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Ann Coulter: Thank God for the Proud Boys – Today’s News-Herald

A little more than a year ago, 2,000 antifa tried to shut down my speech at UC Berkeley, according to police on the scene. The Berkeley police chief had ordered her officers to stand outside the building like mute ninjas, and make no arrests, unless they personally witnessed a felony being committed in front of them.

So barring a bank suddenly popping up on the sidewalk and an antifa attempting to rob it, I had no official protection from 2,000 violent, mentally disturbed thugs.

Thank God I had the Proud Boys.

There had been no warning of the antifa mobilization against me until an hour before the event, when they showed up, with a thousand of them at each entrance to the building where I was to speak.

Luckily, Id invited about 20 Proud Boys from Northern California chapters to attend my speech.

If I hadnt, I might not have made it to the campus at all. (If antifa had won, at least you would have heard about my visit to Berkeley, because the media would have reported on it triumphantly.)

The College Republicans had booked a private room for dinner in an Oakland restaurant earlier that evening, so I invited the Proud Boys to meet me there 45 minutes before the students arrived. We all had to recognize one another, in case they were needed to help deal with any violence during my speech.

College Republicans are absolutely fantastic, but generally are about as prepared for hand-to-hand combat as I am.

By contrast, the Proud Boys are brawny, tattooed brutes. Many are ex-military. Some worked security for a living, so my bodyguard planned to use a few of them as auxiliary troops, and the rest would get VIP seats so they could be spread throughout the audience in case of pandemonium.

As I was taking pictures with the Proud Boys at the restaurant, a freakish transgender in combat boots, fishnet stockings and a man-bun snuck into our private room via a back staircase.

It seems that a rainbow-haired waitress had spotted me during the 30 seconds I was passing through the public part of the restaurant, and had called in my location to her antifa pals.

Poor Fishnet Boy surely had expected to burst in on 99-pound me having a nice dinner with a group of sweet College Republicans. Instead, he (she?) walked into what must have looked like a Hells Angels convention.

Not so brave, now, eh, Fishnet Boy? He/She bowed his head, pretended to use the cash register, and quickly made his exit.

But by now, my whereabouts had been posted on the antifa Facebook page, and they were coming to the restaurant. We found out only because the post was spotted by the wife of a Proud Boy, who was monitoring antifa internet chatter from home. Thank you, Proud Boys wife!

Id barely been seated with the students for 15 minutes when my bodyguard told me we had to go. Antifa were starting to gather outside the restaurant.

Unfortunately, our Suburban was in a parking lot four blocks away.

Again, thank God for the Proud Boys. About a dozen of them surrounded me as we made our way to the garage, so that I was free to wave and smile at the black-clad loons screaming that I was a Nazi white supremacist bitch. Which book have you read?

At the garage, the Proud Boys cleared the stairwells and elevator, and safely deposited me into our Suburban, all while I was being trailed by lunatics.

On campus, I strolled with my bodyguard by the 200-yard line of officers ordered to make no arrests with shrieking sociopaths just on the other side of the line. Once inside the building, the Proud Boys stood guard at my green room, behind the stage, in the hallways already lined with cops and in the audience, until the speech was over and I left. (It was a huge hit!)

Im trying to imagine how I would have made it from the restaurant to our car without the Proud Boys. At the least, it would have been a nasty scene, and its not implausible that I, the College Republicans or restaurant patrons would have been physically assaulted. I certainly would not have been able to stride confidently onto the stage to give my speech without the magnificent Proud Boys there, keeping me safe.

Now you know why the left defames the Proud Boys. They want American citizens to be defenseless against antifa stormtroopers.

When have the Proud Boys ever started a fight? Answer: Never. Their motto is: We dont start fights, we finish them. And they have, protecting me and the nice people coming to see me, all over the country Los Angeles, Philadelphia, New York and San Francisco, among other places.

Until youve been face-to-face with black-clad psychos who want you dead, you will never understand the undying devotion to the Proud Boys among those of us who have.

Heres something the media wont tell you: In a public statement on Dec. 22, 2020, the Proud Boys officially announced they would not be attending Trumps Jan. 6 rally in Washington, D.C. (Video here: twitter.com/censoreddottv/status/1350873800133533697). And you know why? As founder Gavin McInnes said:

Its one thing when people want you dead. In this case you also have the politicians, and the justice system, and the media also wanting [the Proud Boys] dead. So when you get stabbed, it becomes: FOUR PEOPLE STABBED AT PROUD BOYS THING!... All of those factors together is a perfect storm for MUR-DER.

A lot of good staying away did them! Of more than 5,000 Proud Boys worldwide, fewer than 10 entered the Capitol that day, and according to the indictment took selfies.

Media: PROUD BOYS BEHIND CAPITOL HILL HOLOCAUST.

Liberals want their antifa/BLM goons to be free to intimidate, hospitalize and in at least two cases last year murder their opponents. Thats why they must criminalize men who protect the innocent.

