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France and Canada move forward with plans for global AI expert council

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How will humanity manage the growth of artificial intelligence systems? To answer that, French and Canadian officials are drafting a blueprint for an expert council that they hope could be a prototype for global cooperation on AI policy. The Global Partnership for AI (GPAI), advanced over the past year by French president Emmanuel Macron and Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, has started to take shape in a series of transatlantic negotiations in the past few months. While many details have yet to be resolved, negotiators hope for a general understanding by the end of this year, according to Malik Ghallab, director emeritus of a French state robotics lab in Toulouse, who is active in the planning process. The idea is to create a standing forum – involving government, industry and academia – to monitor and debate the policy implications of AI globally.


Dealing With Bias in Artificial Intelligence

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Timnit Gebru is a research scientist at Google on the ethical A.I. team and a co-founder of Black in AI, which promotes people of color in the field. Dr. Gebru has been instrumental in moving a major international A.I. conference, the International Conference on Learning Representations, to Ethiopia next year after more than half of the Black in AI speakers could not get visas to Canada for a conference in 2018. She talked about the foundational origins of bias and the larger challenge of changing the scientific culture. Their comments have been edited and condensed. You could mean bias in the sense of racial bias, gender bias.


The Mark Foundation Funds Eight Projects at the Intersection of Artificial Intelligence and Cancer Research BioSpace

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NEW YORK – Can 3D renderings of pancreatic cancer tumors provide insights that improve the prognosis for one of the deadliest cancer types? Can machine learning help us better predict which patients will benefit from immunotherapies, which currently have a 30-50 percent success rate? And can a smartphone app be a tool in early cancer detection? These are just some of the questions researchers are looking to answer with funding provided by The Mark Foundation for Cancer Research (MFCR). Details about each project funded in today's announcement are below.


Learning From The Canadian Model Of AI

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Canada has received more than its usual share of attention for its AI capabilities. The country was either prescient or lucky in continuing to fund neural networks research when the US retreated from it in the 1970s and 80s. As a result, Canadian researchers like Geoffrey Hinton, Yann LeCun, and Yoshua Bengio pushed forward the methods we now call "deep learning." These three researchers won the 2018 Turing Award--often called the Nobel equivalent for computer science. Canada is also known in AI for its collegial, public/private ecosystems.


Global Financial Services Corporation Chooses Finn AI to Optimize Cust

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Finn AI, the world's leading AI-powered conversational banking technology provider, today announced that one of the world's largest financial services corporations has chosen Finn AI to help improve customer service and to enhance customer acquisition workflows. Under the terms of the engagement, Finn AI has developed a virtual assistant to pre-qualify prospects for the company's personal and small business banking products, ensuring human sales agents are engaged only when an inquiry is sales-based, thus reducing the cost to acquire. The virtual assistant also interacts with customers outside of regular call center hours, allowing the financial institution to extend their support hours to a 24/7 model. Additionally, the virtual assistant is used to expedite the product application process for new and existing customers, providing information about banking products and in-the-moment guidance, through to applying for a product. "This customer engagement is an excellent example of how Finn AI can help financial institutions achieve very specific, and often complex, business objectives," said Jake Tyler, CEO at Finn AI. "This particular use case leverages a number of our pre-built Customer Acquisition features including Smart Routing, Product Comparison, and Product Recommender. Used in combination, the customer is able to reduce distractions to sales agents while improving the consumer experience."


The Initiative for Indigenous Futures on Artificial Intelligence - COOL HUNTING

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From the sixth (and most recent) installment of NYU ITP's academic journal Adjacent, entitled Old/New/Next, senior editor Gabriella Garcia's essay "There Is No'Artificial' Intelligence: A Conversation with the Initiative for Indigenous Futures" seeks answers to two questions: what makes something "artificial" and how do we determine "intelligence?" Garcia references the MUTEK Montreal electronic arts festival and a symposium by members of Initiative for Indigenous Futures. IIF co-founder Professor Jason Edward Lewis and Lakota performance artist Suzanne Kite address everything from machine learning, programmed emotions, and the implementation of white supremacy in AI. Observation thus far has been that biases are entrenched in the algorithms coded into our technology--and now is the time to make change.


The Initiative for Indigenous Futures on Artificial Intelligence - COOL HUNTING

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From the sixth (and most recent) installment of NYU ITP's academic journal Adjacent, entitled Old/New/Next, senior editor Gabriella Garcia's essay "There Is No'Artificial' Intelligence: A Conversation with the Initiative for Indigenous Futures" seeks answers to two questions: what makes something "artificial" and how do we determine "intelligence?" Garcia references the MUTEK Montreal electronic arts festival and a symposium by members of Initiative for Indigenous Futures. IIF co-founder Professor Jason Edward Lewis and Lakota performance artist Suzanne Kite address everything from machine learning, programmed emotions, and the implementation of white supremacy in AI. Observation thus far has been that biases are entrenched in the algorithms coded into our technology--and now is the time to make change.


Canadians: This Artificial Intelligence Stock Needs to Be in Your Portfolio!

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We are nearing the end of this decade, and investors need to gear up for the sectors that will dominate the 2020s. Artificial intelligence (AI) has attracted attention from a variety of circles. AI skeptics like Elon Musk have struck a cautionary tone, while Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is far more optimistic. There is one thing we can guarantee: companies will continue to throw huge investments, as AI tech promises to be a big money maker going forward. Canada's stock market has been maligned for being financial, energy, and material heavy, while its technology sector is tiny in comparison to its U.S. counterparts.


Canada refuses visas to African AI researchers

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For the second year in a row, Canada has refused visas to dozens of researchers - most of them from Africa - who were hoping to attend an artificial intelligence (AI) conference in Vancouver. The hassles have caused at least one other AI conference to choose a different country for their next event. The Neural Information Processing Systems conference (NeurIPS), which brings together thousands of experts and researchers from all over the world, will be held in Vancouver next month. Last week, NeurIPS began hearing that several attendees had had their visas denied. It was the second year in a row the conference has had visa troubles.


Webinar: Grow your Revenue with Artificial Intelligence (AI) Munvo

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Since joining Munvo in 2013, Dave has continuously focused on helping organizations enable their strategic vision through the evaluation and onboarding of key value-based technologies and processes. With direct experience in implementing over 25 EMM projects across Canada, the US, South America, and Europe, he specializes in designing business-driven solutions for the Banking, Travel, Telecom, and Healthcare industries. Prior to joining Munvo, Dave has held positions at Rogers Communications, Arthroteq Preclinical, and Forniture Technice Europee – an Italian-based electronics distributor servicing the RF communication sector. Dave holds a Bachelor's degree in Computing from Queen's University, as well as a Master's in Management from Harvard University. A frequent traveller by nature, he speaks English, Italian, French, Spanish, and Hebrew, and can sometimes be found swimming laps, enjoying a live jazz show, or discovering a new pizzeria.