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AI has a bias problem. Barring African experts from a conference in Canada won't help

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London (CNN Business)Some of the leading artificial intelligence experts from Africa and South America have been denied visas to attend a major industry conference in Canada, dealing a setback to efforts to prevent bias from taking root in the new technology. Conference organizers say Canadian immigration authorities have denied visas to two dozen academics from countries such as Nigeria and Brazil, preventing them from attending the event next month in Vancouver. Katherine Heller, a professor who serves as co-chair of diversity and inclusion at the Neural Information Processing Systems conference, said organizers "are trying extremely hard" to have the visa denials overturned. "It is very significant for the field of AI that all voices be heard," she said. The problem of algorithmic bias in data science has become more pronounced, and there's mounting evidence that AI-powered algorithms display bias against women and some racial groups.


Canada refuses visas to African AI researchers

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For the second year in a row, Canada has refused visas to dozens of researchers - most of them from Africa - who were hoping to attend an artificial intelligence (AI) conference in Vancouver. The hassles have caused at least one other AI conference to choose a different country for their next event. The Neural Information Processing Systems conference (NeurIPS), which brings together thousands of experts and researchers from all over the world, will be held in Vancouver next month. Last week, NeurIPS began hearing that several attendees had had their visas denied. It was the second year in a row the conference has had visa troubles.


Canada refuses visas to African AI researchers

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For the second year in a row, Canada has refused visas to dozens of researchers - most of them from Africa - who were hoping to attend an artificial intelligence (AI) conference in Vancouver. The hassles have caused at least one other AI conference to choose a different country for their next event. The Neural Information Processing Systems conference (NeurIPS), which brings together thousands of experts and researchers from all over the world, will be held in Vancouver next month. Last week, NeurIPS began hearing that several attendees had had their visas denied. It was the second year in a row the conference has had visa troubles.


Visa: Using AI To Separate The Good, Bad From Transactions PYMNTS.com

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That's the payments volume running over Visa's global network, a network whose vast global expanse is a tempting playground for cyberthieves. Visa's cybersecurity team, as Chief Information Security Officer Sunil Seshadri told Karen Webster, also logs as many as 8 billion security events every day -- that's billion with a "b." Not all events are intrusions or even attempts, but also include routine security logs and regular everyday network activity. These logs provide deep insight into what is happening in Visa's infrastructure and network on a real-time basis. But finding the signal in this noisy data is a challenge.


African AI Experts Get Excluded From a Conference--Again

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At the G7 meeting in Montreal last year, Justin Trudeau told WIRED he would look into why more than 100 African artificial intelligence researchers had been barred from visiting that city to attend their field's most important annual event, the Neural Information Processing Systems conference, or NeurIPS. Now the same thing has happened again. More than a dozen AI researchers from African countries have been refused visas to attend this year's NeurIPS, to be held next month in Vancouver. This means an event that shapes the course of a technology with huge economic and social importance will have little input from a major portion of the world. The conference brings together thousands of researchers from top academic institutions and companies, for hundreds of talks, workshops, and side meetings at which new ideas and theories are hashed out.


Using AI As A Guide This Organization Fights Climate Change By Empowering Women Your Mark On The World

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This post was originally produced for Forbes. "I am on a mission to provide clean and affordable energy to women and girls in African rural communities through the use of modern technologies like AI," says Monique Ntumngia, 29, founder of the Green Girls Organisation working in Sub-Saharan Africa. The organization uses a unique scoring algorithm called MNKB92 to optimize energy strategies for villages where they train women and girls to assemble and sell solar lamps and to deploy biodigesters to create methane for cooking and organic fertilizer for crops. The organization provides the materials for free but receives a 40% cut of the revenue from the sale of fertilizer and solar lamps. The organization helps women find markets for the fertilizer.


AI system for granting UK visas is biased, rights groups claim

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Immigrant rights campaigners have begun a ground-breaking legal case to establish how a Home Office algorithm that filters UK visa applications actually works. The challenge is the first court bid to expose how an artificial intelligence program affects immigration policy decisions over who is allowed to enter the country. Foxglove, a new advocacy group promoting justice in the new technology sector, is supporting the case brought by the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI) to legally force the Home Office to explain on what basis the algorithm "streams" visa applicants. The two groups both said they feared the AI "streaming tool" created three channels for applicants including a "fast lane" that would lead to "speedy boarding for white people". The Home Office has insisted that the algorithm is used only to allocate applications and does not ultimately rule on them.


Google claims web search will be 10% better for English speakers – with the help of AI

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Google has updated its search algorithms to tap into an AI language model that is better at understanding netizens' queries than previous systems. Pandu Nayak, a Google fellow and vice president of search, announced this month that the Chocolate Factory has rolled out BERT, short for Bidirectional Encoder Representations from Transformers, for its most fundamental product: Google Search. To pull all of this off, researchers at Google AI built a neural network known as a transformer. The architecture is suited to deal with sequences in data, making them ideal for dealing with language. To understand a sentence, you must look at all the words in it in a specific order.


Canadian Colleges Offer Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence Courses

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Canada is continuing as one of the favorite abroad destinations for foreign students to study and newcomers to relocate from their home nation. Canada's openness to migration and favorable policies to foreign students makes it more favored among overseas students and aspirants. There are more famous universities & colleges in Canada which are immensely presenting world-class education to students and have been creating a higher number of graduates being successful in various fields! It is more clear that pursuing their education in Canada could make global students more successful. There are greater job openings after studying in Canada.


Canadian Colleges Offer Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence Courses

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Canada is continuing as one of the favorite abroad destinations for foreign students to study and newcomers to relocate from their home nation. Canada's openness to migration and favorable policies to foreign students makes it more favored among overseas students and aspirants. There are more famous universities & colleges in Canada which are immensely presenting world-class education to students and have been creating a higher number of graduates being successful in various fields! It is more clear that pursuing their education in Canada could make global students more successful. There are greater job openings after studying in Canada.