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CBI calls for special commission to look at the impact of AI on UK businesses

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The Confederation of British Industry is calling on the Government to establish a joint commission tasked with examining the impact of Artificial Intelligence on people and jobs across all sectors of the UK economy. Based on research it conducted into the way that technology is changing the way we live and work, the CBI said on Friday that it had identified three technologies -- AI, Blockchain and the Internet of Things – that are set to move from the fringes to the mainstream within the next five years. It also found, however, that only a third of businesses currently have the skills and capabilities needed to adopt AI technologies, and that more therefore needs to be done to help prepare those companies for the future. The aim of the commission, the CBI said, would be to examine the impact of AI on people and jobs, and to subsequently set out plans for action that will "raise productivity, spread prosperity and open up new paths to economic growth". "The UK must lead the way in adopting these technologies but we must also prepare for their impacts," said Josh Hardie, deputy director-general of the CBI.


YouTube using AI to spot extremist videos even before they are flagged - CIOL

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Google-owned YouTube has revealed that it flags more than 80 percent of the extremist videos uploaded on the website. The violent videos were flagged by its new spam-fighting artificial intelligence tools. The Google-owned company began applying machine learning algorithms to its videos in June so that it could quickly spot hateful content and flag it to human reviewers. The company wrote in a blog post, "Always used a mix of human flagging and human review together with technology" to help it spot violent content. The program introduced in June added machine learning to flag violent extremist content, which would then be reviewed by humans."


AI news: CBI urges creation of AI commission in 2018

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The CBI (Confederation of British Industry) is asking the government to launch an AI commission in 2018 to examine the effect of artificial intelligence on jobs. The CBI, an organisation that speaks on behalf of 190,000 businesses across the UK, has released a report titled'Disrupting the Future' which highlights how firms and the government must pave the way for the adoption of new technologies. It has called on the government to establish a joint commission in early 2018 involving business, employee representatives, academics and a minister to examine the impact of AI on people and jobs. It also hopes the commission will be able to set out an action plan to outline how to raise productivity, spread prosperity and open up new paths to economic growth. Josh Hardie, CBI deputy director-general, said: "The UK must lead the way in adopting these technologies but we must also prepare for their impacts.


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Last year the UAE got a Minister of Happiness, and now, in another world first, the country has a Minister of Artificial Intelligence – an acknowledgement by the Emirates that these are the technologies that are going to change the world around us, and quickly. H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, announced a full cabinet reshuffle today, and as part of that 27-year-old Omar Bin Sultan Al Olama has been announced as the Minister of AI. Al Olama has been working as the Deputy Director of the Future Department for just over a year now, and he has been on the Executive Committee of the World Government Summit since 2014. He has a BBA from the American University of Dubai, and a diploma of excellence and project management from the American University in Sharjah. Well, they plan to use AI to not only streamline costs, but to also bolster education and a desire to learn; to reduce accidents on the roads; and to create savings in the energy industry.


Ethics by numbers: How to build machine learning that cares News & Analysis

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Machine learning algorithms work blindly towards the mathematical objective set by their designers. It is vital that this task include the need to behave ethically. Such systems are exploding in popularity. Companies use them to decide what news you see and who you meet online dating. Governments are starting to roll out machine learning to help deliver government services and to select individuals for audit.


Is technology really going to destroy more jobs than ever before?

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You've probably heard that a robot is going to take your job. It's an oft-repeated refrain, heralded in article headlines and speeches from luminaries such as Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking. Some experts predict that anywhere from 38 to 57 percent of jobs could be automated in the next few decades, depending on who you ask, and the jobs aren't limited to any one industry. Automation threatens to eliminate or limit jobs such as waitstaff, truck drivers, factory workers, accountants, cashiers, and retail employees, according to a recent report from PBS. But to other experts, these apocalyptic predictions are overblown.


This Is Why We Need To Regulate AI

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It's time we start talking about AI regulation. As the technology progresses at a rapid pace, it is a critical time for governments and policymakers to think about how we can safeguard the effects of Artificial Intelligence on a social, economic and political scale. Artificial Intelligence is not inherently good or bad, but the way we use it could well be one or the other. Unfortunately, there has been little attention paid by such governing bodies as yet in regard to the impact of this technology. We're going to see huge changes to employment, privacy, and arms to name a few, that if managed incorrectly or not at all, could spell disaster.


China wants to bring #artificialintelligence to its classrooms to boost its education system: "super teacher" is an AI powered education platform developed by online education start-up Master Learner's 300 engineers • r/Sino

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For Peter Cao, who has dedicated 16 years of his career to teaching chemistry in a high school in central China's Anhui province, in every teacher there lives a "doctor". He spends two to three hours a day grading assignments, a process the 38-year-old describes as "diagnosing". "By reviewing the homework of my pupils, I can have an overall picture about their understanding of the lessons I give," Cao said, adding that this "diagnosis" helps him draw up a teaching plan for the following day. But if the Chinese online education start-up Master Learner has its way, Cao and his 14 million fellow teachers in China will be able to hand this time-consuming review process to a "super teacher", a powerful "brain" capable of answering nearly 500 million of the most tested questions in China's middle schools as well as scoring high points in each Gaokao test, China's life-changing college entrance exam, for the past 30 years. If the super teacher sounds too smart to be human, that is because it is not.


UAE appoints first Minister for Artificial Intelligence

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The UAE on Thursday appointed Omar Bin Sultan as the country's first Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence as part of a cabinet reshuffle. Aged just 27, Sultan's appointment is part of the UAE's ambition to be at the forefront of the global technological revolution which sees it planning to be build homes on the planet Mars by 2117. The position was announced in a tweet by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Prime Minister and Vice President and ruler of Dubai who said: "The new Government is a Government for the new Emirati percentage. The move comes just days after Sheikh Mohammed announced the UAE Strategy for Artificial Intelligence (AI), a major part of the UAE Centennial 2070 objectives. The initiative aims to improve government performance and create an innovative and highly-productive environment by means of investing in AI.


Ontario Boosting the Number of Graduates in Science, Tech, Engineering, Mathematics and Artificial Intelligence

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Ontario is increasing support for students in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines, including artificial intelligence, to continue to build a highly skilled workforce and support job creation and economic growth. Leading businesses from around the world choose Ontario because of its talented workforce, strong public education system and commitment to universal health care. These same qualities help to support an ecosystem that enables locally owned companies to succeed and grow. To bolster provincial competitiveness, the government plans to increase the number of postsecondary students graduating in the STEM disciplines by 25 per cent over the next five years. This initiative will boost the number of STEM graduates from 40,000 to 50,000 per year and position Ontario as the number one producer of postsecondary STEM graduates per capita in North America.