This week, Apolitical put out a really useful guide to help you acquire the requisite skills (like AI) for the government jobs of tomorrow to maximise time and efficiency.
Also, check out ProPublica’s recently released tool, Policy Priorities, which uses machine learning to help researchers and journalists understand what drives particular members of Congress.
At CogX London 2018 (11-12 June), we’ll be bringing together experts to discuss the impact of AI on government, like Dr Sue Black OBE (Advisor on Digital, UK Gov). For last year’s highlights on The Impact of AI on Politics & Governing, click here.
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UBS Group AG is expanding its workforce in artificial intelligence, one of few areas in banking where demand for talent is growing.
“We’re currently recruiting more people for artificial intelligence,” Veronica Lange, head of innovation at Switzerland’s biggest bank, said in an interview in Moscow. “These are data
scientists, architects, business analysts.” “We’ve built up a pipeline of projects over the past few years,” she said. “We believe it’s really fundamental, because the future is in the cognitive bank.”
In October, DeepMind announced that their state-of-the-art speech synthesis model WaveNet was being used to generate realistic-sounding voices for the Google
Assistant globally in Japanese and the US English. This production model – known as parallel WaveNet – is more than 1000x faster than the original and also capable of creating higher quality audio.
Their latest paper introduces details of the new model and the “probability density distillation” technique they developed to allow the system to work in a massively parallel computing environment. The new WaveNet
model uses white noise as an input and synthesises all of the output samples in parallel.
NASA’s Jet Propulsion lab (JPL) engineers put together a drone race to find which is faster – a drone operated by a human or one operated by artificial intelligence. The race capped two years of research into drone autonomy funded by Google.
Samsung said on Wednesday it would create an AI research centre and strengthen an executive role to look for new business areas for all its three major business groups.The minor changes to the tech giant’s business structure were to “quickly respond to market changes,” Samsung Electronics said in a statement
Online translation tools have gotten pretty good at converting words between languages and, if not always perfect, can usually be relied on for a decent approximation of the original message.
With that in mind, Google has now enlisted Swedish indie band Vita Bergen to demonstrate how good its translation technology has become. Vita Bergen’s new single, “Light the Lights,” was originally recorded in Swedish, but the band said that it has used Google Translate to convert the song into three new languages. On December 1, the band will embark on a mini Google Translate tour of Europe to perform the song on the streets of London, Paris, and Madrid — in English, French, and Spanish.
To reach that conclusion, Unanimous uses a hybrid of crowdsourcing and artificial intelligence that it calls “Swarm AI.” The company assembles a group of about 40 folks who are familiar with the topic at hand, and then uses software to guide them through an iterative process of ranking and eliminating prospects.
China’s AI facial recognition sector has seen a flurry of investment deals recently. Less than a week ago, CloudWalk Technology’s competitor Sensetime received an undisclosed amount of investment from Qualocomm Inc. In October, Beijing based Face++ raised US$460 million in a series C round led by China State-Owned Assets Venture Investment Fund, with Ant Financial and Foxconn Technology Group also participating.
CloudWalk Technology’s products include facial recognition terminals, facial scanning door entry and infrared binoculars scanning machines. It also has developed big-data platforms for public security to collect and recognise airline passengers and their ticket information, and a facial-recognition platform that connects with data base from the police department.