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Is AI ageist? Researchers examine impact of technology on older users

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Researchers from the University of Toronto and University of Cambridge are looking into the ways ageism – prejudice against individuals based on age – can be encoded into technologies such as artificial intelligence, which many of us now encounter daily. This age-related bias in AI, also referred to as "digital ageism," is explored in a new paper led by Charlene Chu, an affiliate scientist at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute's KITE research arm, part of the University Health Network (UHN), and an assistant professor at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing. The paper was recently published in The Gerontologist, the leading journal of gerontology. "The COVID-19 pandemic has heightened our awareness of how dependent our society is on technology," says Chu says. "Huge numbers of older adults are turning to technology in their daily lives which has created a sense of urgency for researchers to try to understand digital ageism, and the risks and harms associated with AI biases."


A robot vacuum cleaner escaped a hotel and was on the loose for a day, report says

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A robot vacuum cleaner escape a hotel and went on the loose for an entire day, according to BBC News. The automated device went missing on Thursday after it failed to stop at the front door of the Travelodge hotel in Cambridge, England, per BBC News. Once it was through the door, the media outlet reported that it just kept going. Staff said it "could be anywhere" as the robot vacuum cleaner escaped its duties, according to the Express. The assistant manager for the hotel posted on social media asking for help to find the vacuum cleaner that had "run for its life," the Express said.


A.I. is Positioned to Evolve in 2022 - CIO Look

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Machine Intelligence is increasing every year, but still Artificial Intelligence (AI) is about to live up to the reputation or hype that is created abut it by the technology companies in the world. AI still has a long way to go before behaving like a human intelligence but we will certainly see the evolution of AI in 2022. AI can excel at specific tasks but it struggles to do more than the specified tasks. It is better at doing programmed tasks than taking intelligent decisions or situational decisions. Edward Grefenstette, a Research Scientist at Meta AI said, "AI algorithms are good at approaching individual tasks, or tasks that include a small degree of variability. However, the real world encompasses significant potential for change, a dynamic which we are bad at capturing within our training algorithms, yielding brittle intelligence."


How A.I. is set to evolve in 2022

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Machines are getting smarter and smarter every year, but artificial intelligence is yet to live up to the hype that's been generated by some of the world's largest technology companies. AI can excel at specific narrow tasks such as playing chess but it struggles to do more than one thing well. A seven-year-old has far broader intelligence than any of today's AI systems, for example. "AI algorithms are good at approaching individual tasks, or tasks that include a small degree of variability," Edward Grefenstette, a research scientist at Meta AI, formerly Facebook AI Research, told CNBC. "However, the real world encompasses significant potential for change, a dynamic which we are bad at capturing within our training algorithms, yielding brittle intelligence," he added.


Google, Cambridge U & Alan Turing Institute Propose PolyViT: A Universal Transformer for Image…

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A research team from Google Research, University of Cambridge and Alan Turing Institute proposes PolyViT, a single transformer model capable of processing multiple modalities and datasets. PolyViT is parameter-efficient and learns representations that generalize across multiple domains.


Project Work in Languages and Algorithms for Artificial Intelligence 2021/2022

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At the end of the course, the student is able to apply the knowledge acquired in Languages and algorithms for Artificial Intelligence in order to carry out autonomously a project focusing on a topic agreed upon with the teacher. The contents of the project will be agreed with the teacher in charge of the course.


New model improves accuracy of machine learning in COVID-19 diagnosis while preserving privacy

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Researchers in the UK and China have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) model that can diagnose COVID-19 as well as a panel of professional radiologists, while preserving the privacy of patient data. The international team, led by the University of Cambridge and the Huazhong University of Science and Technology, used a technique called federated learning to build their model. Using federated learning, an AI model in one hospital or country can be independently trained and verified using a dataset from another hospital or country, without data sharing. The researchers based their model on more than 9,000 CT scans from approximately 3,300 patients in 23 hospitals in the UK and China. Their results, reported in the journal Nature Machine Intelligence, provide a framework where AI techniques can be made more trustworthy and accurate, especially in areas such as medical diagnosis where privacy is vital.


Community of ethical hackers needed to prevent AI's looming 'crisis of trust'

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The Artificial Intelligence industry should create a global community of hackers and "threat modellers" dedicated to stress-testing the harm potential of new AI products in order to earn the trust of governments and the public before it's too late. This is one of the recommendations made by an international team of risk and machine-learning experts, led by researchers at the University of Cambridge's Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER), who have authored a new "call to action" published in the journal Science. They say that companies building intelligent technologies should harness techniques such as "red team" hacking, audit trails and "bias bounties" – paying out rewards for revealing ethical flaws – to prove their integrity before releasing AI for use on the wider public. Otherwise, the industry faces a "crisis of trust" in the systems that increasingly underpin our society, as public concern continues to mount over everything from driverless cars and autonomous drones to secret social media algorithms that spread misinformation and provoke political turmoil. The novelty and "black box" nature of AI systems, and ferocious competition in the race to the marketplace, has hindered development and adoption of auditing or third party analysis, according to lead author Dr Shahar Avin of CSER.


New Kavli Center at UC Berkeley to foster ethics, engagement in science

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Kavli Foundation President Cynthia Friend (front row center) and Director of Public Engagement Brooke Smith (second row right) visited UC Berkeley in November to discuss the new Kavli Center with campus researchers. Every day, algorithms select which news stories appear in our social media feeds. Airplanes allow global travel at nearly the speed of sound while emitting greenhouse gases that accelerate the impacts of climate change. And recent advances in DNA sequencing and editing enable us to understand our fundamental genetic programming -- and potentially change it. While it may be challenging to anticipate where science might lead us next, researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, are taking steps to ensure that the public has a greater say in future scientific advances, and that questions of ethics and social equity take a prominent role in scientific decision-making. UC Berkeley announced today that the campus will be home to a new Kavli Center for Ethics, Science, and the Public, which, alongside a second center at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, will connect scientists, ethicists, social scientists, science communicators and the public in necessary and intentional discussions about the potential impacts of scientific discoveries.


Top Artificial Intelligence Companies in India You Can Work for in 2022

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At present, AI is surely playing an important role in every industry. It can mimic human interaction and show human-like capabilities. Today top listed artificial intelligence companies in India offer unique and advanced AI algorithms at fast speed and more reliable solutions at competitive rates. Businesses across the globe are leveraging the benefits of AI, but to optimize processes or to automate workflow. Here is the list of top artificial intelligence companies in India you can work for in 2022.