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Groups urge IBM not to use AI to help Trump deport immigrants

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The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is reportedly looking into ways to use machine learning technology and social media monitoring to identify people for visa denial–and to select people for deportation from the United States. After IBM attended the informational meeting, rights groups are concerned that the company might be considering getting involved with the program. While Reuters obtained an email from Christopher Padilla, IBM's vice president of government affairs, saying that IBM "would not work on any project that runs counter to our company's values, including our long-standing opposition to discrimination against anyone on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, or religion," he also noted that it was "premature to speculate" whether IBM would pursue this business. To hopefully sway IBM from getting in bed with ICE, a coalition of rights groups, including 18 Million Rising and Center for Media Justice launched an online petition on Thursday urging IBM Corp to renounce the proposal entirely. If you sign it, you won't be alone.


Groups urge IBM not to use AI to help Trump deport immigrants

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The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is reportedly looking into ways to use machine learning technology and social media monitoring to identify people for visa denial–and to select people for deportation from the United States. After IBM attended the informational meeting, rights groups are concerned that the company might be considering getting involved with the program. While Reuters obtained an email from Christopher Padilla, IBM's vice president of government affairs, saying that IBM "would not work on any project that runs counter to our company's values, including our long-standing opposition to discrimination against anyone on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, or religion," he also noted that it was "premature to speculate" whether IBM would pursue this business. To hopefully sway IBM from getting in bed with ICE, a coalition of rights groups, including 18 Million Rising and Center for Media Justice launched an online petition on Thursday urging IBM Corp to renounce the proposal entirely. If you sign it, you won't be alone.


IBM Systems Magazine - Pascal Polverini Discusses Open Access and AI

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Always nice when I get an opportunity to do an iTalk with one of my old friends. And for all that―this is one of my old friends. This is actually the first iTalk that we've done together. So hello―or should I say bonjour―or sorry no, should I say boungiorno to Pascal Polverini. So before we start Pascal, for anybody who may not have come across paths with you before, Pascal is a Frenchman who has been living in Italy for very many―for many years.


how-artificial-intelligence-will-boost-these-8-stocks

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A dozen or so companies are well-positioned to reap big profits from the burgeoning market for artificial intelligence (AI), Barron's reports. Among these companies are: semiconductor manufacturers Micron Technology Inc. (MU) and Nvidia Corp. (NVDA); Google parent Alphabet Inc. (GOOGL); database management software developer Oracle Corp. (ORCL); online merchant and cloud-computing leader Amazon.com In 1997, IBM scored a major milestone in AI history when its Deep Blue program beat reigning world chess champion Gary Kasparov, still considered by many experts to be the best player of all time. IBM's Watson question answering system passed a high-profile test in 2011, beating two top former champs on Jeopardy!, the long-running quiz show on TV. Since then, Watson has been rolled out for general commercial use, most notably to aid doctors in making diagnoses.


IBM beefs up its AI credentials with Power9 systems and new software

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IBM is doubling down on AI: releasing new software to help train machine-learning models and talking up the potential for its new Power9 systems to accelerate intelligent software. Today IBM unveiled new software that will make it easier to train machine-learning models to take decisions and extract insights from big data. The Deep Learning Impact software tools will help users develop AI models using popular open-source, deep-learning frameworks, such as TensorFlow and Caffe, and will be added to IBM's Spectrum Conductor software from December. Alongside the software reveal, IBM has been talking up new systems based around its new Power9 processor -- which are on display at this year's SC17 event. IBM says these systems are tailored towards AI workloads, due to their ability to rapidly shuttle data between between Power9 CPUs and hardware accelerators, such as GPUs and FPGAs, commonly used both in training and running machine-learning models.


What Exactly Is IBM Doing Differently With Machine Learning? - DZone AI

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Machine learning itself is not new. The concepts have been around for decades, and many companies have been building ML models and doing predictive analytics for a while. So what exactly is IBM doing in this space? I would like to say, "IBM takes an enterprise approach to ML," but that sounds too vague. This post details IBM's commitment to machine learning and how our approach goes beyond hype and hand-waving to offer the platforms, tools, and processes our enterprise customers need.


Predictive Forecasting with Time Series Analysis

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The ability to accurately predict what is likely to happen at a point in the future, and build plans and strategies based on that knowledge, is essential to an organization's success. But what happens when a forecast is inaccurate? What is the impact on a business, its customers or its partners? For businesses, the ability to catch even a tiny glimpse of what the future may hold can lead to happy customers, improved efficiency and productivity, and highly successful business decisions. In this Data Science Central webinar learn how time series analysis better enables departments across your organization with actionable, more accurate insights related to the timing of equipment failure, customer offers, and the impact of effects like seasonality.


IBM at the me Convention 2017: Internet of Things Blog

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A mere 20 minutes from this year's IAA event in Frankfurt, a new convention is born – one that will run in parallel with the famous international motor show. This event is the me Convention: a festival-style feast of creativity, design and technology served up through panel sessions, keynotes, workshops and art installations, running from 15th-17th September. It certainly feels different from other conventions. The vibe is almost hip – probably unsurprising when you consider that it's the brainchild of Mercedes-Benz and Texas' South by Southwest (SXSW) festival, where folk from the interactive, film and music industries flock each spring to shake things up with like-minded colleagues. Besides the expected speeches and powwows with industry powerhouses, there are evening events taking place throughout Frankfurt's Bahnhofsviertel district, to continue the spirit of exploration and creativity into the night.


Easily add AI-managed content to marketing campaigns

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At IBM we continue to "walk the walk" when it comes to AI. The most recent example is the new IBM Watson Content Hub (WCH) Marketing Connector – a Google Chrome plug-in for IBM Watson Campaign Automation (WCA) that integrates IBM Watson Content Hub directly within the WCA user experience – making it easy to access and use rich assets when creating emails, dynamic email options and landing pages. In addition to taming content sprawl with cognitive content/asset tagging inside WCH for web, mobile and other digital channels, the same content can now be more effectively reused in an organization's supporting digital marketing campaigns – ensuring consistency critical for varied customer digital engagement entry points.


IBM Says It's Reached Milestone in Quantum Computing

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Dario Gil, who leads IBM's quantum computing and artificial intelligence research division, said Friday that the company's scientists have successfully built and measured a processor prototype with 50 quantum bits, known as qubits.