Establishment of the UNICRI Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics in The Hague (The Netherlands) Signing of the Host Country Agreement The Hague, 7 September 2017. On Thursday 7 September, the Director of UNICRI, Cindy Smith, and the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the International Organizations, Johan van der Werff, signed the Host Country Agreement for the establishment of the first United Nations Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, in The Hague, The Netherlands. The benefits of AI and robotics will be of paramount importance for society in the years to come. Critical areas such as health, education, energy, economic inclusion, social welfare, the environment, as well as crime prevention, security, stability and justice, will benefit from the progress being made. However, this growth will not be costless if societies will not be prepared to take up the gauntlet to address relevant challenges, for the greater good. Many of these challenges also present opportunities that can be developed if the implications involved by this technological revolution are addressed from the very beginning. The Centre in The Hague is a crucial achievement of the programme on Robotics and AI that UNICRI launched in 2014 with the aim of progressing discussion on robotics and artificial intelligence governance. The Centre will contribute to enhance understanding of the risk-benefit duality of AI and Robotics through improved coordination, knowledge collection and dissemination, training, awareness-raising and outreach activities. The Centre will monitor global developments, promote the establishment of an international network in this area and contribute to policy making. Building consensus amongst concerned communities (national, regional, international, public and private) from theoretical and practical perspectives in a balanced and comprehensive manner is integral to the Centre’s approach. UNICRI is profoundly grateful to the Government of the Netherlands and the City of The Hague for making this historic initiative a reality and enabling the creation of a global Centre to discuss advances in this cutting-edge field.    lang: en_US

#TheHague to host the first United Nations Centre for #ArtificialIntelligence and #Robotics:

  • On Thursday 7 September, the Director of UNICRI, Cindy Smith, and the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the International Organizations, Johan van der Werff, signed the Host Country Agreement for the establishment of the first United Nations Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, in The Hague, The…
  • The Centre in The Hague is a crucial achievement of the programme on Robotics and AI that UNICRI launched in 2014 with the aim of progressing discussion on robotics and artificial intelligence governance.
  • The Centre will contribute to enhance understanding of the risk-benefit duality of AI and Robotics through improved coordination, knowledge collection and dissemination, training, awareness-raising and outreach activities.
  • The Centre will monitor global developments, promote the establishment of an international network in this area and contribute to policy making.
  • UNICRI is profoundly grateful to the Government of the Netherlands and the City of The Hague for making this historic initiative a reality and enabling the creation of a global Centre to discuss advances in this cutting-edge field.

The Hague, 7 September 2017. On Thursday 7 September, the Director of UNICRI, Cindy Smith, and the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the International Organizations, Johan van der Werff, signed the Host Country Agreement for the establishment of the first United Nations Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, in The Hague, The Netherlands.
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AI is revolutionizing neuromarketing

AI is revolutionizing neuromarketing on @venturebeat  #INBOUND17 #ai #ml

  • In recent years, AI has offered a huge boost to neuromarketing — the science of reading consumers’ minds to gauge their reactions to marketing stimuli.
  • When combined with AI-based facial recognition, biometric insights can offer even more accurate data about consumers’ responses to marketing messaging.
  • IBM’s Watson — the company’s computer system that answers questions delivered in natural language — doesn’t use biometric data to gauge the excitement at an event.
  • What makes these methods more than merely interesting is the fact that they provide the means to obtain data about consumers’ emotional reactions in real time and adjust marketing messages accordingly.
  • Once AI is fully adopted in neuromarketing processes, marketers will have the ability to call on consumers to crowdsource their marketing campaigns without the fear of collecting unreliable data.

An unfortunate fact about humanity is that people lie. While this is a chronic issue for human relations, it’s one that may be less of an issue for marketers of the future, thanks to non-human intervention.
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Many young fintechs won’t survive the digital revolution they unleashed

#Fintech a bubble? #Handelsblatt thinks so. What do you think? #Insurtech #ai #disruption

  • In a survey of bankers conducted by BearingPoint, a consulting firm, two-thirds of respondents were convinced that less than 20 percent of today’s fintechs will still be on the market in three years’ time.
  • And fintechs are even muscling into activities once dominated by big investment banks.
  • On the other hand, there have been few market exits in insurtech, the insurance industry’s equivalent to fintechs, Mr. Barkow added.
  • Ralph Hamers, boss of Dutch bank ING, is among the powerful bankers who believe the digital upheaval will transform the face of finance in a few years’ time.
  • “Some [fintechs] will survive and push the established banks forward in terms of service and management, but more as partners than competitors,” said Ms. von Schmettow of HSBC.

