Top AI News: Pimp my AI ride!

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With self-driving cars being tests on the road with success (in the main), the future of urban transport is looming. So no surprise that GM have released pictures of and info about their self-driving car of the future, the Cruise. Very cool looking, very roomy, very weird (Where’s the steering wheel?). Check it out here.

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Top AI News: A call-out from the West Coast – AI!

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If you’re in LA on March 23, you’ll want to attend the MIT’s West Coast conference, EmTech Digital 2020. Featuring AI stars like Andrew Ng, Fei-Fei Li and Harry Shum, and with topics like ‘What are the opportunities and threats of AI?’ and ‘How do we improve our lives and businesses with AI – technically, legally and ethically?’ under discussion, it’s not to be missed – and tickets are now available. Get one here!

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Top AI News: Do the A-ayes or the A-nays have it?

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The big hitters in tech are responding to the EU’s proposed temporary ban on face recognition AI, some positively, some not so. Alphabet, for example, is an aye, whereas Microsoft in a nay. Quick question: which one do you think sells face recognition software? More here.

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Top AI News: Now you too can fool AI!

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A neat new toolbox called AdvBox allows non-techies to create their own adversarial attacks on AI newtworks. Meant as a force for good, to test systems’ effectiveness, never has anything sounded more like the backstory to a dystopian sci-fi movie. Like, what could go wrong? More here.

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Top AI News: Dr AI nixes mass extinction event

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AI can do stuff with colossal lumps of data that paleontologists just don’t have time to, and the latest is to show that one of the supposed mass extinction events – the one at the end of the Devonian period, 375m years ago, which wiped out much of the sea life – was more like a steady decline over the course of 50m years. More here.  

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Top AI News: AI headed for das Gericht?

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With Germany planning to put AI facial recognition in train stations and airports, they seem to be on the verge of a legal fight with … themselves! This since according to many lawyers it breaks German privacy laws and the EU data protection act. Many citizens are up in arms too.  More here.

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