Is the US losing the artificial intelligence arms race?

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Is the US losing the artificial intelligence arms race? | #TpromoCom #AI #ArtificialIntelligence #War | The U.S. government, long a proponent of advancing technology for military purposes, sees artificial intelligence as key to the next generation of fighting tools.

The U.S. defense community is coming to understand that AI will significantly transform, if not completely reinvent, the world’s military power balance. The concern is more than military. As Chinese and Russian technologies become more sophisticated, they threaten U.S. domination of technological innovation and development, as well as global economic power and influence.

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Personal Perspective: The issue of AI in military hands is a frightening one in that once you open that bottle and the Genie jumps out, you’re NOT going to put him back. Elon Musk has been very vocal on this right from the start, especially since he works with AI in his engineering work.

A number of years ago when AI engineers began working on AI tech, I read a number of comments made by them. Most common, ordinary people would be just as concerned as I was, and still am with what I read. The brunt of it is, “We know there’s a potential for annihilation by our own contrived, mechanized children, but they will embody the essence of humanity by virtue of the fact that we made them.”

I’m not sure about you, but that kind of statement by the creators of the first AI prototypes is disconcerting. Here’s another report released over the past few daze that should also cause you some concern: Click Here! –Al Colombo

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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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HID Global completes acquisition of De La Rue

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HID Global completes acquisition of De La Rue | #TpromoCom #HID #Acquisition #Security | HID Global has completed the acquisition of the international identity solutions business of De La Rue, the world’s largest commercial issuer of banknotes and passports.

The De La Rue business will be merged with HID’s citizen identity solutions portfolio, broadening HID Global’s leadership position, extending its capabilities to scale and assemble government-issued citizen IDs, and expanding the value delivered to customers.

“HID Global and the De La Rue international identity solutions business share the common goal of helping governments fulfill their e-government initiatives today and in the future by converging physical and digital identities to increase efficiency, security and flexibility,” said Stefan Widing, President and CEO, HID Global. “The acquisition sets the stage for HID to leverage the decades-long relationships De La Rue has had as a prime citizen ID supplier providing HID’s innovative solutions to governments seeking to modernise. From making it possible for citizens to use mobile IDs with their smartphones in everyday life to providing travelers with a more secure and convenient passport for border crossing, HID is transforming the citizen experience.”

Today, HID Global’s citizen identification solutions can be found in sixty percent of all government-issued electronic identity projects around the world. HID delivers complete, end-to-end system solutions that meet governmental requirements for national IDs, passports, foreign resident IDs, driver licenses, vehicle registration and other programmes.

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VIDEO: Student robbed at Florida school parking garage

VIDEO: Student robbed at Florida school parking garage | #TpromoCom #Robbery #Student #School #Parkinglot | Security video from inside Florida International University’s parking deck shows a black car parked in front of a white vehicle.

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FIU police say a man got out the vehicle and robbed a male student at gunpoint.

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Editor’s Note: When I was on an SDM assignment in the heart of Cleveland, I witnessed a drug deal in the basement parking area in the bowels of a high school. The security director was with myself along with the photographer when we saw it.

The security director said, “I think it’s best we leave now before they notice us.”

The basement was mostly clear of vehicles when, at the other end of the parking area, we saw two motor vehicles sitting together with men standing out and about them.

In addition, I saw bullet holes in windows, and the indentation of bullets in door frames and a light pole along the road. Unless you’ve seen something like this before you cannot possibly imagine the scene I saw before me at every turn.

The young man in this video is lucky to still be alive. –Allan Colombo

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Adoption of connected health devices highlights differences in UK and US

Adoption of connected health devices highlights differences in UK and US | #TpromoCom #Heath #ParksAssociates #IoT | The Parks Associates Consumer Analytics team provides quantitative market intelligence that guides strategic business decisions. 

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The Parks Associates Consumer Analytics team provides quantitative market intelligence that guides strategic business decisions.

