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Apple says 'Fortnite' can't return to the App Store until Epic v. Apple verdict is final

Washington Post - Technology News

Last Thursday, Sweeney wrote to Phil Schiller, an Apple fellow and lead App Store executive, asking to reinstate "Fortnite" and update Apple's guidelines to make alternative payment methods and Apple's payment system the same level of convenience for users, according to a tweet published Wednesday. Sweeney said "Fortnite" would make a return if Apple follows the court verdict; then the two companies' only source of conflict would be over whether Epic should be allowed to publish a store within a store. Sweeney wrote that he believed "we could find common ground on the topic."


You can nab a limited-edition Billie Eilish Echo Studio for $230

Engadget

After playing through some Billie Eilish tracks in Beat Saber, soon you'll also be able to kick back and listen to a limited-edition Echo Studio sporting the cover of her latest album, "Happier Than Ever." Beyond the beige fabric and Eilish's visage, the $230 speaker is no different than the standard $200 Echo Studio. That's a shame if you were hoping for some sort of upgrade, but if it's any consolation, we adored the Echo Studio's beefy hardware when it launched two years ago. It's one of the few smart speakers built for 3D Audio, and it has more than enough power to blast all of your favorite tunes. The Billie Eilish Limited-Edition Echo Studio also comes with a six-month subscription to Amazon Music, typically a $48 value.


New Blog series – Memoirs of a TorchVision developer

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I plan to discuss interesting upcoming features primarily from TorchVision and secondary from the PyTorch ecosystem. My target is to highlight new and in-development features and provide clarity of what's happening in between the releases. Though the format is likely to change over time, I initially plan to keep it bite-sized and offer references for those who want to dig deeper. Finally, instead of publishing articles on fixed intervals, I'll be posting when I have enough interesting topics to cover. Disclaimer: The features covered will be biased towards topics I'm personally interested.


Paige Receives First Ever FDA Approval for AI Product in Digital Pathology

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NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Paige, the global leader in AI-based diagnostic software in pathology, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted de novo marketing authorization for Paige Prostate, a clinical-grade AI solution for prostate cancer detection. As a novel technology, Paige Prostate is the first AI-based pathology product to receive de novo approval from the FDA, allowing in vitro diagnostic (IVD) use via Paige's FDA-cleared FullFocus digital pathology viewer. With a projected 60 percent increase in the number of cancer cases globally in the next two decades and a decrease in the number of pathologists relative to this diagnostic demand, there is a significant need to provide new technologies for the practice of pathology. Paige Prostate is a cancer detection solution that identifies foci suspicious for cancer and provides this information to the pathologist. Paige Prostate is designed to assist pathologists in finding small foci of cancer and enable pathologists to work efficiently and confidently in their diagnostic process.


Greece used AI to curb COVID: what other nations can learn

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Greece's decision to deploy machine learning in pandemic surveillance will be much-studied around the world.Credit: Konstantinos Tsakalidis/Bloomberg/Getty A few months into the COVID-19 pandemic, operations researcher Kimon Drakopoulos e-mailed both the Greek prime minister and the head of the country's COVID-19 scientific task force to ask if they needed any extra advice. Drakopoulos works in data science at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and is originally from Greece. To his surprise, he received a reply from Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis within hours. The European Union was asking member states, many of which had implemented widespread lockdowns in March, to allow non-essential travel to recommence from July 2020, and the Greek government needed help in deciding when and how to reopen borders. Greece, like many other countries, lacked the capacity to test all travellers, particularly those not displaying symptoms.


Global Big Data Conference

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Machine learning and AI can transform unstructured dark data into valuable business insights. Learn how to process dark data and use the information to your advantage. To compete in modern digital environments, machine learning, deep learning and AI are increasingly accessible. By using machine learning and AI, companies can use dark data to acquire more competitive business insights. Dark data consists millions of unstructured data points that businesses accrue and store in multiformat data lakes.


AI industry, obsessed with speed, is loathe to consider the energy cost in latest MLPerf benchmark

ZDNet

Qualcomm emphasized its top efficiency score on select AI tasks in the MLPerf benchmark test. One of the greatest challenges facing artificial intelligence is the vast amount of energy consumed by the computers that perform AI. Scholars of the discipline have for some time now sounded the alarm about the rising cost of energy given the ever-increasing size of AI programs, especially those of the deep learning variety, and the spiraling compute resources they consume. As pointed out in a new five-year study, the AI100 report, published last week by Stanford University, "many within the field are becoming aware of the carbon footprint of building such large models," referring to deep learning programs. "There are significant environmental costs," the study asserts.


UK publishes 10-year plan to become 'A.I. superpower', seeking to rival U.S. and China

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"I'm optimistic that the plan could activate the U.K.'s AI potential," Nathan Benaich, a venture capitalist at Air Street Capital, said. "To truly excel, the country should focus on domains of applied scientific research such as life sciences, energy, and cyber security, where it already has world-leading capabilities." Beth Singler, an anthropologist at the University of Cambridge who studies AI and robots, told CNBC that the U.K. is increasingly trying to find specialist areas where it can compete against much larger states in a post-Brexit world. "With AI, some might see our experience with tech regulation and ethical debates as a strong USP for our AI agenda," Singler said. "But is competition with the U.S. or China even the best framework or narrative for the overall progress of AI? I will watch the planned ethical structures that come out of this 10-year vision with interest, but we should also be careful not to buy into our own narratives of UK-exceptionalism because we have previously produced some of the key figures in the history of AI." Seb Krier, a senior policy researcher at the Stanford Cyber research center, said via Twitter that there are some "very promising" aspects to the National AI Strategy, while DeepMind COO Lila Ibrahim said it's good to see a clear focus on effective governance of the technology, adding that it's vital to earn public and business trust in AI.


AI cannot be regulated by technical measures alone

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Any attempt to regulate artificial intelligence (AI) must not rely solely on technical measures to mitigate potential harms, and should instead move to address the fundamental power imbalances between those who develop or deploy the technology and those who are subject to it, says a report commissioned by European Digital Rights (EDRi). Published on 21 September 2021, the 155-page report Beyond debiasing: regulating AI and its inequalities specifically criticised the European Union's (EU) "technocratic" approach to AI regulation, which it said was too narrowly focused on implementing technical bias mitigation measures, otherwise known as "debiasing", to be effective at preventing the full range of AI-related harms. The European Commission's (EC) proposed Artificial Intelligence Act (AIA) was published in April 2021 and sought to create a risk-based, market-led approach to regulating AI through the establishment of self-assessments, transparency procedures and various technical standards. Digital civil rights experts and organisations have previously told Computer Weekly that although the regulation is a step in the right direction, it will ultimately fail to protect people's fundamental rights and mitigate the technology's worst abuses because it does not address the fundamental power imbalances between tech firms and those who are subject to their systems. The EDRi-commissioned report said that while European policymakers have publicly recognised that AI can produce a broad range of harms across different domains – including employment, housing, education, health and policing – their laser focus on algorithmic debiasing stems from a misunderstanding of the existing techniques and their effectiveness.


How Tesla is Using Big Data: Benefits & Challenges of Big Data in Self Driving Cars

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Tesla is leading the electric vehicle race by relying on big data, artificial intelligence and the internet of things to outsmart its competitors. It also manufactures and sells advanced battery, software and solar panel technology. The company is also investing big to become the number one self driving company in the world. However it's important to state that a fully autonomous vehicle won't happen anytime soon. Self-driving cars rely on advanced artificial intelligence, machine learning and deep learning technology.