U.S. is ‘not prepared to defend or compete in the A.I. era,’ says expert group chaired by Eric Schmidt
"America is not prepared to defend or compete in the AI era," wrote Schmidt and vice chair Bob Work, who was previously deputy U.S. secretary of Defense. The U.S. is drastically underprepared for the age of artificial intelligence, according to a group of experts chaired by former Google CEO Eric Schmidt. "We will not be able to defend against AI-enabled threats without ubiquitous AI capabilities and new warfighting paradigms," Schmidt and Work wrote. Samim Wagner, an AI researcher in Berlin, sees things differently, telling CNBC that AI weapons and killer robots will make today's weapons even more deadly. "[Adopting AI weapons] is brutal inanity and everyone knows it, yet think tank staffers from DC to Beijing keep assuring us it's 'progress and necessary.'"cnbc.com
Ann Arbor’s Llamasoft acquired by Coupa Software for $1.5B
ANN ARBOR – California-based Coupa Software announced Monday that it has acquired AI supply chain company Llamasoft for approximately $1.5 billion. Llamasoft’s AI-powered cloud platform helps companies make quick, informed supply chain decisions. Now more than ever, supply chain agility remains critical as economic conditions, consumer preferences and the political landscape continue to change amid the global pandemic. At the beginning of the year, Llamasoft launched its newest product llama.ai, which helps bring forward valuable insights via proven supply chain algorithms. “We are very excited about joining forces with Coupa,” Razat Gaurav, CEO at LLamasoft said in a news release.
New CEO of Ann Arbor’s Clinc looks to scale, ‘write the next chapter’ for company
ANN ARBOR – Tech veteran Jon Newhard joined conversational AI startup Clinc as the new CEO in July in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. Clinc's new offices at 200 South First Street in Ann Arbor. “We get to keep not just the tech part of the business, but the core of the business in Ann Arbor. “I look at Ann Arbor the way I thought about Austin 25 years ago. He plans to engage local network Shine & Rise that aims to bring more women into the tech workforce in Ann Arbor and Southeast Michigan.
U-M, Ann Arbor District Library to host forum on misinformation, fake news on Friday
ANN ARBOR – Michigan’s AI lab is partnering with the Ann Arbor District Library to present “AI to Address Misinformation and Fake News” on Friday. With the upcoming federal elections and ongoing coronavirus pandemic, misinformation is flooding social media feeds, blogs and news outlets. The event’s speakers will discuss how Artificial Intelligence can be used to identify and potentially curb the spread of misinformation and fake news. Her research interests lie in the area of computational social science. Her research interests are in computational linguistics, with a focus on lexical semantics, multilingual natural language processing, and computational social sciences.
Ann Arbor conversational AI company Clinc announces new CEO
ANN ARBOR – Conversational AI startup Clinc has appointed IT veteran Jon Newhard as its new chief executive officer. In April, Clinc laid off a third of its employees due to the coronavirus pandemic. “Conversational AI is revolutionizing the financial services industry, helping to personalize and improve the customer experience, an important part of digital transformation. This massive addressable market presents a great opportunity for Clinc’s world-leading AI technology and its talented people,” said Newhard in a statement. He has also held senior leadership roles with Kaplan Compliance Solutions, Cubic Corporation and Michigan-based New World Systems.
Ann Arbor’s Llamasoft wins local business award for thirteenth consecutive year
ANN ARBOR – For the thirteenth year in a row, AI supply chain software company Llamasoft has been named a FastTrack winner by Ann Arbor SPARK. The annual awards are given to companies in Washtenaw and Livingston counties that demonstrate year over year growth. Congratulations to LLamasoft!”This year’s FastTrack winners were required to have an annual growth of 20 percent over the last three years and a revenue of at least $100,000 in 2016. “We are honored to be recognized by Ann Arbor SPARK as a FastTrack company,” Sandra Moran, LLamasoft’s Chief Marketing Officer, said in a statement. “To achieve consistent growth for over 13 years we have remained focused on delivering value to our global customers.
Ann Arbor-based Voxel51 launches industrys first open-source experimentation tool
ANN ARBOR, Mich. On Tuesday, Ann Arbor-based artificial intelligence software company Voxel51 announced the launch of an open-source tool that helps data scientists and machine learning engineers tackle the laborious process of image data management. Nothing hinders the success of machine learning systems more than poor-quality data. Yet the process of continuous data quality management is incredibly challenging and time consuming, said Jason Corso, Voxel51 co-founder and CEO. The tool uses an interactive dashboard, Python library, and built-in helper functions and tutorials to help users navigate their data to improve predictive performance. The company helps and computer vision data scientists and machine learning scientists curate data in order to make higher-performing machine learning systems.
Ann Arbor SPARKs annual a2Tech360 goes virtual for 2020
ANN ARBOR, Mich. Ann Arbor SPARK recently announced its popular annual a2Tech360 programming will be delivered virtually this year, September 18-26, 2020. An Ann Arbor SPARK initiative, a2Tech360 promotes the Ann Arbor region as an area of innovation. In light of public health guidelines around COVID-19, Ann Arbor SPARK and its partners determined the safest way to achieve the mission of a2Tech360 was to deliver the events virtually this year, said Ann Arbor SPARK president and CEO, Paul Krutko. Tuesday, September 22Ann Arbor SPARK Annual MeetingThe Ann Arbor SPARK Annual Meeting offers business, government, and academic leaders a unique opportunity to hear about successes in the region over the past year. Ann Arbor SPARKs annual meeting is sponsored by DTE Foundation, Comcast Business, First Martin Corporation, Bank of Ann Arbor, PNC Bank, Toyota, Yeo & Yeo, Comerica, Consumers Energy, Destination Ann Arbor, ITC Michigan, J.S.
Google's DeepMind A.I. beats doctors in breast cancer screening trial
Artificial Intelligence (AI) powered by Google's DeepMind algorithm may be more accurate at spotting breast cancer than real life doctors. "In an independent study of six radiologists, the AI system outperformed all of the human readers," claimed the report. Unlike the U.S., the National Health Service (NHS) in Britain typically employs two radiologists to screen images. But even when two human doctors worked together on the same images, the AI computer was found to be still at least as effective at finding the correct diagnosis. In the U.K., it is hoped that the system could alleviate some of the backlog arising from the shortfall of radiologists.cnbc.com
U-M experts to weigh in on artificial intelligence, mental health in Ann Arbor Sept. 27
ANN ARBOR - Two University of Michigan experts in the field of artificial intelligence and mental health will be presenting "Artificial Intelligence, Personalized Technology, and Mental Health" in a special edition of "Friday Night AI" at the Ann Arbor District Library's downtown branch on Sept. 27. Are we heading toward an AI-based mental health care system? What are the benefits of using AI for mental health? But, can it completely transform the mental health system? All About Ann Arbor is powered by ClickOnDetroit/WDIV.