Facebook launches initiative with husband of murdered MP Jo Cox to challenge hate speech

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Facebook is encouraging users to counter hate speech online, with the UK launch of its Online Civil Courage Initiative (OCCI) in the UK. Japan's On-Art Corp's CEO Kazuya Kanemaru poses with his company's eight metre tall dinosaur-shaped mechanical suit robot'TRX03' and other robots during a demonstration in Tokyo, Japan Japan's On-Art Corp's eight metre tall dinosaur-shaped mechanical suit robot'TRX03' performs during its unveiling in Tokyo, Japan Singulato Motors co-founder and CEO Shen Haiyin poses in his company's concept car Tigercar P0 at a workshop in Beijing, China A picture shows Singulato Motors' concept car Tigercar P0 at a workshop in Beijing, China Connected company president Shigeki Tomoyama addresses a press briefing as he elaborates on Toyota's "connected strategy" in Tokyo. A Toyota Motors employee demonstrates a smartphone app with the company's pocket plug-in hybrid (PHV) service on the cockpit of the latest Prius hybrid vehicle during Toyota's "connected strategy" press briefing in Tokyo An employee shows a Samsung Electronics' Gear S3 Classic during Korea Electronics Show 2016 in Seoul, South Korea Visitors experience Samsung Electronics' Gear VR during the Korea Electronics Grand Fair at an exhibition hall in Seoul, South Korea Amy Rimmer, Research Engineer at Jaguar Land Rover, demonstrates the car manufacturer's Advanced Highway Assist in a Range Rover, which drives the vehicle, overtakes and can detect vehicles in the blind spot, during the first demonstrations of the UK Autodrive Project at HORIBA MIRA Proving Ground in Nuneaton, Warwickshire Chris Burbridge, Autonomous Driving Software Engineer for Tata Motors European Technical Centre, demonstrates the car manufacturer's GLOSA V2X functionality, which is connected to the traffic lights and shares information with the driver, during the first demonstrations of the UK Autodrive Project at HORIBA MIRA Proving Ground in Nuneaton, Warwickshire In its facilities, JAXA develop satellites and analyse their observation data, train astronauts for utilization in the Japanese Experiment Module'Kibo' of the International Space Station (ISS) and develop launch vehicles The robot developed by Seed Solutions sings and dances to the music during the Japan Robot Week 2016 at Tokyo Big Sight. "The UK Online Civil Courage Initiative will support [non-governmental organisations (NGOs)] and community groups who work across the UK to challenge the extremist narratives that cause such harm.

BabelOn is trying to create Photoshop for your voice


But a startup from San Francisco called BabelOn is working on a particularly unique offshoot of this technology. Initially, the company wants to use its technology for things like improving dubbed films or localizing video games, but eventually it wants to be able to translate your speech in real time, say while you're on a Skype call. Imagine a game company wanting to localize an English voice-acting performance for other countries; BabelOn could let companies use the same voice actor and digitally create her dialogue rather than having to find a native speaker to rerecord the entire script. However, you can specify the desired emotional output of the translated performance; Hamilton called it an "emotional markup language."

AI for the Accounting Guy: MindBridge Artificial Intelligence-Auditor


Based on a briefing with MindBridge Ai on June 19, 2017 and MindBridge Ai's $4.3 million funding round on the same date, this summary provides guidance to auditors and accountants seeking guidance on applying artificial intelligence to risk, compliance, and audit efforts. With the assumption that fraud analytics tools were not keeping pace both with the evolution of fraud and compliance change and the subsequent needs that auditors face, MindBridge Ai focuses on building a self-learning platform that would learn to detect anomalies, optimize fraud algorithms, and provide visualizations and accounting integrations. Whether through direct solutions such as MindBridge Ai-Auditor or with other service-based or model-optimization-based artificial intelligence solutions focused on auditor needs, Amalgam Insights recommends that auditors bring in a fit-for-purpose artificial intelligence service or solution that will effectively detect compliant or fraudulent transactions. New generations of auditors are starting to conceptually understand how artificial intelligence-based logic and approaches used to support compliant and clean financial environments and cutting edge auditors are learning relevant data science techniques to build their own AI-based audit tools.

