Home Office to fund use of AI to help catch dark web paedophiles

The Guardian

Artificial intelligence could be used to help catch paedophiles operating on the dark web, the Home Office has announced. The government has pledged to spend more money on the child abuse image database, which since 2014 has allowed police and other law enforcement agencies to search seized computers and other devices for indecent images of children quickly, against a record of 14m images, to help identify victims. The investment will be used to trial aspects of AI including voice analysis and age estimation to see whether they would help track down child abusers. Earlier this month, the chancellor, Sajid Javid, announced £30m would be set aside to tackle online child sexual exploitation, with the Home Office releasing more information on how this would be spent on Tuesday. There has been debate over the use of machine learning algorithms, part of the broad field of AI, with the government's Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation developing a code of practice for the trialling of the predictive analytical technology in policing.

'Locked and loaded': Military options on table in response to Saudi oil attack as Trump seeks to avoid war

FOX News

As the plumes of smoke settle over two of Saudi Arabia's critical oil production facilities – which came under crippling drone strikes over the weekend – both the U.S. and Saudi Arabia are deliberating options for retaliation, raising the possibility of much broader instability across the region, although President Trump was quick to point out Monday, "I don't want war with anybody." Intelligence officials from both countries have been quick to point fingers at Iran as the orchestrators of the attack, which analysts have deemed as one of the most disruptive in history. "This is perhaps one of the greatest examples of kinetic economic warfare we have seen in recent times. Iran is suffering from our sanctions but does not want to escalate into an active war with us," Andrew Lewis, a former Defense Department staffer and the president of a private intelligence firm, the Ulysses Group, told Fox News. "They can do a lot to manipulate the world economy, which will have a negative impact on the U.S. and our allies in Europe."

Searching just got even easier: Google may soon let you look up specific items using a screenshot

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Google could soon make searching the web even simpler. Rumors have suggested that the tech giant is set to add a screenshot search filter to its 10.61 app. Called'Smart Screenshots', this feature works with an Lens to find similar items online just by scanning your screenshot. Google could add a screenshot search filter to its 10.61 app. Called'Smart Screenshots', this feature works with Lens to find similar items on the web just by scanning your screenshot When activated, Smart Screenshots will open an updated version of the toolbar, Engadget reported.

This Site Shows You What AI Really Thinks of You


Have you ever wondered what a computer thinks of you when it automatically detects your face before applying a cat filter? Thanks to a new AI tool, you can find out, but fair warning: the reality isn't pretty. "ImageNet Roulette" is a website created by programmer Leif Ryge for researcher Kate Crawford and artist Trevor Paglen's recent art exhibit "Training Humans." The site takes your photo and runs it through some common machine learning software before returning the labels that the AI decided to apply to you. As numerous people discovered (and tweeted about) while using the tool, these labels are often weird, mean, racist, and misogynistic.

Arkansas Scientists Employ Machine Learning to Manage Corn Crops More Efficiently


Professors Jia Di, left, and Trent Roberts inspect a prototype corn sensor set up in a test plot at the Arkansas Agricultural Research and Extension Center. FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – A team of researchers from the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and the University of Arkansas College of Engineering is designing tiny sensors that can be placed in corn stalks to monitor water, nitrogen and potassium needs in real time. The data collected from those sensors -- matched with geographic, weather and other environmental data -- will feed machine learning software to develop models that will be able to predict when a crop will need those inputs before the conditions exist. Those predictive models can help corn growers give their crops exactly the water and nutrients they need, before they experience stress, to achieve the best possible yields without wasting resources. The collaborative research by the division's Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station and the university's College of Engineering is supported by the Chancellor's Discovery, Creativity, Innovation and Collaboration Fund.

AI for Recruiting: Everything you Need to Know


Artificial Intelligence is aimed at simplifying and automating an array of business processes. Recently, AI made its entrance in the field of recruiting and instantly got close attention. The thing is the use of AI for recruiting resulted in significant benefits for both the companies and the candidates. But, as with any other technology, there are certain hidden rocks to keep in mind when implementing AI in your processes. So what exactly does it do and what kind of benefits it may bring?

Introduction to machine learning in JavaScript using TensorFlow - O'Reilly TensorFlow World in Santa Clara 2019


Sandeep Gupta is a product manager at Google, where he helps develop and drive the road map for TensorFlow--Google's open source library and framework for machine learning--for supporting machine learning applications and research. His focus is on improving TensorFlow's usability and driving adoption in the community and enterprise. Sandeep is excited about how machine learning and AI are transforming lives in a variety of ways, and he works with the Google team and external partners to help create powerful, scalable solutions for all. Previously, Sandeep was the technology leader for advanced imaging and analytics research and development at GE Global Research with specific emphasis on medical imaging and healthcare analytics.

From The Jetsons to Reality, or Almost: What Employers Need to Know About Robots and AI in the Workplace


Many readers will remember The Jetsons – a futuristic world in which sophisticated robots in both the home and the workplace had the ability to do, think, learn, and interact with humans. While The Jetsons' rendering of the "future" has not come to fruition, robots and artificial intelligence (AI) have made and continue to make their way into the modern workplace at breakneck speed, creating unprecedented opportunities and challenges for employers in nearly every sector of the economy. This series will explore those challenges, a topic of considerable importance to employers but one that has been overshadowed by the cost-savings and potentially positive economic impact that robots and AI can bring to a workplace. As the use of robots and AI in the workplace have increased and will continue to do so, employers must be proactive about identifying, understanding, and mitigating risks and areas of potential exposure. The future is coming, and in many ways is already here.

Pactum Launches Artificial Intelligence Tool for Commercial Negotiations


MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. and TALLINN, Estonia, September 16, 2019 -- Launching today, Pactum is an AI-based system that helps global companies to autonomously offer personalized, commercial negotiations on a massive scale. The Mountain View, California company, with engineering and operations in Estonia, has raised an initial $1.15 Million in pre-seed funding to augment negotiation and AI capabilities as well as scale operations. Pactum has also filed the patent this week related to its technology IP. Inefficient contracting has been estimated to cause firms to lose between 17% to 40% of the value on a given deal, depending on circumstances, according to research by KPMG. Pactum's AI helps companies improve their bottom line by implementing bespoke negotiation services for large volumes of incremental partners in every market, that might have previously been unmanaged.

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Taking class roll is 1 thing teachers everywhere do badly & inaccurately. Anyone in schools knows this. Using AI to automate a dreary task saves teachers time & does not diminish skill set. It just means more time in/out of the classroom to work more productively.