves,' Ridley Scott ends the world. Again.
       
“Raised by Wolves,” premiering Thursday on HBO Max, returns executive producer Ridley Scott, who also directed the first two episodes, to the thematic ground of “Blade Runner,” namely the self-consciousness of artificial intelligence and what it means, for better or worse, to be human. AdvertisementAmanda Collin as Mother, left, Winta McGrath as Campion and Abubakar Salim as Father have a family meeting in “Raised by Wolves,” from Ridley Scott and HBO Max. “Raised by Wolves” is “technological” — there are spaceships and androids and gadgets and gizmos — but its science is basically magic, and the story does have a fairy-tale quality. (She takes a Christlike pose when she flies — she can fly — and like much else in “Raised by Wolves,” the resemblance feels very much a reference.) ‘Raised by Wolves’Where: HBO MaxWhen: AnytimeRating: TV-MA (may be unsuitable for children under the age of 17, with advisories for coarse language, sexual content and violence)
MSI unveils its first Intel Evo-certified laptop
       
View photos MSI Stealth 15M MoreThere’s a new gaming laptop on MSI’s slate as well, the Stealth 15M. The Stealth 15M starts at $1,549 and it’ll go on sale next month. View photos MSI Summit laptops MoreIn addition, MSI has announced another product line tailored towards business use. The Summit B series and Summit E series laptops are available with 14-inch or 15.6-inch UHD or Full HD displays. All of the Summit laptops boast Thunderbolt 4 ports and built-in AI noise cancellation, which MSI says can automatically eliminate background noise during virtual meetings.
Tech firm Simplebet launches first product with FanDuel as firms look to build micro-market sports betting
       
In its first significant product agreement, sports tech company Simplebet will join forces with FanDuel Group to launch a free-to-play game to offer mock in-play bets for the 2020 National Football League season. Though the initial agreement centers around the free game, Simplebet wants to reach a long-term deal with FanDuel to install its tech to offer real bets. Simplebet co-founder and CEO Chris Bevilacqua described the agreement with FanDuel as a distribution and marketing deal. The company wants to increase its brand awareness and collect fan engagement data to expand its "micro-market" betting platform. "It hasn't been done before because no one ever made the investment in machine learning and automation that's required to enable this type of betting," Bevilacqua told CNBC in an interview.
Online grocer Farmstead dramatically expands Bay Area deliveries
       
BURLINGAME — Farmstead, an online grocer bolstered by artificial intelligence technology, said Thursday it has dramatically expanded its Bay Area delivery footprint, offering services in the East Bay for the first time as well as widening its San Jose scope. The company had primarily served areas such as San Francisco and parts of San Jose but now has added numerous cities in Alameda County and Contra Costa County to its delivery area. Farmstead also is now including south San Jose in its service area. The technology and delivery system has enabled to Farmstead to deliver free of charge as well as keep prices lower than local supermarkets. “We’ve had thousands of requests from potential customers in the broader Bay Area, both before and during the pandemic,” Elankumaran said.
The fourth generation of AI is here, and it’s called ‘Artificial Intuition’
       
The concept of artificial intuition is one that, just five years ago, was considered impossible. So, how does artificial intuition accurately analyze unknown data without any historical context to point it in the right direction? First, instead of building a quantitative model to process the data, artificial intuition applies a qualitative model. By using extremely complicated mathematical algorithms, artificial intuition rapidly identifies the five most influential parameters and presents them to analysts. Artificial intuition marks the point when AI truly became “intelligent.”So you’re interested in AI?
OpenAI reveals the pricing plans for its API — and it ain’t cheap
       
OpenAI has revealed the projected pricing plans for its API, which lets people use the company’s vaunted AI tools on “virtually any English language task.” But you’re gonna need money to burn if you wanna try it out. The API gives users access to GPT-3, OpenAI‘s headline-grabbing text generator. But from October 1, users of the beta version will have to choose between four different pricing plans to access the system. Create: $100 per month for 2M tokens, plus 8 cents for every additional 1k tokens. Build: $400 per month for 10M tokens, plus 6 cents for every additional 1k tokens.
Why you shouldn’t mistake AI for automation
       
Any business looking to streamline its processes and move to more efficient models will encounter automation, machine learning, and artificial intelligence along the way. Without digitization, automation, machine learning, and ultimately AI aren’t even possible. Broadly conceived, however, AI transcends machine learning by producing human capabilities such as visual processing and language comprehension. AI and automationAI and automation cannot be mistaken for the same thing—where there’s automation, there is no requirement that artificial intelligence is involved. As technological advancements make machine learning processes easier to create, it’s possible that machine learning could act as a failsafe in automated procedures.
NASA’s impressive new AI can predict when a hurricane intensifies
       
But they still struggle to calculate when it will intensify, as it’s seriously hard to understand what’s happening inside a tropical cyclone. Finally, they compared the system’s forecasts to the model used by the National Hurricane Center for the latter set of storms. The team says their model was 60% more likely to predict a hurricane’s winds would increase by at least 56 kmph within 24 hours. But for hurricanes whose winds shot up by at least 64 kmph, the new system had a 200% higher chance of detecting these events. The team is now testing the model on storms during the current hurricane season.
Introducing Opacus: A high-speed library for training PyTorch models with differential privacy
       
We are releasing Opacus, a new high-speed library for training PyTorch models with differential privacy (DP) that’s more scalable than existing state-of-the-art methods. It’s often used in analytics, with growing interest in the machine learning (ML) community. The Opacus library also includes pre-trained and fine-tuned models, tutorials for large-scale models, and the infrastructure designed for experiments in privacy research. Achieving high-speed privacy training with OpacusOur goal with Opacus is to preserve the privacy of each training sample while limiting the impact on the accuracy of the final model. Opacus does this by modifying a standard PyTorch optimizer in order to enforce (and measure) DP during training.
These AI-generated tennis matches are both eerie and impressive
       
The model does this by taking into account common tennis strategies and the tendencies of each player. Through its training, it knows, for instance, that Djokovic likes to hit the ball toward his opponent's weak side. Similarly, the model also considers how players tend to position themselves while waiting for their opponent to return the ball. What's more, the system allows you to control a player's shot placement and recovery position, so there's the potential a studio could adapt it for gaming. Still, it's an impressive system that could have a lot of fun applications.
AI Weekly — AI News & Leading Newsletter on Deep Learning & Artificial Intelligence
       
RoboticsFlexibility and Manufacturing Productivity: Part 2 – Human Capabilities Overcome Technological Limitations Relying on a few examples, we will show how the inefficiencies and inflexibilities of high levels of automation show up in suboptimal labor and capital allocations and higher-than-warranted manufacturing costs. This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through August 29) How Special Relativity Can Help AI Predict the Future Will Douglas Heaven | MIT Technology Review “The AI can make guesses about the future without having to learn anything about the progression of time, says Vlontzos.
Domain-specific language model pretraining for biomedical natural language processing
       
By pretraining solely on biomedical text from scratch, our PubMedBERT model outperforms all prior language models and obtains new state-of-the-art results in a wide range of biomedical applications. A new paradigm for building neural language models in biomedicine and specialized domainsPretrained neural language models are the underpinning of state-of-the-art NLP methods. Biomedical Term Category BERT SciBERT PubMedBERT (Ours) diabetes disease X X X leukemia disease X X X lithium drug X X X insulin drug X X X DNA gene X X X promoter gene X X X hypertension disease X X nephropathy disease X X lymphoma disease X X lidocaine drug X X oropharyngeal organ X cardiomyocyte cell X chloramphenicol drug X RecA gene X acetyltransferase gene X clonidine drug X naloxone drug X Table 1: Comparison of common biomedical terms in vocabularies used by the standard BERT, SciBERT and PubMedBERT (ours). Table 2: Comparison of the biomedical datasets in prior language model pretraining studies and BLURB. To address this problem, we have created the Biomedical Language Understanding and Reasoning Benchmark (BLURB) for PubMed-based biomedical NLP applications.
Hopfield Networks is All You Need
       
This blog post explains the paper Hopfield Networks is All You Need and the corresponding new PyTorch Hopfield layer. First, we make the transition from traditional Hopfield Networks towards modern Hopfield Networks and their generalization to continuous states through our new energy function. Modern Hopfield Networks (aka Dense Associative Memories)The storage capacity is a crucial characteristic of Hopfield Networks. In contrast to classical Hopfield Networks, modern Hopfield Networks do not have a weight matrix as it is defined in Eq. (32) # stored_pattern and pattern_projection hopfield_pooling ( Y )DeepRCOne SOTA application of modern Hopfield Networks can be found in the paper Modern Hopfield Networks and Attention for Immune Repertoire Classification by Widrich et al.
ADM Systems in the COVID-19 Pandemic: A European Perspective
       
IntroductionBy Fabio ChiusiThe COVID-19 pandemic has spurred the deployment of a plethora of automated decision-making (ADM) systems all over Europe. Sweden, for example, hasn’t so far adopted a digital contact tracing app, and isn’t planning to do so. What can and should be done, argues the WHO document, is providing “transparency and explainability” of the adopted ADM systems. We therefore decided to treat such systems as ADM systems, but at the same time reflect the fact that this assumption is contentious, at the time of writing. [3] The term is adopted to clearly distinguish ADM systems deployed to help contact tracing efforts from the contact tracing efforts themselves.
Robot takes contact-free measurements of patients’ vital signs
       
Researchers from MIT, Boston Dynamics, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital hope to reduce that risk by using robots to remotely measure patients’ vital signs. They decided to use existing computer vision technologies that can measure temperature, breathing rate, pulse, and blood oxygen saturation, and worked to make them mobile. Health care workers can maneuver the robot to wherever patients are sitting, using a handheld controller. Measurements from the infrared camera can also be used to calculate the patient’s breathing rate. While in the near term, the researchers plan to focus on triage applications, in the longer term, they envision that the robots could be deployed in patients’ hospital rooms.
Human Capabilities Overcome Technological Limitations
       
The inefficiencies plaguing the manufacturing industry stem from technological limitations of automation. When those technological barriers are overcome, it is possible to unlock productivity gains with an optimal combination of humans and machines. This is the second installment of a two part analysis focused on the connection between automation, manufacturing flexibility, and productivity. The inefficiencies plaguing the manufacturing industry stem from technological limitations… when those technological barriers are overcome, it’s possible to unlock productivity gains with an optimal combination of humans and machines. 5 And we mean high—a high-reliability bumperizer can cost $175,000, which is three times the cost of your average palletizing robot.
The Short Anthropological Guide to the Study of Ethical AI
       
Companies across the board are scrambling to adopt AI and machine learning technology. This short guide serves as both an introduction to AI ethics and social science and anthropological perspectives on the development of AI. Exploring the limitations of ethically fine-tuned, or better-behaved, algorithms in the areas of privacy, fairness, and user model manipulation elucidates how ethical AI requires input from the social sciences. The current controversies in which technology giants are enmeshed show that society cannot entrust Silicon Valley entirely to pave the way to produce ethical AI. Just like norms, rules, and regulations vary across countries, the development of ethical AI will need to take into account local specificity in our globalized world.
This Week’s Awesome Tech Stories From Around the Web (Through August 29)
       
Will Big Tech? Shira Ovide | The New York Times“Today all of Exxon is worth less than Jeff Bezos. This year feels like a crossroads; I do not need to explain what I mean by this. I want someone—I want Jaron Lanier—to tell me where we’re going, and whether it’s going to be okay when we get there. …On Sunday evening, Jacob Blake was shot in the back by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
New Steps to Combat Disinformation
       
Today, we’re announcing two new technologies to combat disinformation, new work to help educate the public about the problem, and partnerships to help advance these technologies and educational efforts quickly. These campaigns, carried out on social media, sought to defame notable people, persuade the public or polarize debates. Improving media literacy will help people sort disinformation from genuine facts and manage risks posed by deepfakes and cheap fakes. The quiz will be distributed across web and social media properties owned by USA Today, Microsoft and the University of Washington and through social media advertising. Tags: Azure, COVID-19, deepfakes, Defending Democracy Program, disinformation, ElectionGuard, Microsoft AccountGuard, Microsoft Research, newsguard, Project Origin, Video Authenticator
Myst AI claims its AI energy prediction technology boosts utilities’ reliability
       
Myst AI, a startup developing a predictive energy usage platform, today closed a $6 million funding round. Myst proposes several use cases for its near-term energy forecasting technology, including electricity demand, renewable production, and market prices. The intention is to help renewable power investors increase revenues from solar and wind assets by optimizing wholesale market scheduling. Putting machine learning systems in charge of energy forecasting isn’t an outrageous notion. In the company’s tests, it achieved a 40% reduction in the amount of energy used for cooling and a 15% reduction in overall power usage effectiveness — the ratio of the total building’s energy usage to its IT energy usage.
Qualcomm: $125 5G phones and Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 PCs are coming soon
       
Arguably the biggest Qualcomm news at IFA is the company’s expansion of 5G from the midrange Snapdragon 6 series down to an even more affordable tier of phones. Qualcomm is also revealing its next PC chipset, the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2, which signals how smartphone DNA will shape upcoming laptops. The most interesting advances are in camera and video performance, which will collectively up the ante for business video conferencing. One somewhat overlooked area is the 8cx Gen 2’s dedicated AI engine, which doesn’t appear to be receiving the sort of huge leaps forward that accompanied the original 8cx announcement. Two companies are publicly announcing support for the Snapdragon 8cx Gen 2 today: Acer showed a Spin 7 convertible laptop slated to be available by year’s end, and HP is working on an unnamed business-focused PC.
Biofourmis raises $100 million for AI remote medical tools
       
Biofourmis, an AI health IT company based in Singapore, today announced it raised $100 million in a series C funding round led by SoftBank’s Vision Fund 2. Biofourmis asserts that biomarkers enable remote patient monitoring, freeing up clinicians to address patients who urgently require in-person care. Biofourmis describes its end-to-end Biovitals platform as a “physiology-based data analytics engine” for health care providers, payers, and pharmaceutical companies. It brings the company’s total raised to over $143 million, and it marks the adoption of Biofourmis’ new organizational structure. A division called Biofourmis Therapeutics will focus on developing software-based therapeutics, while a separate entity — Biofourmis Health — will work on virtual care models to remotely manage patients transitioning to post-care.
DeepMind claims its AI improved Google Maps travel time estimates by up to 50%
       
DeepMind today detailed a collaboration with Google that reportedly improved the accuracy of real-time driving ETAs in Google Maps and Google Maps Platform APIs by up to 50% in some regions, including Berlin, Jakarta, São Paulo, Sydney, Tokyo, and Washington D.C. Through the use of machine learning techniques, DeepMind claims it minimized traffic prediction inaccuracies by incorporating relational learning biases that model road networks. Google Maps relies on machine learning to combine traffic conditions with historical patterns for roads worldwide. Google Maps divides road networks into “supersegments” consisting of multiple adjacent segments of road that share significant traffic volume. Beyond Google, DeepMind has contributed algorithms, frameworks, and methodologies to bolster Waymo’s autonomous driving systems.
Storelift launches autonomous convenience stores using AI and computer vision
       
Over the past several years, Amazon has opened 26 Amazon Go convenience stores in the United States. Average purchases at convenience stores total around $12, a sum too small to make delivery an economically viable option. The first two Boxy stores are now open for business in the Paris-adjacent Port de Gennevilliers and Icade Rungis industrial park. Much of the hardware is off-the-shelf sensors, computer vision cameras, and shelves that detect weight. When customers take a product, it is identified through the computer vision algorithms and the weight sensors on the shelves.
AI researchers use heartbeat detection to identify deepfake videos
       
Existing deepfake detection models focus on traditional media forensics methods, like tracking unnatural eyelid movements or distortions at the edge of the face. In work released last week, Binghamton University and Intel researchers introduced AI that goes beyond deepfake detection to recognize which deepfake model made a doctored video. In another recent work, AI researchers from Alibaba Group, Kyushu University, Nanyang Technological University, and Tianjin University introduced DeepRhythm, a deepfake detection model that recognizes human heartbeats from visual PPG. “Experimental results on FaceForensics++ and Deepfake Detection Challenge-preview data set demonstrate that our method not only outperforms state-of-the-art methods but is robust to various degradations,” the team wrote. Earlier this week, Microsoft introduced the Video Authentication deepfake detection service for Azure.
Microsoft is launching new technology to fight deepfakes
       
When used in the context of movies and memes, deepfakes can occasionally be a source of entertainment. AI-generated, manipulated photos, videos, or audio files — could potentially be used to confuse and mislead people. As Microsoft acknowledges in its blog, deepfake technology is constantly becoming more and more sophisticated, which means its AI tool will also need to be kept up-to-date. The ability to add and detect hashes in media is also only as useful as the number of people who actually do it. It's worth noting that Microsoft isn't the only company scrambling to find a solution to the deepfake problem.
This 26-year-old is saving India from cyberattacks!
       
TAC Security is one such firm that specializes in securing the IT infrastructure and assets of some of the leading enterprises globally. It helps protect top Fortune 500 firms, large enterprises, banks, and governments (in both India and the U.S.) from cyberattacks. With the help of their AI-powered platform ESOF (Enterprise Security on One Framework), TAC Security helps organizations better manage their IT security and risk assessment needs in one single platform. The AI algorithms used not only helps recognize security weaknesses within the firm but also helps protect against future vulnerabilities. Arora said that coming up with new ways and ideas to protect companies better is what drives him.
‘Anti-Procrastination’ Glasses Will Use AI To Track Your Activities
       
Speaking of which, new ‘anti-procrastination’ smart glasses have been launched that can keep you from procrastinating by tracking your activities and providing personalized insights. Other things that these new glasses are capable of doing includes tracking your productivity, tracking workouts with pulse oximetry sensors, and a 6 axis accelerometer + gyroscope. Auctify says on its website that the data is safe with the in-app encryption settings and you can also convert them into prescription glasses. SEE ALSO: IBM’S Newly Launched ‘Watson Works’ Uses AI To Help Firms Manage New Work ChallengesSo, the glasses aren’t just limited to curbing your procrastination and instead serve multiple purposes. It’s too early to comment on its performance without actually trying it, so all we can do right now is wait around and see the consumer response to these smart glasses.
29 of Rachael Leigh Cook's Roles That Show She's Still All That
       
Rachael Leigh Cook's role as outcast Laney Boggs in the iconic teen rom-com She's All That is the reason I often look in the mirror as I take off my glasses and think: "instant makeover done." While 1999's She's All That may have been Cook's breakout role, she actually got her start as Mary Anne Spier in the 1995 adaptation of The Baby-Sitters Club. From cult classics like Josie and the Pussycats to recurring roles on TV shows like Psych and Robot Chicken, Cook's proved her comedy prowess. Although she's mostly known for her lighthearted roles, Cook has dabbled in the world of drama with 2007's The Final Season and the crime series Perception alongside Eric McCormack. If you're looking for a dose of Rachael Leigh Cook nostalgia, go ahead and check out some of her roles ahead.
29 of Rachael Leigh Cook's Roles That Show She's Still All That
       
Rachael Leigh Cook's role as outcast Laney Boggs in the iconic teen rom-com She's All That is the reason I often look in the mirror as I take off my glasses and think: "instant makeover done." While 1999's She's All That may have been Cook's breakout role, she actually got her start as Mary Anne Spier in the 1995 adaptation of The Baby-Sitters Club. From cult classic's like Josie and the Pussycats to recurring roles on TV shows like Psych and Robot Chicken, Cook's proved her comedy prowess. Although she's mostly known for her lighthearted roles, Cook has dabbled in the world of drama with 2007's The Final Season and the crime series Perception alongside Erick McCormack. If you're looking for a dose of Rachael Leigh Cook nostalgia, go ahead and check out some of her below roles.
Hypatos gets $11.8M for a deep learning approach to document processing
       
It dubs its approach "cognitive process automation" (CPA) vs more basic applications of business process automation with software robots (RPA) which it argues aren't so contextually savvy -- thereby claiming an edge. As well as document processing solutions, it has developed machine learning modules for enhancing customers' existing systems (e.g. ECM, ERP, CRM, RPA); and offers APIs for software providers to draw on its machine learning tech for their own applications. "We get compared to RPA companies like UiPath, enterprise content management (ECM) companies like Kofax Readsoft as well as generalist ML document automation companies like Hyperscience. We’re impressed by the Hypatos machine learning technology and see the team in a perfect position to take a leading role in the machine learning revolution to come."
Edmond resident launches AI-powered, robotic lawn service
       
In pop culture visions of the future, small robots scurry around performing discrete, automated tasks for their human owners. Much of that vision is a reality for those who can afford the artificial intelligence technology, like the commonplace Roomba and other AI-powered devices that clean or perform simple tasks. And now more of that future has arrived in central Oklahoma, at least when it comes to cutting grass. Edmond businessman Tom Pearson launched a local MowBot franchise, where home and business owners can rent the services of a small, quiet robot that maintains their lawn without much interaction from more sentient beings. Pearson, who's previously worked in information technology, was drawn to the franchise because he was already looking for a robotic mower.
PhD candidate’s invention was called ‘bulls—t’, but can now detect early signs of COVID-19
       
COVID-19 in CanadaIn the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, 34-year-old Azadeh Dastmalchi found a new function for her existing work on a medical-grade smartwatch to detect and monitor for early virus symptoms. Dastmalchi’s start-up, Montreal-based VitalTracer, and its product the VTLAB smartwatch combines biosensors and artificial intelligence to measure human vital signs, blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, blood oxygen saturation, body temperature, and electrocardiogram (ECG) and photoplethysmography (PPG) signals. This “all in one” device does not need any external components, like a blood pressure cuff or ECG halter, to conduct the monitoring. Different studies on COVID-19 found that people infected with the virus might experience signs like higher heart rate, a drop in blood pressure and lack of sleep. “When they are premature infants, they need to continuously monitor their vital signs after ICU as well,” she said.
Boston startup Biofourmis raises $100m for remote medical tech
       
The company, which moved to downtown Boston from Singapore last year, uses wearable sensors to understand patients’ vital signs and help doctors make decisions about their care from afar. This year, Biofourmis has also joined the battle against COVID-19, creating a system that uses artificial intelligence software to look for early signs of the viral illness. Biofourmis, a Boston startup that makes technology to remotely monitor patients with chronic conditions and dangerous diagnoses, announced Thursday that it has taken in $100 million in new investment to help it advance products in the fields of cardiology, respiratory, oncology, and pain management. The company’s products include a collaboration with the medical giant Novartis, which uses a wearable electronic armband to monitor patients with heart failure. The fund’s parent company, Japan’s SoftBank Group, also owns high-profile robotics company Boston Dynamics.
iZotope’s new RX8 repair tool cleans up your noisy audio with AI
       
RX8, the latest release from the audio experts at iZotope, today launched with a bevvy of new features and an an updated interface. That being said, I’m 100 percent confident that RX8 is superior to RX7, and that’s saying something. RX8 is an audio repair suite that handles everything from cleaning up low-fidelity streaming dialogue so it doesn’t sound like it’s being broadcast from inside a large tin can to pulling the pops and clicks out of your studio-quality vocal tracks. Open the program, drag-and-drop an audio or video file (obviously the video file would have to include an audio track or there’s nothing for the software to repair) and then click “repair assist.”The end. It comes in three bundles, each of which are currently on sale: Elements ($99), Standard ($299), and Advanced ($999).
Report: Algorithm question complicates TikTok sale
       
The Journal report stated the algorithms were considered part of the deal negotiations up until Friday. That’s when the Chinese government introduced export restrictions on artificial intelligence technology that appear to cover content-recommendation algorithms such as the one powering TikTok. The move followed President Donald Trump’s effort to force a sale of TikTok’s U.S. operations by Sept. 20. The question is whether its algorithms would need Chinese government approval for transfer, and if so, whether Beijing would sign off. The Journal report said both the prospective buyers and the seller, ByteDance, are trying to figure that out.
China Insider Aug. 31: Names Exposed in CCPs Australian ‘Thousand Talents Plan’
       
China Insider Aug. 31: Names Exposed in CCPs Australian ‘Thousand Talents Plan’A recent investigation done by Australian media revealed that the Chinese Communist Party is taking advantage of the loopholes of Australian laws. The CCP secretly recruited dozens of Australian top investigative scholars to join the “Thousand Talents Plan” or other recruitment programs. The research of these scholars covers highly sophisticated fields such as Artificial Intelligence and quantum technology. While being employed in Australia, they frequently returned to China and applied for patents in China. To Australia, having a group of scholars like these is simply equivalent to betraying national interests.”
Report: Algorithm Question Complicates TikTok Sale
       
The Journal report stated the algorithms were considered part of the deal negotiations up until Friday. That's when the Chinese government introduced export restrictions on artificial intelligence technology that appear to cover content-recommendation algorithms such as the one powering TikTok. The move followed President Donald Trump's effort to force a sale of TikTok's U.S. operations by Sept. 20. Those export restrictions mean that TikTok’s Chinese owner, ByteDance Ltd., would have to obtain a license to export any restricted technologies to a foreign company. The Journal report said both the prospective buyers and the seller, ByteDance, are trying to figure that out.
Report: Algorithm question complicates TikTok sale
       
The Journal report stated the algorithms were considered part of the deal negotiations up until Friday. That’s when the Chinese government introduced export restrictions on artificial intelligence technology that appear to cover content-recommendation algorithms such as the one powering TikTok. Those export restrictions mean that TikTok’s Chinese owner, ByteDance Ltd., would have to obtain a license to export any restricted technologies to a foreign company. The question is whether its algorithms would need Chinese government approval for transfer, and if so, whether Beijing would sign off. The Journal report said both the prospective buyers and the seller, ByteDance, are trying to figure that out.
A Deal To Sell TikTok Probably Isn't Happening Tuesday - Or Any Time Soon
       
CNBC assured us yesterday that despite Beijing's latest attempt to stall any sale of TikTok, that Chinese conglomerate ByteDance could announce a deal with a chosen US partner by the end of Tuesday. Whatever the 'deadline' may be, Beijing has already clearly signaled that it won't allow a "smash & grab" deal. According to WSJ, which cited an anonymous source close to Beijing's thinking, the goal of China's latest attempt to obstruct the deal is simply to delay a deal, not to scuttle it completely. After that, Navarro hinted that TikTok had stolen some of the AI technology it used to build its precious 'core algorithm' from Alphabet and Microsoft. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian responded to a question about a TikTok sale by accusing the US of "economic-bullying and political-manipulation tactics against non-U.S.
Top Gun: In an F-16 dogfight simulation an AI pilot beat a human five to zero
       
The test was set up by DARPA and it didn’t take place in the air but in a computer simulation. Two pilots were competing to see who could win an F-16 dogfight scenario but only one of the pilots, call sign Banger, was human. All the more remarkable, Heron’s AI pilot was self-taught using deep reinforcement learning, a method in which an AI runs a combat simulation over and over again and is “rewarded” for rapidly successful behaviors and “punished” for failure. But after 4 billion iterations, Heron seems to have mastered the art of executing energy-efficient air combat maneuvers. The human pilot, Banger, said, “The standard things we’re trained to do as a fighter pilot aren’t working.”
New 'AI Jesus' can deliver a sermon, but will you understand it?
       
(LIVESCIENCE) -- What happens when you train a neural network using the King James Bible? You get "AI Jesus" — artificial intelligence (AI) that expounds on topics as Jesus from the King James edition of the New Testament might have done. The voice of this so-called AI clone of Jesus comes from one source of data — the Bible — "and nothing else," said AI Jesus programmer George Davila Durendal. As a developer of AI algorithms and CEO of Saviors Artificial Intelligence, Durendal trains neural networks to detect guns in security camera footage in order to prevent mass shootings. Read the full story ›
Wait For Feedback OODA
       
Flats: “Side note: was great hearing these pilots reference the creator of the OODA Loop concept John Boyd as they narrated these AI engagements. Fast OODA loops are usually good technically and tactically but not always so operationally and strategically. “George”: At what point does AI get so fast that "getting inside the opponents OODA Loop" becomes meaningless? Anti-vaxers could be another example of an OODA loop too fast. Such ways to help speed one’s OODA loop fall apart at operational and strategic levels.
BOK seeks to use deep learning for growth forecast
       
South Korea’s central bank said Wednesday it has launched research into adopting artificial intelligence deep learning to extract economic growth forecasts, amid growing uncertainties stemming from the coronavirus pandemic.The Bank of Korea expressed anticipations of predicting the nation’s gross domestic product readings and other key economic indexes by utilizing deep learning, which is a subset of AI technology, in its regular economic report. The research is still in its early stages, it added.As part of its research, the BOK compared the results of deep learning-based calculations and traditional econometrics methods to make short-term forecasts on monthly exports and the daily won-dollar exchange rate.While the outcomes were similar, deep learning produced results with a noticeably narrow margin of error compared with the traditional method, especially when predicting exchange rate forecasts, the BOK noted.“Compared to conventional econometric approaches such as VECM, the deep learning approach shows not only better prediction powers, but also more informative error bands that may indicate periodical developments of uncertainty in the economy,” it said in the report, published in English.“In this regard, we can conclude that deep learning is useful, even with data that seems to not be coordinated with any machine learning approach,” it added.But the BOK also stressed there is room for improvement, saying that the study is no more than a prototype that can be improved with “enhanced data.”By Jung Min-kyung ( mkjung@heraldcorp.com
BOK seeks to use deep learning for growth forecast
       
South Korea’s central bank said on Sept. 2 it has launched research into adopting artificial intelligence deep learning to extract economic growth forecasts, amid growing uncertainties stemming from the coronavirus pandemic. The Bank of Korea expressed anticipations of predicting the nation’s gross domestic product readings and other key economic indexes by utilizing deep learning, which is a subset of AI technology, in its regular economic report. (Yonhap)As part of its research, the BOK compared the results of deep learning-based calculations and traditional econometrics methods to make short-term forecasts on monthly exports and the daily won-dollar exchange rate. While the outcomes were similar, deep learning produced results with a noticeably narrow margin of error compared with the traditional method, especially when predicting exchange rate forecasts, the BOK noted. “In this regard, we can conclude that deep learning is useful, even with data that seems to not be coordinated with any machine learning approach,” it added.
BOK seeks to use deep learning for growth forecast
       
FINANCE(Yonhap)South Korea’s central bank said Wednesday it has launched research into adopting artificial intelligence deep learning to extract economic growth forecasts, amid growing uncertainties stemming from the coronavirus pandemic.The Bank of Korea expressed anticipations of predicting the nation’s gross domestic product readings and other key economic indexes by utilizing deep learning, which is a subset of AI technology, in its regular economic report. The research is still in its early stages, it added.As part of its research, the BOK compared the results of deep learning-based calculations and traditional econometrics methods to make short-term forecasts on monthly exports and the daily won-dollar exchange rate.While the outcomes were similar, deep learning produced results with a noticeably narrow margin of error compared with the traditional method, especially when predicting exchange rate forecasts, the BOK noted.“Compared to conventional econometric approaches such as VECM, the deep learning approach shows not only better prediction powers, but also more informative error bands that may indicate periodical developments of uncertainty in the economy,” it said in the report, published in English.“In this regard, we can conclude that deep learning is useful, even with data that seems to not be coordinated with any machine learning approach,” it added.But the BOK also stressed there is room for improvement, saying that the study is no more than a prototype that can be improved with “enhanced data.”By Jung Min-kyung ( mkjung@heraldcorp.com
Korea's ICT Ministry to invest W499b to boost big data
       
The businesses and institutions working on big data projects include mobile carriers SK Telecom and KT, Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics, Naver, Kakao, Seoul National University and KAIST. The government will also separately spend 40.5 billion won to forge big data platforms where the government will make the collected data available to a wide range of local industries. To nurture cloud services, the government will cooperate with local cloud solutions firms, including KT, NBP and NHN. The amount allocated for developing cloud services is 25 billion won. The remaining money will be spent to support local companies to utilize and participate in enhancing big data sets, cloud services and AI solutions that the ministry has developed with local institutions and businesses.
Report: Algorithm question complicates TikTok sale
       
The Journal report stated the algorithms were considered part of the deal negotiations up until Friday. That's when the Chinese government introduced export restrictions on artificial intelligence technology that appear to cover content-recommendation algorithms such as the one powering TikTok. Those export restrictions mean that TikTok’s Chinese owner, ByteDance Ltd., would have to obtain a license to export any restricted technologies to a foreign company. The question is whether its algorithms would need Chinese government approval for transfer, and if so, whether Beijing would sign off. The Journal report said both the prospective buyers and the seller, ByteDance, are trying to figure that out.
Microsoft launches a deepfake detector tool ahead of US election
       
The tool, called Video Authenticator, provides what Microsoft calls "a percentage chance, or confidence score" that the media has been artificially manipulated. However, in the short run, such as the upcoming U.S. election, advanced detection technologies can be a useful tool to help discerning users identify deepfakes." Microsoft, meanwhile, says its Video Authenticator tool was created using a public dataset from Face Forensic++ and tested on the DeepFake Detection Challenge Dataset, which it notes are "both leading models for training and testing deepfake detection technologies". "Video Authenticator will initially be available only through RD2020 [Reality Defender 2020], which will guide organizations through the limitations and ethical considerations inherent in any deepfake detection technology. "As all AI detection methods have rates of failure, we have to understand and be ready to respond to deepfakes that slip through detection methods.
Come cambia la pelle dai 20 ai 30 anni e gli alleati beauty indispensabili
       
«Con il passare degli anni la pelle subisce delle modificazioni e l’invecchiamento cutaneo è inevitabile e visibile soprattutto sul viso. COME CAMBIA LA PELLE DAI 20 AI 30 ANNI«A 20 anni la pelle è radiosa e perfetta e le rughe da invecchiamento sono completamente assenti. A 30 anni invece la pelle è ancora elastica, ma inizia a ridursi l’acido ialuronico, causando la formazione di rughe più profonde e permanenti. L’IMPORTANZA DI CURARE LA PELLE PRIMA DEI 30 ANNI«Curare la pelle a 20 anni è di fondamentale importanza per rallentare e posticipare i processi di invecchiamento cutaneo. Anche a 20 anni la skincare quotidiana deve essere idonea a rallentare i processi di invecchiamento cutaneo.
Report: Algorithm question complicates TikTok sale
       
The Journal report stated the algorithms were considered part of the deal negotiations up until Friday. That's when the Chinese government introduced export restrictions on artificial intelligence technology that appear to cover content-recommendation algorithms such as the one powering TikTok. The move followed President Donald Trump's effort to force a sale of TikTok's U.S. operations by Sept. 20. Those export restrictions mean that TikTok’s Chinese owner, ByteDance Ltd., would have to obtain a license to export any restricted technologies to a foreign company. The Journal report said both the prospective buyers and the seller, ByteDance, are trying to figure that out.
Nvidia's Advance Continues, Here's How to Trade the Stock
       
I know because the name, Nvidia Corporation (NVDA) is one of my long time favorites, and I think about, write about, and trade the stock often, without ever going flat, mind you. GeForceOn Tuesday, Nvidia unveiled its Ge Force RTX 30 Series GPUs, which are based upon the Ampere architecture. There will be three GPUs in the series and the series will utilize Nvidia's second generation RTX PC gaming platform for real-time ray tracing and artificial intelligence. Probably, the most notable among these was Bank of America's Vivek Arya, who increased his price target from $600 to $650. The ChartFYI, over the weekend, my price target for NVDA was still $535.
TikTok sale reportedly on hold over questions surrounding algorithm
       
The hotly-anticipated sale of TikTok to an American company is reportedly on hold as parties try to figure out if the app’s secret sauce algorithm will be included in the deal. But red tape created by the Chinese government — angered by the sale efforts resulting from President Trump’s threatened TikTok ban — has significantly muddied the waters. That list reportedly includes artificial intelligence technology that plays a key role in serving users personalized videos on their TikTok feeds. Without the algorithm, acquiring TikTok would be like buying “a fancy car with a cheap engine,” a source familiar with the negotiations told the Wall Street Journal. Trump has threatened to ban the app amid concerns that Americans’ user data could be shared with Beijing, charges that TikTok has denied.
The New Normal: UNC Develops “Health Greeter Kiosk” To Enforce Mask Wearing
       
CBS News reported that the UNC developed the “Health Greeter Kiosk” to display an alert every time a student passed through without wearing a mask and ask them to comply with the mandate. Steven King, an associate professor at the UNC School of Media and Journalism told CBS that the university teamed up with Hong Kong-based Lenovo’s artificial intelligence department to develop the system. The system was also designed to trigger if students fail to comply with social distancing measures. “It uses computer vision to see if there is a person there, and if that person is wearing a mask or not and if they are outside of six feet of another person,” King said. King told the Daily Tar Heel that a trial of six kiosks will be placed in different schools and areas on campus.
US-China conflict over TikTok intensifies as Trump’s forced divestiture deadline approaches
       
US-China conflict over TikTok intensifies as Trump’s forced divestiture deadline approachesBy Kevin Reed2 September 2020The aggressive move by the US to force the Chinese firm ByteDance to sell the video sharing app TikTok to an American company is intensifying as the September 15 deadline imposed by President Donald Trump for divestiture approaches. It just so happens that AI and content recommendation tools are a core part of TikTok’s platform and success. As Wei told the Wall Street Journal, “When you gaze into TikTok, TikTok gazes into you. According to CNBC, the bidders for the platform included the software companies Microsoft and Oracle and the retailer Walmart. To fight this blacklisting: Share this article with friends and coworkers FacebookTwitterE-MailRedditPlease enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus.
Pentagon and Google work on tool to identify cancer in veterans
       
Google and the US Department of Defense have teamed up to create a new artificial intelligence tool to study and identify cancer among military veterans. Google and the Pentagon's Defense Innovation Unit are teaming up to create a new AI tool to help military veterans with cancer. Pictured: Google office building in Silicon Valley, California, June 2020The model, called Predictive Health, will identify tumors and help pathologists learn its genetic profile and structure. The program will first focus on certain types of cancer including breast, colon and prostate cancer, reported Fox News. Researchers will train the AI tool by getting it to recognize a picture of cancer and learn which type it is.
Tool manufacturer Stanley Black & Decker to install factory in Nuevo León
       
Stanley Black & Decker, a manufacturer of tools, industrial equipment and other products, announced a new US $40-million manufacturing plant in Apodaca, Nuevo León, Tuesday. The factory will manufacture a full range of power tools using state-of-the-art technology to optimize productivity and sustainability, the company said. Plant manager Karem Barraza said the company chose Nuevo León because of the talent and qualifications of its workforce, as well its proximity to its clients in North America and the state’s reputation as being business-friendly. Stanley Black & Decker has 60,000 workers in more than 100 operations around the world, in which they have begun to implement advanced technologies including 3-D printing, virtual reality and artificial intelligence. It will support job creation in highly skilled areas, from engineering to manufacturing to finance,” said Robert Blackburn, global vice president of operations at Stanley Black & Decker.
Robot Trucks Are Seeking Inroads Into Freight Business
       
Several startups are building out prototype fleets and hauling freight for big shippers that hope autonomous trucks could help cut transportation costs and speed up deliveries. Other companies with self-driving trucking technology are trying to plug into existing operations, striking agreements with truck makers and large trucking fleets that they believe could eventually buy thousands of autonomous tractors. Those fleets, along with others whose names the startup didn’t disclose, are collectively reserving the first 1,000 heavy-duty trucks powered by Ike’s technology, the companies said Tuesday. PREVIEWNew Jersey-based NFI, whose services include port trucking and intermodal truck-rail transport, is evaluating how autonomous trucks would integrate with its dedicated trucking operations moving freight from customers’ warehouses to retail stores. As companies show robot trucks can run on roads, they’re under more pressure to show they can operate profitably.
AI Summit London: Rolls-Royce to give away its ethical AI framework
       
Based on decades of experience in AI and analytics, with with applications across industriesBritish manufacturing giant Rolls-Royce is set to publish an ethical framework for the use of AI in industrial applications, developed internally over the past 12 months. The framework guides the development of more than 200 digital products at Rolls-Royce, and will be freely available before the end of the year. “I believe the impact of our work has the potential to go far beyond just our own field of expertise, into broader industrial AI applications, and well beyond industrial applications,” CEO Warren East said in a keynote at the AI Summit London, taking place this week. The company analyzes five million parameters from its engines every day, and uses AI systems to provide insight to its engineers. So we can actually demonstrate that the AI systems we use are trustworthy and safe,” East said.
Climax Foods raises $7.5 million to turn data into sustainable cheese
       
Climax Foods is one such company, and having raised $7.5 million in seed funding, the startup is set to begin work on future food systems. And it’s starting with aged cheese, made using data. A cheese by any other nameFounded in 2019, the data science company wants to create a more direct pathway from plants to food products, thereby eliminating the need for animals within the food chain. By speeding up food science innovation, Climax Foods is able to convert plants into equally craveable foods without the environmental impact." The oversubscribed seed round includes backing from At One ventures, Manta Ray Ventures, S2G Ventures, Valor Siren Ventures, Prelude Ventures, ARTIS Ventures, Index Ventures, Luminous Ventures, Canaccord Genuity Group, Carrot Capital and Global Founders Capital.
AI Summit London: Machine learning predicted to make a genomic breakthrough within two years
       
Barron has great hopes for the future: “I was talking to our head of AI and machine learning, Kim Branson, about what would it take for a drug discovery that is analogous to AlphaGo. The search giant launched Calico in 2013, a subsidiary focused on “curing death,” hoping that deep pockets and understanding of machine learning would give it a head start. She left to found insitro, which hopes to use machine learning in drug development. "One of my biggest lessons learned from spending time at Google through Calico was that machine learning really requires very, very large and highly dimensional datasets," Barron said. "It's getting close enough that machine learning people can say, 'Okay, now you're talking.'"
Transformative AI, no-code, or low-code? The best approaches to deploying AI in your business
       
For instance, Anyline’s no-code AI trainer helps companies build their own text reader solutions (such as ID scanners or license plate readers). Of course, some degree of AI knowledge is still necessary. No-code or low-codeAnother popular approach has been no-code and low-code platforms, which enable companies to develop their applications through simple drag-and-drop interfaces. According to Raj Koneru, the CEO and founder of conversational AI platform Kore.ai, no-code has many benefits. The same goes for Radial, an AI platform that helps e-commerce businesses analyze their customers.
Trump plans to collect DNA, eye scans, and voice prints from immigrants
       
The Trump administration plans to dramatically expand the collection of biometric data from immigrants, sparking fears that an already-marginalized group will be placed under deep and permanent surveillance. US immigration services already collect fingerprints, photographs, and signatures from people over the age of 14 applying for certain immigration benefits. But under the new rules, they would also be allowed to obtain iris scans, voice prints, palm prints, and photos for facial recognition. In addition, DHS would be permitted to collect DNA to “verify claims of genetic relationships” between adults and minors in the department’s custody. “This would create a permanent biometric database on immigration applicants (including children) AND US citizen sponsors,” said privacy attorney Calli Shroeder in a tweet.
Russia’s most notorious troll farm reportedly used deepfakes to push a fake news outlet on Facebook
       
Facebook and Twitter said on Tuesday that they’ve removed a network of accounts that were promoting a fake news outlet, which was staffed by fictitious journalists with AI-generated headshots. According to Facebook, the network was linked to Russia’s most notorious troll farm: the Internet Research Agency (IRA). The company says the network primarily sought to amplify a purportedly independent left-wing news site called PeaceData that was run by fake editors. The publication may have been fake but I wouldn’t call its articles ‘fake news.’ Credit: Facebook. In total, Facebook identified just 13 accounts and two pages on the platform, while Twitter suspended only five accounts.
Legion raises $22 million to automate workforce scheduling
       
Legion, a startup developing retail scheduling and analytics software, today raised $22 million. And irregular shift work is associated with longer weekly hours, which can hurt morale. Studies show fewer than 11% of workers on “regular” work schedules report “often” experiencing work-family conflict, while as many as 26% of irregular or on-call shift employees report issues. Mondkar says the schedules Legion generates respect budgetary considerations like total wages and hours worked. The round brings Legion’s total raised to over $32.5 million, following a $10.5 million series A in September 2017.
U.S. NHTSA’s autonomous vehicle test tracking tool is light on data
       
