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Effort to Fund National Research Cloud for AI Advances

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By AI Trends Staff

A bipartisan group of legislators in the US House and Senate proposed a bill in the first week of June that would direct the federal government to develop a national cloud computing infrastructure for AI research.

This idea originated with a proposal from Stanford University in 2019.

The legislation was introduced by Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Martin Heinrich, D-NM, is called the National Cloud Computing Task Force Act. It would convene a mix of technical experts across academia, industry and government, to plan for how the US should build, deploy, govern and maintain a national research cloud for AI.

“With China focused on toppling the United States’ leadership in AI, we need to redouble our efforts with a sustained commitment to the best and brightest by developing a national research cloud to ensure our technical researchers get the tools they need to succeed,” stated Portman, according to an account in  Nextgov. “By democratizing access to computing power we ensure that any American with computer science talent can pursue their good ideas.”

“Artificial Intelligence is likely to be one of the most transformative technologies of all time. If we defer its development to other nations, important ethical, safety, and privacy principles will be at risk, which not only harms the United States, but also the international community as a whole,” stated Sen. Heinrich.

A companion bill was introduced the same week in the House, filed by Reps. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., and Anthony Gonzalez, R-Ohio.

Original Suggestion for National Research Cloud From Stanford

A project to support a National Research Cloud was suggested by John Etchemendy, co-director of the Stanford Institute for Human Centered AI (HAI), and Fei-Fei Li, also a co-director of HAE and a computer science professor at Stanford. Etchemendy is retired as provost of Stanford, a position he held for 17 years, stepping down in 2017. Li was the director of Stanford’s AI Lab from 2013 to 2018; she served as VP of and Chief Scientist of AI/ML at Good Cloud during a sabbatical from January 2017 to September 2018.

In an update published on the HAE blog at Stanford University in March, the authors outlined how the advance of AI by US companies is a direct outgrowth of federally-funded university research, furthered by exceptional R&D in the private sector. Then a warning: “Today, the research prowess that’s powered decades of growth and prosperity is at risk.”

The Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Design (HAI), founded in March 2019, aims to advance AI practice to improve the human condition.

The two primary reasons are: university researchers especially lack access to compute power; and meaningful datasets are scarce. These two resources are “prerequisites for advanced AI research,” the authors stated.

Today’s AI, the researchers note, requires massive amounts of compute power, huge volumes of data and high expertise to train the gigantic machine learning models underlying the most advanced research. “There is a wide gulf between the few companies that can afford these resources and everyone else,” the authors stated. In an example, Google said the company itself spent $1.5 million in computer cycles to train the Meena chatbot announced earlier this year. “Such costs for a single research project are out of reach for most corporations, let alone for academic researchers,” the authors stated.

Meanwhile, the large data sets required to train AI algorithms are mostly controlled by industry or government, hobbling academic researchers, important partners in the American research partnership.

Here is the call: “It is for this reason that we are calling for the creation of a US Government-led task force from academia, government, and industry to establish a National Research Cloud. Support from Congress and the President could have a meaningful impact on American innovation through the creation of such a task force. Indeed, we believe that this could be one of the most strategic research investments the federal government has ever made.”

After HAI launched the initiative last year, the presidents and provosts of 22 universities nationwide signed a joint letter to the President and Congress in support of the effort. But HAE held off on issuing the letter until now, with the nation absorbed in responding to the pandemic.

The co-directors of the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Design (HAI) are John Etchemendy and Fei-Fei Li. He retired as provost in 2017; she is a computer science professor at Stanford. (Drew Kelly for Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence)

Eric Schmidt Suggests Building on CloudBank of the NSF

Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt put his support behind a national cloud effort at a hearing of the House Science, Space and Technology committee in late January. The hearing was to consider actions the US could take to maintain and extend its technological leadership in the world.

Now the chair of the Defense Innovation Board and the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence (AI), Schmidt spoke about the CloudBank program launched last year by the National Science Foundation to provide public cloud allocations and associated training to support projects.

The committee considered the importance of collaboration between government, industry, and academia in the effort to sustain and grow US competitiveness. Schmidt suggested that CloudBank “could expand into a nation-wide National Research Cloud,” according to a recent account in Meritalk.

