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UK fines Clearview AI £7.5M for scraping citizens' data

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Clearview AI has been fined £7.5 million by the UK's privacy watchdog for scraping the online data of citizens without their explicit consent. The controversial facial recognition provider has scraped billions of images of people across the web for its system. Understandably, it caught the attention of regulators and rights groups from around the world. In November 2021, the UK's Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) imposed a potential fine of just over £17 million on Clearview AI. Today's announcement suggests Clearview AI got off relatively lightly.


How AI can help the world fight wildfires

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The threat of wildfires has never been greater than it is today. In recent years, countries around the world – from the US, Argentina and Brazil to Italy, Greece and Australia – have been gravely affected by wildfires. This has resulted in many human and animal deaths, as well as the loss of millions of hectares of forests. And wildfire risks continue to grow – a recent UN Environment Programme report warns that the number of wildfires will rise by 50% by 2100 and governments are not prepared.


Using Data Science To Revolutionize Geological Logging

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The University of Western Australia (UWA) and Rio Tinto Iron Ore (RTIO) have entered into a four-year, $6.1 million research partnership to develop innovative data science solutions (artificial intelligence) for automated geological logging to improve mining practice. The partnership, which follows more than 10 years of collaboration between UWA's data science team and RTIO, will employ five full-time researchers and provide training opportunities for a number of industry-driven PhD programmes. Dr Daniel Wedge, from (CDG) in UWA's School of Geosciences, said UWA's expertise will be resorted to help RTIO's mine geology team tackle the challenge of objective well geological materials. "Until recently, geologist's specialists had to manually interpret and document material found in core samples, a process that was time-consuming and challenging," Dr Wedge said. "Our project can use artificial intelligence: machine learning, pc vision, spacial modelling and improvement techniques to integrate disparate borehole information, together with analysis, imagery, geochemical and natural science informationalong side chemical analysis, imagery, geochemical and earth science info, to."RTIO head Dr. Angus McFarlane said the past partnership between UWA and RTIO has led to the commercialisation of UWA's automated downhole image analysis software and three joint patent applications for RTIO-driven machine learning-based geological modelling.


Lead Data Scientist

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Since 2002, Quantium have combined the best of human and artificial intelligence to power possibilities for individuals, organisations and society. Whether it be building forecasting engines that are driving down food wastage or creating mapping tools to support targeted measures in combatting human trafficking, Quantium believes in better goods, services, experiences, and championing the benefits of data for a brighter future. Q-Telco is the new joint venture between Quantium and Telstra to unlock the full potential of data and AI for Telstra and its customers. We'll do this by combining our market leading data science and AI capabilities with Telstra's customer, product and network data assets. This new partnership will not only provide personalised and data-enabled products and offers for Telstra's customers, but it will also embed proactive and predictive AI and machine learning across Telstra's core business.


How machine learning is helping patients diagnosed with the most common childhood cancer

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New software developed by Peter Mac and collaborators is helping patients diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) to determine what subtype they have. ALL is the most common childhood cancer in the world, and also affects adults. "Thirty to forty percent of all childhood cancers are ALL, it's a major pediatric cancer problem," says Associate Professor Paul Ekert from Peter Mac and the Children's Cancer Institute, who was involved in this work. More than 300 people are diagnosed with the disease in Australia each year, and more than half of those are young children under the age of 15. Determining what subtype of ALL a patient has provides valuable information about their prognosis, and how they should best be treated.


La veille de la cybersécurité

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The novelty cheque has long been a mainstay of the political "photo op" but a Guardian Australia analysis of photos posted during the 2022 and 2019 election campaigns suggests giant cheques are on the way out, while hi-vis workwear and photos of dogs are on the rise. During our work building the automated systems behind the pork-o-meter, which tracks election campaign pork barrelling as it occurs, the Guardian's data team found ourselves asking an important question. Could we teach a robot to spot photos of novelty cheques? We were already using machine learning to flag text from politicians' Facebook posts as likely grant announcements and election promises, but having another model in place to find big cheques and certificates in photos might pick up things we'd missed in the text.


Swoop Aero gets green light from Australian aviation authority for drone centre

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Since completing a degree in journalism, Aimee has had her fair share of covering various topics, including business, retail, manufacturing, and travel. She continues to expand her repertoire as a tech journalist with ZDNet. Drone company Swoop Aero has been given the thumbs up by Australia's Civil Aviation and Safety Authority (CASA) to operate its drone logistics remote operations centre (ROC) at the company's campus in Port Melbourne Victoria. According to the company, the approval means the company will be able to "operate like an international airliner" and centralise its operations in one facility, including remotely monitoring its global operations across Oceania, Africa, and Europe, as well as pilot up to five drones by a single pilot beyond the physical view of the aircraft through a web interface. "The ROC will serve as an important function to foster complete visibility of drone operations. From a regulatory perspective, the ROC ensures Swoop Aero is meeting the highest aviation and safety standards at a global level," Swoop Aero chief regulatory officer Zachary Kennedy said.


Google backtracks to allow free use of custom domain on G Suite legacy for personal use

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Chris started his journalistic adventure in 2006 as the Editor of Builder AU after originally joining CBS as a programmer. After a Canadian sojourn, he returned in 2011 as the Editor of TechRepublic Australia, and is now the Australian Editor of ZDNet. At the start of the year, Google sent the willies up a section of its user base when it announced it was discontinuing the use of G Suite legacy free edition -- a service that allowed users to have Gmail, Drive, and other G Apps on a custom domain free of charge. Fast forward to mid-May and users that decided to try to wait Google out are aflutter that their lack of decisiveness has been rewarded, as Google has decided they can keep what they have so long as they are not a business. "For businesses, the G Suite legacy free edition will no longer be available starting June 27, 2022," Google now says.


The Download: The grim spread of the Buffalo shooting video, and crypto's tough test

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Although Twitch took down the livestream within two minutes from the start of the attack, a recording of the video was swiftly posted on a site called Streamable. That video was viewed more than 3 million times before it was taken down, according to the New York Times. Links to the recording were shared across Facebook and Twitter, and another clip that purported to show the gunman firing at people in the supermarket was visible on Twitter more than four hours after being uploaded. Additionally, TikTok users shared search terms that would take viewers to the full video on Twitter, according to Washington Post reporter Taylor Lorenz. Although Twitch removed the livestream in less time than the 17 minutes it took Facebook to take down the live broadcast of the 2019 mosque shooting.


The AI Forum helps NZ pave the way with AI sustainability practices

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Non-profit organisation The AI Forum is helping Kiwis learn about addressing climate change issues through the use of AI technology. Taking knowledge from their recent AI for the environment report, which will be released at TechWeek2022, the organisation has focused on five key environmental outcomes for Aotearoa where AI can deliver meaningful solutions from both modern science and matauranga Maori perspectives. The organisation says that while it's encouraging that results of a recent survey revealed one in five enterprises are using AI effectively in New Zealand, it was still concerning that only 7% are engaging in core practices supporting widespread AI adoption and 17% are not considering AI at all. "The majority of Kiwi companies are still in initial trial stages with just over one third taking their first steps in building AI capability," says The AI Forum NZ executive director Madeline Newman. "Most of these have run ad hoc pilots or applied AI to a single business process, which is a good cost effective start in understanding how and where to make best use of AI in business."