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U.S. warns of discrimination in using artificial intelligence to screen job candidates

NPR Technology

Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Kristen Clarke speaks at a news conference on Aug. 5, 2021. The federal government said Thursday that artificial intelligence technology to screen new job candidates or monitor their productivity can unfairly discriminate against people with disabilities. Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Kristen Clarke speaks at a news conference on Aug. 5, 2021. The federal government said Thursday that artificial intelligence technology to screen new job candidates or monitor their productivity can unfairly discriminate against people with disabilities. The federal government said Thursday that artificial intelligence technology to screen new job candidates or monitor worker productivity can unfairly discriminate against people with disabilities, sending a warning to employers that the commonly used hiring tools could violate civil rights laws.


Artificial intelligence helps decode sounds of the animal kingdom

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Artificial intelligence is helping us understand the language of animals. The technology can analyze hours of animal audio in a fraction of the time the same work would take for a human. "If you're manually trying to isolate these calls from audio files, it takes a really long time," said Kevin Coffey, a professor at the University of Washington. Coffey is also one of the creators of DeepSqueak, an A.I. program designed to pick up on high-pitched rat calls that human ears often miss. "In rats, these calls are often related to positive or negative effect," Coffey said.


AI Can Now Understand Your Videos by Watching Them

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A new artificial intelligence system (AI) could watch and listen to your videos and label things that are happening. MIT researchers have developed a technique that teaches AI to capture actions shared between video and audio. For example, their method can understand that the act of a baby crying in a video is related to the spoken word "crying" in a sound clip. It's part of an effort to teach AI how to understand concepts that humans have no trouble learning, but that computers find hard to grasp. "The prevalent learning paradigm, supervised learning, works well when you have datasets that are well described and complete," AI expert Phil Winder told Lifewire in an email interview.


How I Started to See Trees as Smart

The New Yorker

A couple of decades ago, on a backpacking trip in the Sierra Nevada, I was marching up a mountain solo under the influence of LSD. Halfway to the top, I took a break near a scrubby tree pushing up through the rocky soil. Gulping water and catching my breath, I admired both its beauty and its resilience. Its twisty, weathered branches had endured by wresting moisture and nutrients from seemingly unwelcoming terrain, solving a puzzle beyond my reckoning. I sensed a kind of wisdom in its conservation of resources.


The 5 coolest things at Google I/O

PCWorld

Google has become synonymous with powerful search, incredible hardware, and quirky, fun technology. Unfortunately, that includes stretching the limits of privacy and a reputation for giving up on its product lines too soon. But these negatives notwithstanding, Google is at it again at its Google I/O event near its company headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., enticing developers and consumers alike with a number of new hardware products, software and services. Yes, Google just revealed new Pixel phones, including the Pixel 6A and the Pixel 7. But those weren't the coolest technologies Google showed off on Wednesday.


12 examples of artificial intelligence in everyday life

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In the article below, you can check out twelve examples of AI being present in our everyday lives. Artificial intelligence (AI) is growing in popularity, and it's not hard to see why. AI has the potential to be applied in many different ways, from cooking to healthcare. Though artificial intelligence may be a buzzword today, tomorrow, it might just become a standard part of our everyday lives. They work and continue to advance by using lots of sensor data, learning how to handle traffic and making real-time decisions.


Google I/O 2022: Here's everything Google has announced so far

ZDNet

Jason Cipriani is based out of beautiful Colorado and has been covering technology news and reviewing the latest gadgets as a freelance journalist for the past 13 years. His work can be found all across the Internet and in print. Google I/O 2022 is underway. During the event, we expect to hear from Google about new tools for developers, improvements included in Android 13 and maybe some new hardware. In the past, Google I/O's opening keynote has also included presentations surrounding Chrome, Chrome OS, Android TV/Google TV and Google Assistant. We've also seen previews of futuristic technology during the keynote.


Robots are creating images and telling jokes. 5 things to know about foundation models and the next generation of AI

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If you've seen photos of a teapot shaped like an avocado or read a well-written article that veers off on slightly weird tangents, you may have been exposed to a new trend in artificial intelligence (AI). Machine learning systems called DALL-E, GPT and PaLM are making a splash with their incredible ability to generate creative work. These systems are known as "foundation models" and are not all hype and party tricks. So how does this new approach to AI work? And will it be the end of human creativity and the start of a deep-fake nightmare?


Quick Data Science Tips and Tricks to Learn SAS - KDnuggets

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We all know there's the demand for data science skills continues to grow at exponential rates. And seemingly our available time to learn seems to decrease. But sometimes all you need is to learn a quick tip or trick to solve the task at hand, or only have time to dedicate short increments of time to learn a new skill. Regardless of the scenario, you can tune in to the SAS Users YouTube channel where several SAS Tutorials are posted each month. You'll hear from a variety of experts on different topics for various skill levels.


Can blockchain disrupt social media?

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Besides cat videos, the one thing the internet surely needs more of is consultants talking about disruption. But as you read yet another post about the most overused (and misused) term in tech, I'd ask that you at least consider my argument and weigh in- especially if you disagree. Let's start with a few definitions. Clay Christensen, the author of disruption theory, first outlined his thesis of sustaining vs. disruptive technology in his 1995 Harvard Business Review article, and later in his classic The Innovator's Dilemma. In HBR he provides these definitions for sustaining vs. disruptive technologies: "Sustaining technologies tend to maintain a rate of improvement; that is, they give customers something more or better in the attributes they already value."