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Could AI lead to breaches of GDPR? - Enterprise Times


Other sets of data are anonymous such as the data from machine logs or Internet of Things (IoT) devices. In a business analytics case this may disclose previously unexpected patterns in sales data. The case revolved around the way the German government captured dynamic IP addresses and other data. When users logged into government services the system captured data such as their name, time, date and the service being used.

Nigel - the robot that could tell you how to vote

BBC News

The creators of a new artificial intelligence programme hope it could one day save democracy. "We want you to trust Nigel, we want Nigel to know who you are and serve you in everyday life," says Nigel's creator Mounir Shita. Shita's company, Kimera Systems, claims to have cracked the secret of "artificial general intelligence" - independent thinking - something that has eluded AI researchers for the past 60 years. "He might push you to change your views, if things don't add up in the Nigel algorithm.

Elon Musk: Tesla electric lorry to be unveiled in late October

The Guardian

The commercial trucking industry appears interested in Musk's proposed battery-powered heavy-duty vehicle, which can compete with conventional diesels and travel up to 1,000 miles on a single tank of fuel. Tesla's plans for new electric vehicles, including a commercial truck called the Tesla Semi, were announced last year, and in April Musk said the release of the semi-truck was set for September. In August, leaked correspondence with vehicle regulators revealed Tesla's plan to test long-haul, electric lorries that move in so-called platoons, or road-trains, that automatically follow a lead vehicle driven by a human. The Department for Transport announced last month that platoons of self-driving lorries will be trialled on England's motorways.

Elon Musk is right: we should all be worried about killer robots


Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, along with 115 other artificial intelligence and robotics specialists, has signed an open letter to urge the United Nations to recognize the dangers of lethal autonomous weapons and to ban their use internationally. There are already numerous weapons, like automatic anti-aircraft guns and drones, that can operate with minimal human oversight; advanced tech will eventually help them to carry out military functions entirely autonomously. To illustrate why this is a problem, consider the UK government's argument in which it opposed a ban on lethal autonomous weapons in 2015: it said that "international humanitarian law already provides sufficient regulation for this area," and that all weapons employed by UK armed forces would be "under human oversight and control." I signed the open letter because the use of AI in autonomous weapons hurts my sense of ethics, would be likely to lead to a very dangerous escalation, because it would hurt the further development of AI's good applications, and because it is a matter that needs to be handled by the international community, similarly to what has been done in the past for some other morally wrong weapons (biological, chemical, nuclear).

Anything you can do, AI can do better


A global survey of AI experts anticipates the technology will outperform humans in many activities over the next ten years. A decrease in human presence in the workplace causes a decrease in human-created mess, meaning machines and AI robot presence will drastically reduce or eliminate the need for building maintenance positions. A lot of people want to believe that the'care' part of healthcare isn't as easily automated and plenty of IT experts anticipate job safety for careers requiring emotional intelligence (EQ). "AI and robots can automate intellectual and physical tasks, but they won't be human, and some tasks require the worker to be human", said Pearson in a Futurizon blog.

Innovation index suggests "more top UK law firms than US firms embracing AI" - Legal Futures


The Legal Services Innovation Index, based on internet searches of law firm websites for indications of innovation, was devised by the College of Law at Michigan State University in the US. They looked for mentions of innovations in 10 categories, including data analytics, AI (including'machine learning'), blockchain (including'smart contracts'), and alternative fee arrangements. In the results, by jurisdiction UK law firm websites returned 2,068 page'hits' in total for the 10 search terms, compared to 672 for the US firms and 666 for Chinese firms. The second most popular among UK firms, according to the results, was project management, which returned 562 hits.

Man wins Grindr with the ultimate opening chat-up line


Dating apps can be tricky. You're competing with literally hundreds of other people, so it's more important than ever to make that opening line count. Some opt for a compliment. Others go for a joke.

Google appeals against EU's €2.4bn fine over search engine results

The Guardian

Google is appealing against the record €2.4bn (£2.2bn) fine imposed by the European Union for its abuse of its dominance of the search engine market in building its shopping comparison service. In June, the EU official in charge of competition policy, commissioner Margrethe Vestager, told reporters that Google, a unit of US parent company Alphabet, had artificially and illegally promoted its own price comparison service in searches, denied both its consumers real choice and rival firms the ability to compete on a level playing field. And most importantly, it denied European consumers a genuine choice of services and the full benefits of innovation." Lobby group FairSearch, whose members include Google rivals such as British shopping comparison site Foundem and US travel site TripAdvisor, said the EU decision was sound.


The Independent

Within 10 years a technological revolution will sweep aside old notions of education and change the world forever, Sir Anthony Sheldon, master of Wellington College believes. Sir Anthony, a historian and political commentator who has written biographies of ex-prime ministers David Cameron, Tony Blair, John Major and Gordon Brown, said: "It certainly will change human life as we know it. They will listen to the voices of the learners, read their faces and study them in the way gifted teachers study their students. "We're looking at screens which are listening to the voice of the student and reading the face of the student.

Even a mask won't hide you from the latest face recognition tech

New Scientist

Amarjot Singh at the University of Cambridge and his colleagues trained a machine learning algorithm to locate 14 key facial points. The researchers then hand-labelled 2000 photos of people wearing hats, glasses, scarves and fake beards to indicate the location of those same key points, even if they couldn't be seen. The system accurately identified people a wearing scarf 77 per cent of the time – a cap and scarf 69 per cent of the time and a cap, scarf and glasses 55 per cent of the time. Last year, a team of researchers from Carnegie Mellon University found they could trick face recognition software by wearing specially designed glasses.