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Facebook AI Research Is A Game-Changer


For decades, computer programmers have been trying to beat multiplayer games by finding reliable patterns in data. Researchers at Facebook and Carnegie Mellon University published a whitepaper in Science Journal in July that flips this switch. Their software embraces randomness, and it is reliably beating humans at games. Smart bearded person in a classic gray suit is playing poker at casino in smoke sitting at the table... [ ] with chips and cards on it . He is holding a glass of whiskey in his hand and looking away.

What is Image Recognition their functions, algorithm and its uses


The visual performance of Humans is much better than that of computers, probably because of superior high-level image understanding, contextual knowledge, and massively parallel processing. But human capabilities deteriorate drastically after an extended period of surveillance, also certain working environments are either inaccessible or too hazardous for human beings. So for these reasons, automatic recognition systems are developed for various applications. Driven by advances in computing capability and image processing technology, computer mimicry of human vision has recently gained ground in a number of practical applications. Image recognition refers to technologies that identify places, logos, people, objects, buildings, and several other variables in digital images.

Data visualization gets artificial intelligence boost with $5 million NSF grant


Researchers at University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Virginia Tech were awarded a $5 million National Science Foundation grant to synergize two complementary technologies -- large-scale data visualization and artificial intelligence -- to create the Smart Amplified Group Environment (SAGE3) open-source software. SAGE, soon to be on its third iteration as SAGE3, is the most widely used big-data visualization and collaboration software in the world. SAGE and SAGE2 are software to enable data-rich collaboration on high-resolution display walls. SAGE2 moved SAGE into cloud computing and SAGE3 ushers in the inclusion of artificial intelligence. Principal investigator Jason Leigh is a computer and information science professor at University of Hawai'i at Mānoa and the inventor of SAGE.

The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Software Development - ValueWalk


Artificial intelligence is transforming business functions in companies across almost every sector of today's world. The software development industry is no exception. Over the past few years, software development technologies have gone through an enormous transformation thanks to the new advancements of AI in this field. Get the entire 10-part series on Charlie Munger in PDF. Save it to your desktop, read it on your tablet, or email to your colleagues.

Ackroo launches Ackroo BI


Ackroo Inc., a loyalty marketing, gift card and payments technology and services provider, is pleased to announce that they have launched Ackroo BI, Ackroo's business intelligence data services product. As a data driven MarTech company, Ackroo now offers an end to end data solution that combines an Ackroo developed DataWarehouse for ingestion of ALL sales and transaction data, a storage and data transformation tool in order to process, store and sort the ingested information, plus an integrated data presentation and visualization tool for custom dashboards and reports. Clients can also choose to use their own visualization tool and just utilize Ackroo's Enterprise DataWarehouse and leverage the Ackroo data engineering services team to support their data needs. The solution will provide Ackroo merchants a centralized and unified data set to better understand not just their loyalty and gift card data but ALL purchase data in order to make better marketing and business decisions and to truly understand ROI. For Ackroo this means even further differentiation in the marketplace and an additional revenue stream that the Company expects will have a significant impact on their organic growth in the years ahead.

'Face Recognition Risks Chilling Our Ability to Participate in Free Speech'


Janine Jackson interviewed the Center on Privacy and Technology's Clare Garvie about facial recognition rules for the June 26, 2020, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. Janine Jackson: Robert Williams, an African-American man in Detroit, was falsely arrested when an algorithm declared his face a match with security footage of a watch store robbery. Boston City Council voted this week to ban the city's use of facial recognition technology, part of an effort to move resources from law enforcement to community, but also out of concern about dangerous mistakes like that in Williams' case, along with questions about what the technology means for privacy and free speech. As more and more people go out in the streets and protest, what should we know about this powerful tool, and the rules--or lack thereof--governing its use?



As a medical student, I struggle to get the ophthalmoscope focused on the back of the eye, much less identify the optic disc and evaluate if it is abnormal. Wouldn't it be helpful to get some AI assistance with my fundoscopy? As technology continues to advance and permeate the modern healthcare system, we have to assess what these tools can and cannot do, and how well they can do them. Can a computer read X-rays? Can a robot perform surgery?

New robot technology to fight Covid care isolation – IAM Network


New solutions to the Covid-19 crisis in the care sector are being sought by a laboratory that is opening at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. Its creators are confident it is the world's first laboratory studying assisted living that researchers can use remotely. We all need help now and then, but people with physical and mental challenges need it much more, especially if they want to live independently. Real life human helpers have been the norm until now but the coronavirus pandemic has changed things rapidly and radically. Coronavirus: Robot doctor could help with future outbreakThat is why the new multi-disciplinary laboratory is aiming to create affordable technology that can support the care of vulnerable people cut off from human contact. It's not just the care that will be delivered at a distance – the lab itself will be open and remotely accessible.

What Does the Future Hold for Edge Computing?


Edge computing can roughly be defined as the practice of processing and storing data either where it's created or close to where it's generated -- "the edge" -- whether that's a smartphone, an internet-connected machine in a factory or a car. The goal is to reduce latency, or the time it takes for an application to run or a command to execute. While that sometimes involves circumventing the cloud, it can also entail building downsized data centers closer to where users or devices are. Anything that generates a massive amount of data and needs that data to be processed as close to real time as possible can be considered a use case for edge computing: think self-driving cars, augmented reality apps and wearable devices. Edge computing can roughly be defined as the practice of processing and storing data either where it's created or close to where it's generated -- "the edge" -- whether that's a smartphone, an internet-connected machine in a factory or a car.

Iran nuclear site fire hit centrifuge facility, analysts say

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo seized on a U.N. report confirming Iranian weapons were used to attack Saudi Arabia in September and were part of an arms shipment seized months ago off Yemen's coast; State Department correspondent Rich Edson reports. A fire and an explosion struck a centrifuge production plant above Iran's underground Natanz nuclear enrichment facility early Thursday, analysts said, one of the most-tightly guarded sites in all of the Islamic Republic after earlier acts of sabotage there. The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran sought to downplay the fire, calling it an "incident" that only affected an under-construction "industrial shed," spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi said. However, both Kamalvandi and Iranian nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi rushed after the fire to Natanz, a facility earlier targeted by the Stuxnet computer virus and built underground to withstand enemy airstrikes. The fire threatened to rekindle wider tensions across the Middle East, similar to the escalation in January after a U.S. drone strike killed a top Iranian general in Baghdad and Tehran launched a retaliatory ballistic missile attack targeting American forces in Iraq. While offering no cause for Thursday's blaze, Iran's state-run IRNA news agency published a commentary addressing the possibility of sabotage by enemy nations such as Israel and the U.S. following other recent explosions in the country.