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Imported self-driving shuttles have an edge over their U.S. rivals

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Two of Local Motors' competitors -- EasyMile and Navya -- import their vehicles from France and are able to get exemptions for R&D purposes. Local Motors is petitioning the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, complaining that "smaller, innovative American vehicle manufacturers" like themselves are at a disadvantage, hindering competitiveness and endangering American leadership in autonomy and new technology development. "American companies creating American jobs building American cars have a higher bar to get vehicles on the road for purposes of research and testing than foreign companies importing vehicles," David Woessner, head of regulatory affairs for Local Motors, tells Axios. "The technology is moving faster than the regulatory environment can keep up with," adds Randell Iwasaki, executive director of Contra Costa Transportation Authority, which is trying to deploy both U.S. and foreign-made shuttles on public roads. Two of Local Motors' competitors -- EasyMile and Navya -- import their vehicles from France and are able to get exemptions for R&D purposes.


DeepMind's AI predicts kidney injury up to 48 hours before it happens TMG Pulse

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Acute kidney injury, or AKI, is a condition in which the kidneys stop filtering waste products from the blood. It occurs quickly (in two days or less) and debilitates an estimated 1 in 5 hospitalized patients in the U.K. and 1 in 4 hospitalized patients in the U.S. Worse still, because it's difficult to detect, AKI kills upwards of 600,000 people annually in both countries combined despite the more than $1.2 billion (£1 billion) the U.K.'s National Health Service (NHS) spends treating it each year. The U.K.-based AI research firm said it's made progress toward automated systems addressing the 11% of failures to detect AKI deterioration in U.S. hospitals and the 30% of preventable cases globally. Over the course of two separate joint studies conducted with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust (RFL), DeepMind's health care division -- DeepMind Health -- investigated ways to flag AKI warning signs clinicians might otherwise fail to spot. The resulting pair of papers published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR) and Nature Digital Medicine reveal the fruit of the organizations' labor: an algorithm that can predict the presence of AKI up to 48 hours in advance and an app that cuts missed AKI cases from 12.4% to 3.3%.


Andrew Yang gets why Donald Trump won. He won't be president but he deserves attention.

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I know, I know: Andrew Yang is not going to be the Democratic nominee for president in 2020. Yang somehow made the cut to participate in last week's third Democratic debate, clearing the fundraising and polling thresholds the party established in an effort to winnow its presidential field. But he did little to persuade viewers who remained alert throughout that three-hour marathon that he will be a factor in the primaries to come. So I'm not writing this to suggest that the political oddsmakers should be taking Yang's dark-horse candidacy more seriously, or that Yang would be getting more respect if the average Democratic voter were as far-sighted as he is. I simply want to acknowledge that he is the only candidate talking about an issue that seems likely to loom larger in presidential campaigns to come, and suggest that critics who scoff at his signature proposal for a universal basic income may feel compelled to examine it more closely in the decade ahead -- especially if Yang's forecast of an artificial intelligence-induced tsunami of unemployment prove prescient.


Ex-Google worker fears 'killer robots' could cause mass atrocities

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A new generation of autonomous weapons or "killer robots" could accidentally start a war or cause mass atrocities, a former top Google software engineer has warned. Laura Nolan, who resigned from Google last year in protest at being sent to work on a project to dramatically enhance US military drone technology, has called for all AI killing machines not operated by humans to be banned. Nolan said killer robots not guided by human remote control should be outlawed by the same type of international treaty that bans chemical weapons. Unlike drones, which are controlled by military teams often thousands of miles away from where the flying weapon is being deployed, Nolan said killer robots have the potential to do "calamitous things that they were not originally programmed for". There is no suggestion that Google is involved in the development of autonomous weapons systems.


California Bans Facial Recognition From Police Body Cams Silicon UK Tech News

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Concern at the use of facial recognition technology continues as California lawmakers ban its use for the body cameras used by state and local law enforcement officers. It comes after civil rights campaign group in the US called ACLU ran a picture of every California state legislator through a facial-recognition program that matches facial pictures to a database of 25,000 criminal mugshots. The test saw the facial recognition program falsely flag 26 legislators as criminals. And to make matters worse, more than half of the falsely matched lawmakers were people of colour, according to the ACLU. Officials in San Francisco have already banned the use of facial recognition technology, meaning that local agencies, such as the local police force and other city agencies such as transportation would not be able to utilise the technology in any of their systems.


