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Why Is Law So Slow To Use Data?

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"Data is the oil of the digital era," proclaims a 2017 Economist article. Big business--especially tech giants like Alphabet (Google's parent), Amazon, Facebook, and Apple among others-- are mining data like Standard Oil processed petroleum a century before. Why is the legal industry still running on gut and instinct while the businesses it serves are propelled by data? A recent survey by business analytics powerhouse RELX Group polled 1,000 U.S. senior executives across the health care, insurance, legal, science, banking industries as well as government. Law finished last among industries--just ahead of government--in utilizing big data in some form.


Why Machines Need to Dream

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Dreams are, for the most part, delightful. As we sleep, visual and audio fragments combine into nonsensical snippets and epic narratives. Loosely recalled moments merge with vivid, imagined scenes; we interact with characters known and characters conjured up; we explore our fantasies and, sometimes, face our fears. Yet sleeping and dreaming do not exist for our nocturnal pleasure alone. As we slumber, our brains filter information collected in waking hours.


Wayfair Walkout, Facebook Data Value, and More News

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Tech employees are taking a stand against migrant detention centers; a proposal asking tech companies to disclose the value of your data; and a live reading of the Mueller report. Here's the news you need to know, in two minutes or less. Want to receive this two-minute roundup as an email every weekday? This afternoon, 550 employees at the Boston-based ecommerce company Wayfair staged a walkout opposing sale of company furniture to migrant detention centers. Last week, Wayfair workers discovered an order for $200,000 worth of beds and other furniture reportedly placed by government contractor BCFS for a new detention center in Carrizo Springs, Texas.


Futurism A.I.

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Futurism A.I. (Series 01) launch event 06.26.19 at Lucidworks Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become a key element in the digitalization of in-store retail by personalizing the customer experience and creating a more engaged business-to-consumer interaction. For retail companies, AI creates an opportunity to bridge the gap between virtual and physical sales channels. Artificial intelligence (AI) is a segment of computer science that typically refers to the creation of machines or computers capable of intelligent behavior. . Agnieszka Pilat is a Polish painter based in San Francisco. A desire to tell stories drew Pilat to the arts.


The first AI universe sim is fast and accurate -- and its creators don't know how it works

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For the first time, astrophysicists have used artificial intelligence techniques to generate complex 3D simulations of the universe. The results are so fast, accurate and robust that even the creators aren't sure how it all works. "We can run these simulations in a few milliseconds, while other'fast' simulations take a couple of minutes," says study co-author Shirley Ho, a group leader at the Flatiron Institute's Center for Computational Astrophysics in New York City and an adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University. The speed and accuracy of the project, called the Deep Density Displacement Model, or D3M for short, wasn't the biggest surprise to the researchers. The real shock was that D3M could accurately simulate how the universe would look if certain parameters were tweaked -- such as how much of the cosmos is dark matter -- even though the model had never received any training data where those parameters varied.


The first AI universe sim is fast and accurate -- and its creators don't know how it works

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For the first time, astrophysicists have used artificial intelligence techniques to generate complex 3D simulations of the universe. The results are so fast, accurate and robust that even the creators aren't sure how it all works. "We can run these simulations in a few milliseconds, while other'fast' simulations take a couple of minutes," says study co-author Shirley Ho, a group leader at the Flatiron Institute's Center for Computational Astrophysics in New York City and an adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University. The speed and accuracy of the project, called the Deep Density Displacement Model, or D3M for short, wasn't the biggest surprise to the researchers. The real shock was that D3M could accurately simulate how the universe would look if certain parameters were tweaked -- such as how much of the cosmos is dark matter -- even though the model had never received any training data where those parameters varied.


Rapid robot rollout risks UK workers being left behind, reports say

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British workers are being shut out of decisions over the rising use of robots in the UK economy, according to a report. According to the commission on workers and technology, run by the Fabian Society and the Community trade union, almost six in 10 employees across Britain in a poll said their employers did not give them a say on the use of new technologies. Risking a future where workers' jobs get worse and people's voices go unheard over changes in the workplace, the findings come as a separate report finds the use of robots in poorer regions triggers the loss of almost twice as many jobs as in wealthier ones. In a study by the consultancy firm Oxford Economics, the rapidly growing use of robots is expected to have a profound impact on jobs across the world, resulting in up to 20m manufacturing job losses by 2030. Around 1.7m manufacturing jobs have already been lost to robots since 2000, according to the study, including as many as 400,000 in Europe, 260,000 in the US and 550,000 in China.


Apple buys self-driving car startup Drive.ai - Reuters

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Technology news website The Information reported earlier this month that the iPhone maker was considering acquiring the firm as a move to bring aboard some of its engineering talent to boost Apple's own self-driving efforts. One of hundreds of startups pursuing autonomous vehicles, Drive.ai had been running a small fleet of test shuttles in Texas, The Information reported. But the startup told California regulators that it plans to lay off 90 people in a permanent closure. The San Francisco Chronicle earlier reported the closure. In Silicon Valley, it is common for larger companies to acquire struggling startups primarily to hire their engineers, a move known in the industry as an "acqui-hire."


Artificial Intelligence - The Exponential Guide to Artificial Intelligence

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"AI is here today; it's not just the future of technology. It's embedded in the fabric of your everyday life." Today, it can be difficult to understand the significance and potential impact that artificial intelligence (AI) has for humanity. From Siri to IBM's Watson to Hollywood portrayals of killer robots, it's not clear what we should ultimately expect from this exponential technology. What is clear: AI-powered products and services have made it into nearly every aspect of our personal and professional lives in just a few years.


How artificial intelligence is powering cybersecurity

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Technology progresses daily and with this progression come threats and risks to social, financial and economic life. Today, cyber-attackers have resorted to the use of automation to launch more frequent attacks on different businesses and corporations. While cyber-attackers are expending a lot of resources to launch more sophisticated attacks, many organizations still rely on manual efforts to gather internal security findings and contextualize them with external threat information. It was reported that carelessness of employee was the reason behind the ransomware attack in 51 percent of the cases. However, such outdated methods and strategies need to part way for AI because they use up a lot of time, in which cyber-attackers can successfully take advantage of vulnerabilities to breach systems and steal data.