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New Wyze firmware due in January – Highlights

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In an email sent to all current Wyze owners, the company explained that a partnership with XNOR.AI was coming to an end. The Artificial Intelligence company XNOR.AI was responsible for all object...

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Adobe appoints Nanda Kambhatla as India research team head

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Based out of Bengaluru, Kambhatla will lead Adobe's research initiatives in the region, including artificial intelligence, natural language processing, machine learning, big-data analytics and insight, and content intelligence technologies. He will report to Adobe Research Vice President. Before joining Adobe, Kambhatla was the VP of Enterprise AI at Symphony AI.
          

GREiA Research Group

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The GREiA research group (Research group in energy and artificial intelligence) of University of Lleida (Spain), is born from the union of the research group in energy GREA and the research group in artificial intelligence IA. The collaboration of these two groups begins in 2014. The general line of research that defines the activity of the group is to provide answers and solutions related to the fields of energy engineering, industrial and construction design, sustainability and artificial intelligence.

 


          

DSM bolsters personalized nutrition pillar with AVA acquisition

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21 Nov 2019 --- Royal DSM is continuing to strengthen personalized nutrition as its key strategic pillar. The Dutch company has acquired US-based digital health platform AVA, which provides artificial intelligence (AI)-powered nutritional coaching and recommendations across a wide range of health and wellness segments. The businesses will now work together to build out new use cases for a range of health benefits and wellness goals. DSM’s customer and geographical reach will also be used to bring these goals to market. Financial terms of the new deal have not been disclosed.


          

Remaining human in an AI recruitment environment

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Technology has always played a role in the recruitment process, but more recent advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning have catapulted it to the lead item in the agenda of every chief human resource officer. From talent engagement to employer branding and candidate assessment, a recent JazzHR study revealed that six in ten […]

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Reap the AI benefit

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By Kunal Gupta For years, the biggest challenge in the recruiting industry was manually testing applicants. Now, thankfully, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a reality and its use for recruitment is rapidly evolving. Soon, the days of reading endless resumes and covering letters, then holding interviews, will give way to AI-led candidate assessment. Job seekers will […]

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Artificial Intelligence in Strategic Context

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Edward (Ted) A. Parson, Richard M. Re, Alicia Solow-Niederman and Elana Zeide
Study of AI’s societal impacts and risks, and its implications for risk assessment and governance, tends to fall into two clusters, separated in time horizon and the anticipated scale of impacts. Since early development of AI there has been intensive speculation over potential emergence of general intelligence far more capable than humans, under terms such as advanced general intelligence (AGI), superintelligence, or the AI singularity. More recently, as actual applications with significant impacts have proliferated, attention has shifted to current and immediately anticipated risks, such as fairness and bias, privacy, autonomy and manipulation, due process, and other concerns. There is, a region of mid-term effects between these two, however – where AI might transform people and societies by vastly reconfiguring capabilities, information, and behavior, while still remaining (mostly) under human control – that receives much less attention. These mid-term effects may be of greatest importance, in terms of the probability and magnitude of potential societal disruptions and the ability to influence these through anticipatory responses. But in contrast to immediate impacts, for which an observable record is available; and to endpoint or singularity issues, which are amenable to deductive reasoning based on stipulated technological characteristics that are assumed to dominate any societal or political conditions in shaping impacts; this mid-range presents serious challenges to assessment and response planning, with few promising tools or methods available. We propose and begin to develop one approach to assessing these mid-term impacts, focused on the actors whose decisions shape the development and application of AI systems; their interests, capabilities, and information; and the strategic interactions that influence their decisions.
          

Re: Will artificial intelligence reduce the cost for long-term care?

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illumination wrote:
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illumination wrote:
Sun Dec 01, 2019 11:24 am

If they can come up with cures for Alzheimers and dementia (and they probably will have effective treatments soon) that would probably have a far greater effect on how many people go into long term care than something like robots and AI that is in the distant future.



I've seen small, interesting upgrades like a mobile pill dispenser for a hospital that knows what medications to go give to which patients, but the real hard stuff seems a ways away. I would think fast food restaurants would be 100% automated before you could start talking about it really effecting long term care. Way easier to have a machine fry hamburgers.


Somewhat of a tangent, but why do you think they will have an effective Alzheimer's treatment soon? Thus far, I'd argue the drug trials in this area have been unmitigated failures. We've not touched this disease so far; it seems likely we lack even a basic understanding of the cause.




Some friends I have that do some work in that space, they feel like they understand the disease better and feel some major breakthroughs will arrive. I don't mean like in the immediate future, but the idea of effective treatments that either prevent or dramatically help some forms of it it in like 10+ years seems reasonable to me. I don't think though it's going to be "cured" like polio, but look at something like HIV/AIDS. It's not "cured" but we thought people like Magic Johnson would not comfortably live into their old age.



Meanwhile, just making a robot "walk" like a human is an enormous feat, I find it more far-fetched that some sort of solution like that arrives that could do the delicate tasks of being a caregiver than curtailing what puts a lot of people in places like that.


I hope your friends are right! So far, as best I can tell to this point, people keep thinking they understand the disease and trying drugs that don't work. But in science, sometimes "this time is different" is true.
          

Robot Police Dog Prompts Civil Liberty Fears in Massachusetts

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The Massachusetts State Police has been leasing a 70-pound doglike robot to help its bomb squad. The American Civil Liberties Union says regulations are needed to ensure that 'civil liberties, civil rights and racial justice" are protected when police employ artificial intelligence technologies.
          

TYPO3 Developer

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TYPO3 Developer/Senior Developer - 12 month contract - REMOTE WORKING - RATE NEGOTIABLE One of our prestige clients who are partnered with a leading Artificial Intelligence centre are looking for a TYPO3 Developer to update and refresh the existing website. The contract TYPO3 Developer will be working with Requirements Engineers, Development team and customer stakeholders to start production on the customers vision. There will be an ongoing API development to their internal systems while working this project. Experience with the below is ideal: (Please note we will accept people that tick most the boxes please apply if unsure) Development and maintenance of TYPO3 websites Installing and configuring TYPO3 Extensions Integrating templates in TYPO3 3 Years developing within TYPO3 5 Years within Software Development Experience working in a fast-paced AGILE environment Strong customer communication skills Fluent in German Or English (Ideally Both) Excellent knowledge of PHP, OOP, Domain-Driven Design (DDD), Model View Controller (MVC), Extbase, and Fluid Experience with TYPO3 Core API Practical experience with TypoScript as well as the incorporation and configuration of common TYPO3 extensions Experience with PHP frameworks like Symfony, Laravel or Zend For further information please get in touch on
          

Nigeria: NGO Trains Students On Artificial Intelligence

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[This Day] A non-governmental organisation (NGO), Data Science Nigeria (DNS) has trained 835,000 students on Artificial Intelligence (AI) through online courses. Out of the number, the NGO had face-to-face interview with about 25,000 and selected the few that made it to the AI boot camp held in Lagos recently.
          

AI Ethical Principals in Practice

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Chapter 6.  AI Principals in Practice Editors Note: This post is a part of a series on Ethics of Artificial Intelligence. So, assuming a company agrees that it wants to implement a technology that leverages AI and decides it wants to do it ethically, for good, what’s next?  How do we as practitioners of AI […]
          

Ethics of AI – Chapter 5: AI Principles

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Chapter 5: Considerations in Leveraging AI to Augment Humanity Editors Note: This post is a part of a series on Ethics of Artificial Intelligence. With the impact of AI on the economy, business output, and life being substantial many organizations have formed to propose principles and frameworks to engaging.  The following is a set of […]


          

Ethics of AI – Chapter 2: The Definition of Artificial Intelligence

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What is AI?  Is AI essentially any machine computational process that takes an input and arrives at a probability? Does it depend on more?  To have a fruitful conversation about artificial intelligence, we need to break it down into at least two main categories


          

5 ways technology will change hotels in the Future

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Many dream about what hotels will look in 5, 10 or even 50 years – they could be designed with augmented reality, optimised with artificial intelligence, make use of reshaping beds and robotic staff or voice control or even be on Mars. New trends in technology, science, energy, and entertainment will change the experience of [&hellip
          

EU Fights Corporatization of AI and Blockchain With Massive Investment

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The European Union’s announcement of a new 110 million euro fund to support research on artificial intelligence and blockchain comes at a critical time for the AI industry, when issues at the intersection of privacy, security and AI are the focus of acute attention by government, the tech industry and the general public. Blockchain technology […]

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WATCH: DM Bennett Proposes Worldwide Hackathon to Return Internet Access in Iran

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"Whether you're a senior engineer at an artificial intelligence startup or simply tinkering in your own garage, everyone has a role to play."
          

UNESCO-backed AI research centre to be built in Slovenia

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At the UNESCO General Conference in Paris on Monday it was confirmed that the first global centre for artificial intelligence under the auspices of UNESCO will be located in Ljubljana.
          

Artificial Intelligence Architect - ViON Corporation - Herndon, VA

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Workers With Bachelor’s Degree Tend To Lose Jobs To AI 5 Times Over

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A new report by Brookings Institution has debunked the notion that blue-collar jobs like fast food preparation, machine operation will be most affected due to AI. The report concludes that highly-educated and high paying jobs will face the worst brunt of artificial intelligence as opposed to the previously established notion.

The study is conducted by Stanford University doctoral candidate Michael Webb who analyzed more than 16,000 AI patents and over 800 job descriptions.

The study mentions that workers having a bachelor’s degree will be impacted up to 5 times more by the advent of AI than the workers who hold a high school degree. The reason behind it is the fact that AI tends to take over the jobs that involve planning, reasoning, problem-solving, and predicting outcomes.

Brookings study has also listed the high-paying jobs that will witness the highest exposure to AI. Here’s the list:

  • Chemical engineers
  • Political scientists
  • Nuclear technicians
  • Physicists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Gas plant operators
  • Administrative law judges, adjudicators, and hearing officers

The job profiles listed above have a median yearly salary of around $100,000. For example, according to the data by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary of a Chemical engineer is $104,910 per year; a nuclear technician earns the median salary of $79,140 per year.

This is a clear indication that AI will severely impact high-paying jobs and workers with higher educational degrees.

Speaking to CNBC, Webb says, “AI is good at tasks that involve judgment and optimization, which tend to be done by higher-skilled workers. So if you’re optimizing ads as an online marketer or a radiologist interpreting medical scans, all of these things take a long time for humans to be good at them. But when it comes to algorithms, once you have the right training data, they tend to be better than humans.”

What can be done to save your job from AI?

To mitigate the exposure of AI in jobs, Anima Anandkumar, the director of machine learning research at Nvidia, says that workers should ask themselves the following three questions:

  • Is my job fairly repetitive?
  • Does my job involve a trove of data that could be used for training an AI system?
  • Are there any objectives that could be used for evaluating my job?

Anima says that workers must develop skills for jobs that require human interaction and creativity.


          

Bajaj invests $ 8 million in Yulu to boost EV adoption in India

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Bengaluru: Leading bike maker Bajaj Auto on Tuesday announced an investment of $8 million in Bengaluru-based bike-sharing platform Yulu to boost electric vehicle adoption in India.

The fresh round of investment will be utilised for further strengthening of the mobility platform and deepening of the technology solutions for rapid expansion, Yulu said.

Yulu deploys machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) to accurately predict the demand and supply of its assets and resources which ensures vehicle availability and operational efficiency.

"Yulu is the leading electric micro-mobility service provider that requires reliable, durable and comfortable electric vehicles to serve its customers, hence a committed manufacturing partner is crucial to our success. In Bajaj, Yulu finds this strategic partnership and it is a win-win relationship," Amit Gupta, Co-Founder and CEO, Yulu, said in a statement.

"Yulu's electric two-wheelers will help Indian commuters with the first and the last mile connectivity option. This partnership aims to solve the mobility challenges of urban India in an eco-friendly manner," Gupta said.

Yulu said it plans to increase its fleet size to 100,000 electric two-wheelers by December 2020 with an extensive network of its battery-swapping stations across the cities where it operates.

As part of their strategic relationship, Yulu will source from Bajaj electric two-wheelers which have been co-designed and manufactured exclusively for shared micro-mobility.

Bajaj will also consider facilitating the vehicle finance needs of Yulu for a large scale deployment of its micro-mobility electric vehicles.

"At BAL (Bajaj Auto Limited), we believe that the two factors of congestion reduction and pollution control will drive the segment of shared micro-mobility in the future," said Rajiv Bajaj, Managing Director of Bajaj.

"That coupled with the expansion of Mass Rapid Transport System like Metro in large cities will further boost the demand for flexible last-mile connectivity," Bajaj said.

Consumer adoption of EVs has been limited in India due to practical factors like range anxiety and availability.

Yulu said it is building an ecosystem of EV led micro-mobility and aims to expand its services to eight mega cities and select smart cities.



          

Three Qatari students to represent nation in Huawei ICT Competition regional final

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Huawei, a leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices, has announced the winners of the Qatar edition of the Huawei Middle East ICT Competition 2019, held recently in collaboration with the Ministry ofEducation and Higher Education.

The longstanding competition, which falls under Huawei’s strategy to develop the global ICT talent ecosystem, aims to nurture local talent in the ICT field with a vision to bring digital to every person, home and organization for a fully-connected and intelligent world.

This year’s winning team, comprising three students and their professor, was chosen from a field of 253 finalists, who competed following the preliminary round involving entries from 4 universities. This year’s finalists from Qatar represent Qatar University and Community College of Qatar. In addition to competing against other winners from the Middle East, the regional winners will be invited back to China to take part in a competition with global Huawei ICT Competition winners.

The competition promotes innovation and creativity while serving as a bridge between the classroom and the workplace. By nurturing university students’ talent in Qatar, it also contributes to increasing national ICT competitiveness while supporting Qatar National Vision 2030. Having already received certificates and prizes as Qatar’snational winners, the local teams havenowearned a trip to China this November, where they will compete with their fellow finalists from around the Middle Eastregion to win the ICT Competition’s grand prize – US$30,000.

Their visit will include the once-in-a-lifetime chance to work amongst some of the world’s most renowned technology pioneers in Huawei’s facilities. Participants will conduct field experiments at Huawei's specialized labs and research centers in its headquarters in Shenzhen, helping equip students with the tools needed to tackle complex challenges in areas such as cloud computing, IoT, and network security. The technical program will be complemented by anumber of cultural experiences and knowledge-exchangeopportunities while in China.

In addition, students and their mentors will have the opportunity to meet their country’s ambassador to China during the Huawei-organized Ambassadors Summit Discussions event. This will provide the participants with the chance to discuss with respected leaders and cultural envoys their future ambitions and anticipations for their national ICT sector.

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Congratulating the winners, Frank Fan, CEO Huawei Technologies Qatar, said: “Huawei recognizes the importance of nurturing local talent so that they have the knowledge and expertise to lead tomorrow’s highly connected, intelligent world. By investing in future talent and building a more robust ICT talent ecosystem inQatar, we are investing in the future of the country. The winning teams are well deserved of the honor to represent their country in the Huawei ICT Competition global final in China. I offer them my congratulations and wish them the best of luck in the competition’s final stage.”

Farhan Khan, Vice President of Huawei Qatar, said: “Qatar has exceptional ICT talent, which we are proud to nurture through opportunities such as the Huawei ICT Competition. Huawei is committed to creating opportunities to empower youth with the skills needed to further digitalization on a national and global scale.”

Throughout the Huawei ICT Competition stages, contestants receive the latest updates onemerging technologies that are reshaping Lebanon’s digital economy. These include Artificial Intelligence (AI), Big Data, the Internet of Things (IoT), and most importantly 5G broadband—seen as a crucial digital-service enabler. The competition is a unique opportunity for students to test their abilities in these cutting-edge fields, and helps colleges and universities to better understand the talent requirements of today’s top businesses and government leaders.

During the final, participants are equipped with an online guide and are supervised by university professors. University professors play the role of the student’s tutor, accompanying national winners to Huawei’s headquarters and discussing with Huawei the future development of the competition and Lebanon’s wider ICT talent ecosystem. The last edition of the Huawei ICT Competition 2018 saw 14,551 students participate from across the Middle East. From these, 4,113 students were selected to take part in the preliminary rounds. 310 students passed on to the final round, and 39 traveled to China to compete internationally. A total of 17ministries and 226universities took part in total across the region. 

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deep learning artificial intelligence

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We are working on a research project and following emotions should be detected from 40 students in class room. We are already identifying sad, happy, neutral and angry etc but we need following behaviors extracted... (Budget: ₹1500 - ₹12500 INR, Jobs: Deep Learning, Machine Learning (ML), Python)
          

AI, cyberbullying hot topics at safety conference

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by Larry Magid This post first appeared in the Mercury News. I’m on my way to Washington, D.C., for the Family Online Safety Institute’s (FOSI) annual conference. I have attended almost all of these events since they started in 2007, usually as a speaker, in my role as CEO of ConnectSafely.org. Simply looking at the event’s agenda gives us an idea what’s concerning internet safety advocates, technology executives and government policy makers. The first session, “Online Safety in an AI World” highlights the concern around artificial intelligence. AI can be incredibly beneficial. Along with speech recognition, it powers home digital assistants like Amazon Echo, Google Home and Apple SIRI. It enables companies like Santa Cruz-based Full Power Technologies to analyze your sleep patterns with a net-connected device under your mattress to analyze sleep patterns and make recommendations.  AI is the driving force behind self-driving cars and a crucial component of face and voice recognition, which can help make us safer and more secure. Indeed, a paper to be presented at the conference points out that AI can be used to “combat the spread of child sexual abuse material through technologies such as Microsoft’s PhotoDNA.” But it’s “not without its risk,” pointing to “misinformation such [...]
          

Innovative video tech improves learning outcomes

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Edtech startup ONVU Learning is helping teachers in schools, universities, and government institutions make lessons more effective with the use of innovative technology, including video analytics and artificial intelligence

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EXPLICABILIDAD, TRANSPARENCIA, TRAZABILIDAD Y EQUIDAD: NO TODO ES PRECISIÓN EN EL USO RESPONSABLE DE LA INTELIGENCIA ARTIFICIAL

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La necesidad de explicar los modelos de Inteligencia Artificial es, sin duda, uno de los campos de investigación más vanguardistas del último lustro, acuñando lo que hoy día se conoce como XAI (Explainable Artificial Intelligence). Este campo de estudio comprende técnicas y métodos orientados a la explicación de la Inteligencia Artificial, teniendo en [...]
          

A method with roots in AI uncovers how humans make choices in groups and social media

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Using a mathematical framework with roots in artificial intelligence and robotics, researchers were able to uncover the process for how a person makes choices in groups. And, they also found they were able to predict a person's choice more often than more traditional descriptive methods.
          

Scaling HPC Education

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With the explosion in artificial intelligence and machine learning, modeling, simulation, and data analytics, High Performance Computing (HPC) has grown to become an essential tool across academic disciplines. However, HPC expertise remains in short supply with a shortage of people who know how to make HPC systems work and how to use them. At September’s … Continue reading Scaling HPC Education
          

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Living under the watchful eye: Implications of facial recognition surveillance in Serbia

Introduction

In early 2019, the minister of interior and the police director of Serbia announced[1] that 1,000 cutting-edge security cameras with facial recognition capabilities will be installed in 800 locations in Belgrade, the Serbian capital, in partnership with Chinese tech giant Huawei. However, despite the flaws of facial recognition and the intrusiveness for citizens’ privacy when it is used for surveillance,[2] there is no transparency about the cameras and the partnership between the Ministry of Interior and Huawei, which is part of a broader cooperation between the Serbian and Chinese governments.

In November 2018, Serbia adopted a new Law on Personal Data Protection[3] based on the European Union's (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).[4] The application of the law starts on 21 August 2019, after a nine-month adaptation period provided for compliance with the new rules. SHARE Foundation,[5] a Serbian non-profit organisation established in 2012 to advance human rights and freedoms online, submitted freedom of information requests to the Ministry of Interior asking for information about the cameras and supporting documents (e.g. memorandums, contracts, letters of intent). The Ministry withheld this information, meaning that the public in Serbia was left in the dark about a very problematic technology which can greatly impact the privacy of all citizens.

Legislative context

Similar to other countries with a history of repressive regimes and a broad state surveillance apparatus, there is little of a culture of privacy in Serbia. For example, the first data protection law in Serbia was adopted in 2008. After nearly 10 years of application, it turned out that the law was not good enough to provide an adequate level of protection, especially in a world of expanding technologies such as targeted advertising and a whole new digital economy based on personal data. Also, the law did not regulate video surveillance, which opened space for numerous abuses when it comes to data processing through CCTV systems, both state and privately owned. Introducing a new law was an opportunity to regulate this area of personal data processing, but the provisions on video surveillance were not included in the final text of the Law on Personal Data Protection.

In its annual report for 2018, the Commissioner for Information of Public Importance and Personal Data Protection, Serbia’s independent authority for both freedom of information and protection of citizens’ personal data, highlighted the fact that the Ministry of Justice argued to keep the regulation of video surveillance out of the new Law on Personal Data Protection. The Ministry’s view was that this area of personal data processing should be regulated by a special law and that the GDPR does not contain provisions on video surveillance.[6] However, more than six months after the new Law on Personal Data Protection had been adopted in the National Parliament of Serbia and just two months before it is scheduled to start being applied, no specific law regulating video surveillance has been drafted or even proposed.

Over the past six months, at the time of writing, Serbia has been in a state of political turmoil. There have been anti-government protests across the country after an opposition politician was assaulted by a group of men in December 2018.[7] It is in contexts such as these where facial recognition surveillance systems, which store large amounts of biometric data, could potentially be used for pressuring citizens who are protesting, as well as their families, because of their political views. Beyond political protest, the everyday use of the cameras comes with the risk of data breaches, which includes records of the daily routines and movements of citizens, and which could potentially result in harm to those unwittingly surveilled.

An opaque Panopticon: Citizens in the dark

As soon as Huawei’s facial recognition cameras were announced in the media by the highly ranked officials in Serbia’s internal affairs, SHARE Foundation decided to find out more about Huawei’s cameras in terms of their location, public procurement and other relevant procedures by submitting freedom of information requests to the Ministry of Interior.

In their responses to our requests, the Ministry stated that all information about the procurement of Huawei cameras is “confidential” and therefore not for public access. Also, in an interview for Radio Television of Serbia, Police Director Vladimir Rebić said that the locations of stationary cameras were already determined based on “a broad examination and analysis of events, referring primarily to the criminal offences in Belgrade.” We also requested a copy of this analysis, but the Ministry responded that the information, as well as the location of the cameras, were not contained in any document or other medium, meaning they cannot be provided upon a freedom of information request.[8]

According to Article 54 of the new Law on Personal Data Protection, if it is likely that certain data processing will present a high risk to the rights and freedoms of natural persons, the data controller is obligated to conduct a data protection impact assessment before the beginning of data processing.[9] When SHARE Foundation requested a copy of this impact analysis, the Ministry simply stated that the provisions of the new law are not yet being applied. Having read the official responses of the Ministry of Interior, which suggest that this information does exist, it seemed strange that information provided by a freedom of information officer about such a sensitive topic for citizens’ privacy was contradictory to the statements made by the minister and the police director in the media.

While the Ministry was reluctant to provide any official information about the cutting-edge cameras and their procurement, Huawei on the other hand was more transparent about its cooperation with the Serbian authorities. A case study titled “Huawei Safe City Solution: Safeguards Serbia” was available on Huawei’s official website and it provided detailed information about the cameras and related video surveillance solutions, claiming the cameras were already installed in Belgrade. SHARE Foundation published an article about Huawei’s case study,[10] which strangely disappeared from the company’s website shortly after the publication of our article. Having in mind the sensitivity of this content, we saved an archived copy[11] of the page so the case study can still be accessed online.

Huawei stated that for the test phase, nine cameras in five locations were deployed, with the locations being the Ministry of Interior headquarters, a sports arena, a commercial centre and a police station. After this test deployment, it is stated in the case study that Huawei and the Ministry achieved a Strategic Partnership Agreement in 2017 and that in the first phase of the project 100 high-definition video cameras were installed in more than 60 key locations, with the command and data centre in Belgrade being remodelled.[12]

It is very worrying that such advanced technology, which has great implications for privacy, is being deployed without citizens knowing about this digital “watchful eye” collecting and storing large amounts of their biometric data, even if they have done nothing wrong. Saša Đorđević, a researcher at the Belgrade Centre for Security Policy,[13] a Serbian think tank dedicated to advancing the security of citizens and society, said that although video surveillance can improve security and safety, primarily in road traffic safety, the list of unknown things about Huawei’s video surveillance in Belgrade is long. “The situation can still be corrected if and when it is determined which video surveillance equipment is being purchased, how much it costs the citizens of Serbia, where it is placed and how the personal data will be processed and protected,” he added.[14]

Another problematic aspect of facial recognition technology when used for video surveillance is that it is prone to mistakes, which is especially important for law enforcement and legal proceedings. Research by Big Brother Watch has shown that in the United Kingdom the overwhelming majority of the police’s “matches” using automated facial recognition have been inaccurate and that on average, 95% of “matches” made by facial recognition technology wrongly identified innocent people as crime suspects.[15]

In addition, Big Brother Watch found that the police stored photos of all people incorrectly matched by automated facial recognition systems, meaning that biometric photos of thousands of innocent people have been stored.[16] Storing such sensitive biometric data of citizens is also a privacy and security risk, which is even greater taking into account information leaks during police investigations, which are common in Serbia. “The media in Serbia frequently publish information relating to investigations conducted by the police and the prosecution, quoting mostly unknown sources allegedly ‘close to the investigation’ and sometimes with photos,” explained Đorđević. He mentioned an example when information from the investigation of the murder of a Serbian singer was constantly published on the front pages of tabloid newspapers. Another case Đorđević highlighted occurred in February 2017, when one daily newspaper covered the arrest of a member of a football club supporters’ group on its front page the evening before the police informed the public about his arrest.[17]

In other parts of the world there are similar concerns. With all the recent controversy surrounding facial recognition, two cities in the United States have so far banned the use of facial recognition by the city administration – the first was San Francisco, California, followed by Sommerville, Massachusetts.[18] It is highly likely that more cities will join them, particularly since there is more and more awareness of the negative impacts of facial recognition surveillance.

Conclusion

SHARE Foundation will again approach the Ministry of Interior for information, especially relating to the data protection impact assessment of data processing using Huawei’s cameras, after the application of the new Law on Personal Data Protection starts. Of course, data processing through video surveillance systems should be regulated without delay, either though amendments to the Law on Personal Data Protection or through a separate law. It is also important to introduce citizens to the risks of such invasive technologies and call them to action, as it will provide momentum to further pressurise the authorities and demand more transparency. People feel more secure when they see a camera, as Đorđević noted,[19] but there is also a general lack of understanding of who may collect their personal data, the purposes for which it will be collected, and their rights as data subjects.

Moreover, it is also necessary that the new Commissioner for Information of Public Importance and Personal Data Protection is appointed as soon as possible and in a transparent manner,[20] as the second and final term of Rodoljub Šabić, the previous Commissioner, expired in December 2018. As head of an independent institution, the Commissioner plays a key role in protecting citizens’ personal data and freedom of information and it is of utmost importance that the position is given to a person who has personal integrity, expertise and political independence. Otherwise, affairs such as the one with Huawei’s facial recognition cameras may never be resolved, which would leave citizens exposed to huge risks to their privacy and without appropriate safeguards in cases of data breaches and abuse of personal data. There will also be many doubts around how to apply the new Law on Personal Data Protection, which could prove to be quite a challenge if the Commissioner is not up to the task or is easily influenced by other state institutions and political actors.

Action steps

Having taken into account the lack of transparency surrounding Huawei’s surveillance cameras in Belgrade, we propose the following action steps:

  • Insisting on the proper application of the new Law on Personal Data Protection and conducting the necessary data protection impact assessment.
  • Advocating for the regulation of video surveillance by law in order to provide legal certainty.
  • Engaging the wider community (e.g. civil society organisations, human rights defenders, tech experts, journalists) to help raise awareness among citizens about the impact of video surveillance.
  • Pressuring the Ministry of Interior and other relevant state institutions to provide information about video surveillance and facial recognition in a transparent way.

Footnotes

[1] SHARE Foundation. (2019, 29 March). New surveillance cameras in Belgrade: location and human rights impact analysis – “withheld”. https://www.sharefoundation.info/en/new-surveillance-cameras-in-belgrade-location-and-human-rights-impact-analysis-withheld

[2] Big Brother Watch. (2018). Face Off: The lawless growth of facial recognition in UK policing. https://bigbrotherwatch.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Face-Off-final-digital-1.pdf

[3] Republic of Serbia. (2018). Law on Personal Data Protection. Available in Serbian at: www.pravno-informacioni-sistem.rs/SlGlasnikPortal/eli/rep/sgrs/skupstina/zakon/2018/87/13/reg

[4] European Union. (2016). Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Directive 95/46/EC (General Data Protection Regulation). https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=celex%3A32016R0679

[5] https://www.sharefoundation.info/en

[6] Commissioner for Information of Public Importance and Personal Data Protection of the Republic of Serbia. (2019). Summary report on the implementation of the Law on Free Access to Information of Public Importance and the Law on Personal Data Protection for 2018. https://www.poverenik.rs/images/stories/dokumentacija-nova/izvestajiPoverenika/2018/ENGRezime2018.pdf

[7] Vasovic, A. (2018, 8 December). Thousands protest in Serbia over attack on opposition politician. Reuters. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-serbia-protests/thousands-protest-in-serbia-over-attack-on-opposition-politician-idUSKBN1O70S7

[8] SHARE Foundation. (2019, 29 March). New surveillance cameras in Belgrade: location and human rights impact analysis – “withheld”. Op. cit.

[9] Republic of Serbia. (2018). Op. cit.

[10] SHARE Foundation. (2019, 29 March). Huawei knows everything about cameras in Belgrade – and they are glad to share! https://www.sharefoundation.info/en/huawei-knows-everything-about-cameras-in-belgrade-and-they-are-glad-to-share

[11] https://archive.li/pZ9HO

[12] SHARE Foundation. (2019, 29 March). Huawei knows everything about cameras in Belgrade – and they are glad to share! Op. cit.

[13] www.bezbednost.org

[14] Email correspondence with Belgrade Centre for Security Policy researcher Saša Đorđević, 29 June 2019.

[15] Big Brother Watch. (2018). Op. cit.

[16] Ibid.

[17] Email correspondence with Belgrade Centre for Security Policy researcher Saša Đorđević, 29 June 2019.

[18] Haskins, C. (2019, 28 June). A Second U.S. City Has Banned Facial Recognition. VICE. https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/paj4ek/somerville-becomes-the-second-us-city-to-ban-facial-recognition

[19] Email correspondence with Belgrade Centre for Security Policy Researcher Saša Đorđević, 29 June 2019.

[20] Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia. (2019, 28 January). Fabrizi: Appointment of new Commissioner for Information of Public Importance should be kicked off as soon as possible. https://europa.rs/fabrizi-appointment-of-new-commissioner-for-information-of-public-importance-should-be-kicked-off-as-soon-as-possible/?lang=en

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Cardiovascular Innovation: the next frontier

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Innovation continues to drive cardiovascular health forward with Artificial Intelligence (AI), ever-advancing imaging techniques, new developments on transcatheter valve repair and replacement, and training apps that are an integral part of the process. All were among the elements of a fascinating European Society of Cardiology (ESC) session entitled Cardiovascular Innovation: the next frontier.
          

A year of bringing AI to the edge

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Nissan, Renault, #Mitsubishi In Talks To Form New JV : Reports

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"60 Minutes" Highlights CMU Brain Science Research Advances

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Ten years ago, Lesley Stahl, a correspondent with the CBS program "60 Minutes," interviewed Carnegie Mellon University's Marcel Just and Tom Mitchell about the use of brain imaging and machine learning to identify thoughts — based on brain activation patterns or neural signatures. During the program, the researchers showed how functional MRI could be used to identify the thought of a physical object, like a hammer, from a person’s brain scans. Read more from "60 Minutes."

With the decade drawing to a close, Stahl returned to CMU's Pittsburgh campus for an update. Just, the D.O. Hebb University Professor of Psychology at the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and his colleagues can now apply their research method to see brain activation patterns for scientific concepts. "It's like being an astronomer when the first telescope is discovered," Just said. His work is shining light on how abstract concepts, including emotions like "jealousy" and faith," form in the brain. His latest work focuses on detecting whether or not a person has been thinking about suicide.

Watch Sunday's program on the "60 Minutes" website. 

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IT / Software / Systems: Audit Manager - Technology - Plano, Texas

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Audit Manager - TechnologyCharlotte, North Carolina;Jacksonville, Florida; Plano, Texas; New York, New York; Pennington, New Jersey; Wilmington, DelawareJob Description:Oversees and executes assigned areas of audit work, providing day to day coaching and guidance to teammates. Executes audit strategy for the sound application of risk based auditing by defining audit scope, audit program, and test procedures. Typically acts as Auditor-in-Charge (AIC). Demonstrates strategic thinking and supports change. Oversees audit testing to ensure timely execution within quality standards and conformance to audit policies and procedures. Assesses issues for impact to business processes, controls and strategies, recommends severity ratings and escalation of broad themes or trends. Drafts quality and timely audit reports and shares results with business leaders. Manages business partner relationships when conducting specific audits; primary engagement is with line management. Exercises critical thinking and judgment to effectively influence management to improve the control environment. When leading an audit engagement, is responsible for day to day coaching, mentoring, and performance feedback. Fosters an inclusive work environment.Primary Responsibilities Include: Managing risk based technology audits across multiple line of business including Global Information Security, Chief Technology Organization, Consumer, Global Banking & Market, Global Wealth & Investment Management and Control Functions (Risk, Compliance etc.) Demonstrate subject matter knowledge in critical areas of technology and information security, identify and assess key risk and controls and develop effective test plans for engagements as assigned with limited guidance. Oversees audit testing to ensure timely execution within quality standards and conformance to audit policies and procedures. Assesses issues for impact to business processes, controls and strategies, recommends severity ratings and escalation of broad themes or trends Manages business partner relationships when conducting specific audits; primary engagement is with line management. Exercises critical thinking and judgment to effectively influence management to improve the control environment. When leading an audit engagement, is responsible for day to day coaching, mentoring, and performance feedback. Conduct continuous monitoring of business initiatives / processes to identify areas of increase and emerging risk within designated focus area, escalate risk issues as appropriate, follow-up on solutions and propose specific coverage.Ideal candidate will be intellectually curious and have experience with internal audit methodology. Experience with internal audit and banking products is strongly preferred. Candidate will have the ability to operate in a fast paced environment with multiple concurrent priorities.Minimum Qualifications: College degree required or relevant experience 8+ years of relevant IT Audit experience. Desired Qualifications: Audit experience at large financial services institutions Professional Audit Certification desired (e.g. CISA, CISSP) Solid knowledge and understanding of audit methodologies and tools that support audit processes Ability to execute in a fast paced, high demand, environment while balancing multiple priorities Experience with automation, machine learning, or artificial intelligence Working knowledge of regulatory landscape Working knowledge of core Banking concepts and products Strong written and verbal communications at all levels of managementShift:1st shift (United States of America)Hours Per Week:40Full timeJR-19057952Manages People: NoTravel: Yes, 15% of the timeTalent Acquisition Contact:Referral Bonus:Bank of America and its affiliates consider for employment and hire qualified candidates without regard to race, religious creed, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, protected veteran or disability status or any factor prohibited by law, and as such affirms in policy and practice to support and promote the concept of equal employment opportunity and affirmative action, in accordance with all applicable federal, state, provincial and municipal laws. The company also prohibits discrimination on other bases such as medical condition, marital status or any other factor that is irrelevant to the performance of our teammates. Candidates must possess authorization to work in the United States, as it is not the practice of Bank of America to sponsor individuals for work visas.To view the "EEO is the Law" poster, CLICK HERE at https://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/eeopost.pdf .To view the "EEO is the Law" Supplement, CLICK HERE at https://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/OFCCPEEOSupplementFinalJRFQA508c.pdf .Bank of America aims to create a workplace free from the dangers and resulting consequences of illegal and illicit drug use and alcohol abuse. 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Other: Quantitative Analytics Mgr 1 / Lead - Model Monitoring and Quality Review - AI MD CoE - Irving, Texas

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Important Note During the application process, ensure your contact information (email and phone number) is up to date and upload your current resume prior to submitting your application for consideration. To participate in some selection activities you will need to respond to an invitation. The invitation can be sent by both email and text message. In order to receive text message invitations, your profile must include a mobile phone number designated as Personal Cell or Cellular in the contact information of application. At Wells Fargo, we want to satisfy our customers financial needs and help them succeed financially. We re looking for talented people who will put ou customers at the center of everything we do. Join our diverse and inclusive team where you ll feel valued and inspired to contribute your unique skills and experience. Help us build a better Wells Fargo. It all begins with outstanding talent. It all begins with you. Data Management and Insights (DMI) is transforming the way that Wells Fargo uses and manages data. Our work enables Wells Fargo to empower and inform our team members, deliver exceptional experiences for our customers, and meet the elevated expectations of our regulators. The team is responsible for designing the future data environment, defining data governance and oversight, and partnering with technology to operate the data infrastructure for the company. This team also provides next generation analytic insights to drive business strategies and help meet our commitment to satisfy our customers financial needs. The Artificial Intelligence Model Development Center of Excellence (AI MD CoE) team is a data science team, responsible for developing and deploying machine learning and AI solutions for a number of domain areas such as fraud prevention, credit risk, experience personalization, customer listening, anomaly detection and operational cost improvement. The CoE partners closely with the AI Enterprise Solutions and the AI Technology teams at the bank, and brings a cross-functional approach to identifying, developing and deploying AI solutions. The CoE requires high-skill/ high-motivation individuals who enjoy working collaboratively in a team setting, used to taking decisions autonomously and comfortable with a dynamic work environment. The Lead Model Monitoring and Review role would be responsibl executing on the model monitoring and model rapid refresh functions of the CoE. The role would create a standardized and efficient process for model monitoring so that risks around model degradation and failure are identified in a consistent and timely way. Also that the model retraining on a fresh set of data is performed in a speedy manner, but with the appropriate controls to ensure model robustness and stability. Additional responsibilities would include the quality review of model related technical documentation going to Model Risk Mgmt as well as other audit and regulatory bodies. A key requirement out of this role would be to make sure that industry best practices for model monitoring and refresh are appropriately brought into the processes followed by the AI Model Development CoE. This would include identification and selection of the potential external solutions that meet this overall requirement, as well as bringing in useful open source frameworks. The role of the Leader would be to hire and manage a team of data scientists and documentation review experts that can deliver on the objectives of the role. Key_Responsibilities_Include * Defining the operating framework for model monitoring operations monitoring, drift monitoring, performance etc. * Defining the framework for rapid refresh of models and operational approach. * Undertaking the model monitoring and simple model refresh tasks, per the model monitoring and update framework (see above) and per the needs of specific models, defined by the Model Developer. Also identification of solutions to improve process efficiency through automation approaches, and implementing the same working closely with AI Enterprise Solutions and WF Technology. * Working closely with Model Risk and other governance partners to ensure that the model refresh framework is implemented in a controlled manner, within the current policy framework. * Define and implement a documentation and artifact review process for model documentation and artifacts, created as part of the model development work performed by model development teams. * People management responsibilities such as hiring, performance management, routine travel and equipment/ software related approvals. As a Team Member Manager, you are expected to achieve success by leading yourself, your team, and the business. Specifically you will * Lead your team with integrity and create an environment where your team members feel included, valued, and supported to do work that energizes them. * Accomplish management responsibilities which include sourcing and hiring talented team members, providing ongoing coaching and feedback, recognizing and developing team members, identifying and managing risks, and completing daily management tasks. Required_Qualifications * 4+ years of experience in an advanced scientific or mathematical field * 2+ years of leadership experience * A master's degree or higher in a quantitative field such as mathematics, statistics, engineering, physics, economics, or computer science * 2+ years of experience in Artificial Intelligence, Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning, Distributed Computing, Chatbot, and Virtual Assistant * 2+ years of Python experience Other_Desired_Qualifications * Experience with building advanced statistical and machine learning models, in a banking or financial services context * Experience with building NLP (Natural Language Processing) solutions in the financial industry * Experience with monitoring or retraining advanced statistical and machine learning models * Close familiarity with machine learning and statistical modeling techniques using open-source languages like Python or R * Solid understanding of Model Risk Management requirements for banks and financial services companies * Familiarity with Big Data technology for Data Management and Data Science * Disclaimer All offers for employment with Wells Fargo are contingent upon the candidate having successfully completed a criminal background check. Wells Fargo will consider qualified candidates with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable local, state and Federal law, including Section 19 of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act. Relevant military experience is considered for veterans and transitioning service men and women. Wells Fargo is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer, Minority/ Female/Disabled/Veteran/Gender Identity/Sexual Orientation. Reference Number *******-6 ()
          

Retailers Wooing Holiday Shoppers Try AI On for Size

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The Impact of Automation on Jobs

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The Impact of Automation on Jobs


Ever since conclusion of the first Industrial Revolution around the 18th century, there has been a lot of discussion about how machines are taking over the tasks that were previously done by humans. To understand that, we must know why they were so successful in the first place. A definition of a machine that is taught to many young students is that it is something “that makes life easier”; not far off from the truth but not quite the complete information either. Some of the first jobs that machines took were those that required a lot of labor or effort to do, for instance, moving bricks or harvesting a field, both of which could be easily done with a tractor. Not only does it cut the costs a company has to make for the salaries of the required labor but the tractor is efficient, as it saves time and is more reliable. We can take a more recent example of this situation, back in 1979, General Motors had about 800,000 employees and made about USD 11 billion, now, fast forward a few years till 2012 and you have Google making USD 14 billion with only 58,00 people.

