Montreal, October 22 2018 -- The Board of Trustees of the Neural Information Processing Systems Foundation has decided not to change the name of their main conference. The Board has been engaged in ongoing discussions concerning the name of the Neural Information Processing Systems, or NIPS, conference. The current acronym, NIPS, has undesired connotations. The Name-of-NIPS Action Team was formed, in order to better understand the prevailing attitudes about the name. The team conducted polls of the NIPS community requesting submissions of alternative names, rating the existing and alternative names, and soliciting additional comments.
It may seem counterintuitive, but 0 percent unemployment in an industry is not a good thing. It's often accompanied by high turnover, salary inflation, skill mismatches between workers and the positions they fill, and numerous vacant positions. Yet, this condition seems to be the reality for cybersecurity professionals, one of most consequential professions supporting an increasingly interconnected world. The demand for adequately trained and knowledgeable cyber personnel far exceeds the available talent pool. Recent reports confirm this situation to be true, and it's unlikely to get better anytime soon: Cybersecurity unemployment is at 0 percent with more than 1.5 million job openings anticipated globally by 2019.1 Meanwhile, cyberthreats are increasing, and the annual cost of cybercrime is expected to rise from $3 trillion today to $6 trillion by 2021.2 This statistic is particularly troublesome news for government agencies responsible for protecting their citizens and corporations defending against crime. In an attempt to address this demand, federal and commercial marketplaces plan to spend $1 trillion globally on cybersecurity products and services between now and 2021.3
"AI starts with data, and if the data is lousy, you're not going to make any great AI," said Bob Friday, co-founder and chief technology officer at AI-driven wireless network company Mist Systems, speaking on a panel about AI in IT. The data coming out of various firewalls, routers, load balancers and other devices that applications depend on varies based on vendors providing the equipment. But enterprises can make the most use of AI if the volumes of data extracted from the various elements within a network are formatted the same way regardless of origin, IT leaders said. Data standardization could be a precursor to large AI-based projects within IT infrastructure, and that conversation has already been going on within the IT community for some time. "Two years ago we were asking ourselves will we ever get to a standardized place … it sounds like that's still not settled," said Neal Secher, senior vice president and head of networks and data center modernization at State Street Corp., at the panel event.
Online shopping is no longer just a fad, it's a lifestyle. People everywhere are taking advantage of the convenience of ordering anything -- and I mean anything -- and having it delivered right to their doorstep. In order to capitalize on this shift in lifestyle, retailers have taken to the ecommerce world and are setting new norms for online businesses across the globe. Ecommerce is continuing to get more and more competitive. With technology constantly evolving, so is the online shopping market.
Razer's senior vice president and general manager Tom Moss is leaving the company for the role of COO at Skydio, a company that focuses on autonomous drones. The announcement, which Moss made via a Medium post, comes right after the mobile company launched the Razer Phone 2, the successor to its first large, gaming-optimized device which launched last year. Moss has played an integral role in the development of smartphones as we know them, working with the early Android team at Google and then starting Nextbit, where he helped develop Baton, the precursor to the many device continuity features we take for granted nowadays. But after 12 years in smartphones, Moss says it's time to "take another leap" and says of autonomous drones that he's "seeing a moment in time where a new technology is going to change so much of our daily lives, and [I'm] damned if I don't want a front row seat this time as well." According to Moss, Skydio is helping propel drones out of the "dumb stage" and into an era of "flying computers."
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Motiv has made a number of significant functional improvements since first releasing its fitness monitoring ring back in 2017, including Android support and sleep tracking. As of today, your Motiv ring will be capable of even more technological feats, though they're not the sorts of tricks one normally associates with fitness wearables. In short, with the app update slated to go live this morning, Motiv rings now serve as 2-factor authentication devices, keeping your digital life as healthy as your real one. The ring offers two different types of 2FA protections: active token authentication, wherein users make specific hand gestures to gain access to their online accounts (which you can see below), and passive biometric identification, which identifies users by their particular walking gaits. The 2FA hand motion is easy to perform, just hold your hand flat with the thumb pointed up, then rotate your wrist back and forth.
A "tech tax" is necessary if the world is to avoid a dystopian future in which AI leads to a concentration of global wealth in the hands of a few thousand people, influential economist Dr Jeffrey Sachs has warned. Speaking to the Guardian, Sachs backed calls for taxation aimed at the largest tech companies, arguing that new technologies were dramatically shifting the income distribution worldwide "from labour to intellectual property (IP) and other capital income." "So rather than cutting capital income taxation, as we've been doing in a race to the bottom, we ought to be finding ways to tax capital income and IP income," Sachs added. "Things like the proposed tech tax are actually a very good idea. The specific form of it is debatable, but the idea is that five companies are worth $3.5tn, basically because of network externalities and information monopolies, and therefore are absolutely right for efficient taxation."
Machine learning is slowly changing the world -- helping cars to "see" the world around them and virtual assistant to understand our questions and commands. Driving forward machine-learning research are companies like Facebook, Google and Baidu -- each of which are identifying new applications for the technology. But how is the field of machine learning changing and what factors are shaping its future direction? Yangqing Jia, director of engineering for Facebook's AI platform team, spoke about the changing nature of the field at the recent AI Conference presented by O'Reilly and Intel AI in London. In supervised learning, the system learns by example, typically by analyzing labelled data, for example, photos annotated to indicate whether they contain a cat.
Behind the excitement and razzmatazz of the NFL London Games in Wembley Stadium lies a new technical reality -- connectivity and data is helping to bring a higher level of understanding to coaches and fans about how players are performing. ZDNet went behind the scenes at the recent Seattle Seahawks versus Oakland Raiders matchup in London to see how Zebra Technologies is tracking and tracing player movements. Zebra has embedded RFID tags in players' shoulder pads to analyse movement, providing metrics such as player speed, distance travelled, acceleration, and deceleration. "It's one thing being able to measure a 40-yard dash by a player with a stopwatch -- that's pretty simple to do," says John Bacon, director of operations for NFL's Next Gen Stats at Zebra Technologies. "But if you need to do that for 22 people simultaneously, well that would take an army at best -- even if you could do that. The technology provides the capability to track the position of every player at all times within inches."