Adoption of connected health devices highlights differences in UK and US

Devices like digital pedometers, fitness trackers, and GPS sports watches are more common in the UK, while large fitness equipment like treadmills, exercise bikes, and ellipticals that have built-in app support are much more common in the US. Larger US home sizes, with more space for in-home fitness equipment, may explain the gap in adoption. Adoption of other connected health devices are similar across markets. One-third of consumers in the UK report owning at least one connected wellness/fitness device while just 15% report owning a connected medical device, like a Wi-Fi weight scale or blood pressure cuff.

Nearly 50% of consumers in UK broadband households report of having a chronic health condition with obesity, high cholesterol, hypertension, and asthma being the leading conditions. About half of the consumers with a chronic condition in the UK are interested in products and services that would help in managing their condition. Those with a chronic condition show a higher propensity to own a connected medical device and are good targets for remote patient monitoring or a health management program.

 For more information on this topic, see Parks Associates’ IoT in the UK: Consumers and Technology Adoption – Wellness, Telehealth and Independent Living. This study identifies adoption of connected health and personal emergency devices among UK consumers. The research also examines top caregiver pain points, and their willingness to pay for independent living solutions.

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Artificial Intelligence Research Needs Responsible Publication Norms

Artificial Intelligence Research Needs Responsible Publication Norms | #TpromoCom #AI #ArtificialIntelligence #RulesofEngagement | After nearly a year of suspense and controversy, any day now the team of artificial intelligence (AI) researchers at OpenAI will release the full and final version of GPT-2, a language model that can “generate coherent paragraphs and perform rudimentary reading comprehension, machine translation, question answering, and summarization—all without task-specific training.”

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When OpenAI first unveiled the program in February, it was capable of impressive feats: Given a two-sentence prompt about unicorns living in the Andes Mountains, for example, the program produced a coherent nine-paragraph news article. At the time, the technical achievement was newsworthy—but it was how OpenAI chose to release the new technology that really caused a firestorm.

OpenAI was cautious with this release to limit the extent to which it could go in the creation of written copy. The reason, for those who follow today’s political issues, involved the fear that many have concerning the ability of such an expanded AI program to create fake and inaccurate news articles.

“In light of the political climate today, and considering how many of today’s popular news organizations do manufacturer news–rather than simply report it–this fear appears to be warranted.

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“Projecting this fear out a bit, let’s consider the fact that a true AI-based platform must be able to re-write it’s own programming in order to truly ‘learn’ new things. I may not be an expert on AI tech, but I think it’s safe to say that this is going to be an issue one day, where true AI programs could be programmed with a mission that is contrary to what society deems as acceptable. The worry that many people in that industry have is that it could one day develop to the point where it could have and act on its own agenda–not ours.” –Al Colombo, Senior Design Specialist with TpromoCom of Canton, Ohio.

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ADT launches new home automation system nationwide

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ADT launches new home automation system nationwide | #TpromoCom #ADT #Security #HomeAutomation | ADT, a provider of monitored security and interactive home and business automation solutions in the U.S. and Canada, is rolling out the ADT Command panel and control platform nationwide.

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Building on the ADT Pulse platform, which was introduced in 2010, ADT Command offers a rich feature set customized to address customers’ lifestyle and needs, while increasing operational efficiencies.

“At ADT we are dedicated to security and leveraging technology to meet the needs of the evolving smart home industry while bringing the best in-home protection to our customers,” Jim DeVries, Chief Executive Officer of ADT, said in the announcement.

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Mercury Systems to Present at the Baird 2019 Global Industrial Conference

Mercury Systems (image)Mercury Systems to Present at the Baird 2019 Global Industrial Conference | #TpromoCom #Conference #Event #Security | ANDOVER, Mass., Oct. 22, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Mercury Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY, www.mrcy.com) announced that it will participate in the Baird 2019 Global Industrial Conference to be held Nov. 5-7, 2019, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago. Management will present an overview of the Company’s business on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 11 a.m. CST.

The presentation will be webcast live and may be accessed from the investor section of Mercury’s website at http://ir.mrcy.com/events.cfm. A replay of the webcast will be available for 90 days.

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