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EETimes - Sony, Prophesee Open 'Pandora's Box' in AI Sensing -

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Prophesee, a Paris-based startup that has pioneered neuromorphic vision systems, presented this week at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC) in San Francisco a new, stacked event-based vision sensor jointly developed with Sony Corp. Designed by Prophesee's event-driven technology, the new sensor was built on technologies engineered by Sony for advanced stacked CMOS image sensors. For event-driven systems, the new sensor offers the industry's smallest pixel size and the industry's highest high-dynamic range (HDR) performance, Prophesee claimed. The brain-inspired sensor would allow industrial machines, robots and autonomous vehicles to see and sense the environment better. The partnership could herald a new era in which AI -- both AI sensing and AI processing -- could take place very close to the sensor, if not yet on the sensor itself, where data is generated. Sony is the world's leading CMOS image sensor company.


AI and Machine Learning: An Overview of the Legal,Technical and Economic Issues

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Cornerstone Research VANDY M. HOWELL, PhD Vandy Howell received her PhD in economics from MIT. She has expertise in industrial organization and labor economics. She is the head of Cornerstone Research's San Francisco office. Dr. Howell's practice area focus has been on antitrust, intellectual property, marketing, and breach of contract matters. She has experience across many industries, including cases involving technological and innovation markets, agriculture, and labor market issues.


Spark AI Summit Reveals 2020 Keynote Speakers and Expanded Training - Databricks

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SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Databricks, the leader in unified data analytics, today announced keynote speakers alongside expanded technical content and training at Spark AI Summit which is taking place June 22 – 25 in San Francisco. To support continuous innovation and expansion of the conference content, Spark AI Summit welcomes Ben Lorica as the Program Chair. Spark AI Summit is the largest data and machine learning conference bringing together engineers, scientists, developers, analysts and leaders from around the world. "Over four days we'll gather the greatest minds in our industry to shape the future of big data, analytics and AI and share knowledge through training, over 180 talks and networking events. Spark AI Summit has become the destination for data teams to collaborate on solutions to solve the world's toughest problems," said Ali Ghodsi, cofounder and CEO at Databricks.


Self-Driving Cars as Edge Computing Devices

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Sign in to report inappropriate content. Video with transcript included: http://bit.ly/37yYBaD Matt Ranney explains the architecture of Uber ATG's self-driving cars and takes a look at how the software is developed, tested, and deployed. This presentation was recorded at QCon San Francisco 2019: http://bit.ly/38sivWf The next QCon is QCon London 2020 – March 2-4, 2020: http://bit.ly/2VfRldq


Pear Therapeutics Expands Pipeline with Machine Learning, Digital Therapeutic and Digital Biomarker Technologies - Pear Therapeutics

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Boston and San Francisco, January 7, 2020 – Pear Therapeutics, Inc., the leader in Prescription Digital Therapeutics (PDTs), announced today that it has entered into agreements with multiple technology innovators, including Firsthand Technology, Inc., leading researchers from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Winterlight Labs, Inc., and NeuroLex Laboratories, Inc. These new agreements continue to bolster Pear's PDT platform, by adding to its library of digital biomarkers, machine learning algorithms, and digital therapeutics. Pear's investment in these cutting-edge technologies further supports its strategy to create the broadest and deepest toolset for the development of PDTs that redefine standard of care in a range of therapeutic areas. With access to these new technologies, Pear is positioned to develop PDTs in new disease areas, while leveraging machine learning to personalize and improve its existing PDTs. "We are excited to announce these agreements, which expand the leading PDT platform," said Corey McCann, M.D., Ph.D., President and CEO of Pear.


Maintaining the equipment that powers our world

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Most people only think about the systems that power their cities when something goes wrong. Unfortunately, many people in the San Francisco Bay Area had a lot to think about recently when their utility company began scheduled power outages in an attempt to prevent wildfires. The decision came after devastating fires last year were found to be the result of faulty equipment, including transformers. Transformers are the links between power plants, power transmission lines, and distribution networks. If something goes wrong with a transformer, entire power plants can go dark.


The Design Automation Conference to Showcase an AI Hardware Pavilion, Broadening the 2020 Exhibition Lineup

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The new Pavilion invites AI hardware innovators to exhibit at DAC in a turnkey solution package SAN FRANCISCO, CA. – February 13, 2020 –The Design Automation Conference (DAC), the premier conference devoted to the design and automation of electronic circuits and systems, will this year showcase a dedicated Pavilion centered on the artificial intelligence (AI) hardware ecosystem. AI hardware is driving the largest wave of chip-design activity in decades. Understanding and harnessing the enormous computational and application potential of AI is fertile ground for new ideas and startup providers. Converting these ideas into working hardware circuits and systems is the core value of design automation, and the major technical focus of 57th DAC. The 57th DAC will be held at Moscone West Center in San Francisco, CA, from July 19-23, 2020.


AI and facial recognition in 2020: where's the line?

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In 2020, we will see US governments shift the conversation from who implements AI fastest to how we can implement most responsibly. While China is already using AI to measure students' brain waves with IoT sensors during class to help teachers provide more customizable content to achieve better retention and results, it's likely that the U.S. government will focus heavily in the coming year on privacy regulations to ensure AI use cases like this are fully vetted before being allowed. Federal regulations on privacy when it comes to the use of AI will take center stage in 2020. We've already seen the beginnings of this with two instances of the U.S. government taking action to prevent AI overstepping in states California and Massachusetts. This past May, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors banned the use of facial recognition technology by police and all other municipal agencies under the Stop Secret Surveillance Ordinance.


AWS CEO Andy Jassy On Channel Conflict, Competition And AI

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"There's this folklore mythology around if Amazon launches a business in a certain area, it means that all the other businesses in those areas are not going to be as successful," Jassy said at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference in San Francisco yesterday. "I just haven't seen it." There are only two significant industries that Amazon has "disrupted," according to Jassy: retail with Amazon.com, and technology infrastructure with AWS. His remarks come as federal and state regulators are conducting antitrust probes to determine whether Amazon and other technology giants stifle competition and innovation. "In both cases, they were models that were pretty antiquated, and customers weren't so happy with those models, and somebody was going to end up reinventing them," Jassy said.


Deepfakes and deep media: A new security battleground

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That's troubling not only because these fakes might be used to sway opinions during an election or implicate a person in a crime, but because they've already been abused to generate pornographic material of actors and defraud a major energy producer. In anticipation of this new reality, a coalition of academic institutions, tech firms, and nonprofits are developing ways to spot misleading AI-generated media. Their work suggests that detection tools are a viable short-term solution but that the deepfake arms race is just beginning. The best AI-produced prose used to be closer to Mad Libs than The Grapes of Wrath, but cutting-edge language models can now write with humanlike pith and cogency. San Francisco research firm OpenAI's GPT-2 takes seconds to craft passages in the style of a New Yorker article or brainstorm game scenarios.