“Congress should also explore tax incentives for companies to share data and provide computing capabilities to research institutions, and accelerate efforts to make government datasets more widely available,” Schmidt stated.

Schmidt offered the following recommendations to boost US tech competitiveness:

  • More Federal research and development funding. “For AI, the scale of investment should be multiple times current levels,” he stated, adding, “Simply put, we need to place big bets.”
  • Federal investment in nationwide infrastructure. That should include a secure alternative to 5G network equipment made by China-based Huawei, investing in high-performance computing, and emulating previous national models like the National Nanotechnology Initiative.
  • Boosting public confidence in advanced technology. “If we do not earn the public’s trust in the benefits of new technologies, especially AI, doubts will hold us back,” Schmidt stated.

The committee seemed to support the concept of public-private-academic partnerships to achieve the recommended outcomes.

Read the source articles at Nextgov., the HAE blog at Stanford University and in Meritalk.

Source: https://www.aitrends.com/ai-in-government/effort-to-fund-national-research-cloud-for-ai-advances/

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LINK Bulls Activate With 12% Daily Increase But Can They Break $12.5 Resistance? (Chainlink Price Analysis)

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LINK/USD – Bulls Form Ascending Price Channel

Key Support Levels: $11.50, $11, $10.50.
Key Resistance Levels: $12.33, $13, $13.50.

LINK bounced higher from the support at $8.77 at the start of October. From there, it started to form an ascending price channel. The coin recently bounced higher from the lower boundary of this price channel as it reversed from the $9.80 support on Wednesday.

Yesterday, LINK pushed as high as $12.33, where it met resistance at a bearish .5 Fib Retracement combined with the channel’s upper boundary. LINK is now trading at $12 as it faces the $12.33 resistance.

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LINK/USD Daily Chart. Source: TradingView

LINK-USD Short Term Price Prediction

If the buyers can break the resistance at $12.33 and push above the channel’s upper boundary, the first level of resistance lies at $13. Above this, resistance is expected at $13.50 (bearish .618 Fib), $14, $14.72, and $15.20 (bearish .786 Fib).

On the other side, the first level of support lies at $11.50. Beneath this, additional support lies at $11, $10.50, $10, and $9.80 (lower boundary of price channel).

There is some bearish divergence that could potentially be forming between RSI and the price. It will be important to watch this divergence to see if it plays out over the next few days as it could potentially send LINK toward the lower boundary of the price channel again.

LINK/BTC – Buyers Battling To Reclaim 0.001 BTC.

Key Support Levels: 0.0009 BTC, 0.000868 BTC, 0.00082 BTC..
Key Resistance Levels: 0.00094 BTC, 0.001 BTC, 0.00108 BTC.

Against Bitcoin, LINK is currently trading at the 0.0094 BTC resistance level. The buyers attempted to break above 0.001 BTC earlier in the month but failed miserably. A bearish .382 Fib Retracement level provides the resistance here, and it caused LINK to roll over until support was found at 0.00082 BTC a few days ago.

Since reaching this support, LINK has rebounded higher and is now facing resistance at 0.00094 BTC before it can make another attempt at 0.001 BTC.

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LINK/BTC Daily Chart. Source: TradingView

LINK-BTC Short Term Price Prediction

Looking ahead, once the buyers break 0.00094 BTC, the first level of resistance lies at 0.001 BTC (bearish .382 Fib). This is followed by resistance at 0.00108 BTC (bearish .5 Fib), 0.00112 BTC, and 0.00116 BTC (bearish .618 Fib).

On the other side, the first level of support lies at 0.0009 BTC. This is followed by added support at 0.000868 BTC, the rising trend line, 0.0008 BTC, and 0.00075 BTC (downside 1.414 Fib extension – purple).

The Stocahstic RSI recently produced a bullish crossover signal that allowed LINk to rebound higher.

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2020 Presidential Election Structure in Georgia Hit With a Ransomeware Attack

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Local government networks were the target of a recent ransomware attack in a county in the state of Georgia. The key voting infrastructure assault reportedly managed to affect “critical systems” within the network.

