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AI is explaining itself to humans. And it's paying off

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OAKLAND, Calif., April 6 (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp's (MSFT.O) LinkedIn boosted subscription revenue by 8% after arming its sales team with artificial intelligence software that not only predicts clients at risk of canceling, but also explains how it arrived at its conclusion. The system, introduced last July and described in a LinkedIn blog post on Wednesday, marks a breakthrough in getting AI to "show its work" in a helpful way. While AI scientists have no problem designing systems that make accurate predictions on all sorts of business outcomes, they are discovering that to make those tools more effective for human operators, the AI may need to explain itself through another algorithm. The emerging field of "Explainable AI," or XAI, has spurred big investment in Silicon Valley as startups and cloud giants compete to make opaque software more understandable and has stoked discussion in Washington and Brussels where regulators want to ensure automated decision-making is done fairly and transparently. AI technology can perpetuate societal biases like those around race, gender and culture.


Bhavesh Parmar on LinkedIn: How Artificial Intelligence can Enhance the Education Industry - HData

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Top 5 Game Development Software According to the sts, there are more than 2 billion gamers around the globe which is almost 26% of the total global population. Almost 38% of the gamers belong to the age group of 18 to 34 years, and 7% of them belong to the 65 age group. The legion of gamers includes high school students, engineers, Creative Professionals, Qualified Doctors, and people from other sophisticated professions.


Toronto tech institute tracking long COVID with artificial intelligence, social media

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A Toronto tech institute is using artificial intelligence and social media to track and determine which long COVID symptoms are most prevalent. The Vector Institute, an artificial intelligence organization based at the MaRS tech hub in Toronto, has teamed up with telecommunications company Telus Corp., consulting firm Deloitte and diagnostics and pharmaceuticals business Roche Canada to help health care professionals learn more about the symptoms that people with a long-lasting form of COVID experience. They built an artificial intelligence framework that used machine learning to locate and process 460,000 Twitter posts from people with long COVID -- defined by the Canadian government as people who show symptoms of COVID-19 for weeks or months after their initial recovery. The framework parsed through tweets to determine which are first-person accounts about long COVID and then tallied up the symptoms described. It found fatigue, pain, brain fog, anxiety and headaches were the most common symptoms and that many with long COVID experienced several symptoms at once.


Implementing artificial intelligence projects - Blog post

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So far, we only talked about the AI portion, but AI is so much more! You have a model at the core, but how do you make sure that the prediction is able to be generated in real time? You must have a data pipeline, a system that is sitting on infrastructures, and you need to be able to monitor the quality of that system. Do not forget the software engineering that will be required to deploy the system, which is going to be a big portion of the project. Around 80% of your project will be in the creation of the system that is around the machine learning portion.


Ross Intelligence files counterclaim against Thomson Reuters after announcing cease of operations

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Ross Intelligence, an artificial intelligence startup for the legal industry, has filed a counterclaim against Thomson Reuters as part of an ongoing legal battle between the two companies. The counterclaim was filed just days after Ross Intelligence publicly announced it is shutting down operations. In a company blog post from December 11, Ross Intelligence's founders stated the startup's platform will no longer be operational as of January 31. "We have not abandoned our vision for access to justice through the use of technology. We will continue to fight the good fight."


The End of the World News

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More and more is happening…. More connectivity occurs now in a calendar year than occurred in a million years a billion years ago. So somehow as we approach the present, we find ourselves in an ever denser realm of activity, interrelationship, connectivity, and the result of this is more of the same: producing a shrinking globe, ever more immersive technologies, dissolution of political, social, gender, class boundaries, of all sorts…. We're about to become unrecognizable to ourselves as a species. And then there's that new Netflix docudrama, The Social Dilemma, that, in the words of one review, "examines the various ways social media and social networking companies have manipulated human psychology to rewire the human brain and what it means for society in general."


Rotman Management Magazine Speaker Series - John Hull: Machine Learning in Business

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Rotman Management Magazine Speaker Series Creative Destruction: 4 Short Talks Speaker: John Hull, University Professor, Maple Financial Group Chair in Derivatives and Risk Management and Academic Director - FinHub, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto Topic: Machine Learning in Business: Issues for Society (Featured in the Winter 2020 issue of Rotman Management magazine) Date: February 4, 2020 Published in January, May and September by the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, Rotman Management magazine explores themes of interest to leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs. Each issue features thought-provoking insights and problem-solving tools from leading global researchers and management practitioners. The magazine reflects Rotman's role as a catalyst for transformative thinking that creates value for business and society. Located in downtown Toronto and part of the University of Toronto, the Rotman School of Management (http://www.rotman.utoronto.ca) is the leading business school in Canada. Rotman offers a Full-Time MBA program, and several programs for working professionals, including the Morning and Evening MBA, Master of Finance, One-Year Executive MBA, Global Executive MBA, Master of Financial Risk Management, Master of Management Analytics and the Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting.


7 Industries Using AI to Benefit Shareholders Around the World

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At the end of 2019, BlueDot, a Toronto-based company specializing in infectious disease surveillance using artificial intelligence and machine learning, let its customers know about the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak in China. That was a full week ahead of the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, which let Americans know on Jan. 6, and nine days ahead of the World Health Organization on Jan. 9. More than 100 people have died from the coronavirus worldwide. While the virus continues to spread, BlueDot was able to prevent its customers from exposing themselves to any issues before the outbreak had left China and traveled by plane to North America. BlueDot founder Kamran Khan founded the company in 2014 after seeing first hand what the SARS epidemic did to Toronto a decade earlier.



Education Is a System of Indoctrination of the Young - Noam Chomsky

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Chomsky has been known to vigorously defend and debate his views and opinions, in philosophy, linguistics, and politics. He has had notable debates with Jean Piaget, Michel Foucault, William F. Buckley, Jr., Christopher Hitchens, George Lakoff, Richard Perle, Hilary Putnam, Willard Quine, and Alan Dershowitz, to name a few. In response to his speaking style being criticized as boring, Chomsky said that "I'm a boring speaker and I like it that way.... I doubt that people are attracted to whatever the persona is.... People are interested in the issues, and they're interested in the issues because they are important."