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Study: Only 18% of data science students are learning about AI ethics

Amid a growing backlash over AI‘s racial and gender biases, numerous tech giants are launching their own ethics initiatives — of dubious intent. The schemes are billed as altruistic efforts to make tech serve humanity. But critics argue their main concern is evading regulation and scrutiny through “ethics washing.” At least we can rely on universities to teach the next generation of computer scientists to make. Right? Apparently not, according to a new survey of 2,360 data science students, acad...
Tags: Startups, Artificial Intelligence, Neural, Anaconda Only 15


Trump contracts Peter Thiel-backed startup to build his (virtual) border wall

Trump’s xenophobic dream of building a “big, beautiful wall” along the Mexico–US border has moved a step closer to (virtual) reality. The White House just struck a deal with Palmer Luckey’s Anduril Industrial to erect an AI-powered partition along the frontier. Anduril will install hundreds of surveillance towers across the rugged terrain, The Washinton Post reports. The pillars will use cameras and thermal imaging to detect anyone trying to enter “the land of the free” and send their location t...
Tags: Security, Startups, Mexico, White House, US, Artificial Intelligence, United States, Peter Thiel, Palmer Luckey, Trump, US Border Patrol, Washinton Post, Neural, Anduril, US Customers and Border Protection


Facebook again admits to wrongly sharing user data with third-party apps

Uh oh — Facebook‘s been caught in yet another data scandal. The company has admitted that it mistakenly gave around 5,000 developers unauthorized access to user profiles due to a bug in the platform. The leak breaks Facebook‘s own rules over access to personal information. Since 2018, the platform has automatically blocked developers from getting people’s data if they haven’t interacted with the app in the last 90 days. Once that time limit expires, developers have to again ask users for permiss...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Apps, Artificial Intelligence, Neural


This jellyfish robot can outswim its squishy animal cousin

Jellyfish might not be the fastest swimmers under the sea, but what they lack in speed they more than make up for in style. Their energy-efficient wiggle technique has made them the envy of the underwater world. It’s also caught the eye of scientists from North Carolina State University and Temple University. The team recently created soft robots inspired by jellyfish that can outswim their real-world counterparts. Their average speed of 53.3 millimeters per second will hardly leave Michael Phel...
Tags: Startups, Artificial Intelligence, Robots, Michael Phelps, Temple University, North Carolina State University, Neural


YouTube now lets creators respond to comments with AI-generated smart replies

Google is making it easier for YouTube creators to engage with their audience and quickly reply to comments under their videos. The company is rolling out Smart Reply — an AI-powered feature designed to help users generate appropriate replies without actually typing — to YouTube Studio. Here’s what the implementation looks like: Unlike Smart Reply for Gmail, YouTube’s integration supports multiple languages. For the time being, Smart Reply for creators only works in English and Spanish, but it s...
Tags: Google, Startups, Youtube, Neural, Gmail YouTube, YouTube Studio Here


Inside China’s plan to lead the world in AI

China announced in 2017 its ambition to become the world leader in artificial intelligence (AI) by 2030. While the US still leads in absolute terms, China appears to be making more rapid progress than either the US or the EU, and central and local government spending on AI in China is estimated to be in the tens of billions of dollars. The move has led – at least in the West – to warnings of a global AI arms race and concerns about the growing reach of China’s authoritarian surveillance state. B...
Tags: Startups, China, US, Eu, Artificial Intelligence, West, Syndication, Neural


Dating app Badoo is now using AI to detect unsolicited dick pics

Dating apps are depressing enough if you’re a straight man, but at least we don’t have to deal with a torrent of dick pics. A survey by Match.com found that more than half of women have received an unwanted cock shot. Despite “cyberflashing” being an obvious form of sexual harassment, it remains legal in most of the US. One notable exception is the state of Texas, thanks largely to lobbying from dating app Bumble. Bumble also uses AI to block out to detect lewd images before they reach their des...
Tags: Startups, Apps, Texas, US, Artificial Intelligence, Neural


MIT removes huge dataset that teaches AI systems to use racist, misogynistic slurs

