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French virus testing labs under strain amid resurgent demand

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France's COVID-19 resurgence is palpable in the buzzing biology lab of this public hospital in the Paris suburb of Argenteuil. Tube after tube arrive with new nasal swabs, now about 240 per day. And the lab director struggles to obtain enough reagents to keep up with escalating demand. More than 1 million of France's 67 million people took a virus test over the past week, putting labs like this under growing strain. Getting a virus test in Paris this month has involved long waits, both to be tested and to receive the result, complicating authorities' efforts to trace the epidemic in real time. "Since Aug. 15, we're seeing a constant increase in the number of positive patients," Laurence Courdavault, head of the Argenteuil hospital's medical biology department, said Friday.


The Future of AI Part 1

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It was reported that Venture Capital investments into AI related startups made a significant increase in 2018, jumping by 72% compared to 2017, with 466 startups funded from 533 in 2017. PWC moneytree report stated that that seed-stage deal activity in the US among AI-related companies rose to 28% in the fourth-quarter of 2018, compared to 24% in the three months prior, while expansion-stage deal activity jumped to 32%, from 23%. There will be an increasing international rivalry over the global leadership of AI. President Putin of Russia was quoted as saying that "the nation that leads in AI will be the ruler of the world". Billionaire Mark Cuban was reported in CNBC as stating that "the world's first trillionaire would be an AI entrepreneur".


Artificial intelligence: keeping humans at its heart - EU Today

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As artificial intelligence becomes part of our everyday lives, it is increasingly necessary to lay down rules to regulate it. The Parliament wants a framework which allows people to reap the benefits of AI, while minimising the risks. Our team of independent correspondents, based across Europe and beyond, are at the centre of geopolitical dynamics. We are united by our commitment to free and unbiased journalism, and our devotion to the concept of true and unfettered democracy. We take our job very seriously!


New Report of Global Machine Learning as a Service (MlaaS) Market Overview, Manufacturing Cost Structure Analysis, Growth Opportunities – Crypto Daily

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Absolute Reports is an upscale platform to help key personnel in the business world in strategizing and taking visionary decisions based on facts and figures derived from in depth market research. We are one of the top report resellers in the market, dedicated towards bringing you an ingenious concoction of data parameters.


Is artificial intelligence dumbing us down?

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Coming back to where we started from, with technology penetrating every aspect of our lives, the perils become far more obvious. Just suppose if a cybercriminal can hack into the electricity and water systems of a city. Not very difficult, it is, after all, a matter of tricking the computer systems that manage these facilities to believe that the attacker is a bona fide person and has the right to access. That person can kill hundreds just by this action. Just as last week, cybercriminals invaded 30 servers at University Hospital Dusseldorf, crashing systems and forcing the hospital to turn away emergency patients.


Free workshop on Deep Learning with Keras and TensorFlow

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Because this year's UseR 2020 in Munich couldn't happen as an in-person event, I will be giving my workshop on Deep Learning with Keras and TensorFlow as an online event on You can register for FREE via Eventbrite. 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 and Its networks has the capability to learn, supervised or unsupervised, from data that is either structured or labelled. It is one of the hottest trends in machine learning at the moment and there are many problems where deep learning shines, such as Self Driving Cars, Natural Language Processing, Machine Translations, image recognition and Artificial Intelligence (AI) and so on.


Smart farming: a revolution for traditional olive production on Crete

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Technology has come so far in the last century; from the chunky and in retrospect clunky early computers and communication equipment, to the sleek devices of today. Then there's Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet Of Things (IOT) - that is, the interconnectivity of all our devices, fuelled by increasingly powerful systems. In Crete, olives are big business and an important part of the economy of Greece's largest and most populous island. There are 30 million olive trees on Crete, so the potential effects of smart farming are very far-reaching. The idea of using smart technology is to substantially cut any waste.


Pentagon Hosts Meeting on Ethical Use of Military AI With Allies and Partners

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Last week, on September 15 and 16, the Pentagon's Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) held a meeting with officials from 13 countries, including but not only U.S. allies, around the ethical military uses of artificial intelligence, the first of its kind. Breaking Defense quotes Mark Beall, the JAIC's head of strategy and policy, who called the meeting "historic," as saying, "This group of … countries, to my knowledge, has never been brought together under one banner before." Earlier this year, the Pentagon adopted a set of ethics guidelines around AI use. At a time when China and Russia's pursuit of military AI has raised considerable alarm in Western capitals, Beall noted that the meeting was not about creating a coalition against specific countries. Rather, "we're really focused on, right now, rallying around [shared] core values like digital liberty and human rights… international humanitarian law," Beall said.


Declaration of the United States of America and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland on Cooperation in Artificial Intelligence Research and Development: A Shared Vision for Driving Technological Breakthroughs in Artificial Intelligence - United States Department of State

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The following declaration was released by the Governments of the United States of America and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland during the September 25 inaugural meeting of the Special Relationship Economic Working Group. We intend to establish a bilateral government-to-government dialogue on the areas identified in this vision and explore an AI R&D ecosystem that promotes the mutual wellbeing, prosperity, and security of present and future generations. Signed in London and Washington on September 25, 2020, in two originals, in the English language.


U.S., UK sign agreement on artificial intelligence

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The Trump administration announced on Friday that the United States and the United Kingdom had signed a new agreement to cooperate on research and development of artificial intelligence.