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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez played "Among Us" in a bid to get out the vote

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Despite streaming from her own account for the first time, Ocasio-Cortez displayed her acuity for using tech platforms to connect with younger Americans, even as each platform -- Instagram, Twitter and Twitch -- has its own distinct culture and aesthetic. After starting the stream with appeals to register and vote, and especially imploring viewers to create a specific plan to vote, AOC jumped into the game and voice chat with natural ease, adopting many of the mannerisms of the platform, including shout-outs to other gamers and a light, unrehearsed, free-flowing vibe, laughing with her fellow streamers. She also used the game's slang, such as "sus" and "marinate," with ease.

Translating lost languages using machine learning


Recent research suggests that most languages that have ever existed are no longer spoken. Dozens of these dead languages are also considered to be lost, or "undeciphered" -- that is, we don't know enough about their grammar, vocabulary, or syntax to be able to actually understand their texts. Lost languages are more than a mere academic curiosity; without them, we miss an entire body of knowledge about the people who spoke them. Unfortunately, most of them have such minimal records that scientists can't decipher them by using machine-translation algorithms like Google Translate. Some don't have a well-researched "relative" language to be compared to, and often lack traditional dividers like white space and punctuation.

AI and machine learning: a gift, and a curse, for cybersecurity


The Universal Health Services attack this past month has brought renewed attention to the threat of ransomware faced by health systems – and what hospitals can do to protect themselves against a similar incident. Security experts say that the attack, beyond being one of the most significant ransomware incidents in healthcare history, may also be emblematic of the ways machine learning and artificial intelligence are being leveraged by bad actors. With some kinds of "early worms," said Greg Foss, senior cybersecurity strategist at VMware Carbon Black, "we saw [cybercriminals] performing these automated actions, and taking information from their environment and using it to spread and pivot automatically; identifying information of value; and using that to exfiltrate." The complexity of performing these actions in a new environment relies on "using AI and ML at its core," said Foss. Once access is gained to a system, he continued, much malware doesn't require much user interference.

Neural pathway crucial to successful rapid object recognition in primates


MIT researchers have identified a brain pathway critical in enabling primates to effortlessly identify objects in their field of vision. The findings enrich existing models of the neural circuitry involved in visual perception and help to further unravel the computational code for solving object recognition in the primate brain. Led by Kohitij Kar, a postdoc at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research and Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, the study looked at an area called the ventrolateral prefrontal cortex (vlPFC), which sends feedback signals to the inferior temporal (IT) cortex via a network of neurons. The main goal of this study was to test how the back-and-forth information processing of this circuitry -- that is, this recurrent neural network -- is essential to rapid object identification in primates. The current study, published in Neuron and available via open access, is a followup to prior work published by Kar and James DiCarlo, the Peter de Florez Professor of Neuroscience, the head of MIT's Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, and an investigator in the McGovern Institute and the Center for Brains, Minds, and Machines.

Introducing Baskerville (waf!)


Baskerville is a machine operating on the Deflect network that protects sites from hounding, malicious bots. It's also an open source project that, in time, will be able to reduce bad behaviour on your networks too. Baskerville responds to web traffic, analyzing requests in real-time, and challenging those acting suspiciously. A few months ago, Baskerville passed an important milestone – making its own decisions on traffic deemed anomalous. The quality of these decisions (recall) is high and Baskerville has already successfully mitigated many sophisticated real-life attacks.

How Retailers Use Artificial Intelligence to Know What You Want to Buy Before You Do


"An AI system needs data in order to become smart. And the more data it has, the smarter it gets," says Gaylene Meyer, Vice President Global Marketing & Communications at RFID company Impinj (PI), whose products allow retailers to track trillions of items of inventory in real time and respond quickly to changes in demand. "When you can see everything moving through a system, you gain a new view of the system as a whole. So you can find the pain points and eliminate them." That's crucial, as inconvenience is the enemy of sales; the easier the transaction, the more likely people are to complete it.

How to Prevent AI Dangers With Ethical AI


After widespread protests against racism in the U.S., tech giants Microsoft, Amazon and IBM publicly announced they would no longer allow police departments access to their facial recognition technology. Artificial intelligence (AI) can be prone to errors, particularly in recognizing people of color and those in other underrepresented groups. Any organization developing or using AI solutions needs to be proactive in ensuring that AI dangers don't jeopardize their brand, draw regulatory actions, lead to boycotts or destroy business value. Microsoft President Brad Smith was widely quoted as saying his company wouldn't sell facial-recognition technology to police departments in the U.S., "until we have a national law in place, grounded in human rights, that will govern this technology." So, in the absence of highly rigorous institutional protections against AI dangers, what can organizations do themselves to guard against them?

Council Post: How AI Is Disrupting The Publishing Industry


CEO at Leaders Press, a USA Today best-selling press, where we turn book ideas into best-sellers. Go to Leaders Press to get started! Can artificial intelligence (AI) write a book? As the founder of a press where we offer ghostwriting services for our authors, I might feel threatened by the current capabilities of AI. AI-written novels are currently unreadable. One of the first books claimed to have been written by AI is 1 the Road, which narrates a country road trip and starts with: "It was nine seventeen in the morning, and the house was heavy."

AI Chatbots: How To Empower Your Business Quickly?


We are witnessing a chatbot revolution, so is your business keeping up with that? One more thing that is evolving with Chatbot is Artificial Intelligence. We are seeing that people across the globe are using messenger applications more than any other social network. So, there is a serious disruption as, for the first time, the app boom is over. So, being the startup or the enterprise, how would you seek the opportunities coming to you in this messaging world?

NXP Invests in Au-Zone to Enhance Machine Learning Capabilities


NXP is hoping to improve its machine learning offerings after making a strategic investment in Au-Zone Technologies. The exclusive arrangement specifically concerns Au-Zone's DeepView ML Tool Suite, which will be used to bolster NXP's eIQ Machine Learning software development environment and lead to the creation of new Edge machine learning products. In that regard, the DeepView Suite comes with a graphical user interface (GUI) and workflows that will make it easier to import datasets, and to train neural network models for Edge devices. DeepView's run-time inference engine will give eIQ developers more insight into system memory usage, data movement, and other performance metrics in real time, which will in turn allow them to optimize their model before deploying it in a System-on-Chip (SoC) solution. "This partnership will accelerate the deployment of embedded Machine Learning features," said Au-Zone CEO Brad Scott.