Day: October 2, 2020

AI and ethics: One-third of executives are not aware of potential AI bias

The majority of consumers expect companies to be accountable for their AI systems, yet about half of companies do not have a dedicated member overseeing ethical AI implementation.

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In the age of digital transformation, more companies are tapping artificial intelligence (AI) systems to enhance workflows, streamline operations, and more. However, in recent months, these technologies have come under increased scrutiny due to underlying biases in these systems. On Wednesday, Capgemini, a technology services consulting company, released a report assessing consumer and executive sentiment regarding AI and ethical implementation around the globe.

“Given its potential, the ethical use of AI should of course ensure no harm to humans, and full human responsibility and accountability for when things go wrong. But beyond that there is a very real opportunity for a proactive pursuit of environmental good and social welfare,” said Anne-Laure Thieullent, AI and analytics group offer leader at

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Nintendo’s new RC Mario Kart looks terrific – TechCrunch

In a year, Nintendo would have demoed, in person, Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit. The company would have invited select members of the press into some rented event space and let us experience the game first-hand, like it had with Labo and Ring Fit Adventures. It’s 2020, however, and that’s just not how we do things.

Watching someone else play an RC game over teleconference software is not ideal. But it’s nothing if not extremely of the moment. And more importantly, it’s probably a testament to what Nintendo has built here that it translates so well with a less than ideal setup. Granted, I won’t feel comfortable offering a proper review until I’ve played the game on my Switch, but I can confidently say that Mario Kart Live makes for one hell of an impressive demo.

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Like the recently released Mario Lego sets, this is the

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Cybersecurity best practices: An open letter to end users

In an effort to make IT pros’ jobs easier, Jack Wallen offers cybersecurity tips to end users–in particular, what not to do to keep company networks, equipment, and data secure.

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First, a note to IT admins about this open letter. The admin’s job is never done. Ever. Period. End of story. You work all day, you go home, you think about work, you dream about work, you eat your work feelings, and you do it all over again.

Part of the reason for this is because you’re always fighting an uphill battle named end users. I hope the following security advice for end users (which you might consider passing along to the people you support) helps make your job easier. And seeing as how it’s Cybersecurity Awareness month, this is the perfect time to remind your end users just how important it is that they do their part

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America and Singapore are tops in 2020 for global digital competitiveness

Annual report measures how fast the digital transformation is going in 63 countries and scores each one on knowledge, tech, and future readiness.

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The US held onto its top spot in a global ranking of digital competitiveness thanks to access to capital and an emphasis on robotics. Singapore also stayed in the No. 2 spot on the IMD World Digital Competitiveness Ranking (WDCR) for 2020. The country earned more No. 1 rankings than the US in the rankings on individual criteria. The WDCR measures the capacity and readiness of 63 economies to adopt digital technologies for economic and social transformation. This year’s Top 10 list looks very similar to last year’s:

  1. United States of America
  2. Singapore
  3. Denmark
  4. Sweden
  5. Hong Kong SAR
  6. Switzerland
  7. Netherlands
  8. South Korea
  9. Norway
  10. Finland

Researchers identified these trends in each country in the top 10 list: efficient use of digital talent, a reflection of

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Google Assistant: A cheat sheet

This comprehensive guide covers the history behind Google’s AI-powered Google Assistant, its features, and what it means for the future of Google’s business.

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Google’s mission is to “create a more helpful Google for you,” said Rick Osterloh, Google’s senior vice president for Devices and Services, at the Made by Google event in October 2019. One of the ways to further integration of services is to continuously improve its artificial intelligence (AI)-powered Google Assistant, originally launched in 2016.

SEE: Google Pixel 5: Cheat sheet (TechRepublic)

To help smartphone users, AI fans, and enterprise decision-makers understand the features of Google Assistant, and why it matters, we’ve put together the most important details and resources in this cheat sheet. This article will be updated and refreshed as new, relevant information becomes public. 

SEE: All of TechRepublic’s cheat sheets and smart person’s guides

Executive summary

  • What is Google Assistant? Google Assistant is
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