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IBM finds a way to watermark AI's to protect them from theft and sabotage – Fanatical Futurist by International Keynote Speaker Matthew Griffin

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What if machine learning models, much like photographs, movies, music, and manuscripts, could be watermarked nearly imperceptibly to denote ownership, stop intellectual property thieves in their tracks, and prevent attackers from compromising their integrity? Thanks to IBM's new patent-pending process, they now can be. In a phone conversation with analysts this week Marc Stoecklin, IBM's manager of Cognitive Cybersecurity Intelligence, detailed the work of several IBM researchers who've been busy trying to find new ways to embed unique identifiers, or watermarks to you and I, into neural networks. Their concept was recently presented at the ACM Asia Conference on Computer and Communications Security (ASIACCS) 2018 in Korea, and might be deployed within IBM or make its way into a client-facing product in the very near future. "For the first time, we have a [robust] way to prove that someone has stolen an [AI] model," Stoecklin said.


Google staff condemn plan for censored Chinese search engine

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In the letter, which is an internal petition, the employees asked for more transparency and oversight of Project Dragonfly, the project's internal title. "We urgently need more transparency, a seat at the table and a commitment to clear and open processes: Google employees need to know what we're building," the letter, seen by the Reuters news agency, reads. The employees are reportedly worried about kowtowing to China by implementing the government's requests for censorship. China restricts internet users massively by blocking websites, censoring words and clamping down on free speech. In the letter, the employees say Google would be validating China's restrictions on freedom of expression and violating its own clause in the company's code of conduct, "don't be evil".


Google Employees Protest Secret Work on Censored Search Engine for China

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The internal dissent over Dragonfly comes on the heels of the employee protests over Google's involvement in the Pentagon project to use artificial intelligence. After Google said it would not renew its contract with the Pentagon, it unveiled a series of ethical principles governing its use of A.I. In those principles, Google publicly committed to use A.I. only in "socially beneficial" ways that would not cause harm and promised to develop its capabilities in accordance with human rights law. Some employees have raised concerns that helping China suppress the free flow of information would violate these new principles. In 2010, Google said it had discovered that Chinese hackers had attacked the company's corporate infrastructure in an attempt to access to the Gmail accounts of human rights activists.


Taiwan Startups Win Singularity University's First APAC Global Impact Challenge - Fintech Hong Kong

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Singularity University just concluded their very first APAC Global Impact Challenge (GIC), and two Taiwanese startups have emerged as winners. The challenge aimed to discover moonshot innovations and startups that positively impact the lives of people living in the Asia Pacific, specifically with an ability to scale and impact a billion of people in a decade. Participants were tasked with developing Artificial Intelligence (AI) applications to address global issues posing a threat to sustainability. AI solutions could tackle issues ranging from energy, environment, food, water, disaster resilience, governance, and health, among other things. One of its Taiwanese winners is a startup named Vibrasee, which uses deep learning to determine the early onset of Parkinson's disease.


Elon Musk repeatedly breaks down in interview as he admits taking pills to sleep and explains bizarre Tesla tweet

The Independent

Elon Musk repeatedly broke down in an interview in which he attempted to explain some of his recent strange behaviour. The Tesla boss has admitted to taking pills to sleep and that he has had a difficult year, alternating between laughter and crying as he did. And he revealed that the stress of the year appears to be undermining his physical health. "It's not been great, actually. I've had friends come by who are really concerned," he said.


Using Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to Aid Efficient Hiring in India

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In order to keep up with the ever-increasing and changing needs of the digital world, organizations do need an innovative talent platform. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) are transforming the way all platforms across the world function, and there is no reason why the same must not be employed to improve the efficiency of Human Resource Management (HRM). Applying AI and ML to human resource management not only reduces the time and cost required to hire, but also improves the quality of hiring. Talent Intelligence Platform (TIP) aims to solve the fundamental problems regarding hiring using AI and machine learning, hence addressing productivity loss due to open/unfilled positions, wrong hires and employee attrition. The talent acquisition platform has scoured several profiles to build a'Talent Graph' that allows them to accurately match and predict what's next for an individual, says Dave Ghosh, VP, Channel Sales and Country Head of Eightfold.ai.


Google CEO Tells Employees Company Isn't Close to Launching Search Engine in China

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Mr. Pichai, speaking Thursday at a weekly all-hands meeting in Mountain View, Calif., was responding to criticism from employees, human rights groups and others who in recent days have voiced concerns over the Alphabet Inc. unit's work with the Chinese government. Google is developing services for Chinese citizens, including a search engine that could adhere to China's strict censors, The Wall Street Journal and others reported last week. At the meeting, Google co-founder and Alphabet president Sergey Brin sounded optimistic about doing more business in China, cautioning that progress in the country is "slow-going and complicated." Mr. Brin was instrumental in Google's decision in 2010 to withdraw its search engine from China to protest the government's censorship regime and attempts to hack into the Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists. At the time, he described the government as having the "earmarks of totalitarianism" of the Soviet Union, where he was born.


Google Employees Protest Secretive Plans for a Censored Chinese Search Engine

TIME

Google's workforce is demanding answers over the company's secretive plans to build a search engine that will comply with censorship in China. More than 1,000 employees have signed a letter demanding more transparency over the project so they do not unwittingly suppress freedom of speech. In a version of the letter obtained by the New York Times, the employees say they lack the "information required to make ethically-informed decisions about our work, our projects, and our employment." China's censorship requirements "raise urgent moral and ethical issues," it adds. The letter, which has circulated through Google's internal communications, has gained more than 1,400 signatures, according to the Times.


In India's Citizenship Test, a Spelling Error Can Ruin a Family

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One of the documents she submitted to prove citizenship, and shown to Reuters by the family, was an affidavit saying her name had been wrongly recorded as "Sabahan Bibi" in the 1951 citizenship registry, the first one drawn up in the state after India's independence in 1947. The affidavit also said she was named as "Sahajadi Begum" in her school certificate, and that she changed her name to "Sajida Bibi" from "Sajida Begum" after her marriage.


Google employees sign petition protesting work on secret Chinese search engine project

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Google employees, upset over reports of a secretive search engine project for China, have signed a petition asking for more transparency from company leaders. SAN FRANCISCO -- Hundreds of Google employees have signed a petition protesting a secret project to develop a search engine for China, the latest example of tech workers rebelling against corporate policies that push moral boundaries. The employees, who represent a fraction of parent company Alphabet's workforce of 89,000, also were upset by the secrecy of the project and in the petition demanded more transparency about the company's myriad ventures, which range from self-driving cars to advanced artificial intelligence. Google was scheduled to have a regular company-wide meeting between senior leadership and global employees late Thursday, during which in-person and remote staffers can ask any question they want. CEO Sundar Pichai as well as co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page have been known to lead the meetings.