Jeff Green (Brooklyn Nets) with a dunk vs the Dallas Mavericks, 02/27/2021
Jeff Green (Brooklyn Nets) with a dunk vs the Dallas Mavericks, 02/27/2021
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Potsdam, NY, April 21, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Clarkson University is rallying behind its entering first-year undergraduates with a special “Let’s Get Tech!” summer 2021 program to set them up to succeed when they head off to college. As incoming students transition from high school to Clarkson, they will have access to a variety of non-credit bearing workshops and learning modules designed to help students thrive in their first year of college. “Let’s Get Tech” sessions cover everything from how to study, online math refresher courses, writing skills classes, and STEM-building skills at no additional charge for students matriculating into Clarkson this fall. The early summer sessions will be online and include classes scheduled in real-time with instructors and some that are self-paced with prerecorded, guided instruction. The University is also offering a ten-day, in-person boot camp “Springboard into Calculus” to give all students confidence in their first-semester math courses. All sessions include mentorship from current students and faculty as well as first-year program advisors. Incoming students can also get an early start on their academic careers by joining summer classes for undergraduates at a special 2021 tuition price. All students will also have access to software packages to support their academic success. These packages include Microsoft Office 365, MATLAB, Autodesk, ESRI ArcGIS, and more. The events of this past year and the pivot to remote learning during COVID-19 that many high school students had to make proved just how important it is that all students have equal access to technology. Thanks to generous support from donors, select income-eligible students in the incoming Fall 2021 class at Clarkson will also be sent a laptop from the university to start using in June at no charge. Students have the opportunity to choose from either a Mac or a PC that is compatible with the rigorous programs Clarkson offers in STEM fields. Clarkson is committed to student success and putting all students on the pathway to becoming successful alumni. During the pandemic, the institution hired and pivoted to put more faculty into classrooms with just under a 10-to-1 faculty to student ratio, offering smaller class sizes to further support the learning outcomes that lead to great career opportunities. For more information, please contact: Brian Grant at email@example.com or visit https://www.clarkson.edu/lets-get-tech “Let’s Get Tech” pays tribute to the University’s past and its 125th anniversary in Fall 2021. Founded in 1896 as The Thomas S. Clarkson Memorial School of Technology, the school in 1912 became the Clarkson College of Technology and then in 1984 officially became Clarkson University. The school and its sports fan base have carried the nickname “Tech” forward since its earliest days, with the Pep Band leading the rallying cry at games, “Let’s Go Tech!” Attachment lets-get-tech CONTACT: Melissa Lindell Clarkson University 315-268-6716 firstname.lastname@example.org
Today, MLCommons, an open engineering consortium, released results for MLPerf Inference v1.0, the organization's machine learning inference performance benchmark suite. In its third round of submissions, the results measured how quickly a trained neural network can process new data for a wide range of applications on a variety of form factors and for the first-time, a system power measurement methodology.
Regulated informationNazareth (Belgium)/Rotterdam (The Netherlands), 21 April 2021 Disclosure of received notification of NN Group NV Pursuant to the Belgian law of 2 May 2007 regarding the disclosure of major shareholdings in listed companies, Fagron received a notification of NN Group NV. Notification of NN Group NV On 16 April 2021, Fagron received a notification that the shareholding of NN Group NV had crossed the disclosure threshold of 10% on 13 April 2021 as the result of the acquisition of voting securities or voting rights.The notification is made by a parent undertaking or a controlling person.On 13 April 2021, NN Group NV held a total 7,515,952 voting rights. 5,700,000 voting rights are held by Nationale-Nederlanden Levensverzekering Maatschappij NV, 784,117 voting rights are held by NN Investment Partners BV, 659,335 voting rights are held by NN Investment Partners Belgium SA, 200,000 voting rights are held by Nationale-Nederlanden Schadeverzekering Maatschappij NV, 95,000 voting rights are held by Movir NV, and 77,500 voting rights are held by NN Re (Netherlands) NV.Based on the denominator of 72,477,654 (total number of voting rights), NN Group NV held 10.37% of the total number of voting rights on 13 April 2021.The notification of NN Group NV can be viewed on investors.fagron.com via this link. In the event of differences between the English translation and the Dutch original of this press release, the latter prevails. For more informationConstantijn van RietschotenChief Communications OfficerTel. +31 6 53 69 15 email@example.com Please open the link below for the press release:Disclosure of received notification of NN Group NV