The First Ransomware Attack For This Election Season

According to a recent CNN news report, the attack on Georgia’s Hall County was disclosed on October 7, while the aftermath of the hit is starting to emerge now. As per the release “critical systems within the Hall County Government networks” suffered the intrusion and this might be the first ransomware attack for this election season in the United States.

Katie Crumley, a Hall County spokesperson, said that among the affected systems in the county are the signature database, plus a voting precinct map hosted on the county’s website. However, she added that the personnel is now being successful in bringing some of the programs back to operational.

“We are currently bringing various programs back online, and those two items are included in that process,”. However, the voting process for our citizens has not been impacted due to the network issues.” – Crumley added.

As per the news report, the belief is that the attackers didn’t aim to specifically targeted election systems and that several other county functions like phone and email services had suffered as well.

Officials from Hall County report that third-party cybersecurity professionals are working to hasten the recovery.

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More Ransomware Attacks On The Horizon?

The Georgia Hall County ransomware attack has been reported as the first incident to directly strike election-related infrastructure. However, this wasn’t the sole case of such a scale in the last months.

“At least 18 county or municipal bodies have been impacted by ransomware since the beginning of September — about three per week — so it’s very likely that other bodies will be hit in the run-up to the election.” – Said Brett Callow, a threat analyst at the security firm Emsisoft.

Aside from this, ransomware attacks are omnipresent in other countries and companies. In July such an intrusion hit Argentina’s largest telecommunications company Telecom. Back then, the cybercriminals demanded a $7.5 million ransom to be paid with the privacy coin – Monero (XMR).

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Crypto Price Analysis & Overview October 23rd: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Litecoin, and Bitcoin Cash

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Bitcoin

Bitcoin saw a very strong 13% price increase over the past seven days which allowed it to break above the $13,000 handle. At the start of October, Bitcoin managed to penetrate above a symmetrical triangle pattern which was the first sign that a bull run was about to form.

After the breakout, it managed to push as high as $11,600 before stalling. Last Friday, Bitcoin was trading at around $11,200 as it rebounded and started to push higher. It quickly reached the $12,000 level and broke above here on Wednesday. The coin continued upward until resistance was met at $13,000 – where it currently trades.

Looking ahead, once the buyers break $13,000, the first level of resistance lies at $13,200. Above this, resistance lies at $13,416 (1.414 Fib Extension), $13,500, $13,600, $13,815, and $14,000.

On the other side, the first level of support lies at $12,550 (.236 Fib Retracement). Beneath this, support lies at $12,400, $12,125 (.382 Fib Retracement), $12,000, and $11,800 (.5 Fib Retracement).

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BTC/USD Daily Chart. Source: TradingView

Ethereum

Ethereum witnessed a strong 10.5% price increase this week as it climbed above $400 to reach $418 today. Last Friday, Ethereum rebounded from the 2019 high at $264 and pushed higher into the short term falling trend line.

Ethereum went on to break this trend line on Wednesday as it surged higher to reach $400. Yesterday, the buyers pushed beyond $400 to spike into the resistance at $421.50 (1.414 Fib Extension). Unfortunately, it was unable to close the daily candle above the lower resistance at $416 (bearish .618 Fib Retracement).

Moving forward, if the buyers break the resistance at $421.50, higher resistance lies at $434 (1.618 FIb Extension), $439 (August 2018 Highs), and $445 (bearish .786 Fib Retracement). Beyond $450, added resistance lies at $462 (bearish .886 Fib Retracement), and $476.

On the other side, the first level of support lies at $410. This is followed by support at $400, $389 (.382 Fib), $377 (.5 Fib), and $364 (2019 High).

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ETH/USD Daily Chart. Source: TradingView

Against Bitcoin, Ethereum has struggled this week. On Tuesday, the coin dropped beneath a symmetrical triangle pattern as it fell beneath the 100-days EMA. It continued lower during the week until reaching support at 0.0305 BTC on Wednesday.

It managed to rebound from the support at 0.0305 BTC as it reached 0.0321 BTC today (100-days EMA).

Looking ahead, if the bulls push higher, the first level of resistance lies at 0.0327 BTC (bearish .236 Fib). Above this, resistance lies at 0.0337 BTC (March 2019 Support), 0.0341 BTC (bearish .382 Fib), 0.035 BTC, and 0.0353 (bearish .5 Fib).

