Facebook is Making Progress on Its Mind Reading Headset

Facebook is Making Progress on Its Mind Reading Headset

“In 2017, Facebook announced that it was working on a brain-computer interface that designed to let users type by simply thinking words. And today, the company revealed for the first time how far it’s come in its quest to make such a device a reality.

Facebook’s Research Lab is already exploring a promising alternative: infrared. By measuring blood oxygenation levels, Facebook believes that it can create a less bulky — and far less invasive — brain-computer interface.

In other words, Facebook isn’t going to get inside your thoughts any time soon. A device that can allow us all to move a mouse, type Facebook comments, and play games with our thoughts alone is still many years, if not decades, out.

And it’s also bound to raise plenty of questions concerning privacy. Our thoughts are one of the last safe havens that have yet to be exploited by data hoarding big tech companies.”

The original article can be found here.

Boston Global Forum is building the Social Contract 2020 as a part of AI World Society Initiative. The Social Contract 2020 will include human brain-computer interface.

Using Social Physics to build the Social Contract 2020

Using Social Physics to build the Social Contract 2020

Social Physics is a new way of understanding human behavior based on analysis of Big Data.
In contemporary society we have access to an incredible array of data on social interaction. This abundance of data provides a social science nirvana which allows us to begin to know ourselves in a way we never could before.

Often described as a computational social scientist, Alex “Sandy” Pentland sees his role as being to “help the birth of the world into a data rich environment.”

His research introduced the modest origins of social physics and how the proliferation of data and innovative statistical methods have allowed the field to thrive.

Pentland’s own experimental trajectory reflects those advances. He describes past experiments which observed small groups of people interacting, measuring body motion signalling using tools such as recorders or wearable badges. Now his work has scaled up to the measurement of entire cities, providing fascinating insights into networks of interactions and their implications. Macro-level research can predict a city’s success by looking at its network of relationships, and can even explain surprising recent political outcomes. Meanwhile, at the micro-level, research within corporations can predict innovation and creativity according to interactions.

He describes how the revolution in technology is facilitating the use of social physics in measuring indicators such as poverty, inequality, and sustainability. This allows us to move beyond limited measures such as census data and GDP. With research showing that development aid works better when measurable, Pentland posits that we can, “through knowledge of ourselves, build a better world.”

Professor Alex Sandy Pentland plays a key role in building the Social Contract 2020.

Governor Michael Dukakis calls for building a framework for peace and security in the world

Governor Michael Dukakis calls for building a framework for peace and security in the world

Governor Michael Dukakis, co-founder and chairman of the Boston Global Forum, would like to build a framework for peace and security in the 21st century. The framework is based on democracy, openness, transparency, freedom of information, accountability, responsibility, and protection of the environment. It is standards and norms for the world today.

The US, China, Russia, the EU, India and Japan all play very important roles to maintain peace and security in the world.

To solve conflicts, Governor Dukakis calls for a forum between these nations and countries in conflict and highly contested regions, based on common standards, norms and international laws, to generate solutions.

Meet The Seattle Startup That’s Truly Democratising AI for Developers

Meet The Seattle Startup That’s Truly Democratising AI for Developers

Machine learning continues to be one of the toughest skills to acquire. The domain is as vast and as complex as the field of computer science. Developers will have to learn new languages, algorithms, frameworks, tools from an extremely diverse and fragmented ecosystem. They need to learn how to use the cloud to train the models and optimizing those models to integrate with a variety of environments and platforms.

The complexity multiplies when we attempt to take the models to the edge. Each model has to be converted to take advantage of the underlying CPU and GPU architecture. Mainstream inferencing platforms with accelerators such as NVIDIA Jetson, Intel Movidius, and Google Edge TPU use different optimization techniques to run models at the edge. Developers need to learn the nuts and bolts of the hardware and software stacks to even run a simple AI-enabled application at the edge.

While the top cloud vendors are busy in turning their platforms into preferred training environments for deep learning, startups such as Xnor.ai are moving fast in simplifying the integration of AI with edge devices and off-line applications. The development of AI on edge also supports to expand AI on IoT devices and applications for helping people achieve well-being and happiness in a daily life, which is also promoted by AI World Society (AIWS) and Michael Dukakis Institute (MDI).

The original article can be found here

David Bray to speak at the Vietnam CEO Summit 2019

David Bray to speak at the Vietnam CEO Summit 2019

David Bray, one of top 24 Americans under 40 changing the world and also a member of AI World Society Standards and Practice Committee, will visit Vietnam and talk at the Vietnam CEO Summit on August 8, 2019.

He will speak about “Why CEOs Should Embrace Exponential Change, Collaborate, and Co-Existence“. The Vietnam CEO Summit is the conference of CEOs of the top 500 companies in Vietnam, organized by Vietnam Report.

David Bray will also meet and discuss with ICT leaders of Vietnam.

Last year, Professor Jason Furman, who served eight years as a top economic adviser to President Obama, including as the 28th Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers from August 2013 to January 2017, acting as both his chief economist and a member of the cabinet, was the keynote speaker of the conference.

David Bray was the AI World Society Distinguished Lecturer on United Charter Day June 26, 2019 at Headquarter of United Nations.