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Bill Maher & Megyn Kelly Dish on ‘Real Time’ About Her Decision To Pull Her Kids Out Of NYC Private School; Kelly Blames "Social Justice…

Viewers of Real Time with Bill Maher have at the very least noticed the HBO hosts affinity for blonde conservative women who are not afraid to speak out, such as Ann Coulter, finding a common ground with them as fellow culture warriors in a topic that Maher despises, political correctness.

On Friday night, Maher welcomed a stylish Megyn Kelly as his interviewee. During Kellys last Real Time appearance in January 2020, Maher proclaimed that Kelly was not really a racist and blamed cancel culture for her firing. This time around, Maher and Kelly shared a few jokes and pleasantries before jumping into the topic at hand: Kellys recent decision to pull her kids from New York City private school, citing how the leftist school was teaching her children social justice stuff at too young of an age.

You took your kids out of the school in New York, and Ive been hearinganecdotallyvery much the same thing from many parents, said Maher. Just tell us why, basically, you did this.

We were in the New York City private school system, explained Kelly, and they were definitely leftist, were more center-right, and thats fine then they started taking a really hard turn toward social justice stuff.

Kelly spoke about how, she believes, her third grade son was forced into an experimental trans education program on these 8- and 9-year-old boys. And it wasnt about support. We felt it was about trying to convince them, like, Come on over!

According to Kelly she was not the only parent who objected, forcing the schools hand to issue an apology. She also vented to Maher about a letter that the school apparently circulated that described, among other things, Black bodies dropping around us in the streets and that white supremacy was the catalyst, which Kelly insisted was divisive and racist.

Its so divisive and counterproductive. And it wasnt just our school in New York and its all over New York, said Kelly, with no mention of any other specific New York schools.

Kelly then spoke on the recent news about a 17-year-old Black girl in St. Louis who falsely accused a fellow white high school student of saying something along the lines of all Black lives dont matter, even though the teacher and the school confirmed that this was not said.

Dont gaslight me, said Maher. I feel like this is beyond race. I feel like its a generational thing where so many people want their identity wrapped up in being a victim.

Thats the push now, is to lean into victimhood, added Kelly. And its not just a race thing. I mean, I see it with some of my fellow women. Its not that the #MeToo situation wasnt real, but we dont have to lean into victimhoodeven when we might be victims.

Whether or not you agree with Maher and Kelly, you can watch the full interview segment above.

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Kazuo Ishiguro Uses Artificial Intelligence to Reveal the Limits of Our Own – The New Yorker

In the early nineteen-eighties, when Kazuo Ishiguro was starting out as a novelist, a brief craze called Martian poetry hit our literary planet. It was launched by Craig Raines poem A Martian Sends a Postcard Home (1979). The poem systematically deploys the technique of estrangement or defamiliarizationwhat the Russian formalist critics called ostranenieas our bemused Martian wrestles into his comprehension a series of puzzling human habits and gadgets: Model T is a room with the lock inside/a key is turned to free the world/for movement. Or, later in the poem: In homes, a haunted apparatus sleeps,/that snores when you pick it up. For a few years, alongside the usual helpings of Hughes, Heaney, and Larkin, British schoolchildren learned to launder these witty counterfeits: Caxtons are mechanical birds with many wings/And some are treasured for their markings/they cause the eyes to melt/or the body to shriek without pain./I have never seen one fly, but/ Sometimes they perch on the hand. Teachers liked Raines poem, and perhaps the whole Berlitz-like apparatus of Martianism, because it made estrangement as straightforward as translation. What is the haunted apparatus? A telephone, miss. Well done. What are Caxtons? Books, sir. Splendid.

Estrangement is powerful when it puts the known world in doubt, when it makes the real truly strange; but most powerful when it is someones estrangement, bringing into focus the partiality of a human being (a child, a lunatic, an immigrant, an migr). Raines poem, turning estrangement into a system, has the effect of making the Martians incomprehension a familiar business, once weve got the hang of it. And since Martians dont actually exist, their misprision is less interesting than the human variety. The Martians job, after all, is to misread the human world. Human partiality is more suggestiveintermittent, irrational, anxious. One can crave a more proximate estrangement: how about, rather than an alien sending a postcard home, a resident alien, or a butler, or even a cloned human being doing so?

But its one thing to achieve that effect in a poem, which can happily float image upon image, and another to do so in a novel that commits itself to a tethered point of view. It would be hard not to personalize estrangement when writing fiction. The eminent Russian formalist Viktor Shklovsky was interested in Tolstoys use of the technique, noting that it consists in the novelists refusal to let his characters name things or events properly, describing them as if for the first time. In War and Peace, for instance, Natasha goes to the opera, which she dislikes and cant understand. Tolstoys description captures Natashas perspective, and the opera is seen in the wrong wayas large people singing for no reason and spreading out their arms absurdly in front of painted boards.

