Happy Sunday and welcome to the weekend edition of InsideAI! I'm Rob May, CEO of Talla, and host of the AI at Work podcast. Every Sunday we bring you the most popular articles from our daily newsletters this week, and some unique commentary and perspective on things going on in AI. If you like what you read, please forward this to a friend to help us grow.
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Leaders from two of China's largest tech companies proposed ethics rules to guide AI development. Baidu CEO Robin Li Yanhong and Tencent CEO Pony Ma Huateng each presented a proposal at the Two Sessions in Beijing, the annual meeting of legislators and political advisors. Ma's plan called for ethical regulations of emerging technologies including AI, and Li urged the government to consult industry experts, businesses, and the public. China seeks to become the global AI leader by 2030. — SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST
This week, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) showcased some of the projects from its AI Next program. AI Next is a $2 billion, multi-year initiative to generate the "third wave" of AI technologies. The agency hosted a colloquium on March 6-7 where scientists and technologists could see some of the latest research concepts, including giving machines common sense, teaching systems to learn more rapidly and with less data, and designing more efficient chips. — TECHNOLOGY REVIEW
Forty percent of European companies claiming to use AI don't actually use AI, according to a report by MMC Ventures, an investment firm based in London. The report's authors reviewed the business activities of 2,830 AI startups across 13 EU countries. The report also found that AI firms, or companies that say they use AI, raised between 15 and 50 percent more capital and had higher valuations than traditional software companies. — ZDNET
Japanese startup Vaak developed AI surveillance that detects potential shoplifters. The software scans security camera footage, looking for fidgeting, restlessness, and other suspicious behavior with the goal of preventing crime. The Vaak system is currently being tested in dozens of stores in Tokyo and the company started selling a commercial version this month. Despite the privacy concerns some people have about surveillance, Vaak founder Ryo Tanaka says the platform could go beyond retail and be used in public spaces to prevent crime or suicide. — BLOOMBERG
CogitAI developed a reinforcement learning platform for companies. The California-based startup was founded by AI experts including University of Texas professor Peter Stone, and the "father of reinforcement learning" Rich Sutton serves as an advisor. Reinforcement learning, the type of machine learning used by DeepMind's AlphaGo to master the game Go, is relatively new and the CogitAI platform incorporates cutting-edge algorithms and the ability to apply learning to new situations. — TECHNOLOGY REVIEW