Chinese companies look to secure supply chains after being added to Entity List: Chinese AI companies seek to adapt their hardware supply chains after being put on the Entity List, which prohibits them from purchasing certain U.S. technologies. The CEO of Chinese AI startup Megvii says the company will be restricted in its ability to purchase x86 servers, GPUs and CPUs, but it will move forward with its IPO as planned. Also of note: The New York Times reports that in light of rising tensions with China, the Pentagon has been meeting with tech companies to assess U.S. dependence on Taiwanese chips, which are crucial for military applications.
Inaugural Turing AI Fellows class named as part of UK talent push: The Alan Turing Institute, the UK Office for AI, and UK Research and Innovation have announced the appointment of five Turing AI Fellows, senior AI researchers selected to receive significant funding for five years. The institutions also published a call for applications to the Turing AI Acceleration Fellowship and Turing AI World-Leading Researcher Fellowships, which together will receive 37.5 million pounds ($48.2 million) in funding. These initiatives are part of a broader UK government strategy to attract and retain top AI talent.
Data labeling market expected to grow dramatically:The data labeling industry is growing, with workers in developing countries generating the massive quantities of human-labeled data needed to train AI. The market for data labeling was estimated at $150 million in 2018 and is predicted to grow to $1 billion by 2023. Labeled data is essential for supervised learning, and the growing industry allows tech companies to outsource this work rather than do it in-house. While changes in AI training methods could eventually make the industry less essential, it’s a necessity for now.
Senate passes Deepfake Report Act: The Senate passed the Deepfake Report Act by unanimous consent on October 24th. The bill would require the Secretary of Homeland Security to publish an annual report on the state of deepfake technology. The report is to include an assessment of technologies, how deepfakes could be used by foreign governments and non-state actors, methods for deepfake detection and progress on technological countermeasures. A companion bill was introduced in the House in June, but has not yet been brought up for a vote.
Hurd and Kelly announce new AI initiative with Bipartisan Policy Center: In partnership with the Bipartisan Policy Center, Reps. Hurd and Kelly will develop a national AI strategy aimed at guiding Congress and the executive branch. They plan to convene public and private sector experts to weigh in on the challenges and opportunities of crafting policy on artificial intelligence, concluding with a federal AI framework. Hurd and Kelly previously co-authored a white paper on the importance of AI after hosting a series of congressional hearings.
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