Today marked the official launch of AV TEST after several months of ramp-up, beginning with a tool for tracking driverless pilots in 17 cities across nine states. The tracking tool reveals on-road testing locations and activity data like vehicle types, uses, dates, frequency, vehicle counts, and routes. The ostensible goal is to shed light on the breadth of vehicle testing taking place across the country. The incompleteness of the data aside, participation in the AV TEST program appears to be uneven at launch. All of this raises the question of whether the AV TEST program will be able to move the needle on autonomous car safety.
Google Cloud secures U.S. military AI cancer research contract
       
Google Cloud announced today that it landed a contract to supply Veterans Affairs hospitals and Defense Health Agency treatment facilities with AI for predictive cancer and disease diagnosis. The contract comes from the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), a Pentagon organization that brings consumer technology into the military. The contract will also bring augmented reality microscopes to some military health facilities. The Joint AI Center (JAIC), a group the U.S. military formed in 2018 to ramp up its AI initiatives, will fund the project. In other news at the intersection of military and AI, last month the Joint AI Center announced it awarded a contract worth up to $106 million to Deloitte to build the Joint Common Foundation, an AI development environment for the U.S. military.
Xanadu launches quantum cloud platform, plans to double qubits every 6 months
       
Quantum computing startup Xanadu today launched its quantum cloud platform. The hope is Xanadu Quantum Cloud will let businesses, developers, and researchers build novel solutions to problems in finance, quantum chemistry, machine learning, and graph analytics. Xanadu is best known for the development of PennyLane, an open source software library for quantum machine learning, quantum computing, and quantum chemistry. “And that application is available on PennyLane, but you can only run it on the Xanadu cloud platform. Xanadu expects photonic quantum computing will be particularly good at three types of business applications: graphs and networks, machine learning, and quantum chemistry.
Coronavirus US: Boston Dynamics' robot dog detects symptoms
       
A hospital in Massachusetts has found another job for Spot, Boston Dynamics' dog-like robot: Doctor. That could allow healthcare workers to keep a safe distance from patients who may be infected with the coronavirus or other contagion. Researchers at MIT say they've developed cameras that allow Spot, Boston Dynamics' dog-like robot, to take vital signs from more than six feet away. To achieve this, they developed VitalCam, four different cameras mounted on Spot. After making a limited number of Spots available last fall, Boston Dynamics rolled out the quadruped robot for sale commercially in June, with a price tag of $74,500.
Intel CIO Says AI Playing a Growing Role in Chipmaker’s Operations
       
Newsletter Sign-up CIO Journal The Morning Download delivers daily insights and news on business technology from the CIO Journal team. A critical use case for AI in the coming months will be to speed up product testing, Ms. Deskus said. Earlier this year, Ms. Deskus oversaw the deployment of virtual private networks to support approximately 100,000 employees who began working remotely in early March. “We tried to help them get as similar of an experience as if they were in the office,” Ms. Deskus said. Intel used AI algorithms to help simulate various supply chain and logistics scenarios.
'Smart crib' aims to help rockabye baby
       
That was certainly the case for parents Radhika and Bharath Patil, who seeking relief for their own disrupted sleep patterns, put their electronic engineering backgrounds together to create a “smart crib. Their crib, powered by artificial intelligence, combines a baby monitor, rocker, bassinet and crib in one. “It’s not the amount of work around the baby that tires the parents, it’s the lack of sleep,” Radhika Patil, Cradlewise chief executive, told Reuters in an interview. “So we have a baby monitor that’s looking at the baby and detecting the early signs of wake-up, and it starts the rocking as well,” Radhika Patil said. The Patils’ smart crib includes cameras and is designed for children up to age 2.
Novel Ideas: Natasha Randall
       
The Illustrated Man by Ray BradburyLong after I’d written Love Orange it occurred to me that I was heavily influenced by Ray Bradbury. He has countless futuristic robot homes in his work, and Love Orange, too, is emphatically set in a ‘smart’ house. Love Orange, too, depicts the dangers of becoming subsumed into the digital world. This is also the story of Love Orange, a desperate bid to overcome the fragmentary isolation of modern life. Revolutionary Road by Richard YatesI wrote Love Orange as a kind of response to Revolutionary Road—a story about a nuclear family in meltdown.
Report: Algorithm question complicates TikTok sale
       
The Journal report stated the algorithms were considered part of the deal negotiations up until Friday. That's when the Chinese government introduced export restrictions on artificial intelligence technology that appear to cover content-recommendation algorithms such as the one powering TikTok. The move followed President Donald Trump's effort to force a sale of TikTok's U.S. operations by Sept. 20. Those export restrictions mean that TikTok’s Chinese owner, ByteDance Ltd., would have to obtain a license to export any restricted technologies to a foreign company. The question is whether its algorithms would need Chinese government approval for transfer, and if so, whether Beijing would sign off.
Report: Algorithm question complicates TikTok sale
       
Those algorithms decide what videos users see without first requiring them to follow other users or specify their preferences. The Journal report stated the algorithms were considered part of the deal negotiations up until Friday. That's when the Chinese government introduced export restrictions on artificial intelligence technology that appear to cover content-recommendation algorithms such as the one powering TikTok. The question is whether its algorithms would need Chinese government approval for transfer, and if so, whether Beijing would sign off. The Journal report said both the prospective buyers and the seller, ByteDance, are trying to figure that out.
TikTok Deal Talks Stall Over Algorithm Dispute: Report
       
TikTok's algorithms were considered a vital part of the deal negotiations up until Friday, when the Chinese government issued new restrictions on the export of AI technology. Deal talks between U.S. companies and TikTok hit a snag late last week, when uncertainty arose over whether TikTok's algorithms would be included in any package. There are two main parties vying for TikTok: Microsoft (MSFT) - Get Report and Walmart (WMT) - Get Report, which are jointly pursuing the deal; and Oracle (ORCL) - Get Report, which has formed an alliance with some of TikTok's private equity investors. Last week, TikTok sued the Trump administration over the executive order. Under the president's executive order, signed on August 6, “any transaction” between a U.S. citizen and TikTok's Beijing-based parent company would be outlawed within 45 days.
Amazon's top robotics engineer jumps ship, joins data annotation startup Scale AI
       
Scale reached the coveted ‘unicorn’ status in August 2019; its co-founder and CEO Alexandr Wang was just 22Amazon’s top robotics engineer Brad Porter, who left the company earlier this month, has resurfaced at artificial intelligence startup Scale AI. Founded in 2016, Scale develops software to help companies train autonomous cars and other computer vision systems, via data annotation. Users feed their data to Scale via API calls, and the platform returns scalable, accurate ‘ground truth’ data through a combination of human review, smart tools, statistical confidence checks and machine learning checks. Well it will be for me.”“In many ways, this is the unsexy part of AI,” Porter wrote. But a new era of AI has begun… I believe Scale will play a major role shaping that future.”
Nvidia Broadcast brings RTX-powered AI to livestreaming video
       
The company introduced a revamped Nvidia Broadcast tool today as part of the rollout of its next-generation RTX 3000-series GPUs. Nvidia Broadcast builds that into an improved interface to easily isolate your voice or the voices of your teammates. Nvidia Broadcast can also track the livestreamer as they move around and keep them in the center of the frame. Nvidia Broadcast should show up as a virtual camera, and you can add that to OBS or Xsplit. Nvidia Broadcast is rolling out soon.
New AR app helps engineers visualize data to improve robot design
       
Robot Operating System, or ROS, is one of the most robust and popular collections of robotics software frameworks on the planet. Dubbed Iviz, the open source app, which was developed in Unity, lets roboticists view a range of visualizations for ROS data including point clouds and interactive markers. Being able to visualize this data in situ can provide useful contextual clues that help to guide the development of robots. Broadly speaking, Iviz is built around the idea of displays, or reusable code that renders objects such as lines, point clouds, and duplicated meshes. As the researchers explain, this avoids the computational costs incurred by rendering many objects at once because instead of destroying and recreating objects, Iviz recycles discarded objects.
Google’s Newest Business: Ethics Advice to Software Developers
       
Tech giant Google reportedly plans to offer ethics consulting services such as spotting racial bias or developing guidelines around AI projects to software developers. Google plans to launch a new AI ethics service before the end of 2020, offering other companies advice on issues such as spotting racial bias in machine learning datasets, or developing guidelines that instruct AI projects. Google is also reportedly considering offering an auditing service of customers’ AI systems for ethical integrity. By expanding their business to include ethical audits, Google could potentially spawn EaaS, ethics as a service, as a whole new business model. Shortly after the protests over Project Maven, Google released a set of ethical principles for use with its AI technology.
Look Up! Here Come Amazon Drones That Can Deliver Packages in 30 Minutes
       
Amazon unveiled its latest electric drone last year at Las Vegas’ re:MARS (Machine Learning, Automation, Robotics and Space) conference. The aircraft is capable of carrying packages that weigh less than five pounds and flying up to 15 miles. When fully deployed, these drones are supposed to drop off packages at customers’ doorsteps within 30 minutes after an order is placed. Last October, UPS received a similar FAA certification to operate its fleet of delivery drones. Wing is developing a delivery service in partnership with FedEx.
TikTok Sale Announcement May Be Imminent
       
TikTok, the Chinese-owned social media app, has lined up a bidder for its business in the U.S., New Zealand and Australia following President Donald Trump’s executive order earlier this month, CNBC reports. TikTok is expected to sell at a price of $20 billion to $30 billion, according to a CNBC report last week. The financial network notes that even if TikTok does choose a bidder, the Chinese government could hinder the sale. The country updated its technology export list last week to include artificial intelligence programming used by TikTok, and recently said that its Chinese parent company, Bytedance, would have to obtain a license from the government in order to sell TikTok to an American company. Microsoft, Walmart and TikTok all declined to comment to CNBC when reached through representatives.
Japanese convenience store chain begins testing remote controlled robot staff in Tokyo
       
By SoraNews24For years now the convenience store industry in Japan has been facing a labor crisis. Lawson is currently testing self-payment systems and Family Mart has enlisted the help of Model-T. In this way, however, a single robot operator could keep the drinks stocked at several locations throughout the day while the in-house staff focus on the customers. “I would love to see a remote-controlled robot working at a convenience store!”“Why do they have it working in the back? -- Remote-control VR robots to start working in Japanese convenience stores this summer-- ANA unveils robot avatar shopper at boutique in Oita-- Which convenience store has the best kakuni Japanese braised pork?
AI technology adapted for schools amid coronavirus pandemic
       
As schools reopen across the nation amid a global pandemic, some companies are offering artificial intelligence technology that could track temperatures, mask-wearing and more. Vox tech reporter Rebecca Heilweil joins CBSN to discuss the use of AI and related privacy concerns.
Chinese UCLA Researcher Arrested After Destroying Evidence In FBI Investigation
       
A Chinese researcher at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) was arrested Friday in a court hearing amid investigation in his ties to China, including possible leaking of sensitive software to the communist country. Earlier this year Guan Lei threw a damaged hard drive into a dumpster near his apartment, and attempted to flee the U.S.Guan conducted research at UCLA since 2018, working with a professor to develop “an optimization algorithm” and apply it to machine learning, the affidavit said. Two days after being interviewed by the FBI, Guan attempted to board a flight from LAX to China, but was barred by Customs agents from the leaving the country. Six days later, FBI agents staking out his apartment saw Guan pull a computer hard drive from his sock and throw it into a trash can, wrote Agent Timothy D. Hurt. Just four days ago a Texas A&M professor was charged with conspiracy, wire fraud, and making false statements for allegedly collaborating with the Chinese government during research for NASA.
LG opens first 3D virtual exhibition for IFA 2020
       
An image of LG’s virtual exhibition for IFA 2020 (LG Electronics)For those who can’t physically check out the latest home appliances and TVs at IFA 2020, the biggest annual trade show in Europe, LG Electronics said Tuesday it has opened its first 3D virtual exhibition ahead of the show’s grand opening this week. It was co-produced with Unity Technologies’ Korea office using the company’s video game engine to create interactive, real-time 3D content. The digital exhibit, “Experience LG Like Never Before,” begins with the company’s signature installation of flexible organic light-emitting diode displays, called “OLED New Wave,” at the entrance of the virtual hall. The company, which is the world’s biggest OLED TV provider, has tried to explain the technological advantages of OLED TVs with four keywords: sharp, speedy, smooth and slim. Besides artificial intelligence-controlled smart services, LG highlights its hygienic solutions by displaying an array of TrueSteam-based laundry products.
LG opens first 3D virtual exhibition for IFA 2020
       
BUSINESSAn image of LG’s virtual exhibition for IFA 2020 (LG Electronics)For those who can’t physically check out the latest home appliances and TVs at IFA 2020, the biggest annual trade show in Europe, LG Electronics said Tuesday it has opened its first 3D virtual exhibition ahead of the show’s grand opening this week.The Korean tech company that previously would take one of the largest areas of the Messe Berlin building, Hall 18, for its exhibitions each year is now holding an online show that aims to provide a realistic experience of the same hall.“The exhibition was designed as a fun, interactive experience where people could freely explore the exhibit as if in a game,” a company official said.It was co-produced with Unity Technologies’ Korea office using the company’s video game engine to create interactive, real-time 3D content.The digital exhibit, “Experience LG Like Never Before,” begins with the company’s signature installation of flexible organic light-emitting diode displays, called “OLED New Wave,” at the entrance of the virtual hall.The company, which is the world’s biggest OLED TV provider, has tried to explain the technological advantages of OLED TVs with four keywords: sharp, speedy, smooth and slim.From the menu, if viewers click on the home appliances they can take a tour of the LG ThinQ@Home section with seven zones that are designed to exhibit a comprehensive range of smart home appliances and integrated services.Besides artificial intelligence-controlled smart services, LG highlights its hygienic solutions by displaying an array of TrueSteam-based laundry products.By Song Su-hyun (song@heraldcorp.com)
Cosmose, a platform that analyzes foot traffic in physical stores, gets $15 million Series A
       
Cosmose, a platform that tracks foot traffic in brick-and-mortar stores to help companies predict customer behavior, announced today it has raised a $15 million Series A. Chief executive officer Miron Mironiuk, who founded Cosmose in 2014, said its goal is to break even and generate profit by 2021. The company offers three main products: Cosmose Analytics, which tracks customers’ movements inside brick-and-mortar stores; Cosmose AI, a data analytics and prediction platform to help retailers create marketing campaigns and increase sales; and Cosmose Media, for targeting online ads. There are other companies that also analyze foot traffic in brick-and-mortar stores, including RetailNext and ShopperTrak, but being tracked might alarm customers who are concerned about their privacy. Mironiuk said all of the smartphone data Cosmose AI gathers is anonymized, so the company doesn’t know who shoppers are.
Elon Musk muestra un implante cerebral que funciona… en un cerdo
       
Elon Musk muestra una nueva versión del implante cerebral Neuralink durante una emisión en línea el 28 de agosto. Gertrude daba vueltas en su corral, olfateando el suelo y comiendo, mientras fuertes tonos y pitidos llenaban el aire y una pantalla mostraba picos en su actividad cerebral en tiempo real. Musk explicó que a Gertrude se le insertó el implante en la cabeza hace dos meses y que se conectó a las neuronas de su hocico. Dijo que la compañía descartó la idea de un receptor retroauricular a favor de un implante completamente incrustado del tamaño de una moneda que se colocaría debajo del cráneo, un plan que suena más invasivo que el que Musk presentó el verano pasado. La demostración también incluyó la segunda versión de un robot quirúrgico que Musk presentó en julio pasado, que está destinado a insertar el implante Neuralink en el cerebro.
S. Korea seeks biggest defense budget at W53tr
       
The Ministry of National Defense said Tuesday that it was seeking a 5 percent increase in its budget for next year, with most of the 52.9 trillion won ($44.72 billion) total linked to personnel training and maintenance.“We will make sure to invest in beefing up our capabilities to counter any security threat, both conventional and unconventional,” the ministry said.The budget request comes as South Korea continues to deter aggression from North Korea amid stalled nuclear talks, while coping to combat the coronavirus pandemic.The ministry said it planned to use $29.5 billion, or about 63 percent of the total, for personnel training and facilities maintenance, with $16.9 billion allocated for personnel training and $12.6 billion for facilities maintenance. That would mark the highest on-year growth in a decade, 7.1 percent.Personnel training includes familiarizing service members with next-generation warfare tactics based on augmented and virtual reality settings, while military bases would introduce the latest technologies for operations.Service members will also be given protective gear in case of a health crisis like the coronavirus pandemic, while military facilities will be upgraded to promptly assist with enhanced quarantine techniques.Artificial intelligence technologies will be incorporated at posts bordering North Korea to keep a better eye out for suspicious activity. The military here was embarrassed a month ago by a surveillance camera malfunction that resulted in a defector returning to the North unnoticed.The military was also in hot water over another security breach when a group of Chinese people sneaked into the country via a sea route.Of the total, another $14.2 billion is earmarked for arms purchases and other projects to boost the country’s defense capabilities, up 2.4 percent from this year.Some $5 billion is earmarked for the production of weapons to counter weapons of mass destruction and for better reconnaissance.Another $5 billion is set aside
Shinhan Bank, SKT to roll out 5G-based financial services
       
Commercial bank Shinhan Bank said Tuesday that it has joined forces with mobile network firm SK Telecom to develop financial services based on 5G mobile edge computing technology.The mobile edge computing, or MEC, is a core 5G technology that helps reduce network latency and process data efficiently by installing small-sized data centers at base stations.Through the partnership, the two companies will launch R&D projects to design advanced financial services based on the 5G technology, find new business opportunities in emerging segments, and jointly run support programs for startups in 5G, artificial intelligence and fintech sectors.As part of their partnership, the companies will soon open a laboratory where they test 5G and AI-powered financial services before deploying them in the field. At the R&D lab, visitors can also have a first-hand experience of those financial services.In addition, they plan to adopt SKT’s quantum cryptography solution, an encryption technology, in the bank’s mobile app, named SoL, to improve security.The bank will continue trying to come up with differentiated financial services and benefits for customers,” said Park Woo-hyuk, deputy president of Shinhan Bank, vowing to utilizing its big data and AI capabilities to offer innovative services.By Kim Young-won ( wone0102@heraldcorp.com
Robot Trucks Are Seeking Inroads Into Freight Business
       
Several startups are building out prototype fleets and hauling freight for big shippers that hope autonomous trucks could help cut transportation costs and speed up deliveries. Those fleets, along with others whose names the startup didn’t disclose, are collectively reserving the first 1,000 heavy-duty trucks powered by Ike’s technology, the companies said Tuesday. PREVIEWNew Jersey-based NFI, whose services include port trucking and intermodal truck-rail transport, is evaluating how autonomous trucks would integrate with its dedicated trucking operations moving freight from customers’ warehouses to retail stores. As companies show robot trucks can run on roads, they’re under more pressure to show they can operate profitably. “It will be several years before automated trucks without drivers are operating commercially, and longer to reach any meaningful scale,” said Mr. Woodrow.
Boston Dynamics’ Spot the robot dog remotely measuring patients’ vitals amid coronavirus pandemic
       
Spot the robot dog is ready to see you now for your contact-free vitals. Researchers from MIT and Brigham and Women’s Hospital are exploring a new way to lower the risk for health-care workers amid the coronavirus pandemic — by using Boston Dynamics’ Spot the robot dog to remotely measure patients’ vital signs. The MIT and Brigham and Women’s researchers came up with the idea to use robots to enable contactless monitoring of vital signs. This allows health-care workers to minimize their exposure to potentially infectious patients. Health-care workers can maneuver the robot to wherever patients are sitting.
Facebook touts beefed up hate speech detection ahead of Myanmar election
       
(Photo Illustration by Thomas Trutschel/Photothek via Getty Images)Facebook has offered a little detail on extra steps it's taking to improve its ability to detect and remove hate speech and election disinformation ahead of Myanmar's election. In March 2018 the United Nations warned that Facebook's platform was being abused to spread hate speech and whip up ethnic violence in Myanmar. It only notes that it "also" uses AI to "proactively identify hate speech in 45 languages, including Burmese". "This is up significantly from Q1 2020, when we took action against 51,000 pieces of content for hate speech violations, detecting 83% proactively," it adds. Facebook also says it's working with two local partners to verify the official national Facebook Pages of political parties in Myanmar.
How 'Coraline' studio Laiki uses Intel's AI to perfect stop motion films
       
Laika, the stop motion animation studio behind films like Coraline and Kubo and the Two Strings, isn't afraid to embrace new technology. Laika has partnered with Intel to use machine learning tools to clean up artifacts that used to require thousands of hours of manual artist labor. At one point, the studio even considered leaving those artifacts in the films to add a bit of character to the scene. So then we can ship those resources over to really push the look and the visual experience of a Laika film. It’s looking at digital tools as a way to enhance the hand-crafted spirit of stop motion animation, not replace it.
Wednesday Live: Democrats Announce Plan to Steal Election / Big Tech Censoring CDC’s Low Covid Numbers
       
A pro-Biden firm says President Trump will win in a landslide on election night, but mail-in ballots after the fact will allow Biden to “win” the election:David Knight Show: Riots Are “Rehearsal for Revolution”Also, WHO’s listening to social media using AIOn this Tuesday transmission of The David Knight Show, we’ll examine the radical left’s post-election agenda and why their riots won’t stop. Also, the WHO is using AI to study people on social media. Watch Live: CDC: Establishment of Hate: Riots Are "Rehearsal for Revolution" and WHO's Listening to Social Media Using A.I. https://t.co/GxPpNMRHOL — David Knight (@libertytarian) September 1, 2020Tomorrow's News Today, LIVE 9am EASTERN??An "Establishment of Hate" as #Antifa/#BLM admit riots are "rehearsal for revolution??#WHO joins the pandemic of #surveillance using #AI to monitor #socialmedia attitudes??America held hostage Day 169: Trump says he "inherited" #Fauci — David Knight (@libertytarian) September 1, 2020The Everyday Essentials Sale is now live! Get up to 60% off the hottest items!
Is Elon Musk over-hyping his brain-hacking Neuralink tech?
       
Is Elon Musk over-hyping his brain-hacking Neuralink tech? Neuralink is a hugely ambitious plan to link the human brain to a computer. But Musk has far greater ambitions than most, talking of developing "superhuman cognition" - enhancing the human brain in part to combat the threat he sees from artificial intelligence. Brain enhancingThis morning, I contacted Prof Jackson to apologise for provoking this Twitter pile-on. But without the academics of whom he has been critical, Musk's dream of enhancing the human brain with a digital interface is unlikely to be realised.
IBM's Watson is helping tennis fans argue with each other
       
IBM's Open Questions with Watson tool will help fans discuss some of the most hotly debated tennis questions. AI-powered sports debateStarting Monday, tennis fans can find the feature, dubbed "Open Questions with Watson," on the US Open website and app. The tool presents fans with questions, such as: "Was Chris Evert vs. Martina Navratilova the greatest tennis rivalry of all time?" The tool gives tennis fans a chance to play with an AI technology designed mostly for corporate environments. Just as Open Questions will comb through fan responses to summarize arguments on key tennis questions, IBM says its technology could analyze a company's documents and data to conduct research or improve customer service.
NVIDIA Broadcast app is a simple toolset for streamers
       
NVIDIA is making it easier than ever to look professional in your live stream. The company’s new Broadcast app is a streamlined, AI-driven toolset that offers noise removal, virtual background effects and auto-framing. With auto-framing, the app uses AI to automatically follow your face as it bounces around your set. Background effects can be images or video, and the noise removal feature works well enough to extinguish the sound of a hairdryer in the same room. NVIDIA showed off the new program during today’s virtual RTX 3000 GPU event.
Robot nurse remotely measures patients' vital signs
       
Operating robots with a handheld device, medical workers may soon be able to talk with patients about their symptoms while measuring vitals -- all from another room. Researchers modified Boston Dynamics' dog-like robot spot to measure patients' vital signs. "We thought it should be possible for us to use a robot to remove the health care worker from the risk of directly exposing themselves to the patient." JUST WATCHED Boston Dynamics' 'Spot' robot is finally for sale Replay More Videos ... MUST WATCH Boston Dynamics' 'Spot' robot is finally for sale 00:57A tablet mounted to the "head" of Boston Dynamics' dog-like robot, Spot , allows communication with patients. The robot also is equipped with an infrared camera, along with three monochrome cameras that are capable of filtering different wavelengths of light, the release states.
Watch Elon Musk show how the Neuralink brain implant works—using a pig
       
Elon Musk promised that he’d show a working demo of his latest technology moonshot, a new kind of implantable chip for the brain, last Friday. Musk explained that Gertrude had the implant inserted in her head two months before, and that it connected to neurons in her snout. Musk says he hopes the implant could one day help quadriplegics control smartphones, and perhaps even endow users with a sort of telepathy. The demo, which Musk had teased on Twitter by saying it would “show neurons firing in real time” and was mainly a recruiting effort to attract new employees, included more details about the implant Musk eventually hopes to implant in people’s brains. The demo also featured the second version of a surgical robot that Musk introduced last July, which is meant to insert the Neuralink implant into the brain.
Army AI uses human brain as a combat 'sensor'
       
What if a dismounted squad is navigating rigorous terrain amid high-intensity combat, tasked with finding enemy Humvees, yet the enemy targets are dispersed and hidden? This concept, designed to use biological elements of the human brain as sensors, is fast evolving at the Army Research Laboratory. The science is based upon connecting high-tech, AI-empowered sensors with the electrochemical energy emerging from the human brain. The human brain can be part of a sensing network,” J. Corde Lane, Ph.D., director, Human Research and Engineering, Combat Capabilities Development Command, Army Research Laboratory, told Warrior in an interview. HOW AI CHANGES ATTACK MISSIONS FOR US FIGHTER JETS AND BOMBERS"With opportunistic sensing, we can identify where those Humvees are.
PETA slams Elon Musk for implanting brain device in pig
       
Elon Musk at the Neuralink livestream standing next to the surgical robot. PETA regards Elon Musk as swine for implanting a brain device in a pig as part of a mind-bending invention he believes can cure everything from blindness to quadriplegia. In a statement, the animal-rights group President Ingrid Newkirk challenged the tech tycoon to “behave like a pioneer and implant the Neurlink chip in his own brain rather than exploiting smart, sensitive pigs who didn’t volunteer for surgery, don’t appreciate that he provides pats and a straw cell, and should be left out of pie-in-the-sky projects.”On Friday, Musk unveiled a working prototype of his firm’s brain-implant device, which aims to achieve human “symbiosis with artificial intelligence.”The invention removes a “coin-sized” piece of a person’s skull then injects a tiny chip to assist with the motor control and other functions, he said. During the demonstration, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX introduced a poor porker named Gertrude, who he said had successfully undergone a trial for installing the device.
Tiktok's sale in question following China's tech export rule changes
       
The Chinese government has made changes to rules and regulations that could severely affect the sale of TikTok to a US company. Beijing’s changes affect ‘personalised information based on data analysis’ and ‘artificial intelligence interactive interface technology’, according to the state news agency Xinhua, and both technologies are used by TikTok. The regulations also affect companies which use data processing, speech and text recognition technologies, and experts suggest that it may slow down Bytedance’s potential handling of the sale. However, others have hypothesised that it could be used to purposefully delay the sale of TikTok. TikTok has argued that the executive order is illegal, and would file a lawsuit against the administration.
MLOps startup Verta gets $10m in funding, launches first product
       
The company plans to commercialize open source ModelDB project, developed by CEO Manasi VartakVerta, a machine learning model management specialist, has raised $10 million in a Series A funding round. The Palo Alto-based company develops products that enable enterprise data science teams to standardize fragmented workflows and ship models more frequently. “Data science teams live in their own specialized world, working with data, running experiments, and building great models,” Manasi Vartak, founder and CEO of Verta, said. Verta’s platform integrates with a variety of data science tools, such as TensorFlow, an end-to-end open source platform for machine learning backed by Google, and PyTorch, an open source machine learning framework originally developed at Facebook. Data science teams can use Verta’s model monitoring capabilities to ensure their models remain accurate over time.
National Science Foundation to invest $100m in AI research institutes
       
Dealing with a wide range of subjects, from extreme weather preparedness to primary educationThe US National Science Foundation (NSF) is set to spend more than $100 million to establish five AI research institutes across the country. "NSF's long history of investment in AI research and workforce development paved the way for many of the breakthrough commercial technologies permeating and driving society today," NSF director Sethuraman Panchanathan said. "The National AI Institutes being awarded comprise large, multi-disciplinary, and multi-sector collaborations: they bring together consortia of dozens of universities and other organizations, ultimately spanning academia, government, and industry," said Michael Kratsios, CTO of the US government. Along the way, they will nurture the future American workforce in AI research and practice." NSF already invests more than $500 million a year in AI activities as the largest federal driver of non-defense AI research and development.
Electronic skin that ‘feels’ pain could lead to smarter prosthetics and robots
       
A new electronic skin that reacts to pain like humans could provide the foundations for better prosthetics, smarter robots, and non-invasive alternatives to skin grafts, according to the device’s inventors. The artificial skin was developed by scientists from RMIT University in Australia, who claim it reacts to painful sensations as quickly as it takes nerve signals to reach the brain. No electronic technologies have been able to realistically mimic that very human feeling of pain – until now. Our artificial skin reacts instantly when pressure, heat, or cold reach a painful threshold. These three technologies enable the skin to react when pressure, heat, or pain hits a certain threshold.
Watch the first ever demo of a self-powered electronic paper interface
       
Scientists have developed a method of turning paper into keyboards that can convert notebooks into music players and make food packaging interactive. Engineers from Purdue University made the interfaces repellent to moisture, liquid stains, and dust by coating paper with highly-fluorinated molecules. They then used this coating to print multiple layers of circuits onto the paper without smearing ink across the pages. They believe the cost and simplicity of producing the gadgets make them a viable way of turning cardboard or paper into smart packaging or human-machine interfaces. You can read the research paper on the method in the journal Nano Energy.
I was excited for Neuralink. Then I watched Elon Musk’s stupid demo
       
Last week Elon Musk’s Neuralink, a startup working on creating a brain computer interface (BCI) for consumers, held a “tech demo” to show off the company’s progress over the last year. Let me sum it up for you: Musk and Neuralink have figured out how to do basic brain surgery. Humans have been doing basic brain surgery for hundreds of years? The problem is that medical science isn’t held back by a lack of dreams and ambition. In all fairness, Musk and Neuralink are on the verge of a breakthrough in medical technology.
A notorious GPT-3-generated blog shows AI still can’t imitate human writing
       
So, I wouldn’t count that as an argument for calling the blog fake. Perhaps the writers of those news stories have their own reasons for calling the AI-generated blog fake. But this only shows how poor human writing has become, not how good AI writing is. AI writing is real, but it won’t replace humansFirst, hats off to Liam Porr for the interesting experiment. So there will be many other signs before we see AI that can imitate human writing.
Nvidia unveils GeForce RTX 3080 GPU with 28 billion transistors
       
The Santa Clara, California-based company unveiled its Ampere graphics processing unit (GPU) architecture in May. While game developers weren’t ready for it at first, Huang said there are now hundreds of RTX games in development. The top of the heap is the BFGPU (for Big Ferocious GPU), the $1,500 GeForce RTX 3090. The GeForce RTX 3080 will be available starting September 17. The GeForce RTX 3090 will be available starting September 24.
Grabango launches cashierless checkout in a Giant Eagle supermarket in Pittsburgh
       
Grabango, a cashierless technology startup founded by Pandora’s Will Glaser, today announced the launch of a “no-line” payment experience at a Giant Eagle supermarket in Pittsburgh. Grabango announced it has raised an additional $14.7 million in venture capital amidst this surge in interest. “In the event of an error, customers can easily request a refund from the receipt page on the Grabango app. To do so, Grabango has to go head to head with a bevy of new startups, including Zippin and Trigo Vision. It’s well on its way — since Grabango’s incorporation five years ago, the startup has amassed 29 patents related to checkout-free technologies and signed on clients it claims together serve over 600 million shoppers per year.
Google expands AI-powered flood alerts to all of India
       
In late 2018, in collaboration with the Central Water Commission of India, Israel Institute of Technology, and Bar-Ilan University, Google piloted a flood-predicting model in portions of Patna, India as a part of its Flood Forecasting Initiative. And they’re extraordinarily costly — in the U.S. alone from 2005 to 2014, the average flood claim was $42,000, and total flood insurance claims averaged more than $3.5 billion per year. On Google Search and notifications sent to a network of volunteers with the nonprofit SEEDS who spread warnings to people without phones, flood alerts now support nine local Indic languages including Hindi and Bengali. One of the biggest challenges in building a flood prediction model is parameter calibration, an optimization process aimed at matching the algorithm’s predictions to certain baseline measurements. Recently, machine learning replaced some of the model’s physics-based hydraulic algorithms, enabling it to support larger regions covering more people.
Sarcos Robotics raises $40 million to develop an exoskeleton for industrial applications
       
Sarcos Robotics, a startup developing robots for industrial and defense applications, today nabbed $40 million in equity financing, bringing its total venture capital raised to nearly $100 million. Guardian robotsSarcos claims the battery-powered Guardian XO enables operators to lift up to 200 pounds while compensating for things like gravity and inertia. Beyond Guardian XO, Sarcos offers the Guardian S, which is designed for surveillance and inspection. The Guardian S’ counterpart — Guardian GT — has two or more seven-foot, seven-degrees-of-freedom dexterous arms mounted on either a track or a wheeled base. All of Sarcos’ robots — Guardian XO, Guardian S, and Guardian GT — can be orchestrated from Command Center, a hub that runs atop Microsoft Azure Cloud Services and IoT hub.
Salesforce details new AI-powered products for field service workers
       
Salesforce today detailed the next generation of Salesforce Field Service, its suite of machine learning-powered tools tailored for field service. That could be why after an initial dip in March, Salesforce says Field Service saw a more than 50% jump in usage between April and July 2020. Dynamic Priority dovetails with Einstein Recommendation Builder, which will enable organizations to deploy models to enhance service, including AI-powered recommendations. According to Salesforce, Recommendation Builder will scan past orders for previous similar jobs to identify parts the current one might need. Beyond Dynamic Priority, there’s Asset 360, a robust set of asset management capabilities ServiceMax built in partnership with Salesforce.
Here's What You Need To Know About Whirlpool’s AI-Powered Bottom Mount Refrigerators
       
Let’s answer this today as we see what to look for in a refrigerator & how the all new Advanced AI powered Intellifresh Pro bottom mount refrigerator by Whirlpool fares on those considerations. Another tech that delivers long-lasting freshnessIts Radial metal cooling uses 3D airflow to uniformly distribute cooling inside the refrigerator in a circular manner. uses to uniformly distribute cooling inside the refrigerator in a circular manner. Summing it up, the all new Bottom Mount Refrigerator - Intellifresh Pro by Whirlpool is amongst the best available choices in the market. The Bottom Mount refrigerators by Whirlpool comes in the capacity of 325 and 355 litres with 2 and 3 star ratings.
New Chinese law could stop sale of TikTok
       
New Chinese law could stop sale of TikTokbusiness daily © France 24By: Kate MOODY 6 minChina's government has unveiled new restrictions governing the sale of artificial intelligence - as trendy video app TikTok is on the verge of a takeover deal. Donald Trump has threatened to block TikTok's US operations if it remains under its Chinese ownership - and the new laws could upset talks. Also in the show - India's economy sinks into recession as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, and UK restaurants urge the government to extend a popular discount scheme.
50 exoplanets discovered in deep space by advanced artificial intelligence
       
Now, artificial intelligence has discovered an additional 50, thanks to old data from NASA. Researchers built the algorithm to comb through old data from NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope, which was retired in October 2018. The AI was trained to look for signs of real exoplanets and false positives at a faster rate than previous methods. In February, researchers from the Netherlands discovered 11 “potentially hazardous objects” using advanced artificial intelligence. More than 4,000 exoplanets have been discovered by NASA in total, approximately 50 of which were believed to potentially be habitable as of September 2018.
Are Radioactive Diamond Batteries a Cure for Nuclear Waste?
       
The robot was a softball-sized sensor pod powered by microdoses of nuclear energy from a radioactive battery the size of a square of chocolate. Unlike the batteries in most modern electronics, which generate electricity from chemical reactions, the Bristol battery collects particles spit out by radioactive diamonds that can be made from reformed nuclear waste. The company plans for its first commercial nuclear batteries to hit the market by 2024—just don’t expect to find them in your laptop. Nuclear batteries or betavoltaic cells, by comparison, are all about producing tiny amounts of power for a long time. Boardman also sees applications that are closer to home, like using the company’s nuclear batteries for pacemakers or wearables.
News Outlets Are Using Realistic AI to Convey Emotions and Narrate News
       
McClatchy, which partnered with startup Trinity Audio on the tool in April, is not the only newspaper turning to this technology. Trinity Audio has built its audio production and monetization software around Amazon Polly’s AI. Other applications of AI text-to-speech Google has launched a tool called Duplex, an AI voice that calls restaurants and hair salons to book reservations on behalf of users. The tool sounds so realistic that it initially faced controversy for not disclosing upfront that service staff were speaking with AI. The channel, Vocal Synthesis, specializes in using AI to realistically imitate the voices of celebrities.
Controversial Product Listings Continue to Plague Amazon
       
In response to questions about controversial content, Amazon previously told Adweek it has comprehensive policies that outline what products may be sold. Amazon uses “sophisticated, automated tools that use machine learning to scan listings and automatically block or remove listings found to be in violation of the policies,” a spokesperson said. And yet, hate symbols remain listed on Amazon. Amazon is really big, and growingFor starters, Amazon is really big. According to ecommerce intelligence firm Marketplace Pulse, Amazon has more than 500 million listings and 2.2 million independent sellers worldwide—and adds 3,100 sellers each day.
The Coming Revolution in Intelligence Affairs
       
Military futurists have recognized a similar sea change, and some have dubbed the rise of AI and autonomous weapons systems a “revolution in military affairs.” Its analog in intelligence can be understood as a “revolution in intelligence affairs.” Through the coming RIA, machines will become more than just tools for information collection and analysis. Adapting the Intelligence CommunityAs machines become the primary collectors, analysts, consumers, and targets of intelligence, the entire U.S. intelligence community will need to evolve. The U.S. intelligence community is currently split up into different functions that collect and analyze discrete types of intelligence, such as signals or geospatial intelligence. Nonetheless, the RIA is coming, and the intelligence community will have to adapt and embrace it. Similarly, the intelligence community is primarily run by human spies who may not always see (or accept) the inevitability of machine-driven intelligence.
Pentagon Seeks TurboTax-Like Tool for Artificial Intelligence Purchases
       
The Pentagon’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center set sights on producing a new-and-improved business model for purchasing artificial intelligence tools in hopes of driving quicker procurement from both typical and non-traditional companies through a means that’s scalable across the Defense Department. The to-be-created model would incorporate a TurboTax-like automated system to streamline buying information. The JAIC is also interested in hearing from organizations that would want to participate in a consortium-like body that could deliver AI capabilities for defense-driven missions under the model. Through the new approach, the center would leverage other transaction authorities, a contracting method that bypasses traditional federal procurement rules in an effort to attract new, innovative vendors and solutions. At a high-level, the JAIC’s intent is to create a new procurement model to be leveraged across the services and defense agencies that ultimately maximizes the inclusion of non-traditional partners.
ByteDance Needs Chinese Approval to Sell TikTok
       
Aug.31 -- ByteDance Ltd. will be required to seek Chinese government approval to sell the U.S. operations of its short-video TikTok app under new restrictions Beijing imposed on the export of artificial intelligence technologies, according to a person familiar with the matter. Anna Ashton of the US-China Business Council, appears on "Balance of Power."
Six strategic areas identified for shared faculty hiring in computing
       
Associated schools: School of Humanities, Arts and the Social Sciences and MIT Sloan School of Management. Associated schools: School of Science; School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences; and School of Architecture and Planning. Associated schools: School of Engineering; School of Science; and School of Architecture and Planning. Quantum Computing. Achieving these advances poses challenges that span multiple scientific and engineering fields, and from quantum hardware to quantum computing algorithms.
Sylvester Stallone confirms director's cut of Rocky IV... but it won't include Sico the robot butler
       
On Sunday, Sylvester Stallone confirmed he's currently working on a director's cut of Rocky IV to mark the sports drama's upcoming anniversary on November 27. Sylvester Stallone announced there will be a director's cut of his 1985 film Rocky IVStallone, who directed the original 1985 film, is working on a new edit himself. What fans won't be seeing in the updated cut: Paulie's (Burt Young) robot butler named Sico. In fact, Rocky IV was the highest grossing sports movie for 24 years, before it was overtaken by 2009's The Blind Side, that starred Sandra Bullock and Quinton Aaron. The director's cut of Rocky IV is slated to be released in time for the film's 35th anniversary of November 27.
TikTok Assets Can’t Be Sold Without China’s Approval
       
ByteDance Ltd. will be required to seek Chinese government approval to sell the U.S. operations of its short-video TikTok app under new restrictions Beijing imposed on the export of artificial intelligence technologies, according to a person familiar with the matter. The new restrictions cover technologies ByteDance uses in TikTok and will require the company to seek government approval for any deal, according to the person, asking not to be identified because the details aren’t public. China’s foreign ministry and commerce ministry did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Because the Chinese government review will take time, the TikTok deal may be delayed until after the U.S. elections in November, the person familiar said. For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.
ByteDance Is Said to Need China Nod for TikTok Sale
       
Aug.30 -- ByteDance Ltd. will be required to seek Chinese government approval to sell the U.S. operations of its short-video TikTok app under new restrictions Beijing imposed on the export of artificial intelligence technologies, according to a person familiar with the matter. Ros Krasny reports on "Bloomberg Daybreak: Australia."
TikTok assets can’t be sold without China’s approval – HotAir
       
ByteDance Ltd. will be required to seek Chinese government approval to sell the U.S. operations of its short-video TikTok app under new restrictions Beijing imposed on the export of artificial intelligence technologies, according to a person familiar with the matter. AI interface technologies such as speech and text recognition, and those that analyze data to make personalized content recommendations, were added to a revised list of export-control products published on the Ministry of Commerce’s website late Friday. Government permits will be required for overseas transfers to “safeguard national economic security,” it said…Additional approval in Beijing is likely to delay and could undermine any transaction. Because the Chinese government review will take time, the TikTok deal may be delayed until after the U.S. elections in November, the person familiar said.
Sylvester Stallone says he’s eliminating a character from the director’s cut of ‘Rocky IV’
       
Sylvester Stallone announced a new director’s cut of “Rocky IV” to celebrate the film’s 35th anniversary:For the 35th anniversary Rocky 4 Is getting a new directors cut by me. So far it looks great.#mgmstudios https://t.co/DTBoKgTfs9 — Sylvester Stallone (@TheSlyStallone) August 30, 2020Yes, please:But in the comments on Instagram, Stallone (or the person running his account) said (or joked) that the infamous robot from the film did not make the cut. A no robot cut of Rocky IV?? https://t.co/B6iuwW8LLN — Paul McLeod (@pdmcleod) August 30, 2020Or not:If the Rocky IV Director's Cut doesn't have more scenes with the robot, I'm going to be very disappointed. — DEJ | #BlackLivesMatter (@DawsonEJoyce) August 30, 2020TBH, we’d watch:IDEA: A COBRA KAI type show about Pauly's Robot from ROCKY IV — Brian Lynch (@BrianLynch) August 30, 2020***
Surprise Photography
       
I graduated to a Kodak AI 35mm camera and a few years ago went to a digital camera. I got some great shots with my Canon Power Shot A2000IS. My late brother Mike bought me a Canon Rebel XS digital camera and that is my go to camera now. I have a new Canon Camera a Power Shot SX620HS Wi-Fi. My favorite pictures are the ones that somehow you weren't planning on but come out great anyway.
Sylvester Stallone: "Er komt een speciale 'Director's Cut' van Rocky IV ter ere van 35-jarig jubileum"
       
Rocky acteur, regisseur en scenarioschrijver Sylvester Stallone heeft bekendgemaakt dat er een een speciale "director's cut" zal verschijnen van de film Rocky IV, ter ere van het 35-jarige jubileum van de klassieker. Druk bezigStallone heeft zondagavond aangekondigd dat hij druk bezig is met een "director's cut" van Rocky IV voor het jubileum van de klassieker op 27 november. Hij merkte op dat de robot van Paulie, een zeer bizarre gimmick uit de jaren '80, volledig zal worden uitgesneden uit de film. Bedankt MGM voor deze kans om te entertainen", zei Stallone op Instagram. Stallone gaf geen aanvullende details, maar vanwege zijn bekendmaking werd Rocky IV een 'trending' onderwerp op social media.
Tesla update adds speed limit graphics, green-light alerts
       
Tesla drivers will clearly see how fast to go with the electric vehicle's latest software update. @Tesla update 2020.36 release notes. pic.twitter.com/wuLC3RWUa3 — Tesla Detroit (@RayDetroit) August 30, 2020Another way to keep drivers paying attention to the road: Put street signs showing the speed limit directly on the screen. The speed limit visualizations now appear on the "digital" road on the center touchscreen. It'll also be used for machine learning to teach the assistive driving system where the speed limit changes on local roads.
Fashion brand SockSoho is using data science in a bid to become the "Uniqlo of India"
       
SockSoho co-founder Pritika Mehta with some of the company's socksSockSoho is a direct-to-consumer brand that aspires to become the "Uniqlo of India." SockSoho launched with a multi-platform distribution strategy, selling on its on site as well as ecommerce platforms. But its main driver is WhatsApp, the most popular messaging app in India with over 400 million users. One of SockSoho's gift boxes MoreOne of SockSoho's gift boxesBefore starting SockSoho, Mehta earned a Master’s in computer science from the University of Buffalo, focusing on artificial intelligence. Most online fashion brands in India focus on women, so Metha and Singh decided to go into menswear.
Elon Musk unveils brain chip implant: 'It's like a Fitbit in your skull'
       
But the coin-sized chips, developed by Musk's secretive startup Neuralink, are a ways off from being useful to humans. Friday's livestreamed YouTube demonstration was on a pig named Gertrude, who Musk said had a brain chip implanted two months earlier. PHOTO: Elon Musk conducts a Neuralink livestream showing a surgical robot on Aug. 28, 2020. Futurist entrepreneur Elon Musk late demonstrated progress made by his Neuralink startup in meshing brains with computers. Elon Musk unveils brain chip implant: 'It's like a Fitbit in your skull' originally appeared on abcnews.go.com
Military AI vanquishes human fighter pilot in F-16 simulation. How scared should we be?
       
