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Microsoft joins project on ethical artificial intelligence project

The Japan Times

LOS ANGELES - Microsoft on Monday announced a $1 billion investment in an OpenAI ethical artificial intelligence project backed by Tesla's Elon Musk and Amazon. The partnership will be devoted to developing advanced AI models on Microsoft's Azure cloud computing platform while adhering to "shared principles on ethics and trust," the companies said in a joint release. OpenAI and Microsoft expressed a vision of "artificial general intelligence" (AGI) working with people to help solve daunting problems such as climate change. OpenAI chief executive Sam Altman said the goal of the effort is to allow artificial intelligence to be "deployed safely and securely and that its economic benefits are widely distributed." Microsoft will become the preferred partner for commercializing new "supercomputing" artificial intelligence technologies developed as part of the initiative.


Facebook open-sources DLRM, a deep learning recommendation model

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Facebook today announced the open source release of Deep Learning Recommendation Model (DLRM), a state-of-the-art AI model for serving up personalized results in production environments. DLRM can be found on GitHub, and implementations of the model are available for Facebook's PyTorch, Facebook's distributed learning framework Caffe2, and Glow C . Recommendation engines decide a lot of what people see today, whether it's content on social media sites like Facebook, ecommerce sites like Amazon, or even the first options you see on an Xbox. Last month, Amazon made its AI for the shopping recommendations system Personalize available on AWS. A paper by more than 20 Facebook AI researchers published on arXiv in late May explains how the model uses embedding tables that map categorical data to representations.


How artificial intelligence will do our dirty work, take our jobs and change our lives

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At its crudest, most reductive, we could sum up the future of artificial intelligence as being about robot butlers v killer robots. We have to get there eventually, so we might as well start with the killer robots. If we were to jump forward 50 years to see what artificial intelligence might bring us, would we – Terminator-style – step into a world of human skulls being crushed under the feet of our metal and microchip overlords? No, we're told by experts. It might be much worse.


The Twenty Year History Of AI At Amazon

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Chuck Moore, Vice President of Alexa Shopping shared insights into how the Alexa Shopping group is currently applying AI across both the Alexa device as well as mobile apps, website, and backend operations. In 2018, Cognilytica produced a Voice Assistant Benchmark in 2018 as a way of measuring performance of various voice assistants. While these assistants are continually improving, and gaining more intelligence through their conversational interfaces, they have a long way to go before becoming as "smart" and useful as users would like them to be.


Glitches, bandwidth plagued a now defunct pilot of Amazon's facial recognition software in Orlando

Daily Mail - Science & tech

A police department in Orlando has terminated its trial of Amazon's AI-powered facial recognition for the second time, citing costs and complexity. According to a report from Orlando Weekly, the department ended its trial of the technology, called Rekognition, after 15 months of glitches and concerns over whether the technology was actually working. 'At this time, the city was not able to dedicate the resources to the pilot to enable us to make any noticeable progress toward completing the needed configuration and testing,' Orlando's Chief Administrative Office said in a memo to City Council, as reported by Orlando Weekly. A police department in Orlando has ended its pilot of Amazon's facial recognition software after being unable to get its system working properly. The decision marks the second time in just 10 months that the department decided not to proceed with using the technology.


A Ten Minute Guide: What is a Chatbot?

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Chatbots have gained extreme popularity in recent years with the advancements in Machine Learning and natural language processing. The internet works like a platform that creates a web of information that helps the bots to gather this information and respond accordingly. This makes them utterly useful! Everything today works on data and information, for instance, machine learning or its advanced version i.e. With the increased online data and information, companies are now relying on cloud computing as a source of data storage or other services that could be provided using a remote/virtual computer.


Bill Gates: Biggest impact of AI may be decades away, but society needs to prepare now

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Sometimes even Bill Gates' crystal ball is cloudy. The Microsoft co-founder became one of the most successful tech moguls of all time by foreseeing and capitalizing on world-changing trends, but he acknowledged this week that it's difficult to predict when the coming tide of automation and artificial intelligence will have the most impact on the our economy and labor market. The biggest implications could still be decades away, Gates said in a conversation with Microsoft Research Labs director Eric Horvitz on stage at the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit in Redmond this week. "We have many decades to get this right, but it is a fairly dramatic thing that you want to get society broadly involved in helping you think about with plenty of lead time," he said. When a new technology is emerging, Gates observed, it's easy to imagine widespread adoption is just around the corner.


Automatic for the people? Experts predict how AI will transform the workplace

The Guardian

Workplaces should use automation technologies to enhance employees' jobs rather than to replace humans, according to speakers at an event held by the Guardian on 11 July. However, they saw problems in the introduction of technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) and robots, the latter including software as well as physical machines. "Humans should not worry too much about replacement, but need to find new ways to work together with AI," said Chelsea Chen, co-founder of Emotech, a company which makes a voice-operated device called Olly that aims to recognise users' emotions as well the content of speech. Chen said that human employees are likely to remain better at dealing with people's emotions than computers. She says Olly can express excitement in response to what a user says, but that does not make it conscious: "Any job which is highly relevant to people will be really hard to replace."


Is AI Going To Be A Jobs Killer? New Reports About The Future Of Work

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Amazon announced last week that it will spend $700 million to train about 100,000 workers in the US by 2025, helping them move into more highly skilled jobs. The New York Times observed that with this program Amazon is acknowledging that "advances in automation technology will handle many tasks now done by people." The number of jobs which AI and machines will displace in the future has been the subject of numerous studies and surveys and op-eds and policy papers since 2013, when a pair of Oxford academics, Carl Benedikt Frey and Michael Osborne, estimated that 47% of American jobs are at high risk of automation by the mid-2030s. McKinsey Global Institute: between 40 million and 160 million women worldwide may need to transition between occupations by 2030, often into higher-skilled roles. Clerical work, done by secretaries, schedulers and bookkeepers, is an area especially susceptible to automation, and 72% of those jobs in advanced economies are held by women.


Publish your book with BUUKS. Self-publishing Simplified!

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In the not-so-distant past, the gatekeepers to publishing were large publishing houses. They guarded this right jealously, and self-publishing books was looked upon with disdain. These days, it is often impossible to distinguish high-quality self-published books from those that received traditional backing. As Forbes notes, self-published writers are now becoming tiny publishing houses of their own by outsourcing the talent they need to make their books a success. Artificial intelligence has only helped to make the whole process easier.