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Innovation Trailblazers Webinar Mini Series - Digital Transformation 2.0 Acceleration Frameworks - 2021 - Silicon Valley Insurance Accelerator

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This series defines that environment & provides a framework to align current efforts with a 2.0 Future. What are the 2.0 Underwriting Requirements? How are new data sources, machine learning and AI, and RPA automation being used to address them? How does that change digital transformation efforts. One of InsurTech's top influencers, author, speaker and consultant in connected insurance, innovation, transformation and leadership.


New institute aims to unlock the secrets of corn using artificial intelligence

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Iowa State University researchers are growing two kinds of corn plants. If you drive past the many fields near the university's campus in Ames, you can see row after row of the first. But the second exists in a location that hasn't been completely explored yet: cyberspace. The researchers, part of the AI Institute for Resilient Agriculture, are using photos, sensor data and artificial intelligence to create "digital twins" of corn plants that, through analysis, can lead to a better understanding of their real-life counterparts. They hope the resulting software and techniques will lead to better management, improved breeding, and ultimately, smarter crops.


Department of Commerce Establishes National Artificial Intelligence Advisory Committee - Hstoday

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo announced Wednesday that the Commerce Department has established a high-level committee to advise the president and other federal agencies on a range of issues related to artificial intelligence (AI). Working with the National AI Initiative Office (NAIIO) in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), the department is now seeking to recruit top-level candidates to serve on the committee. A formal notice describing the National Artificial Intelligence Advisory Committee (NAIAC) and the call for nominations for the committee and its Subcommittee on Artificial Intelligence and Law Enforcement appear in the Federal Register published today. With AI already changing how society addresses economic competitiveness, national security challenges, and equitable opportunities, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and its researchers are dedicated to ensuring AI technologies are developed and used in a trustworthy and responsible manner that allows for accuracy, security, explainability and interpretability, reliability, privacy, safety, and the mitigation of bias. Trustworthy data, standards, and integration of machine learning and AI in applications are critical for the successful deployment of new technologies and the identification and mitigation of sources of algorithmic bias.


Council Post: How AI Will Drive The Precision Health Research Revolution Through 2030

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Praduman Jain is CEO and founder of Vibrent Health, a digital health technology company powering the future of precision medicine. There has been quite a bit of hype over the last several years about how artificial intelligence (AI) would transform health care. Translating the predictive power of AI algorithms into research methods and clinical practice, however, has proved challenging, which inevitably leads to disillusionment. But rather than getting frustrated with AI and machine learning, I would argue that strategic and ethical deployment of artificial intelligence will, by necessity, be central to the success of precision health research over the next decade. Several factors are coming together to make AI more critical to progress.


Making the case for artificial intelligence

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) has opened myriad possibilities to make life better--faster, more efficient, cheaper. At the same time, using data and machines to speed things up has also increased the chances of lost human connections, missed steps in deliberation, and over-simplification of life's messiness. The Utah Informatics Initiative (UI2) and Tanner Humanities Center are hosting a virtual symposium Sept. 21 and 22 to explore the facets of AI's role in society. The University of Utah is uniquely situated as the host for these discussions, said Mike Kirby, UI2 director. The U has a notable cohort of researchers studying informatics, data science and machine learning, while working alongside interdisciplinary partners in the humanities and arts.


Walmart to launch autonomous delivery service with Ford and Argo AI – TechCrunch

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Walmart has tapped Argo AI and Ford to launch an autonomous vehicle delivery service in Austin, Miami and Washington, D.C., the companies said Wednesday. The service will allow customers to place online orders for groceries and other items using Walmart's ordering platform. Argo's cloud-based infrastructure will be integrated with Walmart's online platform, routing the orders and scheduling package deliveries to customers' homes. Initially, the commercial service will be limited to specific geographic areas in each city and will expand over time. The companies will begin testing later this year.


Artificial intelligence for the masses

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It takes real intelligence and plenty of collaborative muscle to harness the potential of artificial intelligence. Most of us can barely grasp the concept of human-made machines learning how to process and analyze enormous amounts of data, then using that mass of information to understand things at new scales and in new combinations, delivering useful insights that our brains would never be able to produce on their own. Now University of Delaware Prof. Rudolf Eigenmann, interim chair of the Department of Computer and Information Sciences and professor of electrical and computer engineering, is playing a critical role in a new $20 million National Science Foundation-supported project designed to expand access to artificial intelligence. AI for the masses, you might call it. The project, called the NSF AI Institute for Intelligent Cyberinfrastructure with Computational Learning in the Environment (ICICLE), is one of 11 new National Artificial Intelligence Research Institutes the NSF announced recently. It is the second year of such investment by NSF.


Initiative aims to spur innovation by connecting, analyzing data bases - Indianapolis Business Journal

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Fueled with a $36 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc., the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership has launched an initiative called AnalytiXIN to promote innovations in data science throughout Indiana. Build connections between Indiana's manufacturing and life sciences companies and the university researchers who can help them use artificial intelligence and advanced data analytics to tackle big challenges like reducing a factory's carbon footprint or improving worker health. "This is one way to ensure early that these kinds of critical collaborations are happening," said David Johnson, president and CEO of the Indianapolis-based Central Indiana Corporate Partnership. About half of the $36 million will be used to hire university-level data-science researchers, some of whom will be based at 16 Tech in Indianapolis. The other half will go toward the creation of "data lakes," or large data sets built from information from multiple contributors.


FTC says health apps must notify consumers about data breaches -- or face fines – TechCrunch

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The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has warned apps and devices that collect personal health information must notify consumers if their data is breached or shared with third parties without their permission. In a 3-2 vote on Wednesday, the FTC agreed on a new policy statement to clarify a decade-old 2009 Health Breach Notification Rule, which requires companies handling health records to notify consumers if their data is accessed without permission, such as the result of a breach. This has now been extended to apply to health apps and devices -- specifically calling out apps that track fertility data, fitness, and blood glucose -- which "too often fail to invest in adequate privacy and data security," according to FTC chair Lina Khan. "Digital apps are routinely caught playing fast and loose with user data, leaving users' sensitive health information susceptible to hacks and breaches," said Khan in a statement, pointing to a study published this year in the British Medical Journal that found health apps suffer from "serious problems" ranging from the insecure transmission of user data to the unauthorized sharing of data with advertisers. There have also been a number of recent high-profile breaches involving health apps in recent years. Babylon Health, a U.K. AI chatbot and telehealth startup, last year suffered a data breach after a "software error" allowed users to access other patients' video consultations, while period tracking app Flo was recently found to be sharing users' health data with third-party analytics and marketing services.


Republicans may abandon infrastructure bill because Pelosi 'linked' it with reconciliation: GOP Rep. Johnson

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Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. As Democrats charge ahead with writing their massive $3.5 trillion spending bill, which they aim to pass on a party-line vote through budget reconciliation, at least one moderate Republican is warning the bipartisan infrastructure bill may lose GOP votes because it's too intertwined with the reconciliation bill. "I think Nancy Pelosi did this whole process a real disservice by linking them together so strongly and she continues to do that. And that makes it very difficult to bring Republicans to the party," Dusty Johnson, R-S.D., a member of the Problem Solvers Caucus (PSC), told Fox News Wednesday.