Artificial Intelligence in the News – 26Nov2019

The current trend in tech, no matter what the venue, is Artificial Intelligence (AI) | #TpromoCom #ArtificialIntelligence #AI #HealthCare | Fashionable and trendy, the use of AI in society is looked upon as progressive and modern, not to mention smart and intelligent. No matter what the facts may be–whether AI’s the savior or the destroyer of mankind–everyone wants it, and they want it now.

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The future is now!

One of the reasons why corporations and governments across the globe are sure to continue their efforts to develop AI is the fact that this tech is capable of reading, sorting, assessing, analyzing, and logically, systematically reporting on huge quantities of data–commonly called Big Data.

But, will corporations and governments stop with Big Data? Let me take a guess… “No!” and let me tell you why, because AI is capable of so much more.

–Allan B. Colombo

The following is a quick look at AI in the news:

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Can Artificial Intelligence Cure What Ails The Healthcare Industry? | Personal healthcare experiences often spark pioneering cures, and Pinaki Dasgupta, CEO of Hindsait, is no exception. After two immediate family members weathered serious health issues, Dasgupta brought his digital expertise in manufacturing to the healthcare industry. Click Here!

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Stanford-led snapshot of artificial intelligence reveals challenges | A periodic review of the artificial intelligence industry revealed the potential pitfalls of outsourcing our problems for technology to solve rather than addressing the causes, and of allowing outdated predictive modeling to go unchecked. As part of Stanford’s ongoing 100-year study on artificial intelligence, known as the AI100, two workshops recently considered the issues of care technologies and predictive modeling to inform the future development of AI technologies. Click here!

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Top Artificial Intelligence (AI) Predictions For 2020 From IDC and Forrester | IDC and Forrester issued recently their predictions for artificial intelligence (AI) in 2020 and beyond. While external “market events” may make companies cautious about AI, says Forrester, “courageous ones” will continue to invest and expand the initial “timid” steps they took in 2019. Click Here!

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Can Artificial Intelligence Learn to Learn? | As businesses integrate Artificial Intelligence into their systems, technology professionals are looking at a new frontier of AI innovation. This is in the area of Meta-Learning. Meta-Learning is simply learning to learn. We humans have the unique ability to learn from any situation or surrounding. We adapt our learning. We can figure out how we can learn. To acquire this kind of flexibility in learning, AI needs Artificial General Intelligence. Click Here!

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Artificial Intelligence: Humans could one day marry robots and ’emotionally’ bond with AI | PEOPLE will increasingly bond with artificial intelligence (AI) in the coming years and give the green light to marriage between man and machine, a philosopher has spectacularly claimed. The bizarre prediction was made by Dr Maciej Musiał from the University of Adam Mickiewicz in Poznan, Poland. Click Here!

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UAV’s in Conventional Security: Will It Happen?

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UAV’s in Conventional Security: Will It Happen? | #TpromoCom #Drone #UAV #Security | The use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s) in conventional security is almost a given when you stand back and look at the solution itself and what it can do to assist corporations as well as municipalities. Possibly one of the biggest hurdles that lie ahead of us, however, is public perception of its use and the intent behind those using it.

The following are a collection of news items that center on the use of UAV’s (i.e. Drones) in a variety of settings. The first is an article in #SDMag that touches on the current state of the industry in conventional security. Frankly, it’s well done and thoroughly researched. Case studies provide an in-depth look at how it’s being used, and surprisingly enough, we learn from Ford Motors that their use of drones has more to do with assisting security personnel than replacing them. Take a look. –Al Colombo

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The Security Industry Is Ripe for Disruption & Drones Might Be What Does It | #TpromoCom #Drone #Security #Safety | The security industry’s use of drones has exploded in the past 12 months, making adoption lightning-fast for an industry known as a bit of a dinosaur. If you haven’t started offering drone solutions for your customers, you’re already late. Click It!

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Alpha 800 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) | #TpromoCom #Army #Drone #UAV | Alpha 800 unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is manufactured by Alpha Unmanned Systems (AUS). The unmanned rotorcraft is configured to perform multiple tasks including reconnaissance, surveillance, inspections, and delivery of emergency supplies.

The medium-range platform is designed for surveillance and target acquisition and is capable of detecting surface targets in all weather conditions. Click It!

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Did the White House Use Drone Killing Technology? | #TpromoCom #WhiteHouse #Drone #Kill | At about 3 a.m. on Monday morning, a small quadcopter drone, or unmanned aerial vehicle, crashed on the White House lawn. White House officials said that the drone, by itself, was unarmed and didn’t represent a threat. Authorities quickly located the owner, a government employee, who has managed (so far at least) to convince the Secret Service that he made an innocent mistake flying his drone outside of the White House in the wee hours of the morning. Click It!

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The Endless Aerial Surveillance of the Border | #TpromoCom #Border #Police #Security | New reports suggest that drone activity at the southern border is spreading to nearby cities, erasing the line between police procedures and immigration enforcement.

A collaboration between journalism students and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a civil-liberties group, probes this deceptively simple question. Click It!

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Tackle Box for the Modern Fisherman: Rod, Reel, Drone | #TpromoCom #Drone #Fishing #Angler | Anglers use the flying machines to drop bait where the big fish swim; ‘Lots of things could go wrong.’

When fisherman Robbie Riches laments the ones that got away, he means his $1,000 drones. Click It!

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European Drone Regulations: The EASA High Level Conference at Amsterdam Drone Week | #TpromoCom #EU #Drone #Regulations #Event | Europe’s leading drone conference, Amsterdam Drone Week, takes place December 4 – 6: and the EASA High Level Conference on drones meeting there could have a major impact on the global drone industry. Click it!