“The standard things we’re trained to do as a fighter pilot aren’t working,” lamented the losing pilot, an Air Force fighter pilot instructor with the call sign Banger. But after 4 billion iterations, Heron seems to have mastered the art of executing energy-efficient air combat maneuvers. However, the tournament’s focus on within-visual-range warfare with guns didn’t challenge the AI pilot to perform more complex tasks. One concept rapidly entering the mainstream is the so-called Loyal Wingman drone controlled by a nearby manned fighter pilot who instructs the drone's AI agent to perform specific tasks. How flexibly and cooperatively AI pilots can make decisions in the more chaotic and uncertain environment of a high-end war zone remains to be seen.
New Breed of Commerce Takes Cues From Old
       
As some stores raced to set up online shops, others have been looking beyond static e-commerce sites, product pages and Amazon listings. Technology is driving a newer breed of e-commerce that offers a bridge between old and new retail, with remote services that keeps the spirit of brick-and-mortar shopping alive. The platform uses a combination of human and artificial intelligence, according to Stylyze cofounder and chief executive officer Kristen Miller. These particular slices of e-commerce technology got a boost from the pandemic, but they look like they’re here to stay after the health crisis subsides. The report singled out social commerce start-ups, resale platforms, virtual shopping tools and on-demand services as key focal areas for investors.
AI, Cloud Aim to Enhance the U.S. Open Fan Experience
       
The U.S. Tennis Association is turning to cloud computing and artificial intelligence to enhance the experiences of fans who can only watch this week’s U.S. Open on televisions, computers and smartphones. However, the absence of fans immediately presented a problem for some of the USTA’s recent AI projects. The first AI initiative, Open Questions, uses techniques such as NLP to serve up answers to plain-text debate questions. The fan experience is hosted in a public cloud. Appropriate sound clips will be suggested by IBM’s Watson platform, based on similarities in play to footage captured in the previous tournament.
Robot takes contact-free measurements of patients’ vital signs
       
Researchers from MIT and Brigham and Women’s Hospital hope to reduce that risk by using robots to remotely measure patients’ vital signs. They decided to use existing computer vision technologies that can measure temperature, breathing rate, pulse, and blood oxygen saturation, and worked to make them mobile. Health care workers can maneuver the robot to wherever patients are sitting, using a handheld controller. Measurements from the infrared camera can also be used to calculate the patient’s breathing rate. While in the near term, the researchers plan to focus on triage applications, in the longer term, they envision that the robots could be deployed in patients’ hospital rooms.
This young entrepreneur skipped college to create robotic limbs that users can control with their minds
       
(CNN) Ten years ago, Easton LaChappelle was a teen watching YouTube videos in his Colorado bedroom on how to build robot arms from LEGOs. Today, he's the founder of Unlimited Tomorrow, a company that designs low-cost, 3D printed prosthetic limbs that can be operated with the mind. It was a chance encounter in the eighth grade that set him on the path to entrepreneurship, LaChappelle says. At a science fair, he met a 7-year-old girl who had an $80,000 prosthetic arm that he described as "archaic" and offered very little help with her physical needs. "I couldn't believe this was the best thing available for her, and that's when I decided to find out how I can create something that provides physical utility."
TikTok deal to sell U.S. business could be announced as soon as Tuesday
       
TikTok has chosen a bidder for its U.S., New Zealand and Australian businesses, and it could announce the deal as soon as Tuesday, according to people familiar with the situation. However, even though TikTok has selected a bidder, the deal could be slowed or derailed by the Chinese government, which updated its technology export list on Friday to include artificial intelligence technology used by TikTok. TikTok's Chinese parent company, Bytedance, said over the weekend that it would need a license from the Chinese government before it can sell to a U.S. company. Walmart originally sought to be the majority owner in the deal in a consortium including Alphabet and SoftBank. TikTok's CEO Kevin Mayer resigned last week as the deal neared its close, after just a few months on the job.
Elon Musk claims brain implants will help humans combat 'existential threat' of AI
       
Thank you for subscribing See our privacy notice Invalid EmailBillionaire Elon Musk has claimed his planned brain implants will help humans compete with the "existential threat" of artificial intelligence (AI). On Friday the tech entrepreneur unveiled a pig whose brain he claims was implanted with a small computer. But Musk also said it can help humans compete with AI, which he considers an "existential threat". (Image: Neuralink/AFP via Getty Images)But he did not present any scientific data to support his claims about the pigs or the devices, reports the Guardian. On Monday Daily Star Online revealed how a sex robot prototype is capable of placing itself into sex positions, its creator claimed.
Chinese govt complicates TikTok sale ordered by US govt
       
NEW YORK (AP) — The Chinese government is complicating the U.S.-government-ordered sale of U.S. TikTok assets. China on Friday introduced export restrictions on artificial intelligence technology, seemingly including the type that TikTok uses to choose which videos to spool up to its users. That means TikTok's Chinese owner, ByteDance, would have to obtain a license to export any restricted technologies to a foreign company. The Trump administration has threatened to ban TikTok and ordered ByteDance to sell its U.S. business, claiming national-security risks due to that Chinese ownership. TikTok denies it is a national-security risk and is suing to stop the administration from the threatened ban.
Elon Musk trots out pig with brain implant, says device could let humans communicate by telepathy
       
Article contentElon Musk has unveiled a brain implant which he claims is vital to the future of humanity and could allow people to communicate by telepathy, download memories into robots, and develop X-ray “super vision”. In a video demonstration the billionaire entrepreneur showed off a pig called Gertrude which had one of the coin-sized devices inserted into its head two months ago. Try refreshing your browser, or Elon Musk trots out pig with brain implant, says device could let humans communicate by telepathy Back to videoExperts and academics remained cautious about Musk’s claims, while critics dubbed him “Muskenstein” and called the pig “Cypork”. Musk has been an outspoken doomsayer about the threat artificial intelligence might one day pose to the human race. At his brain implant demonstration Musk said: “The future is going to be weird.
Chinese government puts restrictions on TikTok sale ordered by Trump
       
The Chinese government is complicating the U.S.-government-ordered sale of U.S. TikTok assets. China on Friday introduced export restrictions on artificial intelligence technology, seemingly including the type that TikTok uses to choose which videos to spool up to its users. That means TikTok's Chinese owner, ByteDance, would have to obtain a license to export any restricted technologies to a foreign company. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your InboxThe Trump administration has threatened to ban TikTok by mid-September and ordered ByteDance to sell its U.S. business, claiming national-security risks due to that Chinese ownership. The Chinese government's new restrictions may be a "tactic to drive up valuation" of TikTok, RBC Capital Markets analyst Alex Zukin told the Associated Press.
AI job listings plummet as COVID-19 recession appears imminent
       
According to experts, COVID-19 has stalled the once meteoric rise of available jobs for deep learning developers. I think it's clear that for many smaller companies that invested in deep learning, it turned out not to be essential and got cut post-Covid as part of downsizings. This is the data of public job postings on LinkedIn that mention a deep learning framework. At this stage, predicting what a post-COVID deep learning market might look like is a crap shoot at best. Quick take: Deep learning jobs are likely to bounce back before many other tech jobs do simply by sheer virtue of the tech.
Japan explores AI as the pandemic curbs in-person quality control
       
That has spurred the increased use of robots and other technology for quality control, including remote monitoring, which was already being adopted before the pandemic. In Japan, such approaches represent an acute departure from the “genchi genbutsu” go-and-see methodology developed as part of the Toyota production system and embraced by Japanese manufacturers for decades with almost religious zeal. Everything is on steroids now because working from home is showing that remote work can work,” he said. Earlier this year, auto parts maker Marelli, which has operational headquarters in Japan and Italy, also began using AI quality inspection robots at a plant in Japan, and the company told Reuters last month that it wanted AI to play a bigger role in quality inspections in the coming years. Printer maker Ricoh plans to automate all of the production processes for drum units and toner cartridges at one of its Japanese plants by March 2023.
Allen Institute open-sources AllenAct, a framework for research in embodied AI
       
Researchers at the Allen Institute for AI today launched AllenAct, a platform intended to promote reproducible research in embodied AI with a focus on modularity and flexibility. Embodied AI, the AI subdomain concerning systems that learn to complete tasks through environmental interactions, has experienced substantial growth. It ships with detailed startup guides and code and models for a number of standard embodied AI tasks, as well as support for embodied AI scenarios and so-called grid-worlds like MiniGrid. The release of AllenAct comes after the Allen Institute encountered embodied AI research roadblocks arising from the pandemic. But due to the pandemic, all Allen Institute employees were working from home, preventing them from running experiments on LocoBot for the foreseeable future.
Is your small business ready for the new world of work? (VB Live)
       
Learn about the industry-leading technology digital tools that enable seamless ways of doing business, modernize processes and accelerate sales, even in challenging times, in this VB Live event. Here are five ways small businesses can embrace the new world of technology, to help meet the challenges of the new world of work. Most platforms integrate other essential digital tools, like esignatures to speed up collaboration and improve productivity. Digital marketing tools. To learn more about the digital tools that help your business and your employees be more productive in the new normal, don’t miss this VB Live event.
Groundbreaking COVID-19 Test Requires Just an Apple Watch
       
In many cases, test results take nearly two weeks to come in for those who are potentially infected, allowing for unfettered transmission. But in traditional machine learning models, the connections happen between each layer; one layer passes on to another layer on to another layer and such. So we had doctors in the hospital test these patients and assess them for their symptoms and label their COVID status. You wear the watch, launch the app on the mobile device, and then we are able to collect the data. We’re working out the pricing, but it’s going to be a lot cheaper than any swab or any other test available.
Trump Administration To Invest $1 Billion In Quantum Computing, AI
       
Authored by Alan McDonnell via The Epoch Times,The Trump Administration announced awards of more than $1 billion Wednesday for the establishment of 12 new artificial intelligence (AI) and quantum information science (QIS) research & development institutes across the United States. The administration says it is taking the action to ensure American leadership in what it termed “industries of the future,” which include 5G and other critical technologies. With the support of the White House, the National Science Foundation‘s (NSF’s) AI Research Institutes and the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) QIS Research Centers will serve as hubs for innovation and research & development. The Trump Administration announced $1 BILLION for new @NSF AI and @ENERGY Quantum research institutes. As the largest non-defense funding body for research & development in the field of AI, the NSF plans to make over $300 million in awards over the coming years.
What could go wrong? – HotAir
       
In an online presentation, Musk showed off his new Neuralink machine — and even showed off an early version of the gadget that he implanted in a pig. “I think it’s going to blow your minds,” Musk told viewers. “It’s like a Fitbit in your skull with tiny wires.”The mind-bending invention — meant to achieve human “symbiosis with artificial intelligence” — removes a “coin-sized” piece of a person’s skull then injects a tiny chip to assist with the motor control and other functions, according to Musk. The circular chip, injected near the ear, will also allow people to control phones or computers with their minds, according to Neuralink, which featured the live footage on its company website.
Huawei focusing on cloud business which still has access to U.S. chips - FT
       
FILE PHOTO: A Huawei sign is seen outside its store at a shopping complex in Beijing, China July 14, 2020. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang(Reuters) - Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei Technologies Co Ltd is focusing on its budding cloud business, which still has access to U.S. chips despite sanctions against the company, to secure its survival, the Financial Times newspaper reported. Huawei’s cloud computing business sells computing power and storage to companies, including giving them access to artificial intelligence, and has been growing rapidly, the newspaper reported on Sunday, citing sources. In January, Huawei put the unit on an equal footing with its smartphones and telecoms equipment businesses, the FT reported on.ft.com/3hHJC3Y. The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump has restricted technology exports to Chinese companies in particular, notably Huawei, citing national security risks.
Samsung mass-produces most-advanced DRAM with EUV process
       
BUSINESSSamsung Electronics’ second production line in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi Province (Samsung Electronics)Samsung Electronics began operating its second production line in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi Province, the world’s largest chip plant, to mass-produce the most advanced mobile DRAM modules, the firm said Sunday.The assembly line has produced the industry’s first advanced third-generation 10-nano level (1z) LPDDR5 mobile DRAM using the extreme ultraviolet, or EUV, process technology for the first time, according to the tech giant.Samsung said the 16-gigabyte mobile DRAM has the highest mobile memory performance and largest capacity to enable more consumers to enjoy the full benefits of 5G and artificial intelligence features in next-generation smartphones. The product has a speed of 6,400 megabits per second, which is 16 percent faster than the current 12-gigabyte mobile DRAM for flagship smartphones. In June, it also started construction of a NAND flash production line to cope with increased demands for high-tech V-NAND products. Both lines are scheduled to be in full operation starting from the second half of 2021.The chipmaker said the second line in Pyeongtaek was built as part of plans to invest 180 trillion won ($152 billion) and create 40,000 jobs announced in August 2018. More than 30 trillion won will be invested in the second line to create around 30,000 jobs, including partner firms and construction workers.By Shin Ji-hye (shinjh@heraldcorp.com)
Huawei focusing on cloud business which still has access to U.S. chips - FT
       
FILE PHOTO: A Huawei sign is seen outside its store at a shopping complex in Beijing, China July 14, 2020. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang/File Photo(Reuters) - Chinese telecoms equipment maker Huawei Technologies Co Ltd is focusing on its budding cloud business, which still has access to U.S. chips despite sanctions against the company, to secure its survival, the Financial Times newspaper reported. Huawei’s cloud computing business sells computing power and storage to companies, including giving them access to artificial intelligence, and has been growing rapidly, the newspaper reported on Sunday, citing sources. In January, Huawei put the unit on an equal footing with its smartphones and telecoms equipment businesses, the FT reported on.ft.com/3hHJC3Y. The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump has restricted technology exports to Chinese companies in particular, notably Huawei, citing national security risks.
SK Broadband moves to innovate pay TV service
       
As competition in over-the-top and pay TV services market intensifies, SK Broadband is seeking to overhaul its solutions.The company said Sunday it has changed the brand name to Lovely B tv, while adding new features and contents to its platform to increase user experience, including artificial intelligence recommendation engine and Supernova, which is designed to improve the quality of image and sound source based on AI-deep learning algorithms.The company has also transformed the user experience and interface design of the platform.SK Broadband added it would continue to increase foreign content provided to those who subscribe to the pay TV service on a monthly basis.Meanwhile, SK Broadband said it would prepare to commercialize cloud PC service on the backdrop of increasing demand for remote work after the COVID-19 pandemic.It plans to open a large-sized internet data center in Seoul by July next year.By Shim Woo-hyun ( ws@heraldcorp.com
[Future of Plastic Cards] Through human-robot collaboration, Hyundai Card seeks digital transformation
       
This is the second installment in a series of articles, interviews and videos assessing the future of credit cards and the challenges ahead. The virtual robot instantly identifies a vacant meeting room and finds the time slot that best suits all participants. “Humans and robots are focusing on what they can do best, respectively, and creating synergy together.”The whole manufacturing procedure is simple and well organized at the credit card production facility. First, what is called an Auto Picking System picks up a card from a giant wall of credit cards that have yet to be activated. Then it delivers a cartridge of the cards to a conveyor belt, where they have their data chips installed.
China's new AI export curbs threaten TikTok's US sale
       
HONG KONG -- Beijing has added several artificial intelligence technologies to its export control list, casting a shadow over the pending U.S. sale of the hugely popular streaming app TikTok by China's ByteDance. The revised list did not name TikTok specifically but the streaming app, which has attracted millions of users worldwide by suggesting videos to them based on understanding their viewing preferences, is known for its powerful algorithm. It is unclear when the revised list will take effect. Microsoft has expressed interest in buying TikTok's operations in the U.S. and several other markets. "Proactive restrictions, which, in the absence of export approvals [are] in reality a ban on certain AI exports, help Chinese companies avoid a future TikTok-like situation," Feingold said.
China targeting AI tech in ‘brazen’ cyber espionage offensive
       
Threat intel agency intSights warns that a cooling of relations between the West and the People's Republic of China has seen the nation step up its foreign surveillance and cyber espionage tactics. The plundering of machine learning technology might also find military applications applied to further the surveillance of its own citizens. New and aggressively deployed malware strains including GoldenSpy, Mgbot malware, and Taidoor have been a feature of these campaigns. In recent months, China has gone on the offensive by promoting the conspiracy theory that coronavirus was created in a US state-operated lab. “Both Russia and China use cybersecurity capabilities to execute their political agenda,” Maor said.
The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this weekend
       
The 5 best Amazon deals you can get this weekendThese deals won't be here forever. Another weekend, another chance to peruse the best Amazon deals on the internet! If you prefer to shop the best of the best, you'll want to opt for the irobot Roomba i7+. $30 off: This entry-level Apple WatchSnag the Apple Watch Series 3 for less. Get the Apple Watch Series 3 (38 mm) for $169 (Save $30)Get the Apple Watch Series 3 (42 mm) for $199 (Save $30)4.
The Excellent Evolution of Bill and Ted Face the Music
       
Time travel becomes a family affair in Bill and Ted Face the Music, the long-awaited third film in the popular Bill and Ted comedy franchise. In the original Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989), Bill (Alex Winter) and Ted (Keanu Reeves) are high school students in danger of flunking history. In the sequel, Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991), the boys must defeat their evil robot doubles from the future to preserve the utopian society based on their ideals. Bill and Ted Face the Music revisits the BFFs as middle-aged men, still living in San Dimas, California. In the end, "I wouldn't say it was effortless, but it was like riding a bike," he told Ars.
14 Best Weekend Deals on Video Games, Headphones, and More
       
Labor Day hasn't arrived just yet, but various retailers are already kick-starting their sales. Planning a last-minute camping or road trip with your quarantine bubble? No matter how you'll be spending the last few weeks of summer, this weekend's best deals might be able to make the experience even better. If you buy something using links in our stories, we may earn a commission. Home and Outdoor DealsPhotograph: REICheck out our Best Robot Vacuums guide for more options, and read our tips on cutting your hair before you grab the clippers.
U.S. Navy Chooses Google as High Tech Ship Repair Partner
       
The U.S. Navy reportedly plans to use Google’s cloud and machine learning technology alongside drone imagery to improve its process for repairing vessels. This development comes as the tech giant faces increased scrutiny from employees and customers over ties to the U.S. military. In 2018, Google employees protested the company’s government contracts and work with the Pentagon to make military drones more accurate. The company previously refused to bid on the controversial JEDI contract, a Department of Defense cloud computing contract worth $10 billion, stating: “We are not bidding on the JEDI contract because first, we couldn’t be assured that it would align with our AI Principles. The deal, with the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), is in the “seven figures,” Google said, declining to be more specific.
Elon Musk to Demonstrate Brain-Hacking Device
       
Elon Musk is set to show off his working brain-hacking device on Friday, BBC News reports. The demonstration will feature a robot and “neurons firing in real time," according to several tweets about the reveal. The electric car maker’s brain-hacking company, Neuralink, applied to start human trials last year, according to BBC. Musk calls it “superhuman cognition.”It would also allow people with neurological conditions to control devices like phones or computers with their mind, BBC reports. Musk, who is also behind SpaceX, has said in order for artificial intelligence not to destroy the human race, people need to merge with AI.
Take a closer look at Elon Musk's Neuralink surgical robot
       
While the science was front-and-center in Elon Musk's presentation about Neuralink, his human brain computer inference company, the surgical robot the company debuted made a splash of its own. Image Credits: Woke StudioWoke says the Neuralink surgical robot can be separated into three main parts: The head, the body and base. It also includes a guide for the surgical needle, as well as embedded cameras and sensors to map the patent's brain. [gallery ids="2037670,2037663,2037672,2037664,2037671,2037669,2037668,2037667"]The Neuralink robot also has a "body," that humped rear assembly, which includes all the parts responsible for the motion of the robot as it sets up from the procedure. Neuralink is an Elon Musk-founded company that's seeking to mitigate what Musk sees as a potential existential threat to human life: The ascendancy of general artificial intelligence.
Neuralink: Elon Musk unveils pig he claims has computer implant in brain
       
The tech entrepreneur Elon Musk on Friday showed off a pig whose brain he says has been implanted with a small computer. In July 2019, Neuralink unveiled a design that involved implanting tiny electrode “threads” into the brain as well as another device behind the ear. The new device Musk described Friday is much smaller, does not require the visible ear device, and would be implanted in the brain by a surgical robot under local anesthesia. The device is removable, Musk said, and he showed off another pig, Dorothy, whom he claimed had had one of the devices implanted and subsequently removed. Neuroscientists have also conducted brain implant trials with a small number of people who have lost control of bodily functions due to spinal cord injuries or neurological conditions such as strokes.
Google claims to have simulated chemistry using a quantum computer for 1st time in human history
       
(RUSSIA TODAY) Researchers at Google claim to have run the first-ever simulation of a chemical reaction using quantum technology, in a move which may mark a new era in our understanding of the universe around us. The Google AI Quantum team used their 54-qubit quantum processor, Sycamore, to simulate changes in the configuration of the admittedly rather basic molecule called diazene, which consists of two nitrogen atoms and two hydrogen atoms. Sycamore, like all quantum computers, uses logical units called qubits which exist in the hazy, ‘either/or’ realm of theoretical physics, which allows quantum computers to carry out unfathomably complex calculations of a type and on a scale that traditional computers cannot handle – essentially performing the erstwhile impossible. Read the full story ›
Robot Boats Leave Autonomous Cars In Their Wake
       
Promare, a U.K. ocean-research nonprofit, in partnership with International Business Machines Corp., will unveil this new, fully autonomous Mayflower on Sept. 16 in Portsmouth, the same seaside English town from which its namesake set sail in 1620. The symbolism of sending a crewless, autonomous ship across an ocean in 2021—as automation accelerates the economic divide among American workers—might be a little on the nose, but its creators insist autonomous ships aren’t about replacing people. Yet as with autonomous cars and aerial drones, launching an autonomous ship depends as much on risk tolerance as it does technical barriers. Humans Need Not ApplyOur oceans, even our inland waterways, are a vastly under-utilized asset, these pioneers of robot ships argue. After all, ships that don’t have to protect humans from a harsh marine environment don’t need pilothouses, bunks, flat decks—or bathrooms.
Scientists identify 50 new planets from old NASA data using artificial intelligence for the first time
       
Scientists have identified 50 new potential planets with the help of Artificial Intelligence (AI). The astronomers and scientists of the University of Warwick calculated the probability of each candidate to be a true planet. After this, the researchers used the algorithm on a dataset of the prevailing unconfirmed planetary candidates from Kepler. Where there is less than a one percent chance of a candidate being a false positive, it is considered a validated planet," Dr Armstrong said. Dr Armstrong added that while developing new methods for validation is desirable, machine learning lets then do it very quickly and helps prioritise candidates much faster.
Elon Musk reveals functioning brain-reading implant Neuralink in 'healthy' pig
       
Elon Musk unveiled the design of his company’s Neuralink brain implant and the robot surgeon used to implant it which is hoped will help people suffering from paralysis. Mr Musk showed off the latest version of the device, which is initially expected to be used to treat brain injuries and disability, at an event on Friday. In a livestreamed demonstration the entrepreneur showed off a pig, named Gertrude, which he said had had a Neuralink implant for two months. A graphic showed the implant’s ability to predict the movements taken by a pig on a treadmill to a “high degree of accuracy,” Mr Musk claimed. “You could solve blindness, paralysis, hearing just by interfacing with the cortex,” Mr Musk added.
China Tightens AI Export Restrictions
       
China announced new restrictions on artificial intelligence technology exports that could intensify the tech battle between the world’s two largest economies. The new restrictions, unveiled Friday by China’s ministries in charge of commerce and science and technology, cover a number of computing and data-processing technologies such as text analysis and content recommendation, and speech modeling and voice-recognition. Technologies...
Online school means online tests, along with computerized surveillance
       
Like many students, Kemper's classes at the University of Wisconsin-Madison shifted online suddenly in the spring due to the ongoing pandemic. But with fall classes looming and the pandemic still raging, Kemper knew she'd likely encounter Honorlock again in the fall. So she also started an online petition asking the school to ban HonorLock; she sought 1,500 signatures, and as of Friday, over 1,400 people signed in support. This has led many to embrace software that uses webcams and AI to monitor students during tests. To voice her objections, she wrote an opinion piece for her school's newspaper urging UW to stop using Proctorio for tests.
Chinese Regime Using Australian Scientists in Quest for Tech, Military Dominance
       
(William West/AFP via Getty Images)Chinese Regime Using Australian Scientists in Quest for Tech, Military DominanceCANBERRA—A new report by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) shows how the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has been using illegal and underhanded methods to obtain research and technology from around the globe in its quest to become the world’s preeminent military power. ASPI singled out the United States as having the highest number of CCP talent-recruitment stations—146 of them. Australia and Germany have the second-highest number of CCP talent-recruitment stations, with the two countries having 57 stations each. Many recruits are given bountiful research funding and even new laboratories in a Chinese university and team of research staff. Joske also details in his report how one Australian university scientist set up a laboratory and an artificial intelligence (AI) company in China through funding from a CCP talent-recruitment station.
Future of Cleaning Oil Spills Looks to Robots, Wood Chips and Sponges
       
Recent oil spills in Russia and Mauritius have shown that the industry still needs better methods for cleaning up accidents. Researchers are working on some unlikely-sounding solutions, including oil-absorbing wood chips, a solar-powered robot and a reusable sponge. The oil industry is controlled by large companies and their suppliers, which together have often been the cause of spills, but university researchers and small firms are playing a key role in promoting new ways to clean up.
This Alexa-Enabled Robot Vacuum Has A 4.7/5 Star Rating On Amazon
       
Say hello to the Cybovac E30 Robot Vacuum Cleaner, a.k.a. Unlike other vacuums out there, the Cybovac E30 Robot Vacuum Cleaner cleans whatever you want — and whatever you don’t want — all in thanks to its pre-programmable interface you can access right on your smartphone via the accompanying Kyvol app. Think the Cybovac E30 Robot Vacuum Cleaner is too good to be true? “E30 Robot Vacuum Cleaner cleans everywhere instead of you. According to our short term experience this robot vacuum cleaner deserves 5 stars.” – Sevgi“When we first moved in our feet were always dirty walking around barefoot but now our feet stay clean after using this little robot vac.
French-Italian director's footage of Victorians enjoying a day on the English coast
       
A haunting film showing children on a beach in Victorian England 124 years ago has been restored using artificial intelligence. Remarkable new details about ‘The Shrimp Fishermen’ emerged following work that converted the grainy 50 second clip into high-resolution colour 4k digital footage. Mr Lilienfeld said the images had originally been filmed by a crew working for Auguste and Louis Lumière – France’s famous Lumière brothers. As well as shrimping in the film, children can be seen in donkey-drawn carriages, accompanied by adults in straw boaters for the men and ornate hats for the women. All of Promio’s English films, including the seaside one, were shown at London’s Empire Theatre in March 1896.
China's new AI trade rules could hamper a TikTok sale
       
The Wall Street Journal reports that China has unveiled new restrictions on AI technology exports that could affect TikTok. The new rules bar the exports of tech like content suggestions, text analysis and voice recognition unless a company receives a license — technology TikTok uses in some cases. The Chinese government has issued a not-so-subtle warning to TikTok parent ByteDance in turn. Even if ByteDance no longer has a stake in TikTok, there would probably be some technology transfers that could violate the rules, the advisor said. The two sides are already locked in a trade war, and the US has already implemented trade restrictions on companies like Huawei and ZTE over alleged security risks.
How to tell if computer vision can transform your business
       
(For the sake of this discussion, I’ll use computer vision and machine vision interchangeably, even though there are slight differences.) Computer vision and machine vision usually rely on deep learning algorithms for proper weighting and training of visual data. Machine vision may also use a hybrid of various machine learning techniques to get to the desired level of output reasoning. In fact, we’re now seeing a big uptick in computer vision applications across many sectors. The potentialMore exciting advancements in computer vision applications can also be seen coming from the Digital Health and Telehealth sectors.
Watch Elon Musk's Neuralink brain computer interface progress update live
       
Elon Musk is set to deliver a progress update for Neuralink, the company and technology he founded that aims to create a direct, ultra-low latency connection between our brains and our computers. The update will kick off at 3 PM PT (6 PM ET), and will be streamed live above. Based on Musk's tweets, what we should see is an actual product demo of a Neuralink device in action. The multi-CEO has said that it will be a version 2 of the robot that Neuralink revealed last year during a similar update. But expectations are still high, given that last year, the company had embarked on animal testing, and was talking about potentially entering human testing within the next 12 months.
Elon Musk Is About to Show Off His Neuralink Brain Implant
       
In the mind of Elon Musk, the world’s thorniest problems become shockingly, wonderfully simple. Musk’s startup Neuralink exhibits this way of thinking best of all: Machines with artificial intelligence are outpacing humankind. Neuralink is far from its ultimate aim of making brain surgery as easy and safe as, say, Lasik. It is supposed to pick up on signals in the brain and then translate them into motor controls. Presumably, Musk sees a chance to convince people that the company is making real strides toward its goals, however ambitious, and that it’s further along than its competitors.
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.
Robot eases loneliness of Mexican virus patients
       
Doctors say a robot at a hospital in Mexico's capital is offering a lifeline to coronavirus patientsAdvertising Read moreMexico City (AFP)A robot at a hospital in the Mexican capital is providing a lifeline for coronavirus patients separated from their relatives and reducing the risk of infection for medical workers. the 1.4-meter-tall (4.6 feet) robot asks patients as it goes from room to room. The hospital robot, part of a global trend aimed at reducing the risk of infection during the pandemic, was even designated as a "co-therapist" for coronavirus patients in July. Since then, it has carried out around 160 missions with infected patients, their relatives and the mental health team. It is a lifeline for patients like Rosa Maria Velazquez, one of more than half a million Mexicans who have been infected with the virus.
Neuralink - live updates: Elon Musk event to launch technology connecting human brain to computers
       
Elon Musk has promised to demonstrate a functional brain-computer interface that his mysterious Neuralink startup is developing to merge humans with artificial intelligence. It is only the second public event of the neurotechnology startup since it was founded in 2016 and little is known about what capabilities to expect. During a 2019 event, Mr Musk unveiled a “sewing machine-like device” capable of stitching threads into a person’s head, and has since hinted at what the brain-computer chip will ultimately be able to do. Neuralink is live streaming the event on its official YouTube channel – you can watch it here from 3pm PT (11pm BST). You can follow all the latest build-up and news as it happens through our live blog.
Amazon Halo Isn’t Just Monitoring Your Health—It’s Judging You
       
The Amazon Halo includes a wearable device, the Halo Band, as well as an app and related services to help maximize users’ health and wellness. Halo Labs also offers personalized advice, such as cutting out caffeine in the afternoon to improve sleep quality. “Amazon Halo combines the latest medical science, highly accurate data via the Halo Band sensors and cutting-edge artificial intelligence to offer a more comprehensive approach to improving your health and wellness,” he added. Amazon claims body scans are automatically deleted from the cloud after processing. Amazon also said speech samples are “always analyzed locally on the customer’s phone and automatically deleted after processing—nobody, not even the customer, ever hears them.”
How to Ensure Your AI Doesn’t Discriminate
       
Ensuring that your AI algorithm doesn’t unintentionally discriminate against particular groups is a complex undertaking. Historically, statisticians and regulators have used a variety of methods to detect its occurrence under existing legal standards. Despite all these complexities, however, existing legal standards can provide a good baseline for organizations seeking to combat unfairness in their AI. Are these existing legal standards perfect? But if used without care, it is all too easy for AI to entrench existing disparities and discriminate against already-disadvantaged groups.
What a Biden-Harris administration might mean for AI’s future
       
But being a digital native doesn’t necessarily mean that Harris will chart a wise course when it comes to regulating technology, particularly AI and facial recognition. While Harris has proven that she understands the importance of this technology, it’s not clear how a Biden-Harris administration would regulate AI. Harris has already shown a keen interest in how artificial intelligence and facial recognition technology can be misused. Facial recognition is still a rapidly evolving part of AI, and it has been a lightning rod for criticism. The EU has taken a very cautious stance and has considered a five-year ban on facial recognition technologies in public settings.
Elon Musk reveals functioning brain-reading implant Neuralink in 'healthy' pig
       
Elon Musk unveiled the design of his company’s Neuralink brain implant and the robot surgeon used to implant it which is hoped will help people suffering from paralysis. Mr Musk showed off the latest version of the device, which is initially expected to be used to treat brain injuries and disability, at an event on Friday. In a livestreamed demonstration the entrepreneur showed off a pig, named Gertrude, which he said had had a Neuralink implant for two months. A graphic showed the implant’s ability to predict the movements taken by a pig on a treadmill to a “high degree of accuracy,” Mr Musk said. In humans, Mr Musk said the device would connect to an app on a mobile phone using Bluetooth, with a range of five to ten metres.
How can AI-powered humanitarian engineering tackle the biggest threats facing our planet?
       
Humanitarian engineering programs bring together engineers, policy makers, non-profit organisations, and local communities to leverage technology for the greater good of humanity. ML techniques like deep learning offer the powerful capability to create sophisticated AI models based on artificial neural networks. Decoding best program practicesTo deliver high social impact, AI-driven humanitarian programs should follow a “bottom-up” approach. Safeguard sensitive user information by implementing privacy controls like encrypting user data at rest and in transit, limit access to user data and critical production systems based on least-privilege access control, and enforce data retention and deletion policy on user datasets. To conclude, AI-powered humanitarian programs offer a transformative opportunity to advance social innovations and build a better tomorrow for the benefit of humanity.
AI Weekly: Facebook’s discriminatory ad targeting illustrates the dangers of biased algorithms
       
In their audit of Facebook, the Carnegie Mellon researchers tapped the platform’s Ad Library API to get data about ad circulation among different users. Moreover, if they allow the targeting of housing, employment, or opportunities by age and gender, they could be in violation of the U.S. Employment and housing ads were a different story. Facebook ads also tended to discriminate along the age and education dimension, the researchers say. Facebook has had enough reported problems, internally and externally, around race to merit a harder, more skeptical look at its ad policies.
Researchers built a data set for training AI to detect natural disasters from social media images
       
The Incidents data set contains 1.1 million images and spans 43 categories of accidents or natural disasters, ranging from car accidents to volcanic eruptions. A paper about the Incidents data set was published this week as part of the European Conference on Computer Vision (ECCV). The Incidents data set contains nearly 447,000 images labeled as accidents or natural disasters and 697,000 labeled images without any accident or natural disaster. The data set was assembled by researchers from MIT, Qatar Computing Research Institute, and the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya in Spain. AI systems can identify natural disasters from the words people use in social media — but few are made for detecting disasters from images shared on social media.
AI analysis finds that in-app ad issues are fixed faster on Android than iOS
       
A new study finds evidence that in-app ad issues with popular Android apps on Google Play are addressed more quickly than their iOS counterparts on Apple’s App Store. Using a filter and several post-processing steps, they isolated reviews containing keywords related to ads (e.g., “ad,” “ads,” “advert”), extracting 18,302 ad-related reviews in total. For instance, iOS developers were quick to address orientation, auto-play, and notification complaints. Android developers responded more quickly to orientation, volume, and non-skippable ad issues. The study coauthors propose developers prioritize ad issues on platforms differently and optimize ad display settings like the number of ads, display frequency, and display style.
Neuralink demonstrates its next-generation brain-machine interface
       
He also says it’ll be easy to remove and leave no lasting damage, should a patient wish to upgrade or discard Neuralink’s interface. V2Neuralink collaborated with Woke Studios, a creative design consultancy based in San Francisco, on the design of the sewing machine. Woke began working with Neuralink over a year ago on a behind-the-ear concept that Neuralink presented in 2019, and the two re-engaged shortly after for the surgical robot. First, a device removes a portion of skull, and a device replaces the portion of skull that was removed. Last year, Neuralink claimed it performed 19 surgeries on animals and successfully placed wires about 87% of the time.
Tweets Reveal What Australians Think of COVID Rules
       
Tweets Reveal What Australians Think of COVID RulesAs the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the world, Australians tweeted about panic buying more than any other country – especially about toilet paper and limits on alcohol purchases. In the absence of a vaccine, public health measures have been implemented by governments around the world to slow the spread of COVID-19. * New Zealand displayed the greatest acceptance of public health measures, while the US showed the lowest. That’s in spite of these countries having the most and least restrictive of public health measures respectively. Machine Learning Researcher Caitlin Doogan said the Monash team used algorithms to analyse nearly three million public tweets about the implementation of public health measures.
US Navy Will Deploy Drones, AI to Monitor Rust
       
In order to keep its $20-billion rust problem under control, the U.S. Navy will use drones and artificial intelligence to help keep an eye on the situation, Defense One reports. According to the outlet, the Navy spends $3 billion a year monitoring rust and whether it is causing corrosion on ships and aircraft. Thanks to a new agreement the Navy inked with Google partner, Simple Technology Solutions, the understaffed Navy will have help overseeing its rust issue. "Google Cloud artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) technologies on inspection drone-captured images to detect, prioritize, and predict its maintenance needs," according to the statement. Navy corrosion experts will help STS label and train the data using Google Cloud's AI Platform Data Labeling Service.
Ey up, Alexa! Amazon to add British regional words to voice assistant's vocabulary
       
But now, the language experts who develop the AI technology for Amazon's voice assistant hope to change that by adding hundreds of regional words to its vocabulary. The move should help Alexa understand that someone asking about a cheeselog in a moggie cake is someone facing the dilemma of a woodlouse in their bread roll. Words and phrases will include “ta-ra” or “toodle pip” for goodbye, and the greeting “ey up”, and the voice assistant will even learn that Slaters, Gramersows, Woodpigs and Granny Greys are all different names for terrestrial isopods, most commonly known as “woodlice”. The extensive vocabulary update will mean that if users fancy a cup of tea, or “brew” in Manchester, Alexa will understand them, and even the cockney rhyming slang “rosy lee”. Long gone will be the confusion over bread rolls, with Alexa able to provide information on the freshest “baps” in Scotland, “barms” in the north west, and “cobs” in the midlands.
Amazon's Halo Tracks Your Body Fat And How Happy You Sound
       
The company announced the launch of a new fitness band and companion app Thursday that it's calling Amazon Halo. That measurement will also tell you how your body fat compares to other people of your sex and age according to "medical literature." You can use a slider to "visualize" what you would look like with more or less body fat. On the other hand, we gotta acknowledge that a lot of the AI technology Amazon Halo relies on sounds pretty cool. Measuring body fat usually involves sending electrical pulses through your body on specialty smart scales.
This Tesla Mod Turns a Model S Into a Mobile 'Surveillance Station'
       
It uses an open source neural network framework called Darknet as its machine learning engine, along with ALPR Unconstrained for recognizing license plates and Facenet for tracking faces. (Kain says it's far harder to link license plates to actual names, and he doesn't intend to include that data in his tool.) An example of a push notification sent to a phone from Surveillance Detection Scout. A screenshot of Surveillance Detection Scout’s interface, showing recently detected license plates. The Surveillance Detection Scout, however, faces not just ethical issues but also legal ones, says Joseph Lorenzo Hall, the chief technologist with the Center for Democracy and Technology.
Amazon’s Best-Selling Robot Vacuum Is Majorly Marked Down Right Now
       
If you can’t find the time to clean your floors as often as you like, you may want to consider investing in a robot vacuum. These handy gadgets are specially designed to do all the sweeping for you with just the push of a button. But if you are interested in getting one for your home, now is the perfect time — Amazon just slashed the price of its best-selling robot vacuum, the Eufy by Anker RoboVac 11s, by a whopping 30 percent! Nearly 9,000 shoppers have given it a perfect five-star rating thanks to the vacuum’s powerful suction capabilities and long battery life. Eufy by Anker RoboVac 11s, $159.99 (orig.
Moda Uomo 2020: 5 accessori di tendenza per l'autunno inverno 2021
       
La moda uomo 2020 è pronta a sorprendere con gli accessori visti in passerella con le collezioni maschili della nuova stagione. Le scarpe palmate BalenciagaBalenciaga autunno inverno 2020 2021 © GorunwayDemna Gvasalia ha reimmaginato le famose Fivefingers Vibram per la nuova collezione uomo della maison francese di cui è alla direzione creativa. La borsetta retrò GucciGucci autunno inverno 2020 2021 © GorunwayLe borse in generale sono ormai un dato di fatto nella moda uomo 2020. Vedi di più Gucci Uomo AI 2020: la nuova borsa sfila a Milano Di Anna Maria GianoGli stivali spaziali PradaPrada autunno inverno 2020 2021 © Victor VIRGILEAlti a metà polpaccio e senza orpelli, gli stivali dell'ultima collezione uomo di Miuccia Prada ci ricordano quelli utilizzati dai protagonisti di film di fantascienza come Star Trek. Un accessorio autunno inverno 2020 2021 che forse anche Mr. Spock potrebbe desiderare.
China blamed for Canada’s multimillion-dollar coronavirus vaccine deal collapse
       
