Latest Artificial intelligence News

UN urges moratorium on use of AI that imperils human rights

Sep. 15, 2021 10:39 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. human rights chief is calling for a moratorium on the use of artificial intelligence technology that poses a serious risk to human rights, including face-scanning systems that track people in public spaces. Michelle Bachelet, the U.N. High...

No cashiers, please: Futuristic supermarket opens in Mideast

Sep. 06, 2021 07:06 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Middle East on Monday got its first completely automated cashier-less store, as retail giant Carrefour rolled out its vision for the future of the industry in a cavernous Dubai mall. Like Amazon's breakthrough unmanned grocery...

Facebook sorry for 'primates' label on video of Black men

Sep. 04, 2021 18:41 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook has apologized for putting a “primates" label on a video of Black men, according to a report in the New York Times. The newspaper said the video was posted by a tabloid in June and showed Black men in altercations with white civilians and...

Colby's Institute for Artificial Intelligence names director

Sep. 04, 2021 11:58 AM EDT

WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — The nation's first small liberal arts college to create an institute devoted to artificial intelligence now has a director. Amanda Stent will lead the newly formed Davis Institute for Artificial Intelligence at Colby College, officials said. ...

Report: Tipping point reached for defense technology

Aug. 28, 2021 10:01 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Force fields protecting us from drones and missiles. Guns that shoot lasers instead of firing bullets. Rock ’em Sock ’em Robots zapping at each other on the battlefield. A new report by the Air Force...

Chicago watchdog harshly criticizes ShotSpotter system

Aug. 24, 2021 17:25 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A gunshot detection system that has cost Chicago tens of millions of dollars and is touted as a critical component of the police department's effort to combat gun violence rarely produces evidence of gun-related crime in the city, Chicago's nonpartisan watchdog agency...

Senators question DOJ funding for AI-powered policing tech

Aug. 20, 2021 19:16 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A Democratic senator said the U.S. Justice Department needs to look into whether the algorithm-powered police technologies it funds contribute to racial bias in law enforcement and lead to wrongful arrests. Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, was...

How AI-powered tech landed man in jail with scant evidence

Aug. 19, 2021 22:13 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Michael Williams’ wife pleaded with him to remember their fishing trips with the grandchildren, how he used to braid her hair, anything to jar him back to his world outside the concrete walls of Cook County Jail. His three daily calls to her had become...

SoftBank profit declines following Sprint perk a year ago

Aug. 10, 2021 04:54 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese technology company SoftBank’s fiscal first quarter earnings dropped 39% because of the absence of the cash benefit from the merger of Sprint, which boosted its profits a year ago. Tokyo-based SoftBank Group Corp. reported a 761.5 billion yen...

Smart Eye Deputy CEO Rana el Kaliouby talks automotive AI

Jul. 27, 2021 15:52 PM EDT

Rana el Kaliouby co-founded and led Boston startup Affectiva, which uses artificial intelligence and computer vision to analyze mood and emotion. Now she's got a new job as deputy CEO of Smart Eye, after the Swedish eye-tracking company bought Affectiva for $73.5 million...