Regional Government

Google's quantum bet on the future of AI--and what it means for humanity


The human brain is a funny thing. Certain memories can stick with us forever: the birth of a child, a car crash, an election day. But we only store some details--the color of the hospital delivery room or the smell of the polling station--while others fade, such as the face of the nurse when that child was born, or what we were wearing during that accident. For Google CEO Sundar Pichai, the day he watched AI rise out of a lab is one he'll remember forever. "This was 2012, in a room with a small team, and there were just a few of us," he tells me. An engineer named Jeff Dean, a legendary programmer at Google who helped build its search engine, had been working on a new project and wanted Pichai to have a look. "Anytime Jeff wants to update you on something, you just get excited by it," he says. Pichai doesn't recall exactly which building he was in when Dean presented his work, though odd details of that day have stuck with him. He remembers standing, rather than sitting, and someone joking about an HR snafu that had designated the newly hired Geoffrey Hinton--the "Father of Deep Learning," an AI researcher for four decades, and, later, a Turing Award winner--as an intern.

Tulsi Gabbard says U.S. should re-enter Iran nuclear deal, end sanctions in response to Saudi Arabia drone attack

FOX News

Democratic presidential hopeful Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, said Thursday that she would re-enter the Iran nuclear deal and end sanctions in response to Iran's involvement in drone attack against Saudi Arabia oil facilities if she was president. "What I would do is, I would re-enter the Iran nuclear deal to prevent Iran from continuing to move forward in building a nuclear weapon that puts us and the world further at risk," Gabbard said on "The Story with Martha MacCallum." Every day that we don't do this, every day we continue down this failed strategy Iran gets closer and closer to a nuclear weapon. U.S. officials told Fox News on Tuesday that Iranian cruise missiles and drones were both used in the attack on the two Saudi Arabian oil facilities, and that they were fired from inside southwest Iran this past weekend. Gabbard called the attack a "retaliation" against "extreme sanctions."

Organizations hire ethicists for AI ethical concerns


The Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC), a newly formed AI arm of the Department of Defense, plans to hire an AI ethicist to help address AI ethical concerns and guide the DoD in researching and deploying these technologies. Walmart recently created and filled a digital citizenship role to advise the retail corporation on issues associated with emerging technologies, data governance and privacy. Data and AI ethics are becoming increasingly important to organizations across many industries, as organizations look to get ahead of potential AI ethical concerns. "All organizations aspire to behave ethically and for their employees to behave ethically," said David Schatsky, managing director at Deloitte. "It's not that suddenly ethics is important and it wasn't before."

Trump's National Security Aides Refining Possible Iran Options

NYT > Middle East

Senior national security officials from across the government met on Thursday to refine a list of potential targets to strike in Iran, should President Trump order a military retaliation for missile and drone attacks on Saudi Arabian oil fields last weekend, officials said. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, are to present the updated options to Mr. Trump at a National Security Council meeting scheduled for Friday, a senior American official said. In advance of being presented with the newest set of options, Mr. Trump has sent different signals on his intentions. He has threatened to order "the ultimate option" of a strike on Iran to punish the nation for its behavior, but also has made clear his continued opposition to ordering the United States into another war in the Middle East. The Pentagon is advocating military strikes that one senior official described as at the lower end of options.

'Money Honey' Maria Bartiromo on Trump, artificial intelligence and the future of work


Maria Bartiromo, host of "Maria Bartiromo's Wall Street" on Fox Business Network will host at documentary on the future of artificial intelligence. On a recent Friday, Maria Bartiromo, the financial television icon, offered a visitor a tour of her new corner office in the News Corporation Building in midtown Manhattan. The office, lined with floor-to-ceiling windows, is furnished with a cognac leather sofa, chairs and a large desk. Bartiromo, who has been with Fox News and Fox Business for more than five years, extended her tenure with the networks with a multi-year deal earlier this week. By 10 a.m., she'd already logged four hours of on-camera work.