It is also true that with the rise of the industrial development and technology, more opportunities or fields were created. The jobs of people also became more specialized and they could now focus on more advanced areas that required research. No longer someone had to keep putting a lid on the jars or caps on the bottles in a factory that mass produced them, there was simply a robotic arm that could do all of that. However, in our day and age, machines have long evolved past that. With the rise of emerging technologies, like Artificial Intelligence or Machine learning, your computers are able to do tasks that humans did not think were possible a computer could do; it always was restricted to science-fiction. An example of this is how there was a stat-up in New York that aimed to completely remove the middle management in a company by a software. This start-up is called WorkFusion and the software would do what a Project Manager would, divide tasks, look for freelancers or instruct the company employees and track their progress. With the population of the world rising and unemployment rates already being a pressing issue, does the advancement in such fields help? Can people really innovate and create more jobs faster than the machines can take them? Plus, will the companies find their products to be beneficial if there are so few people who could afford them?


          

Faculty Openings - Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence Institute | Stanford University

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Cameras to keep an eye on NZ freedom campsites

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New Zealand free camping problems

Artificial intelligence and solar-powered cameras are among the high-tech tools that are being trialled in New Zealand as ways to combat some of the negative impacts of freedom camping.

Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis has just announced a suite of measures designed to encourage responsible freedom camping, and to help councils manage travelling tourists.

This summer, at least 10 camping sites will be furnished with the artificial intelligence (AI) equipped solar-powered cameras, allowing campers to see if a campsite is full in real-time through a special app.

The website, stuff.co.nz, reports that technology is being piloted as part of the broader $8.5 million package first announced in August, which also included temporary council facilities, education and enforcement projects, and camping ambassadors.

Mr Davis said the Government's efforts have substantially reduced the freedom camping problem and he expected a reduction in complaints this summer.

"The ambassadors were probably the most effective tool for educating, giving information and doing things in a friendly Kiwi sort of way," Davis said. "Rather than using the big stick, it was more about encouragement, sharing information and being helpful, and we found that that was the most effective tool we had in the kit last year."

Stuff.co.nz reports that freedom camping has frustrated local authorities in recent years as crowds of motor-home and van-dwelling travellers descend upon scenic areas to camp, forgoing locations with facilities like toilets and rubbish bins.

A Government-appointed working group has been trying to determine fixes to problem freedom camping, beginning with a PR-blitz informing campers of New Zealand's environmental values, and moving campers on from places they shouldn't be. It will also start using the term ‘responsible campers’ instead of ‘freedom campers’.

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Artificial intelligence for airlines? Ask WestJet

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WestJet has announced Juliet, its digital travel assistant available on Google Assistant, which can give customers a hands-and screen-free way to have their questions answered on the day of travel

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What is Chaos Computing and Why Does it Matter?

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Chaos computing has the potential to be the most important computational development since machine learning and artificial intelligence. This computer science approach uses chaotic systems to exponentially increase the power of modern computers. While this technology is still in its…
          

Is artificial intelligence the future of mental health care?

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‘Artificial intelligence’ (AI) can conjure up all kinds of sci-fi imagery, often involving cold, calculated robots. In reality, AI simply denotes a machine’s ability to interpret and learn from vast amounts of data with amazing speed, helping us to identify patterns. In fact, beyond its dystopian depictions, AI could actually help us solve one very significant problem: our own mental health. The mental health crisis In the UK alone, one in four adults will experience a mental illness at some point.
          

What If We Weren't Alone on the Planet

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As far as we know today, humanity is the only intelligent species there is. And while astronomers keep searching for extraterrestrials, it got me thinking: what if some other sentient lifeform were right here on Earth? What would they be and what would it mean for us?

Think about it: even if we find some other civilization among the stars, how prepared would we be to meet another intelligent being that isn’t human? It could become a problem for us. But if we were used to sharing our home with other non-human civilizations, we’d be much more equipped to engage in negotiations with aliens.

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SUMMARY:
- Several scenarios could lead us to share our planet with another sentient species. They could’ve evolved for millions of years alongside us. They might come here from another place somewhere among the stars.
- Neanderthals looked very much like us and were also ancestors of primates. Their brains were even bigger than ours, and they used tools and cooked food.
- There’s evidence in some remains found in the territory of today’s Europe that humans lived with Neanderthals.
- If Neanderthals lived with us and never went extinct, we probably wouldn’t even notice them now.
- Our prime candidates are not primate at all. Some social monkey-like creatures, like chimpanzees or gorillas, are capable of using simple tools and communicating with each other.
- Dolphins, though – they’re our closest rivals in the way of intelligence.
- It’s already been proved that dolphins and some toothed whales have a complex system of signals, which even include calling each other by names. Their intelligence is quite developed, but absolutely alien to ours.
- Considering all that, a hypothetical world where we share our home planet with an intelligent ocean species is looking pretty good.
- Another possibility, yet quite outlandish is that we, after all, will meet extraterrestrial intelligent life.
- These aliens will probably be unfathomably different from us, but they’ll certainly be social enough to show us more advanced science and engineering than ours.
- Their science might allow them to use something we have in abundance as a source of energy or food.
- We’re already becoming an excellent training ground for developing stable relationships with a vastly different kind of intelligence.
- The challenge with AI is that it has no bodily limits. It doesn’t need us as much as we would probably need it.
- Yet, the AI that we have now is a good way to prepare ourselves and make the best of it in every possible way.

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Lessons for Artificial Intelligence from Other Global Risks

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View the paper “Lessons for Artificial Intelligence from Other Global Risks”

It has become clear in recent years that AI poses important global risks. The study of AI risk is relatively new, but it can potentially learn a lot from the study of similar, better-studied risks. GCRI’s new paper applies to the study of AI risk lessons from four other risks: biotechnology, nuclear weapons, global warming, and asteroids. The paper is co-authored by GCRI’s Seth Baum, Robert de Neufville, and Tony Barrett, along with GCRI Senior ...

          

Small Cap Stocks To Buy Based on Artificial Intelligence: Returns up to 43.3% in 3 Days

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 Will AI Change Our World For The Better?

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What Will AI Afford Us? A Glimpse Into Our Future What Effect Will AI Have On Our Futures?  Artificial Intelligence technology is progressing at an amazing rate, but what impact will AI have on the future for better or worse? The modern world relies increasingly on technology, and AI is becoming an ever-larger part of […]
          

5 Ways AI Is Shaping the Future of Software Testing

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5 Ways AI Is Shaping the Future of Software Testing

Artificial Intelligence is the hottest buzzword these days and advancement in AI allows enterprises and industries to make smart decisions and radically transform processes. As software tests shift gears from manual to automation for embracing the speed for DevOps and digital transformation, artificial intelligence has emerged to be the key lever for this change.

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Applications today interact with other apps through APIs, they leveraging legacy systems, and they grow in the complex from one day to the next in a nonlinear fashion. What does that mean for experts? The recent World Quality Report declared that it will help. It is now believed that the most significant solution to overcome increasing QA Challenges will be the rising trend and introduction of machine-based intelligence.


          

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Smartphones do a lot of work for us. And as apps harnessing artificial intelligence continue to improve, they're becoming indispensable, even life savers. The Agenda welcomes Eyra Abraham, founder of Lisnen, a company that uses adaptive technology to assist the deaf and hard of hearing.
          

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We don’t need no observation: The use and regulation of facial recognition in Brazilian public schools

Introduction

The use of facial recognition technology in schools around the world in countries such as China and the United States has encouraged the similar use of this technology by other countries, including Brazil. However, it has also raised questions and concerns about the privacy of students. Because of this, analyses of the nature and consequences of the use of facial recognition technology in diverse scenarios are necessary.

This report presents a brief reflection on the use of facial recognition technologies in Brazilian public schools, including in the state of Pernambuco, where IP.rec is based, and considers their implications for citizens' rights to privacy, as well as the possibility of the technology being regulated by existing laws.

Background

Artificial intelligence (AI), algorithms, the “internet of things”, smart cities, facial recognition, biometrics, profiling, big data. When one tries to imagine the future of big cities, it is impossible not to think about these terms. But is the desire to make cities “smarter” jeopardising the privacy of Brazilian citizens? Does this desire turn people into mere guinea pigs for experimentation with new technologies in a laboratory of continental proportions?

The use of facial recognition technologies in Brazilian public schools has already been implemented in several cities such as Jaboatão dos Guararapes (in the state of Pernambuco), Cabo de Santo Agostinho (Pernambuco), Arapiraca (Alagoas), Cravinhos (São Paulo), Tarumã (São Paulo), Potia (São Paulo), Paranavaí (Paraná), Guaíra (Paraná), Viana (Espírito Santo), Anápolis (Goiás), Senador Canedo (Goiás) and Vila Bela da Santíssima Trindade (Mato Grosso).[1] Among the features provided by the so-called Ponto iD[2] system is the monitoring of the attendance of students at school without the need to take roll call. The system also aims to help optimise class time, as the time spent on the roll call is saved; help manage school meals, as cooks are notified of the exact number of students in class as soon as the gates close; and decrease the school drop-out rate, as guardians receive, through an app, notifications that their child is in the school. The last is noted as a primary social consequence of using the technology. To implement the system, the city of Jaboatão dos Guararapes, for example, has spent BRL 3,000 (USD 780) per month per school.

The technology provider's webpage states that the solution is designed in an integrated way, linking government departments. Because of this, a diverse range of public institutions can share information with each other. For example, according to the government of the city of Jaboatão dos Guararapes, if a student is absent for more than five days, the Guardianship Council is notified as the system also shares students’ information with that body.[3]

In 2015, the service provider also stated that the system would be connected to the Bolsa Família programme,[4] which is a direct income transfer programme aimed at families living in poverty and extreme poverty throughout the country, and intended to help them out of their vulnerable situation. In Brazil, more than 13.9 million families are served by Bolsa Família.[5] The receipt of the benefits is conditioned, among other duties of a student whose family is a beneficiary of the programme, to a minimum school attendance of 85% for children and adolescents from six to 15 years old and 75% for adolescents 16 and 17 years old.[6]

Privacy? Absent. Risks? Present

As previously observed by several scholars, digital technologies not only make behaviour easier to monitor, but also make behaviour more traceable.[7] Given this potential, a number of critical issues in relation to the application of facial recognition systems in educational contexts were identified.

According to the service provider, the system works off a platform that uses cloud computing capabilities, but it was not possible to identify any information regarding the level of security related to the storage of collected data in the company’s privacy policy available on its official website. Despite this, among the said benefits offered by the technology implemented are not only the monitoring of students’ attendance and their school performance, but the possibility of monitoring students’ personal health data.

The mayor of the city of Jaboatão dos Guararapes[8] states that in addition to facial recognition, the software also offers, through the collection of other information, the possibility of better planning the number of daily school meals. As soon as the school’s gates are closed, the cooks receive via SMS[9] the exact number of students who are in the classrooms. Meanwhile, according to the secretary of education of Jaboatão dos Guararapes, Ivaneide Dantas, at some point even the health problems of students will be identified and parents informed using the system.

However, the lack of information that is included in the company’s privacy policy,[10] or on city halls’ websites, constitutes a critical point in the relationship between students and the education system. The problem becomes all the more obvious since the solution involves sensitive data – biometric data – of minors.

The text of the Brazilian General Data Protection Law (LGPD),[11] recently approved unanimously in congress after almost 10 years of discussions and two years of proceedings, has undergone major changes due to the vetoes of former president Michel Temer at the time of its sanction and more recently by President Jair Bolsonaro. The changes to the text of the LGPD through Provisional Measure 869/2018[12] have resulted in the impairment of the effectiveness of the law as well as a series of setbacks. These setbacks have ignored issues considered already decided on in discussions that had popular participation, as well as the input of members of the executive and legislative branches. As argued in a report released by the joint committee set up to investigate the possible impacts caused by the Provisional Measure,[13] the revised act put at risk the effectiveness of the guarantees reached by the previous text.

The public sector, especially the police authorities, are using new technologies to monitor the population without the social consequences being considered or even measured. The adoption of facial recognition systems for public security purposes is already a reality in several Brazilian cities. Recently, the increase in the use of the tool in public and private spheres has led to the establishment of Civil Public Inquiry No. 08190.052289/18-94[14] by the Personal Data Protection Commission of the Public Prosecutor's Office of the Federal District and Territories (MPDFT), as well as a public hearing held on 16 April 2019.[15] The hearing sought not only to promote debates about the use of facial recognition tools by businesses and the government, but also to function as an open space for the participation of NGOs and civil society.

It is important to remember that as systems are being implemented in public schools around the country, much of the peripheral and vulnerable population is being registered in this "experiment" – that is, data is being collected on vulnerable and marginalised groups. As researchers have pointed out, biases are being increasingly incorporated into the variety of new technological tools.[16] These digital tools can act more quickly, on a larger scale, and with actions that can be hidden by a greater complexity, such as, for example, through profiling systems that use biased machine learning algorithms that police, profile and punish minorities. The struggle is still against the perpetuation of the same problem: the deprivation of civil rights of certain groups of society as a result of social inequalities and power relations in society.

It is not uncommon for technology to be used in a way in Brazil that suggests the possibility of a future Orwellian dystopia. The use of facial recognition technology during the Carnival of 2019 in the cities of Rio de Janeiro and Salvador, resulting in a number of arrests, drew the attention of Brazilians.[17] The apparent relativism of fundamental rights and the relaxation of laws that limit surveillance due to the magnitude of events,[18] and the lack of official information on the effectiveness of the new automated measures, as well as on the storage and sharing of biometric data, were just some of the various problems identified.

The need to manage large events with thousands of participants is not the only reason why surveillance technologies are used in Brazilian urban centres. As Marcelo Souza from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) explains,[19] the increase in punitive policies and the militarisation of the police are the main reasons behind the increasing use of dystopian and invasive AI devices and technologies, typical of combat zones.[20] Even after a series of changes that have taken place in Brazil since the promulgation of the 1988 Constitution, public security institutions have not been significantly modified. The culture of war against the "internal enemy", for example, remains as present as in the days of the military dictatorship.[21]

Given that the recently approved LGPD does not apply to data processing for public security purposes, it would be possible for authorities to argue that the biometric database from the facial recognition system in schools can be used to identify suspects and improve public security. This would place its use even further outside the remit of current legislation. As the LGPD states, data processing for public security purposes "shall be governed by specific legislation, which shall provide for proportionate and strictly necessary measures to serve the public interest" (Article 4, III, § 1, LGPD).[22]

However, a specific law does not exist so far. According to the Brazilian lawyer and privacy advocate Rafael Zanatta,[23] the civic battle in Brazil will be around the shared definition of "proportional measures" and "public interest”. The solution proposed by some researchers and activists for the time being is the protection offered by the constitution, such as the presumption of innocence, and the general principles of the LGPD itself, which guard against the improper use of collected data. On the other hand, it is believed that a tremendous effort will be needed to consolidate jurisprudence where these principles are applied in cases of state surveillance.

There is also a lack of easy access to public documents and information on the use of surveillance technologies. Often information related to the operation of these technologies depends on ad hoc statements made by public agents or private companies, whistleblowers or, when granted, requests for access to public information made possible by the Access to Information Law (LAI).

The discussion on the regulation of AI systems in Brazil is still very new. According to Brazilian researchers Bruno Bioni and Mariana Rielli,[24] the general debate on data protection around the globe has different degrees of maturity depending on the region and the specific issues faced. In addition, a paradigm shift has been observed through the transition from a focus on the individual's right to self-determination with regards to his or her private information to a model of risk prevention and management with respect to data-processing activities.

However, the use of AI for the collection and processing of sensitive personal data, such as the biometric data in question, makes these risks difficult to measure. In part this is because the general population does not have sufficient knowledge of the technology to recognise the extent of its impact on their personal lives.

In this way, an imbalance of power with regard to public awareness and the use of the technology has been created in Brazil.

The need for impact reports on the protection of personal data is an important requirement that has been gaining prominence in legislation, such as European legislation and the recently approved LGPD. However, Bioni and Rielli draw attention to the few requirements placed on developers of AI technologies in Brazil, as well as on the consumer who buys and implements the technology. In particular, there is no law in relation to the purchase and use of facial recognition devices for public service and public safety purposes in Brazil, unlike similar public projects elsewhere that seek an informed public debate and the inclusion of citizens' interests in decision-making processes (e.g. the ordinance on the acquisition of surveillance technology recently adopted in San Francisco, in the United States).[25]

Conclusion

A decrease in school drop-out rates: this is the main advantage of facial recognition technology in schools, according to the company that has developed the technology. But are we assigning to technology something that would be the responsibility of society and the state?

As the Brazilian educator and philosopher Paulo Freire[26] showed, many of the most common practices in the Brazilian educational system are dictated by the Brazilian elite. This includes the use of educational content that does not correspond to the reality of students from lower classes, but instead inhibits their ability to think critically of their reality, and in the end discourages them from attending school.

Easy and safe access to school is also an important consideration impacting on the student's educational performance. The Brazilian Statute of the Child and Adolescent, in chapter IV, art. 53, inc. V,[27] states that one of the rights of the child and adolescent is access to public and free schools near his or her home. However, when distance is not an impediment to school attendance, issues related to the safety of the student's route to school should also be considered. For example, in some communities in Rio de Janeiro,[28] there are frequent incidents of armed confrontation between police and drug traffickers, visible abuses of power by the authorities, stray bullets and other incidents endangering the lives of passers-by, and even street executions, all of which are daily threats to residents. In addition, the reality faced by marginalised populations in Brazil raises another important question: the need for children and adolescents from low-income families to leave school in order to work and help support the household.

The problem of the school drop-out rate in Brazil is neither a new issue nor something that can be solved only with the implementation of a new school attendance system using AI. It is necessary for society to seek more meaningful ways to mitigate the present crisis facing the educational system.

In addition to projects that raise public awareness about issues related to new technologies in Brazilian urban centres, there is also a need to strengthen legislation that governs how sensitive data is shared and used in public projects in order to maintain the quality of public services. When the fundamental rights and guarantees of citizens are understood and respected, a relationship of trust is established.

Cities in Brazil should strengthen privacy protection instruments and create legal certainty through the establishment of fundamental principles, rights and duties for the operation of an ever-changing array of technologies in society. Regulating the use of personal data in the public sphere has the power to promote the conscious, transparent and legitimate use of this information.

Action steps

The following advocacy priorities are suggested for Brazil:

  • Formulate regional policies and strategies for the use of AI in Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • Develop legally enforceable safeguards, including robust transparency and accountability measures, before any facial recognition technology is deployed.
  • Promote national campaigns and public debate over surveillance technology given the impact such technologies may have on civil rights and civil liberties.
  • Include a social, cultural and political understanding of the needs of vulnerable groups in the country's education strategies to make the learning environment more attractive for these groups.
  • Develop open source AI systems that enable wider community use, with appropriate privacy protections.

Footnotes

[1] www.pontoid.com.br/home

[2] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRMihVh0cew&t=24s

[3] Folha de Pernambuco. (2017, 19 April). Tecnologia para registrar presença nas escolas de Jaboatão. Folha de Pernambuco Folha de Pernambuco. https://www.folhape.com.br/noticias/noticias/cotidiano/2017/04/19/NWS,24738,70,449,NOTICIAS,2190-TECNOLOGIA-PARA-REGISTRAR-PRESENCA-NAS-ESCOLAS-JABOATAO.aspx

[4] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRMihVh0cew&t=24s

[5] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bolsa_Fam%C3%ADlia

[6] https://www.caixa.gov.br/programas-sociais/bolsa-familia/Paginas/default.aspx

[7] Lessig, L. (2006). Code: Version 2.0. New York: Basic Books. Monitoring is mostly related to observation in real time and tracking can be done afterwards based on certain information.

[8] Santos, N. (2017, 18 April). Jaboatão inicia reconhecimento facial nas escolas. LeiaJá. https://m.leiaja.com/carreiras/2017/04/18/jaboatao-inicia-reconhecimento-facial-nas-escolas

[9] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRMihVh0cew&t=24s

[10] www.pontoid.com.br/politica_privacidade_education.jsp

[11] IAPP. (2018). Brazil's General Data Protection Law (English translation). https://iapp.org/resources/article/brazils-general-data-protection-law-english-translation

[12] Medida Provisória nº 869, de 27 de dezembro de 2018. www.planalto.gov.br/ccivil_03/_ato2015-2018/2018/Mpv/mpv869.htm

[13] https://legis.senado.leg.br/sdleg-getter/documento?dm=7945369&ts=1556207205600&disposition=inline

[14] Inquérito Civil Público n.08190.052289/18-94 Reconhecimento Facial. www.mpdft.mp.br/portal/pdf/noticias/março_2019/Despacho_Audiencia_Publica_2.pdf

[15] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmzvXcevJr4

[16] Eubanks, V. (2018). Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police and Punish the Poor. New York: St Martin’s Press.

[17] Távora, F., Araújo, G., & Sousa, J. (2019, 11 March). Scanner facial abre alas e ninguém mais se perde no Carnaval (e fora dele). Agência Data Labe. https://tab.uol.com.br/noticias/redacao/2019/03/11/carnaval-abre-alas-para-o-escaner-facial-reconhece-milhoes-e-prende-seis.html

[18] Graham, S. (2011). Cities Under Siege: The New Military Urbanism. New York: Verso Books.

[19] Souza, M. (2008). Fobópole. Rio de Janeiro: Bertrand Brasil

[20] Kayyali, D. (2016, 13 June). The Olympics Are Turning Rio into a Military State. Vice. https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/wnxgpw/the-olympics-are-turning-rio-into-a-military-state

[21] Machado, R. (2019, 19 February). Militarização no Brasil: a perpetuação da guerra ao inimigo interno. Entrevista especial com Maria Alice Rezende de Carvalho. Instituto Humanitas Unisinos. www.ihu.unisinos.br/159-noticias/entrevistas/586763-militarizacao-no-brasil-a-perpetuacao-da-guerra-ao-inimigo-interno-entrevista-especial-com-maria-alice-rezende-de-carvalho

[22] IAPP. (2018). Op. cit. 

[23] https://twitter.com/rafa_zanatta/status/1085583399186767875

[24] Bioni, B., & Rielli, M. (2019). Audiência Pública: uso de ferramentas de reconhecimento facial por parte de empresas e governos. Data Privacy Brasil. https://dataprivacy.com.br/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Contribui%C3%A7%C3%A3o-AP-reconhecimento-facial-final.pdf

[25] Johnson, K. (2019, 14 May). San Francisco supervisors vote to ban facial recognition software. VentureBeat. https://venturebeat.com/2019/05/14/san-francisco-first-in-nation-to-ban-facial-recognition-software

[26] Freire, P. (1976). Education: The Practice of Freedom. London: Writers and Readers Publishing Cooperative.

[27] www.planalto.gov.br/ccivil_03/leis/l8069.htm 

[28] Brito, R. (2017, 2 October). Rio’s kids are dying in the crossfire of a wave of violence. AP News. https://www.apnews.com/efeeaed43c7b47a0ae4a6cfaa8b871e2

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Top 15 Deep Learning Applications In 2020 | Deep Learning - Robots.net

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Machine learning applications have gained popularity over the years and now, incorporated with advanced algorithms has been introduced, deep learning applications, as Robots.net reports. 

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It may have evolved quickly but deep learning applications have been getting more attention compared to other machine learning applications. But what sets it apart from a machine learning application?

What Is Deep Learning? 
Deep learning is an artificial intelligence that mimics the workings of a human brain in processing different data, creating patterns and interpreting information that is used for decision making. It is a subfield of machine learning in artificial intelligence. Its networks has the capability to learn, supervised or unsupervised, from data that is either structured or labelled...

Types Of Deep Learning
There are two types of deep learning, supervised and unsupervised. Supervised learning is when you give an AI a set of input and tell it the expected results. Basically, if the output generated is wrong, it will readjust its calculation and will be done repeatedly over the data set until it makes no more mistakes. Unsupervised learning is the process of machine learning using data sets with no structure specified.

Applications of deep learning have been applied to several fields including speech recognition, social network filtering, audio recognition, natural language processing, machine translation, bioinformatics, computer design, computer vision, drug design, medical image analysis, board games programs and material inspection where they need to produce results that are comparable to or superior to human experts.

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Paging Dr. Robot: Artificial intelligence moves into care | Artificial intelligence - Missouri Lawyers Media

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The next time you get sick, your care may involve a form of the technology people use to navigate road trips or pick the right vacuum cleaner online by Associated Press.

In this file photo from May 2, 2019, Cadet Cheyenne Quilter works with a virtual reality character named “Ellie” at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. Artificial intelligence is spreading into health care, often as software or a computer program capable of learning from large amounts of data and making predictions to guide care or help patients.
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Artificial intelligence is spreading into health care, often as software or a computer program capable of learning from large amounts of data and making predictions to guide care or help patients.

It already detects an eye disease tied to diabetes and does other behind-the-scenes work like helping doctors interpret MRI scans and other imaging tests for some forms of cancer.

Now, parts of the health system are starting to use it directly with patients. During some clinic and telemedicine appointments, AI-powered software asks patients initial questions about their symptoms that physicians or nurses normally pose.
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Why Alan Turing Will Appear on UK Currency | International Monetary Fund

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Finance & Development, December 2019, Vol. 56, No. 4 PDF version.

Mathematician and computer science pioneer Alan Turing will appear on UK currency by Melinda Weir, Staff Assistent at International Monetary Fund.

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One Monday last July, Bank of England Governor Mark Carney strode onto the stage at the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester to reveal the next face of the United Kingdom’s £50 note, one that the bank had earmarked for science.

The honor, he announced, would go to Alan Turing (1912–54)—mathematician, World War II code breaker, and father of computer science.

Turing was a visionary as well as a revolutionary, in Carney’s words, and an outstanding mathematician whose work has had a considerable impact on how we live today.
Turing’s seminal 1936 paper “On Computable Numbers” imagined the very concept of modern computing. His code-breaking machine is credited with shortening World War II. And his revolutionary postwar work helped create the world’s first commercial computers and articulated philosophical and logical foundations for artificial intelligence...

A photo of Turing, along with a composite image representing some of his groundbreaking ideas and inventions, will appear on the reverse side of the new £50 notes, scheduled to be issued in late 2021.

Last redesigned in 2011, the £50 bill will be printed on polymer for the first time: it’s much harder to counterfeit and more resilient and has a lower carbon footprint than paper, according to John. (The £5 and £10 notes have already come out on polymer, with the polymer £20 set to be issued in 2020.) 
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Feb 19, 2020: Radiology Grand Rounds: "Title - TBD" at Goldberg Learning Center

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Refreshments and coffee provided at 7:30am.

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Daniel K. Sodickson, MD, PhD

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NYU Langone Health

Dr. Sodickson received a BS in Physics and a BA in Humanities from Yale College. At Yale, he was awarded both the Warren Memorial High Scholarship Prize (for the graduating senior majoring in a field of the humanities who ranks highest in scholarship) and the DeForest Pioneers Prize (for distinguished creative achievement in physics). He earned his PhD in Medical Physics from MIT and his MD from Harvard Medical School, both as a part of the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. Dr. Sodickson’s research aims at seeing what has previously been invisible, in order to improve human health. He is credited with founding the field of parallel imaging, in which distributed arrays of detectors are used to gather magnetic resonance images at previously inaccessible speeds. The advent of parallel MRI resulted in a burgeoning of research and commercial development in image reconstruction and radiofrequency coil array design. Parallel imaging hardware and software is now an integral part of MRI machines, and is used routinely in MRI scans worldwide. For his work in parallel MRI, Dr. Sodickson was awarded the Gold Medal of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) in 2006. He is also a Fellow of the ISMRM, and a Distinguished Investigator of the Academy of Radiology Research. He has a long history of service and leadership in the ISMRM, most recently serving as ISMRM president in 2017-2018. He has also chaired of the NIH Study Section on Biomedical Imaging Technology (BMIT-A). At NYU, Dr. Sodickson has led a transformation of the imaging research enterprise in the Department of Radiology at NYU Langone, bringing the Department’s national research ranking from #17 to #5, and earning the department’s Center for Advanced Imaging Innovation and Research (CAI2R) a designation as a national Biomedical Technology Resource Center. He leads a multidisciplinary team that aims to develop a new paradigm of rapid continuous comprehensive imaging, taking advantage of complementary tools in image acquisition and reconstruction, including parallel imaging, compressed sensing, and artificial intelligence. This work extends to multiple imaging modalities, including PET and CT as well as MRI, and involves stakeholders in basic imaging science, clinical science, and industry, who work together in tightly coordinated method development and clinical evaluation. Dr. Sodickson has mentored numerous students, fellows, and junior colleagues, and has devoted himself to developing a culture of collaborative innovation. Indeed, he has a strong interest in the dynamics of creativity and innovation, taking inspiration from diverse models from the Bohr Institute to Bell Laboratories and beyond, and he is currently in the process of launching a new institute for engineering in biomedicine – Tech4Health – building on those models. Tech4Health has a broad mandate to develop tools that solve key unsolved problems and unmet needs in the clinic and the lab, in the process bringing emerging technologies such as continuous sensing and artificial intelligence to biomedicine. Dr. Sodickson is convinced that the field of imaging in particular, and medical technology more generally, is at an extraordinary historical nexus, poised for imminent transformation, and he is committed to advancing and shaping that transformation.

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When it comes to drone technology, one name stands out: DJI. The company makes some of the best quadcopters currently available, along with some ultra-cool video cameras. Over Black Friday weekend, there are some great deals available on DJI tech — here are five of the best:

Ryze Tech Tello Quadcopter Iron Man Edition Powered by DJI

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Multi-Scale Structure Control for Advanced Functional Materials, Dec 5

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Challenges for activists pushing for an ethical approach to AI in Italy

Introduction

Italy is the second biggest manufacturing country after Germany in the European Union (EU), and one of the main university and research centres. Because of this, the use and application of artificial intelligence (AI) in the country has advanced and spread. While this is most notable in robotics applied to the industrial sector, there are a number of experimental projects using AI in the country, including in the media sector. Recently, another area that has been developing fast has to do with building so-called “smart cities”, with a vast number of start-ups specialised in making services more accessible to citizens in various fields (health, education, social assistance, unemployment benefits, etc.). There is also strong and lively research activity on the ethical consequences of AI, including decision-making processes assisted by AI, and on related issues such as the regulation and self-regulation of media and social media, especially in the context of elections, hate speech, fake news, and child protection online.

Governments in the country, over the years, have had different approaches to and interest in AI. The centre-left government that was in power from 2013 until the beginning of 2018 was pushing hard (both in the country and in international forums such as the G7) to develop common policies on AI. In 2017, the Ministry of Economic Development launched a special fund (called “Industria 4.0”) to finance the introduction of AI and digital innovation in the traditional industrial sectors.[2] The plan was a huge success, and increased investment, especially in the automotive industry, but also in the pharmaceutical and energy sectors.[3]

Outlining some AI initiatives in the media sector in Italy, this report argues that the current political climate in the country and a fragmented civil society are making the ethical regulation of AI very difficult. It nevertheless identifies two potential policy windows for activists to push for a human-rights approach to AI implementation.

Laboratories for innovation in the media sector

In Italy, AI applications in general (and particularly in the media sector) have been mainly developed in areas where there are a lot of repetitive tasks and where using a human for a task adds little value to the job at hand. The two AI-based services of particular social relevance in the media sector have been developed in the areas of increasing accessibility for people with disabilities and the automatic archiving of digital multimedia files.[4]

For example, Radiotelevisione Italiana (RAI, the national public service media), through its research centre based in Turin (CRITS), is working on numerous AI applications aimed at making accessible radio and TV programmes for the elderly and people with disabilities. This work is the result of a new 2018-2027 framework agreement between the government and RAI, which aims to increase the percentage of programmes for people who are hard of hearing and those with reduced vision, and even deaf and blind people.[5]

RAI has developed three prototypes for new services based on AI that are now in the testing phase: Virtual LIS (short for Lingua dei Segni Italiana, Italian Sign Language), a virtual weather forecast using LIS, and Stretch TV.

Virtual LIS is a system that automatically converts voice audio into sign language using a 3D virtual interpreter. The first tests using LIS have been for weather forecasts.

Stretch TV is a system that can slow down the speed of TV programmes – both images and audio – by 10% to 20%, so that even the hard-of-hearing can easily follow dialogue. As part of EU-funded projects, RAI has also developed an archiving system for video and film using AI.[6]

There are many of these kinds of activities in the country, often implemented as part of EU research consortia.

One particularly interesting project involving media research is called “Femicide Storytelling”, run by the University of Turin (within the PRIN project).[7] Using AI, the project gathers data on cases of femicide and violence against women that are reported in newspapers and on radio and TV. These are then categorised and mapped against existing socio-demographic data in order to create a framework for predicting crimes against women. This is one of the most advanced experiments in big data in the country. While preventing crimes against women, it can be used to raise public awareness, and produce meaningful stories with a social impact.[8]

The most important EU project currently ongoing in the country is SoBigData, of which the Istituto Superiore Sant’Anna, based in Pisa, is one of the major actors and coordinators.[9] This project also has applications in the field of media research, particularly online.

The idea behind the project is very simple: according to the dominant narrative, big data is the oil of future growth. According to the research project, this narrative is true, but is currently being undermined by the misappropriation of personal data by some big companies that use personal data to make profits.

SoBigData proposes to create the “Social Mining and Big Data Ecosystem”, a research infrastructure that would allow the use of data in a protected environment, and on a collaborative basis, aiming to create a totally new approach to the use of big data. The aim of the project is to create a research community that could use the research infrastructure as a “secure digital wind-tunnel” for large-scale “social data analysis and simulation experiments.” Establishing common ethical principles on the use of algorithms, AI and big data is the pre-condition of making such an ecosystem workable, reliable and sustainable.

The areas of potential applications are enormous. The project has identified some of them: from smart cities to health, from media and understanding the influence of social media, to migration, to sports. For instance, the consortium has produced an analysis of mobility within a metropolitan area and even a map of accessibility for people in wheelchairs for a town, based on the data collected through an app for mobile phones. Another ongoing test involves the correlation between the use of social media and the polarisation of political and societal debates (analysed through algorithms checking and monitoring social media debates). The consortium publishes a newsletter presenting some of its experiments and achievements.[10]

The context for policy advocacy on AI

Italy is a country where the debate about social media and its misuse (hate speech, discrimination, sexual harassment and so on) has been widespread in media and society for many years. The proliferation of local media (radio and TV) in the last decades of the 20th century has raised awareness of media-related issues and led to the establishment of specific jurisprudence, as well as a media-related authority set up in 1987. The Autorità per le Garanzie nelle Comunicazioni (AGCOM, the Authority for the Control of Media) is a multisectoral authority, now with a very broad mandate: it is in charge of regulating printed media, electronic media, telecoms and (by extension) social media.

In an already highly regulated media ecosystem, the arrival of social media was nevertheless a shock, because some of the protections previously ensured by the traditional media regulations proved to be inefficient when it came to the new online forms of communication. As a result, calls to regulate social media came from various sectors (the judiciary, human rights activists, the media, etc.) – calls that the two parties governing the country in a coalition since June 2018 have not supported at all.

On the contrary, the Five Star Movement, led by comedian Beppe Grillo, and the League, led by Matteo Salvini – the two political parties forming the government that collapsed at the end of August 2019 – have based a lot of their success on the use of social media. For example, Salvini, whose Facebook page has more than 3.75 million fans, prefers to talk to his supporters live on Facebook instead of going into Parliament, holding press conferences or being interviewed on TV.[11]

The Five Star Movement makes most of its decisions using a voting platform called Rousseau,[12] where registered members are called to vote on the selection of candidates for elections, on main legislative proposals and even on internal reform of the party’s bylaws.[13]

Consequently, both parties had no great interest to intervene on the matter of the regulation of the internet, because they position themselves as anti-establishment forces, and consider traditional media to be controlled by the main economic and political interest groups in the country. This refusal, however, creates a growing tension between government, civil society, opposition parties and traditional media, but also within civil society, and the same two ruling parties.

This also makes pushing for the ethical regulation of AI difficult in the country. Nevertheless, two potential policy windows remain.

Policy windows to advocate for the ethical regulation of AI

The push for regulating social media

Despite the government's reluctance to regulate social media, civil society pressured AGCOM to approve a proposed regulation against online hate speech on 15 May 2019. The proposed regulation is called the “Regolamento recante disposizioni in materia di rispetto della dignità umana e del principio di non discriminazione e di contrasto all’hate speech” (Regulation containing provisions regarding respect for human dignity and the principle of non-discrimination and combatting hate speech).[14]

In Article 9 of the Regulation, AGCOM requires that internet platforms distributing video content:

  • Adopt, publish and respect formal codes of self-regulation in which they commit themselves to remove hate speech content and other content violating human rights online.
  • Provide quarterly monitoring reports on content identified, removed and penalised.
  • Launch awareness campaigns among their users to promote diversity and to fight any kind of online discrimination.