The twentieth centurys most ecstatic defamiliarizer was Vladimir Nabokov, who had a weakness for visual gags of the Martian sorta half-rolled and sopping black umbrella seen as a duck in deep mourning, an Adams apple moving like the bulging shape of an arrased eavesdropper, and so on. But in his most affecting novel, Pnin (1957), estrangement is the condition and the sentence of the novels hapless hero, the Russian migr professor Timofey Pnin. In Tolstoyan fashion, Pnin is seeing America as if for the first time, and often gets it wrong: A curious basketlike net, somewhat like a glorified billiard pocketlacking, however, a bottomwas suspended for some reason above the garage door. Later, we learn that Pnin must have mistaken a Shriners hall or a veterans hall for the Turkish consulate, because of the crowds of fez wearers he has seen entering the building.

In the English literary scene, both Craig Raine and Martin Amis have been, in their devotion to Nabokov, flamboyant Martians. Such writing is thought to prove its quality in the delighted originality of its rich figures of speech; what Amis has called vow-of-poverty prose has no place at the high table of estrangement. Clich and kitsch are abhorred as deadening enemies. (Nabokov regularly dismissed writers such as Camus and Mann for failing to reach what he considered this proper mark.) Kazuo Ishiguro, a consummate vow-of-poverty writer, would seem to be far from that table. Most of his recent novels are narrated in accents of punishing blandness; all of them make plentiful use of clich, banality, evasion, pompous circumlocution. His new novel, Klara and the Sun (Knopf), contains this hilarious dullness: Josie and I had been having many friendly arguments about how one part of the house connected to another. She wouldnt accept, for instance, that the vacuum cleaner closet was directly beneath the large bathroom. Aha, we say to ourselves, were back in Ishiguros tragicomic and absurdist world, where the question of a schoolkids new pencil case (Never Let Me Go), or how a butler devises exactly the right staff plan (The Remains of the Day), or just waiting for a non-arriving bus (The Unconsoled) can stun the prose for pages.

But Klara and the Sun confirms ones suspicion that the contemporary novels truest inheritor of Nabokovian estrangementnot to mention its best and deepest Martianis Ishiguro, hiding in plain sight all these years, lightly covered by his literary veils of torpor and subterfuge. Ishiguro, like Nabokov, enjoys using unreliable narrators to filterwhich is to say, estrangethe world unreliably. (In all his work, only his previous novel, The Buried Giant, had recourse to the comparative stability of third-person narration, and was probably the weaker for it.) Often, these narrators function like people who have emigrated from the known world, like the clone Kathy, in Never Let Me Go, or like immigrants to their own world. When Stevens the butler, in The Remains of the Day, journeys to Cornwall to meet his former colleague Miss Kenton, it becomes apparent that he has never ventured out of his small English county near Oxford.

These speakers are often concealing or repressing something unpleasantboth Stevens and Masuji Ono, thenarrator of An Artist of the Floating World, are evading their complicity with fascist politics. They misread the world because reading it properly is too painful. The blandness of Ishiguros narrators is the very rhetoric of their estrangement; blandness is the evasive truce that repression has made with the truth. And we, in turn, are first lulled, then provoked, and then estranged by this sedated equilibrium. Never Let Me Go begins, My name is Kathy H. Im thirty-one years old, and Ive been a carer now for over eleven years. That ordinary voice seems at first so familiar, but quickly comes to seem significantly odd, and then wildly different from our own.

You can argue that, at least since Kafka, estrangement of various kinds has been the richest literary resource in fictionin Kafkaesque fantasy or horror, in science fiction and dystopian writing, in unreliable narration, in the literature of flneurial travel as practiced by a writer like W. G. Sebald, and in the literature of exile and immigration. Ishiguro has mastered all these genres, sometimes combining them in a single book, always on his own singular terms. Sebald, for instance, was rightly praised for the strange things he did with his antiquarian first-person prose, as his narrators wander through an eerily defamiliarized English and European landscape. But Ishiguro got there before him, and the prose of The Remains of the Day (1989) may well have influenced the Anglo-German author of The Rings of Saturn (1995). Here, Stevens describes the experience of driving away from familiar territory, as he sets out from Darlington Hall:

But then eventually the surroundings grew unrecognizable and I knew I had gone beyond all previous boundaries. I have heard people describe the moment, when setting sail in a ship, when one finally loses sight of the land. I imagine the experience of unease mixed with exhilaration often described in connection with this moment is very similar to what I felt in the Ford as the surroundings grew strange around me.... The feeling swept over me that I had truly left Darlington Hall behind, and I must confess I did feel a slight sense of alarma sense aggravated by the feeling that I was perhaps not on the correct road at all, but speeding off in totally the wrong direction into a wilderness.

This might well be one of Sebalds troubled intellectuals, his mind full of literature and death, tramping around a suddenly uncanny Europea wilderness. Stevens is, in fact, just driving to the blameless cathedral town of Salisbury.

