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Booz Allen, Kaggle and PBS KIDS Partner to Leverage Data Science Tools in Media for Early Childhood Education Insight

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MCLEAN, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Over the last four years, more than 50,000 participants have developed and submitted over 114,000 artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms to improve everything from detection of lung cancer and heart disease, to monitoring ocean health and helping accelerate life-saving medical research as part of the annual Data Science Bowl . In partnership with PBS KIDS, this year's competition will look at advancements in early childhood education. The results will lead to better designed games and improved learning outcomes, empowering children, parents, caregivers and educators across the globe with insights into how young children learn through media and which approaches work best to help them build on foundational learning skills. The 90-day Data Science Bowl competition will award winning participants with a share of $160,000 in cash prizes. Research shows much of the most critical brain development in children takes place before they even reach kindergarten.


AI Market Leaders Release Enterprise AI Platform Modzy

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MCLEAN, Va. - Today, Booz Allen introduces ModzyTM, a first-of-its-kind enterprise artificial intelligence (AI) software product with a mission of its own: putting AI to work through the power of trusted models and a secure, scalable platform. The Modzy platform and model marketplace create the missing AI layer in today's tech stack, accelerating the deployment of AI from the lab to the enterprise. With click-to-deploy access for a growing list of AI models from leading tech companies and open source communities, and an environment to upload, manage and reuse AI models, Modzy greatly reduces risk and barriers to adopting and scaling AI. Interested customers can request an invitation to the Modzy Early Access Program, beginning today. "Achieving the promise of AI requires much more than training the next algorithm. It's about giving organizations choice and having a predictable and repeatable way to rapidly deploy, manage and secure AI models at enterprise scale," said Dr. Josh Sullivan, senior vice president, Booz Allen Hamilton and Modzy executive leader.


AI Market Leaders Join Forces to Release ModzyTM, an AI Platform and Model Marketplace, Introducing Choice, Scale, and Security for the Enterprise.

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MCLEAN, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today, Booz Allen introduces ModzyTM, a first-of-its-kind enterprise artificial intelligence (AI) software product with a mission of its own: putting AI to work through the power of trusted models and a secure, scalable platform. The Modzy platform and model marketplace create the missing AI layer in today's tech stack, accelerating the deployment of AI from the lab to the enterprise. With click-to-deploy access for a growing list of AI models from leading tech companies and open source communities, and an environment to upload, manage and reuse AI models, Modzy greatly reduces risk and barriers to adopting and scaling AI. Interested customers can request an invitation to the Modzy Early Access Program, beginning today. "Achieving the promise of AI requires much more than training the next algorithm. It's about giving organizations choice and having a predictable and repeatable way to rapidly deploy, manage and secure AI models at enterprise scale," said Dr. Josh Sullivan, senior vice president, Booz Allen Hamilton and Modzy executive leader.


How GMU students' eating habits changed when delivery robots invaded their campus

Washington Post - Technology News

In the first days after a fleet of 25 delivery robots descended on George Mason University's campus in January, school officials could only speculate about the machines' long-term impact. The Igloo cooler-sized robots from the Bay Area start-up Starship Technologies -- which were designed to deliver food on demand across campus -- appeared to elicit curious glances and numerous photos, but not much else. It was clear, officials said at the time, that more time and more data would be necessary to understand whether the robots would actually change the campus culture or become a forgettable novelty. Today, some of that data emerged for the first time. In the two months since the robots arrived at the Fairfax, Va.-based school, an extra 1,500 breakfast orders have been delivered autonomously, according to Starship Technologies and Sodexo, a company that manages food services for GMU on contract and works closely with the robots.