The regulation was submitted for public consultation before it was adopted. Some of the consulted entities have argued that the media and telecom authority has no mandate to regulate (or even co-regulate) social media and the internet. AGCOM has submitted the proposed regulation officially to the Italian Parliament, which will now have to decide whether to enshrine the regulation as law and formally confirm AGCOM's de facto mandate on social media.[15]

This proposal potentially opens up the door for further public discussion on ethical principles with respect to the use and implementation of AI online.

The multistakeholder roundtable

Another potential avenue where activists could push for the regulation of AI is in a multistakeholder roundtable set up by AGCOM, which contributed to the development of the regulation approved in May. In November 2017, AGCOM created the roundtable in an attempt to guarantee pluralism and to ensure reliable news on digital platforms.[16] This informal, voluntary group has grown over the years, and today gathers around 30 companies, including Google, Facebook and Wikipedia (Twitter has not joined the roundtable yet), institutions and civil society organisations. The job of the roundtable is to come up with solutions to problems that are raised, based on in-depth research and knowledge of the Italian media market.[17]

Since January 2019, it has produced a regular newsletter (called the Observatory on Online Disinformation) and all relevant communication between the authority and the parties involved, such as an internet platform, are discussed publicly and published on its website. For instance, in March 2018 the secretariat of the roundtable addressed a detailed request for explanations from Facebook on the impact of the Cambridge Analytica case in Italy. Another area of concern is the impact of fake news and hate speech on the online world.

During the campaigns for the Italian national elections in March 2018 and for European elections in May 2019, the roundtable agreed on a special strategy to counter possible cyber interference,[18] while some guidelines to guarantee equal access for all candidates to the online platforms were issued.[19]

Conclusion

In the current political turmoil through which Italy is passing, civil society organisations are in a trap. On the one hand they are very involved with institutions in the debate about AI and algorithms, on their implications for society (as seen in some of the projects discussed here) and in the development of regulations. On the other hand, they are paralysed in their advocacy because criticism of how internet platforms operate is considered as an attack on both of the ruling parties (the Five Star Movement and the League), both of which use the internet as a bedrock for their campaigns, including in their attacks on traditional media.

Civil society in Italy is also currently fragmented, with different groups concentrating on their own problems: political parties are worried about trolls and elections; feminist movements are worried about femicide; the child protection movement is worried about the risks of social media for children; minorities and refugee organisations are worried about hate speech and its consequences for their constituencies.

Nevertheless, two avenues for pushing for regulations on AI remain: the current advocacy for the regulation of hate speech online, and the multistakeholder roundtable set up by AGCOM.

A further policy window has presented itself with the sudden and unexpected collapse in August 2019 of the populist and right-wing parties that make up the current government. This has ushered in a change of alliances (now populist and left-wing parties), and opened up new perspectives for civil society activism, and for the Parliament. However, what exactly these advocacy opportunities will be is still too early to predict.

Action steps

If the fragmented civil society movement is able to free itself from its current paralysis, then a lot could be achieved with respect to AI. They need to collectively start to push for ethical principles to be incorporated into AI, such as privacy by design in the algorithms that are developed. This could be a successful way to unify movements that at the moment are not cooperating and are working separately, focused on their own battles. In this sense, the Italian tradition of fighting for civil liberties – which resulted in a very detailed and in-depth juridical framework and a modern constitution – could contribute significantly to the European and global debate on AI.

Footnotes

[1] The author thanks Andrea Cairola, Roberto Masotti and Francesco Sciacchitano for their support in this work.

[2] https://www.mise.gov.it/images/stories/documenti/investimenti_impresa_40_eng.pdf

[3] The media and cultural sectors were not allowed to access these incentives, which were reserved for the industrial sector, but nevertheless many research initiatives have been launched since then with private and EU funding.

[4] www.crit.rai.it/CritPortal/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/2018-10-09_TheExperienceOfRaiDigimasterProjectInProgress_sitow.pdf

[5] Obligations are mentioned in the new service’s contract with RAI for 2018-2022, published in January 2018. The services to increase accessibility are covered in Article 25 of the contract. www.rai.it/dl/doc/1521036887269_Contratto%202018%20testo%20finale.pdf

[6] CRITS and RAI Teche presented the archiving system at the FIAT/IFTA World Conference in Venice on 9 October 2018. www.crit.rai.it/CritPortal/?notizia=fiat-ifta-world-conference-2018&lang=en

[7] https://cercauniversita.cineca.it/php5/prin/cerca.php?codice=2015BBLK7M

[8] www.crit.rai.it/CritPortal/?notizia=1553

[9] The project receives funding from the EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. See sobigdata.eu/index for more information; a complete description of the project can be found here: www.sobigdata.eu/sites/default/files/www%202018.pdf

[10] sobigdata.eu/newsletter

[11] According to the last available statistics on 4 August: https://www.socialbakers.com/statistics/facebook/pages/detail/2523060331...

[12] https://rousseau.movimento5stelle.it/sso_home.php

[13] The platform has around 150,000 registered participants, but data is not certified. The Italian authority on privacy has recently (4 April 2019) criticised the platform for not being protected against piracy and third-party manipulation. See: https://www.garanteprivacy.it/web/guest/home/docweb/-/docweb-display/doc...

[14] https://www.agcom.it/documentazione/documento?p_p_auth=fLw7zRht&p_p_id=101_INSTANCE_ls3TZlzsK0hm&p_p_lifecycle=0&p_p_col_id=column-1&p_p_col_count=1&_101_INSTANCE_ls3TZlzsK0hm_struts_action=%2Fasset_publisher%2Fview_content&_101_INSTANCE_ls3TZlzsK0hm_assetEntryId=15055471&_101_INSTANCE_ls3TZlzsK0hm_type=document

[15] In particular, Article 1.31 of the law that instituted AGCOM (Legge 31 luglio 1997, n. 249 – Istituzione dell'Autorità per le garanzie nelle comunicazioni e norme sui sistemi delle telecomunicazioni e radiotelevisivo) grants it the authority to impose penalties on those who do not comply with its regulations, ranging from fines to revoking their licence to operate in Italy. https://temi.camera.it/leg18/post/OCD15-54606/approvato-dall-agcom-regolamento-contrasto-alle-espressioni-d-odio-hate-speech.html

[16] AGCOM. (2017). Tavolo tecnico per la garanzia del pluralismo e della correttezza dell’informazione sulle piattaforme digitali. https://www.agcom.it/documents/10179/8860814/Comunicato+stampa+16-11-2017/7977d222-b9bd-4763-b1e6-9ae7c960a0ee?version=1.0

[17] https://www.agcom.it/gli-studi-e-le-indagini-conoscitive

[18] AGCOM. (2019). Osservatorio sulla disinformazione online n. 4/2019. https://www.agcom.it/visualizza-documento/721fe550-fcb0-4a05-b3d9-30012a...

[19] AGCOM. (2018). Linee guida per la parità di accesso alle piattaforme online durante la campagna elettorale per le elezioni politiche 2018. https://www.agcom.it/documentazione/documento?p_p_auth=fLw7zRht&p_p_id=101_INSTANCE_2fsZcpGr12AO&p_p_lifecycle=0&p_p_col_id=column-1&p_p_col_count=1&_101_INSTANCE_2fsZcpGr12AO_struts_action=%2Fasset_publisher%2Fview_content&_101_INSTANCE_2fsZcpGr12AO_assetEntryId=9478309&_101_INSTANCE_2fsZcpGr12AO_type=document

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Deportation of Nigerian Nationals and Interesting Judicial Decisions

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In the news

With an election on the horizon, a coalition of 29 women and human rights organisation has published a manifesto for women and girls. Their stated goals are to “end violence against women and girls”; “secure women’s equal representation in politics”; “promote equality in the workplace and in the home”; “invest in public services”; and “lift women and children out of poverty”. To achieve these goals, they propose measures including a new ‘Violence Against Women and Girls’ bill to lay before Parliament; funding for high-quality sex and relationships education; improvements to the criminal justice system regarding allegations of rape and sexual assault; equal pay; increased maternity pay and maternity allowances; an end to pregnancy discrimination; and a strengthening of the law on sexual harassment at work, creating a duty on employers to prevent harassment from occurring. The manifesto is available here.

The backlash against internet intermediaries and ‘surveillance capitalism’ continues this week. Amnesty International have released a report entitled ‘Surveillance Giants’, which analyses in detail the human rights threats posed by Facebook, Google, and other technology corporations. The report is available here. Meanwhile, in the courts, Singh LJ granted Ed Bridges permission to appeal the facial recognition judicial review which he lost in September, noting that Mr Bridges’ appeal had a reasonable prospect of success.

Parents in Oxford have won the right for a secular alternative to traditional religious worship in schools, in a legal battle funded by Humanists UK against the Oxford Diocesan Schools Trust, the Guardian reports. The parents say that other schools will follow suit, while the Oxford trust insists this was a pragmatic decision to avoid excessive costs. The Department of Education has emphasised that this was only a settlement between the parents and the school, and has no implications for the law more widely.

Finally, in the midst of the various parties’ passionate electoral pledges about the NHS, a report was leaked this week detailing catastrophic failings at Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust. The findings have been described as ‘the largest known maternity scandal in the UK, by far’, stretching over 40 years. It appears that the trust was guilty of countless avoidable deaths, as well as long-term failures in respect of informed consent for mothers, a lack of transparency and communication with bereaved families, and a lack of kindness and respect to parents and families. The report was obtained by the Independent, and is discussed in detail here.

In the courts

This week saw two important human rights decisions. These concerned assisted suicide and the life sentence regime for foreign prisoners:
Newby, R (on the application of) v The Secretary of State for Justice: Philippe Newby, a longtime sufferer from motor neurone disease, wants to end his life. He applied for a declaration of incompatibility under s.4 HRA 1998 in respect of the law on assisted suicide in s.2(1) Suicide Act 1961. He argued that it was incompatible with Articles 2 and 8 ECHR; a blanket ban was disproportionate. In rejecting the application, the court reiterated the position reached in Nicklinson, Conway, and T that it is ‘institutionally inappropriate’ for the court to rule on a matter such this. In light of the ECtHR’s approval of UK law in Pretty v UK (2002) and Nicklinson v UK (2015), it is for Parliament to change the law on assisted suicide. As Irwin LJ and May J explained, “there is no consensus to be gleaned from evidence…the private views of judges on such moral and political questions are irrelevant, and spring from no identifiable legal principle.” Considering Parliament’s rejection of any change to the law, in the form of the Assisted Dying (No. 2) Bill 2015, the court was bound to refuse Mr Newby’s application.
Akbar, R (on the application of) v The Secretary of State for Justice: this case related to the sentencing and parole regime for life sentence prisoners subject to deportation orders in respect of which they are ‘appeal rights exhausted’ (ARE). For ordinary life sentence prisoners, the SSJ has the power to move them from higher to lower security condition prisons, until they eventually reach ‘open conditions’. However, this power was abolished by the SSJ in respect of ARE prisoners in 2014, in the form of the new rule 7(1A) of the Prison Rules 1999. The claimant, an ARE prisoner, challenged this change to the law on the grounds that (i) it violated Article 14 ECHR, being discriminatory in respect of Articles 5 and 8, and (ii) it was irrational. The court rejected his claim on both grounds. Rule 7(1A) had a legitimate aim, was rationally connected to that aim, and could not be achieved by a less intrusive measure. A different rule would deprioritise domestic prisoners, and lead to an increased risk of ARE prisoners absconding. As such, the rule was rational, and did not violate Article 14.

There were also appeals relating to deportation of foreign criminals and deprivation of citizenship:
Secretary of State for the Home Department v KF (Nigeria): a deportation order in respect of KF, a Nigerian citizen convicted of burglary and robbery, had been overturned by the First-tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal on the basis of s.117C(5) of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act and Rule 399 of the Immigration Rules. KF had children based in the UK, and the lower courts considered this amounted to a ‘genuine and subsisting relationship’ in respect of which it would be unduly harsh to deport KF to Nigeria. The High Court overruled the lower courts. In so doing, the court echoed the very recent case of SSHD v PG (Jamaica), stressing that the harshness required under s.117C(5) must be beyond what would necessarily be involved for the children of a foreign criminal – i.e. mere deprivation of shared parental support would not be enough. However strict it might seem, the will of Parliament must be respected, per Hickinbottom LJ in PG.
CI (Nigeria) v The Secretary of State for the Home Department: CI is a Nigerian national, who was seriously abused by his mother, and taken into care at 15. He had committed a series of thefts and robberies, and was diagnosed with a serious ‘depressive disorder’ with ‘some post-traumatic traits’. The Upper Tribunal had upheld the Secretary of State’s deportation order. The High Court overruled this decision. In so doing, the court considered the criteria for ‘Exception 1’ under s.117C(4) of the NIAA 2002. Although CI probably had not on balance been lawfully resident for ‘most of his life’, the court noted that he had been ‘socially and culturally integrated’, on the basis that his social and cultural identity was formed almost entirely in the UK, and he had maintained some academic success and romantic and family relationships; and that there were ‘very significant obstacles to reintegration’ in Nigeria, as he would be too psychiatrically unwell to access mental health care in Nigeria. Accordingly, the UT could reasonably have decided that there were very compelling circumstances such as to outweigh the public interest in deporting CI, under s.117C(6). The case was therefore remitted to the UT for a re-hearing.
The Secretary of State for the Home Department v E3 & Anor: The Secretary of State (SS) appealed a decision by the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) to overrule her orders depriving two individuals of citizenship under s.40(2) of the British Nationality Act 1981. Both individuals were Bangladeshi citizens who had turned to Islamic extremism. The court was asked to consider whether the SS had been precluded from making the orders, on the basis that she was making the two stateless (under s.40(4)). The crucial piece of evidence for the SS was a ‘note verbale’ received from the Bangladeshi Ministry of Defence regarding the practice of Bangladeshi law, which appeared to indicate the two might not become stateless. In overruling SIAC’s decision, the court noted that SIAC had had a confused and inconsistent approach to the burden of proof, confusing the legal and evidential burdens. It was for the Secretary of State to prove that she was ‘satisfied’ that the individuals would not become stateless, and the burden then shifted to those individuals to prove otherwise. Further, SIAC had ‘mischaracterised’ the note verbale as ‘extra-official’, and it should have been given greater weight. The case was remitted to a differently constituted SIAC to be re-decided.

In the ECtHR
Razvozzhayev v Russia and Ukraine and Ukraine and Udaltsov v Russia : this case related to protests in Moscow in 2012, led by the supporters of opposition leaders Boris Nemtsov and Alexei Navalny, and actions taken against the applicants in the aftermath, including house arrest, abduction from asylum in Ukraine, and transfer to a penal colony in Krasnoyarsk. The court found an array of violations of Articles 3, 5, 6, 8, 11, and Article 1 Protocol 1 in respect of these actions by Russia and Ukraine.
Nejdet Atalay v Turkey: a Turkish citizen was involved in a demonstration at a funeral for four members of the PKK (Workers’ Party of Kurdistan), a terrorist organisation. As a result, he was sentenced to ten months’ imprisonment under the Turkish criminal code. The court held that this was a violation of his rights to freedom of expression under Article 10 ECHR, and was neither proportionate nor necessary in a democratic society.
Yurtdas and Soylemez v Turkey: two Turkish citizens were given a suspended sentence of two years imprisonment for chanting pro-Kurdish slogans. The court held that this was a violation of their rights to freedom of expression under Article 10 ECHR, and was neither proportionate nor necessary in a democratic society.
Obote v Russia: a small group of people held a flash mob in front of a government office in Moscow, sticking blank sheets of paper to their mouth with sticky tape. When asked to disperse, the applicant asked the police why; he was then escorted to the police station, and subsequently convicted of an administrative offence under the Russian Public Events Act. The court held that this was disproportionate, given the quasi-criminal nature of the sanction, when the group had done nothing capable of causing disorder or disruption to ordinary life. There had therefore been a violation of the right to peaceful assembly under Article 11.
TK and SR v Russia: this case considered in detail the human rights implications of extraditing ethnic Uzbeks to Kyrgyzstan for violent crimes. After a review of the reports and research available on the human rights situation in Kyrgyzstan, the court concluded that Uzbeks no longer constitute a vulnerable group such as to face risks of persecution solely based on ethnic origin in Kyrgyzstan. There was therefore no violation of the right against inhumane or degrading treatment under Article 3 in extraditing the applicants.
Znakovas v Lithuania: a police officer used an electroshock weapon against a domestic violence suspect who was unarmed and handcuffed; there was no subsequent investigation into his conduct. The court held that this constituted a violation of the right against inhumane or degrading treatment under Article 3 in both its substantive and procedural limbs.
KO and VM v Norway: the applicants were parents with a history of post-traumatic stress disorder and attention deficit disorder and psychiatric ill-health and drug abuse respectively. A number of anonymous notifications of concern were sent to child welfare services, resulting in an intervention which led to restrictions on contact between parents and daughter to a maximum of four visits a year. The court found that this was a violation of the right to family life under Article 8, because such infrequent contact amounted to child welfare services implicitly giving up the aim of reunification at a very early stage, without full justification of why this was considered appropriate.

On the UKHRB


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Dr. David Feinberg

Google has big plans to do for medical records what the search-engine giant did for practically every other kind of information.

The company is working on a search tool for patients' medical records, part of the work going on with Google's health unit. The unit pulls together the health projects from across Google, and in 2018 hired top doctor Dr. David Feinberg to lead the team. 

The work came to light when the Wall Street Journal revealed that Google Health is quietly working with the second-largest health system in the US. The news drew scrutiny about how much private health information the tech giant had access to and how it might use it.

The health system, Ascension, is transferring the personal and medical information of 50 million patients onto Google's cloud network. In return, Google gains access to the data, Business Insider reported. Google has said "a limited number" of Google employees have access to full patient data as part of the deal, and both firms have said the arrangement complies with US privacy laws.

At the core of the work between Google and Ascension is a patient search tool, one that the Google Health team, led by Feinberg has been working on.

Before Google, Feinberg had been at Geisinger, a health system in Pennsylvania, since 2015. Prior to that, he served as CEO of UCLA's health system.

Feinberg's team is responsible for coordinating health initiatives across Google, ranging from the company's search engine and map products, to its Android smartphone operating system, to more futuristic offerings in areas like artificial intelligence.

We got more details of the work going on with patient sesarch in documents obtained by Business Insider as part of the work Google's doing with Ascension

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According to a user guide for testers of the tool that was obtained by Business Insider, users can type in patient names to find matches, get an overview of a patient's information, view notes and lab reports, and get a view of patient results over time. The information in the user guide does not contain Ascension patient information, the document noted.

Here's what it looks like:

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"What we thought we could accomplish is take the functionality that we know from organizing information and put it on top of your record," Feinberg said in a video released after news broke of the work Google was doing with Ascension.

For instance, if the doctor's curious if the patient had an MRI or if they've had a particular response to a medication, with Google's help they might be able to find it more conveniently.

"We will pull up all of that information from your record so that your doctor can spend more time with you, looking at you instead of looking in the computer," Feinberg said. 

The search gives users the ability to search through patients within a health system — in this case Ascension — pulling up an overview of their health record with the ability to get a closer look at vitals or labs. Record redact

Much like Google Search, the forms are meant to correct for what medical providers are searching for. 

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The reports can also provide a view of a patient's lab results over time.

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In a video posted on November 19, Dr. Alvin Rajkomar, a Google product manager and practicing physician, ran through a demonstration of the program. 

In it, he highlighted the ability to make typos, see multiple charts for a patient drawing from multiple medical records, embed links to images like X-rays into notes, and find information in scanned documents through a finder tool. 

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"The technology is mindblowing," Feinberg said in a November video. "But if we don't have the trust of the doctor, the nurse, the mom, the dad, the elderly person, the patient, it doesn't matter how good the technology is we're not going to mess with this. We're going to do it the absolute best way possible. We're going to treat it with the respect that it deserves."

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Good morning everybody!

I was on with Ken and Matt. We talked about Google and the Partnership they have with Ascension the second-largest medical conglomerate in the US and what it means to our privacy. 

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Craig Peterson0:00
Hey, good morning, everybody. Craig Peterson here. I'm sorry if you're listening to the podcast and Craig's ranting again if you don't want to hear my rant about medical records, I'd take a different angle on this one today. After having ranted a couple of times about it this week. I think I've kind of refined my messaging, as they say in the biz. Anyhow, I had a good chat this morning with Ken and Matt and we spoke with the people of Maine a little bit about some of the technology and of course, what should we be doing? What are the ultimate outcomes of having Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and others examining our health records? I take a different angle today.  I have to mention too, by the way, wow, we're starting to get some good numbers, decent numbers over on the Facebook Live. So thanks, everybody. There's watching those you can get them. Just go to Craig Peterson dot com slash Facebook, it is so much easier for people to find me that way, then trying to search on Facebook, but you can search and you can find me there to my tech talk page over there. But anyway, thanks for everybody that's promoting it to their friends. We've even been sharing some of these little videos. I think yesterday, it was like four and a half minutes long. And I'm talking about some basic technical stuff, and primarily around security. And, you know, mostly kind of leaning towards mostly business. But home people if you listen, you will get information that's applicable to you as a home user or SOHO - Small Office/Home Office. Now here we go to Ken and Matt.

Matt Gagnon 1:49
Here's the thing, great Wednesday, we're chock full of things chocked full of things that we need some filler and we need some exciting, interesting thing.

Ken Altschuler 1:58
We're just trying to spread the word around but you know, Wednesdays, are we like once a week we would rather you have you on Wednesday? Then not have you at all?

Craig Peterson2:06
Oh, there you go. Okay. Well, that's good to know. I'm not totally being abandoned here. No, no.

Matt Gagnon 2:12
It has to do with us. It's I'm not just a pawn in your game of world domination. We'd like you to be part of it. We want to take you with us.

Ken Altschuler 2:26
So, So, you know, Craig, I was looking over your website, and you know, everything's breaches. And I mean, Google has health records on us. I mean, so what? Should I just be really depressed about the tech news today? Is there anything good happening in the tech world?

Matt Gagnon 2:43
Besides photocopiers, you mean, exactly

Craig Peterson 2:46
I'm talking about Google first.

Ken Altschuler 2:56
How does one job it's supposed to copy things and there's a PDF or something don't know I'm not asking to copy? I am I it has a function where you're supposed to literally be able to eat mail to yourself. I use it on my own copier, which is almost exactly like this one every day. And all you do is put in the email address, you hit the green button, and it says Do you want to send my email says I would like to send that and then it sends it. And yet it simply cannot accomplish this goal. So yeah. Anyway,

Ken Altschuler 3:18
I apologize. 

Craig Peterson 3:22
So good. Well, yeah, there's some good news in the tech world, Frankly, there's a lot of stuff going on. We've got some new technology coming out just in time for the holiday shopping season. And we're going to be talking in fact that next week, you guys are going to have a couple of things about how to stay safe online during the shopping season because there's a lot worse stuff happening now. But we haven't talked about these pale blue batteries, have we? This is a very cool technology. It's one of these GoFundMe things It was really well funded. And I actually have some sitting in front of them. As a powerful member of the media community, they sent me a few of these things. These are absolutely amazing. They're using yet another technology. It's the same types that you have in these little helicopters. Have you seen these things that like in the malls? Yes. Where they take like 30 seconds to charge and they fly around for like five minutes. Yes, it's the same basic technology but pale blue has these things in triple-A batteries and double-A batteries. And built right into the side of them is a micro USB charger. They have a light on them to tell you how charged they are. They charge up in like 20 minutes, just a regular micro USB cable and charger anybody right from your laptop or whatever you have. And they run your devices for just as long as pretty much any other battery. I have these pale blues right now. My Bluetooth keyboard and also in my Bluetooth mouse trackpad thing here. And I have been absolutely amazed. So this is some new technology. There's some other new battery technology that's coming out the guy that invented lithium-ion batteries. He, in fact, he just got a Nobel Prize this year. Finally, after inventing these all those years ago, he's come up with something that he's called lithium glass batteries. And these will let you charge them up like a car, fully charged in about 20 minutes. That'll take you probably instead of 300 miles about 500 miles. So this type of technology is coming down the road. I absolutely love it with this is what we need as we get more mobile as we have more 5g coming out. And I think that's good news can. Okay.

Matt Gagnon 5:56
Oh, you're talking.

Craig Peterson 5:58
You feel a little better. Thank you. A little better. Thank you

Matt Gagnon 6:02
 A little better. Thank you. You asked about Google and these health records. Again, Yes.

Craig Peterson 5:58
This thing is to me concerning I don't know about you guys. But Google has this partnership that they entered into with Ascension. This is a country's second-largest health system, that it's part of the whole Catholic nonprofit health system and includes 34,000 providers who see patients at 2600 hospitals, doctors' offices, other facilities across 21 states. I'm not sure if we have Catholic hospitals here in Maine or not. I know you guys know. Okay. Well, apparently Ascension has quietly given all of the medical records, diagnoses, laboratory test results, hospitalization records, and other data including patient names and birthdays, this is all reported by the Wall Street Journal,  to Google. Google, of course, just bought Fitbit, which is giving them more health information as people are using it to monitor their sleep. They're using it to monitor their, you know, running, walking, exercise, climbing, heart rhythms, etc. So more, you know, it's this, the numbers get crazy. So what about 30 years ago? Because of HIPAA, they were able to give all of your medical records to Google without even notifying you.

Ken Altschuler 7:40
Why don't they say no?

Craig Peterson 7:44
HIPAA is mainly about portability, right? They were forcing doctors to move the records to computers, electronic medical records, and that's been a nightmare because all kinds of small doctors' offices and clinics and even Big healthcare organizations don't know how to keep our data safe, which drives me crazy, right? So it's been a nightmare from that standpoint. But what HIPAA did is, whereas before HIPAA went into place, they would have to ask your permission before sharing records. Now, they can share your medical records for all kinds of reasons. You know, I could be a multi-billionaire, walk up to a hospital say, Hey, I'm interested in buying you, I want to see the records of every patient, and I could get my hands on them without the patients being notified. In this case, what they've done is they said, Hey, listen, Google, here's what we want. We want you to look at all of this, analyze all of this so that we can have better outcomes so that we can save in costs and ultimately save lives. Now where I get concerned about this, because you know, those are all great goals. I love it. But I get very concerned that now our records are in the hands of Google and that means they are going to end up in the hands of our employers. potentially. They're already looking at some of these records. If you look at the socialist countries of the world, like Canada or the UK, their national health system in the United Kingdom has been using computers now artificial intelligence much the same as well, Google's using to predict when someone's going to die and predict whether or not it's worth spending any money on them at all. So they're saying, Hey, listen, you know, you're going to die in a matter of a few months. So we're not going to spend a dime on you. Because most of the money that's spent in health care when you boil it all down, is those last few months of life so why should we bother treating you? Then I've already seen my family in Canada, where they refuse to treat my grandmother for atrial fibrillation. They refuse to treat my grandfather for gout in he ended up having his foot cut off because they just plain old wouldn't treat it. My father in Toronto, three hours in the back of a hot of an ambulance driving around trying to get treatment. And he finally gets into a hospital finally accept him. And they take him they overnight they do the blood test. Yeah. You got a sloping t wave looking at his 12 lead. Yeah, he had a heart attack. take aspirin and call us if it happens again. versus what happens is my father in law happened to my father-in-law. Yeah, up in Washington state where they treated him they looked at him seriously. Did stress test I did nothing like that for my father. And you know, I spent 10 years in emergency medicine, right. So I know a little bit about this stuff. So when I see Project Nightingale, which is what Google's calling this partnership with the country's second-largest healthcare organization. I start to freak out. I hear, you know, you guys talk about Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, etc. I hear these politicians saying we need socialized medicine. And yet every country, every major country that has socialized medicine, and I do have family members in Canada, that does not have an absolute horror story about medical treatment, and we're not talking about people that can't afford it. We're not talking about people that couldn't have insurance, okay. But every one of these countries wants to get rid of it. And we've got Google, we've got Microsoft, we have a basic Amazon, every major player trying to get into this business. I am starting to freak out, gentlemen.

Ken Altschuler 11:45
Well, I wouldn't want to freak you out anymore. So we're going to leave it there because we're out of time anyway. We're gonna stick a pin in this and maybe we'll talk to you next Wednesday, maybe next Monday.

Matt Gagnon 11:59
When we will find out a little about holiday shopping.

Craig Peterson 12:02
Thanks, guys.

Matt Gagnon 12:02
Appreciate it. Craig, as always, we'll talk again soon. Thanks.

Ken Altschuler 12:03
Thanks, Craig

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Seven U.S. entrepreneurs chosen to participate in the Black & Veatch IgniteX Cleantech Accelerator recently took the stage in downtown Kansas City to showcase their business models and demonstrate how they’re poised to rewrite how the enterprise focuses on sustainability.

Powered by LaunchKC, the Cleantech Accelerator’s Demo Day drew 250 engineers, entrepreneurs, investors, students and professionals who watched as Accelerator founders presented their compelling proofs of how they’re gaining traction in the market.

“When we launched the Accelerator at Black & Veatch, we announced we were looking for the boldest, brightest entrepreneurs and startups in the cleantech space,” said Hyleme George, program director for the Cleantech Accelerator and Demo Day host. “Combining the startups’ novel technology and nimbleness with Black & Veatch’s scale and expertise can move us further and faster towards our mission of building a world of difference through innovation in sustainable infrastructure.”

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The Nov. 13 Demo Day forum provided the founders with a platform to share their business models via eight-minute pitches that spanned each company’s value proposition and market opportunity.

“It has been incredibly effective to focus on a target area with an established and forward-looking Kansas City company like Black & Veatch to be able to identify and sort new technologies that can create jobs and follow-on investment in that industry,” said Drew Solomon, competition chair of LaunchKC and senior vice president at the Economic Development Corp. of Kansas City, MO.

The IgniteX Cleantech Accelerator cohort entered the Demo Day fresh from a 12-week accelerator boot camp with Black & Veatch personnel and other industry experts, who assisted them in planning, designing and executing real-world projects in the clean technology space.

Cohort demos included:

AWARE VEHICLES, Kansas City, MO: Smart drones for precision agriculture and infrastructure.

P.J. Piper, president & CEO, introduced an automated, innovative mobile docking platform for drones – including launch, recovery, and data transmission and charging – combined with artificial intelligence (AI) for the real-time study of farmland – down to moisture levels in individual plants - and infrastructure often in remote locations. https://www.awarevehicles.com/

BUILT ROBOTICS, San Francisco, CA: Autonomous construction machinery for efficiency, safety and faster results.

“We’re developing artificial intelligence guidance systems that will enable heavy equipment to operate autonomously,” said Jimmy Kim, Business Operations Lead. “Our focus is on building the software… the brains of the robot… to allow it to operate (heavy equipment) intelligently on job sites, and equipping them with the same capabilities and sensibilities that a human operator would have to ensure safety and efficiency. http://www.builtrobotics.com/

ecoSPEARS, Altamonte Springs, FL: Green remediation of PCBs and dioxins in water, soils, and sediments.

Co-founder Serg Albino is working with NASA and Black & Veatch to clean up the environment. “Imagine a world where every human being has access to clean food, clean soil, clean air and clean water,” said Albino, a former NASA aerospace engineer. ecoSPEARS has an exclusive license to leverage NASA’s proprietary technology to extract, contain and destroy PCBs and other contaminants in the environment. https://ecospears.com/

ELECTRIPHI, San Francisco, CA: Fleet electrification for reducing carbon emissions.

“We are on the cusp of the biggest energy transition in history. This is a multi-trillion-dollar transition from oil to electrons,” said Muffi Ghadiali, co-founder and CEO, who unveiled a fleet electrification planning tool. “If all of transportation, as we know it today, would electrify, that will mean we need to double or triple the grid capacity.

“This will disrupt the entire value chain from how energy is produced, how energy is delivered, how energy is consumed. And this is creating amazing opportunities for existing companies to reinvent themselves and for new companies, like us, to be created. The thread that ties all of this together is data, intelligence and an ecosystem of collaboration.” https://electriphi.ai/

EXTENSIBLE ENERGY, Berkeley, CA: Software to reduce demand charges in commercial buildings.

John Powers, Founder & CEO, has unlocked the software that makes solar energy more cost-effective for commercial building owners. It begins with making buildings smarter to better manage their use of energy through demand control.

“The U.S. generates about 2% of its electricity from solar today; in 10 years that will be 20 percent. That’s a $1 trillion opportunity,” Powers said. “It’s the largest energy infrastructure opportunity of the next decade.”

Powers closed his presentation by announcing work toward a reseller agreement with Black & Veatch to bring the Extensible Energy integrated solution, Demand X, to market. “When an innovator like Extensible Energy and an engineering powerhouse like Black & Veatch come together with a solution that addresses the biggest energy opportunity of the next decade, the result for all of us will be a cleaner world.” https://www.extensibleenergy.com/

INFRALYTIKS, Urbandale, IA: Artificial intelligence data analytics for sustainable infrastructure improvement.

“In the last two years more data has been created than in the entire history of mankind. However, only about half of 1 percent of all that data gets analyzed. And that’s where we come in,” said Kevin Prendergast, president. “Machine learning unlocks the value of the data and makes it work for us.”

Applying large-scale, real-time data analytics is the heartbeat of InfraLytiks, including a Black & Veatch assignment to automate the process of adding telecom lines and antennae to utility poles across the country – potentially all 180 million utility poles in the U.S. “There is huge demand for lines on the poles. This is valuable real estate,” he said. “The value for consumers, of course, is connectivity.” https://infralytiks.com/

NOVONUTRIENTS, Sunnyvale, CA: Converting industrial CO2 emissions into protein-rich feed.

Black & Veatch is committed to finding new technologies that will reshape the food and agriculture system as we know it. And, that’s where David Tze, CEO, enters the picture.

NovoNutrients has created a gas fermentation technology that will convert industrial carbon dioxin emissions into protein for aquafeed – the essential food in aquaculture and its farm-raised seafood – that is far more cost-effective and plentiful than aquafeed products now on the market.

With about 40 billion tons per year of greenhouse gases for NovoNutrients to “farm,” Tze said six sectors are well-suited for the NovoNutrients technology. https://www.novonutrients.com/

“These seven companies are on the front lines of the cleantech revolution,” George said. “Through our partnership with LaunchKC and by bringing the cohort together with our professionals at Black & Veatch, this program is an emphatic endorsement about how new technology can be used to solve our biggest resource and infrastructure challenges.”

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Editor’s Note: A livestream video of the Black & Veatch Demo Day is available at https://youtu.be/JGIofiDgIhE

About Black & Veatch

Black & Veatch is an employee-owned engineering, procurement, consulting and construction company with a more than 100-year track record of innovation in sustainable infrastructure. Since 1915, we have helped our clients improve the lives of people in over 100 countries by addressing the resilience and reliability of our world's most important infrastructure assets. Our revenues in 2018 were US$3.5 billion. Follow us on www.bv.com and on social media.

About LaunchKC

LaunchKC has evolved from a 5-year-old grants competition into a tech accelerator platform that leverages grants, as well as creates new opportunities for investors, entrepreneurs, workers and the tech ecosystem of Kansas City. Its bottom line is to attract scalable companies to create more jobs and opportunities while growing the local economy. LaunchKC is an initiative of the Downtown Council (DTC) and the Economic Development Corporation (EDCKC) both of Kansas City, Missouri.

Media Contact Information:

CHRISTOPHER CLARK, Black & Veatch, 913-458-2778

MIKE HURD, LaunchKC, 816-447-2136


          

The Nest I/O to host fireside chat with Faraz Hoodbhoy on 3rd December

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By Rafiq Vayani KARACHI: The Nest I/O is hosting a fireside chat with Faraz Hoodbhoy, Director, Ecosystem & Outreach at AT&T, on Technology Entrepreneur’s Journey and the upcoming opportunities in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning on Tuesday 3rd Dec 2019, from 5.30 – 7.30 pm at The Nest I/O. Faraz was the Founder & CEO …

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Education / Teaching: Assistant Professor Tenure System - East Lansing, Michigan

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h3Working/Functional Title/h3 Assistant Professor Tenure System h3Position Summary/h3 Michigan State University#8217;s Eli Broad College of Business, Department of Supply Chain Management, has an opening for a tenure system assistant professor in sourcing/supply management or related areas at the intersection of sourcing and operations for the 2020-2021 academic year. Duties include research, teaching, and service. Salary and terms are negotiable depending on experience and rank. h3Required Degree/h3 Doctorate h3Minimum Requirements/h3 The position requires a Ph.D. or equivalent degree from an accredited university. The successful candidate will be expected to teach sourcing/supply management courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. h3Desired Qualifications/h3 We seek an individual conducting high quality research in contemporary sourcing/supply management topics or related areas at the intersection of sourcing and operations that appeal to leading journals as well as industry. Examples of topical areas include, but are not limited to, supply chain risk, supply networks, leveraging supplier capabilities, buyer-supplier relationships, green procurement, and electronic sourcing (including blockchain, artificial intelligence, and cognitive procurement). #160;Candidates with expertise and interest in business analytics will be given priority.#160; An ideal candidate will have prior experience in teaching sourcing/supply management courses. h3Required Application Materials/h3 CV, cover letter h3Special Instructions/h3 Review of applications will begin October 31, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by November 25, 2019. For additional information, please contact Dr. Tobias Schoenherr (****************). h3Review of Applications Begins On/h3 10/31/2019 h3Website/h3 ******************************** h3MSU Statement/h3 Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges. ()
          

How will AI have changed our lives in 2045?

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Amelie and Evie, in Year 6 have been recognised in a Scholars Challenge run by Dunottar School, which asked children in Year 5 to imagine how artificial intelligence (AI) would change our lives by the year 2045. Together they produced an imaginative and creative poster, which was Highly Recommended by the Judges, who included Dunottar...
          

Why AI Should Be Our Ally, Not Our Enemy

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) is ready to take off in a big way. The AI market is doubling every year and Analysts predict it will reach $119 billion market by 2025. But frankly, you could pick any big number you like and you’ll find a forecast that matches it. I’m confident they are right. AI is […]

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How AI and ML will drive increased use of software defined storage

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Few technologies have been as hyped as artificial intelligence and machine learning in recent years, but then few technologies have the same potential for transformative change. You won’t find a CMO anywhere on the planet unmoved by the possibility of increasing sales and customer loyalty through personalisation at scale: the right offer to the right […]

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Our human value is tied to our jobs and AI will change that

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Artificial Intelligence is going to change our work identify as traditional jobs become obsolete and society would have to find new ways of realising the value of people without a traditional job title.
          

