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How China may be outsmarting the West in artificial intelligence

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Numerous provinces and cities are spending billions on developing robotics, and a part of that funding is likely to go to artificial intelligence research. Trump's proposed budget, meanwhile, would reduce the National Science Foundation's spending on intelligent systems by 10 per cent, to about $US175 million ($235 million). At the moment, cooperation and exchanges in artificial intelligence between the United States and China are largely open, at least from the US side. Artificial intelligence may help China better censor the internet, a task that often blocks Chinese researchers from finding vital information.


Smart system could cut test times for self driving cars

Daily Mail

The process, which was developed using data from more than 25 million miles of real-world driving, can cut the time required to evaluate robotic vehicles' handling of potentially dangerous situations by 300 to 100,000 times, saving 99.9 percent of testing time and costs, the researchers say. Yet for consumers to accept driverless vehicles, the researchers say tests will need to prove with 80 percent confidence that they're 90 percent safer than human drivers. Michigan Transportation Director Kirk Steudle says the laws put Michigan ahead of most other states with the possible exception of Florida in specifically allowing tests without a human driver. Steudle says the laws put Michigan ahead of most other states with the possible exception of Florida in specifically allowing tests without a human driver.


Deep Learning and AI Success Stories - insideBIGDATA

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We also explain the difference between AI, machine learning and deep learning, and examine the intersection of AI and HPC. The complete insideBIGDATA Guide to Deep Learning & Artificial Intelligence is available for download from the insideBIGDATA White Paper Library. We also explained the difference between AI, machine learning and deep learning, and examined the intersection of AI and HPC. The complete insideBIGDATA Guide to Deep Learning & Artificial Intelligence is available for download from the insideBIGDATA White Paper Library, courtesy of NVIDIA.


Knoema offers a chatbot interface for its data search engine

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Knoema is the latest data provider to add a conversational interface. The McLean, Virginia-based company has launched an artificial intelligence (AI)-powered chatbot called Yodatai, which it describes as the first digital assistant for public and corporate data. His company provides access to industry, governmental and market data from thousands of providers, including the US Census, the US Department of Energy and other sources around the world. Additionally, the company says that if someone's statistics-based claim on Twitter is accompanied by @Yodatai, she -- Bougay says the chatbot is female -- will respond on Twitter with info about that claim.


"My Guilt Will Never Go Away"

Mother Jones

Think of scenes from Tim O'Brien's iconic Vietnam War book, The Things They Carried, William Manchester's World War II odyssey, Goodbye Darkness, William Styron's Sophie's Choice, or films like William Wyler's The Best Years of Our Lives and Oliver Stone's Platoon. She was perhaps typical when she told the makers of the documentary film National Bird that, in helping carry out drone strikes which killed people across the globe by remote control, "I lost part of my humanity." This reality led me, as my book developed, to interview now-elderly Japanese who had experienced World War II as children. The Department of Veterans Affairs now acknowledges moral injury and its effects, and in 2014 Syracuse University created the Moral Injury Project to bring together vets, doctors, and chaplains to work on how to deal with it.


Developing a data ethics framework in the age of AI

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The qualitiative research revealed that the public's criteria for judging risk begins with perceived motivation. "Their basic criteria for judging risk and benefit of a particular application very much start with a perceived motivation. For every Las Vegas casino that uses data science to estimate your spend threshold as you walk in, and when you reach it offer you a drink in order to help you break it, there's a Streams app improving health outcomes and saving nurses hours each day by scanning patient data to predict acute kidney injury risk. "The hard numbers are very impressive, but still sell short the way in which these data-driven technologies like data analytics, like artificial intelligence, really can positively transform every aspect of our economy, every aspect of our lives, and really help us build richer, healthier, cleaner communities," says Microsoft UK Government Affairs Manager Owen Larter.


Is China outsmarting America in artificial intelligence?

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A paper funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China showed how facial recognition software could be simplified so that it could be more easily integrated with cameras across the country. Mr Trump's proposed budget, meanwhile, would reduce the National Science Foundation's spending on intelligent systems by 10 per cent, to about US$175 million. It has turned an app that started as a visual dictionary -- take a picture of an object, and your cellphone will tell you what it is -- into a site that uses facial recognition to find missing people, a major problem in a country where child kidnapping has been persistent. In one stunning example, it helped a family find a child kidnapped 27 years earlier.


Is China Outsmarting America in A.I.?

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A paper funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China showed how facial recognition software can be simplified so that it can be more easily integrated with cameras across the country. Over the past six years, Chinese investors helped finance 51 American artificial intelligence companies, contributing to the $700 million raised, according to the recent Pentagon report. In one stunning example, it helped a family find a child kidnapped 27 years earlier. When Microsoft announced last October that its speech recognition software had surpassed human-level language recognition, Baidu's head of research at the time playfully reminded the American company that his team had accomplished a similar feat a year earlier.


Why Future Robots In The Workplace Might Pay Taxes

International Business Times

Capitalism works reasonably well as an economic system - provided that human beings are required to do effectively all of the labor. The workers won, the company won, it was a positive sum game. Surely companies should pay back into the system via taxation in order to offset the amount of money they are no longer paying their employees. A guaranteed basic income (see Is the World Ready for a Guaranteed Basic Income?


How Robotics Is Helping Military Veterans With Prosthetics

International Business Times

Today, it is ironic to consider a company that specializes in prosthetic limbs building parts for the war machine that unfortunately increases demand on companies making prosthetic limbs. Indeed, the tragedy of war has pushed prosthetics researchers to work ever harder to help service members and veterans who have lost limbs. As a biomedical engineer specializing in prosthetics, I've reviewed grant proposals seeking funding from the VA to research prosthetic limbs for several years. Veterans Administration Rehabilitation Research and Development funds were used to develop the Seattle Foot.