Archive 18.07.2024

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Analyzing internal world models of humans, animals and AI

Researchers have developed a new formal description of internal world models, thereby enabling interdisciplinary research. Internal world models help to make predictions about new situations based on previous experience and to help find one's bearings. The new formalized view helps to compare world models of humans, animals and AI and to eliminate deficits.

Target’s AI Gamble: Empowering Staff or Replacing Them?

Target’s recent announcement of a chain-wide rollout for their Store Companion chatbot, a GenAI (Generative Artificial Intelligence) tool, has sparked a wave of interest. While the press release (Target Corporation, June 20, 2024) touts benefits like increased efficiency and improved support for team members, some industry watchers are raising questions about the potential impact on...

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DataRobot Ranked #1 for Governance Use Case by Gartner®: Inside Our Trusted AI Governance Framework

In today’s rapidly evolving AI landscape, strong governance is more critical than ever as organizations strive to harness the power of AI. Drawing on DataRobot’s ten years of experience in enterprise AI, we have dedicated ourselves to building an AI platform with the highest ranking for Governance Use Case among all 18 recognized vendors by Gartner® in the market and a governance framework that we believe exceeds industry standards.

At DataRobot, we’ve always prioritized establishing a solid AI governance framework that ensures our customers can build, deploy and monitor generative and predictive AI assets with confidence. This framework helps teams maintain the quality and integrity of assets in production which is key in ensuring sustainable value. 

We believe this commitment has led us to be ranked the highest in Governance Use Case by Gartner®, with an impressive 4.10 out of 5 governance score. In our opinion, this recognition is a testament to our unwavering dedication to upholding the highest standards of integrity, quality, and transparency across all AI operations.

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The Growing Need for Strong AI and Data Governance

With the advent of generative AI, the demand for reliable governance has never been stronger or more urgent. As AI continues to become more deeply embedded across all sectors, the potential risks associated with its deployment grow accordingly. 

In 2023 alone, the AI industry saw a 40% increase in reported incidents related to data breaches and model bias, highlighting the urgent need for robust governance frameworks. According to a recent survey by PwC, 85% of AI leaders cite governance as their top concern, emphasizing the importance of trust, confidence, and the security of valuable intellectual property. 

At DataRobot, our AI governance capabilities are specifically designed to address these critical needs. Our platform provides comprehensive tools and protocols to bridge the confidence gap for our customers.

DataRobot enables the rapid and secure deployment of machine learning and generative AI applications into production within an average timeframe of 2 to 4 weeks. This accelerated deployment is facilitated by features such as automated compliance documentation, real-time risk management,  full model transparency, and most importantly strong guards and intervention methods.

This dual focus on governance and speed means that our customers can maintain a competitive advantage in AI without worrying about reputation damage or costly compliance issues. 

Key Governance Features that Set DataRobot Apart

AI has always been a team sport, and generative AI has made AI assets more accessible to a broader set of users, increasing the need for collaboration. Meeting high governance standards across all phases of the AI lifecycle — building, testing, production and management — is a must.

DataRobot Governance Umbrella

The DataRobot Governance Umbrella encapsulates our comprehensive approach to governance standards for both ML and GenAI development and management.

DataRobot Governance Umbrella

Our AI governance framework is designed to ensure that AI solutions are effective, efficient, and compliant, ultimately ensuring value with AI. It also extends compliance capabilities by ensuring that risk is mitigated across all AI assets throughout the end-to-end AI process:

  • Build phase: Data scientists and AI practitioners lay the groundwork for creating robust AI solutions.
  • Testing phase: Models undergo rigorous testing to ensure they meet our standards and perform reliably under various conditions.
  • Production phase: Models are deployed and managed in a live environment.
  • Monitoring and management phase: Oversight and governance tools help teams maintain the compliance, integrity and accuracy of AI solutions for operational excellence.

Our framework safeguards AI models and aligns them with operational and compliance goals. To do so, the DataRobot platform offers six unique features that empower each phase in the framework and make DataRobot stand out:

  1. Visibility and Traceability: Full traceability of data, model lineage and versioning ensures that every change is tracked and documented which makes applications safe and useful.
  2. Audits and Compliance Documentation: Automated generation of compliance reports and audit trails to meet regulatory requirements and fulfill transparency.
  3. Unique LLM Evaluation and Testing: Detect potential risks utilizing both synthetic and real datasets to evaluate your predictive and generative AI models and benchmark performance.
  4. CI/CD Testing: The ability to run prototype testing and evaluate ML or generative solutions with quality metrics to rank RAG experiments.
  5. Real-time Intervention, Moderation and Alerting: Continuous monitoring with instant notifications and intervention capabilities enabled by guard models and metrics to address issues as they arise.
  6. AI Catalog: Easily register, track and version all AI assets, whether they were built on or off the DataRobot AI Platform, all through a secure centralized hub.

Secure Collaboration Across Teams

From the build to the management phase, we prioritize data privacy, security, and efficiency as our customers like to move fast.

The Workbench in DataRobot provides an integrated environment for developing AI use cases with features for automated artifact registration for code, prompts, experiments and more. This helps accelerate the creation and iteration of useful AI models without sacrificing safety, or limiting collaboration. 

