Google is putting AI and machine learning technologies into the hands of journalists. The company this morning announced a suite of new tools, Journalist Studio, that will allow reporters to do their work more easily. At launch, the suite includes a host of existing tools as well as two new products aimed at helping reporters search across large documents and visualizing data. The first tool is called Pinpoint and is designed to help reporters work with large file sets -- like those that contain hundreds of thousands of documents. Pinpoint will work as an alternative to using the "Ctrl F" function to manually seek out specific keywords in the documents.
Investor demand for innovative emerging companies remains strong with Australian AI tech startup Tiliter completing a $7.5 million capital raise, led by Investec Emerging Companies (IEC). Eleanor Venture, a tech investment syndicate for angel investors, and New York's Cornell University also participated in the funding round. Tiliter is a leading artificial intelligence (AI) provider whose technology uses computer vision to recognise products without barcodes. Its technology automatically identifies items, such as fresh produce, without the need for barcodes, packaging, and price stickers, making it easier for shoppers to manage during self-checkout. Tiliter is currently focused on the Supermarket vertical and its camera and software system uses AI to pre-select items and remove the need for manual entry, with over 99% accuracy and in under one second.
OTTAWA, Oct. 14, 2020 /CNW/ - Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, will be joined by Mr. Jean-François Gagné, Founder and CEO of Element AI. Their conversation will take place live on Thursday, October 15, 2020, at 1:30 p.m. EDT (French) and 2:30 p.m. EDT (English). Their conversation, entitled "Artificial Intelligence (AI): What it is and isn't" will focus on the roles that AI is expected to play in the near future in Canada and around the world. Mr. Gagné will also answer questions from Canadians from across the country. In addition to being the founder of Element AI, Mr. Gagné is an outspoken advocate of AI for Good and is actively involved in guiding AI's impact on business, people and society.
What remains is a fingerprint Google compares with thousands of songs from around the world to identify potential matches in real time, much like the Pixel's Now Playing feature. "From new technologies to new opportunities, I'm really excited about the future of search and all of the ways that it can help us make sense of the world," Raghavan said. Last month, Google announced it will begin showing quick facts related to photos in Google Images, enabled by AI. Starting in the U.S. in English, users who search for images on mobile might see information from Google's Knowledge Graph -- Google's database of billions of facts -- including people, places, or things germane to specific pictures. Google also recently revealed it is using AI and machine learning techniques to more quickly detect breaking news around natural disasters and other crises.
An investigative journalist receives a video from an anonymous whistleblower. It shows a candidate for president admitting to illegal activity. But is this video real? If so, it would be huge news – the scoop of a lifetime – and could completely turn around the upcoming elections. But the journalist runs the video through a specialized tool, which tells her that the video isn't what it seems.
With disinformation on social media a significant problem, the ability to identify authors of malicious articles and the originators of disinformation campaigns could help reduce the threat from such information attacks. At the Black Hat Asia 2020 conference this week, three researchers from Baidu Security, the cybersecurity division of the Chinese technology giant Baidu, presented their approach to identifying authors based on machine learning techniques, such as neural networks. The researchers used 130,000 articles by more than 3,600 authors scraped from eight websites to train a neural network that could identify an author from a group of five possible writers 93% of the time and identify an author from a group of 2,000 possible writers 27% of the time. While the results are not impressive, they do show that identifying the person behind a piece of writing is possible, said Li Yiping, a researcher at Baidu Security, during his presentation on his team's work. "Most fake news is posted anonymously and lacks valid information to identify the author," he said.
Disinformation is when someone knows the truth but wants us to believe otherwise. Better known as "lying," disinformation is rife in election campaigns. However, under the guise of "fake news," it's rarely been as pervasive and toxic as it's become in this year's US presidential campaign. Sadly, artificial intelligence has been accelerating the spread of deception to a shocking degree in our political culture. AI-generated deepfake media are the least of it.
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