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Can AI Help Prevent Natural Disasters?

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Advanced analytics and other AI-driven tools and technologies have been transforming the way organizations function by harnessing valuable information from the largest datasets and providing important insights. With the continued growth of cognitive technologies and increasingly widespread adoption by many industries, what will the future of advanced analytics and AI adoption look like? With the evolution of big data analytics over the past few years, the opportunities to apply this knowledge and to see how different industries are embracing AI and ML has shown tremendous value. However, the evolution and future of analytics doesn't come without challenges. In a recent AI Today podcast interview with Antonio Cotroneo, Director of Technical Content Strategy at OmniSci, spoke about these potential challenges as well as opportunities for industries.


Artificial intelligence in healthcare? 'Don't focus solely on technology' - Innovation Origins

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Tech expert Jarno Duursma sees both advantages and disadvantages when it comes to using AI in healthcare. First the advantages: Scientists at Life Lines, a large-scale study into the onset of chronic diseases among 165 thousand people in the northern Netherlands, make use of artificially intelligent software. Duursma: "This research has been going on since 2006. A huge database is being compiled from all those studies and questionnaires. With the help of AI, doctors are able to identify connections that they would otherwise never have spotted, like improving the diagnosis of depression or the prediction of cancer."


Imagine You Are Living In The Age of Singularity

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We are living through historically significant times. Technological changes are so significant and accelerated that our linear minds have difficulty grasping the non-linearity of the situation. We are living in exponential times -- it looks like our human civilization is running towards'singularity'.


EU's AI law should serve as 'model across the globe'

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The European Union wants its Artificial Intelligence (AI) Act to be an example for the rest of the world to follow when regulating the emerging technology. EU Telecommunications ministers held their first debate on the proposed AI Act in Brussels on Thursday to decide the guidelines for the coming years, where Slovenia's Minister for Public Administration Boštjan Koritnik said the bloc's AI act should serve as a global model. "Ministers today voiced their clear support for one comprehensive law on artificial intelligence, which would serve as a model across the globe, in the same vein as the general data protection regulation, GDPR, in the area of protection of personal data," Koritnik said. "There is still substantial work ahead, as we want to make sure that the Artificial Intelligence Act will achieve its twin aims of ensuring safety and respect for fundamental rights and stimulating the development and uptake of AI-based technology in all sectors. The Slovenian [European Council] presidency will continue the intense work on this proposal, which it considers a top priority in the digital area."


Ethics of AI

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Welcome to the Ethics of AI! The Ethics of AI is a free online course created by the University of Helsinki. The course is for anyone who is interested in the ethical aspects of AI – we want to encourage people to learn what AI ethics means, what can and can't be done to develop AI in an ethically sustainable way, and how to start thinking about AI from an ethical point of view.


The Future of Artificial Intelligence

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Federal agencies aim to advance their use of artificial intelligence and accompanying emerging technologies, like machine learning, in the coming years. While there are some examples of nascent uses of AI across government already, agencies are aware they must set goals and prioritize policies that intelligently usher in the technology before its maximum potential can be fulfilled. The U.S. Postal Service, for example, will focus on AI and its potential over the coming decade to better serve its hundreds of millions of customers. Similarly, the Department of Homeland Security's science and tech arm spent almost a year drafting an artificial intelligence and machine learning framework that will guide the agency's enterprisewide pursuits of those technologies for the coming years. The government's standard-setting body, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, is engaging external stakeholders as it works to develop an AI risk management framework that could later inform and benefit agencies seeking to make use of the emerging technology.


Can NYC Build an Ethical Artificial Intelligence Ecosystem?

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New York City has released a 116-page strategic vision for how it plans to benefit from artificial intelligence as a community, with an emphasis on doing so in ethical and responsible ways. The plan, dubbed The New York City Artificial Intelligence Strategy, was released yesterday by the NYC Mayor's Office of the Chief Technology Officer. This plan is perhaps unprecedented in many ways, marking the most extensive and proactive action taken toward one of the world's fast-evolving technologies by a U.S. city government. "AI will touch virtually every area of life in the years ahead," said John Paul Farmer, NYC's chief technology officer, during a conversation with Government Technology. While most prominently the report features the city's planned approach toward supporting AI, it also serves in part as a primer on the basics of how AI works.


The Impact Of Artificial Intelligence On Influencer Marketing

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In October 2017, Facebook altered the Instagram API to make it harder for users to search its giant database of photos. The change was a small element of the company's response to the Cambridge Analytica scandal, but it was a significant problem for parts of the Digital marketing industry. Not long before, New York-based influencer marketing agency Amra & Elma had developed a platform that ingested data from Instagram, and allowed its client to use AI image classifiers to find very specific influencers. For instance, they could find an influencer with, say, between 10,000 and 50,000 followers who had posted photos of themselves in a Jeep. Facebook's move killed this capability in a keystroke. Another day in the digital duel between the AIs deployed by digital marketers, and those deployed by the social media platforms.


How does Artificial Intelligence help In Decision Making?

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Artificial intelligence has significantly changed the way we interact with technology. Although some may not realize it, artificial intelligence has become part of everyone's daily lives. An overview of how artificial intelligence can help in making decisions can be found here. Amazon Echo and Google Homeowners know how convenient these AI-powered devices are, especially given their ability and accuracy. During voice searches, AI can deliver results and enhance customer experience by seamlessly processing voice commands. These statistics show the extent to which artificial intelligence has grown.


China publishes code of ethics to regulate Artificial Intelligence, what would Isaac Asimov say?

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China's Ministry of Science and Technology published a code of ethics that aims to regulate existing or developing Artificial Intelligence (AI) models. With this, the Asian country is ahead of Europe, which already had a prototype regulation in the same sense. Last April, the European Union presented the preliminary draft of a regulation to ensure that humans have control over AI. However, this has not materialized and now China is a pioneer in launching a regulation for these booming technologies. As reported by The South China Morning Post, the document entitled Ethical Specifications for New Generation Artificial Intelligence starts from a very clear premise: "Ensure that AI is always under the control of human beings" and that they have "full decision-making power " About AI. "Ultimately, China is opting for a heavy-handed model, where the state is thinking very seriously about the long-term social transformations that AI will bring, from social alienation to existential risks, and actively trying to manage and guide these transformations, "Rebecca Arcesati, analyst at the German think tank Mercator Institute for China Studies, told the same media.