The U.S. Army’s Worst Tradition: Never Ready for the Next War

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The U.S. Army’s Worst Tradition: Never Ready for the Next WarGettySince the end of the Cold War, the U.S. Army has been consistently ranked as the most capable land force on the globe by defense analysts of all stripes. So why are so many people in the American military community today worried about the Army’s ability to deter conflicts with likely adversaries or prevail against those adversaries in future wars?The short answer is that warfare, always a mysterious amalgam of art, science, and guts, has become an increasingly complicated and unpredictable enterprise. America’s leading potential adversaries, China and Russia, have shown no small measure of imagination and dexterity in identifying the U.S. armed forces’ vulnerabilities, and exploiting them through the development of subtle yet aggressive geopolitical strategies, and increasingly lethal armed forces.Both “near peer competitors” may well be ahead of the U.S. military in applying newly emerging technologies—artificial intelligence, machine learning, autonomous systems, hypersonic weapons, and nanotechnology—to the ancient military problems of constricting an adversary’s maneuver, neutralizing its offensive weapons, and disrupting its command and control.These cutting-edge technologies, writes Christian Brose, Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, “will enable new battle networks of sensors and shooters to rapidly accelerate the process of detecting, targeting, and striking threats, what the military calls the ‘kill chain.’”Mattis: ‘No Enemy’ Has Done More Harm to Military Readiness Than CongressHow is it that “the most lethal land force in world history” finds itself in this unenviable position? While the Army exhausted itself fighting two frustrating and inconclusive wars in Afghanistan and Iraq over the last 19 years, both Russia and China embarked on grand strategies of regional hegemony designed to undermine the rules-based international order that emerged after World War II under American leadership. Both of these rising powers have developed myriad ways to sew discord and dissent in America’s network of alliances and to expand their spheres of influence.Beijing presents its ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) as the best path for underdeveloped countries in Asia and Africa to gain access to modern infrastructure, capital, and prosperity. In practice, it’s plain that under the guise of building ports, roads, and communications infrastructure around the globe, China is engaged in predatory lending practices meant to gain political leverage and privileged access to foreign assets.In the South China Sea, Beijing has militarized seven hotly disputed islets, and is attempting to pinch the U.S. forces out of this strategically sensitive area entirely, even though international courts have declared China’s claims to these waters to be without foundation.Meanwhile, Vladimir Putin has run rings around the Obama and Trump administrations in the chess game of international politics. He successfully annexed the Crimea in 2014 from Ukraine, and interfered in the presidential election of 2016 via “active measures,” i.e., information warfare aimed at creating confusion and conflict in the American body politic. Moscow also successfully intervened on behalf of the brutal Assad regime in Syria, and Russia is now a major player in the Middle East.As demonstrated in the Ukraine, the Russians are the master practitioners of “hybrid warfare,” in which conventional military operations—and the threat of such operations—are closely integrated with propaganda, proxy campaigns, cyber warfare, coercive diplomacy, and economic threats.Both Russia and China have revitalized creaky and obsolete military establishments into first-class warfighting organizations. The consensus among Western military analysts is that in their respective spheres of influence, both countries have sufficiently sophisticated “anti-access area denial” (A2AD) capabilities to inflict severe punishment on American forces attempting to penetrate those spheres in order to challenge aggression or come to the aid of an ally. According to Army General Mark Milley, chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, both Russia and China are “deploying capabilities to fight the United States through multiple levels of standoff in all domains—space, cyber, air, sea, and land. The military problem we face is defeating multiple levels of standoff… in order to maintain the coherence of our operations.”Gen. Milley and the rest of the Army’s top brass are well aware that their service is currently a rusty instrument for carrying out high intensity operations warfare against either potential adversary. The Army Strategy, an 11-page, single-spaced document published in October 2018, provides a rough blueprint for the service’s plan to transform itself from a counterinsurgency-oriented organization into the leading practitioner of high intensity war by 2028.It won’t be easy. The Army Strategy calls for truly sweeping, even revolutionary, changes in doctrine, training, and organization of forces.For the first time since the Cold War, the Army has to reconfigure itself to be able to fight and win in a contested environment, where it will not have undisputed control over the air and sea. At the same time, it must prepare to engage potential adversaries more or less continuously in “gray zone conflict.” General Joseph Votel, the recently retired head of Special Operations Command, succinctly defines this concept as “conflicts characterized by intense political, economic, informational, and military competition more fervent in nature than normal diplomacy, yet short of conventional war.”The Army Strategy describes four lines of effort to reach the service’s chief objective by 2028, in this order of priority: Readiness, modernization, department reform, and building alliances and partnerships. The last two lines are more or less pro forma in every American military strategy document I’ve read over the last 30 years: reduce waste and inefficiency, and work with allies to insure military interoperability. The first two lines are worth a close look, for they illuminate the broad contours of the service’s quest to regain its pre-eminence in great power conflict. The quest to enhance readiness begins with plans to increase the size of the regular army to over half a million men from its current level of 476,000. In a departure from recent practice, all units earmarked for contingency operations and overseas deployments will be fully manned and given state of the art equipment before deploying. In order to increase the size of the service, the quality and quantity of recruiters and instructors will be increased.The focus of Army unit training will shift from counterinsurgency operations to high intensity fighting, where the adversary is assumed to have cutting edge A2AD, offensive weapons, and cyber systems.Deployments of Army units around the world will be less predictable and more rapid that they’ve been to date, as the Army and the other armed services begin to put the “Dynamic Force Deployment” concept to work. This concept is closely associated with former Secretary of Defense James Mattis. It’s also classified, and few details have been released for public consumption. But the core idea, as Mattis explained in 2018, is for the U.S. military to “stop telegraphing its punches.” Combat forces and their support units will be moving in and out of potential flashpoint areas more frequently and at unpredictable intervals in order to proactively shape the strategic environment.Improving readiness also involves important upgrades in the Army’s defensive missile systems to counter China and Russia’s formidable A2AD systems. A new lower-tier air and missile defense sensor project will enhance the ability of Patriot missiles to identify and track targets at long range by 2022. Beginning in 2021, Stryker light armored vehicles will be equipped with a new air defense system to protect mechanized battalions and brigades as they maneuver in harm’s way.Missile system upgrades, coupled with an entirely new generation of combat vehicles, both manned and unmanned, will allow the Army of the future to penetrate adversary defenses with an acceptable degree of loss.Ensuring readiness to fight is the top priority of the Army until 2022. After that date, the service plans to turn close attention to implementing entirely new operational concepts and “technologically mature” systems that are currently in the research and development phase.The overarching goal is to be able to conduct sustained “multi-domain operations” against either potential adversary, and win, by 2028. In the modernization phase, the Army plans to introduce a host of new long-range precision weapons, including hypersonic missiles that travel at more than five times the speed of sound. An entirely new generation of combat vehicles and vertical lift aircraft, i.e., new helicopters and aircraft with capabilities similar to those of the V-22 Osprey, both manned and unmanned, are currently in the works.The new Army Network will be an integrated system of hardware, software, and infrastructure capable of withstanding formidable cyber assaults.The leading war-fighting concept at the foundation of the Army’s modernization effort, though, is clearly “multi-domain operations (MDO).” The first thing to be said about the concept is that it’s very much inchoate. Discussions with several active-duty Army officers suggest even those “in the know” about this classified concept have only a hazy idea of how such operations will work in the field, for the simple reason that many of the systems such operations hope to integrate are still in the early stages of development.The Army has only one experimental MDO unit on active duty. It is deployed in the Indo-Pacific Command and built around a conventional rocket and missile brigade. The brigade contains a unique battalion devoted to intelligence, information, cyber, electronic warfare and space operations (I2CEWS). According to Sydney J. Freedberg Jr., an editor at Breaking Defense, the I2CEWS battalion “appears to not only pull together data from outside sources—satellites, drones, spy planes—to inform friendly forces of threats and targets, it also wages war in cyberspace and across the electronic spectrum, hacking and jamming the sensors and networks that tell the enemy where to shoot.”The commander of Army forces in the Indo-Pacific, Gen. Robert Brown, recently told reporters that his experimental brigade has performed brilliantly “in at least ten war games” against what are presumably Chinese and Russian forces. Before the advent of the new unit, American forces repeatedly failed to penetrate either rivals’ anti-access area denial systems with acceptable casualties in war games. Another experimental brigade is expected to enter service in Europe soon.The U.S. Army has a long and unenviable history of being ill-prepared to fight the next war. The French and British had to train U.S. Army units before they were deployed in World War I. The Army entered World War II as the 17th largest army in the world, with underpowered tanks, airplanes, and ancient rifles. The Army that went to Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan had trained long and hard to engage in conventional operations against nation states, but was ill-prepared, psychologically or organizationally, for counter-insurgency war. The Army’s ability to adapt to new developments has long been hampered by infighting and excessive conservatism in the upper reaches of the service’s hierarchy.To remedy this problem, in July 2018 the Army created the Futures Command (AFC). Its purpose is to unify the service-wide modernization effort under a single command, and oversee the development of new doctrine, equipment, organization, and training. According to Gen. John Murray, its head, the AFC “will conduct war-fighting and technology experimentation together, producing innovative, field-informed war-fighting concepts and working prototypes of systems that have a low risk of… being rejected by future war fighters. There are no game-changing technologies. There are only game-changing combinations of war-fighting concepts, technologies and organizations.”To say that General Murray has his work cut out for him is a massive understatement. He surely has one of the most difficult and important assignments in modern military history. Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



          

State-owned China Resources' private equity arm eyes investments in Hong Kong tech start-ups

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The Hong Kong government has identified biotech, fintech, artificial intelligence and smart city as four areas of strength where it is targeting more R&D ...


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Chinese tech companies are shaping UN facial recognition standards, according to leaked documents

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Chinese tech companies are shaping UN facial recognition standards, according to leaked documentsChinese tech giants are shaping United Nations’ standards for facial recognition as well as video monitoring, according to a Financial Times report based on leaked documents.China’s telecommunications equipment maker ZTE, security camera maker Dahua Technology and the state-owned Chinese telecommunication company China Telecom are among those proposing new international standards in the UN’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU) for facial recognition, video monitoring, city and vehicle surveillance, said a Financial Times report on Monday.Standards ratified in the Geneva-headquartered ITU, which has 193 member states, are more often adopted as policies by developing nations in Africa, the Middle East and Asia, where the Chinese government has agreed to supply infrastructure and surveillance tech under its “Belt and Road Initiative”, noted the FT report.Writing standards gives companies an edge in market as they are able to craft regulations to fit the specifications of their own proprietary technology. In recent years, Chinese companies have been increasing their influence in international standards-setting bodies, such as the ITU and ISO as their global ambition grow. Facial recognition for payments to take off despite privacy concernsITU standards, which usually take around two years to be drafted and adopted, are highly influential in setting the rules in African countries as they don’t have the resources to develop standards themselves, according to the FT. Data from African countries is also very important to Chinese tech companies, which are seeking to improve their facial recognition especially for people of colour, said the FT.The ITU did not immediately reply to a request for comment by the Post. ZTE and Dahua did not immediately reply to a request for comment.Chinese tech companies – particularly Huawei Technologies, Hikvision, Dahua, and ZTE – supply artificial intelligence surveillance technology in 63 countries, according to a September report by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace think tank.The expanding footprint of Chinese tech firms, especially in face recognition and surveillance, has prompted growing concern in the West. Eight Chinese tech firms, including Dahua, have been added to the US government Entity List earlier this year for their role in enabling human rights violations against Muslim minority groups in China, including the Uygurs.The proposals currently being discussed at the ITU have been criticised by human rights lawyers as crossing the line from technical specifications to policy recommendations, according to the FT. China’s facial recognition spread prompts residents to voice concernsRequirements in the draft standards for facial recognition, which are expected to be completed by the end of 2019 and will be fast-tracked for approval, stipulate a requirement to store detected facial features in a database, including race, skin colour, face style, birthmarks, scars and other demographic features.The suggested use cases for facial recognition include the examination of people in public spaces by the police, confirmation of employee attendance at work, and the arrest of criminals, specifically by comparing “the country’s fugitive library with the local population library” to smoke out “criminal fugitives hiding locally”, according to the FT.Additional reporting by Li Tao and Sarah Dai.For more insights into China tech, sign up for our tech newsletters, subscribe to our award-winning Inside China Tech podcast, and download the comprehensive 2019 China Internet Report. Also roam China Tech City, an award-winning interactive digital map at our sister site Abacus.This article Chinese tech companies are shaping UN facial recognition standards, according to leaked documents first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2019.



          

Alcala & Jensen: The Impact of Emerging Technologies on the Law of Armed Conflict

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Ronald T.P. Alcala (United States Military Academy) & Eric Talbot Jensen (Brigham Young Univ. - Law) have published The Impact of Emerging Technologies on the Law of Armed Conflict (Oxford Univ. Press 2019). Here's the abstract:
Emerging technologies have always played an important role in armed conflict. From the crossbow to cyber capabilities, technology that could be weaponized to create an advantage over an adversary has inevitably found its way into military arsenals for use in armed conflict. The weaponization of emerging technologies, however, raises challenging legal issues with respect to the law of armed conflict. As States continue to develop and exploit new technologies, how will the law of armed conflict address the use of these technologies on the battlefield? Is existing law sufficient to regulate new technologies, such as cyber capabilities, autonomous weapons systems, and artificial intelligence? Have emerging technologies fundamentally altered the way we should understand concepts such as law-of-war precautions and the principle of distinction? How can we ensure compliance and accountability in light of technological advancement? This volume of the Lieber Studies explores these critical questions while highlighting the legal challenges—and opportunities—presented by the use of emerging technologies on the battlefield.

          

Intel to open design centre in Hyderabad next week

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Hyderabad: Global chip maker giant Intel Corporation will open its new design and engineering centre in Hyderabad on December 2.

"Happy to share that global tech leader Intel will be unveiling their new design and engineering centre in Hyderabad on December 2. Excited that this will further boost Hyderabad's position as a key product innovation destination," Telangana's Information Technology Minister K. T. Rama Rao tweeted on Thursday.

The US-based firm has set up the huge facility at Salarpuria Knowledge City in the IT corridor of Madhapur.

The firm is reported to have taken four floors on lease for the centre, which will have seating capacity of 1,500.

It was in November last year that the minister had made the announcement of Intel setting up shop here after Intel India country head Nivruti Rai had met him.

Intel, which has completed 20 years in India, earlier this year acquired part of Ineda Systems, a Hyderabad-based semiconductor design startup.

The US-based firm acquired 100 engineers of Ineda for their skills in graphics, an area on which the design and engineering centre is likely to focus along with Artificial Intelligence and 5G.

Intel facility will be the latest addition to the list of marquee names in Hyderabad that includes Microsoft, Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon.

Intel facility has come up three months after US-based e-commerce giant Amazon opened its largest office building anywhere in the world.

Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus also launched its largest R&D centre in Hyderabad.

Last year, US-based semiconductor and telecommunications equipment company Qualcom announced $400 million investment in setting up its largest outside the US in Hyderabad.



          

'Pre-Crime' AI Is Driving 'Industrial-Scale Human Rights Abuses' In China's Xinjiang Province

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Long-time Slashdot reader clawsoon writes: Among Sunday's releases from the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists on leaked Chinese documents about the detention of Xinjiang Uighurs — which they are calling the largest mass internment of an ethnic-religious minority since World War II — is a section on detention by algorithm which "is more than a 'pre-crime' platform, but a 'machine-learning, artificial intelligence (AI), command and control' platform that substitutes artificial intelligence for human judgment...." "The Chinese have bought into a model of policing where they believe that through the collection of large-scale data run through AI and machine learning that they can, in fact, predict ahead of time where possible incidents might take place, as well as identify possible populations that have the propensity to engage in anti-state anti-regime action," reports James Mulvenon, director of intelligence integration at SOS International LLC, an intelligence and information technology contractor for several U.S. government agencies. "And then they are preemptively going after those people using that data." The Chinese government responded by calling the leaked documents "fake news."

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China Seeks To Root Out Fake News and Deepfakes With New Online Content Rules

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Chinese regulators have announced new rules governing video and audio content online, including a ban on the publishing and distribution of "fake news" created with technologies such as artificial intelligence and virtual reality. From a report: Any use of AI or virtual reality also needs to be clearly marked in a prominent manner and failure to follow the rules could be considered a criminal offense, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) said on its website. The rules, effective Jan. 1, were published publicly on its website on Friday after being issued to online video and audio service providers last week. In particular, the CAC highlighted potential problems caused by deepfake technology, which uses AI to create hyper-realistic videos where a person appears to say or do something they did not. Deepfake technology could "endanger national security, disrupt social stability, disrupt social order and infringe upon the legitimate rights and interests of others," according to a transcript of a press briefing published on the CAC's website.

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Chinese Online Streaming Service iQiyi Says AI Has Enhanced Efficiency Throughout Its Business

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Wang Xuepu, vice president of Chinese online video streaming company iQiyi, says that artificial intelligence has enhanced the company's efficiency in all aspects of the business. From a report: "Now we can cut thousands of hours of work to just hours," Wang said in Mandarin at CNBC's East Tech West conference in the Nansha district of Guangzhou, China. He said that the company is using AI across its business like adding subtitles or integrating multimedia more quickly. Wang added AI has increased efficiency in the company's operations in many ways, including content creation, approval processes and market distribution. "iQiyi embodies the culture of Silicon Valley and culture of Hollywood. We really put an emphasis on technology development. More than half of our employees work in the technical side. We have invested in AI significantly. More than 60% of our patent submissions this year were related AI," said Wang. Wang said, for example, iQiyi has been able to predict the popularity of films and TV shows before taking them online by using big data. "We can use AI to help forecast film and TV series' viewer numbers before they are aired. With the data, we can predict the traffic and for TV series and that accuracy rate is 88%, with films we can reach near 90% accuracy," he said, according to a CNBC translation.

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Faculty Openings - Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence Institute | Stanford University

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Stanford, California, Application Requirements: All applications should include a curriculum vita, list of publications, and brief (3 page  total) statements of research and teaching interests. Applicants should
          

Nines Radiology Aims to Upend Radiology Using AI, Scores $16.5 Million In Funding

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Nines Radiology has raised $16.5 million in Series A funding, according to a company press release. Nines Radiology was founded in 2017 by self-driving-car pioneer David Stavens and NYC radiologist Dr. Alexander Kagen. The unlikely partnership aims to use technology, specifically artificial intelligence (AI), to revolutionize how radiologists interact with patients. In the company’s press…

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Cards Against Humanity Writers Take on AI Challenge

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As artificial intelligence (AI) has revolutionized industries and taken over jobs, writers the world over (including yours truly) have taken solace in the fact that writing is about more than raw science. Writing is a skill that takes a more nuanced understanding of communication and human thought. As a result, many writers have felt their…

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Can we use new technologies to predict, detect and fight wildfires?

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A man watches a wildfire in California, 2013. Image: Getty.

Climate change has brought greater and more frequent weather extremes in recent years. which has led to intense storms, flash floods, droughts, and ravaging wildfires. Wildfires in particular have become a global phenomenon, breaking out more frequently and with more ferocity in countries across the world – and it’s likely that the number and intensity of these wildfires will continue to increase due to climate change.

A recent study from Nesta Challenges, which designs challenge prizes that help solve pressing societal problems that currently lack solutions, found that environmental challenges are one of the most important societal issues that the UK faces today, with climate change seen as a national concern.

The study canvassed 2,200 Brits, including young teenagers right through to the elderly, to determine their views on society today. Interestingly, under 16s and those aged 65+ are the most likely to consider environmental challenges as the most important issue we currently face (67 per cent and 75 per cent respectively).

When forests and other natural environments which actively store carbon are burned, they release huge amounts of CO2 in a very short time. Wildfires have a significant and immediate impact on human health by lowering air quality and will have longer term impacts on mental health if natural calming spaces become rarer and more difficult to access. Wildfires leave devastation in their wake; destroying wildlife habitats and leaving behind long-lasting changes on the ground.

There are also huge costs associated with the combat and clean-up of wildfires. In the US, $3.5bn was spent on fighting wildfires in California alone in 2018, and over the last decade, fire suppression costs in Canada have ranged from about $500m to $1bn a year. Current fire management techniques are expensive and put human resources at risk: Nesta Challenges believes tech and innovation can play a vital role in bringing new solutions to decelerate climate change and mitigate its impacts, support the preservation of biodiversity and environments, while safeguarding human health. In fact, 60 per cent of people questioned for the Nesta Challenges study said that new and emerging technologies have the potential to be used for social good.


There are a number of new technological solutions emerging using artificial intelligence, data management, robotics and high-resolution mapping software that can help to prevent wildfires. An example of such technology is WIFIRE from the University of California San Diego, which was designed to predict a wildfire’s path in real time. Currently used by a handful of California fire departments, it is being tested in more than 100 other jurisdictions.

However, at present these existing solutions are mainly limited to tools that help firefighters combat wildfires on the ground. In order to leverage technological innovation we must be visionary, imagining new frontiers which though implausible today, help unlock creativity and progress. Cast your mind into the future and imagine a world where human beings no longer risk their lives to fight dangerous fires. Instead swarms of fire suppression drones fill the sky, sensing and adapting automatically to subtle shifts in the wind, able within mere seconds to detect the direction a fire is spreading or even use AI to predict where the fire will move, and contain it.

Another future might hold roving lighting rods, which roam through lightening hot spots serving to attract and neutralise lightning bolts, perhaps even storing the charge and translating it to a source of clean energy.

Imagine forest surveillance bots that have the technology to scan forest conditions (the undergrowth, debris, and overall dryness) to detect high-probability outbreak areas and then deploy teams of service bots to remediate the area, thus neutralising the threat of a fire.

The thought experiment could go on, and although most ideas won’t be feasible, the work of innovators is to spot those unique opportunities where something visionary can transform into reality. What we know is that the pace of innovation can be accelerated and fostered effectively. Challenge Prizes attract innovators and enhance their solutions by creating incentives, such as the opportunity to receive cash prizes, engage in accelerator programs, and gain unprecedented access to a network of key experts and organisations. Nesta Challenges is a leader in Challenge Prize methodology and works cross-sectorally, having developed and run Challenge Prizes across a myriad of areas from environment & energy, to financial and health sectors, to wellbeing and young people.

Climate change is a pressing issue of our time, and Nesta Challenges is looking at ways we can leverage Challenge Prizes to unearth game-changing solutions in the fight against climate change. We’re starting this process with an investigation into wildfires, to learn about the key issues, and importantly, the key gaps where technology and innovation are needed. If you are interested in contributing to or learning about this research, please contact us.

Liz Vossen is programme manager at Nesta Challenges at the innovation charity Nesta.


          

Human element - The human representation in the praxis of CJEU’s copyright cases

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Human element - The human representation in the praxis of CJEU’s copyright cases Kestilä, Iiris Tekijänoikeuden saralla on viime vuosina käyty mittavaa keskustelua siitä, voiko esimerkiksi tekoälysovellus olla tekijä ja millä tavalla koneellista kontribuutiota tulisi tekijänoikeudessa ylipäänsä arvioida. Keskustelu ei ole rajoittunut vain tekijänoikeuteen, vaan erityisesti nk. posthumanistisen teoriasuuntauksen piirissä on jo jonkin aikaa pohdittu ihmisen suhdetta ei-inhimilliseen. Eräs molempia keskusteluja tietyssä mielessä yhdistävä kysymys on ollut se, ovatko ihmisten ja koneiden rajat muuttuneet epäselvemmiksi tai ovatko ne aina olleet sitä? Tässä tutkielmassa ei tarkastellakaan kysymystä siitä, kuka tai mikä voi olla tekijä vaan posthumanistisen teorian hengessä sitä, mikä on ihmisen merkitys tekijänoikeuden järjestelmässä ja erityisesti suhteessa teknologiaan. Kysymystä lähestytään Euroopan Unionin tuomioistuimen omaperäisyyden arviointia koskevan oikeuskäytännön kautta. Tutkielman menetelmällinen kehys koostuu Antti Hautamäen tulkinnan mukaisesta näkökulmarelativismista sekä Samuli Hurrin väitöskirjassaan esittelemästä oikeuskäytännön teoriasta. Tutkielmassa esitetään oikeustapausaineistolle posthumanistisen teorian innoittamana kolme kysymystä eri perspektiiveistä, ja näihin kysymyksiin etsitään vastauksia oikeustapausten lähiluvun keinoin. Tutkielmasta ilmenee, ettei kysymys ihmisyyden ja teknologian välisistä rajoista ole tekijänoikeudenkaan saralla itsestään selvä. Rajojen muodostuminen ihmisyyden ja teknologian välillä ei ollut yhtä suoraviivaista, kuin tutkielman alussa esitetty hypoteesi rajojen liukumisesta oletti. Näiden rajanvetojen merkitys vaikutti olevan ennen kaikkea jonkin vieraan ulossulkeminen, joka tapauksissa näyttäytyi paitsi teknologiana, myös ihmiseen itseensä kuuluvana vierautena, alitajuisena aistimellisuutena. Nämä toiseuden elementit ulossulkemalla jäljelle jäi tekijänoikeusteorian perinteinen hahmo, luova ihmisyksilö. Tutkielman viimeiseksi kysymykseksi ja lopputulemaksi jääkin, ovatko nämä vieraana ulossuljetut elementit todella vieraita vai sittenkin olennainen osa meitä? Ja jos se mitä pidämme ihmisyydelle vieraana kuuluu siihen sittenkin, miten meidän pitäisi oma ihmisyytemme ymmärtää?; In recent years, there has been extensive discussion in the field of copyright as to whether, for example, an artificial intelligence application can be an author and how machine contribution should be evaluated in the first place. The debate has not been limited to copyright, but especially in the context of the so-called posthumanist theory the relationship between human and non-human has been discussed for some time. One question that unites these two discussions has been whether the boundaries between humans and machines have become somehow fluid or whether they have always been that way. Thesis does not address the question of who or what may be the author, but rather, drawing from posthumanist theory, what is the meaning of humanity in the copyright system and in relation to technology. The issue is approached through the case law of the Court of Justice of the European Union and its assessment of originality criterion in copyright cases. The methodological framework of the thesis consists of Antti Hautamäki’s interpretation of perspective relativism and the theory of legal practice introduced by Samuli Hurri in his dissertation. Three questions inspired by posthumanist theory are posed to the case material, each from different perspective. Answers to these questions are looked via close reading of the cases. Thesis shows that the question of the boundaries between humanity and technology is not self-evident even in the field of copyright. Firstly, the formation of boundaries between humanity and technology was not as straightforward as the hypothesis presented at the beginning implied. The significance of these boundaries seemed to be above all the exclusion of the ‘otherness’, which appeared not only as technology, but also as a human being's own, subconscious sensuality. By excluding these alien elements, the traditional figure of copyright theory, the creative individual, emerged. As the final question and conclusion of the thesis remains, are these alienated, excluded elements really alien or rather an essential part of us? And if what we consider to be foreign to humanity is after all included in it, how should we understand our own humanity?
          

Finest Pies

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onion cassette pie, stimulant cherry pie, cowdy-doo pie

People wonder about what it would be like if a super-intelligent AI decided to place all of humanity in a realistic simulation. I wonder what it would be like if the simulation were built by today’s AI instead - whose computing power is somewhere around the level of an earthworm’s.

Specifically, what would the pies be like?

In 2017 and 2018 I gave increasingly powerful neural networks about 2000 names of existing pie recipes, and their imitations included Caribou Meringue, Mur’s Tartless Tart, and Cromberry Yaas.


Caribou Meringue, Mur’s Tartless Tart, and Cromberry Yaas

But there are now even more advanced neural nets, including GPT-2, many times larger and pretrained on millions of pages from the internet. When I used gpt-2-simple to train the smallest version of GPT-2 (145M) on the list of pies, even it was able to come up with plausible (and highly repetitive) pies, many copied from the list I gave it. I can’t blame it for being a smartass and giving me the pies right back - technically this is a perfect solution to its task of “name some pies”.

I have ways of messing with the neural net, however. One thing I can do is increase the chaos level of the text it’s generating (in this case, called the “temperature”), forcing it to go with its less-likely guesses. Another thing I can do is give it weird text to complete. When I’m asking it to generate more text, I can give it a few example pies and ask it to add to the list (the original list of pies I showed it was alphabetical, so if I give it apple pies it tends to respond with more apple pies). OR, I can give it much weirder text. If I give it a bit of Harry Potter fanfiction, it draws on its previous training and can continue the story. But, similarly to the version of GPT-2 I trained on crochet patterns, it tends to twist the stories around to its special interest. In this case, pie.

Prompt: Harry glared at Snape.

Harry glared at Snape.
“No, I’m not even talking about the boy here. You’re talking about the duplicate.”
“Fine. Then I’ll get the rest of the ingredients.”
So then, they got canned fruit and whipped cream and whipped cream and whipped cream and whipped cream and whipped cream and whipped cream and whipped cream.
But one thing was for sure: there was no trace of rum.
There was.

Prompt: Voldemort ran his fingers gently over Darth Vader’s shoulder.

Voldemort ran his fingers gently over Darth Vader’s shoulder. “C-Custard”
“C-Custard”

Once it has steered the conversation, the neural net transitions to listing pies. Although some of them retain a certain flavor.

Voldemort Crumble Pie
Mudblood Mincemeat Pies
Snape Pie With Cheese

And its other pies are indeed more creative, definitely not found in the original training set. They don’t sound exactly delicious to me, but maybe this advanced artificial intelligence knows something we don’t. After all, it read most of the internet, including the cooking blogs.


Hot and sour apple pie, spiced coconut pizza chiffon pie, peach-pickle pie

Hot & Sour Apple Pie
Caramelized-Zucchini Nog
Nachos From Maple Syrup Pie
Syrupy Chicken Pie
Camel Crunch Crunch
Mustard Raisin Pie
Peach-pickle pie
Pie-Bro From Pizza Particles
Iceberg Chiffon Pie, Famous
Finger-To-Finger Meringue Pie
Spiced Coconut Pizza Chiffon Pie

On the other hand, maybe just maybe the neural net doesn’t know what it’s doing. These seem like uniformly a bad idea.


fog crust pecan pie, tweezers, olives, and seafood applie pie, frozen custard pie with three glorious chiles

Fog-Crust Pecan Pie
Tweezers, Olives, and Seafood Apple Pie
Frozen Custard Pie with Three Glorious Chilies
Half-Ton Pie Crust
Fog-Crust Pecan Pie
Pumpkin Ear Pie
Onion Cassette Pie
Tweezers, Olives, and Seafood Apple Pie
Frog-Fudge Pie
Ice-Egg Pie
Bedtime Oil Tart
Half-Tooth Nail Pie
Frozen Custard Pie with Three Glorious Chilies
Must-Fail Pecan Almonds with Pecan Almond Crust
Beef and Cheese Fried Ronald McDonald’s Walnut Chocolate Pie

These neural net inventions miiight be okay if we knew what they actually were. At the very least, approach with caution.


applewool pie, brandywine schnoches, meat pie**

Applewool Pie
Brandywine Schnoches
Pumpkin Pie Dough - Oh Noe
Cowdy-Doo Pie
Dried & Squirred Pumpkin Pie
Morgue Pie
Temptation To Fill A Beef Pies
Woollewinkle Pie
“Vinegar Pie”
Meat Pie**
Stimulant Cherry Pie
Deep Dish Curb And Spoon Pie
Standard Apples-and-Moolah
My Meat Crust (Might As Well)

And these particular examples seem to have outed themselves as the work of a less-than-whollly competent AI.


it's crunchy famous, ahh so good 'n easy meat pie, medieval pastries with liquid crystal

Vessel With Raisin Bran
It’s Crunchy Famous
Pie Crust (Spinach Friend)
Food And Flavors Whoopie Pie
Valet Restaurant’s Chompin Park Pie
Medieval Pastries With Liquid Crystal
Tomato/Banana Pie As I Layered
Mr. Robot’s Sweet Potato Pie
Fluffy Cheese Pie #2 By BestMakesCherryToEggs
Ahh So Good ‘n Easy Meat Pie
Scheduled Coconut Cream Pie
Standard Pie (Panties & Puff Pastry)
Smiled and Cheerful Thanksgiving Pie, Famous
Tarte Barre “Oral” Pie
Robocoin Pie

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Paging Dr. Robot: Artificial intelligence moves into health care

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Artificial Intelligence – The next time you get sick, your care may involve a form of the technology people use to navigate road trips or pick the right vacuum cleaner online. Artificial intelligence is spreading into health care, often as software or a computer program capable of learning from large amounts of data and making…
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Technology And Trends Shaping Insurtech In 2019 And Beyond

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InsurTech – Multiple disruptive forces are reshaping the global insurance sector. Technology such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), blockchain and internet of things (IoT) solutions stand on one end, and nimble, innovative insurtech startups sit on the other. These technology advancements are forcing traditional incumbents to rethink their business models and accelerate their…
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Casque sans fil Sony WH-CH700N Bluetooth avec réduction de bruit active à 99 euros

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Amazon fait une belle vente flash sur le casque sans fil Sony WH-CH700N Bluetooth qui passe à 99,99 euros livré gratuitement alors qu'on le trouve ailleurs à plus de 150 euros. Ce casque sans fil rechargeable (via micro USB) offre jusqu'à 35h d'autonomie. L'AINC (Artificial Intelligence Noise Cancelling) s'adapte à votre environnement, ce qui vous permet d'éliminer les bruits indésirables lors de vos voyages. Une très bonne affaire.
          

Exploring the world with imaginative AI – Journalism?

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To make artificial intelligence think more like humans it has to have the ability to make better sense of the world, which means becoming more imaginative. Sam Gershman from the Computational Cognitive Neuroscience Lab at Harvard says: “In contrast, humans can answer an infinite variety of queries about a scene.” …

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CloudFactory secures £50.31 million Series C investment led by FTV Capital

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Managed workforce leader for AI will use capital to advance its mission of providing meaningful work for one million people Reading, UK – November 20, 2019 – CloudFactory, a global leader in managed workforce solutions for artificial intelligence (AI), today announced it has secured $65 million in growth equity funding. FTV Capital led the investment, with participation from Weatherford […]
          

Russia Adopts National Strategy for Development of Artificial Intelligence

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Russia Adopts National Strategy for Development of Artificial Intelligence Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor By: Sergey Sukhankin The Jamestown Foundation On October 10, Russian President Vladimir Putin approved the National Strategy for the Development of Artificial Intelligence (NSDAI) for the period until 2030. During the unveiling of the new strategy, Putin noted that “the global market…
          

IT services, tech startups put India on route to AI: ETILC

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For artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms to run on big data, Indian companies require technology that will digitise and store data. Industry is now increasingly adopting this infrastructure. Since legacy systems are slow to change, they are the laggards.
          

Sustainability Solutions Take Center Stage at Demo Day for Black & Veatch Cleantech Accelerator

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Seven U.S. entrepreneurs chosen to participate in the Black & Veatch IgniteX Cleantech Accelerator recently took the stage in downtown Kansas City to showcase their business models and demonstrate how they’re poised to rewrite how the enterprise focuses on sustainability.

Powered by LaunchKC, the Cleantech Accelerator’s Demo Day drew 250 engineers, entrepreneurs, investors, students and professionals who watched as Accelerator founders presented their compelling proofs of how they’re gaining traction in the market.

“When we launched the Accelerator at Black & Veatch, we announced we were looking for the boldest, brightest entrepreneurs and startups in the cleantech space,” said Hyleme George, program director for the Cleantech Accelerator and Demo Day host. “Combining the startups’ novel technology and nimbleness with Black & Veatch’s scale and expertise can move us further and faster towards our mission of building a world of difference through innovation in sustainable infrastructure.”

View this video to learn more about the IgniteX Cleantech Accelerator.

The Nov. 13 Demo Day forum provided the founders with a platform to share their business models via eight-minute pitches that spanned each company’s value proposition and market opportunity.

“It has been incredibly effective to focus on a target area with an established and forward-looking Kansas City company like Black & Veatch to be able to identify and sort new technologies that can create jobs and follow-on investment in that industry,” said Drew Solomon, competition chair of LaunchKC and senior vice president at the Economic Development Corp. of Kansas City, MO.

The IgniteX Cleantech Accelerator cohort entered the Demo Day fresh from a 12-week accelerator boot camp with Black & Veatch personnel and other industry experts, who assisted them in planning, designing and executing real-world projects in the clean technology space.

Cohort demos included:

AWARE VEHICLES, Kansas City, MO: Smart drones for precision agriculture and infrastructure.

P.J. Piper, president & CEO, introduced an automated, innovative mobile docking platform for drones – including launch, recovery, and data transmission and charging – combined with artificial intelligence (AI) for the real-time study of farmland – down to moisture levels in individual plants - and infrastructure often in remote locations. https://www.awarevehicles.com/

BUILT ROBOTICS, San Francisco, CA: Autonomous construction machinery for efficiency, safety and faster results.

“We’re developing artificial intelligence guidance systems that will enable heavy equipment to operate autonomously,” said Jimmy Kim, Business Operations Lead. “Our focus is on building the software… the brains of the robot… to allow it to operate (heavy equipment) intelligently on job sites, and equipping them with the same capabilities and sensibilities that a human operator would have to ensure safety and efficiency. http://www.builtrobotics.com/

ecoSPEARS, Altamonte Springs, FL: Green remediation of PCBs and dioxins in water, soils, and sediments.

Co-founder Serg Albino is working with NASA and Black & Veatch to clean up the environment. “Imagine a world where every human being has access to clean food, clean soil, clean air and clean water,” said Albino, a former NASA aerospace engineer. ecoSPEARS has an exclusive license to leverage NASA’s proprietary technology to extract, contain and destroy PCBs and other contaminants in the environment. https://ecospears.com/

ELECTRIPHI, San Francisco, CA: Fleet electrification for reducing carbon emissions.

“We are on the cusp of the biggest energy transition in history. This is a multi-trillion-dollar transition from oil to electrons,” said Muffi Ghadiali, co-founder and CEO, who unveiled a fleet electrification planning tool. “If all of transportation, as we know it today, would electrify, that will mean we need to double or triple the grid capacity.

“This will disrupt the entire value chain from how energy is produced, how energy is delivered, how energy is consumed. And this is creating amazing opportunities for existing companies to reinvent themselves and for new companies, like us, to be created. The thread that ties all of this together is data, intelligence and an ecosystem of collaboration.” https://electriphi.ai/

EXTENSIBLE ENERGY, Berkeley, CA: Software to reduce demand charges in commercial buildings.

John Powers, Founder & CEO, has unlocked the software that makes solar energy more cost-effective for commercial building owners. It begins with making buildings smarter to better manage their use of energy through demand control.

“The U.S. generates about 2% of its electricity from solar today; in 10 years that will be 20 percent. That’s a $1 trillion opportunity,” Powers said. “It’s the largest energy infrastructure opportunity of the next decade.”

Powers closed his presentation by announcing work toward a reseller agreement with Black & Veatch to bring the Extensible Energy integrated solution, Demand X, to market. “When an innovator like Extensible Energy and an engineering powerhouse like Black & Veatch come together with a solution that addresses the biggest energy opportunity of the next decade, the result for all of us will be a cleaner world.” https://www.extensibleenergy.com/

INFRALYTIKS, Urbandale, IA: Artificial intelligence data analytics for sustainable infrastructure improvement.

“In the last two years more data has been created than in the entire history of mankind. However, only about half of 1 percent of all that data gets analyzed. And that’s where we come in,” said Kevin Prendergast, president. “Machine learning unlocks the value of the data and makes it work for us.”

Applying large-scale, real-time data analytics is the heartbeat of InfraLytiks, including a Black & Veatch assignment to automate the process of adding telecom lines and antennae to utility poles across the country – potentially all 180 million utility poles in the U.S. “There is huge demand for lines on the poles. This is valuable real estate,” he said. “The value for consumers, of course, is connectivity.” https://infralytiks.com/

NOVONUTRIENTS, Sunnyvale, CA: Converting industrial CO2 emissions into protein-rich feed.

Black & Veatch is committed to finding new technologies that will reshape the food and agriculture system as we know it. And, that’s where David Tze, CEO, enters the picture.

NovoNutrients has created a gas fermentation technology that will convert industrial carbon dioxin emissions into protein for aquafeed – the essential food in aquaculture and its farm-raised seafood – that is far more cost-effective and plentiful than aquafeed products now on the market.

