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EU Mulls Ban On Using AI For Mass Surveillance & Social Credit Scores

The European Union is considering a ban on the use of AI for a slew of use cases, including mass surveillance and social credit scores, according to a leaked draft proposal by the European Commission, first accessed by Politico. An official statement is expected next week.  A giant leap towards responsible use of AI. EU AI Regulation almost finished. What to expect:• CE markings in EU approved AI systems• ban on biometric mass...

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How To Use Salary Studies In AI & Data Science?

AIM Research recently launched the AI & Data Science Salary Study 2021 in collaboration with AnalytixLabs. This annual study by Analytics India Magazine (AIM) investigates salary trends in the AI & Data Science market. The data for the report was collated from various sources like LinkedIn, online job portals, and group discussions with major analytics firms.  Apart from AIM, various research organisations and recruitment...

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Funding 101: What Investors Look For In AI Start-ups

Companies worldwide have woken up to AI’s potential and are busy incorporating AI into their configurations — be it on the security front, shop floors or product pipelines. AI and ML have become a fashion statement so much so that several start-ups claim AI/ML capabilities to attract investors or for bragging rights. More often than not, such claims turn out to be mere eyewash or a plot to trick investors or customers. On the other...

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Automation Will Not Take Away Jobs: Kazim Rizvi, Founding Director, The Dialogue

This is the 13th article in the weekly series of Expert’s Opinion, where we talk to academics who study AI or other emerging technologies and their impact on society and the world. This week, we spoke to Kazim Rizvi, Founding Director at The Dialogue. The Dialogue is a leading voice in India’s policy ecosystem, with a focus on technology, energy, strategic affairs and development studies. The Think-Tank and Civil Societies...

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What To Expect From The New US-India Artificial Intelligence Initiative

The Indo-US Science and Technology Forum launched the US India Artificial Intelligence Initiative on March 17 to foster the science and technology relationship between the two countries. The Secretary of the Department of Science and Technology, Prof Ashutosh Sharma, said the Indo-US relationships in science and technology go way back and have significantly benefited both countries.  Analytics India Magazine spoke with geopolitics...

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How Synthetic Data Levels The Playing Field

“Data is the new oil” is a maxim we have heard far too often. Data indeed has massive potential in the information economy and can bring tremendous value if made available in an accurate and timely manner. However, many barriers arise while using data for real-world applications: Sometimes, access is restricted; other times, there is not enough data available to get good results. Many times, the quality of the data is not up to the...

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We View Our Experiences As Content For Sharing: John Danaher, Ethical Researcher

This is the 12th article in the weekly series of Expert’s Opinion, where we talk to academics who study AI or other emerging technologies and their impact on society and the world. This week, we spoke to John Danaher, an academic and lecturer at the National University of Ireland (NUI), Galway, whose research focuses on the ethical, legal and social implications of new technologies. Danaher maintains a blog called Philosophical...

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The Societal Implications of Deep Reinforcement Learning

Machine learning (ML) can handle many complex tasks than just output singular decisions based on a labelled training dataset. Reinforcement learning (RL), a subset of ML, can train an agent to learn through interaction with the environment and use trial and error methods to alter its behaviour based on feedback. While the RL model can make decisions using a large table, modern RL applications are far too complex for the tabular...

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Making Your Data Analysis Compelling

Imagine you have spent hours on data analysis at your boss’s behest. You put in a lot of effort to make your final product accurate, insightful and well packaged. But in the end, your boss decides to not use your presentation, and all your efforts go down the drain. There is nothing more frustrating than this for a data scientist, but apparently it happens far too often in the analytics industry. We spoke to some industry experts to...

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How Can Schools Adopt AI To Develop Sports Talent

Last year, Srinivasa Gowda made international headlines when he ran 142m in 13.42 seconds at an annual buffalo race (Kamabala) in the wet fields of Karnataka. The Indian Usain Bolt immediately got a call up for national trials. However, he turned down the offer, citing a leg injury and decided to just focus on Kambala. Gowda left school and forayed into Kambala at an early age. If the school he studied had identified his potential and...

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How To Use AI To Fight Propaganda

“All media exist to invest our lives with artificial perceptions and arbitrary values.”Marshall McLuhan The word disinformation is a cognate for the Russian dezinformatsia, the name of a KGB division devoted to propaganda. The world has come a long way from the Stalin days: USSR split, KGB became extinct, the Berlin Wall came down, and Fukuyama announced the End of History. Once the cold war ended, we thought the worst was over....

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Should India Invest In A DNA Data Bank?

In July 2019, the DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill was passed in the Lok Sabha to create a regulatory framework for obtaining, storing, and testing DNA samples, mainly for criminal investigation purposes. The bill was forwarded to the Parliamentary Standing Committee On Science And Technology in October 2019. The committee’s report, released in February 2021, raised a few concerns and made recommendations to...