Artificial intelligence

Elon Musk, Google Vow Never to Develop Killer Robots

Elon Musk, Google Vow Never to Develop Killer Robots

Elon Musk and the co-founders of Google DeepMind recently promised along with thousands of individuals and hundreds of organizations never to develop or support the manufacture of killer robots. In a pledge arranged by Boston non-profit Future of Life, the signatories also called on governments and leaders to push for strong international norms, regulations and laws against lethal autonomous weapons. Tesla’s Musk, in particular, has been very vocal about his position on the dangers of artificial intelligence, saying that it was more dangerous than nukes. Meanwhile, Google also recently discontinued its partnership with the Department of Defense on Project Maven, […]

UK, France to Cooperate on Ai & Cyber Security Deal

UK, France to Cooperate on Ai & Cyber Security Deal

Britain and France announced last week that they will be entering an agreement that will seek to bolster the development and implementation of technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and cyber security in a partnership between The Alan Turing Institute and DATAIA. UK Digital Secretary Matt Hancock said that there is a tech renaissance in the UK and is increasingly being recognized around the world as a place where ingenuity and innovation can flourish. The agreement is set to last five years and contains language reaffirming the two countries commitment to net neutrality. Source: ZDNet

Tech Giants Hunt for New Talent in Cambridge

Tech Giants Hunt for New Talent in Cambridge

Silicon Valley’s tech giants are reportedly taking their talent hunt to Cambridge, England where they are snapping up engineers and researchers, particularly those working in the fields of artificial intelligence. It is said that the arrival of firms such as Google, Microsoft, Amazon and Apple will provide a much needed boost to the British economy which had been hurt by its departure from the European Union. British secretary of state Matthew Hancock, who also oversees digital policy, says that while they welcome the tech giants, they are working to ensure that the next generation of companies are built in Cambridge. […]

NHS AI Program to Put Robots in Charge of Dementia Care in Next 20 Years

NHS AI Program to Put Robots in Charge of Dementia Care in Next 20 Years

UK Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced this week that they are planning to give robots the task of dementia care in the next 20 years. The plan will be included in the major expansion of artificial intelligence across the NHS for routine operations and treatment. Hunt also revealed that around £215 million in investment will go into innovative treatments, as well as programs that will use technology to encourage patients, especially those with diabetes and heart conditions, towards healthier lifestyles. The Health Secretary wants academics and technology firms to come up with new ideas to improve surgery, treatment and long-term […]

Singapore Tech Agency to Share Cyber Vision at Innovation Conference

Singapore Tech Agency to Share Cyber Vision at Innovation Conference

John Kan, CIO of Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) announced this week that they will be sharing their cyber security plans at the Innovation Labs World conference this September 25. Kan said that they will sharing how the agency pushes Singapore’s research goals by developing capabilities in artificial intelligence, machine learning and supercomputers. Kan, who will be speaking at the Cyber Security and Critical Information Structure focus group, will be joined by Dr. Pun-Arj Chairatana, Director of Thailand’s National Innovation Agency. Source: GovInsider

Macron’s Efforts for French Tech a “Double-Edged Sword”

Macron’s Efforts for French Tech a “Double-Edged Sword”

French president Emmanuel Macron’s efforts to nurture the country’s tech sector are reportedly being met with mixed and even negative reactions from domestic tech firms that are being adversely affected by the influx of business from global tech giants. Computer expert Randi Hindi said that big names such as Facebook, Microsoft, and Samsung make it difficult for his company to land deals with big local companies. A number of French entrepreneurs also criticized Macron for overlooking local talent when he invited foreign CEOs including Mark Zuckerberg and Satya Nadella at the Tech for Good Summit last month. Macron’s appointed AI […]

Adobe Claims Their AI Can Spot Altered Images

Adobe Claims Their AI Can Spot Altered Images

An Adobe researcher revealed this week that they were able to use artificial technology to scan images for signs of digital manipulation. Vald Morarium, who has had 14 years of expertise in image manipulation research, said that they were able to develop a tool that can scan for image tampering that is typically not visible to the naked eye. He said that their tool is able to recognize artefacts left by manipulation, like strong contrast edges, deliberately smoothed areas, or different noise patterns. One expert remarked that while the core techniques in Adobe and Darpa’s research have been widely known […]

JP Morgan to Launch AI-Powered Virtual Assistant for Corporate Payments

JP Morgan to Launch AI-Powered Virtual Assistant for Corporate Payments

JP Morgan Chase recently unveiled its plans to use a virtual assistant powered by artificial intelligence, said to be a first in the world of corporate payments. The machine, which is intended to answer customer queries and needs, is currently in its trial stages and is being trained using select clients. The investment banking firm says that it may be ready to release the AI assistant to more companies by next year. It is said that JP Morgan’s latest efforts towards automation will aid its operations in the treasury services division where it moves an average of $5 trillion daily […]

The Automation-Augmentation Debate

The Automation-Augmentation Debate

Introduction: Artificial Intelligence   Artificial intelligence is no longer a thing of the future. No longer confined to the realm of science fiction. Artificial intelligence, or AI, has seen major advances and development these past two decades. To the common eye, however, these advances may not be as obvious. To some, the image of AI may be limited to the latest in robotics, with robots carrying out tasks that were once only done by humans. To others, it may be what is portrayed in movies such as Blade Runner or television shows such as Westworld and Black Mirror. However, this […]

IBM AI Project Convincingly Rebutts Human Debater

IBM AI Project Convincingly Rebutts Human Debater

The capabilities of IBM’s Project Debater was recently demonstrated when it was pitted against Israel’s national debating champion Noa Ovadia in San Francisco. Experts say that the machine, which drew its knowledge from hundreds of millions of documents and was not connected to the Internet, was a groundbreaking display of artificial intelligence. The audience who attended the event voted that the machine offered better arguments, despite a few slip-ups. Ms. Ovadia also remarked that it was very optimistic about how humans respond to facts and figures. Arvind Krishna, IBM’s director of research, said that their experiment seeks to push the […]