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The best video game story of the year is about 'Lost Judgment's' middle-aged, skateboarding attorney

Washington Post - Technology News

One more important note: "Lost Judgment" also breaks down walls of the previous RGG Studio titles by highlighting a variety of characters outside of the seedy underbelly of Japan. Yes, gang members and sex workers still populate the story, but the Judgment cast is largely made up of public servants, particularly Saori Shirosaki, Yagami's defense attorney colleague. Saori owns several moments in the game. While the Yakuza series was born to attract an audience of Japanese men, RGG Studio games would do well to highlight its women. And yes, they should all fight too.


Managing Uncertainty With AI and Big Data Beyond the Pandemic

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Throughout the global pandemic, people in every step of life were forced to interact with and rely on technology in new ways. Older generations adopted new habits like online grocery shopping, businesses quickly shifted to virtual meetings, and processes like vaccine distribution required a collaborative use of both AI and mass notification technology across all levels of government and industry. These experiences demonstrated how the intentional use of advanced technology can help to improve the lives and well-being of people during times of volatility. Particularly in the last 18 months, an unprecedented level of instability has upended business as usual. As a result, organizations of all kinds are now preparing for unpredictability more than ever before and are turning to modern technology, such as AI and big data, to help them manage these uncharted waters.


ABC, NBC, CNN's Sunday shows avoid drone strike killing Afghan civilians, not terrorists Biden admin touted

FOX News

Kentucky Republican weighs in on the Biden admin's handling of the Afghanistan crisis on'The Ingraham Angle' The majority of the Sunday morning newscasts on the liberal networks avoided addressing the explosive New York Times report that the drone strike touted by the Biden administration in response to the deadly terrorist attack in Afghanistan did not actually kill the terrorist plotters. Days after 13 U.S. service members were murdered from a suicide bombing outside of the Kabul airport, the Pentagon announced a drone strike that successfully targeted "two high profile" ISIS-K fighters who were dubbed as "planners and facilitators" of the Aug. 26 attack. The Biden administration praised the Pentagon's swift action to support President Biden's rhetoric that those responsible for the terror attack will be brought to justice. However, the Times published the results of a bombshell investigation on Friday outlining video evidence that not only were ISIS-K terrorists not killed in the drone strike but that Zemari Ahmadi, who was described by the Times as a "longtime worker for a U.S. aid group" was one of ten civilians who were killed, seven children among them. The controversy was apparently not newsworthy enough for ABC's "This Week," NBC's "Meet the Press" and CNN's "State of the Union," all avoiding the damning report.


Scammers Are Using Deepfake Videos Now

Slate

Highly realistic deepfake videos didn't quite make the splash some feared they would during the 2020 presidential election. Nevertheless, deepfakes are causing trouble--for regular people. In March, the Federal Bureau of Investigation warned that it expected fraudsters to leverage "synthetic content for cyber … operations in the next 12-18 months." In deepfake videos, which first appeared in 2017, a computer-generated face (often of a real person) is superimposed on someone else. After the swap, the fraudsters can make the target person say or do just about anything.


Using AI and machine learning to reduce government fraud

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Artificial intelligence is being deployed in many different areas. Within higher education, it is used for college admissions and financial aid decisions. Health researchers employ it to scan the scientific literature for chemical compounds that may generate new medical treatments. E-commerce sites deploy algorithms to make product recommendations for consumers based on their areas of interest.1 But one of the most important growth areas lies in finance and operations. Both public and private sector organizations have large budgets to manage and it is important to operate efficiently and effectively. Accusations of budget inefficiencies or wasteful spending decrease public confidence and make it important to figure out how to manage resources in fair ways. To help with budgetary oversight, AI is being used for financial management and fraud detection. Advanced algorithms can spot abnormalities and outliers that can be referred to human investigators to determine if fraud actually has taken place. It is a way to use technology to improve budget audits, personnel performance, and organizational activities. Yet is it crucial to overcome several problems that plague public sector innovation: procurement obstacles, insufficiently trained workers, data limitations, a lack of technical standards, cultural barriers to organizational change, and making sure anti-fraud applications adhere to responsible AI principles.


