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Goonhilly given almost £1 million to develop artificial intelligence

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The fund is aimed at pushing on projects that will help local areas recover from the impact of Covid-19. Goonhilly is working with the University of Oxford, University of Manchester, University of Leeds and University of Hertfordshire on the institute. It will include space for companies to come and use the facilities at Goonhilly and work with the team on ideas. The idea is that the mathematics involved in a number of fields, including radio astronomy, artificial intelligence and machine learning, are closely connected and so the team is using members' skills in each area to apply algorithms developed in one field to solve problems in another. Meanwhile the Receiver Factory is an advanced manufacturing facility that can be used to develop Goonhilly's own equipment, to make sure its services are at the leading edge of technology, and also to build products to print for third parties.


Council of Europe starts work on legally-binding AI treaty – Government & civil service news

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The Council of Europe is working on a future legal framework to regulate the use of artificial intelligence (AI) across all 47 member states. The Council's Ad hoc Committee on Artificial Intelligence (CAHAI) held a three-day meeting on 6-8 July attended by around 150 international experts. The purpose of the meeting was to draw up "concrete proposals on the feasibility study of a future legal framework on artificial intelligence based on human rights, democracy and the rule of law," according to the Council. Representatives from all 47 member states, including Russia, attended the online meeting alongside delegates from'observer states' (USA, Canada, Japan, Mexico, the Vatican and Israel) and AI experts drawn from civil society, academia, and business. Other international organisations such as the EU, OECD and the UN will also contribute to CAHAI's work on potential AI regulation.


Pepper the robot can politely suggest you wear a damn mask

Engadget

We've seen Pepper, the cutesy robotic butler, provide customer service, offer info at train stations, sell smartphones and take your Pizza Hut order. Now, Pepper has a new public health mission. The humanoid is scanning faces to determine whether people are wearing masks. To help slow the spread of COVID-19, countries like France are requiring people over the age of 11 to wear masks in closed public places. Other European countries have similar rules, so SoftBank Robotics Europe is rolling out a new free update that allows Pepper to detect face masks.


Cloud gaming hits Xbox Game Pass Ultimate on September 15th

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Microsoft's video game streaming technology, Project xCloud, will come to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate on September 15th, at no additional cost to members. The initial rollout covers 22 countries across North America, Europe and South Korea, and gives players access to more than 100 games, including Destiny 2, Gears 5, Minecraft: Dungeons, The Outer Worlds, Sea of Thieves and Yakuza Kiwami 2. Microsoft revealed in July that xCloud would be rolled into Game Pass Ultimate in September, but didn't share an exact date or specific titles coming to the service. Today, Microsoft listed the names of 36 games heading to Game Pass Ultimate via xCloud, and we've published those at the end of the article. Project xCloud makes Xbox console games playable on Android smartphones and tablets, streamed in over WiFi or cellular data. It's been live in beta since October 2019, and it's proven to be one of the most consistent, steadily-growing streaming services out there.


Tesla owner banned from driving after crash – and it's not over Autopilot

ZDNet

A German court has fined and banned a Tesla owner from driving for one month after a crash that happened while the driver was using the car's built-in touchscreen dashboard to adjust windshield-wiper settings. Surprisingly, this case didn't involve Tesla's Autopilot system, which was activated in multiple crashes in the US and has drawn sharp criticism from the US National Transportation Safety Board. As reported by German tech site Golem, a regional court judge in Germany decided that the Tesla S's touchscreen user interface for controlling the intervals of the windshield wiper required too much attention from the driver. It therefore found him in breach of road-traffic regulations designed to stop people being distracted by their phones while driving. The decision, made in the Karlsruhe district court, involved a non-fatal crash in heavy rain on a federal highway.


