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Leading with Humanity: Project Manager as Project Leader in the Age of Artificial Intelligence Disruption

Durga P. Phuyal is a project leader with managerial skills and has more than 7 years of experience leading and directing small to mid-sized projects in the software industry using both agile and waterfall approaches. He holds CDAP/ DALSM, PMI-ACP, and PMP certifications, and is an active member of the Project Management Institute (PMI). Currently, Phuyal works as an agile coach/project manager for Rational Tech Pal and conducts highly customized professional training at both organizational and global levels.

Modern Project Managers as Project Leaders
People often use these two words “management” and “leadership” interchangeably. However, there is a significant difference between them. According to …

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Artificial intelligence wins over man in simulated aerial dogfight –

Aug. 21 (UPI) — An artificial intelligence algorithm soundly defeated an experienced U.S. F-16 fighter pilot in a simulation of an aerial dogfight, the Pentagon said.

The event, called Alpha Dogfight Trials, was part of the Air Combat Evaluation program of the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

Designed to accelerate the development of artificial intelligence in combat situations, DARPA invited teams from eight defense contractors to fly F-16 fighter planes in competitive, simulated combat.

The weeklong competition at the Applied Physics Lab of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore led to the winner facing off against a live, experienced pilot.

Heron Systems, a Maryland-based AI developer, was the last company standing, and on Thursday its algorithm quickly defeated a U.S. Air Force pilot identified only as “Banger” in five rounds of combat, all in less than two minutes.

The dogfights involved simulated speeds of up to 500 mph, 9-G maneuvers and laser beams instead of machine-gun fire.

“There are a lot caveats and disclaimers to add in here,” Col. Dan Javorsek, DARPA program manager, said after the event. Heron’s AI system had “perfect information,” a situational condition fighter pilots never face, and Heron could aim its guns more accurately than the human pilot.

Between rounds, Banger admitted he faced a tough opponent.

“Standard things we do as fighter pilots are not working,” he said, noting that at one point he attempted to duck out of the way as the AI plane approached. The enemy plane was able to maneuver around his plane more easily than a human pilot could.

The DARPA program seeks develop AI technology to enhance, and not replace, human combat capabilities, Javorsek said.

It could react more quickly than a human to enemy aircraft actions, for example, and could be used in drone technology. Although drones fly without pilots, they generally still require an on-the-ground operator.

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White House News Conference: President Trump to make announcement about COVID-19 treatment tonight


     The White House is touting a “major therapeutic breakthrough” on a Coronavirus COVID-19 therapeutic that President Trump will announce in a news conference Sunday evening at 6 pm EST.

     President Trump will make the announcement alongside Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar and the director of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Stephen Hahn.

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Houston firm lands artificial intelligence deal with BP –

Houston oil-field software firm Bluware has landed an artificial intelligence deal with British oil major BP.

Bluware said Monday it had entered into an agreement with BP to improve the oil major’s ability to interpret seismic data from oil wells. Financial terms were not disclosed.

“BP recognizes the significant impact advances in digital technology can bring and we are pleased to implement Bluware InteractivAI, a new and innovative deep learning technology, augmenting our geoscientists’ ability to accelerate subsurface data interpretation,” said Ahmed Hashmi, Upstream Chief Digital and Technology Officer at BP.

Executive Moves: BP taps Denver-based executive to lead U.S. operations

With terabytes and pedabytes of data per well, seismic data is considered important to maximizing production from oil and natural gas wells but interpreting that data is time-consuming work. Artificial intelligence tools and deep-learning software cut that time.

“We are excited to be a part of BP’s digital innovation goals in delivering significant value and a better user experience across their subsurface workflows,” Bluware CEO Dan Piette said.

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Nothing Has Been Done About White Supremacy On Twitter. Now We May Know Why – AfroTech

But, a recent Motherboard report confirmed what most marginalized populations already know: Twitter can’t take a firm stance against white supremacy, because that would mean banning some Republican politicians, too.

Motherboard reported that an employee working on machine learning and artificial intelligence issues at the company said:

With every sort of content filter, there is a tradeoff, he explained. When a platform aggressively enforces against ISIS content, for instance, it can also flag innocent accounts as well, such as Arabic language broadcasters. Society, in general, accepts the benefit of banning ISIS for inconveniencing some others, he said.