20 years on, the 'war on terror' grinds along with no end in sight

The Japan Times

When U.S. President Joe Biden told an exhausted nation on Aug. 31 that the last C-17 cargo plane had left Taliban-controlled Kabul, ending two decades of American military misadventure in Afghanistan, he defended the frantic, bloodstained exit with a simple statement: "I was not going to extend this forever war." And yet the war grinds on. As Biden drew the curtain on Afghanistan, the CIA was quietly expanding a secret base deep in the Sahara, from which it runs drone flights to monitor al-Qaida and Islamic State group militants in Libya, as well as extremists in Niger, Chad and Mali. The military's Africa Command resumed drone strikes against the Shabab, an al-Qaida-linked group in Somalia. The Pentagon is weighing whether to send dozens of Special Forces trainers back to Somalia to help local troops fight militants.


Government audit of AI with ties to white supremacy finds no AI

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The Transform Technology Summits start October 13th with Low-Code/No Code: Enabling Enterprise Agility. In April 2020, news broke that Banjo CEO Damien Patton, once the subject of profiles by business journalists, was previously convicted of crimes committed with a white supremacist group. According to OneZero's analysis of grand jury testimony and hate crime prosecution documents, Patton pled guilty to involvement in a 1990 shooting attack on a synagogue in Tennessee. Amid growing public awareness about algorithmic bias, the state of Utah halted a $20.7 million contract with Banjo, and the Utah attorney general's office opened an investigation into matters of privacy, algorithmic bias, and discrimination. But in a surprise twist, an audit and report released last week found no bias in the algorithm because there was no algorithm to assess in the first place.


Motorola Solutions Launches the First In-Car Video System Enabled by Artificial Intelligence

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The M500, Motorola Solutions' AI-enabled in-car video system for law enforcement, introduces advanced analytics to drive operational efficiency, safety and transparency for law enforcement and citizens. The M500, Motorola Solutions' AI-enabled in-car video system for law enforcement, introduces advanced analytics to drive operational efficiency, safety and transparency for law enforcement and citizens. CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Motorola Solutions today introduced the first AI-enabled in-car video system for law enforcement, the M500. The solution is bringing more powerful capabilities to the police vehicle to enhance awareness and safety while building trust and transparency throughout communities. The M500 features new backseat passenger analytics which automatically start the in-car camera recording as soon as an individual enters the back of a police car.


The Growing Importance of Data and AI Literacy – Part 1

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This is the first part of a 2-part series on the growing importance of teaching Data and AI literacy to our students. This will be included in a module I am teaching at Menlo College but wanted to share the blog to help validate the content before presenting to my students. Apple plans to introduce new iPhone software that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to churn through the vast collection of photos that people have taken with their iPhones to detect and report child sexual abuse. See the Wall Street article "Apple Plans to Have iPhones Detect Child Pornography, Fueling Priva..." for more details on Apple's plan. Apple has a strong history of working to protect its customers' privacy.


Police are investing in facial recognition and AI. Not everyone thinks that it's going well

ZDNet

While the deployment of new technologies in law enforcement agencies is booming, there also seems to be growing pushback from those who will be most affected by the tools. Police officers are using algorithms such as facial-recognition tools to carry out law enforcement, often without supervision or appropriate testing – but it's looking like this is now causing citizens to voice their discontent in what could be a new wave of backlash against such technologies. Invited to speak before UK lawmakers as part of an inquiry into the use of algorithms in policing, a panel of experts from around the world agreed that while the deployment of new technologies in law enforcement agencies is booming, there also seems to be growing pushback from those who will be most affected by the tools. "With respect to certain technologies, we've begun to see some criticism and pushback," said Elizabeth Jo, professor of law at the University of California, Davis. "So for example, while predictive policing tools were embraced by many police departments in the 2010s let's say, in the US you can see small movements towards backlash."