Second coronavirus case of unknown origin confirmed in California; Oregon confirms first 'community spread' case

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Trump calls out politicization of outbreak; reaction and analysis on'The Five.' A second coronavirus case of unknown origin was confirmed in the state of California on Friday, after a Santa Clara County resident reportedly tested positive for the disease. Meanwhile, state officials in Oregon confirmed the first "community spread" case of the virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that officials are "aware of a second possible instance of community spread of COVID-19 in California," and that the patient has tested positive for the virus and is considered a presumptive positive case, The Associated Press reported. Oregon Health Authority (OHA) officials said Friday that the state's case was "presumptive," as it hadn't yet been confirmed by the CDC, Fox 12 Oregon reported.

Antarctica's Thwaites glacier at risk of collapse and may lead to sea levels rising by two feet

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Antarctica's Thwaites glacier has warm water from three directions well under it threatening to destroy the ice sheet and raise global sea levels by up to two feet. A team of scientists from Oregon State University made the most of ice free waters in West Antarctica to look under the glacier - which is about the size of Great Britain. Warm water from the deep ocean is welling up under the glacier from three different directions and mixing under the ice, the researchers discovered. If it collapses it could take other parts of the ice shelf with it and lead to the single largest driver of sea-level rise this century, lead researcher Erin Pettit told Nature. The £39million study involving UK and US scientists was launched after concerns the increasingly unstable glacier may have already started to collapse.

How Oregon Works: Edelman's global tech sector chair on how to think about AI


I do think there is still a very heavy dose of confusion in terms of how people mix automation, machine learning and artificial intelligence.

Passenger waiting for flight takes over airport screen to play video games

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No word on whether or not the passenger made it to the next level. A passenger waiting for a flight at an Oregon airport needed a bit more screen space for his video game so he plugged his Playstation 4 into a computer screen that had been displaying a map of the airport. Kara Simonds, a spokeswoman for the Port of Portland, told KXL-AM radio in an on-air interview that Portland International Airport staff asked the man to stop gaming on the public map display. He asked if he could finish his game. They said no, and the situation resolved peacefully.

Digging into Artificial Intelligence


Abstract: Is AI ready for prime time? What steps can #CIOs take to bring it into their companies? And what will AI's impact be? In the early 90s, I went to first AI Congress which was held in Portland Oregon. I remember that every major company was represented at this event.

12-in-1: Facebook AI's New Framework Tackles Multiple Vision-and-Language Tasks


In recent years researchers in the busy deep learning, computer vision and natural language processing communities have all become increasingly interested in vision and language (V&L). A compelling reason to study language and vision jointly is the promise of language as a universal and natural interface for visual reasoning problems -- useful in both specifying a wide range of problems and communicating AI responses. However, previous research in visually-grounded language understanding have been mostly task-specific. Researchers from the Facebook AI Research, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Oregon State University found that the skills required for different V&L tasks such as visual question answering and caption-based image retrieval overlap significantly, thanks mainly to the rise of V&L general architectures. The wide variety of independent V&L tasks motivated these researchers explore ways to consolidate some of them -- and the result of their efforts is an all-in-one model that learns from 12 supporting datasets of four broad categories of V&L tasks.

What Drove The AI Renaissance?


It is the present-day darling of the tech world. The current renaissance of Artificial Intelligence (AI) with its sister discipline Machine Learning (ML) has led every IT firm worth its salt to engineer some form of AI onto its platform, into its toolsets and throughout its software applications. IBM CEO Ginni Rometty has already proclaimed that AI will change 100 percent of jobs over the next decade. And yes, she does mean everybody's job from yours to mine and onward to the role of grain farmers in Egypt, pastry chefs in Paris and dog walkers in Oregon i.e. every job. We will now be able to help direct all workers' actions and behavior with a new degree of intelligence that comes from predictive analytics, all stemming from the AI engines we will now increasingly depend upon.

Green Dreams: Agilyx and GE Enter Agreement to Advance the Circular Economy for Plastics


Imagine a world where plastic materials would never go to waste. Agilyx Corporation ("Agilyx"), the leader in chemical recycling of post-use plastics back into plastics chemicals and low carbon fuels, today announced a dynamic collaboration in artificial intelligence (AI) technology with the General Electric Company through its Licensing business unit that would bring the world closer than ever to making this green dream possible. Combining Agilyx's deep domain experience in chemical recycling with GE's vast experience in the application of Industrial AI, the two companies are aiming to increase the chemical recyclability of all post-use plastics from the current 10% to over 95%. This announcement is the result of a year-long, successful effort to assess GE's advanced modeling technology developed by GE Research, and its applicability to the database of chemical conversions of post-use plastics that Agilyx has amassed over the last 15 years. Together, the companies can greatly improve recycling rates by deploying an innovative set of artificial intelligence ("AI") technologies, including machine learning ("ML"), predictive modeling ("PM") and optimization tools, in combination with other supply chain innovations in partnership with a growing number of diverse leaders in the waste and recycling, petrochemical, consumer goods products and retail industries.

Portland, the largest city in Oregon, plans to propose first facial recognition ban affecting private companies

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The city of Portland, Oregon, is considering a unique ban on facial recognition software that could limit how private companies use it. Current bans on facial recognition technology, such as ones in San Francisco and Oakland, California, only affect city agencies such as police departments. If the Portland City Council passes the pending legislation next year, officials may copy those efforts and add private retailers and airlines to the ban. Portland Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty is spearheading the proposed ban, citing concerns of privacy, consent and civil rights. "The technology is currently extremely biased against people of color and women," Hardesty said at a September work session on the ban.