Former Crown Representative for SMEs and CognitionX Senior Advisor Stephen Allott said:
Decisions are traditionally made largely on data in a form. In this data-driven society everything from mortgages to immigration decisions will increasingly be algorithmically decided, at least in part. I welcome this report which emphasises the need for transparency and avoidance of bias. It will become increasingly relevant as algorithmic decision-making becomes ubiquitous and as the algorithms develop. The recommendations it makes are wide-reaching as well: from publishing where algorithms are being used to looking at the commercialisation of
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The New York Times now reports that the company’s negotiations with German automakers, including BMW and Mercedes, to develop an all-electric self-driving car have fallen through, after both companies refused to let Apple have control over the design of the vehicle and the data it produces. Now, Apple is partnering with
Volkswagen to turn existing T6 Transporter vans into self-driving shuttles for Apple employees, the report says.
Last August, CEO Tim Cook suggested his company’s work in autonomous systems could be used “in a variety of ways” and in “in many different areas,” suggesting Apple may have lofty plans in the robotics market or in some other application of computer vision and artificial intelligence.
“I want an Information Age that encapsulates all information about life on Earth,” said Lucas Joppa, who is Microsoft’s first chief environmental scientist — and likely the first chief of this kind anywhere in the tech sector.
Joppa is leading Microsoft’s new AI for Earth initiative, a five-year, $50 million grant-making project to unravel some of the world’s non-human mysteries. It’s helping environmental groups and researchers use artificial intelligence, machine learning and a variety of the company’s cloud-based tools to further their eco-causes.
Google outsold Amazon in the competitive smart speaker market for the first time ever in the first quarter, a report from technology research firm Canalys claims. According to the report, Google shipped 3.2 million Google Home devices, while Amazon sold 2.5 million Echo devices in the quarter. Google captured 36 percent of market
share in the first quarter, versus 28 percent for Amazon.
“Google has several advantages over Amazon that have helped it move ahead,” said Canalys Analyst Ben Stanton. “But its biggest advantage is in the channel. Operators and retailers tend to prioritize Google’s speakers over those from Amazon, as Amazon is in the tricky position of being a direct competitor. But Amazon is fighting back hard, and the sheer quantity of Alexa Skills and smart home integrations will be tough for any competitor to match.”
Caesars Entertainment has seen a 12% increase in email open rates and a 24% increase in click-through rates since the company began leveraging Persado’s artificial intelligence platform integrated with Salesforce, a Persado news release said.
Caesars’ ability to increase email open rates and
click-throughs using an AI-powered platform shows how brands can use the technology for one-to-one marketing via email when paired with a CRM platform like Salesforce. Emails to existing customers that use language targeted to the recipient could encourage them to open the email and deepen the relationship with the brand in a way that drives interest in making a repeat visit.
In their 2017 Global CEO Outlook, KPMG found chief executives excited about the future: they saw technology-driven change as an opportunity to disrupt their business. That optimism continues in 2018, with CEOs showing great faith in the economic environment, both nationally and globally, to grow their business.
62 percent say that AI will create more jobs than it destroys
Yesterday, Intel announced plans to release Nervana Neural Net L-1000, code named Spring Crest, to make it easier for developers to test and deploy AI models. Intel first introduced the Neural Network Processor (NNP) family of chips last fall. Spring Crest will be 3-4 times faster than Lake Crest, its first NNP chip, said Intel VP and general manager of the AI product group Naveen Rao.
The Nervana Neural Net L-1000 will be Intel’s first commercial NNP chip and will be made broadly available in late 2019. The news was announced today at Intel’s first-ever AI Dev Con being held at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco.
Over the last few years, Google and Coursera have regularly teamed up to launch a number of online courses for developers and IT pros. Among those was the Machine Learning Crash course, which provides developers with an introduction to machine learning. Now, building on that, the two companies are launching a machine learning specialization on Coursera. This new specialization, which consists of five courses, has an even more practical focus.
The new specialization, called “Machine Learning with TensorFlow on Google Cloud Platform,” has students build real-world machine learning models. It takes them from setting up their environment to learning how to create and sanitize datasets to writing distributed models in TensorFlow, improving the accuracy of those models and tuning them to find the right parameters.
Kim Hyun-suk, Director of Samsung Electronics told the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) that Samsung expects to bring Artificial Intelligence features in all its devices by the year 2020. The company plans to introduce the features of Bixby to home devices such as televisions, smart speakers, and smart fridges. Kim hopes that bringing AI to home products through Bixby will increase the demand for these appliances. Samsung home products will work around SmartThings app.