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US DOT tells self-driving shuttle company to stop transporting kids

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Sorry kids, neither you nor robots can be trusted. The US Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has told Transdev North America to stop hauling children around in its EZ10 Generation II autonomous shuttles in Babcock Ranch -- a community in Southwest Florida. It seems that the NHTSA has some safety concerns. "Using a non-compliant test vehicle to transport children is irresponsible, inappropriate, and in direct violation of the terms of Transdev's approved test project," NHTSA Deputy Administrator Heidi King said in a press release. Earlier this March, NHTSA approved Transdev to test and demonstrate its autonomous shuttles.


Strengthening Canada's leadership in AI-driven robotics to support jobs - Canada.ca

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Longueuil, Quebec, October 15, 2018 --The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) is positioning Canada's space community to maintain its global leadership in space robotics. Accordingly, the CSA announced today that it is investing $1.6 million in two concepts for lunar rovers that would use artificial intelligence to make their own decisions. Canadian businesses MDA, a Maxar company, and Canadensys Aerospace Corporation have each been awarded a contract worth $800 000 to develop an innovative concept for the CSA. The CSA made the announcement at the start of a three-day event to promote Canadian space capabilities to major space companies, including Blue Origin, Airbus Defense and Space and Moon Express. As part of ongoing discussions with the international space community to prepare options for Canada's participation in the next chapter of space exploration, the CSA recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Moon Express, a US-based company.


Facebook axe accounts of Russian firms using facial recognition

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Facebook has removed accounts, pages and apps linked to firms which build facial recognition software for the Russian government. The social media giant announced on Thursday it had removed 66 accounts associated with SocialDataHub and its sister firm Fubutech. It said the companies had violated Facebook policy by scraping data from the social network. 'Facebook has reason to believe your work for the government has included matching photos from individuals' personal social media accounts in order to identify them,' the company said in a cease-and-desist letter to SocialDataHub, The New York Times reported. The companies involved, which share 52 employees in Moscow, were reportedly given until yesterday to confirm what data they had taken and delete it.


Amazon Web Services, C3 expand go-to-market pact

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Amazon Web Services and C3 IoT are building on their existing partnership with a wide-ranging go-to-market strategy. The companies said on Wednesday that they plan to increase investments in existing customer deployments, joint sales, technology integrations, a global event series, and training on joint solutions for sales and delivery personnel. The aim is to drive AI adoption among commercial and public sector organizations, the companies said. To date the C3 platform on AWS has been deployed at more than 30 organizations, including John Deere, Engel, Engie, ConEd, 3M and US Air Force. Related: C3 IoT raises $100 million, eyes global expansion 3M taps C3 IoT as Internet of Things, AI platform C3 IoT's Tom Siebel: CEO, boards driving IoT, digital transformation deals Founded by Thomas Siebel, C3 has been expanding rapidly, targeting multiple industries with an IoT analytics platform and close cloud ties to Amazon.


AI Weekly: AI is getting political in Washington, and it's about time

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Amid rage brewing on both sides of the political spectrum over testimony by Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh, it would be understandable if you missed some significant artificial intelligence news in Washington D.C. in recent weeks. This week, a group of four senators -- two Democrats, two Republicans -- put forward the AI in Government Act to do things like carry out unique research on federal AI policy, work across agencies, and form an AI advisory board similar to the one created by the European Union earlier this year. The bill has the support of Microsoft, Intel, and the Internet Association, an organization whose members represent some of the biggest tech companies in AI, including Amazon, Facebook, and Google. Last week, Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) and seven of her colleagues in the House and Senate signed and sent letters to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Federal Trade Commission (FTC), and Equal Employment and Opportunity Commission (EEOC) asking questions about their use of facial recognition software. The FTC and EEOC were asked things like how they address claims of discrimination that may be the result of algorithmic bias and if it has received complaints about facial detection in the workplace or as part of hiring practices.