Modeling the way towards Artificial General Intelligence


The potential for improvement to the system will be made realizable as a consequent of the Google researches making their work available on Tensor2Tensor library, allowing more researches to work and improve on the algorithim. Although the algorithim is not yet as powerful as DeepMind's work on networks that only have to perform individual tasks, this work could become a further step towards making artifical neural networks work like our own natural neural networks. Memory capability that allows human-like learning, linked with Google's MultiModel algorithim, will make it possible for future AI algorithims and systems to be trained on less training data. This pollination of intellectual work will allow strides to be made in more varied tasks, which will overall allow systems to be able to handle multiple tasks and multiple contexts, paving the way towards artifical general intelligence and eventually artifical superintelligence as these systems become more than just human-like.

Commentary: The superpowers big data and analytics are quietly giving banks


The emerging superheroes: Blockchain, APIs, cloud, big data, machine learning, the Internet of things (IoT), biometrics all claim to have superpowers that enable you to save the world. In the same way, we want to integrate banking into people's lives. On the flip side, it is a key that can help unlock amazing customer experiences and ultimately make banking disappear. As we learn the potential of machine learning, we are starting to design our products with data in mind.

In the General AI Challenge, Teams Compete for $5 Million

IEEE Spectrum Robotics Channel

Rosa recently took steps to scale up the research on general AI by founding the AI Roadmap Institute and launching the General AI Challenge. In some rounds, participants will be tasked with designing algorithms and programming AI agents. The Challenge kicked off on 15 February with a six-month "warm-up" round dedicated to building gradually learning AI agents. The tasks were specifically designed to test gradual learning potential, so they can serve as guidance for the developers.

Got a face-recognition algorithm? Uncle Sam wants to review it


The nation's top-level intelligence office, the Director of National Intelligence, wants to find "the most accurate unconstrained face recognition algorithm." asks a posting on The goal of the Face Recognition Prize Challenge is to improve core face recognition accuracy and expand the breadth of capture conditions and environments suitable for successful face recognition. The government noted that there has been "enormous research" done in the field, and it wants "to know whether this rich vein of research has produced advancements in face recognition accuracy." The most accurate algorithms submitted to the government for the contest are eligible to split a pot of $50,000, according to the contest rules.

Intelligent Patient Data Conference - Digital Catapult Centre


The question is; how are these technologies being harnessed in new innovations that use patient and consumer data, and how do we overcome the privacy and technical challenges of accessing sensitive health data? Please join us for this exciting conference, exploring the opportunities and challenges of applying machine learning & AI to patient and consumer health data – including electronic medical records, images and scans and person generated health data. This thought-provoking day will explore the benefits and challenges of accessing private medical records and sensitive health data, including the issue of access by private providers and public attitudes to data sharing. We will discuss ways to solve the data sharing issue, by bringing together clinicians, data owners, private healthcare providers and innovators to discuss innovative ways to apply intelligent technologies to patient data.

Chat Bots and Trash Talk (via Passle)


Chat bots and conversational interfaces pose a new set of challenges when it comes to designing user experiences: how do you get the user to engage in conversation and how to you keep them talking? But it would be interesting to see if this takes off with the average sports fan, because despite the new set UX challenges, there's also exciting potential as a way to engage with users while they engage with their friends. At least in my case, I like to use advanced analytics to remind my friends how much of a spanking my sports team is giving to theirs'

Does Machine Learning Have a Future Role in Cyber Security?


Open source machine learning and data science tools such as Python's Scikit-learn package are freely available, very powerful and often used to build these tools. Supervised learning requires labelled training datasets and is less suited to cyber security. Unsupervised learning doesn't require labelled training data and is better suited to finding suspicious activity, including the ability to detect attacks that have never been seen before. Some recent developments and improvements in cyber security machine learning include a joint effort by MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and a ML startup called PatternEx.