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Responsible adoption of AI in a cloud environment

Thank you for joining us on “The cloud hub: From cloud chaos to clarity.” The transformative potential of algorithmic systems, the reach of their effects, combined with the paucity of supervision, can bring certain reputational, financial, and ethical risks. Responsible AI is required to provide assurance to users and build continuous trust in AI-based systems.…

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The stablecoin crash proves we need better regulations to protect consumers

Some cryptocurrencies have always been fairly volatile, with values soaring or plunging within a short space of time. So for the more cautious investor, “stablecoins” were considered the sensible place to go. As the name implies, they are designed to be a steadier and safer bet. At the moment though, that stability is proving hard to find. The value of one of the most popular stablecoins, Terra (also known as UST), has fluctuated wildly in the last few days, before dropping dramatically – and is yet to recover. Before the crash, Terra was in the top 10 crypto assets, with…This story continues at The Next Web

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Your company’s AI implementation isn’t perfect — and that’s okay

I like imperfect things. I like my sweater with its holes at the elbows, that painting of mine that my cat walked over while it was drying, that source code I’m using for my doctorate that never seems to execute as I’d expected it to. I like it that way, though. Imperfection makes things more interesting. When you’re talking about business, however, there’s money to be made — potentially lots of money. And unlike other parts of life, in the business world, a small imperfection might result in millions of dollars in losses. That’s scary. What’s even scarier is when…This story continues at The Next Web

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Is the multiverse actually real? A physicist explains why it’s more concept than reality

Whether you need a new villain or an old Spider-Man, your sci-fi movie will sound more scientifically respectable if you use the word multiverse. The Marvel multiverse puts different versions of our universe “out there”, somewhere. In these films, with the right blend of technology, magic, and imagination, travel between these universes is possible. For example (spoilers!), in Spider-Man: No Way Home, we discover there are other universes and other Earths, some of which have their own local Spider-Man. In the universe of the movie, magic is possible. This magic, thanks to a misfiring spell from superhero Dr. Strange, causes…This story continues at The Next Web

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Fuck yeah, passwordless logins! Google, Apple, and Microsoft team up to make our lives easier

The FIDO Alliance has been at the forefront of the passwordless movement. The organization has been working with many tech firms for years to urge them to adopt standards that don’t require passwords for authentication. Well, the people at the FIDO Alliance must be jumping for joy. In a new announcement, Google, Microsoft, and Apple have agreed to play nice with each other to enable passwordless sign-ins across their platforms. In March, the FIDO Alliance released a white paper that introduced the passkey concept that enables cross-platform and multi-device passwordless sign-ins. The new announcement ensures that major operating systems support…This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Apple

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Former WhatsApp exec regrets selling the app to Facebook

With more than 2 billion users, WhatsApp is one of the most popular chat platforms in the world. But it’s not keen to rest on its laurels. The Facebook-owned product is expanding into new territories, like shopping and payments. The company is also thinking about even showing ads on the app — but not everyone is happy with these developments. In fact, these have led one ex-WhatsApp executive to believe selling the product to Facebook was a mistake. Niraj Arora, former Chief Business Officer for WhatsApp, said in a Twitter thread that he regrets handing over the company to Zuckerberg…This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook

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Meta’s free GPT-3 replica exposes the business benefits of AI transparency

The notoriously secretive Meta has set a milestone for transparency. The company this week offered the entire research community access to a fully-trained large language model (LLM). Named the Open Pretrained Transformer (OPT), the system mirrors the performance and size of OpenAI’s vaunted GPT-3 model. This mimicry is deliberate. While GPT-3 has a stunning ability to produce human-like text, it also has a powerful capacity for biases, bigotry, and disinformation. OPT’s creators said their system can reduce these risks: Our aim in developing this suite of OPT models is to enable reproducible and responsible research at scale, and to bring…This story continues at The Next Web

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AI research is a dumpster fire and Google’s holding the matches

