The quarantined area at the GPHC where the sick miners were being treatedThe sick undiagnosed Chinese miners attached to Guyana Manganese Inc (GMI) left Guyana on Monday for China. The Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation’s (GPHC) ambulance was escorted by Police to the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) where the ill miners accompanied by medical practitioners will board the Chinese air ambulance which arrived in Guyana on Saturday.A well-placed source at the GPHC had told this newspaper that doctors are of the view that the miners are not infected with Leptospirosis since their symptoms are not consistent with this disease but they still believe that the illness is similar to H1N1. The source noted that as a result, a decision was taken to take the men back home to China.Chief Medical Officer, Dr Shamdeo Persaud on Monday when contacted told Guyana Times said that he along with two representatives from the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) are in Matthews Ridge to host meetings and a full update will be made available by the Public Health Ministry subsequent to those meetings.Regional health officials on Saturday held a public meeting with residents of Matthews Ridge, North West District (NWD), to update them on the current health crisis facing the GMI workers, who fell ill while working in a tunnel in the area.Present at the meeting were the region’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Karen Boyle, Regional Health Officer Dr Cerdel Mc Watt and representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).It was reported that the now evacuated patients were being treated and were responding to antibiotic and anti-fungal medicines and results from samples that were sent overseas for further evaluation are scheduled to be returned soon.Meanwhile, officials have maintained that only Chinese workers that worked in the specific tunnel are affected by the illness and no other residents of that or neighbouring villages have been infected. Further, GMI mining operations will remain closed until certain requirements are met and the company is given the green light by the EPA to resume operations.Residents of Matthews Ridge on Friday had expressed concerns over the health risks involved and are furious that health officials are not disclosing information as to the seriousness of the situation.Several residents who reached out to this newspaper said that it is time that the health authorities speak to persons living in the area since they are very worried about the situation.Two Chinese miners died as a result of Leptospirosis, a Ministry statement had said.Meanwhile, all precautionary measures are still in place at the Matthews Ridge tunnel site and its immediate surroundings, adding that essential medical supplies are in stock to treat employees of the mining firm and residents of the area.
AI having a monetary advantage over us isn’t something new; stock markets use automatic traders that are always steps ahead of mankind. But the advancements made in this area such as Cepheus bring up a major concern: Can we stand against the computers we’ve built?Protecting humankind from AI is something that has been at forefront of the Future of Life Institute. Just recently, members of the institute, along with AI leaders, have signed an open letter pledging to protect us from the dangers of artificial intelligence, and they make a huge point. There already have been reams of research on advancing AI and the great potential benefits, but how much research has been done on the possible implications that can come from the innovation of AI? Stanford University is undergoing a hundred-year-long study to reveal the effects AI has on society, but that won’t be soon enough for most of us.We need to be having these discussions on how to protect ourselves now or we may end up like the “Star Trek” episode The Measure of a Man, where Captain Louvois rules that Lieutenant Commander Data, an artificial intelligence lifeform, should have the same freedoms as humans. There have been big advancements in artificial intelligence over the last couple of years, but it is time to start thinking what these advancements mean for mankind. Sure, it is great that these AI technologies are getting better, faster and smarter, but how smart is too smart?A group of researchers from the University of Alberta recently announced an unbeatable poker program that they say marks a huge breakthrough in AI. The program, Cepheus, is the first artificial intelligence program able to solve a human game without having access to all possible information about it, according to the researchers. In addition, Cepheus constantly plays games against itself and improves its strategy. If it is possible for these researchers to develop a program that can outsmart its opponents in a poker game, and also teach itself new strategies as it plays, who is to say that there isn’t a computer program out there right now dominating in online poker games?Think about it: to play an online poker game you basically need a screen name and some money. If someone has access to a computer program as advanced as Cepheus, they could easily set it up at their computer to constantly play games. So, not only does humanity have to worry about these technologies taking over our jobs, but now we also have to worry about them making more money than us as well?
DimensionalMechanics has announced a new programming language for artificial intelligence and deep learning development. Its NeoPulse Framework 2.0, called NML 2.0, is designed to make AI more accessible to developers, programmers and data scientists. “With NeoPulse, our AI builds your AI,” said Rajeev Dutt, CEO of DimensionalMechanics. “We’ve created a platform for AI development that lets developers of all skill levels rapidly answer data-driven questions using a cost-effective and repeatable approach. Our NML language is purpose-built for deep learning, yet easy enough to learn in just days. Developers can now create AI models in a fraction of the time and cost than was ever possible before.”According to DimensionalMechanics, organizations lack the skills and specialized knowledge necessary to build deep learning software solutions. This results in the inability to convert structured and unstructured data into intelligent assets. “CIOs will have to overcome challenges. Many are dealing with data of poor or uncertain quality. Their organizations often have minimal AI skills. Some CIOs are struggling to understand the capabilities of new AI techniques, and how to identify use cases to which AI may be applied productively,” according to a recent Gartner survey on how CIOs are making progress with AI initiatives in 2018. NML 2.0 enables organizations to build AI solutions based on a variety of data types including video, numerical text, images and audio. The framework features the NeoPulse Modeling Language 2.0, NeoPulse AI Studio 2.0, Portable Inference Models (PIMs) and NeoPulse Query Runtime 2.0. The modeling language is a domain specific language designed to automate the creation of AI models and tackle machine learning problems like classification and regression. The AI Studio is an “AI that builds AI.” The AI-as-a-Service capability automates creating custom AI models. The PIMs are portable AI models that can be deployed across different environments. Lastly, the runtime enables any app to access the PIMs with REST APIs. In addition, the company announced an A-2 round of funding of US$1.2 million, bringing the company’s total amount raised to $7.9 million. “Our versatile platform and software tools can be used across any industry and any data types, and provides CIOs with a common AI platform for use throughout their organizations. We’re confident that our next-gen NeoPulse can help accelerate the adoption of machine learning for organizations of all sizes and technical capabilities,” said Dutt.