MIT has taken offline a massive and highly-cited dataset that trained AI systems to use racist and misogynistic terms to describe people, The Register reports. The training set — called 80 Million Tiny Images, as that’s how many labeled images it’s scraped from Google Images — was created in 2008 to develop advanced object detection techniques. It has been used to teach machine-learning models to identify the people and objects in still images. As The Register’s Katyanna Quach wrote: “Thanks to ...
Tags: Startups, Tech, World, Mit, Artificial Intelligence, Neural, Katyanna Quach


Google is testing Smart Compose on WhatsApp and Telegram

It looks Google’s exploring new ways to turn us all into robots. Users of Gboard beta have spotted Smart Compose popping up in Google Messages, Telegram, and WhatsApp, 9to5Google reports. The feature’s been making writing suggestions as you type for a couple of years now, but never before in messaging apps. Google initially launched it for Gmail, where it now recommends closing messages, like “Have a great weekend!” or “Please leave me alone, you’re scaring me.” Well, maybe not the latter — but ...
Tags: Google, Startups, Apps, Artificial Intelligence, Neural, Plugged, Google Docs for G Suite, Google Messages Telegram


MIT’s coronavirus-killer robot uses UV-C light to disinfect warehouses

A new MIT robot that uses UV light to kill the coronavirus could be used to disinfect warehouses, schools, and offices. The system has already been used to sanitize the Greater Boston Food Bank. In tests, the robot covered a 4,000 square foot area of the warehouse within 30 minutes, providing enough light to neutralize around 90% of coronavirus particles. Scientists from MIT‘s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) designed the light-emitting vertical bars that shine UV light o...
Tags: Startups, Mit, Artificial Intelligence, Robots, Greater Boston Food Bank, Neural, Coronavirus


What is generative adversarial network (GAN) — and how it makes computers creative

This article is part of Demystifying AI, a series of posts that (try) to disambiguate the jargon and myths surrounding AI. Moments of epiphany tend to come in the unlikeliest of circumstances. For Ian Goodfellow, PhD in machine learning, it came while discussing artificial intelligence with friends at a Montreal pub one late night in 2014. What came out of that fateful meeting was “generative adversarial network” or (GAN), an innovation that AI experts have described as the “coolest idea in deep...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Montreal, Ian Goodfellow, Goodfellow, Gan, Neural, Neural Basics


This new radar lets cars see around corners

Researchers at a US university have developed a new kind of radar which — when equipped with some AI wizardry — can help cars see round corners. Princeton university engineers have created a type of Doppler radar, typically used to catch speeding cars, that bounces radio waves off stationary objects to effectively “see” around corners. Coupled with algorithms that interpret how the radiowaves reflect off secondary objects, the radar can interpret moving objects that are out of human view. It kin...
Tags: Startups, Cars, US, Artificial Intelligence, Princeton, Shift, Loch Ness, McDonald, Neural


This AI detects political affiliation just by reading tweets about COVID-19

Political messaging can have a huge impact on public responses to crises. In the US, academics warn that divisions between Republican and Democratic lawmakers are wrecking efforts to contain the virus. Now, a new AI tool has shown just how fractured their rhetoric has been. Researchers from Ohio State University trained the algorithm to guess which political party members of Congress belonged to by analyzing their tweets about the pandemic. It correctly identified their party 76% of the time, ac...
Tags: Startups, Congress, US, Artificial Intelligence, United States, Ohio State University, Republican and Democratic, Neural, Coronavirus


Research: Artificial neural networks are more similar to the brain than we thought

This article is part of our reviews of AI research papers, a series of posts that explore the latest findings in artificial intelligence. Consider the animal in the following image. If you recognize it, a quick series of neuron activations in your brain will link its image to its name and other information you know about it (habitat, size, diet, lifespan, etc…). But if like me, you’ve never seen this animal before, your mind is now racing through your repertoire of animal species, comparing tail...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Syndication, Neural


What you should know about investing in AI during economic downturn

Over the past few months, the COVID-19 virus has had a huge impact on the globe. As of April 28, according to the World Health Organization, there have been more than 2.8 million confirmed cases worldwide and nearly 198,000+ confirmed deaths reported in more than 213 nations across the globe. The COVID-19 Pandemic is forcing governments and businesses into actions that are critical in the effort to minimize the rate at which the virus spreads. On March 19th, all residents in California, 40+ mill...
Tags: Startups, California, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, World Health Organization, Podium, Neural


