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Researchers investigate whether ‘fairness constraints’ mitigate bias in algorithms

Automated systems trained with real-world data have a tendency to discriminate against disadvantaged groups. For instance, an algorithm adopted by the U.K. government downgraded hundreds of thousands of students’ grades, disproportionately impacting those from tuition-free schools. One approach to alleviating the bias issue is imposing “fairness constraints” such that certain statistical measures are roughly equalized across groups. But the long-term […]

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SingleStore raises $80 million to accelerate data analytics with relational databases

Relational database startup SingleStore (previously MemSQL) closed an $80 million funding round today, bringing its total raised to $238 million. The San Francisco-based company plans to use the funds to increase its market presence; expand its engineering team in Portugal, Ukraine, and the U.S.; and grow its customer base internationally. In July, SingleStore partnered with Latin America Business Consulting (LATBC) […]

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Passwordless tech startup Beyond Identity raises $75 million

Beyond Identity, a New York-based startup developing passwordless identity management solutions, raised $75 million in venture capital. The company says the funds will be used to fuel expansion of Beyond Identity’s product capabilities and to expand its global footprint, which will entail signing on new distribution channels, OEM partners, and international sales and support reps. A Google survey found that […]

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Researchers are starting to refuse to review Google AI papers

Computer scientists in AI are beginning to refuse to review Google AI research until Google changes its stance on former AI ethics co-lead Timnit Gebru. Reviewers who select research for publication at academic conferences work on a voluntary basis to support the scientific community and are typically chosen based on their experience and expertise. According to an analysis of papers […]

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Driving into the future from autonomous to AI

This article is part of a Technology and Innovation Insights series paid for by Samsung.  With new connective technology, autonomous systems, and innovative business models, the transportation industry is on the cusp of a transformation that could expand the market by more than a trillion dollars over the next decade and drastically reduce road injuries, one of the top 10 […]

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Intel showcases neuromorphic computing innovations at Labs Day

Today during its Labs Day expo, Intel shared an update on progress within the Intel Neuromorphic Research Community (INRC), the ecosystem of over 100 academic groups, government labs, research institutions, and companies founded in 2018 to further neuromorphic computing. Intel and the INRC claim to have achieved breakthroughs in applying neuromorphic hardware to a range of applications, from gesture and […]

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AutoX’s robo-taxi service in Shenzhen leaves out the human driver

Self-driving car startup AutoX today announced that a portion of its robo-taxi fleet in Shenzhen, China is ferrying customers without teleoperators or safety drivers behind the wheel. The company claims it’s the first set of fully driverless cars to be deployed in China and perhaps only the second in operation following the launch of Waymo’s fully driverless program in Phoenix, […]

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Why Intel believes confidential computing will boost AI and machine learning

Companies are collecting increasing amounts of data, a trend that is driving the development of better analytical tools and tougher security. Analysis and security are now converging as confidential computing prepares to deliver a critical boost to artificial intelligence. Intel has been investing heavily in confidential computing as a way to expand the amount and types of data companies will […]

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AI budgets expected to expand in 2021, despite pandemic

Presented by Appen This article is the third in a 5-part series on predictions in AI in 2021 — catch up on the first and second in the series.  Artificial intelligence (AI) has reached the top: Two-thirds of senior executives across industries cite AI as vitally important to the future of their businesses and plan to increase their investments in […]

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Amazon debuts Trainium, a custom chip for machine learning training in the cloud

Amazon today debuted AWS Trainium, a chip custom-designed to deliver what the company describes as cost-effective machine learning model training in the cloud. It comes ahead of the availability of new Habana Gaudi-based Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instances built specifically for machine learning training, powered by Intel’s new Habana Gaudi processors. “We know that we want to keep pushing […]

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