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Responsible AI at Accenture: In Conversation with Marisa Tricarico


Accenture's partnership with AI4ALL gives emerging leaders exposure to Responsible AI in practice. The field of AI is changing rapidly, making the need for responsible AI greater than ever. While only 18% of data science students reported learning about ethics in a recent industry survey, examples of AI products with unintended negative consequences continue to grow. Marisa Tricarico, the North America Practice Lead for Responsible AI at Accenture, has a unique perspective on the rapid expansion of this field, as she works with a growing roster of Accenture clients as they develop and deploy AI. Marisa and Accenture's work intersects with AI4ALL's work to train the next generation of responsible AI leaders as well.

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CloudBees, the enterprise software delivery company, provides the industry's leading DevOps technology platform. CloudBees enables developers to focus on what they do best: Build stuff that matters while providing peace of mind to management with powerful risk mitigation, compliance, and governance tools. Used by many of the Fortune 100, CloudBees is helping thousands of companies harness the power of continuous everything and gets them on the fastest path from a great idea, to great software, to amazing customer experiences, to being a business that changes lives. Backed by Matrix Partners, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Verizon Ventures, Delta-v Capital, Golub Capital, and Unusual Ventures, CloudBees was founded in 2010 by former JBoss CTO Sacha Labourey and an elite team of continuous integration, continuous delivery, and DevOps professionals. We have a culture of movers and shakers and are leading the way for everyone else with a vision to transform the industry.

ULTRA-SWARM: Creating digital twins of UAV swarms for firefighting and aid delivery


For my PhD, I'm studying how global problems such as wildfires and aid delivery in remote areas can benefit from innovative technologies such as UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) swarms. Every year, vast areas of forests are destroyed due to wildfires. Wildfires occur more frequently as climate change induces extreme weather conditions. As a result, wildfires are often larger and more intense. Over the past 5 years, countries around the globe witnessed unprecedented effects of wildfires.

Alexa can help you find a COVID-19 vaccination site


Now that every adult in the US is eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine, Amazon wants to make it as simple as possible to get your shots. Alexa now helps you find vaccination sites just by saying "where can I get a COVID vaccine?" to your smart speaker or other supporting device. You can specify a city if you want more than nearby results, and you can call a given site if you have questions about appointments. Alexa is also useful for learning about vaccine availability and eligibility in over 85 countries, and you can find COVID-19 testing locations much like you would vaccinations. There's a good chance you'll use a mapping app first, but there's no doubt this is convenient -- you can ask about those potentially life-saving vaccine doses while you're busy making breakfast.

Why robots just can't grow good weed


Cannabis farm production is at an all-time high, but it's unlikely that robots will take over the process anytime soon. The stereotypical weed farm is either a sprawling expanse of crop tended to by free-spirited stoners, or a clandestine basement operation built on information gleaned from online forums. Modern cannabis farm facilities, with their climate controlled grow rooms and automatic irrigation techniques, are a stark departure from pop culture's preconceived notions of what a weed farm looks like. Though far more clinical than its cliché predecessor, the modern cannabis farm still does the bulk of cultivation by hand. Few, if any, other agricultural spaces use human labor over that of a machine's to the degree that cannabis farms do, but the quality-driven nature of weed requires fine motor skills and age-old intuition that technology hasn't adapted to yet. While the agricultural industry has relied on machinery for centuries, automation falls short in the cannabis sphere. The rise in states legalizing marijuana and the 2018 Farm Bill that legalized hemp ushered in a "green rush" of farmers who could grow cannabis, and consumers who could finally buy it. - Seattle news, sports, weather, traffic, talk


Seattle's financial future is brighter than originally predicted, having taken a positive turn over the last five months according to a new budget forecast. Rantz: Sword, meth, trash remain as School Board refuses to sweep tents 44 minutes ago Sound Transit's dilemma: What to delay, cut, or scale with $11.5 billion hole 23 minutes ago Wyman: New voting law would'force us to make changes' in Washington 40 minutes ago Ross: Artificial intelligence is coming, like it or not 12 minutes ago Over 19,000 complaints against SPD from 2020 COVID updates: King County launches in-home vaccination program 25 minutes ago Sound Transit's dilemma: What to delay, cut, or scale with $11.5 billion hole 23 minutes ago Wyman: New voting law would'force us to make changes' in Washington 40 minutes ago What Aldon Smith's charge could mean for his Seahawks future Auburn considers tightening rules for homeless camping Six Seattle mayoral candidates lead the fundraising race What Aldon Smith's charge could mean for his Seahawks future What Aldon Smith's charge could mean for his Seahawks future Dave Ross Ross: Artificial intelligence is coming for cars, like it or not Artificial intelligence is coming, like it or not. Cornell philosophy professor Shaun Nichols even predicts you'll be able to select your driving algorithm. Chokepoints Sound Transit's dilemma: What to delay, cut, or scale with $11.5 billion hole With an $11.5 billion budget hole, the Sound Transit board has to make tough choices of cutting projects, delaying projects, and ways to make up the gap. Jason Rantz Rantz: Sword, meth, and trash remain as School Board refuses to sweep encampment A growing encampment that threatens student and staff safety at Seattle's Broadview-Thompson K-8 remains in place.

Our Quest to Understand the Human Brain is Limited by Ethics, Not Science


Slate has relationships with various online retailers. If you buy something through our links, Slate may earn an affiliate commission. We update links when possible, but note that deals can expire and all prices are subject to change. All prices were up to date at the time of publication. Adapted from The Spike: An Epic Journey Through the Brain in 2.1 Seconds 2021 Mark Humphries, reprinted with permission from Princeton University Press. We are facing a hard limit to how well we can understand the human brain.

New AI Tool Tracks Evolution of COVID-19 Conspiracy Theories on Social Media - ELE Times


A new machine-learning program accurately identifies COVID-19-related conspiracy theories on social media and models how they evolved over time--a tool that could someday help public health officials combat misinformation online. A lot of machine-learning studies related to misinformation on social media focus on identifying different kinds of conspiracy theories. Instead, we wanted to create a more cohesive understanding of how misinformation changes as it spreads. Because people tend to believe the first message they encounter, public health officials could someday monitor which conspiracy theories are gaining traction on social media and craft factual public information campaigns to preempt widespread acceptance of falsehoods. The study, anonymized Twitter data to characterize four COVID-19 conspiracy theory themes and provide context for each through the first five months of the pandemic.

NFTs and AI Are Unsettling the Very Concept of History


As an archivist, I'm excited about what disruptive innovations like non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and artificial intelligence may mean for archives. These developments pose existential threats to our field, and by extension, to the survival of human history and culture. I give old films away for free. It started in 1999 when I was seduced by the promise, excitement, and just-felt-rightness of the gift economy. Not 30 seconds after we first met, Internet Archive founder Brewster Kahle asked me, "Want to put your film archives online for free?"

Sony is giving away 'Horizon Zero Dawn' for free on PS4 and PS5


Everyone loves a freebie, right? Especially when it comes to video games, and particularly in this time when we're still spending a bunch of time at home. Well, you can now download Guerrilla Games' epic 2017 open-world RPG Horizon Zero Dawn for nothing, the latest released in Sony's batch of free games for its Play at Home initiative. First announced in April 2020, Play at Home is the company's strategy to encourage people to stay indoors and play games amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic -- Sony has previously given away such classics as stunning indie Journey and adventure series Uncharted for free. If you're keen to join young hunter Aloy and track down mechanical T-rexes across the land in this critically lauded but definitely not perfect open-world adventure, Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition is available to download free from now up until 11 p.m ET / 8 p.m. PT on May 14 (4 a.m.