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Bias in AI: Google’s head of ethical machine learning on th…

Bias in AI: Google’s head of ethical machine learning on th…

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At a Google conference last year, the company’s then head of artificial intelligence (AI) said we don’t need to worry about killer robots, instead, we need to worry about bias. “The real safety question, if you want to call it that, is that if we give these systems biased data, they will be biased,” said John Giannandrea.  This is something Google has struggled with in the past. There was one particular
How AI is Impacting Healthcare, Agriculture and Defence

How AI is Impacting Healthcare, Agriculture and Defence

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It was reported last week US tech giant Amazon (AMZN) is working on a patent under which its ubiquitous voice-activated assistant, Alexa, can tell when you're sick. It's thought the machine, with its mellifluous female voice and ability to answer any question we pose, will soon be able to detect changes in your voice brought on by illness. It will then recommend remedies that can be bought on Amazon. While tech news site CNET concedes the report is unconfirmed, it is potentially another example of the rapid advance in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. From Japan's use of robots to perform intricate surgery and fill worker shortages brought on by an ageing population and declining birth rates to China’s use of facial recognition to spy on its spr
Google brings its AI song recognition to Sound Search

Google brings its AI song recognition to Sound Search

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As everything is taking place on servers rather than your phone, Google isn't facing constraints on processing power or storage with Sound Search. It's combing through roughly 1,000 times as many songs, and is using a neural network four times larger. It also increased the number of dimensions (that is, details in the fingerprint) to reduce the amount of work, and doubled the density of those fingerprints (to increase the chances of a match). The result is song recognition that can search a much wider range of tunes and produce matches considerably sooner.The company acknowledges that there's still work left. Its methods aren't good at picking up sound in particularly loud (or quiet) spaces, and it isn't as quick as it could be. This might not...
Baidu sets its sights on taking AI and self-driving cars ou…

Baidu sets its sights on taking AI and self-driving cars ou…

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Online search provider Baidu — referred to as the Google of China — has been expanding aggressively into cutting edge technology such as artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles. The Chinese tech titan is one of the largest internet companies in the world with a strong user base, thanks in no small part to China's massive population of 1.4 billion people. About 70 percent of China's internet searches go through Baidu. The Chinese-language search platform is one of the most visited websites in the world, with its traffic surpassed only by Google, YouTube and Facebook, according to Alexa Internet, which measures web d
How AI technology can tame the scientific literature

How AI technology can tame the scientific literature

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When computer scientist Christian Berger’s team sought to get its project about self-driving vehicle algorithms on the road, it faced a daunting obstacle. The scientists, at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, found an overwhelming number of papers on the topic — more than 10,000 — in a systematic literature review. Investigating them properly would have taken a year, Berger says. Luckily, they had help: a literature-exploration tool powered by artificial intelligence (AI), called Iris.ai. Using a 300-to-500-word description of a researcher’s problem, or the URL of an existing paper, the Berlin-based service returns a map of thousands of matching documents, visually grouped by topic. The results, Berger says, provide “a quick and nevertheless precise overview of
Google releases free AI tool to help companies identify chi…

Google releases free AI tool to help companies identify chi…

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Stamping out the spread of child sexual abuse material (CSAM) is a priority for big internet companies. But it’s also a difficult and harrowing job for those on the frontline — human moderators who have to identify and remove abusive content. That’s why Google is today releasing free AI software designed to help these individuals. Most tech solutions in this domain work by checking images and videos against a catalog of previously identified abusive material. (See, for example: PhotoDNA, a tool developed by Microsoft and deployed by companies like Facebook and Twitter.) This sort of software, known as a “crawler,” is an effective way to stop people sharing known previously-identified CSAM. But it can’t catch material that hasn’t already been marked as illegal. For that, human modera
Harvard-Google AI model to predict quake aftershock sites- …

Harvard-Google AI model to predict quake aftershock sites- …

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By IANS SAN FRANCISCO: The Harvard University has teamed up with Google to develop a machine learning-based model to predict aftershock locations post a quake. It may help in the deployment of emergency services and assist in evacuation plans, a researcher said."We teamed up with machine learning experts at Google to see if we could apply deep learning to explain where aftershocks might occur," Phoebe DeVries, Post-Doctoral student at the Harvard, wrote in a Google blog post. Earthquakes typically occur in sequences -- an initial "mainshock" (the event that usually gets the headlines) is often followed by a set of "aftershocks." Though these aftershocks are usually smaller than the main shock, in some cases, they may significantly hamper recovery efforts. Even thoug