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IBM launches cloud tool to detect AI bias and explain automated decisions

IBM has launched a software service that scans AI systems as they work in order to detect bias and provide explanations for the automated decisions being made - a degree of transparency that may be necessary for compliance purposes not just a company's own due diligence. The new trust a...

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Solar installation costs declined 5 to 11% in 2017, little so far in 2018

This year's version of Berkeley Lab's Tracking the Sun report saw residential installs fall 6% to $3.50 / W, small business fall 11% to $2.90 / W and large business fell 5% to $2.20 /W in 2017, with light changes in early 2018. However, these averages cover wide price variances in different markets.

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Solving The Carbon Problem One Blockchain At A Time

Climate change is one of the most challenging collective problems the world has faced to date. Whether we will be able to curb our carbon emissions quickly enough to avoid the catastrophic impacts of climate change is still very much in question.

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r/Futurology - In 200 years from 2018, how much do you think tech would have improved? what are your predictions?

r/Futurology: Welcome to r/Futurology, a subreddit devoted to the field of Future(s) Studies and speculation about the development of humanity, technology, and civilization.

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UK satellite nets 'junk in space'

A British satellite has successfully deployed a net in orbit to demonstrate how to capture space debris. The event took place more than 300km above the Earth. It was part of a series of trials that will showcase different technologies to remove the redundant hardware now circling the Earth.

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Magnetic field milestone

Physicists from the Institute for Solid State Physics at the University of Tokyo have generated the strongest controllable magnetic field ever produced. The field was sustained for longer than any previous field of a similar strength. This research could lead to powerful investigative tools for material scientists and may have applications in fusion power generation.

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Province to establish pilot zone as model for country - USA - Chinadaily.com.cn

Eastern China's Shandong province is expected to achieve initial success within three years, and make breakthrough progress within five years, in replacing old economic growth drivers with new ones, a local official said.

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How NASA plans to use lunar dust to build structures on the Moon

With everyone from NASA to Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos looking to send people to the Moon and beyond, engineers at NASA's Swamp Works are hard at work figuring out how to help future "space pioneers" actually harvest their own materials from other planets.

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Lab-Grown Meat

Imagine biting into a juicy beef burger that was produced without killing animals. Meat grown in a laboratory from cultured cells is turning that vision into a reality. Several start-ups are developing lab-grown beef, pork, poultry and seafood-among them Mosa Meat, Memphis Meats, SuperMeat and Finless Foods.

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Interview: WEF and McKinsey name Industry 4.0 lighthouses

The World Economic Forum (WEF) Initiative on Shaping the Future of Production is collaborating with McKinsey & Company, a New York-based management consulting firm, to find manufacturers successfully implementing new technologies, i.e., the 4IR "[Fourth Industrial Revolution] production lighthouses." According to McKinsey, the Fourth Industrial Revolution(Industry 4.0) is expected to create up to $3.7 trillion [...]

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What would the average human do?

Last year, researchers at MIT set up a curious website called the Moral Machine, which peppered visitors with casually gruesome questions about what an autonomous vehicle should do if its brakes failed as it sped toward pedestrians in a crosswalk: whether it should mow down three joggers to spare two children, for instance, or veer into a concrete barrier to save a pedestrian who is elderly, or pregnant, or homeless, or a criminal.

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Liverpool could be first UK city to get a Universal Basic Income

Plans for Liverpool to be the first city to bring in a Universal Basic Income (UBI) will be discussed at a full council meeting tonight. Former Deputy Mayor and Warbeck councillor Ann O'Byrne has put forward a motion for debate on piloting a scheme that would give everyone in the city an unconditional basic income.

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ASTM International rolls out $300,000 to fund standards for 3D printing

Global standards developer ASTM International has announced its first round of funding to support the development of standards for the additive manufacturing industry. NASA, the UK's Manufacturing Technology Center (MTC), EWI, Auburn University and the National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) at Wichita State University will all benefit from the fund, with each body responsible for a [...]

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IBM launches tools to detect AI fairness, bias and open sources some code | ZDNet

IBM said it will launch cloud software designed to manage artificial intelligence deployments, detect bias in models and mitigate its impact and monitor decision across multiple frameworks. The move by IBM highlights how AI management is becoming more of an issu e as companies deploy machine learning and various models to make decisions.

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Machine learning: a game-changer for radiation therapy - Physics World

Finance, automotive, agriculture, telecoms and professional sports: these are just a few of the diverse industries being fundamentally disrupted by the inexorable rise of machine-learning technologies (more generally known as artificial intelligence or AI). Machine-learning algorithms can solve problems by learning from experience, and without being explicitly programmed.

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