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Penn State has launched an expanded initiative in artificial intelligence (AI), termed the AI Hub. It will bring together the University's considerable resources and talent in AI to further advance its position as a global leader developing fundamental innovations in AI, in using AI and machine learning (ML) to solve the hardest challenges, and to create unique applications of AI and ML in unforeseen areas. The hub also will help to address a national priority for the U.S. to be the world leader in developing responsible AI. Lora Weiss, senior vice president for research, announced the initiative, which is designed to forge collaborations among Penn State's AI researchers, centers and institutes and increase the visibility and impact of Penn State's AI research. "Penn State is poised to take AI to new levels where researchers are already creating new knowledge and discoveries with AI, from tackling climate change to improving health outcomes to developing new materials," said Weiss.

AI-Powered Text From This Program Could Fool the Government


In October 2019, Idaho proposed changing its Medicaid program. The state needed approval from the federal government, which solicited public feedback via Medicaid.gov. But half came not from concerned citizens or even internet trolls. They were generated by artificial intelligence. And a study found that people could not distinguish the real comments from the fake ones.

Lin Qi, executive producer on 'Game of Thrones' creators' new Netflix series, dead at 39 by alleged poisoning

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Fox News Flash top entertainment and celebrity headlines are here. Check out what's clicking today in entertainment. Lin Qi, an executive producer on "Game of Thrones" creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss' upcoming Netflix series, died at age 39 after being poisoned. Lin was the chairman and CEO of Yoozoo Group, which he founded in 2009. The company was working with the TV creators on an adaptation of a science fiction series based on "The Three-Body Problem" trilogy of novels by Chinese author Liu Cixin.

Codota picks up $12M for an AI platform that auto-completes developers' code – TechCrunch


Thanks to smartphones and their downsized keyboards, autocomplete has become a nearly ubiquitous feature of how we write these days. To save us precious seconds composing and (at least in my fat-thumbed case) correcting words, our keyboards now prompt us with suggestions of what we're trying to write to get the job done a little bit more easily. But email and messaging composing isn't the only area where artificial intelligence and semantic analytics are being used in this way. Today, a startup that has built a platform that applies the concept to the world of coding is announcing a round of funding to expand its business. Codota, an Israeli startup that provides an AI tool to developers to let them autocomplete strings of code that they are writing -- intended both to speed up their work (it claims to "boost productivity by 25%") and to make sure that it's using the right syntax and'spelled' correctly -- has picked up $12 million, a Series A led by e.ventures, with participation also from previous backer Khosla Ventures, along with new investors TPY Capital and Hetz Ventures.

Where artificial intelligence fits in education - Talk IoT


Artificial Intelligence is coming for education. It's not going to replace college faculty or teaching as we know it. Instead, AI is going to give faculty superpowers, extending their reach and expanding their time. A good teacher is a role model, a sage, able to become what the student needs. Teaching is too personal, too human, to be turned over to AI.

Where artificial intelligence fits in education


Artificial Intelligence is coming for education. It's not going to replace college faculty or teaching as we know it. Instead, AI is going to give faculty superpowers, extending their reach and expanding their time. A good teacher is a role model, a sage, able to become what the student needs. Teaching is too personal, too human, to be turned over to AI.

Custody dispute? A judge can order you to use this app to deal with your ex.


Welcome to Small Humans, an ongoing series at Mashable that looks at how to take care of – and deal with – the kids in your life. Because Dr. Spock is nice and all, but it's 2019 and we have the entire internet to contend with. Legally mandated app usage is officially now a thing. Say hello to coParenter, an app designed to facilitate the often-fraught dealings of two non-married or separated individuals trying to jointly raise a kid. The app, available for download in the App Store and on Google Play, officially launched Jan. 17 with the promise to both save parents money and keep them out of court.

Lingvo: a Modular and Scalable Framework for Sequence-to-Sequence Modeling

arXiv.org Machine Learning

Lingvo is a Tensorflow framework offering a complete solution for collaborative deep learning research, with a particular focus towards sequence-to-sequence models. Lingvo models are composed of modular building blocks that are flexible and easily extensible, and experiment configurations are centralized and highly customizable. Distributed training and quantized inference are supported directly within the framework, and it contains existing implementations of a large number of utilities, helper functions, and the newest research ideas. Lingvo has been used in collaboration by dozens of researchers in more than 20 papers over the last two years. This document outlines the underlying design of Lingvo and serves as an introduction to the various pieces of the framework, while also offering examples of advanced features that showcase the capabilities of the framework.

Emilia Clarke did a fire dance move at her scariest 'Game of Thrones' audition


We have a hard time imagining the Mother of Dragons doing anything frivolous, between needing to reclaim her throne and save Westeros from White Walkers and all. But apparently, when Emilia Clarke wasn't raining down fire and blood in her Game of Thrones auditions all those years ago, she was showing off her dance moves. SEE ALSO: Emilia Clarke just got the best'Game of Thrones' tattoo During a speech from showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss' at the Britannia Awards on Friday, Oct. 26, the two revealed that Clarke did "the robot" during her audition process. And evidently, her moves brought enough heat to impress even the president of HBO himself. According to a report in Variety, the two described the terrifying environment Clarke had walked into.

Why data, AI, and digital marketing are a priority for insurers - Tech Wire Asia


INSURERS have seen many changes in recent years, including new competition, the emergence of insurtechs, and shifting consumer demands for new products and/or services. Digital is the most common top business priority for insurance CIOs in 2018 and 2019, according to Gartner's 2019 CIO Agenda for the insurance industry. For the first time, this has moved to the top of the list, outranking revenue and business growth in focus. "The industry continues to transform as companies begin to embrace more advanced stages of digital maturity," said Gartner Managing VP Juergen Weiss in an exclusive interview with Tech Wire Asia. This journey includes improving customer experiences, building out ecosystems, establishing enterprise intelligence through improved data and analytics, and adopting an open innovation platform that relies more on ecosystem partners.