Phys.org: Using AI, citizen science and disaster response to help victims of Hurricane Irma

Phys.org: Using AI, citizen science and disaster response to help victims of Hurricane Irma. “A highly unusual collaboration between information engineers at Oxford, the Zooniverse citizen science platform and international disaster response organization Rescue Global is enabling a rapid and effective response to Hurricane Irma. The project draws on the power of the Zooniverse, the world’s largest and most popular people-powered research platform, to work with volunteers and crowd source the data needed to understand Irma’s path of destruction and the damage caused. Combining these insights with detailed artificial intelligence will support rescue relief organisations to understand the scale of the crisis, and deliver aid to those worst affected as soon as possible.”

SC Media: Google security veteran warns AI cyber-defences won’t help

SC Media: Google security veteran warns AI cyber-defences won’t help. “Google security veteran Heather Adkins warned artificial intelligence powered cyber-defences won’t help thwart cybe-rattacks adding that companies are better off paying a bunch of junior engineers to patch vulnerabilities all day. Adkins is a founding member of Google’s security team and warned an audience at TechCrunch Disrupt 2017 in San Francisco that AI cyber-defences will produce too many false positives and that AI-powered security software can barely stop 1970’s era attack methods, according to CNBC.”

Small Business Trends: What Is a Bing Business Bot and How Does Your Small Business Get One?

Small Business Trends: What Is a Bing Business Bot and How Does Your Small Business Get One?. “An employee’s day can easily be derailed by customers calling to ask the same questions over and over again; Are you open today? Where can I pay my bill? How do I find your prices? Where are you located? So, it’s easy to understand the necessity Bing sees in creating chatbots for small businesses. Chatbots save your paid employees time, which saves you money.”

Online Journalism Blog: 10 principles for data journalism in its second decade

Online Journalism Blog: 10 principles for data journalism in its second decade. “In 2007 Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel published The Elements of Journalism. With the concept of ‘journalism’ increasingly challenged by the fact that anyone could now publish to mass audiences, their principles represented a welcome platform-neutral attempt to articulate exactly how journalism could be untangled from the vehicles that carried it and the audiences it commanded. In this extract from a forthcoming book chapter* I attempt to use Kovach and Rosenstiel’s principles (outlined in part 1 here) as the basis for a set that might form a basis for (modern) data journalism as it enters its second and third decades.”

BuzzFeed: Here’s Why It Doesn’t Matter If People Trust Facebook’s Fake News Label In The News Feed

BuzzFeed: Here’s Why It Doesn’t Matter If People Trust Facebook’s Fake News Label In The News Feed. “Almost exactly nine months ago, the company announced it would add a ‘disputed by third party fact-checkers’ label to links in the News Feed that external fact checkers deemed completely false. Since then, the label has been a major focus of reporting and research. ‘Tagging fake news on Facebook doesn’t work, study says,’ read the headline on a Politico story about a draft research paper. (Facebook questioned the study’s methodology and the validity of its findings.) But here’s the hidden truth people keep missing: the public’s reaction to the disputed label is largely irrelevant to stopping the spread of misinformation.”

EdSurge: ​Teachers Can Now Use IBM’s Watson to Search for Free Lesson Plans

EdSurge: ​Teachers Can Now Use IBM’s Watson to Search for Free Lesson Plans. “IBM’s famous Watson computing system—which defeated Jeopardy champ Ken Jennings in 2011—is coming to education, if not quite the classroom. As part of a new IBM philanthropic initiative, the supercomputer is helping to power a searchable database of open educational math resources designed for teachers in grades K-5.”

MIT Technology Review: Facebook Heads to Canada for the Next Big AI Breakthrough

MIT Technology Review: Facebook Heads to Canada for the Next Big AI Breakthrough. “Facebook announced today [September 15] that it is tapping into Canada’s impressive supply of artificial-intelligence talent and expertise by creating a major AI research center in Montreal. Several big recent advances in AI can be traced back to Canadian research labs, and Facebook is hoping that the new lab may help it take advantage of whatever comes next.”