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ALTAI - The Assessment List on Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence


Welcome to the ALTAI portal! The Assessment List for Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence (ALTAI), is a practical tool that helps business and organisations to self-assess the trustworthiness of their AI systems under development. The AI HLEG translated these requirements into a detailed Assessment List, taking into account feedback from a six month long piloting process within the European AI community. Furthermore, to demonstrate the capability of such an Assessment List the Vice-Chair of the AI HLEG and his team at the Insight Centre for Data Analytics at University College Cork, developed a prototype web based tool, to practically guide developers and deployers of AI through an accessible and dynamic checklist. You can create an ALTAI account here.

AI Predicts Humans Have an Ancestor We Don't Even Know About Yet


Using artificial intelligence, a number of European evolutionary biologists now believe that humans have an ancient ancestor whose identity is unknown to modern science. The ancestor, based out of Asia, would have been a hybrid of Neanderthals and Denisovans, a subspecies of archaic humans. The Denisovans are less well-known than the famous Neanderthals, but the two were separate groups who split off from their common ancestor around 744,000 years ago. While Neanderthals settled in Europe and parts of western Asia, Denisovan remains have been found in central Asia and Siberia--their name comes from the Denisova Cave in the Siberian Altai Mountains, where a Denisovan bone was first discovered in 2008. The groups were genetically independent from each other.

'Look, THERE it is!' Park ranger claims to capture China's 'Loch Ness monster' lurking under a lake

Daily Mail - Science & tech

A park worker claimed to have seen China's most renowned lake monster swimming under the water surface. Wang Xin'an, from Xinjiang, captured four mysterious moving objects swimming in the Kanas Lake on his mobile phone when he patrolled the scenic spot yesterday. Mr Wang was convinced that the eerie waves were made by the Kanas Lake monster, which has been compared to the Loch Ness monster in Scotland. Mr Wang told a reporter: 'I don't think they were waves. They were moving against the direction of the water currents.'

Mongolian mummy buried in 'Adidas boots' 1,100 years ago

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Intriguing new details have emerged about a medieval mummy known for her'Adidas' boots - which she wore more than a millennia ago. The body of the woman was discovered a year ago this week in the Altai mountains region of Mongolia. And her body and possessions remained so remarkably preserved that experts are still uncovering some of the secrets they keep. Now, scientists have discovered that the mummy suffered a significant blow to the head before her death. Experts from the Centre of Cultural Heritage of Mongolia believe the body of a woman found in April last year, died up to 1,100 years ago.

Drawings of woolly mammoths and rhinos at least 15,000 years old

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Amazing rock art depicting'woolly mammoths and rhinos' were created by an ancient man at least 15,000 years ago, says a new study. The petroglyphs straddling the border between Russia and Mongolia are 7,000 years older than previously thought. The finds at the ancient alfresco'art gallery' have been confirmed in a detailed study by scientists. The team looked at etchings on the Ukok plateau, Russia's Altai Republic, as well as Baga-Oygur and Tsagaan-Salaa in northwestern Mongolia They depict rhinoceroses and the extinct woolly mammoths, rather than fantastical creatures with trunks, as earlier suspected. It is known the woolly beasts became extinct in this region some 15,000 years ago which means the rock depictions by Palaeolithic artists are at least this old.