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More AI, ease of use will shape Sisense analytics platform


The Sisense analytics platform is known for its augmented analytics capabilities and ease of use, and as it moves forward it will do so with a new leader in charge of its product development. Just over a year after its acquisition of Periscope Data, a purchase that added capabilities aimed at data scientists to the features geared toward business users Sisense was already know for, the New York-based vendor is focused on third-generation analytics in which AI and business intelligence embedded throughout the workflow will be prominent. Most recently, Sisense updated its analytics platform with new natural language query capabilities and introduced Knowledge Graph, a graph analytics engine the vendor developed that was trained on more than 650 billion past analytic events and informs the machine learning capabilities of the query tool. Now, to help shape its vision, Sisense has added Ashley Kramer as its first chief product officer. Kramer began her career as a software engineering manager at NASA.

Nearly half of all coronavirus deaths in US occurred inside nursing homes: report

FOX News

Nearly half of all deaths from the coronavirus in the United States have occurred at nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, according to new reports. The rate of cases to deaths from such facilities has been disproportionate: while only 11 percent of positive cases – around 282,000 – have occurred at nursing homes and long-term care facilities, about 43 percent of deaths – or 54,000 deaths – have come from the same, the New York Times reported. The Times cited its database for the numbers, arguing that some states and the federal government have not provided comprehensive data. The numbers are based on "official confirmations from states, counties and the facilities themselves," as well as some data provided by the federal government, the newspaper said. According to the data, the states with the highest number of deaths in nursing homes were New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania – all of which recorded more than 4,000 deaths in nursing homes.

Florida congressman: Spike in coronavirus cases 'obviously' an indication of increased testing

FOX News

Florida closes bars just three weeks after allowing them to re-open after reporting more than 24,000 new coronavirus cases over the past week. Rep. Greg Steube, R-Fla., pushed back on New York's decision to quarantine travelers from Florida, arguing that the Sunshine State's spike in coronavirus cases is the result of increased testing. "I mean, the first thing is there's 200,000 tests a week that we're doing in Florida so, obviously, you're going to see a spike in the number of positive cases," Steube said during "Cavuto Live" on Saturday. His comments came amid concerns that states like Florida reopened too quickly and were seeing a higher number of cases as a result. Vice President Mike Pence, who leads the White House's coronavirus task force, has maintained that the nation is experiencing the effects of higher testing rates, not hasty reopenings.

Lynch, Pressley launch investigation into Trump administration's drone surveillance of protesters

Boston Herald

U. S. Representatives Stephen F. Lynch and Ayanna Pressley along with a group of other House Democrats have launched an investigation into the Trump administration's surveillance of people protesting last month's killing of an African-American man by a white Minneapolis police officer. "We write with grave concern about the use of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) resources--including drones and armed uniformed officers--to surveil and intimidate peaceful protesters who were exercising their First Amendment rights to protest the murder of George Floyd by the Minneapolis Police Department," the members of the Committee of Oversight and Reform wrote. Lynch, writing as chairman of the Subcommittee on National Security, and Pressley, a member of the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, joined Committee Chairwoman Carolyn B. Maloney of New York; Jamie Raskin of Maryland; and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York in sending a letter to the Department of Homeland Security demanding the Trump Administration explain its use of Customs and Border Patrol resources to conduct surveillance of people protesting George Floyd's killing. CBP admitted to flying a surveillance drone, commonly known as a "Predator B," over protests in Minneapolis on May 29. The drone reportedly was far outside the bounds of CBP's jurisdiction.

