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Starbucks just revealed the truly disturbing effect of working from home


I worry about my friends. Most every organization has been thrust into the future of work. What will determine failure or success in this brave new world? I don't get to see them so often -- if at all. I want to know if they've changed. I want to know if working from home has altered them in such a way as to fundamentally affect how they live and who they are.

How Ethical Is Your AI?


Wendy Gonzalez, interim CEO of Samasource, poses with Agents in Nairobi, Kenya. Samasource employees ... [ ] young Kenyans and Ugandans to work in the AI supply chain, upskilling them up for a career in technology. Conscious consumers demand fair-trade when it comes to products like coffee, and when it's quality coffee, they are even willing to pay more for it. When it comes to our technology products though, many consumers don't even know that "fair-trade" is possible. Behind many acts of AI "magic," there is a human in the loop.

What to buy for new grads who need help "adulting"


Even if your grad has finally made it through college, that doesn't mean they're ready to step out into the real world with no help. They'll not only have to find a job but also might need a little help living on their own, taking on more responsibility and being more of an adult in general. That includes having better security practices, dressing smarter and, if they're lucky enough to find their own apartment, making their new place feel more like home. Here are a few gadgets that could help ease the transition into "adulthood." It's not a terribly sexy subject, but keeping your online data safe should be a priority for everyone, including your new grad.

AI tool predicts which coronavirus patients will get deadly 'wet lung'

The Japan Times

Washington – Researchers in the U.S. and China reported Monday they have developed an artificial intelligence tool that is able to accurately predict which newly infected patients with the novel coronavirus go on to develop severe lung disease. Once deployed, the algorithm could assist doctors in making choices about where to prioritize care in resource-stretched health care systems, said Megan Coffee, a physician and professor at New York University's Grossman School of Medicine who co-authored a paper on the finding in the journal Computers, Materials & Continua. The tool discovered several surprising indicators that were most strongly predictive of who went on to develop so-called acute respiratory disease syndrome (ARDS), a severe complication of the COVID-19 illness that fills the lungs with fluid and kills around 50 percent of coronavirus patients who get it. The team applied a machine learning algorithm to data from 53 coronavirus patients across two hospitals in Wenzhou, China, finding that changes in three features – levels of the liver enzyme alanine aminotransferase (ALT), reported body aches, and hemoglobin levels – were most accurately predictive of subsequent, severe disease. Using this information along with other factors, the tool was able to predict risk of ARDS with up to 80 percent accuracy.

Full Agenda for The Next AI Platform: 2020 Edition


We are just 18 days away from The Next AI Platform event on March 10, 2020 at The Glasshouse in San Jose. Remember, this sold out last year. If you haven't already registered make sure to do so as soon as possible to avoid getting closed out of the unique PowerPoint-free, live-interview and hosted panel day focused on what's next for large-scale AI infrastructure (this year's emphasis is on inference in particular). Below is the tentative agenda. As with all events, it is subject to last minute changes but this is the confirmed lineup as of this morning.

AI Neurobots on the OLPORTAL Platform -- The Future of Marketing is Here!


Communication in today's times has taken a whole new meaning with technological innovations becoming a more central part of our social routine. "Chatting" or texting via messenger apps is the preferred way of staying in touch -- professionally and socially. Chat apps are evolving at a frenzied rate and becoming more human. Incorporation of AI elements in a messaging app to help ease conversations is the obvious next step, in a time when AI is transforming many industries and businesses around the world. OLPORTAL has created an ecosystem where AI neurobots can be developed that can help in messaging.

How to ensure artificial intelligence benefits society: A conversation with Stuart Russell and James Manyika


Stuart Russell, a leading artificial-intelligence (AI) researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, and author of the book Human Compatible (Penguin Random House, October 2019), sits down with McKinsey Global Institute chairman James Manyika to discuss our future as AI transforms our world. In this broad conversation, they explore the immense benefits ahead and what our role will be as AI becomes more pervasive. They also delve into potential challenges we may face with our current approach to AI, and how we can redefine AI to ensure it helps humanity achieve its full potential. James Manyika: When you look at the AI field today and you see all these announcements and breakthroughs, what excites you the most? Stuart Russell: With today's technology, delivering high-quality education to everybody on Earth is just the beginning. Even fairly simple AI tutoring tools have been shown to be very effective. So that can only get better if we figure out how to roll it out to the people who really need it.

Why the smartest AI is still dumber than a toddler -- and how we can fix that


Artificial intelligence is, undeniably, one of the most important inventions in the history of humankind. It belongs on a fantasy'Mt. In fact, even now in 2020, AI is still dumber than a baby. Most AI experts – those with boots on the ground in the researcher and developer communities – believe the path forward is through continued investment in status quo systems. Rome, as they say, wasn't built in one day and human-level AI systems won't be either.

Humans vs Robots: The Difference Between AI and AGI


We've all seen the film where robots take over the world, with their mechanical bodies causing Hollywood-style screams from unsuspecting (or maybe very suspecting) victims. And, while these kinds of films let us live an alternate reality for an hour and a half, there's always that niggling thought at the backs of our minds telling us that this could actually happen in the not-too-distant future. In fact, the "father of AI", Alan Turing, was beavering away on it in the 1950s. He developed the Turing Test, which had a judge ask questions to a machine and a human. The judge would then have to decide who was the human and, if the computer could fool the judge at least half of the time, it was considered intelligent.

Coffee, Chat, and TV: AI is the Enabler of the Human Experience


If you ever get a chance, I HIGHLY recommend talking to people. Not just people around you *most* of the time, like your immediate or extended family, or the nosy neighbor, or the mail professional who happily delivers package upon package of online orders to your porch on what seems to be an hourly basis. No, I mean different people, ones you've never met before, especially around the world. I have had the unique opportunity to visit many countries in my still short life, and experienced several cultures, several languages, several routines and rites. I've broken bread around the world, and visited hundreds of heritage sites learning about the past and present of the indigenous.