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Deepfake video of Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn endorsing each other for Prime Minister released

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Two eerily realistic videos featuring Boris Johnson and rival Jeremy Corbyn endorsing each other for the role of prime minister have been released by a thinktank to highlight the spread of deepfake technology. Future Advocacy released the bizarre videos in a stunt to raise awareness on the dangers surrounding online disinformation. This is the first time deepfakes of political candidates have been released during a live election in the UK. In the election-style address a character resembling Boris Johnson says: 'Hi folks, I am here with a very special message. 'Since that momentous day in 2016, division has coursed through our country as we argue with fantastic passion, vim and vigour about Brexit.


Achieving a 'techquilibrium' with conversational AI – Gartner Symposium 2019 review

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This week, I had the pleasure of attending my first Gartner Symposium in Barcelona. A huge industry event, hosting around 7,500 CIOs and IT executives from around the world, that explores the technology and trends that will shape the future of IT and business into 2020 and beyond. Interestingly, this year's demographics saw the Nordics represented by around 20% of attendees – impressive for a region of only 27 million people collectively. Compare that to the UK and Ireland, who made up only 19% of attendees, but boast over double the population, at 63 million. Perhaps the reputation of the Nordic countries being amongst the most tech-savvy in the world is well earned?


Facial recognition regulation is surprisingly bipartisan

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Bipartisanship in modern politics can seem kind of like an unbelievable, mythical creature. But in recent months, as Congress considered regulation of one of the most controversial topics it faces -- how, when, or if to use facial recognition -- we've gotten glimpses of a political unicorn. In two House Oversight and Reform committee hearings last summer, some of the most prominent Republicans and Democrats in the United States Congress joined together in calls for legislative reform. Proponents of regulation ranged from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) to Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), a frequent Trump supporter on cable news. On Friday, Jordan was also appointed to the House Intelligence Committee to confront witnesses in public presidential impeachment hearings that begin this week.


A.I. Systems Echo Biases They're Fed, Putting Scientists on Guard

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"We are aware of the issue and are taking the necessary steps to address and resolve it," a Google spokesman said. "Mitigating bias from our systems is one of our A.I. principles, and is a top priority." Amazon, in a statement, said it "dedicates significant resources to ensuring our technology is highly accurate and reduces bias, including rigorous benchmarking, testing and investing in diverse training data." Researchers have long warned of bias in A.I. that learns from large amounts data, including the facial recognition systems that are used by police departments and other government agencies as well as popular internet services from tech giants like Google and Facebook. In 2015, for example, the Google Photos app was caught labeling African-Americans as "gorillas."


DTI prepares roadmap for artificial intelligence

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The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has set in motion the crafting of the country's Artificial Intelligence (AI) sector roadmap as it vowed to position the Philippines as an AI powerhouse in the ASEAN region. Trade Undersecretary Rafaelita M. Aldaba of the Competitiveness and Innovation Group led the formal signing of an agreement with distinguished data scientists, Dr. Christopher P. Monterola and Dr. Erika Fille T. Legara, for the formulation of an AI Roadmap. With the advent of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) where technology becomes more enmeshed with everyday life, AI advancement is seen as one of the key factors to help keep our country competitive. AI's importance is underscored as it is emerging to be a potential bright spot for our country, with wide opportunities for growth for our competent workforce. "The formulation of the AI Roadmap is very important and timely. This effort provides the impetus that will move the country forward to keep up with the rapidly changing times," said Aldaba.


Israeli Universities Struggle to Meet Massive Demand for Artificial Intelligence Programs - The Media Line

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Despite being AI powerhouse, Israel's academic institutions find themselves outpaced by thriving industry as many students turn to online classes Israeli universities are struggling to keep up with the demand for academic programs in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, amid a severe shortage of skilled workers in the booming sector. There are presently dozens of AI courses and tracks offered at the undergraduate and master's level in academic institutions across the country. However, there is not enough space to accommodate the number of students wishing to enroll. The lack of sufficient academic staff and programs is exacerbating the already-existing tech talent crunch, estimated at roughly 15,000 workers. Katrina Ligett, an associate professor of computer science and head of the new program on Internet and Society at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, says that programs for cutting-edge technologies like AI are still very young and will need time to catch up.


Is China gaining an edge in artificial intelligence?

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"China is betting on AI and investing in AI and deploying AI on a scale no other country is doing," says Abishur Prakash, a futurist and author of books about the effect of artificial intelligence (AI) on geopolitics. As developments in AI accelerate, some in the US fear that the ability of China's powerful central government to marshal data and pour resources into the field will push it ahead. The country has announced billions in funding for start-ups, launched programmes to woo researchers from overseas and streamlined its data policies. It has announced news-reading robots and AI-powered strategy for foreign relations. Perhaps most alarming to the US are its efforts to incorporate it into its military.


Automation in 2019: Friend or Foe?

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Perhaps it was 1984's blockbuster movie, The Terminator, that ignited man's fear of robots taking over the world. Or perhaps that fear is rooted in an instinctive paranoia that faces a future of unfamiliar territory with caution. Whatever the reason, technophobia is alive and well, and it affects many of the ways in which we feel about and integrate technology into our daily lives. Not all of these fears are based in unfounded skepticism, however. In fact, it is not dramatic upheaval that most fear, but rather that their jobs will be lost to automated robots that may very well be quicker and more efficient at performing them.


Soft Skills Increasingly Valuable In An AI Workplace - Workflow

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The world of work is changing as technology advances, and the skills needed for future jobs are evolving. As many as 375 million workers--or roughly 14 percent of the global workforce--may need to switch jobs as digitization, automation, and advances in artificial intelligence disrupt the world of work by 2030, according to a recent McKinsey Global Institute report. Some jobs of the future are changing faster than others. New jobs will be created that haven't even been imagined yet. A Korn Ferry study of 55,000 professionals worldwide found that the skills which come naturally to most women, such as creativity and problem-solving, may give them a critical advantage over their male counterparts.


Five strategic shifts cities must make to face

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Automating the design of urban environments via digital twinning software, moving from sustainable to circular economies and integrating micro-mobility or Mobility 2.0 into the transport mix are among the "strategy shifts" cities need to make, according to ABI Research. The analyst company also warns that a shift from "safe and secure cities" to "resilient cities" and a rethinking of the urban environment through smart spaces will be required. In its new whitepaper, 5 Ways Smart Cities Are Getting Smarter, ABI Research highlights that while smart city tech investments will reach over $61 billion globally in 2026, most of the expenditure will be for incremental improvements. "It is an illusion to believe that adding just a shallow layer of IoT (Internet of Things) technology to legacy urban environments will allow cities to address the urban challenges of the future, ranging from the provision of sustainable energy to the adoption of smart mobility and the construction of resilient cities," says Dominique Bonte, vice president at ABI Research. As they prepare to face new threats such as cyber-attacks and climate change, Bonte said this "new reality" requires new approaches, leveraging a range of new technologies to create true strategy shifts.