7:09 How close are we to developing a coronavirus vaccine? How close are we to developing a coronavirus vaccine? Halperin and another leading Canadian vaccine researcher, Gary Kobinger, said geopolitical competition appears to have destroyed the Canada-China vaccine partnership. McCuaig-Johnston says she briefs Canadian scientists working on artificial intelligence (AI) — a field where Beijing plans to dominate by 2025 — on the risks of collaboration. Meanwhile, Halperin says he still hopes to work with CanSino on their vaccine test results from a distance, although Canada’s chance to secure CanSino vaccine supply has been lost.
Elon Musk Is About to Show Off His Neuralink Brain Implant
       
Musk’s startup Neuralink exhibits this way of thinking best of all: Machines with artificial intelligence are outpacing humankind. Neuralink is far from its ultimate aim of making brain surgery as easy and safe as, say, Lasik. Many in the field imagine using these neural interfaces to control things like a prosthetic limb, or perhaps to interact with our gadgets. Clinical neural interfaces are tough enough, but Neuralink has its sights trained on juicing up the brainpower of the everyday person with a highly invasive surgery. Paradromics has begun work on a medical-facing neural interface, “building at a scale that is 10 times what Neuralink is doing,” according to its CEO, Matt Angle.
Engineer creates 'AI Jesus' which goes on to make terrifying apocalyptic prophecy
       
Sign up today for the best stories straight to your inbox Sign up today! Thank you for subscribing See our privacy notice Invalid EmailAn engineer has created a so-called “ AIJesus ” that has poured over The Bible and produced its own bizarre verses. The AI aims to reproduce the tone of the King James Bible without copying it word for word. “For the tabernacle of the LORD shall be known by the works of the LORD, which proclaime against this city; according as he hath sent me to the marriage of the Spirit. “Perhaps many thousands of years from now people and robots alike will pour over these texts as they do holy books today.
Elon Musk Is Finally Revealing Neuralink’s Controversial Brain Chip
       
Neuralink’s technology, the founder claims, will “merge biological intelligence with machine intelligence” and perhaps help us survive the AI apocalypse. If successful, a brain implant like this could revolutionize medicine, Musk teased, such as treating brain injuries, depression, addiction and other neurological disorders. Last year, Musk noted that putting a chip in someone’s head would require a neurosurgeon, which can be expensive and hard to scale. The company has said clinical trials of the brain chip will start by the end of 2020. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 30, 2020Live streaming of Friday’s Neuralink event will start at 6pm ET on the company’s YouTube channel.
China plans hi-tech supervision of police officers and judges as party tightens grip on domestic security
       
China plans to shake up supervision of police officers and judges using artificial intelligence and big data.
OU launches new AI Institute for weather research
       
The University of Oklahoma will lead a new artificial intelligence institute funded by the National Science Foundation, with the goal of developing more trustworthy AI for weather research. At OU, the AI Institute for Research on Trustworthy AI in Weather, Climate and Coastal Oceanography is a long time in the making, said program lead Amy McGovern, professor of computer science at the School of Meteorology. She's been working in the field for 16 years, and said OU has recently started hiring to bolster its programs. "What's happened is that a number of us, including me, have been demonstrating that AI can really improve weather forecasting," she said. They're starting to see how AI helps across a variety of fields."
Engineer creates ‘AI Jesus’ that makes doomsday ‘prophecies’
       
An artificially intelligent algorithm that has been trained in biblical scripture has been coming up with its own“prophecies.”The creation is called AI Jesus and it’s already spoken about a “plague” and “the end of days.”The algorithm was created by engineer and quantum researcher George Davila Durendal. He explained in a blogpost: “I present to you A.I. An artificial intelligence of my invention created from the King James Bible and nothing else. However, some of it makes sense and reads like terrifying doomsday prophecies. All the texts from AI Jesus can be read here, including the part that says “the Plague shall be the fathers in the world.”
World-Wide AI Spending Expected to Double in Next Four Years
       
Global spending on artificial intelligence is expected to double in the next four years, a bright spot in the market for information technology, International Data Corp. said in a new forecast. Spending on AI systems is projected to hit more than $110 billion in 2024, up from about $50 billion this year, according to IDC, which released the forecast Tuesday. Demand for AI is expected to rise as companies see an opportunity to boost innovation, improve customer service and automate, IDC said.
Elon Musk is demonstrating his Neuralink implant, which connects your brain to a computer
       
Musk’s secretive Neuralink startup plans to demonstrate a working ‘device’ at 6pm ET, Friday, claiming it will show off its brain chip that aims to help humans from being outpaced by artificial intelligence. Along with enabling ‘symbiosis’ between man and machine, the firm says the technology is designed to treat brain injuries and trauma. Neuralink’s system is comprised of a computer chip attached to tiny flexible threads that are stitched into the brain by a ‘sewing-machine-like’ robot. Although Musk appears to be confident in the chip’s power, experts are skeptical about the brain-machine interface’s abilities. However, Musk has noted that creating an entire brain interface with the Neuralink chip would take 25 years to successfully complete.
US Dept. of Defense is teaching AI to detect cancer
       
The DoD is thought to be responsible for one of the world’s largest medical data poolsThe Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) of the US Department of Defense (DoD) is aggregating AI technologies and archived medical data to teach computers how to identify cancers. The “Predictive Heath” project of the DIU involves the Defense Health Agency, the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC), and three private sector businesses. A major part of the Predictive Health project includes training AI systems to analyze medical imagery to identify cancers. The overall objective is to integrate AI into the DoD healthcare system, according to Nathanael Higgins, the support contractor managing the program for DIU. It is designed to enhance our people and their decision making.”The Predictive Health project is expected to run over the next two years, with the potential to be extended to practitioners for further testing.
AI Jesus will help you embrace the apocalypse
       
In yet another sign that the end of the world is nigh, an AI Jesus has arisen with a new set of apocalyptic biblical verses. Davila created the prophetic verses by feeding the entire text of the King James Bible to a neural network and letting the AI study the book for a few hours. He then configured the model to produce an output that would replicate the style of the Bible without quite copying it. Here are a few of its words on the end of days:The end of days. For example, if it saw the words “Lord” and “said” regularly paired together it would be more likely to combine these words in its output.
This AI makes peanut butter and banana sandwiches that are fit for the King
       
An AI has solved one of life’s greatest challenges: how to make the optimal peanut butter and banana sandwich. [Read: 4 ridiculously easy ways you can be more eco-friendly]To identify precisely where the banana should be sliced, Rosenthal used a clever combination of computer vision and algebra. He then fed the system an image of his ingredients and let the AI do its magic. Just feed the system a photo of your ingredients, and the AI will calculate the perfect arrangements of your banana and bread. Now I just need it to teach me how to spread this damn peanut butter.
New algorithm can identify misogyny on Twitter
       
Researchers from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Australia have developed an algorithm that detects misogynistic content on Twitter. Next, they categorized the remaining 5,000 tweets as either misogynistic or not, based on their context and intent. The system uses a deep learning algorithm to adjust its knowledge of terminology as language evolves. We were very happy when our algorithm identified ‘go back to the kitchen’ as misogynistic — it demonstrated that the context learning works. The researchers say the model identifies misogynistic tweets with 75% accuracy.
Google says it’s going to sell ethics advice to AI companies
       
Google‘s working on a service that would provide ethics consulting for companies building AI solutions. According to a report from Wired, the company is considering launching this ethics consultancy service by the end of the year. Reporter Tom Simonite writes:Initially, Google will offer others advice on tasks such as spotting racial bias in computer vision systems, or developing ethical guidelines that govern AI projects. Longer term, the company may offer to audit customers’ AI systems for ethical integrity, and charge for ethics advice. On the one hand, Google could use its focus on algorithmic bias to build open-source anti-bias software and unbiased algorithms.
This AI tool shows which politicians and issues are getting the most TV time
       
A new AI-powered tool can show you how much screen time different public figures and topics are getting on TV. The AI then shows what people are discussing by synchronizing the video with transcripts of their speech. Credit: Stanford UniversityAI’s risks and rewardsThe tool can also identify gender biases in TV coverage. Credit: Stanford University. You can try the tool out for yourself at the Stanford Cable TV News Analyzer website.
How Kabbage processed $7 billion in Paycheck Protection Program loans with machine learning (VB Live)
       
And the median small business with more than $10,000 in monthly expenses had only about two weeks of cash on hand at the end of March. However, with phenomenal demand, there was a lot of confusion at the outset and small business owners were scrambling to qualify. It took only two weeks to build and implement this solution to benefit small businesses. Interestingly, even though 100% of Kabbage’s PPP customers had a bank account, they couldn’t get a PPP loan through their bank, Petralia says. By August 8, which is when the extension of the program ended, Kabbage had processed nearly 300,000 approved loans with the help of ML, making Kabbage the second largest issuer of PPP loans in the country.
ProBeat: Amazon Halo is surveillance capitalism in a $100 fitness wearable
       
Amazon Halo stands out not for the lack of a screen, but rather its two “innovative” features: Body and Tone. While the shortest section in the Halo press release is about privacy, it does link to a separate Amazon Halo Privacy page that addresses some key concerns right off the bat. Will Amazon delete Halo health data if I stop using the device or paying my subscription? My biggest question: Why doesn’t Amazon promise not to sell my Halo data, or against my Halo data? In addition to dominating retail and cloud, Amazon has a small but steadily growing ads business.
IBM will use AI to pipe in simulated crowd noise during the U.S. Open
       
In 2019, IBM demoed AI that measures player performance and selects highlights, for example. The first is AI Sounds, which aims to recreate the ambient noise normally emanating from the stadium. But even if AI Sounds is a dud, IBM hopes to engage fans with Watson Discovery, its text analytics and natural language processing service. Watson Discovery will also provide “AI-powered” insights through USOpen.org and US Open smartphone apps ahead of each tennis match, courtesy of a feature called Match Insights. IBM says AI Sounds and the Watson Discovery features were developed by IBM iX, its in-house digital design agency, in 75 days.
Apple launches AI/ML residency program to attract niche experts
       
As Apple’s artificial language and machine learning initiatives continue to expand, its interest in attracting talent has grown — a theme that’s barely under the surface of the company’s occasionally updated Machine Learning Research blog. Now Apple is openly seeking to recruit U.S. and European candidates with niche expertise for a yearlong AI/ML residency program, promising immersion and mentoring that will advance their careers. Each residency will kick off with machine and deep learning coursework before moving into machine learning projects, potentially with the subsequent opportunity to present the work at an academic conference. Like several of its tech giant peers, Apple has invested significantly in improving the performance of its software and services using AI and ML. Some of the features, including the iPhone camera detail-enhancing Deep Fusion, have received widespread praise, while Siri and others have continued to be problematic.
Air Chief inaugurates Center of Artificial Intelligence and Computing in Islamabad
       
Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan inaugurated the Center of Artificial Intelligence and Computing in Islamabad today. Air Chief says ?????? ?? ?????????? ???????????? ??? ????????? aims to promote research & artificial intelligence, as the technology in 21st century has completely changed the war strategy @DGPR_PAFhttps://t.co/65ZaciuSka — Radio Pakistan (@RadioPakistan) August 27, 2020Addressing the inaugural ceremony, the Air Chief said this institution will help improve operational capacity of Pakistan Air Force. "The objective to establish this center is to promote research in artificial intelligence sector as the technology in 21st century has completely changed the war strategy," he said.
I 'walked' Boston Dynamics' robot dog around San Francisco
       
The Boston Dynamics robot dog known as Spot stood out. Boston Dynamics made the 65-pound robot available to the public for about $75,000 in June. Dogs either freaked out at the sight of this headless monster, or carried on as if robot dogs have always been part of SF street life. But overall it was easy to control Spot. During my North Beach adventure, Spot gave me a chance to walk the streets of San Francisco after many months away from home.
How Technology Investments, and Not Just TikTok, Will Help Walmart Grow
       
Walmart (ticker: WMT) rose 4.5% to close at $136.63 on Thursday, on news it is joining Microsoft (MSFT) in bidding for the app TikTok. First, Walmart’s early investments in online grocery has positioned it well, and should allow it to continue to deliver strong growth even after the threat of Covid-19 subsides. This investment in technology is evident in his third point—Walmart’s use of artificial intelligence will improve customer satisfaction and order rates. If Walmart can keep these customers coming back even after the crisis ends, it could see a meaningful long-term lift. If Walmart were to roll out its Amazon.com (AMZN) Prime-like subscription service, that could further put it ahead in this category.
Walmart partners with Microsoft for TikTok bid
       
(Reuters) - Walmart Inc WMT.O is partnering with Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) in the software maker’s bid for Bytedance-owned TikTok, the world’s largest retailer said on Thursday. ByteDance has been in talks to sell TikTok’s North American, Australian and New Zealand operations which could be worth $25 billion to $30 billion to companies including Microsoft and Oracle (ORCL.N), people with knowledge of the matter have told Reuters. “We are confident that a Walmart and Microsoft partnership would meet both the expectations of U.S. TikTok users while satisfying the concerns of U.S. government regulators,” the retailer said in a statement. The two companies are two years into a five-year partnership as part of the retailer’s push for wider use of cloud and artificial intelligence. Walmart said TikTok’s integrated e-commerce and advertising capabilities in other markets “is a clear benefit to creators and users in those markets.”The retailer’s shares were up about 4.4% on the news.
Amazon’s Halo health wearable judges your voice and your body
       
And it comes with a companion app that 3D-scans your body to track your progress at gaining your quarantine-15. In some ways, Amazon’s Halo is a me-too health tracker. ADADUnlike the Apple Watch and other devices, Amazon’s Halo hasn’t received Food and Drug Administration clearance for any of its functions. But the Halo and Amazon’s $4-per month service attempt to use AI to be a more “comprehensive” wellness guide — and that’s where things get weird. Amazon says no one can view your health data without your explicit permission, and it won’t sell it.
Reskilling Talent to Shrink Technology Gaps
       
Despite the growing prevalence of AI technology and copious data within companies, getting value from AI isn’t easy. Even with AI technology increasingly easier to acquire, 40% of organizations making significant investments in AI still do not report business gains from AI. As with technology advances in the past, technology alone isn’t the answer to value. As organizations put more resources into a general-purpose technology such as AI, they can produce more sophisticated results with the technology. (See “Maturation of Technology Sophistication.”) Employees working directly with AI will gain experience.
This Startup Is Selling AI-Generated Fine Art Online
       
When Christie’s Auction House made history with its first-ever sale of an AI-generated art piece for nearly half a million dollars two years ago, many technologists and code-savvy artists sat up and took notice. Among them were Ben Kovalis and Eyal Fisher, co-founders of a new startup called Art AI, which sells unique prints of art generated by neural networks. So the two Israeli tech workers set out to do just that with an AI trained on tens of thousands of pieces of fine art spanning different eras of history. “AI art is going to have a big impact on the art world both as a medium and a tool,” Fisher said. “But I think we will be using AI to enlarge the artist’s world.”
New Amazon health wristband gauges happiness
       
Amazon Halo combines data gathered by a sensor-packed wristband with artificial intelligence tools to provide wearers with feedback regarding their physical and mental health, the internet titan said. People in the US were invited to request early access to Amazon Halo, which was priced at $65 and included six months' membership access to AI-powered analytics. Halo can discern intensity of activity, distinguishing walking from running, and reliably assess a wearer's level of body fat, according to Amazon. To protect privacy, speech samples are analyzed on a wearer's smartphone -- which syncs to their Halo wristband -- and then deleted after the process, Majmudar said. Amazon Halo apps have been tailored for smartphones powered by Apple and Google-backed Android software, according to Amazon.
‘Bill & Ted Face the Music’ review: Not so excellent
       
Since Keanu Reeves last played Ted in “Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey” in 1991, we have watched him brutally kill hundreds of people. That’s why it’s a stretch to buy Reeves, 55, again as an air-guitaring stoner in the new sequel “Bill & Ted Face the Music.” When “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” made him a star 31 years ago, he was a high-spirited doofus with an infectious smile. Bill (Alex Winter) and Ted haven’t aged a day — they’ve aged 10,585 days. There’s a menacing killer robot — sent to vaporize Bill and Ted — who we later learn has crippling anxiety and is named Dennis (Anthony Carrigan). At the end of the movie, Bill and Ted pass the torch to their hard-rocking daughters, Thea (Samara Weaving) and Billie (Brigette Lundy-Paine).
Knowing The Difference Between Strong AI and Weak AI Is Useful And Applies To AI Autonomous Cars
       
Into that fray came the birth of the monikers of weak AI and strong AI. The debate about weak AI and strong AI is aimed at those that wonder whether we will be able to someday achieve true AI. Some media describe the semi-autonomous ADAS as weak AI, while the autonomous AI to be strong AI. Similarly, I don’t like it when the weak AI and strong AI are used to characterize the difference between autonomous AI. Practitioners of AI might see this whole discussion about weak AI and strong AI as academic and much ado about nothing.
Pandemic Presents Opportunities for Robots; Teaching Them is a Challenge
       
By John P. Desmond, AI Trends EditorThe pandemic is opening up opportunities for robots in the restaurant business as kitchens look for ways to distance employees and customers. “We can’t automate our way out of the pandemic because the pandemic affects much more than what can be automated,” he said. Domestic robots can learn how to stack cabinets, load the dishwasher, or set the table from people at home,” he envisions. The robot’s observations of 30 human demonstrations for setting the table yielded a probability distribution over 25 different LTL formulas. They intend to explore other options including teaching by humans, collaborative learning with other robots, and changing the robot hardware along with the software.
AI Holistic Adoption for Manufacturing and Operations: Program
       
Analytics Program DeliverableA key deliverable of the analytics program is the analytics library. To achieve AI Holistic Adoption, the analytics program must address the analytics library development, library portal, analytics design package, security elements and implementation governance. Analytics Library DevelopmentIn AI Holistic Adoption, the analytics library is defined as a library of value analytics (VA). Evolving your analytics program to support multi-sourcing is a complex enterprise program endeavor. Library PortalThe library portal is used to hold the value analytics library and is critical for successful global visibility, access and management of the analytics library.
Data Scientists Engaged in the Battle Against Data Bias
       
By AI Trends StaffData scientists have joined the battle to eliminate or at least identify the bias in datasets used to train AI programs. With a background in data science and experience at Ernst & Young, Nike, and Citigroup, Cox is now a product marketing manager at H2O. Machine learning models need to have a degree of statistical bias to find the optimal performing model. “When societally-biased data is used to train a machine learning model, the insidious outcome is a discriminatory machine learning model that predicts the societal biases we aim to eliminate,” she writes. Read the source articles in SearchEnterpriseAI and Towards Data Science.
Experts Advise Businesses to View AI More Strategically, Less Tactically
       
Michael Wade is a professor of innovation and strategy at IMD Business School in Switzerland. In December 2018, Google announced it would suspend sales of its facial recognition software, citing concerns over ethics and reliability. Two days later, Amazon announced a one-year moratorium on sales of its facial recognition software to police; Microsoft followed the next day. Harvard Business School Professors Outline Strategic Use of AI in New BookA new book by two Harvard Business School professors also encourages thinking about AI strategically. Read the source articles in the MIT Sloan Management Review and from the Harvard Business School.
How machine learning is identifying and tracking pandemics like COVID-19
       
By 2013, machine learning technology had advanced to the point where he was able to put his vision of a digital global warning system into action — and BlueDot was born. The company’s software consists of a machine learning platform that leverages billions of data points from a vast array of sources in over 65 languages. Tracking COVID-19BlueDot’s machine learning algorithm identified early news of pneumonia of unknown origin from Chinese news reports. The machine learning algorithms translated the text, analyzed the data, and alerted BlueDot scientists that a serious situation was beginning to brew in Wuhan. This machine learning platform is critical to monitoring threats on an ongoing basis.
Terahertz tech is the next big thing in wireless — but what is it?
       
Throughout the 4G and 5G eras, governments have (slowly and with plenty of drama) reallocated military or otherwise reserved radio frequencies for consumer and industrial use. What is terahertz technology, really? Radio waves are commonly measured in multiples of “Hertz” (Hz), the international unit of frequency representing the number of cycles in one second. Terahertz applications, today and tomorrowBandwidth is the key reason terahertz technology is being eyed for 6G networks. Today, terahertz technology can be used to make cameras that “see” beyond the limitations of human eyes.
Google researchers investigate how transfer learning works
       
Transfer learning is an area of intense AI research — it focuses on storing knowledge gained while solving a problem and applying it to a related problem. That’s why Google researchers sought to develop analysis techniques tailored to explainability challenges in transfer learning. In a new paper, they say their contributions help to solve a few of the mysteries around why machine learning models successfully — or unsuccessfully — transfer. “Using these findings to improve transfer learning is of interest for future work.”A better understanding of transfer learning could yield substantial algorithmic performance gains. Another Google team has applied transfer learning techniques to enable robot control algorithms to learn how to manipulate objects faster with less data.
Trump administration investing $1 billion to build new AI and quantum information science institutes
       
The Trump administration said Wednesday it is building 12 new artificial intelligence and quantum information science institutes nationwide to “transform society” with $1 billion in awards over the next five years. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the National Science Foundation, and the Department of Energy have responsibility for administering the awards, which aim at all aspects of society from extreme weather preparedness to K-12 education. “Today, the Trump administration is making an unprecedented investment to strengthen American leadership in AI and quantum, and to ensure the nation benefits from these emerging technologies,” said Michael Krastios, U.S. chief technology officer, in a statement. The Department of Energy’s quantum information science research centers will be established with the Argonne, Brookhaven, Fermi, Oak Ridge, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories. The Trump administration’s hefty push for a whole-of-society approach to data problems and AI and quantum solutions comes as China has emerged as a top rival.
Trump Administration to Invest $1 Billion in Quantum Computing, AI
       
AI and QIS have the potential to revolutionize healthcare and a range of other technologies. (Courtesy of Imperial College London)Trump Administration to Invest $1 Billion in Quantum Computing, AIInstitutes crafting the 'industries of the future' get billion-dollar boostThe Trump Administration announced awards of more than $1 billion Wednesday for the establishment of 12 new artificial intelligence (AI) and quantum information science (QIS) research & development institutes across the United States. The administration says it is taking the action to ensure American leadership in what it termed “industries of the future,” which include 5G and other critical technologies. With the support of the White House, the National Science Foundation‘s (NSF’s) AI Research Institutes and the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) QIS Research Centers will serve as hubs for innovation and research & development. The Trump Administration announced $1 BILLION for new @NSF AI and @ENERGY Quantum research institutes.
Former Navy Pilot Says AI That Won Dogfight Would've 'Crashed and Burned' in Real Combat
       
A former U.S. Navy pilot and TOPGUN instructor told Business Insider this week that the combat simulation in which an artificial intelligence beat an experienced human pilot gave the computer an advantage. Guy “Bus” Snodgrass said that he “was not surprised by that outcome,” after the AI won. John “JV” Venable, a former Air Force pilot, added that he expected the same. "This was gamed to a point where you can't beat it," Venable said, noting that the AI algorithm seems to have been given information that it wouldn’t have had access to in the real world, and that the simulated environment was made for the program. "You have an artificial intelligence program that has been perfectly trained in that environment to conduct a simulated fight, and you have a US Air Force fighter pilot who you are forcing to wear VR goggles," Snodgrass said, adding that the human pilot was "playing the AI's game."
Miranda Patton named new director of operations for OKC's deadCenter Film
       
A crowd watches the Oklahoma-made film "Shifter" during the deadCenter Film Festival outdoor double feature in the parking lot of the Tower Theater screening Shifter and Robot Riot Friday, June 12, 2020. [Doug Hoke/The Oklahoman Archives]Following June's 20th annual - and first virtual - deadCenter Film Festival, the nonprofit deadCenter Film has named Miranda Patton as its new director of operations. Patton will help lead the organization into a third decade of celebrating creativity and community through independent film. She brings experience from local and state government, community renovation and environment beautification to deadCenter Film, the Oklahoma City-based nonprofit, which is currently operating with an all-female full-time staff. Patton will manage the day-to-day operations, events and festival committees for deadCenter as the organization navigates a nimble, innovative path forward in the world of independent film.
United States establishes a dozen AI and quantum information science research centers
       
United States establishes a dozen AI and quantum information science research centersThe United States aims to invest $765 million over the next 5 years in a dozen scientific centers dedicated to the study of artificial intelligence (AI) and quantum information science (QIS), such as quantum computing, the White House announced today. Five will receive support from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and two from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. For example, in 2016 the previous administration called for a concerted effort to expand research in AI. And in December 2018, Congress passed the bipartisan National Quantum Initiative Act, which called for, among other things, establishing up to five DOE centers. Perhaps, following the long tradition of naming federally funded research centers after the lawmakers who made them possible, one of the new centers will bear Smith’s name.
Pay Per Click Trends You Can't Afford to Ignore
       
Embrace PPC AutomationA huge new trend with PPC advertising is automation. This includes the use of machine learning and artificial intelligence to help automate more labor-intensive tasks related to Bing and Google ads. Even though PPC automation isn't new, it will start to play a more critical role in the paid advertising process. This doesn't just apply to Bing and Google ads; it is true for Amazon Ads too. Put simply, this takes all the guesswork out of Google Ads.
NVIDIA Shield update makes its 4K upscaling even better
       
NVIDIA has just released the latest Shield TV update, marketing the 25th time that the streaming device has been refreshed since the original model launched in 2015. The anniversary update includes a few interesting features like 4K AI upscaling tech with improved sharpness and higher frame rates. While it previously only worked on HD content at 30 fps, NVIDIA Shield TV will now do 4K upscaling for any content from 360p up to 1440p, while supporting 60 fps on the Shield TV Pro model. Finally, the company has promised 4K 60 fps upscaling on GeForce NOW games, once the NVIDIA Games app is updated in September. On top of the upscaling, NVIDIA has improved the Shield TV remote for all Shield TVs and the Shield TV app, letting you set up custom actions for a double press and long press.
Eric Schmidt: China could be AI’s superpower if we don’t act now
       
Ex-Google CEO Eric Schmidt is sounding the alarm about the implications of China pulling ahead of the U.S. in artificial intelligence research and development. The country’s Belt and Road initiative , announced in 2013, is a sprawling plan to make China a rival to the U.S. as an economic superpower. A major part of that effort involves large investments in Chinese AI talent and research . “I’m not saluting it, I’m not endorsing it in any way, but I’m telling you to take it seriously . At the height of the space race, U.S. R&D spending rose to 2% of GDP, Schmidt says.
Elon Musk will reveal a device that connects your brain to a computer on Friday – putting AI in your head
       
ELON Musk is set to reveal a 'working Neuralink device' this Friday. Live webcast of working @Neuralink deviceFriday 3pm Pacific https://t.co/PouLbrGzFU — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 26, 2020Musk recently tweeted: "Live webcast of working @Neuralink device Friday 3pm Pacific." Musk has revealed quite a few details about Neuralink already but we're yet to see a working device so this announcement is huge. Several firms worldwide are working towards the creation of interfaces that link a computer to your brain to grant you super-intelligence. After this, the brain chips will be updated to develop a "symbiotic relationship" between AI and humanity.
Swiss federal prosecutors indict former top businessman Ziegler
       
FILE PHOTO: Hans Ziegler addresses a news conference in Zurich August 25, 2009. REUTERS/Miro KuzmanovicZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss federal prosecutors on Thursday filed an indictment against well-known Swiss businessman Hans Ziegler for insider trading, corporate espionage and accepting bribes. The charges again Ziegler come after he was previously ordered by Swiss financial market supervisor FINMA to pay 1.4 million Swiss francs (1.17 million pounds) in 2017 for “repeated and systematic” insider trading. The names of the companies were not disclosed and the OAG declined to provide further comment in response to written queries. After the original FINMA investigation was revealed Ziegler had in November 2016 resigned from the boards of Swiss industrial groups OC Oerlikon (OERL.S) and Schmolz+Bickenbach (STLN.S), as well as German robot maker Kuka (KU2G.DE).
AI algorithm identifies 50 new planets from old NASA data
       
An artificial intelligence algorithm has confirmed the existence of 50 new planets after it was used to analyse old NASA data. The algorithm, created by astronomers and scientists at the University of Warwick, was used to look at previous telescope missions. Data from NASA's Kepler and Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), missions investigating planets outside the solar system, was analysed. Pic: NasaThis algorithm was trained to be able to separate signs of real planets and false positives, identifying those that had been missed by humans previously. AdvertisementTypically, sky surveys identify thousands of potential planets, it is then up to astronomers to distinguish real planets from this information.
Algoriddim spins off its AI audio tools into the standalone Neural Mix Pro app
       
Algoriddim, the company behind the Apple-centric djay Pro software has decided to take its recently announced Neural Mix AI feature and spin it off into a standalone app called Neural Mix Pro for macOS. You can batch export tracks as acappellas and instrumentals, or fine-tune loops. Neural Mix Pro is free to play with, but if you want to export your files, it will cost a one-time fee of $50. You can set cue points (click and hold the “set” button to clear) and set loops either manually or in auto mode in up to 128-beat segments. View photos audio app MoreThe advanced tab in the export dialogue lets you create multiple versions of a song in one go, including instrumentals, acappellas and custom mixed levels using Neural Mix.
Amazon's new wearable will judge your tone
       
Now, it wants to creep into even more sensitive areas of its customers' lives. On Thursday, the tech giant launched Halo, its first health wearable, along with an accompanying app, in the United States. The "Tone" feature, which people must opt-in to, uses small mics on the band and machine learning to analyze your voice to predict how other people might perceive your tone. Amazon said users never hear their voice snippets; they just see the results of the analysis on the app. Amazon's new Halo health tracker offers a feature that analyzes your tone of voice.
How conversational AI can transform customer service as we know it
       
Rob LoCascio, founder and CEO of LivePerson, discusses the advancements of artificial intelligence in customer service and how investors can take advantage.
Amazon takes aim at Fitbit and Apple with new Halo health tracker
       
The firm unveiled a sensor fitted wristband called Halo that pairs with an AI-powered companion app to provide insights into the user's overall wellness. The Halo band is available for pre-purchase in the US at $99.99 and the subscription service (which is required for Halo's more advanced features) costs $3.99 per month. Also unlike Apple, which pushes users to close rings, Halo is based on a point system to motivate wearers. The Halo resembles more of a Fitbit (left) than an Apple Watch with just a band and a sensor housing capsule along the inside. 'Amazon Halo combines the latest medical science, highly accurate data via the Halo Band sensors, and cutting-edge artificial intelligence to offer a more comprehensive approach to improving your health and wellness.'
Elon Musk wants to plug a microchip into your brain: here is why
       
Four-years on, and Musk is ready to show the world his plans to hack the human brain. At a deeper level, the chip is meant to boost human brain power so that we can keep up with a future shaped by artificial general intelligence. Even in a “benign AI scenario” we will be left behind, Musk has previously asserted. But how exactly would it work, can it live up to the hype, and what would it be used for? Though details have been relatively scarce, there is some insight into the mechanics behind the Neuralink chip.
Walmart partners with Microsoft for TikTok bid
       
FILE PHOTO: The logo of a Walmart Superstore is seen during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Rosemead, California, U.S., June 11, 2020. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni(Reuters) - Walmart Inc WMT.O is partnering with Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) in the software maker’s bid for Bytedance-owned TikTok, the world’s largest retailer said on Thursday. “We are confident that a Walmart and Microsoft partnership would meet both the expectations of U.S. TikTok users while satisfying the concerns of U.S. government regulators,” the retailer said in a statement. The two companies are two years into a five-year partnership as part of the retailer’s push for wider use of cloud and artificial intelligence. Walmart said TikTok’s integrated e-commerce and advertising capabilities in other markets “is a clear benefit to creators and users in those markets.”The retailer’s shares were up about 4.4% on the news.
Amazon launches Halo health and fitness watch that tracks your emotions
       
Forget steps — Amazon claims it can track your emotions with its new “wearable” artificial intelligence. With Thursday’s announcement of its “Halo Band” and app, the online mega-store appears geared up to offer some serious health-and-wellness competition to market leaders Apple Watch and Fitbit. The new Amazon Halo app and Amazon Halo Band for $99.99 combines a suite of AI-powered health features geared to “provide actionable insights into overall wellness.” US customers can request early access starting today, with the Amazon Halo Band and six months of membership available for $64.99. The membership unlocks access to all features (non-members get the basics: steps, sleep time, heart rate) and automatically renews for $3.99 per month after the initial six months. Unlike other smartwatches and fitness trackers, the water-resistant Halo Band — available in three fabric band colors and 15 silicone “sport accessory” colors for $15.99 to $19.99 — doesn’t have a screen or constant notifications.
How Artificial Intelligence at Dubai's 'AI Everything' is combating COVID?19
       
AI solutions and COVID?19What solutions can artificial intelligence offer us in the wake of the current COVID?19 global pandemic? AI Everything, Dubai's first major event since lockdown, provided some fascinating answers to these questions and many others. Launching in 2019, AI Everything is already one of the largest dedicated AI events in the world. "There is a lot of work done using AI for simulation purposes; understanding the spread using AI and creating strategies to contain the spread of the virus." So there is a lot of work done using AI for simulation purposes; understanding the spread, using AI and creating strategies to contain the virus."
Self-cleaning robots to make schools Covid-19 safe amid fears humans can't tackle bacteria
       
"Similar technology was used against SARS a decade ago and was used in hospitals. The Sterilight Robot aims to prevent and reduce the spread of infectious diseases and viruses by using powerful UV rays that break down the DNA-structure. Users drive the robot around the room once, allowing it to scan the environment and create a digital map. Operators are able to map out the route customising the direction and speed, before leaving the room for the 10-15 minute clean. Makers claims the robot cleaners kills 99.9 per cent of bacteria, and they entered the classrooms on Monday and Tuesday.
Walmart partners with Microsoft for TikTok bid
       
FILE PHOTO: China and U.S. flags are seen near a TikTok logo in this illustration picture taken July 16, 2020. REUTERS/Florence Lo/Illustration/File Photo(Reuters) - Walmart Inc is partnering with Microsoft Corp in the software maker’s bid for Bytedance-owned TikTok, the world’s largest retailer said on Thursday. “We are confident that a Walmart and Microsoft partnership would meet both the expectations of U.S. TikTok users while satisfying the concerns of U.S. government regulators,” the retailer said in a statement. The two companies are two years into a five-year partnership as part of the retailer’s push for wider use of cloud and artificial intelligence. Walmart said TikTok’s integrated e-commerce and advertising capabilities in other markets “is a clear benefit to creators and users in those markets.”The retailer’s shares were up about 4.4% on the news.
Walmart partners with Microsoft for TikTok bid
       
FILE PHOTO: A person holds a smartphone with the TikTok logo displayed in this picture illustration taken Nov. 7, 2019. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo(Reuters) - Walmart Inc WMT.O is partnering with Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) in the software maker’s bid for Bytedance-owned TikTok, the world’s largest retailer said on Thursday. “We are confident that a Walmart and Microsoft partnership would meet both the expectations of U.S. TikTok users while satisfying the concerns of U.S. government regulators,” the retailer said in a statement. The two companies are two years into a five-year partnership as part of the retailer’s push for wider use of cloud and artificial intelligence. Walmart said TikTok’s integrated e-commerce and advertising capabilities in other markets “is a clear benefit to creators and users in those markets.”The retailer’s shares were up about 4.4% on the news.
Would-be stormchasers in ‘Microsoft Flight Simulator’ observed Hurricane Laura in real-time
       
“Microsoft Flight Simulator” is a combination of global data from Bing Maps satellite data and the Azure AI cloud system to process and recreate the entire planet. The game also pulls in real-time air traffic and weather data to mirror real-world activity. ADAD“There’s also a complete airflow system,” Jorg Neumann, head of the “Flight Simulator” team, told The Post. Boyd himself has been a “Flight Simulator” fan since its first release in 1982. The “Flight Simulator” brand is among the oldest owned by Microsoft, even older than Windows.
Amazon's Halo Health Service and Tracker Isn't a Bad First Effort
       
For the time being, Amazon is charging just $65 for its Halo Band health/fitness tracker and six months of a subscription service (simply known as Halo) that relies on the Halo Band. The price will eventually go up to a still-fairly-low $100, while the Halo service will cost $4 per month after the first six months are up. The Apple Watch Series 3 starts at $199, while the newer Apple Watch Series 5 starts at $399. However, Amazon did manage to pack a heart-rate monitor, two microphones and temperature and motion sensors into the Halo Band. And through a mixture of hardware (both the Halo Band and a user’s smartphone), a Halo mobile app and machine learning algorithms, the Halo service does provide some unique features.
Algorithmia adds pay-as-you-go 'Teams' edition to its MLOps platform
       
Designed for fast-moving projects restricted by budgets and governanceGoogle-backed startup Algorithmia has launched a new edition of its AI platform, designed to make it easier and more cost-effective for companies to build and deploy artificial intelligence models. ‘Teams’ is aimed at specialist groups within organizations that want the performance of an enterprise-grade MLOps platform with the cost flexibility of a cloud-based service. Teams Basic offers the same functionality, but through a pay-as-you-go pricing model charged on a CPU/GPU consumption basis, with no monthly fees. “Teams Edition is perfect for high-performing teams that want to get ML-based applications up-and-running quickly, while maintaining the flexibility to use our platform more extensively if it suits their needs,” Diego Oppenheimer, CEO of Algorithmia, said in a statement. The company – which has seen around $40 million finding to date – received the first publicly-announced investment from Google’s dedicated AI fund, Gradient Ventures.
Microsoft adds AI-powered transcription to Word
       
But it seems to have forgotten its desktop appMicrosoft is rolling out a transcription feature in Word that enables users to convert live recordings and imported audio files into text. It follows Microsoft releasing a dictation function in 2018, which has steadily added voice commands. The transcription engine only supports English for now, and has some restrictions on how much you can upload. There are no benchmarks for the accuracy of various transcription platforms; comparison is complex since each system is constantly learning and improving. Microsoft’s Transcription service also limits upload size to 200mb, so users should mind their recording settings to ensure their files are not too large.
Hey employers, forcing your machine learning hires to have fancy degrees is dumb
       
Should your machine learning hire have a PhD? The very first Google Jobs result I opened for “Machine Learning Engineer” required:Ph.D. in Data Science, Machine Learning, Statistics, Operations Research or related field M.S. I think it’s something else…We often forget that machine learning is really new for most of us in tech. They learn through online resources, internal courses (like Google’s Machine Learning Crash Course), or by taking on small chunks of projects and learning as they go. Building new criteria to hire ML engineers won’t be an easy task, but for employers, the payoff will be worth it.
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.
fast.ai releases new deep learning course, four libraries, and 600-page book · fast.ai
       
fast.ai releases new deep learning course, four libraries, and 600-page bookfast.ai is a self-funded research, software development, and teaching lab, focused on making deep learning more accessible. Contentsfastai v2fastai is a deep learning library which provides practitioners with high-level components that can quickly and easily provide state-of-the-art results in standard deep learning domains, and provides researchers with low-level components that can be mixed and matched to build new approaches. All fast.ai projects, including fastai, are built with nbdev, which is a full literate programming environment built on Jupyter Notebooks. It incorporates both machine learning and deep learning in a single course, covering topics like random forests, gradient boosting, test and validation sets, and p values, which previously were in a separate machine learning course. In Chapter 1 you will build your first deep learning model, and by the end of the book you will know how to read and understand the Methods section of any deep learning paper.
Dusty Robotics CEO Tessa Lau Discusses Robotics Start-Ups and Autonomous Robots for Construction
       
Industrial Robot’s Joanne Pransky interviews Tessa Lau, CEO at Dusty Robotics about Dusty’s autonomous mobile robots that print layout plans onto the floors of job sites using information from building information models (BIM) as a guide. Tessa Lau is Founder/CEO at Dusty Robotics, whose mission is to increase construction industry productivity by introducing robotic automation on the jobsite. Tessa Lau: Savioke Relay robots had so many misbehaviors that I think they had minds of their own. Since the environment’s dusty and dirty, we came up with Dusty Robotics to indicate that our robots will be comfortable operating in the dusty environment of a construction site. Joanne Pransky: Dusty is all about localization, positioning, and orientation.
AI Weekly — AI News & Leading Newsletter on Deep Learning & Artificial Intelligence
       
Tests show that the popular AI still has a poor grasp of reality. But accuracy is not its strong point. If you dig deeper, you discover that something’s amiss: although its output is grammatical, and even impressively idiomatic, its comprehension of the world is often seriously off, which means you can never really trust what it says.
Facebook Wants to Make Smart Robots to Explore Every Nook and Cranny of Your Home
       
If Facebook’s AI research objectives are successful, it may not be long before home assistants take on a whole new range of capabilities. The company’s new research aims to train AI using both visual and audio data, letting smart robots detect and follow objects that make noise as well as use sounds to understand a physical space. https://t.co/3JpXpK0YCY pic.twitter.com/uxduRnzoOM — Facebook AI (@facebookai) August 24, 2020These tools expand on Facebook’s Replica dataset and Habitat simulator platform, released in mid-2019. Don’t we want to be able to remember the important parts of our lives without help from digital assistants? Do we really need or want smart robots to tell us where our keys are or whether we forgot to add the salt while we’re cooking?
Harvard a partner in $20 million AI institute
       
The National Science Foundation has awarded a five-year, $20 million grant to a team of scientists, including eight from Harvard, to create a new research institute aimed at exploring the use of artificial intelligence in fundamental physics. The AI Institute for Artificial Intelligence and Fundamental Interactions, announced Wednesday, is a cross-discipline collaboration between 20 physicists and seven AI experts from Harvard, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northeastern University, and Tufts University. In a kind of virtuous circle, the effort will use artificial intelligence to solve problems in fundamental physics and use principles of fundamental physics to improve and understand methods in AI. “This NSF AI Institute will enable us to advance both physics and AI, by creating a shared language that transcends the boundaries between these fields and by educating the next generation of physics and AI innovators,” Thaler said. The Harvard team brings expertise in particle physics, astrophysics, cosmology, computer vision, signal processing, and AI optimization.
The term ‘ethical AI’ is finally starting to mean something
       
At the same time, a second wave of ethical AI was emerging. Second-wave ethical AI narrowed in on these questions of bias and fairness, and explored technical interventions to solve them. It has seen some eschew the term “ethical AI” in favor of “just AI.”As the wild and unpredicted events of 2020 have unfurled, alongside them third-wave ethical AI has begun to take hold, strengthened by the immense reckoning that the Black Lives Matter movement has catalysed. Third-wave ethical AI is less conceptual than first-wave ethical AI, and is interested in understanding applications and use cases. But even those of us within the ethical AI community have a long way to go.
Biological and Artificial RL
       
Reinforcement learning (RL) algorithms learn through rewards and a process of trial-and-error. However, artificial agents still struggle with a number of difficulties, such as learning in changing environments and over longer timescales, states abstractions, generalizing and transferring knowledge. This year, we want to build on the success of our previous workshop, by expanding on the challenges that emerged and extending to novel perspectives. The problem of state and action representation and abstraction emerged quite strongly last year, so this year's program aims to add new perspectives like hierarchical reinforcement learning, structure learning and their biological underpinnings. We are hoping to inspire and further develop connections between biological and artificial reinforcement learning by bringing together experts from all sides and encourage discussions that could help foster novel solutions for both communities.
Algorithms Are Automating Fascism. Here’s How We Fight Back
       
In early August, more than 50 NYPD officers surrounded the apartment of Derrick Ingram, a prominent Black Lives Matter activist, during a dramatic standoff in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen. The justification for the siege, according to the NYPD: Ingram had allegedly shouted into the ear of a police officer with a bullhorn during a protest march in June. In my time studying algorithmic decision-making systems as a privacy researcher and educator, I’ve seen this conversation evolve. Across the country and around the world, calls to defund police departments have revived efforts to ban technologies like facial recognition and predictive policing, which disproportionately affect communities of color. Tech companies often describe algorithms like magic boxes—indecipherable decision-making systems that operate in ways humans can’t possibly understand.
Councils scrapping use of algorithms in benefit and welfare decisions
       
