“I believe AI and its benefits have no borders…As an AI first company, this is an important part of our collective mission. And we want to work with the best AI talent, wherever that talent is, to achieve it,” wrote Dr Fei-Fei Li, Chief Scientist at Google Cloud, in a blog post announcing plans for the China lab.
Also, DeepMind has developed a simple test to check if these new algorithms are safe. Researchers put AI software into a series of simple, two-dimensional video games composed of blocks of pixels, like a chess board, called a gridworld. Check out this article from Bloomberg for a discussion of the impact of this technology.
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Norway’s Huddly makers of video conferencing hardware and software, has raised a Series C round of 80 million NOK (€8.1 million) from investors including
Mertoun Capital. The round follows a $10M Series B investment in early 2017.
The Oslo-based startup makes Huddly Go, a smart camera and software platform that aids collaboration and communication among teams. A spokesperson told Tech.eu that the new funds will be invested in building a product portfolio of new AI and IoT computer vision products.
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Ethically Aligned Design: A Vision for Prioritizing Human Well-being with Autonomous and Intelligent Systems (266-pages) represents the collective input of several hundred participants from six continents who are thought leaders from academia, industry, government, and more.
The goal of Ethically Aligned Design is to advance a public discussion about how we can establish ethical and social implementations for intelligent and autonomous systems and technologies, aligning them to defined values and ethical principles that prioritise human well-being in a given cultural context.
The AI 100 recognizes the teams and technologies that are successfully using AI to solve big challenges. The award winners (culled from 1,000+ applications) were announced in December 2017 at the A-ha! conference hosted at SFJAZZ in San Francisco on December 12 & 13.
Yesterday, entrepreneur Andrew Mason (Groupon, Detour) was in the studio with Jason Calacanis to demo Descript, his audio editing & transcription tool for podcasters. A simple and seamless tool that aims to revolutionise content & catapult the booming podcast industry into the stratosphere, Descript launched yesterday with a $5M raise from Andreessen Horowitz.
Yesterday, Google launched the first installment of a series of photography appsperiments: usable and useful mobile photography experiences built on experimental technology. Their appsperiments rely on object recognition, person segmentation, stylisation algorithms, efficient image encoding and decoding technologies.
Storyboard: transforms your videos into single-page comic layouts, entirely on device
Selfissimo!: automated selfie photographer that snaps a stylish black and white photo each time you pose
Scrubbies: lets you easily manipulate the speed and direction of video playback to produce delightful video loops that highlight actions, capture funny faces, and
Until now, most research has focused on the technical implementation and likely impacts of AI. Oxford Insights asked a different question: how well-placed are the national governments in the OECD to take advantage of the benefits of automation in their operations?
They created a world-first GovernmentAI Readiness Index to capture the current capacity of OECD governments to absorb – and exploit – the innovative potential of AI. They considered public service reform, Economy and skills, and Digital infrastructure. The UK is first in their rankings, reflecting its world-leading centres for AI research and strong technology industry.
Apple’s GymKit is here, so you can wirelessly sync fitness data between your watch and cardio machines at the gym — if you work out at Equinox or Life Time Athletic. Apple first announced GymKit back in June. GymKit-enabled machines are available now at Life Time Athletic at Sky in New York City. They will also be available at the 14 new clubs Life Time will open in 2018. Similarly, starting next year, new Equinox clubs will have GymKit-enabled machines too.
Right now, GymKit syncs data from the four types of cardio equipment most commonly made by Apple’s partners: treadmills, stair steppers, ellipticals, and indoor bikes. Further machines, such as rowing machines, may be coming. However, you don’t need all new equipment to have GymKit. It can work with a new software update.
Logic (tech magazine) sat down with a veteran data scientist to help them answer important questions like the meaning of AI and data science and whether or not they are likely to have anywhere near the impact that the media hype would lead us to believe.
“the people who are the
most confident about self-identifying as data scientists are almost unilaterally frauds”
“What do jobs look like in that future? I have no idea. I think it’s not going to get there on the same timeline that the Oxford people think it’s going to get there.”
“I think one of the big tensions in data science that “is going to unfold in the next ten years involves companies like SoFi, or Earnest, or pretty much any company whose shtick is, “We’re using big data technology and machine learning to do better credit score assessments.”