Jul 23, 2020

AI breakthrough allows machines to learn at speed of light

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Technology
Kayleigh Shooter
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A recent breakthrough in artificial intelligence can allow for machines to learn at the “speed of light” what does this mean for the industry...

 A recent breakthrough in artificial intelligence research has led scientists to believe that light can be used to power machine operations as opposed to electricity. This technology breakthrough will mean that operations can run smoother and quicker and improve the efficiency of machine learning neural networks 

Current machine learning processes only allow for complex operations by the power required to process the data. The more intelligent the task, the more complex the data, and therefore the greater the power demands.The recent development will allow for this data to be processed quicker and with ease.

To overcome these limitations, researchers have found that using photons within the network could help create more powerful yet energy efficient artificial intelligence. The photons in the network are able to perform between 2 to 3 orders of magnitude higher than an electric TPU.

Potential applications include 5G and 6G networks in addition to data centres which process large quantities of data.

What do you think about this AI technology breakthrough?

What is machine learning?:

Simply put, machine learning is the study of computer algorithms that aim to improve themselves through experience. 

Machine learning powers some of the tools that we use day to day that we may not even know about, for example Netflix uses machine learning, in addition to Twitter, Spotify and Google. Less shockingly, Siri and Alexa both utilise machine learning. 

Each platform collects as much data about you as they can for example, what genres you like to listen to/watch, what links you click and even which statuses you interact with and react to most.

What is artificial intelligence?

Artificial intelligence is the simulation of human intelligence in machines that are programmed to think like humans and also mimic human actions. Artificial intelligence technology has many applications, the uses of it are endless. Such as self driving cars and even computers that play games like chess. 

Artificial intelligence is also used in banking to help detect fraud and flag unusual activity. 

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Jul 14, 2021

Discord buys Sentropy to fight against hate and abuse online

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Discord
Sentropy
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Sentropy is joining Discord to continue fighting against hate and abuse on the internet

Discord, a popular chat app, has acquired the software company Sentropy to bolster its efforts to combat online abuse and harassment. Sentropy, monitors online networks for abuse and harassment, then offers users a way to block problematic people and filter out messages they don’t want to see.

First launched in 2015 and currently boasting 150 million monthly active users, Discord plans to integrate Sentropy’s own products into its existing toolkit and the company will also bring the smaller company’s leadership group aboard. Discord currently uses a “multilevel” approach to moderation, and a Trust and Safety (T&S) team dedicated to protecting users and shaping content moderation policies comprised 15% of Discord’s workforce as of May 2020.

“T&S tech and processes should not be used as a competitive advantage,” Sentropy CEO John Redgrave said in a blog post on the announcement. “We all deserve digital and physical safety, and moderators deserve better tooling to help them do one of the hardest jobs online more effectively and with fewer harmful impacts.”

 

Cleanse platforms of online harassment and abuse

 

Redgrave elaborated on the company’s natural connection with Discord: “Discord represents the next generation of social companies — a generation where users are not the product to be sold, but the engine of connectivity, creativity, and growth. In this model, user privacy and user safety are essential product features, not an afterthought. The success of this model depends upon building next-generation Trust and Safety into every product. We don’t take this responsibility lightly and are humbled to work at the scale of Discord and with Discord’s resources to increase the depth of our impact.”

Sentropy launched out of stealth last summer with an AI system designed to detect, track and cleanse platforms of online harassment and abuse. The company emerged then with $13 million in funding from notable backers including Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian and his VC firm Initialized Capital, King River Capital, Horizons Ventures and Playground Global.

“We are excited to help Discord decide how we can most effectively share with the rest of the Internet the best practices, technology, and tools that we’ve developed to protect our own communities,” Redgrave said.

 

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