With about 40 billion tons per year of greenhouse gases for NovoNutrients to “farm,” Tze said six sectors are well-suited for the NovoNutrients technology. https://www.novonutrients.com/

“These seven companies are on the front lines of the cleantech revolution,” George said. “Through our partnership with LaunchKC and by bringing the cohort together with our professionals at Black & Veatch, this program is an emphatic endorsement about how new technology can be used to solve our biggest resource and infrastructure challenges.”

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Editor’s Note: A livestream video of the Black & Veatch Demo Day is available at https://youtu.be/JGIofiDgIhE

About Black & Veatch

Black & Veatch is an employee-owned engineering, procurement, consulting and construction company with a more than 100-year track record of innovation in sustainable infrastructure. Since 1915, we have helped our clients improve the lives of people in over 100 countries by addressing the resilience and reliability of our world's most important infrastructure assets. Our revenues in 2018 were US$3.5 billion. Follow us on www.bv.com and on social media.

About LaunchKC

LaunchKC has evolved from a 5-year-old grants competition into a tech accelerator platform that leverages grants, as well as creates new opportunities for investors, entrepreneurs, workers and the tech ecosystem of Kansas City. Its bottom line is to attract scalable companies to create more jobs and opportunities while growing the local economy. LaunchKC is an initiative of the Downtown Council (DTC) and the Economic Development Corporation (EDCKC) both of Kansas City, Missouri.

Media Contact Information:

CHRISTOPHER CLARK, Black & Veatch, 913-458-2778

MIKE HURD, LaunchKC, 816-447-2136


          

Mek to Showcase Latest Range of AOI Technology at IPC Apex

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Mek (Marantz Electronics), will be showcasing the ISO-Spector M1 Full 3D AOI system with Artificial Intelligence at this year’s Apex in San Diego on booth 3029. One of the greatest challenges in programming AOI, (Automatic Optical Inspection) systems is the detection of all non-conforming placements, especially those related to solder joints, without creating a long list of ‘’False Calls’’. The industry has always faced this problem and has had to accept that...

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Cloud initiatives to expand image sharing, AI refinement and use

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Efforts to facilitate image sharing and the use of artificial intelligence are emerging as radiologists gather to discuss technology advancements.
          

AI 101: How learning computers are becoming smarter

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Many companies use the term artificial intelligence, or AI, as a way to generate excitement for their products and to present themselves as on the cutting edge of tech development.But what exactly is artificial intelligence' What does it involve' And how will it help the development of future generations'Find out the answers to these questions and more inAI 101, a brand new FREE report from Business Insider Intelligence,Business Insider's premium research service, that descri
          

Our role in future generation of TV ' LG

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LG Electronics says it will be playing a major role in the future of TV evolution in areas of innovation, picture quality, and Artificial Intelligence. The electronics manufacturer said it had taken a lead in the adoption of Artificial Intelligence in the introduction of some of the best TVs with high-quality resolution. According to General []The post Our role in future generation of TV LG appeared first on Daily Trust.
          

Wie geht Digitale Transformation (DX)?

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Es gibt wohl kaum noch ein nennenswertes Research Institute, welches nicht über den anhaltenden Trend der Digitalisierung und der Transformation in das digitale Zeitalter berichtet. Mithilfe der Cloud, IoT-Technologien und Artificial Intelligence werden sämtliche Produkte zu «smarten» Services umgewandelt und damit ein bis anhin nie …

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Turning Data into a Viable Business Asset: The Challenges of Value Realization

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Yingwu Gao, Pactera Edge, in this article talks about how artificial intelligence is transforming the data into a powerful tool and how companies are making their smart technology – smarter.
          

TikTok-ing Through the Apocalypse (Part 1)

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In this two-part series we explore the international phenomenon and emerging social media platform: TikTok. From the failing Shanghai tech company that created Musical.ly to ByteDance’s $1b acquisition in 2017, we explore how TikTok became the highest-valued startup to date now totalling over $75b. In part 1 we’ll break down the app and its powerful machine learning technology, and how its Chinese roots are critical to understanding the future of the company.

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KWR in het nieuws D.A. Savic - "Mastering Water's Digital Transformation Innovation" Forum launch creates a real buzz

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"Thinking differently about water The launch of the Innovation Forum kickstarting Aquatech Amsterdam and the wider Amsterdam International Water Week was a roaring success. Built from the ground up to help people ‘Think differently about water’, an inspiring Roman-style ‘Forum’ area was designed to encourage a free-flowing discussion. A Colosseum type arena housing nearly 250 delegates featured at the heart of the discussions, as well as ‘Fireside Chats’, an augmented reality demonstration, expert lunches and matchmaking helping to create and foster connections throughout the day. Over 40 speakers, including 16 water utilities came together to discuss the tagline: ‘Mastering Water’s Digital Transformation’. Rather than ‘Death by Powerpoint’, the Innovation Forum instead fostered two-way interaction, with the audience actively involved in the agenda, voting and communicating digitally, as well as physically voting and moving around the Colosseum. Innovation Forum guests voted on topics such as the relationship between water utilities and Artificial Intelligence (AI) and data."

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Atlas Copco celebrates 100 years in the UK

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Hemel Hempstead-based company marks the milestone with a look forward at exciting technology trends such as digitalisation, electrification and artificial intelligence

Atlas Copco has marked its century of operations in the UK with a look forward at how industrial technology might evolve over the next 100 years.
          

AI – Helping Brands Manage Their Online Reputation

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The use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning is on the rise but it’s important to know which reputation management processes should and shouldn’t...

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Artificial intelligence, solar powered cameras for new responsible camping scheme

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Artificial intelligence, solar powered cameras and special ambassadors are the latest initiatives to encourage responsible camping this summer.
          

Bringing foresight to bear on security performance

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International Russian-French workshop "Actual problems of artificial intelligence"

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International Russian-French workshop "Actual problems of artificial intelligence" was held on November 18, 2019. This workshop gathers French experts in AI and specialists in AI from the Faculty of Computational mathematics and Cybernetics, Moscow State University. French experts and representatives from chairs of Mathematical Physics, Mathematical Methods for Forecasting, General Mathematics, Nonlinear Dynamic Systems and Control Processes, Algorithmic Languages, and Mathematical Methods of Image Processing Lab presented reports.

Alexander RAZGULIN, CMC MSU intro
Nicolas BOUSQUET, The French national strategy on AI: Towards hybrid AI for French industry
Archil MAYSURADZE, Data Driven Analysis and Control of Technical Systems
Romaric REDON, Overview of AI R&T roadmap for AIRBUS / Certifiable AI, open issues and research
Ilya SMIRNOV, Trajectory analysis and its applications for turbine balancing
Fabien MANGEANT, Big data & AI for autonomous vehicles / BI, analytics & data management: lessons learnt @ RENAULT
Oleg GONCHAROV, Application of artificial intelligence in control theory
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Alexander KHVOSTIKOV and Andrey KRYLOV, Active contour + CNN: segmentation of histological images
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Natalia LOUKACHEVITCH and Boris DOBROV,Ontology-based Natural Language Processing
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Yulia KORUKHOVA, Information retrieval for music and mathematics
Mireille REGNIER, AI research activities at INRIA


          

International Russian-French workshop "Actual problems of artificial intelligence"

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International Russian-French workshop "Actual problems of artificial intelligence" was held on November 18, 2019. This workshop gathers French experts in AI and specialists in AI from the Faculty of Computational mathematics and Cybernetics, Moscow State University. French experts and representatives from chairs of Mathematical Physics, Mathematical Methods for Forecasting, General Mathematics, Nonlinear Dynamic Systems and Control Processes, Algorithmic Languages, and Mathematical Methods of Image Processing Lab presented reports.

Alexander RAZGULIN, CMC MSU intro
Nicolas BOUSQUET, The French national strategy on AI: Towards hybrid AI for French industry
Archil MAYSURADZE, Data Driven Analysis and Control of Technical Systems
Romaric REDON, Overview of AI R&T roadmap for AIRBUS / Certifiable AI, open issues and research
Ilya SMIRNOV, Trajectory analysis and its applications for turbine balancing
Fabien MANGEANT, Big data & AI for autonomous vehicles / BI, analytics & data management: lessons learnt @ RENAULT
Oleg GONCHAROV, Application of artificial intelligence in control theory
Cédric BUCHE, Interactive Machine Learning
Alexander KHVOSTIKOV and Andrey KRYLOV, Active contour + CNN: segmentation of histological images
Jean-Michel LOUBES, Understanding and removing bias for a fair and explainable AI
Natalia LOUKACHEVITCH and Boris DOBROV,Ontology-based Natural Language Processing
Xavier VIGOUROUX, Computing resources, AI and trends
Yulia KORUKHOVA, Information retrieval for music and mathematics
Mireille REGNIER, AI research activities at INRIA


          

Steve Price: 'World first' cell phone detection cameras rolled out in Australia

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The Australian state of New South Wales rolled out "high definition detection cameras" on Sunday, designed to catch drivers using cell phones behind the wheel.
Andrew Constance, New South Wales' Minister for Roads said the "world-first" technology would target illegal cell phone use through "fixed and mobile trailer-mounted cameras."
The cameras will use artificial intelligence to review images and detect illegal use of cell phones, according to Transport for NSW.
Images identified as being likely to contain a driver illegally using a call phone will then be verified by authorized personnel, authorities said, noting that images captured by the system would be "securely stored and managed."
Over the next three years, 45 portable cameras will be set up across the state, in unknown locations, and without warning signs, CNN affiliate Sky News Australia reported.
For the first three months, drivers caught out by the technology will receive a warning letter, Transport for New South Wales said in a statement, after which offenders will face a fine of up to $344, or $457 in a school zone, and penalty points on their drivers license.
"The NSW Government is serious about reducing our state's road toll and rolling out mobile phone detection cameras is another way we will do this," Andrew Constance, Minister for Roads said in a statement.
Officials said that a trial of the technology earlier in the year had caught more than 100,000 drivers illegally using a phone at the wheel.
Some 329 people have died this year on New South Wales' roads, Reuters news agency reported, compared with 354 people for all of 2018, according to official statistics.
The state wants to cut the number of road fatalities by 30% by 2021, Reuters said.
Making and receiving phone calls while driving is legal in New South Wales, but using hands-free technology. Other functions, including using social media, video calling, photography, playing audio while driving are only legal if a driver has parked their vehicle outside of traffic.
          

How AI is Changing the Face of B2B Email Marketing

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Artificial intelligence and email? Will it really blend well? Let’s see today! Although email is far from being the most exciting digital marketing channel, it remains as one of the most productive options for innumerable B2B companies. In fact, it generates a whopping revenue of $38 for every $1 spent, according to the latest study

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Of course Facebook and Google want to ‘solve’ social problems. They’re hungry for our data | Nathalie Olah

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Giving big tech companies power over the NHS or the climate crisis won’t build a fairer world. But public ownership would

We hear it said all the time, most recently in a national campaign for BT: “Technology will save us.” The slogan was plastered on billboards across the country as part of BT’s new advertising campaign, linked to a “UK-wide digital skills movement” developed partly with Google. The sentiment is so ubiquitous that it even led to a dispute with a startup of a similar name. But in an era dominated by the “big four” (Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple) the idea that tech will save us rings hollow, an example of utopian messaging being used to conceal the simple pursuit of profit.

Having proposed solutions to everything from food shortages to suicide prevention to climate breakdown, companies such as Google and Facebook – two of the leading western companies in the artificial intelligence arms race – claim there’s almost nothing that cannot be tackled through tech. But there are reasons to be sceptical. These companies’ business models depend on the development of ever more complex algorithms, sustained by enormous quantities of data. This data is used to improve the algorithms – but access to it is also sold to advertisers and third-party businesses.

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HSE Manager (GPU and Artificial Intelligence Industry; Santa Clara, CA) | CBRE

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Memphis,, JOB SUMMARY The purpose of this position is to implement and manage HSE (Health, Safety and Environmental) programs relative to a large national/international corporate account or market area.
          

Former Go Champ Retires From Game: AI ‘Cannot Be Defeated’

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AlphaGo Zero surpassed all previous versions of the AI in 40 days (via Google DeepMind)

Former Go champion Lee Se-dol has retired from professional competition—because artificial intelligence. The South Korean Go master gained global fame in 2016 as the only human to defeat DeepMind’s AlphaGo computer program. Now […]

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Artificial Intelligence Systems in Healthcare Market Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2024 | IBM, Microspft, Apple, SAP

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Artificial Intelligence Systems in Healthcare Market Artificial intelligence (AI) in healthcare is the use of algorithms and software to approximate human cognition in the analysis of complex medical data. Artificial intelligence (AI) can be defined as the science and engineering adopted to design intelligent machines, especially intelligent computer programs. AI is an intelligent system that applies various human intelligence based functions such as reasoning, learning, and problem-solving skills on...
          

Albertsons rolls out in-store AI diabetic retinopathy tests

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With the launch of artificial intelligence-powered diabetic retinopathy eye exams at its in-store CarePortMD clinics in Delaware and Pennsylvania, Albertsons has become the first retailer to offer the ...
          

SAS Integration With ArcGIS Online in 3-Tier Architecture

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SAS Integration With ArcGIS Online in 3-Tier Architecture

Introduction

SAS has powerful tools for statistical computing along with the Consumer and Business Intelligence suite of products, which has been used in various fields like clinical research, finance, and healthcare. SAS also has Fraud Detection products that are based on machine learning and artificial intelligence, which are becoming handy to prevent fraud across multiple industries.

On the other hand, ArcGIS Online is a cloud-based software-as-a-service (SaaS) for web mapping and Geographic Information System. ArcGIS is the market-leading Geographic Information System for arranging geographical data in order to create and use maps in workflow-specific apps. When spatial data analysis capability of ArcGIS is added to SAS textual and numeric data analysis, the efficiency of the users who are using the system will improve as the users will now have immediate recognition and understanding of the results.


          

Udacity plans to double headcount in India

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New Delhi, Dec 2 : Silicon Valley-based learning platform Udacity on Monday said it plans to double the headcount at its New Delhi office to support its growing student and enterprise client base in India. The company trains workers on next generation skills such as Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, automation, deep learning, data analytics, through […]
          

Other: Data Scientist - Los Altos, California

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COMPANY INFORMATION - ALTO NEUROSCIENCE - Alto Neuroscience is a private company headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area. Alto is developing a new generation of neural biomarker-based diagnostic tests and personalized treatments for use in psychiatry, based on a platform built from data aggregated at scale and proprietary artificial intelligence analysis tools. The team combines world-leading neuroscientists and business executives with experience commercializing products for the brain.There currently is no objective way to diagnose psychiatric illness, nor to identify which treatment is best for an individual patient. Treatment selection is presently done by trial-and-error as there are no reliable blood tests nor objective brain measures, for example, that can inform these decisions. This results in clinical care that is highly inefficient and costly. Alto is focused on addressing this need through finding novel brain biomarkers that can define actionable subtypes of psychiatric illnesses, or inform the development and deployment of new treatments. To that end, we are building a platform capable of identifying a pipeline of new brain-based candidate biomarkers that can underpin new product opportunities.ROLE SUMMARY - DATA SCIENTISTUnder direct supervision of the chief technology and medical officers, the Data Scientist will complete programming tasks within a developing IT infrastructure surrounding 1) large-scale clinical and biomarker datasets and 2) incoming data from prospective clinical studies. Work will include developing data processing workflows, primarily in python, for the following tasks:A cloud-based, real-time system for data management, quality control, pre-processing, feature extraction, and machine learning from a multimodal set of brain signalsAutomated deidentification and extraction of relevant signals from electronic medical records (EMRs)Correlating brain signals with clinical information using machine learningWork closely with Alto's data science and medical teams to deliver novel diagnostic and therapeutic solutions for brain healthROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIESBuild and deploy machine learning models for brain signal-based prediction tasksDevelop visualization tools to interpret resultsDaily responsibilities will include algorithmic design and implementation, data analysis, coding/debugging, troubleshooting, and health monitoring/alertingQUALIFICATIONS AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTSDegree in Computer Science, Information Systems Management, Engineering, or other quantitative fields2+ years of Python programming/development experience1+ years of machine learning experienceBe a team player while being able to work independentlyShare a desire to improve mental healthcare deliveryCoding experience in linux/CentOS environmentDeep understanding of predictive modeling, machine-learning, clustering and classification techniques, and algorithmsFluency in a programming language (Python, C,C++, Java, SQL)Good to have: Cloud development experience, MATLAB, and EEG data analysis experience ()
          

Jamie Brew on How to Write With an Artificial Intelligence

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A blog post by Betty Lockwood was featured

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5 Ways Artificial Intelligence Will Transform Recruitment Practices

Artificial Intelligence software is about to revolutionize the recruitment and hiring process. Discover how the recruitment industry will change and whether AI tools will displace traditional HR managersA commonly held misconception is that Artificial Intelligence is a threat to humans. In fact, the primary purpose of AI is to facilitate repetitive tasks that so many employees have to do at work. AI tools are now literally used in all major industries, from healthcare to retail trade. The benefits of artificial intelligence are numerous and generally allow businesses to progress much more quickly and deliver better results. However, besides technical assistance, AI is also good at dealing with human resources. In particular, the latest artificial intelligence software lets HR managers find the most qualified personnel significantly faster.AI technology drives plenty of positive changes in recruitment practices. Here are five basic advantages that recruiters will get with the adoption of AI tools.Reduced hiring timeWhen a software development company has over 1,000 staff posts, a small part of jobs remains open on an ongoing basis. These vacant positions require an extensive search for candidates. Hiring one candidate typically takes 2 to 6 weeks because a recruiter needs to go through dozens of CVs before choosing a few individuals that seem most suitable for a specific post.By contrast, AI tools for online recruitment can screen vast candidate databases within a minute and offer you a list of the right applicants. The use of AI technology in employment helps companies to cut down on the time and costs they normally spend to fill empty positions. This advantage protects your business from losses involved with employee resignation and allows outperforming competitors on the market.Better candidate matchingThe quality of AI search results is way different from what a common HR professional usually shows. Upon your request, AI search tools can identify hundreds of employees that are potentially fit for the open position. Then, it sorts out all these resumes to define whether an applicant’s CV complies with the requirements of the job. This process of candidate matching is almost infallible and requires the minimal human involvement. AI sourcing tools are largely used by LinkedIn, Indeed, and other employment services that operate online.More precise predictive analyticsIt is difficult to judge applicants by resumes alone. It happens now and then that an HR manager picks up the candidate that gives hope first but eventually cannot handle the entire range of duties. Whatever recruitment strategies you follow, each of them is weaker than AI software. Not only does it detect the most skillful and competent candidates, it equally analyzes the chance of each candidate to succeed in the job. This ability of AI allows finding the best candidate who has relevant expertise and possesses all the necessary aptitudes to excel at the position.Unbiased decisionsOne of the biggest challenges facing HR managers is that they should be totally unbiased when examining an applicant’s potential and competence. However, it is hard to remain objective, for example, when a candidate has lots of common with a recruiter or, on the contrary, has an opposite view on stuff that is not directly linked to their profession. This similarity or discrepancy of opinions and values may affect the recruiter’s judgment. AI software is no way influenced by bias or prejudice and thus is less prone to making an error. It determines whether a candidate has a great value to the company without relying on the quality of interpersonal communication. AI invulnerability to bias is the reason why it delivers amazing results and prevents companies from hiring low-skilled workers.Engagement of passive job seekersThe last advantage of AI recruiting tools is that their search algorithms engage a substantial part of passive candidates that refrain from sharing their CV online. This singularity lets businesses get access to an even wider pool of specialists and poach them from other enterprises. This unique ability of AI explains why many companies now decide to build on AI tools to implement the best recruitment practices.Will AI tools displace recruiters in the long run?In spite of its potency, Artificial Intelligence won’t cause any damage to recruiters. It is designed above all to replace manual handling of simple tasks and hence allow for more time for creativity and thinking. This does not mean that recruiters won’t be needed anymore, nor that the number of recruiting positions will decline. Since recruiters have a wide variety of responsibilities besides the search itself, their focus of activity will be somewhat shifted to other aspects of their job.To date, about 34% of businesses have already adopted AI recruiting software, and over 60% are going to do the same by the end of the year. As you see, recruitment trends are going up steadily and soon will change the recruiting market for the better.See More

          

Disney+ Accounts Compromised, Ring IoT Doorbell Hacked, GitHub Preserves Code Beyond the Year 3000 - The Category5.TV Newsroom - Episode 633

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The Category5.TV Newsroom

Here are the stories we're covering this week: - Thousands Of Disney+ Accounts Are Already Up For Sale On Hacking Forums. - A new AI is combining machine learning and computer vision to detect drowning people in real time. By using object recognition, it's able to tell if a person is swimming normally, or if they are at risk of drowning. What's best is that Drowning-Detector is open source, and can run on a single board computer such as the Raspberry Pi. - IoT doorbell, Ring, had a bug in its configuration app which sent Wi-Fi setup information unencrypted to some doorbell devices, exposing customers' home networks. - GitHub Will Preserve Open Source Code In An Arctic Vault. - A secretive clean energy company backed by Bill Gates has created a way to use mirrors and artificial intelligence to harness the heat of the sun, replacing the need to use fossil fuels industrial heat applications, cut back on CO2 emissions. Their invention creates concentrated solar energy so hot that they can manufacture steel, glass and cement with a carbon-free source that had not been available before.

Read the complete show notes, comment or rate this episode, view pictures and obtain links from this episode at https://category5.tv/shows/newsroom/episode/633/

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Companies could be fined if they fail to explain decisions made by AI

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Businesses could face multimillion-pound fines if they are unable to explain decisions made by artificial intelligence, under plans put forward by the UK’s data watchdog
          

OPINIONISTA: Artificial intelligence and the changing face of banking

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To stay ahead of the game and meet customer’s needs, banks cannot afford to pay for costly and largely underused branches. Instead, the focus needs to shift to improving their online offerings.
          

Google's tensions with employees reach a breaking point

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For years, Google was seen as the gold standard of office life.

The company pushed workplace culture to new frontiers with enviable benefits such as free meals, office slides, onsite childcare and an emphasis on transparency.

But Google (GOOG) is quickly developing a very different reputation as it confronts a mounting backlash from its own employees.

Google's internal critics have targeted a growing list of concerns in recent years, ranging from its handling of sexual misconduct allegations to its business dealings with the military.

Workers have also questioned Google over a secret project, now shuttered, to develop a search engine built to satisfy China's censorship regime.

But the tension between employees and management appears to be reaching a breaking point.

On Monday, Google dismissed several outspoken workers in an internal announcement for allegedly violating its data-security policies.

Now some employees are accusing Google of trying to suppress its critics.

"Google just fired 4 of my coworkers for daring to ask the question 'is Google helping separate families or cage children at the border?'" tweeted Amr Gaber, a Google software engineer who has previously organized protests of the company.

"After finding openly accessible information, they alerted coworkers of the horrifying news. Yes. Google is working with [US Customs and Border Protection]."

Other Google employees who have also organized protests described the firings as an attempt to intimidate workers.

"With these firings, Google is ramping up its illegal retaliation against workers engaging in protected organizing," they said in a statement.

"This is classic union busting dressed up in tech industry jargon, and we won't stand for it."

On Tuesday, a Google spokesperson told CNN Business the workers were fired for accessing information that was restricted under a need-to-know policy.

One of the workers, the spokesperson said, had subscribed to other Google employees' work calendars without their knowledge.

Those employees later reported feeling violated, the spokesperson added.

But the policy was only recently changed, according to the joint statement by other Google employees, and left it ambiguous as to which documents were subject to the policy.

"The policy change amounted to: access at your own risk and let executives figure out whether you should be punished after the fact," the workers' statement said.

"We knew then, and it's clear now: this policy change was setting up an excuse to retaliate against organizers, allowing the company a pretext for picking and choosing who to target."

The growing friction between Google and its rank-and-file employees is a turning point for a company that for years has been among the world's most desirable places to work.

But Google isn't alone in its struggle to adapt to an increasingly activist employee base.

Tensions between employees and management at Google appear to be reaching a breaking point.

Across Silicon Valley, hundreds of Facebook (FB) employees have spoken out to oppose the company's stance on political advertising. Workers at Amazon (AMZN) staged a walkout in September to push CEO Jeff Bezos for further action on climate change.

And leaders at Microsoft (MSFT) and Salesforce (CRM) have received letters from employees asking them to end government contracts with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The firings, along with Google's reported hiring last week of a consulting firm linked to anti-union activities, suggest a shift in its approach to employee dissent.

As recently as 2018, Google executives held a companywide meeting to hear complaints about the sponsorship of a political conference geared toward conservatives, a decision some employees disagreed with.

Around roughly the same time, Google fielded tough questions at a separate meeting about its work on Project Maven, a joint effort with the Defense Department involving artificial intelligence and military drone footage.

Google execs running the March 2018 meeting on corporate sponsorship told workers their feedback was extremely valuable.

"The reality is that I think it's only through having this kind of open dialogue that we get to the best answers and best approach for the company," Adam Kovacevich, Google's then-director of US public policy, told employees in a recording later obtained by CNN.

In the public imagination, Google's workplace culture has historically celebrated employee independence. For years, it offered what came to be known as "20% time" — the ability for Google workers to spend up to a fifth of their workweek on side projects that occasionally turned into real Google products.

The concept, along with
Google's other substantial perks and its longtime motto, "Don't be evil," drew contrasts with the rest of corporate America and helped project the image of a warm, friendly company that prioritized its employees.

Workers were also naturally drawn by a sense that, despite being a corporation, employers like Google were on a mission to make the world a better place, said James Bailey, a management professor at George Washington University.

"There is this idea that tech elevates us all and transforms our lives and makes it better," Bailey said.

But, he added, Google's recent moves could disillusion workers who may now feel the company is "compromising the very raison d'être that tech should be about."

This month, as the firings neared, Google said it would scale back its weekly all-hands meetings — where executives habitually engage employees in discussion — in favor of monthly gatherings.

That could reinforce changing perceptions that the company is increasingly focusing its energies on identifying sources of internal dissent.

After the New York Times reported that Google had hired the consulting firm linked to anti-union activities, 2020 presidential candidate Sen.

Bernie Sanders tweeted that the move was an "unacceptable" form of "union busting."

"I say to Google: it is time to address the racism, harassment, and harmful contracts at your company and treat your workers with the respect and dignity they deserve," he said.


          

Regional Sales Manager - Cybersecurity

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HC-Reading, Our client has developed state of the art, cloud based security and network monitoring software solutions that allow large enterprises to navigate complex IT environments. Security and artificial intelligence are at the core of their solution which has created tons of business opportunity following high profile security breaches and hacks in recent years. After 10 years of leading the market in th
          

Kai: AI Streaming Music Player

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A streaming music player that uses artificial intelligence to analyze your music's emotions and genres to track your listening habits. - [currently $1 (0%) of $20,000 goal]
          

KT launched its AI-enabled hotel service robot in Seoul

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KT, South Korea’s largest telecom company, has dispatched an artificial intelligence-based autonomous concierge robot to a hotel in Seoul to provide convenient services in place of human workers who should bear the burden of rushing through corridors to deliver food and amenities at the request of guests.   Traveling to South Korea? Get your sim card here […]

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NZ finance sector primed for AI - report

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The New Zealand financial sector is primed for AI (artificial intelligence), a new national research report says.


          

UCLA SCHOOL OF LAW PULSE FELLOWSHIP

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UCLA School of Law PULSE Fellowship in Artificial Intelligence, Law, and Policy

UCLA School of Law’s Program on Understanding Law, Science, and Evidence, or PULSE, is now accepting applications for the PULSE Fellowship in Artificial Intelligence, Law, and Policy for the academic years 2018-2020. This fellowship is a full-time, two-year faculty position with a start date of July 1, 2018. The position primarily involves sustained research and writing on the social, economic, and legal implications of artificial intelligence and machine learning. The position will also involve teaching and assisting with PULSE projects, such as conferences and workshops.

Progress in artificial intelligence and machine learning has advanced rapidly in recent years, and additional advances may proceed at an accelerating pace. Large recent progress in automated translation, face and voice recognition, anticipating criminal sentencing consequences, and automated radiological diagnosis are just a few among many salient examples. Similar technologies will alter many aspects of human life, yielding societal disruption and a need for governance.

Rather than focusing on colorful fictional treatments or relatively immediate consequences, the PULSE fellow will engage in careful, critical advance thinking about large-scale potential impacts. The fellow will evaluate methods for assessment and prediction, as well as legal, economic, institutional, regulatory, and other forms of preparation and response. The fellow’s research will culminate in the authorship of papers suitable for publication in law journals or other respected legal, scholarly, and policy outlets. Throughout, the fellow will work in collaboration with Professor of Law Edward A. Parson and PULSE Co-Director Richard M. Re, among other UCLA faculty.

PULSE explores the complex connections between law, evidence, science, and technology. PULSE engages in cutting-edge and interdisciplinary research and programming to examine how basic “facts” about our world, provided through science and credited as evidence, influence venues of law and policy making. PULSE is co-directed by UCLA School of Law Dean Jennifer L. Mnookin and Assistant Professor of Law Richard M. Re.

Candidates for the PULSE fellowship should possess a J.D. or other advanced degree, a strong academic record, excellent analytical and writing skills, and demonstrated interest or background in the fields of law and science, artificial intelligence, or social risk assessment. Candidates with previous academic, research, or professional experience in artificial intelligence, machine learning, computer science, or related fields of science and technology are especially encouraged to apply. The salary is anticipated to be approximately $90,000 per year plus a competitive benefits package. UCLA School of Law has a special interest in enriching its intellectual environment through further diversifying the range of perspectives represented within the faculty.

Applicants should apply online at https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/apply/JPF03499. Please submit a letter discussing your qualifications, scholarly and professional aims, and the interests you would wish to pursue while holding the fellowship; a resume; a transcript of studies in law school or graduate school; a writing sample of no more than ten pages; and contact information for three references.

To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by Wednesday, February 28, 2018 but will be considered thereafter through March 26, 2018 or until the position is filled.

Visit our website at http://www.law.ucla.edu/pulse for more information about our program.


          

Digital Alerts, Or Nudges, May Help College Students Stay on Track in STEM Courses

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Digital Alerts, Or Nudges, May Help College Students Stay on Track in STEM Courses shailaja.neela… Wed, 11/20/2019 - 11:01

Anecdotal evidence suggests that nagging college students doesn’t work. But it turns out that digital nudging — texts, emails and alerts — may actually spur them to continue in challenging disciplines like STEM. 

The digital nudge is a concept that draws from behavioral science and social psychology. It’s sent electronically — often using text-based technology — so there’s no in-person hectoring or browbeating. And it’s often personalized, so a student knows they aren’t the recipient of a mass message. 

“Nudging to STEM Success,” a recently released report by the nonprofit organization Jobs for the Future and Persistence Plus, an education technology company, focuses on a study conducted over the course of two years and involving 9,500 students at four community colleges. The report reveals that 72 percent of the students who participated in a nudges trial decided to continue on in science, technology, engineering and math courses after their first semesters, compared with just 56 percent of the students who opted to not receive nudges. Among students of color, 62 percent of those who received nudges persisted, compared to 46 percent of those who decided to opt out of the program. The cohort that responded best to nudges were students over 25, with 64 percent of those who received nudges continuing their STEM studies.

For the study, which began in 2017, nudges were delivered through an intelligent texting software, which then reacted to real-time student responses. Artificial intelligence and analytics were used to synthesize student responses, which enabled more personalized support to students. Colleges were also able to receive strong data on what students actually needed and accessed on campus. Nudging could then prove to be a key differentiator for students when choosing a college, because it’s a program that shows the institution cares about their well-being and not just about tuition and fees. 

The community colleges that participated were Lakeland Community College, Lorain County Community College and Stark State College in Ohio and John Tyler Community College in Virginia. Following the success of the study, three of the four colleges plan to continue using these nudging strategies and expand them to beyond STEM programs.

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Nudges May Help Overcome ‘Psychosocial Barriers’

Students interviewed for the study reported that the just-in-time nature of the messages helped increase their motivation and tenacity to overcome challenges, said the authors of the study. That’s because JFF and Persistence Plus carefully tailored and calibrated the timing and the messages of the nudges.

For example, at Stark State College, particular attention was given to the fourth week of semesters, when the first exam of a course is generally scheduled.

“Nudges were tailored to remind students to seek tutoring prior to the exam, to begin studying and to ask if they needed assistance. Students commented on the nudges making them realize that the college cared about them and was focused on helping them achieve their career goals,” says Lada Gibson-Shreve, provost and chief academic officer at Stark State.

What’s more, nudges also alerted students to nonacademic services they might not have been aware of. This removed some stress, helping them focus more on academics. Such nudges were found particularly helpful for students with fewer personal resources, for those from the minority community and for students over 25. Many of these students face what another short study termed “psychosocial barriers.”

“Often, the barriers that today’s students face are complex and multifaceted — balancing work, family, transportation, health and wellness, and finances. To overcome these challenges, students need encouragement. They need to know they are not alone and that there are resources available to help them keep going under adverse circumstances,” said Dr. Marcia Ballinger, president of Lorain County Community College, in a press release.

For example, if some students didn’t have money for food —referred to as a “a hidden barrier” — they would miss meals. A nudge would alert them, without fear of social embarrassment, to utilize the food pantry. In the case of students over 25, nudges pointed them to amplified college support services in the areas of financial planning, tutoring and advising. Nudges also helped these students cope with having to support a family or working long hours while going to college.

“Students experience life events that prevent them from persisting, but they also are not always aware of the academic and student support services that we offer at Stark State College. The nudging grant from the study tailored information to Stark State College so we could inform students of academic and support services available to assist them. Our counseling staff also makes referrals to community agencies, which can assist students with life events,” says Stark’s Gibson-Shreve. 

The results of the study are encouraging for the STEM field, where millions of jobs are going unfilled.

“These results offer powerful evidence on the potential, and imperative, of using technology to support students during the most in-demand, and often most challenging, courses and majors. … [C]losing the gap in STEM achievement has profound economic — and equity — implications,” said Maria Flynn, president and CEO of JFF, in a press release.


          

Moving Beyond Proof of Concept: Optimizing AI Infrastructure for Large Scale Production Deployments

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A few weeks ago I was interviewed by Roger Magoulas, VP of O’Reilly Media, at the O’Reilly Artificial Intelligence Conference in San Jose. Our conversation focused on moving beyond the Artificial Intelligence buzz – how organizations can actually design and deploy the optimal IT infrastructure for different AI use cases as they try to move their proof of concept AI work into real production environments. With initiatives of this nature, it’s important to consider how AI drives the demand for higher processing power and throughput. I’ve embedded the video of our interview below.  As I ... READ MORE
          

5 Lead Management Best Practices That Build Account-Based Marketing Success

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Originally published at: https://blogs.oracle.com/cx/5-lead-management-best-practices-that-build-account-based-marketing-success

Lead generation and lead management both play an equally important role in fueling the revenue engine for your business. Where lead generation creates interest among your target audiences, lead management tracks, manages, and engages these leads to qualify them for sales.

However, the rules of B2B engagement are quickly changing. Brands are embracing account-based marketing (ABM) strategies, which revolve around engaging the right buyers, not just generating thousands of unqualified leads. It brings together the right people in your organization to develop coordinated strategies for engaging, converting, and expanding target accounts. As B2B organizations prioritize lead quality over quantity, marketing and sales must take a sophisticated, data-driven approach to lead management. According to SiriusDecisions, there are three ways organizations can think about this:

  1. Large accounts: “A very small number of large existing or targeted accounts.” Some call this “one-to-one,” as this is when they employ highly targeted marketing and engagement tactics, such as including the company name in a piece of content, landing page, etc.

  2. Named accounts: “A moderate or larger number of defined existing or targeted accounts.” This is also known as “one-to-few” ABM.

  3. Industries/segments: “A moderate or larger number of new or existing accounts in the same vertical or other specific segment,” also known as “one-to-many” ABM.

Effective lead management improves alignment between marketing and sales to better identify and prioritize high-quality leads for sales outreach. This means focusing on key accounts with a high intent to buy. However, few organizations have a solid process to successfully prioritize and identify those accounts, impacting the organization’s ability to reach and exceed revenue targets.

5 Core Best Practices for ABM Success

1. Align sales and marketing around the buyer’s common goal. This has been a popular narrative in the B2B world as organizations work to create more seamless customer experiences across all channels. Every buyer journey is unique. Some may never interact with sales while others expect a high-touch, consultative experience. It’s up to sales and marketing to have unified goals and follow a cohesive brand story and approach to buyer engagement. Therefore, any combination of sales and marketing can be ready to assist buyers wherever they are in the decision-making process.

“The job of defining shared goals may at first glance seem like a marketing job, but there’s a key role for sales operations to play.” says Steve Silver, Service Director of Sales Operations Strategies at SiriusDecisions. “Sales ops is in a unique position to reach across organizational boundaries and help synthesize revenue generation targets handed down by sales leaders, provide practical suggestions for mapping go-to-market strategy to account and territory assignments, plus translate these decisions into reliable sales forecasting data so that even finance is working from the same clear picture as sales and marketing.”

2. Prioritize accounts. In order to identify and prioritize the right accounts, you need robust, connected data. Company data including location, industry, and revenue, plus online signals such as new acquisitions, hires and funding rounds can help you select accounts that are most likely to buy—even when it may not seem obvious to your sales operations or demand generation team. This data should integrate into your CRM environment, so both sales and marketing have a comprehensive view of the accounts. Marketing can leverage these insights to fuel marketing campaigns while sales can use data to guide account and territory planning. Your ABM approach (one-to-one, one-to-few, and one-to-many) will dictate how many accounts you need to select.

3. Enrich account insights. Typically, sales and marketing have an established lead scoring method, aligning certain behaviors and actions to a numerical value. When leads and accounts reach a specific threshold, they’re officially qualified and handed off to sales. Both marketing and sales should contribute to the lead scoring methodology, accounting for the number of contacts within an account that engage with your brand. These metrics can help marketing and sales understand which accounts may have a higher propensity to buy. For marketing, this helps guide lead assignment. For sales, this helps reps prioritize the leads in their queue and determine where to focus their time and energy. When it’s time to engage, sales can pull from a wealth of account information and smart talking points to guide their conversations with these target accounts.  

4. Tailor account engagement accordingly. In their conversations with prospects, sales reps can have deeper conversations focused on the specific contact’s unique situation within the organization. These can be more emotional insights that often funnel up to larger, account-wide issues such as the strategic direction of the broader business. Plus, marketing can relay important engagement metrics, such as an account’s behavioral interactions with campaigns and messaging, so sales knows what resonates. All of these insights transform the selling process from transactional to consultative, helping forge stronger customer relationships. Using innovative technology like artificial intelligence (AI), sales can receive automated actions on how to further engage a contact.

5. Measure and optimize. ABM isn’t just a one-off tactic. It’s an ongoing strategy that should influence the way your entire organization engages with accounts and buyers. That is why having access to real-time insights is critical to ongoing success. Data around campaign reach and impact, sales engagement, and results will help you gauge the impact of your ABM efforts and help you identify opportunities to cross-sell and up-sell within certain accounts.

