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April 23rd, 2019 at 11:55 am

Ethics guidelines for trustworthy AI

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Today, the High-Level Expert Group on AI presents their ethics guidelines for trustworthy artificial intelligence. This follows the publication of the guidelines’ first draft in December 2018 on which more than 500 comments were received through an open consultation.

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April 23rd, 2019 at 11:50 am

Watch 10 Boston Dynamics’ robot dogs pull a truck in a slightly terrifying display of raw power

C0A0F61C-890C-4E40-A5CD-E30602650460How many robot dogs does it take to pull a massive truck? Apparently 10. Boston Dynamics

  • Boston Dynamics is back with another bizarre video starring its animal-like robots.
  • The latest video features 10 of the dog-like “SpotMini” robots pulling a truck across the company’s parking lot.
  • Unlike some of the sillier videos from Boston Dynamics, this one demonstrates the raw power of the company’s robots.

The doglike robots from Boston Dynamics are back with another video, but this time the video is less about virality and more focused on demonstrating the machines’ raw power.

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April 23rd, 2019 at 11:44 am

Uber launched a Saudi Arabia-only feature that lets female drivers avoid taking male passengers


  • Uber has launched a feature for female drivers in Saudi Arabia which means they can block men from hailing their cab.
  • The feature, which became active in April this year, is called “Women Preferred View,” and selects nearby passengers based on their gender.
  • Drivers can toggle on and off whether male passengers come up on Uber’s Driver App.
  • Uber developed the feature when they found 74% of Saudi female drivers did not want to pick up male passengers.
  • Women gained the right to drive for the first time in June 2018, and since that time 2,000 women have registered to become taxi drivers.

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April 22nd, 2019 at 12:08 pm

Cause of cancer is written into DNA of tumors, scientists find, creating a ‘black box’ for origin of disease


Cancer causes the genetic code of DNA to change and the alterations can now be read

The cause of cancer is written into the DNA of tumors, scientists have discovered, in a breakthrough which could finally show how much disease is attributable to factors like air pollution or pesticides.

Until now the roots of many cancers have proved elusive, with doctors unable to tease out the impact of a myriad of carcinogenic causes which people encounter everyday.

Even with lung cancer, it is not known just how much can be attributed to smoking and how much could be linked to other factors, such as living by a busy road, or inhaling pollutants at work.

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April 22nd, 2019 at 12:05 pm

Is artificial intelligence, intelligent? How machine learning has developed.

Artificial intelligence has been around for decades. Is it smart enough now to predict Alzheimer’s? (Brian Monroe/The Washington Post)

What makes artificial intelligence intelligent? Is it able to learn from errors or recognize, say, the letters of the alphabet in a set of random shapes like a human can?

These are some of the questions developers of AI ask. What began as sluggish programs on hulking machines has taken the form of code that anyone in a particular field could test out and manipulate to suit their needs.

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