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How AI can empower communities and strengthen democracy

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Each Fourth of July for the past five years I've written about AI with the potential to positively impact democratic societies. I return to this question with the hope of shining a light on technology that can strengthen communities, protect privacy and freedoms, or otherwise support the public good. This series is grounded in the principle that artificial intelligence can is capable of not just value extraction, but individual and societal empowerment. While AI solutions often propagate bias, they can also be used to detect that bias. As Dr. Safiya Noble has pointed out, artificial intelligence is one of the critical human rights issues of our lifetimes.


Global Big Data Conference

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Fraym is using artificial intelligence and machine learning to help aid organizations in Africa and South Asia identify populations at risk due to Covid-19 using new geospatial visualizations. Fraym identifies high-risk populations and how to best communicate with them – making it an invaluable tool for more than 40 organizations and governments fighting the pandemic, including the Nigerian CDC, Kenyan presidential office, Zambian public health policymakers and aid organizations in Pakistan. Fraym has mapped communities based on concentrations of common transmission variables and then combined this with data from household surveys and remote sensing data, to then understand how these individuals consume news at a hyper-local level. The company is providing this information, which is at a 1-square kilometer level, for free to help fight the spread of Covid19. Since March 2020, Fraym has produced more than 300 COVID-19 related data layers in nearly 20 different countries.


A.Iron Maiden? Artificial Intelligence Creates 'Iron Maiden' Song 'Power Gravy'!

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Funk Turkey is a pseudonym and stage name of Arkansas parody/comedy musician and producer Kirt Connor. The YouTuber recently used artificial intelligence to create a new "Metallica" and "Nirvana" songs, which we recently shared here on Dread Central. If you missed them, check it out "Deliverance Rides" and "Smother" by following the links below. Artificial Intelligence Creates "Metallica Song" That's Pretty Hilarious Artificial Intelligence Creates "Nirvana Song" That's Pretty On Point Funk Turkey's latest A.I.-scribed ditty is in the style of Iron Maiden. "Power Gravy" is really… something!


Samsung, IBM, Tencent Lead AI Patent Race, Europe Lags - insideHPC

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Three companies – Samsung, IBM and Tencent – dominate the global AI patent race over the past 10 years, while fierce competition between the U.S, and China overshadows other countries and regions, including the EU. These are the key findings of OxFirst, a specialist in IP law and economics (and spin out of Oxford University), which also reported that multiple neural nets, machine learning and speech recognition are driving the market. "Patents are mainly filed in the area of interconnectivity and system architecture, suggesting that top players focus primarily on protecting technologies covering multiple neural nets," OxFirst said in its announcement today. "Other areas of crucial importance are ML and bootstrap methods, alongside procedures used during speech recognition processes; e.g. the further establishment of human-machine dialogue." OxFirst said its sector-specific analysis suggests that major companies have focused on AI in the medical space, particularly medical diagnosis, medical simulation and data mining.


[online] Hong Kong Machine Learning Meetup Season 2 Episode 8

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Time: June 15,[masked]:00 PM Hong Kong Illya Barziy - Codependence with MlFinLab Illya will present the MlFinLab package which implements Machine Learning tools for Finance, largely based on the work of Marcos Lopez de Prado. Amongst the many modules (feature engineering, labeling, portfolio optimization, backtest overfitting, ...), Illya will present one in particular: Codependence.


China and AI: What the World Can Learn and What It Should Be Wary of

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China announced in 2017 its ambition to become the world leader in artificial intelligence (AI) by 2030. While the US still leads in absolute terms, China appears to be making more rapid progress than either the US or the EU, and central and local government spending on AI in China is estimated to be in the tens of billions of dollars. The move has led--at least in the West--to warnings of a global AI arms race and concerns about the growing reach of China's authoritarian surveillance state. But treating China as a "villain" in this way is both overly simplistic and potentially costly. While there are undoubtedly aspects of the Chinese government's approach to AI that are highly concerning and rightly should be condemned, it's important that this does not cloud all analysis of China's AI innovation.


Artificial intelligence: Enhancing the use of mobile apps in India

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Artificial Intelligence has transformed the face of the technological world. It is about to enhance everything from a toothbrush, television to the car and other vehicles, where mobile apps are no such exceptions. Earlier, the smartphone models were internet-dependent or cloud-based, but now AI has completely altered its features, thus enhancing it's quality and performance. Smartphones have become an integral and vital part of our lives, and AI is indeed taking the market by storm. With the emergence of AI and its growing inception, smartphone applications have come to the forefront.


Baidu to Ramp Up Investments in Cloud Computing, Artificial Intelligence

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Baidu (NASDAQ: BIDU) is making a big push into cutting-edge IT segments. The company announced Thursday that it will be allocating more capital to investments in developing corners of the market, particularly artificial intelligence (AI), cloud computing, and data centers. This project will unfold over the next 10 years, in an attempt by the China-based company to build out assets for future tech needs. This piggybacks on the Chinese government's ambition to develop what it calls "new infrastructure" throughout the country to dramatically modernize its economy. Baidu did not specify how much it would spend on its new infrastructure efforts.


This AI model has predicted which patients will get the sickest from COVID-19

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To build this tool, we first needed data. We teamed up with an infectious disease specialist, Xiangao Jiang, in Wenzhou, Zhejiang, China. When we started working on this in early January, Wenzhou had the largest outbreak outside of Hubei, of which Wuhan is the capital. Between January and February, Dr. Jiang's team collected and shared with us information from 53 COVID-19 patients at two hospitals. We got data on symptoms like fever, cough and diarrhea, lab values like blood cell counts, kidney function, inflammatory markers and vital signs and also X-rays.


Robots at Dubai Expo 2020 to enrich visitor experience

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Fitted with features such as multi-touch displays, 5G network capability, AI-driven object mapping and object detection, the robots will perform a variety of tasks such as greeting visitors, performing in special displays, and providing visitor assistance, as well as helping with food and beverage delivery and hospitality services. Terminus, a specialist in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT), will set up its first headquarters outside of China, as well as a research and development centre, at District 2020, the human-centric smart city that will repurpose post Expo more than 80 per cent of the site's built environment.