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Telecommunications

AI to Prevent Voice Phishing Attacks

Phishing, whether through voice or email, has risen globally as a serious threat. With voice phishing attacks increasing by 74%, South Korea's Financial Supervisory Service and SK Telecom plan to develop AI to prevent voice phishing attacks. The FSS will provide its data on financial fraud while the telecommunications carrier will build an AI system that alerts callers when it is suspected that they have received a voice phishing call. Existing filtering methods detect phishing attacks based on the use of certain keywords. The new AI system will detect phishing attacks based on context Read More

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Technology

Incredibly Realistic Faces Generated by a Neural Network

NVIDIA have harnessed the power of a generative adversarial network (GAN) — a class of neural network — to generate some extremely realistic faces. The results are more impressive than anything seen before. The picture shows that none of these faces are real. A GAN can iteratively generate images based on genuine photos it learns from. Then it evaluates the new images against the original. In this instance, the researchers taught a GAN a number of “styles” — faces modelled after subjects who were old, young, wearing glasses, or had different hair styles. Even small seemingly random details like freckles, skin pores or stubble are convincingly distributed in the images the project generated. Read More

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Agriculture

AI- to Detect Key Crop Diseases Before Symptoms Start to Show

Iteris Inc, the global leader in applied informatics for transportation and agriculture, and Hummingbird Technologies Limited, the UK’s leading drone and satellite-enabled data and imagery analytics business for precision agriculture, have announced the addition of Iteris’ ClearAg® smart content to Hummingbird’s aerial crop analysis platform. The addition of ClearAg smart content to Hummingbird’s AI platform, which spans over 250,000 hectares of farmland in the UK, Brazil, Russia, Ukraine, Australia and New Zealand, will enhance its ability to detect key crop diseases before symptoms start to show and thus will help farmers and agronomists make better decisions. Hummingbird is the only remote sensing business in UK agriculture to use AI that harnesses information from drone, plane and satellite technology, combined with weather and soil data, and expert plant pathology, to enable precision agriculture. Read More

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Miscellaneous

Deepmind’s Alphazero Mastered Complex Games with No Human Input

For decades complex board games like Go, Chess, and Shogi have been seen as the leading yardstick for machine intelligence. DeepMind’s latest program, AlphaZero can master all three by simply playing itself, suggesting we need to set bigger challenges for AI. AlphaZero, was built from the bottom up to be game-agnostic. The reinforcement learning approach that DeepMind has championed has achieved impressive results in Go, video games, and simulators. One of the most impressive features of the new program is the efficiency with which it searches for the ideal move. The researchers used Monte Carlo tree search, which has long been the standard for Go-playing machines but is generally thought to be inappropriate for Chess or Shogi. One final aspect worth noting about this research is the enormous amount of computing power that went into it. AlphaZero took just 9 hours to master chess, 12 hours for shogi, and 13 days for Go. Read More

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Human Resources

Unilever Uses AI to Recruit & Train Thousands of Employees

At Unilever, AI is being put to use behind the scenes to help screen and assess the more than one million people per year who apply for jobs with the company. If they make the grade and become one of the thousands who are offered a job, they have AI-powered tools to help them adjust to their new role and hit the ground running. Unilever has partnered with Pymetrics, a specialist in AI recruitment, to create an online platform, which means candidates can be initially assessed from their own homes, in front of a computer or mobile phone screen. Around 70,000 person-hours of interviewing and assessing candidates had been cut, thanks to the automated screening system. After making the grade, another machine learning-driven initiative helps new employees get started in their new roles. Unabot is a natural language processing bot built on Microsoft’s Bot framework, is designed to understand what employees need to know and fetch information for them when it is asked. Read More

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Miscellaneous

Even Taylor Swift is Using AI Now

While fans were watching Taylor Swift, they didn’t know they were being watched back. The pop star used facial recognition technology at a California concert to search the crowd for any of her known stalkers — without attendees’ knowledge. Fans at Swift’s concert at the Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena, California stopped by a kiosk showing clips of the artist rehearsing. While they stared at the screens, a facial recognition camera within the display took their photos. It then transmitted the photos to a “command post” in Nashville, Tennessee, where an AI software then compared the images to a database of hundreds of the pop star's known stalkers. Facial recognition tech is becoming an ever-more-common part of everyday life — and not just in surveillance states such as China. It’s currently in use at US airports and police stations, and soon, it could be in the nation’s schools. Read More

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Miscellaneous

Deep-Learning Technique Reveals “Invisible” Objects in The Dark

Small imperfections in a wine glass or tiny creases in a contact lens can be tricky to make out, even in good light. In almost total darkness, images of such transparent features or objects are nearly impossible to decipher. But now, engineers at MIT have developed a technique that can reveal these “invisible” objects, in the dark. The researchers reconstructed transparent objects from images of those objects, taken in almost pitch-black conditions. The team trained a computer to recognize more than 10,000 transparent glass-like etchings, based on extremely grainy images of those patterns. The images were taken in very low lighting conditions, with about one photon per pixel — far less light than a camera would register in a dark, sealed room. It then showed the computer a new grainy image, not included in the training data, and found that it learned to reconstruct the transparent object that the darkness had obscured. Read More

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“Quantum Computing, a revolution in technology, has shown great promise towards solving complex computing problems currently outside the capabilities of current computers. Though in its infancy, we at Decimal Point Analytics strongly believe that it is going to grow exponentially in the near future. It holds the potential not only to boost the AI revolution but also transform the way data is synthesized. The articles on Quantum computing will give an insight into the recent developments in this space.”

 
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Quantum Computing

Quantum Computing to Offer Solutions to Classical Computing Problems

As scientific instruments continue to advance and as even more data is accumulated, classical computing will be unable to process the growing backlog of data. Quantum computers have the potential to blow right through obstacles that limit the power of classical computers, solving problems in seconds that would take a classical computer the entire life of the Universe just to attempt to solve, encryption, optimization, and other similar tasks. The article highlights five key areas where Quantum Computing will be a game changer, namely - Encryption and Cybersecurity, Financial Services, Supply Chain Logistics, Data Analysis and Drug Research & Development. Read More

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Quantum Computing

Quantum Chemical Calculations on Quantum Computers

Researchers from Osaka City University (OCU) in Japan, Dr. K. Sugisaki, Profs. K. Sato and T. Takui and coworkers have found a quantum algorithm enabling them to perform full configuration interaction (Full-CI) calculations for any open shell molecules without exponential/combinatorial explosion. The new quantum algorithm has been implemented for quantum chemical calculations gives exact solutions of Schroedinger Equations for atoms and molecules, for the first time. Full-CI gives the exact numerical solutions of SE, which are one of the intractable problems with any supercomputers. The implementation of such a quantum algorithm contributes to the acceleration of implementing practical quantum computers. Read More

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