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Google’s ethics board shut down

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Google’s ethics board shut down

An independent group set up to oversee Google’s artificial intelligence efforts, has been shut down less than a fortnight after it was launched.

The Advanced Technology External Advisory Council (ATEAC) was due to look at the ethics around AI, machine learning and facial recognition.

One member resigned and there were calls for another to be removed.

The debacle raises questions about whether firms should set up such bodies.

Google told the BBC: “It’s become clear that in the current environment, ATEAC can’t function as we wanted.

“So we’re ending the council and going back to the drawing board. We’ll continue to be responsible in our work on the important issues that AI raises, and will find different ways of getting outside opinions on these topics.”

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There had been an outcry over the appointment of Kay Coles James, who is president of conservative thinktank The Heritage Foundation. Thousands of Google employees signed a petition calling for her removal, over what they described as “anti-trans, anti-LGBTQ and anti-immigrant” comments.

At the weekend, board member Prof Alessandro Acquisti resigned, tweeting: “While I’m devoted to research grappling with key ethical issues of fairness, rights and inclusion in AI, I don’t believe this is the right forum for me to engage in this important work.”

The panel had been announced at a conference at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and had planned to meet four times in 2019.

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One of the eight members, Joanna Bryson, a professor from Bath University, expressed anger at Google’s decision to pull the plug.

She tweeted: “I thought there were enough smart people at Google that there must be some process for either communicating or improving decisions. But I was wrong, and the people who called me naive were right.”

Source: bbc.com

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How to Buy UG Application eVoucher via USSD

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University of Ghana Undergraduate Admission

Are you aware, buying the University of Ghana (UG) admission application just got simple? See the announcement by the university of ghana on how How to Buy UG Application eVoucher via USSD.

The management of the University of Ghana (UG), Legon has released the steps for prospective applicants to purchase UG application voucher. This process is now available to all network subscribers in Ghana.

Steps to purchasing UG Application voucher via USSD[applies only to Ghanaian (diploma/HND to degree, undergraduate & postgraduate) applicants only]

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Follow these 4  steps to purchase an application e-voucher:

  1. Dial *887*18# on all networks
  2. Enter UG
  3. Authorise Payment
  4. User receives e-voucher via SMS after successful payment.

In the event where the user does not receive an SMS after a period of successfully completing the transaction, they can retrieve the e-voucher using the following steps:

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Follow these 4  steps toTo Retrieve E-Voucher

  1. Dial *887*18#
  2. Select “Yes”
  3. Select “Retrieve E-Voucher”
  4. The details of the E-Voucher are displayed (ie University of Ghana, Serial Number, and PIN)
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University of Ghana Test their own Version of VAR

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University of Ghana, Legon, has raised the bar for media coverage in Ghana as they put to test their own version of Video Assistant Referee (VAR) cameras system in a match between their male football team and UMAT.

The experiment is the first time Ghana is using the VAR technology in a football match where Five cameras plus a drone were used to cover the match.

Images of the experimental technology could be mistaken for a FIFA VAR Team as the students demonstrated high level of intelligence. This is the first time any West African country has reported the introduction of VAR.

This experiment has put Ghana above other African countries in terms of sports coverage and will be a huge step for the Ghana Football Association to accept for the technology to have experimented in the Ghana Premier League or the Division One League.

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Meanwhile, this local VAR system is set to be used in the next Ghana Premier League game between Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko schedule for Sunday, January 27.

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