#482 October 19, 2016 – Whitehouse Embraces AI

This week’s headline story: Whitehouse Embraces AI

whitehouseThe White House has released a new pair of reports, offering a framework for how government-backed research into artificial intelligence should be approached and what those research initiatives should look like. The primary paper, entitled “Preparing for the Future of Artificial Intelligence,” focuses on the general state of and challenges faced by AI. The paper points out that “AI needs good data. If the data is incomplete or biased, AI can exacerbate problems of bias.” The Whitehouse wants AI researchers to share information across the industry so that all involved can make informed decisions. The report emphasizes the need for early education in data science because doing so “helps to avoid the negative consequences of narrowly focused AI development, including the risk of biases in developing algorithms, by taking advantage of a broader spectrum of experience, backgrounds, and opinions.” Read more about the Whitehouse reports on AI at TechCrunch using the link in the shownotes.

other Technology Headlines…

  • Google, automakers object to California rules for self-driving cars [Reuters]
    Google and Automakers raised a litany of concerns about California’s proposal to set new, mandatory rules for testing self-driving cars in the state. Industry officials said the rules could hobble their efforts in self-driving vehicle testing and development, claiming it would force a 12-month delay between testing a vehicle and deploying it on public roads.

and in Tech Industry News…

  • Amazon Launches For-Pay Streaming Music Service [NewsFactor]
    Amazon is launching a paid streaming music service, the latest entry in an increasingly crowded field. Amazon Music Unlimited is being positioned to compete against existing services such as Spotify and Apple Music. It will cost $8 per month, or $80 a year, for members of Amazon’s $99-a-year Prime loyalty program. Non-Prime members will pay $10 a month, the same monthly fee charged by Spotify and Apple Music.

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