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Tech's European judge, jury and executioner

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The European Commission's decision to fine Google reignites debate about the role of competition regulators, how governments police the internet and whether a single public body should act as judge, jury and executioner in such massive legal cases. That's why the second element of Tuesday's decision -- the Commission's instruction that Google change its algorithm -- matters so much. In the Google case, the problem was centered on how the company's Google Shopping algorithms favored the company's own products and services over those of competitors. It is simply that a small company has no dominant position to abuse, and in a bigger company more things can go wrong or unnoticed.


'Petya' cyber attack: List of affected companies shows scale of hack

The Independent

The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie'Avatar' and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company Waseda University's saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi and Kaptain Rock playing one string light saber guitar perform jam session A man looks at an exhibit entitled'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London Electrification Guru Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart talks about the electric Jaguar I-PACE concept SUV before it was unveiled before the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S The Jaguar I-PACE Concept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar. Japan's On-Art Corp's CEO Kazuya Kanemaru poses with his company's eight metre tall dinosaur-shaped mechanical suit robot'TRX03' and other robots during a demonstration in Tokyo, Japan Japan's On-Art ...


IBM is telling Congress not to fear the rise of an AI 'overlord'

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To hear IBM tell it, much of the recent criticism around machine learning, robotics and other kinds of AI amounts to merely "fear mongering." Along with a private meeting with some lawmakers near Capitol Hill on Wednesday, Kenny is urging Congress to avoid reacting out of fear and pursuing some proposals, like an idea from Bill Gates to tax robots, as regulators debate how to handle this fast-growing field. More From Recode: More manufacturing jobs came back to the US than left last year Read Mark Zuckerberg's full commencement address at Harvard Mark Zuckerberg called on Harvard's graduates to help save the environment and cure all disease Self-driving cars, trucks and drones, for example, can't just take to the roads and skies without permission from local and federal regulators, which are only just beginning to loosen restrictions on those industries. "Technological advancements have always stoked fears and concern over mass job loss," Kenny wrote in his Tuesday letter to Congress.


Global cyber attack is a new version of the 'Wannacry' virus that took down the NHS, Ukrainian official says

The Independent

The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie'Avatar' and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company Waseda University's saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi and Kaptain Rock playing one string light saber guitar perform jam session A man looks at an exhibit entitled'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London Electrification Guru Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart talks about the electric Jaguar I-PACE concept SUV before it was unveiled before the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S The Jaguar I-PACE Concept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar. Japan's On-Art Corp's CEO Kazuya Kanemaru poses with his company's eight metre tall dinosaur-shaped mechanical suit robot'TRX03' and other robots during a demonstration in Tokyo, Japan Japan's On-Art ...


Nasa speaks out over 'Anonymous' video claiming it is about to reveal aliens

The Independent

It also took caviar, ready for the satellite's inhabitants to celebrate the holidays X-rays stream off the sun in this image showing observations from by NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, overlaid on a picture taken by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) This near-infrared color image shows a specular reflection, or sunglint, off of a hydrocarbon lake named Kivu Lacus on Saturn's moon Titan Although Mimas and Pandora, shown here, both orbit Saturn, they are very different moons. Mimas (246 miles or 396 kilometers across), a "medium-sized" moon, formed into a sphere due to self-gravity imposed by its higher mass An X1.6 class solar flare flashes in the middle of the sun in this image taken 10 September, captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory An image from Nasa's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) shows a 200,000 mile long solar filament ripping through the Sun's corona in September 2013 An image of the Large Magellanic Cloud galaxy seen in infrared light by the Herschel Space Observatory. Nasa's Hubble Space Telescope has unveiled in stunning detail a small section of the Veil Nebula - expanding remains of a massive star that exploded about 8,000 years ago Four images from New Horizons' Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) were combined with colour data from the Ralph instrument to create this enhanced colour global view of Pluto The HiRISE camera aboard Nasa's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter acquired this closeup image of a "fresh" (on a geological scale, though quite old on a human scale) impact crater in the Sirenum Fossae region of Mars. "And as we know from experience, NASA's scientific discoveries of today continually drive impactful research for tomorrow that goes far beyond the initial observations."


