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Book Discussion - Cognitive Design for Artificial Minds


Cognitive Design for Artificial Minds (Routledge/Taylor & Francis, 2021) explains the crucial role that human cognition research plays in the design and realization of artificial intelligence systems, illustrating the steps necessary for the design of artificial models of cognition. It bridges the gap between the theoretical, experimental, and technological issues addressed in the context of AI of cognitive inspiration and computational cognitive science. The event is moderated by Antonio Chella (Prof. of Robotics at the University of Palermo) The event is free (but the registration is mandatory) and will be held on Gather Town (you will receive the link once registered). The book "Cognitive Design for Artificial Minds" (with related editorial reviews) can be found at: Antonio Lieto is a researcher in Artificial Intelligence at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Turin, Italy, and a research associate at the ICAR-CNR in Palermo, Italy. He is the current Vice-President of the Italian Association of Cognitive Science (2017–2022) and an ACM Distinguished Speaker on the topics of cognitively inspired AI and artificial models of cognition.

£36 million funding for AI technologies - htn


The Department of Health and Social Care has announced a £36 million increase in funding for AI technology-based healthcare services and products. Sir Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England, said: "Through our NHS AI Lab we're now backing a new generation of groundbreaking but practical solutions to some of the biggest challenges in healthcare. Precision cancer diagnosis, accurate surgery, and new ways of offering mental health support are just a few of the promising real-world patient benefits. Because as the NHS comes through the pandemic, rather than a return to old ways, we're supercharging a more innovative future." "So today our message to developers worldwide is clear – the NHS is ready to help you test your innovations and ensure our patients are among the first in the world to benefit from new AI technologies."

AI-powered Mayflower, beset with glitch, returns to England


The Mayflower had a few false starts before its trailblazing sea voyage to America more than 400 years ago. Now, its artificial intelligence-powered namesake is having some glitches of its own. A sleek robotic trimaran retracing the 1620 journey of the famous English vessel had to turn back Friday to fix a mechanical problem. Nonprofit marine research organization ProMare, which worked with IBM to build the autonomous ship, said it made the decision to return to base "to investigate and fix a minor mechanical issue" but hopes to be back on the trans-Atlantic journey as soon as possible. With no humans on board the ship, there's no one to make repairs while it's at sea.

Demand for developers is soaring - and employers are struggling to hire


Tech hiring hasn't been this high since 2016, meaning that the number of jobs on offer is breaking new records despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Tech jobs have rarely been hotter: job search engine Adzuna has reported that for the past few months, there have been consistently over 100,000 tech job offers per week live on the platform, with one week in May even seeing an unprecedented peak of 132,000 offers. The data, which was compiled for the UK government's digital economy council, suggests that the industry is recovering from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic at pace. In comparison, last June saw tech vacancies fall to less than 44,000 offers. Upskilling will be a part of work's new normal.

NHS to receive £36m injection for AI tech in national health bounce back - CityAM


The NHS is set to receive a £36m injection to bolster its AI capabilities across 38 new projects designed to make diagnoses faster. While the NHS has been handling the Covid-19 pandemic, concerns over a diagnoses backlog have emerged, with people more hesitant to go to the GP or hospital for check-ups. The new technology will help detect cancers and provide mental health support and form part of the NHS AI Lab's £140m AI in Health and Care award money pot – which will be dished out over three years. Chief executive of NHS England, Simon Stevens, said: "As the NHS comes through the pandemic, rather than a return to old ways, we're supercharging a more innovative future. "So today our message to developers worldwide is clear – the NHS is ready to help you test your innovations and ensure our patients are among the first in the world to benefit from new AI technologies."

All the best Prime Day headphone and speaker deals for shoppers in the UK


Deal of the day: Until midnight on June 22, Prime members can get three months of Audible for under £1. Prime Day has arrived with literally millions of deals to consider. This year's shopping event begins on June 21 and will run for a full 48 hours. That should give you plenty of time to find discounts on just about everything on your shopping list. With so many deals to consider, your only real problem is going to be finding the best deals from the crowd.

NVIDIA and the battle for the future of AI chips


THERE'S AN APOCRYPHAL story about how NVIDIA pivoted from games and graphics hardware to dominate AI chips – and it involves cats. Back in 2010, Bill Dally, now chief scientist at NVIDIA, was having breakfast with a former colleague from Stanford University, the computer scientist Andrew Ng, who was working on a project with Google. "He was trying to find cats on the internet – he didn't put it that way, but that's what he was doing," Dally says. Ng was working at the Google X lab on a project to build a neural network that could learn on its own. The neural network was shown ten million YouTube videos and learned how to pick out human faces, bodies and cats – but to do so accurately, the system required thousands of CPUs (central processing units), the workhorse processors that power computers. "I said, 'I bet we could do it with just a few GPUs,'" Dally says. GPUs (graphics processing units) are specialised for more intense workloads such as 3D rendering – and that makes them better than CPUs at powering AI. Dally turned to Bryan Catanzaro, who now leads deep learning research at NVIDIA, to make it happen.

New AI model helps understand virus spread from animals to humans


The image shows a glimpse of glycan diversity, showcasing several classes of glycans from various kingdoms of life. A new model that applies artificial intelligence to carbohydrates improves the understanding of the infection process and could help predict which viruses are likely to spread from animals to humans. This is reported in a recent study led by researchers at the University of Gothenburg. Carbohydrates participate in nearly all biological processes - yet they are still not well understood. Referred to as glycans, these carbohydrates are crucial to making our body work the way it is supposed to.

Artificial-intelligence-run Mayflower suffers mechanical problem, returns to England


Ironically, the delays holding back the modern-day Mayflower also took place with the original Mayflower from centuries ago. While pilgrims in the 17th century didn't need to worry about autonomous features working, they did have to turn back to England after a leaking problem affected its sister ship, the Speedwell, according to the Associated Press.

AI-driven robot Mayflower sails back after fault develops


The 50ft (15m) long solar-powered trimaran is capable of speeds of up to 10 knots (20km/h) and is being navigated by on-board artificial intelligence (AI) with information from six cameras and 50 sensors.