NASA enlists AI in the hunt for ET

The ExoMars mission to find life on Mars moved a step closer to take-off this week after NASA unveiled the first results of an AI system that will support the search. The former Space Race rivals of Russia and the US plan to use AI to scan rocks on the Red Planet for signs of life. Eventually, they aim to use the system in future missions to the moons of Jupiter and Saturn. They believe that using AI to analyze the samples and select what to send back to Earth will overcome the challenges of tra...
Tags: Startups, Space, Russia, US, Nasa, Earth, Artificial Intelligence, United States, Mars, Jupiter, Red Planet, Neural, Eric Lyness


Our fragile 40-years-old Banking infrastructure can only be saved with AI

IT failures are more common than we think. Admitting that you have a problem means there is a risk in doing business with you, and that leads to customer churn. Most companies try to conceal their failures and pretend there is nothing wrong. Ultimately, the clients suffer. For banks and financial institutions, such problems are particularly unsettling. IT disruptions lock costumers out of their accounts, disabling them from paying for food, rent or petrol. Not only is there a financial loss beca...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Podium, Neural


Democrats and civil liberties groups back law banning facial recognition across the US

Members of  Congress have introduced legislation that would ban law enforcement use of facial recognition software across the US. The sweeping rules extend to any biometric surveillance systems, including voice recognition and any tech that identifies people by physical characteristics, such as gait analysis (yes, you really can be spotted by the way you walk). Notably, the law’s been backed by a range of civil liberties groups — but not any Big Tech firms, which have suspiciously supported prev...
Tags: Security, Startups, Congress, US, Artificial Intelligence, United States, Facial Recognition, Neural


How machine learning finds anomalies to catch financial cybercriminals

In the last few months, millions of dollars have been stolen from unemployment systems during this time of immense pressure due to coronavirus-related claims. A skilled ring of international fraudsters has been submitting false unemployment claims for individuals that still have steady work. The attackers use previously acquired Personally Identifiable Information (PII) such as social security numbers, addresses, names, phone numbers, and banking account information to trick public officials int...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Syndication, Neural


Boston bans government use of facial recognition

Boston City Council has voted to ban the use of facial recognition by the municipality, joining a growing list of administrations to outlaw the tech. The decision comes amid a growing backlash against the software, which research shows consistently misidentifies people of color. An MIT study found that facial recognition algorithms designed by Microsoft, IBM, and Face++ made up to 35% more errors when detecting the gender of darker-skinned women. For light-skinned men, that error rate dropped wa...
Tags: Startups, Boston, Mit, Artificial Intelligence, United States, Boston City Council, Microsoft IBM, Neural, Ricardo Arroyo


IBM’s new open-source ‘COVID notebooks’ arrive chocked full of data for deep analysis

IBM today launched ‘COVID notebooks,’ an open-source data solution designed to help overwhelmed developers, researchers, and policy-makers. When the big-wigs put their heads together to work on pandemic solutions, they need solid datasets full of up-to-date, organized, clean data. But coming up with these datasets is a monumental endeavor. According to IBM: The information landscape is overwhelming. A near-constant flow of data from research studies, news outlets, social media, and health organi...
Tags: Startups, Science, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Ibm, Neural, Coronavirus


A beginner’s guide to natural language processing and generation

This article is part of Demystifying AI, a series of posts that (try to) disambiguate the jargon and myths surrounding AI. 20 years ago, if you had a database table containing your sales information and you wanted to pull up the ten most sold items in the past year, you would have to run a command that looked like this: SELECT TOP 10 SUM(sale_total) AS total_sales FROM sales WHERE sale_date > DATEADD(day, -365, GETDATE()) GROUP BY item_id Today, performing the same task can be as easy as writing...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Ibm Watson, Syndication, Neural


Stop calling it bias. AI is racist

Robert Williams was wrongfully arrested earlier this year in Detroit, Michigan on suspicion of stealing five watches from a store. Police responding to the scene of the crime were given grainy surveillance footage of what appeared to be a black male absconding with the items. Rather than perform an investigation, the police ran the footage through a facial recognition system that determined Williams was the suspect. The police then printed the image from Williams’ driver’s license and placed it ...
Tags: Startups, Opinion, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Williams, Robots, Robert Williams, Detroit Michigan, Neural


Artificial vs augmented intelligence: what’s the difference?

