Artificial intelligence

UK Lawmaker Calls for Review of Monopolization of Data by US Firms

UK Lawmaker Calls for Review of Monopolization of Data by US Firms

In a report on ethical AI development released Monday by the House of Lords committee, a witness warned against the “unprecedented concentration of wealth and power in a small number of corporations” such as Alibaba, Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft and Tencent. The committee called on regulators to review the “potential monopolization of data” by US technology firms in the UK which, according to them, could hamper homegrown development of artificial intelligence. It was also recommended in the report that a national and international “AI code” be created to protect the data rights or privacy of individuals, families or communities. […]

Researchers Boycott Top South Korean University Over AI Weapons

Researchers Boycott Top South Korean University Over AI Weapons

Last Wednesday, around 50 top artificial intelligence researchers in South Korea announced a boycott of KAIST after the university had opened an AI weapons lab with Hanwha systems, one of the country’s largest manufacturer of cluster munitions last February. The researchers said that they would no longer work with the university unless it pledged to refrain from developing AI weapons without “meaningful human control”. University President Sung-Chul Shin immediately responded, reaffirming that KAIST will not be conducting any research activities counter to human dignity, including autonomous weapons that do not have meaningful human control. Source: Reuters

Chatbots PH Uses AI to Help Local Businesses with Customer Communication Needs

Chatbots PH Uses AI to Help Local Businesses with Customer Communication Needs

In a recent interview, a local startup called Chatbots PH revealed that they are using artificial intelligence to help business respond to their customer’s needs more effectively. CEO Ron Baetiong said that their company is currently a pioneer in the space, and the use of AI-driven chatbots is still in its nascent stage even in other countries. However, Baetiong added that they are already catering to 15 blue chip companies in the country where they use trainable chatbots to automate the business’ customer service responses. Baetiong also assured that their business will not be a threat to human employees since […]

Roland Berger: Energy Firms Can Increase Efficiency with AI

Roland Berger: Energy Firms Can Increase Efficiency with AI

Consultancy firm Roland Berger recently commented that power companies should use artificial intelligence in order to become more efficient. However, less than a quarter of European firms actually have plans to implement such technology. According to Roland Berger partner Torsten Henzelmann said that European energy companies previously dependent on coal or gas have to adapt to the rise of renewable energy and dwindling profits brought by the fall of wholesale electricity prices. The consultancy said that as companies are pressured to meet energy and carbon emission targets, there is now a greater need for AI powered IT systems which can […]

Pentagon Uses Google Tech for Drone Video Analysis

Pentagon Uses Google Tech for Drone Video Analysis

Google recently confirmed that the Pentagon is using its image recognition technology to analyse drone footage. However, it is said that this had caught a lot of the search giant’s employees by surprise, with some even getting outraged. A Google spokeswoman said that the tie-up involved the provision of software tools to let the US Department of Defense (DoD) make use of the company’s TensorFlow machine learning code. She further clarified that the technology is used to help human reviewers go through hours of footage more efficiently and is not used for offensive purposes. It was noted that Google is […]

Tech Giants: AI to Create Jobs, Shift Skill Sets

Tech Giants: AI to Create Jobs, Shift Skill Sets

A number of experts in the tech industry recently commented on concerns regarding AI and its impact on jobs at a panel discussion in the recently held Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last week. Google’s Behshad Behzadi said that while shift in jobs should be expected, AI will serve to complement it and make tasks easier for humans. IBM chief digital officer Bob Lord said that AI will augment a worker’s intelligence and address mundane jobs, allowing humans to rise to another level. Salesforce’s John Carney meanwhile said that it could be a threat to workers who do not upskill, […]

China Offers Bigger Incentives to Attract Foreign Talent

China Offers Bigger Incentives to Attract Foreign Talent

Beijing is reportedly offering a list of new incentives to lure foreign tech talents to its counterpart of Silicon Valley which China is developing in its capital. The Beijing municipal government said that new foreign hires at Zhongguancun Science Park will be entitled to a more generous visa terms and permanent residence certificate, which affords local economic benefits and a chance to head national-level innovation projects, among others. It is said that China has already laid out a roadmap to becoming a world AI leader by 2030. However, the talent pool at Z-park is still significantly behind that of San […]

Huawei Chief: US is Afraid Because We Are Too Strong

Huawei Chief: US is Afraid Because We Are Too Strong

In a recent interview, Huawei’s chief executive Richard Yu said that the US is attempting to keep the Chinese company out because of its competitiveness. The US government recently issued a strong warning against the Chinese phone maker, calling it a security concern. However, Yu confidently said that Huawei had been posting significant annual growth and that they have a big chance at being the top global mobile manufacturer. Yu added that even with their leading innovations and technologies, politicians in the US are trying to shut them out for being too strong. In the interview, Yu also mentioned that […]

British Bank Puts Virtual Human Employee Through Testing Phase

British Bank Puts Virtual Human Employee Through Testing Phase

The Royal Bank of Scotland is currently testing a digital teller named “Cora” which is intended to give a human face to the bank’s automated help service. According to director of innovation at NatWest Kevin Hanley, Cora will be able to answer customer questions round the clock so that its human colleagues can deal with more complex inquiries. If successful, it may even be used to train staff. Hanley added that the prototype can already have a two-way verbal conversation with customers via computers, tablets or mobile phones and learn from mistakes. It is expected to boost the bank’s efficiency […]

UK’s Theresa May Wants Safe and Ethical AI

UK’s Theresa May Wants Safe and Ethical AI

In a speech at the recently held World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Prime Minister Theresa May said that she wants the UK to lead global efforts in the development of safe and ethical artificial intelligence. The PM revealed that AI-related startups are created almost every week for the last three years in the UK, and added that the country is known to be the first in the world in its preparedness to introduce AI in the government. However, other countries seem to be making greater advances into AI. Google last week chose France as the site for their new […]