Companies use OKCupid photos, social media to train face recognition

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With images aggregated from social media platforms, dating sites, or even CCTV footage of a trip to the local coffee shop, companies could be using your face to train a sophisticated facial recognition software. As reported by the New York Times, among the sometimes massive data sets that researchers use to teach artificially intelligent software to recognize faces is a database collected by Stanford researchers called Brainwash. More than 10,000 images of customers at a cafe in San Francisco were collected in 2014 without their knowledge. OKCupid and photo-sharing platforms like Flickr are among for researchers looking to load their databases up with images that help train facial recognition software. That same database was then made available to other academics, including some in China at the National University of Defense Technology.

Bank of England picks gay World War II code-breaker Alan Turing for new £50 bank note

The Japan Times

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Mathematician Alan Turing, whose cracking of a Nazi code helped the Allies to win World War II but who committed suicide after being convicted for homosexuality, will appear on the Bank of England's new £50 banknote, the central bank said Monday. "As the father of computer science and artificial intelligence, as well as war hero, Alan Turing's contributions were far-ranging and path-breaking," BoE Gov. Mark Carney, who took the final decision on the character selection, said. "Turing is a giant on whose shoulders so many now stand." Turing's electro-mechanical machine, a forerunner of modern computers, unraveled the Enigma code used by Nazi Germany and helped give the Allies an advantage in the naval struggle for control of the Atlantic. His work at Bletchley Park, Britain's wartime code-breaking center, was credited with shortening the war and saving many thousands of lives.

Alan Turing, codebreaker and mathematician, to be face of Britain's new 50 pound note

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Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England, speaks in front of the concept design for the new Bank of England fifty pound banknote, featuring mathematician and scientist Alan Turing, during the presentation at the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester, north-west England on July 15, 2019. Alan Turing, a mathematician and codebreaker who deciphered German World War II messages, will appear on Britain's new 50 pound note. The Bank of England made the announcement Monday that Turing, who died in 1954, would appear on the currency and some of his work would also adorn the note. The action continues the posthumous accolades for the scientist, who after the war was charged with gross indecency after admitting to having a homosexual relationship, which was illegal at the time in Britain. To avoid imprisonment, he chose chemical castration with female hormones.

The best Alexa-compatible Prime Day deals of 2019

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Alexa-enabled devices like the Echo or Echo Dot can be used to control smart home products such as the Ring Alarm Kit. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from USA TODAY's newsroom and any business incentives. Prime Day is a great opportunity to find money-saving deals on smart home products that can be controlled using Amazon Alexa on your Echo device. From smart doorbells to pressure cookers, here are the best Alexa-compatible Prime Day deals of 2019.

Billionaire investor Peter Thiel says the FBI and CIA should investigate Google

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If you want to use certain Google features, you'll get a notification urging you to turn the feature on. Billionaire investor Peter Thiel said Sunday that the FBI and the CIA should investigate if Google has been infiltrated by Chinese intelligence, according to a report from Axios. Thiel, a Facebook board member, was speaking at the National Conservatism Conference in Washington, D.C. and his speech focused on three questions that should be presented to the tech giant, Axios said. "Number one, how many foreign intelligence agencies have infiltrated your Manhattan Project for AI (artificial intelligence)?" Thiel reportedly asked. "Number two, does Google's senior management consider itself to have been thoroughly infiltrated by Chinese intelligence?"

Facebook is staring down a record-setting $5 billion fine

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Facebook may be close to putting a Federal Trade Commission investigation behind it. But it faces a variety of other probes in Europe and the U.S., some of which could present it with even bigger headaches. While the $5 billion fine from the FTC, which Facebook has been expecting, is by far the largest the agency has levied on a technology company. When Facebook reported its first-quarter earnings back in April, the company confirmed what many had long suspected: The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) was nearing the end of an investigation into the company following last year's Cambridge Analytica scandal. Numerous media reports suggested that the FTC was considering a record-setting fine to make an example of the social media platform.

ADVA launches industry-first AI-powered service for monitoring of satellite-based timing


"As the 5G era unfolds, accurate, robust network synchronization is becoming more and more essential for a wide range of applications. That's why our SatAware offers so much value. Powered by machine learning and the widest pool of anonymized satellite data, it offers unprecedented assurance and optimization for GNSS-based timing," commented Odd Sandbekkhaug, senior director, service innovation, ADVA. "Our unique hosted analytics solution completely removes the challenge of gathering and understanding a complex set of measurement data. With a monthly or annual subscription, CSPs can access a clear picture of their satellite sync network at any time and carry out predictive maintenance as soon as it's needed. What's more, SatAware just keeps getting better as more training data improves the algorithm's ability to predict problems before services are affected."

Machine Learning for Art - Deep Kitsch or Creative Augmentation?


As he describes them on his site, "These images are an exploration of how a machine learns. They were generated from no more than a handful of training images." All three artists use machine learning models to make art, but they could not be more different. That is because the tools are only a starting point - it is their process which makes their work rich and unique. On the opposite side of the spectrum we have "artists" giving their machine learning models human names and putting wigs on robots to reinforce disingenuous claims that AI is replacing human artists.

AI projects to double – but skills aren't keeping up Verdict


The number of enterprise projects using artificial intelligence (AI) or machine learning (ML), are set to double within the next year, but the skills needed to back such AI projects remain a significant concern. According to research published by Gartner today, the average number of ML or AI projects deployed by companies is set to see dramatic growth over the next few years. At present, companies report an average of four deployed projects using the technologies, but by 2020 this is expected to rise to an average of 10. It will rise even further in subsequent years, with the research and advisory company reporting an average of 20 by 2021 and 35 by 2022. "We see a substantial acceleration in AI adoption this year," said Jim Hare, research vice president at Gartner.

Tech proves accurate in identifying patients with irregular heartbeat


A new method for evaluating electrocardiographic signals has been shown to be more effective than cardiac telemetry in detecting atrial fibrillation in stroke patients. The approach--called electrocardiomatrix--converts two-dimensional signals from the ECG into a three-dimensional matrix that enables fast, accurate and intuitive detection of cardiac arrhythmias, according to researchers at Michigan Medicine. "We validated the use of our technology in a clinical setting, finding the electrocardiomatrix was an accurate method to determine whether a stroke survivor had an Afib," says co-inventor Jimo Borjigin, an associate professor of neurology and molecular and integrative physiology at Michigan Medicine. Borjigin and her colleagues recently published results in the journal Stroke from a single-center, prospective observational study. "Electrocardiomatrix results were compared with the clinical team's medical record documentation of AF identified through telemetry," state the authors.