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Suicide is, unfortunately, one of the most common causes of death globally. It’s the second most common cause in Canada for youth between the ages of 10 and 19. The country has taken a lot of preventative steps to tackle this problem and despite that, the number of suicides continues to grow annually. Canada is now thinking about using artificial intelligence to help prevent suicide.
Canada’s preventative efforts include more funding for suicide research, educational programs for mental wellness, and human-assisted monitoring of national suicide statistics. These efforts do go a long way in helping save lives but there’s a need to do more and Canada is now looking to leverage the capabilities of artificial intelligence.
Canadian officials are working with Ottawa-based Advanced Symbolics to create a program which will forecast geographic spikes in suicidal behavior by relying on the power of social media.
A three month pilot program will be launched initially during which researchers are going to analyze 160,000 social media accounts in order to identify trends that can indicate an upcoming rise in suicide-related deaths in communities across the country.
When the AI spots such a trend, government health programs will sprint into action. Officials will decide after the pilot program if more work is necessary. The government is reportedly going to finalize the contract for this pilot next month.
Advanced Symbolics chief scientist Kenton White has said that the artificial intelligence is going to look for trends and not individual cases. “We’re not violating anybody’s privacy — it’s all public posts,” Kelly explained, adding that they can create representative samples of populations on social media.
Car manufacturers are increasingly adopting artificial intelligence-powered virtual assistants for future models so it’s not surprising to see two firms with a history of adopting new in-car technology ahead of their rivals throw their hats in the ring as well. Kia and Hyundai have both revealed that their 2019 cars will include artificial intelligence-backed virtual assistants.
Kia and Hyundai will start to offer this virtual assistant in their cars by 2019. The companies are aiming to connect all of their models to this new technology by 2025.
Hyundai has been working with SoundHound to develop an Intelligent Personal Agent that will enable users to control their car and smart home devices remotely. It will also offer proactive suggestions based on the user’s past preferences and choices.
On the surface, it sounds like this new assistant will do basically what any other assistant can do. However, the report does mention that it will have the ability to recognize multiple commands. That means if the user tells the assistant to turn on the lights and tell them the time at the same time, it will be able to follow through on both commands instead of tripping over itself, so to speak.
Hyundai’s Intelligent Personal Agent is going to be unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show 2018 next month. A simplified version of the assistant will be tested in the company’s hydrogen fuel cell cars that will be taking to public roads in South Korea next year.
Microsoft has announced that it’s adding new intelligent search features to Bing that are powered by artificial intelligence. The features are designed to give users answers faster, provide them more comprehensive and complete information, and enable them to interact with the search engine more naturally.
Intelligent Answers is one of the new search features that Microsoft has added to Bing. The feature leverages machine reading comprehension to read and analyze countless documents to understand the web and surface answers more quickly and confidently.
Bing will use deep neural networks to validate answers by pulling information from multiple reputable sources instead of just one. This means that users can be more confident about the answers that they get.
If there are different authoritative perspectives on a single tap, Bing will aggregate the two different positions from reputable sources and surface them to the user intelligently on the top of the page.
Bing’s comparison answers are now being expanded beyond just products. It can now list the key differences between two items or topics such as the differences between pilates vs yoga in a simple table.
Additional improvements have also been made to image search and conversational queries on Bing. All of these features are now live for Bing users.
China has seriously been working to advance its artificial intelligence technology and the country’s efforts have attracted the world’s attention. Google is one of the companies that’s deeply involved in AI research and development so it wasn’t surprising when the company announced that it’s going to set up a dedicated artificial intelligence lab in China.
Some might find it fascinating that Google has decided to build an artificial intelligence lab in China even though its services remain banned in the country. China banned Google’s services many years ago and while the company has gradually been building its presence in the country, there’s no sign of the government easing up restrictions on Google services anytime soon.
This isn’t the first facility of its kind that Google has built for artificial intelligence outside the United States. The company currently has similar facilities in London, Toronto, and Zurich, aside from the one in New York.
The Google AI China Center will also be supporting the artificial intelligence research community by sponsoring and funding AI conferences, workshops, and by closely working with the vibrant AI research community in China.