Klara, the narrator of Ishiguros new novel, is a kind of robot version of Stevens, and a kind of cousin of Kathy H. Shes a carer, a servant, a helpmeet, a toy. Klara and the Sun opens like something out of Toy Story or the childrens classic Corduroy (in which a slightly ragged Teddy bear, waiting patiently in a department store, is first turned down by Mother, and finally plucked by her delighted young daughter). Klara is an Artificial Friend, or AF, and is waiting with anticipation to be chosen from a store that seems to be in an American city, sometime in the nearish future. As far as one can tell, the AFs, which are solar-powered and A.I.-endowed, are a combination of doll and robot. They can talk, walk, see, and learn. They have hair and wear clothes. They appear to be especially prized as companions for children and teen-agers. A girl named Josie, whom Klara estimates, in her pedantic A.I. way, to be fourteen and a half, sees our narrator in the shopwindow, and excitedly chooses Klara as her AF.

Two kinds of estrangement operate in Ishiguros novel. Theres the relatively straightforward defamiliarization of science fiction. Ishiguro only lightly shades in his dystopian world, probably because he isnt especially committed to the systematic faux realism required by full-blown science fiction. Still, we must navigate around a fictional universe that seems much like our own, yet where people endlessly stare at, or press, their handheld oblongs, where adults are somehow stratified by their clothes (The mother was an office worker, and from her shoes and suit we could tell she was high-ranking), and where roadworkers are called overhaul men. In this colorless, ruthless place, children are fatalistically sorted into losers and winners; the latter, who are known as lifted, whose parents decided to go ahead with them, are destined for lite colleges and bright futures. Josies best friend, Rick, wasnt lifted, and it will now be a struggle for him to get a place at Atlas Brookings (their intake of unlifteds is less than two percent). The parents of Josies privileged peers wonder why Ricks parents decided not to go ahead with him. Did they just lose their nerve? It seems significant that the lifted Josie has an AF for companionship and solace, while the poorer, unlifted Rick does not.

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Who will lead the world in artificial intelligence? – C4ISRNet – C4ISRNet

A new report emphasizes why it is urgent that the Department of Defense and Congress work together to modernize the way defense programs and budgets develop, integrate and deploy the latest technologies in support of American national security. Released by the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence, a federal body created to review and recommend ways to use artificial intelligence for national security purposes, the report recommends the use of AI to update Americas defense plans, predict future threats, deter adversaries and win wars.

Because AI will be incorporated into virtually all future technology, it is easy to recognize that national security threats and opportunities posed by AI should be a catalyst for necessary changes to defense requirements and resourcing processes. In an AI-enabled world, the Defense Department will be unable to modernize the way it recruits talent, trains the force, develops and integrates technology, and funds all of these elements without internal culture shifts and help from Congress.

Unless the requirements, budgeting and acquisition processes are aligned to permit faster and more targeted execution, the U.S. will fail to stay ahead of potential adversaries. This blunt recommendation to the Defense Department under the heading Accelerate Adoption of Existing Digital Technologies makes clear the urgency for cultural and structural updates to the way the department currently does business.

Commission members, who came principally from the academic and business communities, further noted in the report that:

To be able to afford the implementation of this last recommendation, the department would have to change its acquisition and resourcing approaches to get more and faster bang for its buck. The commission recognized this by proposing a pilot program to test mission-focused budgeting and appropriations. Ideally this would lead to the establishment of a single appropriation and budget structure for software and digital technologies by FY 2023.

In comparison to Chinas ability to move quickly with resourcing decisions, another new report released last week about competing in time notes that the inflexibility of the Defense Department budget process, which dates back to 1961, makes it more difficult to rapidly move money to innovations that appear promising. In a good, small step in the right direction, Congress supported the software pilot requested by Defense in its 2021 budget to begin addressing this problem.

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Now is the time to harness federal buying power and leverage the potential momentum of this wide-ranging report to break the mold, and (as described in the report) come to the aid of visionary technologists and warfighters [who] largely remain stymied by antiquated technology, cumbersome processes, and incentive structures that are designed for outdated or competing aims.

The Defense Department can do many things for itself through the use of existing laws and rules governing how it buys things. It can also encourage and train its workforce to take risks, try new things and abandon them if they dont work rather than wasting money to follow through on programs that will be out of date before being deployed. The department should foster a culture of a creative what if we approach to problem-solving and iteratively identify how things connect and can be used differently. Integration and sustainment should not be acquisition afterthoughts.

Congress can help by alleviating some of the risks with recommended pilot programs to signal support for a more agile approach to both acquisition and oversight. Policymakers and the defense workforce should be able to balance creativity, speed, transparency and stewardship.

As the commissioners concluded, Many countries have national AI strategies. But only the United States and China have the resources, commercial might, talent pool, and innovation ecosystem to lead the world in AI.

Elaine McCusker, a former acting under secretary of defense (comptroller), is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where Emily Coletta is a researcher.

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4 Reasons Why Workers Should Welcome Artificial Intelligence In the Workplace – Entrepreneur

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In recent months, concerns about the economic impact of the pandemic have been closely tied with a spate of panickedautomation headlines like,Will Robots Take Our Jobs In A Socially Distanced Era??.

But theres a different reality that showcases the importance of having a robust digital transformation strategy.

