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U.S. Announces AI R&D Agreement with UK - insideHPC

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The Trump Administration announced today that the United States and the United Kingdom signed a Declaration on Cooperation in Artificial Intelligence Research and Development intended "to drive technological breakthroughs, promote researcher collaboration and advance the development of trustworthy AI." The announcement is an outcome of the U.S.–UK Special Relationship Economic Working Group, established following a meeting between President Donald J. Trump and Prime Minister Boris Johnson last year. "America and our allies must lead the world in shaping the development of cutting edge AI technologies and protecting against authoritarianism and repression," said Michael Kratsios, U.S. Chief Technology Officer. "We are proud to join our special partner and ally, the United Kingdom, to advance AI innovation for the well-being of our citizens, in line with shared democratic values." The Administration said the agreement will build "upon previous action by the United States to engage with likeminded international partners to accelerate the development of trustworthy AI innovation."


Master's degree in artificial intelligence now within reach of low-income students

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Researchers from Florida Atlantic University's College of Engineering and Computer Science have received a four-year, $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation for a project to make the master's degree in artificial intelligence (AI) accessible to high-achieving, low-income students. The accelerated five-year bachelor's degree in science and master's degree in AI program is designed to adapt curricular and co-curricular support to enable students to complete their degrees in AI, autonomous systems or machine learning, which are critically important areas needed to advance America's global competitiveness and national security. "Artificial intelligence is transforming every walk of life from business to healthcare and enabling us to rethink how we analyze data, integrate massive amounts of information and make informed decisions that impact society, the economy and governance," said Stella Batalama, Ph.D., dean of FAU's College of Engineering and Computer Science and a co-principal investigator of the grant. "This important grant from the National Science Foundation will allow us to recruit and train talented and diverse students who are economically disadvantaged and provide them with a unique opportunity to pursue graduate education in an exciting and burgeoning field." By preparing increased numbers of high-achieving, low-income students to become engineers in these fields, this project addresses the need for growing a more diverse STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) research population.


Africa Offers Asian Business an Abundance of Investment Opportunities, Webinar Participants Learn

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The African Development Bank held a workshop to convey the continent's immense investment and partnership opportunities to Asian business leaders, particularly as the continent seems poised to return to economic growth in 2021 following the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The two-hour virtual event, held in English, Korean, and Chinese, offered participants an opportunity to learn more about the Bank and its operations. The webinar comes on the heels of the recently launched African Economic Outlook 2020 -Asia Supplement, which revised growth projections and outlook for Africa for 2020 and 2021. "I take this opportunity to strongly encourage Asian private sector entities gathered here today, to partner with the Bank to take advantage of the multiple investment opportunities that exist on the continent," said Samuel Higenyi Mugoya, the Bank's Director for Syndication, Co-financing and Client Solutions Department, which co-organized the event, together with the Bank's Asia External Representation Office. In introducing the Bank, Takashi Hanajiri, Head of the Asia External Representation Office, provided an overview of the Bank and its history and components before providing a summary of its flagship Africa Investment Forum (AfricaInvestmentForum.com) initiative and the opportunities it offers.


Spectrum Labs raises $10M for its AI-based platform to combat online toxicity – TechCrunch

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With the US presidential election now 40 days away, all eyes are focused on how online conversations, in conjunction with other hallmarks of online life like viral videos, news clips, and misleading ads, will be used, and often abused, to influence people's decisions. But political discourse, of course, is just one of the ways that user-generated content on the internet is misused for toxic ends. Today, a startup that's using AI to try to tackle them all is announcing some funding. Spectrum Labs -- which has built algorithms and a set of APIs that can be used to moderate, track, flag and ultimately stop harassment, hate speech, radicalization, and some 40 other profiles of toxic behavior, in English as well as multiple other languages -- has raised $10 million in a Series A round of funding, capital that the company plans to use to continue expanding its platform. The funding is being led by Greycroft, with Wing Venture Capital, Ridge Ventures, Global Founders Capital, and Super{set} also participating.


Ripjar, founded by GCHQ alums, raises $36.8M for AI that detects financial crime – TechCrunch

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Financial crime as a wider category of cybercrime continues to be one of the most potent of online threats, covering nefarious actives as diverse as fraud, money laundering and funding terrorism. Today, one of the startups that has been building data intelligence solutions to help combat that is announcing a fundraise to continue fueling its growth. Ripjar, a UK company founded by five data scientists who previously worked together in British intelligence at the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ, the UK's equivalent of the NSA), has raised $36.8 million (£28 million) in a Series B, money that it plans to use to continue expanding the scope of its AI platform -- which it calls Labyrinth -- and scaling the business. Labyrinth, as Ripjar describes it, works with both structured and unstructured data, using natural language processing and an API-based platform that lets organizations incorporate any data source they would like to analyse and monitor for activity. It automatically and in real time checks these against other data sources like sanctions lists, politically exposed persons (PEPs) lists and transaction alerts.


