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Public opinion lessons for AI regulation

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An overwhelming majority of the American public believes that artificial intelligence (AI) should be carefully managed. Nevertheless, as the three case studies in this brief show, the public does not agree on the proper regulation of AI applications. Indeed, population-level support of an AI application may belie opposition by some subpopulations. Many AI applications, such as facial recognition technology, could cause disparate harm to already vulnerable subgroups, particularly ethnic minorities and low-income individuals. In addition, partisan divisions are likely to prevent government regulation of AI applications that could be used to influence electoral politics.


Self-driving truck completes FIRST EVER cross-country trip from California to Pennsylvania

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A self-driving truck has completed the first cross-country commercial freight run. Plus.ai, announced its truck traveled 2,800 miles autonomously from California to Pennsylvania hauling a fully-loaded refrigerated trailer of perishable cargo. The vehicle is fitted with advanced autonomous driving system that utilizes multimodal sensor fusion, deep learning visual algorithms and simultaneous location and mapping (SLAM) technologies. The truck drove in autonomous mode across interstate 17 and interstate 70, while traveling through different terrains and weather conditions. Although a safety driver and engineer were on-board, this journey, according to Plus.ai, validates'the system's ability to safely handle a wide range of weather and road conditions.'


How AI is helping spot wildfires faster

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Beyond that, the alerts can help first responders arrive more quickly, too. While a motorist or airplane pilot may call in a smoke report for a general area, Descartes' text-based tool narrows down where the fire is. "That's very beneficial," Griego said, "especially at night when it's hard to determine what mountain range this fire's actually on when you're on top of a peak 20 miles away." The need for all manner of fire-fighting solutions is growing as climate change worsens wildfires across California and the Southwestern US. Wildfires blazed through California's wine country and the Los Angeles area in October, less than a year after a devastating fire leveled the California town of Paradise.


How AI is helping spot wildfires faster

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San Francisco (CNN Business)As wildfire season raged in California this fall, a startup a few states away used artificial intelligence to pinpoint the location of blazes there within minutes -- in some cases far faster than these fires might otherwise be noticed by firefighters or civilians. Santa Fe-based Descartes Labs, which uses AI to analyze satellite imagery, launched its US wildfire detector in July. The company's AI software pores over images coming in roughly every few minutes from two different US government weather satellites, in search of any changes -- the presence of smoke, a shift in thermal infrared data showing hot spots -- that could indicate a fire has ignited. Descartes is testing its detector by sending alerts to select forestry officials in its home state of New Mexico and told CNN Business its wildfire detector has spotted about 6,200 total thus far. The company says it can often detect these fires when they're just about 10 acres in size.


TOP 10 Artificial Intelligence (AI) Startups You should Know

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Right now, Artificial Intelligence is the massive technological boom that redefines the way we think, the way we live and do business. Having no geographical boundaries, ai tech almost guarantees success for all aspiring startups. Is it so, and what makes top AI companies so successful? Let's analyze the current state of market today and find an answer. If you want to stay on top of things concerning AI technology today just take a look at the most recent state reports from the AI Now Institute at New York University and the annual AI Index from the Palo Alto initiative group.


Getting High School, College Students Interested in CS

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If I told you only 4% of all high school students in the U.S. were taking science or math classes, you'd be aghast. If 96% of students were not getting science or math classes, you could reasonably argue it does not exist in any practical sense. Over the last few months, several reports provided new insights about U.S. high school computer science (CS): California and Texas are two largest states based on U.S. population, but we can't generalize to everyone based on those states. We don't have data on who is taking CS across the U.S., due to our state-centric, decentralized model of primary and secondary school education. California and Texas are among the leaders in implementing CS education.


Artificial intelligence helps spot wildfires faster

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As wildfire season raged in California this fall, a startup a few states away used artificial intelligence to pinpoint the location of blazes there within minutes -- in some cases far faster than these fires might otherwise be noticed by firefighters or civilians. Santa Fe-based Descartes Labs, which uses AI to analyze satellite imagery, launched its U.S. wildfire detector in July. The company's AI software pores over images coming in roughly every few minutes from two different U.S. government weather satellites, in search of any changes -- the presence of smoke, a shift in thermal infrared data showing hot spots -- that could indicate a fire has ignited. Descartes is testing its detector by sending alerts to select forestry officials in its home state of New Mexico and told CNN Business its wildfire detector has spotted about 6,200 total thus far. The company says it can often detect these fires when they're just about 10 acres in size.


Volvo invests in California AI company

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GOTHENBURG, Sweden – Volvo Group Venture Capital has invested in California-based Apex.AI, a software developer in autonomous mobility, the company announced Thursday. The investment will fund the development of a safety-certified software framework for autonomous systems. Apex.AI is building an automotive-grade version of Robot Operating System, an established open source software framework commonly used in robotics and autonomous systems research. By providing a safer and more reliable version of ROS, Apex.AI enables companies to take their autonomous vehicle projects into production. "We are excited to invest in a company that enables easier development of safety-certified systems," says Anna Westerberg, acting CEO of Volvo Group Venture Capital and senior vice-president of Volvo Group Connected Solutions.


Robots more likely to replace US workers in these 10 areas

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IBM Data and AI general manager Rob Thomas discusses AI being incorporated into the workforce. The labor market may be humming right now, but there may be a dark cloud looming ahead. Over the course of the next decade, up to 800 million jobs globally could disappear due to advances in artificial intelligence and robotics, according to research from the McKinsey Global Institute, a top consulting firm. An estimated one-third of the 2030 workforce in the U.S. may need to learn new skills and find work in new occupations. The changes won't hit the country equally.


China makes it a criminal offense to publish deepfakes or fake news without disclosure

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China has released a new government policy designed to prevent the spread of fake news and misleading videos created using artificial intelligence, otherwise known as deepfakes. The new rule, reported earlier today by Reuters, bans the publishing of false information or deepfakes online without proper disclosure that the post in question was created with AI or VR technology. Failure to disclose this is now a criminal offense, the Chinese government says. The rules go into effect on January 1st, 2020, and will be enforced by the Cyberspace Administration of China. "With the adoption of new technologies, such as deepfake, in online video and audio industries, there have been risks in using such content to disrupt social order and violate people's interests, creating political risks and bringing a negative impact to national security and social stability," the CAC said in a notice to online video hosting websites on Friday, according to the South China Morning Post.