Tag: Big Data

What Kamala Harris’ record says about major AI policy issues

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden chose Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) to be his vice presidential running mate today. Born in Oakland, California and raised in Berkeley, Harris is the first African American woman and first Asian American woman to be chosen as a vice presidential candidate on a major party ticket in U.S. history. Though […]

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Facebook claims it proactively detected 95% of hate speech removed in Q2 2020

About 22.5 million pieces of content published to Facebook were removed for violating the company’s hate speech policies in Q2 2020. The metric comes from Facebook’s latest Community Standards Enforcement Report covering April 2020 through June 2020, which suggests the company’s AI detected 95% of hate speech taken down in Q2. That’s up from 88.8% […]

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Researchers use AI classifiers to expose potential vulnerabilities in Microsoft remote desktop

Microsoft’s encrypted Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) contains vulnerabilities that could enable attackers to detect activities, keystrokes, and mouse movements in 30-second traces. That’s according to a preprint study from researchers at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada, who claim the protocol’s design exposes “fine-grained” actions on which machine learning models could be trained to identify usage […]

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Standard Cognition partners with Circle K on cashierless convenience stores

Standard Cognition today inked a partnership to pilot its cashierless checkout technology in a Circle K store in Phoenix, Arizona. The Circle K location’s existing fixtures, lighting, inventory management systems, replenishment processes, and store layout will remain the same post-retrofit, and customers will have the option of paying via an app or with cash and card […]

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IBM, Grillo, and the Linux Foundation partner on early earthquake detection systems

The Linux Foundation — in partnership with IBM and startup Grillo — today announced an initiative called OpenEEW to accelerate the deployment of open source earthquake early warning (EEW) detection systems around the world. The organizations say OpenEEW will incorporate sensing, detection, and analysis components from Grillo’s EEW platform, along with a Docker software version […]

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Pinterest expands lipstick Try on feature to over 10,000 shoppable shades

Pinterest today announced updates to increase the discoverability of beauty products and tutorials personalized to individual skin tones, styles, and preferences on its platform. The network made its search filter for skin tone ranges available in countries beyond the U.S. including the U.K., Canada, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. Pinterest also refreshed the filter’s design […]

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AI cybersecurity startup Elisity raises $7.5 million to protect networks from attack with AI

Cybersecurity startup Elisity today emerged from stealth with $7.5 million in seed funding from Atlantic Bridge Associates. The company, whose founding team includes veterans of Cisco, Qualys, and Viptela, says its immediate focus is scaling up engineering, sales, and marketing teams ahead of the Elisity platform’s public launch. According to a recent study published by the […]

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Google’s Lookout can now detect paper currency and read document text aloud

At its I/O 2018 developer conference, Google launched Lookout, an Android app that taps AI to help blind and visually impaired users navigate with auditory cues as they encounter objects, text, and people within range. By keeping their smartphone pointed forward with the rear camera unobscured, users can leverage Lookout to detect items in a scene […]

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Atomwise raises $123 million to accelerate drug discovery with AI

Atomwise, a startup using AI to accelerate drug discovery, today secured $123 million in funding. A spokesperson said the funds will enable the startup to scale its technology and team as it expands its portfolio of joint ventures with researchers at the University of Toronto, Duke University School of Medicine, Charles River, Bayer, Eli Lilly, […]

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K2View raises $28 million to automate enterprise data unification

Knowledge platform developer K2View today announced it has raised $28 million that will be put toward accelerating go-to-market efforts. K2View, which is targeting customers in industries like telecom, financial services, health care, insurance, and logistics, claims revenue in the first half of 2020 grew at an over 75% compound annual growth rate. Enterprise data is […]

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Simpplr raises $10 million for its AI-powered intranet platform

Simpplr today raised $10 million for its AI-powered intranet platform, which is designed to streamline communications. CEO Dhiraj Sharma says the funds will be used to drive customer adoption during the pandemic as Simpplr develops new products and extends its partner ecosystem. With people increasingly work from home, businesses have put a renewed focus on […]

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Hyundai-Aptiv joint venture promises commercial autonomous vehicles by 2022

The Hyundai-Aptiv Autonomous Driving Joint Venture, a collaboration between Hyundai and Aptiv (formerly Delphi) to develop autonomous vehicle technologies, has a new name. It’s now called Motional, a portmanteau of “motion” and “emotional,” and president and CEO Karl Iagnemma says it’s on track to begin testing fully driverless systems in 2020 and supporting robot-taxi and […]

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Michigan University study advocates ban of facial recognition in schools

A newly published study by University of Michigan researchers shows facial recognition technology in schools presents multiple problems and has limited efficacy. Led by Shobita Parthasarathy, director of the university’s Science, Technology, and Public Policy (STPP) program, the research say the technology isn’t suited to security purposes and can actively promote racial discrimination, normalize surveillance, […]

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Mux raises $37 million to automate video streaming and analytics processes

Video platform startup Mux today announced it raised $37 million, bringing its total raised to date to $69 million. Mux plans to use the proceeds to expand its product, sales, and marketing teams as it gears up for growth in the coming year, a spokesperson told VentureBeat via email. Video is among the internet’s most […]

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Researchers find ‘inconsistent’ benchmarking across 3,867 AI research papers

The metrics used to benchmark AI and machine learning models often inadequately reflect those models’ true performances. That’s according to a preprint study from researchers at the Institute for Artificial Intelligence and Decision Support in Vienna, which analyzed data in over 3,000 model performance results from the open source web-based platform Papers with Code. They […]

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Microsoft’s TikTok acquisition presents both political and technical challenges

