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US Intelligence director: "AI will replace 75 percent of spies"

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The annual conference, hosted by the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation, brings together technologists, soldiers, and intelligence professionals to discuss national security threats, changes in technology, and data collection and processing. The message he's sending to workers at the agency is that the goal of automation "isn't to get rid of you -- it's there to elevate you.… In Cardillo's eyes, the profession of geospatial intelligence – monitoring and exploiting commercial and proprietary video and imagery feeds, such as those available from global satellite surveillance company Planet – is on the precipice of a data explosion similar to when the internet took off. At that point, the National Security Agency (NSA), which is responsible for collecting and analysing digital communications, had to figure out ways to vacuum up and glean specific conclusions from an explosion of communications traveling back and forth on the web. RELATED: Promising'Genetic Chainsaw in a pill' could solve the world's antibiotic crisis NGA is responsible for tracking potential threats, such as military testing sites in North Korea.


Artificial intelligence positioned to be a game-changer

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Five years ago, IBM built this system made up of 90 servers and 15 terabytes of memory – enough capacity to process all the books in the American Library of Congress. What happens when Charlie Rose attempts to interview a robot named "Sophia" for his 60 Minutes report on artificial intelligence Charlie Rose: Tell me about Watson's intelligence. John Kelly: That's a big day-- Charlie Rose: The day that you realize that, "If we can do this"-- Charlie Rose: --"the future is ours." He wanted to see if Watson could find the same genetic mutations that his team identified when they make treatment recommendations for cancer patients.


Artificial intelligence positioned to be a game-changer

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Five years ago, IBM built this system made up of 90 servers and 15 terabytes of memory – enough capacity to process all the books in the American Library of Congress. John Kelly: That's a big day-- Charlie Rose: The day that you realize that, "If we can do this"-- Charlie Rose: --"the future is ours." They come up with possible treatment options for cancer patients who already failed standard therapies. He wanted to see if Watson could find the same genetic mutations that his team identified when they make treatment recommendations for cancer patients.


Uber's wrong turn

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Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has resigned from the ride-sharing service he co-founded, another twist in a rough year for the company. There's also a court battle stemming from allegations that Uber stole trade secrets from Waymo, Alphabet's (GOOGL) self-driving car development company. Waymo alleges that Anthony Levandowski - a former top manager for Google's self-driving car project - stole pivotal technology from Google before leaving to run Uber's self-driving car division. Uber's board releases Holder's recommendations, which include removing some of Kalanick's responsibilities and replacing Uber's chairman and founder, Garrett Camp, with an independent chairman.


Mapping the Canadian AI Ecosystem

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If we sum up all the available numbers for AI research investments (including other government funding like the $93.5M awarded to IVADO by the Canada Research Excellence Fund last September, as well as private funds invested in public or semi-public labs) we end up with close to $500M in funding across the country. Beyond that, when we look up other domains that work hand in hand with AI, such as Big Data, cloud infrastructure and the like, that number grows even higher. What made Silicon Valley's talent pump work up to now was its ecosystem of large firms and venture capital feeding startups, as well as research who in turn generate the innovations to push the large firms forward. With investments from the federal and provincial governments in research, as well as from Big Tech, the Canadian talent pump is growing quickly.


Mapping the Canadian AI Ecosystem

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If we sum up all the available numbers for AI research investments (including other government funding like the $93.5M awarded to IVADO by the Canada Research Excellence Fund last September, as well as private funds invested in public or semi-public labs) we end up with close to $500M in funding across the country. Beyond that, when we look up other domains that work hand in hand with AI, such as Big Data, cloud infrastructure and the like, that number grows even higher. What made Silicon Valley's talent pump work up to now was its ecosystem of large firms and venture capital feeding startups, as well as research who in turn generate the innovations to push the large firms forward. With investments from the federal and provincial governments in research, as well as from Big Tech, the Canadian talent pump is growing quickly.


Regulators scramble to stay ahead of self-driving cars

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"If you had 50 different requirements for 50 different states, each state (might do it) different," said Chan Lieu, an adviser to the Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets, whose members include former Google driverless car project Waymo, automakers Ford and Volvo and ride-hailing firms Uber and Lyft. "That has been our challenge since Day One," said Jessica Gonzalez, spokesperson for the California Department of Motor Vehicles, which recently proposed revised rules in a state home to several tech giants that are developing self-driving car technology, such as Google, Apple, Uber and Tesla. So we see all the advantages to it, but at the same time we're tasked with making sure this technology is safe," In March, California regulators introduced a pathway to obtain permits for driverless car testing after initially signaling last year that it would require a steering wheel and brake pedals in all test vehicles. "The U.S. still runs the risk of slowing down the development and introduction of autonomous driving technologies by making it difficult for carmakers to test, develop, certify and sell" self-driving cars, said Anders Karrberg, Volvo's vice president of government affairs.


States get ready for the self-driving car revolution

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That's because when it comes to getting the nation's infrastructure ready for autonomous traffic, the most critical upgrade amounts to making sure the lines on our 4 million miles of roads are solid, bright and preferably white so they can be picked up by computer vision gear. While some states such as California, Michigan, Arizona and Ohio are eagerly welcoming self-driving vehicle tests and beginning to make upgrades to roads to accommodate robot-driven vehicles, others are taking a more measured approach given the nascent state of the industry. Ken Washington, Ford's vice president of research and advanced engineering, says smart roadways would make self-driving cars even more capable, but "you can't count on that being there, which is why our technical approach is to build the capability completely on the vehicle." What's more, experts say that if every vehicle on the road had sophisticated autonomous vehicle technology on board, highway officials could make lanes narrower and pack more cars on the road without expensive lane expansion projects.


NASA Are Figuring Out How to Use AI to Build Autonomous Space Probes

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Adding artificial intelligence to the machines we send out to explore space makes a lot of sense, as it means they can make decisions without waiting for instructions from Earth, and now NASA scientists are trying to figure out how it could be done. The next generation of AI robots will have to be able to detect "features of interest", detect unforeseen features, process and analyse data, and adapt their original plans where necessary, say the researchers. The Mars Curiosity rover has software on board that helps it to pick promising targets for its ChemCam – a device that studies rocks and other geological features on the Red Planet. In time, AI is going to become more and more important to space travel, the researchers say, and as artificial intelligence makes big strides forward here on Earth it's also set to have a big role in how we explore the rest of the Universe.


Robots' role in humanity to be a core topic at TechCrunch Sessions: Robotics

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Prof. Barrett has more than 25 years experience in robotics, including VP of engineering at iRobot, director of the Walt Disney Imagineering Corporation, research engineer at MIT's Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and technical director at Draper Laboratory. David Edelman is leading the Project on Technology, the Economy, and National Security (TENS) at the MIT, which is a joint position between MIT CSAIL and MIT's Center for International Studies. Edelman recently left government, where he served for the past seven years in a variety of roles, including Special Assistant to President Barack Obama on issues of the digital economy and national security, including the impact of robotics on the economy and cyberwarfare. Brian Pierce is the director of the DARPA Information Innovation Office (I2O) and has 30 years of experience developing advanced technologies in the aerospace/defense industry.