TECH NEWS REVIEW Week 1-7 June 2020, by Stelios Iordanis

Machine Learning software

What Explainable AI fails to explain (and how we fix that)

https://towardsdatascience.com/what-explainable-ai-fails-to-explain-and-how-we-fix-that-1e35e37bee07

alvinwan/neural-backed-decision-trees: Making decision trees competitive with neural networks on CIFAR10, CIFAR100, TinyImagenet200, Imagenet

https://github.com/alvinwan/neural-backed-decision-trees

Machine learning based on neural networks with interpretability capabilities are very useful for mission critical, real world applications of AI, where the results of the predictive models must be capable of being analyzed and explained, in order to be taken seriously.

 

A two-parameter characterization of stretchable words and the dynamics of mistypings and misspellings

https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0232938

Natural language processing programming libraries like these which use ML are very powerful for parsing texts and chat for social media surveillance purposes without being confused from human inconsistencies and anomalies in the text and paradoxically even genetics.

 

OpenAI debuts gigantic GPT-3 language model with 175 billion parameters | VentureBeat

OpenAI debuts gigantic GPT-3 language model with 175 billion parameters

OpenAI had presented  GPT Machine learning models as something really frightening and powerful for the production of fake news content, however this last version with the highest number of parameters is not so impressive, or at least convincing as to its capabilities to be used for nefarious purposes in general.

 

Synthetic Petri Dish Created By UberAI And OpenAI To Find Best AI Model – Thakoni

Synthetic Petri Dish Created By UberAI And OpenAI To Find Best AI Model

Algorithm breakthroughs like these are essential for the maturation of autonomous driving AI with enormous challenges due to the underlying complexity of the underlying engineering problems, in order to reach or exceed human performance.

 

Messaging App Releases Face-Blurring Tool to Keep Protesters Safe

https://futurism.com/the-byte/messaging-app-releases-face-blurring-tool-keep-protesters-safe

Cops Are Using Military Spy Planes to Surveil BLM Protesters

https://futurism.com/the-byte/government-spy-planes-are-circling-above-heads-of-blm-protesters

Almost all ML and automation technologies have synergies in the surveillance applications.

However, countermeasures based on ML is at the same time also essential for preserving human rights and privacy for the citizens.

 

Robotics

 

Air Force Pilots Are About to Do Battle With Autonomous Drones

https://futurism.com/the-byte/air-force-pilots-about-battle-autonomous-drones

Air Force Pilots, as well as human military operators will be rendered redundant within the next 20 years with absolute certainty, at least for state of the art systems, as annihilation methods do not require a truly high level of intelligence.

 

Locus Robotics raises $40 million to take its warehouse robots global | VentureBeat

Locus Robotics raises $40 million to take its warehouse robots global

Robots And Social Distancing Will Revolutionize Restaurants In Post-COVID World   | Zero Hedge

https://www.zerohedge.com/technology/robots-and-social-distancing-will-revolutionize-restaurants-post-corona-world

This Cafe Is Using a Robot Barista to Avoid Spreading COVID

https://futurism.com/the-byte/cafe-using-robot-avoid-spreading-covid

COVID is restructuring human work in an unprecedented pace, without reactions from clients

It appears almost certain that it is impossible to reach previous employment levels in the global economy any time soon for the next 10-20 years or more, due to he introduction of robots.

 

https://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/robotics-hardware/robotic-third-arm-can-smash-through-walls

https://futurism.com/the-byte/wearable-robot-arm-smash-through-walls

Agricultural production can be revolutionized by further improving this robotic system, but it will then also result in further reduction of demand for human labor.

 

Economics

 

The UN says a new computer simulation tool could boost global development | MIT Technology Review

https://www.technologyreview.com/2020/05/29/1002404/united-nations-computer-agents-simulation-boost-global-sustainable-development-goals/

Decision support systems like this remind us of the Soviet attempts for central planning of the economy; they are not convincing in terms of their predictive capacity for economic forecasting.

 

Energy

 

Are Diamonds The Future Of Energy Storage? | Zero Hedge

https://www.zerohedge.com/energy/are-diamonds-future-energy-storage

This invention can indeed give us a significant breakthrough in energy storage, where the evolution of underlying technologies have stagnated.

 

Solar Panel-Like Device Generates Power From Darkness

https://futurism.com/the-byte/solar-panel-device-generates-power-darkness

Energy generation from non visible electromagnetic energy cannot solve the energy problems, but it is still very impressive.

 

Biotech

Scientists Fight Plan to Release Gene-Hacked Mosquitoes in TX, FL

https://futurism.com/the-byte/scientists-fight-genetically-modified-mosquitoes-tx-fl

Malaria poses a bigger threat for the mankind than Coronavirus family, and it could even threat Mediterranean European countries again, therefore even radical gene mutation approaches should be considered, although they are indeed scary and failed spectacularly, last year.

 

Quantum Computing

 

New Microscope Is So Powerful It Can Watch Light Move

https://futurism.com/the-byte/microscope-powerful-watch-light-move

Technologies like this can make us optimistic regarding quantum computers which can boost the human civilization, just like semiconductors and transistors did in the 40s-60s.