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The Church of Artificial Intelligence of the Future - The Stream

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There is a church that worships artificial intelligence (AI). Zealots believe that an extraordinary AI future is inevitable. The technology is not here yet, but we are assured that it's coming. We will have the ability to be uploaded onto a computer and thereby achieve immortality. You will be reborn into a new, immortal silicon body.


Community colleges can become America's AI incubators

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Millions of students attend community colleges every year, with almost 1,300 schools located in every corner of the United States. With their large student bodies, community colleges are a massive source of potential for expanding the artificial intelligence (AI) workforce, but employers and policymakers alike sorely underestimate their potential. If the United States aims to maintain its global lead and competitive advantage in AI, it must recognize that community colleges hold a special spot in our education system and are too important to be overlooked any longer. As detailed in a recent study I co-authored as part of Georgetown University's Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET), community colleges have the potential to support the country in its mission for superiority in AI. Community colleges could create pathways to good-paying jobs across the United States and become tools for training a new generation of AI-literate workers.


Precision, Accuracy, Scale – And Experience – All Matter With AI

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When it comes to building any platform, the hardware is the easiest part and, for many of us, the fun part. But more than anything else, particularly at the beginning of any data processing revolution, it is experience that matters most. Whether to gain it or buy it. With AI being such a hot commodity, many companies that want to figure out how to weave machine learning into their applications are going to have to buy their experience first and cultivate expertise later. This realization is what caused Christopher Ré, an associate professor of computer science at Stanford University and a member of its Stanford AI Lab, Kunle Olukotun, a professor of electrical engineer at Stanford, and Rodrigo Liang, a chip designer who worked at Hewlett-Packard, Sun Microsystems, and Oracle, to co-found SambaNova Systems, one of a handful of AI startups trying to sell complete platforms to customers looking to add AI to their application mix. The company has raised an enormous $1.1 billion in four rounds of venture funding since its founding in 2017, and counts Google Ventures, Intel Capital, BlackRock, Walden International, SoftBank, and others as backers as it attempts to commercialize its DataScale platform and, more importantly, its Dataflow subscription service, which rolls it all up and puts a monthly fee on the stack and the expertise to help use it. SambaNova's customers have been pretty quiet, but Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory have installed DataScale platforms and are figuring out how to integrate its AI capabilities into the simulation and modeling applications. Timothy Prickett Morgan: I know we have talked many times before during the rise of the "Niagara" T series of many-threaded Sparc processors, and I had to remind myself of that because I am a dataflow engine, not a storage device, after writing so many stories over more than three decades. I thought it was time to have a chat about what SambaNova is seeing out there in the market, but I didn't immediately make the connection that it was you.


Study Says AI Improves Sensitivity of Fracture Detection by 20 Percent

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Researchers have noted that traumatic fractures are among the most commonly missed diagnoses.1,2 However, a new study suggests that artificial intelligence (AI) may have significant benefit in improving the assessment of fractures.3 In the study of 500 patients (268 men and 232 women), researchers compared unassisted assessment of acute fractures versus assessment with the assistance of an FDA-cleared algorithm (Boneview, Gleamer) and stand-alone use of AI. The authors found that AI assisted assessment had a 20 percent higher sensitivity (86 percent) of diagnosing fractures on radiographs in comparison to unassisted assessment (66 percent). The use of AI assistance led to a lower number of false negatives (26) in comparison to unassisted radiograph assessment (64), according to the study.


25 AI Insurance Companies You Should Know

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The insurance industry has always dealt in data, but it hasn't always been able to put that data to optimal use. With the rise of artificial intelligence, which analyzes and learns from massive sets of digital information culled from public and private sources, insurers are embracing the technology's many facets -- from machine learning and natural language processing to robotic process automation and audio/video analysis -- to provide better products. Customers, too, are benefitting from practices like comparative shopping, quick claims processing, around-the-clock service and improved decision management. To get a better sense of how AI impacts the insurance industry, check out these 25 AI insurance applications. Liberty Mutual explores AI through its initiative Solaria Labs, which experiments in areas like computer vision and natural language processing. Auto Damage Estimator is one result of these efforts.


5 ways to avoid artificial intelligence bias with 'responsible AI'

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Over the last few years, responsible AI has gone from a niche concept to a constant headline. Responsible, trustworthy AI is the subject of several documentaries, books, and conferences. The more we make responsible AI an expectation and a known commodity, the more likely we are to make it our reality. This enables us to flourish with more accessible AI. This is our shared goal through the Responsible AI Badge certification programme for senior executives.


Researchers develop AI to find previously undiscovered rock art

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Researchers have developed a process using Machine Learning (ML) methods to find rock art in remote, hard-to-access areas of Australia. The study, co-led by Dr. Andrea Jalandoni, a digital archaeologist from Griffith University's Center for Social and Cultural Research, was published in the Aug. 2022 issue of the Journal of Archaeological Science. In the study, university researchers trained a ML model to detect whether painted rock art was present in an image by feeding it hundreds of images of rock art found in Kakadu National Park. The model achieved an impressive 89% success rate. Dr. Jalandoni told the Australian Associated Press, "Our machine learning model picks up whether an area photographed potentially contains previously undiscovered rock art, scientists can then go in and verify if there is rock art present and do more research."


DIGITIMES: Why are Smart Cities the Future Momentum

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DIGITIMES Research report shows that Taiwan's ICT industry development has shifted from focusing on hardware to hardware/software integration models. The industry is combining big data analysis and AI applications in public IoT to facilitate the development of smart city management. Tools such as IoT, AI, cloud computing, and communications technologies are efficiently integrated with urban infrastructure to ultimately produce economic benefits and improve quality of life. It is estimated that the business opportunities of smart cities will reach $2.6 trillion in 2025, mainly in the Asia Pacific region. This includes sectors such as smart poles, building, parking, monitor, government, transportation, fire protection, water conservancy and WITMED.


Secunet deploys biometrics for EES border control at Zurich Airport, NEC supplies Hong Kong

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German security and biometrics firm Secunet will equip Zurich Airport in Switzerland with its technologies to make the facility compliant with the European Entry/Exit System (EES). The company made the announcement in a blog post, saying the project is based on a 2021 framework agreement between Secunet and the Zurich Cantonal Police. According to Georg Hasse, head of International Sales within the Homeland Security Division at Secunet, the contract is worth over CHF43 million (roughly US$44.75 million) and will run for more than 12 years. The EES scheme will require third-country nationals to register with a facial image and four fingerprints to cross land, sea, and air borders in the Schengen area. The system is designed to increase security and help coordinate international efforts in verifying individuals' identities when traveling.


Without Driver, But With Coyotes: First Ride in a Cruise Robotaxi Through San Francisco

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Tuesday night was the night. I rode in one of Cruise's fleet of driverless robotaxis in San Francisco for the first time. Thanks to an Austrian friend who already had access to the Cruise app, we hopped into one of the driverless cars at around 11 p.m., went out for a few drinks, and then headed back in another Cruise robotaxi, again driverless. Here is the first video with some driverless Cruises we saw while waiting for ours. Also watch out for minute 7:56 to see the coyotes.