The Registry in DataRobot enables AI practitioners to catalog, version, and govern all AI assets ensuring more control over models. Encryption at rest and the option to bring your own key (BYOK) features ensure that our clients’ information is protected at all times, reinforcing trust and reliability.

Flexibility and Adaptability

The DataRobot AI Platform is one of the most open platforms for AI. We give our users the ultimate control and choice when it comes to their generative AI initiatives. The platform supports custom-built models, third-party APIs, and open source LLMs to prevent vendor lock-in and technical debt, and protect sensitive data.  

This flexibility and full governance behind company firewalls ensure that our customers can adapt their AI initiatives to meet evolving business needs with trusted security. Our platform also offers built-in GPU support to accelerate model training and processing, enabling data scientists to handle complex computations promptly.

At DataRobot, we offer equal governance for both predictive and generative AI, ensuring comprehensive oversight and control across all AI models. Our governance framework provides robust tools and protocols, including full model transparency, real-time risk management, and automated compliance documentation. Whether deploying predictive models or generative AI applications, our platform ensures that all AI assets adhere to the highest standards of security, integrity, and accountability. This balanced approach allows our customers to confidently and efficiently manage all of their AI initiatives, knowing that both predictive and generative models are governed with the same level of rigor and precision.

Recognized by Gartner, Trusted by Leaders 

Our governance framework has garnered praise from industry analysts, underscoring the real-world value and reliability that our platform provides. In addition to this, DataRobot has also been ranked highest in Governance Use Case by Gartner.

As much as this recognition from Gartner means to us, the most impactful feedback is from our customer community. Their testimonials highlight how our robust governance functionalities have positively impacted their AI initiatives, ensuring safe, successful and confident deployments:

Tom Thomas, VP of Data Strategy, Analytics & Business Intelligence at FordDirect

“DataRobot is an indispensable partner helping us maintain our reputation both internally and externally by deploying, monitoring, and governing generative AI responsibly and effectively.”

Arvind Thinagarajan, VP, Data Science & Analytics at Gannett | USA Today Network

“With DataRobot, we’ve already automated multiple steps in the machine learning lifecycle for hundreds of our models. These are models mostly in the realm of predictive AI as of now. This allows us to create efficiencies and saves time for my team of data scientists with steps like data pre-processing, model building, governance of those models, and measuring the performance of those models. We believe that our partnership can extend to the generative AI realm as well.”

At DataRobot, we are committed to enabling our customers to achieve their goals with confidence and excellence. Our Governance, recognized by Gartner and lauded by our customers, in our opinion, underscores our dedication to providing a reliable, transparent, and accountable AI platform. We are proud to be the trusted choice for organizations seeking to leverage AI responsibly and effectively.

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Gartner Critical CapabilitiesTM for Data Science and Machine Learning Platforms, Machine Learning (ML) Engineering, Afraz Jaffri, Aura Popa, Peter Krensky, Jim Hare, Tong Zhang, Maryam Hassanlou, Raghvender Bhati, Published June 24, 2024.

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Ant insights lead to robot navigation breakthrough

Have you ever wondered how insects are able to go so far beyond their home and still find their way? The answer to this question is not only relevant to biology but also to making the AI for tiny, autonomous robots. Drone-researchers felt inspired by biological findings on how ants visually recognize their environment and combine it with counting their steps in order to get safely back home. They have used these insights to create an insect-inspired autonomous navigation strategy for tiny, lightweight robots. It allows such robots to come back home after long trajectories, while requiring extremely little computation and memory (0.65 kiloByte per 100 m). In the future, tiny autonomous robots could find a wide range of uses, from monitoring stock in warehouses to finding gas leaks in industrial sites.

Want to spot a deepfake? Look for the stars in their eyes

In an era when the creation of artificial intelligence (AI) images is at the fingertips of the masses, the ability to detect fake pictures -- particularly deepfakes of people -- is becoming increasingly important. So what if you could tell just by looking into someone's eyes? That's the compelling finding of new research which suggests that AI-generated fakes can be spotted by analyzing human eyes in the same way that astronomers study pictures of galaxies.

Creating and verifying stable AI-controlled robotic systems in a rigorous and flexible way

Neural networks have made a seismic impact on how engineers design controllers for robots, catalyzing more adaptive and efficient machines. Still, these brain-like machine-learning systems are a double-edged sword: Their complexity makes them powerful, but it also makes it difficult to guarantee that a robot powered by a neural network will safely accomplish its task.

Giving drones wrap-and-grip wings to allow them to land on poles and tree limbs

A team of engineers and roboticists at EPFL in Switzerland has designed and built a gliding drone that can use its wings as a gripping tool to perch on a vertical object. In their project, reported in the journal Communications Engineering, the group created a drone inspired by animals such as bats that can land on vertical poles and tree limbs.

New system enables intuitive teleoperation of a robotic manipulator in real-time

Imitation learning is a promising method to teach robots how to reliably complete everyday tasks, such as washing dishes or cooking. Despite their potential, imitation learning frameworks rely on detailed human demonstrations, which should include data that can help to reproduce specific movements using robotic systems.
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