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Water quality and distribution monitoring software Ketos raises $18 million – TechCrunch

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Water quality and logistics monitoring software Ketos has raised $15 million from a group of investors to take advantage of the growing demand for better water management tools and technologies. The potential for more stringent regulatory oversight of industrial water use and wastewater management from local, state and federal government coupled with increasing consumer and investor demands for better corporate environmental stewardship is driving an unprecedented adoption of technology and services aimed at increasing conservation and reducing waste across industries. Water monitoring can also provide relevant information to public officials about the potential for disease outbreaks and other health related issues in a population. Recently, monitoring wastewater streams have been used to detect outbreaks of the virus that causes COVID-19. The renewed attention on water is one reason why an investment arm of the banking giant Citi joined lead investor Motley Fool Ventures and Illuminated Funds Group to come as new investors into Ketos.


Neo4j Announces First Graph Machine Learning for the Enterprise

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Until now, few companies outside of Google and Facebook have had the AI foresight and resources to leverage graph embeddings. This powerful and innovative technique calculates the shape of the surrounding network for each piece of data inside of a graph, enabling far better machine learning predictions. Neo4j for Graph Data Science version 1.4 democratizes these innovations to upend the way enterprises make predictions in diverse scenarios from fraud detection to tracking customer or patient journey, to drug discovery and knowledge graph completion. Caption: Graph embeddings are a powerful tool to abstract the complex structures of graphs and reduce their dimensionality. This technique opens up a wide range of uses for graph-based machine learning.


Four more European nations sign onto US 5G security agreements

ZDNet

The US Department of State announced on Friday that it signed four more European nations to 5G security statements. The Slovak Republic, Bulgaria, and North Macedonia all made a joint declaration with the United States, while Kosovo signed a memorandum of understanding. The text of all four were very similar. "To promote a vibrant and robust 5G ecosystem, the Slovak Republic and the United States believe that a rigorous evaluation of suppliers and supply chains should take into account the rule of law; the security environment; ethical supplier practices; and a supplier's compliance with security standards and best practices," one of the declarations read. The declarations fall under Washington's Clean Network program announced in August to cover carriers, app stores, cloud computing, and subsea cables.


Do More With Less Data! -- One-shot Learning with Siamese Neural Networks

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This blog is written and maintained by students in the Professional Master's Program in the School of Computing Science at Simon Fraser University as part of their course credit. To learn more about this unique program, please visit {sfu.ca/computing/pmp}. Let's start with a news article that might scare you a bit. We will show you the good news later! Not less than four months ago, a student at Emily Carr University of Art and Design lost $600 from his bank account through fraudulent cheques.


Synthetaic raises $3.5M to train AI with synthetic data – TechCrunch

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Synthetaic is a startup working to create data -- specifically images -- that can be used to train artificial intelligence. Founder and CEO Corey Jaskolski's experience includes work with both National Geographic (where he was recently named Explorer of the Year) and a 3D media startup. In fact, he told me that his time with National Geographic made him aware of the need for more data sets in conservation. Well, Jaskolski said that he was working on a project that could automatically identify poachers and endangered animals from camera footage, and one of the major obstacles was the fact that there simply aren't enough existing images of either poachers (who don't generally appreciate being photographed) or certain endangered animals in the wild to train AI to detect them. He added that other companies are trying to create synthetic AI training data through 3D worldbuilding (in other words, "building a replica of the world that you want to have an AI learn in"), but in many cases, this approach is prohibitively expensive.


Artificial intelligence: Presidency issues conclusions on ensuring respect for fundamental rights

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The Presidency of the Council issued presidency conclusions on the charter of fundamental rights in the context of artificial intelligence and digital change. The text was supported or not objected to by 26 delegations. These conclusions are designed to anchor the EU's fundamental rights and values in the age of digitalisation, foster the EU's digital sovereignty and actively contribute to the global debate on the use of artificial intelligence with a view to shaping the international framework. The Presidency conclusions focus on a fundamental-rights based approach to artificial intelligence and provide guidance on dignity, freedoms, equality, solidarity, citizens' rights and justice.


Tesla's Full Self Driving mode is about to get more expensive, again

Mashable

Tesla's autonomous driving package, known as Full Self Driving or FSD, is about to get pricier. Early Thursday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that the price for the next-level Autopilot system is going up by $2,000. It's currently listed at $8,000 on the Tesla website. FSD is strange in that Tesla charges people for self-driving features that aren't available yet. Eventually, Musk envisions Tesla vehicles operating as robotaxis with no one at the steering wheel.


Citrix CEO Henshall: There's broad realization that future of work is hybrid

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Most every organization has been thrust into the future of work. What will determine failure or success in this brave new world? Citrix's third quarter was better than expected as demand for its Workspace applications was strong amid remote work arrangements. CEO David Henshall said that Workspace demand should remain strong as work goes hybrid. The company reported third quarter revenue of $767 million, up 5% from a year ago.


Parliament leads the way on first set of EU rules for Artificial Intelligence

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The European Parliament is among the first institutions to put forward recommendations on what AI rules should include with regards to ethics, liability and intellectual property rights. These recommendations will pave the way for the EU to become a global leader in the development of AI. The Commission legislative proposal is expected early next year. The legislative initiative by Iban García del Blanco (S&D, ES) urges the EU Commission to present a new legal framework outlining the ethical principles and legal obligations to be followed when developing, deploying and using artificial intelligence, robotics and related technologies in the EU including software, algorithms and data. It was adopted with 559 votes in favour, 44 against, and 88 abstentions.


Aidoc's 6th FDA clearance for AI Solution

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Aidoc announced today that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given regulatory clearance for the commercial use of its triaging and notification algorithms for flagging and communicating incidental pulmonary embolism . Flagging incidental, critical findings is a huge technical challenge due to the varied imaging protocols used and lower incidences of such cases. The ability to prioritize incidental critical conditions accurately is a breakthrough in the value AI can bring to the radiologist workflow. "The most common use case we experienced is for critical unsuspected findings in oncology surveillance patients" said Dr. Cindy Kallman, Chief, Section of CT at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. "The ability to call the referring physician while the patient is still in the house is huge. We are essentially offering a point-of-care diagnosis of PE for our outpatients. Our referring physicians have been completely wowed by this."