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Mark Zuckerberg meets EU officials as bloc's new tech rules loom

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LONDON – Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg met top European Union officials on a visit to Brussels on Monday, days before the bloc is expected to release new proposals on regulating artificial intelligence. The billionaire social network founder is the latest U.S. tech executive to make the trip to the headquarters of the EU, which is becoming an increasingly important player in technology regulation. Zuckerberg's visit came as the company warned that potential regulation risked stifling innovation. Zuckerberg met Margrethe Vestager, the EU's powerful executive vice president in charge of making Europe "fit for the digital age." He also had audiences with Thierry Breton, commissioner for the internal market, and Vera Jourova, vice president for values and transparency.


AI-powered temperature screening solution being trialed in Singapore

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Integrated Health Information Systems (IHiS), the national HIT agency in Singapore, has partnered with local healthcare AI startup KroniKare to pilot iThermo – an AI-powered temperature screening solution that screens and identifies those having or showing symptoms of fever. With the growing threat of the COVID-19 (which was recently renamed by the WHO, formerly known as 2019-nCOV), Singapore has officially raised its'Disease Outbreak Response System Condition' (DORSCON) alert level from yellow to orange on 7 February. The DORSCON orange status means that the COVID-19 disease spread in the country is severe but contained. As of 13 February, there are 58 confirmed cases of the disease. As part of the DORSCON orange status, temperature screening and monitoring becomes mandatory for most public spaces.


r/MachineLearning - [Project] Whats the easiest way to execute Tensorflow/Keras model on FPGA

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If you have a good FPGA compiler, don't worry too much about writing efficient mat-mults or convolutions. The downside of having a good FPGA compiler is that it'll optimise the pants off your code -- once lost three days of productivity chasing down why the compiler wired all my output pins to Vcc or Gnd. The day before, I was testing something on the other end of the pipeline, and changed an auto-incrementing register to increment by zero so I could step-through things. I forgot that I hadn't changed it back. The compiler (correctly) deduced that no matter what the input pins were, the output would always be the same.


Experiments in sustainable mobility

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Unless you've been living under a rock for the past few years, you will be well aware of the trend towards more conscious consumption. In part recently, this is because of the Greta Thunberg effect, the rise Elon Musk's Tesla electric vehicles and more sustainable forms of transportation such as Bird and Uber JUMP. The future of our planet is very much front of mind for Gen-Z, and our cities (especially our large ones) are some of the most polluted places on earth. Just a few days ago, the UK government announced that the petrol and diesel ban will be brought forward 5 years to 2035 rather than 2040. To add to this, the UK government announced that to accelerate the shift to zero emission cars, all company cars will pay no company car tax in 2020–2021.


VCUarts Qatar to Host Lecture on Artificial Intelligence and Art - Marhaba l Qatar's Premier Information Guide

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Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar (VCUarts Qatar) is hosting a lecture by Dr James She from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), titled, 'AI and Smartphone Technologies for New Artwork Creation, Interaction and Definition'. The lecture will take place this Tuesday, 18 February, 12:30 pm, at the VCUarts Qatar Atrium. The event is open to everyone. Emerging Artificial Intelligence (AI) and smartphone technologies are making disruptive changes and new possibilities for people in business, manufacturing, travel, education and even art. In this talk, examples of AI and smartphone technologies will be selected to show how recent developments in those technologies could facilitate the creation of, and interaction with, artworks.


The 84 biggest flops, fails, and dead dreams of the decade in tech

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The world never changes quite the way you expect. But at The Verge, we've had a front-row seat while technology has permeated every aspect of our lives over the past decade. Some of the resulting moments -- and gadgets -- arguably defined the decade and the world we live in now. But others we ate up with popcorn in hand, marveling at just how incredibly hard they flopped. This is the decade we learned that crowdfunded gadgets can be utter disasters, even if they don't outright steal your hard-earned cash. It's the decade of wearables, tablets, drones and burning batteries, and of ridiculous valuations for companies that were really good at hiding how little they actually had to offer. Here are 84 things that died hard, often hilariously, to bring us where we are today. Everyone was confused by Google's Nexus Q when it debuted in 2012, including The Verge -- which is probably why the bowling ball of a media streamer crashed and burned before it even came to market.


What Does Facebook's Quite AI Acquisitions Across UK Signify?

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The social media giant Facebook has always been at the forefront of AI advancement. Amid all the controversies and roadblocks in its strive to attain AI leadership, the company is moving forward with innovation and tech developments. These developments are a major result of its acquisitions; small but significant. Facebook's M&A activities are proving to be quite beneficial in its AI journey. Recently, the company acquired Scape Technologies which is a London-based computer vision startup working on location accuracy beyond the capabilities of GPS.


Can artificial intelligence benefit the built environment? - Industry Insights

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There is a debate roaring and it seems to be present every day. But whatever people's views are, it's clear that the implications of AI will have impacts for each and every one of us – both positively and negatively. Over my life time there has been great advances in information and communication technology and this has changed how most of us live, work and play. I just need to think back to University. Facebook was just launching, the iPhone a dream of Steve Jobs and a taxi was something you called a central booking number for.


Cybersecurity tool uses machine learning, honeypots to stop attacks

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In recent months, the FBI issued a high-impact cybersecurity warning in response to increasing attacks on government targets. Government officials have warned major cities such hacks are a disturbing trend likely to continue. Purdue University researchers may help stop some of those threats with a tool designed to alert organizations to cyberattacks. The system is called LIDAR – which stands for lifelong, intelligent, diverse, agile and robust. "The name for this architecture for network security really defines its significant attributes," said Aly El Gamal, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering in Purdue's College of Engineering.


Researchers developing AI that could correct outdated information on Wikipedia

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On Wednesday, MIT News reported that scientists have created an automated text-generating tool powered by artificial intelligence that could update outdated sentences like a human. Instead of relying on volunteers to correct outdated information on Wikipedia, the reference site would soon use a text-generating system "that pinpoints and replaces specific information in relevant Wikipedia sentences, while keeping the language similar to how humans write and edit." According to a paper by MIT researchers, the AI tool would still rely on humans to input information. However, they would not need to do so in a formalized or structured fashion; there would be no need to be concerned with style or grammar. The model would then search Wikipedia to locate the sentence with outdated information, and rewrite it with human-like construction.