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Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Google says it won’t build new AI solutions for the fossil fuel industry

Google says it won’t build new AI solutions for the fossil...

File this under: minimal possible effort. Google today confirmed it will “no longer develop artificial intelligence (AI) software and tools for oil and gas drilling operations.” Will Grannis, Managing Director of the Office of the CTO at Google Cloud, spoke with CUBE’s John Furrier earlier this month in an interview where he revealed the end…
Researchers used AI to crack Microsoft Outlook’s CAPTCHA

Researchers used AI to crack Microsoft Outlook’s CAPTCHA

Not only are they super annoying, but it turns out text-based CAPTCHAs are also potentially a security risk. Researchers from security firm F-Secure have figured out how to use AI to trick Microsoft Outlook‘s text-based CAPTCHA into thinking a human solved it. In a blog post, the security experts explained the biggest challenge wasn’t correctly…
Democrats demand answers from Google on diversity training cuts

Democrats demand answers from Google on diversity training cuts

Democrats in the US House of Representatives have demanded answers from Google on reported cuts to its diversity and inclusion programs — particularly for staff working in AI. Ten Democrats led by Congresswoman Robin Kelly of Illinois state sent a letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai asking which initiatives had been scaled back, and what diversity training Google…
This AI tool automatically identifies different types of brain injury

This AI tool automatically identifies different types of brain injury

A new AI tool can automatically identify different types of brain injuries by analyzing images of CT scans. The system uses a machine learning algorithm to detect and differentiate between types of brain lesions — areas of tissue that have been damaged through injury or disease. The subtle differences it spots could help develop personalized…
In the AI era, universities need to strengthen students’ creativity

In the AI era, universities need to strengthen students’ creativity

Advances in artificial intelligence in the early 2010s, particularly in deep learning, triggered a new wave of panic and fear about technological unemployment. Further intensifying those fears were a host of sensational articles about the magical capabilities of AI algorithms and ambiguous statements by company executives creating the impression that human-level AI is just around the…
This hybrid AI system can understand causality in controlled environments

This hybrid AI system can understand causality in controlled environments

Look at the short video below. Can you answer the following questions: Which object caused the ball to change direction? Where will the ball go next? What would happen if you removed the bat from the scene? You might consider these questions very dumb. But interestingly, today’s most advanced artificial intelligence systems would struggle to answer them.…
Uber introduces AI to make sure its drivers wear face masks

Uber introduces AI to make sure its drivers wear face masks

Uber is making face masks mandatory  — and will use AI to ensure drivers follow the rules. From Monday, every time drivers go online they’ll have to take a selfie, which a computer vision algorithm will scan to check if they’re wearing a mask. Passengers will also have to wear masks — but they won’t need to prove…
Employees say Google cut diversity programs to make conservatives happy

Employees say Google cut diversity programs to make conservatives happy

“A hundred black employees could testify to the pain they feel in a climate that’s inadvertently hostile towards them and management will go back and say, ‘I need to get more data,’ and then three angry white men complain and everything comes to a halt.” So says a Google employee speaking to NBC News under…
Using ‘personalized AI’ to end coronavirus lockdown is a stupid, cruel idea

Using ‘personalized AI’ to end coronavirus lockdown is a stupid, cruel...

A trio of AI and business experts from INSEAD, a prestigious business school, recently penned a lengthy article in the Harvard Business Review extolling the virtues of “personalized AI” prediction models to end the coronavirus lockdown. It’s the kind of piece that politicians, academics, and pundits refer to when discussing how technology can aid in…
This robotic basketball hoop makes any klutz shoot like Michael Jordan

This robotic basketball hoop makes any klutz shoot like Michael Jordan

ESPN’s “The Last Dance” has rejuvenated my love of basketball. But with outdoor courts still locked down, I’m forced to live out my childhood dreams of sinking shots like Michael Jordan on a mini b-ball hoop.  Tragically, even on a six-foot net, I can’t quite match the skills of His Heirness — although I have been throwing down…

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