A beginner's guide to AI: Computer vision and image recognition
- In order for a machine to actually view the world like people or animals do, it relies on computer vision and image recognition.
- Basically, whenever a machine processes raw visual input – such as a JPEG file or a camera feed – it’s using computer vision to understand what it’s seeing.
- But the process of training a neural network to perform image recognition is quite complex, both in the human brain and in computers.
- Our biological neural networks are pretty good at interpreting visual information even if the image we’re processing doesn’t look exactly how we expect it to.
- The way image recognition works, typically, involves the creation of a neural network that processes the individual pixels of an image.
- Any AI system that processes visual information usually relies on computer vision, and those capable of identifying specific objects or categorizing images based on their content are performing image recognition.
The internet has become information chaos
- People need an easy way to stay up to date on the subjects that matter most to them without becoming bogged down in fake news, misinformation and wildly contrasting opinions.
- While enabling everyone to have a voice is good, it does make viewership more competitive and puts a burden on readers to filter through content for the most important information.
- While this will never change (as noted above, everyone needs to get paid), there needs to be a way for content consumers to filter out viral and clickbait content and get to real information.
- One potential solution is RedPen, from Grammy-winning producer Ryan Lewis, which leverages artificial intelligence, language recognition, sentiment analysis and blockchain technology to filter through content and offer intelligent insights into major events and subjects.
- People need to have access to real-world knowledge, not just opinions and limited facts that any writer chooses to post online.
- In the words of economist and scholar Arnold Kling, “Martin Gurri saw it coming.” Technology has categorically reversed the information balance of power between the public and the elites who manage the great hierarchical institutions of the industrial age—government, political parties, the media.
- Originally published in 2011, this updated edition of The Revolt of the Public includes an extensive analysis of Donald Trump’s improbable rise to the presidency and the electoral triumphs of “Brexit” and concludes with a speculative look forward, pondering whether the current elite class can bring about a reformation of the democratic process, and whether new organizing principles, adapted to a digital world, can arise out of the present political turbulence.
New IRS Guidelines Don't Require All Nonprofits to Report the Names of Donors
- The U.S. Treasury Department announced late Monday that it will no longer require nonprofit organizations to disclose the names and addresses of donors giving $5,000 or more, arguing this change doesn’t affect the information legally available to the public.
- The new guidelines affect all tax-exempt Section 501(c) groups except those registered under 501(c)(3), Politico reports.
- A Treasury Department official said public information on 501(c) organizations will still be available.
- Critics, however, argue that the IRS will now be lacking significant data on where wealthy individuals are putting their money with tax exemptions.
- Without donor disclosures, “wealthy corporate, individual, foreign and government donors can potentially influence the U.S. political system covertly,” Phil Hackney, a law professor at Louisiana State University told Politico.
- The Treasury argued that donor information will still need to be recorded by 501(c) organizations in case of audit, but the IRS does not need to regularly collect this data.
Google Assistant's new visual overlay answers questions before you ask them
- Google is rolling out a new visual overlay for Assistant that provides a snapshot of your day.
- The new overlay, at first glance, is a lot of the same information you’re used to seeing on your Google Assistant screen.
- Google Assistant currently scrapes my email for information about upcoming bills, and it’ll load up my agenda without me having to ask, but all the details get scattered over several screens, cards, and notifications.
- It’s simpler for me to open my calendar, check my email, and read the news than it is for me to use my Google Assistant to guide my day.
- If it can bubble up the most relevant information to me, no matter what time of day I check it, and keep me focused on getting things done, it might finally represent the virtual assistant we’ve all been hoping for.
China will still push for more nuclear power to displace coal
- China’s nuclear power is much cheaper (420 renminbi [US$63] per 1000 kWh) than solar and wind renewables and is close to coal-fired power.
- China investment in nuclear plants is projected to increase by 24% in the next 12 years – faster than investment in natural gas and renewables under the Sustainable Development Plan.
- China’s 58GW nuclear target will likely slip to 2022.
- China had talked about a target of 150GWe of nuclear power in 2030.
- However, 115 GWe or perhaps more should be achievable in 2030.
- The potential 0.05 cents per kwh is the $50 per Megawatt hour cost that China has for nuclear power.
- The US Energy Information Administration has levelized cost of ownership for US power being completed in 2022.
- US nuclear power is two times or more the cost of China’s nuclear power.
The U.S. has a rocky history convincing Russia to extradite computer criminals — but it's not impossible
- Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a press conference Monday he may give U.S. officials access to the 12 alleged Russian intelligence agents and computer criminals named in a Department of Justice indictment Friday.
- If it happens, this would represent a modest thaw in what has been a difficult task for the U.S. Department of Justice: getting access to alleged Russian computer criminals.
- President Putin also denied the allegations of state-sponsored criminal hacking during the press conference.
- In March 2018, the Minister of Justice of the Czech Republic decided in favor of the U.S.’s extradition request and Nikulin made his first appearance in a San Francisco court, where he pleaded not guilty.
- He was accused of conspiring with Russian intelligence agents in stealing information from Yahoo as part of the sweeping breach that affected nearly all owners of Yahoo email addresses, more than 1 billion in total.
How Object Storage is Solving the Healthcare Data Explosion
- To complicate things even more, healthcare organizations also must adhere to stringent regulatory requirements regarding data privacy and security protocols, including how long the data must be retained and how quickly it can be accessed.
- The HIPAA Privacy Rule requires covered entities — which includes most healthcare organizations — to apply appropriate administrative, technical and physical safeguards to protect the privacy of protected health information (PHI) for whatever period the data is retained.
- It is also easy to search and locate data with object storage simply by using the object’s ID or by querying the metadata in the object using an HTTP-based REST API.
- As the healthcare industry continues to store zettabytes of data, many organizations will continue to turn to object storage as a simple, cost-effective, scalable solution to fit their needs.
The 8 smartest things I did when I started my new job
- But once I relaxed into my new role and saw what other people on my team were doing, it became clear to me what types of questions were helpful and which were just me being too much in my own head.
- Finding the right phrases and keywords, by paying attention at orientation as well as asking my manager and employees who'd worked at the company for a while, helped me access the information I needed on the wiki.
- I bookmarked pages I'd need to access on a regular basis, like the office floorplan, and vital information about my team, which turned out to be enormously helpful, too.
- So even though I was a bit self-conscious about my work, I forced myself to consistently ask for feedback from my editor.
A woman who has reviewed more than 40,000 résumés outlines the 8 most annoying mistakes she sees
- No one knows that better than Tina Nicolai.
- That's a lot of CVs. Over the years, Nicolai says, certain annoying mistakes tend to come up quite a lot.
- In a competitive job market, though, they might be the difference from snagging your dream job and having your résumé thrown in the garbage.
- Nicolai said she has seen too many résumés with typos, unprofessional fonts, outdated information, and irrelevant information.
- Summaries are annoying when they are written in a formal tone and include too many adjectives, she said.
- This is another "lazy thing" she has seen too many times on résumés.
- Finally, she said she finds overly formal résumés annoying because they're not engaging and don't allow the reader to get a good sense of the applicant's personality.
- Nicolai says too many people rely on résumé templates, which are readily found online.