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Women in AI

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Way back in 1992, NASA administrator Daniel Goldin described the organization as "pale, male and stale", a derisive commentary on the lack of race, gender and age/tenure diversity within the United States' premier science agency. Fast forward to 2018 and most tech industries still suffer from at least two of these symptoms. In fact, the problem may even be worsening over time. The number of women going into computer science--an obvious key ingredient in AI and ML--has decreased by half since 1985 reported Jaxenter earlier this year, and this survey found that the presence of females in top AI/ML positions is a mere 18%.


DJI to Governments: We Can Help You With the New Federal UAS Program - Unmanned Aerial

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DJI is inviting state, local and tribal governments to consider partnering with the company as they apply to take part in the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) new UAS Integration Pilot Program. According to DJI, the program smartly provides opportunities for government and industry to experiment with advanced drone operations and test new forms of airspace management. The company notes it is pleased that the program will also help inform policymakers on regulatory approaches to safe drone adoption. "DJI has worked for years with government officials around the world to help develop reasonable, safety-enhancing public policies while keeping open the pathways to innovation," says Brendan Schulman, DJI's vice president of policy and legal affairs. "We would very much value the opportunity to work with U.S. state, local and tribal governments to develop smart and comprehensive strategies for expanding how drones can benefit their constituents while properly managing their integration into the airspace."


The Tech HHS, SEC, SSA and Other Agencies Use to Ferret Out Cheaters and Crooks

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During a press conference in June 2016, leaders from the Justice and Health and Human Services departments unveiled charges in the largest takedown of Medicare and Medicaid fraud in the nation's history. The final tally was eye-opening: About 300 individuals, including 61 doctors and other medical professionals, were accused of falsifying $900 million worth of medical bills. The success, they said, was due to the Medicare Fraud Strike Force. "The Medicare Fraud Strike Force is a model of 21st century data-driven law enforcement, and it has had a remarkable impact on healthcare fraud across the country," former Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell said at the time. Behind the scenes, officials praised nearly real-time data analytics as a major asset in building their case.


US launches Libya drone strike as Africa operations appear to ramp up

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The Libyan National Army has been battling ISIS in the cities of Sirte and Benghazi. The U.S. military has launched airstrikes this month in Yemen, Somalia, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and Friday, for the first time since September, in Libya. According to a defense official, the drone strike in the desert of central Libya Friday killed "several" ISIS militants in a sign the Pentagon may be ramping up pressure on terror groups in Africa. The most recent strike comes a year after the military launched nearly 500 airstrikes against ISIS in the coastal city of Sirte, located halfway between Tripoli and Benghazi. The September strike killed 17 ISIS fighters.


Back-Flipping Robot Is A Giant Leap For Robot Kind

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MIT's Atlas robot, nicknamed Helios, completes the driving task at the June 2015 DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals. Helios is a second-generation Atlas, developed for DARPA by Boston Dynamics. MIT's Atlas robot, nicknamed Helios, completes the driving task at the June 2015 DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals. Helios is a second-generation Atlas, developed for DARPA by Boston Dynamics. Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 was a day filled with news.


Achieving Accurate, Reliable AI Trajectory Magazine

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What will happen to a person's artificial intelligence (AI) when they retire? When a prospective employee interviews for a job, will his or her AI be questioned alongside them? Will companies hire AI straight from a factory, or will the system undergo a sort of apprenticeship before being put to work? More importantly--and more realistic in the near-term--what will be the line at which machines are not reliable enough or morally appropriate to use and humans take over? These, along with many more immediate questions, are among the topics USGIF's Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence Working Group seeks to generate discussion around.


What is SpaceX's secret Zuma mission about?

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Watch SpaceX launch its Falcon 9 rocket from Kennedy Space Center with a Korean communications satellite and land the first stage on the Of Course I Still Love You drone ship. A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the U.S. government's secret Zuma mission stands vertical on Kennedy Space Center's launch pad 39A. The rocket launch was delayed Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. CAPE CANAVERAL -- Could a secret U.S. government spacecraft be bound for a rendezvous with a spy satellite or even the International Space Station? Little is known about the mission called Zuma, targeting a launch as early as 8 p.m. Friday, the opening of a two-hour window, from Kennedy Space Center aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.


Algorithm better at diagnosing pneumonia than radiologists

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Stanford researchers have developed an algorithm that offers diagnoses based off chest X-ray images. A paper about the algorithm, called CheXNet, was published Nov. 14 on the open-access, scientific preprint website arXiv. "Interpreting X-ray images to diagnose pathologies like pneumonia is very challenging, and we know that there's a lot of variability in the diagnoses radiologists arrive at," said Pranav Rajpurkar, a graduate student in the Machine Learning Group at Stanford and co-lead author of the paper. "We became interested in developing machine learning algorithms that could learn from hundreds of thousands of chest X-ray diagnoses and make accurate diagnoses." The work uses a public data set initially released by the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center on Sept. 26.


Groups urge IBM not to use AI to help Trump deport immigrants

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The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is reportedly looking into ways to use machine learning technology and social media monitoring to identify people for visa denial–and to select people for deportation from the United States. After IBM attended the informational meeting, rights groups are concerned that the company might be considering getting involved with the program. While Reuters obtained an email from Christopher Padilla, IBM's vice president of government affairs, saying that IBM "would not work on any project that runs counter to our company's values, including our long-standing opposition to discrimination against anyone on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, or religion," he also noted that it was "premature to speculate" whether IBM would pursue this business. To hopefully sway IBM from getting in bed with ICE, a coalition of rights groups, including 18 Million Rising and Center for Media Justice launched an online petition on Thursday urging IBM Corp to renounce the proposal entirely. If you sign it, you won't be alone.


Groups urge IBM not to use AI to help Trump deport immigrants

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The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is reportedly looking into ways to use machine learning technology and social media monitoring to identify people for visa denial–and to select people for deportation from the United States. After IBM attended the informational meeting, rights groups are concerned that the company might be considering getting involved with the program. While Reuters obtained an email from Christopher Padilla, IBM's vice president of government affairs, saying that IBM "would not work on any project that runs counter to our company's values, including our long-standing opposition to discrimination against anyone on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, or religion," he also noted that it was "premature to speculate" whether IBM would pursue this business. To hopefully sway IBM from getting in bed with ICE, a coalition of rights groups, including 18 Million Rising and Center for Media Justice launched an online petition on Thursday urging IBM Corp to renounce the proposal entirely. If you sign it, you won't be alone.