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Can We Talk to Whales?

The New Yorker

David Gruber began his almost impossibly varied career studying bluestriped grunt fish off the coast of Belize. He was an undergraduate, and his job was to track the fish at night. He navigated by the stars and slept in a tent on the beach. "It was a dream," he recalled recently. "I didn't know what I was doing, but I was performing what I thought a marine biologist would do."

Serverless Computing

Communications of the ACM

Full automation of IT infrastructure and the delivery of efficient IT operations as billed services have been long-standing goals of the computing industry since at least the 1960s. A newcomer--serverless computing--emerged in the late 2010s with characteristics claimed to be different from those of established IT services, including Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) clouds. Even though serverless computing has gained significant attention in industry and academia over the past five years, there is still no consensus about its unique distinguishing characteristics and precise understanding of how these characteristics differ from classical cloud computing. What is serverless computing, and what are its implications? Market analysts are agreed that serverless computing has strong market potential, with projected compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) varying between 21% and 28% through 20284,25,33,35,49 and a projected market value of $36.8 billion49 by that time. Early adopters are attracted by expected cost reductions (47%), reduced operation effort (34%), and scalability (34%).17 In research, the number of peer-reviewed publications connected to serverless computing has risen steadily since 2017.46 In industry, the term is heavily used in cloud provider advertisements and even in the naming of specific products or services. Yet despite this enthusiasm, there exists no common and precise understanding of what serverless is (and of what it is not). Indeed, existing definitions of serverless computing are largely inconsistent and unspecific, which leads to confusion in the use of not only this term but also related terms such as cloud computing, cloud-native, Container-as-a-Service (CaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), Function-as-a-Service (FaaS), and Backend-as-a-Service (BaaS).12 As an extended discussion during a 2021 Dagstuhl Seminar2 and our analysis of existing definitions of serverless computing reveal, current definitions focus on a variety of aspects, from abstractions to practical concerns, from computational to financial, from separation of concerns to how concerns should be enacted, and so on. These definitions do not provide consensus, and they are omissive in essential points or even diverge.

Wearable device with AI could allow for at-home breast cancer screenings: 'Accessible and personalized'

FOX News

To provide women at a high risk of breast cancer with more frequent screenings between mammograms, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are developing a wearable ultrasound scanner designed to be attached to a bra. The goal is to help women detect breast cancer tumors in the early stages and maximize the survival rate, according to a press release on MIT's website. The researchers' aim was to design a wearable "miniaturized ultrasound device" that allows for "consistent placement and orientation" to take images of breast tissue, according to lead study author Canan Dagdeviren, PhD, associate professor at MIT. WHAT IS ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AI)? The device attaches to the bra like a patch, with a "honeycomb" pattern that has open spaces for the tracker to move through for an optimal field of view, Dagdeviren told Fox News Digital. "The ultrasound generates a wave that penetrates the targeted breast tissue," he said.

New AI tech aims to detect the origin of cancers for optimal treatments: 'An important step'

FOX News

Dr. Marc Siegel discusses the pros and cons of using AI in health care and how it's too early to decide whether it's entirely reliable on on'Fox News Tonight.' For a small percentage of cancer patients, doctors are unable to determine where in the body the disease originated. To help pinpoint the origin of the cancers of unknown primary (CUP), researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have created an artificial intelligence model that analyzes the patient's genetic information -- and predicts where the tumor first appeared. When using the new AI model for 900 patients with cancers of unknown origin, researchers found that they could accurately classify at least 40% of tumors, according to a study published in Nature Medicine. WHAT IS ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (AI)?

This AI Company Releases Deepfakes Into the Wild. Can It Control Them?


Erica is on YouTube, detailing how much it costs to hire a divorce attorney in the state of Massachusetts. Dr. Dass is selling private medical insurance in the UK. But Jason has been on Facebook spreading disinformation about France's relationship with its former colony, Mali. And Gary has been caught impersonating a CEO as part of an elaborate crypto scam. They're deepfakes, let loose into the wild by Victor Riparbelli, CEO of Synthesia.

