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The Power of Artificial Intelligence - US Congressional Hearing, June 26th, 2018

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Subcommittee on Research and Technology and Subcommittee on Energy Hearing - Artificial Intelligence - June 26th, 2018 Dr. Tim Persons, chief scientist, GAO Mr. Greg Brockman, co-founder and chief technology officer, OpenAI Dr. Fei-Fei Li, chairperson of the board and co-founder, AI4ALL OpenAI was founded by Elon Musk and Sam Altman


Fake products? Only AI can save us now.

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That's the rough amount of money that counterfeiters displaced last year by selling phony products. Some 2.5% of all trade is for fake goods. The United States is hit hardest by the scourge of counterfeit products -- U.S. brands accounted in 2013 for 20% of the world's infringed intellectual property. When most people think about counterfeiting, they think of knock-off Louis Vuitton handbags sold on the sidewalk. But fake products also include business and enterprise products, as well as everyday consumer goods.


AI developers promise they won't automate murder, with one notable exception

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Thousands of artificial intelligence developers and researchers -- including Elon Musk, Google DeepMind co-founder Demis Hassabis, and Google Machine Intelligence head Jeffrey Dean -- just signed a "Lethal Autonomous Weapons Pledge," vowing to resist delegating the decision to murder in a military context to a machine. On its face, this pledge seems like a step in the right direction, a recognition of the concerns of tech employees. But here's the main problem with this pledge: the top drone manufacturers for the U.S. military -- including but not limited to Northrop Grumman, Boeing, General Atomics, and Textron, which make up 66 percent of the U.S. drone military market -- did not sign on to the contract. "We will neither participate in nor support the development, manufacture, trade, or use of lethal autonomous weapons," the pledge reads. "We ask that technology companies and organizations, as well as leaders, policymakers, and other individuals, join us in this pledge."


Bug-Sized Robot Competitors to Swarm DARPA's 'Robot Olympics'

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That's the scenario proposed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), representatives said in a statement. The group is seeking innovative designs for robots that measure just a fraction of an inch, and the tiny bots will compete against each other in a series of contests of strength, speed and agility -- similar to those that try the limits of human achievement in the Olympics. The robots would be developed for a new DARPA program called Short-Range Independent Microrobotic Platforms (SHRIMP). Under SHRIMP, the bug-sized bots will be tested for deploying in locations that are difficult for people to navigate, or are dangerous or inaccessible to humans, according to the statement. SHRIMP will research and develop novel solutions for powering small robots, and will investigate new materials that could improve the robots' performance without significantly increasing their size or heft.


FedEx Finds A Way Around Shipping With Amazon

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That's because the online pioneer thrives on disruption. Just look at what happened to FedEx Corp. In February, FedEx shares collapsed following a Wall Street Journal report that Amazon was about to launch a delivery service for businesses. Shipping with Amazon, the moniker for the new service, was supposed to kill incumbents. FedEx CEO Fred Smith appears at a signing ceremony where President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order that establishes a National Council for the American Worker in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, July 19, 2018, in Washington.


In-Depth: Advances and challenges in digital dermatology

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He had the idea to build his app because he realized how pervasive the need is for dermatological consultation. "I had a girlfriend who was a dermatologist and she didn't like to go to dinner parties because every time she presented herself as a dermatologist, people would ask her for free advice on moles," Börve told MobiHealthNews. "And if people had had a bit of wine, they would ask her to come to the bathroom and take some of their clothes off and show her something more intimate. So that's basically where my idea of teledermatology came from." If people will show their moles to a stranger at a dinner party, a stranger on the internet doesn't seem like a big stretch.


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The future of border security is a Artificial Intelligence powered Lie- Detector Kiosks - IncubateIND Media

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The U.S Department of Homeland Security had funded a research approximately 6 years ago of the virtual border agent technology, better known as AVATAR (Automated Virtual Agent for Truth Assessments in Real Time) and had tested it at the U.S Mexico border on travelers voluntarily. Canada and EU has also tested the robot like kiosk that is asking travelers a series of questions. If the trend continues, International Travelers could be speaking with kiosk to determine if they are lying on any aspect at an airport or border crossings. The technology can also be used to screen the refugees and unwanted travelers travelling to any country. It can also be used to screen the citizenship applications, processing visas and many other such inter-related services.


Russia May Put Androids in Orbit Next Year, State Media Says

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The International Space Station should prepare for the arrival of its first android crew members, Russian state media says. The Roskosmos space agency has approved a preliminary plan to send a pair of humanoid robots called FEDOR into space in August 2019, according to "a source in the space and rocket industry" quoted by the RIA Novosti website. Robots in space have become commonplace for space superpowers: the U.S. has two operational Mars rovers, China has a lunar lander on the moon and more on the way, and Russia has several now-defunct rovers on both the moon and Mars. In 2011, NASA sent Robonaut 2, a 330-pound manually controlled "humanoid" robot, to the ISS to look into how such robots might be used to perform simple, repetitive, or especially dangerous tasks. But while previous robots were shot into space on as cargo, Russia's pair of FEDORs -- the acronym stands for Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research -- will "fly for the first time to the ISS as crew members, and not as cargo in the transport compartment," RIA Novosti wrote, adding that the robots will fly in an otherwise unmanned Soyuz rocket.


Technologies of Torture, War And Hoaxes Gone Amok

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Last month, two parliamentary reports on the involvement of the British intelligence services in torture and rendition were released last week. What has been hypothesized by several journalists is now confirmed: that British functionaries--to include soldiers, civil servants and intelligence officers with MI5 and MI6--knew about and participated in a vast array of human rights abuses committed during the capture and interrogation of terrorism suspects. The Guardian's Peter Beaumont writes with great contempt for what has transpired since 2001, "[A]s it is now quite clear, it was all a bloody lie. The answers given to journalists at the Observer over the years, as well as colleagues at The Guardian and those at other news organisations, as they investigated these allegations, were rotten with untruth and evasion." Governments' lying to their citizens about covert wars is hardly new, nor is the pervasive use of kidnapping of terrorism suspects by the CIA to include its many "black sites."