The facility will attract local talent from China and the region and it’s going to conduct “basic AI research” in several areas according to a report. The researchers will be supported by several hundred engineers based in China. Google says that it has already hired “top experts” to lead the effort.
It’s not particularly difficult for someone to peek over your shoulder and take a look at what you’re doing on your phone. With displays getting larger, it’s really not that difficult anymore, whether it’s in a packed train or bus ride or anywhere else. This is an obvious privacy risk so to combat it, researchers at Google have developed an artificial intelligence tool which detects when someone is trying to peek at your phone.
They’re calling this tool “e-screen protector,” and while it’s just in the research stage for now, the tool relies on the front camera to identify if someone is trying to peek at the display. The camera is used in conjunction with smart face and gaze detection algorithms that enable the AI to make that call.
Google researchers Hee Jung Ryu and Florian Schroff have developed this AI system and they say that it works in a variety of different lighting conditions. They also say that the system has a reaction time of two milliseconds. The demo video does show that it’s pretty good at doing what it claims to do.
Since it’s only a research project at this point in time, it remains to be seen if Google is ever going to build this feature into Android. I’m sure many users will appreciate if it did.
Facebook has previously used artificial intelligence to surface suicide reporting options to friends of a troubled user. The technology helps detect users who might be in need of help and connects them to organizations and services that provide help. Facebook has now said that it’s going to use its artificial intelligence to detect suicidal posts before they’re even reported.
Facebook’s “proactive detection” artificial intelligence technology is going to scan all posts on the world’s largest social network for patterns of suicidal thoughts.
When it feels the need to do so, the AI is going to send mental health resources to the user who’s flagged to be at risk. The information may also be sent to their friends and it may even establish contact with local first responders.
Relying completely on artificial intelligence to flag posts with suicidal thoughts to human moderators instead of waiting for user reports is going to help Facebook reduce the time to send help.
Facebook is going to use this technology all over the world to dig up posts with patterns of suicidal thoughts. The European Union remains an exception as the region’s privacy laws make it difficult to use this technology without getting on the bad side of regulators.
The AI is also going to be used to prioritize particularly risky or urgent user reports so that moderators address them before others. More moderators are also being dedicated to suicide prevention.
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Former First Lady, Secretary of State, and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has said that the United States is “totally unprepared” for the societal and economic impact of artificial intelligence. She made the comments in an interview with radio host Hugh Hewitt earlier this week. The world is “racing headfirst into a new era of artificial intelligence,” she said, adding that it’s going to affect how we live, think, and relate to each other.
Clinton also pointed out that some of the smartest minds on the planet are sounding an alarm that nobody is paying attention to. People like Bill Gates, Stephen Hawking, and Elon Musk have all been trying to focus the world’s attention on the risks that AI poses.
“Their alarm is artificial intelligence is not our friend,” she said. Clinton particularly mentioned AI’s impact on digital surveillance and job automation. “Everything we know and everything we say and everything we write is, you know, recorded somewhere,” she pointed out, while mentioning that the country is not prepared to deal with the fallout from significant job automation as a result of AI advancements.
Clinton doesn’t go into a lot of detail about the policies that she would like to see the government enact to she did say that the government should act quickly.
“One thing I wanted to do if I had been president was to have a kind of blue ribbon commission with people from all kinds of expertise coming together to say what should America’s policy on artificial intelligence be?,” she said.
As if replacing pharmacists with robots wasn’t enough, China wants technology to fill in for the police as well. It was announced earlier this week that a police station powered by artificial intelligence is now being built in China. The unmanned police station will open in one of China’s capitol cities.
A report out of China reveals that this unmanned station will help out with registration services as well as driver examinations through a simulator. It’s also going to feature advanced facial recognition technology developed by Tencent.
Since it’s not going to be staffed by humans who have rights and need to take a break, this station is going to be open to the public 24/7.
The report also mentions that citizens will be required to use their face as a means of identification. That’s really what the advanced facial recognition technology from Tencent is for.
This means that citizens won’t have to fill out forms or generate logins through apps. The image recognition will pull up all of the necessary information that’s required to help them out.
It’s an interesting concept, one that might eventually be expanded to cover other sections of the government bureaucracy. This just goes to show that China is really serious about advancing the use of artificial intelligence in the daily lives of its citizens.