Learning from public sector experimentation with artificial intelligence Brookings Institution

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Understanding the difference between the causation and prediction policy problem is a critical first step for developing AI tools. Building powerful AI tools that aid decisionmaking (or make decisions outright) depends on the availability of large volumes of data. Finally, as we increasingly leverage AI tools for sorting, recommending, and making decisions, we have to pay attention to protecting these tools from hackers. Coordinated initiatives across public agencies are a good first step towards protecting data from hackers, particularly as AI tools become a critical component for public service delivery.


CARNAC program researching autonomous co-piloting

Robohub

DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, is researching autonomous co-piloting so they can fly without a human pilot on board. RE2, the CMU spin-off located in Pittsburgh, makes mobile manipulators for defense and space. "Our team is excited to incorporate the Company's robotic manipulation expertise with proven technologies in applique systems, vision processing algorithms, and decision making to create a customized application that will allow a wide variety of existing aircraft to be outfitted with a robotic pilot," stated Jorgen Pedersen, president and CEO of RE2 Robotics. This application will open up a whole new market for our mobile robotic manipulator systems."


Why Anonymous claims Nasa is about to announce the discovery of aliens

The Independent

It also took caviar, ready for the satellite's inhabitants to celebrate the holidays X-rays stream off the sun in this image showing observations from by NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, overlaid on a picture taken by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) This near-infrared color image shows a specular reflection, or sunglint, off of a hydrocarbon lake named Kivu Lacus on Saturn's moon Titan Although Mimas and Pandora, shown here, both orbit Saturn, they are very different moons. Mimas (246 miles or 396 kilometers across), a "medium-sized" moon, formed into a sphere due to self-gravity imposed by its higher mass An X1.6 class solar flare flashes in the middle of the sun in this image taken 10 September, captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory An image from Nasa's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) shows a 200,000 mile long solar filament ripping through the Sun's corona in September 2013 An image of the Large Magellanic Cloud galaxy seen in infrared light by the Herschel Space Observatory. Nasa's Hubble Space Telescope has unveiled in stunning detail a small section of the Veil Nebula - expanding remains of a massive star that exploded about 8,000 years ago Four images from New Horizons' Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) were combined with colour data from the Ralph instrument to create this enhanced colour global view of Pluto The HiRISE camera aboard Nasa's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter acquired this closeup image of a "fresh" (on a geological scale, though quite old on a human scale) impact crater in the Sirenum Fossae region of Mars. "And as we know from experience, NASA's scientific discoveries of today continually drive impactful research for tomorrow that goes far beyond the initial observations."


If you weren't raised in the Internet age, you may need to worry about workplace age discrimination

Los Angeles Times

Although people of both genders struggle with age discrimination, research has shown women begin to experience age discrimination in hiring practices before they reach 50, whereas men don't experience it until several years later. Just as technology is causing barriers inside the workplace for older employees, online applications and search engines could be hurting older workers looking for jobs. Many applications have required fields asking for date of birth and high school graduation, something many older employees choose to leave off their resumes. Furthermore, McCann said, some search engines allow people to filter their search based on high school graduation date, thereby allowing employers and employees to screen people and positions out of the running.


How AI Is Transforming Drug Creation

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But samples also were sent to a lab where computers using artificial intelligence are changing the way pharmaceutical companies develop drugs. Biological insights driven by machine learning also could help pharmaceutical companies better identify and recruit patients for clinical trials of therapies most likely to work for them, perhaps boosting the chances of those medications' getting approved by regulatory agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration. AI systems trained on various data sources, including preclinical data sets, have helped make "significant performance improvements" by enabling "better selections of which compounds to…make and test" in the lab and by "flagging" whether compounds might have "toxic" effects or "unexpected favorable" ones, he says. German pharmaceutical company Merck KGaA has developed two drugs using computer-vision software, which analyzes images of cells and tissues, and other AI systems capable of drawing insights from public databases of genetic and chemical information, says Joern-Peter Halle, Merck KGaA's head of external innovation.