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Technology 9 April 2018

The Week in Internet News: AI Can Give Workers a Creative Boost, But Many Aren’t Ready

Grant Gross
By Grant GrossTechnology Reporter

Mixed messages on AI: Artificial Intelligence promises to make workers more creative in many fields, according to a story in Inc. AI is already writing scripts and music and designing websites, the story notes. Many workers aren’t quite ready for this assistance, however. About 60 percent of workers in the Washington, D.C., area say their jobs are not preparing them for collaboration with machine intelligence, a story in Washington Business Journal says.

AI inspects your roof: If you’re a homeowner, you know it’s expensive to replace your roof. A startup seeks to take some of the guesswork out of roof replacement decisions by using AI to examine the condition of a house’s roof, according to The service could be particularly useful for people looking to buy a new home without spending more money to repair the roof.

Blockchain and AI team up: Here’s a story combining two of our favorite topics: Blockchain and AI. Blockchain could help make AI smarter by ensuring the privacy and security of the data that it collects, according to a story in VentureBeat. Small retailers could get customers to tell them their preferences by using Blockchain technologies to build personalized services, the story suggests.

Blockchain takes to the skies: Meanwhile, a startup is seeking to use Blockchain to reduce air accidents, CoinTelegraph says. Aeron has released a Blockchain-based mobile app that records and verifies the pilot’s qualifications. The company hopes the app will help reduce human errors during airplane flights.

Russia vs. Telegram: The Russian government has recently demanded encryption keys from several Web-based services, and messaging app Telegram has refused to comply. Now, Russia’s Roskomnadzor media regulator has begun legal proceedings to block access to Telegram in the country, reports The Inquirer. Telegram has called the Russian demands legally unenforceable, although the Russia courts seem to disagree so far.

Want to learn more about AI? Read the Internet Society’s Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning policy paper and explore how it might impact the Internet’s future.

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Disclaimer: Viewpoints expressed in this post are those of the author and may or may not reflect official Internet Society positions.

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