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Cities pave the way on AI

Much of the progress being made around artificial intelligence is currently driven by regional and local government agencies — and that’s a good thing for everybody, a civic technology researcher at New York University said on Monday. Despite the prevalence of AI in the booming tech industry, the lack of international or national regulations around the technology have made way for a concept Stefan Verhulst, a cofounder of NYU’s Governance Lab, calls “AI localism.” “AI, to a large extent, on the one hand, has a massive opportunity to do good at the local level,” Verhulst said during Scoop News Group's AI Week event. Ryan Johnston reports.

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What's TransparentBusiness up to these days?

TransparentBusiness, the tiny but extremely ambitious software company that irked state technology officials a couple years ago when it tried to get lawmakers to pass bills mandating that IT contractors use its productivity-tracking technology, has a new bag: It produced a reality TV show called "Unicorn Hunters" in which the company's executives and some new friends — including Steve Wozniak and Lance Bass — hear pitches from startup companies with billion-dollar dreams. It may or may not remind you of a certain other, more popular venture-capital TV show. Benjamin Freed watched so you don't have to.

'Here, it gets pretty stinky'

Those who’ve dreamed of touring the San Luis Rey Water Reclamation Facility need dream no longer. The San Diego suburb of Oceanside, California, on Monday unveiled a 360-degree video tour of that facility as a way to educate the public about how it cleans 8 million gallons of water each day and to boost awareness of the region’s water shortage. “Here, it gets pretty stinky,” says plant supervisor Mike Campos, the tour guide, while standing in the facility’s “headworks,” where water that’s to be recycled makes its first stop. Colin Wood has more.

FBI attributes Colonial Pipeline hack

The FBI said yesterday that a cybercriminal enterprise behind a ransomware variant known as DarkSide was responsible for the hack that prompted Colonial Pipeline, which transports about 45% of all fuel consumed on the East Coast, to shut down. “Darkside has impacted numerous organizations across various sectors including manufacturing, legal, insurance, healthcare and energy,” read an FBI advisory obtained by CyberScoop. Meanwhile, Colonial said it was aiming to “substantially” restore its pipeline operations by the end of the week. Sean Lyngaas has the latest.

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