More than 20 countries around the world have announced their national artificial intelligence (AI) strategies, drawing their road maps with different schools and perspectives on how to use this key technology. They have made plans about how to improve their national defense and public infrastructures with this new technology, how the export share in the private sector should contribute to the economy, and how the education system will be restructured with the foresight that jobs and professions will transform. Meanwhile, Turkey is in the process of maturing its AI strategy. Ali Taha Koç, head of the Presidential Office for Digital Transformation, known as the maestro of these studies, announced that the strategy would be disclosed by the end of the year. Stating that Turkey is aware of global technological growth in the world, Koç recalled that each unit of growth in information and communication technologies contributed 1.8-2% to the economy. He emphasized that further … [Read more...] about B3LAB: Data and artificial intelligence center of Turkey
Making sense of big data
From the UK to South Korea, seismic “detectives” are tracking the causes of anomalous tremors Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit Share on WhatsApp Share on Google+ Share by Email Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit Share on LinkedIn Share on Google+ Share by Email By Chris Baraniuk 8 July 2019 Fear seizes the TV presenter at the very moment her TV studio starts to shake. She stops, mid-monologue, and falls silent. The shaking worsens. Other presenters seated around the awkwardly large plastic table sit stock still, save for a few worried glances left and right. Then the shaking gets stronger. The rattling of equipment above them can be heard. One broadcaster turns his gaze upward to see. The main presenter gasps. It’s time to go.As the South Korean live TV team hastily discarded body microphones and abandoned their … [Read more...] about The mystery of unexplained earthquakes
At the parent-teacher conference, I sat across the table from my first grader’s teacher in a chair made for a 6-year-old. The teacher pointed to percentages scrawled in red ink. I looked and listened. “This number,” she said, “is his Lexile score.” She went on, moving her index finger across a table created by MetaMetrics. “Here’s the range of normal for his age. So, you want to have him reading books at this level.” Her report of his math performance proceeded in much the same way: more percentages, ranges and “levels,” sometimes calculated from different copyrighted measures. By this point, I was having difficulty following. I silently wondered: I have a Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning, and I don’t understand what these data say about my kid. What are other parents getting out of these meetings? When the teacher paused for a breath, I leaned as far back as the tiny chair would allow. She looked up from the cascade of … [Read more...] about How to teach and parent better in the age of big data
There are concerns New Zealand is letting computers make too many big decisions without checking if they're accurate. Researchers at the University of Otago believe now is the time to act, to protect against the dangers of artificial intelligence (AI). "These tools, these algorithms are being used to make very important decisions - who gets to stay in the country, who gets to leave prison or stay in prison, children being taken from their parents," said Colin Gavaghan, associate professor of law. Government Use of Artificial Intelligence in New Zealand, a new report led by the University of Otago and funded by the Law Foundation, found little transparency over the accuracy of Government algorithms, despite the use of AI increasing. It recommends establishing an independent Government regulator. "One of the things we are suggesting is there should be some kind of oversight body within the Government which can check Government algorithms for accuracy," said Gavaghan. Systemic bias? … [Read more...] about Are we letting computers make too many big decisions?
The impoverishment of biodiversity is one of the most worrying aspects of the world ecological crisis. Between 50 and 300 species of plants and animals are thought to become extinct every day (1) and the World Conservation Union (IUCN) states in its 1997 “red list” that 11% of birds, 20% of reptiles, 25% of amphibians, 25% of mammals and 34% of fish are currently endangered the world over (2). Disturbing as these figures are, they are only a very imperfect reflection of the qualitative effect of this degradation of the world’s ecosystem as the productive sphere expands. The concept of biodiversity is not just a quantitative indicator. Coined by Walter G Rosen in 1985, it applies to three different diversities taken together: genetic diversity (meaning the genes within a species), species diversity and ecological diversity, as well as the interactions between the three of them. As the president of the French Conseil scientifique, Robert Barbault, … [Read more...] about Making merchandise of biodiversity