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Python, Data Science and Tech Culture at PyCon 2017

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Tech, software development and Data Science is currently thriving in Dublin. To meet the demands of that crowd, PyConIE, Ireland's largest indigenous software development conference, was run late October from the Radisson Blue hotel, Dublin. With speakers and attendees flying in from all over the world, the PyConIE conference got to see some big names and share that knowledge. PyConIE has been running in Dublin for eight years now, and 2017 was the biggest year yet, with over 40 speakers, nearly 400 attendees, two tracks and two workshops covering everything from Data Science to developing in Python, to tools and even to tech culture. Speakers were represented from around the world, and from Ireland's tech scene – where there were speakers from the Dublin tech scene, and even winners from the DatSci awards.


Humans will happily worship a robot messiah, experts claim

Daily Mail

A religion based around a robot god will succeed because humans tend to'worship supreme understanding', experts have claimed. One researcher has said the same drive that compels people to believe in higher beings and follow religions will also work for so-called AI'Godheads'. Others have commented that, like religion, people will eventually rely on a'robot messiah' to solve society's problems. Last month, former Uber and Google engineer Anthony Levandowski formed the first church to follow an artificially intelligent being. A religion based around a robot god will attract followers because humans tend to'worship supreme understanding', experts have claimed.


AI is now so complex its creators can't trust why it makes decisions

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Artificial intelligence is seeping into every nook and cranny of modern life. AI might tag your friends in photos on Facebook or choose what you see on Instagram, but materials scientists and NASA researchers are also beginning to use the technology for scientific discovery and space exploration. But there's a core problem with this technology, whether it's being used in social media or for the Mars rover: The programmers that built it don't know why AI makes one decision over another. Modern artificial intelligence is still new. Big tech companies have only ramped up investment and research in the last five years, after a decades-old theory was shown to finally work in 2012.


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Artificial intelligence is seeping into every nook and cranny of modern life. AI might tag your friends in photos on Facebook or choose what you see on Instagram, but materials scientists and NASA researchers are also beginning to use the technology for scientific discovery and space exploration. But there's a core problem with this technology, whether it's being used in social media or for the Mars rover: The programmers that built it don't know why AI makes one decision over another. Modern artificial intelligence is still new. Big tech companies have only ramped up investment and research in the last five years, after a decades-old theory was shown to finally work in 2012.


Amazon gives AWS customers access to its internal machine learning experts ZDNet

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The cloud is disrupting traditional operating models for IT departments and entire organizations. Amazon on Wednesday announced the Amazon ML Solutions Lab, a new program that connects Amazon Web Services (AWS) customers with Amazon's own machine learning experts. Through boot camps, workshops, advisory professional services, and other forms of programming, the program is designed to help Amazon's cloud customers figure out how to leverage machine learning. Competing cloud providers, from Microsoft to Oracle, have for some time touted their capabilities in AI and machine learning as a key value proposition as they try to make a dent in Amazon's market dominance. Amazon's response has been to point to its own internal use of machine learning.


TPL and NVIDIA's Deep Learning workshop a roaring success

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Hyderabad, 15th November 2017: Times Professional Learning recently conducted a Deep Learning Workshop at Hyderabad, in association with its technology partner NVIDIA. The one day workshop got a good response from the technology enthusiasts of Hyderabad. The instructor-led NVIDIA Deep Learning Institute (DLI) Master Class on deep learning helped students and professionals understand various aspects of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI). NVIDIA Deep Learning Institute (NVDLI) focuses on an instructor-led training for developers, data scientists and researchers. It was the first among a series of workshops to be conducted all across India at major cities such as Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai, Pune and Bengaluru.


Consider the Problems and Possibilities of Cybernetics

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Have you considered all the possible impacts and applications of the rapidly advancing field of cybernetics? And before you ask, no, watching the original Blade Runner in both its original theatrical and final cut versions does not count. However, this week's Cybernetics Conference most certainly does! Whether you want to learn the ins and outs of setting up a cryptocurrency or are paranoid about the ethical issues surrounding military uses of cybernetics, this week's lineup of workshops, lectures, and panels may not put all your fears to rest, but they'll at least give you the tools to constructively engage with existing and forthcoming cybernetic systems. The conference's program for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday is a series of evening workshops intended to empower participants to engage with cryptocurrency trading, infrastructural systems, and to teach them how a CPU works by having them make dumplings.


Amazon gives AWS customers access to its internal machine learning experts

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Amazon on Wednesday announced the Amazon ML Solutions Lab, a new program that connects Amazon Web Services (AWS) customers with Amazon's own machine learning experts. Through boot camps, workshops, advisory professional services and other forms of programming, the program is designed to help Amazon's cloud customers figure out how to leverage machine learning. Competing cloud providers, from Microsoft to Oracle, have for some time touted their capabilities in AI and machine learning as a key value proposition as they try to make a dent in Amazon's market dominance. Amazon's response has been to point to its own internal use of machine learning. "Amazon has been investing in machine learning for more than 20 years, innovating in areas such as fulfilment and logistics, personalization and recommendations, forecasting, fraud prevention, and supply chain optimization," Vinayak Agarwal, a senior product manager for AWS Deep Learning, wrote in a blog post about the new service.


Ex-Google engineer who founded AI church 'raising a god'

Daily Mail

An ex-Google engineer who has registered the first church of AI says he is'raising a god' that will that charge of humans. The robot god will head a religion called Way Of The Future (WOTF), which will eventually have a gospel called'The Manual', rituals and even a physical place of worship, Anthony Levandowski first filed papers with the Internal Revenue Service inMay, and named himself as'dean' of WOTF, giving him complete control until his death or resignation. Levandowski his robot god will take charge of its human subjects as we relinquish our power to a creation with far more intelligence than our own. Anthony Levandowski (right) who has registered the first church of AI says he is'raising a god' that will treat humans as esteemed elders. He is pictured with Uber founder and ex-CEO Travis Kalanick.


I'm a pacifist, so why don't I support the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots?

The Guardian

The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots has called on the UN to ban the development and use of autonomous weapons: those that can identify, track and attack targets without meaningful human oversight. On Monday, the group released a sensationalist video, supported by some prominent artificial intelligence researchers, depicting a dystopian future in which such machines run wild. I am gratified that my colleagues are volunteering their efforts to ensure beneficial uses of artificial intelligence (AI) technology. But I am unconvinced of the effectiveness of the campaign beyond a symbolic gesture. Even though I identify myself strongly as a pacifist, I have reservations about signing up to the proposed ban.