Military drone pilots could get medals - Michael Fallon

BBC News

Military drone pilots fighting so-called Islamic State could be awarded medals, the defence secretary has said. Sir Michael Fallon confirmed there would be a review of how servicemen and women were recognised for their contribution to UK operations. "As fighting has evolved we have adapted, ensuring our troops have cutting-edge equipment including unmanned systems operated from outside the battle space. Drones have been targeting Islamic State - also known as Daesh - in Iraq and Syria as part of Operation Shader, for which Sir Michael announced a medal.

The Key to Reducing Doctors' Misdiagnoses


"Knowledge from systematically analyzing missed opportunities in correct or timely diagnosis will inform improvements and create a learning health system for diagnosis," Dr. Singh says. The network, known as Pride, short for Primary Care Research in Diagnostic Errors, plans to identify, analyze and classify diagnostic errors and delays with the help of electronic medical records, to develop and share interventions that can overcome diagnostic errors and delays, especially in primary care. It also plans to help doctors avoid ordering unnecessary and wasteful tests by developing "principles of conservative diagnosis," says Gordon Schiff, associate director of Brigham and Women's division of general internal medicine and quality and safety director at Harvard Medical School's Center for Primary Care. In response, the project plans to develop and test "loop-closing" tools for electronically tracking doctors' recommendations of tests and procedures that aren't carried out.

Artificial Intelligence in Selection, the Future of Work and the New Generations, Key Topics at the 4th International HR Conference Barcelona


On 6th October 15 top level speakers from companies such as Google, Gartner, Unilever, Global Future of Work Foundation and Ricoh USA will take part in this event which once again makes Barcelona the global centre for new game-changing and innovative trends in HR. All of these questions will be answered at the fourth edition of the International HR Conference Barcelona, organised by Advantage Consultores, which will take place on 6th October in the Telefónica Auditorium in Barcelona. In total 15 top level speakers from companies such as Google, Gartner, Unilever, Global Future of Work Foundation and Ricoh USA, among others, will participate in this year's international date for HR, at which debates will be introduced for the first time. The other speakers are: Donna Venable, Executive Vice President of Human Resources at RICOH USA; Fred Then, CEO, Co-Founder & Startup Coach at Tjaara; Isaac Hernández, Country Manager Iberia at Google for Work; Jordi Plana, CEO of Beezy; and Pau Sendra, CEO of Waynabox.

AI is Changing our Payment Systems Forever but Does Everyone Benefit? - Services Juridiques Gagné Legal Services


Customer service is one area where AI can improve services for digital payment companies like PayPal, Venmo, Google Wallet, or Apple Pay. Finally, when payment companies use AI to improve their customer retention processes, their churn rates tend to go down. The data we feed into AI systems can be skewed, representing the latent bias we all hold. That's a tall order since it's been a long haul just to increase awareness of data security and privacy issues in the fintech industry.

Robots are really good at learning things like racism and bigotry


The real danger is in something called confirmation bias: when you come up with an answer first and then begin the process of only looking for information that supports that conclusion. Take the following example: if the number of women seeking truck driving jobs is less than men, on a job-seeking website, a pattern emerges. That pattern can be interpreted in many ways, but in truth it only means one specific factual thing: there are less women on that website looking for truck driver jobs than men. If you tell an AI to find evidence that triangles are good at being circles it probably will, that doesn't make it science.

Women of Washington: Data science and machine learning in government


Included on the panel were Nancy Potok, chief statistician of the U.S. at the Office of Management and Budget; Christina Ho, deputy assistant secretary for accounting policy and financial transparency at the Treasury Department; Robyn Konkel, attorney advisor at the Social Security Administration and Angela Zutavern, vice president at Booz Allen Hamilton. Her office is responsible for leading the development, implementation, and enforcement of accounting policies governing federal financial activities and promoting innovation in federal financial management. She is an inventor of the machine intelligence and data science strategies that are now helping business and government organizations make better decisions and gain competitive advantages. Angela led Booz Allen's most advanced data science research and development efforts, including the areas of deep learning and quantum machine learning.

Can Apple's iPhone X Beat Facial Recognition's Bias Problem?


Its website for the new iPhone X shows Face ID working with a person of color. Researchers call this type of problem, when underlying biases influence the resulting technology, "algorithmic bias." Other examples include photo sets used to train image-recognition algorithms that identify men in kitchens as women, job-listing systems that show more high-paying jobs to men than women, or automated criminal-justice systems that assign higher bail or longer jail sentences to blacks than whites. If Apple's software proves more capable than facial recognition systems of the past, it will be because the company took this into account while training it.

AI Based Sexual Orientation Detection Decried by LGBTQ Groups

International Business Times

The study says that it can distinguish between gay and heterosexual men accurately 81 percent of the time and between gay and heterosexual women 74 percent of the time. But, when the researchers tested the AI using a set of new images, it was able to predict the correct outcome 61 percent of the time for men and 54 percent of the time for women. When it was presented with different images of the same person, the researchers claimed that it was able to get the correct outcome 91 percent of the time for men and 83 percent of the time for women. What their technology can recognize is a pattern that found a small subset of out white gay and lesbian people on dating sites who look similar…This research isn't science or news, but it's a description of beauty standards on dating sites that ignores huge segments of the LGBTQ community, including people of colour, transgender people, older individuals, and other LGBTQ people who don't want to post photos on dating sites," GLAAD Chief Digital Officer Jim Halloran said in a public statement.

Winter is Here: But women are going to bring Summer back to Silicon Valley


It's time to take authority in this, the next golden age of Silicon Valley -- the age of artificial intelligence. It is time for women to step forward and take their place amongst the world of Venture Capital, Deep Tech, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. Gender diverse founding teams have better returns. The woman that finally stopped worrying about ruffling feathers.

Guess Which Gender Trusts Artificial Intelligence More?


A majority of people are skeptical of the government adopting artificial intelligence tools to manage its citizen services, but more men than women say they are comfortable with the technological shift, according to a new survey. In a report published by Accenture, one-third of men said they trusted AI to manage their health care, while only 20 percent of women felt the same way. More than 40 percent of men trusted artificial intelligence to handle their taxes, only 34 percent of women felt the same way. The survey also revealed a significant generational gap in people's trust in artificial intelligence.