Digital change is turning the banking world upside-down. But many young fintechs won’t survive the revolution they unleashed.
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How to train a Tensorflow face object detection model

How to train a Tensorflow face object detection model #DeepLearning #ArtificialIntelligence

  • pyFrom the dataset WIDERFace and the film Marching Band (2009) with XML and LabelImg interface.Pascal XML to Tensorflow CSV indexWhen the data is converted to Pascal XML, an index is created.
  • Transfer learning is a method in Machine Learning that is focused on applying knowledge gained from one problem to another problem.In the class train_input_reader, a link is made with the TFRecord files for training the model.
  • $ tensorboard –logdir= model_outputTensorflow Tensorboard TotalLossConverting checkpoint to protobufTo use the model in Object Recognition with the Computer Vision library Tensorflow.
  • config \–trained_checkpoint_prefix model_output/model.ckpt-12262 \–output_directory model/TL; DR;In the folder on the github repository is a frozen model of the Artificial Neural Network.
  • The Chinese University of Hong Kong has WIDERFace and this dataset has been used to train model.Conclusion and use of the frozen modelIt has been possible to train a face recognition model.

In this blogpost I will focus on training my own classes. In the Tensorflow documentation is written how to setup on your local machine. We are going to train a real-time object recognition…
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Big brother is watching you! China installs ‘the world’s most advanced video surveillance system’ with over 20 million AI-equipped street cameras

China installs over 20 million #AI-equipped street cameras  #surveillance #SmartCity

  • China has installed over 20 million cutting-edge security cameras in what is believed to be the world’s most advanced surveillance system.
  • The camera system, facilitated with artificial intelligence technology, is part of the ‘Sky Net’ operation, which is China’s anti-corruption programme mainly aimed to track down fugitives.
  • Over 20 million CCTV cameras equipped with AI technology have been installed in China, crowning to be the world’s most advanced surveillance system.
  • Operation ‘Sky Net’ was launched in 2015 as the Chinese central government aimed to hunt for corrupt fugitive officials, crack down on underground banks and confiscate misappropriated assets, according to Bloomberg.
  • In April, China has started to use facial recognition technology to catch jaywalkers in Shenzhen.

China has installed over 20 million cutting-edge security cameras. Such technology can identify a pedestrian or a motorist, which can help policemen in their search for criminals.
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What It Will Take for Quantum Computers to Turbocharge Machine Learning

What It Will Take for Quantum Computers to Supercharge Machine Learning?  via @singularityhub

  • Because of the way quantum computers work—taking advantage of strange quantum mechanical effects like entanglement and superposition—algorithms running on them should in principle be able to solve problems much faster than the best known classical algorithms, a phenomenon known as quantum speedup.
  • Quantum computers, unsurprisingly, deal with quantum data, but the majority of the problems humans want to solve relate to the classical world.
  • The input problem could be mitigated to some extent by the development of quantum random access memory (qRAM)—the equivalent to RAM in a conventional computer used to provide the machine with quick access to its working memory.
  • A qRAM can be configured to store classical data but allow the quantum computers to access all that information simultaneously as a superposition, which is required for a variety of quantum algorithms.
  • At present, the authors say very little is known about how many gates—or operations—a quantum machine learning algorithm will require to solve a given problem when operated on real-world devices.

Quantum computers could give machine learning algorithms a dramatic speed up. But how far off are we really from quantum machine learning?
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The Truth About Impact of Artificial Intelligence on SEO In 3 Minutes

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) is already in use on search engines and has been so for the past few years.
  • RankBrain, which is part of Google, is an AI system that is used quite prominently in ranking websites for search engine results.
  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO), which is still the primary means of passive marketing on the internet, has already been affected by AI in a powerful way.
  • One area that has shown considerable improvement thanks to the use of AI is content marketing.
  • However, the way search engine rankings will be affected over the foreseeable future will change regardless of how the advances in AI turn out.

Clear And Unbiased Facts About Impact Of Artificial Intelligence on Future of SEO (Without All the Hype). Happy reading.
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