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AI 50: America's Most Promising Artificial Intelligence Companies

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To cut through the spin, Forbes partnered with venture firms Sequoia Capital and Meritech Capital to create our second annual AI 50, a list of private, U.S.-based companies that are using artificial intelligence in meaningful business-oriented ways. To be included, companies had to be privately-held and focused on techniques like machine learning (where systems learn from data to improve on tasks), natural language processing (which enables programs to "understand" written or spoken language), or computer vision (which relates to how machines "see"). The list was compiled through a submission process open to any AI company in the U.S. The application asked companies to provide details on their technology, business model, customers and financials like funding, valuation and revenue history (companies had the option to submit information confidentially, to encourage greater transparency). In total, Forbes received about 400 entries. From there, our VC partners applied an algorithm to identify the 100 with the highest quantitative scores and then a panel of eight expert AI judges identified the 50 most compelling companies.



The e-bike that's scaring one of America's closest allies

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This ebook, based on the latest ZDNet / TechRepublic special feature, examines how driverless cars, trucks, semis, delivery vehicles, drones, and other UAVs are poised to unleash a new level of automation in the enterprise. Ever since I saw The Exorcist in a theater, I've dreaded such dark manipulation, though I've now come to terms with the benefits of green pea soup. I, therefore, suffered several fits of trepidation on learning that an ad had escaped into the world, an ad which -- according to a powerful official body -- was creating a climate of anxiety. What worried me even more was that this was an ad for an e-bike and the official body was French. Yes, one of America's closest allies and the place where laissez-faire originated.


Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality & Automation: Technology For Change

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Melvin Greer is Chief Data Scientist, Americas, Intel Corporation. He is responsible for building Intel's data science platform through graph analytics, machine learning and cognitive computing to accelerate transformation of data into a strategic asset for Public Sector and commercial enterprises. His systems and software engineering experience has resulted in patented inventions in Cloud Computing, Synthetic Biology and IoT Bio-sensors for edge analytics. He significantly advances the body of knowledge in basic research and critical, highly advanced engineering and scientific disciplines. Mr. Greer is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and U.S. National Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine, GUIRR.


Thucydides And The Dragon: Artificial Intelligence And Sino-US Rivalry

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"Made in China" used to mean cheap and poor quality, and probably involving the theft of intellectual property somewhere along the line. That perception has been out of date for many years now. Counterfeiting by Chinese manufacturers is still a major problem in some industries, but the best Chinese companies are world leaders in quality and in innovation. European telecoms utilities are alarmed by Trump's demand that they exclude Huawei components from their 5G rollout programmes: if they comply, their 5G services will be late and expensive. China's two mobile payments giants, Alibaba's Alipay and Tencent's WeChat Pay, both have many more active users than PayPal and Apple Pay combined.


Google Execs Explain How A.I. Can Amplify Racism

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Two Google executives said Friday that bias in artificial intelligence is hurting already marginalized communities in America, and that more needs to be done to ensure that this does not happen. X. Eyeé, outreach lead for responsible innovation at Google, and Angela Williams, policy manager at Google, spoke at (Not IRL) Pride Summit, an event organized by Lesbians Who Tech & Allies, the world's largest technology-focused LGBTQ organization for women, non-binary and trans people around the world. In separate talks, they addressed the ways in which machine learning technology can be used to harm the black community and other communities in America -- and more widely around the world. Bias in algorithms IS NOT JUST A DATA PROBLEM. The choice to use AI can be biased, the way the algorithm learns can be biased, and the way users are impacted/interact with/perceive a system can reinforce bias! checkout @timnitGebru's work to learn more!


Miami-area officials closing beaches for July 4 weekend to curb 'very concerning' coronavirus spike

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Miami beaches will close for the July Fourth weekend due to recent surges in coronavirus cases; Mayor of Miami-Dade County Carlos Gimenez weighs in on'America's News HQ.' Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Giménez told "America's News HQ" on Sunday that he decided to close beaches in the county for the July 4 weekend -- less than a month after reopening -- because he's "very concerned" about the recent surge in coronavirus cases. "It was a tough decision, but I had to make it," Giménez said. "I did not want to overcrowd the beaches with young people, and we've seen a tremendous spike in positive cases from young people and that's very concerning." Miami-Dade County announced its beaches would close from July 3 through July 7. Giménez told "America's News HQ" that parks will be closing at 8 p.m. and "there will be no fireworks coming out of parks." He continued, "You can watch fireworks from your car or your house, but we're not going to have throngs of people."


Conversation on racism and robotics

Robohub

Talking about racism and it's impact on robotics and roboticists was the first conversation in our new biweekly online discussion series "Society, Robots and Us" on alternate Tuesdays at 6pm PDT. It was a generous, honest and painful discussion that I hope has left a lasting impact on everyone who listened. There is systemic racism in America, and this does have an impact on robotics and roboticists in many many ways. The US Senator Elizabeth Warren in conversation today with Alicia Garza from Black Futures Lab said, "America was founded on principles of liberty and freedom, but it was built on the backs of enslaved people. This is a truth we must not ignore. Racism and white supremacy have shaped every crucial aspect of our economy, and our political system for generations now."


Artificial intelligence gathers pace in Latin America ZDNet

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The adoption of artificial intelligence is growing fast in Latin America, with businesses of all sizes deploying the technology to tackle critical issues despite the challenges faced by the regional ecosystem, according to a new report. According to the study by MIT Technology Review produced in partnership with Genesys on trends in AI adoption and the current state and the future of data sharing in Latin America, "there are many opportunities for the region, if it moves quickly." Latin firms are using AI to tackle critical regional issues, including food security, smart cities, natural resources, and unemployment, according to the study, with the level of sophistication of AI projects at almost the same level as other regions. About 80% of large businesses in the region reported having projects underway, with early benefits including increased operational efficiency and management decision-making. This compares with 87% in North America and 95% in Asia-Pacific. The researchers predict that by 2022, AI projects are expected to accelerate, with almost two-thirds of respondents in Latin countries saying they expect 21%-40% of their processes to use AI three years from now, with the areas of fastest growth being logistics and supply chain management, as well as sales and marketing.


For AI, data are harder to come by than you think

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AMAZON'S "GO" STORES are impressive places. The cashier-less shops, which first opened in Seattle in 2018, allow app-wielding customers to pick up items and simply walk out with them. The system uses many sensors, but the bulk of the magic is performed by cameras connected to an AI system that tracks items as they are taken from shelves. Once the shoppers leave with their goods, the bill is calculated and they are automatically charged. Doing that in a crowded shop is not easy.