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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.

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.

Clarius Mobile Health Gets FDA Nod for AI Ultrasound Musculoskeletal Imaging Model


Offering real-time identification and automated tendon measurements of the patellar tendon, plantar fascia and Achilles tendon, a new artificial intelligence (AI)-powered musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging application has received 510(k) clearance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Clarius Mobile Health said the AI model identifies viewed tendons with a transparent color overlay, labels the tendon and provides subsequent measurement calipers that align with the bottom and top of the tendon at its thickest region. Users of the AI musculoskeletal ultrasound application can then adjust the measurements to facilitate clinical decision-making, according to the company. Alan Hirahara, M.D., says the new AI musculoskeletal application is "ground-breaking technology" that will assist new ultrasound users in learning musculoskeletal structures and enhance efficiency for radiologist assessment of musculoskeletal structures. "The technology will … help current users standardize how structures are measured. In research, interobserver variability exists for any measurement of structures. With the AI standardization of measurements, interobserver reliability problems will now be non-existent. I am excited to see where this technology will go …," noted Dr. Hirahara, an orthopedic surgeon in private practice in Sacramento, Calif.

US Sending Longer-range Precision Rockets To Ukraine

International Business Times

A new $2.2 billion US arms package for Ukraine includes a new rocket-propelled precision bomb that could nearly double Kyiv's strike range against the Russians, the Pentagon said Friday. Pentagon spokesman Pat Ryder said the new package includes the ground-launched small-diameter bombs (GLSDB), a munition that can fly up to 150 kilometers (93 miles), which would threaten Russian positions and depots far behind the front lines. "This gives them a longer-range capability... that will enable them to conduct operations in defense of their country and to take back their sovereign territory," Ryder said. Ukraine had been asking the United States for munitions that can fly farther than the HIMARS rockets with an 80-kilometer (50-mile) range. The GLSDB potentially gives Ukraine forces an ability to strike anywhere in the Russian-occupied Donbas, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson regions, and the northern part of occupied Crimea.

Big Tech Is Getting Its Reward


This article is from Big Technology, a newsletter by Alex Kantrowitz. Big Tech's disaster scenario just played out, and now its bounce back up is beginning. Inflation is moderating, the Federal Reserve is relaxing, cost discipline at the companies is back, and the bar has fallen so low that it's easy to clear. Suddenly, the tech giants have momentum again. Already this year, Meta stock is up about 55 percent, Amazon is up 25 percent, Alphabet is up 20 percent, Apple is up 25 percent, and Microsoft is up 9 percent as of late Friday morning.

Emma Watson reads Mein Kampf while Biden announces invasion of Russia in latest AI voice clone abuse


ElevenLabs' Prime Voice AI tool has been dangerously misused to generate the voices of celebrities, including Joe Rogan, James Cameron, Joe Biden, and Emma Watson, spewing racial slurs and making outrageous comments. ElevenLabs, a startup that aims to have created the most realistic and versatile artificial intelligence (AI) speech software, has found itself in the spotlight for the latest misuse of AI technology. It allows anyone to upload recordings and generate an artificial voice on their basis. Motherboard first reported the types of AI-generated recordings released on 4chan. As such, Emma Watson can be heard reading out a section of Hitler's Mein Kampf.