Naomi Klein: How big tech plans to profit from the pandemic


For a few fleeting moments during the New York governor Andrew Cuomo's daily coronavirus briefing on Wednesday 6 May, the sombre grimace that has filled our screens for weeks was briefly replaced by something resembling a smile. "We are ready, we're all-in," the governor gushed. "We are New Yorkers, so we're aggressive about it, we're ambitious about it … We realise that change is not only imminent, but it can actually be a friend if done the right way." The inspiration for these uncharacteristically good vibes was a video visit from the former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, who joined the governor's briefing to announce that he will be heading up a panel to reimagine New York state's post-Covid reality, with an emphasis on permanently integrating technology into every aspect of civic life. "The first priorities of what we're trying to do," Schmidt said, "are focused on telehealth, remote learning, and broadband … We need to look for solutions that can be presented now, and accelerated, and use technology to make things better." Lest there be any doubt that the former Google chair's goals were purely benevolent, his video background featured a framed pair of golden angel wings.

States with few virus cases get big share of relief aid

Associated Press

Alaska, Hawaii, Montana and Wyoming are not epicenters of the coronavirus pandemic. Yet these four states scored big this spring when Congress pumped out direct federal aid, while the two hardest-hit states, New York and New Jersey, got comparatively little given the vast numbers of cases and deaths they have seen. An Associated Press analysis shows that states with small populations like these took in an out-sized share of the $150 billion in federal money that was designed to address coronavirus-related expenses, when measured by the number of positive tests for the COVID-19 disease. Their haul ranged from $2 million per positive test in Hawaii to nearly $3.4 million per test in Alaska. In Wyoming, with less than 600 positive cases, the $1.25 billion it received from the congressional package equates to 80 percent of its annual general state budget.

Controversial facial recognition company Clearview AI considered for coronavirus contact tracing

Daily Mail - Science & tech

The controversial facial recognition company Clearview AI is in negotiations with several unnamed federal agencies and three US states to provide contact tracing services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Company founder and CEO Hoan Ton-That confirmed the negotiations were ongoing but declined to specify which agencies or states are considering the company's services. Ton-That said the company has seen growing demand for technical solutions to the COVID-19 pandemic and considers it a good opportunity to expand its business. 'What we understand now is we're in the stage where if we are to open up the economy in a way that's safe for everybody, that we need to be able to test quickly and also trace the people who have been infected and find out who they've been in contact with,' Ton-That told NBC News. Clearview has provided access to its facial recognition software to more than 2,220 different government and law enforcement agencies around the country, including Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the New York Police Department, the US Secret Service, the Drug Enforcement Agency and more.

The Technology 202: The coronavirus could worsen some of Amazon's political problems

Washington Post - Technology News

Amazon's business is booming amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. One of the top tech industry critics in Congress is now calling for the Justice Department to open a new, criminal antitrust investigation of the e-commerce juggernaut. Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) said recent reports indicate the company "has engaged in predatory and exclusionary data practices to build and maintain a monopoly." His letter, addressed to Attorney General William Barr, cites the Wall Street Journal's reporting that Amazon employees used data from third-party sellers to develop competing products. He said government action is even more urgent because of the virus.

The Morning After: How to buy a monitor


Going to the movies was a thing we used to do -- and may do again in the future. However, if you're going to an AMC theater anywhere in the world, you won't find any Universal films. The theater chain declared war once NBCUniversal execs told The Wall Street Journal that they plan on continuing a premium VOD release strategy even after the coronavirus pandemic subsides and theaters reopen. The folks at Universal figure they can do that because Trolls World Tour made a reported $95 million since its straight-to-digital rental debut earlier this month. Warner Bros. has lined up a similar strategy for Scoob! next month, and AMC is clearly trying to scare off others from moving in that direction.

DOD adopts 'ethical principles' for Artificial Intelligence


NEW YORK - The Pentagon is adopting new ethical principles as it prepares to accelerate its use of artificial intelligence technology on the battlefield. The new principles call for people to "exercise appropriate levels of judgment and care" when deploying and using AI systems, such as those that scan aerial imagery to look for targets. Defense Department officials outlined the new approach Monday. "The United States, together with our allies and partners, must accelerate the adoption of AI and lead in its national security applications to maintain our strategic position, prevail on future battlefields, and safeguard the rules-based international order," said Defense Secretary Mark Esper. It follows recommendations made last year by the Defense Innovation Board, a group led by former Google CEO Eric Schmidt.