AAAI Announces 2021 AAAI Squirrel AI Award for AI for the Benefit of Humanity

Interactive AI Magazine

As you know, we recently announced the new $1M AAAI Squirrel AI Award for AI for the Benefit of Humanity. The award recognizes positive impacts of AI to protect, enhance, and improve human life in meaningful ways with long-lived effects. I am thrilled to share the news that Regina Barzilay of MIT is the inaugural recipient of the award. Regina is recognized for fundamental advances in AI for healthcare, being a proactive community builder and role model, and demonstrating significant impact in people's lives through cancer diagnosis, drug-resistant microbe antibiotics, and drug discovery. The award will be given at the AAAI conference in February, and the associated prize of $1 million will be provided by the online education company Squirrel AI.


IoT-Enhanced Processors Increase Performance, AI, Security

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What's New: Today at the Intel Industrial Summit 2020, Intel announced new enhanced internet of things (IoT) capabilities. The 11th Gen Intel Core processors, Intel Atom x6000E series, and Intel Pentium and Celeron N and J series bring new artificial intelligence (AI), security, functional safety and real-time capabilities to edge customers. With a robust hardware and software portfolio, an unparalleled ecosystem and 15,000 customer deployments globally, Intel is providing robust solutions for the $65 billion edge silicon market opportunity by 2024. "By 2023, up to 70% of all enterprises will process data at the edge.1 11th Gen Intel Core processors, Intel Atom x6000E series, and Intel Pentium and Celeron N and J series processors represent our most significant step forward yet in enhancements for IoT, bringing features that address our customers' current needs, while setting the foundation for capabilities with advancements in AI and 5G." –John Healy, Intel vice president of the Internet of Things Group and general manager of Platform Management and Customer Engineering Why It's Important: Intel works closely with customers to build proofs of concept, optimize solutions and collect feedback along the way. Innovations delivered with 11th Gen Intel Core processors, Intel Atom x6000E series, and Intel Pentium and Celeron N and J series processors are a response to challenges felt across the IoT industry: edge complexity, total cost of ownership and a range of environmental conditions.


Snyk Acquires DeepCode to Apply AI to DevSecOps - DevOps.com

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Snyk today announced it has agreed to acquire DeepCode as part of an effort to apply artificial intelligence (AI) to DevSecOps. DeepCode has developed an interpretable machine learning semantic code analysis tool that scans code anywhere from 10 to 50 times faster than existing approaches. DeepCode currently supports Java, JavaScript, Python, TypeScript and C/C programming languages. Developers get started by connecting the DeepCode bot to their GitHub, BitBucket or GitLab accounts or directly within their integrated development environment (IDE). DeepCode then immediately starts reviewing each commit with no additional coding required.


State of Sales 2020: Companies are accelerating digital transformation in pandemic times

ZDNet

If you want to make the most of your sales pipeline, customer relationship management software allows your business to monitor customer interactions, track deal progress, and analyze financial performance. For the fourth edition of our "State of Sales" report, Salesforce Research surveyed nearly 6,000 sales professionals worldwide to discover: To extract the 10 most important takeaways from the State of Sales Report, I asked my colleague Tiffani Bova to join me in highlighting the major insights from this incredible report. Tiffani Bova is the growth and innovation evangelist at Salesforce and the author of the Wall Street Journal bestselling book GROWTH IQ. Work from anywhere since the pandemic means that traditional methods of monitoring in-office sales performance is no longer viable. As technologies like artificial intelligence mature, reps are finding some relief in the form of automation to help them spend more time on actual selling activities.


GeckoSystems

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Corp. (PINKSHEETS: GCKO) -- -- announced today that they have further cost reduced their robot controller board, the GeckoSPIO, while improving ease of manufacturability and maintaining robust functionality. GeckoSystems is a dynamic leader in the emerging mobile robotics industry revolutionizing their development and usage with "Mobile Robot Solutions for Safety, Security, and Service ". "The GeckoSPIO is the critical interface between the robot's physical platform and higher AI functions. This interface provides a level of abstraction for the commands sent to, and the data sent from, the robot platform. The abstraction and hierarchal architecture the GeckoSPIO provides simplifies interacting with the platform and the real world for the high-level software, along with enabling a wide array of sensor fusion techniques. We are pleased that one of our recently hired electrical engineers has made these improvements," stated Mark Peele, Vice President, R&D, GeckoSystems.