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Pentagon May be Using Artificial Intelligence to Predict Events "Days in Advance"


General Glen VanHerck, Commander of NORTHCOM and North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), recently conducted a series of tests that delves into the precognitive abilities of AI. Called the Global Information Dominance Experiment 3 (GIDE 3), it basically consists of global sensor networks, artificial intelligence (AI) systems, and cloud computing resources in the aim to achieve information dominance as well as decision-making superiority. VanHerck claimed that the machine learning and artificial intelligence can detect changes, while parameters are set where it will trip an alert to give you the awareness to go take another sensor such as GEOINT on-satellite capability to take a closer look at what might be ongoing in a specific location. This means VanHerck is able to see events days in advance, creating decision space, and potentially posturing forces to create deterrence options to provide that to the secretary or even the president. And I'm talking not minutes and hours, I'm talking days," said General Glen VanHerck, Commander of NORTHCOM and North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). Guinness World Records has recognized Forpheus as the "first robot…

Launch of the SandLabs Project


The SandLabs Team currently consists of Wyatt Walsh and Ryan Epprecht. Having met in high school, this dynamic duo has a rich history together and each member brings a rich set of experiences and skills to the team. Navigate to their various profiles if you are interested in learning more about Wyatt or Ryan. SandLabs aims to explore the blockchain domain via a data scientific lens to generate new insights and make helpful contributions to the BlockchainxData communities and beyond. The initial focus of our work will be data collection, extraction, and processing high-quality data for future use.

Researchers Utilize GPS and AI in Cars to Identify Potential Alzheimer Cases


Recently, researchers have been able to combine GPS with AI to detect early-onset Alzheimer's in drivers which a high degree of accuracy. Why is detecting Alzheimer's early important, what did the researchers achieve, and how does it demonstrate the importance of AI in medical diagnosis? There are very few individuals who enjoy arranging doctor appointments, having blood taken, and waiting for results. Despite the unpleasantness of such experiences, getting diagnosed as early as possible for diseases provides the best chance for treatment and survival. For example, many millions around the world still die as a result of perfectly treatable conditions such as prostate and breast cancer, and this is due to a lack of awareness and desire to get tested. Alzheimer's is a particularly nasty disease for a multitude of reasons.

Electrons May Very Well Be Conscious - Facts So Romantic


Last year, the cover of New Scientist ran the headline, "Is the Universe Conscious?" Mathematician and physicist Johannes Kleiner, at the Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy in Germany, told author Michael Brooks that a mathematically precise definition of consciousness could mean that the cosmos is suffused with subjective experience. "This could be the beginning of a scientific revolution," Kleiner said, referring to research he and others have been conducting. Kleiner and his colleagues are focused on the Integrated Information Theory of consciousness, one of the more prominent theories of consciousness today. As Kleiner notes, IIT (as the theory is known) is thoroughly panpsychist because all integrated information has at least one bit of consciousness.

Cracking the Language Barrier for a Multilingual Africa, 2021


This webinar series will be hosted by the International Research Centre in Artificial Intelligence (IRCAI) and supported by UNESCO and Knowledge 4 All Foundation, to present the Fellowship to develop datasets and strengthen capacities and innovation potential for Low Resource African Languages project that is composed of research in natural language processing, open dataset creation and publishing, and the development of an interface between policy and technology sphere. The project delivered three main components from research in natural language processing, dataset creation, and policy creation: 1. Fellowship for African AI researchers focused on African languages, based on previously IDRC and Knowledge 4 All Foundation funded work on language datasets. This work contributes to a roadmap for better integration of African languages on digital platforms in aid of lowering the barrier for African participation in the digital economy, 2. Improvement of the representation of AI research carried out on African languages by creating resources for a variety of NLP tasks and in a variety of African languages that will enable good, data-driven results in AI research, 3. Attract an African community of native speakers as contributors of language resources and language technology tools to adopt and support Masakhane NLP, a platform for sharing, maintaining and making use of language resources and tools; establishing widely agreed benchmarks for NLP tasks and stimulating competition between methods and systems, 4. Be used as a model case to inform African evidence-based policymaking concerning Artificial Intelligence and will be included in UNESCO’s AI Decision maker’s Essential to inform policymakers. Find more information at IRCAI Webinar Series

Amazon's 'New World' wants you to walk miles to see your friends

Washington Post - Technology News

Last weekend, I logged on again, and Andrea and I played with another friend who was starting the game and had spawned in First Light as well. This made the game more bearable for Andrea; she now had a buddy to do quests with, which is the point of an MMO. I started to do faction quests to level up and increase my standing with the Marauders, my chosen allegiance, which involved killing sheep, skinning them and venturing to some mines. After I completed these quests, I received the same quests again. In the beta, at least, it didn't feel as though there was much for me to do.

Edgar Allan Poe exposed scientific hoaxes, and invented his own

Christian Science Monitor | Science

Readers of Edgar Allan Poe's most famous prose and poetry might be unaware of how often he wrote about science. As John Tresch explains in "The Reason for the Darkness of the Night: Edgar Allan Poe and the Forging of American Science," in the late 1840s, near the end of his life, Poe had established for himself "a unique position as fiction writer, poet, critic, and expert on scientific matters – crossing paths with and learning from those who were producing the'apparent miracles' of modern science." Poe exposed pseudoscientific hoaxes – and then, to get his own writing noticed, created them himself. He finally received critical acclaim for his now-classic short stories, among them "The Tell-Tale Heart" (which Tresch describes as "an act of violent irrationality [detailed] in the language of scientific method") and "The Raven" (which Poe himself proclaimed "the greatest poem that ever was written"). Tresch has painted a full landscape of the journalism of the time, describing the conflicts between writers who made serious scientific observations and those eager to sensationalize or misrepresent new discoveries.

NIST seeks input on guidance to pin down trustworthy AI


The National Institute of Standards and Technology is seeking public input on what to include in forthcoming guidance that will set rules of the road for fielding trustworthy artificial intelligence in and out of government. NIST, following the recommendations of the National Security Commission on AI, is working on an AI Risk Management Framework that will set voluntary standards for agencies and industries to consider when adopting AI solutions. NIST, in a request for information posted Wednesday, said the upcoming framework will define trustworthy AI in terms of transparency, fairness and accountability. The agency plans to release the framework as a "living document" that adapts to changes in technology and practices. "Defining trustworthiness in meaningful, actionable, and testable ways remains a work in progress," the agency wrote in its RFI.

Council Post: Why Business Leaders Should Care About Deep Tech


Champ Suthipongchai is a General Partner at Creative Ventures, a method-driven venture capital firm based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Among these, only 5% are decacorns, commanding a valuation of $10 billion or more. Unbeknownst to many, one-third of the decacorns are deep tech companies, commanding more than $500 billion in aggregate valuation. They are not always the household names we hear, but they are already among us. Deep tech is nothing new.