A $741 billion defense policy bill passed by Congress dedicated $6.4B worth of federal funding toward AI research and initiatives. Both the Senate and House overrode then-President Trump's veto of the legislation, which effectively set the stage for a U.S. national strategy on AI.
Searches on Clearview AI’s facial-recognition app spiked after the U.S. Capitol riot, as law enforcement agencies sought to identify rioters from FBI photos and videos. Clearview CEO Hoan Ton-That said searches jumped 26% on Jan. 7 when compared to an average weekday.
An Italian court ruled that a Deliveroo algorithm, which ranked the "reliability" of delivery workers, was discriminatory. The ruling likely sets a precedent for how companies develop and use data and algorithms to control employees.
The Biden administration should focus on policies that attract more AI researchers to the U.S., former Obama economic policy adviser and AI expert Jason Furman said. Furman said the U.S. fails to attract students and makes it harder to hire people through the H-1B program.
The White House launched its national AI office, which will oversee the country's AI strategy and coordinate R&D and policies for the federal government. The National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Act created the office, which will also work with the private sector and academia on AI initiatives.
A New York City councilwoman has introduced a proposal that would force companies to disclose their AI-based hiring practices. These range from automated resume screenings to algorithms that analyze job candidates' facial movements and responses in video interviews.
New research suggests that it would be impossible to control superintelligent AI, or AI that surpasses even the smartest of humans. A study examined the fears surrounding superintelligence acting against human interests, potentially leading to catastrophe, and how it could be contained.
In a first for the AI/ML industry, the parent company of a controversial cloud storage app was forced to delete its algorithms, not just data. The Federal Trade Commission ordered Paravision, creator of the Ever cloud storage app, to delete all of its photos taken from customers and the algorithms trained on that data.
Microsoft and General Motors announced plans to enter a strategic relationship to expedite the commercialization of autonomous vehicles. Microsoft and Honda have invested more than $2B in GM's autonomous vehicle subsidiary Cruise, giving it a post-money valuation of $30B.
Former Waymo self-driving engineer Anthony Levandowski, who founded a church for worshipping artificial intelligence, was among those pardoned by President Trump. Levandowski, whose Way of the Future nonprofit church believes that machines will one day outsmart humans, had been sentenced to 18 months in prison for stealing trade secrets from Google.
An analysis of facial recognition algorithms tested on real-world images showed higher false-positive rates for females with darker skin tone and people wearing glasses. False positives occur when a facial algorithm incorrectly matches someone's image to another in a database.
Alphabet shut down Loon, its project made up of AI-powered balloons to provide wireless internet connectivity to remote parts of the world. Loon's internet balloons, a former Alphabet X moonshot project, were piloted by a novel, machine-designed deep reinforcement learning system
Microsoft was granted a patent for creating chatbots using people's social media profiles, prompting internet users to compare it to an episode of “Black Mirror." One application could be conversing with chatbots of loved ones after they've died.
Hanson Robotics started mass-producing four robots, including its well-known humanoid bot Sophia, during the first half of 2021. The Hong Kong company says more automation is needed to keep people safe and provide companionship for the lonely.
MIT researchers developed a neural network that can adapt to new information after the initial training phase, making it more adaptable to change. The "liquid" networks can alter their underlying equations' parameters to regularly adapt to new time-series data, which could be applied to robotics and autonomous driving.