Already we have seen that incorporating new technologies has led to a dramatic shift in the way industries operate worldwide. We are also witnessing a significant rise in interest for robotic process automation (RPA), intelligent automation and artificial intelligence among business leaders who realize that intelligent automation demonstrates strong transformative potential across all industries.

Business leaders are accelerating the adoption of technologies they view as crucial to digital transformation efforts like intelligent and robotic process automation to help them thrive in this tumultuous business environment and beyond.

Businesses are constantly met with new restrictions and 63% of business decision makers feel they are struggling to meet customer demands. 93% of those decision makers believe intelligent automation will help solve this problem.

Intelligent automation offers a number of key benefits, from time and money savings to improved efficiency. By implementing all capabilities found in RPA and connecting previously silo'ed departments and improving communication, intelligent automation can help businesses focus on more strategic work.

For example: One Michigan-based power company serving 2.2 million customers is using a digital workforce to halve the number of bills that need to be reviewed by human workers. By automating this process, and 35 others,the company is saving 250,000 man hours annually.

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Business leaders are looking to intelligent automation to help reap the benefits of a lighter workload and reduced financial burden. In fact, at the start of 2020, 92% of business leaders already had plans to roll out intelligent automation across their organizations this number will only go up as we continue to experience the lasting impact of thepandemic.

Many companies have been building an automation-ready business culture and knowledge workers are ready to embrace their digital coworkers. Only 33% of employees still harbor fears about losing their jobs to automation and 81% have a strong understanding of the benefits intelligent automation can bring to their organizations. Overall, the past year has prepared leaders, and employees alike, to welcome technology that will make for a more agile and efficient hybrid workforce.

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The past year has proved that our workforce is resilient, flexible and capable of adjusting to many challenges. As businesses around the globe embrace new work environments and technologies, weve seen a growing level of trust in automation as employees adapt to digital colleagues. They are excited about the opportunities intelligent automation creates, embracing benefits that allow them to focus more on creative, meaningful work. Businesses that provide employees with training and reassurance as these digital workers are introduced enable the smoothest transition.

As the financial strain of the pandemic continues, investment management firms are applying intelligent automation to end-to-end processes for loan applications, getting funds to those in need as quickly as possible. Healthcare organizations are automating the patient diagnostic process, reducing clinical risk by ensuring the process is fast and accurate.

As organizations in industries like healthcare and financial services introduce intelligent automation, they help their workforce adapt and upskill by retraining employees. In fact, 78% of organizations provide training opportunities when they introduce new technologies. Further80% of knowledge workers feel comfortable reskilling, indicating a willingness to adapt alongside digital colleagues.

What could the future holdwith digital workers operating alongside human workers? Todays intelligent automation is more sophisticated than ever and does not require the level of manual governance it once did. Businesses can train digital workers to do almost anything (paymentprocessing, monitoring data integrity, management, etc.) freeing human workers to engage in more exciting roles.

Blue Prism intelligent digital workers are designed to be more accessible and intuitive to non-tech business users. By offering a no-code automation tool, business teams are empowered with agile operational automation capabilities. This vastly expands access and utilization of both in-house and third party technologies, allowing for business processes to become more easily repeatable, secure, auditable and scalable -- ultimately resulting in higher customer satisfaction rates.

Howmuch more can you achieve with digital workers at your fingertips?

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WASHINGTON The U.S. military command charged with watching and protecting North American airspace is now using artificial intelligence to detect the threats that previously slipped its notice.

The new capability, named Pathfinder, fuses data from military, commercial and government sensors to create a common operating picture for North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command.

It essentially takes and ingests aggregates data from multiple systems, data that would in the past have been ... left on the cutting room floor and not analyzed or assessed in a timely manner, said Gen. Glen VanHerck, who commands NORAD and USNORTHCOM, during the Air Force Associations virtual Air Warfare Symposium last week. The Pathfinder program uses machine learning to help us analyze that data from multiple systems not only military systems, but commercial systems, other government agency systems.

Previously that data stayed in separate systems, preventing NORAD from seeing the whole picture and allowing potential threats to slip through unnoticed. VanHerck pointed to a 2015 incident when a gyrocopter landed on the White House lawn as an example of how stovepiped systems prevented NORAD from seeing a potential threat.

When you go back and look at that scenario, when you look at those systems that monitor the national Capitol region individually, no single system had full awareness or saw that gyrocopter, he explained.

Pathfinder solves that problem by taking the data from each of those systems and fusing it into a common operating picture. In developing Pathfinder, NORAD virtually recreated the 2015 event by plugging the data from that day into its new AI-machine learning capability.

We took Pathfinder and applied it to the available systems, the actual data, and used Pathfinder capabilities to assess that data, said VanHerck. And sure enough, there that gyrocopter was and he was easily detected by that point.

To prototype pathfinder, NORAD partnered with the Defense Innovation Unit, a Pentagon organization that specializes in using emerging commercial technologies for military purposes. DIU Director Mike Brown said in December that Pathfinder was completed in record time just a few months over a year.

