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AI Weekly: NeurIPS proves machine learning at scale is hard

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The world's largest AI research conference is underway in Vancouver, Canada. Researchers are presenting more than 1,400 papers at the Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS) conference, ranging from work that organizers believe has had the greatest impact over the past decade to Yoshua Bengio's continued march toward consciousness for deep learning. But even as the conference showed theoretical research and neuroscience-related papers on the rise alongside categories like algorithms and deep learning, the mushrooming of the event itself -- and the associated growing pains -- was a constant theme, and it speaks to the growth of the AI field in general. Organizers said that at the start of the conference Sunday, they expected about 400 people to show up for registration. All told, NeurIPS 2019 welcomed 13,000 attendees, up 40% from the prior year.


Study reveals we tend to twist facts and statistics on controversial issues to fit our own beliefs

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From news outlets to social media sites, there are numerous places that spread fake news, but a study has uncovered a new source – you. Researchers found that people will misremember numerical statistics on a controversial topic in a way that fits their own commonly held beliefs. For example, when people were shown that the number of Mexican immigrants in the United States declined recently during the study--which is true but goes against many people's beliefs--they tended to remember the opposite. And the team also found that as people pass along this misinformation, the numbers can become further and further from the truth. The study was conducted by a team at Ohio State University, who carried out two studies to investigate how people perceive and spread fake news.


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Singapore has a national AI strategy that will 'transform' the country by 2030 - here are the 5 major plans underway, Business Insider - Business Insider Singapore

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) is increasingly changing the lives of everyday Singaporeans. In the latest Smart Nation development, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Heng Swee Keat announced on Wednesday (Nov 13) that the nation will embark on a "national AI strategy" that plans out ways it will develop and use AI technology. The plan will consist of five "National AI" projects as a start. These will be employed in the sectors of logistics, healthcare, border security, estate management and education management. These sectors were chosen as they have high social and economic impacts, said the Smart Nation and Digital Government Office (SNDGO) in a statement.


AI has a bias problem. Barring African experts from a conference in Canada won't help

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London (CNN Business)Some of the leading artificial intelligence experts from Africa and South America have been denied visas to attend a major industry conference in Canada, dealing a setback to efforts to prevent bias from taking root in the new technology. Conference organizers say Canadian immigration authorities have denied visas to two dozen academics from countries such as Nigeria and Brazil, preventing them from attending the event next month in Vancouver. Katherine Heller, a professor who serves as co-chair of diversity and inclusion at the Neural Information Processing Systems conference, said organizers "are trying extremely hard" to have the visa denials overturned. "It is very significant for the field of AI that all voices be heard," she said. The problem of algorithmic bias in data science has become more pronounced, and there's mounting evidence that AI-powered algorithms display bias against women and some racial groups.


Amazon adds new features to Rekognition software amid ongoing debate over facial recognition tech

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Amazon is rolling out new features that make it easier for customers to search for specific items in large databases of images and videos. The tech giant said Monday it will make "Custom Labels" available next month, allowing Rekognition users without any machine learning experience to deploy the software more nimbly. Custom Labels allow customers to train Rekognition to detect specific objects and scenes related to their use case. For example, a retailer who wants to identify all of the black boots in her online inventory could train the software with images of shoes that meet that description, so that it can detect them in a larger library of images. That type of custom sorting previously required machine learning expertise to build a model from scratch, an Amazon spokesperson said.


Canada refuses visas to African AI researchers

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For the second year in a row, Canada has refused visas to dozens of researchers - most of them from Africa - who were hoping to attend an artificial intelligence (AI) conference in Vancouver. The hassles have caused at least one other AI conference to choose a different country for their next event. The Neural Information Processing Systems conference (NeurIPS), which brings together thousands of experts and researchers from all over the world, will be held in Vancouver next month. Last week, NeurIPS began hearing that several attendees had had their visas denied. It was the second year in a row the conference has had visa troubles.


159. AI, VR and a World Without Privacy as We Explore the Cosmos and What it Means to be Human August Bradley of Mind & Machine

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August Bradley (@augustbradley) is a futurist business consultant, founder/host of the Mind & Machine podcast and former COO of the pioneering virtual reality company Kite & Lightning. August's worked with brands including Coke, Xbox, Kia, Gap, J.Crew, Banana Republic, Fisker Automotive, and many more. He is also a Board Member & Director of the AI & Machine Learning Society, Chairman of the Technarte International Conference, technology series moderator for The Los Angeles ... See More World Affairs Council (LAWAC) and head of the Los Angeles Self Driving Car Meetup. In today's episode we discuss: - Why August and I won't let voice assistants in our homes - What happens next with VR and where it is headed - Which technologies worry August most and why - What does privacy look like in a more connected world - Why Facebook and social media are so bad for all of us - How Amazon helps transform healthcare - The reason AI and automation will be net-negative on jobs - What we have to look forward to when it comes to future technologies - The reason space exploration is so important and exciting - What do we do about big tech and regulation - Why August isn't worried about AI consciousness or superintelligence - The reason food science and clean meat is such a promising field to pursue - Why immigration is a stupid topic to focus on when it comes to jobs - Science fiction as a safety net


Canada refuses visas to African AI researchers

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For the second year in a row, Canada has refused visas to dozens of researchers - most of them from Africa - who were hoping to attend an artificial intelligence (AI) conference in Vancouver. The hassles have caused at least one other AI conference to choose a different country for their next event. The Neural Information Processing Systems conference (NeurIPS), which brings together thousands of experts and researchers from all over the world, will be held in Vancouver next month. Last week, NeurIPS began hearing that several attendees had had their visas denied. It was the second year in a row the conference has had visa troubles.


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Canadian immigration officials deny travel visas to a large number of AI researchers and research students scheduled to attend the NeurIPS and Black in AI workshop, event organizers said. Among the people who have been denied entry is Tẹjúmádé Àfọ njá, co-organizer of the NeurIPS Machine Learning workshop for the developing world. NeurIP Information Processing Systems (NeurIPs) is the world's largest annual international AI conference, according to the AI Index 2018 report. The conference is scheduled to be held from December 8 to 14 in Vancouver, Canada. On Tuesday, Black in AI co-founder and Google AI researcher Timnit Gebru said that 15 of the 44 attendees who planned to join the workshop on December 9 were denied entry.