In separate discussions verified by Motherboard, that employee said Twitter hasn’t taken the same aggressive approach to white supremacist content because the collateral accounts that are impacted can, in some instances, be Republican politicians.


That doesn’t come as a surprise to people targeted by white supremacist rhetoric. For example, Rep. Steven King (R-Iowa) has openly promoted white nationalist rhetoric on his account before. In March, King went so far as to quote tweet Faith Goldy, a known Canadian white nationalist who recently stirred up controversy on Facebook and was banned from the platform altogether.

It’s also highly likely that if Twitter introduced an algorithm to combat white supremacy, President Trump and some of his supporters would be caught by it. After all, Trump has incited harassment against Representative Ilhan Omar, the first Black Muslim woman wearing hijab in Congress

Black people — and Black women in particular — have long noted Twitter’s silence around white supremacy and the alt-right on its platform. Back in 2014, Black feminists noticed Twitter accounts masquerading as Black women — which lead to the hashtag #YourSlipIsShowing.

Republicans often accuse social media platforms of having an “anti-conservative bias”. As Motherboard noted, Trump once tweeted that Twitter “[doesn’t treat me well as a Republican. Very discriminatory. No wonder Congress wants to get involved — and they should.”

However, what this report makes clear is that trying to steer clear of those accusations means tolerating white supremacy — whether that comes from numerous bot accounts or verified accounts themselves.

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EU to Increase Access to High-Quality Data for Blockchain, AI Projects

The European Union is increasing the amount of data that can be reused as raw material for artificial intelligence and blockchain projects, the trading bloc announced in a news release on June 6.

Officials hope the relaxed rules will “boost the EU data economy, contribute to the development of a data-based society and stimulate growth.”

High-value datasets will be available free of charge — including statistics, company ownership records and meteorological information. As well as allowing AI and blockchain products to use research data that is already in the public domain, real-time weather and transport data will be made available.

Alexandru Petrescu, Romania’s minister for communications, said:

“These rules are a real enabler for artificial intelligence and will help Europe to become a world leader in this crucial area. They will bolster the EU digital industry, especially smaller companies and startups, which would not otherwise have access to all the data they need to innovate and expand.”

EU member states will now have two years to ensure that these changes are implemented into their national laws.

In April, the EU officially launched the International Association of Trusted Blockchain Applications, and said the technology would prove pivotal in solving some of the biggest issues in today’s global economy — including trust between buyers and sellers, and tracing the authenticity of goods.

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A Guy Invented a Bot that Writes Songs Like Luis Alberto Spinetta

You don’t have to be a Black Mirror fan to acknowledge that technology is rapidly blurring the boundaries of what we thought to be impossible just a few years back. And the arts seem to be in the middle of all the changes taking place throughout society. Filmmakers are casting robots, dead musicians are touring as holograms, and now it seems that Artificial Intelligence may be tackling one of the most sacred pillars of Argentine rock royalty.

An informatics engineer from the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) has actually developed technology in which a bot generates song lyrics that imitate the patterns used by Luis Alberto Spinetta. Freaked out yet? Well, let me explain a little more, to the best of my abilities. But first, let’s listen to El Flaco while we read, shall we?

So what exactly is this all about? Well, this bot is the brainchild of Alex Ingberg, an Argentine that currently resides in Tel Aviv and who published his findings in a complicated, dummy un-friendly post on Medium, which I will now try my absolute best to try and translate to you (wish me luck). It begins, simply enough, with the bot being presented with all of Spinetta’s lyrics since his first album Almendra (1969), to his posthumous work Los Amigo released in 2015. It took into account all songs in which he had at least a partial credit in composing. So far so good, all is understood. But this is when it all gets tricky.

Ingberg created two different algorithms. The first, created from a process called Markov chain, which didn’t yield very original results, as the mechanism works based on probabilities. In Ingberg’s own words, the result was “copy-paste of [Spinetta’s] work, a collage among different lyrics to create a new song,” and it even dished out several phrases that were identical to those written by El Flaco himself. But the second algorithm is where the magic really happened. In it, Ingber worked with something called Recurrent Neural Network (RNN) which recognizes patterns in data streams and also adds the temporal dimension. Which means it kinda, sorta remembers… I know what you’re thinking:

After this simple introduction, comes a very complicated explanation that uses terms like LSTM, Python 3, and something called Greg Surma’s text predictor (again, if you wanna go deep into this go to Mr. Inberg’s original post). Suffice it to say that after 50,000 iterations he was able to obtain some real, palpable results. In his words again: “The interesting thing about this is not just seeing the final result, but the learning process that the algorithm was having in every iteration. From a concoction of characters, it goes on to create formed verses in only a few cycles.”

