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AI unicorn Megvii not behind app used for surveillance in Xinjiang, says human rights group

Megvii, the developer of facial recognition software Face++ used widely in China, is not behind a mobile app that forms part of the mass surveillance infrastructure set up by authorities in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW).New York-based HRW said in a correction at the end of a report released on Tuesday that its review of the Integrated Joint Operations Platform (IJOP) app, one of the mass surveillance systems used by the police and other authorities… Source link

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Rising Chinese AI star Megvii gets caught in the US-China tech war

Yin Qi started Megvii eight years ago in Beijing’s Zhongguancun tech hub with two of his classmates from Tsinghua University to make the world a better place.Today, the facial recognition algorithms developed by the Beijing-based start-up, which previously also went by the trade name Face++, is the world’s biggest provider of third-party authentication software. Its technology is widely used in China to unlock smartphones, make mobile payments, and verify identities at banks, train stations and… Source link

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IBM works on AI to detect chronic diseases like Parkinson's, diabetes

IBM is banking on artificial intelligence (AI) and connected devices to find new ways to help people stay healthy, as the world copes with an ageing population and prevalent chronic diseases.The New York-based technology company is working with research partners on various connected devices, including sensors attached to the floor, chair or bed of patients, to help detect diseases at an early stage, according to Norishige Morimoto, vice-president for research and development at IBM Japan… Source link

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Chinese AI firms hunker down as reports indicate they are next on US export hit list

iFlytek executive Hu Yu may have spoken too soon when he made a positive comparison of his company to Huawei Technologies during a new product launch in Shanghai earlier this week. The president of the Chinese voice recognition leader boasted on stage that it had a lot in common with Huawei, the global telecoms leader that is considered a national security threat by the US. “Huawei and iFlytek are very similar in DNA. Both are the kind of companies persistent enough to take 10 years to… Source link

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China declaring AI ambitions wasn’t ‘wisest decision’ as it alarmed the US, former secretary of state John Kerry says

China tipped its hand when it declared that it would seek global leadership in artificial intelligence, a move that alarmed the US and the rest of the world, according to former US secretary of state John Kerry.When Google’s AI computer program AlphaGo beat Chinese Go master Ke Jie in May 2017, that spurred China to seek dominance in the AI industry, Kerry said at the VivaTech conference in Paris on Thursday.“That lit a fire under China, it was a Sputnik moment, and President Xi announced not… Source link

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Cities should regulate facial recognition instead of banning it, China’s AI champion SenseTime says

SenseTime, the world’s most valuable artificial intelligence (AI) start-up, has called on governments to establish new regulation for facial recognition systems, following the recent decision in San Francisco to ban local police and other agencies from using such technology because of the potential for abuse.“Governments should craft regulations, instead of restricting use [of facial recognition systems],” said Xu Li, co-founder and chief executive of SenseTime, on the sidelines of a company… Source link

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China and the US may be competing over AI, but they don’t need to engage in a race to the death

Embroiled in a trade war with China, the Trump administration, in February, signed an executive order aiming to spur the development of artificial intelligence, in response to the rising fear in academia and government that the US is losing the race for global AI leadership to China. Such fears are not entirely unfounded. China has a well-funded commitment to the development of AI. The leadership in Beijing has outlined its ambitions in various development plans, including the initiative to… Source link

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Shenzhen AI start-up Intellifusion helps city police identify jaywalkers and banned drivers

Shenzhen is known for its stringent traffic regulations to control the flow of hundreds of thousands of vehicles in the southern Chinese city of 12 million people, with surveillance cameras installed on every corner of the city.A locally based artificial intelligence (AI) firm, Intellifusion, is the invisible hand helping the city’s traffic police catch traffic rules violators, no matter whether they are driving or walking. The company’s self-designed high-definition cameras use AI technology… Source link

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Microsoft rolls out new cloud services for AI and blockchain, partnering with JP Morgan

Microsoft Corp on Thursday announced new tools for software makers aimed at making technologies such as artificial intelligence and blockchain easier for businesses to use.Microsoft released the tools ahead of its software developer conference next week in Seattle. Once known mostly for its Windows personal computer operating system, the company now relies on revenue growth from its cloud-based computing and software services, most of which are sold to other businesses.While Microsoft still… Source link

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Vingroup opens new AI research institute – Economy – Vietnam News | Politics, Business, Economy, Society, Life, Sports

  The logo of VinAI Research, the new institute opened by giant conglomerate Vingroup. Photo Vingroup HÀ NỘI — On Wednesday, giant IT-real-estate-manufacturing-retail conglomerate Vingroup opened VinAI Research, a research institute focusing on artificial intelligence (AI) with the goal of elevating Việt Nam’s role in the AI world. The institute will study basic AI science applications in image and video processing, linguistic and voice recognition and user interaction, according to Vingroup. It will give priority to the hottest topics and issues in Việt Nam and the world. The institute also…

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