Face recognition in the US is about to meet one of its biggest tests

MIT Technology Review

However, in Massachusetts there is hope for those who want to restrict police access to face recognition. The state's lawmakers are currently thrashing out a bipartisan state bill that seeks to limit police use of the technology. Although it's not a full ban, it would mean that only state police could use it, not all law enforcement agencies. The bill, which could come to a vote imminently, may represent an unsatisfying compromise, both to police who want more freedom to use the technology and to activists who want it completely banned. But it represents a vital test of the prevailing mood around police use of these controversial tools. That's because when it comes to regulating face recognition, few states are as important as Massachusetts.

Massachusetts Democrat calls for legislation to keep artificial intelligence away from nuclear button

FOX News

Russell Wald, director of the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered AI, sounds off on'The Story.' A Massachusetts Democrat is calling on the U.S. to pass legislation that would keep artificial intelligence away from nuclear power. On Thursday, Sen. Edward Markey said, "78 years ago this weekend, Robert Oppenheimer witnessed the world's first nuclear weapons explosion. In 2023, we face a new kind of nuclear threat: the militarization of increasingly powerful artificial intelligence systems." "We must pass legislation to keep AI away from the nuclear button before it's too late," he asserted.

Forthcoming machine learning and AI seminars: July 2023 edition


This post contains a list of the AI-related seminars that are scheduled to take place between 11 July and 31 August 2023. All events detailed here are free and open for anyone to attend virtually. APOLLO: an AI driven national platform for CT coronary angiography for clinical and industrial applications Speaker: Lee Hwee Kuan Organised by: Cambridge Centre for AI in Medicine Sign up here. Title to be confirmed Speaker: To be confirmed Organised by: I can't believe it's not better (ICBINB) Check the website nearer the time for instructions on how to join. Distributed communication-constrained learning Speakers: Alexander Jung (Aalto University), Danijela Cabric (UCLA), Stefan Vlaski (Imperial College London), Lara Dolecek (UCLA), Yonina Eldar (Weizmann Institute of Science) Organised by: One World Signal Processing To receive the link to attend, sign up to the mailing list.

Ivy League university unveils plan to teach students with AI chatbot this fall: 'Evolution' of 'tradition'

FOX News

PactumAI co-founder and CEO Martin Rand explains how workers can use artificial intelligence to enhance their careers and positions. Students at one of the America's most elite universities will be in for a surprise this fall when they discover their flagship coding class is taught with help from an A.I. chatbot in a bend on what Professor David Malan, the course's overseer, defines as an "evolution" of "tradition." Harvard University unleashed plans to incorporate A.I. chatbots to teach the course, venturing deeper into the uncharted territory of artificial intelligence - a territory that has exponentially grown and altered the course of technology in the past several months. Though the idea sounds novel and exciting, Martin Rand, PactumAI co-founder and CEO, warned to be wary of the "dangers." I INTERVIEWED CHATGPT AS IF IT WAS A HUMAN; HERE'S WHAT IT HAD TO SAY THAT GAVE ME CHILLS People walk through the gate on Harvard Yard at the Harvard University campus on June 29, 2023 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Suspect in deadly home invasion blogged downfall from USC grad to mental blackouts

FOX News

Three people, including two who were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary, were found dead in their home Sunday morning, according to authorities. Three years before Christopher Ferguson allegedly killed three people in what appears to be a random home invasion in Newton, Massachusetts, he wrote about his struggles with bipolar disorder. He compared his diagnosis to a game of "Pac-Man." He said he sees himself as the arcade character who disappears when it runs off the screen on either side and "for a split second … is off the screen entirely." "Imagine depression on the left and mania on the right side of this centerline," Ferguson purportedly wrote in a 2020 Medium essay.