New Nova miniseries will explore puzzling science mysteries


The Boston public access station WGBH has partnered with PBS for another short series in its long-running Nova family of programs. Nova Wonder will follow three researchers exploring big scientific mysteries. Each episode tackles a different complex question: Do animals have a secret language? Which AI technologies could surpass human abilities? How ethical is it to grow life in a lab?

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The new guidance around artificial intelligence in federal IT seems to boil down to this: Get beyond the hype. IT leaders, lawmakers and federal technology partners seem to be getting the message and are seeking practical and realistic ways to incorporate AI into how the government runs. IT leaders are starting to use AI in more applications, and agencies are thinking about how AI can make their operations more efficient and enhance national security. Meanwhile, the growth of AI in the consumer market and in government is pushing lawmakers to consider how AI will impact society and how it might be regulated. "Agency use of AI is accelerating in a number of areas based on machine learning technology, including cyberwarfare, robotics, border security, healthcare and virtual assistants," Deniece Peterson, Deltek's director of federal market analysis, told FedScoop last month.

Sr. Deep Learning Engineer Jazz Organic Closed Job ZipRecruiter


At Bossa Nova we create service robots for the global retail industry. Our robots' mission is to make stores run efficiently by automating the collection and analysis of on-shelves inventory data in large scale stores. Navigating smoothly along the aisles, we circulate autonomously among busy customers and employees. If we were a self- driving car we'd be operating at level 5 autonomy. Yep, it is possible to move, scan and analyze all at the same time.

Will Artificial Intelligence Become Conscious?


This article was originally published at The Conversation. The publication contributed the article to Live Science's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. Forget about today's modest incremental advances in artificial intelligence, such as the increasing abilities of cars to drive themselves. Waiting in the wings might be a groundbreaking development: a machine that is aware of itself and its surroundings, and that could take in and process massive amounts of data in real time. It could be sent on dangerous missions, into space or combat.

AI-Driven Facial Recognition Is Coming And Brings Big Ethics And Privacy Concerns


"Disguised face identification" technology could make staying anonymous in public a bigger challenge (and make it easier to digitally unmask dissenters). To evade the risk of being IDed by authorities, protesters, looters, and rioters may obscure their faces with hats, scarves, or sunglasses. But for better or worse, dissenting in disguise may no longer mean dissenting anonymously. New research introduces an artificial intelligence-powered framework for "disguised face identification" – abbreviated by the researchers as DIC. The work, which considered how to identify masked faces in a crowd, addresses two related concerns at once: Most facial recognition technologies not only lack disguised-detection abilities, they also struggle to separate individuals from their backgrounds.

Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain Technology Likely to Change Travel Industry's Landscape


Corporate travel industry is already growing by leaps and bounds, however, the advent of blockchain technology and artificial intelligence (AI) is likely to give it another shot in the arm. It has been quite some time since the Indians started making online bookings following by virtual payments, but the automation and AI were not experimented considerably. In the next stage of automation of travel industry, the corporate travelers are expected to regularly interact with the chatbots for their travel-related queries. The metamorphosis might have some unpleasant implications for the industry's workforce, but would certainly positively alter the way people travel forever. Role of Artificial Intelligence in corporate travel industry Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become a game-changer for the travel industry.

Our robot future? Notre Dame lecture series explores artificial intelligence and the human community


From Siri and Alexa to driverless cars and robots, artificial intelligence and the many devices AI inhabits are well integrated into our everyday lives. But as the technology advances, ethical and moral questions arise. Ten Years Hence, an annual lecture series sponsored by the University of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business, will explore advances in AI and the potential implications for the human community. The series "Automation, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence: The Decade Ahead" takes place on select Fridays from 10:40 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. in Mendoza's Jordan Auditorium. The Ten Years Hence speaker series explores issues, ideas and trends likely to affect business and society over the next decade.

From Energy To Transport To Healthcare, Here Are 8 Industries Being Disrupted By Elon Musk And His Companies


Elon Musk is CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, has plans to colonize Mars, and thinks AI may turn humans into its pets. But beyond the hype and his enormous net worth and Twitter presence, here's how Musk's companies are actually taking on ... virtually every industry. Elon Musk thinks and acts on a larger, more cosmic scale than we're accustomed to from entrepreneurs. Elon Musk has become a household name synonymous with the future. Whether he's working on electric vehicles (Tesla) or sending rockets into space (SpaceX), his larger-than-life reputation attracts its fair share of hero-worship.

Venture capital funding in AI doubles to US$12 billion


Artificial intelligence, particularly its applications in health, finance and the automotive sector, attracted US$12 billion of investment from venture capitalists globally last year, double the volume in 2016, according to a report by KPMG. AI pushed total venture capital (VC) investment in China to a record high of US$40 billion in 2017, up 15 per cent from the previous year. China accounted for five of the world's 10 biggest venture capital investments in the fourth quarter, the data released on Thursday shows. And more of the companies receiving the financing are electing to plough that money into AI development. Didi-Chuxing, China's top ride-hailing company, received US$4 billion in a round of fundraising led by Softbank in December, in part to enhance their AI capabilities.

Gotcha! Sheriff's Office catches thieves using Amazon Rekognition - SiliconANGLE


Early last year, a man walked into a hardware store in Oregon, picked up a basket, and began placing a number of expensive items into it. At first glance, that alone would not have been enough to raise suspicion. However, before finishing the purchase process at a self-service kiosk, the man picked up his items and abruptly left the store. Fortunately for the retailer, the checkout kiosk had a camera that captured a photo of the thief. Unfortunately for the thief, the Washington County Sheriff's Office assigned to investigate the case had recently implemented a facial recognition system that was able to match the kiosk photo with a database containing more than 300,000 images.