Lyft + Ford partnership. Pinterest Lens being used by Target. Congress investigates Twitter bots. http://cognitionx.com/news-briefing/.
We’ve seen a lot of reports on the future of work that focus heavily on the job displacement that will take place with the rise of automation.
A new report from Nesta (a global innovation foundation) argues that public dialogues that consider automation alone are dangerous and misleading. They say that:
There is also a need to recognise that parallel to automation is a set of broader technological, demographic, economic and environmental trends which will have profound implications for employment.
The report is chock-full of interesting findings: they found, for example, that education, healthcare, and wider public sector occupations are likely to grow, while some low-skilled jobs, in fields like construction and agriculture, are less likely to suffer poor labor market outcomes than has been assumed in the past. To learn more about the future of work, check out our research subscription service.
During a trip to Boston, Slack CEO Stewart Butterfield spoke to MIT Technology Review about the ways the company plans to use AI to keep people from feeling overwhelmed with data. Below is an edited excerpt from the interview. Definitely worth checking the interview out.
You could imagine an always-on virtual chief of staff who reads every single message in Slack and then synthesizes all that information based on your preferences, which it has learned about over time. And with implicit and explicit feedback from you, it would recommend a small number of things that seem most important at the time.
Onfido, a start-up that provides online identity management for services such as banking, has raised $30 million with Microsoft among the investors. The UK company allows other businesses to verify people online.
Husayn Kassai, CEO of Onfido, said the funds will be used to invest in technology and research and development. He also has his sights set on new markets. “We have had lots of interest in Latin America and the Far East, we will use this for expansion into those areas,” Kassai said.
Yesterday, Ford announced that it will work with Lyft to deploy its self-driving cars on the ride-hail service’s platform by 2021. Andrew J. Hawkins argues that this is bigger news than it seems for two reasons: it’s the first sign that Ford won’t be working alone on autonomous driving; and it’s a possible wrinkle in the preexisting relationship
between Lyft and Ford’s biggest rival, General Motors.
Twitter executives will be grilled this morning on Capitol Hill by members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is probing Russia’s meddling in the US presidential election.
The main focus of the questioning will be automated Twitter accounts, a.k.a. bots, and whether Twitter is doing enough to curb the ones that are spreading propaganda and misinformation, one person briefed on the committee’s preparations told Quartz. Twitter’s bot army is so widespread that
as many as 15% of its monthly active users may be bots, estimated a study (pdf, p. 9) of English-speaking accounts earlier this year.
MIT’s Computers Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) has created a new robot that’s designed to be as adaptable as possible, with the ability to use different “outfits” that each provide different “powers” to the robot. These could include optimising its ability to walk, for instance, as well as
navigating water and even taking to the skies.
In the video below, you can watch it in action, as it navigates itself into the center of its exoskeletons, and then uses emitted heat to wrap the suits around itself.
Amazon surprised everyone yesterday with a press event that unveiled a bunch of new Echo hardware and some future integrations (e.g. BMW is integrating Alexa into its cars in 2018). Here are the big announcements they made:
the new Echo Spot (not available yet in UK), a smart alarm clock that can make video calls and be connected to external speakers
the Echo Plus (£140), which is the same size as the original, but it will now act as a smart home hub
It may surprise you that various companies and government agencies around the U.S. may already have that data, even if you never consented to give it to them.
For Alex Alben, this is a huge problem. Alben is a privacy advocate and he’s Washington state’s first-ever chief privacy officer. It’s his job to try and protect the personal data and the privacy of citizens in Washington, and by extension, around the country. GeekWire spoke with Alben on this episode of the GeekWire Podcast to learn about how our personal data ends up in the hands of unfamiliar people, as well as what citizens and organizations can do to help protect privacy.
Marty Swant (AdWeek) has written a great piece on how IBM’s 2016 acquisition of The Weather Company fuels their marketing. Now, IBM is finally bringing several major components of The Weather Company’s data capabilities under the Watson umbrella with the launch of Watson Advertising this week.
The new division—encompassing data, media
and technology services—will offer a suite of AI products for everything from data analysis and media planning to content creation and audience targeting. By integrating The Weather Company’s signature WeatherFx and JourneyFx features along with all of the other data at IBM’s disposal, the company is hoping to transform what is in many ways still a legacy business into a cutting-edge advertising powerhouse.
Here’s another great piece by Mischa Weiss-Lijn. He had the privilege of being invited to attend a rather exclusive event at Google last week to discuss the question of how to ‘Design for trust’ with AI-driven experiences. In his short blog post pulling together some of the more interesting excerpts, the key topics include:
Trust in digital is key to business success and more (designers must ask question about how to engender/earn trust)
digital product organisations should have a clear set of principles designed to ensure trust
we need to find a language alanguage for understanding AI decisions