By Douglas MacMillan The Wall Street Journal Fri., June 8, 2018 Google won’t allow its artificial-intelligence products to be used in military weapons, the company said Thursday, as it tries to balance its “Don’t Be Evil” mantra with the wide-ranging applications of its technology. In a new 8,000-word set of ethical principles and guidelines, Google outlined how it plans to manage — and in some cases limit — the application of artificial intelligence, a powerful and emerging set of technologies that Google views as key to its growth. Google, the primary business unit of Alphabet Inc., has recently come under criticism from its own employees for supplying image-recognition technology to the U.S. Department of Defense, in a partnership called Project Maven. Google told employees earlier this month it wouldn’t seek to renew its contract for Project Maven, a person familiar with the matter said at the time, and that decision in … [Read more...] about Google says it won’t allow its artificial intelligence in military weapons
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Wholesale telecommunications and cloud services provider Inabox has said it is considering selling off parts of its business after receiving "informal approaches" from interested parties. According to Inabox, the interest in buying out the company is due to its low share price as well as "market dynamics which continue to drive industry consolidation".The company said it is now in preliminary discussions with potential buyers. "Having considered various scenarios with the assistance of its advisers, the board is of the view that the sale of one or more of the company's businesses on terms acceptable to the board could potentially unlock significantly more value for shareholders than has been reflected in the recent price range of the company's shares," Inabox said in a statement on Wednesday to the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX). Inabox, whose company includes the Telcoinabox, Hostworks, Anittel, iVox, and Neural Networks brands, said that in the meantime its businesses are … [Read more...] about Inabox enters talks with potential buyers
Roughly one month ago, news broke that Apple had poached Google AI chief John Giannandrea, and he was quickly replaced by Jeff Dean, leader of the Google Brain research division. The longtime Googler took over as AI chief at a time when AI continues to spread to all Google products and services and the company is making AI into its own division. Google Research recently even changed its name to Google AI. On Tuesday, as the company rolled out dozens of new features and updates — including ML Kit for mobile app developers, plans for a third generation of tensor processing unit chips, and AI for Google Assistant that can make phone calls on your behalf — Dean shared his vision of the future. On the horizon, Dean sees opportunities for AI to create new products and find solutions to problems humans haven’t even considered before. He also sees challenges emerging from AutoML, an AI model that can create other AI models, and he does not believe Google … [Read more...] about Google’s AI chief on AutoML, autonomous weapons, and the future
SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- With stories of widespread hackings and websites selling your data, we all want to know how to keep our digital lives private and secure. One easy way is to use a VPN -- or virtual private network -- on your computer and smartphone.But, how do you know which one is right for you? In a partnership with Consumer Reports, 7 On Your Side's Michael Finney offers some guidelines. When Sara and Corey Meyer launched their chocolate company, Little Bird Kitchen, they knew they would have to travel all over the country to help it take wing. "In order to stay connected to our inventory, we needed a way to do it securely and we needed a VPN," said Sara Meyer, Owner of Little Bird Kitchen.Think of it as the server in the middle. In order for data to travel between your computer and another server, like a website, app, or the cloud, it has to pass through the VPN first, making your digital footprint harder to follow. "Most good VPNs also will have encryption," said Bree … [Read more...] about How a VPN might keep your digital lives private and secure
At Creating Revolutions, an employee affectionately nicknamed "Manuel Noriega" assembles the tiny components of a customer service paging device. Unlike other employees of the startup, Manuel works for hours, day in and day out, without bathroom breaks or healthcare benefits.Meet today's robot workforce. Manuel is a collaborative robot (or cobot) that's helping Creating Revolutions build electronic tabletop devices for the restaurant industry. The startup didn't always rely on a gunmetal grey robot arm to assemble its devices, which allow restaurant customers to text requests to busy wait staff. But faulty assembly was causing double-digit failure rates."The problem is you can't efficiently repeat a specific process the exact same over and over again as a human being," says Einar Rosenberg, CIO of Creating Revolutions.With Manuel on the payroll, Creating Revolutions has reduced its product rejection rate to nearly zero. Changes to manufacturing processes can be made in real time for … [Read more...] about The ‘cobots’ are coming. Is your IT team ready?