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Americans might never go back to the office, and Twitter is leading the charge

Washington Post - Technology News

From his home base on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, Anton Andryeyev is running Twitter's efforts to chase Russian bots and other rogue actors off the platform. A year ago, he traded his office in the company's San Francisco headquarters for this tropical home office two thousand miles away, surrounded by standup paddle boards and a monitor large enough to see his entire 25-person engineering team all at once. Andryeyev's remote office represents a sweeping experiment in the future of work: allowing white-collar workers to work from anywhere, forever. Corporate America has long been defined by physical offices. But in a few short weeks, the pandemic upended that as thousands of companies mandated their employees work from home.


California Firefighters Tap AI for Edge in Battling Wildfires

WSJ.com: WSJD - Technology

This year, wildfires in California alone have burned more than 3.8 million acres, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire, which has been leading many firefighting efforts in the state. Since mid-August, at least 29 people have died. And wildfires continue to burn. This week, the Glass Fire in California's wine country prompted mandatory evacuation orders for Calistoga, a city of more than 5,200. Fire prediction tools are helping officials in the area and across the state gain greater visibility into how big a fire might get and where it might be headed, said Geoff Marshall, a division chief in Cal Fire's Predictive Services program.


Podcast: How Russia's everything company works with the Kremlin

MIT Technology Review

Russia's biggest technology company enjoys a level of dominance that is unparalleled by any one of its Western counterparts. Think Google mixed with equal parts Amazon, Spotify and Uber and you're getting close to the sprawling empire that is Yandex--a single, mega-corporation with its hands in everything from search to ecommerce to driverless cars. But being the crown jewel of Russia's silicon valley has its drawbacks. The country's government sees the internet as contested territory amid ever-present tensions with US and other Western interests. As such, it wants influence over how Yandex uses its massive trove of data on Russian citizens. Foreign investors, meanwhile, are more interested in how that data can be turned into growth and profit. For the September/October issue of MIT Technology Review, Moscow-based journalist Evan Gershkovich explains how Yandex's ability to walk a highwire between the Kremlin and Wall Street could potentially serve as a kind of template for Big Tech.


These Robots Use AI to Learn How to Clean Your House

WIRED

Inside an ordinary-looking home, a robot suspended from the ceiling slowly expands arms holding a sponge, before carefully wiping a kitchen surface clean. Nearby, another robot gently cleans a flat-screen television, causing it to wobble slightly. The cleaning robots live inside a mock home located at the Toyota Research Institute in Los Altos, California. The institute's researchers are testing a range of robot technologies designed to help finally realize the dream of a home robot. After looking at homes in Japan, which were often small and cluttered, the researchers realized they needed a creative solution.


Artificial Intelligence Used To Predict Loneliness In Senior Citizens

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Researchers at the University of California and IBM have used machine learning and natural language ... [ ] processing to predict loneliness in senior citizens in San Diego County, California. Researchers have used artificial intelligence to accurately predict loneliness in residents at a senior housing community in San Diego. Publishing in the American Journal of Psychiatry, the researchers were able to harness natural language processing (NLP) and machine learning to classify the sentiment and emotions of speech. At a time when the coronavirus pandemic is forcing people to remain in social isolation, the study by researchers from the University of California, IBM and elsewhere could prove vital in helping society assess and address widespread loneliness. However, while technology is providing ever-more powerful means of identifying societal problems such as loneliness, it remains questionable as to whether such problems can be solved by tech alone.


Language-Generating A.I. Is a Free Speech Nightmare

Slate

"What in the name of Paypal and/or Palantir did you just say about me, you filthy degenerate? I'll have you know I'm the Crown Prince of Silicon Valley, and I've been involved in numerous successful tech startups, and I have over $1B in liquid funds. I've used that money to promote heterodox positions on human enhancement, control political arenas, and am experimenting with mind uploading. I'm also trained in classical philosophy and was recently ranked the most influential libertarian in the world by Google. You are nothing to me but just another alternative future. I will wipe you out with a precision of simulation the likes of which has never been seen before, mark my words."


Is it smart to outsource all your AI? - Raconteur

#artificialintelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) has fuelled science fiction for decades. Yet now, with technology having caught up with and overtaken human imagination, its capabilities are becoming science fact and too powerful for business leaders to ignore. AI, even in its relative infancy, is enabling C-suiters to redraw all aspects of their organisations. Those who embrace AI and related nascent digital technologies – automation, robotics, machine-learning, big data – are already gaining a significant advantage over laggards. "Everything invented in the past 150 years will be reinvented using AI within the next 15 years," predicts Randy Dean, San Francisco-based chief business officer at Launchpad.AI.


Gatefy: anti-spam and anti-phishing solution for your business

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If your company is looking for an anti-spam and anti-phishing solution, Gatefy will solve your problem. Gatefy Email Security (GES) is a solution that protects your company against different types of email threats, such as spam, phishing, ransomware, virus, BEC (Business Email Compromise), and social engineering. GES is compatible with several email providers, such as Office 365, G Suite, Exchange, and Zimbra. In practice, it adds an advanced layer of protection to your line of defense, offering great value for money. As we're talking about a security and data protection tool, Gatefy anti-spam and anti-phishing solution also helps your company to comply with laws and regulations, as is the case with LGPD in Brazil, GDPR in Europe, and CCPA in California. Email is the primary vector used by hackers to compromise companies.


Hyundai developing 'transformer-class' walking car for production

FOX News

The all-new Hyundai Sonata features a Remote Smart Park Assist that lets you park it from outside the vehicle. Fox News Autos editor Gary Gastelu tries it out. Will car companies walk before they can fly? So-called "flying cars" may be all the buzz these days, but Hyundai has established a new team in Silicon Valley tasked with developing a production version of the futuristic Elevate walking vehicle concept it unveiled at CES in 2019. The vehicle is equipped with robotic legs that have wheels instead of feet that allow it to drive like a car and also lift the body off the ground to traverse rough terrain in a walking motion.


The National Guard's Fire-Mapping Drones Get an AI Upgrade

WIRED

More than 3 million acres of California have burned this year, and 18,000 firefighters are still battling 27 major wildfires across the sooty state sometimes called golden. And every day, high above the smoke, a military drone with a wingspan roughly 10 times that of LeBron James feeds infrared video of the flames back to March Air Reserve Base, east of Los Angeles, to help map the destruction and assist firefighters. These MQ-9 "Reaper" drones don't usually fly domestic--they're on standby in case the Air Force needs them for overseas reconnaissance. But climate change has helped make crisscrossing California gathering video a new fall tradition for the 163rd Attack Wing. Its drones have helped map wildfires every year since 2017, thanks to special permission from the secretary of defense.