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Warn your children: Robots and AI are coming for their careers


For five years or so, I have been running around as a pale imitation of Paul Revere, yelling, "The robots are coming! At schools, social settings, with family and friends, or even to complete strangers with whom I fell into conversations, I have uttered the same warning: "It's critical that you or your children identify a career -- now -- that won't be taken over by robots and artificial intelligence." My particular midnight ride started well before the pandemic reared its ugly head. But the pandemic may have planted a seed in the minds of certain CEOs that human beings are the weakest link on their chain to profit and prosperity. When the first "Terminator" movie was released -- eerily enough, in 1984 -- the world was introduced to Cyberdyne Systems and its "Skynet" artificial superintelligence system, which not only gained self-awareness but realized it could do everything infinitely faster and better than its human creators. Well, ever since that movie got people asking, "What if," the fictional theme -- and warnings about AI -- have been morphing into reality. The latest example of a technology poised to replace a human workforce is ChatGPT, the chatbot auto-generative system created by Open AI for online customer care. It is a pre-trained generative chat, which makes use of natural language processing, or NLP. The source of its data is textbooks, websites and various articles, which it uses to model its own language for responding to human interaction. It's certainly not a stretch to believe that any number of CEOs might think, "Interesting… A self-teaching artificial intelligence system that won't call in sick, doesn't need to be fed or to take bathroom breaks, does not require health care, but can and will work 24/7/365." Not shockingly, it has been reported that Microsoft, which is laying off 10,000 people, announced a "multiyear, multibillion-dollar investment" in this revolutionary technology, which apparently is growing smarter by the day. Pengcheng Shi, an associate dean in the Department of Computing and Information Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology, warned in an interview with the New York Post: "AI is replacing the white-collar workers.

US firms pumping billions into China's AI sector

FOX News

Chief national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin reports that the U.S. will only shoot down the Chinese spy balloon if officials can assure zero civilian casualties. U.S. investors were involved in at least 37% of all investment transactions in China's artificial intelligence, or AI, sector between 2015 and 2021, according to a new report. Georgetown University's Center for Security and Emerging Technology found that $40.2 billion of the total money raised by all Chinese AI companies over this time period had U.S. backing. However, the center couldn't determine what percentage of that amount came from U.S. investors or investors abroad. The money went to 251 Chinese AI companies, and 91% of the U.S. investment came as venture capital to earlier-stage businesses.

Brutal cold snap hits northeastern US, shattering record lows

Al Jazeera

A dangerous combination of record-setting cold temperatures and powerful winds have buffeted the northeastern United States. On Saturday, New Hampshire's Mount Washington recorded a wind chill, a measure of how the combined effect of air and wind feels to the skin, of -78 Celsius (-108 Fahrenheit), which appeared to be the lowest ever in the United States. The air temperature at the peak reached -44C (-47F), with winds gusting near 160km/h (100 mph), according to the Mount Washington Observatory. In Boston, where officials closed down the public school system on Friday due to the impending freeze, the low temperature hit -23C (-10 F), shattering the day's record set more than a century ago, the National Weather Service (NWS) said. In Providence, Rhode Island, the mercury dropped to -23C (-9F), well below the previous all-time low of -19C (-2F), set in 1918.

Technology Readiness Levels (TRL) in AI development – Towards AI


Originally published on Towards AI. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a subject that has been discussed almost everywhere. It continuously gets so popular that it permeates practically every field, from the business world to the entertainment industry. This technology, however, is more than simply a fad; it's a serious means through which businesses may boost their productivity. As a result of the proliferation of use cases demonstrating how AI improved various operations, an increasing number of businesses have realized that AI and other forms of cutting-edge technology are the new arenas in which to compete.