The world of AI research is in shambles. From the academics prioritizing easy-to-monetize schemes over breaking novel ground, to the Silicon Valley elite using the threat of job loss to encourage corporate-friendly hypotheses, the system is a broken mess. And Google deserves a lion’s share of the blame. How it started There were approximately 85,000 research papers published globally on the subject of AI/ML in the year 2000. Fast-forward to 2021 and there were nearly twice as many published in the US alone. To say there’s been an explosion in the field would be a massive understatement. This influx of…This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Google


Believe it or not, AI can help brands connect with customers in an empathetic way

Brands are beginning to see the need to incorporate emotional intelligence into the customer experience. It is crucial to implement automation in the sales, marketing and customer service industry while also finding ways to personalize an experience for a customer using empathy. Studies show human empathy is on the decline – a deficit costing the average brand $300 million in lost revenue every year. Developments in artificial intelligence (AI) to help brands recognize opportunities to respond in an empathetic way are on the rise. Understanding the customer mindset really starts with brands truly connecting with their customers to effectively market,…This story continues at The Next Web

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Why companies should stop trying to be “AI-first”

Artificial intelligence has become a buzzword in the tech industry. Companies are eager to present themselves as “AI-first” and use the terms “AI,” “machine learning,” and “deep learning” abundantly in their web and marketing copy. What are the effects of the current hype surrounding AI? Is it just misleading consumers and end-users or is it also affecting investors and regulators? How is it shaping the mindset for creating products and services? How is the merging of scientific research and commercial product development feeding into the hype? These are some of the questions that Richard Heimann, Chief AI Officer at Cybraics,…This story continues at The Next Web

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Meta’s new long-term AI study sounds a lot like OpenAI’s current dead-end

Meta recently announced a long-term research partnership to study the human brain. According to the company, it intends to use the results of this study to “guide the development of AI that processes speech and text as efficiently as people.” This is the latest in Meta’s ongoing quest to perform the machine learning equivalent of alchemy: producing thought from language. The big idea: Meta wants to understand exactly what’s going on in people’s brains when they process language. Then, somehow, it’s going to use this data to develop an AI capable of understanding language. According to Meta AI, the company…This story continues at The Next Web

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Modern data management, the hidden brain of AI

Artificial intelligence (AI) is the darling of businesses and governments because it not only promises to add tens of trillions to the gross domestic product (GDP), but it comes with all the excitement of action-packed movies or dopamine-drenched gaming. We are mesmerized by computer vision, natural language processing, and the uncanny predictions of recommendation engines.…

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Startups are leading the way in agtech and food innovation

Right now, agtech and new food startups are hot in terms of funding, technical innovation, product development, and ROI. Today Startup Genome, in partnership with the Global Entrepreneurship Network launched  the Global startup ecosystem report (GSER):Agtech and new food edition. And it’s definitely worth a deep dive. Looking for the latest trends or need to know information for your own startup or even your next investment? The GSER provides comprehensive, data-driven research on startups, with 280+ entrepreneurial innovation ecosystems and 3 million startups.  Let’s look at some of its findings and profile some cool startups in the agtech and new…This story continues at The Next Web

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Boosting UX With Design KPIs

We should be able to measure how well a particular design solves a particular problem. Let’s explore design KPIs that capture user’s experience, how to measure them and how to keep both users and business stakeholders happy, over time.

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6 great startup founders’ moves worth emulating

The pandemic brought a new slew of challenges for CEOs and managers of startups: offices closed down, companies pivoted to remote work, and there was a whole slew of challenges in weathering the financial and logistical impacts of the pandemic. But there were also many workplace initiatives throughout the pandemic that exemplified leadership, boosted company results, improved workplace culture, or set an industry example. Alisa Cohn is an executive coach for startups and companies, including Venmo, DraftKings, and Etsy, and the author of From Start-up to Grown-Up. I spoke to her to learn how stand-out CEOs excelled during the pandemic,…This story continues at The Next Web

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How to use push notifications for growth — without annoying your customers

