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


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.

Ex-Google exec describes 4 top dangers of artificial intelligence


California's Senate last week advanced a bill that would force Amazon (AMZN) to reveal details behind the productivity-tracking algorithm used in its warehouses; meanwhile, Facebook (FB) this week faced criticism over a Wall Street Journal report finding it knows its Instagram feed makes some teenage girls feel worse about themselves. These developments make up a backlash not necessarily against big tech, so much as its algorithms, which use artificial intelligence (AI) to adapt performance for individual users or employees. In a new interview, AI expert Kai-Fu Lee -- who worked as an executive at Google (GOOG, GOOGL), Apple (AAPL), and Microsoft (MSFT) -- explained the top four dangers of burgeoning AI technology: externalities, personal data risks, inability to explain consequential choices, and warfare. "The single largest danger is autonomous weapons," he says. "That's when AI can be trained to kill, and more specifically trained to assassinate," adds Lee, the co-author of a new book entitled "AI 2041: Ten Visions for Our Future."

CITRIS Core Seed Funding - CITRIS and the Banatao Institute


The CITRIS Seed Funding program issues short-term, targeted awards to further the institute's research priorities for societal benefit, catalyze early results that can lead to significant funding and strengthen connections across UC campuses. Proposals are invited from principal investigators at UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Davis Health, UC Merced and UC Santa Cruz. Awardees embody the university's public mission and the innovative spirit of California. This year, up to 12 CITRIS Seed Awards will be chosen to address "grand challenges" in information technology. Each winning proposal receives $40,000–$60,000 and engagement with the CITRIS research community during the Jan. 1–Dec.

AI-powered ecommerce recommendation engine Constructor nabs $55M


The Transform Technology Summits start October 13th with Low-Code/No Code: Enabling Enterprise Agility. Constructor, a San Francisco, California-based ecommerce personalization startup, today announced that it raised $55 million in a series A round led by Silversmith Capital Partners. The funding, which brings the company's total raised to $61.5 million, will be put toward product development, hiring, and go-to-market efforts, according to CEO Eli Finkelshteyn. Online commerce conversions are well behind in-store -- the average online shop sees less than 3% in conversions. But even though $4.2 trillion was spent on ecommerce platforms in 2020 alone, few ecommerce retailers have invested in a digital merchandising strategy.

Walmart deliveries arrive via autonomous Ford cars


For some Walmart customers, online shopping will soon come with an autonomous twist. The retailer will be partnering with Ford and its self-driving unit, Argo AI, to drop off deliveries to customers' homes in Miami, Austin, and Washington, D.C. Argo AI has been testing its autonomous vehicles in those cities already, but in the coming months it'll drop off groceries and other supplies customers buy through the Walmart app or website. Autonomous delivery pricing will be the same as Walmart's normal delivery fees. Instead of the usual delivery method in a human-powered vehicle, items will be transported in a self-driving car (with a safety driver up front still). Customers will retrieve bags from the car once it arrives.

Physicists Simulate Artificial Brain Networks with New Quantum Materials


Isaac Newton's groundbreaking scientific productivity while isolated from the spread of bubonic plague is legendary. University of California San Diego physicists can now claim a stake in the annals of pandemic-driven science. A team of UC San Diego researchers and colleagues at Purdue University have now simulated the foundation of new types of artificial intelligence computing devices that mimic brain functions, an achievement that resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. By combining new supercomputing materials with specialized oxides, the researchers successfully demonstrated the backbone of networks of circuits and devices that mirror the connectivity of neurons and synapses in biologically based neural networks. Like biologically based systems (left), complex emergent behaviors--which arise when separate components are merged together in a coordinated system--also result from neuromorphic networks made up of quantum-materials-based devices (right).

Money and mind control: Big Tech slams ethics brakes on AI


SAN FRANCISCO (REUTERS) - In September last year, Google's cloud unit looked into using artificial intelligence (AI) to help a financial firm decide whom to lend money to. It turned down the client's idea after weeks of internal discussions, deeming the project too ethically dicey because the AI technology could perpetuate biases like those around race and gender. Since early last year, Google has also blocked new AI features analysing emotions, fearing cultural insensitivity, while Microsoft restricted software mimicking voices and IBM rejected a client request for an advanced facial-recognition system. All these technologies were curbed by panels of executives or other leaders, according to interviews with AI ethics chiefs at the three US technology giants. Reported here for the first time, their vetoes and the deliberations that led to them reflect a nascent industry-wide drive to balance the pursuit of lucrative AI systems with a greater consideration of social responsibility.

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Marktechpost, LLC. is a California-based Artificial Intelligence Media Platform for the latest updates in machine learning, deep learning, and data science research. Marktechpost's key focus is on spreading AI Awareness across the globe. The Marktechpost AI Introductory Course is a basic Artificial Intelligence (AI) Intro Course comprised of four video lectures. This course will cover what AI is, how it works, and why AI is taking off now. Fabio is a data scientist from Italy.

Activision Blizzard employees file unfair labor practice suit against company

Washington Post - Technology News

The lawsuit is one of several against Activision Blizzard, which was previously investigated by California's Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) over claims of widespread sexual harassment and gender-based discrimination. The DFEH sued Activision Blizzard in July, alleging the company had a "frat boy culture" that included gender-based discrimination and harassment. It was followed by a class action suit from shareholders in August that claimed the company had violated federal securities laws.

Apple taps more drivers to test self-driving cars in California


Apple is continuing efforts to advance internal self-driving car technology, with the iPhone maker recently registering more drivers to pilot technology test beds on California roads. In early August, Apple's autonomous vehicle program consisted of 69 test vehicles and 92 pilots, according to filings with California's Department of Motor Vehicles. The number of testbeds has not increased as of Sept. 10, but Apple is now permitted to field 114 registered drivers. As noted by macReports, the increase does not match a peak of 154 driver permits reached in October 2020. It does appear, however, that the tech giant is slowly rebuilding its ranks after nearly halving the number of licensed drivers attached to the program earlier this year.