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Why a Social License is Needed for AI


If business wants to use AI at scale, adhering to the technical guidelines for responsible AI development isn't enough. It must obtain society's explicit approval to deploy the technology. Six years ago, in March 2016, Microsoft Corporation launched an experimental AI-based chatbot, TayTweets, whose Twitter handle was @TayandYou. Tay, an acronym for "thinking about you," mimicked a 19-year-old American girl online, so the digital giant could showcase the speed at which AI can learn when it interacts with human beings. Living up to its description as "AI with zero chill," Tay started off replying cheekily to Twitter users and turning photographs into memes. Some topics were off limits, though; Microsoft had trained Tay not to comment on societal issues such as Black Lives Matter. Soon enough, a group of Twitter users targeted Tay with a barrage of tweets about controversial issues such as the Holocaust and Gamergate. They goaded the chatbot into replying with racist and sexually charged responses, exploiting its repeat-after-me capability. Realizing that Tay was reacting like IBM's Watson, which started using profanity after perusing the online Urban Dictionary, Microsoft was quick to delete the first inflammatory tweets. Less than 16 hours and more than 100,000 tweets later, the digital giant shut down Tay.

Why we need new stories on climate Rebecca Solnit

The Guardian

Every crisis is in part a storytelling crisis. This is as true of climate chaos as anything else. We are hemmed in by stories that prevent us from seeing, or believing in, or acting on the possibilities for change. Some are habits of mind, some are industry propaganda. Sometimes, the situation has changed but the stories haven't, and people follow the old versions, like outdated maps, into dead ends. We need to leave the age of fossil fuel behind, swiftly and decisively. But what drives our machines won't change until we change what drives our ideas. The visionary organiser adrienne maree brown wrote not long ago that there is an element of science fiction in climate action: "We are shaping the future we long for and have not yet experienced. I believe that we are in an imagination battle."

25 Most Technologically Advanced Countries in the World in 2022


In this article, we will be taking a look at the 25 most technologically advanced countries in the world in 2022. To skip our detailed analysis, you can go directly to see the 10 Most Technologically Advanced Countries in the World in 2022. Technology has improved all aspects of the human life and raised standards of living across the world. From household appliances allowing us to be more efficient in taking care of our homes, to the internet allowing us to access the world's data from the comfort of our homes, technology is intrinsic to human development. The world today is absolutely unrecognizable compared to just a decade ago, with major leaps in technologies whose scope and potential benefits cannot even be quantified right now.

Thales Australia extends partnership with University of Sydney – APDR


A principal focus has been digital technologies including big data, machine learning and artificial intelligence.

Biden Cabinet member's daughter lobbying Congress on issue her mom has final say on: 'Conflict of interest'

FOX News

The'Outnumbered' panel breaks down Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's climate change film that reportedly raked in only $80 per theater. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland's daughter Somah Haaland traveled to Washington, D.C., last week to lobby federal lawmakers to support a moratorium on oil and gas leasing near a historical site in New Mexico. Somah Haaland – who is a media organizer for the Pueblo Action Alliance, a cultural and environmental group in New Mexico – traveled to Capitol Hill alongside a group of fellow climate activists, according to the environmental group WildEarth Guardians. The activists argued that drilling near the Chaco Culture National Historical Park in northwestern New Mexico would cause irreparable damage to local communities and the environment. "For over a century, the Greater Chaco region has been under siege by an onslaught of oil and gas drilling, negatively impacting public health, air, water, climate, and cultural resources," the WildEarth Guardians said in a release Thursday.

How ISS's new AI-powered program will help real-time monitoring of the climate crisis


The world is in a climate crisis. With average global temperatures increasing every year, the threat of seasonal forest fires is becoming increasingly worse. In places like the Pacific Northwest, wildfire season causes extensive damage to woodlands, rural communities, and townships, destroying farmlands and infrastructure and forcing hundreds of thousands of residents to flee their homes. These fires also lead to terrible air quality in cities located hundreds (or even thousands) of miles away. For instance, in September of 2022, the city of Vancouver (British Columbia) was ranked as having the worst air quality in the world - per the Air Quality Index (AQI).

Big Data Industry Predictions for 2023 - insideBIGDATA


Welcome to insideBIGDATA's annual technology predictions round-up! The big data industry has significant inertia moving into 2023. In order to give our valued readers a pulse on important new trends leading into next year, we here at insideBIGDATA heard from all our friends across the vendor ecosystem to get their insights, reflections and predictions for what may be coming. We were very encouraged to hear such exciting perspectives. Even if only half actually come true, Big Data in the next year is destined to be quite an exciting ride. There are many reasons why a customer would choose to implement their architecture on multiple clouds whether it's technology, market, or business-driven. When this happens, many times this leads to transactional and operational data being stored on multiple cloud platforms. The challenge this brings is how to gain insight into these without resorting to implementing multiple disparate data platforms. Historically data virtualization tools have been ...

After years of fanfare the future of drone delivery in Australia remains up in the air

The Guardian

In 2013, Jeff Bezos announced Amazon was developing a drone delivery service. He estimated at the time that air-dropped packages were "four, five years" away. Nearly a decade later, the service is promised to begin by the end of this year – albeit in only two locations in the US. According to David Carbon, an Australian expat and vice-president of the firm's drone delivery division, Amazon wants to deliver 500m packages annually by drone from 2030. Carbon told AAP earlier this month that the firm was planning a wider rollout for air deliveries in the US and potentially Australia.

Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 286

Al Jazeera

A third Russian airfield is ablaze from a drone attack, a day after Ukraine demonstrated an apparent new ability to penetrate hundreds of kilometres deep into Russian airspace with attacks on two Russian air bases. A drone struck an airfield in the Russian region of Kursk bordering Ukraine, setting fire to an oil storage tank. Russia said three of its military personnel were killed in what it said were Ukrainian drone attacks on two Russian air bases hundreds of kilometres from the frontlines in Ukraine. Kyiv did not directly claim responsibility. Ukraine's military intelligence chief said Russia had enough high-precision missiles to conduct several more big air raids on Ukraine before it runs out of stock.

Argentina vs Australia predictions: World Cup 2022

Al Jazeera

The second match of the World Cup's knockout phase will pit two-time champions Argentina against underdogs Australia. Kashef, our artificial intelligence (AI) robot, has analysed more than 200 metrics, including the number of wins, goals scored and FIFA rankings, from matches played over the past century to see who is most likely to win. Prediction: At 76 percent, Kashef strongly favours Argentina to take the win today and move on to the quarter-finals where they are expected to take on three-time runners-up the Netherlands. For the Socceroos, a win is not totally off the cards. Australia beat Argentina back in 1988.