Recent research from SAP and Oxford Economics demonstrated CFOs' strategic initiatives are taking a more active role in the direction of their businesses, rather than operating within a siloed financial function. The report showed that 88% respondents said CFO's are increasingly involved in the strategic decisions of their organisations.
It's been estimated that China's government has detained as many as a million members of the country's Muslim population in so-called "re-education camps," in part of a campaign that has alarmed human rights activists across the world. This week, drawing on 403 pages of leaked government documents, The New York Times published new details of how the ongoing crackdown took shape under Chinese President Xi Jinping and other leadership in the Communist Party of China, how government workers who resisted the plan were sidelined, and what officials were instructed to tell young people whose families had been detained. "They're in a training school set up by the government to undergo collective systematic training, study and instruction," the talking points read, adding, "You have nothing to worry about." The Chinese government's campaign against those it says have been exposed to extremism is centered on an autonomous region, Xinjiang, where nearly half of the 25 million residents are a Muslim people called the Uighurs. Earlier in November, a FRONTLINE documentary called In the Age of AI examined how, as part of its crackdown involving the Uighurs, China's government has made Xinjiang a test project for forms of extreme digital surveillance.
A few short years ago, personal digital assistants like Amazon's Alexa, Apple's Siri and Google Assistant sounded futuristic. Now, the future is here and this future is embedded, augmented and ubiquitous. Digital assistants can be found in your office, home, car, hotel, phone and many other places. They have recently undergone massive transformation and run on operating systems that are fuelled by artificial intelligence (AI). They observe and collect data in real-time and have the capability to pull information from different sources such as smart devices and cloud services and put the information into context using AI to make sense of the situation.
Life sciences companies are likely to begin experimenting further with AI in their workflows in the coming years, but they face challenges in AI adoption due to strict regulations. Machine learning has a "black box" problem, meaning that it's in many cases impossible to know how a machine learning algorithm comes to its conclusions. An AI application that detects cancer, for example, may not be able to show an oncologist how it determined the presence of cancer in a patient's body. As a result, if the oncologist used the application to diagnose a patient, they wouldn't be able to explain to the patient what makes them sure they have cancer. This issue relegates AI applications in life sciences to experiments and pilots, and widespread adoption, although likely inevitable, may not come for a while as public opinion shifts toward accepting that its diagnoses are informed by decision-making artificial intelligence and regulations evolve to match.
FRONTLINE investigates the promise and perils of artificial intelligence, from fears about work and privacy to rivalry between the U.S. and China. The documentary traces a new industrial revolution that will reshape and disrupt our lives, our jobs and our world, and allow the emergence of the surveillance society.
Think lawsuits involving humans are tricky? Try taking an intelligent robot to court. While autonomous robots with humanlike, all-encompassing capabilities are still decades away, European lawmakers, legal experts and manufacturers are already locked in a high-stakes debate about their legal status: whether it's these machines or human beings who should bear ultimate responsibility for their actions. The battle goes back to a paragraph of text, buried deep in a European Parliament report from early 2017, which suggests that self-learning robots could be granted "electronic personalities." Such a status could allow robots to be insured individually and be held liable for damages if they go rogue and start hurting people or damaging property.
In a story Nov. 24, The Associated Press reported that an artificial intelligence program featuring a talking image of the Greek philosopher Aristotle is starting to help University of Southern California students cope with stress. The program's designers recently removed that image based on student feedback and are considering replacing it with another character.
Analytics India Magazine is dedicated to championing and promoting the analytics and AI ecosystem in India. As a part of this process, each year AIM produces and publishes numerous videos ranging from events, interviews and web-series, to explainers, deep dives and news. In this article, we list down the top 10 videos produced by Analytics India Magazine in 2019. About: Analytics India Guru: What is a Convolutional Neural Network is a Hindi explainer video which helps you understand Convolutional Neural Network by digging deeper into understanding what is CNN and how does it work. The video includes interactive visuals which help you understand the basic of CNN in an easy manner.
The University of Oxford has launched a major initiative in Ethics in AI, leading to the establishment of an Institute for Ethics in AI, to be based in the Stephen A. Schwarzman Centre for the Humanities, under the aegis of the Faculty of Philosophy. The Institute will build upon the University's world-class capabilities in the humanities to lead the study of the ethical implications of artificial intelligence and other new computing technologies. The University now seeks a Director for the Institute to provide intellectual vision and to give strategic leadership to the Institute, as it establishes its research programmes and related activities. The post will be open to academics with an international reputation and wide-ranging research and leadership profile within Ethics in AI. The Director will be the public face of the Institute and will oversee its activities, playing a substantive role in developing the Institute's relations with its fellows and students; within the Humanities Division; across the collegiate University; with external bodies and the wider public; as well as the Institute's Advisory Council.
Chinese companies have exported artificial intelligence surveillance technology to more than 60 countries including Iran, Myanmar, Venezuela, Zimbabwe and others with dismal human rights records, according to a report by a U.S. think tank. With the technology involving facial recognition systems that the Communist Party uses to crack down on Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in China's far western Xinjiang region, the report calls Beijing a global driver of "authoritarian tech." The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace released the report amid concerns that authoritarian regimes would use the technology to boost their power and data could be sent back to China. "Technology linked to Chinese companies -- particularly Huawei, Hikvision, Dahua and ZTE -- supply AI surveillance technology in 63 countries, 36 of which have signed onto China's Belt and Road Initiative," it said. Critics say the BRI, President Xi Jinping's signature cross-border infrastructure project, is intended to draw countries in Asia, Africa and Europe deeper into Beijing's economic orbit.