Marijuana May Cause Damage To Brain, Research Suggests

International Business Times

Marijuana is said to cause permanent damage to the brain and can make users dependent on it, a new study suggested. A team of neuroscientists wanted to determine what makes marijuana addictive through long-term exposure to the drug, according to research published Monday in the journal JNeurosci. Scientific research has previously confirmed that frequent marijuana use can lead to addiction, but this study provides further detail into why this outcome is possible. Researchers at Brigham Young University's (BYU) neuroscience department injected teenage male mice test subjects with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) -- marijuana's active ingredient -- for a weeks time. BYU researchers examined the mice's brain's ventral tegmental area (VTA), a cluster of neurons positioned near the midline in the midbrain.

Intel plans to ship its first-generation Neural Network Processor by the end of the year


Intel's hardware for accelerating AI computation is finally on its way to customers. The company announced today that its first-generation Neural Network Processor, code named "Lake Crest," will be rolling out to a small set of partners in the near future to help them drastically accelerate how much machine learning work they can do. The NNPs are designed to very quickly tackle the math that underpins artificial intelligence applications, specifically neural networks, a currently popular branch of machine learning. One of the big problems with the large, deep neural networks that are popular right now is that they can be very computationally intensive, which makes them harder to test and deploy rapidly. At first, the NNPs will only get released to a small number of intel partners who the company plans to begin outfitting before the end of this year.

How we determine who's to blame

MIT News

How do people assign a cause to events they witness? Some philosophers have suggested that people determine responsibility for a particular outcome by imagining what would have happened if a suspected cause had not intervened. This kind of reasoning, known as counterfactual simulation, is believed to occur in many situations. For example, soccer referees deciding whether a player should be credited with an "own goal" -- a goal accidentally scored for the opposing team -- must try to determine what would have happened had the player not touched the ball. This process can be conscious, as in the soccer example, or unconscious, so that we are not even aware we are doing it.

Automation could wipe out third of jobs by 2030's

Daily Mail

The rise of robots could lead to'unprecedented' change and wipe out over a third of jobs in some areas by the 2030's a new report warns. A'heat map' of Britain shows the areas most at risk of automation, with workers in the ex industrial heartlands of the North and Midlands most likely to lose their jobs. The upheaval tossed up by'supercharged' technological change over the next 15 years could make the industrial revolution pale in comparison, the study says. The report, The impact of AI in UK constituencies, by think-tank Future Advocacy, slams the government for failing to prepare for the rapid change looming. Researchers said the results are'startling' and told ministers to urgently look at new education and training to help the country adapt to the challenge.

RecommenderX Wins Best Use of Data Science In A Start Up Award


DUBLIN, IRELAND--(Marketwired - October 17, 2017) - RecommenderX today announced that it won the Best Use of Data Science In A Start Up Award at the DatSci event held in Dublin on September 21, 2017. DatSci is an annual event that brings together and recognizes the best and brightest that Ireland has to offer in the expanding world of Data Science. RecommenderX is a technology company, focused on helping customers and partners improve productivity, performance, customer engagement, sales and profitability, by transforming Artificial intelligence (AI) to Business Intelligence (BI). RecommenderX is the top spin out of Europe's largest Centre for Data Analytics Insight, with deep domain knowledge in Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), Personalization Technology, Recommender Systems and Explainable AI. "We are thrilled to be an award winner at DatSci 2017," stated Kevin McCarthy, Co-Founder & CTO of RecommenderX. "It is a fantastic validation of the efforts that our world-class team have been making helping companies all over the world harness their data by developing cutting edge applications and solutions that leverage data science and AI technologies."

Americans Love Automation, Until It Comes for Their Jobs


The Trump administration might not be worried about robots taking jobs. But the American public sure is. "In terms of artificial intelligence taking over the jobs, I think we're so far away from that that it's not even on my radar screen," Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin told an audience in Washington in March. "I think it's 50 or 100 more years." Despite such reassurances, 56 percent of Americans believe that automation destroys more jobs than it creates, according to a new study by Ipsos Public Affairs and the Center for Business Analytics at the University of Virginia.

Sony unveils family-friendly robot aimed at spurring communication

The Japan Times

Sony Mobile Communications Inc. announced Tuesday it will begin selling a new communications robot targeted at families next month, furthering its foray into the trending robot market. "We've developed this product based on a theme of making it a new member of the family," Hiroshi Ito, deputy head of the smart products division at Sony Mobile, said during a news conference in Tokyo. "We'd like to propose a new way of communication with this that makes communication more fun for families." Dubbed Xperia Hello, the robot will hit store shelves Nov. 18 and is expected to sell for around ¥150,000. The 21-cm conical-shaped robot can perform various functions such as using its camera to recognize people's faces and then chatting with them.

Police warn people on Facebook not to fly their drones near wildfires


A drone flying near a wildfire in Northern California forced helicopters to stay grounded -- and the California High Patrol (CHP) was not happy about it. On Sunday, it posted an all-uppercase warning to the public on Facebook: "FIRE FIGHTING PLANES CANNOT FLY IF YOUR DRONE IS IN THE AIR." Police found and cited a 24-year-old man for flying the drone, according to The Mercury News. The pilot had been flying the drone in the vicinity of Petaluma Municipal Airport, forcing air traffic controllers to ground all craft until the drone no longer posed a danger to helicopter blades and engines. "They shouldn't be flying over any of the affected areas -- notably airports," CHP officer Jonathan Sloat told Mashable in a phone interview. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) made it illegal for drones to interfere with firefighting operations anywhere in the country -- whether intentional or not.

Artificial Intelligence: Fusing Technology and Human Judgment?


We usually think of the term "technology" in very modern, even futuristic contexts. Yet the word has a long history, deriving from the Greek tekhnologia, meaning "science of craft" or "systematic treatment" of actions. These traits have been with us since humans first discovered tools. In fact, the investment-analyst profession emerged from ad hoc investment approaches, using systematic processes to analyze and evaluate the health and value of companies. Increasingly, those processes are being undertaken by what we usually mean when we say "technology": computer hardware and software.

Reshaping Business With Artificial Intelligence 10-01


CLOSING THE GAP BETWEEN AMBITION AND ACTION...... Disruption from artificial intelligence (AI) is here, but many company leaders aren't sure what to expect from AI or how it fits into their business model. Yet with change coming at breakneck speed, the time to identify your company's AI strategy is now. MIT Sloan Management Review has partnered with The Boston Consulting Group to provide baseline information on the strategies used by companies leading in AI, the prospects for its growth, and the steps executives need to take to develop a strategy for their business. Executive Summary 1. Expectations for artificial intelligence (AI) are sky-high, but what are businesses actually doing now? The goal of this report is to present a realistic baseline that allows companies to compare their AI ambitions and efforts.