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Police use facial-recognition tech to arrest another innocent man

Mashable

Let's say it together: Facial-recognition technology is a dangerous, biased mess. We are reminded of this obvious fact again with the news Friday that an innocent man, despite not looking like the perpetrator at all, was arrested last year after being falsely identified by faulty facial-recognition tech. This is the second known case of facial recognition software directly leading to the arrest of an innocent man. It's something privacy advocates fear will be a growing trend unless drastic action is taken to stop this technology in its tracks. Michael Oliver, then 25, was charged with a felony for supposedly grabbing a phone from a car passenger and throwing it, reports the Detroit Free Press.


It's Called Artificial Intelligence--but What Is Intelligence? [Wired.com]

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We've built machines that are capable of incredible feats, yet still they have nothing on a baby. Elizabeth Spelke, a cognitive psychologist at Harvard, has spent her career testing the world's most sophisticated learning system--the mind of a baby. Gurgling infants might seem like no match for artificial intelligence. They are terrible at labeling images, hopeless at mining text, and awful at videogames. Then again, babies can do things beyond the reach of any AI.


MIT AI Conference 2020: br / AI for a Better World

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AI for a Better World Discover how AI is being used to uncover new opportunities, transforming industries, and creating massive new opportunities. In the fourth edition of this AI conference, we will explore the latest advancements in AI and learn how innovators are using them to drive new use cases across industries and making a Better World. ...


How Artificial Intelligence Is Going To Change Hotel Stays

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ModiHost is a new platform for hotels that uses artificial intelligence to offer a better hotel management system, centered around personalization of the guest experience. In turn they aim to drive increased spending and brand loyalty. They say they've cracked the code that many hotels haven't, offering a solution for remembering guest preferences and anticipating their needs that most hotels wouldn't be able to employ on their own. As the company says it in its whitepaper: "Hotel management is a complex and convoluted industry. It is also a highly inefficient one. The need to operate multiple systems, integrate different booking systems, and process reservations via mediums ranging from email to fax, have made hotel management hopelessly complicated."



Vecna Robotics Recognized for Excellence in Robotics, Supply Chain and Logistics Automation

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Vecna Robotics, the autonomous mobile robot and workflow orchestration company, announced it has been recognized as the recipient of three industry accolades. The company has been inducted into the Spring 2020 MIT STEX25 startup accelerator cohort, named an RBR50 Robotics Innovations Award winner by Robotics Business Review and recognized by Supply & Demand Chain Executive as one of the 100 Top Supply Chain Projects of 2020 for its work with Milton CAT. These industry awards highlight the most innovative U.S. startups, leading robotics organizations and the most successful real-world supply chain use-cases. "This has been a historic year for Vecna Robotics," said Daniel Theobald, founder and CEO, Vecna Robotics. "We kicked off 2020 with a strong Series B financing round that helped accelerate our vision and product strategy that we'll continue executing on for the remainder of the year and beyond. These awards validate the commitment we've made to building world-class robotic platforms and orchestration software that helps businesses streamline their logistics operations. A special thank you to each organization for their recognition, and to the Vecna Robotics team for their hard work and dedication."


Data Scientists Have Developed a Faster Way to Reduce Pollution, Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions - KDnuggets

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Polymeric membranes assist with a wide variety of tasks, including water filtration and gas-vapor separation. Designing a membrane for the desired function is more time-consuming than people may expect. However, researchers at Columbia Engineering, Germany's Max Planck Society and the University of South Carolina applied data science to the task to streamline their efforts. More specifically, they combined big data with machine learning to strategically design polymer membranes to act as gas filters. People frequently depend on plastic films and membranes to separate mixtures of simple cases, such as carbon dioxide and methane.


AI is going to revolutionize the way we work – Kunal Kinalekar – The Tech Pod

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BeatO is a smart diabetes management system powered by AI to provide actionable insights to manage diabetes and offers an entire ecosystem to help users manage their illness. BeatO combines cost-effective hardware (the BeatO smartphone connected glucometer) with the BeatO app to support end-to-end management for their users. In an interaction with The Tech Pod, Kunal speaks about the future of AI in India. Tell us something about yourself and what does your company do? Well, I work as the Chief Technology Officer at BeatO, a Health Arx Technologies Pvt Ltd., with expertise in delivering value-based business transformations and engineering feasibility. I am responsible for developing innovative solutions, using AI and IoT along with software implementation at BeatO.


'Umurangi Generation': A photography game that urges you to look closer

Washington Post - Technology News

One of the big joys of "Umurangi Generation" is the sensation of seeing a scene in the game, and having the mirage of a perfect picture appear in your mind, if only for a second. It's impossible (at least for a photographer of my caliber) to visualize and capture it as-imagined, which opens up a second game within the game: one of curation. A no-less-enjoyable part of my "Umurangi" experience was scouring my file folder (the game saves all of your shots) after completing a level and being both repulsed and pleasantly surprised by what I'd created. The game reveals certain things about your aesthetic priorities. I preferred vertical images to horizontal ones, and I leaned toward overexposure and a blue tint in many of my photos, mirroring a sort of mid-2010s Bloomberg Businessweek aesthetic.


New drone attack AI tech tracks 'out of view' targets

FOX News

Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. What if a U.S. drone was closely tracking an armed enemy vehicle as it transits rough terrain, enters urban areas and comes closer to vulnerable target areas when, all of a sudden, the target leaves a sensor's field of view, becoming seemingly un-trackable? Not so fast, according to emerging AI-enabled tracking technology now being developed by CACI, a technology firm supporting the U.S. military. Fast-maturing algorithms are now able to analyze a host of variables at one time, at lightning speed, to discern a target's trajectory and continue tracking an object even after it has left a sensor's field of view.