AI WEEKLY

  • When Should Machines Make Decisions?

human-control-845x321      Human Control: Humans should choose how and whether to delegate decisions to AI systems, to accomplish human-chosen objectives.

When is it okay to let a machine make a decision instead of a person? Most of us allow Google Maps to choose the best route to a new location. Many of us are excited to let self-driving cars take us to our destinations while we work or daydream. But are you ready to let your car choose your destination for you? The car might recognize that your ultimate objective is to eat or to shop or to run some errand, but most of the time, we have specific stores or

  • Artificial Intelligence Helps Find New Fast Radio  Bursts

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September 10, 2018 –  Mountain View, CA – Researchers at Breakthrough Listen – the initiative to find signs of intelligent life in the universe – have applied machine learning techniques to detect 72 new fast radio bursts emanating from the “repeater” FRB 121102. Fast radio bursts, or FRBs, are bright pulses of radio emission, just milliseconds in duration, thought to originate from distant galaxies. Most FRBs have been witnessed during just a single outburst. In contrast, FRB 121102 is the only one to date known to emit repeated bursts, including 21 seen during Breakthrough Listen observations made in 2017 with the Green Bank Telescope (GBT) in West Virginia .

  •  AI systems should be safe and secure throughout their operational lifetime.

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When a new car is introduced to the world, it must pass various safety tests to satisfy not just government regulations, but also public expectations. In fact, safety has become a top selling point among car buyers. car must have certain level of intelligence, the AI will be able to rewrite its own code, and with super intelligent systems to drive on it own.

  • The Future Internet I Want for Me, Myself and AI

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Artificial Intelligence has the potential to bring immense opportunities, but it also poses challenges.

Artificial intelligence (AI) is dominating the R&D agenda of the leading Internet industry. The Silicon Valley and other startup hubs are buzzing about artificial intelligence and the issue has come at the top of policymakers’ agenda including the G20, the ITU, and the OECD, where leaders gathered this week in Paris.

  • Leading AI companies and researchers take concrete action against killer robots, vowing never to develop them.

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Stockholm, Sweden (July 18, 2018) — After years of voicing concerns, AI leaders have, for the first time, taken concrete action against lethal autonomous weapons, signing a pledge to “neither participate in nor support the development, manufacture, trade, or use of lethal autonomous weapons.”

  • IMPROVING AI’s IQ

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Just how smart is artificial intelligence getting? According to the Wall Street Journal, Techspot, and HNGN, it can now get accepted to many of Japan’s universities. To be more specific, Japan’s National Institute of Informatics is developing an AI program that can pass the country’s college entrance exams. The project, called the Todai Robot Project, began in 2011 with the goals of achieving a high score on the national entrance exams by 2016 and of passing the University of Tokyo entrance exam by 2021.

  • India’s first AI supermarket in Kochi – Walk in, pick your product, leave

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India’s first AI supermarket in Kochi gets rid of everything we hate – long queues and slow cashiers. The store utilises a combination of Artificial Intelligence, camera technology and other sensors enabling it to operate 24/7 unmanned.

  • Tesla’s New Autopilot Software is Massively Improved

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We found a great video of Tesla’s updated “autopilot” software which gives Tesla (founded by Elon Musk) electric cars (in this case a Model S) quite impressive self-driving capabilities. It is worth noting that this software is not supposed to be used without close oversight and control of the driver . The road this test-drive happened on is the “Höhenstrasse” in the hills west of Vienna, a very scenic route, but likely a good challenge for the software .

  • AI may not be bad news for workers.

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A SPECTRE is haunting workers—the rise of artificial intelligence (AI). The fear is that smart computer programs will eliminate millions of jobs, condemning a generation to minimum-wage drudgery or enforced idleness. Never mind the robots, fear the software. There is no need to be so gloomy, say Ken Goldberg of the University of California, Berkeley, and Vinod Kumar, the chief executive of Tata Communications, a unit of India’s biggest business house (which stands to profit from the spread of AI). They have produced a report* that is much more optimistic about the outlook for ordinary employees.

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