How Tesla is Using Artificial Intelligence and Big Data


Thirteen years ago, in Silicon Valley, a company was born. One simple goal of this company was to prove that electric cars could be better in every way over the traditional fuel-powered cars. Since then, Tesla led by Elon Musk has become a household name in the automotive industry, especially when it comes to manufacturing electric cars. They are said to be the pioneer in manufacturing electric cars, but they were not the first one to make electric cars. What they did first was to create a large consumer base who would want to try out new technology, and Tesla did not let their car owners down.

Cerebras CEO talks about the big implications for machine learning in company's big chip ZDNet


You may have heard that, on Monday, Silicon Valley startup Cerebras Systems unveiled the world's biggest chip, called the WSE, or "wafer-scale engine," pronounced "wise." It is going to be built into complete computing systems sold by Cerebras. What you may not know is that the WSE and the systems it makes possible have some fascinating implications for deep learning forms of AI, beyond merely speeding up computations. Cerebras co-founder and chief executive Andrew Feldman talked with ZDNet a bit about what changes become possible in deep learning. There are three immediate implications that can be seen in what we know of the WSE so far.

INTERVIEW "We're Still In The Wild West Of AI" The AI Summit London


During The AI Summit London 2019, TechXLR8's own Tech TV team sat down with Anthony Impey, CEO of Optimy and a Board Member of the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, to discuss the role AI has to play in the future of London's business landscape. With flagship shows in San Francisco, London, New York, Munich, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Cape Town, 2019 will see over 30,000 delegates from businesses globally joining the AI revolution through The AI Summit events. The AI Summit series uniquely has the support of tech's elite, with our 2019 Industry Partners featuring Agorai, AWS, IBM Watson, Microsoft, Oracle, Google, HCL, Publicis Sapient, Genpact, Intel alongside 300 sponsors and partners. Exclusive, inspirational insights from acclaimed speakers are frequently reported by the world's foremost press including official media partners CBS, Reuters, BBC, The Times, Quartz, Tech Radar.

IBM Research Focuses In On Business AI


IBM Research labs are part of a tradition where large tech companies had extensive research labs. IBM Research, along with the original Bell labs and the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), have developed many innovations. And IBM Research continues that tradition to today. I got to visit IBM's Almaden Research center, nestled in a bucolic part of the south San Jose area, up on a hillside, surrounded with fields of grazing cattle and a thin fog from the Pacific Ocean just over the Santa Cruz mountains. But in that lab a lot of amazing research is underway.

O'Reilly and Intel Announce Speaker Lineup at Artificial Intelligence Conference, San Jose 2019


BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--O'Reilly, the premier source for insight-driven learning on technology and business, today announced the lineup of speakers presenting at the O'Reilly Artificial Intelligence Conference, presented with Intel. The event will take place from September 9-12 in San Jose, Calif. at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center. Through detailed case studies, technical sessions and trainings, the AI Conference will offer a unique opportunity to tap into the leading minds in AI and network with thousands of innovative researchers, data scientists, engineers, senior developers and executives across industries. Together, Conference Chairs Ben Lorica (O'Reilly), Julie Shin Choi (Intel) and Roger Chen (Computable Labs), along with Honorary Co-Chairs Tim O'Reilly (O'Reilly) and Peter Norvig (Google), have created a conference program designed to help organizations successfully apply AI from both a business and technical perspective, covering emerging AI techniques and technologies. In advance of the conference, O'Reilly will release a report, "How Organizations are Sharpening their Skills to Better Understand and Use AI," that explores the data- and AI-related topics technology experts are most interested in.

The Long Game of Research

Communications of the ACM

The Institute for the Future (IFTF) in Palo Alto, CA, is a U.S.-based think tank. It was established in 1968 as a spin-off from the RAND Corporation to help organizations plan for the long-term future. Roy Amara, who passed away in 2007, was IFTF's president from 1971 until 1990. Amara is best known for coining Amara's Law on the effect of technology: "We tend to overestimate the effect of a technology in the short run and underestimate the effect in the long run." This law is best illustrated by the Gartner Hype Cycle,a characterized by the "peak of inflated expectations," followed by the "trough of disillusionment," then the "slope of enlightenment," and, finally, the "plateau of productivity."

Bernie Sanders wants to ban police use of facial recognition


Fox News Flash top headlines for August 19 are here. Check out what's clicking on Bernie Sanders has called for a complete ban on the police use of facial recognition. The Vermont senator's proposal to "ban the use of facial recognition software for policing" is part of his broader criminal justice reform agenda. Facial recognition technology has drawn the ire of lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, some of whom have called for a "time out" on its development.

This celebrated startup vowed to save lives with AI. Now, it's a cautionary tale


Last week, the New York Times published an investigation of One Concern, a platform designed to help cities and counties create disaster response plans. The company claimed to use a plethora of data from different sources to predict the way that earthquakes and floods would impact a city on a building-by-building basis with 85% accuracy, within 15 minutes of a disaster hitting a city. But the Times reports that San Francisco, one of the first cities that had signed on to use One Concern's platform, is ending its contract with the startup due to concerns about the accuracy of its predictions. The Times paints a picture of a slick interface (which was honored in Fast Company's 2018 Innovation by Design awards and 2019 World Changing Idea awards) that hid problems. The heat map-style interface is supposed to show city officials close to real-time predictions of damage after an earthquake or flood, as well as run simulations of future earthquakes and provide damage levels for each block, helping planners decide how to distribute resources to reach people who will be most in need of help.

Artificial intelligence could yield more accurate breast cancer diagnoses 7wData


Researchers at University of Washington and University of California, Los Angeles, have developed an artificial intelligence system that could help pathologists read biopsies more accurately, and lead to better detection and diagnosis of breast cancer. Doctors examine images of breast tissue biopsies to diagnose breast cancer. But the differences between cancerous and benign images can be difficult for the human eye to classify. This new algorithm helps interpret them -- and it does so nearly as accurately or better than an experienced pathologist, depending on the task. The research team published its results Aug. 9 in the journal JAMA Network Open.

Dogged by ads?: Facebook rolls out tool to block off-Facebook data-gathering

The Japan Times

SAN FRANCISCO – Soon, you could get fewer familiar ads following you around the internet -- or at least on Facebook. Facebook is launching a long-promised tool that lets you limit what the social network can gather about you on outside websites and apps. The company said Tuesday that it is adding a section where you can see the activity that Facebook tracks outside its service via its "like" buttons and other means. You can choose to turn off the tracking; otherwise, tracking will continue the same way it has been. Formerly known as "clear history," the tool will now go by the slightly clunkier moniker "off-Facebook activity."