23 Jan 2019

The future of China’s AI industry is in the hands of just three companies

How is A.I. developing differently in the U.S. and in China? One aspect is the investment landscape. In a new MIT Technology Review article, the massive concentration of Chinese A.I. development in the hands of the three largest companies is emphasized and explored. While the country boasts 190 major A.I.

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23 Jan 2019

Russia tests ‘underwater quadcopter’ for Arctic exploration

Russia has developed a prototype for an unmanned underwater drone for use in Arctic operations. Potential uses include searches for sunken vessels and objects, natural resource exploration, and more. While the drone is fairly simple in design, underwater drones continue to lag behind their land and air-based counterparts in both

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23 Jan 2019

6 Tech Leaders on What They Fear the Most

While the world may have learned to “love the bomb,” or at least to feel sufficiently secure with nuclear nonproliferation practices to exclude them top fears, new unknowns, uninvented technologies, and uncertainties have replaced them. What are some of the new fears plaguing tech leaders? Microsoft’s President answers facial recognition,

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23 Jan 2019

Newark Airport Traffic Is Briefly Halted After Drone Is Spotted

One month after drone sightings at London’s Gatwick Airport caused major disruptions affecting over 140,000 passengers of more than 1,000 flights, two pilots spotted a drone flying in the near proximity of Newark Liberty International Airport on Tuesday afternoon. As a result of the sightings, planes were temporarily not aloud to

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22 Jan 2019

Biased algorithms: here’s a more radical approach to creating fairness

The increasing tendency to have algorithms, such as those used in AI technologies, make important decisions that affect our lives, raises important ethical questions. This is because many of those algorithms are infused with the same biases that undermine the capability of fair, impartial judgment in humans. In their attempt to address

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21 Jan 2019

AI has a bias problem. This is how we can solve it

James Golden, CEO of WorldQuant Predictive believes that the proliferation of artificial intelligence (AI) technology could enable us to address many of the global problems that humanity is currently facing. However, he emphasizes that there are serious limitations to the application of AI, which are rooted in the fact that AI

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18 Jan 2019

Amazon Shareholders Move to Stop Selling Facial Recognition Tech to Government Agencies

A bloc of five Amazon shareholders groups have submitted a resolution to “prohibit sales of facial recognition technology to government agencies unless the Board concludes, after an evaluation using independence evidence, that the technology does not cause or contribute to actual or potential violations of civil and human rights.” The

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16 Jan 2019

US Navy moves toward unleashing killer robot ships on the world’s oceans

The U.S. Navy is entering a paradigm shift on ship building, a shift emerging out of its “distributed lethality” and “distributed maritime operations” ideas. According to the Surface Warfare Director Rear Admiral Ronald Boxall, this mindset is moving away from “putting as much stuff on the ship for as much

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16 Jan 2019

The Transportation Department is Funding Autonomous Drones

The Department of Transportation’s Volpe National Transportation Systems Center is seeking vendors to develop A.I. tools for autonomous drones. It is also seeking to expand its understanding of ways in which autonomous vehicles could be hacked or manipulated by malicious actors. The solicitation is open only to vendors situated within

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15 Jan 2019

2019 and the Evolving Role of OSINT

SIGINT (Signals Intelligence) and OSINT (Open Source Intelligence) are entering a new position within the public sphere in 2019.

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