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11/06/2019
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What went wrong with Google and Project Maven?

Get ready for a lot of news on artificial intelligence. There were multiple conferences around Washington on the topic Tuesday, including an event in conjunction with the National Security Commission on AI’s release of its interim report. During that, Lt. Gen. Jack Shanahan took the opportunity to discuss Google's stepping away from Project Maven in 2018, which he attributed to a lack of transparency around the project. As a result, the DOD lost the narrative around its work, he said. But thankfully, he said, it was "a little bit of a canary in a coal mine.” Billy Mitchell has more from Shanahan.


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Postal Service will use AI to process package data faster

Meanwhile, down the road, NVIDIA hosted its annual GPU Technology Conference. There, the company announced new work with the U.S. Postal Service using AI for reading address labels more accurately and to process package data 10 times faster. NVIDIA's V100 Tensor Core tech will be used at 192 mail processing and sorting centers nationwide by spring 2020 to help USPS in its processing and delivery of more than 485 million pieces of mail daily. NVIDIA’s GPUs will work with deep-learning software to train multiple AI algorithms that will then be deployed in the field, the tech company said. Dave Nyczepir has more.


Sen. Schumer teases artificial intelligence investment proposal

Sen. Chuck Schumer teased a new proposal Tuesday that would coordinate the National Science Foundation and DARPA to invest federal dollars in artificial intelligence research. The top Democrat in the Senate said at the NSCAI event that he hasn’t “firmed up” the legislation yet, but enacting the concept is one of his goals as minority leader. “What we’re thinking about is maybe having the NSF have a subsidiary, NSTF — National Science Tech Foundation — working in concert with DARPA ... and it would be responsible for funding fundamental research related to AI and some other cutting-edge areas,” he said. Tajha Chappellet-Lanier has this one.


WATCH: Aidan Feldman shares how GSA’s TTS organization adapt to changing technology

GSA’s technology director says that the constant evolution of tooling and best practices in cloud native tools requires his team to understand things such as what can be transitioned into shared services or how manual processes can be automated. His interview is part of a series on “Champions of Digital Transformation.” Watch Feldman’s full conversation here.


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