AI News Weekly – Issue #181: This Is What Palantir And The LAPD Know About You: Scars, Tattoos, And License Plates – Oct 1st 2020

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In the News

Scars, Tattoos, And License Plates: This Is What Palantir And The LAPD Know About You

At great taxpayer expense, and without public oversight or regulation, Palantir helped the LAPD construct a vast database that indiscriminately lists the names, addresses, phone numbers, license plates, friendships, romances, jobs of Angelenos — the guilty, innocent, and those in between.


451 Research Report on Orca Security’s Light, Agentless Approach to Cloud Security

Orca’s combination of SaaS delivery, SideScanning technology, and access to cloud configuration APIs provides security visibility and context into different aspects of cloud security with less friction than agent-based approaches.

In The News

Alexa Now Has Its Own Questions for You

A new feature from Amazon allows the intelligent assistant to ask users to clarify requests, such as “Dim the lights.” When Amazon released the Echo smart speaker in 2014, people still marveled at the convenience of voice-controlled computing.

Inside the Army’s futuristic test of its battlefield artificial intelligence in the desert

YUMA PROVING GROUND, Ariz. — After weeks of work in the oppressive Arizona desert heat, the U.S. Army carried out a series of live fire engagements Sept. 23 at Yuma Proving Ground to show how artificial intelligence systems can work together to automatically detect threats, deliver targeting data…

Applied use cases

These weird, unsettling photos show that AI is getting smarter

Before BERT, language models were pretty bad.
BERT changed that by introducing a new technique called “masking.” It involves hiding different words in a sentence and asking the model to fill in the blank.

Arm unveils new solutions for IoT and automotive applications

As autonomous decision-making becomes more pervasive, Arm has designed a unique suite of technology that prioritizes safety while delivering highly scalable, power-efficient compute to enable autonomous decision-making across new automotive and industrial opportunities.” The highlight is the…

Intel, Heidelberg University team up to bring Radeon GPU support to AI

This week, Intel and the Heidelberg University Computing Center (URZ) announced a new Academic Center of Excellence (CoE), which will support and conduct research on the oneAPI platform.


UK and US marked down on responsible AI

Some of the world’s most advanced countries in terms of artificial intelligence (AI) are not prioritising and practicing responsible AI, a report from Oxford Insight and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) has warned.

Uphold Digital Sovereignty, Avert Digital Autarky

Today, nations are fighting for control of digital resources, like data, algorithms, networks, computer hardware, and relevant materials, such as rare earths.

Humane AI requires a regulatory regime

Alejandro Saucedo, engineering director at Seldon, discusses the need for fit-for-purpose regulation when it comes to humane AI Artificial intelligence (AI) is set to upend nearly every industry.


How a Memory Quirk of the Human Brain Can Galvanize AI

Drawing inspiration from the mechanics of human memory, the team turbo-charged their algorithm with a powerful capability called “memory replay”—a sort of “rehearsal” of experiences in the brain that cements new learnings into long-lived memories.

These Robots Use AI to Learn How to Clean Your House

The cleaning robots live inside a mock home located at the Toyota Research Institute in Los Altos, California.

A Modular Simulation Framework and Benchmark for Robot Learning

robosuite is a simulation framework powered by the MuJoCo physics engine for robot learning. It also offers a suite of benchmark environments for reproducible research.


Introducing Dynabench: Rethinking the way we benchmark AI

Dynabench radically rethinks AI benchmarking, using a novel procedure called dynamic adversarial data collection to evaluate AI models.

Higher Education and Research Developer Resources

Opportunities for Teaching and Research NVIDIA Deep Learning Institute (DLI) Teaching Kits provide qualified educators with complete course solutions in deep learning, accelerated computing, and robotics.

coax: A Modular RL Package

coax coax is a modular Reinforcement Learning (RL) Python package for solving OpenAI Gym environments with JAX-based function approximators (using Haiku).
This makes coax more modular and user-friendly for RL researchers and practitioners.

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