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DARPA Is Working to Make AI More Trustworthy

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When it comes to AI, however, there's a certain "black box" behind decisions that makes it so that even AI developers themselves don't quite understand or anticipate the decisions an AI is making. The AI players would be trained to explain to human players the reasoning behind their in-game choices. "Nobody is going to use these emerging technologies for critical applications until we are able to build some level of trust, and having an explanation capability is one important way of building trust," Fern said. Thankfully, this DARPA-OSU project isn't the only one working on humanizing AI to make it more trustworthy.


Artificial intelligence will put spies out of work, too

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In Cardillo's eyes, the profession of geospatial intelligence - monitoring and exploiting commercial and proprietary video and imagery feeds around the world - is on the precipice of a data explosion similar to when the internet took off. At that point, the National Security Agency, which is responsible for collecting and analyzing digital communications, had to figure out ways to vacuum up and glean specific conclusions from an explosion of communications traveling back and forth on the web. NGA is responsible for tracking potential threats, such as military testing sites in North Korea. "A significant chunk of the time, I will send [my employees] to a dark room to look at TV monitors to do national security essential work," Cardillo told reporters.


President Barack Obama on the Future of Artificial Intelligence WIRED

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Artificial Intelligence Will Put Spies Out of Work, Too

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In Cardillo's eyes, the profession of geospatial intelligence -- monitoring and exploiting commercial and proprietary video and imagery feeds around the world -- is on the precipice of a data explosion similar to when the internet took off. At that point, the National Security Agency, which is responsible for collecting and analyzing digital communications, had to figure out ways to vacuum up and glean specific conclusions from an explosion of communications traveling back and forth on the web. NGA is responsible for tracking potential threats, such as military testing sites in North Korea. "A significant chunk of the time, I will send [my employees] to a dark room to look at TV monitors to do national security essential work," Cardillo told reporters.


The Biggest Threats to Uber's Future, Ranked

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It has been updated to reflect developments including Uber's firing of 20 employees following an internal investigation into its corporate culture, as well as self-driving engineer Anthony Levandowski. In late February, former Uber engineer Susan Fowler published an explosive blog post, accusing Uber of fostering a misogynistic corporate culture. A few days later, Google autonomous driving spinoff Waymo filed a lawsuit alleging Uber boosted its self-driving program by stealing Waymo's trade secrets. Worst Case: Waymo uncovers evidence that Uber used stolen tech in its autonomous vehicle development, leading to a big loss in court.


Finally! Google sells Boston Dynamics to SoftBank

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Both Boston Dynamics and Schaft were acquired by Google when Andy Rubin was developing Google's robot group through a series of acquisitions. Boston Dynamics, a DARPA and DoD-funded 25 year old company, designed two and four-legged robots for the military. Schaft, a Japanese startup/participant in the DARPA Robotic Challenge, recently unveiled a two-legged robot that climbed stairs, can carry 125 pounds of payload, move in tight spaces and keep its balance throughout. SoftBank, through another acquisition (of French Aldabaran, the maker of the Nao and Romeo robots), and in a joint venture with Foxconn and Alibaba, has developed and marketed thousands of Pepper robots.


How much time and money can AI save government?

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And indeed, our research, based on a new method for studying AI-based technology's effects on government workforces, indicates that cognitive technologies could free up large numbers of labor hours by automating certain tasks and allowing managers to shift employees to tasks requiring human judgment. But paradoxically, the total number of cartographers and photogrammetrists employed by federal, state, and local governments has risen by 84 percent since 1999.12 And the Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts a 29 percent growth in employment for cartographers and photogrammetrists through 2024, largely due to "increasing use of maps for government planning. We estimate that the two workforces collectively work 4.3 billion (federal) and 108 million (state government) hours a year. In our data set, tasks with above-average importance gained labor inputs by 4.6 percent, while tasks with below-average importance lost labor inputs by 1.3 percent.


Trump's legal team apparently doesn't know how to use spell-check

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All across the country, middle school English teachers are crying. After James Comey's jaw-dropping testimony today, President Trump's legal team responded by dropping a few jaws of their own. SEE ALSO: Wow, James Comey's breakup playlist is really powerful "I am Marc Kasowtiz, Predisent Trump's personal lawyer," the statement reads. In February, the White House released a list of alleged terrorist attacks and misspelled the word attacker as "attaker" 27 times.


Seth Meyers tears apart Donald Trump over 'terrible Tinder date' with James Comey

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It's Comey-day and late night hosts are getting ready for the former FBI director's testimony before a Senate hearing. In the latest Late Night's "A Closer Look," Seth Meyers digs into Comey's opening statement which contains "damning and truly bizarre details about Comey's uncomfortable interactions with Trump." Besides several interactions -- Trump "would not leave him alone" -- Meyers rips through the "infamous dinner" where Trump allegedly demanded loyalty. According to the host, the awkward silences and word games turned the dinner into a "terrible Tinder date".


BP invests $20m into AI startup Beyond Limits to transform oil and gas exploration ZDNet

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Developed in the labs of NASA's Caltech deep space program, Beyond Limits' AI software is 20 years in the making. "Whereas many popularized cognitive computing solutions in the marketplace are focused on deep machine learning applied to sensor fusion and computer vision, our cognitive computing focuses on human thinking and automates human decision processes," Abdallat said. Abdallat said the new funding will be used to hire cognitive scientists, data scientists, software engineers, and sales staff to keep pace with the market demand. While the Predix platform did receive some criticism from research firm Lux Research, which said the platform had yet to live up to its potential and faced stiff competition from the likes of Cisco's Jasper, C3 IoT, and Aeris, GE Digital CEO Bill Ruh told ZDNet last year that the Predix developer community, as well as its customers and partners, serve as "proof points" of its success.