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In February, Kinetica announced it received a $100 million, five-year contract from the U.S. Air Force to use the Kinetica Streaming Data Warehouse for Pathfinder. The companys service ingests, analyzes and visualizes massive data sets in order to model possible outcomes and assess risk, according to Kineticas description.

Were using it today, said VanHerck. Its out in our fields and our sectors right now. Historically our sectors were very manually driven phone calls to pass data, etc. Today we fuse all that data together, and were seeing the picture much more real-time and much more in an automatic type of digital environment.

Pathfinder can fuse data from more than 300 sensors to build its common operating picture, Brown noted. Beyond helping NORAD find more potential threats, Pathfinder also enables operators to move faster to assess those threats.

We dramatically reduced their decision time they have about 12 minutes to make a decision if they really thought there was an attack coming in over North American airspace and weve cut minutes off that by giving them this common operating picture, said Brown.

In many ways, Pathfinder is a microcosm of the Pentagons Joint All Domain Command and Control concept, which seeks to use AI and emerging technologies to connect every sensor to the best shooter.

What weve been able to do with NORAD in this fusing of sensor data and providing a common operating picture for better decision making, if you think about it, thats the guts of whats in JADC2, said Brown. That technology is going to continue to have broad applicability. And I wont be surprised at all as we work on some other projects to see other applications of that basic technology be delivered.

I absolutely believe it can be a model for the Department of Defense, said VanHerck. It lays the foundation for improved data-driven decision-making and enhanced capability.

Defense News Deputy Editor and Senior Pentagon Correspondent Aaron Mehta contributed to this report.

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Decort Partners with Perfect Corp. to Launch YouCam’s New Artificial Intelligence-Driven Skincare Diagnostic Technology That Debuted At CES 2021 -…

"As a leader in Japanese beauty, we pride ourselves on offering our customers a meaningful, innovative and highly personalized approach to beauty. We are thrilled to be working with Perfect Corp. to integrate this platform into the consumer's discovery of Japanese skincareon Decorte.com and to ensure we deliver a high-touch experience that addresses key skincare concerns," says Sharon del Valle, GM KOS America. "Millions of customers around the world turn to the brand as a destination for their skincare solutions, and most especially for hydration. For the first time, we are able to easily demonstrate to consumers their hydration needs and then quickly link to solutions that best fit their needs such as our bestselling Moisture Liposome Serum with its groundbreaking proprietary technology for hydration. The combination of Perfect Corp.'s platform with our products allows us to connect with the consumer in a seamless way to help them achieve the radiant, smooth, glowing skin that the Japanese are known for."

"We are thrilled to partner with Decort to integrate our most advanced AI-powered skin diagnostic technology for web with tracking for hydration and other key skin health concerns," said Perfect Corp. Founder and CEO, Alice Chang. "It's an honor to partner with such a forward-thinking and innovative skincare brand like Decort and help guide beauty consumers on their skin health journey with the help of YouCam's beauty tech."

Decort will also offer customers YouCam's award-winning beauty try-on technology on the brand website and leverage Perfect Corp.'s artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality (AR) innovation. The virtual try-on will help the brand enrich the online experience, increase consumer engagement and allow the North American consumer to discover Decort, Japan's best kept beauty secret.

About DecortEstablished in 1970, Decort is Japan's best-kept beauty secret and beloved by millions of women in Asia. The brand embodies the best of Japanese beauty, and its mission has always been to provide the highest quality skincare and makeup products with unique textures for maximum effectiveness. Decort, has partnered with world-renown universities and acclaimed scientists for decades to deliver products that truly exceed the expectations of each customer.

About KOS CorporationKOSE Corporation was founded in Japan in 1946 by Kozaburo Kobayashi with a vision and passion to provide people during the post-war period with hope and dreams. KOSE continues the legacy of its founder with a commitment to consumers around the world of creating quality skincare, makeup, fragrance, hair care and body care products that exceed expectations. With research and innovation at its core, KOSE has over 800 registered patents. Today, the company's products are sold in over 34 countries and territories with a portfolio of 38 brands that include Decorte, Sekkisei, Addiction, Tarte, Jill Stuart Beauty, Stephen Knoll New York, and Awake. KOSE brands sell in multiple channels including department stores, specialty stores, drug stores and direct.

About Perfect Corp.With over 900 Million downloads globally, Perfect Corporation is dedicated to transforming how consumers, content creators and beauty brands interact together through AI and AR technologies. Our experienced team of engineers and beauty aficionados are pushing the frontiers of technology to create the beauty platform of the future a fluid environment where individuals express themselves, learn the latest about fashion and beauty, and enjoy instant access to the products from their favorite brands. Further information about Perfect Corp. can be found atperfectcorp.comandLinkedIn.