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Chinese AI unicorns target smart cities & public security

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Chinese AI unicorns target smart cities & public security | #TpromoCom #AI #Military #Chinese | According to research company, Memoori, in a bid to be at the forefront of the technology, China is pouring billions of dollars into companies that are researching AI technology, with video analytics and IoT platforms for smart cities being two of the prime applications.

Memoori estimates that China accounts for approx. 31% of global physical security revenues and says that it is now the biggest single country market for physical security products having increased its share by almost 50% in the last 7 years.

Video surveillance equipment has been the major contributor here, with the market growing rapidly through a boom in new construction and safe city projects in the public sector. Hundreds of cities in China, large and small, have jumped on the smart cities bandwagon, as advocated by Beijing, and have established budgets to support such initiatives.

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Earthquake warning app will give anyone in California the chance to prepare

Earthquake warning app will give anyone in California the chance to prepare | #TpromoCom #Earthquake #Sensor #Notification #Emergency | Authorities will begin issuing quake early warnings through the Wireless Emergency Alerts system, offering text message alerts even for people who have not downloaded the app.

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Workers check the damage to Interstate 880 in Oakland after it collapsed during the Loma Prieta earthqakes.

The unveiling of the new version of UC Berkeley’s MyShake app is a major achievement in the years of efforts to bring California an earthquake early warning system. Until Thursday, only people with the city of Los Angeles’ ShakeAlertLA app and physically present in Los Angeles County could get the alerts.

Richard Allen, director of the Berkeley Seismology Lab, said a few seconds of warning can give people time to drop, cover and hold on before the shaking begins.

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Commentary: Recent Disclosure of an Alleged Flaw in Burglar Alarm Panels

On the 12th of this month, Security eNews–your news blog–carried the following news item related to single-use and combination burglar / fire alarm panels, alleged to be non compliant with regard to UL 985 and NFPA 72:

SDM Magazine (image)Major Alarm Panel Recall Could Be Looming | There appears to be a major issue of non-compliance with both the NFPA and UL codes by possibly every alarm panel manufacturer in the industry — despite being UL certified (click here).

I’d like to make a personal observation on this matter.

Allan B. Colombo, Tech Writer
Allan B. Colombo,  a security/fire Trade Journalist/Writer

First, was public disclosure with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC) really necessary? In a world where the popular news media grandstands on any and every opportunity to demonize the security industry, was this really necessary?

Second, as technicians, many of us have suspected that there might be potential issues with the electronic burglar alarm panels we use… but we didn’t publicly disclose the matter because it would tell every burglar known to man that there could be an inherent issue. Oh, and we commonly run our alarm wires inside the walls, inside the structure, and not outside so burglars cannot easily short them.

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Typical combo burg/fire alarm panel (not named in complaint with CSPC).

Third, couldn’t this be handled in some other manner, other than involving all the above as well as the entire world?

In conclusion, the resolution to this issue is now beyond comprehension or the financial ability of  anyone to address via normal channels.

Not only will this effectively cause most burglar alarm panel manufacturers to expend an unimaginable amount of money and effort to fix, if found to be an issue, but it could put some of them out of business. It may also mean that every alarm company out there might have to return to their good customer’s place of business or residence to replace the alarm panels that they previously installed–and most likely at their own expense.

Did I forget to mention the lawsuits that could result because of all this? Of course, some of the older panels out there were installed before UL and NFPA compliance was codified. That will, of course, help limit or contain the problem to some degree.

Alarm dealers, the immediate resolution to this problem is to stop running all your wires surface on the outside of buildings and homes.  Well, at least make sure you don’t (sorry for the bit of sarcasm here).

And finally, I sincerely hope I’m making a mountain out of a mole hill here, but time will tell. One thing is for sure, this will be an interesting ride.  –Al Colombo

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Allan B. Colombo (image)Allan B. Colombo is a long-time trade journalist and copywriter in the security and life-safety markets. Over the past 35 years his byline has appeared in nearly every security and locksmith trade magazine on the planet. He’s now a Senior Design Specialist with TpromoCom, a social media, content, and web design company based in Canton, Ohio.

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Major Alarm Panel Recall Could Be Looming

SDM Magazine (image)Major Alarm Panel Recall Could Be Looming | #TpromoCom #UL #NFPA #FireAlarm | There appears to be a major issue of non-compliance with both the NFPA and UL codes by possibly every alarm panel manufacturer in the industry — despite being UL certified.

Jeff Zwirn, president of IDS Research & Development, discovered this issue and has produced several videos which show the non-compliance of the panels.

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The claims are that none of the control panel equipment tested complied with codes UL 985 and NFPA 72. The non-conforming control units are unable to communicate the alarm condition to the central monitoring station in certain conditions, and cannot audibly alert the property owner and those within the property of life safety dangers such as smoke and carbon monoxide, or intrusion.

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Be safe online during National Cyber Security Awareness Month

National #CyberSecurity Awareness Month | #ESC_LLC #CyberCrime | During October, the Division of Financial Institution will be sharing cybersecurity information and resources to help individuals and organizations protect their money and recognize risks.

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he Ohio Department of Commerce and National Cyber Security Alliance are urging Ohioans to be safer online during National Cyber Security Awareness Month.

The 2019 theme, “OWN IT. SECURE IT. PROTECT IT.” is to emphasize online safety and the importance of cybersecurity practices at home, on the go and in the workplace.

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