What Google executive Schmidt gets right, wrong about future of artificial intelligence


Moreover, Schmidt mentions AI legend Geoff Hinton _ one of the people that he cites as an inspiration for Google’s current AI initiatives _ but doesn’t mention the legendary Ray Kurzweil, who was recruited by Google to work on AI projects. He alludes to Google’s Gmail, but doesn’t mention DeepMind, even though DeepMind is now teaching machines how to read.

Are those intentional or unintentional oversights? Sometimes the biggest clues are from what’s not mentioned, not what’s mentioned.

In China, credit score is now affected by friends’ activism


But the kicker is that if any of your friends do this — publish opinions without prior permission, or report accurate but embarrassing news — your score will also deteriorate. And this will have a direct impact on your quality of life.

“Sesame Credit, however, also uses other data to calculate the scores, such as a person’s hobbies, interaction with friends, shopping habits and lifestyle.” — Quote from China Daily Asia

The KGB and the Stasi’s method of preventing dissent from taking hold was to plant so-called agents provocateurs in the general population, people who tried to make people agree with dissent, but who actually were after arresting them as soon as they agreed with such dissent. As a result, nobody would dare agree that the government did anything bad, and this was very effective in preventing any large-scale resistance from taking hold. The Chinese way here is much more subtle, but probably more effective still.

Sweden is shifting to a 6-hour work day – ScienceAlert


Toyota service centres in Gothenburg, which switched to a six-hour day 13 years ago and report happier staff, a lower turnover rate, and ease in enticing new employees to come on board. “They have a shorter travel time to work, there is more efficient use of the machines and lower capital costs – everyone is happy,” the managing director Martin Banck told David Crouch at The Guardian, adding that profits have risen by 25 percent.

Hitachi Says It Can Predict Crimes Before They Happen | Fast Company | Business + Innovation


What the new technology, called Hitachi Visualization Predictive Crime Analytics (PCA), does have is the ability to ingest streams of sensor and Internet data from a wide variety of sources.

It then applies what’s called machine learning, using the popular statistical software known as “R,” that crunches all this information in order to find patterns that humans would miss. “A human just can’t handle when you get to the tens or hundreds of variables that could impact crime,” says Lipscomb, “like weather, social media, proximity to schools, Metro [subway] stations, gunshot sensors, 911 calls.”

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