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Artificial Intelligence Platform Enhances Detection Performance of Visual Inspection Machines From: Stevanato Group S.p.a – Healthcare Packaging

Stevanato Group, a global provider of integrated containment and delivery systems to the biopharmaceutical and life sciences industries, has launched an Artificial Intelligence platform, based on Deep Learning (DL) models, designed to leverage the benefits of human-like decision-making in automatic visual inspection equipment. The platform is made to allow pharma companies to overcome the traditional trade-off between detection rate and false rejection rate, ensuring robust and replicable results. False rejects can be significantly reduced and the detection rate improved, yielding up to 99.9% accuracy, both for particle inspection and cosmetic defects detection.

DL is particularly beneficial when applied to difficult-to-inspect and high-value biotech drugs, as it allows pharma companies to achieve higher productivity while preserving drug integrity. Drugs in the form of suspensions or lyophilized cakes frequently challenge available vision tools, causing misinterpretations of supposed defects. Artificial Intelligence mitigates misclassification and reduces costly re-inspection, says the company.

Through its partnership with Microsoft and the adoption of Microsoft Azure platform, Machine Learning, and AI features, Stevanato Group intends to deliver "smart" equipment compliant with strict pharmaceutical data management and security requirements, while improving inspection performance and reducing costs related to production reparametrization. The company reports the certified cloud-based platform is compliant with U.S. CFR 21 Part 11 and EU GMP Annex 11, meets data integrity needs, and offers advanced monitoring tools such as heat maps and confusion matrix for model performance evaluation.

Incorporating new technologies can be challenging for pharma companies, as it usually requires them to adapt internal processes and invest time and resources. The company provides a team of vision and AI engineers to bring an accurate data analysis service with continuous support for tasks from image collection to model validation.

Key features of the platform include:

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How Online Privacy Issues Will Shape Future Use Of Artificial Intelligence In Advertising – Forbes

Privacy restrictions are pushing many marketer toward the use of artificial intelligence in order to ... [+] delive more targeted messages.

The trend toward greater focus on privacy issues has been going on for some time and is starting to come to a head.More restrictions on the sharing and merging of data on individuals has been leading to advertisers to look for effective ways to target and reach consumers, including using the use of behavioral targeting supplemented by the use of artificial intelligence (AI).

At a time when privacy regulations are sometimes fragmented and confusing but changing, it is critically important for marketers to monitor changes in the regulatory environment.Against this backdrop, I interviewed Sheri Bachstein, IBM's Global Head of Watson Advertising to get her insights and predictions on the future of privacy regulation and how it will affect advertisers, particularly as regards the use of AI and came away with three major takeaways:

1)The need for standard federal regulation of data privacy in the U.S. is pressing.

The European Unions General Data Protection Regulation and the California Consumer Privacy Act are already leading to the devaluation of traditional third-party cookies and the way many advertisers do business.Yet, the lack of uniform regulation creates a significant gray area for companies who want to scale and use AI in targeting, creating problems for technology companies and marketers.

Sheri Bachstein, Global Head of IBM's Watson Advertising

Bachstein believes that federal legislation as opposed to a patchwork of state laws is needed in order to allow for standards that allow marketers to operate effectively while protecting consumer rights.Citing lack of agreement on what sensitive data means to different constituencies, she asserts:We feel that data privacy principles such as transparency, user choice, as well as overall accountability should be taken into greater consideration when designing policy that is consumer driven. When you talk about sensitive data that is a great example of why we need industry standards. We all need to have the same definitions for types of data so that industry players work with clearly defined terms that are consistent across the U.S.

Bachstein also notes that industry needs to unite behind a standard playbook and the effort to get federal regulation should be include an array of industry partners, councils, and big tech companies collaborating with lawmakers in order to incorporate multiple viewpoints and ensure that the legislation is effective across the entire ecosystem.

2)Artificial intelligence is part of the solution to balancing privacy with the consumers right to choose; Unified IDs alone are not likely to be enough.

Even before the pandemic, there was growing consensus that users should have the ability to control their sensitive data and who they share it with. Moreover, there is emphasis in regulatory discussions on consumers knowing where their data is going and how it is used. At the same time, most consumers prefer to have personalized experiences online, including when they receive advertising in the digital context.Old style spray and pray ads have little utility for either marketers or consumers. As such, an alternative targeting solution that does not use data the consumers believe to be sensitive is needed.

Because of its ability to narrowly target messages based on behavioral online data (in some cases combined with consumer approved data that is less sensitive) artificial intelligence has the potential to help get advertising messages that the consumer wants to see, or, at least, does not find invasive.It is also the case that the use of AI combined with informing consumers on how data is used can help lead to a situation where consumers understand that marketers are using data for positive purposes.

A key to the promise of AI in advertising, says Bachstein, is its ability to use data to predict future behaviors without relying on consumer-level data.AI is a great path forward in this era of privacy because it can work with data to predict future behaviors, while simultaneously delivering valuable insights, she states, This allows publishers such as IBMs The Weather Channel, to create relationships with their consumers without the need to know specifically who the consumer is.

