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The three biggest problems facing AI today

October 13th, 2016 at 4:55 am » Comments Off

Speaking to attendees at a deep learning conference in London last month, there was one particularly noteworthy recurring theme: humility, or at least, the need for it. While companies like Google are confidently pronouncing that we live in an “AI-first age,” with machine learning breaking new ground in areas like speech and image recognition, those at the […]

China: 13 million ghost children getting official recognition and documents

September 7th, 2016 at 6:00 am » Comments Off

Birth controls still exist in China: The one-child policy was replaced by a two-child policy. Authorities in Beijing quietly began to give undocumented 2nd and third children legal status without first paying fines. Hukou registration is being provided which is like an internal passport and provides access to government services. It allows registration in school.

Intelligence agencies struggle identifying threats from lone, mentally ill attackers

August 11th, 2016 at 7:01 am » Comments Off

Recent attacks on civilians in the U.S. and Europe have exposed a gap in the intelligence community’s efforts to track suspected extremists and prevent mass killings, a half dozen American, British and French counterterrorism officials told Reuters. The attacks have a common theme of being carried out by actors with an apparent history of mental […]

Fewer Americans now think churches are important to solving social problems

August 10th, 2016 at 6:07 am » Comments Off

Religious leaders and institutions have taken part in efforts to address important social issues throughout American history, from slavery to civil rights to today’s advocacy in areas such as reducing poverty. But Americans appear to be growing more skeptical of how much of a difference churches and other houses of worship make in tackling social […]

Law firms will soon be filled with robot lawyers

July 26th, 2016 at 3:11 pm » Comments Off

It may be time to start rewriting lawyer jokes. Smart, time-saving computers are quickly elevating the profession.

Uber parking lot patrol robot is cheaper than a security guard

July 21st, 2016 at 11:37 am » Comments Off

Uber drivers at the company’s inspection lot near Mission Bay in San Francisco will be met with a rather strange sight: a five-foot-tall, white, egg-shaped robot wheeling around the lot, on the look-out for trouble. This robot will be putting a few people out of a job soon.

Hidden “anti-crime” mics are proliferating on US public transit

July 21st, 2016 at 11:24 am » Comments Off

New Jersey public transit was recently forced to remove the bugs it had installed on its light rail system after a public outcry, however Baltimore’s buses and subways remain under audio surveillance. All the while in Oakland, cops have hid mics around bus-shelters near the courthouses to capture audio of defendants and their lawyers discussing their cases.

USDA predicts global food insecurity will drop to 6% of world population

July 19th, 2016 at 11:17 am » Comments Off

Given projections for lower food prices and rising incomes, food security for the 76 low- and middle-income countries included in this demand-oriented framework is expected to improve through 2026. The share of the population that is food insecure is projected to fall from 17 percent in 2016 to 6 percent in 2026. The number of […]

Fewer software companies are starting up than anytime in last five years

July 8th, 2016 at 3:33 pm » Comments Off

It’s never been so easy to start a company. There’s rarely been more money in venture capital. However, last year we saw the fewest number of new software-as-a-service companies founded since 2011. This year is on track to be even worse.

AI assistant can diagnose breast cancer with near perfect accuracy

July 1st, 2016 at 2:20 pm » Comments Off

Physicians are pretty good at detecting breast cancer. However, they certainly aren’t perfect. Human pathologists can accurately identify the disease with 96 percent accuracy by reviewing breast biopsy samples, without even coming in contact with the patient. That’s an extremely impressive rate, given that cancer misdiagnosis can occur up to 28 percent of the time, according to […]