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Early sound exposure in the womb shapes the auditory system


Inside the womb, fetuses can begin to hear some sounds around 20 weeks of gestation. However, the input they are exposed to is limited to low-frequency sounds because of the muffling effect of the amniotic fluid and surrounding tissues. A new MIT-led study suggests that this degraded sensory input is beneficial, and perhaps necessary, for auditory development. Using simple computer models of the human auditory processing, the researchers showed that initially limiting input to low-frequency sounds as the models learned to perform certain tasks actually improved their performance. Along with an earlier study from the same team, which showed that early exposure to blurry faces improves computer models' subsequent generalization ability to recognize faces, the findings suggest that receiving low-quality sensory input may be key to some aspects of brain development.

Is Artificial Intelligence Made in Humanity's Image? Lessons for an AI Military Education - War on the Rocks


Artificial intelligence is not like us. For all of AI's diverse applications, human intelligence is not at risk of losing its most distinctive characteristics to its artificial creations. Yet, when AI applications are brought to bear on matters of national security, they are often subjected to an anthropomorphizing tendency that inappropriately associates human intellectual abilities with AI-enabled machines. A rigorous AI military education should recognize that this anthropomorphizing is irrational and problematic, reflecting a poor understanding of both human and artificial intelligence. The most effective way to mitigate this anthropomorphic bias is through engagement with the study of human cognition -- cognitive science.

The case for placing AI at the heart of digitally robust financial regulation


"Data is the new oil." Originally coined in 2006 by the British mathematician Clive Humby, this phrase is arguably more apt today than it was then, as smartphones rival automobiles for relevance and the technology giants know more about us than we would like to admit. Just as it does for the financial services industry, the hyper-digitization of the economy presents both opportunity and potential peril for financial regulators. On the upside, reams of information are newly within their reach, filled with signals about financial system risks that regulators spend their days trying to understand. The explosion of data sheds light on global money movement, economic trends, customer onboarding decisions, quality of loan underwriting, noncompliance with regulations, financial institutions' efforts to reach the underserved, and much more. Importantly, it also contains the answers to regulators' questions about the risks of new technology itself. Digitization of finance generates novel kinds of hazards and accelerates their development. Problems can flare up between scheduled regulatory examinations and can accumulate imperceptibly beneath the surface of information reflected in traditional reports. Thanks to digitization, regulators today have a chance to gather and analyze much more data and to see much of it in something close to real time. The potential for peril arises from the concern that the regulators' current technology framework lacks the capacity to synthesize the data. The irony is that this flood of information is too much for them to handle.

Tractian Raises $15 Million Series A for Its Machine Operations Platform Led by Next47


Tractian, a machine intelligence company offering one of the most advanced industrial monitoring systems on the market, announced $15 million in Series A funding led by Next47, a global venture capital firm specializing in building category-defining B2B technology businesses. YCombinator and other previous investors also participated in the round. The new capital will allow the company to consolidate its position in the global market by extending operations from Brazil to Mexico and the U.S. and continuing rapid development of industry-leading products. "We know the industries that empower their frontline workers with best-in-class productivity tools have superpowers compared to others, and Tractian appears as the right arm of maintenance managers to manage their routines around the world" Tractian has developed streamlined hardware-software solutions designed to give maintenance technicians and decision-makers comprehensive oversight of their operations. With ease of installation and quick value generation at the heart of its customer approach, Tractian is democratizing access to sophisticated monitoring and analytics.

Google Has a Plan to Stop Its New AI From Being Dirty and Rude


Silicon Valley CEOs usually focus on the positives when announcing their company's next big thing. In 2007, Apple's Steve Jobs lauded the first iPhone's "revolutionary user interface" and "breakthrough software." Google CEO Sundar Pichai took a different tack at his company's annual conference Wednesday when he announced a beta test of Google's "most advanced conversational AI yet." Pichai said the chatbot, known as LaMDA 2, can converse on any topic and had performed well in tests with Google employees. He announced a forthcoming app called AI Test Kitchen that will make the bot available for outsiders to try.

Start Spreading the News: DISCO Opens New York City Office


DISCO, a leader in AI-enabled legal technology, officially opened the doors of its new office in New York City. Located at 335 Madison Avenue next to Grand Central Station, DISCO's New York office provides proximity to leading global law firms, international corporations, and an investor community that increasingly engages DISCO to explore new ways technology can deliver better legal outcomes. We are excited to announce that the doors of our New York office are officially open. With global headquarters in Austin, Texas and EMEA headquarters in London, DISCO is creating footholds in markets that are not only critical locations for the legal industry, but also provide access to top talent. DISCO is aggressively growing its sales, marketing, engineering, professional services, and human resources teams, and will build its New York office to accommodate multiple functions to best meet the needs of employees and customers.

Artificial intelligence tool identifies lung cancer risk


As artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies continue to be developed, they may become powerful tools in many fields, including that of medicine. AI, complementing human experience and judgement, has already shown promise as a prognostic tool. Recent research using an AI program to help identify, from the results of chest scans, the risk of lung cancer is an example of the technique in action. Lung cancer is the second most common form of cancer worldwide, according to the World Cancer Research Fund. In Australia, it is the leading cause of cancer deaths and Cancer Australia estimates lung cancer accounted for 17.7% of all deaths from cancer in 2021.

Why AI-enabled decision-making is the next step in the supply chain digitalisation journey


As a result, companies have gone through a decade's worth of digital transformation in just a matter of months, with the pandemic forcing them to refresh archaic processes with AI, machine learning, and data science technologies. Such technological advancements will continue to evolve and further establish themselves as a critical component to managing complex logistical landscapes – from improving efficiency and mitigating the effects of a global labour shortage, to identifying more robust and dependable ways to move commodities. In a world where uncertainty is the only certainty, AI-enabled order and inventory visibility across shipments will also be vital to'keep the wheels in motion.' Most importantly, to provide real-time updates on changes to arrival times and to identify potential disruptions before and as they occur. Take the recent congestion issues at the Port of Los Angeles, for example.

NASA just showed us why its Mars lander will soon run out of power


After detecting over 1,300 Martian quakes, NASA's InSight lander will soon run out of power. A thick layer of red dust has coated the landmark robot's solar panels, depriving the geologic sleuth of the power it needs to continue investigating Mars' interior. The space agency expects to shut down InSight's science mission, notably the use of its temblor-detecting seismometer, over the summer. By year's end, InSight's successful, nearly four-year mission will likely end. "InSight is probably coming to the end of its scientific life pretty soon," Bruce Banerdt, InSight's principal investigator at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said at a press briefing on May 17. A GIF NASA shared this week gives a vivid look at why InSight's power is diminishing.

Automotive Cybersecurity Market - Insights, Forecast to 2026


The global Automotive Cybersecurity Market size is projected to grow from USD 2.0 billion in 2021 to USD 5.3 billion by 2026, at a CAGR of 21.3%. Increasing incidents of cyber-attacks on vehicles and massive vehicles recalls by OEMs have increased awareness about automotive cybersecurity among OEMs globally. Moreover, increasing government mandates on incorporating several safety features, such as rear-view camera, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning system, and electronic stability control, have further opened new opportunities for automotive cybersecurity service providers globally. As a result, there are various start-ups present in the automotive cybersecurity ecosystem. Government initiatives toward building an intelligent transport system have also further escalated the demand for cybersecurity solutions all over the world.