Reinventing Lead Management for the Experience Economy

In the Experience Economy, marketing and sales should collaborate more closely to ensure they’re delivering on their brand’s promise and exceeding buyer expectations at every touchpoint. It’s the responsibility of marketing and sales to stop thinking simply in terms of lead handoff. Instead, they should think of new ways to collaborate to meet each and every buyer at their point of need. Oracle is dedicated to helping sales and marketing professionals thrive in this era and that’s why the company has once again been named a “Leader” in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for CRM Lead Management 2019.

Most notably, Oracle has been recognized for native tools and solutions that support ABM strategies. The reason is because Oracle’s deep legacy in data drives product innovation. In the age of ABM, those insights are critical to driving client relationships and generating long-term value for the organization.

Learn More!
Download Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for CRM Lead Management 2019. You can also contact us to learn more about how the Oracle CX Suite of products can help you reach your sales and revenue goals with engaging, connected customer experiences.

Gartner, Magic Quadrant for CRM Lead Management, Ilona Hansen, Julian Poulter, Noah Elkin, Christy Ferguson, 23 September 2019

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MUTEK.JP 2019 3rd wave

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Final wave of artists ties down the entire lineup and the daytime program is complete for MUTEK.JP next month!

Producer and DJ, Veronica Vasicka handpicks from industrial new wave music to extract minimal synths and polishes the 80’s signature kick drum into hard techno sets. As head of Minimal Wave records, she has a knack for excavating analog music.
See Vasicka for Nocturne 4 in Liquidroom’s main floor accompanied by Peter KirnSODramian and Fake Eyes Production at the Lounge.

On December 13, at the Shibuya Stream Hall, Nocturne 3 will buzz with genre-defying artists. Osaka’s experimental producer Seiho displays R&B and Hip Hop influence into his own sonic narrative. RAMZi brings the dancefloor deep into the wild through polyrhythmic sets to frame greater awareness on endangered species. 
Kuniyuki x Soichi Terada x Sauce 81 are deep-rooted names, particularly in Japanese nightlife. The live trio combines skill sets from different musical sensibilities within house music, ambient and even funk.
Opening the night will be French-Korean producer Öspiel, one of the participants of the AI Music Lab. He will present the outcomes of his sonic experimentation around artificial intelligence.
On the same night, MUTEK.JP will collaborate with the feminist party WAIFU, which will showcase sets by Katimi Ai, Chloé JulietteMari Sakurai.

A special collaboration between Bonsai Master Masahi Hirao and Producer, DJ and writer Saskiatokyo. They will be followed by CD HATA x KOYAS a collaborative project with artists of different musical backgrounds. CD HATA is a techno producer and is part of psychedelic band Dachambo. KOYAS is a certified Ableton instructor and is the founder of Ableton Meetup Tokyo. Mayu Amano part of Tsubaki FM radio, a microcosm promoting independent music to finalize the second stage of Nocturne 2.

After the main program of the festival is done, EDGEof will host the official MUTEK.JP afterparty on Sunday, December 15, inviting American producer and singer vōx and Japanese composer Sebu Hiroko for a special treat bringing closure to the festivities.

THIS IS QUEBEC x MUTEK

This is Québec is a unique international series to introduce the vibrant digital creative industries of the Canadian province to local and international partners. A delegation of Québec producers will share their work through an immersive showcase.
The digital creative fields include VR, interactive installations, innovative storytelling, and creative technologies at Hikarie Hall A, December 11 to 13.

Considering MUTEK’s native roots in Montreal and foothold in 6 different countries, MUTEK forms a collaborative paradigm with Xn Québec to bring forth a joint conference program during the showcase and festival next month.
The conference brings together Canadian and Japanese representatives from renowned companies, organizations, and institutions such as Moment Factory, KDDI, Sony CSL, Square Enix, YAMAHA, MUTEK, Elektra, Phi Centre, the Society for Arts and Technology, the University of Tokyo, the City of Montreal and many more! The topic areas will cover The Future of Entertainment, Digital Arts, Immersive Environments, and the Cities of Tomorrow. The joint conference program at “This is Québec” is set over two days, on December 12-13, from 11:00 to 17:00 at Hikarie Hall Foyer A.
Access to the conference is free of charge.

DIGI LAB DAYTIME PROGRAM

To expand creative networks MUTEK.JP curates several free daytime programs with innovative advancement and social exchange at its core.
Segments will include panel discussions, keynote presentations, workshops, and conferences.

Digi Lab is a point of convergence for professionals, artists, as well as the public to jointly explore, discuss and even play! Becoming an annual tradition Derivative returns to Tokyo with an intermediate TouchDesigner workshop taking place on December 13 and 14, at Shibuya QWS.
Join in panels with femme empowering collective WAIFU and a keynote by Robert Henke, on Friday, December 13th at Stream Hall 4F.  
Move to EDGEof on Saturday, December 14th to get production tips with Music Maker Sessions led by Ableton and dive into the final results from the MUTEK.JP AI Music lab, which will be publicly shared and performed, on Sunday, December 15th!
December 15 will also see a Co-Writing session by Japanese composers and producers KIMIKA and Okajima Kanata hosted by EDGEof.

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The impact of technology on the fashion sector

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Ken Price, Founding Partner at Blake Mill, takes a look at how tech and eCommerce are revolutionising the nature of the fashion sector, and why it's so important that modern businesses are aware of their power.

Few industries have changed more radically, for better or for worse, in recent years than fashion. From the meteoric rise of fast fashion to the decline of the high street, there are few sectors which have seen such turbulence and disruption.

Technology, eCommerce in particular, has been driving much of this change. 

Statistics

The global fashion market is big - roughly £1 trillion excluding footwear and jewellery, as per a report by CO Data in May 2018. According to Grand View Research, 83% of this market comprises offline purchases.

It won’t come as a surprise, therefore, that while the overall global fashion market is expected to grow close to 6% per year according to Statista, they expect eCommerce sales in the global fashion market to grow by 12.2% annually up to 2023.

A rapidly changing market

At Blake Mill, an eCommerce pureplay selling individual and irreverent men’s shirts, we’ve seen first-hand the changes that have taken place in our industry.

Based upon our experience, there are several areas where eCommerce has had a profound effect on the fashion industry. The rise of giants such as ASOS, Boohoo and Missguided (the latter two based in Manchester, itself fast becoming an eCommerce fashion Mecca) is one of the most obvious manifestations of the inexorable triumph of eCommerce, even in testing economic times.

Data and analytics

In our experience, eCommerce is more than simply having a platform upon which to sell your product.

The platform itself is of course hugely important, and these days vendors have a wide range of options best suited to their business, their product and of course their budget. In our experience, however, the real value stems from the insights that businesses such as ours are able to get; the ability to make real-time, business-critical decisions that are informed by empirical evidence and data has been a massive game-changer for industries such as fashion, where change is not only incessant but also very fast.

The ability to gain insights from analytics and related data sources has allowed Blake Mill as a business to take major strides forward in areas as varied as inventory management, customer satisfaction, and product development. 

The increasing sophistication of the broader eCommerce ecosystem not only bolsters the ability of vendors to get invaluable insights into customer behaviour, but also correspondingly enable those customers to benefit from a vastly enhanced user experience.

Personalisation tools, often bolstered by artificial intelligence, have made a huge difference to the customer experience on-site; and going forward, the rise of voice search, AR and VR will let even small businesses create virtual fitting rooms, personal shopping assistants and much, much more.

Social media impact

Social media obviously plays a major part in any eCommerce business. Facebook is obviously a hugely important marketing tool, and Instagram has been a fertile breeding ground for many fashion businesses, boosted significantly by the rise of influencer culture.

It’s also important to mention that social allows eCommerce businesses to have one-to-one conversations with customers, and to create a real sense of community based upon the customers’ love of the product and/or brand. Companies like Charlotte Tilbury have really harnessed this sense of community, which, when coupled with a well-designed and robust platform, can maximise revenue without compromising brand value.

And community is not just about selling. We’re now able to much more meaningfully respond to real concerns that our customers have, and deliver that message in a personal and human way across several channels. At Blake Mill, we know our customers take sustainability very seriously - as do we - and that’s a message that is always front and centre when we converse with the Blake Mill community.

On a more operational level, we’ve found the ability to target potential customers at a very granular level to be hugely beneficial. Furthermore, these insights allow a business to monitor ROI much more effectively; in an industry where daily revenue volatility can be extremely high, the ability to apply financial market tested technical analysis such as tracking 10 and 30-day moving averages is invaluable when considering product placement and marketing spend. 

Ultimately, it’s fair to say that technology more widely, and eCommerce in particular, has already had a profound impact on the fashion industry. It’s also fair to say that this is only the tip of the iceberg.

The ability to make key decisions, based upon really data, the rise of AI, and the increasing sophistication of not only eCommerce platforms such as Shopify and Magento but also of the broader ecosystem, means that the frantic rate of change in the fashion industry will continue. Ultimately this will benefit not only businesses, but also customers.

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Abu-Ghazaleh Announces the Addition of ‘Artificial Intelligence’ as One of AROQA’s New Accreditation Standards

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THE AI PIVOT: How the push to adopt the advanced tech is rippling through corporate America

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Managing Marketing: Realising The Full Value Of Customer Experience With AI (Artificial Intelligence)

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Listen to this podcast where Brad Bennett talks about how his tech background is helping him shape customer focussed marketing solutions in the arena of AI.

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2019 Pinnacle Awards: AI Industry Exec of the Year Chitra Sivanandam, SAIC

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Chitra Sivanandam, vice president of analytics and simulation at Science Applications International Corp., won the WashingtonExec Pinnacle Award for Artificial Intelligence Industry Executive of the Year. In its second year, the annual Pinnacle Awards luncheon was held Oct. 31 at the Ritz Carlton Tysons Corner. The luncheon drew over 525 GovCon leaders and professionals, and [...]
          

AI in retail: Survival depends on getting smart

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The retail sector is the poster child for the use of artificial intelligence. Self-driving delivery robots, automated warehouses, intelligent chatbots, personalized recommendations, and deep supply chain analytics have been making significant impact on the bottom line — if you’re Amazon.com.

Other retailers, however, are struggling to adapt. In fact, only 19 percent of large retailers in the U.S., UK, Canada and Europe have deployed AI and are using it in production, according to Gartner.

          

Intuit proves the power of CTO-CIO collaboration

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Intuit is relying on a formidable one-two punch as it infuses its financial software with artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities: its CTO and CIO, who ensure that technology built to fuel internal systems makes its way into the company's products.

Intuit CTO Marianna Tessel is responsible for the $6.7 billion company’s tech strategy and direction and works with the various business units to ensure that TurboTax, QuickBooks and other products ship. Tessel’s remit also includes communicating information about and the company's products to customers, and in turn, using customer feedback to refine those products.

Meanwhile, Intuit CIO Atticus Tysen manages internal technology development, as well as business operations and processes. But Tessel and Tysen often meet in the middle in service of customers, with Tysen providing significant technology resources to support products.

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The United Nations Development Program has launches first Accelerator Lab in Zim as part of the UNDP Global Accelerator Lab Learning Network initiative. The aim of launching the lab in Zimbabwe is to tackle frontier challenges in development that the world is facing such as climate change, migration, artificial intelligence and the informal economy. Over […]

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Onica Showcases Advanced Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence,...

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Premier Consulting Partner in the AWS Partner Network and AWS Managed Service Provider launches cloud service for connected devices, giving conference attendees a chance to create their own “AI Magic”

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Babbage: AI: The end of the scientific method?

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Economist — Researchers are using artificial intelligence techniques to invent medicines and materials—but in the process are they upending the scientific method itself? The AI approach is a form of trial-and-error at scale, or “radical empiricism”. But does AI-driven science uncover new answers that humans cannot understand? Host Kenneth Cukier finds out with James Field of LabGenius, Demis Hassabis of DeepMind, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, tech venture capitalists Zavain Dar and Nan Li, philosophy professor Sabrina Leonelli, and others. Please subscribe to The Economist for full access to print, digital and audio editions:www.economist.com/radiooffer Please complete our survey at www.economist.com/podsurvey For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
          

China introduces mandatory face scans for phone users

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Education Landscape from Brick & Mortar to Click & Mortar

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The education landscape of today and the future is “click and mortar”. It not only appeals to those born in the new millennium or Generation Z as they are fondly referred to, but it also focuses on acquiring skill sets through a virtual medium. The new generation expects educational institutions to provide knowledge through mobile digital devices, platforms and other similar channels. As technology has made it possible for educators to reach a broader spectrum of students, it can safely be predicted that the strongest educational institutions will be the ones whose brand is founded on the “brick and mortar” model with the adoption of virtual education, making them a “click and mortar” as well.

The advent of the “click and mortar” education system has brought several changes with it. These changes, which Elearning has initiated, have sparked a revolution in the way education is imparted and received. The query that comes to mind here is, “What exactly are these changes?”

Elearning has and continues to influence education in three important arenas. First, by easing access to education, Elearning gives students the luxury of learning from within the comfort of their homes by using internet-connected devices like tablets, computers, and smartphones. It is essentially self-paced.

Second, eLearning provides quality education to students. This student- centric mode of learning assures learners of updated knowledge. Online guided discussions with professors and lecturers are a hallmark of eLearning, which allows sharing of expertise where both, the teacher and the student gain simultaneously.

Thirdly, eLearning gives students access to specialized courses that may not be available locally. It enables access to education that is not readily available in certain geographic locations.

It is a fact that the brick and mortar framework is still the mainstay of our education system as there are undeniable advantages to learning in a shared physical space. However, online education is progressively gaining popularity. The autonomy and flexibility that these courses offer make them extremely popular with working professionals and students. The entire eLearning industry landscape is changing rapidly. It is characterized by emerging trends which will be more evident in the future.

Artificial intelligence is emerging as an integral part of the eLearning ecosystem. We see several AI educational solutions coming to the fore. It is predicted that AI can fill the need-gaps in learning and teaching. It is expected to broaden the purview of schools and teachers. For example, Machine Learning, which is a subsection of AI, helps in assessing the ability of the student to answer questions correctly or a student’s performance on a related topic and more.

Microlearning is another trend that is catching up quickly. It is also referred to as bite-sized learning and includes short learning nuggets of 3 to 5 minute duration, designed to meet a specific learning outcome. The accessibility of microlearning on multiple devices like smartphones, desktops, tablets, and laptops combined with their brevity makes them extremely popular in the education system.

The importance of personalized education is slowly sinking in. Personalized attention to each student becomes possible with Elearning. It offers the freedom of customizing the lesson according to the needs of the student. The learners of today want a learning experience that fits their learning speed, personal needs, preferred learning style, and their learning pathway.

With the increasing adoption of edtech in educational institutions and an influx of educational technologies, it is very likely that the future years will see further integration of technologies like Blockchain, Cloud computing, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, ICT (Integrated Co-Teaching) classrooms and Edge Computing in the field of education.

In the age bracket of 5-24 years, India has the world’s largest population of about 500 million. With the paid online subscribers in the edtech sector witnessing a massive surge from 1.6 million in 2016, to almost 6 times more in the current year, the country is set to become the second-largest market for eLearning after the US.

“Click and mortar” education has triggered the concept of blended education where students can enjoy a combination of the traditional “brick and mortar” learning with the benefits of eLearning. This is in fact a boon to the education industry with both students and teachers reaping the best of both worlds.

The article is authored by Prof. Aindril De, Director – Academics, Amity University Online.


          

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Google Brings More Intelligence to G Suite

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Now that we’re several years into the AI revolution, people are starting to expect that the applications they use will become more intelligent. After all, that was the high-level promise of artificial intelligence—smarter, more contextually aware applications that could handle tasks automatically or at least make them less tedious for us to do. The problem…
          

Information Technology Month to focus on AI

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AI, Machine Learning and Data Science Roundup: November 2019

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A roundup of news about Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Data Science. This is an eclectic collection of interesting blog posts, software announcements and data applications from Microsoft and elsewhere that I've noted recently.

Open Source AI, ML & Data Science News

Python 3.8 is now available. From now on, new versions of Python will be released on a 12-month cycle, in October of each year.

Python takes the #2 spot in Github's annual ranking of programming language popularity, displacing Java and behind JavaScript.

PyTorch 1.3 is now available, with improved performance, deployment to mobile devices, "Captum" model interpretability tools, and Cloud TPU support.

The Gradient documents the growing dominance of PyTorch, particularly in research.

Keras Tuner, hyperparameter optimization for Keras, is now available on PyPI.

ONNX, the open exchange format for deep learning models, is now a Linux Foundation project.

AI Inclusive, a newly-formed worldwide organization to promote diversity in the AI community.

Industry News

Databricks announces the MLflow Model Registry, to share and collaborate on machine learning models with MLflow.

Flyte, Lyft's cloud-native machine learning and data processing platform, has been released as open source.

RStudio introduces Package Manager, a commercial RStudio extension to help organizations manage binary R packages on Linux systems.

Exploratory, a new commercial tool for data science and data exploration, built on R.

GCP releases Explainable AI, a new tool to help humans understand how a machine learning model reaches its conclusions.

Google proposes Model Cards, a standardized way of sharing information about ML models, based on this paper.

GCP AutoML Translation is now generally available, and the GCP Translation API is now available in Basic and Advanced editions.

GCP Cloud AutoML is now integrated with the Kaggle data science competition platform.

Amazon Rekognition adds Custom Labels, allowing users to train the image classification service to recognize new objects with as few as 10 training images per label.

Amazon Sagemaker can now use hundreds of free and paid machine learning models offered in Amazon Marketplace.

The AWS Step Functions Data Science SDK, for building machine learning workflows in Python running on AWS infrastructure, is now available.

Microsoft News

Azure Machine Learning service has released several major updates, including:

Visual Studio Code adds several improvements for Python developers, including support for interacting with and editing Jupyter notebooks.

ONNX Runtime 1.0 is now generally available, for embedded inference of machine learning models in the open ONNX format.

Many new capabilities have been added to Cognitive Services, including:

Bot Framework SDK v4 is now available, and a new Bot Framework Composer has been released on Github for visual editing of conversation flows.

SandDance, Microsoft's interactive visual exploration tool, is now available as open source.

Learning resources

An essay about the root causes of problems with diversity in NLP models: for example, "hers" not being recognized as a pronoun. 

Videos from the Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Path, a series of six application-oriented talks presented at Microsoft Ignite.

A guide to getting started with PyTorch, using Google Colab's Free GPU offer.

Public weather and climate datasets, provided by Google.

Applications

The Relightables: capture humans in a custom light stage, drop video into a 3-D scene with realistic lighting.

How Tesla builds and deploys its driving automation models with PyTorch (presentation at PyTorch DevCon).

OpenAI has released the full GPT-2 language generation model.

Spleeter, a pre-trained PyTorch model to separate a music track into vocal and instrument audio files.

Detectron2, a PyTorch reimplementation of Facebook's popular object-detection and image-segmentation library.

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A year of bringing AI to the edge

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This post is co-authored by Anny Dow, Product Marketing Manager, Azure Cognitive Services.

In an age where low-latency and data security can be the lifeblood of an organization, containers make it possible for enterprises to meet these needs when harnessing artificial intelligence (AI).

Since introducing Azure Cognitive Services in containers this time last year, businesses across industries have unlocked new productivity gains and insights. The combination of both the most comprehensive set of domain-specific AI services in the market and containers enables enterprises to apply AI to more scenarios with Azure than with any other major cloud provider. Organizations ranging from healthcare to financial services have transformed their processes and customer experiences as a result.

 

These are some of the highlights from the past year:

Employing anomaly detection for predictive maintenance

Airbus Defense and Space, one of the world’s largest aerospace and defense companies, has tested Azure Cognitive Services in containers for developing a proof of concept in predictive maintenance. The company runs Anomaly Detector for immediately spotting unusual behavior in voltage levels to mitigate unexpected downtime. By employing advanced anomaly detection in containers without further burdening the data scientist team, Airbus can scale this critical capability across the business globally.

“Innovation has always been a driving force at Airbus. Using Anomaly Detector, an Azure Cognitive Service, we can solve some aircraft predictive maintenance use cases more easily.”  —Peter Weckesser, Digital Transformation Officer, Airbus

Automating data extraction for highly-regulated businesses

As enterprises grow, they begin to acquire thousands of hours of repetitive but critically important work every week. High-value domain specialists spend too much of their time on this. Today, innovative organizations use robotic process automation (RPA) to help manage, scale, and accelerate processes, and in doing so free people to create more value.

Automation Anywhere, a leader in robotic process automation, partners with these companies eager to streamline operations by applying AI. IQ Bot, their unique RPA software, automates data extraction from documents of various types. By deploying Cognitive Services in containers, Automation Anywhere can now handle documents on-premises and at the edge for highly regulated industries:

“Azure Cognitive Services in containers gives us the headroom to scale, both on-premises and in the cloud, especially for verticals such as insurance, finance, and health care where there are millions of documents to process.” —Prince Kohli, Chief Technology Officer for Products and Engineering, Automation Anywhere

For more about Automation Anywhere's partnership with Microsoft to democratize AI for organizations, check out this blog post.

Delighting customers and employees with an intelligent virtual agent

Lowell, one of the largest credit management services in Europe, wants credit to work better for everybody. So, it works hard to make every consumer interaction as painless as possible with the AI. Partnering with Crayon, a global leader in cloud services and solutions, Lowell set out to solve the outdated processes that kept the company’s highly trained credit counselors too busy with routine inquiries and created friction in the customer experience. Lowell turned to Cognitive Services to create an AI-enabled virtual agent that now handles 40 percent of all inquiries—making it easier for service agents to deliver greater value to consumers and better outcomes for Lowell clients.

With GDPR requirements, chatbots weren’t an option for many businesses before containers became available. Now companies like Lowell can ensure the data handling meets stringent compliance standards while running Cognitive Services in containers. As Carl Udvang, Product Manager at Lowell explains:

"By taking advantage of container support in Cognitive Services, we built a bot that safeguards consumer information, analyzes it, and compares it to case studies about defaulted payments to find the solutions that work for each individual."

One-to-one customer care at scale in data-sensitive environments has become easier to achieve.

Empowering disaster relief organizations on the ground

A few years ago, there was a major Ebola outbreak in Liberia. A team from USAID was sent to help mitigate the crisis. Their first task on the ground was to find and categorize the information such as the state of healthcare facilities, wifi networks, and population density centers.  They tracked this information manually and had to extract insights based on a complex corpus of data to determine the best course of action.

With the rugged versions of Azure Stack Edge, teams responding to such crises can carry a device running Cognitive Services in their backpack. They can upload unstructured data like maps, images, pictures of documents and then extract content, translate, draw relationships among entities, and apply a search layer. With these cloud AI capabilities available offline, at their fingertips, response teams can find the information they need in a matter of moments. In Satya’s Ignite 2019 keynote, Dean Paron, Partner Director of Azure Storage and Edge, walks us through how Cognitive Services in Azure Stack Edge can be applied in such disaster relief scenarios (starting at 27:07): 

Transforming customer support with call center analytics

Call centers are a critical customer touchpoint for many businesses, and being able to derive insights from customer calls is key to improving customer support. With Cognitive Services, businesses can transcribe calls with Speech to Text, analyze sentiment in real-time with Text Analytics, and develop a virtual agent to respond to questions with Text to Speech. However, in highly regulated industries, businesses are typically prohibited from running AI services in the cloud due to policies against uploading, processing, and storing any data in public cloud environments. This is especially true for financial institutions.

A leading bank in Europe addressed regulatory requirements and brought the latest transcription technology to their own on-premises environment by deploying Cognitive Services in containers. Through transcribing calls, customer service agents could not only get real-time feedback on customer sentiment and call effectiveness, but also batch process data to identify broad themes and unlock deeper insights on millions of hours of audio. Using containers also gave them flexibility to integrate with their own custom workflows and scale throughput at low latency.

What's next?

These stories touch on just a handful of the organizations leading innovation by bringing AI to where data lives. As running AI anywhere becomes more mainstream, the opportunities for empowering people and organizations will only be limited by the imagination.

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Top Minds in Big Data, Artificial Intelligence Fields Converge in Pasadena This Week

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Some of the most famous names in Big Data and Artificial Intelligence will be in Pasadena this weekend, when a leading community-centered data science research organization based locally hosts a two-day summit at the Pasadena Convention Center, where experts will share in-depth insights into the AI and Big Data fields. A schedule on the event [...]
          

China says new Sim owners must submit to facial scans for identity check

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(Telecompaper) The Chinese government has announced that telecom companies must take facial scans of all people registering new Sim cards, the Guardian reported. The rule, which states that telecom firms must deploy "artificial intelligence and other technical methods" to check the identities of people buying new Sim cards, went into effect on 1 December for physical stores.
          

Have a chat with us – how to create effective conversations for chatbots

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  • Grüezi, Bonjour and hello out there! So nice to have you here 😃 I am Liipbot and I am happy to share my expertise on how to create effective conversations for chatbots with you. Ready? So here is what I have for you:
  • Chatbots intro
    Writing tips
    Pros and Cons
    Project insight
  • Let’s start with a short intro about chatbots first. And let’s keep it crispy. Here’s what you need to know: There are mainly two types of chatbots: (1) chatbots that learn and (2) chatbots that don’t.
  • (1) Chatbots that learn are based on artificial intelligence – uh, buzzword! When they get an answer, they create algorithms out of this answer. With every further question, they verify or falsify the algorithms constantly. And that’s how those machine learning-powered chatbots can participate in complex conversations.
  • (2) Chatbots that don't learn are rule-based. They have a set of questions and answers at their disposal. Thus they follow a predefined path. This plannable set-up makes it easier from a content perspective. Usually, they are the go-to solution for businesses as they are relatively simple to implement and serve a very clear purpose.
  • So far, so good?
  • Yes. Are there any other differences?
  • Oh yes, there are! Chatbots can be found built in a messenger like Whatsapp or Slack or as a standalone application. We also distinguish between graphic interfaces like chatbots and voice assistants. Well… surprisingly I prefer chatbots 😬
  • So yes, I guess that’s it in a nutshell. Shall we continue with my ingenious writing tips?
  • Take me there.
  • Chatbots intro
    Writing tips
    Pros and Cons
    Project insight
  • Straight forward, I like that. So let’s dive right in. Ready for my tips on how to write for chatbots?
  • Yes! Let’s do this.
  • Alright. So here we go:
    Ingenious tip #1: Know your users.
    Who is interacting with your chatbot? In which context? And on which device? This is crucial because you need to know who you’re addressing your content to and in which situation. Do some user research and maybe even outline a user journey – possibly with the help of your fellow UX team members.
  • Knowing your users will have an impact on the complexity of your content as well as your tone of voice. Need an example? Be trustworthy for e-banking clients vs. speaking everyday language with lots of emojis for teenage fashion shoppers. Also, the context is essential: users in a crowded train on their way to work need succinct and quick messages vs. relaxed users on a sunday morning who even love some prose like what I do here.
  • Ready for the second tip?
  • Yes, please!
  • Well, here we go:
    Ingenious tip #2: Use conversational language.
    This might seem rather obvious but is often done wrong. When writing for chatbots, think of a real conversation and follow a conversational structure: Start with a greeting, end with a closing, ask questions in between, acknowledge and comment on the answers like yes, yay, true, no way, you name it and – very important: Don’t forget to introduce the chatbot and its purpose. It’s always nice to know to whom you are talking, right? It will lead to less awkward human-machine-interaction.
  • But most of all: Keep it short. As we know from web writing in general none of us fancies reading a super long copy. And again, think of a real conversation: Balance listening and active talking. D’accord?
  • Not really. You also made a very long point right now 😃
  • Gotcha 😅 But I am sure you too will stumble upon more complex content that can’t be explained in one sentence. In that case, there is a secret key on how to make your text more compact. Ha, curious?
  • Tell me!
  • Be implicit. As in spoken human-to-human conversations, it is not necessary to explicitly name every detail as we have all kinds of codes for situations. Of course, clarity comes first but to create a dynamic flow this so-called conversational implicature is very essential. Subconsciously our brains will decode the message based on context, experience and a cooperative mindset.
  • 🤔 Can you give an example for this?
  • Of course. Here comes one by James Giangola from the Google Conversations Design Team:

  • But why the heck should I use those conversational impli-somethings?
  • You mean conversational implicatures 🤓 They make an interaction more fun as it plays with our minds. You humans usually like that.
  • If you say so 😉 What else is useful to know?
  • Well, besides implicit phrases, there are some other elements of a smooth conversation, for example, abbreviations, exclamations, informal expressions. Even though it is a written piece, chatbot conversations shouldn’t aim at formal standards for written texts. They should feel natural. Always remember it is a conversation, right?
  • That said also don’t forget to include a sense of humour. Why? It makes conversations more lively, and it’s much more fun to interact with. But keep in mind 🚨: Only if it fits your purpose and your company’s tone of voice.
  • Sounds reasonable.
  • Exactly. This also leads to another tip:
    Ingenious tip #3: Use consistent language
    A chatbot becomes implausible when the language differs during the conversation. Cheeky and with a wink at the beginning, serious and dry at the end? Come on, that’s not comprehensible. Try to create a chatbot persona and link the conversation to all the attributes of that persona. The same applies to specific terms and vocabulary. Always use the same, consistent wording – otherwise, you will confuse your counterpart unnecessarily.
  • True. What else is relevant to know?
  • Ingenious tip #4: Avoid dead ends. Technological and language wise.
    As a copywriter who writes the chatbot conversation, always consider the flow and different paths of your storytelling. The worst thing to happen in a chatbot conversation: dead ends. Make sure to set up a valuable error message or define trigger words that lead to another part of the conversation. Please don’t use the usual «Sorry for the inconvenience bla bla», because again: You are in a conversation. Therefore it should feel like one.
  • Better go for «Damn! I am really sorry. That doesn’t seem to work.» And always provide a possible solution like «May I report that to my colleagues at the office?» so that language-wise there are no dead ends, too. Alright?
  • Alright. I am slowly getting familiar with it. What else do you have for me?
  • Cool! I take that as a compliment 😃 I still have three more advice for you.
    Ingenious tip #5: Use visual content.
    Emojis, Gifs, you name it 🤪🤑🤩🤫🤐🤤😷🥳 Whatever eases the conversation and makes it more appealing to read. Especially in longer conversations, it makes sense to sprinkle some visual content to entertain your counterpart.
  • But come on, that’s not conversational. In a face-to-face conversation, there are no emojis or gifs.
  • True. But in face-to-face you have mimics and gestures. That’s what all these visual assets are about: To add another layer of expression to your chatbot conversation. But of course only if it’s appropriate for the topic. If your chatbot is about sensitive data like medical information or your bank account one would probably be very irritated by a poo emoji 💩.
  • Hm, okay, convinced. What’s next?
  • The next tip is more about how to organise yourself when writing a chatbot conversation:
    Ingenious tip #6: Use a conversational template.
    I can tell by experience: It helps so much if you don’t just write paragraph by paragraph in your usual doc file but use a diagram to visualise the conversational flow. It quickly gets confusing when you provide several options to choose from. A template keeps you on track – and helps to identify dead ends quickly.
  • I’ve never thought of this. That’s a good tip, thanks.
  • And now, get ready for the grand finale:
    Ingenious tip #7: Do user testing.
    A proof of concept always helps, right? After drafting your conversation, it’s worth to spend some time (and 💰) on user testing. Let a group of future users have a chat with the bot. Or at least some of your colleagues or friends. You will be surprised how easily and effectively you will detect shortcomings.
  • If there is no time (and 💰) for user testing, at least read the conversation out loud. Not quite close to a user testing but at least a first indicator for barriers in the conversation flow.
  • Okay, now you know all my ingenious tips. I hope I didn’t promise too much?
  • Nope. Thanks for all the tips. I want to dig even deeper into do’s and dont’s of conversational language. Can you elaborate on that?
  • Oh, I would love to! But as said before, chatbots should be very to the point. And we have two more topics coming up. But let me recommend you this Guide to Conversational Design for more details. But now - are you ready to move on?
  • Okay, let’s continue.
  • Chatbots intro
    Writing tips
    Pros and Cons
    Project insight
  • It is always important to check potentials and risks, right? There are two perspectives on the topic: the user and the business perspective. What interests you the most?
  • The user perspective, of course.
  • Good choice 👍 From a user perspective, a chatbot offers lots of advantages. First of all: It is always accessible, 24 hours, seven days a week. That’s nice, isn‘t it? Compared to its human counterpart that’s a big plus if you’re looking for information, support or guidance.
  • Ah, talking about guidance: A chatbot also navigates the users much easier to their specific goal than conventional navigation. No need of clicking through endless pages, no need for skim reading, yay! Just an effective guided search. What a relief in our busy times.
  • And – last but not least – a chatbot adds a human touch to the plain and often mundane presentation of information on the web. It’s much nicer to use a question like «where do you live?» instead of just «address» in conversational forms. This matches with the human need for socialising and interaction and users will feel much more delighted to browse, what else can we wish for, right?
  • Absolutely! But how about the business perspective?
  • It’s all about the money, I knew it. Okay, just kidding 😂 The business perspective is important, too, and of course, your investment in a chatbot needs to pay off. And it really does. I’ll tell you why.
  • If you use the chatbot for support purposes, for example in CRM or as a sales assistant, it will save you time and money. Chatbots can handle unlimited requests at a time. In contrast, a human employee can only focus on one or maybe two requests. So service costs will be reduced, and employees can focus on the more complex and tricky cases.
  • What else? It’s also another great opportunity to strengthen your brand identity and convey your tone of voice. This can be done much easier in a conversation than in a plain text – but it is also much harder to achieve 😃 Either you create a chatbot persona that personifies a certain aspect of your brand values or one that is aiming at a specific target group.
  • Not to forget: The fame and fortune! Conversational interfaces are still a hot topic. Let’s push your innovative tech reputation 💪
  • Okay, but that were only advantages, right? Didn’t you mention cons before, too?
  • Smart you 🤓 Yes, you are right. Of course, there are some downsides or risks to keep in mind. First of all, the question should be – as in every other UX-project: Does this solution add value to my purpose? If you just want to display your opening hours, there’s no need to dive into a conversation with a chatbot.
  • The same applies to your specific business case. As mentioned before it might be inappropriate in some cases to have a chat with a chatbot when a real human is needed.
  • Another shortcoming is the limited interaction palette for rule-based chatbots. Man, that can be annoying 🙄 The solution is as simple as expensive: AI-driven chatbot. Really smart chatbots are not cheap.
  • And finally, as this is a conversation about how to write for chatbots, I have to mention the potential risk that goes with writing conversations for it. If a chatbot is not well-written meaning not user-centred, it can evoke very awkward interactions. Don’t try to be funny and cool if you are not. But thank goodness, there are experts for that 😬
  • Hehe, I got your hint 😬
  • 😃 Sorry for the hidden agenda. But my colleagues are amazing! Don’t trust me? Let me give you an example, a little sneak peek, of a real cool project they did.
  • Chatbots intro
    Writing tips
    Pros and Cons
    Project insight
  • I prefer hands-on over theory so let’s sneak into a real case. The project in a nutshell: My colleagues at Liip created a conversational chatbot called Kafibot (which translates to coffee-bot) for Zurich based energy provider Energie 360°. It was an internal communication project and aimed at bringing employees with common interests together to drink coffee. Pretty nice of e360, isn’t it?
  • Wow, that’s really cool. I would love to have that in my company, too. Why did you choose a chatbot for this?
  • Well, as the whole project encourages exchange between employees, my colleagues thought of an equally interactive and conversational approach for the process.
  • Sounds reasonable. Can I have a look at it?
  • Yes, yes, yes, so excited! Here you go 🚀

  • Isn’t that funky? Did I make you even more curious?
  • Indeed. That looks pretty cool already.
  • Well nice, then stay tuned. There will be more about the project coming soon, I promise 😃
  • Now that you got an insight into a chatbot conversation project, you know about chatbots in general and the pros and cons, and you gained some good tips on how to write for a chatbot… I think I am done with my job here. Are there any questions left?
  • Uh, I guess you answered a lot. Thanks 🙏 I feel much more confident in starting my own conversational interface project now.
  • Oh wow! I am flattered 🤗 If you want to know even more, here are some excellent resources that I used for my recommendations:

    Learn how to build your own chatbot (written by my fellow colleague Thomas Ebermann)
    Logic and conversation
    Guide to Conversational Design
    Applying Built-in Hacks of Conversation to Your Voice UI
  • Awesome. So courteous and user-centred! 😃
  • Yup, that’s my purpose. Thanks a lot, fellow chatbot friend 🙏 It was great to have a conversation with you. Arrivederci 👋
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The experts behind this article
Big thanks to Pedro who magically created this chatbot out of plain text. Thanks to Plotti, Caro, Jenny and Janina for your valuable inputs and sharp eyes regarding copy and content. This article would not have been possible without you!


          

InsurTech 101 - Artificial Intelligence

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(GI) Lunchtime Technical Briefing - Insurance & Artificial Intelligence

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The Easiest Way to Replace a Sky

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The Easiest Way to Replace a Sky

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Senior Data Scientist | Bank of Montreal

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Toronto, Canada, Summary: Machine learning and Artificial Intelligence (ML and AI) is a strategic initiative in risk management. The candidate will participate in new projects and be hands-on along side internal expe
          

Boyan Slat Unveils the Ocean Cleanup Interceptor

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Boyan Slat, a young Dutch entrepreneur, and his group Ocean Cleanup have invented an ingenious collection barge to clean plastic debris from our oceans. When their barge, called System 001/B, was tested in June 2019 in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch — the first plastic-ridden area Slat planned to tackle — it worked successfully.1

The patch, a trash vortex between the West Coast of North America and Japan,2 is twice the size of Texas.3 During its test run in the Garbage Patch, System 001/B captured visible pieces of plastic debris — sometimes called macroplastics — large ghost nets used with commercial fishing and even microplastics in its haul.4

On the basis of challenges discovered in its test run, The Ocean Cleanup team will begin to design an improved barge to be known as System 002. And, there is more good news about The Ocean Cleanup's efforts, detailed in the video, "Boyan Slat Unveils the Ocean Cleanup Interceptor."

In October, they rolled out an innovative and workable plan to turbocharge plastic cleanup efforts, pun intended.5 The group ascertained that about 80% of ocean plastic pollution comes from the world's rivers and they have developed a plan to target the 1,000 most plastic-polluting rivers with a new invention.6

The device, called the Interceptor, can collect 50,000 kilos (110,231 pounds) of plastic trash every day — equivalent to 1 million soda bottles, according to the featured video — and may collect up to 100,000 kg a day under perfect conditions.7 Two Interceptors have already been deployed — one in Jakarta, Indonesia, and one in Klang, Malaysia.8 Others are in the works.

Which Rivers Need To Be Targeted?

"When it rains, plastic washes from street to creek to river to ocean," Slat points out9 — a fact which seems pretty evident. But how can it be determined which specific rivers are the worst culprits and need to be targeted? After all, there are about 100,000 rivers in the world!

The Ocean Cleanup created a monitoring system that can be attached to a bridge, scanning for plastic that floats by. With the use of artificial intelligence, the system allowed The Ocean Cleanup team to automatically measure how much plastic was flowing out of a river.

Based on that information, they were able to create an interactive global map model, the first of its kind, that ranks rivers on the basis of the amount of plastic pollution in them.

It was soon discovered that a small fraction — only 1 percent — was causing most of the pollution, says Slat in his Interceptor presentation. If 100,000 rivers were contributing to plastic pollution, the cleanup task might be overwhelming. But since a relatively small number of rivers are responsible for most of the pollution, those 1,000 plastic-polluting rivers can be targeted with the new device.10

The Interceptor Is Accepted by Other Countries

Obviously, an ambitious plan to attack plastic river waste on an international scale needs the buy-in from world leaders as well as funding, and The Ocean Cleanup is securing both.