While some have suggested unified ID programs such as the The Trade Desks Unified ID 2.0, which is a pool of industry collaborators who seek to create to new, standardized ways of collecting user data without using third-party cookies, instead relying on audience data collected directly from the publisher, Bachstein does not see it as being able to replace what was available via third-party cookies.While we welcome industry collaboration and view this solution as progress, its important to note that there will be challenges that are dependent on which path the big tech companies will pursue, she says, Unified IDs may offer a partial fix, but we could ultimately run into the same privacy constraints moving ahead. While Unified IDs are a step in the right direction, the solution alone isnt enough to replace what marketers will lose when third-party cookies are phased out and mobile identifiers are changed to opt-in.

3)The use of artificial intelligence is poised to grow, lead to additional innovation, and drive the future of digital advertising.

Bachstein and IBM Watson estimate that only 25% of global companies understand the true value of AI but that this will grow as marketers realize its value. In addition, consumers have not historically understood the benefits of AI and in part due to its futuristic image are nervous about how its application affects their everyday lives.IBM Watson believe the onus is on industry to explain the benefits in a delicate way to get across that AI will be a force for good.

As cookies have the drawback of only tracking the past, AIs nature of being rooted in the future and leveraging data can deliver important insights without the publisher (e.g., IBMs The Weather Channel) needing to know who specifically the consumer is.Bachsteinsummarizes the situation regarding adoption as follows, As with any new technology, the pace of adoption and the consumers level of comfortability is ultimately tied directly to the education and experimentation of the technology itself. While there has not been a true resistance to AI today it is not widely used across the digital advertising ecosystem. Adoption will take time for some, while others will see the benefits immediately. We need to ensure that AI is no longer perceived as a buzzword, but rather a tangible solution that can deliver real outcomes while keeping consumer privacy intact.

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R.I., Google Cloud unveil first-in-the-nation virtual career center powered by artificial intelligence – The Boston Globe

Rhode Islanders can access the portal at BackToWorkRI.com.

The initiative, which was launched in July 2020 by Governor Gina M. Raimondo, was meant to be a public-private partnership designed to train, support, and hire Rhode Islanders who have been displaced by the pandemic.

Since last March, thousands of Rhode Islanders have lost their jobs, leaving them no other choice but to file for unemployment. Sarah Blusiewicz, assistant director of workforce development for the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training, said she hopes that after filing for unemployment, Rhode Islanders will be using this career center as a tool to get back to work.

COVID-19 has left thousands of Rhode Islanders unemployed and searching for new, sustainable careers, said Blusiewicz. Our collaboration with Google Cloud has married accessible technology with government innovation to train and connect workers with the resources they need to access in-demand jobs.

The career center uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to connect the states workforce with new career opportunities while using familiar productivity tools within Google Workspace. Some of the features include the AI-powered CareerCompass Rhode Island bot, named Skipper, which uses data and machine learning to connect residents with potential new career paths and proven reskilling opportunities.

The center also integrates video calling via Google Meet, so job seekers can meet with career coaches and use screen-sharing to review and edit resumes and cover letters in real time. Coaches and job seekers are paired based on the coachs areas of expertise and language fluency. The center is available in English and Spanish now, but can support multiple languages.

Rhode Island is the first state in the country to use AI/ML and Google Workspace to deploy a job search platform at this scale, said Mike Daniels, vice president of Global Public Sector at Google Cloud. We hope that the integrated experience provided by our technology will help job seekers hit the ground running.

Here are answers to common questions about the platform:

How does applying for a job on this platform help eliminate the implicit bias issues that resume readers have?

According to Blusiewicz, the platform will help push forward resumes for skills-based hiring, unlike other platforms that use technology that eliminates job seekers who dont use the correct keywords. In addition, she said since job seekers can book video conferences with employers and recruiters, the portal encourages hiring managers to go above the resume reader noise.

In conversations with local employers, Blusiewicz said, For years, the theme has been, We have great job seekers that need jobs. Great jobs are out there, she said, but traditional job boards with resume readers that searched only for certain terms, coupled with information overload, eliminated good candidates.

How does the platform ensure that Rhode Islanders are using the center, and not people from other states?

Users are not required to plug in their address, Blusiewicz said, but the idea is to have this portal connected to Rhode Islands unemployment insurance system.

As Rhode Islanders are filling out those unemployment claims, we can then direct them to this site as the next step, she said.

The job I had before the pandemic is probably not going to come back. How will this portal help me?

The machine learning aspect of the center will help someone transition into another field. It will scan your profile and the work history that you upload, and pull administrative data on people who have skills similar to yours. Based on your existing skills, it will help match you to other sectors and positions that are available.

Will similar platforms be available in other states?

Daniels said Google Cloud is in conversations with a number of states about developing a similar career center, but he said he believes that this site will pave the way for neighboring states.

I think weve really thought deeply in terms of how we could incorporate the human element and how to make this a different feeling for someone, by curating it for them, instead of them simply going out and pounding the job boards, said Daniels. This is coming at exactly the right time.

Alexa Gagosz can be reached at alexa.gagosz@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @alexagagosz.

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