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Announcing AI for Humanitarian Action, a new $40 million, five-year Microsoft program

“The initiative will harness the power of AI to focus on four priorities – helping the world recover from disasters, addressing the needs of children, protecting refugees and displaced people, and promoting respect for human rights. Our AI for Humanitarian Action program is part of Microsoft’s AI for Good suite – a growing $115 million, five-year commitment to work to unlock solutions to some of society’s biggest challenges with artificial intelligence.”

https://blogs.microsoft.com/on-the-issues/2018/09/24/using-ai-to-help-save-lives/

Canada to Study Cannabis Cryptomarkets Ahead of Recreational Marijuana Legalization

“The general goal of this project is to estimate the extent to which cannabis is illicitly bought and sold by Canadians on cryptomarkets, identify trends in the buying and selling behaviours of Canadian cryptomarket users, and discuss the policy and law enforcement implications of cryptomarkets within a Canadian context following legalization.”

Canada to Study Cannabis Cryptomarkets Ahead of Recreational Marijuana Legalization

Artificial intelligence hates the poor and disenfranchised

Machine learning algorithms, whether in the form of “AI” or simple shortcuts for sifting through data, are incapable of making rational decisions because they don’t rationalize — they find patterns. That government agencies across the US put them in charge of decisions that profoundly impact the lives of humans, seems incomprehensibly unethical.

https://thenextweb.com/artificial-intelligence/2018/09/21/artificial-intelligence-hates-the-poor-and-disenfranchised/

Jeremy Gardner: ‘Bitcoin Is No Different Than Money Systems Today, Except That It May Be Better’

“The reason why Bitcoin was initially adopted — the reason why Bitcoin and blockchain technology exists today — is that it exists for primarily one reason and one reason only. People don’t like to say this, but it’s because of the dark markets.”

https://cointelegraph.com/news/jeremy-gardner-bitcoin-is-no-different-than-money-systems-today-except-that-it-may-be-better