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Not enough being done on diversity in AI, finds BCS report - Education Technology

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BCS, the chartered institute for IT, has released a report that supports the government's recent £13.5m investment in master's level AI conversion degrees. The report, 'Scaling up the ethical artificial intelligence MSc pipeline', was commissioned by the government's Office for AI, with the aim to understand what can be done to tackle the severe shortage of AI professionals, particularly from diverse backgrounds. The government's own AI review found that around 3,000 AI MSc graduates will be needed every year in order to furnish the country with the skills base it needs, and that ethical skills will be a necessary element of this base. Research for the report involved extensive consultation with more than 50 universities, blue-chip companies, the Institute of Coding, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Office for Students (OFS), as well as government departments including the DCMS and DfE. The report recommends that the AI sector should implement evidence-based solutions to diversity issues – such as those being used in engineering – as a "matter of urgency".


3 ways AI will change the nature of cyber attacks

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Sophisticated threat actors can often maintain a long-term presence in their target environments for months at a time, without being detected. They move slowly and with caution, to evade traditional security controls and are often targeted to specific individuals and organizations. AI will also be able to learn the dominant communication channels and the best ports and protocols to use to move around a system, discretely blending in with routine activity. This ability to disguise itself amid the noise will mean that it is able to expertly spread within a digital environment, and stealthily compromise more devices than ever before. AI malware will also be able to analyse vast volumes of data at machine speed, rapidly identifying which data sets are valuable and which are not. This will save the (human) attacker a great deal of time and effort.


Apple buys self-driving car startup Drive.ai - Reuters

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Technology news website The Information reported earlier this month that the iPhone maker was considering acquiring the firm as a move to bring aboard some of its engineering talent to boost Apple's own self-driving efforts. One of hundreds of startups pursuing autonomous vehicles, Drive.ai had been running a small fleet of test shuttles in Texas, The Information reported. But the startup told California regulators that it plans to lay off 90 people in a permanent closure. The San Francisco Chronicle earlier reported the closure. In Silicon Valley, it is common for larger companies to acquire struggling startups primarily to hire their engineers, a move known in the industry as an "acqui-hire."


Challenges in setting up a new Eye Tracking study - KARNA AI

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Disclaimer: The challenges discussed in this blog are when the Eye Tracking study is done with the help of glasses. Eye Tracking study is about knowing a person's gaze behavior in regards to the real world environment consumer. The technology is well known in the retail market research, where companies are eager to find out the insights of consumer behavior in accordance with their purchasing attributes. While the study is essential for understanding the market, there are some challenges associated with setting up of Eye Tracking study. Some of them are highlighted in this article.


Artificial intelligence -The One Big Investor Trend of 2019 and Beyond

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Artificial intelligence is an enormous investment possibility since its influence has already been felt, and is only set to keep expanding. Every year seems to have some exciting trends or hot segments to invest in, and analysts believe this year has its picks too. In fact, these trends have been building up in the previous years to become potentially major trends in 2019. The segments making much of the news and building excitement are artificial intelligence (AI) in the technology sector, electric vehicles (EVs) in the automotive sector and cannabis in the healthcare sector. Motley Fool analyst Chris Neiger reckons there isn't much point in holding off from these trends for long.


Can Exponential Technologies Make Us Better Humans?

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I was standing in the kitchen not too long ago, cooking dinner, and needed to set a timer. "Could you please set a timer for five minutes?" The response was announced with a distinctly pleasant trill, followed by my Google Assistant's comment, "What a classy way to ask!" This feature, announced by Google in November and aptly called Pretty Please, is designed to encourage us to interact with our devices in more polite ways. Using Google's voice print technology, it can even prompt certain users--children, for example--to use "the magic word" when placing a request.


Register for the Piloting Process - FUTURIUM - European Commission

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The Ethics Guidelines for Trustworthy AI provide an assessment list that operationalises the key requirements and offers guidance to implement them in practice. This assessment list will undergo a piloting process: all stakeholders are invited to test the assessment list and provide practical feedback on how it can be improved. This feedback will allow for a better understanding of how the assessment list, which is aimed to offer guidance for all AI applications, can be implemented within an organisation. It will also indicate where specific tailoring of the assessment list is needed given AI's context-specificity. All interested stakeholders can participate to the piloting process and start testing out the assessment list.


How AI can improve agriculture for better food security

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Roughly half of the 821 million people considered hungry by the United Nations are those who dedicate their lives to producing food for others: farmers. This is largely attributed to the vulnerability of farmers to agricultural risks, such as extreme weather, conflict, and market shocks. Smallholder farmers, who produce some 60-70% of the world's food, are particularly vulnerable to risks and food insecurity. Emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), however, have been particularly promising in tackling challenges such as lack of expertise, climate change, resource optimization and consumer trust. AI assistance can, for instance, enable smallholder farmers in Africa to more effectively address scourges such as viruses and the fall armyworm that have plagued the region over the last 40 years despite extensive investment, said David Hughes, Co-Founder of PlantVillage and Assistant Professor at Penn State University at a session on AI for Agriculture at last week's AI for Good Global Summit.


Alexa Has Been Saving You Time: Now She Can Save Your Life

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As we know by now, Alexa can play a song, order a pizza or do a quick online search. But now it can do something much more valuable: save your life. According to the results of a new proof-of-concept study, Alexa can accurately identify a specific pattern of breathing known as agonal breathing or gasping for air, that develops in the setting of an impending cardiac arrest, or when your heart stops beating. The research was published yesterday in the npj Digital Medicine. The implications for this novel form of contactless AI monitoring to detect cardiac arrest are broad, and offer the unique possibility to dispatch an ambulance to a victim who may be alone at home.


How Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning Improve Your Content Marketing Efforts - LBSWebsoft Blog

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This is the year 2019. And if you are an entrepreneur, you most probably have or are trying to have a content marketing strategy with intent to boost your digital marketing efforts. In simplest terms, content marketing is about creating and delivering high-quality content to educate customers how useful your products are and to help them make informed decisions. An important part of digital marketing, content marketing is one of the most effective and practicable ways of marketing and promotion. So how do you attract people?