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ForkLog AI has collected the most important news from the AI world over the past week.
- The government of the Russian Federation liquidated the subcommittee on the development of AI.
- The Russian division of Google intends to declare bankruptcy.
- In the United States, the ban on the use of facial recognition systems by police will be lifted.
- Tesla removed from the S&P 500 due to autopilot and discrimination issues.
- The former director of machine learning at Apple moved to DeepMind.
- The Japanese container ship made an autonomous navigation between the two largest ports in the country.
- The most important trades of the last week.
In the Russian Federation liquidated the government AI commission
In Russia, the government subcommittee on the development of artificial intelligence has been abolished.
A number of acts and applications related to the work of the department lose their force.
Google Russia will declare itself bankrupt
The Russian division of Google plans to declare bankruptcy.
The company said that the seizure of bank accounts made it impossible for the office to function in Russia, including hiring and paying salaries, as well as fulfilling other financial obligations.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Google removed most of its employees from the Russian Federation, preparing for the termination of commercial activities in the country. Most of the workers have moved to Dubai, where the tech giant has a large office, the source said.
US lifts ban on facial recognition systems
Several US cities will lift bans on facial recognition technology due to rising crime rates.
According to Reuters, in the coming months, Virginia and California authorities will allow local police to use biometric identification systems. The ban could also be lifted in New Orleans, where homicide reports have risen by 67% over the past two years.
“Technology is needed to solve crimes and bring people to justice,” law enforcement officials said.
Woman sues TikTok over death challenge
TikTok is being sued over alleged “death recommendations” from its algorithms.
According to the lawsuit, an app on the For You tab recommended 10-year-old Naila Anderson complete a blackout challenge that encourages people to hold their breath until they pass out. During the task, the child fainted. The girl was taken to the hospital, but five days later she died in intensive care.
TikTok responded that the challenge appeared long before the advent of the social network and was never a trend. If such content is found, the developers immediately delete it, the company added.
Tesla removed from S&P 500 due to autopilot issues
Tesla has been removed from the S&P 500 ESG due to autopilot and discrimination issues.
The S&P 500 ESG is a metric used to evaluate corporate performance on environmental, social and governance issues.
In response to the actions of S&P Dow Jones Indices, Elon Musk called the index a “fraud” and “a weapon in the hands of fake social justice fighters.”
Exxon is rated top ten best in world for environment, social & governance (ESG) by S&P 500, while Tesla didn’t make the list!
ESG is a scam. It has been weaponized by phony social justice warriors.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 18, 2022
Media: the former director of machine learning at Apple got a job at DeepMind
Ian Goodfellow, former director of machine learning at Apple, joined the DeepMind AI lab.
According to Bloomberg, the specialist joined the Google AI division as an independent participant. Goodfellow has not yet taken on new duties, the source writes.
DeepMind did not comment on the information.
Goodfellow previously left Apple due to a partial cancellation of remote work and a lack of flexibility in the company’s work policy.
Apple soon abandoned its policy of gradual return to offices due to the increase in the incidence of COVID-19 in the United States. Instead, employees will be required to visit workplaces two days a week and wear masks in public areas.
Google introduced an AI trainer to prepare for interviews
Google has launched the Interview Warmup AI tool to prepare for interviews. The program is only available to US users.
The system asks typical questions like “tell us a little about yourself” and analyzes the person’s responses to identify areas for improvement. The tool will determine if the candidate is “overusing” certain words or needs more time to talk on a given topic.
The Interview Warmup is intended for Google Career Certificates members, but also includes a list of general questions. In the future, the company plans to expand the functionality of the tool and the region of its availability.
Apple introduces “live captioning” for iPhone, iPad and Mac
Apple will add live captioning to videos for iPhone, iPad and Mac. The company also announced an AI system for detecting doors in unfamiliar areas.
“Live captioning” can be used in streaming services, FaceTime and other online conferencing applications.
The door detection tool allows you to describe whether they are open or closed, as well as determine how they open – push, pull or turn the handle.
The systems are part of an “accessibility” update for the company’s products. Features will become available in 2022.
A startup has developed a deepfake tool for video conferencing
Japanese startup EmbodyMe has developed a deepfake app that “dresses and combs” users for work hangouts.
The system generates a business image based on pre-loaded professional photos. The algorithm “finishes” the missing details like a suit or styled hair in real time and synchronizes the image with the broadcast in Zoom, Skype or Microsoft Teams.
The application tracks 50,000 different points on the user’s face, determining changes in his facial expressions. The system also adjusts to the movements of a person, even when he approaches the camera.
According to the company, EmbodyMe neuro-rendering takes about 0.01 seconds, which is 50 times faster than peers.
The basic filter is free. A monthly subscription with additional features costs $8 per month.
In Japan, a container ship made autonomous navigation
Autonomous container ship Suzaku sailed 790 km on its own. The 95m long ship made a test voyage from Tokyo Bay to the port of Tsumatsusaka and back.
The experiment also tested ground support and remote control technologies. The operators monitored the functioning of the vessel, briefly taking control to check the performance of the control and communication systems.
About 30 companies participated in the experiment. The project is funded by the Japanese organization Nippon Foundation.
The most important AI deals of the last week
From May 15 to May 21, 2022, AI startups raised over $370 million. Here are the most interesting transactions.
- Inflection AI has received $225 million to develop AI software products to make it easier for people to interact with computers.
- Fetcher has raised $27 million to create a job search service.
- Heartex has raised $25 million to develop an open source labeled data platform.
- Supply chain disruption predictor Everstream Analytics raises $24 million
- Keelvar received $24 million to scale its supply chain procurement automation platform.
- Traktian has raised $15 million to develop a system for monitoring the condition of industrial equipment.
- The creators of the hybrid photonic AI coprocessor Salience Labs received $ 11.5 million.
- Rain Technology has raised $11 million to expand its integrated voice development team.
- ZMO.ai has raised $8 million to develop a platform for generating non-existent models.
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