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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.


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."


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.


Facial and emotional recognition; how one man is advancing artificial intelligence

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Despite what you hear about artificial intelligence, machines still can't think like a human, but in the last few years they have become capable of learning. And suddenly, our devices have opened their eyes and ears and cars have taken the wheel. Today, artificial intelligence is not as good as you hope and not as bad as you fear, but humanity is accelerating into a future that few can predict. That's why so many people are desperate to meet Kai-Fu Lee, the oracle of AI. Kai-Fu Lee is in there, somewhere, in a selfie scrum at a Beijing Internet Conference.


Ovation Abstract on Artificial Intelligence in IVF Nominated for Awards at ESHRE in Vienna

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LOS ANGELES, June 26, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- An Ovation Fertility abstract about the use of artificial intelligence in IVF, presented at the 35th European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) Annual Meeting on June 24, 2019, was pre-selected for consideration for two prestigious awards at the event: The Basic Science Award for Oral Presentation, awarded to the presenting author of the best oral presentation on a basic science topic, and the Fertility Society of Australia Exchange Award, which provides an educational travel grant for the presenting author to present the data of his/her oral presentation at the annual meeting of the Fertility Society of Australia (FSA). Only five presentations at ESHRE 2019 were selected to receive awards and be rewarded with a prize of EURO 2,000, and one additional presentation was selected for the FSA Exchange Award. Special award committees, composed of senior scientists and clinicians, made the selections for each award. Ovation's oral presentation about the use of artificial intelligence in IVF, "Artificial intelligence (AI) technology can predict human embryo viability across multiple laboratories with varying demographics with high accuracy and reproducibility," detailed a study that sought to find out if artificial intelligence (AI) and computer vision can improve embryo viability prediction using static 2D images of Day 5 embryos from multiple laboratories. In most IVF labs, embryologists select which embryos to transfer based on morphological assessment, using high-powered microscopes to examine each embryo and assign it a subjective "grade."


There will be 33 million driverless cars sold annually by 2040

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Members of the public are getting the chance to take a free ride in a self-driving car in Detroit as part of a nonprofit coalition's effort to clear up misunderstanding and confusion about the technology (April 5) AP, AP Fully autonomous vehicles that can drive themselves in nearly any situation aren't roaming the streets just yet, but almost every major technology company and automaker is working on getting to that point as quickly as possible. These companies are making huge strides in creating a world where we can hop into a car, tell it where to take us, and safely arrive – with no human input needed. If you need some convincing about how these vehicles will transform our world, consider these four hard-to-believe facts. Research from IHS Markit shows that in nearly two decades, more than 30 million self-driving vehicles will be sold each year. That means that 26% of new cars will have autonomous mobility by that year.


Chemical Patterns May Predict Stars That Host Giant Planets - Eos

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Does this star have a planet? A new algorithm could help astronomers predict, on the basis of a star's chemical fingerprint, whether that star will host a giant gaseous exoplanet. "It's like Netflix," Natalie Hinkel, a planetary astrophysicist at the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas, told Eos. Netflix "sees that you like goofy comedy, science fiction, and kung fu movies--a variety of different patterns" to predict whether you'll like a new movie. Likewise, her team's machine learning algorithm "will learn which elements are influential in deciding whether or not a star has a planet."