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NFL, players agree to end 'race-norming' in $1B settlement

Boston Herald

The NFL and lawyers for thousands of retired NFL players have reached an agreement to end race-based adjustments in dementia testing in the $1 billion settlement of concussion claims, according to a proposed deal filed Wednesday in federal court. The revised testing plan follows public outrage over the use of "race-norming," a practice that came to light only after two former NFL players filed a civil rights lawsuit over it last year. The adjustments, critics say, may have prevented hundreds of Black players suffering from dementia to win awards that average $500,000 or more. The Black retirees will now have the chance to have their tests rescored or, in some cases, seek a new round of cognitive testing, according to the settlement, details of which were first reported in The New York Times on Wednesday. "We look forward to the court's prompt approval of the agreement, which provides for a race-neutral evaluation process that will ensure diagnostic accuracy and fairness in the concussion settlement," NFL lawyer Brad Karp said in a statement. The proposal, which must still be approved by a judge, follows months of closed-door negotiations between the NFL, class counsel for the retired players, and lawyers for the Black players who filed suit, Najeh Davenport and Kevin Henry.

Robot artist Ai-Da released by Egyptian border guards

BBC News

He praised the work of the UK ambassador, who Mr Meller said had "been working through the night to get Ai-Da released," but pointed out that her late release meant it would be difficult to get her ready for the display on Thursday. "We're right up to the wire now," he said.

How Data Science is Driving Digital Transformation Now


In an increasingly competitive world, we should have a deep understanding of the business in which we operate, how it is evolving, and the new innovations that we could embrace or build to remain competitive and conquer new market segments. To do this, we must be able to develop a clear vision of transformation that takes us to another level of performance. By embracing Digital Transformation, we will deal with artificial intelligence, machine and deep learning, virtual reality, and a lot of other innovative technologies. At first sight, it might even sound fearful to lead the business in such a complex and intricate direction. With this in mind, we will consider some strategies to better understand and take competitive advantage of the huge streaming of data in the current era of the digital revolution.

How Artificial Intelligence Can Accelerate the Growth of Your Real Estate Business


Artificial intelligence (AI) is easily one of the most anticipated upcoming technologies. Understanding the impact that a piece of technology will have on your business will not only allow you to prepare for any adverse impacts, but it will also allow you to adapt your business to assimilate the technology to optimize your business. Despite being one of the older industries, the real estate sector is one that has been gradually adapting to emerging technologies. While it may seem like artificial intelligence is still a long way from being implemented into the industry, it has been used in the real estate industry since 2018.

A New AI Lexicon: Algolinguicism


Which languages and language-users are prioritized by digital platforms? Speakers of non-dominant languages are disproportionately subject to algorithmic harms.¹ They confront content moderation algorithms that "only work in certain languages"² on platforms that structurally omit non-Western nations from governance considerations. I call this tendency algolinguicism -- a matrix of automated processes that minoritize language-users outside the Global North and obstruct their access to political participation. This essay addresses digital platforms as sites of algolinguicism.

YouTube Expands Speech Recognition and Translation AI Features - G3ict: The Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs


Google has augmented and widened access to some of YouTube's audio AI-based features. The update includes extending auto-captioning to any YouTube channel and automatic caption translation to mobile devices and lays out plans for even more inclusion of the platform's speech recognition and translation technology. The most notable immediate change is that YouTube has ended the 1,000 subscriber minimum to enable live auto captions. The limit on auto captioning may have been a way to encourage the promotion of YouTube channels or out of concern for limited computing resources, but that no longer matters. The auto captions will also be available in more languages soon, upping the accessibility of non-English content on YouTube.

AI learning: will machines acquire knowledge as naturally as children do?


Watching a child learn is an extraordinary experience. As a proud dad, it delights and inspires me, and as an artificial intelligence (AI) professional, it reminds me that our journey into machine learning (ML) has only just begun. What is particularly incredible about babies and young children, of course, is that they learn incredibly quickly – drawing on building blocks of information and astounding us by picking things up naturally and incrementally. Is that too much to ask of machines? For now, the answer is yes.

AI tool pairs protein pathways with clinical side effects, patient comorbidities to suggest targeted Covid treatments


The symptoms and side effects of Covid-19 are scattered across a diagnostic spectrum. Some patients are asymptomatic or experience a mild immune response, while others report significant long-term illnesses, lasting complications, or suffer fatal outcomes. Three researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology and one from Emory University are trying to help clinicians sort through these factors and spectrum of patient outcomes by equipping healthcare professionals with a new "decision prioritization tool." The team's new artificial intelligence-based tool helps clinicians understand and better predict which adverse effects their Covid-19 patients could experience, based on comorbidities and current side effects -- and, in turn, also helps suggest specific Food and Drug Administration-approved (FDA) drugs that could help treat the disease and improve patient health outcomes. The researcher's latest findings are the focus of a new study published October 21 in Scientific Reports.

Grab a Google Nest Mini and LED smart lights for only $19


SAVE $30: As of Oct. 21, grab a Google Nest Mini and a set of smart LED strip lights at Walmart for only $19. That's a 61% discount. Google Nest devices are going to be hot items this holiday season. For folks diving headfirst into amping up their smart homes, the Google Nest lineup offers a lot, including straightforward voice control and simple, minimalist aesthetics. If you have a smart home enthusiast on your holiday gift list this year, this is the deal for you. As of Oct. 21, Walmart is offering a bundle with the second generation Google Nest Mini and a set of Merkury Innovations Smart LED Strip Lights for only $19.

Artificial Intelligence Is Smart, but Does It Doesn't Play Well With Others


Humans find AI to be a frustrating teammate when playing a cooperative game together, posing challenges for "teaming intelligence," study shows. When it comes to games such as chess or Go, artificial intelligence (AI) programs have far surpassed the best players in the world. These "superhuman" AIs are unmatched competitors, but perhaps harder than competing against humans is collaborating with them. Can the same technology get along with people? In a new study, MIT Lincoln Laboratory researchers sought to find out how well humans could play the cooperative card game Hanabi with an advanced AI model trained to excel at playing with teammates it has never met before.