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UK's ICO warns over 'Big Data' surveillance threat of live facial recognition in public – TechCrunch


The UK's chief data protection regulator has warned over reckless and inappropriate use of live facial recognition (LFR) in public places. Publishing an opinion today on the use of this biometric surveillance in public -- to set out what is dubbed as the "rules of engagement" -- the information commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, also noted that a number of investigations already undertaken by her office into planned applications of the tech have found problems in all cases. "I am deeply concerned about the potential for live facial recognition (LFR) technology to be used inappropriately, excessively or even recklessly. When sensitive personal data is collected on a mass scale without people's knowledge, choice or control, the impacts could be significant," she warned in a blog post. "Uses we've seen included addressing public safety concerns and creating biometric profiles to target people with personalised advertising. "It is telling that none of the organisations involved in our completed investigations were able to fully justify the processing and, of those systems that went live, none were fully compliant with the requirements of data protection law. To Develop AI-Powered Collective Learning Module For Cancer Cell Detection


This partnership will allow PSNC to use and contribute data to train algorithms that can be used by hospitals and research centers worldwide to identify and detect circulating cancer cells in patients' blood or tissue biopsies in the upcoming future. Collective Learning Module, distributed parties can work together to train machine learning models using blockchain technology and AI learning capabilities without sharing the underlying data or trusting any of the individual participants. It was most recently deployed to identify COVID-19 cases using chest X-ray images establishing a clear distinction between COVID-19 versus pneumonia cases. The collective learning protocol successfully distinguished COVID-19 patients from those with pneumonia from different causes with an accuracy of 97%. As a part of this initiative,'s

Canon introduces AI technology in Chinese offices that only lets smiling workers inside


The apocryphal saying goes, "Only the dead have seen the end of war." If you ask anyone born and raised in Europe's former Communist bloc, they may easily tell you – "Only the dead have seen the end of propaganda aimed at making everybody appear happy just as they're suffering." It was a major component of the early Soviet agitprop – in the 1920s and 1930s – just as many people were perishing in political purges or famines. To this day, many Eastern Europeans mistrust or dislike well established "social graces" of the West – like smiling for no reason at absolute strangers – as something to reflexively recoil from. Not because it's bad in and of itself – but because in their experience, it's highly likely to be fake.

Guest Editorial: Active Learning for Optimal Experiment Design in High Energy Physics


This entry is a part of the NYU Center for Data Science blog's recurring guest editorial series. Irina Espejo Morales is a CDS Ph.D. student in data science and also a DeepMind fellow. Kyle Cranmer is a CDS professor of data science and professor of physics at the NYU College of Arts & Science. Lukas Heinrich is a staff scientist at CERN working with the ATLAS experiment at the LHC and former NYU graduate student. Gilles Louppe is an associate professor in artificial intelligence and deep learning at the University of Liège (Belgium) and former Moore Sloan fellow.

Qooore signals its AI-powered investment launch


With a wink and a wave, California-based start-up Qooore has entered fintech with its plans to offer artificial intelligence (AI) powered investment forecasts. The tradetech offers a subscription-based mobile app providing these "smart signals". Its website is a holding page for now and showing it's in early access mode. Qooore says its backend collects "hundreds" of human-made forecasts, market trends, parsed analyst websites and 250 more (unspecified) factors, to generate one balanced forecast. This is all based on its AI-fuelled scoring system and previous forecasts.

The role of the arts and humanities in thinking about artificial intelligence (AI)


What is the contribution that the arts and humanities can make to our engagement with the increasingly pervasive technology of artificial intelligence? My aim in this short article is to sketch some of these potential contributions. Perhaps the most fundamental contribution of the arts and humanities is to make vivid the fact that the development of AI is not a matter of destiny, but instead involves successive waves of highly consequential human choices. It's important to identify the choices, to frame them in the right way, and to raise the question: who gets to make them and how? This is important because AI, and digital technology generally, has become the latest focus of the historicist myth that social evolution is preordained, that our social world is determined by independent variables over which we, as individuals or societies, are able to exert little control. So we either go with the flow, or go under.

AI, Captain: IBM's edge AI-powered ship Mayflower sets sail


IBM's fully-autonomous edge AI-powered ship Mayflower has set off on its crewless voyage from Plymouth, UK to Plymouth, USA. The ship is named after the Mayflower vessel which transported pilgrim settlers from Plymouth, England to Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620. On its 400th anniversary, it was decided that a Mayflower for the 21st century should be built. Mayflower 2.0 is a truly modern vessel packed with the latest technological advancements. Onboard edge AI computing enables the ship to carry out scientific research while navigating the harsh environment of the ocean--often without any connectivity.

'Spacebok' is a four-legged robot that is set to be the first powered vehicle to WALK on Mars

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A small quadrupedal robot named'SpaceBok' is set to be the first powered machine to walk across the surface of Mars. Other rovers on the Red Planet, such as NASA's Perseverance and Curiosity, sport gigantic wheels that limit where they can travel. However, SpaceBok's four legs will allow it to climb over rough terrain and possibly search for signs of life that may have otherwise gone unnoticed. The robot was initially developed to trek across the moon and was programmed to leap instead of walk, but SpaceBok's makers have redesigned it to take on Mars. A small quadrupedal robot named'SpaceBok' will be the first powered machine to walk across the surface of Mars It is not clear when SpaceBok will venture to Mars, but

Top PMs and Presidents Who Support Artificial Intelligence


The importance of artificial intelligence is known around the world and every nation is on its way to win the AI race as they realize that acquiring excellence in AI technology would make them the biggest superpower. Tesla king, Elon Musk has recently tweeted that "Competition for AI superiority at national level most likely cause of WW3". Recently India along with Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, New Zealand, and others have come together to establish the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI) for responsible evolution and use of AI. The PMs and presidents of the nations are supporting artificial intelligence in their speeches as well as their establishment of various policies regarding AI and it is demonstrated in the following. In 2020, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a virtual summit on artificial intelligence called'RAISE 2020'.

What will be the impact of 5G technology on our life, good or bad.


By the end of 2020, approximately $ 2.7trn will be spent globally on developing 5G mobile Internet connectivity. Europe, which aims to have a net-zero emitter by 2050, believes that this investment can help achieve its climate goals by saving energy. Yet doubts about the technology - from its energy-saving claims to its impact on health and privacy - remain rife, including the banning of technology in its manifesto to several Green mayors appointed in France's recent local elections. Europe's belief is based on the capability of 5G, which is capable of large-scale processing data in real-time with potential, for example, improving traffic liquidity and reducing fuel consumption in cities or solar-like To assist in the production and integration of decentralized renewable energy. At the same time, power consumption per bit or piece of information can be 90 percent lower than 4G (fourth generation) at 5G (fifth generation connectivity), the European Commission says.