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'Coded Bias' Film Explores How Artificial Intelligence Perpetuates Discrimination

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Shalini Kantayya describes herself as a filmmaker who's fascinated with disruptive technologies and the good or harm they create. In a data-driven and increasingly automated world, there's a question of how to protect our civil liberties as artificial intelligence grows by the day. MIT researcher Joy Buolamwini discovered that most facial recognition technology does not see dark-skinned faces and women's faces accurately. This led to an investigation of how the technology we typically see as objective can actually encode racism and sexism. Buolamwini, and others working to change technology for the better around the globe, are featured in Kantayya's documentary Coded Bias.


Tcast: AI Artificial Intelligence Learning and Reading Human Symbols Part 1 on Apple Podcasts

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AI is continually developing and growing. However, certain tasks have been particularly daunting. Chief among them is getting AI to recognize the many symbols and their meanings that we interact with daily. Even just driving down the road leads to interactions with lights, signs, and potentially a variety of hand gestures. Remembering and understanding this complexity will be key in further developing AI.


Best Podcasts for Machine Learning - KDnuggets

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Podcasts are a great way to learn about novel fields and tools, as well as keeping yourself updated with the fields that you care about. I also believe that podcasts, which are mainly centered around interviews, are a great way to learn about the rock stars and superheroes of the AI world. You get a glimpse of how they think, what they are working on, and how they solved a particular problem. I would also argue that the content you get access to by listening to podcasts is unique, and you cannot access them somewhere else. In this post, I am not going into the details of why I think podcasts are great and Machine Learning learners and practitioners should listen to them. Here are the podcasts that I highly recommend for ML learners and professionals.


Podcast 12: Real world tech: Edge AI drives car-making, healthcare and retail - VanillaPlus - The global voice of Telecoms IT

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Artificial intelligence (AI) at the edge is changing healthcare, retail and Audi cars, as Intel's IoT Group vice president, John Healy tells Jeremy Cowan and George Malim. Plus we learn how chipmakers globally are tackling supply problems that have halted vehicle production. The semiconductor industry is facing an "awakening", says Healy, as it shape-shifts to meet "insatiable demand" for silicone. Finally, we hear which African country is a leader in satellite cartography, and how Amazon is playing games with its warehouse staff. Hi, and welcome to the latest Trending Tech Podcast brought to you by The Evolving Enterprise, IoT Now, and VanillaPlus.com. This is Jeremy Cowan, and I want to thank you for joining the latest, sometimes serious, sometimes light-hearted look at enterprise digital transformation. I am delighted to welcome today two guests, who are John Healy, from California-based international technology company, Intel, known among other things, for the processors that power so many of our devices. John is vice president of the IoT Group. John, thank you very much for making the time to be here. Good to have you on again, George. Okay, today, we'll be looking at some key tech news stories that deserve a bit of a deeper dive.


Digital world-beater Arm needs a helping hand from Boris Johnson John Naughton

The Guardian

Last September, Nvidia, the American manufacturer of graphics processing chips, and the Japanese company SoftBank announced an agreement under which Nvidia would acquire the British chip designer Arm from SoftBank for $40bn. Since SoftBank had acquired Arm in 2016 for $32bn, you could say that a 25% profit on a five-year investment isn't to be sneezed at, especially if industry mutterings about SoftBank's crackpot investment strategy and Arm's internal difficulties with its China-based operation are to be believed. But even if one were foolish enough to sympathise with SoftBank's desire to climb out of the hole it had dug for itself, the idea that Arm should be sold to a US chip manufacturer is so daft that even Boris Johnson's administration had begun to smell a rat. And so on Monday it announced that the secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport was "intervening in the sale on national security grounds", based on advice received "from officials across the investment security community". To which decision the only possible response is: what took him so long?


Artificial Intelligence Is Making 3D Holograms Possible On Smartphones

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A part of what we see in science fiction movies will soon become a reality, thanks to artificial intelligence. Every time you saw people talking to holograms in sci-fi movies and thought to yourself "that would be awesome to have", you just might be closer to that future. Smartphones will soon be able to create photorealistic 3D holograms with an AI model developed by a research team at MIT. This system determines the best way to generate holograms from a sequence of input images. This fascinating technology could have applications for VR and AR headsets.


Council Post: Understanding What Artificial Intelligence Is, And What It's Not

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So goes the classic line from HBO's dystopian television series Westworld. The show depicts the growing consciousness, and later uprising, of android "hosts" from a western-themed amusement park. The phrase is the series' proverbial safeword, the recurring host admission that they are not, to the great relief of all Westworld guests, sentient beings. Westworld is the latest addition in the Hollywood tradition of sinister robots that gain intelligence, gain consciousness and go rogue. Blade Runner, The Terminator, The Matrix, Transcendence, Ex Machina... the list is long and, for many, a clear demonstration of why the full implications of artificial intelligence (AI) might not be worth the convenience it brings.


Podcasts

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Abstraction is the cornerstone of modern-day scalable formal verification. Classic papers in formal literature talk about abstraction as a Galois connection, but understanding abstraction when you're new to formal is not easy. We discuss it in detail in our upcoming webinar on 11 Feb 2021 but for now, here is an intuitive and simple explanation of abstraction and refinement.


Networking Research for the Arab World

Communications of the ACM

The Arab region, composed of 22 countries spanning Asia and Africa, opens ample room for communications and networking innovations and services and contributes to the critical mass of the global networking innovation. While the Arab world is considered an emerging market for communications and networking services, the rate of adoption is outpacing the global average. In fact, as of 2019, the mobile Internet penetration stands at 67.2% in the Arab world, as opposed to a global average of 56.5%.12 Furthermore, multiple countries in the region are either building new infrastructure or developing existing infrastructure at an unprecedented pace. Examples include, Neom city in Saudi Arabia, the new administrative capital in Egypt, as well as the Smart Dubai 2021 project in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), among others. This provides a unique opportunity to fuse multiple advanced networking technologies as an integral part of the infrastructure design phase and not just as an afterthought.


Global Big Data Conference

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When Elon Musk proposed the idea of autonomous vehicles, everyone assumed it to be a hypothetical dream and never took it seriously. However, the same vehicles are on the roads, being one of the most selling cars in the United States. The applications of artificial intelligence and machine learning are visible in all areas, from Google Photos in your smartphone to Amazon's Alexa at your home, and software development is no exception. AI has already changed the way iOS and Android app developers work. Machine learning can enhance the way a traditional software development cycle works.