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The Kaggle data science community is competing to improve airport security with AI

The Kaggle data science community is competing to improve airport security with AI Going through airport security is a universally painful experience. And despite being slow and invasive, the TSA doesn’t have a great record at catching threats. With the help of the Kaggle data science community, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is hosting an online competition to build machine learning-powered tools that can augment agents, ideally making the entire system simultaneously more accurate and efficient. Kaggle, acquired by Google earlier this year, regularly hosts online competitions where data…

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Crunch Report | Apple Rolls Out Early Version Of Its Safe Driving Feature

Crunch Report | Apple Rolls Out Early Version Of Its Safe Driving Feature Today’s Stories  Do Not Disturb While Driving feature rolls out in Apple’s newest iOS 11 beta Sean Parker has left Spotify’s board; Padmasree Warrior, Thomas Staggs join in lead up to IPO Trump might kill next month’s new startup visa before it takes effect Facebook is testing a feature to prevent profile pictures being abused by other users Tantan, China’s top dating app, raises $70M for monetization push and overseas expansion Credits Written and Hosted by: Anthony…

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Ticketmaster’s chatbot for Facebook is actually not terrible

Ticketmaster’s chatbot for Facebook is actually not terrible A lot of chatbots have launched on Facebook in recent months, but the Ticketmaster bot launching today is among the best that I’ve been forced to work with. Normally I avoid reaching out to businesses through Facebook (it still doesn’t seem like a natural channel to me — and I’m old), but there’s real utility in Ticketmaster’s bot if you’re willing to give up a certain amount of privacy. The bot’s natural language processing works well and not as programmatically as some…

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Facebook is testing a feature to prevent profile pictures being abused by other users

Facebook is testing a feature to prevent profile pictures being abused by other users Facebook is introducing a new feature to give users peace of mind around how their profile photo can be used and accessed by others. The social network today announced a pilot program in India that is designed to protect users who are concerned about other people gaining access to their profile image. The new ‘photo guard’ feature has a range of safety measures that include: Preventing other users from downloading a person’s profile pic, or sharing…

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Google to ramp up AI efforts to ID extremism on YouTube

Google to ramp up AI efforts to ID extremism on YouTube Last week Facebook solicited help with what it dubbed “hard questions” — including how it should tackle the spread of terrorism propaganda on its platform. Yesterday Google followed suit with its own public pronouncement, via an op-ed in the FT newspaper, explaining how it’s ramping up measures to tackle extremist content. Both companies have been coming under increasing political pressure in Europe especially to do more to quash extremist content — with politicians including in the UK and Germany pointing…

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A discussion about AI’s conflicts and challenges

A discussion about AI’s conflicts and challenges Thirty five years ago having a PhD in computer vision was considered the height of unfashion, as artificial intelligence languished at the bottom of the trough of disillusionment. Back then it could take a day for a computer vision algorithm to process a single image. How times change. “The competition for talent at the moment is absolutely ferocious,” agrees Professor Andrew Blake, whose computer vision PhD was obtained in 1983, but who is now, among other things, a scientific advisor to UK-based autonomous vehicle…

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Facebook requests input on hard questions about censorship and terrorism

Facebook requests input on hard questions about censorship and terrorism How should Facebook decide what’s allowed on its social network, and how to balance safety and truth with diverse opinions and cultural norms? Facebook wants your feedback on the toughest issues it’s grappling with, so today it published a list of seven “hard questions” and an email address — hardquestions@fb.com — where you can send feedback and suggestions for more questions it should address. Facebook’s plan is to publish blog posts examining its logic around each of these questions, starting later today…

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Snap taps its IPO price as it continues to crash

Snap taps its IPO price as it continues to crash Update: It happened! Snap fell down to its IPO price (for a few seconds) of $17 per share after its continued steady march south over the past several weeks. The company is now barely holding just above its IPO price. Snap’s last earnings report resulted in a disaster, and while the company still managed to stay above $20 for an extended period of time, a string of bad days for the market — and likely increased skepticism for the company’s future…

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Facebook’s Safety Check is a stress-inducing flip of social norms

Facebook’s Safety Check is a stress-inducing flip of social norms Facebook’s Safety Check feature was activated today, following news that a fire had engulfed a 24-storey block of flats in West London. At least six people are reported to have died in the blaze, with police expecting the death toll to rise. The Grenfell tower contains 120 flats. Clearly this is a tragedy. But should Facebook be reacting to a tragedy by sending push alerts — including to users who are miles away from the building in question? Is that helpful? Or does…

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Facebook teaches machines to negotiate with humans

Facebook teaches machines to negotiate with humans Though Facebook is rarely mentioned alongside Apple, Microsoft and Amazon in discussions about conversational AI, the company has published a hoard of papers that underscore a deep interest in dialog systems. As has become clear with Siri, Cortana and Alexa, dialog is hard — it requires more than just good speech recognition to deliver a killer experience to users. From the sidelines Facebook has been tinkering with big challenges like natural language understanding and text generation. And today the Facebook AI Research team…

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