NEW DELHI: From diagnosing diseases to categorising huskies, Artificial Intelligence has countless uses but mistrust in the technology and its solutions will persist until people, the "end users", can fully understand all its processes, says a US-based Indian scientist. Overcoming the "lack of transparency" in the way AI processes information - popularly called the "black box problem" - is crucial for people to develop trust in the technology, said Sambit Bhattacharya who teaches Computer Science at the Fayetteville State University "Trust is a major issue with Artificial Intelligence because people are the end-users, and they can never have full trust in it if they do not know how AI processes information," Bhattacharya told . The computer scientist, whose work includes using machine learning (ML) and AI to process images, was a keynote speaker at the recent 4th International and 19th National Conference on Machines and Mechanisms (iNaCoMM 2019) at the Indian Institute of … [Read more...] about Black box problem: Humans can’t trust AI, US-based Indian scientist feels lack of transparency is the reason
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There’s more to building toilets than making separate facilities for men and women. Making toilets gender-neutral isn’t always the answer. The key to resolving the problem lies in recognising that a universal solution is required for a universal need. In April 2017, the Barbican performing arts complex in London made its toilets gender-neutral. The aim, a spokesperson said, was to provide “a supportive, inclusive and flexible space for all our audiences and staff ”. This meant making them easier to use for the increasing numbers of people identifying as the gender opposite to the one they had been assigned at birth. Simply making all toilets gender-neutral might seem to be a solution that is obvious, economical and even efficient since it could allow everyone to use all the facilities. The Barbican didn’t even change the toilets, just the signage, so it just noted that the former men’s toilets had urinals and the women’s toilets had … [Read more...] about Tackling transgender toilet troubles fairly: Is making gender neutral restrooms the only solution?
BERLIN: A few notes scribbled in his notebook are all that German composer Ludwig van Beethoven left of his Tenth Symphony before his death in 1827. Now, a team of musicologists and programmers is racing to complete a version of the piece using artificial intelligence, ahead of the 250th anniversary of his birth next year. "The progress has been impressive, even if the computer still has a lot to learn," said Christine Siegert, head of archives at Beethoven House in the composer's hometown of Bonn. Siegert said she was "convinced" that Beethoven would have approved since he too was an innovator at the time, citing his compositions for the panharmonicon -- a type of organ that reproduces the sounds of wind and percussion instruments. And she insisted the work would not affect his legacy because it would never be regarded as part of his oeuvre. The final result of the project will be performed by a full orchestra on April 28 next year in Bonn, a centrepiece of celebrations for a … [Read more...] about Ahead of Beethoven’s 250th birth anniversary, AI adds final notes to incomplete Tenth Symphony
Video PlayerClose by Luis Rojas MEXICO CITY, Dec. 13 (Xinhua) -- Mexico's economy will continue to perform poorly in 2020, awaiting investment in infrastructure and the results of a renovated North American free trade agreement that has yet to be ratified, say experts. Mexico's gross domestic product (GDP) will close the year bordering on a decline, partly due to cuts in public spending on productive projects and a drop in investment by a private sector wary of Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's policies and austerity measures. Gabriela Siller, director of economic-financial analysis at the Banco BASE financial group, told Xinhua she worries especially about the issue of investment because that is what would encourage greater potential growth in the long term. Investors' fears increased after Lopez Obrador's government took concrete steps to rein in spending, including cancelling the construction of a multi-billion-dollar airport in the nation's capital, said Siller. The … [Read more...] about Mexican economy to see low growth in 2020, say experts
When Shane Nigam forayed into acting as a lead hero in Kismath, he grabbed the right attention. After movies like Kumabalangi Nights and Ishq, he turned out to be a youth sensation. Now, young actor Shane Nigam's name is synonymous with controversies in Malayalam filmdom. His spat with Joby George and Sarath Menon, the producer and director of Veyil movie developed to an ugly hustle with producer's association at large. Amid all the controversies, Shane opened his heart in an exclusive interview with Onmanorama. "If you have any love left for me, my movies and my characters, kindly listen to me," he pleaded the audience. He also expressed his thoughts on the allegations of drug abuse on shooting location. Here are some excerpts of the conversation: You are facing a huge crisis in Malayalam cinema at present. Do you think that you would thrive in this industry playing other roles than acting? I don't know. I wish I don't get to face such crisis. What other roles than acting would … [Read more...] about If you love me, my cinema and my characters, listen to me: Shane Nigam