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A peek at living room decor suggests how decorations vary around the world


In a study that used artificial intelligence to analyze design elements, such as artwork and wall colors, in pictures of living rooms posted to Airbnb, a popular home rental website, the researchers found that people tended to follow cultural trends when they decorated their interiors. In the United States, where the researchers had economic data from the U.S. Census, they also found that people across socioeconomic lines put similar efforts into interior decoration. "We were interested in seeing how other cultures decorated," said Clio Andris, assistant professor of geography, Penn State and an Institute for CyberScience associate. "We see maps of the world and wonder, 'What's it like living there,' but we don't really know what it's like to be in people's living rooms and in their houses. This was like people around the world inviting us into their homes."

Defense Department Releases Artificial Intelligence Strategy Inside Government Contracts


On February 12, 2019 the Department of Defense released a summary and supplementary fact sheet of its artificial intelligence strategy ("AI Strategy"). The AI Strategy has been a couple of years in the making as the Trump administration has scrutinized the relative investments and advancements in artificial intelligence by the United States, its allies and partners, and potential strategic competitors such as China and Russia. The animating concern was articulated in the Trump administration's National Defense Strategy ("NDS"): strategic competitors such as China and Russia has made investments in technological modernization, including artificial intelligence, and conventional military capability that is eroding U.S. military advantage and changing how we think about conventional deterrence. As the NDS states, "[t]he reemergence of long-term strategic competition, rapid dispersion of technologies" such as "advanced computing, "big data" analytics, artificial intelligence" and others will be necessary to "ensure we will be able to fight and win the wars of the future." The AI Strategy offers that "[t]he United States, together with its allies and partners, must adopt AI to maintain its strategic position, prevail on future battlefields, and safeguard [a free and open international] order. We will also seek to develop and use AI technologies in ways that advance security, peace, and stability in the long run. We will lead in the responsible use and development of AI by articulating our vision and guiding principles for using AI in a lawful and ethical manner."

Trump's Artificial Intelligence Strategy: Aspirations Without Teeth


On Feb. 11, the White House released an executive order on "Maintaining American Leadership in Artificial Intelligence" (AI)--the latest attempt to develop a national strategy for AI. The order envisions the United States taking significant steps to increase research and development efforts while reforming its executive agencies to better compete with the Chinese government's investments in AI development through its Made in China 2025 plan. Although the order is full of promising language and constructive suggestions for executive agencies, it is unlikely to have much of a long-term effect without further support from Congress. The executive order has three basic prongs. First, it charges executive agencies to "prioritize AI" across several dimensions.

DevOps Market: Novel Approaches & Products United States Cybersecurity Magazine


With competitive pressure increasing drastically and the digital economy progressing considerably, enterprises need to figure out new ways to plan, develop, and add value. Therefore, to adapt to digital transformation efficiently, DevOps has become a necessity to eliminate technical and cultural constraints for offering value rapidly. Unfortunately, the conservative nature of IT enterprises has led to slower adoption of DevOps. Additionally, many organizations still need to adopt them for efficient processes. The adoption would enhance the efficiency of operational processes and reduce downtime in the development life cycle of software.

Trump wants better AI. He also wants less immigration. He can't have both.


President Donald Trump released a splashy new plan for American artificial intelligence last week. High on enthusiasm, low on details, its goal is to ramp up the rate of progress in AI research so the United States won't get outpaced by countries like China. Experts had been warning for months that under Trump, the US hasn't been doing enough to maintain its competitive edge. Now, it seems, Trump has finally got the memo. His executive order, signed February 11, promises to "drive technological breakthroughs ... in order to promote scientific discovery, economic competitiveness, and national security."

Use Power BI API with service principal (Preview) Machine Learning Analytikus United States


Service principal is a local representation of your AAD application for use in a specific tenant and will allow you to access resources or perform operations using Power BI API without the need for a user to sign in or have a Power BI Pro license. For customers using Power BI Embedded it can significantly reduce other limitations and friction.

Are auto makers prepared for imminent AI 'disruption'?


SABRA LANE: Much of the traditional car making industry around the world could go bust during the next decade, as the cost of electric cars plunge and become affordable for average motorists. That's the prediction of a top researcher and investor who thinks a world of self-driving electric cars, including autonomous taxis, is only a few years away. Brett Winton, the director of research at the US based Ark Invest, believes a disruptive day of reckoning is coming for complacent car making giants, who've failed to adapt their manufacturing models to confront new challengers like Tesla. Mr Winton is visiting Australia and he spoke about a not too distant "new world" of artificial intelligence with Senior Business Correspondent, Peter Ryan. You can look at some of the advances in artificial intelligence and see that computers are going to have the capability to solve the game of driving the car, and likely a lot safer than humans.

Opinion The Trump administration sounds an alarm bell as China forges ahead on AI


PRESIDENT TRUMP'S recently announced artificial intelligence initiative does not include the word "China." But that country's progress in the race to machine-learning supremacy has prompted calls for the United States to start running faster. Though Mr. Trump's plan is light on actual planning, the Pentagon released its own report last week that provides more detail. Taken together, the documents are promising. Mr. Trump's order directs agencies to assess their spending, reprioritize existing funds toward artificial intelligence and consider that priority in their upcoming budget proposals.

New Fed Initiative Wants to Make America Great in A.I.


President Donald Trump's new "American A.I. Initiative" is designed to place the United States at the forefront of artificial intelligence research. But the executive order itself is reportedly pretty broad about how the nation can actually achieve global A.I. superiority. According to Axios and other sources, there's no new federal funding allocated for artificial-intelligence and machine learning projects; instead, government agencies are asked to shift existing funding to A.I. research, as well as open up datasets, models, and other resources to researchers and other tech pros--potentially fueling new inventions. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is also tasked with creating standards for safe and reliable A.I. systems. Government agencies will introduce fellowships and skills programs that will retrain workers to deal with an A.I.-centric future.

Merkel Calls Russia a Partner, Urges Global Cooperation

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"We are proud of our cars and so we should be," Merkel said, adding, however, that many were built in the United States and exported to China. "If that is viewed as a security threat to the United States, then we are shocked," she told the Munich Security Conference to applause from the audience.