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Keeping an Eye on Artificial Intelligence Regulation and Legislation


More and more organizations are beginning to use or expand their use of artificial intelligence (AI) tools and services in the workplace. Despite AI's proven potential for enhancing efficiency and decision-making, it has raised a host of issues in the workplace which, in turn, have prompted an array of federal and state regulatory efforts that are likely to increase in the near future. Artificial intelligence, defined very simply, involves machines performing tasks in a way that is intelligent. The AI field involves a number of subfields or forms of AI that solve complex problems associated with human intelligence--for example, machine learning (computers using data to make predictions), natural-language processing (computers processing and understanding a natural human language like English), and computer vision or image recognition (computers processing, identifying, and categorizing images based on their content). One area where AI is becoming increasingly prevalent is in talent acquisition and recruiting.

The Global Push to Advance AI


While different nations often see matters of national policy in very different terms, there are times of nearly universal agreement. That's the case today when it comes to commitments to fuel the advancement of artificial intelligence. Governments around the world agree on the importance of investing in AI initiatives. This point is underscored in a recent report by McKinsey Global Institute. The briefing notes that China and the United States are leaders in AI-related research activities and investments, followed by a second group of countries that includes Germany, Japan, Canada and the United Kingdom.

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Scandinavian AI Strategies 2019


Mika Lintilä the Minister of Economic Affairs in Finland appointed a steering group in May 2017 to figure out how they could become one of the world's top countries within the field of Applied AI. In October 2017, Finland was the first European Union country to put a national action plan on AI into writing. This seems quite a lot earlier than most other countries in Scandinavia. At around that time they were scheduled to release their final report April 2019. However they also released a report at the time called Finland's Age of Artificial Intelligence that touched upon their strengths and weaknesses in AI with eight specific recommendations to turn the country into a global leader.

Let's Play War - Issue 73: Play


In the spring of 1964, as fighting escalated in Vietnam, several dozen Americans gathered to play a game. They were some of the most powerful men in Washington: the director of Central Intelligence, the Army chief of staff, the national security advisor, and the head of the Strategic Air Command. Senior officials from the State Department and the Navy were also on hand. Players were divided into two teams, red and blue, representing the Cold War superpowers. The teams operated out of separate rooms in the Pentagon, role-playing confrontation in Southeast Asia, simulated in a neutral command center.

NASA is investing in technology that could help mine asteroids and the moon for precious resources

Daily Mail - Science & tech

NASA says its presence on the moon won't just be for show. With new technology, the agency hopes to mine natural resources on the lunar surface as well as reachable asteroids. Through NASA's Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) program, the agency said it will begin to explore the feasibility of robotic rovers and mining technology that could make space mining a reality. To do so, it has green-lit two mission concepts this month. NASA wants to get a jump-start on mining in space with a tandem of proposals that would develop future technology.

European Union AI Ecosystem Charlotte Stix Artificial Intelligence Policy


Compared to other global powers, the European Union (EU) is rarely considered a leading player in the development of artificial intelligence (AI). Why is this, and does this in fact accurately reflect the EU's activities related to AI? What would it take for the EU to take a more leading role in AI, and to be internationally recognised as such?

Commentary: IBM CEO Ginni Rometty: The Future of Work Depends on Education Reform


I am often asked about artificial intelligence and the future of work. My answer is that A.I. will change 100% of current jobs. It will change the job of a software developer, of a customer service agent, of a professional driver. And it will change my job as the CEO of one of the biggest technology companies in the world. Yet notice my choice of words: A.I. will change jobs but it won't replace all of them.

Amazon's Alexa voice assistant illegally records children without consent, lawsuits claim

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Fox News Flash top headlines for June 13 are here. Check out what's clicking on Amazon's Alexa devices are recording children without their consent, in violation of laws in at least eight states, according to a lawsuit filed in Seattle. "Alexa routinely records and voiceprints millions of children without their consent or the consent of their parents. This practice violates California law, which prohibits the recording of oral communications without the consent of all parties to the communication," a complaint filed Tuesday on behalf of an 8-year-old boy in California Superior Court states.

AI system to end 'leaves on the line' by predicting buildups before they delay trains

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Trains delayed by'leaves on the line' might soon be a thing of the past as an AI system is trialled to predict build ups on the line and warn of encroaching plants. The artificial intelligence studies footage of plants near the line taken from trains and attempts to spot when leaves change colour, indicating that they might fall. It can also warn of fallen trees and when vegetation growth might soon obstruct the path of trains and lead to delays. The project is one of 24 high-tech schemes that have today been funded a total of £7.8 million ($9.9 million) by the UK government to improve the nation's railways. Trains delayed by'leaves on the line' might soon be a thing of the past as an AI system is trialled to predict build ups on the line and warn of encroaching plants (stock image) Slippery rails -- commonly referred to as'leaves on the line' -- result when build ups on the track led to trains not being able to grip the rails properly.