News / UK and world by Press Association April 19, 2018, 12:47 am FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter British artificial intelligence firm BenevolentAI has raised 115 million US dollars (£80.8 million) in a move valuing the group at two billion US dollars (£1.4 billion) and marking one of the largest funding rounds in the sector. BenevolentAI, which uses artificial intelligence to make new drug discoveries, secured the funding from investors largely based in the US, as well as from existing backers including star fund manager Neil Woodford’s Woodford Investment Management. The latest funding round means BenevolentAI has now raised more than 200 million US dollars (£141 million) since its launch in 2013. It said it would put the latest cash towards ramping up its drug development, broadening the disease areas on which it focuses and advance these programmes to the clinic. The group – Europe’s … [Read more...] about Artificial intelligence firm valued at £1.4bn after latest funding round
WASHINGTON — Social media companies have embraced artificial intelligence tools to scrub their platforms of hate speech, terrorist propaganda and other content deemed noxious. But will those tools censor other content? Can a program judge the value of speech?Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg told Congress last week that his company is rapidly developing AI tools to “identify certain classes of bad activity proactively and flag it for our team.”It is one of several moves by Facebook as it struggles with an erosion of consumer trust over its harvesting of user data, its past vulnerability to targeted political misinformation and the opaqueness of the formulas upon which its news feeds are built.Some technologists believe that AI tools won’t resolve these issues that Facebook and other social media companies face.“The problem is that surveillance is Facebook’s business model: surveillance in order to facilitate psychological manipulation,” said … [Read more...] about As Facebook embraces artificial intelligence tools, will it further spook consumers?
News / UK and world by Press Association April 16, 2018, 12:03 am FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter Artificial Intelligence (AI) must never be given autonomous power to hurt, destroy or deceive humans, a parliamentary report has said. Ethics need to be put at the centre of the development of the emerging technology, according to the House of Lords Artificial Intelligence Committee. With Britain poised to become a world leader in the controversial technological field international safeguards need to be set in place, the study said. Peers state that AI needs to be developed for the common good and that the “autonomous power to hurt, destroy or deceive human beings should never be vested in artificial intelligence”. The report also stressed that AI should also not be used to diminish the data rights of individuals, and people “should have the right to be educated to enable them to flourish mentally, emotionally … [Read more...] about Ethics must be at heart of Artificial Intelligence technology, says Lords report
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Is the world ready for cows armed with artificial intelligence?No time to ruminate on that because the moment has arrived, thanks to a Dutch company that has married two technologies — motion sensors and AI — with the aim of bringing the barnyard into the 21st century.The company, Connecterra, has brought its IDA system , or "The Intelligent Dairy Farmer's Assistant," to the United States after having piloted it in Europe for several years.IDA uses a motion-sensing device attached to a cow's neck to transmit its movements to a program driven by AI. The sensor data, when aligned repeatedly with real-world behavior, eventually allows IDA to tell from data alone when a cow is chewing cud, lying down, walking, drinking or eating.Those indicators can predict whether a particular cow is ill, has become less productive, or is ready to breed — alerting the farmer to changes in behavior that might otherwise be easily missed."It would just be … [Read more...] about Bovines online: Farmers are using artificial intelligence to help monitor cows
WAYNESBORO, Ga.In the two months since Richard Watson strapped 200 remote-control-sized transmitters around his cows' necks, an artificial-intelligence system named Ida has pinged his phone with helpful alerts: when his cows are chewing the cud, when they're feeling sick, when they're ready for insemination."There may be 10 animals out there that have a real problem, but could you pick them?" he said one morning, standing among a grazing herd of dairy cattle wearing what he calls "cow Fitbits."But on the neighboring pastures here in rural Georgia, other farmers say they aren't that impressed. When a cow's in heat, they know she'll start getting mounted by her bovine sisters, so they smear paint on the cows' backsides and then just look for the incriminating smudge. No fancy AI required."I can spot a cow across a room that don't feel great just by looking in her eyes," said Mark Rodgers, a fourth-generation dairy farmer in Dearing, Georgia, whose dad still drives a tractor at 82. "The … [Read more...] about “Cow Fitbits” and artificial intelligence are coming, but some farmers aren’t impressed