Issue 189: CognitionX Data Science, AI and Machine Learning

Facial recognition technology is fraught with issues, both practical and ethical. Samsung’s facial recognition software for unlocking the S8, for example, can be easily fooled by using an image of the phone owner.

Last week we asked about the use of facial recognition enabled body cams for police officers. 50% of you thought that it was unethical, ~43% thought it was ethical, and ~7% said that it depended on the situation. We got some passionate comments in all directions:

Unethical: “It infringes civil liberties. A human living in peace and not breaking any laws has the right to keep his/her comings and goings private.”

Ethical: “The debate on ethics around surveillance is the one to be had. Once videos have been captured (ethically or not), the technology used to analyse it is fair game.”


Tabitha UntiltheBotsTakeOver Goldstaub

Deal of the Day and Illumr: Founder’s Factory’s first two AI startups picked for investment

Founders Factory, the corporate accelerator vehicle set up by Brent Hoberman’s Founder’s Forum umbrella, announced yesterday the first two startups selected for their AI accelerator programme in conjunction with CSC Group. The idea is to co-create two new AI businesses within the incubator programme every year, for five years.

The companies they’re investing in are doing pretty awesome things:

  • is an AI-driven research assistant helps users to search and map over 60 million open access research papers, doubling the productivity of research teams.
  • illumr helps organisations better understand and predict patterns of behaviour that affect them.

Prediction of the Day

Still waiting for the AI Revolution (thankfully)

Simon Daniel, CEO of Moixa Energy Holdings Ltd, is fascinated by the innovation that is coming out of DeepMind, Swiftkey, and other AI companies in imitating human behaviour.

However, he says that the “more interesting question is
can AI create new intelligence and innovation beyond just replicating ours, and schemas that enable this“. He thinks we have a while to go before AI shifts gear to create new independent intelligences.

Products We Love

Shield AI Quadcopters provide support on the battlefield

San Diego-based start-up Shield AI is building a drone that finds people and threats inside buildings without a remote pilot. The impetus for Shield AI was provided by co-founder Brandon Tseng’s experiences serving in combat in Afghanistan, the company says.

“When deployed, Shield AI drones will be the first example of service-members using artificial intelligence on the battlefield to gather real-time information that saves lives and will provide immediate protection to U.S. ground forces and innocent civilians caught in conflict,” says Tseng.


Nielsen Marketing Cloud adds AI

Nielsen said it has added AI to its marketing cloud, which will help automate audience optimization. Nielsen AI automatically optimizes audiences based on real time streams of device-linked data around their motivations, interests and actions across multiple buying and engagement channels, the company says. Marketers can automatically adapt their messages to reflect changes in consumer media and buying behavior.

Clients using Nielsen Marketing Could will be able to respond instantly to change in consumer behaviour, which the company says should result in higher customer engagement and improved return on advertising investment.

Stats that Impress

New research reveals deep confusion about AI

A new global study released by Pegasystems Inc. revealed consumers are confused about what AI really does.

In a survey of 6,000 customers in six countries, consumers appear hesitant to fully embrace AI devices and services. Only one in three (36 percent) are comfortable with businesses using AI to engage with them – even if
this typically results in a better customer experience. Almost three quarters (72 percent) express some sort of fear about AI, with one quarter (24 percent) of respondents even worried about robots taking over the world. You can find the full report here (you need to sign up first).


Meet Clarke: the recycling robot

Clarke is a pilot program in Denver, Colorado that’s been learning to identify a wide variety of food and beverage cartons so it can grab and separate them from the rest of the recycling. The pilot is a collaboration by the Carton Council and two Denver-based companies, AMP Robotics and Alpine Waste & Recycling. The recycling robot is named after the British science fiction author and futurist Sir Arthur Charles Clarke.

“AMP’s system is a breakthrough in its ability to be
very specific about the material it’s picking in these conditions. The ability to distinguish cartons and tell the difference between them and say, a cereal box, allows recyclers to use these robots in specific niches and have control over what they are targeting,” added Matanya Horowitz, founder of AMP Robotics.

Chat Bots, yadda yadda yadda

TOPBOTS presents ‘100 best bots for brands & businesses’

Adelyn Zhou of TOPBOTS writes about the most innovative brands in the chat bot space. She writes about the triumph of messaging apps over social networks and how brands are using chat bots to “gain critical knowledge of real consumer behaviour and stay ahead of their competition.”

She presents the top bots in: beauty, consumer goods, entertainment, fashion, finance, food & beverage, and more.  Check out their useful chart below or here in high resolution.

Future of Transportation

Ford is the leading self-driving car manufacturer

An independent research report by Navigant has concluded that Ford is the top car manufacturer creating driverless tech. The American firm beat out a number of high-profile competitors, such as Volkswagen, GM, Tesla, Google and Renault and was ranked highest in terms of the strategy and execution of autonomous technology.

Navigant’s ratings are based upon 10 criteria, including go-to market strategy; production strategy; technology; product capability and staying power. These all help to determine the efficiency of
strategy and execution employed by companies to make driverless tech a reality.


Machine learning predicts the look of stem cells

No two stem cells are identical, even if they are genetic clones. This stunning diversity is revealed today in an enormous publicly available online catalogue of 3D stem cell images. The visuals were produced using deep learning analyses and cell lines altered with the gene-editing tool CRISPR. And soon the portal will allow researchers to predict variations in cell layouts that may foreshadow cancer and other diseases.

Computer scientists analysed thousands of the images using deep learning programs and found
relationships between the locations of cellular structures. They then used that information to predict where the structures might be when the program was given just a couple of clues, such as the position of the nucleus. The program ‘learned’ by comparing its predictions to actual cells.

Products We’re Not Sure About

Samsung S8 facial recognition feature under fire

Facial recognition on Samsung’s new Galaxy S8 was cracked by a group of testers, revealing a severe security flaw on the smartphone.

iDeviceHelp, a YouTube channel, posted a video showing tests of the heavily advertised facial recognition feature, which is one way users can unlock the phone. The demonstration showed the device’s facial recognition software can be tricked by using an image of the phone’s owner.

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