Artificial intelligence has accrued some very bad reputation over the years. For some, the term AI has become synonymous with the mass unemployment, mass slavery, and mass extermination of humans by robots. For others, AI often conjures dystopian images of Terminator, The Matrix, Hal 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey, and warning tweets from Elon Musk. But many experts believe that those interpretations don’t do justice to one of the technologies that will have a lot of positive impact on human li...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Neural


Trump’s latest immigration ban is bad news for US AI ambitions

America’s access to global talent has helped it stay ahead of China in the AI arms race. But that edge is being blunted by the Trump administration. Yesterday, the White House sacrificed another chunk of its advantage on the altar of nationalism, when President Trump announced the suspension of certain temporary work visas. Among them was the H-1B program for highly-skilled workers, which used largely by the tech sector. Trump argued the ban would help the economy recover from the coronavirus pa...
Tags: Startups, Politics, White House, China, US, America, Artificial Intelligence, United States, Trump, Neural


How an AI learned to stitch up patients by studying surgical videos

You probably wouldn’t want a surgeon to stitch you up if they’d learned their craft by studying YouTube videos. But what about a robot? The prospect might not be as fanciful as it sounds. Researchers from UC Berkeley, Intel, and Google Brain recently taught an AI model to operate by imitating videos of eight human surgeons at work. The algorithm — known as Motion2Vec — was trained on footage of medics using da Vinci surgical robots to perform suturing tasks such as needle-passing and knot-tying....
Tags: Startups, Science, Artificial Intelligence, Robots, James Bond, Google Brain, Neural, UC Berkeley Intel


Scribble’s iPad update could be an accessibility game-changer

Apple today announced several new features for Scribble on iPad including a drawing assistance and handwriting-to-text tool. These features aren’t necessarily aimed at the disabled community, but I think they could be revolutionary. Scribble’s being touted as a time-saver. In the demo during WWDC, Apple demonstrated how the feature works in any text field. If you’re working in Illustrator and decide you want to search for a reference picture, for example, you won’t have to put your Pencil down. ...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Artificial Intelligence, Neural, Plugged


AI could help astronomers unravel the mystery of dark matter

Everything we see in the Universe around us — stars, planets, galaxies, and more — totals less than five percent of the total mass and energy that fills the Cosmos. The nature of dark matter and dark energy, which make up the vast majority of everything which exists, remains a mystery. While dark matter holds galaxies and galaxy clusters together, dark energy fuels the ever-increasing rate at which the Universe expands. Although these effects are visible to astronomers, neither dark matter nor d...
Tags: Startups, Space, Science, Artificial Intelligence, Syndication, Neural


How data scientists are linking AI and data analysis to find coronavirus cure

In the last three months, it feels as if all of us have become armchair data scientists. As scientists across the globe race to find a cure for the scourge that is COVID-19, we’re all learning hard lessons about bell curves and epidemiological models. We’re also getting a crash course in infectious disease and public health and learning about data science: why it matters, how it works, and why, sometimes, it doesn’t. For all the recent controversy over the accuracy or lack thereof, of many of th...
Tags: Startups, Artificial Intelligence, Syndication, Neural


Here’s why computer art will never replace human art

In December 1964, over a single evening session in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, John Coltrane and his quartet recorded the entirety of A Love Supreme. This jazz album is considered Coltrane’s masterpiece – the culmination of his spiritual awakening – and sold a million copies. What it represents is all too human: a climb out of addiction, a devotional quest, a paean to God. Five decades later and 50 miles downstate, over 12 hours this April and fueled by Monster energy drinks in a spare bedroom...
Tags: Startups, Tech, John Coltrane, Coltrane, Princeton New Jersey, Syndication, Neural, Ji Sung Kim