C3.ai to launch data-driven initiative to combat COVID-19
It was announced today that the technology and artificial intelligence company, C3.ai is launching a new initiative which invites data scientists, developers, researchers, and creative thinkers internationally to take part in the new and innovative "C3.ai COVID-19 Grand Challenge". The company is serving up $200,000 in cash prizes. The competition hopes to generate insights that can aid the fight against the coronavirus and insights that were not previously neither apparent nor achievable.
Thomas M. Siebel, CEO of C3.ai has high hopes for the competition and says; “The C3.ai COVID-19 Grand Challenge represents an opportunity to inform decision-makers at the local, state, and federal levels and transform the way the world confronts this pandemic, as with the C3.ai COVID-19 Data Lake and the C3.ai Digital Transformation Institute, this initiative will tap our community’s collective IQ to make important strides toward necessary, innovative solutions that will help solve a global crisis.”
A panel of judges will evaluate all submissions and base their decisions on whether the results are insights, leveraging data science techniques (e.g., statistical analyses, AI/ML algorithms, optimization approaches, etc.) that were not obvious before. The judging panel consists of five high level technology executives:
- Pat House, Vice Chairman at C3.ai
- Mike Callagy, County Manager at County of San Mateo
- Richard Levin, C3.ai and Former President Emeritus at Yale University
- S. Shankar Sastry, Co-Director, C3.ai Digital Transformation Institute and Professor of Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences at UC Berkeley
- Zico Kolter, Associate Professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University
The competition is now open and a registration deadline of the 25th October and a submission deadline of Nov. 18, 2020. You can learn more about how to submit proposals, here: https://c3.ai/grand-challenge/.
C3.ai is a high fledged artificial intelligence software provider specialising in the acceleration of digital transformation. The company delivers its innovative C3 AI Suite for developing, deploying, and operating large-scale artificial intelligence, predictive analytics, and Internet of Things applications in addition to an increasingly growing portfolio of innovative AI applications. The core of the C3.ai's business is a revolutionary, model-driven AI architecture that dramatically enhances data science and application development.
Discord buys Sentropy to fight against hate and abuse online
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.