Will Hurd wants a national AI strategy before he leaves office - FedScoop

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Rep. Will Hurd continues to campaign for an American national strategy around artificial intelligence, and the Texas Republican told FedScoop it's something he hopes to get done before the end of his final term in Congress. After explaining his ideal outline for the strategy during a keynote at the Dell Technologies Forum on Thursday, he told FedScoop, "this is on my list for the next 14 months" before he leaves office. Hurd recently announced he won't run for re-election in 2020. "We have to ensure America leads in artificial intelligence, quantum computing and other technologies that are going to define the course of this century," Hurd said. "That's why government should work on things like a national strategy to coordinate across government and academia and the private sector to advance research and development and adoption of artificial intelligence."


AI for Physical Security – Analytics Jobs

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As of today, lots of companies state to assist security firms, the army, in addition to consumers prevent crime and defend their private, homes, and buildings belongings. This particular article intends to offer business leaders in the security space with a concept of what they are able to presently expect from Ai in the business of theirs. We wish this report allows company leaders in security to garner insights they are able to confidently relay to the executive teams of theirs so they are able to make educated choices when thinking about AI adoption. At the minimum, this article intends to serve as a technique of decreasing the time industry leaders in physical security spend researching AI businesses with whom they might (or might not) be keen on working. Evolv Technology claims to offer a physical security system that consists of the Evolve Edgepersonnel threat screening machine that works with the Evolv Pinpoint automated facial recognition application.


To understand artificial intelligence in 2019, watch this 1960 TV show

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"If the computer is this important, why haven't I heard more about it?" "Well, the computer is a relatively new thing, and we're just really getting an appreciation for the full range of its usefulness. Many people think that it's going to spark a revolution that will change the face of the earth almost as much as the first industrial revolution did." The skeptic posing the question is David Wayne, a crusty actor familiar to audiences of the time from movies such as Adam's Rib and TV shows like The Twilight Zone. The two men are cohosts of "The Thinking Machine," a documentary about artificial intelligence aired as part of a CBS series called Tomorrow, which the network produced in conjunction with MIT.


Why Weather Data Is the Hottest New Commodity for Brands and Businesses

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Had the severity grown to crisis levels, Lucas McDonald, a former TV weatherman who leads the chain's emergency operations, might have called in dozens of workers to support the handful who are posted at the division's command center in 24/7 shifts. The full-house team--typically assembled only a few times a year--would help coordinate relief efforts, adjust supply routes and disseminate information to affected stores, a playbook the company has perfected through two exceptionally hectic hurricane seasons. "Right now, we're having conversations with some of our merchants on when the right time to ship more supplies into places like Florida and the Southeast would be ahead of any possible redevelopment from Dorian after it makes its way through Hispaniola," McDonald says. Meanwhile, in Dallas, meteorologists at Southwest Airlines mapped out contingency plans for rerouting and canceling flights given various possible hurricane scenarios. And in the Atlanta nerve center of IBM-owned Weather Company, forecasters relayed storm data and analysis to corporate clients like State Farm, which in turn used it to inform IBM Watson conversational ad units that spread safety information.


GE Healthcare Receives FDA Clearance of First Artificial Intelligence Algorithms Embedded On-Device to Prioritize Critical Chest X-ray Review

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WAUKESHA, Wis.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--GE Healthcare today announced the Food and Drug Administration's 510(k) clearance of Critical Care Suite, an industry-first collection of artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms embedded on a mobile X-ray device. Built in collaboration with UC San Francisco (UCSF), using GE Healthcare's Edison platform, the AI algorithms help to reduce the turn-around time it can take for radiologists to review a suspected pneumothorax, a type of collapsed lung. "X-ray – the world's oldest form of medical imaging – just got a whole lot smarter, and soon, the rest of our offerings will too," says Kieran Murphy, President & CEO, GE Healthcare. "GE Healthcare is leading the way in the creation of AI applications for diagnostic imaging and taking what was once a promise and turning it into a reality. By integrating AI into every aspect of care, we will ultimately improve patient outcomes, reduce waste and inefficiencies, and eliminate costly errors. Critical Care Suite is just the beginning."