Regulating AI: Will It Be Enough to Keep Us Safe from Its Dangers? - Bytefeed - News Powered by AI


Artificial intelligence (AI) has been making a lot of headlines lately, and with good reason. AI is quickly becoming more and more sophisticated, allowing it to be used in a variety of ways that can benefit both businesses and individuals alike. But while the potential benefits are clear, there's also some concern about how these powerful technologies may be misused or abused by those who don't have our best interests at heart. As such, many governments around the world are looking into various forms of regulation for AI technology as they seek to protect their citizens from any potentially negative consequences that could arise from its misuse. However, despite this increased focus on regulating AI technology for safety purposes – one thing remains unclear: How effective will this form of regulation really end up being?

Assistant Professor Position at University of Maryland - College Park, MD, United States


The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park invites applications for exceptionally qualified candidates to apply for tenure-track faculty positions, with a target start date of August 2023 or later. Priority will be given to candidates with expertise in the Design and Industrial AI area. Exceptional candidates with expertise outside these areas are also welcome to apply. Qualifications: Candidates for the rank of Assistant Professor should have received or expect to receive their PhD in Mechanical Engineering or a related discipline prior to employment. Additionally, candidates should be creative and adaptable, and have a high potential for both research and teaching.

NASA partners with IBM to build AI foundation models to advance climate science


Check out all the on-demand sessions from the Intelligent Security Summit here. U.S. space agency NASA isn't just concerned about exploring outer space, it's also concerned about helping humanity to learn more about the planet Earth and the impacts of climate change. Today, NASA and IBM announced a partnership that will see the development of new artificial intelligence (AI) foundation models to help analyze geospatial satellite data, in a bid to help better understand and take action on climate change. To date, NASA has largely relied on the development of its own set of bespoke AI models to serve specific use cases. The promise of the foundation model approach is a large language model (LLM) that has been trained on lots of data that can serve as a more general purpose system that can be customized as needed.

NASA rover discovers a hefty meteorite on Mars


After more than a decade on Mars, NASA's Curiosity rover is quite used to traversing the Red Planet in solitude. But last week, on its 3,724th Martian day rumbling over Mount Sharp, it encountered another foreign visitor, something that also traveled an extraordinary distance through space before winding up in the dusty barren desert: a one-foot-wide meteorite. NASA is calling the space rock Cacao(Opens in a new window), one of a handful of meteorites the plucky robot has discovered since it arrived on Mars in 2012. Using its Mast Camera, Curiosity snapped a photo showing its new find on Jan. 27, with its own Johnny-5-like shadow creating a frame. The selfie [see below] has ragged edges because it is actually composed of six images stitched together.

NASA, IBM Plan to Use AI in Climate Change Research – MeriTalk


NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center and computing giant IBM plan to use artificial intelligence (AI) tech to improve climate change research, according to an announcement IBM posted on Feb. 1. Under the new partnership, NASA and IBM will create AI foundation models to analyze petabytes of text and remote-sensing data to make it easier to build AI applications tailored to specific climate change questions and tasks. "We hope these models will make information and knowledge more accessible to everyone and encourage people to build applications that make it easier to use our datasets to make discoveries and decisions based on the latest science," said Rahul Ramachandran, a senior research scientist at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center. Foundational AI models can ingest massive amounts of raw data and find their underlying structure without explicit instruction. NASA is currently sitting on 70 petabytes of earth science data – a number expected to quadruple this year and into 2024 with future mission launches.

Self-flying planes are on a path for takeoff with Boeing and Airbus testing autonomous systems

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Self-flying airplanes are gearing up for take-off, as Boeing, Airbus and other companies are testing autonomous systems and craft - but pilots are pushing back over safety risks. The technologies enable autonomous landings, handle-inflight emergencies and relax the Federal Aviation Administration's law requiring two pilots in the cockpit. Pilots have shared their concerns on Twitter, with many stating that two pilots are required in an emergency. Tony Driza, who has been an airline pilot for 40 years, posted that he can'equivocally state that when an emergency situation arises in the cockpit, a full crew is necessary to deal with it.' While autonomous airplanes are still early, Boeing's CEO Dave Calhoun said in a Bloomberg TV interview the technology will'come to all airplanes eventually.' Boeing has developed an autonomous refueling plane for the US Navy, the MQ-25.