SAP: First European Tech Company to Create AI Ethics Advisory Panel

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SAP SE (NYSE: SAP) today announced its guiding principles for artificial intelligence (AI) and its creation of an external AI ethics advisory panel – the first European technology company to do so. The panel, comprised of experts from academia, politics and industry, will ensure the adoption of the principles and further develop them in collaboration with the AI steering committee at SAP, a group of SAP executives from development, strategy and human resources. The new guidelines, the external panel and the internal committee aim to ensure that the AI capabilities supported by SAP Leonardo Machine Learning capabilities are used to maintain integrity and trust in all solutions. As the market leader in enterprise technology that touches 77 percent of the world's transaction revenue and serves more than 400,000 customers worldwide, SAP solutions and applications impact the lives of billions of people daily. "SAP considers the ethical use of data a core value," said Luka Mucic, chief financial officer and member of the Executive Board of SAP Se. "We want to create software that enables the intelligent enterprise and actually improves people's lives.


Applied artificial intelligence leader Dr. JT Kostman joins Grant Thornton

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ISELIN, N.J. -- JT Kostman, Ph.D., an internationally recognized leader in cognitive computing, applied artificial intelligence, and data strategy, has joined Grant Thornton LLP as managing director of applied artificial intelligence. In this new role, Kostman will lead the development and delivery of artificial intelligence, machine learning, IoT, blockchain, and advanced analytic solutions and services for the firm and Grant Thornton clients. He will be based in the firm's Iselin, N.J., office and will report into National Managing Principal of Innovation Kevin Baril. Kostman is a data scientist, mathematician and psychologist renowned for his expertise in applied artificial intelligence and cognitive computing. He boasts an impressive pedigree – having served as chief data officer and a member of the executive committee for Time Inc., chief data scientist for Samsung, and chief data scientist and big data psychologist for Aptus Insights.


Machine learning cybersecurity startup Darktrace raises $50M on $1.65B valuation - SiliconANGLE

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Machine learning cybersecurity startup Darktrace Ltd. said today it has raised $50 million in new late-stage funding on a valuation of $1.65 billion to further international expansion and development. The Series E round was led by Vitruvian Partners and included existing investors KKR and 1011 Ventures. Founded in 2013, Darktrace pitches itself as the leader in "Enterprise Immune System Technology" with a cybersecurity product that tackles advanced cyberthreats using a machine learning platform developed at the United Kingdom's University of Cambridge. Differentiating itself from others in the market, Darktrace claims its platform is based on the "biological principles of the human immune system." It also says the platform can learn "self," which is said to constitute "the normal pattern of life for the organization, its users and devices – and detecting subtle deviations from this normal behavior, which suggest a compromise, breach or cyber-attack."


Global Study Finds Artificial Intelligence is Key Cybersecurity Weapon in the IoT Era

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As businesses struggle to combat increasingly sophisticated cybersecurity attacks, the severity of which is exacerbated by both the vanishing IT perimeters in today's mobile and IoT era, coupled with an acute shortage of skilled security professionals, IT security teams need both a new approach and powerful new tools to protect data and other high-value assets. Increasingly, they are looking to artificial intelligence (AI) as a key weapon to win the battle against stealthy threats inside their IT infrastructures, according to a new global research study conducted by the Ponemon Institute on behalf of Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company HPE, 1.66% This press release features multimedia. The Ponemon Institute study, entitled "Closing the IT Security Gap with Automation & AI in the Era of IoT," surveyed 4,000 security and IT professionals across the Americas, Europe and Asia to understand what makes security deficiencies so hard to fix, and what types of technologies and processes are needed to stay a step ahead of bad actors within the new threat landscape. The research revealed that in the quest to protect data and other high-value assets, security systems incorporating machine learning and other AI-based technologies are essential for detecting and stopping attacks that target users and IoT devices.


Datametrex Creates Artificial Intelligence Company Focused on Cannabis RBL Media

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TORONTO, Sept. 18, 2018 – Datametrex AI Limited (the "Company" or "Datametrex") (TSXV: DM, FSE: D4G) is pleased to announce that it has created a newly formed subsidiary, Canntop AI Inc. ("Canntop AI"), to focus on the global cannabis industry. This follows on the previous announcement by the Company to establish a working relationship with a key data collection company in the Agriculture and Cannabis sectors. Canntop AI will utilize Nexalogy's tool set and unique algorithms to analyze large unstructured data sets from the Agriculture and Cannabis space. By gathering and analyzing the data we will be able to provide cultivators and dispensaries with business intelligence that allows them to better understand their clients and markets in the areas of patient analysis, strain and protocol management, and quality assurance. "Taking our proven solutions and focusing them on this sector will add tremendous value to growers, dispensaries, pharma and government agencies.