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Nvidia to arm Indonesian university students with AI skillsets


Nvidia is looking to impart its artificial intelligence (AI) knowledge to Indonesian university lecturers and students over the next five years. The chipmaker also will provide its DGX A100 systems to support AI education in the Asian nation. Nvidia on Thursday said it signed an agreement with Indonesia's Ministry of Education, Culture, Research, and Technology (Kemendikbudristek) to arm university lecturers and more than 20,000 students in AI skills. The five-year initiative aimed to develop local AI talent as part of the country's digital transformation efforts, the GPU manufacturer said. The agreement encompassed AI curriculum development, translation research workshops, as well as AI startup ecosystem development and support, Nvidia said.

Vivoka formalizes partnership with NXP Semiconductors - Actu IA


Vivoka, a Lorraine-based company and French leader in speech recognition with the Voice Development Kit, announced in early January its participation in the partnership program of NXP Semiconductors, the world's tenth largest supplier of embedded controllers. The addition of NXP's technology to Vivoka's voice recognition artificial intelligence solution will benefit customers of both brands. Vivoka, a French company located in Metz, founded in 2015 by William Simonin, develops a solution that allows any company to add a voice interface to its products, very simply. This solution, called VDK (Voice Development Kit), is suitable for kiosks, robots, mobile applications, headsets… and has allowed it to become the French leader in voice recognition. Vivoka won the coveted Innovation Award in the sustainability and eco-design category at CES 2019.

Responsible AI from principles to practice


Over the past several years, the United States and several of its leading allies have expressed a commitment to the responsible development and use of artificial intelligence (AI) for national security. Most notably, the U.S. Department of Defense adopted five principles for the safe and ethical application of AI in 2020, and the U.S. Defense Innovation Unit published a set of Responsible AI Guidelines in fall 2021. Meanwhile, NATO recently released its strategy for the responsible development and use of AI, and the United Kingdom's Ministry of Defense is actively developing ethical principles of its own. On January 31, Brookings will host a virtual event to compare and discuss how the United States and its allies are addressing ethical considerations in their pursuit and integration of military applications of AI-enabled technologies. What are the processes used by countries and international organizations to define applicable AI principles? What lessons have been learned from implementing those principles into practice?

Meta patents suggest biometric data capture for personalized advertising


A new series of patents by Facebook's parent company Meta suggest possible plans from the company to capture users' behavioral biometrics data. Specifically, the patents mention pupil movements, body poses, and crumpled noses, which the company would use to make digital avatars realistically animated. The patents were reviewed by The Financial Times, according to which Meta also intends to use the biometric data to provide hyper-targeted advertising and sponsored content. In fact, one of the patents analyzed by the publication was granted to Meta by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) earlier this month and refers to the tracking of users' facial expressions through a virtual reality headset to "adapt media content" based on those responses. A separate patent describes an avatar personalization engine capable of creating a 3D avatar of a user based on biometrics collected from a submitted photo.

IRS facial recognition move raises bias, privacy concerns


On Monday, released a statement from CEO and founder Blake Hall about what the vendor said is its commitment to federal guidelines for facial recognition technology. Hall said the vendor uses one-to-one face match technology and not one-to-many facial recognition. One-to-one face match is a simple application of the technology that is comparable to using one's face to unlock a smartphone or be verified at an airport, Hall said in an interview with TechTarget. "It's something that Americans do broadly all across the country when they're proving their identity in person," Hall said. "What it specifically is not is like taking one person's photo and then taking like a city's worth of images and trying to like match that person's face."

Improving Drug Safety With Adverse Event Detection Using NLP


Don't miss our upcoming virtual workshop with John Snow Labs, Improve Drug Safety with NLP, to learn more about our joint NLP solution accelerator for adverse drug event detection. The World Health Organization defines pharmacovigilance as "the science and activities relating to the detection, assessment, understanding and prevention of adverse effects or any other medicine/vaccine-related problem." While all medicines and vaccines undergo rigorous testing for safety and efficacy in clinical trials, certain side effects may only emerge once these products are used by a larger and more diverse patient population, including people with other concurrent diseases. To support ongoing drug safety, biopharmaceutical manufacturers must report adverse drug events (ADEs) to regulatory agencies, such as the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in the EU. Adverse drug reactions or events are medical problems that occur during treatment with a drug or therapy.

Tinder is charging over-30s up to 48% more

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Tinder is charging people over 30 up to 48 per cent more for its premium service, an investigation has revealed. Which? said its findings suggest possible discrimination and a potential breach of UK law by the popular dating app. The consumer group also initially accused Tinder of hiking prices for young gay and lesbian users aged 18-29, but has since backtracked on this. A statement from Which? said: 'Having initially chosen not to provide further information, Tinder has since revealed that it offers discounts to users aged 28 and under in the UK.' It added that the dating app'claimed that by including 29-year-olds in our analysis of the relationship between price with age and sexual orientation, "the results would be skewed to make it appear that LGBTQAI members paid more based upon orientation, when in fact, it was based upon age".' Which? said that in light of the new information, it has'no evidence that sexual orientation impacts pricing for young Tinder users'. Tinder had previously said it was'categorically untrue' that its pricing structure discriminates by sexual preference.

UK government security center, i100 publish NMAP scripts for vulnerability scanning


The UK's National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) has released NMAP scripts to help defenders search for specific vulnerabilities in their networks. On January 25, the NCSC said the trial project is a joint effort between the cybersecurity guidance organization and the Industry 100 (i100). The project is called Scanning Made Easy (SME) and is a collection of NMAP Scripting Engine (NSE) scripts developed to tackle what NCSC calls a "frustrating" problem: the use of scripts that are not suitable, or necessarily safe, to run. "When a software vulnerability is disclosed, it is often easier to find proof-of-concept code to exploit it, than it is to find tools that will help defend your network," the organization says. "To make matters worse, even when there is a scanning script available, it can be difficult to know if it is safe to run, let alone whether it returns valid scan results."

Japanese company joins march back to the moon in 2022

The Japan Times

A Japanese company is pushing ahead with plans to launch a private moon lander by the end of 2022, a year packed with other moonshot ambitions and rehearsals that could foretell how soon humans get back to the lunar surface. If the plans hold, the company, ispace, which is based in Tokyo, would accomplish the first intact landing by a Japanese spacecraft on the moon. And by the time it arrives, it may find other new visitors that already started exploring the moon's regolith this year from Russia and the United States. Other missions in 2022 plan to orbit the moon, particularly the NASA Artemis-1 mission, a crucial uncrewed test of the American hardware that is to carry astronauts back to the moon. South Korea could also launch its first lunar orbiter later this year.

European and UK Deepfake Regulation Proposals Are Surprisingly Limited


Analysis For campaigners hoping that 2022 could be the year that deepfaked imagery falls within a stricter legal purview, the early indicators are unpromising. Last Thursday the European Parliament ratified amendments to the Digital Services Act (DSA, due to take effect in 2023), in regards to the dissemination of deepfakes. The modifications address deepfakes across two sections, each directly related to online advertising: amendment 1709 pertaining to Article 30, and a related amendment to article 63. 'Where a very large online platform becomes aware that a piece of content is a generated or manipulated image, audio or video content that appreciably resembles existing persons, objects, places or other entities or events and falsely appears to a person to be authentic or truthful (deep fakes), the provider shall label the content in a way that informs that the content is inauthentic and that is clearly visible for the recipient of the services.' The second adds text to the existing article 63, which is itself mainly concerned with increasing the transparency of large advertising platforms. 'In addition, very large online platforms should label any known deep fake videos, audio or other files.'