Study: Government Should Think Carefully About Those Big Plans for Artificial Intelligence


Hila Mehr, a Center for Technology and Democracy fellow, explained that there are five key government problems that AI might be able to assist with reasonably: resource allocation, large data sets, expert shortages, predictable scenarios, and procedural and diverse data. "If you're talking about government offices that are limited in staff and experts," Mehr said, "that's where AI trained on niche issues could come in." As for where the technology could run affront of human jobs, Mehr advises that government organizations and businesses alike start considering labor practices in advance. If you are talking about really training an AI system with machine learning, you need a big data set, a very big data set, and you need to train it, not just feed the system data and then it's ready to go," she said.

Why cybercriminals like AI as much as cyberdefenders do


The technology is helping banks' cybersecurity teams detect and deal with breaches. At the New York-based investment bank Greenhill & Co., Chief Information Officer John Shaffer sought a better way to deal with zero-day attacks. The U.S. intelligence community has raised a litany of concerns about the use of artificial intelligence: that it increases vulnerabilities to cyberattacks, raises difficulties in attribution, facilitates the advances of foreign weapon and intelligence systems through technology, increases the risks of accidents and substantially increases liability for the private sector, including financial institutions. The government has also said AI could increase the risks of accidents and substantially increase liability for the private sector including financial institutions, she pointed out.

Here's How Artificial Intelligence Solutions Could Help Tackle Global Issues


Malthus wasn't exactly correct in his prediction as advancements in technology have helped food production increase faster than that of population growth in many parts of the world. In the developing world, a prototype called Nutrition Early Warning System (NEWS) uses big data and machines to predict when food shortages and crises could occur, giving advanced warnings to farmers. Real time analysing road traffic so that traffic light systems work as efficiently as possible sounds plausible. Manchester is to trial smart traffic lights to help reduce congestion and air pollution on their roads using Artificial Intelligence.

Connected Government and #IoT @ThingsExpo @Wipro #AI #DX #SmartCities


It covers multiple aspects of the enterprise wide layers at the backend covering government domain specific applications, decision support systems where the data flows from the IoT devices. Enterprise Layer: It implements Government domain-specific applications, decision support systems and provides interfaces to end-users including operations. IoT based Layered Reference Architecture for Connected Government The reference architecture consists of a set of components. The Business and Information Services layer is designed based on "Micro-services" architecture principles and which will provide cross channel capabilities A basic service system provides fundamental data services, which include data access, data processing, data fusion, data storage, identity resolution, geographic information service, user management, and inventory management, etc.

Elon Musk Reminds Us of the Possible Dangers of Unregulated AI


On a more serious note, Musk said that the danger AI poses is more of a risk than the threat posed by North Korea. "[We] need a framework that's adaptable – no single fixed set of rules, laws, or principles that will be good for governing AI. In a 2014 interview, the renowned physicist stated that "The development of artificial intelligence could spell the end of the human race." Another expert, Michael Vassar, chief science officer of MetaMed Research, stated: "If greater-than-human artificial general intelligence is invented without due caution, it is all but certain that the human species will be extinct in very short order."

Donald Clark Plan B: 7 fascinating bots – crazy but interesting


They're also around in education, where bots increase student engagement or act as teaching assistants. Georgia tech replaced a teaching assistant with a bit that none of the students noticed was a bot – they even put it up for a teaching award. Whether you are answering customer queries about your product or being a teacher answering questions from your students, the same queries and questions keep popping up. As with many areas of AI, we started with ELIZA but have come to the age of algorithms, where companies use bots to deliver services, universities use bots to teach, governments feel the need to ban bots and bots start to rival humans in what they can do in certain domains.

Richard Branson Says He Supports Universal Basic Income, Robots Taking Jobs

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Billionaire and Virgin Group founder Richard Branson is the latest businessman to say that universal basic income (UBI) can help people as jobs are lost to automation. Other locations in Italy, Canada and Scotland are also experimenting with UBI, while cities in the Netherlands are set to launch their first universal basic income trials later this year. Other tech leaders have embraced UBI, including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Back in May, Zuckerberg called for a universal basic income in a commencement speech at Harvard University saying: "We should explore ideas like universal basic income to give everyone a cushion to try new things."

China's big plans for artificial intelligence


Xu runs SenseTime Group Ltd., which makes artificial intelligence software that recognizes objects and faces, and counts China's biggest smartphone brands as customers. "Data access has always been easier in China, but now people in government, organizations and companies have recognized the value of data," said Jiebo Luo, a computer science professor at the University of Rochester who has researched China. Venture capital firm Sequoia Capital helped organize the event, which included representatives from Dell Inc., International Business Machines Corp. and Lenovo Group Ltd. A spokeswoman for Dell characterized the event as the nation's first "Healthcare and Medical Big Data Ecology Summit." Luo, the computer science professor, said most national security research efforts are relegated to select university partners.

China's Cryptocurrency NEO Will Change the World As We Know It


Antshares, the first open-source blockchain platform developed in China, announced a complete rebranding of its blockchain solution into NEO. If you recall at the beginning of this year, China's central bank PBOC (People's Bank of China) announced it was developing an Ethereum-based digital currency to replace the Yuan. The Beijing-Shanghai network that is currently under construction is set to host the world's longest land-based quantum communication channels, stretching over 2,000km with Jinan as its hub. Will Be Uploading Onto the NEO Platform Alex Norta announced that his startup Agrello will be partnering with NEO to develop smart contracts for automation, self-execution, accuracy and transparency.