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AI helps this Koda social robot dog sense human emotions


If you can't adopt a real dog, why not opt for this robot dog from Koda that uses artificial intelligence? Man's best friend has always been the domesticated dog, but mutts around the world could end up with some serious competition in the form of Koda's AI-powered robot dog. Unlike other robot dogs on the market, the Koda artificial intelligence dog is meant to interact socially with its human owners. The robot's AI helps it sense when its owner is sad, happy or excited so it can, over time, respond in an appropriate manner to human emotions. Get the latest science stories from CNET every week.

Nine Experts on the Single Biggest Obstacle Facing AI and Algorithms in the Next Five Years


Five years ago, the world of artificial intelligence--and the algorithms it runs on--looked very different. Asking your Google Home to play Adele's chart-topping single wasn't possible yet. IBM Watson was still widely considered a beacon for AI advancement, and DeepMind's AI victory over a human at Go was still fresh. Machine learning engineers were facing earlier versions of today's image classification and speech recognition challenges. And though most tech giants hadn't earmarked corporate funding for ethical AI, the conversation was becoming more mainstream as the impact of algorithms on human lives became clearer.

Comparing Different AI Approaches to Email Security


Innovations in artificial intelligence (AI) have fundamentally changed the email security landscape in recent years, but it can often be hard to determine what makes one system different than the next. In reality, under that umbrella term significant differences exist in approaches that may determine whether the technology provides genuine protection or simply a perceived notion of defense. The Rise of Fearware When the global pandemic hit, and governments began enforcing travel bans and imposing stringent restrictions, there was undoubtedly a collective sense of fear and uncertainty. As explained in this blog, cybercriminals were quick to capitalize, taking advantage of people's desire for information to send out topical emails related to COVID-19 containing malware or credential-grabbing links. These emails often spoofed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and, later on, as the economic impact of the pandemic began to take hold, the Small Business Administration (SBA).

The Different Types of AI Explained - The Data Scientist


Artificial intelligence (AI) is not only an emerging technology but it is also highly complex. There isn't even a settled definition of AI, not least because AI is a catch-all term that encompasses various types of technology. This provides plenty of opportunity to theorise as to what the future will hold. The news is very much focused on what technology can do now, whether it is about AI beating humans in games, asking whether AI will steal our jobs, or discussing about the potential of AI to improve society. It is good to take a step back and try and look at the bigger picture of what can be achieved within the next 100 years.

Facial-recognition research needs an ethical reckoning


Cameras using facial-recognition technology in King's Cross, London, were taken down in 2019 after concerns were raised that they had been installed without appropriate consent or involvement of the data regulator.Credit: James Veysey/Shutterstock Over the past 18 months, a number of universities and companies have been removing online data sets containing thousands -- or even millions -- of photographs of faces used to improve facial-recognition algorithms. The pictures are classified as public data, and their collection didn't seem to alarm institutional review boards (IRBs) and other research-ethics bodies. But none of the people in the photos had been asked for permission, and some were unhappy about the way their faces had been used. This problem has been brought to prominence by the work of Berlin-based artist and researcher Adam Harvey, who highlighted how public data sets are used by companies to hone surveillance-linked technology -- and by the journalists who reported on Harvey's work. Many researchers in the fields of computer science and artificial intelligence (AI), and those responsible for the relevant institutional ethical review processes, did not see any harm in using public data without consent.

The trouble with AI: Why we need new laws to stop algorithms ruining our lives


Stronger action needs to be taken to stop technologies like facial recognition from being used to violate fundamental human rights, because the ethics charters currently adopted by businesses and governments won't cut it, warns a new report from digital rights organization Access Now. The past few years have seen "ethical AI" become a hot topic, with requirements such as oversight, safety, privacy, transparency, or accountability being added to codes of conduct for private and public organizations alike. From 5% in 2019, in fact, the proportion of organizations that now have an AI ethics charter has jumped to 45% in 2020. The EU's guidelines for "Trustworthy AI" have informed many of these documents; in addition, the European bloc recently published a white paper on artificial intelligence presenting a so-called "European framework for AI", with ethics at its core. How much real change has happened as a result of those ethical guidelines is up for debate.

The Role AI Plays in Safeguarding Government Data


The U.S. government is tasked with protecting classified data and combating potential threats, an area of growing concern with the increasing use of web-based applications required for remote working. Due to high demands, the teams tasked with safeguarding data need a new way--or new capabilities--to scale cybersecurity efforts, especially as many government agencies also face the challenge of limited resources and massively growing data sets and feeds. Pushed by the pandemic, governments are accelerating digital transformation efforts to implement artificial intelligence for cybersecurity needs, as it brings capabilities beyond what manual human surveillance can provide. In fact, the Defense Department's investment in AI has increased from $600 million in fiscal 2016 to $2.5 billion in fiscal 2021. The security operations center is the "mothership" of security within government agencies.

Learn how to build a video game with this Unity and Blender course


TL;DR: The Build The Legend of Zelda Clone in Unity3D and Blender course is on sale for £25.56 as of Jan. 26, saving you 82% on list price. If you're curious to know what makes Zelda a hit among gamers, you may want to consider finding out how it was created in the first place. The Build The Legend of Zelda Clone in Unity3D and Blender course will show what makes a game like Zelda tick, and give you an intro to game development and design to boot. You'll get a shot at recreating The Legend of Zelda -- a Nintendo classic. Taught by John Bura, a seasoned game programmer and educator, this course is designed to help you develop a game from scratch using Unity (a game engine) and Blender (an open-source 3D computer graphics software toolset).

Human rights group urges New York to ban police use of facial recognition

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Facial recognition technology amplifies racist policing, threatens the right to protest and should be banned globally, Amnesty International said as it urged New York City to pass a ban on its use in mass surveillance by law enforcement. "Facial recognition risks being weaponised by law enforcement against marginalised communities around the world," said Matt Mahmoudi, AI and human rights researcher at Amnesty. "From New Delhi to New York, this invasive technology turns our identities against us and undermines human rights. "New Yorkers should be able to go out about their daily lives without being tracked by facial recognition. Other major cities across the US have already banned facial recognition, and New York must do the same." Albert Fox Cahn of New York's Urban Justice Centre, which is supporting Amnesty's Ban the Scan campaign, said: "Facial recognition is biased, broken, and antithetical to democracy.