The BBC points out that as opposed to Isaac Asimov’s 3 laws of robotics, the report presents 1. They believe the overarching value which should guide the development of systems of data governance is the promotion ofhuman flourishing.
They argue that a system of democratic supervision is essential to regulate the development of self-learning systems, especially with the rise of new data protection laws, like GDPR.
The report concludes:
It is essential to have a framework that engenders trust and confidence, to give entrepreneurs and decision-makers the confidence to act now, and to realise the potential of new applications in a way that reflects societal preferences.
Volvo has announced a new initiative to put its own self-driving cars on the road by 2021. The Swedish carmaker is teaming up with Autoliv (a Swedish-American firm that makes automotive safety systems) to develop the necessary software, while a partnership with chipmaker Nvidia will supply the computing power.
Nvidia and Volvo have previously used the PX platform for an autonomous car pilot scheme called “Drive Me,” announced earlier this year. But while Drive Me was purely experimental, this new initiative aims to deliver self-driving cars that can actually be sold to consumers. The self-driving software produced by Autoliv and Volvo (the two are partnering under the name of a new company, Zenuity) will also be available to sell to other carmakers, creating another revenue stream for Volvo if its own cars don’t do so well.
Cybersecurity companies saw a record number of funding deals last year and on a quarterly basis Q1’17 was the most active quarter for deals to private cybersecurity companies over the last five years. Alongside overall rising investment activity, a number of cybersecurity companies are emerging to offer up novel solutions to age-old cyber threats by leveraging AI. According to CB Insights’ AI Deals Tracker, cybersecurity is the fourth most active industry for deals to companies applying AI.
AI is impacting cybersecurity is impacting cybersecurity in 4 main different areas: malware, Distributed Denial of Service, IoT & endpoints, and social engineering. Check out the chart below to see how.
At DeepMind, they are working to expand the toolkit for understanding and interpreting neural networks.
In their latest paper, recently accepted at ICML, they proposed a new approach to this problem that employs methods from cognitive psychology to understand deep neural networks. Cognitive psychology measures behaviour to infer mechanisms of cognition and contains a vast literature detailing such mechanisms, along with experiments for verifying them. As their neural networks approach human-level performance on specific tasks, methods from cognitive psychology are becoming increasingly relevant to the black-box problem.
Trying to pinpoint signals from individual neurons within a block of brain tissue is like trying to count headlights in thick fog. A new algorithm, developed by researchers based at The Rockefeller University, brings this brain activity into focus.
In research described in Nature Methods, the team, led by Rockefeller’s Alipasha Vaziri, used a light microscope-based technique to capture neural activity within a volume of mouse brain tissue at unprecedented speed. The algorithm allowed them to pinpoint the signals from hundreds of individual neurons in a single recording. “Our goal is to better understand brain function by monitoring the dynamics within densely interconnected, three-dimensional networks of neurons,” says Vaziri, head of the Laboratory of Neurotechnology and Biophysics.
Loving this new bot from Israeli-based Zirra. Whether it is a Silicon Valley unicorn, a boutique fashion e-commerce retailer in New York or a London-based biotech startup that keeps a low profile – Nigel knows the answer.
After years of research and development, Zirra has launched Nigel – the future of company analysis. Nigel responds to complicated analysis questions such as “who are Uber’s closest competitors” or “who exactly is Lyft hiring.” Nigel provides you with intelligent
insights and facts about companies, saving hours of research.
Commercial drones and their services are expected to become a multibillion-dollar industry in the next decade, according to a new report. The report says that in 2017, drone revenue should amount to $792 million — mostly from hardware sales. By 2025, the report predicts the market will rise to $12.6 billion, with two-thirds of the revenue coming from drone-based services rather than hardware.
“A number of major industries are seeing strong value propositions in utilizing drones for commercial use,” says Manoj Sahi. He named media, real estate and disaster relief as just a few of the industries that could use drone-enabled services.
Sony has announced that it has made its “Neural Network Libraries” that serve as a framework for creating deep learning programs for AI, available in open source.
Software engineers and designers will now be able to make use of these core libraries free of charge to develop deep learning programs and incorporate them into their products and services. This shift to open source is also intended to enable the development community to further build on the core libraries’ programs.
Alex from Sync Project has written a good piece on AI creating music. Sync Project has made products like Sync Music Bot and Unwind with the aim to develop personalised music as medicine. Here, he has a look at Music Information Retrieval, the technological “glue” that allows us to synthesize advances in AI, music production and licensed music distribution to derive insights into music listening behavior and physiology.
A computer analyzes a song by looking at the song’s unique frequency response. By breaking up the song into its individual frequency components and analyzing the present frequency spectrum
across the entire audible range (20Hz-20kHz), a computer can determine song characteristics such as tempo, energy, and mood.
Robbie Stamp talks movingly about the experience of grief, how it changes our perception of the world and how we can all support those who are grieving.
Robbie Stamp is Chairman of Bioss International, a consultancy interested in decision making and human judgement particularly in relation to machine learning and AI. Way back when in 1995, Robbie was a Founder of The Digital Village with the late great Douglas Adams, author of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The Company created the Computer Game Starship Titanic and h2g2.com, the real “earth edition” of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,