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You go to war with the data you have: next-generation AI for national security


Artificial intelligence is the most powerful technology in generations with the potential to impact U.S. security, welfare and global leadership. U.S. national security agencies must develop and integrate AI-enabled capabilities to compete and defend in the AI era. However, standard methods and AI technologies fall short for the high-consequence and specialized missions of national security. The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and National Laboratories are developing the Next-Generation of AI -- innovative methods and technologies designed for national security challenges and operational concepts. National security agencies should leverage NNSA's Next-Generation AI research and development to accelerate AI innovation and enable an AI-ready force.

Let's Meet MISSI! She's Mississippi's First Artificial Chatbot.


Before introducing MISSI (Government of Mississippi State Chatbot), let me give you a brief background on AI Chatbots so that you can understand the importance of her better. Chatbots are not toys as they sound. Instead, they are used by business and government organizations for important client and citizen services. In another Gartner report, by 2022, $3.9 trillion projected AI-derived business value growth could occur. In addition, a Juniper Research report expects $8 billion projected business cost savings from chatbots by 2022.

Global Economic Impact of AI: Facts and Figures


Wall Street, venture capitalists, technology executives, data scientists -- all have important reasons to understand the growth and opportunity in the artificial intelligence market to access business growth and opportunities. This gives them insights on funds invested in AI and analytics as well potential revenue growth and turnover. Indeed, the growth of AI, continuing research, development of easier open source libraries and applications in small to large scale industries are sure to revolutionize the industry the next two decades and the impact is getting felt in almost all the countries worldwide. To dive deep into the growth of AI and future trends, an insight into the type and size of the market is essential along with (a) AI-related industry market research forecasts and (b) data from reputable research sources for insight into AI valuation and forecasting. IBM's CEO claims a potential $2 trillion dollar market for "cognitive computing").

Biden's AI Initiative: Will It Work?


The Biden administration has recently set into action its initiative on AI (Artificial Intelligence). This is part of legislation that was passed last year and included a budget of $250 million (for a period of five years). The goals are to provide easier access to the troves of government data as well as provide for advanced systems to create AI models. No doubt, this effort is a clear sign of the strategic importance of the technology. It is also a recognition that the U.S. does not want to fall behind other nations, especially China.

Amazing New Chinese A.I.-Powered Language Model Wu Dao 2.0 Unveiled


Earlier this month, Chinese artificial intelligence (A.I.) researchers at the Beijing Academy of Artificial Intelligence (BAAI) unveiled Wu Dao 2.0, the world's biggest natural language processing (NLP) model. NLP is a branch of A.I. research that aims to give computers the ability to understand text and spoken words and respond to them in much the same way human beings can. Last year, the San Francisco–based nonprofit A.I. research laboratory OpenAI wowed the world when it released its GPT-3 (Generative Pre-trained Transformer 3) language model. GPT-3 is a 175 billion–parameter deep learning model trained on text datasets with hundreds of billions of words. A parameter is a calculation in a neural network that shapes the model's data by assigning to each chunk a greater or lesser weighting, thus providing the neural network a learned perspective on the data.

I Just Watched McDonald's New AI Drive-thru And I've Lost My Appetite - AI Summary


Sadly, I haven't been near Chicago lately and that's where the burger chain is testing this as yet imperfect system -- McDonald's confesses the robot only grasps your order 85% of the time. "Welcome to McDonald's," began exactly the same female robot voice you've heard every time you've tried to get through to a customer service operative at every internet provider/cellphone carrier/just about every business these days. The robot then asks if the customer wants anything else and invites the customer to "please full forward," because no mere human would know to do that. McDonald's is now being sued for allegedly recording voiceprint details of its customers at the robot drive-thru. The lawsuit claims that McDonald's makes the recordings "to be able to correctly interpret customer orders and identify repeat customers to provide a tailored experience."

Organizations launch program to improve AF management in underserved areas


The American College of Cardiology, the Heart Rhythm Society and the Bristol Myers Squibb/Pfizer alliance announced they have launched a program to improve management of atrial fibrillation in underserved communities. The TRANSFORM: Atrial Fibrillation Quality Initiative (TRANSFORM: AF) will give resources to providers and health care systems to improve adoption of guideline-directed medical therapies in patients from underserved communities, the organizations stated in a press release. The TRANSFORM: AF program will provide a set of tools to manage AF by leveraging telehealth and remote monitoring tools, according to the release. The ACC and HRS will conduct a baseline assessment supported by HealthReveal, a provider of artificial intelligence, to identify high-risk patient populations from underserved communities, and data from the assessment will be used to address gaps in care and to recommend patient care interventions, according to the release. "Early and effective treatment is critical for appropriate management of AF, but some communities are disproportionately impacted by this disease because of low rates of early intervention," James Januzzi, MD, TRANSFORM: AF co-chair, a member of the ACC board of trustees and director of the Dennis and Marilyn Barry Fellowship in Cardiology Research at Massachusetts General Hospital, said in the release.

Tech Companies Want to Tackle Harassment in Gaming


Competitive CounterStrike: Global Offensive player Adam Bahriz will probably kill you in-game. He's so skilled that he landed a contract with Team Envy, an esports organization that's home to some of North America's highest-ranking competitive eSports players. Bahriz also just happens to be deaf and legally blind, with a condition known as HSAN 8. "What do you guys want to do? Just bust out A? I can buy smoke," Bahriz says. His teammates immediately jump in to mock him and shut him down.

Honolulu police used a robot dog to police a homeless plague camp


Law enforcement agencies are just loving spending tax dollars on Boston Dynamics' horrifying robo-dog, Spot, to test out in increasingly tasteless, abjectly dystopian scenarios. Recently, the NYPD proudly trotted out its own $94,000 quadrupedal dog-bot for street patrols, only to terminate its contract with Spot's makers barely two months later following New Yorkers' collective "Fuck this shit" response. Now, renewed inquiries are detailing somehow even more horrifying usages -- Honolulu police employed their own $150,045 federally funded Spot to "take body temperatures, disinfect, and patrol the city's homeless quarantine encampment" during the COVID-19 pandemic. Costly thermometer -- "As for its use helping Honolulu combat COVID-19, the city's spending data says Spot was purchased to take people's temperatures at HPD's tent city for homeless people," reported the Honolulu Civil Beat back in January, "In other words, its ostensible use is as a thermometer, according to the city's spending justification, though HPD says it can do more." "The only question the city council asked of HPD [during a January hearing] was whether the robot could be used to crack down on Honolulu's fireworks problem," added Motherboard in an update earlier today.