While billboards and television ads were once the height of advertising strategies, today, people spend the majority of their day on their devices, whether it’s their mobile, laptop, or ipad. For brands, having the power to send audiences personalized offers and messages directly to their screens is a golden marketing opportunity. Just like a message from your crush, the best push notifications come complete with a proposition that makes your heart race. Maybe it’s a discount, access to new features, or exclusive information you won’t find anywhere else. Whatever it is, it’s juicy. Appearing in the same place as the…This story continues at The Next Web

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How to use Telegram’s new auto-delete timer feature

Telegram has had an option to send ephemeral messages in its encrypted Secret Chat mode since 2013. Last year, it rolled out a new timer feature — that could be enabled for either 24 hours or 7 days — to auto-delete messages for all Telegram chats. Over the weekend, the app updated this function to allow a custom auto-delete timer for all conversations. Plus, unlike the previous version, it doesn’t require you to delete chat history on the Android app. Before you use this feature, make sure to update your Telegram app. Here’s how to use it: Open the Telegram…This story continues at The Next Web

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How we can make data science more diverse — and why that matters

We’ve experienced a radical global shift in the social perception of issues related to diversity. Studies demonstrate a clear trend towards ‘diversity awareness’ over the past decade. But has this translated into gains for STEM? As far as we can tell, the answer’s a tepid ‘sure, a little.’ We’re seeing small changes filter through in the form of corporate and academic commitments, but continuing studies demonstrate there’s a lot of work left to be done when it comes to actual recruitment and equal-opportunity treatment. While this is probably true throughout most traditional industries, in the STEM fields it’s especially interesting…This story continues at The Next Web

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What the hell is going on with Musk and Twitter?

After playing a cat and mouse game with Twitter’s board seat, Elon Musk declared his ambition to buy 100% of the company’s shares yesterday. Later, at TED 2022 in Vancouver, the Tesla CEO said that his intention to take over Twitter isn’t driven by economic motives. At the same time, Twitter’s board of directors is considering its options to counter Musk’s bid. A lot’s been going on in the Twitter-Musk universe in the past week, and things are moving at a frantic pace, so we’ll try to break down what’s happened till now, and what are the possibilities going forward.…This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Twitter

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WhatsApp’s new Communities feature sounds like Slack for noobs

WhatsApp’s finally recognizing that people use the chat app as more than a personal communication tool. So the company’s introducing a new Communities feature that can merge your existing groups of similar nature under one umbrella. For instance, if you have different groups related to your living complex, they can be clubbed under one community. WhatsApp says this new feature will also bring tools like cross-group announcement messages: “We think Communities will make it easier for a school principal to bring all the parents of the school together to share must-read updates and set up groups about specific classes, extracurricular…This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Slack

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5 things to know about the hottest new trend in AI: foundation models

If you’ve seen photos of a teapot shaped like an avocado or read a well-written article that veers off on slightly weird tangents, you may have been exposed to a new trend in artificial intelligence (AI). Machine learning systems called DALL-E, GPT and PaLM are making a splash with their incredible ability to generate creative work. These systems are known as “foundation models” and are not all hype and party tricks. So how does this new approach to AI work? And will it be the end of human creativity and the start of a deep-fake nightmare? 1. What are foundation…This story continues at The Next Web

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When And How To Use Freelancers In Your Organization

WWhether you work in-house or run a digital agency, there are occasions when you will consider hiring freelancers to supplement your team. Today, we’ll take a look into a platform known as [Upwork]( and the best ways in finding the the right freelancers as well as integrating them into your team.

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AI can now kill those annoying cookie pop-ups

The EU may have brought freedoms, peace, and wealth to millions of people, but all those benefits have been nullified by one horrendous drawback: cookie pop-ups. Quite struck on this visit how ubiquitous and how pointless cookie warnings are on the web in Europe. It’s more surprising to click through and *not* see a warning than to see one. 🧵 — David Singleton (@dps) December 27, 2019 The consent banners enforced by the bloc’s privacy regulations are among the internet’s most irritating features. The lawmakers behind them may have had good intentions, but they’ve merely trained us to blindly…This story continues at The Next Web