Fury as AI app gives racist labels and calls people a 'rape suspect'


A viral app which claims to'honestly' classify selfies using its in-built artificial intelligence has been spewing out vile and racist labels. Furious users say their pictures have been slapped with offensive and racist terms such as'negro', 'slant eye' and'rape suspect' by the app which was developed at Princeton University. Developers say causing offence was exactly the intention and it was intended to be deliberately provocative to draw attention to the in-built prejudice and discrimination in many forms of machine learning. But many users are still furious that their images have played a seemingly unwitting part in the controversial project. One MailOnline staffer who tried the app was dubbed a'rape suspect' when he uploaded his selfie.

AI faces growing pains in the federal workplace -- FCW


More and more, federal agencies are looking to integrate artificial intelligence and automation into their day-to-day workplace functions, particularly to implement internal controls and compliance measures to counteract fraud and improve efficiency. At a Sept. 18 Association of Government Accountants (AGA) event, experts in AI and robotic process automation from public- and private-sector organizations stressed that automating lower-level functions, such as data processing claims, would free up employees to work on higher functions that require more analytical skills and mission-specific duties. "Artificial intelligence operates in real time to enable personalized experiences," said Dan Chenok, executive director of IBM's Center for the Business of Government and a former government official. Comparing AI to the chat boxes that often accompany internet users when they're shopping online, Chenok pointed out that such technologies are constantly building upon themselves to improve users' experiences and stamp out common problems that users may encounter when using a government website. AI and RPA also allow workers to identify patterns of potential fraud or other misuse, according to Jennifer Main, the chief operating officer for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

White House calls CIOs and other agency leaders to summit on federal use of AI - FedScoop


The White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy is gathering agencies' tech leaders next week to hear about the use of artificial intelligence in government. A "broad range" of federal IT officials -- including chief information officers, chief data officers and chief technology officers -- have been invited to the White House for a summit Monday to highlight current AI use cases across government and discuss future applications. The meeting will be led by OSTP staff, namely U.S. CTO Michael Kratsios and Director Kelvin Droegemeier, in support of the Trump administration's American AI Initiative. The agency has also invited members of academia and tech companies focused on AI to attend. Lynne Parker, OSTP assistant director for AI, said Wednesday at the Billington CyberSecurity that the summit will highlight "a number of the key ways that government is actually making good use of AI" in improving services and delivering solutions to complex challenges.

Walgreens and Wing are testing an on-demand drone delivery service

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Walgreens is getting its wings. The pharmacy chain has teamed up with Alphabet's drone delivery service Wing to bring food and beverage, over-the-counter medication and other items to consumers. This'store to door' testing is set to begin next month in Virginia and will offer more than 100 products and pre-built'packs' for purchase in the Wing app. Walgreens has teamed up with Alphabet's drone delivery service Wing to bring food and beverage, over-the-counter medication and other items to consumers The partnership between Walgreens and Wing aims to further explore the future of health and wellness products and retail delivery through the air, offering product availability and home delivery minutes after placing orders via the Wing app. 'Walgreens continues to explore partnerships to transform and modernize our customer experience and we are proud to be the first retailer in the U.S. to offer an on-demand commercial drone delivery option with Wing,' said Vish Sankaran, chief innovation officer, Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc., in a press release.

Addition of GFS Highlights Gro's Analysis Ready Data for Machine Learning Models Gro Intelligence


Many consumers of geospatial and financial data spend hours each day processing, cleansing, and validating the data sets they use for analysis and model-building. This is true of many complex data sets that are highly relevant for global agricultural analysis, particularly those associated with weather, crop health (e.g. At Gro Intelligence, we manage those steps so our users are free to quickly develop models and insights without the delay of pre-processing and quality-checking the relevant data. Global Forecasting System (GFS), a weather model produced by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), is a data source newly available in Gro. The complexity of GFS highlights how our platform can quickly download and process vast amounts of data.