The time to act is now, says the AI Now Institute (a US-based nonprofit founded to study the societal impacts of AI) in a recent report.
The report urges governments to require assessments of AI implementation that mimic the environmental impact reports now required by many jurisdictions. For more on the report, check out this succinct summary from Quartz.
Interested to read about how other organisations and individuals are echoing the same the-time-to-act-is-now sentiment? Read on to read about OpenAI’s new charter, new US legislation calling for the creation of a national security commission on AI, and more.
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OpenAI is releasing a charter that describes the principles we use to execute on OpenAI’s mission. This document reflects the strategy they’ve refined over the past two years, including feedback from many people internal and external to OpenAI.
The timeline to AGI remains uncertain, but their charter will guide them in acting in the best interests of humanity throughout its development.
Rep. Elise Stefanik, chair of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, recently introduced legislation calling for the creation of a
national security commission on artificial intelligence. If the bill passes, President Trump will receive a full report on AI sometime in 2019.
The legislation would establish the “National Security Commission Artificial Intelligence Act of 2018,” and calls for the temporary formation of an 11-member committee whose purpose would be to conduct a general review of AI for the government. It calls for an initial report to be generated within 180 days of enactment and a comprehensive review scheduled for the President’s desk no later than one year from the commission’s formation.
China’s SenseTime has raised $600 million in a round of funding led by e-commerce giant Alibaba. The company said Monday that it had broken the record for the largest venture capital investment in the AI industry.
SenseTime is a little-known AI firm with a valuation reportedly higher than $3 billion. The firm provides facial-recognition technology that can be used
for things like bank card verification and counts state-owned telecommunications giant China Mobile, phone maker Huawei and U.S. chipmaker Nvidia among its clients.
Industry experts believe we can reduce a lot of healthcare spending with the help of AI. “A number of recent studies have found that [health care] administrative costs [in the U.S.] continue to rise and or remain higher than other countries,” says Pamela Hepp, an expert in data security, health care regulation, and digital health records at Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney. “There is always room for improving efficiencies in the delivery of care and AI has some promise in that regard.”
Last month, New York University in New York City hosted a symposium called Canonical Computations in Brains and Machines, where neuroscientists and AI experts discussed overlaps in the way humans and machines think. Zachary Mainen, a neuroscientist at the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, a neuroscience and cancer research institute in Lisbon, speculated that we might expect an intelligent machine to suffer some of the same mental problems people do.
Yes, I think robots would likely have something like emotions. Similar issues face a person or an AI, for example, when the environment changes radically. Humans or machines with low
serotonin or its equivalent may fail to rewire themselves adequately, getting stuck in the rut that we call depression.
DimensionalMechanics, a Bellevue-based startup, has $1.2 million in new funding and a new version of its NeoPulse framework ready for this market.
Companies use DimensionalMechanics’ NeoPulse Framework to build their own AI-powered applications and products, relying on its “oracle” to
automate the production of machine-learning models that will work best for their data and business models. Later on Monday, the company is releasing the 2.0 versions of two key components of the NeoPulse Framework, the NeoPulse Modeling Language and NeoPulse AI Studio
Alphabet Inc’s urban innovation company Sidewalk Labs hopes to break ground on its first ever smart-city project in Toronto in 2020, and begin testing some of the proposed technologies this summer, its chief executive told Reuters.
Sidewalk Labs was chosen in October based on a proposal that included autonomous vehicles, a thermal grid that does not use fossil fuels, low-cost modular buildings with flexible uses, and robotic delivery and waste-management systems. The company settled on Toronto after searching for sites across North America, Europe and Australia to create a smart city.
SenseTime is the latest company to jump into the spotlight, with more corporate VCs and others looking to cash in on the hype surrounding AI. In light of all this activity, Crunchbase News has demystified the AI space by taking a look at the leading players in the industry.
They considered companies in the “artificial intelligence” category who have raised since January 1, 2016. Companies are ranked based on known total funds raised.
Microsoft’s research arm is working on a portable mat that can sense objects and then project them on to a smart device or computer screen, with a goal of closing the gap between the physical and digital worlds.
Project Zanzibar uses the concept of near field communication, a wide-ranging technology that lets two nearby devices interact in situations like using a smartphone to pay at the register, to digitise real-world items through low-cost stickers. Microsoft researchers from the U.K. and company HQ in Redmond, Wash. teamed up on the project, which will be presented at the 2018 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems in Montreal later this month.