Yesterday, Google CEO Sundar Pichai put out a memo outlining the company’s AI principles. The memo outlines their objectives for AI applications, applications they will not pursue, and their long-term AI vision.
Relevant to the controversy which has been brewing about Google’s work with the Pentagon, Pichai emphasises that they won’t be involved in building ‘[w]eapons or other technologies whose principal purpose or
implementation is to cause or directly facilitate injury to people’.
3 days to go until CogX! We’ll have a jam-packed stage solely dedicated to the ethical implications of AI – from Former Secretary of State for Employment Lord Young on AI’s role in Freedom of Speech to putting ethics into action by VP of AI at Sage Kriti Sharma, and much more.
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At Apple’s WWDC 2018 — an event some said would be boring this year with its software-only focus and lack of new MacBooks and iPads — the company announced what may be its most important operating system update to date with the introduction of iOS 12. Through a series of Siri enhancements and features, Apple is turning its iPhone into a highly personalised device, powered by its Siri AI.
This “new AI iPhone” — which, to be clear, is your same ol’ iPhone running a new mobile OS — will understand where you are, what you’re doing and what you need to know right then and there. The question now is will users embrace the usefulness of Siri’s forthcoming smarts, or will they find its sudden insights creepy and invasive?
CloudNC, the U.K. startup and Entrepreneur First alumni that is developing AI software to automate part of the manufacturing process, has quietly raised £9 million in Series A funding, TechCrunch has learned.
With the broader aim of using AI to dramatically reduce the time and costs associated with
manufacturing, CloudNC is developing software and a cloud computing service that hopes to automate the programming of CNC milling machines. These machines work by carving blocks of solid metal into useful shapes, where a useful shape could be anything from a Macbook body, to bits of a car, to jet engine turbine blades. Unlike 3D printing, this happens in a ‘subtractive’ way; metal is cut out until what is left is the resulting component.
Researchers have been collecting material and recordings about the indigenous languages of Australia for years, and have collected over 40,000 hours worth of material. However, to make use of this material, researchers would have to spend another 2 million hours going through it, which – you guessed it – is really tedious and laborious work. This is where AI can come the researchers and the languages to the rescue.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, CoEDL last week launched a partnership with Google in an effort to revive these languages. Using Google’s open-sourced AI platform, TensorFlow, the thousands of hours of data can be effectively put to use. AI models have already been made for six Australian indigenous languages: Bininj Kunwok, Kriol, Mangarayi, Nakkara, Pitjantjatjara, Warlpiri and Wubuy — and another five languages, spoken in the Asia Pacific, have been added as well.
Alphabet Inc’s self-driving unit Waymo wants to bring its robo-taxi service to Europe after it launches in the United States later this year. Waymo’s Chief Executive John Krafcik said the company could enter European markets in collaboration with a partner, but did not give any timeframe.
an opportunity for us at Waymo to experiment here in Europe, with different products and maybe even with different go-to-market strategies,” Krafcik said at the Automotive News Europe Congress in Turin late on Wednesday. “It’s possible we will take a very different approach here than we would in the U.S.”
A report by the Confederation of British Industry published Friday said firms are increasingly looking to such investment, as well as more intangible forms such as upskilling and re-training their existing workforce, as suitable new hires become scarce. Separate data from IHS Markit and the Recruitment and Employment Confederation said the dearth of available staff last month led to quickest rise in starting salaries for three years.
The CBI said that the spending on new technology will bolster business investment relative to its previous forecast, but Brexit uncertainty will keep it weak overall. The business group also predicts that the economy will expand 1.4 percent this year, revised down from a previous forecast of 1.5 percent due to bad weather, and grow 1.3 percent in 2019.
At the ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human Robot Interaction (HRI) in March, Gabriele Trovato from Waseda University in Japan (with colleagues from Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú) presented a paper taking a look at whether divine robots might be possible, and why it could be useful to develop such robots in the first place. In the HRI paper, Trovato
defines a “theomorphic robot” as a robot that “carries the shape and the identity of a supernatural creature or object within a religion.
There is some existing precedent for theomorphic robots, which goes back to early examples of automation applied to religious ceremonies. More recently, there have been attempts at using robots in religious contexts, like Pepper assisting in Buddhist funerals or Xian’er, a robotic Buddhist monk. Both of these robots, though, are more like assistants, and they themselves are not inherently theomorphic: A theomorphic robot is more of a representation of the divine, which implies “a connection with a deity, be[ing] a messenger of the deity, or be[ing] possessed by it, or carry[ing] a divine essence.”
Yesterday, Wysh announced the launch of its concierge and rewards platform, after two years in stealth mode. The startup’s answer to the AI problem? Combining artificial intelligence and real intelligence in a single platform and building the solution on blockchain technology to provide transparency.
Wysh provides instant communication between users and businesses through AI and blockchain technologies. This isn’t just about allowing businesses to engage with customers, though. The solution will also facilitate payments, which is why the company recently landed $2 million in a round led by Park Capital, a strategic investment firm focused on fintech.
Everyone is talking about Artificial Intelligence. From boardrooms to factory floors, from call centres to logistics fleets, and from governments to venture capitalists, artificial intelligence is suddenly the hottest topic in town – and everyone has a lot of questions.