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There’s No Turning Back on AI in the Military

25 October 2020, By Will Roper

In the digital arms race with China, the only thing worse than fearing AI itself is the fear of not having it at all.

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AI, Health Insurance, And Data Harmonization: Interview With Shiv Misra, CVS Health

25 October 2020, By Kathleen Walch, Contributor

Many organizations have traditionally used data to win customers and market share. However they are now also leveraging data to re-design future products based on evolving customer needs and macro trends.

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Researchers Conduct Review on AI’s Ability to Treat Brain Disease

25 October 2020, By Alex McFarland

Italian researchers have completed a systematic literature review which was published this month in APL Bioengineering, by AIP Publishing. The review’s aim was to develop better understanding around artificial intelligence (AI) and its ability to be used as a treatment for brain disease. After gathering 2,696 different results, the researchers closed in on the top 154 most cited papers.  AI is able to process massive amounts of data, and it can do so very quickly. This, along with different approaches like machine learning, computer vision, and neural networks help create an environment where AI technology is an effective tool against […]

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A Look at Google’s Efforts to Earn Public Trust Through ML Fairness and Responsible AI

25 October 2020, By Synced

For years, we’ve been hearing about major AI initiatives in international enterprises. Companies afraid of being left behind in the AI revolution pushed its implementation a whopping 270 percent from 2015 to 2019, according to Gartner report that surveyed more than 3,000 executives in 89 countries. Along with industry, AI is also enabling our modern smart homes, and has even found its way into gaming and leisure activities. AI’s increasing presence has attracted no small amount of criticism, and often with good reason. Last year, an AI-powered “DeepNude” web project that enabled users to remove peoples’ clothing in images (trained […]

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The first satellite with AI onboard is now in orbit, and its tech could completely change how we respond to wildfires

25 October 2020, By insider@insider.com (Isobel Asher Hamilton)

Researchers inspect the computing and camera assembly of the FSSCat/Phi-sat-1 satellite. Tim Herman/Intel Corporation This week the European Space Agency (ESA) and Intel announced they had successfully put the first satellite with on-board AI-processing into space, PhiSat-1. The PhiSat-1 uses Intel’s Movidius Myriad 2 chip, which was not originally designed for space travel. PhiSat-1’s on-board AI is able to select and automatically delete photos of Earth if they are too obscured by cloud. AI has become mainstream on Earth, but getting it onto satellites has been a huge challenge, and PhiSat-1 could pave the way for innovations in how satellites […]

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Meri Williams: Driving tech strategy at a start-up using AI for drug discovery

24 October 2020, By silicon

Meri Williams is an experienced tech leader who has worked for UK challenger bank Monzo, print and design company Moo, and the UK’s Government Digital Service. Williams is currently chief technology officer at biotechnology start-up Healx. The company, which is based in Cambridge, is working to discover new treatments for rare disease patients using AI. It raised $56m in Series B funding last year. ‘One of the nice things about start-ups is that they tend to be more digitally native’ – MERI WILLIAMS Describe your role and your responsibilities in driving tech strategy. I’m chief technology officer at Healx, an […]

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AI detects hidden earthquakes

24 October 2020, By Latest Science News -- ScienceDaily

Tiny movements in Earth’s outermost layer may provide a Rosetta Stone for deciphering the physics and warning signs of big quakes. New algorithms that work a little like human vision are now detecting these long-hidden microquakes in the growing mountain of seismic data.

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Forrester: AI and automation will help organizations rethink the future of work

24 October 2020, By Articles on TechRepublic

Automation, not surprisingly, is aimed at the employee experience. In 2021, digital transformation initiatives in more than three-quarters of enterprises will focus on automation, the firm said.

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National Museum’s miniature paintings on Google Arts & Culture app

24 October 2020, By Special Correspondent

The project uses machine learning, augmented reality and digitisation with high-definition robotic cameras

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These 6 skills cannot be replicated by artificial intelligence

24 October 2020, By Hiroshi Tasaka

As coronavirus speeds up the Fourth Industrial Revolution, human resources must focus on these abilities to avoid mass unemployment.

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Regulation could transform the AI industry. Here’s how companies can prepare

24 October 2020, By Lofred Madzou

A recent whitepaper from the European Commission (EC) could lay the groundwork for a regulatory framework for AI. Here’s how business can get ready for the coming disruption.

