“WE ARE on the verge of turning off Alexa,” reveals Ian McEwan, a prizewinning British writer. “She [the voice-controlled smart speaker] keeps butting in on our conversations and I am rather suspicious of this listening device in the room. We might just pull the plug on her.” The wary relationship between humans and technology is also at the heart of Mr McEwan’s new novel, “Machines like Me” (reviewed by The Economist here). Get our daily newsletter Upgrade your inbox and get our Daily Dispatch and Editor's Picks. From “Saturday in 2005”, set amid the protests in the run-up to the Iraq war to “Solar”, dealing with scientists and climate change, he regularly plunders worldly dilemmas for material around which to weave stories. Now Mr McEwan has turned his hand to one of the most ethically contentious subjects of the day: the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) and a potentially uneasy co-existence of real and … [Read more...] about As AI advances, what are humans for?
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As artificial intelligence continues to evolve, diagnosing disease faster and potentially with greater accuracy than physicians, some have suggested that technology may soon replace tasks that physicians currently perform. But a new study from the Google AI research group shows that physicians and algorithms working together are more effective than either alone. It's one of the first studies to examine how AI can improve physicians' diagnostic accuracy. The new research will be published in the April edition of Ophthalmology, the ournal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. This study expands on previous work from Google AI showing that its algorithm works roughly as well as human experts in screening patients for a common diabetic eye disease called diabetic retinopathy. For their latest study, the researchers wanted to see if their algorithm could do more than simply diagnose disease. They wanted to create a new computer-assisted system that could "explain" the algorithm's … [Read more...] about Google Research Shows How AI can Make Ophthalmologists More Effective
COMMENT: Google is digesting its third whopping antitrust penalty from the European Commission, having been fined €1.5 billion for abusing its market dominance around online advertising. The case concerned web publishers embedding a Google-powered search engine on their site, and being prevented from letting third parties place search adverts at the top of search results. Margrethe Vestager, the EU’s competition commissioner, said this “denied other companies the possibility to compete on the merits and to innovate – and consumers the benefits of competition”. It takes the EC’s total antitrust fines against Google to €8.2 billion in two years, following previous findings in June 2017 and July 2018, respectively about Google unfairly advantaging its Shopping service and Google Chrome browser. The European Union is not the only one gunning for big tech. UK chancellor Philip Hammond has hinted about tightening digital competition policy … [Read more...] about Internet giants could strangle smart tech revolution
A depleted Hull KR succumbed to a disappointing 42-8 defeat at Huddersfield Giants as the Robins were made to rue errors, ill-discipline and poor defence. Despite being down on numbers thanks to injuries to key men including the likes of Mitch Garbutt, Danny McGuire, Robbie Mulhern, Kane Linnet and Ben Crooks, the visitors had plenty of chances in the first half but were their own worst enemy. Huddersfield were also missing influential players but had enough on the park to provide the clinical edge in the right areas of the field. Whilst Rovers missed the influence of McGuire, Huddersfield benefited from solid play by half-backs Matt Frawley and particularly Lee Gaskell. KR were instead wasteful in good positions during the first half, while the Giants took advantage of their forays into enemy territory. However, after the break the Giants took a stranglehold on the game, leaving KR weary and lost. There is no doubt KR missed the likes of Garbutt up front and the return of the star … [Read more...] about Hull KR rue errors, discipline and poor defence in Giants loss
BBJ Sunday, March 17, 2019, 00:31 Bence Orbán, Customer Success Product Manager at Microsoft Hungary, talks about the software giant’s plans and targets, and its “Modern Workplace” platform. Bence Orbán BBJ: What are the business targets for Microsoft Hungary for 2019? Bence Orbán: Microsoft Hungary is the engine of a developing, constantly growing community that consists of partners, suppliers, students, teachers and clients. During the 25 years Microsoft has been in Hungary, it has become a leader in digital rejuvenation. Our aim is to develop the digital world with consistent innovation. Microsoft isn’t just a leading technological and efficiency provider worldwide, but also has the safest infrastructure in the world. Microsoft spends over USD 1 billion on security-related R&D. Our data centers, and our quantum computers that are under development, meet the strict data protection regulations of the United States and the … [Read more...] about Microsoft: 25 Years at the Heart of a Developing, Growing Community