Councils are quietly scrapping the use of computer algorithms in helping to make decisions on benefit claims and other welfare issues, the Guardian has found, as critics call for more transparency on how such tools are being used in public services. The fiasco has prompted critics to call for more scrutiny and transparency about the algorithms being used to make decisions related to welfare, immigration, and asylum cases. The Guardian has found that about 20 councils have stopped using an algorithm to flag claims as “high risk” for potential welfare fraud. Previous research by the Guardian found that one in three councils were using algorithms to help make decisions about benefit claims and other welfare issues. Others using algorithms in some capacity or other include the Met, Hampshire Constabulary, Kent police, South Wales police, and Thames Valley police.
Open-sourcing Submitit: A lightweight tool for Slurm cluster computation
       
What it is:Submitit is a lightweight tool for submitting Python functions for computation within a Slurm cluster. Slurm, an open source, highly scalable job-scheduling system for clusters, is commonly used in both industry and academia. We have released Submitit to help other researchers run their experiments on a Slurm cluster. This shared API makes it possible to convert code in a straightforward manner between running on a Slurm cluster with a submitit.AutoExecutor and locally in multiprocessing (concurrent.futures.ProcessPoolExecutor) or multithreading (concurrent.futures.ThreadPoolExecutor). The open source version of Submitit will enable our researchers to more easily release and share open source code.
Rights for Robots Artificial Intelligence, Animal and Environmental Law
       
The Rights of Robots is not just about machines; it is about us, our world, and our shared future." Drawing on his background as an influential interdisciplinary scholar on environmental rights, Gellers provides fresh and clear insights to help readers navigate this complex landscape of rights for nonhumans and offers valuable guidance in exploring rights for robots in a broad range of contexts." Departing from his globally recognised expertise in human rights, environmental law and ethics, and environmental constitutionalism, Professor Gellers embarks in this book on a rather daring exploration of "rights for robots". Pioneering in every sense of the word as it is, I suspect that this book marks the beginning of an entirely new field of interdisciplinary enquiry which lies at the interface of human rights, ethics, environmental law, and artificial intelligence, among others. Louis J. Kotzé, Research Professor, North-West University, South Africa, Senior Professorial Fellow in Earth System Law, University of Lincoln, United Kingdom
Covid-19 Will Accelerate the AI Health Care Revolution
       
It sends out its alerts to a variety of clients, including health care, government, business, and public health bodies. These snapshots of AI in action against Covid-19 provide a glimpse of what will be possible in the various aspects of health care in the future. Health care systems around the world—even the most advanced ones—are some of the most complicated, hierarchical, and static institutions in society. The new data set is machine readable, making it easily parsed for AI machine learning purposes. The second is that medical scientists and computer scientists across the world are now laser-focused on these problems.
GPT-3, Bloviator: OpenAI’s language generator has no idea what it’s talking about
       
You have a table saw, so you cut the door in half and remove the top half. You decide that you should wear the bathing suit to court. [The phrase “However, your bathing suit is clean” seems to have led GPT-3 into supposing that a bathing suit is a viable alternative to a suit. Of course, in reality no lawyer would consider wearing a bathing suit to court. GPT-3 does, too.
Medical Startup Curai Offers AI-Based Telehealth
       
As a child, Neal Khosla became engrossed by the Oakland Athletics baseball team’s “Moneyball” approach of using data analytics to uncover the value and potential of the sport’s players. The three-year-old startup, based in Palo Alto, Calif., is using AI to improve the entire process of providing healthcare. Patients can use it to input information about their conditions, access their medical profiles, chat with providers 24/7, and see where the process stands. For its diagnostic models, the company trained a model on 400,000 simulated medical cases using a CNN. Ready to ScaleThere’s still much work to be done on the platform, but Amatriain believes Curai is ready to scale.
Global spending on AI ‘expected to double in four years’, says IDC
       
Worldwide spending on artificial intelligence (AI) is forecast to double over the coming for years to hit $110 billion by 2024, according to new data from IDC. The figure, which comes from the analyst firm’s latest Worldwide Artificial Intelligence Spending Guide, calculates a CAGR of 20.1% as adopting AI becomes a ‘must’ in the enterprise. Naturally, IDC argued, AI investments will be on the back burner here in 2020. “Companies will adopt AI – not just because they can, but because they must,” said Ritu Jyoti, program vice president for artificial intelligence at IDC. 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.
Move.ai enables AI motion capture without the hassle for video game production
       
Move.ai can use artificial intelligence to capture a 3D representation of an actor in a process known as motion capture. And it enables game companies to do motion capture in a remote way during the pandemic. That’s an important technological advance because the hassles of motion-capture systems have led to a stall in production for both movie makers and video game companies. Luckily, games need better and better realism to give players total immersion and engagement in an alternate reality, and that means that they need motion capture. It developed something called “markerless motion capture,” where it could capture the natural motion of a person with video and create a representation with much less equipment.
ProteanTecs raises $45 million to apply AI to chip design and performance monitoring
       
ProteanTecs, which provides an AI platform to monitor chip reliability, today closed a $45 million funding round. Chip design and manufacturing is a high-risk, high-reward pursuit. During chip ideation, ProteanTecs models hundreds of possible manufacturing variants for each potential chip, providing insights into a given chip’s performance, power, frequency, area, and parametric yields. The company claims to measure billions of variables in parallel to gauge chip performance and degradation patterns stemming from aging, latent defects that develop over time, and workload effects. Applying AI to chip design and performance monitoring isn’t entirely novel.
The utopian promise and dystopian potential of real-time detection of police, fire, and medical emergencies
       
'”That’s why Garofolo helped create the Automated Streams Analysis for Public Safety (ASAPS) Challenge. Image Credit: National Institute of Standards and TechnologyAs part of the ASAPS data set creation process, in July 150 people participated in staged emergencies at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center (MUTC). NIST has developed a plan for federal agencies to create standards for AI systems in concert with private entities. According to a NIST study, facial recognition systems are more likely to misidentify Asian Americans and people with darker skin tones than they are white people. The ASAPS challenge will take place over the next two years.
Autonomous aircraft startup Reliable Robotics emerges from stealth with $33.5 million
       
Reliable Robotics, a startup developing autonomous flight technologies, this week emerged from stealth with $33.5 million in venture capital funding. Reliable Robotic’s platform spans avionics, software mechanisms, communications systems, remote control interfaces, and backup systems that enable human pilots to take over if needed. Following this and the C172 demonstration, Reliable Robotics began working with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on incrementally bringing its platform to the market. It’s early days, but Rose is confident in Reliable Robotic’s ability to deliver its platform to goods-transporting customers ahead of passenger flight operators. Reliable Robotic’s founding members also include veterans from Boeing and Airbus.
ACTO raises $11.5 million to bolster life sciences sales with AI
       
ACTO, a startup using AI-powered mobile experiences to educate stakeholders in life sciences, today closed an $11.5 million funding round. “Pharma and medtech companies are answering the call of duty during the pandemic,” ACTO CEO Parth Khanna told VentureBeat via email. Complimentary event engagement tools allow managers to orchestrate workshops with live polls and surveys and conduct assessments and certifications. It can also track customer engagement down to the region and territory to inform decisions about whether to accelerate or pivot strategies, leveraging AI that helps determine successful sales behaviors. Toronto-based ACTO says tens of thousands of reps rely on it across 50 life sciences companies, including AstraZeneca, Teleflex, and Philips Respironics.
The pandemic backed YouTube into a moderation corner. It has the numbers to prove it.
       
No, you're not imagining things: More YouTube videos have been getting pulled down since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Specifically, YouTube claims it pulled down "more than double the number of videos we removed in the previous quarter." And, to be clear, YouTube now admits many of those removed videos were in fact harmless. We asked YouTube what effect, if any, this push to automation has had on its machine learning and automated enforcement systems. Perhaps if we asked one of its automated systems we'd get a more detailed reply.
Deze robot dweilt als een baas!
       
Je kent het wel: je komt thuis van werk en je wil even lekker chillen maar je moet de vloer nog schoonmaken. Dankzij de dweilrobot van Aldi is dit verleden tijd. In de aanbieding bij AldiNiemand houd van schoonmaken en deze dweilrobot van de Aldi helpt je daar zeker bij. De dweilrobot van Aldi heeft ondanks de lage prijs alles in huis om de klus grondig te klaren. Technische snufjesMet een waterreservoir van 900 ml hoef je niet om de haverklap het bakje te legen en gaat de robot lekker zijn eigen gang.
In the New Phineas and Ferb Movie, There Is Justice for Candace
       
Five years have passed since the final episode of Phineas and Ferb was broadcast and, as proven by the new Disney+ movie Phineas and Ferb: Candace Against the Universe, debuting Friday, the often silent British boy and the kid with a triangle for a head are still on the same summer break. Phineas and Ferb provided one of the most consistent examples of callback humor in this young century. Cue Phineas and Ferb being up to something, cue Candace trying to bust them, cue their mother (Caroline Rhea) being completely oblivious to the massive clown robot that turns into dust in their backyard, and cue Mom accusing Candace of lying for the umpteenth time. The only reasonable answer is that doing so would ruin Phineas and Ferb, and I have decided to accept that.) While the movie follows the usual Phineas and Ferb formula, it also builds on those formulas and allows certain relationships to evolve.
Could injectable microrobots one day run in your veins?
       
One of the main challenges in the development of these cell-sized robots has been combining control circuitry and moving parts in such a small structure. By shooting laser light into these solar cells, researchers were able to trigger the legs to move, causing the robot to walk around. Their average speed was about one body length per minute, the study said, adding this was "comparable to crawling biological microorganisms". The robots can survive highly acidic environments and temperature variations of more than 200 degrees Kelvin (-73 degrees Celsius), the study said. They said the new study provides "a clear vision" for solving the challenge of creating a tiny robot that can both convert energy into motion and is able to be programmable.
Getting Smarter About Smart Buildings
       
Member Free 3 Free Articles per month, $6.95/article thereafter. Image courtesy of Daniel Hertzberg/theispot.comWe’re seeing renewed energy around smart buildings as organizations, their landlords, and developers consider what it will take to facilitate a mass return to physical workspaces mid- and post-pandemic. Is “smart” really getting smarter — and taking us where we want to go? 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. subscribe Please enter a valid email address Thank you for signing up Privacy PolicyThere’s a pattern here, one that’s perhaps rooted in our dictionary definitions of smart.
This browser extension shows you the carbon footprint of your Amazon purchases
       
With a new browser extension called Neutral, you can also check the carbon footprint of that item and weigh whether that purchase is worth the environmental cost. The carbon footprint of a robot vacuum is 97.8 kilograms of CO2, equal to 389.6 kilometers (242 miles) of driving or 1,466.9 kilograms of glacial ice melted. Neutral was created by a group of university students from the Toronto area who premiered the browser extension at Stanford’s TreeHacks 2020 hackathon. Neutral’s founders do hope their extension helps people reconsider their online purchases, but, knowing people may still buy something even after seeing that carbon footprint, the tool also lets you offset your internet shopping. After uploading money to a digital wallet with Neutral, you can purchase offsets sourced by the startup at the same time you make your Amazon purchase.
Engineer creates 'AI Jesus' by feeding a system the King James Bible that produces scripture
       
An engineered created 'AI Clone of Jesus' by feeding artificial intelligence the King James Bible, resulting in interesting and somewhat horrifying scriptures. George Durendal used a natural-language processing system to replicate the ancient words without exactly copying the text. Scroll down for videoAn engineered created 'AI Clone of Jesus' by feeding artificial intelligence the King James Bible, resulting in interesting and somewhat horrifying scriptures. An artificial intelligence of my invention created from the King James Bible and nothing else.’AI Jesus has produced approximately 30,000 words in its scriptures as of August. AI Jesus is just one of many systems programmed to write natural language.
White House announces $1B for AI, quantum mechanics initiative
       
The White House on Wednesday announced $1 billion funding for a new initiative to advance U.S. artificial intelligence and quantum mechanics research. The Trump administration in February committed to doubling funding to a total of $2.2 billion for non-defense AI and quantum research by fiscal year 2022. HOW AI CAN SPEED UP CLINICAL TRIALSThe initiative will ensure that "every sector" of the U.S. economy is engaged in AI and QIS advancements, NSF Director Sethuraman Panchanathan said. Ticker Security Last Change Change % MSFT MICROSOFT CORP. 221.15 +4.68 +2.16% DE DEERE & COMPANY 211.01 +5.41 +2.63% IBM INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORP. 124.17 -0.47 -0.38%The NSF and USDA AI institutes will give $100 million to seven new AI institutes over the next five years. The initiative is expected to help advance AI and QIS research and development in the agriculture, meteorology/climate research, machine learning, education and chemistry/bioengineering industries.
SugarCRM acquires Node to boost predictive customer intelligence
       
The customer relationship management platform will integrate deep learning models to improve predictive capabilitiesCustomer experience (CX) platform developer SugarCRM has acquired AI specialist Node to help bolster its customer intelligence data capabilities. California-based SugarCRM, founded in 2004, helps businesses make predictions for sales, marketing and service functions, and streamlines data collection to free frontline employees from time-consuming data inputting and tracking tasks. Democratizing AIThe deal pits SugarCRM against the likes of Adobe and Salesforce, which already offer this kind of predictability. Node’s 30 employees will join the team at Sugar, while CEO and founder Falon Fatemi is going elsewhere. “I’m moving onto a new venture and will share more details at the appropriate time,” she said.
Dataiku raises $100m for enterprise-grade AI tools
       
The company passed $1bn valuation at the end of 2019Dataiku, an enterprise AI and machine learning platform developer, has raised an impressive $100 million in a Series D investment round. The platform enables businesses to build their own AI-based tools and services, and is used in financial services, retail, pharmaceuticals, e-commerce, healthcare, transportation, the public sector, and manufacturing. Do it yourself“Our leadership in enterprise AI continues to attract world-class investors who understand that Dataiku’s solution and customer base are global and that we’re positioned to help businesses realize the untapped potential for AI to transform the enterprise,” Florian Douetteau, co-founder and CEO of Dataiku, said. The startup has introduced other partnerships, including with Kayrros, a global platform for asset observation analytics, Snowflake, a cloud data platform, and Schlumberger, a maker of digital tools and solutions for enterprise AI technologies. “The progression of AI in the enterprise has moved rapidly from experimentation to real-life implementations at scale in 2020,” commented Ron Shah, partner at Stripes.
Why Facebook’s plan to give virtual assistants bodies is both awesome and terrifying
       
The dream is to take the virtual assistant out of the speaker and put it into an autonomous body capable of traversing your house. Current virtual assistants merely listen for wake words and then use natural language processing to interpret verbal commands as triggers. These novelties mostly ended up being convoluted amalgams of random virtual assistant abilities crammed into toy robot bodies. These, of course, are just a few potential abilities a small robot-embodied virtual assistant could provide. In reality there’s no end to the possible utility a robust, well-engineered robot with Facebook‘s new AI features could bring.
New microscopic robots could one day be injected into human bodies
       
Scientists have created microscopic robots that could one day be injected into human bodies to perform surgery. They’re the first microscopic robots made of semiconductor components, according to their creators from Cornell University. Each robot has four legs comprised of tiny actuators, which are connected to patches of solar cells on the device’s chassis. “Controlling a tiny robot is maybe as close as you can come to shrinking yourself down,” said study lead author Marc Miskin, a former postdoctoral researcher at Cornell. They could then travel through tissue and blood on their way stitch up blood vessels or probe the human vein.
Intel researchers design smartphone-powered robot that costs $50 to assemble
       
In fact, if there’s a smartphone handy, a wheeled ‘bot can be built for around $50, according to Matthias Muller and Vladlen Koltun. Using off-the-shelf smartphones as robot brains confers a number of advantages beyond cost savings. In the researchers’ OpenBot design, a smartphone plugs into an electromechanical body for sensing, data fusion, and computation. Muller and Koltun conducted tests to compare the robot’s performance with various smartphone models. “Our experiments have shown that a $50 robot body powered by a smartphone is capable of person following and real-time autonomous navigation.
Army Working to Integrate AI With Human Brain
       
The U.S. Army is looking to incorporate artificial intelligence with the brain as a way to help soldiers avoid danger, National Interest reports. To do so, scientists with the Army Research Laboratory are working on measuring, processing, analyzing and transmitting electro-chemical signals from the human brain. If the eye catches something of interest, Touryan said the brain will receive an electrical response that can then be analyzed. They say using AI with the brain works because AI systems are based upon the biological structures of the vision nerves of mammals. In order to win on the battlefield, the Army is looking to combine the human brain with technology.
Elon Musk's Neuralink Plans To Unveil "Real Time Neuron Demonstration" This Week
       
The matrix in the matrix,” Musk had tweeted at the end of July. “The profound impact of high bandwidth, high precision neural interfaces is underappreciated. Just needs to be unequivocally better than Utah Array, which is already in some humans & has severe drawbacks.”Uh, right. Neuralink plans on using its own surgical robot for inserting electrodes into the brain to make the leap. To do that, the company needs to connect electrodes throughout the brain.
And you laughed when I said the government was going to put chips in your brains
       
Elon has an outfit named Neuralink which is hoping to perfect the technology required to have a functional interface between machines and the human brain up and running in the very near future. He’s going to show neurons firing in a human brain in realtime. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 30, 2020I don’t know about you, but that sounds rather alarming to me. The venture’s long-term goal of obtaining human symbiosis with artificial intelligence (AI) begins by connecting electrodes throughout the brain and reading its neuron signals en masse. I’ll leave you with a video of a guy controlling a drone with nothing but his brain.
This cardboard Wolfenstein 3D setup invites you to punch Nazis remotely
       
We’ve seen Wolfenstein — and usually Doom — ported to all kinds of platforms before, but this cardboard version of iD Software’s classic FPS is unique. Through the magic of telepresence, players control a tiny robot that is actually driving through a tiny maze, knocking over cardboard Nazis as they go. The robot itself is just a bit more than a phone case that is also made out of cardboard plus three motors. The entire setup is managed by Ross Atkins, who is promoting the Smartipresence project on Kickstarter. To play Cardboard Wolfenstein 3D requires having Ross around to pick things up, so it’s only available during certain hours.
On International Law, Militarism, Democracy, and Authoritarianism
       
The rise of authoritarian politics in the United States, Trumpism, is on trial, but there’s much more at stake here than the results of a presidential election. The freedoms that citizens of our country enjoy, and also other democratic countries, will continue to slide. Authoritarian politics has little respect for the concept of international law. However, democratic nations should engage the authoritarian countries in matters that impact the security of both democratic and authoritarian countries. This is a dangerous future because the available technology – nuclear weapons, hypersonic weapons, chemical weapons, artificial intelligence, and robotic weaponry – makes mass killing much more likely.
S. Korean middle school uses American AI technology to adopt robot for English education
       
[Courtesy of AKA]SEOUL -- AKA, an American artificial intelligence company based in Santa Monica, has partnered with a South Korean middle school to help students engage in non-contact courses for English learning by using an educational robot.The ability to understand and speak English has long been a prioritized achievement goal for South Korean students. Young students begin their English training from their prep school days to gain high marks in international English tests which would help them in their employment.AKA AI, the Seoul office of AKA, said in a statement on August 26 that it has worked with Bunjin Middle School in Gimpo, a western satellite city of Seoul, to deploy an AI-based educational robot called "MUSIO" that uses deep learning algorithm technology to recognize the context and situation of conversation. It is capable of communicating with humans based on past conversations.The school plans to use MUSIO for programs at after-school classes and non-contact classes to help students improve their English speaking skills. Through a joint language education project using AI and robots led by the Ministry of Education, AKA AI has provided an AI-based academic platform for educational institutions.
The Pandemic Backed YouTube Into A Moderation Corner. It Has The Numbers To Prove it.
       
No, you're not imaging things: More YouTube videos have been getting pulled down since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Specifically, YouTube claims it pulled down "more than double the number of videos we removed in the previous quarter." And, to be clear, YouTube now admits many of those removed videos were in fact harmless. We asked YouTube what effect, if any, this push to automation has had on its machine learning and automated enforcement systems. Perhaps if we asked one of its automated systems we'd get a more detailed reply.
I 'walked' Boston Dynamics' Robot Dog Around San Francisco
       
The Boston Dynamics robot dog known as Spot stood out. Boston Dynamics made the 65-pound robot available to the public for about $75,000 in June. Dogs either freaked out at the sight of this headless monster, or carried on as if robot dogs have always been part of SF street life. But overall it was easy to control Spot. During my North Beach adventure, Spot gave me a chance to walk the streets of San Francisco after many months away from home.
Koscom acquires HSBC-owned IT asset management business
       
South Korean firm Koscom disclosed Wednesday that it plans to acquire HSBC Fund Services Korea, to dive into the asset management sector.After a year of preparation for the takeover, the company has signed an agreement with the United Kingdom-based HSBC to acquire a 92.66 percent stake in the fund administration services firm. The latest deal marks the first acquisition project for the Korean company since it was founded in September 1977.Koscom seeks to expand its business into the IT asset management field as the importance of asset management grows due to the aging population and low interest rates. The volume of local asset management grew by 167 trillion won ($140.71 billion), or 15.2 percent, from 1,096 trillion won in end-2017 to 1,263 trillion won last year.With the help of HSBC, the company aims to become a key player in the wealth-tech platform segment, which utilizes artificial intelligence, big data and open application programming interface in running total asset management platforms to offer tailored services to clients, a Koscom official said.After the acquisition, the company said it will try to take the country’s asset management industry up by a notch by introducing cutting edge IT services such as the real-time asset management system and portfolio construction using robo advisers, or digital algorithm-based wealth-management services.“After completing the takeover, we will become a game changer in the IT asset management industry. We’ll also make efforts to increase jobs in finance and IT industries and reshape the market,” said Koscom CEO Chung Jee-seok.By Jie Ye-eun ( yeeun@heraldcorp.com
Elon Musk teases 'working Neuralink device' reveal on August 28th
       
Elon Musk has revealed more details about a promised development update for Neuralink, the brain-computer interface designed to help folks with severe brain injuries. Musk said the company will show a “working Neuralink device” during a live webcast on Friday, August 28th at 3PM PT/6PM ET. Live webcast of working @Neuralink deviceFriday 3pm Pacific https://t.co/PouLbrGzFU — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 26, 2020Last summer, Neuralink showed off its progress at a detailed launch event. A “sewing machine” robot would plant thread-like electrodes deep in to a human brain, which would connect to a pod worn behind the ear. Neuralink said it first aims to help amputees, or restore the ability to see, talk and listen.
White House announces $1B investment for AI and quantum computing hubs
       
Building out its previous commitment, the White House is announcing a $1 billion investment into two of tech's most promising frontiers, AI and quantum computing. This February, the Trump administration called for more than two billion dollars to be invested in non-defense AI and quantum research by 2022. Five AI research institutes under the National Science Foundation (NSF) will receive $20 million each, along with two other institutes partnered with the USDA. Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar argued that quantum science could be prove even more impactful than AI for U.S. national interests. The new DOE quantum centers will be established at Brookhaven, Argonne, Fermi, Lawrence Berkeley and Oak Ridge national labs.
White House Announces $1 Billion Plan to Create AI, Quantum Institutes
       
The White House on Wednesday will announce that federal agencies and their private sector partners are committing more than $1 billion over the next five years to establish 12 new research institutes focused on artificial intelligence and quantum information sciences. The effort is designed to ensure the U.S. remains globally competitive in AI and quantum technologies, administration officials said. “It is absolutely imperative the United States continues to lead the world in AI and quantum,” said U.S. Chief Technology Officer Michael Kratsios. The quantum institutes will focus on areas including quantum computing and networking. For instance, one of the AI institutes will work on developing AI-enabled tools that can advance the discovery and manufacturing of new bioactive compounds.
Scientist Develops Method For Monitoring Ecosystem Health Through Sound : Short Wave : NPR
       
What Does A Healthy Rainforest Sound Like? Enlarge this image toggle caption SAFE Acoustics SAFE AcousticsOn a rapidly changing planet, there are many ways to measure the health of an ecosystem. In today's episode, NPR Short Wave reporter Emily Kwong dives into a new methodology that applies machine learning technology to audio soundscape recordings. Lead researcher Sarab Sethi explains how this method could be used to predict ecosystem health around the world and detect anomalous sounds caused by human action, from logging to poaching to the ecological impacts of climate change. This episode was produced by Abby Wendle, edited by Viet Le and fact-checked by Emily Kwong.
LinkedIn Details Upcoming Updates Regarding User Safety
       
LinkedIn revealed some changes that are coming in order to better ensure the safety of members of the professional network. When we see content or behavior that violates our policies, we take swift action to remove it. LinkedIn also implemented AI to help stop inappropriate, inflammatory, harassing and hateful content sent via private messages. When LinkedIn users report content or behavior, the professional network takes actions including removing the content or restricting accounts, and Staples said transparency regarding this process will be increased in the coming weeks. She wrote, “We’ll close the loop with members who report inappropriate content, letting them know the action we’ve taken on their report.
Neuralink: Elon Musk promises to show a working brain-computer chip for 'human-AI symbiosis'
       
Elon Musk has said he will demonstrate a functional brain-computer interface this week during a live presentation from his mysterious Neuralink startup. The billionaire entrepreneur, who also heads SpaceX and Tesla, founded Neuralink in 2016 with the ultimate aim of merging artificial intelligence with the human brain. The robot and the working brain chip will be unveiled during a live webcast at 3pm PT (11pm BST) on Friday, Musk tweeted on Tuesday night. In response to a question on Twitter, he said that the comparison with laser eye surgery was still some way off. Neuralink 'threads' hook human brains directly to computers Show all 4 left Created with Sketch.
Visa Unveils More Powerful AI Tool That Approves or Denies Card Transactions
       
The financial services company is the largest U.S. card network, as measured both by the number of cards in circulation and by transactions. Network disruptions and outages affect several million credit and debit card transactions annually, often causing transactions to be unnecessarily declined, Mr. Taneja said. Smarter STIP kicks in automatically if Visa’s network detects that the bank’s network is offline or unavailable. Technologists don’t define rules for the Smarter STIP AI model. Visa’s technology is an innovative stopgap measure for approving transactions during such outages, he said.
Algorithm finds 50 hidden planets missed by human scientists
       
An artificial intelligence algorithm has discovered 50 new potential planets that were missed by humans. It analysed data from telescope missions such as Nasa’s Kepler and TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite), which looks for signs of distant planets. As well as being trained to recognise real planets, the algorithm could also detect false positives. Previous machine learning tools have ranked planets’ likelihood of being planets, but have never been able to determine the probability that they are exoplanets, the scientists said. “In terms of planet validation, no-one has used a machine learning technique before.
White House announces $1B for AI, quantum mechanics initiative
       
The White House on Wednesday announced $1 billion funding for a new initiative to advance U.S. artificial intelligence and quantum mechanics research. The Trump administration in February committed to doubling funding to a total of $2.2 billion for non-defense AI and quantum research by fiscal year 2022. HOW AI CAN SPEED UP CLINICAL TRIALSThe initiative will ensure that "every sector" of the U.S. economy is engaged in AI and QIS advancements, NSF Director Sethuraman Panchanathan said. Ticker Security Last Change Change % MSFT MICROSOFT CORP. 218.54 +2.07 +0.96% DE DEERE & COMPANY 207.26 +1.67 +0.81% IBM INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORP. 124.41 -0.23 -0.19%The NSF and USDA AI institutes will give $100 million to seven new AI institutes over the next five years. The initiative is expected to help advance AI and QIS research and development in the agriculture, meteorology/climate research, machine learning, education and chemistry/bioengineering industries.
White House announces $1B for AI, quantum mechanics initiative
       
The White House on Wednesday announced $1 billion funding for a new initiative to advance U.S. artificial intelligence and quantum mechanics research. The Trump administration in February committed to doubling funding to a total of $2.2 billion for non-defense AI and quantum research by fiscal year 2022. HOW AI CAN SPEED UP CLINICAL TRIALSThe initiative will ensure that "every sector" of the U.S. economy is engaged in AI and QIS advancements, NSF Director Sethuraman Panchanathan said. Ticker Security Last Change Change % MSFT MICROSOFT CORP. 218.47 +2.00 +0.92% DE DEERE & COMPANY 208.20 +2.60 +1.26% IBM INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORP. 124.38 -0.26 -0.21%The NSF and USDA AI institutes will give $100 million to seven new AI institutes over the next five years. The initiative is expected to help advance AI and QIS research and development in the agriculture, meteorology/climate research, machine learning, education and chemistry/bioengineering industries.
Injectable microscopic robots move a step closer to reality
       
Microscopic robots, which could be injected into the brain to smother a tumour, are a step closer after researchers created the first moving microchips. "Instead of reaching for a scalpel the surgeon reaches for a syringe and injects thousands of these tiny little robots. The researchers control the robots by flashing laser pulses at different light panels, each of which charges up a separate set of legs. By toggling the laser back and forth between the legs, the robot is able to walk or swim away. Dr Marc Miskin, an assistant Prof at the University of Pennsylvania, said: "Controlling a tiny robot is maybe as close as you can come to shrinking yourself down.
Antarctica ice shelves vulnerable to meltwater that could cut ice 'like a knife,' study finds
       
The ice shelves, formed over thousands of years, serve as dams to prevent much of the continent’s snow and ice from flowing toward the ocean. Lai said, however, that previous research suggested meltwater could cover the ice shelves in about a century. The new study, published in the journal Nature, used AI to identify ice-fracture features in nearly 260 satellite images of 50 ice shelves across the continent. Finding vulnerabilities in the ice shelves buttressing the glaciers above was a surprise, Lai said. Once gone, the ice shelves wouldn’t be able to form again “in any time we’ll ever see,” Isern said.
Could injectable microrobots one day run in your veins?
       
One of the main challenges in the development of these cell-sized robots has been combining control circuitry and moving parts in such a small structure. By shooting laser light into these solar cells, researchers were able to trigger the legs to move, causing the robot to walk around. Miskin said he envisions biomedical uses for the robots, or applications in materials science, such as repairing materials at the microscale. Their average speed was about one body length per minute, the study said, adding this was "comparable to crawling biological microorganisms". They said the new study provides "a clear vision" for solving the challenge of creating a tiny robot that can both convert energy into motion and is able to be programmable.
Antarctica ice shelves vulnerable to meltwater that could cut ice 'like a knife,' study finds
       
The edge of an ice shelf with fractures and rifts, sea ice and icebergs floating on the ocean are seen in this satellite image taken January 17, 2014. Ching-Yao Lai/Handout via REUTERSThe ice shelves, formed over thousands of years, serve as dams to prevent much of the continent’s snow and ice from flowing toward the ocean. Lai said, however, that previous research suggested meltwater could cover the ice shelves in about a century. The new study, published in the journal Nature, used AI to identify ice-fracture features in nearly 260 satellite images of 50 ice shelves across the continent. Once gone, the ice shelves wouldn’t be able to form again “in any time we’ll ever see,” Isern said.
Antarctica ice shelves vulnerable to meltwater that could cut ice 'like a knife,' study finds
       
The edge of an ice shelf with fractures and rifts, sea ice and icebergs floating on the ocean are seen in this satellite image taken January 17, 2014. Ching-Yao Lai/Handout via REUTERSThe ice shelves, formed over thousands of years, serve as dams to prevent much of the continent’s snow and ice from flowing toward the ocean. The new study, published in the journal Nature, used AI to identify ice-fracture features in nearly 260 satellite images of 50 ice shelves across the continent. Finding vulnerabilities in the ice shelves buttressing the glaciers above was a surprise, Lai said. Once gone, the ice shelves wouldn’t be able to form again “in any time we’ll ever see,” Isern said.
Billion-dollar quantum computing and AI fund announced by US
       
The US plans to invest $1 billion (£760 million) in quantum computing and artificial intelligence research, the White House has announced. Governments around the world are investing heavily in the development of AI and quantum computers, as well as technology giants like Alphabet and Alibaba. Such capabilities are possible thanks to the unique way quantum computers combine quantum physics with computer science - replacing binary bits with quantum bits that can act as both a '1' and a '0' simultaneously. This means that every qubit added to a quantum computing system increases its performance exponentially compared to traditional computers. Gadget and tech news: In pictures 1/25 Gun-toting humanoid robot sent into space Russia has launched a humanoid robot into space on a rocket bound for the International Space Station (ISS).
'Swapping bodies' changes a person's personality, study reveals
       
Swapping bodies with another person would have a profound effect on the subject's behaviour and even their personality, a new study has revealed. They found that when pairs of friends "switched bodies", each friend's personality became more like the other. Gadget and tech news: In pictures 1/25 Gun-toting humanoid robot sent into space Russia has launched a humanoid robot into space on a rocket bound for the International Space Station (ISS). The illusion also had an impact on a person's memory due to the disconnection between mental and physical representation. "So we thought if we interfered with one's self representation during the illusion, that should generally decrease their memory performance."
Artificial intelligence identifies 50 new planets from old NASA data
       
British researchers have identified 50 new planets using artificial intelligence, marking a technological breakthrough in astronomy. Astronomers and computer scientists from the University of Warwick built a machine learning algorithm to dig through old NASA data containing thousands of potential planet candidates. When scientists search for exoplanets (planets outside our solar system), they look for dips in light that indicate a planet passing between the telescope and their star. The research team trained the algorithm by having it go through data collected by NASA's now-retired Kepler Space Telescope, which spent nine years in deep space on a world-hunting mission. Once the algorithm learned to accurately separate real planets from false positives, it was used to analyze old data sets that had not yet been confirmed — which is where it found the 50 exoplanets.
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National Science Foundation announces MIT-led Institute for Artificial Intelligence and Fundamental Interactions
       
The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) announced today an investment of more than $100 million to establish five artificial intelligence (AI) institutes, each receiving roughly $20 million over five years. IAIFI researchers are developing AI for such first-principles theory studies, which naturally require AI approaches that rigorously encode physics knowledge. IAIFI researchers are working to enhance the scientific potential of various facilities, including the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and the Laser Interferometer Gravity Wave Observatory (LIGO). “We will tackle two of the greatest mysteries of science: how our universe works and how intelligence works,” says MIT professor of physics Max Tegmark, an MIT Kavli Institute researcher. “Our key strategy is to link them, using physics to improve AI and AI to improve physics.
3 strategies for enterprise AI success
       
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White House announces creation of AI and quantum research institutes
       
The White House today detailed the establishment of 12 new research institutes focused on AI and quantum information science. The Trump administration claims the institutes bring together more than a hundred entities, including companies like John Deere, which will seek to further develop and apply the research. The institutes are:The NSF AI Institute for Research on Trustworthy AI in Weather, Climate, and Coastal Oceanography, led by a team at the University of Oklahoma. NSF AI Institute for Artificial Intelligence and Fundamental Interactions, led by a team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Quantum centersBeyond the NSF’s investments, the DOE will award $625 million to create five quantum information science research centers.
Vector Institute forms team to help commercialize AI research
       
The Vector Institute, an independent nonprofit dedicated to advancing AI, today established a team to commercialize its industrial and health care research. Moreover, Vector says it will be responsible for procuring computing infrastructure to scale the institute’s research. The institute comprises faculty members and graduate researchers working in AI who specialize in areas like computer vision, reinforcement learning, and natural language processing. Rather, it’s an independent entity whose mission is to work with other institutions, industry, startups, incubators, and accelerators to further AI research and drive its application and deployment. The formation of this new team, which Vector says figures into its 2020-2023 strategic plan, is a reflection of the cost of AI research.
Synthego raises $100 million for AI-driven gene editing
       
Synthego, which is developing a machine learning-based approach to engineering genomes, today closed a $100 million funding round. Gene engineering is a fraught process involving at least three complex steps. Scientists have to identify the gene they wish to target and material within the gene that’s a prime candidate for removal. It’s a powerful tool for editing genomes, allowing researchers to alter DNA sequences and modify gene function using an enzyme called Cas9 (“CRISPR-associated”) capable of cutting strands of DNA. This new round brings Synthego’s total raised to more than $250 million, following a $110 million series C in October 2018.
Meet Yutybazar, The New AI-Driven Beauty E-Commerce Site Championing Indie, Black-Owned Brands
       
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Roomba gets 'genius' upgrade with an AI that identifies furniture and spill-prone areas
       
The Roomba just got a brain transplant, courtesy of artificial intelligence, which gives owner's increased control over how, when and where their vacuums clean. Using iRobot's new Genius Home Intelligence platform, Roomba maps the entire home, identify individual pieces of furniture and suggest cleaning routines and schedules.. Owners designate 'clean zones,' high-traffic areas prone to messes and spills, like around kitchen counters and coffee tables, and customize 'keep out' areas to avoid. Scroll down for videoiRobot's new Genius Home Intelligence platform can identify specific pieces of furniture and be programmed with specific cleaning routines and schedules. But customization options have always been limited compared to other smart devices, says iRobot, maker of Roomba,mk CEO Colin Angle.
A Dogfight Renews Concerns About AI's Lethal Potential
       
The AI pilot won, 5-0. A DeepMind spokesperson says society needs to debate what is acceptable when it comes to AI weapons. Without an international agreement restricting the development of lethal AI weapons systems, Tegmark says, America’s adversaries are free to develop AI systems that can kill. But the dogfight contest shows a technological trajectory that may make it difficult to limit the capabilities of autonomous weapons systems in practice. The only way to defend against such systems would be to use autonomous weapons that operate at similar speed.
AI algorithm discovers FIFTY new exoplanets orbiting far-off stars by analyzing NASA data
       
The first exoplanet was discovered in 1992 and nearly 30 years later, the feat has been accomplished by artificial intelligence (AI). Scientists developed a new machine-learning algorithm that uncovered 50 potential Martian worlds beyond our solar system. The technology is capable of separating real planets from fake ones in samples of thousands of candidates spotted by NASA telescope missions, such as TESS and Kepler. The team trained the AI to recognize exoplanets using a database of confirmed cosmic orbs and false positives shown in data. Now the team has designed a technique that can sift through massive amounts of data to uncover these distant worlds.
US Has 'modest' Lead Over China In Artificial Intelligence But Gap Has Narrowed, American Think Tank Says
       
But Beijing's continued focus on developing AI combined with the country's vast population had substantially narrowed the gap, the Rand Corporation said in a report. Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China. "The decoupling of the US and Chinese tech sectors will provide a good test of how well the United States and China can compete separated," the report said. It said the American culture of being more accepting of risk and more encouraging of initiative and innovation gave the US an edge over China in those areas. More from South China Morning Post:Read the original article on South China Morning Post.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise Surprises With Positive Outlook
       
(Bloomberg) -- Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. gave an outlook for earnings that was better than Wall Street was projecting, signaling that the server maker’s extensive cost cuts are paying off. Profit, excluding some items, will be 32 cents to 36 cents a share in the fiscal fourth quarter, compared with analysts’ estimates for 32 cents. For HPE, Dell Technologies Inc. and others, selling servers, networking gear and storage hardware is a cyclical business. Storage hardware for artificial intelligence and big data workloads have become more popular, for example. In the three months ended July 31, sales fell 5.5% from the same period a year earlier to $6.8 billion, Hewlett Packard said in a statement Tuesday.
Michael Kanaan: The U.S. needs an AI ‘Sputnik moment’ to compete with China and Russia
       
VB: So you’re saying that Russia and China — they’ve already had their Sputnik moment. So when you look at China’s persecution of Uighurs using facial recognition, doing the morally right thing is not the point. How much influence do you think Russia had in our 2016 presidential election, and what threat, do you think Russia poses to the 2020 election? Now, when it comes to using AI weapons — which, there is plenty of public domain stuff of Russia developing AI guns, AI tanks, etc. It set the right words, because it’s bipartisan; we’re doing the right thing.
Researchers’ AI can perform 3D motion capture with any off-the-shelf camera
       
Motion capture — the process of recording peoples’ movements — traditionally requires special equipment, cameras, and software. Motion capture is a core part of modern film, game, and even app development. There’s been countless attempts at making motion capture practical for amateur videographers, from a $2,500 suit to a commercially available framework that leverages Microsoft’s depth-sensing Kinect. In its first stage, PhysCap estimates 3D body poses in a purely kinematic way with a convolutional neural network (CNN) that infers combined 2D and 3D joint positions from a video. After some refinement, the second stage commences, in which foot contact and motion states are predicted for every frame by a second CNN.
SK C&C, Gil Hospital join hands on AI target discovery service
       
SK C&C and Gachon University Gil Hospital in Incheon will jointly develop an artificial intelligence service that will help medical professionals discover what causes a metabolic disease, SK C&C said Tuesday. This AI service deals in the very first step of the winding process of novel drug discovery. SK C&C and Gil Hospital will develop this AI program using the Software as a Service model and aim to launch it before year-end. SK C&C is responsible for software programs for SK Group affiliates. In 2018, SK C&C also jointly developed a novel drug candidate selection software with SK Biopharmaceuticals.
After Thursday’s Dogfight, It’s Clear: DARPA Gets AI Right
       
By posing relevant questions, DARPA’s overall AI strategy accurately embraces both the capabilities and limitations of AI. So oversight by a human pilot is the sober solution in the near future. DARPA gets AI right. Backgrounder: DARPA has scheduled AI vs. AI aerial dogfights for next week Robert J. Marks: A round robin tournament will select the AI that faces off against a human pilot Thursday.
No Thanks: Company Develops Robot to Conduct COVID-19 Nose Swabs
       
A biotechnology firm hopes its new robot will help automate COVID-19 nose swabs, in a frightening glimpse of what’s to come. Taiwanese medtech company Brain Navi has released a video demonstrating a robot conducting a COVID test using a long nasal swab, which has been described by some as one of the most painful ways to test for the virus. A nasal swab requires trust. Check out video of the robot below, and for the love of God fight back against the grim future presented before us. The Everyday Essentials Sale is now live!
IRobot launches new software platform aimed at making its robots smarter
       
The Bedford company is unveiling on Tuesday a new software platform called iRobot Genius, accessible via a new mobile app for all of the company’s Wi-Fi connected cleaning robots. The software will help the robots figure out zones where cleaning is most needed, such as around the kitchen table or the couch. Angle and his 1,200-plus employees have good reasons for making their robots smarter. And demand for cleaning robots has been soaring since the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic amid all the work and school being done at home. Instead, it’s available for free to all customers with Wi-Fi connected robots, via a software update.
iRobot's Roomba and Bravaa mop get a huge intelligence boost
       
iRobot’s most expensive Roomba vacuums can already empty their bins on their own and work in concert with the company’s robot mop. So why not tap into the other smart devices that we may have? The Genius Home Intelligence platform could be good news for owners of cheaper bots, like the $249 Roomba 675. With the new iRobot Home app, the Roomba i7 and s9 can clean also be automated to clean specific areas of your home. So, for example, you could program your Roomba i7 to clean under the dining table every few nights after dinner.
Mexico widens net for infections in battle against coronavirus
       
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican health authorities will begin this week to use a broader definition to identify possible coronavirus cases, a top official said on Monday, after questions about whether testing was too limited. A healthcare worker puts on his protective suit while using a robot to carry out consultations with patients suffering from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at NOVA hospital in Monterrey, Mexico August 18, 2020. The broader definition could lead to a higher number of cases but that would be an “artificial effect” before stabilizing, he said. Mexico on Monday reported 3,541 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus and 320 more fatalities, bringing its total tallies to 563,705 cases and 60,800 deaths. “That means many, many, many people are either being under-diagnosed or diagnosed late, and certainly this is having a differential impact in the country,” Ryan told a news conference in Geneva.
Would you trust a robot surgeon?
       
