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Perform interactive data processing using Spark in Amazon SageMaker Studio Notebooks

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Amazon SageMaker Studio is the first fully integrated development environment (IDE) for machine learning (ML). With a single click, data scientists and developers can quickly spin up Studio notebooks to explore datasets and build models. You can now use Studio notebooks to securely connect to Amazon EMR clusters and prepare vast amounts of data for analysis and reporting, model training, or inference. You can apply this new capability in several ways. For example, data analysts may want to answer a business question by exploring and querying their data in Amazon EMR, viewing the results, and then either alter the initial query or drill deeper into the results.


Podcast: Attention shoppers–you're being tracked

MIT Technology Review

In some stores, sophisticated systems are tracking customers in almost every imaginable way, from recognizing their faces to gauging their age, their mood, and virtually gussying them up with makeup. The systems rarely ask for people's permission, and for the most part they don't have to. In our season 1 finale, we look at the explosion of AI and face recognition technologies in retail spaces, and what it means for the future of shopping. This episode was reported and produced by Jennifer Strong, Anthony Green, Tate Ryan-Mosley, Emma Cillekens and Karen Hao. Strong: Retailers have been using face recognition and AI tracking technologies for years. And what if you could know about the presence of violent criminals before they act? With Face First you can stop crime before it starts.] It detects faces, voices, objects and claims it can analyze behavior. But face recognition systems have a well-documented history of misidentifying women and people of color. And they're trying to sell it and impose it on the entirety of the country?] Strong: This is Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez at a 2019 congressional hearing on facial recognition.


Women fight over PS5 at Walmart, drawing crowd

FOX News

Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. Two women were caught on video fighting over a PS5 video game console at Walmart. The video, which has since gone viral on social media, was taken at a Walmart location in Charlotte, North Carolina, according to TMZ. "What the f–k are you gonna do?" one woman can be heard saying in the video as she takes off her purse and jacket. One man can be heard yelling, "Call the cops!" as a crowd gathered around the two brawling women.


Amazon Transcribe streaming adds support for Japanese, Korean, and Brazilian Portuguese

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Amazon Transcribe is an automatic speech recognition (ASR) service that makes it easy to add speech-to-text capabilities to your applications. Today, we're excited to launch Japanese, Korean, and Brazilian Portuguese language support for Amazon Transcribe streaming. To deliver streaming transcriptions with low latency for these languages, we're also announcing availability of Amazon Transcribe streaming in the Asia Pacific (Seoul), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), and South America (São Paulo) Regions. Amazon Transcribe added support for Italian and German languages earlier in November 2020, and this launch continues to expand the service's streaming footprint. Now you can automatically generate live streaming transcriptions for a diverse set of use cases within your contact centers and media production workflows.


Cyber Monday: What you need to know before buying that cheap smart TV

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

That Cyber Monday special from Best Buy sounds really enticing. Which may not be a catch at all, but it is something worth considering. Because if you have Amazon Echo speakers throughout your home, you won't be able to use them to talk to your new TCL TV. As all TV sales now tend to be "smart," they operate on different software platforms, ones you need to consider before making your purchase. Before you buy a Roku-branded TV, I have three words for you: "Wonder Woman 1984."


Black Friday 2020: Best Amazon deals including Echo Dot for £18.99

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Not wanting to be outdone on top savings on big names, Amazon is hosting a whole Black Friday Week. It kicks off today and runs up until November 30, with thousands of deals available across the site. As always, some of the best discounts can be found on Amazon own devices. The mega-site is kicking off the shopping extravaganza with a host of incredible deals, including top savings on the new Echo Dot 4th Gen, Echo Show 5 and Fire 7 Tablet. You can even save £40 on the Kindle Kids Edition.


Collaborating with AI to create Bach-like compositions in AWS DeepComposer

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AWS DeepComposer provides a creative and hands-on experience for learning generative AI and machine learning (ML). We recently launched the Edit melody feature, which allows you to add, remove, or edit specific notes, giving you full control of the pitch, length, and timing for each note. In this post, you can learn to use the Edit melody feature to collaborate with the autoregressive convolutional neural network (AR-CNN) algorithm and create interesting Bach-style compositions. Through human-AI collaboration, we can surpass what humans and AI systems can create independently. For example, you can seek inspiration from AI to create art or music outside their area of expertise or offload the more routine tasks, like creating variations on a melody, and focus on the more interesting and creative tasks.


Artificial Intelligence: Research Impact on Key Industries; the Upper-Rhine Artificial Intelligence Symposium (UR-AI 2020)

arXiv.org Artificial Intelligence

The TriRhenaTech alliance presents a collection of accepted papers of the cancelled tri-national 'Upper-Rhine Artificial Inteeligence Symposium' planned for 13th May 2020 in Karlsruhe. The TriRhenaTech alliance is a network of universities in the Upper-Rhine Trinational Metropolitan Region comprising of the German universities of applied sciences in Furtwangen, Kaiserslautern, Karlsruhe, and Offenburg, the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University Loerrach, the French university network Alsace Tech (comprised of 14 'grandes \'ecoles' in the fields of engineering, architecture and management) and the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland. The alliance's common goal is to reinforce the transfer of knowledge, research, and technology, as well as the cross-border mobility of students.


The Future of AI Part 1

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It was reported that Venture Capital investments into AI related startups made a significant increase in 2018, jumping by 72% compared to 2017, with 466 startups funded from 533 in 2017. PWC moneytree report stated that that seed-stage deal activity in the US among AI-related companies rose to 28% in the fourth-quarter of 2018, compared to 24% in the three months prior, while expansion-stage deal activity jumped to 32%, from 23%. There will be an increasing international rivalry over the global leadership of AI. President Putin of Russia was quoted as saying that "the nation that leads in AI will be the ruler of the world". Billionaire Mark Cuban was reported in CNBC as stating that "the world's first trillionaire would be an AI entrepreneur".


Machine Knowledge: Creation and Curation of Comprehensive Knowledge Bases

arXiv.org Artificial Intelligence

Equipping machines with comprehensive knowledge of the world's entities and their relationships has been a long-standing goal of AI. Over the last decade, large-scale knowledge bases, also known as knowledge graphs, have been automatically constructed from web contents and text sources, and have become a key asset for search engines. This machine knowledge can be harnessed to semantically interpret textual phrases in news, social media and web tables, and contributes to question answering, natural language processing and data analytics. This article surveys fundamental concepts and practical methods for creating and curating large knowledge bases. It covers models and methods for discovering and canonicalizing entities and their semantic types and organizing them into clean taxonomies. On top of this, the article discusses the automatic extraction of entity-centric properties. To support the long-term life-cycle and the quality assurance of machine knowledge, the article presents methods for constructing open schemas and for knowledge curation. Case studies on academic projects and industrial knowledge graphs complement the survey of concepts and methods.