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Archer-Daniels-Midland Co Among Today's Top Buys As Markets Trade In The Red


This dreadful September could be stuck in neutral. After the market saw a bit of a bounce on Monday, Tuesday, the Dow fell nearly 300 points, with broad losses across the other indices. The S&P 500 closed Tuesday at its lowest since Aug. 20, the Nasdaq NDAQ continued a 5-day losing streak, and the Dow, S&P 500, and Russell 2000 saw red for the sixth time in the last seven days. Investors continued to worry about how the delta variant could derail the economic recovery, along with worries about what moves the Fed could make. Inflation continues to be a concern, too.

Experiences in ML Scaling, ML Project Delivery in Healthcare - AI Trends


Experiences with AI and machine learning at CVS Health and St. Luke's Health System in Boise, Idaho, are having practical benefits to the two organizations. CVS Health is learning how to scale AI applications using machine learning, especially through the house of machine learning operations (MLOps) tools, according to Nels Lindahl, director of Clinical Decision Systems, speaking in a virtual session at the recent Ai4 Conference held virtually recently. And St. Luke's Health Center put a COVID-19 prediction program, a supply chain purchase engine and a demand-based staffing application into initial production using AI and machine learning, said Dr. Justin Smith, senior director of advanced analytics at St. Luke's, also at a recent Ai4 virtual conference session. "We are at an MLOps tipping point, where ML has a growing production footprint, with adoption picking up pace and awareness and understanding at an all-time high," stated Lindahl. "ML tech can now deliver; people are seeing real use cases in the wild and having them grow; it's real."

New technology propels efforts to fight Western wildfires

Boston Herald

As drought- and wind-driven wildfires have become more dangerous across the American West in recent years, firefighters have tried to become smarter in how they prepare. They're using new technology and better positioning of resources in a bid to keep small blazes from erupting into mega-fires like the ones that torched a record 4% of California last year, or the nation's biggest wildfire this year that has charred a section of Oregon half the size of Rhode Island. There have been 730 more wildfires in California so far this year than last, an increase of about 16%. But nearly triple the area has burned -- 470 square miles. Catching fires more quickly gives firefighters a better chance of keeping them small.

Google's ex-boss tells the US it's time to take the gloves off on autonomous weapons


In brief US government should avoid hastily banning AI-powered autonomous weapons and instead step up its efforts in developing such systems to keep up with foreign enemies, according to the National Security Commission on AI. The independent group headed by ex-Google CEO Eric Schmidt and funded by the Department of Defense has published its final report advising the White House on how best to advance AI and machine learning to stay ahead of its competitors. Stretching over 750 pages, the report covers a lot of areas, including retaining talent, the future of warfare, protecting IP, and US semiconductor supply chains. The most controversial point raised by Schmidt and the other advisors was that America should not turn its back on autonomous AI weapons. The US government should actually be building its own systems to deter other countries from wreaking havoc, it argued.

AI ethics research conference suspends Google sponsorship


The ACM Conference for Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency (FAccT) has decided to suspend its sponsorship relationship with Google, conference sponsorship co-chair and Boise State University assistant professor Michael Ekstrand confirmed today. The organizers of the AI ethics research conference came to this decision a little over a week after Google fired Ethical AI lead Margaret Mitchell and three months after the firing of Ethical AI co-lead Timnit Gebru. Google has subsequently reorganized about 100 engineers across 10 teams, including placing Ethical AI under the leadership of Google VP Marian Croak. "FAccT is guided by a Strategic Plan, and the conference by-laws charge the Sponsorship Chairs, in collaboration with the Executive Committee, with developing a sponsorship portfolio that aligns with that plan," Ekstrand told VentureBeat in an email. "The Executive Committee made the decision that having Google as a sponsor for the 2021 conference would not be in the best interests of the community and impede the Strategic Plan. We will be revising the sponsorship policy for next year's conference."

Recapping 2019: What HR Leaders Read This Year


Late December means a new year is upon us. While the future is filled with hope and innovation, it's also important to look back at what resonated in 2019. Workers change jobs more frequently than ever in today's fast-paced world, requiring companies to develop talent development plans alongside their succession programs. Planning is HR's never-ending challenge, especially with economic uncertainty. Tim Sackett explores how HR professionals can approach the process to align with future business needs.

Hacked flight records show how police using drones to conduct residential surveillance

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Flight records and related materials from police drone programs have been uncovered following a security breach at DroneSense, which provides services to a number of private corporations and government agencies. The records included flight paths, pilot names and email addresses, and operation names from more than 200 different drone flights, offering insight into how police use drones in day to day law enforcement. The records come from drone operations at the Atlanta Police Department, Nassau County Police Department, and others. The files also included information from other DroneSense clients, including Boise Fire Department, City of Coral Springs, and the US Army Corps of Engineers. According to a report in Vice, the records show a number of different police drone operations, including the Atlanta police using a drone to surveil an apartment complex and nearby parking lot.

Exercise Forging Sabre: Apache, fighter pilots get enemy data faster with help of AI


BOISE, Idaho: Soaring silently in the sky, the Heron 1 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) spots three moving vehicles below suspected to be enemy targets. The UAV feeds real-time video back to a big screen in the command post. Commanders there immediately see red rectangles appear around the vehicles. This is the Automatic Target Detection (ATD) system confirming they are threats. Three F-16 fighter jets are scrambled.

Report: 75 countries use Artificial Intelligence to track citizens; IBM, Cisco among tech leaders WRAL TechWire


A growing number of countries are following China's lead in deploying artificial intelligence to track citizens, according to a research group's report published Tuesday. And US tech companies IBM as well as Cisco are among firms whose technology is used most. The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace report says at least 75 countries are actively using AI tools such as facial recognition for surveillance. IBM and Cisco are among the technology firms whose technology is used most, according to the report. The index of countries where some form of AI surveillance is used includes liberal democracies such as the United States and France as well as more autocratic regimes.

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