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AI Experts Choose Their Dream Summit Panel

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Our expert-led blog series continues, with a new four-part edition, kicking off with finding out what our group of AI experts would see as their dream summit panel. Included are experts from MILA, Gartner, Google and more. Alexia chose the following for her dream summit panel: Firstly, Ian Goodfellow for his work on Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs) and adversarial examples (a big vulnerability in neural networks). Joining after was Anima Anandkumar for her work on Competitive Descent and Non-convex Optimization. Finally, Fei-Fei Li was added to the lineup for her work on ImageNet (the biggest categorized image dataset at the time and still a major benchmark for generative models), Robotics, and neuroscience applications.


Novartis Canada inaugure un centre d'innovation Biome à Montréal

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The Canadian Biome Digital Innovation Hub, located in the heart of Montreal's dynamic and world-renowned artificial intelligence (AI) community, joins the global network introduced by Novartis in October 2018 with the launch of the first Biome in the digital heartland of Silicon Valley. The network has since expanded to include hubs in the United Kingdom, France, India and now Canada. This announcement follows on from the strategic alliance created last year between Novartis and Mila, the Montreal AI research institute founded in 1993 by Professor Yoshua Bengio. The Biome will be headquartered at Mila where start-ups and entrepreneurs who will become partners within the Biome will have access to the Novartis Canada team so ideas can be converted quickly into solutions for patients. Recognizing the momentum for innovative digital solutions is here and now, partners will have available to them the growing network of Novartis Digital Innovation Hubs in global centres as well as resources to scale up ideas as fast as possible to help patients and healthcare providers in Canada and around the world.


'Human-like vision' pivotal to unlocking autonomous driving

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Despite what people might think, the biggest challenge to the fully-autonomous future is not technical or scientific, but in fact, societal. According to a survey from the American Automobile Association (AAA), 88% of the American adult population say that they would never trust riding in a self-driving car. It's easy to dismiss this lack of trust as ignorance on the part of the American consumer, but it's crucial that the automotive industry addresses consumer concerns with new developments in technology. Driving is quite safe overall--the US sees about one death per 100 million miles travelled. Some estimates suggest that in order to directly compare autonomous vehicle safety with that of non-autonomous vehicles, one would need to test drive self-driving cars for billions of miles, a prohibitively costly endeavour.


Council Post: Three Ways AI Can Assist ESG Investment Decisions

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Dr. Steven Gustafson is Noonum's CTO and an AI scientist, passionate about solving hard problems while having fun and building great teams. It is becoming increasingly important to understand how companies contribute to society, from preventing negative behaviors to identifying positive impacts that others can learn from. A recent book by Rebecca M. Henderson, Reimagining Capitalism in a World on Fire, makes the case for initiatives that encourage the reporting and standardization of metrics such as environmental, social and governance (ESG) reporting and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Until agreed-upon frameworks like the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board become standard and comprehensive, most organizations will report their policies in text reports, and most analysts and watchdogs will also report their analyses and research in text reports. Therefore, companies like JUST Capital are crucial in spending many research hours reading reports, contacting companies and managing a complex rubric of analysis to create rankings and metrics.


Atish Ray on LinkedIn: Industrialized ML for Governed, Responsible and Explainable AI - Databricks

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Accenture research shows full 84% of C-suite executives believe they must leverage Artificial Intelligence (AI) to achieve their growth objectives. Yet 76% acknowledge they struggle when it comes to scaling it across the business. Having the right framework in place for "Industrializing ML" is a key component of scaling AI in the enterprise. Join us for a glimpse into the world of Industrialized ML as it comes to life at Navy Federal Credit Union using Databricks Unified Analytics Platform.



Promethean AI Launches a Branch in East Sweden

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Promethean AI is the world's first Artificial Intelligence assistant that helps create new virtual worlds. The platform lets artists create video games, architectural scenes, and films faster and automate non-creative work. The headquarter is based in Los Angeles but they have team members all around the globe. The Promethean AI team launched a branch in Sweden to get reach more talents specialized in game and AI tech. "Sweden is a fantastic region with a lot of knowledge and a passion for not just building products, but putting a dent in the universe with good technology. And we love that," said Andrew Maximov, founder of Promethean AI.


Going deeper: A history of ideas in AI research

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Artificial Intelligence is moving fast. The vibe is all around. Facts are beginning to sound like science fiction movies and science fiction movies like a version of reality (with better graphics). It may be that AI has finally achieved the level of maturity it has been pursuing for decades and was stubbornly denied, making parts of its community, and the whole world, suspicious against its feasibility. Frankenstein may contain parallels relevant to the present day.


Artificial intelligence reveals hundreds of millions of trees in the Sahara

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If you think that the Sahara is covered only by golden dunes and scorched rocks, you aren't alone. In an area of West Africa 30 times larger than Denmark, an international team, led by University of Copenhagen and NASA researchers, has counted over 1.8 billion trees and shrubs. The 1.3 million km2 area covers the western-most portion of the Sahara Desert, the Sahel and what are known as sub-humid zones of West Africa. "We were very surprised to see that quite a few trees actually grow in the Sahara Desert, because up until now, most people thought that virtually none existed. We counted hundreds of millions of trees in the desert alone. Doing so wouldn't have been possible without this technology. Indeed, I think it marks the beginning of a new scientific era," asserts Assistant Professor Martin Brandt of the University of Copenhagen's Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, lead author of the study's scientific article, now published in Nature.


Your AI May Be Ethical, But Is It Prudent?

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Do you remember a story about an irate father who marched into a Target to complain that his teenage daughter received maternity coupons, only to find out a few days later that she was pregnant? The story came from a 2012 New York times article and it signaled the arrival of predictive analytics. Despite reasonable skepticism over whether the story was real, it helped initiate an ethical debate over consumer privacy that has only intensified. Today, we live in a world with more powerful predictive capabilities and more personal data to be leveraged. We've reached an era in which AI can do more than out a teenage pregnancy.