Sunnyvale, Oct 30 (AP/UNB) — Google will give away $25 million to projects that propose ways to use the artificial intelligence of computers to help create a more humane society.
The grant program announced Monday is part of a broader Google initiative called "AI for Social Good" that aims to ease concerns that advances in artificial intelligence will eliminate jobs and perhaps even be autonomously deployed by militaries to kill people.
Other technology companies have taken similar steps to address ethical issues in AI. For instance, Microsoft has committed $115 million to an "AI for Good" initiative that provides grants to organizations harnessing AI for humanitarian, accessibility and environmental projects.
During a presentation in Sunnyvale, California, Google demonstrated how its AI technology is already being used to diagnose diseases, help people with disabilities, predict areas likely to flood and protect endangered species.
Despite commitments like those being made by Google and Microsoft, the specter of AI going horribly awry lingers.
Even as it pledges to do good things with AI, Microsoft is pursuing a massive U.S. military contract that prompted an open letter earlier this month from a purported group of Microsoft employees worried the company might be betraying its own artificial-intelligence principles. Microsoft reaffirmed its resolve to win the military contract in its own blog post last week, promising to address any ethical concerns that may arise if it ends up working on the project.
Google decided not to bid for the same military contract that Microsoft wants after some its own employees protested. The company concluded the contract, potentially worth $10 billion, didn't comply with its AI principles , which preclude the technology from being used to "cause or directly facilitate injury to people."
The company's AI For Social Good program was already in the works before Google employees raised objections about the military contract, said Jeff Dean, a senior fellow overseeing AI.
Google's nonprofit arm will announce the winners of its AI grants next spring at an annual company conference.
Washington, Oct. 28 (Xinhua/UNB) -- The Hubble Space Telescope returned to normal operations with three fully functional gyroscopes late Friday and completed its first science observations on Saturday, The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) said.
The recovery came after engineers successfully fixed a backup gyroscope that had replaced a failed one three weeks earlier, NASA said in a statement.
However, the backup incorrectly returned rotation rates that were far in excess of the actual rates.
Last week, the space telescope's operations team commanded Hubble to perform numerous maneuvers and switched the gyroscope between different operational modes, which successfully cleared what was believed to be blockage between components inside the gyroscope that produced the excessively high rate values, NASA said.
The team then monitored and tested the gyroscope with additional maneuvers to ensure its stability.
By late Friday, Hubble successfully completed maneuvers to get on target for the first science observations and collected its first science data since Oct. 5, NASA said.
A gyroscope is a device that measures the speed at which the spacecraft is turning, which is necessary to help Hubble turn and lock on to new targets.
Originally required to last 15 years, Hubble has now been at the forefront of scientific discovery for more than 28 years. The team expects the telescope will continue to yield amazing discoveries well into the next decade.
Tokyo, Oct 29 (AP/UNB) — A Japanese rocket on Monday lifted the United Arab Emirates' first locally made satellite into orbit successfully from a space center in southern Japan.
The KhalifaSat Earth observation satellite was launched by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries from the Tanegashima Space Center.
The H-2A rocket also is carrying an Ibuki-2 greenhouse gas observation satellite for Japan.
Both the KhalifaSat and Ibuki-2 have since been released separately into targeted orbit, said MHI Launch Services.
The launch marks progress in the Gulf nation's fledging space program.
The country aims to send its first two astronauts to the International Space Station in 2019. The UAE also aims to send a probe on its way to Mars in 2020 and to build a science city there by 2117.
Japan also aims to expand its commercial satellite launch services by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and make them globally competitive.
Dhaka, Oct 27 (UNB) - Bangladesh’s Leading technology and smartphone manufacturing company Huawei will launch its next flagship phone, the Huawei Mate 20 Series, in Bangladesh soon.
Huawei Consumer Business Group (BG) unveiled one of the most highly anticipated smartphone series of the year at an event in Shanghai in China on Friday after its first launch in London.
The company expects the new phone will be one of the most popular smartphones. The latest version of modern Android 9 operating system has been used in the phone, on which consumers can enjoy all productivity and entertainment features easily and conveniently with a few simple taps and swipes.
The HUAWEI Mate 20 Series is powered by Huawei’s densest and highest performing system on chip to date—the Kirin 980. The devices are available in 6.53-inch, 6.39-inch and 7.2-inch sizes with full OLED screens. Out of different four configurations, the minimum RAM is 512 GB and ROM is 6GB.
Besides superb performance, the HUAWEI Mate 20 Series also features groundbreaking improvement on battery life. The HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro houses a large, high-density 4200 mAh battery, and supports 40 W HUAWEI Super Charge, which gives the device 70 percent charge in 30 minutes. The safety of the technology is certified by Germany’s TÜV Rheinland.
The Mate 20 Series have three rear cameras. Of these, one has 40 mega pixel. Other two have 8 mega pixel telephoto and 20 mega pixel Ultra Wide Angle Lens.Overall, the device will have from 16 to 270 mile miter zoom lens advantages while taking photo. This wider perspective creates a sense of spaciousness and a three dimensional effect to the images.
Huwaei also introduces new AI features that enable the HUAWEI Mate 20 Series to perform or enhance a range of tasks from object identification to food calorie counting. Using 3D Live Object Modeling, consumers can even create a fun digital avatar to dance or interact with.
The Mate 20 Series have changes in designs too. Its screen size is bigger than previous phones. Finger print facility will be floated on the screen, which was absence in previous devices. Consumers will be able to unlock the phones using 3D photo identification technology and bone ID ( voice recognition) .
The minimum cost of the phone of HUAWEI Mate 20 Series that debuted in the European market is EURO 799 and maximum cost of the Series is EURO 2095.
Embodying exquisite design, powerful performance, extraordinary capturing capabilities and next-generation intelligence, the new HUAWEI Mate 20 Series is the partner of choice for professionals pursuing quality of life.
Dhaka, Oct 27 (UNB) - The Special Branch of Bangladesh Police with the assistance of Huawei has arranged a program to give a warm reception to the brilliant students and family members of policemen and ministerial staffs.
A magazine named “Shopnosarothi 2018” has also been published which is written by the meritorious children of the law enforcers.
Huawei Technologies (Bangladesh) Ltd. joined joins hands to give support to the brilliant children of the police members and for publishing the magazine.
The program was held on 26th October, 2018 at Special Branch Multipurpose Hall in Dhaka where Mir Shahidul Islam, BPM, PPM, SB head, additional IGP of Special Branch of Bangladesh Police attended as the Chief Guest.
He said, “First of all, I want to congratulate our brilliant students who are extraordinary genius. I would like to thank Huawei Technologies (Bangladesh) Ltd. for their support in such a welfare program. They are contributing to the making of Digital Bangladesh.”
Huawei is contributing and actively taking part in the `Vision 2021’. The company is working in Bangladesh for 20 years and helped the country to revolutionise the ICT sector.
The Special Branch has twenty different wings through which it carries out the directives of the Government of Bangladesh. This prime intelligence agency works in all strategic, operational and tactical levels.