Robots + the elderly. Google job search. Tesla autopilot crash. https://cognitionx.com/news-briefing/.
Today, we got to hear Lord David Young open up the second day of CogX. His words were inspiring and from the heart.
He argued that there needs to be an overhaul of the UK education and that historically jobs lost to technology were ones no one wanted to do. “They weren’t lost: they were liberated.” Lord Young sees a bright future with the rise of automation, in which leisure-time abounds and humans can focus on the important things in life.
The creators of one humanoid robot under development for the elderly say it can understand people’s actions and learn new behaviours in response, even though it is devoid of arms: for example if a yoga devotee misses a class, it will ask why, while if an elderly person falls it will automatically alert caregivers or emergency services.
The team is working on making the robot’s dialogue as natural and as intuitive as possible and improving its ability to safely navigate an older person’s home, using a low-cost laser and a camera, and a second prototype will be tested with elderly people in the coming months. Yet, Dr Luís Santos (who has been developing the technology as part of an EU-funded research project known as GrowMeUp) foresees that these devices are still four to six years away from commercialisation, at least.
Google’s latest use of machine learning has seen the search giant create a jobs search page – dubbed Google for Jobs. People using Google to search for new work opportunities will be able to enter the position and location they are looking for and be presented with a list of results.
Machine learning is being used within the system to sort search results and categorise the type of jobs. The jobs displayed in the search results will also be pulled from some of the biggest job sites on the internet: these include LinkedIn, Monster and Glassdoor. Companies that update their own sitemaps with structured data will also have their job postings automatically pulled in by Google.
A man killed in a crash last year while using the semi-autonomous driving system on his Tesla Model S sedan kept his hands off the wheel for extended periods of time despite repeated automated warnings not to do so, a U.S. government report said.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)
released 500 pages of findings into the May 2016 death of Joshua Brown, a former Navy SEAL, near Williston, Florida. Brown’s Model S collided with a truck while it was engaged in the “Autopilot” mode and he was killed. In 2016, Tesla said Autopilot “does not allow the driver to abdicate responsibility.”
Miles Brundage, a researcher who works on AI policy at the University of Oxford’s Future of Humanity Institute, has a written a great guide to improving AI policy and strategy, which he feels has been largely neglected.
The guide covers concrete questions that need to be answered and what roles you might want to aim for (such
as an AI policy researcher or practitioner) to best make an impact on the future. The guide also provides the reader with some really useful resources such as videos and books which you can use to enrich your understanding of the topic.
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Bailey Newlan at Wade and Wendy and Chatbots Magazine has put together his top list of startups that are using Machine Learning to automate work-related tasks, simplify recruiting, and improve team building efforts.
Textio | Spell checker for gender bias and more
Slack | Real-time messaging, archiving & search
Wade & Wendy | AI chat bot for engaging & interviewing candidates
Grammarly | Clear, effective,
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X.ai |An AI personal assistant who schedules meetings for you