(Reuters) – Microsoft’s bid to carve out parts of TikTok from its Chinese owner ByteDance will be a technically complex endeavor that could test the patience of President Donald Trump’s administration, according to sources familiar with the setup. Trump has given Microsoft until Sept. 15 to put together a blueprint for an acquisition that safeguards the […]

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Ironscales raises $8 million more for AI that thwarts email phishing attacks

Ironscales, a startup developing an AI phishing prevention and detection platform, today closed an $8 million extension to its series B round led by Jump Capital, bringing the total to $23 million. A spokesperson says Ironscales plans to use the funding to further accelerate growth through market expansion and ongoing R&D of its email security […]

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China Vehicle Sales Begin To Recover

Tesla Model X is on display during the 2020 China Digital Entertainment Expo & Conference (ChinaJoy) … [+] at Shanghai New International Expo Center on July 31, 2020 in Shanghai, China. Lyu Liang/VCG via Getty Images Sales of big ticket items like passenger cars, trucks and buses are dependent on a high level of consumer […]

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AI Weekly: Can language models learn morality?

The fervor around state-of-the-art AI language models like OpenAI’s GPT-3 hasn’t died down. If anything, it’s gaining steam. Melanie Mitchell, a professor of computer science at Portland State University, found evidence that GPT-3 can make primitive analogies. Raphaël Millière, a philosopher of mind and cognitive science at Columbia University’s Center for Science and Society, asked […]

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Researchers quantify bias in Reddit content sometimes used to train AI

In a paper published on the preprint server Arxiv.org, scientists at the King’s College London Department of Informatics used natural language to show evidence of pervasive gender and religious bias in Reddit communities. This alone isn’t surprising, but the problem is that data from these communities are often used to train large language models like […]

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ProBeat: Microsoft wants TikTok for the same reason the U.S. fears China

It’s been a month since U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the Trump administration was considering banning TikTok. Plenty has happened since, but the situation really accelerated last weekend. In the span of a couple hours, we learned that President Trump was planning to sign an order directing China’s ByteDance to divest its ownership […]

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Dow Falls 100 Points Despite U.S. Economy Adding Nearly 1.8 Millions Jobs In July

TOPLINE The stock market opened lower on Friday, but pared back earlier losses after stronger-than-expected payroll data which showed the U.S. economy adding nearly 1.8 million jobs last month. Investors are keeping an eye on ongoing stimulus talks. Johannes Eisele/AFP via Getty Images KEY FACTS The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 0.3%, nearly 100 […]

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Researchers discover evidence of gender bias in major computer vision APIs

The facial recognition APIs offered by Google, Microsoft, and IBM exhibit gender bias when tested on self-portraits of people wearing partial face masks. That’s according to data scientists at marketing communications agency Wunderman Thompson, who found that popular computer vision services like Cloud Vision API and Azure Cognitive Services Computer Vision more often misidentify the […]

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Researchers say ‘The Whiteness of AI’ in pop culture erases people of color

Depictions of artificial intelligence in popular culture as mostly white can carry a number of consequences, including the erasure of people who are not white, according to research released today by researchers from the University of Cambridge. The authors say the normalization of predominant depictions of AI as white can influence people aspiring to enter the […]

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IBM details research on AI to measure Parkinson’s disease progression

IBM says it has made progress toward developing ways to estimate the severity of Parkinson’s symptoms by analyzing physical activity as motor impairment increases. In a paper published in the journal Nature Scientific Reports, scientists at IBM Research, Pfizer, the Spivack Center for Clinical and Translational Neuroscience, and Tufts created statistical representations of patients’ movement […]

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StreetLight Data raises $15 million to bring big data analytics to city transport

StreetLight Data, a big data platform that helps cities unlock mobility insights from location data collated from smartphone apps, has raised $15 million in a series D round of funding. The raise comes as cities around the world are having to adapt to a “new normal,” one where social distancing measures require new ways to […]

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Salesforce open-sources the AI Economist, a research environment for exploring tax policies

In April, Salesforce detailed the AI Economist, a research environment designed to elucidate how economic design might be improved with AI. The company pledged to eventually make available the codebase in open source, and today marks the release of the initial version. Studies have shown that income inequality gaps can negatively impact economic growth, opportunity, […]

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Yandex begins testing self-driving cars in Michigan

Moscow-based tech giant Yandex today announced it has expanded testing of its self-driving cars to Ann Arbor, Michigan. A fleet of Yandex’s driverless vehicles recently hit Ann Arbor city streets, including the company’s fourth-generation autonomous Hyundai Sonatas created in partnership with Hyundai Mobis. Yandex says it had planned to provide rides in its autonomous taxis […]

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Infermedica raises $10.25 million for chatbots and voice assistants that triage health care

Digital health startup Infermedica today nabbed $10.25 million to further develop its platform for symptom diagnosis. The company, which claims to have performed more than 6 million health checks to date, says it will put the proceeds toward R&D and international expansion in the U.S. and Germany. The demand for triaging solutions has risen substantially […]

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Researchers propose AI that delivers personalized health recommendations via smartphone

Researchers at Stanford, Harvard, and the University of Michigan propose an AI framework they claim can be used to deliver recommendations via smartphone that encourage healthier lifestyles. By personalizing the recommendations and making data on other users available to bolster training, they claim their approach reduces regret — i.e., the number of actions taken when […]

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Automated document processor PandaDoc raises $15 million more as remote work grows

AI-powered document processing platform PandaDoc today raised over $15 million in additional funding, bringing its series B round to $30 million. The company says the capital will bolster its go-to-market efforts as it doubles down on product research and development. Companies spend an average of $20 to file and store a single document, by some […]

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