On the other side, support lies at 0.032 BTC, 0.0311 BTC, 0.031 BTC, and 0.0305 BTC. Added support is found at 0.03 BTC and 0.0295 BTC (200-days EMA).

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ETH/BTC Daily Chart. Source: TradingView

Ripple

Ripple saw a smaller 4.7% price increase this week as it trades at $0.0257. The coin managed to break above a symmetrical triangle pattern during the week but failed to close a daily candle above the $0.261 resistance (bearish .5 Fib Retracement). The buyers must close above this resistance for XRP to start a short term bullish trend.

Moving forward, if the bulls manage to close above $0.261, higher resistance lies at $0.271 (bearish .618 Fib), $0.28, $0.286 (bearish .786 Fib), and $0.295 (bearish .886 Fib).

On the other side, support is first expected at $0.25. This is followed by support at $0.245 (200-days EMA), $0.24, and $0.237 (200-days EMA).

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XRP/USD Daily Chart. Source: TradingView

The situation is quite dire for XRP against Bitcoin. The coin dropped from above 2100 SAT at the start of the week as it headed lower to break beneath 2000 SAT and spike as low as 1915 SAT.

The bulls managed to defend the support at 1960 SAT, where the daily candle closed and allowed it to rebound to the current 1983 SAT level.

Looking ahead, if the bulls climb above 2000 SAT, resistance lies at 2035 SAT, 2130 SAT, 2200 SAT, and 2260 SAT.

On the other side, support lies at 1960 SAT, 1915 SAT, 1865 SAT, and 1800 SAT.

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XRP/USD Daily Chart. Source: TradingView

Bitcoin Cash

Bitcoin Cash saw a 4% price hike this week as it reached the $278 (bearish .382 Fib) resistance today. The coin pushed higher from $240 during the week which allowed it to create a fresh October high at $278 today.

Looking ahead, if the buyers continued above $278, resistance lies at $285 (1.272 Fib Extension), $294 (1.414 Fib Extension), $300, and $307.

On the other side, support is first expected at $270. Beneath this, support lies at $265, $260, $250, and $240.

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BCH/USD Daily Chart. Source: TradingView

Against Bitcoin, BCH dropped from 0.022 BTC to reach the September support at 0.02 BTC during the week. From there, it rebounded higher to trade at the current 0.021 BTC level.

Moving forward, if the buyers push beyond 0.021 BTC, resistance lies at 0.022 BTC and 0.023 BTC. Additional resistance is then expected at 0.0241 BTC (bearish .236 Fib), 0.025 BTC, and 0.026 BTC.

On the other side, the first level of support lies at 0.02 BTC. Beneath this, support is located at 0.0191 BTC (downside 1.272 Fib), 0.019 BTC, and 0.0181 BTC.

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BCH/BTC Daily Chart. Source: TradingView

Litecoin

Litecoin saw a serious 12% price increase over the past week as it reached the resistance at $56 today – provided by a bearish .5 Fib Retracement. The coin had found support last week at the $46.83 level and rebounded from here on Wednesday to reach the current resistance.

If the buyers manage to break the resistance at $56 (bearish .5 Fib), higher resistance is located at $57.86, $59 (bearish .618 Fib), $60.27 (1.272 Fib Extension), $61.91 (1.414 Fib Extension), and $63.

On the other side, the first level of support lies at $55. Beneath this, added support is found at $54, $52, $50, and $49.

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LTC/USD Daily Chart. Source: TradingView

Against Bitcoin, Litecoin dropped to a fresh 2020 price low this week as it hit the support at 0.00391 BTC. From there, the bulls fashioned a rebound higher to reach the current resistance at 0.0043 BTC (bearish .236 Fib Retracement).

Looking ahead, if the buyers can break 0.00343 BTC, resistance first lies at 0.004547 BTC (October Highs). This is followed by resistance at 0.00455 BTC, 0.00476 BTC, 0.00488 BTC, and 0.005 BTC.

On the other side, support is first expected at 0.0042 BTC. This is followed by support at 0.0041 BTC, 0.004 BTC, and 0.00391 BTC. Additional support lies at 0.0039 BTC and 0.00363 BTC.

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LTC/BTC Daily Chart. Source: TradingView
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