AI's impact on UN goals for climate, development and global stability is analyzed for first time


Artificial intelligence (AI) represents a powerful but double-edged sword as nations confront global warming, poverty and issues of peace and justice. An international team of scientists this week released a first-ever study of how AI can help--as well as hinder--sustainable development worldwide. Published today in Nature Communications, the analysis focuses on how AI impacts the 17 goals for sustainable development adopted by the United Nations in 2015. The study was co-authored by a diverse group of researchers led by Ricardo Vinuesa and Francesco Fuso Nerini, assistant professors at KTH Royal Institute of Technology. They were joined by Max Tegmark, professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and author of the bestselling book Life 3.0, as well as Virginia Dignum, professor of AI Ethics at Umeå University, among other authors.

Topic-Partitioned Multinetwork Embeddings

Neural Information Processing Systems

We introduce a joint model of network content and context designed for exploratory analysis of email networks via visualization of topic-specific communication patterns. Our model is an admixture model for text and network attributes which uses multinomial distributions over words as mixture components for explaining text and latent Euclidean positions of actors as mixture components for explaining network attributes. We demonstrate the capability of our model for descriptive, explanatory, and exploratory analysis by investigating the inferred topic-specific communication patterns of a new government email dataset, the New Hanover County email corpus. Papers published at the Neural Information Processing Systems Conference.

CMSWire's Top 20 Most Popular Articles of 2019


What did CMSWire readers care about in 2019? Well, if you measure that by who's clicking on what, our readers are invested in watching technology moves of major vendors in digital customer experience, information management and the digital workplace. Twelve of our top 20 stories of the year covered vendor technology, including our No. 1: Virginia Backaitis' thoughtful look into the paradoxical vibe of SAP's company restructuring and multi-billion-dollar acquisition as it held its SAP Qualtrics X4 Experience Management Summit in March. Our readers also cared about the connection between employee experience and customer experience, major web design fails and why digital transformation can't be confused with customer experience. Without further ado, let's take a peek at our reader's top 20 most popular stories: Managing an organization-spanning Microsoft Teams environment is no easy task.

Augusta Health has saved 282 lives with AI-infused sepsis early warning system


In Virginia, the statewide mortality rate for sepsis was 13.2% in 2016. Sepsis is the body's life-threatening response to infection that can lead to tissue damage and organ failure. In the U.S., 1.5 million people develop sepsis each year, and about 17% of those die. Early detection of sepsis is critical to decrease mortality. Clinical and IT staffs at Augusta Health, an independent, community-owned, not-for-profit hospital in Virginia, knew that studies have shown that though treatments are available in a general hospital setting, they are rarely completed in a timely manner.

Navy Block V submarine deal brings new attack ops and strategies

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The Virginia-class, nuclear-powered, fast-attack submarine, USS North Dakota (SSN 784), transits the Thames River as it pulls into its homeport on Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Conn - file photo. Bringing massive amounts of firepower closer to enemy targets, conducting clandestine "intel" missions in high threat waters and launching undersea attack and surveillance drones are all anticipated missions for the Navy's emerging Block V Virginia-class attack submarines. The boats, nine of which are now surging ahead through a new developmental deal between the Navy and General Dynamics Electric Boat, are reshaping submarine attack strategies and concepts of operations -- as rivals make gains challenging U.S. undersea dominance. Eight of the new 22-billion Block V deal are being engineered with a new 80-foot weapons sections in the boat, enabling the submarine to increase its attack missile capacity from 12 to 40 on-board Tomahawks. "Block V Virginias and Virginia Payload Module are a generational leap in submarine capability for the Navy," Program Executive Officer for Submarines Rear Adm. David Goggins, said in a Navy report.

A notorious Iranian hacking crew is targeting industrial control systems


Iranian hackers have carried out some of the most disruptive acts of digital sabotage of the last decade, wiping entire computer networks in waves of cyberattacks across the Middle East and occasionally even the US. But now one of Iran's most active hacker groups appears to have shifted focus. Rather than just standard IT networks, they're targeting the physical control systems used in electric utilities, manufacturing, and oil refineries. At the CyberwarCon conference in Arlington, Virginia, on Thursday, Microsoft security researcher Ned Moran plans to present new findings from the company's threat intelligence group that show a shift in the activity of the Iranian hacker group APT33, also known by the names Holmium, Refined Kitten, or Elfin. Microsoft has watched the group carry out so-called password-spraying attacks over the past year that try just a few common passwords across user accounts at tens of thousands of organizations.

Leidos hiring Machine Learning Research Engineer in Arlington, VA, US LinkedIn


Description Job Description: The Leidos Innovations Center (LInC) seeks a Machine Learning Research Engineer primarily focused on cognitive signal processing, to work in our Arlington, VA office. The candidate will research & develop new, state-of-the-art machine learning algorithms and implement them across the RF domain (e.g., communications, radar, electronic warfare, spectrum sensing, and signals intelligence [SIGINT]), in both modelling and simulation environments and real time software embed systems. The candidate will also contribute to technology developments in signal processing, optimization, detection & estimation, deep learning, and adaptive decision and control. Requires basic knowledge of and ability to apply machine learning and radar/signal processing principles, theories, and concepts in support of direct programs, IR&D, and marketing efforts. Primary Responsibilities Designs and develops methods, algorithms, and systems that apply machine learning technologies to support advanced signal processing concepts.

Georgia man charged with scamming woman out of more than $6.5M with fake online relationship

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Fox News Flash top headlines for Nov. 27 are here. Check out what's clicking on A Georgia man is accused of scamming a Virginia woman out of more than $6.5 million after wooing her into a romantic relationship through an online dating site. Nnamdi Marcellus MgBodile, 35, from Marietta, Georgia, was charged with 20 counts of bank fraud, money laundering and conspiracy to commit bank fraud, according to a Justice Department press release on Wednesday. MgBodile and others also allegedly tried to scam a company out of $350,000 using an email scheme, according to the DOJ.

ISACA Virginia Chapter Herndon Awake Security


The Virginia Chapter of ISACA Herndon monthly meeting will feature a presentation by Eric Poynton, Founder of Awake Security entitled "Machine Learning in Security." An over-reliance on AI and Machine Learning can lead to Risk. The methodologies that compensate for ML's weaknesses might atrophy with such a fixation.

Veterans demonstrate artificial intelligence to stop active shooters before shots are fired


A group of veterans inspired by the need to keep schools and public spaces safer have created a new technology they say can detect guns and send out alerts before shots are ever fired. Active shooter situations have played out across the country – a gunman opened fire inside a Florida high school, shots rang out at a Texas Walmart and multiple people were shot to death in an office building in Virginia Beach. The nation's most recent school shooting happened Thursday morning – when a 16-year-old high school student in Santa Clarita, California, opened fire in the campus quad, shooting five classmates and killing two. What if the gun was detected early – so early, the shooter was never able to get inside to hurt anyone? The technology to do that exists, and only WUSA9 was there when it was tested in Northern Virginia.