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Artificial Intelligence May Have Cracked the Code to Creating Low-Priced Works on Canvas


What better time for a "next-generation" version of art to come crashing into the art world than 2021? After all, this is the unprecedented year that saw an explosion of demand and sales of NFTs or non-fungible tokens, which are inextricably tied to crypto-currency and blockchain technology. Specifically, we're now talking about art created by "artficial intelligence"… yes, the machines are taking over art too. In 2018, Christie's sold Portrait of Edmond de Belamy (2018), the first-ever original work of art created using artificial intelligence to come to auction (it sold for $432,500 against a high estimate of $10,000), Inspired by reports of the sale, Ben Kovalis and two like-minded childhood friends from Israel, Eyal Fisher and Guy Haimovitz, launched the Art AI Gallery one year later, in late 2019. It involves collections of curated work made using an algorithm that was created over the course of six months and then refined over the next year and a half.

Reimagining Multicloud Orchestration for Banks


In a highly regulated industry like banking, innovation always existed within silos bounded by strict regulations. The risks were just too high to think beyond. Besides exorbitant fines and a loss of operating licenses, banks faced reputational risk. Trust, after all, is what banks trade in. Else, customers will simply switch to a more trustworthy bank.

All the best dating sites and apps for women


The online world isn't always the friendliest of places for women, particularly when it comes to trolling and misogyny on social media. From Twitter reply guys, to other forms of online harassment, to straight up cyberstalking, letting women exist in peace seems to be a hard concept to grasp. When it comes to dating apps specifically -- where others often assume that a dating app profile means that one is willfully subjecting themselves to creepy comments -- the chance of women enduring such unsettling experiences feels doubled. The onslaught of men grasping at straws for attention with messages saying "think they saw you somewhere" or requesting nudes in their opening line is an online dating specialty. Is it easier to shoot your shot by simply using a hot selfie on your Instagram story as bait for your crush?

The Machine Ethics podcast: How to design a moral algorithm with Derek Leben


Hosted by Ben Byford, The Machine Ethics Podcast brings together interviews with academics, authors, business leaders, designers and engineers on the subject of autonomous algorithms, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and technology's impact on society. We also dive into a general framework for machine ethics, contractarianism, Rawls' original position thought experiment (which is one of my favourite ethical thought experiments), maximin function approach to machine ethics, and whether robots should respect the consent of a person in life threatening circumstances… Derek Leben is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown. He works at the intersection of ethics, cognitive science, and emerging technologies. In his book, Ethics for Robots, Leben argues for the use of a particular moral framework for designing autonomous systems based on the Contractarianism of John Rawls. He also demonstrates how this framework can be productively applied to autonomous vehicles, medical technologies, and weapons systems.

Google starts taking preorders for new Nest security lineup with new Doorbell and Cams


Google on Thursday unveiled several new security cameras that are part of its Nest smart home lineup. There's a new video doorbell, a floodlight camera to help you monitor your driveway or a dark side of your home, and two new Nest Cams -- one that's battery-powered and designed for use anywhere -- and another that's designed to monitor inside your home. In addition to new hardware, Google is also making some of the features that used to be behind a Nest Aware monthly subscription free. You can still sign up for Google's Nest Aware service to add 30-day event history, the ability to create and share clips, and turns your smart displays and speakers into listening devices that act as a makeshift home security system. The new cameras discard the Nest app and instead will be managed entirely from the Google Home app. This is a transition that Google has been making with several of its products, including Nest Wi-Fi, for the last few years.

Kirsty McLuckie: Domestic implications of driverless vehicles


And far from being a futuristic idea, the first steps towards autonomous vehicles are already here. Self-driving vehicles are to be allowed on UK roads by the end of this year, according to the Department for Transport. Automated lane-keeping systems would be the first type of hands-free driving legalised, using technology which controls the position and speed of a car in a single lane and limited to 37mph. Such an innovation doesn't sound like it is going to impact much, beyond making short parts of a journey less stressful for drivers with the technology, but it is a big step towards the fully autonomous driving which could change our lives in almost every way – with driverless vehicles roaming the country, picking up passengers on demand and negating the need for individuals to drive, park or even own their own car. Such a system, which could certainly start to be introduced in the next decade, will change an awful lot in the world of residential real estate too.

How Does AI Help You Search Better?


AI technology has grown in leaps and bounds over the past few years, and one of its main implementations is internet search engines. From correcting misspelled words to predicting what a user wants to search for, AI has made searching the web so much easier. Google is the leader when it comes to the sheer volume of search queries that it handles. Naturally, it has implemented an AI-based algorithm that helps improve your search experience. Exactly how does AI do this?

UK considers blocking Nvidia's $40B acquisition of Arm


Bloomberg reports the UK is considering blocking Nvidia's $40 billion acquisition of Arm over national security concerns. Over 160 billion chips have been made for various devices based on designs from Arm. In recent years, the company has added AI accelerator chips to its lineup for neural network processing. "ARM is an incredible company and it employs some of the greatest engineering minds in the world. But we believe we can make ARM even more incredible and take it to even higher levels. We want to propel it -- and the UK -- to global AI leadership."

Four different roles AI can play in organizations


How the board should understand and consider AI is, of course, highly dependent on the usage scenarios for AI within the organization. An organization might utilize AI purely as a decision-making support tool with the capability to better structure and analyze the available data. A more integrated approach could be to connect AI into the organization's operational processes. More advanced usage could be taking AI to customers as part of an existing product or offering. And its deepest role would emerge where an entire product is architected on top of AI capabilities.

IBM to set up state-of-the-art centre in Kochi


IBM Software Labs is set to establish a state-of-the-art product engineering, design and development centre in Kochi to advance hybrid cloud and Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies. The move comes in the wake of a virtual meeting Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had with Sandip Patel, Managing Director, IBM India, and Gaurav Sharma, Vice President, IBM India Software Labs, in which the role of technology in accelerating the State's digital mission was discussed. Mr. Vijayan shared his vision of making Kerala a digital-knowledge economy, the changes introduced in the IT policy and the role of technology in helping various sectors reset and recover from the pandemic. The significance of collaboration between industries, the government and the academia to drive growth opportunities within the State was also discussed. Mr. Vijayan observed that Kerala was a talent hub for IT professionals and entrepreneurs, while expressing satisfaction about IBM's proposed expansion in the State.