In 2016, a study published in Science Translational Medicine, a peer-reviewed journal, contained a radical proposal for surgery that involved sutures, a robot and pig bowels. The researchers behind the study detailed how the robot, a semi-autonomous machine named STAR, was able to stitch together parts of the pig’s intestines with little supervision. There is little doubt that in theory, a robot is better suited to the most delicate surgical procedures. This robot mimics a human's hand and wrist movements, but is still controlled remotely by a surgeon from a computer or using a control stick. But it is clear robotics and automation are being used for tasks that once required the steady hand of a surgeon with years of training.
Aveva buys California data firm OSIsoft for £3.8bn
       
Software engineering giant Aveva will buy Softbank-backed data company OSIsoft for $5bn (£3.8bn) in a deal largely funded by a rights issue. California-based OSIsoft helps clients ranging from big oil companies and miners to pharmaceutical giants to collect and analyse their data, and has about 1,400 employees. Aveva said the acquisition will be funded using a combination of rights issues, cash on balance sheet and new debt facilities, as well as issue shares to one of its selling shareholders. The rights issue is expected to raise around $3.5bn, the FTSE 100 firm said. Craig Hayman, Aveva chief executive, said: "The acquisition of OSIsoft is perfectly in line with our strategic vision and it will accelerate the enlarged group's role in the digitisation of the industrial world, which is being driven by a need for sustainability, the industrial internet of things, cloud, data visualisation and artificial intelligence.
iRobot's cleaning Roomba is getting a brain transplant
       
iRobots Genius Home Intelligence gives people more control over how, when and where Roomba cleans. Credit: Jeff Tilford/iRobotConsumer robotics pioneer iRobot (IRBT), creator of the Roomba robot vacuum cleaner, announced on Tuesday that it is giving the home cleaning experience a major upgrade with the launch of a new robot platform, called iRobot Genius Home Intelligence. “All you need to do is own a connected iRobot product and it will automatically download at no cost. “Robotic intelligence must break free from the limits of autonomy and become true cleaning partners,” he said. View photos Colin Angle, the CEO of iRobot, best known for the Roomba vacuum cleaner, poses for a portrait in Bedford, MA on Jan. 22, 2020.
A new ‘brain swap’ makes iRobot’s Roomba vacuum way smarter
       
Users can then name those areas and ask Roomba to clean them specifically instead of going through the entire room. iRobot also plans to launch more cleaning features through future software updates. Beyond the hardware business Until now, iRobot’s business has revolved around hardware sales, mostly to consumers. advertisementCore cleaning features will always be free, and iRobot is not in the business of selling customers’ data. Either way, Angle says that it feels like early days for smart home robots, even 18 years after the first Roomba debuted.
Would you trust a robot surgeon powered by algorithms?
       
In 2016, a study published in Science Translational Medicine, a peer-reviewed journal, contained a radical proposal for surgery that involved sutures, a robot and pig bowels. The researchers behind the study detailed how the robot, a semi-autonomous machine named STAR, was able to stitch together parts of the pig’s intestines with little supervision. There is little doubt that in theory, a robot is better suited to the most delicate surgical procedures. This robot mimics a human's hand and wrist movements, but is still controlled remotely by a surgeon from a computer or using a control stick. But it is clear robotics and automation are being used for tasks that once required the steady hand of a surgeon with years of training.
Insanity Wrap #35: CBS News Challenges Your Sanity, Plus KFC Goes Cuckoo for COVID
       
Insanity Wrap needs to know: Who is Joe Biden, really? pic.twitter.com/BN92PFTzGr — Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) August 25, 2020You know, the usual: Another small business getting peacefully protested out of existence. Insanity Wrap Is Going to Live ForeverInsanity Wrap has joked for years that our retirement plan hinges less on saving enough money than it does on science finally perfecting the robot liver. The Masterbuilt out on our deck is now where Insanity Wrap puts the meat we don’t want smoked. Insanity Wrap would like to remind you of one of our favorite bits of wisdom: Never interrupt someone when they’re busy talking themselves over to your side.
Your Roomba just got a lot smarter
       
Roomba's parent company iRobot announced Tuesday it's giving its robots a "genius" software update. Roomba is touting the upgrade as a major innovation that makes its devices smarter and more customizable. Unlike other smart home devices, such as Nest thermostats or Philips Hue light bulbs, Roomba cleaners previously lacked automated routines and scheduling until this update. So the upgrade brings some much-needed features to get Roomba up to speed with the rest of the connected device world. Existing Roomba customers will get the new features in a free software update Tuesday.
Tomgram: Michael Klare, Artificial (Un)intelligence and the U.S. Military
       
Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse, the U.S. military, as TomDispatch regular Michael Klare informs us today, has had a brilliant idea -- robot generals (!) Well, actually, let Klare fill you in on just what could prove to be a Terminator moment for humanity. By Michael T. KlareWith Covid-19 incapacitating startling numbers of U.S. service members and modern weapons proving increasingly lethal, the American military is relying ever more frequently on intelligent robots to conduct hazardous combat operations. Such devices, known in the military as "autonomous weapons systems," include robotic sentries, battlefield-surveillance drones, and autonomous submarines. Such time compression and the expansion of sensor data may apply to any form of combat, but especially to the most terrifying of them all, nuclear war.
Tomgram: Michael Klare, Artificial (Un)intelligence and the U.S. Military
       
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, the U.S. military, as TomDispatch regular Michael Klare informs us today, has had a brilliant idea -- robot generals (!) By Michael T. KlareWith Covid-19 incapacitating startling numbers of U.S. service members and modern weapons proving increasingly lethal, the American military is relying ever more frequently on intelligent robots to conduct hazardous combat operations. Such devices, known in the military as “autonomous weapons systems,” include robotic sentries, battlefield-surveillance drones, and autonomous submarines. Such devices, both real and imagined, were relatively primitive by today’s standards, being capable solely of determining that a nuclear attack was under way and ordering a catastrophic response. Such prospects become truly frightening when what’s at stake is the onset of nuclear war.
Robot Generals
       
Eventually, that amalgam of systems may indeed assume most of the functions currently performed by American generals and their senior staff officers. Why Robot Generals Could Get It WrongGiven the complexity of modern warfare and the challenge of time compression in future combat, the urge of American strategists to replace human commanders with robotic ones is certainly understandable. Robot generals and admirals might theoretically be able to process staggering amounts of information in brief periods of time, while keeping track of both friendly and enemy forces and devising optimal ways to counter enemy moves on a future battlefield. Such prospects become truly frightening when what’s at stake is the onset of nuclear war. Fraught as all of that may be on future battlefields, replacing generals and admirals with robots is another matter altogether.
Harvard and Sony built a tiny surgery robot inspired by origami
       
Researchers from Harvard’s Wyss Institute and Sony have created a surgical robot that’s much smaller than many other such devices. They took inspiration from origami to build the mini-RCM, which is around the size of a tennis ball and weighs about the same as a penny. Wyss associate faculty member Robert Wood and Sony engineer Hiroyuki Suzuki built the mini-RCM using a manufacturing technique developed in Wood's lab. In a microscopic tracing test, the researchers found that the mini-RCM was 68 percent more accurate than a hand-controlled tool. The researchers suggest it’d be easier to remove it from a patient were there any complications during a procedure.
US DOE establishes consortium to develop AI for first responders
       
A prototype system is in the worksThe US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Artificial Intelligence and Technology Office (AITO) has created a consortium to investigate applications of AI for emergency response. The First Five Consortium, co-chaired with Microsoft, was created in response to the White House Executive Forum focused on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response, held in January 2020. The First Five Consortium was named after the critical first five minutes when responding to a disaster. To support the consortium, Microsoft set up a critical infrastructure team for comprehensive data collection and modeling. “As evidenced by this consortium with the DOE and DoD, it’s critical that private and public sectors work together to provide first responders with technology that has the potential to save lives.”The consortium created a portal for first responders to submit problem sets and use cases where AI may advance their mission.
Logistics SaaS platform FarEye closes Series D funding at $37.5 million
       
The machine learning-based platform is helping customers slash delivery times and boost productivityLogistics platform FarEye has added a further $13 million to its Series D funding, closing the round at a total of $37.5 million. The New Delhi, India-based startup has now seen $51 million of funding since it formed in 2013. The company has created a machine learning-based predictive platform that enables businesses to organize, track and optimize their logistics operations in real time. It’s already being used by the likes of DHL, Walmart, Amway and Wayfair across 20 countries, handling around 10 million transactions a day. We are seeing a surge in the need for real-time visibility in logistics for businesses to build customer-centric supply chains.
Two left feet? Facebook’s new AI dance choreographer can teach you some brand new moves
       
Facebook‘s AI boffins have developed a new system that creates original dance routines for any music that you feed it. Instead, it creates entirely new routines that are “synchronized and surprising” — “the two main criteria of a creative dance,” according to Facebook. Frustrated dancers need only play it a song, and the system will analyze the tune and spit back some original synchronized moves. It then scans dataset of dance routines for comparable music patterns. But beyond staying in time with the tune, the AI is free to throw whatever shapes it likes.
Will the UK’s housebuilding algorithm join the government’s growing AI graveyard?
       
‘Fuck the algorithm’pic.twitter.com/k4Vny0L4tF — Carole Cadwalladr (@carolecadwalla) August 17, 2020The algorithms must have thought their month couldn’t get any worse. Yesterday, the Guardian revealed that around 20 councils — local government authorities in the UK — have stopped using an algorithm to detect fraudulent welfare claims. The CDJL also discovered that Sunderland council had scrapped a separate algorithm designed to make efficiency savings, while Hackney had ditched one that identified children at risk of abuse. Meet the planning algorithmThe British government recently introduced a new formula for calculating where new housing is built. You should join our Neural event track at TNW2020, where you’ll hear how artificial intelligence is transforming industries and businesses.
5 esoteric science papers to take your mind off the global hellscape
       
While everyone has their own tried-and-true coping mechanisms, we’d like to suggest a science-based remedy for the pandemic blues: read some wacky research papers. Not too mention there’s a certain prestige that comes with being the person in your peer group with the most knowledge of human head transplants. The paper’s very readable and, as far as feet-firmly-on-the-ground AI papers go, it’s quite a good read. There are thousands of other great research papers out there so don’t stop here. What’s your favorite research paper?
This AI just found 50 new planets in a huge NASA dataset
       
An algorithm has confirmed the existence of 50 new planets in a world-first for machine learning in astronomy. After training, they applied the algorithm to another dataset of unconfirmed planetary candidates. “Machine learning has been used for ranking planetary candidates but never in a probabilistic framework, which is what you need to truly validate a planet. Rather than saying which candidates are more likely to be planets, we can now say what the precise statistical likelihood is. In the future, they envision it validating thousands of potential planetary candidates spotted by space telescopes.
Researchers examine uncertainty in medical AI papers going back a decade
       
The coauthors sought to quantify the prevalence of two types of uncertainty in the studies: structure uncertainty and uncertainty in model parameters. None of the techniques are without their disadvantages:While Bayesian inference addresses structure uncertainty and uncertainty in parameters while integrating prior knowledge, it’s computationally demanding. The researchers suggest deep learning as a remedy to the shortcomings of classical machine learning because of its robustness to uncertainty; deep learning algorithms generalize better even in the presence of noise. They point out that in recent work, for instance, deep learning algorithms have been shown to achieve strong performance with noisy electrocardiogram signals. “In the future, deep learning models may be explored to mitigate the presence of noise in the medical data,” the researchers wrote.
iRobot’s Genius platform marks shift from autonomy to human-robot collaboration
       
Angle pitches Genius as a suite of evolving personalization tools designed to account for owners’ unique homes, smart home integrations, and preferences. Roomba i7, i7+, s9, and s9+ and Braava Jet m6 robots now provide room-specific recommendations like vacuuming the master bedroom on Friday evenings or the dining room after meals. Beyond this, Roomba i7, i7+, s9, and s9+ and Braava Jet m6 robots upgraded with Genius will learn to avoid “trouble areas” where they have a tough time sweeping, like underneath love seats. “We’re going to keep putting out Genius updates that focus on this human-robot collaboration,” Angle said. We’re putting our AI expertise against re-architecting our approach to robot intelligence to lead with collaboration.”
ModelOps: MLOps’ next frontier
       
This last piece, around how ModelOps brings business leaders into the conversation, underscores the importance of ModelOps. ModelOps, for its ability to enable transparency and trustworthiness in AI, is the next frontier for machine learning operationalization (MLOps), and offers a window into the future of enterprise AI. Fortunately, ModelOps tools address all of these challenges, and then some, particularly for their ability to provide transparency and explainability into AI-enabled outcomes. This means empowering their data science and development teams with MLOps tools. ModelOps will be transformational because of its role in providing transparency into AI usage across the enterprise for leaders, thus charting the next frontier for MLOps and enterprise AI.
Microsoft gives devs an AI-powered tool to build reading accessibility into their apps
       
This reality spurred the launch over three years ago of Microsoft’s Immersive Reader, which saw a 560% uptick in usage between February and May. Hackathon originsImmersive Reader is part of Learning Tools, Microsoft’s suite aimed at helping improve reading and writing, especially for people with disabilities. In June 2020, Microsoft reported that more than 23 million people were using Immersive Reader each month. Reading accessAt its core, Immersive Reader is an application of audiovisual techniques intended to help people read more effectively. In Minecraft, Immersive Reader can read and translate text, including the text found in menus and character dialogue boxes.
LinkedIn open-sources toolkit to measure AI model fairness
       
LinkedIn today made available the LinkedIn Fairness Toolkit (LiFT), an open source software library designed to enable the measurement of fairness in AI and machine learning workflows. The company says it can be deployed during training and scoring to measure biases in training data sets, and to evaluate notions of fairness for models while detecting differences in their performance across subgroups. There are countless definitions of fairness in AI, each capturing different aspects of fairness to users. To achieve scalability, LiFT taps Apache Spark, loading data sets into an organized database with only the primary key, labels, predictions, and protected attributes. To date, LinkedIn says it has applied LiFT internally to measure the fairness metrics of training data sets for models prior to their training.
Socure raises $35 million to combat identity fraud with AI
       
Cloud-based identity verification and fraud prevention startup Socure today closed a $35 million round. 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. And the pandemic has only made things worse — Socure’s first official fraud report this year shows a 134% increase in attempts since March. Socure recently released the third generation of its platform, which introduced a fraud score and document verification with liveness detection and heterogeneous data aggregation. The round brings New York-based Socure’s total funding to $96 million, following a $30 million round in February 2019.
WattBuy calculates electricity cost and carbon footprint for most U.S. homes
       
WattBuy has come up with a way to calculate the electricity cost and carbon footprint for almost any home in the U.S. I tried it out and found that my home’s carbon footprint is 2,618 pounds, compared with the national average of 1,712. But I can look at a chart that shows the month-by-month estimate of annual carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions created by my home’s electricity usage. WattBuy’s electricity estimation calculator incorporates U.S. Energy Information Administration residential electricity usage data at a sub-state level, along with building profile correlations from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Building Performance Database. But in places like Texas, consumers can use WattBuy data to go shopping for an energy distributor, Trivedi said.
MIT CSAIL’s RF-Diary monitors people through walls and in total darkness
       
Researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have developed a system — RF-Diary — that they say can detect and caption the behaviors of people within a room from radio signals. RF-Diary could be configured to provide regular updates to caregivers, the coauthors say, allowing them to administer remote care while providing peace of mind. RF-Diary draws on radio frequency (RF) signals to capture object-level information. Each object’s location is encoded with a person’s location to allow DF-Diary to pay varying attention to objects depending on their proximity to the person. Clinicians recently used a device developed by a different MIT CSAIL team — Emerald — to remotely monitor a patient’s breathing, movement, and sleep patterns.
New font blurs curse words and swaps in kinder language to stop cyberbullying
       
Using machine learning, The Polite Type is capable of spotting insulting phrases and replaces derogatory terms with inclusive language. Scroll down for videoHelsinki-based TietoEVRY has developed The Polite Type , an open-source font that blurs curse words and rewrites hurtful language. Free to download, The Polite Type is compatible with most word processing programs. Free to download, The Polite Type is compatible with most word processing programs. For now, The Polite Type only works on text-editing programs, not social media platforms like Twitter or Instagram.
New font blurs curse words and swaps in kinder language to stop cyberbullying
       
Using machine learning, The Polite Type is capable of spotting insulting phrases and replaces derogatory terms with inclusive language. Scroll down for videoHelsinki-based TietoEVRY has developed The Polite Type , an open-source font that blurs curse words and rewrites hurtful language. Free to download, The Polite Type is compatible with most word processing programs. Free to download, The Polite Type is compatible with most word processing programs. For now, The Polite Type only works on text-editing programs, not social media platforms like Twitter or Instagram.
China To Use Yangtze River Delta Development To Showcase 'dual Circulation' Economic Strategy
       
Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China. The province of Anhui, which has a population of 70 million and is the 11th largest provincial-level economy in China, was only fully included in the development plan in December, when the Yangtze River Delta was earmarked as a national development priority. Xi ordered the four Yangtze River Delta provinces to innovate in key areas, such as integrated circuits, biological science, medicine and artificial intelligence. Economic development has relied on coastal regions over the past 40 years, Liu said, adding emphasis was now shifting to central and western China. The Yangtze River Delta region recorded economic growth of 0.2 per cent in the second quarter, improving from a 5.7 per cent contraction in the first quarter.
The Secret to AI Is People
       
The secret to making this work, they found, is the business model itself, where machines and humans are integrated to complement each other. The secret to making this work, we learned, is the business model itself, where machines and humans are integrated to complement each other. To that end, Siemens is launching a combination of hardware and software that enables AI throughout its Totally Integrated Automation (TIA) architecture, an approach that aligns Siemens’ mission with its AI strategy. Alternatively, a negative example of the relationship between intentionality and AI is illustrated by recent issues confronting Facebook. The second layer of the Four I model is integration of human and AI resources across the organization.
20 best online courses with certificates to take in 2020
       
Best free online course: SMstudy Digital Marketing Associate CertificationIf you want to survive in business today, you’d better have a strong digital marketing strategy. Best for machine learning: Certificate in Machine Learning, University of Washington Professional & Continuing EducationArtificial intelligence (AI) is here to stay. Best for real estate: Commercial Real Estate Certificate, Cornell UniversityThis platform is the place to be if you’re a professional with financial or operational responsibility for real estate, investments or financing, or if you’re interested in working for real estate funds, REITs, real estate developers or real estate advisory firms. Best for social media: Fundamentals of Social Media Marketing Certificate, University of Delaware Professional and Continuing StudiesEvery brand must have a social-media strategy to survive. Best for learning from a pro: Gordon Ramsay teaches Restaurant Recipes at Home, MasterClassWant to impress at your next dinner party?
Nose-swabbing COVID-19 robot offers terrifying vision of the future
       
A Taiwanese medtech startup has unveiled a robot that can perform nasal-swab coronavirus tests autonomously. Brain Navi says its Nasal Swab Robot could help prevent cross-infections and free up healthcare staff to tackle more pressing work, according to tech website The Verge. Video of the procedure shows one test subject gripping onto the bracket while the machine probes ever deeper up his schnoz. And the company admitted that allowing a robot arm to stick a swab up your nose can seem scary. “Our founder Jerry [Chen Chieh-Hsiao] was the first one to have a nasal swab from the robot and he was terrified,” a spokesperson for the company, Zoe Lee, told The Verge.
Robot tests for the coronavirus by probing the nose with a long swab and sticking samples in a vial
       
Engineers have developed a robotic arm to perform nasal swab tests autonomously in order to limit spreading the deadly coronavirus from patient to doctor. Designed by Brain Navi, the technology uses similar functions of the firm's autopilot brain surgery navigation system, along with facial recognition and 3D imaging. The robot insert a long swab into the nose in order to collect samples, which it then places in a vial. 'So I decided to develop a robot to help save lives and be the first human to test Nasal Swab Robot.' 'The Brain Navi team 'WANTS TO HELP' and fight HIGHLY INFECTIOUS DISEASES like COVID-19.
Why are clothes sizes so erratic and can they be fixed?
       
Image copyright Meepl Image caption Tech firms are using artificial intelligence to work out sizingSorcha O'Donoghue has long been annoyed by the disparity in clothes sizing between different stores. Image copyright Sorcha O'Donoghue Image caption Sorcha O'Donoghue was fed up with erratic sizesWith that information, it calculated her size and can give her recommendations on what size to choose at shops including Topshop and Zara. Experts say if this kind of app becomes widespread, then it could affect the way clothes retailers do business. Image copyright Meepl Image caption Meepl creates an avatar for you to use at shopsIt found a third of shoppers buy clothes online expecting that items will be unsuitable - before they've even tried them on. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Only a small proportion of unwanted clothes are recycled"Some retailers give me a size 38 in European sizing.
How artificial intelligence and robots can change your living spaces
       
Written by By Oscar Holland, CNNDutch designer Joris Laarman has built his career through emerging technologies like 3D printing and robotics. Digital toolboxOne of Laarman's best-known designs is the Bone Chair, which was created through algorithms that mimic bone growth. "(The shape of the Bone Chair) could never have been invented without the algorithm. "What's interesting about Joris' work is that there's a familiarity to it that makes it feel less threatening. Digital design, biotechnology, AI and robotics are going to completely change everything in the world, at every level of society.
AI Sweeps Human Pilot in DARPA Dogfight Simulation
       
A human pilot was swept 5-0 in dogfight simulations against artificial intelligence, which is being hailed as a victory for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The goal of the trial was to give pilots confidence in the future of AI commanding combat aircraft, according to Col. Daniel Javorsek, program manager of DARPA's Air Combat Evolution Program to Air Force Magazine. Even if a couple of pilots gain confidence in the AI algorithm developed by Heron Systems, "then I'm considering it a success," Col. Javorsek told the magazine. There are some caveats to the research, including the fact the programming was not limited by the training of a human Air Force pilot and "nanosecond" AI response is far quicker than the trained "observe, orient, decide, and act" (OODA) of U.S. Air Force pilots, giving the AI a distinct advantage. The unnamed human pilot is a pilot for the Washington, D.C., air national guard and a recent Air Force Weapons School's F-16 Weapons Instructor Course and had more than 2,000 hours in the F-16.
Biden’s missing mantra: It’s Our Purpose, Stupid.
       
It’s our purpose, stupid. America needs to adjust towards that tectonic shift in capitalism where robots and AI will replace millions of us. The Democratic Convention 2020 showed no evidence that Democrats agenda for the future is well thought out past November 3rd. Democrats need to understand that it’s our purpose , ultimately, that defines who we are, what we do, how we do it, and how we get paid to do it. It’s the purpose, stupid.
New supercomputer established for fusion research in S. Korea
       
[Courtesy of the National Fusion Research Institute (NFRI)]SEOUL -- A new supercomputer has been established at South Korea's state research body involved in an international project to build a fusion reactor that can provide mankind with a limitless energy source. Previously, the institute has used a 60 TFLOPS supercomputer established in 2011.Supercomputers are used for a wide range of computationally intensive tasks in various fields. "The role of high-performance supercomputers is growing as research using technologies related to the Fourth Industrial Revolution such as machine learning and AI is expanded in nuclear fusion research," NFRI head Yoo Suk-jae said. "With the establishment of KAIROS, we have secured soft power for nuclear fusion research. "In the supercomputer field, South Korea falls far behind the United States, China and Japan.
Vote Leave AI firm handed new Government contract to map Covid hit on business
       
An artificial intelligence firm that was hired for the Vote Leave campaign has been handed yet another Government contract to help steer Britain's Covid-19 response, following a slew of awards earlier this year. Faculty Science has been chosen by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to use machine learning to forecast the hit to businesses from coronavirus. Under the contract, which is worth £120,000, Faculty has proposed that its data scientists work "directly alongside" BEIS for the next three to six months. The contract said the team would create interactive dashboards showing how policy decisions were affecting businesses and could hit them in the future, with these dashboards to be used to shape the Government's response to the pandemic. Faculty has won at least 10 contracts with Government departments in the past two years, with one of its most high-profile projects being with US firm Palantir for the NHS to compile patient data and prepare hospitals for spikes in demand.
[Herald Interview] Smart to be safe: Buildings undergo transformation
       
All buildings -- whether residential or commercial -- have certain management systems to prevent unexpected dangers.These systems include a wide range of facilities and services, from ventilation and cooling to fire detection and security systems. Though they often go unnoticed or are hidden behind the walls, they have to continuously evolve.“Whether a building is smart or not is decided by how its management control system is integrated to provide the most efficient solutions,” Ha Woon-sik, Johnson Controls Korea president, said in an interview with The Korea Herald on Aug. 13.Johnson Controls is a multinational company that owns leading fire and security brand Tyco and global HVAC (heating, ventilation and air-conditioning) brand York, operating in 150 countries and hires 105,000 building experts.According to the company, it provides services to 90 percent of the world’s most iconic buildings, including the 123-story Lotte World Tower in South Korea.Ha, who was appointed to lead the Korea branch in March, explained how “efficient” operation of buildings can save energy and costs, and also increase safety and comfort for the building users.Imagine a room that automatically adjusts the room temperature and lighting to the best level by counting how many people are inside, and what they are doing.What about a fire detection system that accurately finds where the fire has broken out and in which direction the smoke is heading, and automatically calculates and directs people to the right fire escape?These are not impossible future ideas, but are currently happening, Ha explained, highlighting his company’s role in making buildings smart.With the goal, he said the company has recently launched OpenBlue, a solution platform that integrates its technologies into one.While each of its business sectors, such as the fire control system, elevator management and security, have separately developed cutting-edge technologies, the artificial intelligence-powered platform combines
Jack Ma: This is what to study if you want a high-paying job in the future
       
Jack Ma, founder of Chinese e-commerce behemoth Alibaba, sees serious change on the horizon. In the next 30 years, artificial intelligence will outpace human knowledge, leading to job loss, the billionaire tells CNBC's David Faber. But for those who fall behind, says Ma, the future will be "painful." According to his projections for the future job market, skills associated with data and its analysis will become extremely valuable. "The world is going to be data," Ma says.
Please remain calm while the robot swabs your nose
       
If you’ve been tested for COVID-19 then you’ve probably experienced the unpleasantness of a nasal swab. That’s perhaps why I was so unsettled by the sight of this autonomous nasal swab robot developed by Taiwanese medtech startup Brain Navi. A nasal swab requires trust. The swab machine, meanwhile, has only been tested on Brain Navi’s own employees (without problem) and has been approved for its own trials. If you were having a nasal swab for the first time, would you feel safe if you couldn’t talk through what was happening?
USA TODAY NETWORK Wins AdExchanger Award
       
StaffUSA TODAY NETWORK PRESSROOMUSA TODAY NETWORK took home an AdExchanger award for Best Use of Data By a Publisher. The proprietary AI platform and data science methodology produces ongoing best practices and proven performance for USA TODAY NETWORK advertisers. The best practices are applied on all new ad creatives at the time they’re being designed. “We are very excited to be recognized for this honor by AdExchanger,” said Kris Barton, Chief Product Officer, Gannett | USA TODAY NETWORK. “We are continuously working to ensure our advertisers have access to the best marketing solutions.
Gannett Imaging and Design Center Rebrands to designIQ
       
StaffUSA TODAY NETWORK PRESSROOMThis week the Gannett Imaging and Design Center unveiled a new look, rebranding to designIQ. This full-service design group has been providing a wide range of creative services to other publishers and media organizations since 2012 as well. Thanks to the power of AI and data-informed learning, this tool provides designIQ unique insights into improving performance for digital ads that run across the USA TODAY NETWORK. The new designIQ brand aligns with LOCALiQ, USA TODAY NETWORK’s marketing solution set designed to simplify the complexity of marketing and drive improved return on investment. In 2018, the team produced 1.5 million creatives for clients of the USA TODAY NETWORK as well as our external media partners.
Companies should use AI and analytics to connect with customers post-pandemic: EY
       
Companies should use AI and analytics to connect with customers post-pandemic: EYAlex Dong-Hyun Lee of EY Consulting discusses some of the technology and e-commerce trends that may persist after the pandemic. He predicts that brick-and-mortar retail will not be entirely replaced by online platforms, but suggests that things such as call centers and customer marketing will increasingly be automated.
AI pilot beats human in clean sweep of virtual F-16 dogfights
       
An AI pilot defeated a human pilot in a clean sweep of virtual reality dogfights, with experts hailing the victory as a significant moment for artificial intelligence, sources reported. The artificial intelligence algorithm, developed by Heron Systems and flying under the call sign “Falco,” beat a human F-16 pilot in simulated dogfights 5-0 in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)’s AlphaDogfight Trials on Aug. 20, Airforce Mag reported. DARPA pitted several different AI programs against each other before letting the winner face off against the human pilot, call sign “Banger.”Banger is a recent graduate of the Air Force Weapons School’s F-16 Weapons Instructor Course, with more than 2,000 hours in the F-16. DARPA said the AlphaDogfight Trials are a precursor to its ACE (Air Combat Evolution) program, which ultimately aims to use AI algorithms to fly real aircraft, the Independent reported. AI has previously been unable to match a human’s tactical thinking, but Falco was developed using deep reinforcement learning to overcome this limitation.
Pachyderm closes $16 million funding round led by Microsoft
       
The eponymous open source platform makes it easier for developers to manage their AI datasetsData science platform Pachyderm has closed a $16 million funding round led by Microsoft’s M12 venture arm. Other backers include existing investors Y Combinator and Benchmark, and new interest from Decibel Ventures, a firm with close ties to Cisco Systems. This is often a time-consuming process, but with Pachyderm, developers are able to run thousands of instances of pre-processing simultaneously thanks to integration with another open source project, Kubernetes. With Pachyderm Hub, individuals and enterprise teams can get a Pachyderm cluster on-demand, without having to take on the operational burden of managing their own infrastructure. Fun fact: the platform is named after a term for a large animal with thick skin, like an elephant, rhinoceros, or hippopotamus.
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AI pilot beats human 5:0 in DARPA dogfight
       
An artificial intelligence system trounced a human fighter pilot in a virtual dogfight – repeatedly. In a competition run by the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency, Heron Systems’ AI was able to outperform a human fighter pilot sitting in a cockpit simulator and wearing a virtual reality helmet, five times in a row. We want to create multiple different agents that fly in different patterns, with different reward structures and different neural network architecture. He added: "Let’s think about the human sitting in the cockpit, being flown by one of these AI algorithms as truly being one weapon system, where the human is focusing on what the human does best and the AI is doing what the AI does best." "The fighter pilot community is very reluctant towards any sort of change," Javorsek told Breaking Defense.
This Philosopher AI has its own existential questions to answer
       
A new Philosopher AI could help you find meaning in a meaningless world — as long as you don’t ask it any controversial questions. [Read: Most mobile apps suck — here’s how to fix them]I tested whether the Philosopher AI could resolve my own existential crisis. The Philosopher AI is generally comfortable contemplating common existential issues. Credit: Philosopher AI. But ask it a more sensitive question, and the Philosopher AI will refuse to answer.
Why the nonprofit OpenAI made GPT-3 a commercial product
       
The talent pool for the kind of research OpenAI does is very small. Google and Facebook have managed to snatch Geoffrey Hinton and Yann LeCun, two of the three pioneers of deep learning. DeepMind, another AI research lab, reported paying more than $483 million to its 700 employees in 2018. OpenAI is not the first AI research lab to adopt a commercial model. The commercial release of GPT-3 brings OpenAI one step closer to becoming an AI product company.
A.I. Fighter Jet Destroys Top Air Force Pilot In Simulated Dogfight
       
DARPAtv live-streamed AlphaDogfight Trials Competition on Thursday (Aug. 20), which featured an AI-controlled virtual fighter jet beating a human pilot in a series of simulated dogfights. The AI-system, developed by Heron Systems, a Maryland-based defense contractor, beat one of the Air Force's top General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon pilots, reported Breaking Defense. Fully-autonomous fighter jets are years away, but the Air Force and DARPA appear to be honing in on the possibilities of integrating artificial intelligence systems into combat flying machines. One of the hosts during the simulated dogfight noted the AI system has "superhuman" shooting capabilities that produced an edge over the human pilot. While fully autonomous fighter jets conducting dogfights are years outs, if not at the end of the decade, what's more, plausible, in the next five years, is AI integrating into the flight systems of fighter jets, especially stealth ones, to assist pilots during complex combat situations.
AI slays top F-16 pilot in DARPA dogfight simulation – HotAir
       
The trials were designed as a risk-reduction effort for DARPA’s Air Combat Evolution (ACE) program to flesh out how human and machine pilots share operational control of a fighter jet to maximize its chances of mission success. The overarching ACE concept is aimed at allowing the pilot to shift “from single platform operator to mission commander” in charge not just of flying their own aircraft but managing teams of drones slaved to their fighter jet. “ACE aims to deliver a capability that enables a pilot to attend to a broader, more global air command mission while their aircraft and teamed unmanned systems are engaged in individual tactics,” the ACE program website explains. Heron Systems’ AI was extremely aggressive in the games, with its AI pilot consistently able to turn and score killing hits on the simulated F-16 piloted by an unnamed Air Force pilot, with the call sign “Banger,” a graduate of the Air Force’s highly selective Weapons School at Nellis AFB. The AI exhibited “superhuman aiming ability” during the simulation, Mock said.
Nano-x’s Nasdaq IPO adds fuel to SKT’s medical device biz
       
Nano-x, a medical imaging company in which SK Telecom is the second-biggest shareholder, has made an initial public offering on the US’ Nasdaq, SKT said Sunday.SKT preemptively invested a total of $23 million in Nano-x, first in June 2019 and second in June 2020, securing over 2.6 million shares in the company.As the second-biggest stakeholder to Nano-x after the company’s founders, SKT said it is actively participating in the management and global business expansion of Nano-x.Fujifilm and Foxconn are among other investors.Nano-x is an Israeli firm that merges semiconductor and X-ray technology. The resulting hardware Nanox.Arc is a digital X-ray machine that it says has a competitive edge against conventional machines in both price and function.Nano.xArc uses a fingernail-sized silicon semiconductor to generate X-rays.Compared to analog X-ray machines that create electrons for the X-ray by heating up copper and tungsten to 2,000 degrees Celsius, this next-generation device can take high-resolution X-ray scans 30 times more quickly speed, and at only 10 percent of the cost, the company says. The Nano.xArc also weighs 80 percent less than regular machines.The approach also means a patient is exposed to radioactive matter for a shorter time, while relatively smaller clinics, ambulances and makeshift medical centers can all be equipped with a high-performing X-ray machine.Nano-x’s Nasdaq entry acknowledged the company as an Emerging Growth Company, a tip of the hat to Nano.xArc’s technological advantage, according to SKT.Nano-x and SKT will jointly establish semiconductor fabrication plant in Korea, as well as carry out various businesses utilizing 5G network and artificial intelligence, SKT said. SKT is the parent company of SK hynix, the world’s second-largest memory supplier. As a telecom company, SKT has a firm foothold in the 5G network business, as well.Nano-x shares closed 20.56 percent higher from the IPO price $18 to $21.7 on Friday.By Lim Jeong-yeo ( kaylalim
The Real Reason Why Blackstone Is Courting The Pentagon
       
This is odd, as CNBC noted, because Blackstone "doesn't have any publicly listed government contracts, and its known investments don't appear to have direct links to the defense industry." Microsoft recently won lucrative contracts for information technology (IT) services and cloud computing for the State Department and Pentagon, respectively. According to Blackstone executives, the decision to hire Feng was made due to her "deep relationships in Silicon Valley" and "her experience working at Amazon and Microsoft." Schwarzman argued for greater global collaboration on AI-driven technologies, particularly between the U.S. and China, in a July 2020 Op-Ed for Yahoo! One particularly important page made a point that was essentially repeated in Schwarzman's July Op-Ed regarding a "global AI compact."
Nano-x’s Nasdaq IPO adds fuel to SKT’s medical device biz
       
BUSINESSNano.xArc, a digital X-ray machine (Nano-x)Nano-x, a medical imaging company in which SK Telecom is the second-biggest shareholder, has made an initial public offering on the US’ Nasdaq, SKT said Sunday.SKT preemptively invested a total of $23 million in Nano-x, first in June 2019 and second in June 2020, securing over 2.6 million shares in the company.As the second-biggest stakeholder to Nano-x after the company’s founders, SKT said it is actively participating in the management and global business expansion of Nano-x.Fujifilm and Foxconn are among other investors.Nano-x is an Israeli firm that merges semiconductor and X-ray technology. The resulting hardware Nanox.Arc is a digital X-ray machine that it says has a competitive edge against conventional machines in both price and function.Nano.xArc uses a fingernail-sized silicon semiconductor to generate X-rays.Compared to analog X-ray machines that create electrons for the X-ray by heating up copper and tungsten to 2,000 degrees Celsius, this next-generation device can take high-resolution X-ray scans 30 times more quickly speed, and at only 10 percent of the cost, the company says. The Nano.xArc also weighs 80 percent less than regular machines.The approach also means a patient is exposed to radioactive matter for a shorter time, while relatively smaller clinics, ambulances and makeshift medical centers can all be equipped with a high-performing X-ray machine.Nano-x’s Nasdaq entry acknowledged the company as an Emerging Growth Company, a tip of the hat to Nano.xArc’s technological advantage, according to SKT.Nano-x and SKT will jointly establish semiconductor fabrication plant in Korea, as well as carry out various businesses utilizing 5G network and artificial intelligence, SKT said. SKT is the parent company of SK hynix, the world’s second-largest memory supplier. As a telecom company, SKT has a firm foothold in the 5G network business, as well.Nano-x shares closed 20.56 percent higher from the IPO price
Israeli, Chinese researchers develop AI breath test device to detect COVID-19
       
A team of Chinese and Israeli researchers has devised a novel artificial intelligence (AI) breath analyzer test to detect COVID-19 rapidly, the Israel Institute of Technology (Technion) said Friday. The device meets the need for a non-invasive, rapid, inexpensive testing method to screen COVID-19 positive individuals, especially pre-symptomatic or asymptomatic carriers. It is an intelligent nanotechnology, comprised of a nanomaterial-based sensor array, which can rapidly detect COVID-19 from specific volatile organic compounds in exhaled breath. The device can detect disease-specific biomarkers in exhaled breath with 92 percent accuracy, 100 percent sensitivity and 84 percent specificity, the Technion said. The researchers said that the device could also be used as a screening tool for airports, shopping centers and other public places where the risk of community spread is high.
Rise of Chinese AI and quantum computing threatens American military tech, says report for US Congress
       
China’s technological advances in quantum computing and AI are making it a strong competitor to the military technology of the United States. Photo: Shutterstock
AI pilot beats human in clean sweep of virtual F-16 dogfights, human fails to register a single hit
       
An AI pilot defeated a human pilot in a clean sweep of virtual reality dogfights, with experts hailing the victory as a significant moment for artificial intelligence, sources reported. The artificial intelligence algorithm, developed by Heron Systems and flying under the call sign “Falco,” beat a human F-16 pilot in simulated dogfights 5-0 in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)’s AlphaDogfight Trials on Aug. 20, Airforce Mag reported. "We've gotten an opportunity to watch AI come of age [against] a very credible adversary in the human pilot," said Col. Dan Javorsek, program manager in DARPA's Strategic Technology Office. "The AlphaDogfight Trials is all about increasing trust in AI.”“If the champion AI earns the respect of an F-16 pilot, we'll have come one step closer to achieving effective human-machine teaming in air combat." An AI defeated a human in a 2016 demonstration, Defense One reported, but the clean sweep by Falco shows that AI has been developed to another level.
The term ‘ethical AI’ is finally starting to mean something
       
At the same time, a second wave of ethical AI was emerging. Second-wave ethical AI narrowed in on these questions of bias and fairness, and explored technical interventions to solve them. It has seen some eschew the term “ethical AI” in favor of “just AI.”As the wild and unpredicted events of 2020 have unfurled, alongside them third-wave ethical AI has begun to take hold, strengthened by the immense reckoning that the Black Lives Matter movement has catalysed. Third-wave ethical AI is less conceptual than first-wave ethical AI, and is interested in understanding applications and use cases. But even those of us within the ethical AI community have a long way to go.
The 4 Best Robot Vacuums For Long Hair
       
In a lot of ways, the best robot vacuums for long hair are the best robotic vacuums in general. Robotic vacuums tend to offer weaker suction than standard vacuums, but the higher the number, the more effectively it'll pick up heavier debris, especially on textured floors like carpets. Once you can pinpoint an all-around great robotic vacuum, it's time to find one that's suitable for hair specifically. While keeping all of those qualities in mind, here are the four best robotic vacuums for cleaning up long hair. The Best Thin Robotic Vacuum For Getting Under FurnitureIf you have lower-sitting furniture, the eufy Robovac 30 is the way to go.
Pay Per Click Trends You Can't Afford to Ignore
       
In the last quarter of 2019, Google released 18 Google Ads updates, as compared to Bing, which only released four changes for Microsoft Advertising in the entire year. This includes the use of machine learning and artificial intelligence to help automate more labor-intensive tasks related to Bing and Google ads. Even though PPC automation isn't new, it will start to play a more critical role in the paid advertising process. This doesn't just apply to Bing and Google ads; it is true for Amazon Ads too. Put simply, this takes all the guesswork out of Google Ads.
How Nvidia CEO motivates himself with funny paranoia
       
This week, Nvidia reported stellar earnings and noted its datacenter revenue surpassed its gaming revenue for the first time. Image Credit: NvidiaGamesBeat: This is the first quarter where the datacenter revenue was bigger than the games revenue, right? Whether you play a little or play a lot, you’re hooked. GamesBeat: Is it a good guess that you’re going to reveal Ampere chips for games and desktops on September 1? You’re going to design everything in virtual reality, and then the blueprint comes out while you’re in virtual reality.
Boeing testing hand-held UV wand to sanitize cockpits, cabins
       
FILE PHOTO: PBA engineers showcase their Sunburst UV Bot, an autonomous mobile robot that disinfects surfaces with ultraviolet light, in their office, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Singapore May 20, 2020. REUTERS/Edgar SuSEATTLE (Reuters) - Boeing Co said on Friday it is developing a hand-held wand that emits ultraviolet light to neutralize bacteria and viruses, part of a suite of methods to disinfect flight deck surfaces and controls, as well as surfaces throughout the cabin. Boeing is looking at licensing the technology and hiring third-party companies in the fall to begin manufacturing the wands for commercial use, it said. Kevin Callahan, a Boeing technical fellow leading testing of the wand prototype, cited “very strong interest” as carriers think about restoring confidence in flying as the COVID-19 pandemic subsides. Boeing is also testing an anti-microbial coating for aircraft surfaces.
The best books of the week
       
Henry E. “Red” Erwin took the brunt of the blast, but still managed to throw the still-burning bomb overboard before collapsing and ultimately dying. The HierarchiesRos Anderson (fiction, Dutton)Sylv.ie is a robot with feelings, a creature who exists only for her (human) husband. She lives alone on the top floor of his luxurious house, tolerated by his wife and hidden from his child. It’s a place that evokes bad memories, and she’s hoping to sell the house quickly and be done with it. But as she wanders the village with her teenage daughter during the summer heatwave, the past rears its head.
Luke Wilson on his new DC comic series Stargirl
       
And Luke Wilson revealed to The Weekend Australian on Saturday that he was keen to step outside his comfort zone. The 48-year-old American actor, who now stars in DC comic series Stargirl, said he was open to trying 'something new and different'. Luke, the younger brother of fellow actor Owen Wilson, stars in the 13-episode series Stargirl, alongside Brec Bassinger. Brec plays high school student Courtney Whitmore, who takes on the role of Stargirl. Co-star: Luke, the younger brother of fellow actor Owen Wilson, stars in the 13-episode series Stargirl, alongside Brec Bassinger (right)'You're flying this robot around, you get in the cockpit, like Han Solo flying a Millennium Falcon.
Sex robot customer vows to 'never date again' after AI replicant 'perfect woman'
       