Save the Date: NVTC's First Industry-Focused Impact AI Summit, March 21 WashingtonExec

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The Northern Virginia Technology Council's inaugural Impact AI 2019 summit on March 21 will gather technologists in government and tech executives from companies in the region making advancements in artificial intelligence. The all-day event kicks off 7 a.m. at the Inova Center for Personalized Health Conference Center in Fairfax, Virginia, and will open with keynote speaker Toni Townes-Whitley, president of U.S. regulated industries at Microsoft. Midmorning keynote speaker Rumman Chowdhury, global lead for responsible AI at Accenture Applied Intelligence, will discuss building ethical, responsible AI. Impact AI will also feature Tech Talks -- NVTC's version of TED Talks. The MITRE Corp.'s Jay Crossler, chief engineer of operations, will present a cyber Tech Talk, and Booz Allen Hamilton's Kirk Borne, principal data scientist and executive adviser, will talk about the real power of AI and how it can help us better understand our data.


Dana Deasy Announces Launch of DoD Cloud Strategy - Executive Gov

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Dana Deasy, chief information officer at the Department of Defense, announced on Monday the launch of a new strategy that aims to migrate storage and computing operations to the cloud. The DoD Cloud Strategy "addresses what we're trying to do, … the problems we're trying to solve and the objectives [we want to meet]," Deasy said in a statement published Monday. Deasy, a 2019 Wash100 winner, discussed how the new initiative will help advance the adoption of the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud platform, ensure cybersecurity and implement digital modernization efforts, including the development of artificial intelligence-based applications. "By having an enterprise cloud, it's what we put on top of it -- in this case, artificial intelligence -- [so] it's almost a fundamental imperative to have a cloud in place to do great things with AI," he said. Dana Deasy will be featured as a keynote speaker during Potomac Officers Club's upcoming Artificial Intelligence Summit on February 13th at the Hilton-McLean in McLean, Va.


What Are The Rules For Robots Delivering Food?

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A fleet of 25 robots started delivering Blaze custom pizzas, Starbucks lattes and Dunkin' Donuts pastries to students at George Mason University's Fairfax, Va., campus last week. But their quiet presence on campus raised an interesting question: What are the rules for robots delivering food? It turns out those guidelines, mostly involving safety and customer service, are largely unwritten. But that hasn't stopped the experts from thinking about them. Did you say robots delivering food?


George Mason students have a new dining option: Food delivered by robots

Washington Post - Technology News

At most universities, meal plans allow college students to take advantage of on-campus cafeterias or chow down at local restaurants. Now, thousands of students at George Mason University will have another dining option at their disposal: on-demand food delivery via an autonomous robot on wheels. The school has received a fleet of 25 delivery robots that can haul up to 20 pounds each as they roll across campus at four miles per hour, according to Starship Technologies, the Estonia-based robotics company that created the delivery vehicles. The company -- which claims its robots can make deliveries in 15 minutes or less -- says the Fairfax, Va.-based school is the first campus in the country to incorporate robots into its student dining plan and has the largest fleet of delivery roots on any university campus. "Students and teachers have little free time as it is, so there is a convenience for them to have their food, groceries and packages delivered to them," said Ryan Tuohy, Starship Technology's senior vice president of business development.


The food delivery robot take-over continues at yet another college campus

Mashable

Make way for more robots bearing lattes and doughnuts for college students. Starship Technologies has a fleet of 25 mini robots descending upon the George Mason University campus, in Fairfax, Virginia, on Tuesday. The bots will deliver food and drinks to the 40,000 students, faculty, and staff. The first retailers to bring hungry college kids supplies are Starbucks, Blaze Pizza, and Dunkin'. The food and beverages come in what looks like a white cooler on six wheels.


Capital One AI chief sees path to explainable AI

ZDNet

The so-called black box of artificial intelligence has been a topic of much debate in recent years. Can neural networks whose functioning includes "hidden layers" that defy easy explanation ever be trusted with the most sensitive tasks society might ask of them? One practitioner offers an adamant "yes," insisting older approaches to statistics and probability are not necessarily more transparent than today's deep learning. Nitzan Mekel-Bobrov a year ago joined McLean, Va.-based Capital One Financial as its artificial intelligence chief. At $36 billion in market capitalization, Capital One is dwarfed by retail banking competitors such as JP Morgan Chase and Bank of America, but the firm takes pride in its use of technology throughout its operations, and Mekel-Bobrov explained in an hour-long interview with ZDNet how machine learning is proliferating throughout parts of the organization.