The results are, nevertheless very difficult to evaluate by an untrained eye. They’re full of grammatical and even spelling errors, and in some instances they just don’t make any sense at all. But for Ingberg, the findings couldn’t be more of a success. “Although the lyrics generated by artificial intelligence have these little flaws, we can definitely see that the model correctly learned to copy the style of the provided dataset,” he says. In other words, the results are quite extraordinary, considering that the network never received any data from a dictionary or a grammar book. Just El Flaco’s words. No news yet about any Spinetta hologram being developed for next year’s Lollapalooza, though.

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Anyone Can Become a Professional Dancer, Thanks to New Artificial Intelligence Technology

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“Survival of the Richest” Depends on Them Saving Us All

Have you heard about “the event”?
Turns out “the event” is a codename for the systemic crisis approaching humanity in giant strides, a euphemism used by the world’s ultra-rich. Whether it will be triggered by an economic meltdown and massive social unrest, climate change, nuclear explosion, an epidemic, or cyber warfare, it will result in global catastrophe, and the upper echelon wants to be ready for “Judgment Day.”
To prepare for the inevitable, five tycoons invited media theorist and technology author prof. Douglas Rushkoff to give them some advice for the symbolic fee of half his annual income.
During the meeting, it suddenly dawned on Rushkoff that the super-rich had a completely different reason for investing in technology: all the newly developing cutting edge technologies, such as artificial intelligence, blockchain, 3D printing, CRISPR and even the colonization of Mars, are seen and supported by the world’s elites as means to save themselves from “the event.”
While we see supermarkets without cashiers, autonomous vehicles and robots doing the work for us — the super-wealthy see means of protection against angry mobs and systemic breakdowns in the not-too-distant future.
Indeed, the wealthy and powerful few have a much broader view of global risk than most of human society. And yet, what they can see and predict is only a fragment of the overall picture. The multi-faceted human crisis originates from a completely different cause and happens for an entirely different purpose to what they understand, which is why they think they can evade it.
The actual “event” is a natural turning point in human evolution, and its origins begin no less than approximately 14 billion years ago with the Big Bang.
Through billions of years, the development of matter created gases, dust, stars and planets, and then the biological life of flora and fauna on Earth. But along with the expansion of the universe, nature also works to bring all levels of life into balance: from the inanimate, to plant life, to animal life, to human life. And our turn has just arrived.
Whether we realize it or not, nature is pushing us to come to balance with it. And that means becoming an integral, harmonious part of the natural system, which necessitates the evolution of human society as a collective species around the planet. Gradually, nature is amplifying our sensitivity to our global interdependence, forcing us to recognize the human network that we are all part of, and transform our societies accordingly.
No technology can stop the laws of nature and no bunker can keep anyone unaffected by them. But, we can learn how to go along with the evolutionary pressure, rather than against it.
To avoid becoming victims of an aggressive breakdown of our current culture, we have to acknowledge and prepare ourselves for our inevitably connected future. People have to learn about the laws of nature and how they form an integral system, where every element depends on its balanced connection with the others and how it complements them.
But that’s the just the beginning of humanity’s transformation. It’s no coincidence that in the last few decades there is a growing body of research from multiple fields confirming that positive human connections make us smarter and better in every sense, as well as happier and healthier. Human beings will have to discover and activate their inherent wiring for connection by consciously practicing it.
The more we practice our positive connections — personally, socially and globally — the more we see that we are coming to balance with the laws of nature, and that will become our new source of fulfillment.
Surely, the transformation of human society will require a massive socio-educational endeavor around the planet, using our media and our technologies in a new way and for a new purpose. The irony is that precisely the people like those who met Rushkoff have all the means necessary to make this happen. What they lack is only the understanding that the only way to save themselves from “the event” is to save human society as well.

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How advanced industrial companies should approach artificial-intelligence strategy

Leaders need to determine what AI can do for their company by looking at potential applications and scenarios and then building their approach around those findings.

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