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Why our fears of job-killing robots are overblown

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The more general point is that computer algorithms will have a devil of a time predicting which jobs are most at risk for being replaced by computers, since they have no comprehension of the skills required to do a particular job successfully. In one study that was widely covered (including by The Washington Post, The Economist, Ars Technica, and The Verge), Oxford University researchers used the U.S. Department of Labor's O NET database, which assesses the importance of various skill competencies for hundreds of occupations. For example, using a scale of 0 to 100, O*NET gauges finger dexterity to be more important for dentists (81) than for locksmiths (72) or barbers (60). The Oxford researchers then coded each of 70 occupations as either automatable or not and correlated these yes/no assessments with O*NET's scores for nine skill categories. Using these statistical correlations, the researchers then estimated the probability of computerization for 702 occupations.


Bumble dating app led FBI to Capitol riot suspect: DOJ

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Fox News congressional correspondent Jacqui Heinrich has the latest from Capitol Hill on'America Reports' The FBI was tipped off to a Texas man arrested Friday for allegedly assaulting police officers during the Capitol riot after messaging with a woman he met on the dating app Bumble in January, the Justice Department announced. Andrew Quentin Taake, 32, was charged with assaulting an officer, obstructing an official proceeding, and other offenses for his actions during the riot, which allegedly included pepper-spraying several officers and assaulting others with a whip-like weapon. The FBI received a tip from a woman he met on the online dating app, Bumble, on Jan. 9. Screenshots of their messages show that Taake sent the woman a selfie that was taken "about 30 minutes after being sprayed," allegedly telling the potential suitor that he was at the riot "from the very beginning." A woman who Andrew Quentin Taake matched with on Bumble tipped off the FBI about his alleged Capitol riot involvement. Taake allegedly flew to Washington, D.C., from Houston the day before the riot and returned home a few days later.


What AI Experts Fear From AI - AI Summary

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Titled "Investing in trustworthy AI," the 82-page report from Deloitte and the Chamber Technology Engagement Center sought to identify the concerns that technology experts have when it comes to the adoption of AI, as well as highlight the impact that government investment in AI can have on the emerging technology. For instance, the survey found that 66% of respondents indicated that "the government could mitigate unwanted biases" and found 69% suggested that "the government could encourage accountability for AI decisions." Two-thirds of survey-takers want the government to reduce the impact of job loss due to AI, while 72% said the government could "mitigate acceleration of social divides between workers with and without AI skills." "Broadly, respondents overwhelmingly supported the notion that government intervention could enhance the benefits of AI and thus contribute to increased AI trustworthiness," the report states. One-quarter of patents granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office use AI technologies in some shape or form, reports Deloitte, which claims that the economic impact of AI will be somewhere between $447 billion and $1.43 trillion over the next five years.


Using satellites and AI, space-based technology is shaping the future of firefighting

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Using satellites, drones and artificial intelligence, emerging technology is changing the way firefighting agencies and governments battle the ever-increasing threat of wildfires as hundreds of thousands of acres burn across the western United States. New programs are being developed by startups and research institutions to predict fire behavior, monitor drought and even detect fires when they first start. As climate change continues to increase the intensity and frequency of wildfires, these breakthroughs offer at least one tool in the growing arsenal of prevention and suppression strategies. "This is not to replace firefighting on the ground," said Ilkay Altintas, a computer scientist with the University of California, San Diego, who developed a fire map for the region. "The more science and data we can give firefighters and the public, the quicker we'll have solutions to combat and mitigate wildfires."


Why Government Needs More Women in AI

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Women in tech can supercharge teams' creativity and help them stay under budget, meet deadlines and improve outcomes, studies show, so it's time for more women to pursue tech careers, according to a lead Department of Labor official speaking at GovernmentCIO Media & Research's Women Tech Leaders event Thursday. Kathy McNeill, who leads emerging technology strategy at the agency, said the federal government needs more women in AI to produce accurate data sets and data analysis. "AI is a reflection of those who develop it and the data sets we use," she said during a fireside chat. McNeill provided an example of how Google Translate took the phrase "she is a doctor and he is a babysitter" and translated it to "he is a doctor and she is a babysitter" in another language, to illustrate biases inherent in artificially intelligent algorithms. "A lot of systems were developed 10 to 20 years ago," she said.


Smart security: how to keep your home safe while you're away

The Guardian

With the prospect of trips out and holidays finally on the cards, over the next few weeks many of us will be leaving our houses unattended for the first time in months. So now is the time to think about making your home a bit more secure. In addition to the basics, there is a range of DIY tech that may help to deter would-be intruders and allow you to keep an eye on your home from almost anywhere in the world. From the simple video doorbell to a fully automated light show, here is a quick guide to what is available, plus some tips from police and insurers to help you keep burglars at bay. Simple to install, easy to use and immediately obvious to potential intruders, video doorbells are a popular home security option.


15 Best Chatbot Software in 2021

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What used to be a permanent lab entity just a few years back has found its way out of the machine rooms and entered different industries and business processes across the globe! We are talking about conversational AI or what we call in the common language -- a chatbot! Recent research by the MIT Sloan Management Review and BCG suggests that more than 70% of the executives feel that AI is going to play a pivotal role in their business organizations. The AI elements of chatbots are readily available for customization and as-is use in various business scenarios. However, the mammoth work of managing the data interplay, process complexities, and technology interfacing happen in-house! The chatbot builders must have smart functionalities and a zero or slight learning curve for effortless and efficient usage. Here, we share the best chatbot software for businesses in 2021, with more functionalities and less work.


Activision Blizzard execs respond to harassment and discrimination lawsuit

Engadget

The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) filed a lawsuit against Activision Blizzard this week over alleged sexual harassment and discrimination against women. In a memo to staff obtained by Bloomberg reporter Jason Schreier, Blizzard Entertainment president J. Allen Brack wrote that "the allegations and the hurt of current and former employees are extremely troubling." Brack wrote that everyone should feel safe at Blizzard and that "it is completely unacceptable for anyone in the company to face discrimination or harassment." He noted it requires courage for people to come forward with their stories, and that all claims brought to the company are taken seriously and investigated. "People with different backgrounds, views, and experiences are essential for Blizzard, our teams, and our player community," Brack wrote.


It's time to change the debate around AI ethics. Here's how

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This article is brought to you thanks to the collaboration of The European Sting with the World Economic Forum. The current conversation around AI, ethics and the benefits for our global community is a heated one. The combination of high stakes and a complex, rapidly-adopted technology has created a very real state of urgency and intensity around this discussion. Promoters of the technology love to position AI as a welcome disruptor that could bring about a global revolution. It's all too easy to get caught up in the hype and create a situation whereby the world does not fully benefit from the development of AI technology.


Google CEO Says Artificial Intelligence Will Be Mankind's Greatest Discovery

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Google has always been the master of AI and today, the CEO of Google himself stated in an interview with BBC that Artificial Intelligence is man's greatest discovery. For the leader of the technology giant," in the next 25 years artificial intelligence and quantum computing will completely revolutionize our lives" he stated. Pichai compared AI to other discoveries like fire and electricity, explaining the change it will bring will be just as profound. Artificial intelligence is indeed a technology that leverages human cognitive processes in machines. Google and Amazon already are making use of it to carry out certain processes because it is faster than humans and makes fewer mistakes.