In 2018, the New York City Council created a task force to study the city's use of automated decision systems (ADS). The concern: Algorithms, not just in New York but around the country, were increasingly being employed by government agencies to do everything from informing criminal sentencing and detecting unemployment fraud to prioritizing child abuse cases and distributing health benefits. And lawmakers, let alone the people governed by the automated decisions, knew little about how the calculations were being made. Rare glimpses into how these algorithms were performing were not comforting: In several states, algorithms used to determine how much help residents will receive from home health aides have automatically cut benefits for thousands. Police departments across the country use the PredPol software to predict where future crimes will occur, but the program disproportionately sends police to Black and Hispanic neighborhoods.
It's hard to get excited about 5G. But an AT&T drone with an endearing acronym might make naysayers change their minds. Since 2018, telecom evangelists and heavy corporate marketing have been preaching the 5G revolution like it's the advent of a messiah: Life-altering high-speed downloads are just around the corner. Your unwavering devotion to that expensive service plan will be rewarded. But the revolution hasn't come...yet.
The International Trade Administration wants a better understanding of the global marketplace for artificial intelligence tools and resources and the policies that would affect U.S. sales abroad. The agency--part of the Commerce Department--posted a request for comment on Tuesday in the Federal Register seeking "broad input from all interested stakeholders--including U.S. industry, researchers, academia and civil society--on the potential opportunities for and challenges to increasing U.S. export competitiveness for AI-enabled technologies." ITA has two goals with regards to AI internationally: ensuring the U.S. remains a leader in this space, while promoting "innovative and trustworthy AI systems that respect human rights, democratic values, and are designed to enhance privacy protections," the notice states. However, the agency first needs an understanding of AI development and marketplaces across the world before it can form a coherent strategy for pushing U.S. interests. ITA is looking for information about how mature these technologies are in various parts of the world; how they are being developed, sold and deployed; and the policies and regulations being established by countries and international bodies, including policies that would affect the development or sale of U.S.-based AI products. The notice asks for information about technologies and resources central to AI development--including data, computing power and the algorithms themselves--as well as technologies that are heavily reliant on AI--"autonomous vehicles, robotics and automation technology, medical devices and healthcare, security technology, and professional and business services, among others."
Investors have honed in on artificial intelligence as the next big thing in health care, with billions flowing into AI-enabled digital health startups in recent years. But the technology has yet to transform medicine in the way many predicted, Ben and Ruth report. "Companies come in promising the world and often don't deliver," Bob Wachter, head of the department of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, told Future Pulse. "When I look for examples of … true AI and machine learning that's really making a difference, they're pretty few and far between. Administrators say that algorithms from third-party firms often don't work seamlessly because every health system has its own tech system, so hospitals are developing their own in-house AI.
A Russian spacewalker had to rush back inside the International Space Station on Wednesday when the battery voltage in his spacesuit suddenly dropped. Russian Mission Control ordered Oleg Artemyev, the station commander, to quickly return to the airlock so he could hook his suit to station power. The hatch remained open as his spacewalking partner, Denis Matveev, tidied up outside. NASA said neither man was ever in any danger. Matveev, in fact, remained outside for another hour or so, before he, too, was ordered to wrap it up. Matveev's suit was fine, but Russian Mission Control cut the spacewalk short since flight rules insist on the buddy system.
"Today, we live in that quadrant of things humans can do and humans are supervising," Dreyer explained. "That is all the [U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)] approved AI stuff that we see today." He said the next step is for AI to move into the realm of superhuman work, such as measuring 1,000 lymph nodes at once, or to make a risk prediction about future events in the next two years based on the patient's prior 40 images, because it looks like a million other patients' scans. Dreyer said the FDA is in discussions with vendors on fully autonomous AI for radiology applications, but the agency wants to see controls built into the software.
A Russian cosmonaut just dealt with a rare spacesuit problem. As CNN's Jackie Wattles observed, mission control ordered Oleg Artemyev back to the International Space Station's airlock after encountering a suit issue. While the exact nature of the trouble wasn't clear as of this writing, NASA commentators noted a "slight fluctuation" in the suit's battery power. Artemyev returned safely, plugged into the station's power supply and resumed operations. We've asked NASA for comment.
This article reports the results of a study that follows a multi-year, pragmatic clinical trial in a real world, community based primary care. What started as a quality project evolved to include the development and deployment of Artificial Intelligence (AI) decision support to guide medication choices when treating hypertension (HTN). Results show that primary care physicians significantly improved HTN outcomes as compared to the national average of success. All patients with a hypertension diagnosis were tracked across three years–including the COVID pandemic period. Of the 13, 441 HTN patients 94% had a blood pressure "at goal" (i.e. less than 140/90)–as of their last clinician visit. The last published study of US blood pressure control which occurred prior to the pandemic was 44%. Because the use of AI in primary care is novel as of this writing, the concept of AI is often unfamiliar to many practicing clinicians and medical group leaders.
The Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded BlueHalo Titan Defense a $24M contract to procure multiple Titan C-UAS systems. Titan, BlueHalo's AI/ML-powered RF-based Counter-Unmanned Aerial System (C-UAS) solution, is the DoD's recent selection as a Program of Record (POR) capability. Incorporation into the POR and this subsequent award serves as a milestone achievement for the Titan system after providing uncompromised C-UAS force protection to America's servicemen and women abroad in all Combatant Commands, as well as critical homeland defense in the United States for over five years. The undisclosed government customer will use Titan systems for pre-deployment activities, mobile security, fixed site protection, and dismounted operations while deployed. "Titan acts as a force multiplier for our troops," said Jonathan Moneymaker, BlueHalo's Chief Executive Officer.
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