Working with government leaders and private corporations, the team plans to install Interceptors in the 1,000 most-polluted rivers within the next five years.11 Those of us who are concerned about plastic pollution know that time is of the essence.

In addition to the Interceptors already installed in Malaysia and Indonesia, others are planned for the Mekong Delta in Vietnam and Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic.12 Thailand has also agreed to situate an Interceptor near Bangkok.

The Ocean Cleanup has not neglected the U.S., which is clearly one of the world's major producers and disposers of plastic. It is currently in talks with officials in Los Angeles county, according to the video report. Though an Interceptor costs approximately $777,000 right now, The Ocean Cleanup predicts that costs will come down as production increases.13

The Challenge of Closing the Plastic Tap

River cleanup is crucial to solving the ocean plastic problem because removing existing plastic in the ocean is not enough, says Slat in the video.14

"To truly rid the oceans of plastic, what we need to do is two things. One, we need to clean up the legacy pollution, the stuff that has been accumulating for decades and doesn't go away by itself. But, two, we need to close the tap, which means preventing more plastic from reaching the oceans in the first place. Rivers are the arteries that carry the trash from land to sea."

The Ocean Cleanup doesn't want to be "the garbage collector of the oceans," says Slat, though it would be a "pretty sustainable business model." Rather, The Ocean Cleanup's goal "is to put ourselves out of business."15

Still, judging by current pollution data, it will be quite a while before The Ocean Cleanup runs out of plastic garbage to collect. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, a mere 9.1% of the plastic material generated in the U.S. municipal solid waste stream was recycled in 2015, and only about 30% of plastic bottles and jars were recycled.16,17 That is why The Ocean Cleanup's campaign is so important and urgent.

How Does the Interceptor Work?

According to the "Boyan Slat Unveils The Ocean Cleanup Interceptor" video, the Intercept system is anchored to the riverbed and makes use of the natural flow of the river to collect plastic debris as it floats by.

Its barrier guides the plastic into the mouth of the Interceptor and a conveyer belt scoops the plastic out of the water. (Slat uses scores of little yellow rubber duckies in the video to demonstrate the system's effectiveness.) To prevent clogging, the belt has been made to be permeable and behind it is a flow channel that creates a suction effect.18

After the plastic has been funneled into the Intercept, the conveyer places the plastic in the "shuttle," a basket on wheels, which distributes the plastic across six dumpsters, sensing which ones are full or empty. Each dumpster can hold 50 cubic meters (1,765 cubic feet) of trash.

When the dumpsters are full, the Interceptor signals through its internet-linked, onboard computer to local operators to bring a boat for towing the full barge so the plastic can be emptied and recycled.19 While the barge is removed from the river for emptying, the shuttle can still collect plastic, says Slat.

The Interceptor's Environmentally Sensitive Features

When you look at the Interceptor's features, it is clear The Ocean Cleanup team has thought through all the potential problems that could come from such a system including its environmental toll.

For example, even though the Interceptor's floating barrier directs garbage into the system, it will usually only span part of the river so it will not interfere with the movement of wildlife and the safe passage of vessels. The Interceptor is able to do this because The Ocean Cleanup discovered through sensors that at certain points in many rivers, "all the plastic is flowing through this very narrow band," says Slat.

This removes the need for the Interceptor to span the whole width of the river.20 Next, the Interceptor is powered by solar panels and onboard lithium-ion batteries that enable it to operate day and night with no human operator, and without noise or exhaust fumes.21

Finally, the nose of the Interceptor has been engineered to deflect large objects like trees that could enter the unit and harm the machinery. And, because the Interceptor is designed like a catamaran sailboat, it has a low center of gravity and is very unlikely to tip over. "It will stay upright no matter what," Slat says.

Is the Interceptor Cost Effective?

The key metric to determine if a plastic cleanup method is practical is the cost per kilogram of plastic collected, says Slat. Because of the Interceptor's effectiveness and the fact that it is a "series produced product," it offers the lowest cost for such removal.

But there is another metric through which the Interceptor's costs should be analyzed, says Slat, and that is the cost to tourism and fisheries in coastal countries of doing nothing about plastic waste.

Countries are "losing money every day" that they do not invest in plastic removal, he says. Dramatic before and after pictures of plastic-polluted and cleaned rivers during his presentation underscore the urgency of tackling plastic waste and the feasibility of deploying the Interceptor.

Plastic pollution take a huge toll on marine life, which often mistake the plastic bits for food. Chemicals used to make plastics disrupt hormones, embryonic development and gene expression, and are linked, in humans, to obesity, heart disease and cancer. It is estimated that humans are now eating, swallowing or breathing in about 2,000 pieces of microplastic a week, equal to the weight of one credit card.22

What Can You Do About Plastic Pollution?

While technology like the Interceptor is an encouraging step forward, each and every one of us has a responsibility and share the burden for putting an end to plastic pollution. Below is a sampling of strategies that can help:

Don't use plastic bags — use reusable bags

Make sure the items you recycle are recyclable (See this list.)

Use reusable shopping bags for groceries

Take your own leftovers container to restaurants

Bring your own mug for coffee, and bring drinking water from home in glass water bottles instead of buying bottled water

Request no plastic wrap on your newspaper and dry cleaning

Store foods in glass containers or mason jars rather than plastic containers and plastic freezer bags

Avoid disposable utensils and straws and buy foods in bulk when you can

Opt for nondisposable razors, washable feminine hygiene products for women, cloth diapers, handkerchiefs instead of paper tissues, rags in lieu of paper towels and infant toys made of wood rather than plastic

Avoid processed foods (which are stored in plastic bags with chemicals). Buy fresh produce instead, and forgo the plastic bags


          

How Google Is Stealing Your Personal Health Data

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Expert Review by Maryam Heinen

Google, by far one of the greatest monopolies that ever existed, and poses a unique threat to anyone concerned about health, supplements, food and your ability to obtain truthful information about these and other issues.

This year, we’ve seen an unprecedented push to implement censorship across all online platforms, making obtaining and sharing crucial information about holistic health increasingly difficult.

As detailed in “Stark Evidence Showing How Google Censors Health News,” Google’s June 2019 update, which took effect June 3, effectively removed Mercola.com and hundreds of other natural health sites from Google search results. Google is also building a specific search tool for medical and health-related searches.1

And, while not the sole threat to privacy, Google is definitely one of the greatest. Over time, Google has positioned itself in such a way that it’s become deeply embedded in your day-to-day life, including your health.

In recent years, the internet and medicine have become increasingly intertwined, giving rise to “virtual medicine” and self-diagnosing — a trend that largely favors drugs and costly, invasive treatments — and Google has its proverbial fingers in multiple slices of this pie.

Health Data Mining Poses Unique Privacy Risks

For example, in 2016, Google partnered with WebMD, launching an app allowing users to ask medical questions.2 The following year, Google partnered with the National Alliance on Mental Illness, launching a depression self-assessment quiz which turned out to be little more than stealth marketing for antidepressants.3,4

Google and various tech startups have also been investigating the possibility of assessing mental health problems using a combination of electronic medical records and tracking your internet and social media use.

In 2018, Google researchers announced they’d created an artificial intelligence-equipped retinal scanner that can appraise your risk for a heart attack.5

According to a recent Financial Times report,6 Google, Amazon and Microsoft collect data entered into health and diagnostic sites, which is then shared with hundreds of third parties — and this data is not anonymized, meaning it’s tied to specifically to you, without your knowledge or consent.

What this means is DoubleClick, Google’s ad service, will know which prescriptions you’ve searched for on Drugs.com, thus providing you with personalized drug ads. Meanwhile, Facebook receives information about what you’ve searched for in WebMD’s symptom checker.

“There is a whole system that will seek to take advantage of you because you’re in a compromised state,” Tim Lebert, a computer scientist at Carnegie Mellon University told Financial Times.7 “I find that morally repugnant.”

While some find these kinds of technological advancements enticing, others see a future lined with red warning flags. As noted by Wolfie Christl, a technologist and researcher interviewed by Financial Times:8

“These findings are quite remarkable, and very concerning. From my perspective, this kind of data are clearly sensitive, has special protections

The following graphic, created by Financial Times, illustrates the flow of data from BabyCenter.com, a site that focuses on pregnancy, children’s health and parenting, to third parties, and the types of advertising these third parties then generate.

user data sent to third parties

Tech Companies Are Accessing Your Medical Records

As described in the featured Wall Street Journal video,9 a number of tech companies, including Amazon, Apple and the startup Xealth, are diving into people’s personal electronic medical records to expand their businesses.

Xealth has developed an application that is embedded in your electronic health records. Doctors who use the Xealth application — which aims to serve most health care sectors and is being rapidly adopted as a preferred “digital formulary”10 — give the company vast access to market products to their patients. The app includes lists of products and services a doctor believes might be beneficial for certain categories of patients.

When seeing a patient, the doctor will select the products and services he or she wants the patient to get, generating an electronic shopping list that is then sent to the patient. The shopping links direct the patient to purchase these items from Xealth’s third-party shopping sites, such as Amazon.

As noted in the video, “Some privacy experts worry that certain Xealth vendors can see when a patient purchased a product through Xealth, and therefore through their electronic health record.” In the video, Jennifer Miller, assistant professor at Yale School of Medicine says:

”In theory, it could boost adherence to physician recommendations, which is a huge challenge in the U.S. health care system. On the other side, there are real worries about what type of information Amazon in particular is getting access to.

So, from what I understand, when a patient clicks on that Xealth app and is taken to Amazon, the data are coded as Xealth data, which means Amazon likely knows that you purchased these products through your electronic health records.”

Amazon Is Mining Health Records

Amazon, in turn, has developed software, called Amazon Comprehend Medical, which uses artificial intelligence (AI) to mine people’s electronic health records. This software has been sold to hospitals, pharmacies, researchers and various other health care providers.

The software reveals medical and health trends that might otherwise go unnoticed. As one example, given in the video, a researcher can use this software to mine tens of thousands of health records to identify candidates for a specific research study.

While this can certainly be helpful, it can also be quite risky, due to potential inaccuracies. Doctors may enter inaccurate data for a patient, for example, data that, were it accurate, would render that patient a poor test subject.

Apple is also getting in on the action through its health app. It facilitates access to electronic medical records by importing all your records directly from your health care provider. The app is meant to be “helpful” by allowing you to pull up your medical records on your iPhone and present them to any doctor, anywhere in the world.

What Does This Mean for Your Privacy

While tech companies like Amazon and Apple claim your data are encrypted (to protect it from hacking) and that they cannot view your records directly, data breaches have become so common that such “guarantees” are next to worthless.

As noted in the video by Dudley Adams, a data use expert at the University of California, San Francisco, “No encryption is perfect. All it takes is time for that encryption to be broken.” One very real concern about having your medical records hacked into is that your information may be sold to insurance companies and your employer, which they can then use against you, either by raising your rates or denying employment.

After all, sick people cost insurance companies and employers more money, so both have a vested interest in avoiding chronically ill individuals. So, were your medical records to get out, you could potentially become uninsurable or unemployable.

Google Collects Health Data on Millions of Americans

Getting back to Google, a whistleblower recently revealed the company amassed health data from millions of Americans in 21 states through its Project Nightingale,11,12 and patients have not been informed of this data mining. As reported by The Guardian:13

“A whistleblower who works in Project Nightingale … has expressed anger to the Guardian that patients are being kept in the dark about the massive deal.

The anonymous whistleblower has posted a video on the social media platform Daily Motion that contains a document dump of hundreds of images of confidential files relating to Project Nightingale.

The secret scheme … involves the transfer to Google of healthcare data held by Ascension, the second-largest healthcare provider in the U.S. The data is being transferred with full personal details including name and medical history and can be accessed by Google staff. Unlike other similar efforts it has not been made anonymous though a process of removing personal information known as de-identification …

Among the documents are the notes of a private meeting held by Ascension operatives involved in Project Nightingale. In it, they raise serious concerns about the way patients’ personal health information will be used by Google to build new artificial intelligence and other tools.”

The anonymous whistleblower told The Guardian:

“Most Americans would feel uncomfortable if they knew their data was being haphazardly transferred to Google without proper safeguards and security in place. This is a totally new way of doing things. Do you want your most personal information transferred to Google? I think a lot of people would say no.”

On a side note, the video the whistleblower uploaded to Daily Motion has since been taken down, with a note saying the “video has been removed due to a breach of the Terms of Use.”

According to Google and Ascension, the data being shared will be used to build a search tool with machine-learning algorithms that will spit out diagnostic recommendations and suggestions for medications that health professionals can then use to guide them in their treatment.

Google claims only a limited number of individuals will have access to the data, but just how trustworthy is Google these days? Something tells me that since the data includes full personal details, they’ll have no problem figuring out a way to eventually make full use of it.

Google Acquires Fitbit

In November 2019, the company also acquired Fitbit for $2.1 billion, giving Google access to the health data of Fitbit’s 25.4 million active users14 as well. While Google says it won’t sell or use Fitbit data for Google ads, some users have already ditched their devices for fear of privacy breaches.15 As reported by The Atlantic on November 14, 2019:16

“Immediately, users voiced concern about Google combining fitness data with the sizeable cache of information it keeps on its users. Google assured detractors that it would follow all relevant privacy laws, but the regulatory-compliance discussion only distracted from the strange future coming into view.

As Google pushes further into health care, it is amassing a trove of data about our shopping habits, the prescriptions we use, and where we live, and few regulations are governing how it uses these data.”

How HIPAA Laws Actually Allow This Data Mining

The HIPAA Security Rule is supposed to protect your medical records, preventing access by third parties — including spouses — unless you specifically give your permission for records to be shared. So, just how is it that Google and other tech companies can mine them at will?

As it turns out, the Google-Ascension partnership that gives Google access to medical data is covered by a “business associate agreement” or BAA. HIPAA allows hospitals and medical providers to share your information with third parties that support clinical activities, and according to Google’s interpretation of the privacy laws and HIPAA regulations, the company is not in breach of these laws because it’s a “business associate.” 

The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights has opened an investigation into the legality of this arrangement.17 As reported by The Atlantic:18

“If HHS determines that Google and its handling of private information make it something more akin to a health care provider itself (because of its access to sensitive information from multiple sources who aren’t prompted for consent), it may find Google and Ascension in violation of the law and refer the matter to the Department of Justice for potential criminal prosecution.

But whether or not the deal goes through, its very existence points to a larger limitation of health-privacy laws, which were drafted long before tech giants started pouring billions into revolutionizing health care.”

Patients Bear the Risk While Third Parties Benefit

BAA agreements only allow for the disclosure of protected health information to entities that help the medical institution to perform its health care functions. The third party is not permitted to use the data for its own purposes or in any independent way.

I personally find it hard to believe that Google would not find a way to profit from this personal health data, considering its web-like business structure that ties into countless other for-profit parties. Even if they don’t, there does not appear to be any distinct advantages to patients whose records are being shared. As reported by STAT News:19

“Jennifer Miller, a Yale medical school professor who studies patient privacy issues, said the way health information is being shared, whether legal or not, is far from ideal. Patients — whose data are shared without their knowledge or specific consent — end up with all the risks, she said, while the benefits, financial or otherwise, go to Google, Ascension, and potentially future patients.”

As reported by Health IT Security20 in March 2019, Democratic senator of Nevada, Catherine Cortez Masto, has also introduced a data privacy bill “that would require companies not covered by HIPAA to obtain explicit consent from patients before sharing health and genetic data.”

“The bill covers the collecting and storing of sensitive data, such as biometrics, genetics, or location data,” Health IT Security writes.21 “The consent form must outline how that data will be used.

And the bill will also let consumers request, dispute the accuracy of their records, and transfer or delete their data “without retribution” around price or services offered.

Further, organizations would need to apply three standards to all data collection, processing, storage, and disclosure. First, collection must be for a legitimate business or operation purpose, without subjecting individuals to unreasonable risks to their privacy.

Further, the data may not be used to discriminate against individuals for protected characteristics, such as religious beliefs. Lastly, companies may not engage in deceptive data practices.”

Google Partnership Spurs Class-Action Lawsuit

The fact that patients don’t want Google to access their medical records is evidenced by a class-action lawsuit filed in the summer of 2019 against the University of Chicago Medical Center which, like Ascension, allowed Google access to identifiable patient data through a partnership with the University of Chicago. As reported by WTTW News June 28, 2019:22

“All three institutions are named as defendants in the suit, which was filed … by Matt Dinerstein, who received treatment at the medical center during two hospital stays in 2015.

The collaboration between Google and the University of Chicago was launched in 2017 to study electronic health records and develop new machine-learning techniques to create predictive models that could prevent unplanned hospital readmissions, avoid costly complications and save lives …

The tech giant has similar partnerships with Stanford University and the University of California-San Francisco. But that partnership violated federal law protecting patient privacy, according to the lawsuit, by allowing Google to access electronic health records of ‘nearly every patient’ at the medical center from 2009 to 2016.

The suit also claims Google will use the patient data to develop commercial health care technologies … The lawsuit claims the university breached its contracts with patients by ‘failing to keep their medical information private and confidential.’ It also alleges UChicago violated an Illinois law that prohibits companies from engaging in deceptive practices with clients.”

Like Ascension, the University of Chicago claims no confidentiality breaches have been made, since Google is a business associate. However, the lawsuit claims HIPAA was still violated because medical records were shared that “included sufficient information for Google to re-identify patients.”

The lawsuit also points out that Google does indeed have a commercial interest in all of this information, and can use it by combining it with its AI and advanced machine learning.

According to the plaintiffs, Google’s acquisition of DeepMind “has allowed for Google to find connections between electronic health records and Google users’ data.” The news report also points out that:23

“In 2015, Google and DeepMind obtained patient information from the Royal Free NHS Trust Foundation to conduct a study, which a data protection watchdog organization said ‘failed to comply with data protection law.’”

Health-Tracking Shoes and Other Privacy Abominations

Google is also investing in other wearable technologies aimed at tracking users’ health data, including:24

  • Shoes designed to monitor your weight, movement and falls
  • “Smart” contact lenses for people with age-related farsightedness and those who have undergone cataract surgery25 (a glucose-sensing contact lens for diabetics was canceled in 2018 after four years of development26)
  • A smartwatch to provide information for clinical research27
  • An all-in-one insulin patch pump for Type 2 diabetics that is prefilled and connected to the internet28

Google also has big plans for expanding the use of AI in health care. According to CB Insights,29 “The company is applying AI to disease detection, new data infrastructure, and potentially insurance.”

As mentioned earlier, insurance companies can jack up premiums based on your health. So, what could possibly go wrong by having Google’s AI wired into the insurance market?

Google has also partnered with drugmaker Sanofi, which “will leverage Google’s cloud and AI technologies and integrate them into its biological innovations and scientific data which in turn will accelerate the medicine discovery process,” according to a Yahoo! Finance report.30

According to Yahoo! Finance, “the collaboration will aid in the identification of various type of treatments suitable for patients. Additionally, Google’s AI tools are likely to be utilized by Sanofi in improving marketing and supply efforts and in forecasting sales.”

In plain English, this partnership will help Sanofi sell more drugs, which can hardly be said to be for the patients’ best interest, but rather that of Sanofi and Google. As mentioned earlier, Verily, Google’s health care division, is also collaborating with Sanofi, Novartis, Otsuka and Pfizer to help them identify suitable patients for clinical drug trials.31

To boost drug sales even further, Verily is working with Walgreens to deploy a “medication adherence” project, in which patients are equipped with devices to ensure they’re taking their medication as prescribed.32

Amazon also plays a part in the drug adherence scheme with its recent buyout of Pillpack, an online pharmacy that offers prepackaged pill boxes with all the different medications you’re taking.

According to Yahoo! Finance, Amazon is also planning to develop at-home medical testing devices, and is rolling out the option to make medical-related purchases from Amazon using your health savings account. All of these things generate health-related data points that can then be used for other purposes, be it personalized marketing or insurance premium decisions.

Have You Had Enough of Google’s Privacy Intrusions Yet? 

Add to all of this data mining the fact that Google is actively manipulating search results and making decisions about what you’re allowed to see and what you’re not based on its own and third party interests — a topic detailed in a November 15, 2019 Wall Street Journal investigation.33 The dangers ahead should be self-evident.

Now more than ever we must work together to share health information with others by word-of-mouth, by text and email. We have built in simple sharing tools at the top of each article so you can easily email or text interesting articles to your friends and family.

My information is here because all of you support and share it, and we can do this without Big Tech’s support. It’s time to boycott and share! Here are a few other suggestions:

Become a subscriber to my newsletter and encourage your friends and family to do the same. This is the easiest and safest way to make sure you’ll stay up to date on important health and environmental issues.

If you have any friends or relatives that are seriously interested in their health, please share important articles with them and encourage them to subscribe to our newsletter.

Consider dumping any Android phone the next time you get a phone. Android is a Google operating system and will seek to gather as much data as they can about you for their benefit. iPhone, while not perfect, appears to have better privacy protections.

Use the internal Mercola.com search engine when searching for articles on my site.

Boycott Google by avoiding any and all Google products:

  • Stop using Google search engines and recognize that even engines that honor privacy like Start Page, still use Google as their back end and provide censored results. Alternatives include DuckDuckGo34 and Qwant35
  • Uninstall Google Chrome and use Brave or Opera browser instead, available for all computers and mobile devices.36 From a security perspective, Opera is far superior to Chrome and offers a free VPN service (virtual private network) to further preserve your privacy
  • If you have a Gmail account, try a non-Google email service such as ProtonMail,37 an encrypted email service based in Switzerland
  • Stop using Google docs. Digital Trends has published an article suggesting a number of alternatives38
  • If you’re a high school student, do not convert the Google accounts you created as a student into personal accounts

Sign the “Don’t be evil” petition created by Citizens Against Monopoly


          

2019 DSN Summit: Terragon Sends Young Nigerians To Tunisia

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The Co-founder and Chief Operations Officer, Terragon Group, Ayodeji Balogun, has urged government to partner with the private sector in order to develop out 21st century curriculum that would prepare Nigerian students to fit into the emerging fourth industrial revolution (4IR) technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Data Science, among others. He stated this at […] More
          

Lenovo Powers French Space Agency CNES Data Center for IO500 world ranking

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A newly upgraded data center at the French Space Agency CNES took 15th place in the world ranking in the IO500 list unveiled this month. IO500 is an international benchmark standard managed by the Virtual Institute for I/O that measures bandwidth and input/output operations per second (IOPS) using typical workloads observed on real systems. "Besides the ranking, we are glad to be able to offer a better service to our partners and users. In particular, we are boosting our ability to develop artificial intelligence techniques and build them into space systems and mine the data they acquire.”

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The Latest ‘Cyber Monday’ Scams and 5 Tips to Stay Safe Shopping This Holiday Season

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Once Thanksgiving has hit the U.S., the holiday season becomes exceptionally profitable for businesses, but also quite the “steal” for consumers…as well as cyber-criminals, especially on Cyber Monday.

Created back in 2005 as the online version of the “brick and mortar” version of Black Friday, Cyber Monday has taken a life of its own, generating over $7.9 billion in sales last year, squashing last year’s Black Friday’s revenue of $6.2 billion, according to Business Insider.

Each year, the technologies readily available to these criminals grow vastly sophisticated and even more complex. There are two new cyber-crimes spreading from home to home this holiday season you should be aware about:

  • Password Change Requests and
  • “Grinch” Bots

I can attest to the “password change request,” as I received a VERY GENEROUS notification from “Apple” concerning my iTunes account, the night before Cyber Monday. Allegedly coming in from “Apple,” apparently, I “recently requested a password reset or unlock your Apple ID.”

See anything phishy, all pun intended here, with the language in the above statement? Let’s break down this email:

First, the e-mail address, “appleid@id.apple.com,” is not a legitimate Apple email with respect to Apple ID’s, and you know this. How? Because each and every time you’ve had to change your Apple ID, it’s done through the iTunes Store and/or through an authorized representative (and never through a special Apple ID email).

Second, use common sense. I never requested a password reset because I know my password very well, and very few people have access to my account (unless I have personally given them access to it).

Third, look at the language of the email. The grammatical style of the e-mail wreaks of foreign presence and a lack of understanding of the English language. Sorry to be harsh, but it’s just a fact:

“You recently requested a password reset or unlock your Apple ID.” Grammatically, that makes no sense and the “tense” of the words is off beginning with “…or unlock your Apple ID.“

Fourth, the final paragraph wreaks of phishing and grammatical errors, telling you that if you didn’t make the change, to click…wait for it….these two links:

The first link “iforgot.apple.com,” is a bad link and don’t click it. If you don’t believe me, why don’t you enter that link MANUALLY into your address bar and see what happens.

The second link, don’t even get me started–the “https” is an attempt to get you to believe that is a secure protocol. It is not. Why? Since when does ANY “HTTPS” link not include the “www” immediately after it?

“https://appleid.apple.com” are you kidding me? Don’t even click this. That link doesn’t exist either.

The minute you click these links, you will be taken to pages that are mirrored to look like Apple while the criminal sits back and watches you freely hand over your account credentials and financial information.

Regardless of whether you are shopping for Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday, or just the overall holiday season, I have provided 5 tips for you to keep in mind while shopping, taking into account 2019’s latest cyber-security threats:

Cyber monday with matrix binary code technology background#1—Don’t Click ANY Links in Emails

As today is Cyber Monday, your e-mail inboxes are probably flooded with a number of online deals from your favorite online and physical retail stores. The problem with these emails, especially around Cyber Monday, is that you can never truly be sure if those emails are actually coming from the stores you think they are.

‘Phishing’ is where hackers send an email that is designed to look exactly like that store you think is sending you the email containing deals. So how does it work?

Let’s say you receive an email from Best Buy or Target—you open the email and almost immediately click one of the links that says “Shop Now.” While you may think you are being redirected to Best Buy’s or Target’s website—in reality, you are being taken to a page that has been mirrored to look exactly like those sites, hoping you go through the process of logging in. What you don’t know is that as you are entering your login credentials, you are essentially “pasting” that information directly into the computer server of the hacker who only set that page up to gain access into your account and go into either a shopping frenzy or hold your personal information hostage.

Now, how do you tell those phishing emails from the actual emails the retailers send? Well, if you have the time to analyze the email—there are PLENTY of give-aways—

  • Grammatical spelling of EACH and EVERY word, including the online retailer
  • Formatting of the email—remember, the real email will be professionally written and displayed
  • Check the e-mail address of the sender—it will almost invariably be some unknown or foreign email address

But at the end of the day, don’t be lazy and just go directly to the online retailer’s website for the deal. Those deals aren’t worth giving up your personal and financial information for.

#2—Do NOT Click Pop-Ups and Ads

Surely as your shopping around online, you have the occasional (or frequent) pop-up ad asking you to visit its deal on that particular advertised site.

DON’T CLICK IT.

These types of ads, known as “malvertising” or malicious advertising, can send you to sites, again that either are mirrored to look like a retailer you are familiar with, or straight up send you to a location which will infect your device with a wide variety of harmful programming, including adware, spyware, and ransomware. Again, it’s not worth having your personal and financial information compromised simply because you’re too lazy to go directly to the site itself.

If the deal is legitimate, the pop-up will be on the ACTUAL retailer’s site—not some other website. Remember, these retailer’s don’t need to place ads on other competitor’s websites. Think about it.

#3—Beware of “Grinch Bots”

Up to 97 percent of all online traffic to retailer login pages this holiday season are coming from “bots,” according to the cybersecurity firm Radware. These “grinch bots” as they are commonly referred to, are largely operated by organized gangs of cyber-criminals.

And now, they are utilizing artificial intelligence (A.I.) to defeat image-based CAPTCHAs. You know, those ridiculously annoying pop-ups that ask you to choose all the pictures that have a stoplight or car in them, before allowing you to proceed with your order?

Using A.I., these bots are attempting to mimic human user activity by adding in random mouse movements and other “human-like” browsing behaviors. They fill out online forms and navigate retail sites faster than a real person can, and try to swiftly purchase limited supply gifts before you’ve even filled up your cart. The items are then sold for a higher price on third-party sites. On the days leading up to Black Friday and today’s Cyber Monday, bots outnumber humans 20 to 1.

The cyber thieves also crack into accounts, drain accounts of rewards and other digital currency, conduct credit card fraud, and more, said Ron Winward, a Radware spokesman.

#4— Use a Credit Card (Not a Debit Card)

Most importantly, when you’re shopping, please for the love of god, use a CREDIT CARD and not a debit card. I promise you, this is for YOUR BENEFIT.

Under the Fair Credit Billing Act, consumers are only liable or responsible for up to $50 in fraudulent charges—meaning, with most major credit card companies such as American Express, Discover, Mastercard, and VISA, you won’t be held responsible for the fraud, pursuant to their “zero liability” policies.

If you’re hellbent on using your debit card this holiday season, use it just to take out cash—not to spend money, because once the money is gone, it’s gone and you’re shit out luck.

But if you’re visiting an ATM, please make sure you’re on the lookout for skimmers, which are “covers” over the actual card input that are designed to scan your entire card so that you just gave away your entire credit card number and associated information.

#5—Use ENCRYPTED WiFi Networks

Nothing is more exciting for cyber criminals than using the free public WiFi to install malware or compromise your device.

According to one survey, 45% of Americans use public Wi-Fi to access sensitive information, which is absolutely the stupidest thing you can do, especially around the holidays. Why?

Everyone you and I know is sitting and inputting sensitive financial information into these “online retailers,” –including that cyber criminal sitting a few spots down from you at the coffee shop who has now snuck into your device and watching you as you input your credit card information.

So, when you’re shopping, make sure you use an encrypted or private Wi-Fi network to browse the internet, and most importantly, placing your order.

#6—There is NO SUCH THING AS “FREE” DURING THE HOLIDAYS

Don’t fool yourself into thinking that these online retailers are being THAT generous. There’s no such thing as a “free” offer—unless you mean you’re freely inviting criminals into your network and device.

Don’t engage with any online surveys that ask you to fill out information so you can claim that free gift card or reward. No such thing.

At the end of the day, the holiday time is a six-figure salary for cyber-criminals. Don’t contribute to their end of the year profit.

And in case you’re wondering, no, I was not fooled by that “Apple” email I got yesterday at 4:23 p.m. from the lovely “Apple ID” team.

Stay safe folks!

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Dell Introduces Solutions to Advance High Performance Computing and AI Innovation

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According to a recent press release, “At Supercomputing 2019, Dell Technologies is introducing several new solutions, reference architectures and portfolio advancements all designed to simplify and accelerate customers’ high performance computing (HPC) and artificial intelligence (AI) efforts. Continued adoption of AI to solve real-world problems has spurred growth across the HPC industry. According to a […]
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DOE Announces $15 Million for Development of AI and Machine Learning Tools

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According to a recent press release, “Today, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) announced $15 million in funding for 23 projects to accelerate the incorporation of machine learning and artificial intelligence into the energy technology and product design processes as part of the Design Intelligence Fostering Formidable Energy Reduction (and) […]
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Seattle Seahawks Select AWS as Its Cloud, Machine Learning, and AI Provider

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A recent press release reports, “Today, Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company, announced that AWS is now a cloud, machine learning (ML), and artificial intelligence (AI) provider for the Seattle Seahawks. In addition to moving the vast majority of its infrastructure to AWS, the National Football League (NFL) team will use the breadth […]
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Sharp offers Pinoys better solutions through its latest appliances and electronics

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Sharp Philippines highlights products that are termed as solutions for an improved way of living. These solutions are categorized into four: Entertainment, Clean & Comfort, Health & Beauty, and Business.
Sharp Philippines President and General Manager Kazuo Kito delivered an opening speech

Sharp is offering solutions for a better lifestyle

The electronics giant is showcasing these solutions that were launched last July as it aims to offer products with 8K and AIoT technology. There was a visual display prepared for the media and guests to explain further the features and what the new items can do.

For the Entertainment Solution, Sharp Philippines reintroduces the Artificial Intelligence of Things (AIoT) series of Full HD and 4K HDR Android Televisions. These Android TVs are equipped with Google Assistant so users can interact with devices for various tasks like playing music or videos.
Sharp's Full HD Android TV with AIoT
Sharp's Full HD Android TV with AIoT

Aside from the Android TVs, the AQUOS Sound Partner was also launched as a personal cinematic sound system. This is said to give a powerful sound and heavy bass while offering portability and comfort.
Sharp's AQUOS Sound Partner
Sharp's AQUOS Sound Partner

Next is the line-up for the Clean and Comfort Solution: Air Conditioners with AIoT J-Tech Inverter Technology, Air Purifier/Cleaner with equipped with SHARP’s original Plasmacluster Ion Technology, Mite Catcher, Ractive Air vacuum Cleaner, and Washing Machines. 
Washing machines under the Clean and Comfort Solution
Washing machines under the Clean and Comfort Solution

These appliances are claimed to be useful not only at households but also to establishments like offices, schools, hospitals, and other highly populated vicinities.
Air conditioners with Plasmacluster Ion Technology
Air conditioners with Plasmacluster Ion Technology

There is also the Health & Beauty Solution products that are claimed to be suitable for mothers, housewives, and women in general. The highlight of this particular Healsio series is Sharp's Healsio Hotcook. 
Sharp's Healsio Series including the Hotcook at the rightmost
Sharp's Healsio Series including the Hotcook at the rightmost

There was an on the spot demonstration on how this appliance works as compared to traditional cooking. This one is claimed to extract and retain the ingredients' moisture and original flavor.

Apart from the kitchen devices, the beauty appliances for women were also featured. The series is composed of a Hair Dryer, Hair Iron, Scalp Massager, and Curling Iron with Plasmacluster that is said to reduce dirt and hair damage.
Beauty appliances for women
Beauty appliances for women

The last line-up that was discussed is the Business Solutions for the commercial sector. This one consists of the Dynabook Laptop that is created for the business professionals and workplace setting. It has a thin and sleek design that is said to feature long-lasting battery and overall durability.
Dynabook for the Business Solutions
Dynabook for the Business Solutions

For those who are interested to know more about these products mentioned, simply check Sharp Philippine's official website, Facebook, and Instagram account.

The local pricing of these products from Sharp is still for confirmation. Stay tuned for updates.

What do you think about these solutions from Sharp PH?

          

Why Work at Morgan Stanley? Here Are Four Great Reasons.

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SOURCE: Morgan Stanley

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From autonomous vehicles, to the software behind the Internet of Things, to the power of big data—innovation and disruption are driving the markets as never before, with industries and whole sectors changing at speeds that were once unfathomable. Underpinning this massive change is financial services—the engine that helps ignite companies to develop new products and create new markets. Harnessing that explosive growth takes a lot of hard work, thoughtful strategy, good advice, and financing. And, of course, the people who can make all that happen. Which is why we are always looking for bright, curious and creative people to join our team at Morgan Stanley.

Here at Morgan Stanley, our people are our greatest asset, taking on challenges big and small to help our clients realize their goals. How do we do that? By valuing collaboration. If you have a good idea or a solution to a problem that no one has thought of, we want to hear from you, whether you’re an Associate or a Managing Director and whether your college major was finance, technology, liberal arts or engineering. A diversity of opinions, experience and backgrounds creates the wealth of perspective that brings about success.

I have a bit more to say on that below. But first I want to introduce you to a few talented people who represent that diversity; the stars of four new videos we’ve produced that highlight Who We Are. Examples of our rising talent throughout the firm describe why they find it so personally rewarding to work at Morgan Stanley, something I’ve been lucky enough to do for more than 32 years. Take a look and I think you’ll get a sense of why Morgan Stanley is such a compelling place to build your career. 

While each employee you’ll hear from has their own story to tell, a few common themes emerge, ones that resonate with me personally and that I thought I’d take a moment to reflect on.

1.  You are encouraged to use your creativity to tackle complex problems 

If you are someone who enjoys stretching yourself professionally, who is excited to take on new and complex challenges every day, you’ll find a way to build a gratifying career at Morgan Stanley. Take Sebastian, a quant analyst who is profiled in the videos I mentioned above. Sebastian told us, “I don’t feel like I’ve stopped learning here at Morgan Stanley. Once I’ve mastered a concept, there’s always something else I can become good at.” Together, we work across business units to find solutions to whatever problems we face. One example: our recently launched Plastic Waste Resolution, a firm-wide commitment to combat the ever-growing plastic waste problem that exists today. Employees across Research, Corporate Services, Investment Management, Human Resources and our Sustainable Investing Institute are all working towards our goal of achieving carbon neutrality for global operations by 2022.

2.  You’ll find opportunities to innovate every day, including as a technologist (that’s right—a technologist)

Working in technology at a financial services firm offers many of the same exciting opportunities for innovation that big tech companies and startups do, while delivering the sort of variety, mobility, autonomy and resources other companies can’t. As Rose-Gaelle, a software engineer featured in the Who We Are videos puts it, “At first, I was confused when a Morgan Stanley recruiter called me about a summer internship. How could my skills transfer to a position within an investment bank?” What she discovered once she was hired was that “Morgan Stanley is the ideal place for motivated and talented people, especially technologists.” In fact, we recently earned the distinction of being the only Financial Services firm named to Fast Company’s inaugural list of 50 Best Workplaces for Innovators. The list recognized our Technology Innovation Office, which funds promising employee projects in key areas, including artificial intelligence, data analytics, and fintech, and offers an accelerator program to expedite the patent-filing process. We also have an Innovation Lab, which provides a sort of digital “sandbox,” allowing employees to experiment with code, software and other technologies.

3.  You’ll have the chance to work at a company where diversity is highly valued

At Morgan Stanley, diversity isn’t just a buzzword, it’s something we embrace every day. Our employees represent a wealth of different backgrounds and bring their unique perspectives, ideas and experiences to whatever role they take on, helping cultivate a workplace that is resilient, results-driven and effective. And we look to promote diversity in other ways, too. Our Multicultural Innovation Lab is an in-house accelerator supporting early-stage tech and tech-enabled startups led by multicultural and women entrepreneurs, a segment who receive only a fraction of the venture capital money that other entrepreneurs do. The Lab is designed not only to help close this trillion-dollar funding gap, but to give women and multicultural founders the tools, access and opportunity they need to succeed.

4.  You’ll be encouraged to give back to your community

A common thread that unites our people—across divisions, levels and regions—is our commitment to giving back to the communities in which we live and work. Morgan Stanley employees create meaningful, lasting social impact, whether they are working at food banks during our Global Volunteer Month every June or offering expertise as part of our annual pro bono initiative. The Morgan Stanley Strategy Challenge matches nonprofits with rising talent within the firm to develop action plans that help address mission-critical issues. The Strategy Challenge has delivered 95,000 service hours valued at over $14.6M to 128 nonprofits since the program began in 2009. But you don’t have to be picked to participate in the Strategy Challenge to give back at Morgan Stanley. Since 2006 our employees have contributed over 2.1 million hours of volunteer work during our annual Global Volunteer Month—that equates to 240 years of donated time and effort to help the communities we call home across the globe.

It’s just one more reason why Morgan Stanley is such a special place to work. But don’t take my word for it. Hear what these associates have to say about what they find rewarding about working at Morgan Stanley. I hope you’ll be encouraged to join them.

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Yes to Peace! No to NATO! No to NATO's warmongering London summit

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 posterThe North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) will continue to mark its 70th years with a Heads of State and Government summit in London on 3-4 December 2019.