Thank you for subscribing See our privacy notice Invalid EmailA sex robot enthusiast has vowed he will never date human women again if artificial intelligence (AI) dolls carry out certain behaviours. In her book, Sex Robots & Vegan Meat, author Jenny Kleeman delves into the world of men purchasing silicone girlfriends. Roberto, working on sex robots with Eden Robotics, started a conversation on a doll forum asking men what they wanted in an ideal sex droid. "One included a sex doll for Roberto to use as an aesthetic guide when planning his robot's proportions. RealDoll, a product of Abyss Creations, is one of the world's leading sex robot manufacturers and is based in San Diego, California.
Facebook wants to help build AI that can remember everything for you
       
(CNN) On Friday, Facebook announced new AI research that could help pave the way for a significant change in how artificial intelligence — and some devices that incorporate this technology — functions in our daily lives. The company announced a real-world sound simulator that will let researchers train AI systems in virtual three-dimensional spaces with sounds that mimic those that occur indoors, opening up the possibility that an AI assistant may one day help you track down a smartphone ringing in a distant room. Facebook also unveiled an indoor mapping tool meant to help AI systems better understand and recall details about indoor spaces, such as how many chairs are in a dining room or whether a cup is on a counter. Smart speakers generally can't "see" the world around them, and computers are not nearly as good as humans at finding their way around indoor spaces. In short, he wants to perfect AI that can perfect your own memory.
An AI Breaks the Writing Barrier
       
Its ability to interact in English and generate coherent writing have been startling hardened experts, who speak of “GPT-3 shock.”Where typical AI systems are trained for specific tasks—classifying images, playing Go—GPT-3 can handle tasks it was never specifically trained for. OpenAI has announced that after the test period, GPT-3 will be released as a commercial product. Like other AI systems today, GPT-3 is based on a large, organized collection of numeric weights, known as parameters, that determine its operation. The builder of the AI trains it using large digital data sets—in this case, a filtered version of the contents of the web, plus Wikipedia and some others. AI has been through cycles of hype and bust before.
COVID-19 will make the 60-plus generation more powerful than ever
       
Population aging is a powerful force. By 2030 the population above age 60 will have grown so much that other generations like millennials and Gen-Z will be outnumbered by them in Europe, China, Japan and the United States. Each day, 12,000 Americans celebrate their 60th birthday; in China, 54,000; and in the world, about 210,000, according to the United Nations Population Division. Not all seniors are financially secure, but they tend to be less exposed to large-scale financial disruption during episodes of crisis. Myriad new applications in virtual reality, robotics, and artificial intelligence are seeking to capture a rapidly growing market.
A US Air Force F-16 pilot just battled AI in 5 simulated dogfights, and the machine emerged victorious every time
       
An AI algorithm and an experienced US Air Force F-16 pilot will battle in a simulated dogfight on Aug. 20. DARPAAn artificial intelligence program developed by Heron Systems went head-to-head against a seasoned Air Force F-16 pilot in a simulated dogfight Thursday. The human pilot never scored a single hit, according to multiple reports. That being said, the virtual environment also allowed the human pilot to execute high-G combat maneuvers that might not be possible for a human pilot in the physical world. Heron's system competed against the human pilot after defeating other AI algorithms in previous rounds of the competition.
AI pilot thoroughly beats human in F-16 dogfight, marking major breakthrough for artificial intelligence
       
The Darpa AlphaDogfight Trials Competition saw an AI pilot defeat a US Air Force F-16 pilot: DarpaAn AI pilot has defeated a US Air Force pilot in a virtual F-16 dogfight in a "coming of age" moment for artificial intelligence. The winning AI pilot, developed by Heron Systems, defeated other AI adversaries before going on to beat a human pilot wearing a VR helmet by a score of 5 - 0 in the final. The human pilot, who went by the name 'Banger', said that he was unable to match twisting techniques adopted by the AI pilot that he had not witnessed in human-to-human air combat. AI pilots have a significant advantage over human pilots, as they are not affected by the extreme G forces that occur when manoeuvring at high speeds. The AI system was developed through deep reinforcement learning in order to overcome this and defeat the human pilot.
Inside the Wild Finale of DARPA’s Simulated Drone Dogfights
       
To test that theory, DARPA organized a computer-simulated war game between bots and one nervous human pilot. It has long been conventional wisdom that it would take a very clever artificial intelligence to defeat a quick-thinking human pilot. The Johns Hopkins lab hosted the AlphaDogfight trials at its facility in Laurel, Maryland. Where a human pilot needed a third of a second to react to an enemy’s move, Alpha could react in milliseconds. to accomplish certain tasks or subtasks of the [combat] mission," Matt Duquette, an engineer with the Air Force Research Laboratory, explained to The Daily Beast.
An AI Breaks the Writing Barrier
       
Word has been making its way out from the technology community: The world changed this summer with the rollout of an artificial intelligence system known as GPT-3. Its ability to interact in English and generate coherent writing have been startling hardened experts, who speak of “GPT-3 shock.”Where typical AI systems are trained for specific tasks—classifying images, playing Go—GPT-3 can handle tasks it was never specifically trained for. Research released by its maker, San Francisco-based OpenAI, has found that GPT-3 can...
Why AI and human perception are too complex to be compared
       
In their paper, titled, “The Notorious Difficulty of Comparing Human and Machine Perception,” the researchers highlight the problems in current methods that compare deep neural networks and the human vision system. However, comparing neural networks to human perception remains a challenge. The complex workings of deep learning systems also compound the problem. Deep neural networks work in very complicated ways that often confound their own creators. For the experiment, the scientists used the ResNet-50, a popular convolutional neural network developed by AI researchers at Microsoft.
Boston University, other schools deploy robots so campuses can safely reopen during pandemic
       
Boston University has deployed a high-tech weapon in its struggle to keep the COVID-19 pandemic from spreading on campus -- robots. At the University of Texas in Austin, three “state-of-the-art” robots are processing hundreds of tests per day, at no cost to the students. Nephron Pharmaceuticals donated a robot to the University of South Carolina to help the school process saliva tests to detect COVID-19. And the University of Maryland has been using robots since April to process tests not only for the campus but also for the state. And the University of Notre Dame, which this week shut down in-person classroom education for two weeks, has reported 337 COVID-19 cases since Aug. 3.
Dit schattige AI robot-huisdier met emotionele vaardigheden zou huisdieren kunnen vervangen
       
Dan is een Moflin - een AI-geprogrammeerd robot-huisdier met emotionele vaardigheden - een schattig alternatief. Er zijn dus veel mensen die belangstelling voor dit schattig diertje hebben om het project financieel te ondersteunen. Het bedrijf is van plan om het diertje op de markt te brengen in maart 2021, maar het zal wel behoorlijk duur zijn. Een Moflin is een schattig AI robot-huisdier met emoties en een schattig alternatief is voor mensen die allergisch zijn voor 'echte' huisdieren. En in de toekomst zei Vanguard Industries dat het hoopt Moflin te kunnen updaten met nieuwe software om de levensduur te verlengen en tegelijkertijd de mogelijkheden te verbeteren.
In vacanza connessi coi router 4G. Noi abbiamo provato il Huawei AI Cube
       
Ecco perché sul mercato esistono dispositivi che, utilizzando le reti 4G, amplificano il segnale e portano il Wi-Fi dove ci serve. Chiariamolo subito, l’esigenza di dispositivi del genere – che sono sempre più venduti – si evidenzia soprattutto per chi ha necessità di disporre di più device connessi. La nostra scelta per per questa estate connessa è ricaduta su un dispositivo Huawei molto performante e particolare: l’AI Cube Router 4G. Uno strumento, insomma, che non ha nulla da invidiare ai vari router che abbiamo in casa. Alla richiesta di riprodurre un brano, il Huawei AI Cube risponde con il catalogo di Amazon Music (non nella versione unlimited).
AI is shaping the future of healthcare. Here’s How.
       
Healthcare and medicine are one of the many sectors that are leveraging the benefits of this advanced technology. Many different companies have also come up with AI-powered healthcare solutions to drive more innovation in the healthcare segment. Qure.ai is one such healthcare AI firm that uses artificial intelligence to make healthcare more accessible and affordable. They decided to apply AI technology to healthcare, and it led to the company’s inception. Especially, in the current unprecedented scenario, AI has become a strong pillar of support in the healthcare industry, helping simplify the lives of doctors, patients, and healthcare administrators.
AI system beats US military pilot in F-16 dogfight
       
An artificial intelligence (AI) system has beaten a US military pilot in a five-round challenge to demonstrate whether autonomous computer systems could be capable of flying fighter jets. America's Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) ran its final AlphaDogfight trial this week as part of a programme to see whether autonomous systems could defeat adversary aircraft in a simulated dogfight. Pic: DARPAOn Thursday, the AI developed by Heron Systems defeated an experienced F-16 pilot in each of the five rounds - although the success in a simulation is just one step towards fully autonomous systems being used on F-16 fighter jets. Modern dogfights can be much more complex, especially when they include missiles, which were not used during the simulations. "There were certainly some peculiar behaviours in the engagement," he added, before stressing that the result was still a human triumph, as humans developed Heron's successful AI system.
How Intel helped give the ‘world’s first’ cyborg a voice
       
Her team decided to use ACAT to connect all the pieces of Peter’s cyborg vision: the gaze-tracking, synthetic voice, animated avatar, and autonomous vehicle. Peter would then use his eye movements to control an avatar that spoke in his own voice. While Hawking wanted to retain control over the AI, Peter was more concerned about the speed of communication. The system could make Peter even more of a cyborg — which is exactly what he wants. Peter: The Human Cyborg, a documentary chronicling his transformation, airs on the UK’s Channel 4 on August 26.
Materials Science and Engineering
       
For student researchers, no pause for the pandemic Undergraduates Aljazzy Alahmadi, Andrea Garcia, and Quynh Nguyen are sustaining the nuclear science and engineering research mission from around the world. August 18, 2020A fix for foulants Researchers devise a practical solution for preventing corrosive CRUD buildup in nuclear systems. July 19, 2020A wizard of ultrasharp imaging To oversee its new cutting-edge electron microscopy systems, MIT sought out Frances Ross’ industry-honed expertise. July 10, 2020Guided discovery in teaching structural mechanics By emphasizing the process of discovery, instructors in course 2.001 (Mechanics and Materials I) provide engineering students a career-building foundation. June 19, 2020Seven from MIT win 2020 Hertz Fellowships Award recognizes scholars who pursue graduate studies focusing on “bold, risk-taking research.” June 11, 2020
AI Weekly: Surveillance, structural racism, and the Biden 2020 presidential campaign
       
How the U.K. treats facial recognition is important since London has more CCTV cameras than any major city outside of China. A prominent group representing facial recognition companies also put forward its own ethical guidelines, which have already been violated by some companies. Based on the Biden 2020 plan and Democratic Party platform, we get an idea of what Harris meant when she said technology plays a role in structural racism. Depending on how Election Day goes on November 3, laws like a facial recognition moratorium, facial recognition ban, or national biometric law like the kind recently introduced in the U.S. Senate could be on the way from Congress or the next presidential administration. For AI coverage, send news tips to Kyle Wiggers and Khari Johnson — and be sure to bookmark our AI Channel.
Israeli Military Vets Declare War on Deepfake Technology and Disinformation
       
Most deepfake videos are created using a subset of machine learning algorithms called generative neural network architectures, such as auto-encoders or generative adversarial networks (GANs). Can you briefly explain how deepfake technology has evolved over time? Face swap and reenactment deepfakes were direct extensions of Cyabra’s detection technology. In late 2019, Facebook released a dataset called the Deepfake Detection Challenge Dataset, which included more than 100,000 deepfake videos, for developers worldwide to test and improve their detection technology. In terms of accuracy, Cyabra’s deepfake detection technology is able to identify 91 percent of fake videos and images, and 98 percent real ones.
AI pilot BEATS USAF F16 Top Gun in first ever simulator dogfight competition run by DARPA
       
An AI pilot has beaten a US Air Force F16 Top Gun in the first ever simulator dogfight competition run by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to determine if man can beat machine in the sky. An AI pilot has beaten a US Air Force F16 Top Gun in the first ever simulator dogfight competition run by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to determine if man can beat machine in the sky. Footage of the combat shows the experienced human fighter pilot avoiding the first shot from his AI opponent and trying to circle back around. The bot then fires three times at the human pilot, striking him each time in quick succession. These teams then battled each other Thursday, with winner Heron Systems then going on to face the human pilot.
Heron Systems' AI pilot just beat a human in a simulated dogfight
       
The final round of DARPA’s AlphaDogfight Trial is complete, and once again, the winning AI pilot celebrated its victory against a field of virtual contenders by going on to defeat a human F-16 pilot. An AI pilot developed by Heron Systems won the shootout, defeating a fellow AI from Lockheed. All of the simulated fighter battles were restricted to allow use of the nose cannon only, and after the AI vs. AI matches, an anonymous human pilot entered the competition, wearing a VR helmet. The Heron Systems AI defeated him 5 - 0, although he was able to change tactics and survive significantly longer in the final round. After their AI won the competition, Heron Systems developers gave a Q&A via YouTube (the entire event was conducted remotely via Zoom), explaining some of the behavior they saw and even some movements that were unexpected.
All Is False
       
Who wrote Henry VIII? But the highlight of our trip, not so far from home, was stopping in at Stratford-on-Avon, birthplace and burial site of William Shakespeare. Shakespeare had begun collaborating with a writer named John Fletcher, accounting for the inconsistencies of language in the reading of Henry VIII. In essence, the AI performed a danse macabre across Shakespeare's grave and found two sets of bony algorithms. I went to Plecha'?a's study and ran for my life when I seemed to be reading that Henry VIII aside, the SVM may have proven that Fletcher virtually wrote The Tempest alone.
Busan to proceed with AI expo in September
       
The Busan government said Friday it would proceed with AI Korea 2020, despite the resurgence in new coronavirus cases in Seoul and Gyeonggi Province.The Busan government said it would strengthen COVID-19 prevention measures for the event, scheduled between Sept. 17-19 at Bexco in Busan.The expo, which will be held at 13,000 square-meter exhibition areas, has been designed to attract leading scientists, developers and entrepreneurs in related sectors.The Busan government said it would showcase next-generation technologies and encourage participants to make future partnerships.By Shim Woo-hyun ( ws@heraldcorp.com
Busan to proceed with AI expo in September
       
BUSINESS(AI Korea 2020)The Busan government said Friday it would proceed with AI Korea 2020, despite the resurgence in new coronavirus cases in Seoul and Gyeonggi Province.The Busan government said it would strengthen COVID-19 prevention measures for the event, scheduled between Sept. 17-19 at Bexco in Busan.The expo, which will be held at 13,000 square-meter exhibition areas, has been designed to attract leading scientists, developers and entrepreneurs in related sectors.The Busan government said it would showcase next-generation technologies and encourage participants to make future partnerships.By Shim Woo-hyun ( ws@heraldcorp.com
Losses mount at British unicorn Graphcore as it pours cash into AI chips
       
British unicorn Graphcore said its losses ballooned to $96m (£73m) last year after it hiked its spend on developing AI chips. These chips are being designed to cope with unpredictable decision-making tasks, allowing machines to draw conclusions in a similar way to humans. Graphcore says its systems are as much as 100 times faster than existing chips for these applications. Despite that raise, Graphcore had been among the British start-ups urging for more government support earlier this year. Graphcore later clarified it did not need support itself, but signed the letter to support other start-ups who did.
Redefining AI Leadership in the C-Suite
       
If an organization is to transform its finance function with AI capabilities, or to employ a wise investing approach to AI in general, leadership from the CFO is essential. Opportunities for AI Within Finance FunctionsThe finance function offers many areas for using AI, and it’s worth ticking through some of them. These developments will be particularly important in the COVID-19 economy; some AI companies, for example, have already developed approaches to using AI to minimize accounts payable cash outflows. However, Deloitte’s 2020 enterprise AI survey found that 62% of executives view cybersecurity as one of their top three concerns about AI, so CFOs may want to play a leadership role there. If an organization is to transform its finance function with AI capabilities, or to employ a wise investing approach to AI in general, leadership from the CFO is essential.
AI pilot thoroughly beats human in F-16 dogfight, marking major breakthrough for artificial intelligence
       
An AI pilot has defeated a US Air Force pilot in a virtual F-16 dogfight in a "coming of age" moment for artificial intelligence. It sought to demonstrate the "feasibility of developing effective, intelligent autonomous agents capable of defeating adversary aircraft in a dogfight." If the champion AI earns the respect of an F-16 pilot, we'll have come one step closer to achieving effective human-machine teaming in air combat." Gadget and tech news: In pictures 1/25 Gun-toting humanoid robot sent into space Russia has launched a humanoid robot into space on a rocket bound for the International Space Station (ISS). The AI system was developed through deep reinforcement learning in order to overcome this and defeat the human pilot.
AI Slays Top F-16 Pilot In DARPA Dogfight Simulation
       
WASHINGTON: In a 5 to 0 sweep, an AI ‘pilot’ developed by Heron Systems beat one of the Air Force’s top F-16 fighter pilots in DARPA’s simulated aerial dogfight contest today. But the three-day trials show that AI systems can credibly maneuver an aircraft in a simple, one-on-one combat scenario and shoot its forward guns in a classic, WWII-style dogfight. On the other hand, they said, it was an impressive showing by an AI agent after only a year of development. Heron Systems’ AI was extremely aggressive in the games, with its AI pilot consistently able to turn and score killing hits on the simulated F-16 piloted by an unnamed Air Force pilot, with the call sign “Banger,” a graduate of the Air Force’s highly selective Weapons School at Nellis AFB. Next steps will be to move on to testing AI pilots’ capabilities to perform other types of aerial combat missions.
AI defeats human F-16 pilot in virtual dogfight
       
The program beat the F-16 US Air Force pilot, known only as Banger, in each round as part of a competition hosted by the Pentagon’s Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The competition, which started with eight teams of various AI software, was streamed on YouTube overnight with the Heron Systems team emerging victorious. In the finale of the competition, which culminated with Heron taking on Banger, the AI won out in each round topping speeds of 500mph and reaching 9 Gs of force. “Heron’s triumph was really a human triumph.”DARPA has invested heavily in the development of AI. Heron’s victory is the latest in a line of successes for AI when put up against human competitors.
Microsoft Flight Simulator's mysterious Melbourne 212-storey skyscraper: is it a tower, is it a pole, is it a typo?
       
A typo is to blame for a mysterious, monolithic 212-storey tower in Melbourne’s northern suburbs appearing in Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020. The massive flight simulator game launched this week allows users to explore most of the world, including Australia, at a time when people cannot do much travelling. Melbourne itself remains in stage-four lockdown with the Covid-19 pandemic restricting travel to no more than 5km from home. Several users began noticing a giant 212-storey tower of a house standing out on its own, out and above everything else, in the northern Melbourne suburb of Fawkner. You're going to release a world wide game and NOT include the Sydney Harbour Bridge?#FlightSimulator pic.twitter.com/XENQiUQXyS — Jez (@jezkerwin) August 18, 2020Apparently, the new Microsoft flight sim has used AI to map the entire world.
AI Claims "Flawless Victory" Going Undefeated In Digital Dogfight With Human Fighter Pilot
       
"We continue to use it as a gateway into these more demanding scenarios like suppression of enemy air defenses or offensive counter-air." The first phase of ACE is scheduled to wrap up next year and will include flight tests of experimental AI-driven systems to enable various kinds of autonomous capabilities on subscale propeller-driven and jet-powered unmanned aircraft. DARPA has plans for two subsequent phases, each 16 months long, that would transition those systems onto larger aircraft types. The best known of these projects is the Skyborg autonomous drone program, which you can read about in more detail in these past War Zone pieces. No matter what, the digital dogfights today certainly underscores the ever-growing interest in artificial intelligence and autonomous capabilities throughout the U.S. military.
The Morning After: One typo created a random skyscraper in 'Flight Simulator'
       
— RichardA typo created a 212-story monolith in ‘Microsoft Flight Simulator’Meet the monolith of Melbourne. View photos Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 MoreMaking a small error while editing the OpenStreetMap database isn’t normally a significant issue. An AI pilot just beat a human in a simulated dogfightGame over, man, game over. Sponsored by StackCommerceStackCommerce MoreRazer made a dull keyboard and mouse for working from homeYou could still play 'Microsoft Flight Simulator' with them, though. View photos Keyboard MoreIf you thought Razer couldn’t make PC hardware without a moody black base and technicolor lights, you were ri.. wrong.
Nvidia could become the Apple of the data center, analyst contends
       
Nvidia Corp. could come to dominate the data center the way Apple Inc. did smartphones, according to one analyst amid several glowing reports from Wall Street after the chip company reported a spectacular quarter and outlook. In Nvidia’s case, the ecosystem in question is that of parallel processing, which powers the heart of AI and machine learning. Not only does Nvidia make the graphics processing units that are in high demand at data centers, but those GPUs run on Nvidia’s proprietary CUDA programming platform. Muse, who has an outperform ratings and hiked his price target to $600, said he expects both gaming and data center “to sustain excellent growth” all through 2021. But it is perhaps, the end of the beginning.”Of the 40 analysts who cover Nvidia, 32 have buy or overweight ratings, six have hold ratings and two have sell or underweight ratings.
If we outsource our thinking to artificial intelligence will we also surrender responsibility – and more?
       
Artificial Intelligence can’t come soon enough, especially if one considers the behaviour of some people in the middle of the Covid pandemic. Even in its adolescence, AI presents a huge knowledge gap between the science and its applications, a gap that is widening at an almost exponential rate. Already there are numerous examples where responsibility is being handed over to technology in a kind of “set and forget” mentality. Responsibility, morality and ethics are the very essence of humanity and as such, form the cornerstone of our society; AI has the potential to reshape them forever. It may be time to consider the establishment of responsibility as an official subject in school curriculums.
Font automatically blurs swearing and changes slurs to stop cyberbullying
       
A software company from Finland has developed a new font which uses machine learning to rewrite offensive language into more inclusive forms. TietoEVRY developed the Polite Type font as a way to highlight cyberbullying to children, pointing out harmful language and directing users to pick kinder words. As users try to write offensive English words, the font will automatically replace them. In the future, TietoEVRY suggests that machine learning could be used to teach the font to understand and recognise broader contexts for how language is used. This is not the only instance where a company is suggesting users try and focus on inclusive language.
Samsung plans budget foldable phone, report claims
       
Samsung may be about to make folding phones much more affordable, according to a new report. The South Korean giant announced that it will unveil its third foldable smartphone on 1 September – the Galaxy Z Fold 2 – but another mystery device may also be revealed. Unofficial Samsung news site SamMobile reported on Thursday that a phone with the model number SM-F415 is under development. Gadget and tech news: In pictures 1/25 Gun-toting humanoid robot sent into space Russia has launched a humanoid robot into space on a rocket bound for the International Space Station (ISS). The publication speculates that mid-range specs could indicate that it will be a budget clamshell foldable phone that cuts costs by having a smaller screen than the Galaxy Z Fold 2.
Qualcomm investors are underestimating the impact of the chip maker’s legal victory
       
Qualcomm’s business is far more diverse than just its licensing. The company has a funnel of innovative products and solutions that should drive growth and yield solid potential returns for investors. Qualcomm has licensing agreements with every major handset maker on the planet, including Apple. Qualcomm will benefit both directly and indirectly from the entire $13.2 trillion as its licensing and chipset business monetize 5G handsets and adjacencies. Qualcomm and other chip makers are embedding AI in mobile, camera, audio, voice, compute, Internet of Things and connectivity.
Qualcomm investors are underestimating the impact of the chip maker’s legal victory
       
Qualcomm’s business is far more diverse than just its licensing. The company has a funnel of innovative products and solutions that should drive growth and yield solid potential returns for investors. Qualcomm has licensing agreements with every major handset maker on the planet, including Apple. Qualcomm will benefit both directly and indirectly from the entire $13.2 trillion as its licensing and chipset business monetize 5G handsets and adjacencies. Qualcomm and other chip makers are embedding AI in mobile, camera, audio, voice, compute, Internet of Things and connectivity.
Qualcomm investors are underestimating the impact of the chip maker’s legal victory
       
Qualcomm’s business is far more diverse than just its licensing. The company has a funnel of innovative products and solutions that should drive growth and yield solid potential returns for investors. Qualcomm has licensing agreements with every major handset maker on the planet, including Apple. Qualcomm will benefit both directly and indirectly from the entire $13.2 trillion as its licensing and chipset business monetize 5G handsets and adjacencies. Qualcomm and other chip makers are embedding AI in mobile, camera, audio, voice, compute, Internet of Things and connectivity.
Qualcomm investors are underestimating the impact of the chip maker’s legal victory
       
Qualcomm’s business is far more diverse than just its licensing. The company has a funnel of innovative products and solutions that should drive growth and yield solid potential returns for investors. Qualcomm has licensing agreements with every major handset maker on the planet, including Apple. Qualcomm will benefit both directly and indirectly from the entire $13.2 trillion as its licensing and chipset business monetize 5G handsets and adjacencies. Qualcomm and other chip makers are embedding AI in mobile, camera, audio, voice, compute, Internet of Things and connectivity.
AI system beats US military pilot in F-16 dogfight
       
AI system beats US military pilot in F-16 dogfight An artificial intelligence algorithm successfully defeated an experienced US fighter pilot in five out of five simulated fights. Image: A US military pilot lost to an AI system in a simulated dogfightAn artificial intelligence (AI) system has beaten a US military pilot in a five-round challenge to demonstrate whether autonomous computer systems could be capable of flying fighter jets. Pic: DARPAOn Thursday, the AI developed by Heron Systems defeated an experienced F-16 pilot in each of the five rounds - although the success in a simulation is just one step towards fully autonomous systems being used on F-16 fighter jets. Modern dogfights can be much more complex, especially when they include missiles, which were not used during the simulations. "There were certainly some peculiar behaviours in the engagement," he added, before stressing that the result was still a human triumph, as humans developed Heron's successful AI system.
AI defeats human F-16 pilot in virtual dogfight
       
The program beat the F-16 US Air Force pilot, known only as Banger, in each round as part of a competition hosted by the Pentagon’s Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The competition, which started with eight teams of various AI software, was streamed on YouTube overnight with the Heron Systems team emerging victorious. In the finale of the competition, which culminated with Heron taking on Banger, the AI won out in each round topping speeds of 500mph and reaching 9Gs of force. “Heron’s triumph was really a human triumph.”DARPA has invested heavily in the development of AI. Heron’s victory is the latest in a line of successes for AI when put up against human competitors.
Castle Ridge AI Platform Outperforming in Quant Space
       
Aug.21 -- Castle Ridge Asset Management CEO and co-founder Adrian de Valois-Franklin discusses the firm's AI platform "Wallace," and why it is generating alpha in a year in which most quant funds are struggling. He speaks on "Bloomberg Markets." (This interview aired on August 20, 2020.)
An AI just embarrassed the US Air Force in a virtual dogfight
       
But could it defeat an Air Force pilot in a (virtual) dogfight? DARPA has spent the last year trying to answer that question, through an aerial warfare contest called the AlphaDogfight Trials. The Pentagon’s “mad science” unit created the competition to assess how AI could assist pilots, and attract developers to its Air Combat Evolution (ACE) program. [Read: The Pentagon wants game devs to help build AI fighter jets]Eight teams duked it out in the initial tournament, which was won by an algorithm developed by Heron Systems. “There were certainly some peculiar behaviors in the engagement.”In addition, the rules-based nature of dogfights is a good fit for AI.
Horror Movies Seem to Really Hate the Suburbs
       
Hollywood movies usually depict the suburbs as a place of conformity and dark secrets. Science fiction professor Lisa Yaszek says that suburban life has always been a particular source of anxiety for women. “I know from my own research that in the 1950s, women who were writing science fiction, absolutely one of their favorite topics was the horror of suburban life for women,” she says. Science fiction author Anthony Ha wishes more movies would engage with the increasing diversity of suburban life. So this time the ‘monsters’ are this Middle Eastern family, but it’s really our government trying to manipulate people’s raced feelings about things in the suburbs.
Real-time data for a better response to disease outbreaks
       
Now Kinsa is working with health officials in five states and three cities to help contain and control the virus. Singh says Kinsa’s data complement other methods of containing the virus like testing, contact tracing, and the use of face masks. Better data for better responsesSingh’s first exposure to MIT came while he was attending the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government as a graduate student. “The world tries to curb the spread of infectious illness with almost zero real-time information about when and where disease is spreading,” Singh says. In order to get that data, the company needed a new way of providing value to sick people and families.
Facebook releases tools to help AI navigate complex environments
       
The concept of embodied AI draws on embodied cognition, the theory that many features of psychology — human or otherwise — are shaped by aspects of the entire body of an organism. By applying this logic to AI, researchers hope to improve the performance of AI systems like chatbots, robots, autonomous vehicles, and even smart speakers that interact with their environments, people, and other AI. “By pursuing these related research agendas and sharing our work with the wider AI community, we hope to accelerate progress in building embodied AI systems and AI assistants that can help people accomplish a wide range of complex tasks in the physical world,” Facebook wrote in a blog post. Unlike the Carnegie Mellon study, Facebook says creating SoundSpaces required an acoustics modeling algorithm and a bidirectional path-tracing component to model sound reflections in a room. But Facebook expects that when used with PyRobot, its robotic framework that supports robots like LoCoBot, the model could accelerate research in the embodied AI domain.
ProBeat: Release your data sets to the AI research community and reap the benefits
       
VentureBeat: What do you want to see Duolingo use AI for next — what’s the next big thing? Or making the report prioritization project irrelevant because we now have machine translation systems that you can input the prompt and you’ll get all the possible correct translations, rather than just the single best possible translation, which is what most machine translation systems do. But we have so much data, and they’re so interesting, that in order to help further the research community and provide new kinds of interesting problems for the research community to work on, we’ve released data sets. Usually whenever we’ve published a paper we’ve released the data set along with it, but we’ve also hosted things called shared tasks. Normally in machine translation it’s just, if you want to translate this English into Portuguese, you would get one input and one output.
How machine learning helps companies stay agile in a pandemic (VB Live)
       
Sponsored by AWS Machine LearningIn a world profoundly impacted by the pandemic, machine learning and AI has offered powerful new ways to adapt and face pressing business challenges. A medical system, another of AWS’s customers, is using machine learning to optimize its digital forms processing as well. CIOs can leverage this momentum to educate their leaders on why, and how, AI and machine learning offer significant and very concrete advantages. Her team at the Amazon Machine Learning Solutions Lab focuses on helping customers identify their highest-value ML uses cases by working backwards from business problems. For more on the impact that machine learning solutions can deliver in these uncertain times, don’t miss this roundtable with leaders from Kabbage and Novetta, as well as Michelle K. Lee, VP of the Amazon Machine Learning Solutions Lab.
Mummified animals from ancient Egypt 'digitally unwrapped' to unlock mysteries
       
Researchers have “digitally unwrapped” mummified animals from ancient Egypt, revealing previously undiscovered details about ritualistic mummification. The microscopic scans indicated that the kitten had been strangled, while the snake had been killed by a whipping action. Gadget and tech news: In pictures 1/25 Gun-toting humanoid robot sent into space Russia has launched a humanoid robot into space on a rocket bound for the International Space Station (ISS). The robot Fedor will spend 10 days aboard the ISS practising skills such as using tools to fix issues onboard. Once scanned, the images can be either 3D printed or placed into virtual reality in order to conduct further analysis.
Microsoft Deepens Oil Ties, Helping Petrobras Weather Pandemic
       
(Bloomberg) -- Big Oil is tapping Big Tech to keep drilling off the shores of Brazil even as the global pandemic traps workers at home. With the help of Microsoft’s artificial intelligence technology to process its myriad of geological data, Petrobras also aims to eliminate dry holes during exploration and reach commercial production at offshore wells faster while reducing costs. “We were put to the test as a provider for Petrobras.”The virus-induced move puts Microsoft and Petrobras at the forefront of cloud computing for oil exploration in an industry that’s wary of compromising secret information on third-party platforms. Its contract in Brazil gives Microsoft a significant foothold in an oil-services market that’s dominated by the providers of drilling and fracking equipment. That gives Petrobras an edge in adopting cloud-computing for deep-water exploration, Lemos said.“Few companies in the world do research in marine waters and research in deep waters,” Lemos said.
These Are the Best Dyson Vacuums You Can Buy
       
Dyson has an enormous product line-up of vacuums, often in four different configurations, and it keeps older models in production as newer ones dethrone them. Padded with discounts, the vacuums move closer down the ladder to entry-level models until they eventually go out of production. Even after Dyson stops making them, you can find older models for sale (usually) at deep discounts. Wrong, and wrong. Be sure to check out the rest of our buying guides, including the Best Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products, the Best Air Purifiers, and the Best Robot Vacuums.
To get skin tones right, Pinterest’s AI went way beyond facial recognition
       
Since 2018, the social sharing platform has let users filter searches by skin tone, so they can find examples of looks that match their complexions. That’s good for Pinterest users who are using the platform to shop—and, of course, for Pinterest advertisers participating in the Try On program. Rethinking the challengeFor the new version of the skin-tone technology, Pinterest engineers moved away from their earlier reliance on facial recognition AI. Avoiding it meant that Pinterest’s skin-tone algorithms wouldn’t incorporate any biases from algorithms for spotting faces, such as if they had a harder time handling faces with darker skin, an issue that’s been found with AI algorithms across the industry. It also means Pinterest’s skin-tone systems aren’t limited to images that feature faces, so they can be used for close-up pictures of clothing, accessories, or manicured nails that include skin.
England's exam regulator pauses study into AI-based marking
       
The program, which downgraded around 40 percent of students, used statistical methods to standardize results, rather than AI. “This project should be dropped for the foreseeable future.”Back in January, the regulator asked schools to send some 3,000 English language essays from secondary education qualifications GCSEs. "We are particularly interested in whether using AI as a second marker or as a way of monitoring marking might help improve marking. But while AI-based marking has yet to be rolled out, algorithmic marking has become incredibly relevant overnight. They may welcome the news, then, that what they do in the next few years will not be graded by an AI system.
BAE Systems awarded $19m to develop a wargaming center for US Marine Corps
       
The project will involve AI and predictive analyticsDefense specialist BAE Systems has won a $19 million contract from the US Marine Corps (USMC) to develop a prototype for a new state-of-the-art Wargaming Center. The contract calls for the center to be built at Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia. To provide metrics and training on various wargame processes, BAE Systems plans to integrate advanced technologies including AI and machine learning, multi-domain modeling, game theory, simulation, and predictive data analytics into the design. In addition to the wargaming center contract. BAE Systems was awarded a five-year, $85 million contract to develop, deploy, modernize, and maintain cross-domain solutions for the secure transfer of sensitive information between government networks.
Ford is using AI to develop predictive road safety tool
       
“We see this as an opportunity to reduce road traffic incidents and save lives”A road safety system that uses AI to predict accident hotspots is being developed by a consortium led by automotive giant Ford. The Data-Driven Road Safety tool analyses information from connected vehicles, intelligent road sensors, and local authorities, to advise on the most likely locations for road safety incidents, and their possible causes. Working alongside Ford on the project are London-based AI sensor specialist Vivacity Labs, Oxfordshire County Council, and Loughborough University, with support from Transport for London. Peter Mildon, Vivacity Labs’ chief operating officer, said: “This project enables us to extend our AI research into road safety and explore a wider integration of our system into Ford’s Mobility ecosystem. If successful, the tool could be developed into a scalable, commercial product that could be used to improve safety across the globe.
Duke University Researchers Showing AI Can Be for the Birds
       
By AI Trends StaffA Duke University team is demonstrating that AI can be for the birds, using deep learning to train a computer to identify up to 200 species of birds from a photo. In the study, researchers from institutes in France, Germany, Portugal and South Africa describe the process for using AI to individually identify birds. The European bird researchers used a type of deep learning AI method known as convolutional neural networks, optimal for solving image classification problems. “The model is able to identify birds from new pictures as long as the birds in those pictures are previously known to the models. AI Researchers in Hawaii Listening to BirdsAI is also being used to listen to birds, according to a recent account in nature.
Microsoft Named Most Popular Cloud Service Provider in Goldman Sachs Survey
       
By AI Trends StaffA survey of the most popular major cloud services suppliers conducted recently by Goldman Sachs found that Microsoft Azure was the top choice, even though Amazon leads in terms of overall revenue and spending. Goldman Sachs based the findings on an IT spending survey of 100 IT executives at Global 2000 companies. The survey showed 56 executives using Azure for cloud services, versus 48 for AWS. Recent cloud customer wins shine some light on the segment. Avanade was created in 2000 by Microsoft and Accenture to guide companies into the Azure cloud services.
The Unlikely Chances Of AI Autonomous Car Makers Sharing Their Wares
       
We would all use each other’s work as stepping stones, climbing up the steep ladder toward driverless cars, together. In other words, the base assumption is that by collectively sharing everything known about AI self-driving cars, we would be better off and sooner able to achieve driverless cars. This has the potential of closing the gap toward the advantages that true self-driving cars might provide. In addition, there is the academic world and its efforts on self-driving car advances that frequently are relatively openly being shared. Of course, if we could create AI that’s super-intelligent, maybe we would ask it to devise AI self-driving cars for us.
Coronavirus is Breaking AI; Models Discombobulated
       
The pre-publication paper is an evaluation of how AI has performed against Covid-19, the main areas where AI has contributed to the right and areas where AI has had little impact. “This is bad news for AI forecasting models in other fields, including economics and finance,” Naude states. But radiologists elsewhere have expressed concern that not enough data is available to train AI models. Teradata’s Retail Vision technology uses deep learning models trained on thousands of images to detect and localize people in the video streams of in-store cameras, according to an account in Gizmodo. “We’ve seen several changes in underlying data due to Covid-19, which has had an impact on performances of individual AI models as well as end-to-end AI pipelines,” stated Atif Kureishy, VP of global emerging practices, AI and deep learning for Teradata.
BMW Boosting AI While Factory Lines are Paused from Pandemic
       
By AI Trends StaffWith the Covid-19 pandemic forcing its factories to close, BMW AG is taking the opportunity to accelerate deployment of AI in its factories. That brings large challenges.”Schindler sent teams to three plants in Bavaria to install AI-based software that scans photos of car parts for defects. Press Shop Makes Body Parts Out of Blank Pieces of MetalThe press shop at the BMW Group’s plant in Munich turns more than 30,000 blank pieces of metal a day into vehicle body parts. Support for the advance of AI throughout BMW was also supported by Robert Engelhorn, Director of BMW Group Plant Munich. Additional measuring points with more precise sensor data are required for car body cleaning stations, in order to capture needed data.
Unlocking the financial potential of millions with machine learning
       
Without financial data, it’s hard for financial services companies to identify this population, hard to reach them, and hard to transact with them. To date, Tala’s innovative machine learning solution has found, scored, and offered more than 5 million customers $2.5 billion in loans, Siroya says. “In a nutshell, this is the mission of machine learning at Tala,” explains Nabil Abdellaoui, data science manager at Tala. For credit decisions, the data scientist teams chose gradient boosted trees, a machine learning technique used for predictive modeling. “It’s about ensuring that machine learning requires a core component of user research and understanding the customer firsthand, and then using the technology to bring those stories to life.”Dig deeper: See more ways machine learning is being used to tackle today’s biggest social, humanitarian, and environmental challenges.
S. Korea to set aside W20tr of 2021 budget for ‘New Deal’
       
FINANCEFinance Minister Hong Nam-ki speaks at a meeting of ministers for the Korean New Deal in western Seoul on Thursday. It calls for a 160 trillion won investment by 2025 and creation of 550,000 new jobs.The Moon Jae-in administration has so far drawn up three rounds of extra budgets worth some 60 trillion won in total to minimize economic fallout from the latest pandemic, pushing this year’s budget from the initial 512.3 trillion won to 546.9 trillion won. Part of the 35.3 trillion won third extra budget will be funneled into the New Deal package.A special 400 billion won fund for digital and tech startups would be operated from this year to 2024 as well, Hong added. It centers on developing technologies that have been tied to the fourth industrial revolution including 5G and artificial intelligence. Tight social and personal quarantine are most important to prevent the situation from heading into Level 3 … and we will continue monitoring different parts of the economy.”By Jung Min-kyung (mkjung@heraldcorp.com)
Nvidia Is Officially a Data Center Company. Here’s Why.
       
Mellanox grew sharply, driven by the need for high-speed networking in cloud data centers to scale-out AI services,” Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang said. Nvidia reported adjusted, or non-GAAP, earnings of $2.18 a share compared with $1.24 a share a year ago. Videogame sales rose 26% to $1.65 billion. Nvidia said it expected fiscal third-quarter sales of $4.4 billion plus or minus 2%, which topped the consensus estimate of $3.96 billion. Because of the videogame segment’s relative strength, Huang said in the conference call that it’s likely to mean data center will be a lower percentage of overall revenue in the fiscal-third quarter, compared with the fiscal-second quarter.
Why a Microsoft-backed start-up pivoted to a fitness app after helping Fortune 500 firms to build machines that can 'see'
       
Built off the back of research carried out at Toronto University and Mila (a Quebec AI Institute), TwentyBN's platform is relatively technical and complex. But at a fundamental level, it allowed companies to build computer vision features into their products so that machines can "see" and understand what's around them. The founders, who oversee a team of 30 employees spread across Toronto and Berlin, started out by licensing their platform to companies in automotive, health care, retail, and manufacturing. TwentyBN said a leading consumer device manufacturer, who cannot be named for contractual reasons, used its technology in one of their product lines. "We realized the market didn't understand the new kinds of applications you can build (with computer vision technology)," he said.
Robot Restaurant founder hosted Nazi-themed event in ’17
       
Robot Restaurant founder hosted Nazi-themed event in ’17TOKYO (TR) – Within the commercial sex trade of Tokyo’s Kabukicho red-light district, he is regarded as the “King.”Yet for Keiichi Morishita, the 69-year-old chairman of Morishita Group, the title “Fuhrer” could have been more appropriate on a day three years ago. One participant tells the magazine that they were not sure whether Morishita understood the real meaning behind the flag. Morishita Group has since expanded to include around 300 companies. Each year, the Morishita Group holds an event that includes some kind of show in the fall. “Unlike any other in human history”When reached for comment by the magazine about the show, the Morishita Group failed to respond.
Eating together apart: Restaurants reopen with social distancing
       
A robot serves diners in a Chinese restaurant to reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus, in Maastricht, Netherlands, June 2. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw
Nvidia Is Officially a Data Center Company. What It Means for the Stock.
       
