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New AI research institutes announced in USA

AIHub

Yesterday, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the US Department of Agriculture's National Institute for Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA) announced investment to establish seven new artificial intelligence (AI) research institutes. Each centre will receive roughly $20 million over a five year period. The aim is that these new institutes will serve as hubs in a broader nationwide network. NSF AI Institute for Research on Trustworthy AI in Weather, Climate, and Coastal Oceanography, led by a team at the University of Oklahoma. The institute plans to develop user-driven trustworthy AI that addresses pressing concerns in weather, climate, and coastal hazards prediction.


What Netflix's 'Space Force' gets right (and wrong) about the real Space Force

Mashable

Space Force has landed on Netflix. In response to Donald Trump's 2018 announcement of the United States' newest military branch, Parks and Recreation creator Greg Daniels teamed up with The Office star Steve Carell to bring an intergalactic workplace comedy to Netflix. What follows is a messy, crazy, Beach Boys-infused send-up of military culture and the current administration. Whether you loved it or hated it (we found it meh), this series predicted headlines in a supremely timely and remarkably accurate fashion. What did Netflix's Space Force get right and wrong about the real United States Space Force?


A New Class of AI Ethics

CMU School of Computer Science

There is a growing consensus that artificial intelligence ethics instruction is critical, and must extend beyond computer sciences courses. Ethics and technology have always been tightly interwoven, but as artificial intelligence (AI) marches forward and impacts society in new and novel ways, the stakes--and repercussions--are growing. "There is potential for (AI) to be used in ways that society disapproves of," observes David S. Touretzky, a research professor in the computer science department at Carnegie Mellon University. One idea that's gaining momentum is AI ethics instruction in schools. Groups such as AI4K12 and the MIT Media Lab have begun to study the issue and develop AI learning frameworks for K-12 students.


A $1 Million Virtual Tennis Tournament With Venus, Serena, McEnroe, and…Mario?!

Mother Jones

Welcome to Recharge, a weekly newsletter full of stories that will energize your inner hellraiser. See more editions and sign up here. Like everyone else in the world, Venus and Serena Williams can't play tennis right now to thousands of stadium fans. But they can play Tennis to millions of them. The superstar sisters lit up this weekend's Mario Tennis tournament for coronavirus relief in doubles showdowns with fellow pros Maria Sharapova, Naomi Osaka, and Kei Nishikori, along with Seal, Steve Aoki, and other entertainers and fashion figures.


Winners And Losers Of Future Of Work

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ZipRecruiter, the Santa Monica based employment marketplace named One of the World's Most Innovative Companies in 2019 by Fast Company just released their much-anticipated Future of Work Report 2020. The Artificial Intelligence (AI) jobs gold rush is spreading to more states. This is good news for the future of work. Jobs that require AI, machine learning, robotics, and engineering skills will continue to dominate as AI-enabled systems replace manual labor. In this article, I will walk you through some of the highlights.


Don't worry, Alexa and friends only record you up to 19 times a day ZDNet

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No one likes it when a stranger butts into their conversation. Especially when they interrupt with some astonishing non-sequitur. Create a free Amazon Business account and get a 30-day free trial to Business Prime. You're watching TV and chatting about the painfully demanding couple on House Hunters International when a distant voice pipes up: "The circumference of the Earth is 24,901 miles." Or whatever you call your Google Home person.


Mysterious drone swarms flying at night are baffling US authorities

New Scientist

Mysterious drone swarms have been seen flying in Colorado, Nebraska and Wyoming at night since December, sometimes over locations believed to house nuclear missile silos. A federal task force has been formed to investigate the drones' origin and purpose. The Phillips County Sheriff's Office in Colorado reported the first drones on 20 December. There have been hundreds of sightings since, some of groups of drones flying in grid patterns. Some observers assumed the drones were part of a military exercise, but the US Air Force has denied involvement.


FAA proposes rule change to force identification of Colorado, Nebraska drones

FOX News

Fox News Flash top headlines for Dec. 31 are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com One day after Colorado and western Nebraska counties reported a series of mysterious, nocturnal drone flights, the Federal Aviation Administration is promoting a rule change last week that requires most drones to be identifiable remotely, a report said Monday. The rule change, announced Thursday, have been in works for more than a year, FAA spokesman Ian Gregor said in an email to the Denver Post Monday. Under the legislation, law enforcement, federal security agencies and the FAA would be allowed to identify drones flying through their jurisdiction, the FAA said.


Colorado, Nebraska sheriffs puzzled by nocturnal drone flights

FOX News

Fox News Flash top headlines for Dec. 30 are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com A squadron of drones flying over the Midwest every night for nearly two weeks have left both residents and officials wondering who's flying them and what purpose they are serving, a report said Sunday. In the past week, three more rural counties have experienced nightly flyovers from the northeast corner of Colorado to at least one county in neighboring Nebraska, the Denver Post reported. Sheriffs in Lincoln, Washington and Sedgwick counties say their offices have been inundated with calls this week about the devices, the newspaper reported.


Machine Learning Rapidly Improves Waste Sorting To Environmental & Economic Benefit CleanTechnica

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Humans have been building machines to separate waste into different streams of different value requiring differing processes for decades. Until recently, we were mostly failing to do it well enough to be worth the investment. Instead, millions of people globally manually sort trash, sometimes with developed country workplace safety standards, sometimes living in developing country trash fields and scraping a living out of them. In London in the 1850s, when the population was roughly 3 million, a thousand rag and bone men plied their trade, greasy bags over their shoulders or slung on rough carts, picking through the detritus of the city to find enough items of value to allow them to pay for their lodging and food. In 1988, the World Bank estimated that 1-2% of the global population made most or all of its living picking through waste.