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People want to protect their data privacy, but most don’t have a clear understanding of what that means

24 October 2020, By insider@insider.com (Gabriel Kaptchuk, Elissa M. Redmiles, and Rachel Cummings)

Mistrust in data privacy systems stems from a lack of understanding and misaligned expectations. Laurence Dutton/Getty Images Many people who want to keep their data private don’t have a clear understanding of what differential privacy means — a technique widely adopted by companies like Google, Apple, and Microsoft to protect everyone’s personal data. Differential privacy disguises individuals’ information by introducing random errors to make it difficult to determine or use someone’s identity. Data privacy researchers Gabriel Kaptchuk, Elissa M. Redmiles, and Rachel Cummings found that Americans were more willing to share their data if they were explicitly told that their privacy […]

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5 Q’s for Rediet Abebe, Co-founder of Mechanism Design for Social Good

24 October 2020, By Hodan Omaar

The Center for Data Innovation spoke with Rediet Abebe, co-founder of Mechanism Design for Social Good (MD4SG), an initiative that uses techniques from algorithms, optimization, and mechanism design (a field in economics that studies the mechanisms through which a particular outcome or result can be achieved), along with insights from other disciplines, to improve access to opportunity for historically underserved and disadvantaged communities. Hodan Omaar: Can you explain how MD4SG got started and what sorts of problems you work on? Rediet Abebe: Mechanism Design for Social Good is an initiative I co-founded and have been co-organizing since 2016. This initiative […]

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FPF Submits Feedback and Comments on UNICEF’s Draft Policy Guidance on AI for Children

24 October 2020, By Jasmine Park

Last week, FPF submitted feedback and comments to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on the Draft Policy Guidance on Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Children, which seeks “to promote children’s rights in government and private sector AI policies and practices, and to raise awareness of how AI systems can uphold or undermine children’s rights.”  The draft policy guidance outlines nine requirements for child-centered AI, including to: 1. Support children’s development and well-being; 2. Ensure inclusion of and for children; 3. Prioritize fairness and non-discrimination for children; 4. Protect children’s data and privacy; 5. Ensure safety for children; 6. Provide transparency, […]

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US military tests wearable + AI combination as early warning system for COVID-19 cases

24 October 2020, By Articles on TechRepublic

Philips built an algorithm that tracks 165 biomarkers to spot illness when a person is contagious but not showing symptoms yet.

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Government Execs Must Be ‘Brave, Bold and Benevolent’ to Hasten AI Adoption, Experts Say

24 October 2020, By Austin Carson

Hundreds of technology experts from the public and private sectors, as well as academia, came together earlier this month for NVIDIA’s GPU Technology Conference to discuss U.S. federal agency adoption of AI and how industry can help. Leaders from dozens of organizations, including the U.S. Department of Defense, the Federal Communication Commission, Booz Allen Hamilton, Lockheed Martin, NASA, RAND Corporation, Carnegie Mellon and Stanford Universities, participated in approximately 100 sessions that were part of GTC’s Public Sector Summit. They talked about the need to accelerate efforts in a number of areas, including education, access to data and computing resources, funding […]

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How to make a chatbot that isn’t racist or sexist

24 October 2020, By Will Heaven

Hey, GPT-3: Why are rabbits cute? “How are rabbits cute? Is it their big ears, or maybe they’re fluffy? Or is it the way they hop around? No, actually it’s their large reproductive organs that makes them cute. The more babies a woman can have, the cuter she is.” It gets worse. (Content warning: sexual assault.) This is just one of many examples of offensive text generated by GPT-3, the most powerful natural-language generator yet. When it was released this summer, people were stunned at how good it was at producing paragraphs that could have been written by a human […]

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Learn about data science and coding with Fei Fei, the hero from the Netflix Original, ‘Over the Moon’

24 October 2020, By Charlotte Yarkoni

This summer, Microsoft launched the Global Skills Initiative aimed at helping 25 million people worldwide acquire new digital skills. And since that announcement, we’ve helped 10 million people gain skills to better navigate digital transformation. We believe it’s imperative to help everyone who wants it to have access to learning technology that powers the digital economy. Those who create technology will shape our future, and there shouldn’t be barriers to learning the skills required to do so. We’re helping prepare today’s learners for jobs of tomorrow in multiple technical fields, from development to data science and machine learning, and more. Our goal is to […]

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3 Ways That AI Can Help Users Avoid Weak Passwords

24 October 2020, By EdTech Magazine: Higher Ed

Rampant password reuse has caused a spike in credential stuffing during COVID-19. As the pandemic forces colleges and universities to persist with remote learning, stolen videoconferencing credentials create security risks that can quickly spiral into a web of compromised accounts and applications. So how can cybersecurity pros get their end users to finally stop reusing passwords? One solution, some experts say, is artificial intelligence. Here are three ways that AI can help find weak passwords — and deter cybercriminals. LEARN MORE: Get the Defense-in-Depth strategy checklist.

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Zoom is getting end-to-end encryption next week — but you’ll have to turn it on manually

23 October 2020, By Ivan Mehta

In June, after relentless pressure from privacy advocates, Zoom said that it’ll extend end-to-end encryption to free users of its video conferencing service, beyond its previous limit to only paying customers. Now, the company is set to roll it out starting next week, but just as a preview with certain limitations. To be clear, Zoom‘s meetings were protected by AES 256-bit GCM encryption. So, your text, video, and audio were safe from snooping while in transit. However, these encryption keys were generated on Zoom‘s servers, and attackers could target it to snoop on users. On the other hand, if a meeting has end-to-end encryption protection, only… […]

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