We’re really proud to have Softbank Investment Advisers as our headline sponsor for CogX London 2018 (11-12 June). The person behind the epic fund, Rajeev Misra (CEO, SoftBank Investment Advisers), will be speaking on the morning of the 11th.
Biewald (whom I’ve known since college) and Van Pelt, plus former Google engineer Shawn Lewis, have now started a new company called Weights & Biases to build new tools for machine learning developers. They’ve also raised $5M in Series A funding from Trinity Ventures and Bloomberg Beta. The eventual goal is to create a whole suite of development tools, but Weights & Biases’ first product records and visualises the process of training a machine learning algorithm.
The RSA’s new report, launched yesterday, argues that the public needs to be engaged early and more deeply in the use of AI if it is to be ethical. One reason why is because there is a real risk that if people feel like decisions about how technology is used are increasingly beyond their control, they may resist innovation, even if this means they could lose out on benefits.
However, from our online survey of the UK population, carried out in partnership with YouGov, we know that most people aren’t aware that automated decision systems are being used in these various ways, let alone involved in the process of rolling out or scrutinising these systems. Only 32 percent of people are aware that AI is being used for decision-making in general.
Alibaba has just announced a couple of tech innovations that hint at a future with even more delivery conveniences. The company showed off a driverless delivery robot that will help ship goods purchased online to customers more conveniently and a storage locker with facial recognition that promises to keep food warm.
The robot is called the G Plus, and it’s currently being road-tested at Alibaba’s headquarters in Hangzhou, a major city located in eastern China. The G Plus robot can
carry multiple packages of different sizes, and it has extended stamina to travel longer distances compared to its predecessors.
Marinus Analytics is a startup that licenses technology to law enforcement with the express purpose of fighting human trafficking. It’s founder and CEO, Emily Kennedy, created a program called Traffic Jam during her time at Carnegie Mellon that uses AI tools to identify victims. Nowadays, Traffic Jam is available to any law enforcement agency that works with Marinus.
Culling data from publicly-available websites — such as websites where you might find escort ads (shudder) — Traffic Jam builds a database of images, phone numbers, and location data which can help identify patterns and evidence. It scrapes the websites every few minutes, meaning even ads which are deleted or changed is still usable.
Qure.ai, a San Mateo, California-based healthcare startup focused on artificial intelligence (AI), announced that its qXR chest x-ray system has received CE certification. The company used more than one million chest x-rays to train the solution, which can “read” images and identify 15 common chest x-ray abnormalities, including tuberculosis, with an accuracy of more than 90 percent.
“The chest x-ray is the most commonly-performed radiology investigation, but one of the toughest to interpret,” Shalini Govil, quality controller for the Columbia Asia Radiology Group, said in a prepared statement from Qure.ai. “Qure.ai’s solution could serve as a radiology assistant, providing a draft report that can be validated by a physician or radiologist. They’ve also come up with technology to visualise what the algorithm sees—a way to ‘see through the computer’s eyes.’ I think this will be a game-changer on the road to building confidence in AI.”
AI startup Pymetrics announced it has open-sourced its tool for detecting bias in algorithms. Available for download on GitHub, Audit AI is designed to determine whether a specific statistic or trait fed into an algorithm is being favored or disadvantaged at a statistically significant, systematic rate, leading to adverse impact on people underrepresented in the data set.
The new tool can audit a variety of algorithms, including those made to predict whether a person will pay back a loan or to assign a credit score to people with no banking history. “We’ve crafted it so it can take the output of virtually any machine learning technique,” Pymetrics lead data scientist Lewis Baker told VentureBeat in an interview. “If you can copy a repo [on GitHub], you can use Audit AI.”
For the first time in California, water treatment is leveraging AI, a game changing alternative that may spread to oil fields across the country, and it’s starting in Kern County.
“The secret sauce to this process is in this,” Arian Edalat, president and general manager of Los Angeles based company, MembranePRO Services LLC said Thursday, pointing to a colorful digital touchscreen at the water treatment plant. It’s the human machine interface, a device using AI algorithms and breakthrough membrane technology to take gallons of water, analyse how polluted it is, and determine the most effective treatment method.”
Available within Google Photos for most Android smartphones, Google Lens is available in the Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact’s default camera app.
According to Sony, all you have to do is update the Google app in the Play Store and Lens should show up as a new mode in the camera app. Sony also mentioned that the upcoming XZ2 Premium will also feature Lens in its camera app out of the box, with no update required.
Once you select Lens on the Xperia XZ2 or XZ2 Compact, you should see the redesigned UI that showed up in the most recent update. Along with the refreshed visuals, Lens now features real-time search that automatically loads results as you pan to different objects, copies and pastes text from real-world objects, and identifies articles of clothing and furniture.