Mellanox grew sharply, driven by the need for high-speed networking in cloud data centers to scale-out AI services,” Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang said. Nvidia reported adjusted, or non-GAAP, earnings of $2.18 a share compared with $1.24 a share a year ago. Videogame sales rose 26% to $1.65 billion. Nvidia said it expected fiscal third-quarter sales of $4.4 billion plus or minus 2%, which topped the consensus estimate of $3.96 billion. Because of the videogame segment’s relative strength, Huang said in the conference call that it’s likely to mean data center will be a lower percentage of overall revenue in the fiscal-third quarter, compared with the fiscal-second quarter.
Nvidia’s stock takes a breather as knockout quarter, outlook cap run-up
       
Nvidia Corp.’s shares drifted between slight gains and losses Thursday even though more than half the Wall Street analysts covering the chip company hiked their price targets on the stock following a spectacular quarter and outlook. With 26 analysts hiking price targets, Wall Street has an average target of $491.39 on the stock, compared with a target of $430.71 before the earnings report, according to FactSet data. Muse, who has an outperform ratings and hiked his price target to $600, said he expects both gaming and data-center “to sustain excellent growth” all through 2021. “With shares up 100%+ YTD, some may argue to take profits,” Muse said. In Nvidia’s case, the ecosystem in question is that of parallel processing, which powers the heart of AI and machine learning.
Nvidia’s stock takes a breather as knockout quarter, outlook cap run-up
       
Nvidia Corp.’s shares drifted between slight gains and losses Thursday even though more than half the Wall Street analysts covering the chip company hiked their price targets on the stock following a spectacular quarter and outlook. With 26 analysts hiking price targets, Wall Street has an average target of $491.39 on the stock, compared with a target of $430.71 before the earnings report, according to FactSet data. Muse, who has an outperform ratings and hiked his price target to $600, said he expects both gaming and data-center “to sustain excellent growth” all through 2021. “With shares up 100%+ YTD, some may argue to take profits,” Muse said. In Nvidia’s case, the ecosystem in question is that of parallel processing, which powers the heart of AI and machine learning.
Microsoft's Seeing AI founder Saqib Shaikh is speaking at Sight Tech Global
       
Using the camera on a phone, the Seeing AI app can describe a physical scene, identify persons and their demeanor, read documents (including handwritten ones), read currency values, and tell colors. The show, which is a project for the Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired Silicon Valley, launched recently on TechCrunch. Not long after, Seeing AI became an official project and Shaikh’s full time job at Microsoft. For blind people this is incredibly empowering.” Below is a video Microsoft released in 2016 about Shaikh and the Seeing AI project. The Seeing AI project is an early example of a tool that taps various AI technologies in ways that produce an almost "intelligent" experience.
Marketing & Ecommerce
       
Otter.ai launches real-time event transcription service 8/20/2020 By Rachel England Hoping to improve both engagement and accessibilityCOVID-19 drives AI adoption: Capgemini 8/4/2020 By Chuck Martin Nearly half of customers find AI-enabled interactions to be trustworthyRealeyes gets NEC’s backing in ‘emotional AI’ partnership 7/28/2020 By Rachel England Hoping to teach computer systems to understand non-verbal communicationGoogle launches Recommendations AI to improve retailers’ shopping personalization 7/23/2020 By Rachel England The tool focuses on the individual customer, rather than a specific itemMicrosoft spins out Chinese AI assistant Xiaoice 7/13/2020 By Louis Stone The company’s youngest employee starts a new ventureTuna Scope: Japanese fish processing facilities trial AI-based tuna grader 7/10/2020 By Louis Stone An optimization effort, or a marketing move? British startup launches AI-powered PR assistant 7/6/2020 By Graham Hope [God help us all – Ed.] CM.com is acquiring Dutch chatbot startup CX Company for $17m 6/8/2020 By Chuck Martin Hoping to create a one-stop-shop for conversational commerceAirtel acquires 10% of conversational AI startup Voicezen 5/22/2020 By Sebastian Moss I’m sorry Dave, I can’t let you file that customer complaintAI Business Podcast | Episode 1: The Pilot 5/12/2020 By Max Smolaks In which we discuss AI systems that fight the impact of COVID-19, AI-generated memes, military strategy and video gamesResearch: Retailers to spend $37.3bn on AI software between 2019 and 2025 3/25/2020 By Max Smolaks
How Intel’s neuromorphic chip could make wheelchair-mounted robotic arms more accessible
       
Intel scientists are using neuromorphic computing to power a wheelchair-mounted robotic arm that helps patients with spinal injuries perform daily tasks. Intel says its neuromorphic computing chip — Loihi — could make them 10 times cheaper. [Read: Neuromorphic computing chip could ‘smell’ explosives, narcotics, and diseases]Intel believes this will slash the costs of producing robotic arms, as it wouldn’t need all the pricey parts that help the device adapt to the user and environment. Credit: ALYN Hospital The robotic arm will be refined by researchers from the Open University of Israel and ALYN Hospital before clinical evaluations with pediatric patients. [Read: Neuromorphic computing chip could ‘smell’ explosives, narcotics, and diseases]A prototype of the robotic arm has already been created.
Your Startup Needs an AI Ethicist. How Do You Find One?
       
Responsible innovation is likely to be one of the hottest careers of the near future. But will people want to be AI Ethicists, Directors of Responsible Innovation, or Social Trust Specialists tomorrow? The need for data scientists came from a clear pain point in the market. Companies, potential candidates for these new responsible innovation roles, and educators are looking to see what sticks. The Responsible Innovation Pipeline ProblemLast year, I met with an individual who was recently hired as a Data Ethics Officer for a startup.
FastMRI breakthrough shows AI-accelerated MRIs interchangeable with traditional MRIs
       
In a rigorous new clinical study, radiologists found fastMRI’s AI-generated images — created with about 4x less data from the scanning machine — were diagnostically interchangeable with traditional MRIs. We hope this approach will have a far-reaching, lasting positive impact on the world and provide a model for future AI research collaborations. The AI model must also create images that are visually indistinguishable from traditional MRI images. After the radiologists had reviewed the AI-accelerated and traditional MRIs for each case, results were compared to see whether there were discrepancies in their diagnoses. The AI didn't miss or add anything, and the images are just as good for diagnostic purposes as traditional MRIs.
Peter Railton on Moral Learning and Metaethics in AI Systems
       
Topics discussed in this episode include:Moral epistemologyThe potential relevance of metaethics to AI alignmentThe importance of moral learning in AI systemsPeter Railton’s, Derek Parfit’s, and Peter Singer’s metaethical viewsTimestamps:0:00 Intro3:05 Does metaethics matter for AI alignment? Today, we have a conversation with Peter Railton that explores metaethics, moral epistemology, moral learning, and how these areas of philosophy may or may not inform AI alignment. That moral learning and our view on moral epistemology is essential and important in the alignment and development of AI systems. So we’re in a position where evolution has cultivated and embedded in us, a kind of moral learning, where there is a certain degree of implicit and explicit moral learning, depending on your culture and where you’re from. Are there insights into this that can begin pivoting us into the relationship or importance of moral learning in AI systems?
Announcing the Consortium for Python Data API Standards
       
Today, we are announcing the Consortium for Python Data API Standards, which aims to tackle this fragmentation by developing API standards for arrays (a.k.a. The section in the __array_module__ NEP on “restricted subsets of NumPy’s API” gives an outline for how the API standard we’re developing can be adopted. The __dataframe__ protocol attempts to solve a small, well-defined problem that is a sub-problem of the one a full dataframe API standard would solve. When we start talking about an “API standard” or a formal specification, it’s important to start by explaining both why we need it and what “API standard” means. Such a generated API may need curation and changes, but is a very useful data point when discussing what should and should not be included in an API standard.
GPT-3, explained: This new language AI is uncanny, funny — and a big deal
       
AI systems have improved dramatically at translation, games like chess and Go, important research biology questions like predicting how proteins fold, and generating images. AI systems determine what you’ll see in a Google search or in your Facebook News Feed. And AI systems to come will likely be yet more general. If you prompt GPT-3 to write you a story with a prompt like “here is a short story,” it will write a distinctly mediocre story. But someday we may have computer systems that are capable of human-like reasoning.
Virtues Not Principles
       
By attempting to simplify the work of achieving good outcomes to “frameworks” or “principles” the work being done in the field risks bearing little fruit. The goal of responsible AI, however, is to be proactive by anticipating potential harms and mitigating their impact. The risk of non-adoption is currently the more pervasive problem facing responsible AI work. None of this is to say that work on principles is inherently useless, but rather that good behaviour relies on good people. To address these, attention needs to be paid on the character of people involved in AI, and the moral virtues that they possess.
Issue #175: Facebook’s AI for detecting hate speech is facing its biggest challenge yet
       
Machine learning will impact some industries more than others. Manufacturing, retailing, transportation, and food services have many tasks suitable for ML. Any researcher who’s focused on applying machine learning to real-world problems has likely received a response like this one: “The authors present a solution for an original and highly motivating problem, but it is an application and the significance seems limited for the machine-learning community.”
Facebook’s AI for detecting hate speech is facing its biggest challenge yet
       
advertisementNeural networks at play Facebook’s recent success with detecting hate speech over the past two years stems from some dramatic inroads made by the AI research community. Still, concern about biases in Facebook’s content moderation algorithms has continued in academic and civil rights communities. But memes’ multimodal nature–the integration of language and imagery–makes them a difficult challenge for Facebook’s AI. Facebook’s AI systems were apparently unable to immediately detect those statements and flag the posts for removal. Many of Facebook’s content moderation challenges are immediate and daunting, such as the problems of proactively detecting misinformation, propaganda, and hate.
Root AI raises seed funding for Virgo robot to harvest multiple crops
       
Root AI Inc. this week announced that it has raised $7.2 million in seed funding. Root AI develops dexterous manipulationRoot AI’s Virgo 1 robot uses soft grippers, 3D sensors, and artificial intelligence to harvest different crops, starting with tomatoes. Josh Lessing and Ryan Knopf, who previously worked at Soft Robotics Inc., co-founded Root AI in 2018. The company has conducted tests in the U.S., Canada, and the Netherlands, and its founders said they envision Virgo being used to harvest different local crops. Root AI said it plans to use the funding to hire more hardware and software engineers and field operations staffers and expand deployments in North America and Europe later this year.
How Work Will Change Following the Pandemic
       
To keep workers safe and continue functioning, companies have ramped up remote work and are aggressively automating some operations and exploring machine learning. More tasks in lower-wage jobs could be replaced by machine learning applications, they found. Manufacturing, retailing, transportation, and accommodation and food services have many tasks suitable for machine learning. A personal banker might transition to business analyst or mortgage loan officer, roles ML is less likely to disrupt. “With a little bit of training, they're in a position to be much less vulnerable to the machine learning revolution,” he noted.
Too many AI researchers think real-world problems are not relevant
       
In the field of machine learning, a novel development usually means a new algorithm or procedure, or—in the case of deep learning—a new network architecture. This is a problem because machine learning holds great promise for advancing health, agriculture, scientific discovery, and more. The most accurate predictions of protein structures, an important step for drug discovery, are made using machine learning. If others in the field had prioritized real-world applications, what other groundbreaking discoveries would we have made by now? One reason applications research is minimized might be that others in machine learning think this work consists of simply applying methods that already exist.
Sounds of action: Using ears, not just eyes, improves robot perception
       
Carnegie Mellon University researchers devised an apparatus called Tilt-Bot to build a collection of actions, video and sound to improve robot perception. Objects were placed in a tray attached to a robot arm, which then moved the tray randomly while recording video and audio. Carnegie Mellon University researchers find that robot perception could improve markedly by adding another sense: hearing. Carnegie Mellon University researchers devised an apparatus called Tilt-Bot to build a collection of actions, video and sound to improve robot perception. For instance, a robot couldn't use sound to tell the difference between a red block or a green block.
Fast reinforcement learning with generalized policy updates
       
What makes policy evaluation tractable is a recursive relation between state-action values known as the Bellman equation: Q r π ( s , a ) = E S ′ ∼ p ( ⋅ | s , a ) r ( s , a , S ′ ) + γ Q r π ( S ′ , π ( S ′ ) ) . Given a policy π and a task r, “policy improvement” is the definition of a policy π ′ such that Q r π ′ ( s , a ) ≥ Q r π ( s , a ) f o r a l l ( s , a ) ∈ S × A . [2]We call one application of policy evaluation followed by one application of policy improvement a “policy update.” Given an arbitrary initial policy π, successive policy updates give rise to a sequence of improving policies that will eventually reach an optimal policy π r * ( 18 ). ( 28 ), we propose to compute an improved policy π ′ as π ′ ( s ) ∈ argmax a ∈ A max π ∈ Π Q r π ( s , a ) . Let R ϕ ≡ { r w = ϕ ⊤ w | w ∈ R d } be the set of tasks induced by all possible instantiations of w ∈ R d .
Google Pixel Buds tap AI to alert users to sirens, crying babies, and barking dogs
       
Google Pixel Buds can now alert you to the sounds of a crying baby, barking dog, or the siren of an emergency vehicle when you’re listening to something and may not otherwise hear the sound. Pixel Buds are also getting a more powerful way to translate languages today. Transcribe mode for the Google Translate app launched in March. And you can now use Find My Device to get the last known location of your Pixel Buds. Google made Pixel Buds 2 available for $179 in April.
iFarm Raises $4 million to automate urban farming with AI and drones
       
iFarm has raised $4 million to expand its automated system that uses AI and drones to grow fruits and vegetables in enclosed spaces. The Finnish startup has developed a vertical agricultural system called iFarm Growtune. As companies rethink logistics and the environment in the wake of the pandemic, self-contained urban farms hold growing appeal. The iFarm system places seedbeds in long racks that are stacked up to 5 meters high. Drones are equipped with computer vision to track the crops’ growth and provide further data for the system’s algorithm.
IBM uses AI to evaluate risk of developing genetic diseases
       
In a study published in the journal Nature Communications, scientists at IBM, the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, and health tech company Color detail evidence that the presence of genetic mutations isn’t a reliable precursor to genetic diseases. They claim diseases can be so greatly influenced by other factors that the risk in carriers is sometimes as low as in that in noncarriers. In the course of the study, an IBM-led team developed models that analyze a person’s genetic risk factors, clinical health records, and biomarker data to more accurately predict the onset of conditions like heart attacks, sudden cardiac death, and atrial fibrillation. Among carriers of a monogenic risk variant, they identified “substantial variations” in risk based on polygenic background, implying carriers don’t always develop diseases. As part of a five-year project, the company sought to help researchers using AI and genomics better understand how cancers become resistant to therapies.
Microsoft Flight Simulator review — Born to fly
       
The magic of Microsoft Flight Simulator is that it captures the most mesmerizing aspects of aviation in a format that you can play at home on PC. The new Microsoft Flight Simulator is available now for $60 on Steam or the Microsoft Store. Like the classic Microsoft Flight Sim games, this modern from-the-ground-up reboot does exactly what it says on the box. Microsoft Flight Simulator as a platformIf you’re curious about Flight Simulator, it’s absolutely worth checking out if you already subscribe to Game Pass. I’m somewhere between neophyte and sim veteran, and Microsoft Flight Simulator has won me over.
Exo raises $40 million to bring high-quality ultrasound to handheld devices
       
Exo, a medical technology startup developing a portable ultrasound device and accompanying AI-powered cloud platform, has raised $40 million in a round of funding. Exo is hoping to find a place in the $6 billion ultrasound market by packing high-quality imaging technology into an “affordable” handheld unit that can be used anywhere. With another $40 million in the bank, Exo said it’s now well-positioned to bring its data and workflow apps to market and to conclude product development for its handheld ultrasound device. Other handheld ultrasound devices on the market include GE’s Vscan, which has been around since 2010, while Butterfly raised $250 million in 2018 for its smartphone-connected ultrasound device. “Exo’s proprietary version of pMUT imaging technology miniaturizes the proven image quality of traditional cart-based ultrasound so that the superior imaging technology can fit into a handheld device,” Akkaraju said.
Xilinx’s programmable AI chip powers safety sensors in Subaru car
       
Xilinx shared today that its programmable AI chips are being used in Subaru’s EyeSight car safety system. “It’s the first vehicle with a new generation of EyeSight,” Xilinx automotive lead Willard Tu said in an interview with VentureBeat. Zynq is a programmable chip that helps power EyeSight, the advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) in the car. Tu said the carmaker decided around four years ago to use the Zynq programmable chip. So Xilinx helps carmakers load the final software and hardware into the chip just before the car ships, Tu said.
Xwing unveils autonomous flight system for regional planes
       
Automated flight startup Xwing today introduced a system for fully autonomous flight. It’s the first system Xwing has shared publicly since the launch of the company. Xwing CEO Marc Piette hopes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulators in charge of unmanned aircraft systems will approve such systems within the next two years. Piette and Xwing believe unmanned flight of existing regional planes will get approval long before the kinds of air taxis being developed by companies like Uber and Boeing. Xwing flight systems have also been tested as part of NASA’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems program.
Watch a tiny robot powered by alcohol
       
Watch a tiny robot powered by alcoholRobots tend to be powered by batteries and plug sockets. This means methanol-powered microbots don’t require an additional external power source, such as wires or electromagnetic fields. It can carry an additional 95 milligrams of fuel, which could power the robot for up to 2 hours. Scientists now need to figure out how to refuel the robot to keep it continuously powered over longer periods. If they can program the RoBeetle to communicate with its human operator, methanol-powered microbots could one day act as artificial pollinators or assist complex surgeries.
Red-Hot NVIDIA & Other Chip Bigwigs to Add to Your Portfolio
       
Chipmaker NVIDIA Corporation NVDA is scheduled to report fiscal second-quarter 2020 earnings results on Aug 19, after the closing bell. NVIDIA, in particular, is expected to have benefitted from strong demand for gaming notebooks and the Nintendo Switch. The coronavirus crisis, which has been disrupting many industries, actually accelerated the adoption of AI in the fiscal second quarter. Its expected earnings growth rate for the current year is 36.4%, in contrast to the Semiconductor - General industry’s projected decline of 11.9%. Further, the company’s expected earnings growth for the next five-year period is a solid 16.9%.
Nvidia Is Officially a Data Center Company. Here’s Why.
       
Despite revenue damage to two of its segments because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the company’s fiscal-second quarter handily beat the consensus estimates. Mellanox grew sharply, driven by the need for high-speed networking in cloud data centers to scale-out AI services,” Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang said. Nvidia reported adjusted, or non-GAAP, earnings of $2.18 a share compared with $1.24 a share a year ago. Sales rose to $3.87 billion, beating the consensus of $3.66 billion and topping the year-ago total of $2.58 billion. Nvidia said it expected fiscal third-quarter sales of $4.4 billion plus or minus 2%, which topped the consensus estimate of $3.96 billion.
Nvidia Is Officially a Data Center Company. Here’s Why.
       
Despite revenue damage to two of its segments because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the company’s fiscal-second quarter handily beat the consensus estimates. Mellanox grew sharply, driven by the need for high-speed networking in cloud data centers to scale-out AI services,” Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang said. Nvidia reported adjusted, or non-GAAP, earnings of $2.18 a share compared with $1.24 a share a year ago. Sales rose to $3.87 billion, beating the consensus of $3.66 billion and topping the year-ago total of $2.58 billion. Nvidia said it expected fiscal third-quarter sales of $4.4 billion plus or minus 2%, which topped the consensus estimate of $3.96 billion.
Reskilling Talent to Shrink Technology Gaps
       
Despite the growing prevalence of AI technology and copious data within companies, getting value from AI isn’t easy. Even with AI technology increasingly easier to acquire, 40% of organizations making significant investments in AI still do not report business gains from AI. As with technology advances in the past, technology alone isn’t the answer to value. As organizations put more resources into a general-purpose technology such as AI, they can produce more sophisticated results with the technology. (See “Maturation of Technology Sophistication.”) Employees working directly with AI will gain experience.
Sally Hansen Debuts Nail Try-On Lens on Snapchat
       
Beauty products brand Sally Hansen became the first brand to roll out sponsored nail try-on Snapchat lenses in the U.S. using the SnapML technology that was unveiled at the Snap Partner Summit in June. SnapML enables developers to power try-on technology in lenses via their own machine learning models. The Sally Hansen nail try-on lens is available to select Snapchatters across the U.S. via Lens Carousel or Snapcode. Snap Inc. head of fashion and beauty Selby Drummond said in a statement, “The launch of Snap’s nail polish try-on technology builds on the demand for and success of our existing augmented reality product try-on features with something extremely special and close to Snapchatters’ hearts. Sally Hansen’s nail try-on lens enables anyone to explore their individual nail polish tastes and preferences in a creative, fun way.
Brad Pitt and Harry Styles Aren’t Making a Movie Together
       
The internet had to stop and catch its breath Wednesday after an international distributor let slip that Brad Pitt and Harry Styles may soon be appearing in the same movie. But sources close to Pitt and Styles tell Vanity Fair it's not true. Faster, Cheaper, Better will not feature either of them, according to sources with knowledge of the situation. Pitt and Styles fans are going to have to stay that way, apparently. Faster, Cheaper, Better is a drama about how human workers are gradually being outmoded and replaced by artificial intelligence, drones, and robots.
Nvidia Is Officially a Data Center Company. Here’s Why.
       
Mellanox grew sharply, driven by the need for high-speed networking in cloud data centers to scale-out AI services,” Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang said. Nvidia reported adjusted, or non-GAAP, earnings of $2.18 a share compared with $1.24 a share a year ago. Videogame sales rose 26% to $1.65 billion. Nvidia said it expected fiscal third-quarter sales of $4.4 billion plus or minus 2%, which topped the consensus estimate of $3.96 billion. Because of the videogame segment’s relative strength, Huang said in the conference call that it’s likely to mean data center will be a lower percentage of overall revenue in the fiscal-third quarter, compared with the fiscal-second quarter.
Aprovecha esta oferta en un avanzado aspirador robótico Roomba
       
Si nunca has tenido un aspirador robótico, prepárate para un descubrimiento de esos que transforman tu vida. Uno de los más avanzado de Roomba, la marca líder en este tipo de productos, está ahora de oferta con un descuento de $50 así que es un buen momento para dar el paso. iRobot Roomba 960 Robot Vacuum ($399, originalmente $449; amazon.com)La Roomba 960 está considerada una de las mejoras aspiradoras robóticas por su avanzada función de mareado. En vez de seguir un patrón predeterminado de momento que puede ser algo lento, esta máquina es capaz de trazar un mapa en tiempo real de la casa ay los obstáculos que hay en el camino para encontrar la ruta óptima de limpieza. Nota: Los precios anteriores reflejan el precio en el momento de la publicación del artículo.
VB Special Issue: Automation and jobs in the new normal
       
Aside from staying alive and healthy, the biggest concern most people have during the pandemic is the future of their jobs. Unemployment in the U.S. has skyrocketed, from 5.8 million in February 2020 to 16.3 million in July 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. But it’s not only the lost jobs that are reshaping work in the wake of COVID-19; the nature of many of the remaining jobs has changed, as remote work becomes the norm. And in the midst of it all, automation has become potentially a threat to some workers and a salvation to others. In this issue, we examine this tension and explore the good, bad, and unknown of how automation could affect jobs in the immediate and near future.
Nvidia beats Q2 2020 expectations with revenue up 50% to $3.87 billion
       
Nvidia posted revenues of $3.87 billion for its second fiscal quarter ended July 26, up 50% from a year earlier. For the second fiscal quarter, analysts expected revenue of $3.65 billion and non-GAAP earnings per share of $1.97. That’s the first time that the company’s datacenter revenue is bigger than the gaming revenue in a quarterly report. Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang said in a statement, “Adoption of Nvidia computing is accelerating, driving record revenue and exceptional growth. For the third fiscal quarter that closes at the end of October, Nvidia expects revenue of $4.4 billion, plus or minus 2%.
Could machine learning help bring marginalized voices into historical archives?
       
Researchers at the Montreal AI Ethics Institute and Microsoft propose using machine learning to build comprehensive archives that could bridge gaps in cultural understanding, knowledge, and views. They assert that including others’ voices in archival processes with the help of machine learning can have positive ramifications on communities, particularly those which archivists have historically marginalized. Rarely do people mistrust centralized and accessible directories of records, even when those records contain explicit or implicit biases. The coauthors of the study sought to explore how technology like AI can address challenges around and amplify the usefulness of community databases and archives. They began by identifying areas where current archival practices fall short in serving the needs of underserved populations, finding that indigenous peoples, women, children, LGBTQIA2+, senior citizens, victims of genocides, racial minorities, cultural minorities, military veterans, and disabled populations often fall victim to oversights of archival tools and historians.
Greenspan: US Virus Failure Threatens Recovery, Aids China
       
The failure of the U.S. to handle the coronavirus pandemic risks derailing the economic recovery and puts the country at a competitive disadvantage in its long-run battle with China for global hegemony, former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan said. “The COVID-19 crisis has presented a real threat to the U.S. position of global dominance,” wrote Greenspan, who is a senior economic adviser to the money manager. Barely a day goes by without Trump slamming what he calls a “plague” unleashed on the world by China in press briefings, Twitter and elsewhere. “The failure by the U.S. to effectively deal with the onset of the Covid-19 crisis has only worsened its competitive position” versus China, Greenspan said. “America leads in all the industries that are inventing the future, such as artificial intelligence, robotics, driverless cars, and, indeed, finance,” he wrote.
Love Is Blind star Kenny Barnes engaged to Alexandra Garrison
       
Love Is Blind star Kenny Barnes has gotten engaged to his yearlong girlfriend Alexandra Garrison. The 28-year-old was dumped at the altar on the finale of the reality series but went on to find love again with Alexandra, a friend of his sister Anna. Look of love: Love Is Blind star Kenny Barnes has gotten engaged to his yearlong girlfriend Alexandra GarrisonKenny shot Love Is Blind in the autumn of 2018, proposing to Kelly Chase after talking to her but never seeing her face, as per the protocol of the show. Kelly tearfully told Kenny at the altar that she could not marry him, but on the reunion special months later he revealed he was with someone else. After Anna introduced Kenny and Alexandra at Wooden Robot brewery in Charlotte, the new couple carried on a long-distance romance for three months.
How expense rules are changing amid work from home surge
       
Here to chat that with us is AppZen CEO Anant Kale. ANANT KALE: Yeah, exactly. So just to give you a little background about how we get access to this data is we use artificial intelligence to help companies save money. ANANT KALE: Yeah, I think the crux of the problem is around what do you define as a reasonable expense when you're working from home? But Anant Kale, the CEO over at AppZen, appreciate you taking the time to chat with us.
KAIST uses big data, AI to foresee foreign influx of pandemic
       
KAIST researchers behind the Hi-COVIDNet (KAIST)Researchers from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology have developed a big data and artificial intelligence-powered software called Hi-COVIDNet to monitor incoming COVID-19 cases from overseas. KAIST said Wednesday that the Hi-COVIDNet predicts the volume of COVID-19 patients’ influx two weeks in advance, based on big data information of foreign nations’ confirmed patient numbers and deaths, the daily number of flights from those nations to Korea and the number of passengers who have signed up for roaming services to Korea among others. The more widespread the global pandemic, the more at risk local society becomes, said KAIST. A prediction technology will enable timely bolstering of quarantine facilities and policies for passengers from high-risk nations. The scholarly article for this software, titled “Hi-COVIDNet: Deep Learning Approach to Predict Inbound COVID-19 Patients and Case Study in South Korea,” will be presented on Aug. 24 at the Association for Computing Machinery’s Knowledge Discovery in Database 2020’s AI for COVID-19 session.
Video: Oklahoma-made action film 'Robot Riot' released on DVD and digital
       
Director Ryan Staples Scott's new Oklahoma-made action movie "Robot Riot" has been released on DVD and through several digital outlets. [Poster provided]Director Ryan Staples Scott's new Oklahoma-made action movie "Robot Riot" has been released on DVD and through several digital outlets. Lensed in Maud, the film is available to stream on Amazon Prime, Vudu, Google Play, iTunes and YouTube. As previously reported, "Robot Riot" showed in June as part of Oklahoma City's virtual deadCenter Film Festival. Scott, who attended Bethany's Southern Nazarene University, won Best Oklahoma Film at deadCenter 2015 with his previous feature "Skid."
KAIST uses big data, AI to foresee foreign influx of pandemic
       
BUSINESSKAIST researchers behind the Hi-COVIDNet (KAIST)Researchers from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology have developed a big data and artificial intelligence-powered software called Hi-COVIDNet to monitor incoming COVID-19 cases from overseas.KAIST said Wednesday that the Hi-COVIDNet predicts the volume of COVID-19 patients’ influx two weeks in advance, based on big data information of foreign nations’ confirmed patient numbers and deaths, the daily number of flights from those nations to Korea and the number of passengers who have signed up for roaming services to Korea among others.The researchers behind this system, led by professor Lee Jae-gil and Ph.D. candidate Kim Min-seok from the department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, anticipate the program will keep local authorities one step ahead of the pandemic’s spread.The more widespread the global pandemic, the more at risk local society becomes, said KAIST.A prediction technology will enable timely bolstering of quarantine facilities and policies for passengers from high-risk nations.The scholarly article for this software, titled “Hi-COVIDNet: Deep Learning Approach to Predict Inbound COVID-19 Patients and Case Study in South Korea,” will be presented on Aug. 24 at the Association for Computing Machinery’s Knowledge Discovery in Database 2020’s AI for COVID-19 session.By Lim Jeong-yeo (kaylalim@heraldcorp.com)
CyberLink Introduces FaceMe® Health to Detect Masks, Verify Identity and Measure Temperature for Pandemic Control
       
FaceMe® Health automates what is typically a cumbersome process, seamlessly screening individuals to verify their identity, if they are wearing a mask and if they potentially have a fever. Studies have shown that mask wearing substantially reduces the transmission of COVID-19, but face masks render most identity verification systems useless. FaceMe® Health also supports select models of IP cameras equipped with thermal sensors to perform temperature measurement, which are connected to FaceMe® Health through the IP network. For more information on FaceMe® Health and specific hardware requirements, please visit www.cyberlink.com/faceme/solution/health. With years of research in the fields of artificial intelligence and facial recognition, CyberLink has developed the FaceMe® Facial Recognition Engine.
Komehyo to introduce AI-based used goods appraisal system
       
Komehyo Co., a Japanese recycle store operator, said Tuesday it will introduce an artificial intelligence-based system to appraise used brand goods. The introduction of the system will reduce the time needed for appraisal when buying used items from customers, Komehyo said. It plans to introduce the system at other outlets in and outside the country in stages. Komehyo will initially use the system to appraise Louis Vuitton goods, including bags and wallets. The company plans to increase the range of brands and products to be subject to the new appraisal system.
iKala, an AI-based customer engagement platform, raises $17 million to expand in Southeast Asia
       
iKala, a Taiwanese startup that offers an artificial intelligence-based customer acquisition and engagement platform, will expand into new Southeast Asian markets after raising a $17 million Series B. The round was led by Wistron Digital Technology Holding Company, the investment arm of the electronics manufacturer, with participation from returning investors Hotung Investment Holdings Limited and Pacific Venture Partners. Wistron Digital Technology Holding Company, which also offers big data analytics, will serve as a strategic investor, and this also marks the Taiwanese firm’s entry into Southeast Asia. With Wistron as a strategic partner, iKala can become a major driving force for transforming Taiwan into an AI industry and talent hub in Asia." In addition to iKala, these include Appier, which also provides a customer analytics, and enterprise translation platform WritePath.
Driverless cars are coming soon, and will bring a host of ethical and moral dilemmas with them
       
In the resulting court case, if Salisbury is found guilty then he could go to prison, but if he isn’t then the entire future of his company could be in doubt. “If you want Artificial Intelligence (AI) in autonomous cars to perform really well then it has to be at the expense of transparency. With AI, the car is constantly learning, which is the only way to provide a car that is safe and that can learn when something goes wrong. Silver said: “The Law Commission is already looking at talking about ‘users-in-charge’ in future rather than drivers. Maybe in years to come with autonomous cars, we’ll have to accept that accidents will happen and manufacturers will investigate, but nobody will actually get punished.
When momentum meets 'FOMO': Trader calls Nvidia stock dangerous into earnings
       
Tatro says its fundamentals have become overextended — for example, the stock is trading at 54 times forward earnings and 19 times forward sales. The SMH ETF trades at 22 times forward earnings and six times forward sales. They are a leader in AI, data centers, machine learning, self-driving cars, cloud, gaming," Gordon said. "You're right, 50 times forward earnings, but they're positioned well in two high-growth segments — gaming and data center cloud." Gordon says gaming should get a boost from an upgrade cycle tied to upcoming console launches from Sony and Microsoft.
Microsoft is helping the government build AI disaster response tools
       
Firefighters battling the King Fire watch as a backfire burns along Highway 50 in Fresh Pond, California September 16, 2014. The fire led officials to call on about 400 people to evacuate from areas threatened by the blaze, Cal Fire spokeswoman Alyssa Smith said. REUTERS/Noah Berger (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)The Department of Energy is teaming up with Microsoft to build AI tools that will help prevent and manage natural disasters, the agency announced today. The group is named after the critical first five minutes of a natural disaster — the better first responders are prepared early on, the better they can contain issues and potentially save people. And hopefully, Microsoft and the DOE can share what they learn with the rest of the world eventually.
Report: AI Company Leaks Over 2.5M Medical Records
       
As Secure Thoughts reports, on July 7 security researcher Jeremiah Fowler discovered two folders of medical records available for anyone to access on the internet. The data was labeled as "staging data" and hosted by artificial intelligence company Cense AI, which specializes in "SaaS-based intelligent process automation management solutions." The medical records are quite detailed and include names, insurance records, medical diagnosis notes, and payment records. Fowler sent a responsible disclosure notice to Cense AI and public access to the folders was restricted soon after. Fowler points out that medical data is the most valuable on the black market, fetching as much as $250 per record.
Beyond batteries: Scientists build methanol-powered beetle bot
       
The problem is that most robots need motors that are themselves bulky and require electricity, which in turn makes batteries necessary. The smallest batteries available weigh 10-20 times more than a tiger beetle, a 50 milligram insect the team used as their reference point. The wire was coated in a platinum powder that acts as a catalyst for the combustion of methanol vapor. The expanding and contracting artificial muscles are connected to the RoBeetles' front legs through a transmission mechanism, which allows it to crawl. By contrast, "the smallest battery-powered crawling robot weighs one gram and operates about 12 minutes."
Robots can now store energy like humans in 'fat reserves' after battery breakthrough
       
A breakthrough with biomorphic batteries could allow robots to store up to 72-times more energy through a system similar to biological fat reserves. Gadget and tech news: In pictures 1/25 Gun-toting humanoid robot sent into space Russia has launched a humanoid robot into space on a rocket bound for the International Space Station (ISS). The robot Fedor will spend 10 days aboard the ISS practising skills such as using tools to fix issues onboard. The robot Fedor will spend 10 days aboard the ISS practising skills such as using tools to fix issues onboard. Ahmet Emre, a doctoral student who was involved in the research, said: “Batteries that can do double duty – to store charge and protect the robot’s organs – replicate the multifunctionality of fat tissues serving to store energy in living creatures.”
US Department of Energy announces $37m AI boost for scientific facilities
       
Seven national laboratories will lead 14 new projectsThe US Department of Energy (DoE) has announced $37 million in funding for research and development of AI systems that will manage data at its scientific facilities. Seven national DoE labs will work across 14 projects looking at automating operations, and managing data modeling and experimental analysis. Some of the subjects tackled by the labs include large X-ray light sources, neutron scattering sources, particle accelerators and nanoscale science research. Earlier this month, the Department announced $8.5 million in funding for a number of projects designed to make AI modeling more efficient through a focus on findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable (FAIR) data principles. Earlier this year, Cheryl Ingstad was named the first director of the DoE’s AI and Technology Office (AITO).
IBM details 7nm Power10 processors
       
Power10 CPUs are claimed to deliver three times more performance than their predecessors in the Power9 family across standard workloads. More PowerThe processors will be IBM's first built using 7nm process technology, and are set to be manufactured by Samsung Electronics when they launch in the second half of 2021. "With IBM Power10 we've designed the premier processor for enterprise hybrid cloud, delivering the performance and security that clients expect from IBM. With our stated goal of making Red Hat OpenShift the default choice for hybrid cloud, IBM Power10 brings hardware-based capacity and security enhancements for containers to the IT infrastructure level." Changes at the company that could impact its Power10 roadmap were not discussed during the press briefing.
White House to increase non-defense AI spending to $1.5b in 2021
       
Meanwhile, quantum computing gets $699 millionThe White House plans to increase funding for non-defense artificial intelligence projects in 2021 by 54 percent over fiscal 2020. The 2021 proposed budget for AI is $1.5 billion, an increase from $974 million from the 2020 budget proposal. The 2021 budget includes $830 million for AI research and development at the National Science Foundation interdisciplinary research institutes, a 70 percent increase over the fiscal 2020 budget request. The budget for fiscal year 2021, which starts October 1, proposes increasing spending by the National Science Foundation to $226 million, $120 million higher. Proposed spending on research by the Department of Energy’s Office of Science would increase to $237 million, an increase of nearly $58 million over fiscal 2020.
The AI version of the Weeknd and I are now BFFs — deal with it
       
Have you ever wondered what the Weeknd thinks about your taste in music? As a Weeknd fan who’d rather listen to music than do some actual work, I decided to check it out. [Read: Most mobile apps suck — here’s how to fix them]Apparently, the Weeknd song I’ve listened to the most is “Alone Again” (*sniff*). In total, I’ve listened to more than 20 hours of After Hours, placing me in the top 4% of his listeners. I particularly enjoy listening to him on Mondays, which the Weeknd ironically claims is his favorite day of the week.
Vroom vroom: AI reveals F1’s fastest drivers of the past 40 years
       
F1 and Amazon Web Services used the AI system to calculate the fastest racer in a single qualifying lap — known as the purest indication of raw speed. It also gave a higher ranking to drivers who dominated their teammates or performed well against the greats. A qualifying lap is a single lap, you’ve got two guys in the same car and they go out and do a single lap, and the better driver will end up with the better lap. There’s not much ambiguity about that single data point, so that’s the data point that we’re using. So if you spot Heikki back in the cockpit of one of the sport’s fastest cars next year — blame the algorithm.
An introduction to one-shot learning
       
But interestingly, if configured properly, deep neural networks, the key component of deep learning systems, can perform one-shot learning on simple tasks. In recent years, one-shot learning AI has found successful applications including facial recognition and passport checks. Instead of treating the task as a classification problem, one-shot learning turns it into a difference-evaluation problem. One-shot learningSiamese neural networks and the triplet loss functionThe key to one-shot learning is an architecture called the “Siamese neural network.” In essence, the Siamese neural network is not much different from other convolutional neural nets. The limits of one-shot learningAlthough very attractive, one-shot learning does have some limitations.
The White House is set to boost AI funding by 30 percent
       
Often sighted at global tech conferences with a coffee in one hand and laptop in the other. A budget proposal from the White House would boost funding for AI by around 30 percent as the US aims to retain its technological supremacy. The White House has proposed (PDF) a 30 percent hike in spending on AI and quantum computing. ABI expects the US to reach a 70 percent share of global AI investments. 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 gamifies data collection to boost conversational AI
       
Facebook once piloted a text-based fantasy role-playing game to improve the conversational models powering things like its chatbots and smart speakers. In this paradigm, models are prevented from interacting with humans at training time, a constraint that precludes performance improvements. Because the crowdworkers are motivated by pay rather than interest, budget overruns and poor-quality data can result. The Facebook researchers’ game aims to iteratively learn from conversations with “intrinsically motivated” players. Notably, the work builds on LIGHT, a research environment in the form of a text-based game within which AI and humans interact as player characters.
Cerebras puts ‘world’s largest computer chip’ in Lassen supercomputer
       
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) said it has integrated Cerebras Systems‘ new product, which the company claims is the world’s largest computer chip, into its Lassen supercomputer for the National Nuclear Security Administration. Technicians recently connected the Silicon Valley-based company’s massive, 1.2 trillion transistor Wafer Scale Engine (WSE) chip — designed specifically for machine learning and AI applications — to the 23-petaflop Lassen. The new wafer-sized computer chip will help accelerate AI research at LLNL. Normally, chip makers slice a wafer from a 12-inch diameter ingot of silicon to process in a chip factory. But Cerebras, started by SeaMicro founder Andrew Feldman, takes that wafer and makes a single, massive chip out of it.
Is your BI team AI ready? Enter AutoML 2.0
       
However, the problem is that all AutoML platforms to date have still focused on data scientists as the key constituency. “AutoML 2.0” platforms are now available with the specific goal of making AI/ML development easier for BI teams without data science expertise. The first challenge for any BI team in developing AI/ML models rests on the nature of the data itself. While the vast majority of BI data resides in relational data repositories, AI/ML models require data to be in a flat-file format. Traditionally, one of the most challenging and time-consuming parts of the AI/ML development process has been building these flat-file tables.
How Duolingo uses AI in every part of its app
       
We spoke to von Ahn about all the ways Duolingo uses AI and then followed up with the company’s research director, Burr Settles, who joined in 2013 (Duolingo was founded in 2012). “We hired this guy named Burr who has a Ph.D. in AI,” von Ahn said when describing the company’s first foray into AI. '”We’ve already done deep dives into how Duolingo uses AI to humanize virtual language lessons and to drive its English proficiency tests. “Generally, for every exercise we have a really good idea of how hard that exercise is for you,” von Ahn said. “We use AI to figure out when to send them to you and what to tell you,” von Ahn said.
Adobe launches AI-powered Character Animator features in beta
       
Adobe today announced the beta launch of new features for Adobe Character Animator (version 3.4), its desktop software that combines live motion-capture with a recording system to control 2D puppets drawn in Photoshop or Illustrator. Limb IK, previously Arm IK, is in tow with the new Character Animator. Merge Takes lets them combine multiple Lip Sync or Trigger takes into a single row. And they gain the benefits of revamped Character Animator organization tools, including the ability to filter the timeline to focus on individual puppets, scenes, audio, or keyframes. Character Animator 3.4 beta is available for download via the Creative Cloud desktop application and includes an in-app library of starter puppets and tutorials.
Zoom is coming to Amazon, Google, and Facebook smart displays
       
Amazon, Facebook, and Google today announced Zoom video calls are coming to their smart displays in a shift that could shake up how people receive video calls and interact with AI assistants. Zoom is also one of the first non-native video call services for Amazon smart displays — the Amazon Echo Show got Skype calls in 2018. Bringing Zoom to smart displays could leverage the video calling service’s recent rapid growth and the fact that smart displays are already in millions of homes. Today’s news follows last month’s launch of the Zoom for Home brand, which focuses on bringing Zoom to devices like smart displays. Alongside Zoom, Facebook is opening Portal, Portal+, and Portal Mini devices to BlueJeans, GoToMeeting, and Webex.
Intel details robotic assistive arm for wheelchair users
       
Intel today detailed a collaboration with Accenture and the ALYN Woldenberg Family Hospital (the Neuro-Biomorphic Engineering Lab at the Open University of Israel), to develop a wheelchair-mounted robotic arm that helps people with spinal injuries perform daily tasks. In the coming months, researchers affiliated with the organizations plan to clinically evaluate and test the arm with children at ALYN. While similar assistive technologies exist today, they’re prohibitively expensive for most of the estimated 75 million wheelchair users around the world. Loihi will also support the use of parts that could make the arm 10 times cheaper while reducing power usage. Intel hopes to leverage neuromorphic computing to develop supercomputers 1,000 times more powerful than any today.
How Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk spends his billions
       
Elon Musk's net worth is soaring in 2020, as Tesla's surging stock price has roughly quadrupled since the start of the year. Musk owns about 20% of Tesla's stock, a stake that's worth more than $50 billion, according to research firm Wealth-X. (In fact, Tesla's stock continued to soar this week ahead of a stock split later this month which Wall Street analysts believe could cause even more demand for the hot stock.) And in 2016 he reportedly donated Tesla stock valued at $255 million to his own charitable foundation, called the Musk Foundation. In 2015, Musk and other entrepreneurs also contributed to a $1 billion pledge to fund the artificial intelligence research lab OpenAI.
AI Is Booming: Here Are 3 Stocks Analysts Are Betting On
       
Machine learning is making it possible for the machines to answer questions posed by humans. It’s no wonder, then, that stocks involved in developing, using, and marketing AI technology are – in many cases – showing gains. Lantern is working with AI and machine learning platforms to leverage the highest possible gains from its database of patient information. The company is currently using AI, machine learning, and cloud computing simultaneously with genomic data in an effort to target its research on the most receptive patient populations. (See LTRN stock analysis on TipRanks)LivePerson, Inc. (LPSN)Story continues
Facebook and NYU are using AI to dramatically speed up MRI imaging
       
The group is now releasing the results of its first study, which shows that the quality and usefulness of these AI-fueled MRI scans are not detectably different from those of traditional MRI. The study, conducted by NYU researchers, took conventional MRI scans of the knees of 108 patients, pulled out some of the raw data, and created new MRI scans using AI to produce an image based off this new, limited set of information. The study found that overall, radiologists made the same recommendations for the original scan as they did for the fastMRI scan. The AI also reduces the noise in the image, giving FastMRI a clearer picture than traditional MRI, which is why the radiologists liked it more. This study was designed to determine if FastMRI images could be used interchangeably with traditional MRI.