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Elon Musk Confirms Exit From Openai Over Disagreements to Focus on Tesla, Spacex

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Billionaire Elon Musk confirmed that he exited OpenAI, an artificial intelligence research group, on "good terms" amid disagreements with team members over the project's direction. Musk also cited a desire to focus on "solving a painfully large number of engineering and manufacturing problems at Tesla (especially) and SpaceX." On Twitter, Musk suggested he had encountered some conflicts of interest because Tesla was competing for some of the same people that OpenAI wanted to recruit. "I didn't agree with some of what OpenAI team wanted to do. Add that all up, and it was just better to part ways on good terms."


Meet the brain Macron tasked with turning France into an AI leader

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In his office in Paris's National Assembly, Cédric Villani opens a parcel: it contains a metallic spider. "Lovely," he says, putting it on a shelf, where a collection of spider-shaped objects sits next to his scientific decorations and a photo of him with Mark Zuckerberg. Villani is on a mission. Well, on several missions: the French mathematician, winner of the 2010 Fields Medal – often described as maths' Nobel Prize – sits as an MP for Emmanuel Macron's party La République en Marche, teaches at the University of Lyon, and is running for the Paris 2020 mayoralty. But the expert in mathematical analysis, famous for his academic achievements as well as for wearing spider-shaped pins on his three-piece suits, has a bigger goal: making France a leader in artificial intelligence.


IBM and the Future of Artificial Intelligence

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IBM conceded Tuesday its artificial intelligence-powered Project Debater lost a competition to a human debate champion but said the experience was an important milestone in efforts to get computers to master human language. In the first live, public debate before a large, in-person and online audience, the declared winner was Harish Natarajan, who holds the record for most debate competition victories, IBM said in a blog post. In the San Francisco debate on Monday, Project Debater and Natarajan were given 15 minutes to prepare for the debate on the merits of subsidizing preschools. The IBM program argued for subsidies, calling it an important tool for helping the poorest members of society; Natarajan spoke against the idea, saying the subsidy fails to address the root causes of poverty and is a "politically motivated giveaway" to middle-class families. IBM AI fails to beat human debating champion https://t.co/ISgXJm5x4R


Object-recognition AI – the dumb program's idea of a smart program: How neural nets are really just looking at textures

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Analysis Neural networks trained for object recognition tend to identify stuff based on their texture rather than shape, according to this latest research. That means take away or distort the texture of something, and the wheels fall off the software. Artificially intelligence may suck at, for instance, reading and writing, but it can be pretty good at recognizing things in images. The latest explosion of excitement around neural-network-based computer vision was sparked in 2012 when the ImageNet Large Scale Visual Recognition Challenge, a competition pitting various image recognition systems against each other, was won by a convolutional neural network (CNN) dubbed AlexNet. After this, tons of new image-scrutinizing CNN architectures came flooding in, and by 2017 most of them had an accuracy of over 95 per cent in the competition.


IBM says AI debate loss is still a win

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IBM conceded Tuesday its artificial intelligence-powered Project Debater lost a competition to a human debate champion but said the experience was an important milestone in efforts to get computers to master human language. In the first live, public debate before a large, in-person and online audience, the declared winner was Harish Natarajan, who holds the record for most debate competition victories, IBM said in a blog post. In the San Francisco debate on Monday, Project Debater and Natarajan were given 15 minutes to prepare for the debate on the merits of subsidizing preschools. The IBM program argued for subsidies, calling it an important tool for helping the poorest members of society; Natarajan spoke against the idea, saying the subsidy fails to address the root causes of poverty and is a "politically motivated giveaway" to middle-class families. The winner of the event was determined by the debater's ability to change the minds of the audience.


Should Big Tech Own Our Personal Data?

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Facebook, Twitter and Google seem to take turns making the wrong kinds of headlines. Last month, it was Google's turn. The company was fined $57 million by a French regulatory agency, the first time a large Silicon Valley company has been penalized for violating the European Union's new privacy rules known as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Steven Hill is a Silicon Valley-based journalist and the author of Raw Deal: How the Uber Economy and Runaway Capitalism Are Screwing American Workers and Startup Illusion: How the Internet Economy Ruins Our Welfare. According to the ruling, Google failed to act transparently to obtain valid consent for the personalization of its ads.


This German Startup Has Just Planted 50M Trees with its Search Engine - AgFunderNews

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Ecosia, a German startup with an internet search engine, today, has brought in enough revenues to enable it to plant 50 million trees. This equates to the removal of 2.5 million tonnes of Co2 from the atmosphere, according to the company. Ecosia has used the profits from advertisements on its search engine to plant trees in Kenya, Brazil, Indonesia, Spain, Tanzania, Madagascar, Colombia, Peru, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Haiti, Morocco, Ethiopia, Uganda, Ghana and Nicaragua. Ecosia has partnered with Bing, Microsoft's search engine, to get results for users, but receives a majority portion of any revenues. After covering its internal costs, everything left goes towards planting trees; Ecosia is a non-profit organization.


Enhance Your Business's Customer Experience With Machine Learning

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Enhancing your customer's experience is an absolute necessity in the digital era of fierce competition for attention, views, and B2B (business to business) and consumer dollars. If you are not continuously innovating your processes to offer the very best customer experience, you are likely falling behind your competition. Take as an example, New York City restaurants. There are so many places to eat out in New York City that restaurants in this environment are seasoned professionals when it comes to both food and the hospitality of their service. No matter what business you're in, the Internet has opened it up to a New York City restaurant industry-level of competition.


IBM's Project Debater AI loses to human challenger

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Champion debater Harish Natarajan argues against IBM Debater, represented by a screen with a blue oval, in a competition at the IBM Think conference. The subject under debate was whether the government should subsidize preschools. But the real question was whether a machine called IBM Debater could out-argue a top-ranked human debater. The answer, on Monday night, was no. Harish Natarajan, the grand finalist at the 2016 World Debating Championships, swayed more among an audience of hundreds toward his point of view than the AI-powered IBM Debater did toward its.


Infographic: Top 10 Trends in Retail Banking: 2019

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Throughout the past decade the banking industry has dramatically evolved. Aggressive competition and regulatory pressures have always been a challenge. Now, competition from FinTechs and non-financial services firms, an explosion of new technologies, and soaring customer expectations have spurred unprecedented industry changes that compel banks to develop new strategies. BigTechs with substantial customer bases (such as Google, Amazon, Facebook, Alibaba, and others) are venturing into retail banking and disrupting profitable areas of the value chain. With the BigTech threat looming, banks are embracing the open banking API-led economy and collaborating with third-parties to offer new-age services.