Oxford University Introduces New Commission to Address AI Governance in Public Policy

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A new commission has been formed by Oxford University to advise world leaders on effective ways to use Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning in public administration and governance. The Oxford Commission on AI and Good Governance (OxCAIGG) will bring together academics, technology experts and policymakers to analyse the AI implementation and procurement challenges faced by governments around the world. Led by the Oxford Internet Institute, the Commission will make recommendations on how AI–related tools can be adapted and adopted by policymakers for good governance now and in the near future. The new Commission's inaugural thinkpiece, "Four Principles for Integrating AI & Good Governance" by Lisa-Maria Neudert and Philip Howard examines the procurement and use of AI by government and public agencies. The report outlines four significant challenges relating to AI development and application that need to be overcome for AI to be put to work for good governance and leverage it as a'force for good' in government responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.


AI Model Mimics Brain Neurons to Reduce Energy Costs

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Deployed for AI, e-prop would require only 20 watts, approximately one-millionth the energy a supercomputer uses. Artificial intelligence models continue to grow in sophistication and complexity, adding to the need for more data, computation, and energy. To help combat increasing energy costs, researchers at TU Graz's Institute of Theoretical Computer Science have developed a new algorithm, called e-propagation (e-prop for short). E-prop mimics how neurons send electrical impulses to other neurons in our brain, which massively reduces the amount of energy human brains use, in comparison to machine learning. Deployed for AI, e-prop would require only 20 watts, approximately one-millionth the energy a supercomputer uses.


Virtual house hunting gets a pandemic boost

BBC News

Temporarily forgetting she is sitting beside me, I shout to my wife: "I'm in the children's bedroom." We can't go to the Republic of Ireland ourselves to do this. Travellers from Great Britain need to restrict their movements for a fortnight, so nipping over and back is off the cards. But I can take several paces through a virtual seaside flat in Dublin's Dún Laoghaire, while based in our south London home. Circles appear on the floor of the Dublin flat and, using hand controls, I can glide between them and explore.


AIBotics Go-Digital Series 2020 Showcases AI and Robotic Innovations to Augment Human Potential

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Asia Pacific Assistive Robotics Association (APARA), a non-profit organization founded to facilitate adoption and augmentation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotics, today announced AIBotics Go-Digital Series 2020, an AI and Robotics event themed around'Augmenting the Human Potential', will be launched between August and November 2020, aiming to facilitate the increasing dependency on AI technology into improving human lives. An international event endorsed and supported by the International Alliance of Robotics Associations (IARA) and a number of global and regional partners including the University of Oxford, the ASEAN Smart Cities Network, Japan Science & Technology Agency, the Malaysian Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Association, among others, AIBotics Go-Digital Series 2020 reviews ethical and responsible AI and robotics innovations through webinars and a virtual exhibition 24 hours a day, seven days a week from August for four months, bringing together renowned industry experts as well as a number of projects and innovative solutions from all around the world. To enable a smart, seamless and sustainable digital conferencing experience, APARA is collaborating with Tencent Cloud, the official conferencing solution provider of AIBotics Go-Digital Series 2020, to bring visitors and delegates a series of power-packed webinars and a virtual exhibition through Tencent Cloud Conference (TCC) solutions which have been widely adopted by local and overseas organizations and enterprises at online and digital business conferences, annual meetings, road shows, lectures, industry forums, among others. "As we adjust to the'new normal' brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, AI has also become much more mainstream while allowing gatherings and business meetings to be held amid current circumstances. We are excited to present AIBotics Go-Digital Series 2020, highlighting how AI and Robotics can truly augment human potential, which is a timely message in light of the virus-related disruptions globally," said Shanlynn Lee, President of APARA.


Image-scaling attacks highlight dangers of adversarial machine learning

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This article is part of our reviews of AI research papers, a series of posts that explore the latest findings in artificial intelligence. We usually don't expect the image of a teacup to turn into a cat when we zoom out. But in the world of artificial intelligence research, strange things can happen. Researchers at Germany's Technische Universität Braunschweig have shown that carefully modifying the pixel values of digital photos can turn them into a completely different image when they are downscaled. What's concerning is the implications these modifications can have for AI algorithms.