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In The U.S., Google Searches For 'Dating' Have Reached A 5-Year High

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A selection of online dating app logos are seen on a mobile phone screen. Google searches for "dating" have jumped to a 5-year high. A selection of online dating app logos are seen on a mobile phone screen. Google searches for "dating" have jumped to a 5-year high. It's the middle of what has already been dubbed a "Hot Vax Summer," and whether you're hesitant about getting back out there or ready to flirt, trending Google searches reveal that dating is definitely on our minds.

Human and artificial intelligence working together to fight payment fraud - Raconteur


The prevalence of fraud has risen rapidly as criminals have sought to take advantage of a unique pandemic-induced combination of financial and health threats which have made people more vulnerable to scams. The National Cyber Security Centre, the UK's cybersecurity agency, revealed last month that it has taken down more scams in the last year than in the previous three years combined, fuelled in particular by coronavirus and NHS-themed fraud attempts. Though some may associate the rise of fraud with cybercriminals becoming more sophisticated, the reality is many old scams are among the most prevalent, with many people still falling for phishing attacks. Younger consumers have become well-versed on how to spot such scams, but the growth of digital activity among older generations, forced to shop online during the pandemic, has opened opportunities for fraudsters to target a far less tech-savvy demographic. A main entry point to scam consumers is when they are making a payment.

Opinion: AI set for post-pandemic uptake


AI is already shaking up manufacturing, but as we move beyond the pandemic we'll see its uptake continue to grow, says John Abel, technical director, Office of the CTO at Google Cloud. The manufacturing industry is no stranger to artificial intelligence (AI), digital enablers and disruptive technologies. But while smart technologies have been on the cards for some time now, many manufacturers are yet to fully commit to digitalisation. According to Gartner, only 21 per cent of companies in the industry have active AI initiatives in production. That said, recent research by Google Cloud found that 76 per cent of senior manufacturing executives have turned to digital enablers such as data and analytics, cloud and AI in response to the pandemic.

What if AI is the problem, not the solution?


But what if this were a deliberate ploy, to distract us from the real project, when AI actually shows its true evil colors? That's a tad fantastical, but there's definitely been a dark side to AI developments in the big cloud players, ironically including the company that used to say it wouldn't be evil. Google's AI project found itself unable to handle the simple task making AI not be evil - in the sense of actually not being fundamentally racist. Star ethical AI researcher Timnit Gebru pointed to the problem that large AI systems would have an inherent bias - specifically racist and sexist bias - and could be deceptive. Rather than face the problem, Google sacked her, and a colleague Margaret Mitchell, who founded Google's ethical AI work.

Manufacturers allocate one third of overall IT spend to AI, survey shows


While it's well known that artificial intelligence can serve a range of purposes for the manufacturing sector, a new survey from Google Cloud shows just how invested manufacturers are in AI-powered technologies. Globally, manufacturers on average allocate 36% of their overall IT spend to AI, the survey shows. A quarter of manufacturers allocate half or more of their overall IT spend towards AI. As many as 64% of manufacturers globally already rely on AI to assist with day-to-day operations, the survey found. Additionally, 66% of manufacturers who use AI in their day-to-day operations report that their reliance on AI is increasing.

SAP expands portfolio with a slew of business transformation tools


During its online Sapphire Now conference, SAP revealed it has extended the reach of its analytics cloud platform and rolled out additional managed digital transformation services. SAP is also delivering on a promise to integrate the process analytics platform it gained with the acquisition of Signavio earlier this year. Now dubbed SAP Process Insight, the platform adds the ability to identify inefficient business processes using data collected from SAP applications and databases. SAP has also integrated its robotic process automation (RPA) platform with SAP Process insights, in addition to allowing users to capture and automate processes involving both end users and machines. The company is also adding machine learning algorithms to its Concur travel expense management offering -- delivered as a software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform -- to better enable organizations to identify anomalies and other issues via a Verify module.

India is Taking Innovative Steps in its Use of Artificial Intelligence


In a recent event arranged by Nasscom, Infosys Chairman Nandan Nilekani has stated that India is on the cusp of major artificial intelligence innovations. He is confident that both the business side and the government side are well placed to apply AI uniquely. To further understand the statement, one must take a look at the latest AI-based innovative operations taking place in the education, economy, and health sector of India. With the emergence of the'Made in India' drive, 1 billion dollars of funding has been allocated to semiconductor companies using AI. The scheme is also encouraging the local chip makers of India with the assurance that the government will buy their locally made chips.

Top 5 Artificial Intelligence (AI) Trends for 2021 - KDnuggets


There are many sources which give similar answers to the question, "What is AI?". By the 1950's, there were many scientists, mathematicians and philosophers that were looking into the concept of Artificial Intelligence. One such person was Alan Turing, who to this day is considered by many to be the Father of Artificial Intelligence. He formed the idea and mathematical and logical reasoning behind the concept of machine intelligence wherein machines and computers would be able to replicate the behavior of humans and their intelligence. His paper Computing Machinery and Intelligence outlines his logic for the start of artificial intelligence.

Think 2021: AI and automation dominate IBM's growth strategy


During IBM's Think 2021 event, the company discussed how hybrid cloud operations and artificial intelligence (AI) are essential to its strategy and the digital transformation of its customers. CEO Arvind Krishna spoke about how these elements are helping customers to emerge from the pandemic as more resilient, agile businesses. The event underlined many aspects of IBM's strategy, including its intention to become a platform company, underpinned by its Red Hat OpenShift and systems infrastructure, Watson AI and automation solutions, and a partner community that brings industry-specific solutions. But AI and automation stood tallest this year, indicating that IBM believes these converging areas represent its biggest prospects for growth in the coming years. Expectedly, AI permeated almost every session, but automation took a more prominent role this year as it forms an increasingly important theme for IBM.

OkCupid launches 'I'm Vaccinated' badges in time for hot vaxxed summer


Want your matches to know you're ready for Hot Vaxxed Summer? OkCupid will let you add a new "I'm Vaccinated" badge to your profile. OkCupid is teaming up with the White House to boost vaccinations in the U.S. and daters who make use of the badges will receive a free "boost" on their profiles. Daters will also be added to OkCupid's "Vaccinated Stack" which lets people select profiles based on certain categories. You'll be able to use the badges from May 24, and the stack feature will launch at the start of June.