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How to Give the Gift of Bitcoin This Holiday Season

December 13, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow While some holiday shoppers might be ogling the Nintendo Switch or that perfect pair of jeans, savvy folk like you and I understand that deep down your friends and family are secretly hoping to unwrap the gift of a speculative, volatile investment. Bitcoin, the digital currency that JPMorgan boss Jamie...

Army Researchers Will Have a Solution For Fake News Right After the Next U.S. Election

December 1, 2017 As media’s highest-T fake news broadcaster (paywall) says: “There’s a war for your mind.” Now the US Army wants to fight it. The Army announced on Wednesday (Nov. 29) that a team of its researchers would work alongside scientists from Ukraine and Bulgaria to “understand and ultimately combat disinformation attacks...

All the New Software Amazon Announced at Its Huge Developer Conference

December 1, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Amazon is trying to make artificial intelligence services a cornerstone of its quickly-growing cloud business. At its re:Invent conference, the company is unveiling new AI-powered tools for developers to integrate into their own applications and workflows. Here’s what they’ve announced: SageMaker: an online tool for “everyday developers” to build and...

Stanford Trained AI to Diagnose Pneumonia Better Than a Radiologist in Just Two Months

November 18, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow There’s a clear trend that having more data makes it easier to train artificial intelligence. Bigger datasets, like ImageNet, originally showed that AI could be useful for tasks like image recognition, leading to a race among everyone from large technology companies to academics to compile new datasets to stretch the...

More Than 50 Experts Just Told DHS That Using AI for “Extreme Vetting” Is Dangerously Misguided

November 17, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A group of experts from Google, Microsoft, MIT, NYU, Stanford, Spotify, and AI Now are urging the Department of Homeland Security to reconsider using automated software powered by machine learning to vet immigrants and visitors trying to enter the United States. The controversial program, which hasn’t yet been implemented, would...

More Than 50 Experts Told DHS That Using AI For 'Extreme Vetting' Is Dangerously Misguided

November 16, 2017 A group of experts from Google, Microsoft, MIT, NYU, Stanford, Spotify, and AI Now are urging (pdf) the Department of Homeland Security to reconsider using automated software powered by machine learning to vet immigrants and visitors trying to enter the United States. The controversial program, which hasn’t yet been implemented,...

The Field of AI Research Is About to Get Way Bigger Than Code

November 16, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When it comes to developing artificial intelligence, the largest technology companies in the world are all-in. Google and Microsoft say they’re “AI-first,” and businesses like Facebook and Amazon wouldn’t be possible without the scalable personalization that AI allows. But if you look for research on how artificial intelligence affects society—like...

Inside the Mechanical Brain of the World’s First Robot Citizen

November 13, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Jimmy Fallon is concerned. “You brought a friend with you here, and this is really freaking me out,” the Tonight Show host tells David Hanson, CEO of Hanson Robotics, before inspecting the humanoid robot on stage. Sophia raises an eyebrow while looking out past the two men on stage. Hanson...

Human-Driven Truck Hits Self-Driving Shuttle in Las Vegas

November 10, 2017 A low-speed collision with a delivery truck marked the first day of self-driving shuttle buses in Las Vegas. The autonomous shuttle, which can’t go faster than 15 miles per hour, was clipped by a human-driven truck pulling out into the road. The driverless vehicle detected the truck and stopped, according...

Alexa Doesn’t Have the Attention Span to Secretly Eavesdrop on Your Conversations

November 8, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If you own a smart speaker, chances are you own an Amazon Echo. More people trust Amazon to put a microphone in their bedrooms and kitchens than they do Google or anyone else—but still, there’s a nagging feeling that Alexa, the virtual personal assistant, is listening to all your conversations....