Scientists teach computers fear’to make them better drivers

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NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA’Computers can master some tasks’like playing a game of Go’through trial and error. But what works for a game doesn’t work for risky real-world tasks like driving a car, where ‘losing’ might involve a high-speed collision. To drive safely, humans have an exquisite feedback system: our fight-or-flight response, in which physiological reactions like a rapid heart rate and sweaty palms signal ‘fear,’ and so keep us vigilant and, theoretically, out of trouble. Now, researchers at Microsoft are giving artificial intelligence (AI) programs a rough analog of anxiety to help them sense when they’re pushing their luck.

Publisher: Science | AAAS
Date: 2019-05-10T15:20:03-04:00
Author: Matthew Hutson
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Who’s using your face? The ugly truth about facial recognition

A live demonstration uses artificial intelligence and facial recognition at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Experts believe it is already too late to restrict the movement of face data across geographic borders. Photograph: David McNew/AFP/Getty Images

When Jillian York, a 36-year-old American activist, was on vacation in February, she received an unexpected text. Her friend Adam Harvey, another activist and researcher, had discovered photos of her in a US government database used to train facial-recognition algorithms, and wondered whether she knew about it.


Publisher: The Irish Times
Date: 2019-05-09T04:53:44+0100
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WRAL Doc: New Trouble on the Neuse River

To investigate the problem, WRAL researchers and reporters sought out experts from North Carolina universities and the Environmental Defense Fund to analyze wastewater along the Neuse from Hillsborough in Orange County to Ocracoke at the end of Pamlico Sound. The documentary that followed was screened at the state legislature, and lawmakers took action ‘ across the aisle ‘ to develop a bi-partisan plan to combat river pollution.

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‘In a nutshell, the river is in very poor health and declining and continuing to decline,’ says Dr. JoAnn Burkholder, aquatics ecologist at North Carolina State University.

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Publisher: WRAL.com
Date: 2019-04-18T19:00:00-04:00
Author: WRAL
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Computer Scientist Honored for Teaching Excellence

Peter Stone, a professor of computer science at The University of Texas at Austin, has won’the Minnie Stevens’Piper Teaching Award, which celebrates’outstanding postsecondary’teaching.

Since 1958, the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation,’a non-profit, charitable corporation focused on postsecondary education in Texas, has’selected excellent educators from’four- and two-year institutions from across Texas to be named'”Piper Professors”‘for their superior teaching at the college level.

Stone holds the’David Bruton, Jr. Centennial Professorship in Computer Sciences, and he is a Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University. He’previously won both’a Regents Outstanding Teaching Award and a College of Natural Sciences teaching award.’

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What Deep Blue And AlphaGo Can Teach Us About Explainable AI

Forbes CommunityVoice’ allows professional fee-based membership groups (“communities”) to connect directly with the Forbes audience by enabling them to create content ‘ and participate in the conversation ‘ on the Forbes digital publishing platform. Each topic-based CommunityVoice’ is produced and managed by the group.

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Adam Rogers is’Ultimate Software’s‘Chief Technology Officer, leading the company in delivering HR and payroll solutions via SaaS.

For decades, computer scientists considered chess ‘ a quintessential game of foresight, strategy and logic ‘ the ultimate test of artificial intelligence. Most researchers at the time believed computers would never be able to match a skilled human opponent at a game requiring innately human qualities.

Publisher: Forbes
Date: 2019-05-09
Author: Adam Rogers
Twitter: @forbes
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California moves to get more K-12 students into computer science classes

More California K-12 students at all grade levels could have access to computer science classes if schools implement a plan unanimously approved by the State Board of Education Wednesday.

The California Computer Science Strategic Implementation Plan‘suggests strategies to state and school district officials that could increase the number of computer science classes, ensure all students have access to them and train educators to teach the courses.

Only 39 percent of California high schools offer computer science courses, said’Allison Scott, chief research officer at the Kapor Center, a nonprofit that examines equity and access in technology, at Wednesday’s meeting. That means only 3 percent of high school students in the state’are enrolled in computer science’courses. Of those students only 29 percent in introductory classes are female, with the number declining in Advanced Placement classes.

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Publisher: EdSource
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