Adobe: 86% of U.S. users say voice tech could make events more sanitary

People are embracing voice technology for more than just contactless interactions, but they’re also confused about how to use it. That’s according to Adobe’s 2020 Voice Survey, which was released today. The survey asked 1,000 voice technology users in the U.S. about their experiences and behaviors with AI assistants like Google Assistant, Alexa, Siri, and Cortana.

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TechSee raises $30 million to streamline field service work with AR and computer vision

TechSee, which describes itself as an “intelligent visual assistance” company, today closed a $30 million investment round led by OurCrowd, Salesforce Ventures, and Telus Ventures.

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Ketos raises $18 million to monitor drinking water quality with AI

Water analytics startup Ketos today announced it raised $18 million in funding. The capital will be put toward further advancing the company’s cloud-based software platform and hardware, as well as expanding Ketos’ team ahead of future growth.

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Uber drivers union asks EU court to overrule ‘robo-firing’ by algorithm

A union representing Uber drivers in the U.K. has filed a second legal challenge against the ride-hailing giant in Europe, this time arguing that Uber’s alleged “robo-firing” practices contravenes Article 22 of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which seeks to protect individuals from automated decision-making.

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Researchers suggest AI can learn common sense from animals

AI researchers developing reinforcement learning agents could learn a lot from animals. That’s according to recent analysis by Google’s DeepMind, Imperial College London, and University of Cambridge researchers assessing AI and non-human animals.

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Constructive ways to take power back from Big Tech

Facebook launched an independent oversight board and recommitted to privacy reforms this week, but after years of promises made and broken, nobody seems convinced that real change is afoot. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is expected to decide shortly whether to sue Facebook, sources told the New York Times, following a $5 billion fine levied last year.

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IBM’s latest AI predicts Alzheimer’s better than standard tests

IBM has developed a new AI model which predicts the onset of Alzheimer’s better than standard clinical tests. The AI is designed to be non-invasive and uses a short language sample from a verbal cognitive test given to a patient. Using this sample, the AI model is able to predict the onset of Alzheimer’s with…

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Intel revenues drop 4% to $18.3 billion for Q3 2020 as competition heats up

Intel reported earnings that matched Wall Street’s expectations during what was another tumultuous quarter for the world economy. For the third quarter ended September 30, the big PC chipmaker posted non-GAAP earnings per share (EPS) of $1.11 a share on revenue of $18.3 billion, compared with non-GAAP EPS of $1.42 a share on revenue of $19.2 billion a year earlier.

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AI researchers urge tech to go beyond scale to address systemic social issues

The definition of success for startups and Big Tech companies alike has long been summed up by three words: hockey stick growth. The paper argues that scale thinking is not just a way to grow a business, but a method that impacts all parts of that business, actively inhibits participation in tech and society, and “forces particular types of participation to operate as extractive or exploitative labor.”

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Microsoft and MITRE release framework to help fend off adversarial AI attacks

Microsoft, the nonprofit MITRE Corporation, and 11 organizations including IBM, Nvidia, Airbus, and Bosch today released the Adversarial ML Threat Matrix, an industry-focused open framework designed to help security analysts to detect, respond to, and remediate threats against machine learning systems.

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TeleSense raises $10.2 million to monitor crops with AI and sensors

TeleSense, a startup developing AI-powered software and sensors to predict the quality of crops in storage and transit, has raised $10.2 million. The company says the funds will be put toward R&D and expanding its team.

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The 2020 data and AI landscape

When COVID hit the world a few months ago, an extended period of gloom seemed all but inevitable. Yet many companies in the data ecosystem have not just survived but in fact thrived. Perhaps most emblematic of this is the blockbuster IPO of data warehouse provider Snowflake that took place a couple of weeks ago and catapulted Snowflake to a $69 billion market cap at the time of writing…

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