The House of Lords’ Select Committee on AI has just released their report, AI in the UK: ready willing and able?. This 181-page report (which is based on the evidence of 200+ witnesses) is a must-read.
Here’s our roundup of sources which are already getting the conversation going about it (follow #LordsAIreport on Twitter for more):
The BBC has put out a summary of the report, highlighting the importance the report places on education and the danger of monopolised AI.
Sue Daley (techUK) praises the report in a post saying that ‘at a time
when some are questioning the ability of politicians to keep pace with tech this report proves that policy makers can get to grips with big issues like AI’.
Michael Veale (UCL) tweets praise for the report’s emphasis on trustworthy AI being good for UK economy. However, he is not impressed by the lack a ‘specific challenge call for privacy preserving or decentralised AI’.
Hetan Shah (Royal Statistical Society) tweets about the report’s 74 recommendations and its consideration of the bodies which already exist.
Felicity Burch (CBI) tweets about the report’s emphasis on the fact that the ‘uptake of AI and ethics must go hand in hand’.
For residents of the small West-Tokyo area of Tama City, there’s been a recent storm of chatter surrounding the upcoming mayoral election. if the current nominee Michihito Matsuda happens to earn the most votes during this election, that would make them the world’s first AI mayor, ushering in a new wave of possibilities for the district.
The two-person team pushing Michihito Matsuda consists of both Tetsuzo Matsumoto, the vice president of mobile provider Softbank ($74 billion revenue), and former Google Japan representative Norio Murakami. Standing at the forefront of this all, however, is Michihito Matsuda.
Goldman Sachs has acquired startup Clarity Money, according to the latest company release. The terms for the deal were not disclosed. Goldman’s goal is to expand its online no-fee personal loans platform, Marcus, and expand its revenue stream.
Founded in October 2016, Clarity uses AI and data science to help consumers make smarter financial decisions. Clarity Money is a free-to-download personal finance mobile app. Clarity Money uses AI and data science to help consumers make smarter financial decisions and get the most from their money. The revolutionary features allow users to cancel and lower bills, get a lower rate credit card and create a savings account, all from within the app, and all at the push of a button.
In this episode of AI in IndustryDaniel Faggella speak with Nikolaos Vasiloglou from MLTrain about how AI consulting and AI training events can be used to upgrade an existing team’s skills. Nikolaos also distinguishes the right and wrong circumstances to bring on AI consultants, and shares his tips on how training, upskilling, and consulting can level up an existing company’s AI capabilities.
Look into Person (LIP) is a new large-scale dataset, focused on semantic understanding of person. The dataset contains 50,000 images with elaborated pixel-wise annotations with 19 semantic human part labels and 2D human poses with 16 key points.
The annotated 50,000 images are cropped person instances from COCO dataset with size larger than 50 * 50.The images collected from the real-world scenarios contain human appearing with challenging poses and views, heavily occlusions, various appearances and low-resolutions. They are working on collecting and annotating more images to increase diversity.
UAE national cadres will get specialised training courses at Oxford University to build up their AI capacities under an MoU signed by Omar Bin Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence.
The memo was signed with Roger L. Michel, Founder and Executive Director of the Oxford Centre for Future Design at Oxford University’s premises in the UK with the objective of grooming national cadres, including Emirati employees, government leaders and students pursuing higher studies, and honing their AI skills through an array of specialised training courses.
Google has announced a pair of new artificial intelligence experiments from its research division that let web users dabble in semantics and natural language processing. Semantic Experiences: the primary sub-field of AI it’s showcasing is known as word vectors, a type of natural language understanding that maps “semantically
similar phrases to nearby points based on equivalence, similarity or relatedness of ideas and language.”
Talk to Books: lets you converse with a machine learning-trained algorithm that surfaces answers to questions with relevant passages from human-written text.
Semantris: basically tests your word association abilities as the same software that powers Talk to Books ranks and scores the words on-screen based on how well they correspond to the answers you input.
Virgin embarked on a data transformation program a little over 12 months ago, work that’s running alongside a wider digital transformation program across the organisation. The emphasis is twofold: Enhance customer experiences across the Velocity customer loyalty member base by improving redemption offers that are personalised and relevant; and lift the team’s ability to understand and attribute what communications and digital activities are supporting this quest.
As part of this overhaul, the data analytics team adopted DataRobot’s machine learning platform to bolster predictive modelling capability. Oliver Rees, general manager of Toque Data, the data analytics arm of Virgin Australia, told CMO the group’s application of machine learning is about driving personalised customer experiences, and at pace, by being able to run data analytics and modelling more accurately and faster.