For 70 years, NATO has been the number one aggressive military tool of imperialism. It is the largest and most dangerous military organization in the world. Despite rivalries between its individual members and the contradictions these from time to time present, it remains inherently and deeply interconnected with the policies of the US and EU, its so-called 'European arm'.

NATO is responsible for wars of aggression against countries and their peoples – including Yugoslavia, Afghanistan and Libya – leaving an immense legacy of death, suffering, destruction and long-term environmental pollution and degradation.

NATO has continuously added members and partners and expanded its sphere of influence and intervention across the world.

NATO leads the arms race and global military spending, burdening the peoples. In 2018, the total war-related spending by all 29 NATO members totalled $963 billion, 53% of worldwide military spending – more than the remaining 164 countries of the world. Only NATO European members and Canada will spend 100 billion dollars more on militarism by the end of 2020.

At its London summit NATO will celebrate its superior military forces’ readiness for war. As its Secretary General has pointed out, “For the first time in history”, NATO achieved “combat-ready battle-groups; increased its presence in the east; tripled the size of the NATO Response Force; increased defence spending in all NATO allied countries for five years in a row and stationed more US troops in Europe”.

On the warmongering agenda of the next summit, and among other issues, the use of space, cyberspace and artificial intelligence for military purposes are up for discussion.

The US, with NATO support, withdraws from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), a decision that poses a serious threat of a nuclear escalation and of the redeployment of US missiles in Europe, as happened with the Pershing II missiles in the 1980s, leading to mass peace demonstrations in defence of peace and disarmament.

The US and its NATO allies relentlessly increase their military activities and expand their bases and installations from the Caspian Sea to the Arctic, closer and closer to Russia, but also in the Asia-Pacific region, tightening the encirclement of China. This vast network of foreign military bases, the naval fleets, the so-called anti-missile systems and the systems of global surveillance, which the US and its allies in NATO have spread across Europe and the world, are instruments of their strategy of world domination. NATO’s objectives today are openly aggressive and its arena of warmongering stretches across the whole planet.

We appeal to all organizations and activists in Europe who defend the cause of Peace, to promote actions against NATO and its London summit, for the dissolution of this political-military block and in support of the immediate struggle within each NATO member state for withdrawal from this aggressive military pact.

Reaffirming and continuing the World Peace Council’s campaign “Yes to Peace! No to NATO!”, we appeal for mobilization and initiatives in every country, and on 3 December, for a strong presence on the anti-NATO demonstration in London, together with the British Peace Assembly, calling for:

  • The dissolution of NATO!
  • The right of the people in each country to unilaterally withdraw from the NATO!
  • An end to escalating spending on war and an increase in funding for social progress and peace!
  • The immediate withdrawal of all NATO forces involved in military aggression and occupation!
  • An end to blackmail, destabilization and imperialist wars of aggression against sovereign states and peoples!
  • Support for refugees, displaced people and other victims of wars which NATO, the US and the EU promote and pursue!
  • Closure of military bases in foreign territory and the dismantling of US and NATO anti-missile systems!
  • Abolition of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction and general disarmament, together with an immediate cessation of research and the development of lethal weapons
  • A halt to the further enlargement of NATO!
  • Respect of the principles of the Charter of the UN and International Law, namely the sovereignty and equality of peoples and states!

Yes to Peace! No to NATO!

WPC European member organizations

November 2019


          

Sales: Inside Sales Representative - Reston, Virginia

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Job SummaryThe Inside Sales representative) is an accomplished enterprise sales professional and demand generation specialist. The ISR works closely with Marketing team members, Regional Account Managers, and Solutions Architects to develop new business pipeline opportunities within a geographic territory and to support revenue growth objectives. Our ideal candidate is smart, analytical, and has experience in high-growth, early-stage technology organizations.We currently work with new and exciting technologies in cybersecurity, machine learning, artificial intelligence and DevOps, where we are building intelligent and deep learning data analytics as a service to change the world.Responsibilities - Leverage open internet and Fractal-sourced prospecting tools to identify new contacts and organizations in assigned geographic territory - Develop and maintain a comprehensive understanding of the technical and business value of QOMPLX's solutions to communicate most effectively to prospective customers - Develop and execute timely and effective campaigns to drive traffic to online and to in-person events and to successfully progress opportunity development objectives - Maintain professional and positive engagement with prospects through all aspects of targeting and qualification (BANT), with ultimate successful handoff to Regional Account Managers - Perform all job responsibilities in alignment with QOMPLX's core values, mission, and objectives - Achieve or exceed monthly, quarterly and annual demand generation and new opportunity performance objectives - Accurately and timely administer CRM for daily activities, new opportunity related information, and overall sales activity managementQualifications - Reside in the greater Washington D.C. area, with the ability to work daily in QOMPLX's, VA HQ - Bachelor's Degree preferred; a combination of relevant experience and education may be considered - 1-2 years of quota-carrying technology sales, focused on Cyber security, data services and/or IaaS preferred - Proven track record of consistently meeting and exceeding sales quota - Experience in establishing and maintaining relationships at VP and CXO level in a customer organization - Outstanding relationship building skills - High degree of integrity - Energetic, tenacious team player - Passion for helping customers solve complex problems with innovative technology - Strong attention to detail - Ability to work independently and collaborate with other team members - Proficient with Mac applications, MSFT Office, CRM, and social networking tools - Excellent communication, interpersonal and organizational skills.Desirable - Top-performer track record of successful lead generation and opportunity generation leveraging modern social media and outreach platforms - SaaS and on-premise delivery model experience - Career path and growth oriented - a strong desire to take-on additional responsibilities - Experience selling Cyber security, AI/ML, and/or data platform as-a-service solutions ()
          

Collective Intelligence Can Elevate Artificial Intelligence

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Collective intelligence may be a better way to assess people and their capabilities but A.I. offers the advantages of pulling insights from large amounts of data. People or machines? Which is better at predicting performance or job success? 


          

CATCH UP WITH CURMUDGUCATION + ICYMI: Deer Season Edition (12/1)

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CURMUDGUCATION: ICYMI: Deer Season Edition (12/1)


ICYMI: Deer Season Edition (12/1)
Yes, it may be Thanksgiving weekend where you are, but in my neck of the woods, schools are closed tomorrow for the first day of deer season. Don't knock it if you haven't eaten some excellent deer baloney. In the meantime, here's some reading from the week


Sign of the times. This one was in New Jersey. One more reminder of the vulnerability of school data systems.

Over at The Hill they've noticed that DeVos is not exactly racing to help students drowning in debt incurred at frauduversities. Fun detail I hadn't previously seen in coverage of this-- when DeVos signed off on claims already approved, she added "with extreme displeasure" below her signature. What a sweetheart.

This is just awesome. Researchers took a look to see what happened if you used VAM to check on which teachers had the best effect on student height. Turns out VAM is just as valid for that purpose as it is for measuring teacher effect on test scores. A great addition to everyone's VAM is a sham file.

In a shocking development, yet another set of PD stuff turns out to be largely useless (I know-- I'm shocked, to). Peter DeWitt at EdWeek asks what the problem might be.

Stephen Dyer at 10th Period takes a look at how Ohio charter vampires are upping their blood intake to even more dangerous levels.

Thomas Ultican has a thoroughly researched look at all the reasons i-Ready is a snare and a delusion. A great read (and not just because he included me).

Peter Gray at Psychology Today reminding us, again, that pushing academics on the littles is not doing anybody any good.

Audrey Watters is freakin' awesome. Here's the text of a recent speech she delivered about the stories that ed tech pushers use to sell their junk. A must read.

Wrench in the Gears traveled to Seattle to speak about some of the threats hiding behind the tech revolution in education.

David Dawkins at Forbes identifies one of the many longterm problems that come with the rise of our philanthropist kings.

The indispensable Mercedes Schneider has been digging again, and she's found another project messing with education being funded by Michael Bloomberg's daughter.



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TX: Bigotry In The Classroom

This is a troubling story, for several reasons. Georgia Clark was an English teacher in the Fort Worth Independent School District, a district with over 80% Hispanic student population. Clark sent a message to Donald Trump, asking him to do something about all the illegal [sic] immigrant students. Her request included charming lines like "anything you can do to remove the illegals from Fort Worth

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Ed Tech Giant Powerschool Keeps Eating the World

If you want to be a tech giant, you can try to grow organically within your company, or you can just look for companies that are already doing what you want to do, and buy them. Some are better than the strategy than others-- Facebook absorbed Instagram well enough, but Google seems to kill everything it touches . Back in the day, PowerSchool was a simple little program for taking care of classroo

NOV 29

CO: READ Didn't Work. Quick, Call A Consultant!

In 2012, Colorado joined the list of states whose legislators don't understand the difference between correlation and causation. Colorado passed the READ Act , "born out of convincing research by a variety of sources...that shows students who cannot read by the end of third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school." That's an interesting, possibly valuable correlation. But to ar

NOV 28

Be Grateful

It's ironic, with a very American sort of irony, that we have a national holiday about thankfulness and gratitude, because we are kind of lousy at that whole thankfulness and gratitude thing. We're more attracted to the self-made story, the I-pulled-myself-up-by-my-own-bootstraps story, the story that in this country, anyone can get ahead with grit, virtue and hard work (and if you haven't gotten

NOV 27

AI: Bad Data, Bad Results

Once upon a time, when you took computer programming courses, you had two things drilled into you: 1) Computers are dumb. Fast and indefatigable, but dumb. 2) Garbage in, garbage out. The rise of artificial intelligence is supposed to make us forget both of those things. It shouldn't. It especially shouldn't in fields like education which are packed with cyber-non-experts and far too many people w
Finn And Hess Accidentally Argue For Teacher Tenure

Chester Finn (honcho emeritus, Fordham Institute) and Rick Hess (AEI education guy) are concerned about the threat of rampant wokeness , particularly in the reformster universe. And they are not afraid to exercise some strenuous prose in service of the point: School reformers have long seen themselves as plucky champions of change. Today, however, as funders and advocacy groups chant from a common

NOV 26

TN: Doubling Down On Bad Reading Policy

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CIC a unicorn in its own right after wooing £1bn investment to Cambridge

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Funding powerhouse Cambridge Innovation Capital has now attracted £1 billion of investment into Cambridge companies and managing partner Andrew Williamson has hired more Silicon Valley talent to ensure the technology cluster maintains its upward trajectory on the global stage.

The £1bn funding landmark has come within the last five years of CIC’s six-year existence but Williamson tells Business Weekly that Cambridge can leverage even more international capital as it builds on AI, deep learning, life science and therapeutic market leads.

CIC’s leading position as a gateway to accessing world-leading innovation was underlined by its performance in the six months to the end of September.

CIC has simultaneously unveiled Vin Lingathoti, a 10-year Valley veteran in the deep technology sector, as a partner to focus on enterprise software. Williamson himself spent 20 years in the US technology heartland while investment director Michael Anstey excelled at The Boston Consulting Group’s office in Toronto and has advised multinational healthcare businesses across North America, Europe, India, and Japan.

Williamson said the team was wired to help steer a new wave of growth for the Cambridge technology sector. He said: “The high quality of opportunities afforded to CIC as a result of our preferential access to IP from the University of Cambridge and our superior network through the Cambridge ecosystem ensures we are the gateway for accessing world-leading innovation.”

In the six months under review, CIC invested £22.8 million into three new and 11 existing portfolio companies; Riverlane, Sense Biodetection and PredictImmune joined CIC’s portfolio.

CMR Surgical closed a £195m Series C to commercialise its next-generation surgical robotic system, clinching unicorn status at the same time.

Gyroscope Therapeutics raised £50.4m of Series B funding round including from CIC and lead investor Syncona for the development of gene therapies and surgical delivery systems for retinal diseases.

Cytora closed a £25m Series B financing round to develop its artificial intelligence-powered insurance technology platform and PROWLER.io raised $24m to support product expansion and growth in artificial intelligence decision-making. CIC also figured in prominent deals for Storm Therapeutics, Audio Analytic and Bicycle Therapeutics.

Investing from its £275 million first fund, CIC has injected capital into 29 companies to date. Williamson stressed that international big hitters had invested alongside CIC to accumulate the landmark total. 

Thrilled with what he called a show of confidence in Cambridge, Williamson said the local deep technology market was set for further unprecedented growth because the cluster was so uniquely endowed with IP-rich, transformative businesses.


Cambridge Innovation Capital managing partner, Andrew Williamson

In an exclusive interview with Business Weekly, Williamson said Cambridge gloried in companies creating differentiated technologies. These were prolific, thanks in no small measure to Cambridge University and its exponential success in nurturing and spinning out transformational life science and hi-tech companies.

CIC’s close relationship with the university and follow-up companies is evidenced by the fact that 18 of the 29 businesses in whom it has invested to date are Cambridge University spin-outs.

What is less well known is that the astute and highly forensic CIC team has seen around  1500 investment opportunities to date and engaged closely with around 1000 of those without committing investment. So the portfolio businesses are in an elite minority. The common denominator is that besides having great technology they also have the capability to scale rapidly on a global basis, says Williamson.

This Solomon-esque insight makes CIC more than just another investor and more like an anchor institution within the burgeoning cluster.

Williamson told me: “Not every investment opportunity converts immediately; sometimes we bide our time and look at investments over a number of years: 97 per cent of companies we see we don’t invest in but by engaging with them closely we are able to suggest how they can get themselves investment ready. 

“So in addition to capital, we invest a lot of time building relationships. And the model works: The quality and number of high-potential companies is growing year by year. We have acknowledged the reality that some companies may be exceptionally IP rich but take a little bit longer to develop than ventures based on more traditional business models.”

This is where CIC’s globally experienced team comes in once more. 

Williamson says: “CIC has a lot of PhDS on its teams with deep tech backgrounds. Every business we invest in is a global business and a significant amount of capital we have invested has been globally secured, so we are seen as a safe pair of hands by investing entrepreneurs and funds across the planet.

“A lot of promising deep tech businesses are too small to build into $1bn businesses as things stand which is why it is vital to incorporate a US, Asian and European growth strategy.

“While all our portfolio businesses tend to have started in Cambridge and developed disruptive Science & Technology within the cluster, many have opened up markets on the West Coast of the US or in Asia, for example. 

“We see some ventures that are fantastic in terms of their own specific propositions but because of their business model they remain too small currently to build into a global business. For example, we don’t get involved in consumer related brands - it is just not our model. We and our co-investors require that businesses we back have the ability to scale as rapidly as possible.”

Williamson makes the point that the quality of talent emanating from Cambridge University – principally the calibre of its engineers – is second to none on the worldwide stage.


CMR Surgical CEO Martin Frost with the company’s surgical robotic system –Versius®

And the best of our companies – such as CMR Surgical and PROWLER.io – have learned how to attract and retain top global talent by offering stimulating work environments and employment packages that encourage good people to stay and grow with the business.

Williamson says: “In the US engineers can move to new roles almost on an annual basis depending on the packages on offer. In Cambridge, engineers are attracted by the quality of the work, they can become shareholders – personally and professionally they are in a very good place here and they tend to stay loyal to a progressive, switched on employer.

“Swim.ai - which started with commercial operations in San Jose – came to Cambridge because of access to the high quality engineering talent and brainpower available through the university. Their model is sustainable: Swim.ai is already hiring big and filling all their slots. 

“Hiring top talent to sustain scalability on an international basis is clearly a challenge for the cream of our technology companies locally but businesses like PROWLER.io, CMR Surgical and Swim.ai provide highly productive workplaces, challenging working environments and great incentives to be part of a business that can transform technology sectors globally.

“The ability of our top life science and technology companies to grow sustainably and consistently recruit top people is possibly the greatest cultural change in the Cambridge science & technology environment in the last 20 years.”

Similarly, while many tech entrepreneurs and investors continue to look to Silicon Valley as an exemplar, Cambridge is no longer a generation behind in terms of maturation compared to the West Coast ecosystem. 

“Our own ecosystem now compares favourably,” says Williamson. He praised the energy and growing global influence of Cambridge Enterprise, the university’s commercialisation arm, and the prodigious input of financial and business building expertise from Cambridge Angels.


Vin Lingathoti, partner, Cambridge Innovation Capital

New executive recruit Vin Lingathoti is a software engineer by training and has held roles across multiple functions including engineering, product management, corporate strategy, private equity and corporate development. 

Most recently he was regional head of Venture Investments and Acquisitions at Cisco Europe, where he led multiple direct and fund-of-fund investments and played a vital role in helping Cisco’s executive leadership team develop its European investment strategy.

He says: “The Cambridge cluster has many similarities to Silicon Valley. The University of Cambridge produces some of the best engineering talent in the world, on a par with Stanford and MIT. 

“It has one of the most active angel and seed investor communities in the UK and is home to prominent deep tech companies such as PROWLER.io and Riverlane. Many of the global software giants such as Microsoft and Amazon have opened R & D centres in Cambridge in pursuit of hard-to-acquire engineering talent.

“CIC is uniquely positioned to leverage this Cambridge advantage. We have a close relationship with the University of Cambridge and deep connections to the local startup community. 

“We have an exceptional team of investment professionals with deep domain expertise and global perspective. All of us have lived in multiple countries and held roles in large corporates and startups and understand the challenges faced by early-stage founders. We take a collaborative approach in helping founders navigate through their journey of building world-class companies.”

Stars in the CIC firmament

Riverlane
Riverlane, where CIC led the £3.3m seed round in which Cambridge Enterprise also participated, is a quantum computing software developer transforming the discovery of new materials and drugs. 

Riverlane’s software leverages the capabilities of quantum computers, which operate using the principles of quantum mechanics. In the same way that graphics processing units accelerate machine learning workloads, Riverlane uses quantum computers to accelerate the simulation of quantum systems. 

Riverlane is working with leading academics and companies on critical early use cases for its software, such as developing new battery materials and drug treatments. The company will use its seed funding to demonstrate its technology across a range of quantum computing hardware platforms, focused on early adopters in materials design and drug discovery. It will also expand its team of quantum software researchers and computational physicists.

Sense Biodetection
Sense Biodetection, where CIC co-led the £12.3m Series A funding round alongside Earlybird, and which is developing a portfolio of instrument-free, point-of-care molecular diagnostic tests, is pioneering a new class of diagnostic product. 

Sense Biodetection plans to invest the new funds in the development and manufacture of a range of tests utilising its novel and proprietary rapid molecular amplification technology, targeting in the first instance infectious disease applications such as influenza. 

PredictImmune  
PredictImmune, in which CIC participated in a £10m Series B round alongside Cambridge Enterprise and other new and existing investors, is developing pioneering prognostic tools for guiding treatment options and improving patient outcomes in immune-mediated diseases. The Series B round cements PredictImmune’s strong financial position, enabling it to build on the successful launch of its first product, PredictSURE IBD™, with a major focus on continued commercial expansion across Europe, the US and other territories.

CMR Surgical
CMR Surgical closed a £195m Series C funding round, Europe’s largest ever private financing round in the medical technology sector, to commercialise its next-generation surgical robotic system, Versius®. 

CIC was an early investor in CMR Surgical having first backed the company’s Series A round in 2016 and has continued to provide financial support and guidance, enabling the realisation of the potential of the Versius® system. CMR Surgical has launched initially in hospitals India with further expansion across the NHS and elsewhere globally expected in short order.

Gyroscope Therapeutics
Gyroscope Therapeutics, in which CIC participated in a £50.4m Series B funding round alongside lead investor Syncona, is developing gene therapies and surgical delivery systems for retinal diseases. With this new round Gyroscope Therapeutics will continue to advance: the clinical development of the company’s investigational gene therapy GT005 for dry age related macular degeneration (dry-AMD), the leading cause of permanent vision impairment for people aged 65 and older.

Cytora
Cytora closed a £25m Series B financing round to continue developing its artificial intelligence-powered insurance technology platform that enables insurers to underwrite more accurately, reduce frictional costs and achieve profitable growth. 

Cytora’s underwriting platform applies Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing techniques to public and proprietary data sets, including property construction features, company financials and local weather.

PROWLER.io
PROWLER.io, where CIC participated in the $24m funding round to support product expansion and growth, continues to define the artificial intelligence decision-making market, developing the world’s first technology that can help businesses and organisations make better decisions in processing dynamic, real-time data in complex and uncertain environments. 

Storm Therapeutics
Storm Therapeutics closed a £14m extension to its Series A financing, bringing the total Series A financing to £30m. Storm is a drug discovery company that is tackling disease through modulating RNA modifying enzymes. 

Audio Analytic
Audio Analytic, in which CIC participated in a $12m Series B funding round, has has developed cutting-edge AI sound recognition technology which can be embedded into consumer devices to make them more helpful to people, by understanding and reacting to the contextual information provided by sounds. 

Bicycle Therapeutics
CIC also participated in Bicycle Therapeutics’ Nasdaq IPO to progress the company’s lead candidate, BT1718, through the clinic and continue to advance its preclinical programmes, including toxin drug conjugates and immune modulators to treat cancer and other debilitating diseases. Bicycle is the first company in CIC’s portfolio to conduct an IPO.


          

Human factors challenges for the safe use of artificial intelligence in patient care

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Human factors challenges for the safe use of artificial intelligence in patient care

Sujan, M., White, S., Furniss, D., Habli, I., Grundy, K., Grundy, H., Nelson, D., Elliott, M. & Reynolds, N., 27 Nov 2019

Article in BMJ Health and Care Informatics

Publication details

JournalBMJ Health and Care Informatics
DateAccepted/In press - 14 Nov 2019
DatePublished (current) - 27 Nov 2019
Issue number1
Volume26
Number of pages5
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

The use of artificial intelligence (AI) in patient care can offer significant benefits. However, there is a lack of independent evaluation considering AI in use. The paper argues that consideration should be given to how AI will be incorporated into clinical processes and services. Human factors challenges that are likely to arise at this level include cognitive aspects (automation bias and human performance), handover and communication between clinicians and AI systems, situation awareness and the impact on the interaction with patients. Human factors research should accompany the development of AI from the outset.

Bibliographical note

© Author(s) (or their employer(s)) 2019.


          

NSF Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Research Institutes

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) just posted a number of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the National Artificial Intelligence (AI) Research Institutes: Accelerating Research, Transforming Society, and Growing the American Workforce Solicitation (NSF 20-503). The National Artificial Intelligence Research Institutes program anticipates approximately $120 million in grants next year to fund eight planning grants and up to six research institutes in order to advance AI research and create national nexus points for universities, federal agencies, industries, and nonprofits. Earlier this year, the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) released their completed AI Roadmap, titled A 20-Year Community Roadmap for AI Research in the US. An HTML version is available here. This roadmap, led by Yolanda Gil (University […]
          

2019 AAAS Fellows Announced

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The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) just announced its 2019 Fellows! Fellows are elected each year by their peers serving on the Council of AAAS, the organization’s member-run governing body. The honor recognizes diverse accomplishments, including pioneering research, leadership within a given field, teaching and mentoring, fostering collaborations and advancing public understanding of science.  Among the 2019 Fellows is Computing Community Consortium (CCC) Council Member Odest Chadwicke (Chad) Jenkins (University of Michigan), “for distinguished contributions to the field of robotics and artificial intelligence, particularly for robot learning from human demonstration, cloud robotics, and broadening participation in computing.” Chad joined the CCC this year and is a member […]
          

Join the Arteris IP Team in Silicon Valley!

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Featured Position!

Senior Software Engineering Manager in 
Campbell, CA


We are looking for an experienced Senior Software Engineering Manager who will report to the VP of Engineering. 

Our current product is powering the creation of the most advanced artificial intelligence, mobile phone, and self-driving car SoCs.

You, as a successful candidate, are dynamic and self motivated with excellent organizational, and technical skills who can effectively communicate across all levels of management.


          

The future of artificial intelligence

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Artificial intelligence has significant potential in South Africa, but must be applied correctly if it is to be successful.
          

Outside the Box: Nvidia will dominate this crucial part of the AI market for at least the next two years

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Inferencing will become the biggest driver of growth in artificial intelligence.

          

Cloud, AI, and personalisation: Key issues to consider

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Cloud, AI, and personalisation: Key issues to consider

Artificial intelligence (AI) has certainly been on the crest of a hype wave over the past two years. But there is evidence that the publicity is backed by hard business decisions.


          

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence

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Hi

I am sharing this position on behalf of Prof. Tim Dodwell, University of Exeter:

 

The position is a 2-year postdoctoral research fellowship within the Institute of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence at the University of Exeter. The role will work with Turing AI Fellow Prof Tim Dodwell .

 

Summary of the role

 

The position will be initially held in Exeter for the first year, but the research fellow will be offered to spend an extended period to be based at the Alan Turing Institute within their second year. There is an opportunity for the position to be extended beyond the 2 years, subject to performance.

 

The position is split between two parts, which will run side-by-side for the length of the contract:

 

(1)  Role on Turing AI Fellowship Project - 50% of the role will be spent working directly on aspects specific to Prof Dodwell's fellowship. In particular, for this role, we are looking to appoint someone to work on'Bayesian Multi scale Methods' (further details can be found here). Thiswork is an exciting collaboration between Prof. Girolami (Cambridge), Prof. Marzouk(MIT) and the Henry Royce Institute.

 

(2)  Individually Lead Research Challenge - for 50% of the role the fellow, in collaboration  Prof Tim Dodwell, the follow will work an area proposed of their choice. This should be an ambitious research topic, which complements wider activities in the Data Centric Engineering, Uncertainty Quantification and Machine Learning research. In the application, a short description (less than page) which highlights the open research challenge, potential new collaborations and opportunities for scientific and wider impact should be highlighted. An appropriate budget will be made available to fellow to support their research and collaborations.

 

Please find the official advertisement for more information:

 

https://jobs.exeter.ac.uk/hrpr_webrecruitment/wrd/run/ETREC107GF.open?VACANCY_ID=455065QyIy&WVID=3817591jNg&LANG=USA

 

Best wishes

Amir


          

Session on "Data driven materials science" at the DPG Spring Meeting (Dresden, Germany)

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Dear colleagues, 

we would like to make you aware of the topical session 

"Data driven materials science"

which is part of the MM program during the DPG Spring Meeting 2020. The latter takes place March 15-20, 2020, in Dresden.  

If you are performing experiments or simulations in this emerging field, you are most welcome to contribute your abstract. You can find the session at the bottom of the list "Themenbereiche" on the abstract submission webpage 
https://www.dpg-tagung.de/dd20/submission.html ]. 

In addition we will have some outstanding invited talks given by (some of them not yet confirmed):
- Tilmann Beck (TU Kaiserslautern)
- Cecilie Hebert (EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland)
- Jan Janssen (MPIE Düsseldorf)
- Marcus J. Neuer (BFI Düsseldorf)
- Stefan Sandfeld (TU Freiberg)

Please, note that this is session is not identical with the symposium "Big data driven materials science (SYBD)", which is on invitation only. Our session in MM is more focussed on structure-composition-property relationships in materials science. Please see the abstract below for details. 

We are looking foward to a vivid session on innovative developments!  Abstract:----------
This session covers innovative high-throughput and materials-informatics approaches for the discovery, description and design of materials. The contributions should address recent developments in the fields of data mining, machine learning, and artificial intelligence for the identification of structure-composition-property relationships in the highly diverse, but often sparse materials data space. Contributions from experiment such as diffraction and various tomography techniques, materio-graphic feature identification, as well as simulation results from the atomistic up to the continuum level are foreseen. A particular focus will be on the consideration of extended materials defects (grain boundaries, stacking faults, dislocation cores) and microstructures. Furthermore, submissions of contributions on accumulating, analyzing, interpreting, storing, and sharing fundamental knowledge about materials is solicited. Contributions may range, and preferably bridge, from physics-based materials understanding to data-driven and application-oriented development.


          

Journal Club: Magnetic Soft Materials and Robots: Design (Code), Applications and Future Directions

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Magnetic Soft Materials and Robots: Design (Code), Applications and Future Directions

 

This post was adopted from a News & Views by Zhao and Kim recently published on Nature [1].

 

In science-fiction films, robots are often depicted as human-sized or larger machines made of rigid materials. However, robots made of soft materials or with flexible structures, and that can be much smaller than the human body, have attracted great interest in the past few years because they have the potential to interact with humans more safely than can rigid machines. Indeed, sufficiently small soft robots could even be used for biomedical applications in the human body. Various options are available to power these robots, but magnetic fields offer a safe and effective means of wireless operation in confined spaces in the body.

 

Design and model (code). The ability of minerals known as lodestones to align with Earth’s magnetic field was first reported in the ancient Chinese manuscripts Gui Gu Zi and Han Fei Zi, and was later used in early magnetic compasses [2]. A similar principle has been used in the past few years in magnetic soft robots [3–10], in which magnets of varying sizes (nanometres to millimetres) are integrated into flexible structures or soft materials. The tendency of the magnets to orient in externally applied magnetic fields provides a way of quickly moving or changing the shape of these untethered robots remotely. This actuation mechanism allows much flexibility in the design of the robots structures, magnetization patterns and strengths, and in when and where magnetic fields are applied to control the robots.

 

In addition, because the forces and torques exerted on magnets by external magnetic fields can be accurately calculated, models have been developed to quantitatively describe the actuation of specific robot designs. For example, Zhao et al developed a constitutive law for soft materials and robots with complex patterns of ferromagnetic domains, named Ideal Hard-Magnetic Soft Materials. Following the constitutive law, the effects of the forces and torques exerted by external magnetic fields can be characterized by an effective magnetic Cauchy stress [8, 11]. Zhao et al further implemented the constitutive law into an ABAQUS UEL subroutine (see the attachments for a paper on the theory, the UEL subroutine, and an example input file).

 

Applications and fabrications. Magnetic soft robots have been developed for various uses, especially in biomedical applications in which they interact closely with the human body. For example, self-foldingorigami robots have been reported that can crawl through the gut, patch wounds and dislodge swallowed objects [4]; and capsule-shaped robots have been made that roll along the inner surface of the stomach and can perform biopsies and deliver medicine [3]. Magnetically steerable robotic catheters have also been developed, which can perform minimally invasive surgery on the heart or inspect lung airways [5,7]. And much thinner, thread-like robots have been made that could potentially navigate the brain’s blood vessels to treat strokes or aneurysms [10]. These robots range in size from hundreds of micrometres to a few centimetres in diameter.

 

Existing methods for the construction of small magnetic soft robots have included the direct assembly of magnetic components [3-5,7], the magnetization of particle- loaded polymer sheets [6], the printing of soft composite materials that contain aligned magnetic particles [9,10], and more recently electron-beam lithography to make magnetically reconfigurable robots [12].

 

Future directions. Much work must still be done to achieve the full potential of magnetic soft robots for biomedical applications across various length scales. They must be designed using quantitative models to optimize their performance for specific tasks in relatively weak magnetic fields that is, to work out which reconfigurations are needed, the sizes of the forces that the robot must exert on its environment, and the speeds at which reconfigurations should occur and with which the forces should be applied. Advanced fabrication platforms will be crucial for implementing future designs. Methods for the real-time imaging and localization of robots deep in the human body are also needed, particularly in tight spaces, and must not interfere with the magnetic-actuation mechanisms. Artificial intelligence might be further developed to assist image analysis and robot control. Lastly, methods are needed for the safe retrieval or degradation of robots once they have performed their tasks. Degradation without toxicity or other adverse effects is particularly desirable.

 

Magnetic soft robots are also being extensively studied for applications beyond biomedicine [8], such as in flexible electronics, reconfigurable surfaces and active metamaterials (engineered materials consisting of subunits that take in energy locally, and then translate it into movement that can produce large-scale dynamic motion). A parallel set of platforms for the design, fabrication, imaging and control of magnetic soft robots across various length scales are therefore under development.

 

Reference

 

1. Zhao, X & Kim, Y. Nature  575, 58-59 (2019)

2. du Trémolet de Lacheisserie, é. in Magnetism:Fundamentals (eds du Trémolet de Lacheisserie, é., Gignoux, D. & Schlenker, M.) 3–6 (Springer, 2005).

3. Yim, S. & Sitti, M. IEEE Trans. Robot. 28, 183–194 (2012).

4. Miyashita, S. et al. 2016 IEEE Int. Conf. Robot. Automat. 909–916 (IEEE, 2016).

5. Edelmann, J., Petruska, A. J. & Nelson, B. J. J. Med. Robot. Res. 3, 1850002 (2018).

6. Hu, W., Lum, G. Z., Mastrangeli, M. & Sitti, M. Nature 554, 81–85 (2018).

7. Jeon, S. et al. Soft Robot. 6, 54–68 (2019).

8. Kim, Y., Yuk, H., Zhao, R., Chester, S. A. & Zhao, X. Nature 558, 274–279 (2018).

9. Xu, T., Zhang, J., Salehizadeh, M., Onaizah, O. & Diller, E. Sci. Robot. 4, eaav4494 (2019).

10. Kim, Y., Parada, G. A., Liu, S. & Zhao, X. Sci. Robot. 4, eaax7329 (2019).

11. Zhao, R., Kim, Y., Chester, S. A., Sharma, P. & Zhao, X. J. Mech. Phys. Solids 124, 244–263 (2019).

12.  Cui, J. et al. Nature 575, 164–168 (2019).

 

 


          

Focus Softnet launches new AI-powered app for Quickbooks users

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Focus Softnet has launched Qbixe, its artificial intelligence-driven, voice activated app, designed for small and medium businesses using Intuit's Quickbooks.

The post Focus Softnet launches new AI-powered app for Quickbooks users appeared first on TahawulTech.com.


          

And the Beep Goes On

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image of a heart rate monitor

Artur Dubrawski is not a critical care physician, but his best friend is. Dubrawski, a research professor in Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute, loves talking about disease symptoms with Michael Pinsky, a professor of critical care medicine, cardiovascular disease, bioengineering and more at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. They also love talking about data and, more important, what the data means.

The pair have been collaborating for a decade, combining the power of CMU artificial intelligence research with the clinical expertise at UPMC to unravel medical mysteries. Their skilled clinician investigator team, including University of Pittsburgh professors Gilles Clermont and Marilyn Hravnak, have been leading the way for bedside predictive analytics. In 2014, they began to identify and predict which patients would go into shock. They hung around in intensive care units, building algorithms to make sense from the data contained in thousands of patients’ medical records.

Spending so much time in ICUs, they couldn’t help but notice the "acoustic wallpaper" of constant beeps from machines trying to alert staff to a problem.

"Very often," Dubrawski said, "those alerts, even in the best clinical hospitals, do not really reflect a medically relevant change in health status." In other words, 85% of the time, nurses are listening to false alarms.

Whether there is a real emergency, an oxygen sensor that slipped from someone’s finger or a tangled ECG electrode, the machines not only signal into the semi consciousness of beep-fatigued employees, but they are not collecting data until the problem is rectified. Pinsky and Dubrawski analyzed the alerts and categorized the urgency of response, which led to them designing a protocol to help save lives.

Along the way, they found something else unexpected: they could predict tachycardia.

A cardiac condition as dangerous as it is difficult to spell, tachycardia is defined as a rapid heartbeat. Left unchecked, it can lead to any number of heart conditions for a "regular" patient. Dubrawski, in collaboration with colleague Lujie Chen, became interested specifically in tachycardia for ICU patients, where a rapid heartbeat leads to longer hospital stays, and can be the precursor to heart failure, coronary artery disease or even death.

Dubrawski and Pinsky paired up again to see if they could build another algorithm to predict which ICU patients might experience tachycardia and whether they could adapt nursing protocols to better help these patients.

They studied patient data collected over 25,000 ICU visits from a nationwide database, and together with their partners at UPMC, identified 42 vital sign features to use when developing their predictive algorithms. They backed up in the data from the time of the tachycardia events in one-minute intervals, to see if there’s a "magic window" when this condition could be identified and prevented.

They looked at everything from blood pressure to the use of norepinephrine to see what combination of factors might lead to rapid heartbeat.

"Some of these patients are at risk hours before the event," Dubrawski said. "And some of these signs are likely to be missed by nurses."

While patients might not demonstrate visible symptoms of an impending, massive crisis, the researchers found, with reasonable accuracy, some patterns in the data to predict its emergence. Pinsky and Dubrawski created algorithms that allowed a computer to "learn" the signals that an injured patient’s cardio-respiratory system is deteriorating before the damage becomes irreversible. They also created a mechanism to tell a robotic system to administer the best treatments and therapies to save that person’s life.

And the friends are just getting started. Their bedside data exploration also led to discoveries around cardio-respiratory insufficiency, a grave condition Dubrawski says is more general—meaning their work in this area can be more impactful. After tackling acute crises in the ICU, they’re exploring internal bleeding—another common and dangerous occurrence in intensive care. Pinsky said the team recently discovered this new secret hiding within the data recorded from commonly used intravenous catheters placed in the superficial vein to draw blood, deliver fluids or medications.

While it’s in there, the catheter records central venous pressure (CVP), which Pinsky said is "useless in defining the onset of bleeding." But when the data was compared to the CVP data collected when the patient was stable, the researchers were able to identify bleeding as well as the most advanced monitoring devices. "That finding is simply amazing for all of medicine," Pinsky said, "because it opens up a window into instability without the need for more invasive monitoring."

Dubrawski explained that routine clinical care and simple data review by a human could hardly identify all the patterns and symptoms that something urgent will happen medically. The data is simply too complex and it comes at the clinicians too rapidly. Artificial intelligence and machine learning can handle these complexities and paint a picture much more reliable.

"These tools are within our grasp," Dubrawski said, "and we are limited only by our imagination."

Learn more about Dubrawski's work with tachycardia


          

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A Comparison of Fake News Detecting and Fact-Checking AI Based Solutions

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Scientific objective of this paper is to analyse how advanced are Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools to fight successfully information disorder. More specifically, this is an overview and ranking on existing tools based on AI in this specific area. Research method is comparative analytics. We compare the most developed and publicly available fake-news detecting and fact-checking AI based solutions (intelligent machines). The comparison is based on two key parameters: accuracy and comprehensiveness. Results and conclusions: Analyse show that a third of the examined AI systems are, in terms of comprehensiveness, in the top category, while the majority are in the medium category. As far as accuracy is concerned, very few AI machine developers are interested in providing further details about their products and functionalities for studies such as ours which raises suspicions about their actual performance. Surprisingly, one of the most discussed AI systems among EU leaders seems to actually belong to the least developed. Cognitive value: There is a need for a larger and more detailed study with involvement of AI specialists who would be able, and allowed, to test all available AI machines with their key features and functionalities.


          

Dealing With Bias in Artificial Intelligence

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Craig S. Smith, NY Times Three women with extensive experience in A.I. spoke on the topic and how to confront it. Bias is an unavoidable feature of life, the result of the necessarily limited view of the world that any single person or group can achieve. But social bias can be reflected and amplified by artificial […]
          

How artificial intelligence could transform GI patient care: Dr. William Karnes of Docbot weighs in

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Dealing With Bias in Artificial Intelligence

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Jokowi: Ganti birokrat dengan "artificial intelligence" demi kecepatan

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Presiden Joko Widodo menjelaskan keinginannya untuk mengganti para birokrat dengan kecerdasan buatan (artificial intelligence atau AI) adalah demi kecepatan kerja."Kita butuh kecepatan dalam bekerja, dalam memutuskan. ...


          

Artificial intelligence use ‘must be transparent and accountable’

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The Information Commissioner’s Office has published its first draft regulatory guidance into the use of AI.


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