MCLEAN, Va., April 21, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Freddie Mac (OTCQB: FMCC) announces the pricing of the SB85 offering, a multifamily mortgage-backed securitization backed by small balance loans underwritten by Freddie Mac and issued by a third-party trust. The company expects to issue approximately $384 million in SB Certificates (SB85 Certificates), which are expected to settle on or about April 23, 2021. Freddie Mac Small Balance Loans generally range from $1 million to $7.5 million and are generally backed by properties with five or more units. This is the fourth SB Certificate transaction in 2021. SB85 Pricing ClassPrincipal/NotionalAmount (mm)WeightedAverage Life (Years)Spread(bps)CouponYieldDollar PriceA-5H$74.9844.1350.9500%0.8128%100.4983A-7H$72.2425.56151.3200%1.2203%100.4618A-10F$96.8397.20161.5900%1.5051%100.4986A-10H$140.0547.22341.7700%1.6879%100.4725X1$384.1195.112,8000.4061%28.8153%4.8062 Details: Co-Lead Managers and Joint Bookrunners: J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and Wells Fargo Securities, LLCCo-Managers: CastleOak Securities, L.P., Oppenheimer & Co. Inc., Piper Sandler & Co. and Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, IncorporatedSB85 Certificates Offering CircularSmall Balance Securitization Investor Presentation PDF Freddie Mac is guaranteeing four senior principal and interest classes and one interest only class of securities issued by the FRESB 2021-SB85 Mortgage Trust. Freddie Mac is also acting as mortgage loan seller and master servicer to the trust. In addition to the five classes of securities guaranteed by Freddie Mac, the trust will issue certificates consisting of Class B and Class R Certificates, which will not be guaranteed by Freddie Mac and will be sold to private investors. The Optigo® Small Balance Loan (SBL) origination initiative was first announced in October 2014, and expands the company’s continuing effort to better serve less populated markets and provide additional liquidity to smaller apartment properties. Freddie Mac has a specialty network of Optigo Seller/Servicers and Optigo SBL lenders with extensive experience in this market who source loans across the country. This announcement is not an offer to sell any Freddie Mac securities. Offers for any given security are made only through applicable offering circulars and related supplements, which incorporate Freddie Mac’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on February 11, 2021; all other reports Freddie Mac filed with the SEC pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Exchange Act) since December 31, 2020, excluding any information "furnished" to the SEC on Form 8-K; and all documents that Freddie Mac files with the SEC pursuant to Sections 13(a), 13(c) or 14 of the Exchange Act, excluding any information “furnished” to the SEC on Form 8-K. Freddie Mac’s press releases sometimes contain forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, some of which are beyond the company’s control. Management’s expectations for the company’s future necessarily involve a number of assumptions, judgments and estimates, and various factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the expectations expressed in these and other forward-looking statements. These assumptions, judgments, estimates and factors are discussed in the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020, and its reports on Form 10-Q and Form 8-K, which are available on the Investor Relations page of the company’s Web site at www.FreddieMac.com/investors and the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. The company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements it makes to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date of this press release. The multifamily investors section of the company’s Web site at https://mf.freddiemac.com/investors/ will also be updated, from time to time, with any information on material developments or other events that may be important to investors, and we encourage investors to access this website on a regular basis for such updated information. The financial and other information contained in the documents that may be accessed on this page speaks only as of the date of those documents. The information could be out of date and no longer accurate. Freddie Mac undertakes no obligation, and disclaims any duty, to update any of the information in those documents. Freddie Mac makes home possible for millions of families and individuals by providing mortgage capital to lenders. Since our creation by Congress in 1970, we’ve made housing more accessible and affordable for homebuyers and renters in communities nationwide. We are building a better housing finance system for homebuyers, renters, lenders, and taxpayers. Learn more at FreddieMac.com, Twitter @FreddieMac and Freddie Mac’s blog FreddieMac.com/blog. MEDIA CONTACT: Erin Mancini703-903-1530Erin_Mancini@FreddieMac.comINVESTOR CONTACTS: Robert Koontz571-382-4082Amanda Nunnink312-407-7510
NVIDIA AI Platform Smashes Every MLPerf Category, from Data Center to Edge NVIDIA Tensor Core GPUs The NVIDIA AI inference platform, newly expanded with NVIDIA A30 and A10 GPUs for mainstream servers, has achieved record-setting performance across every category on the latest release of the MLPerf AI benchmarks. SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 21, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- NVIDIA today announced that its AI inference platform, newly expanded with NVIDIA® A30 and A10 GPUs for mainstream servers, has achieved record-setting performance across every category on the latest release of MLPerf. MLPerf is the industry’s established benchmark for measuring AI performance across a range of workloads spanning computer vision, medical imaging, recommender systems, speech recognition and natural language processing. Debuting on MLPerf, NVIDIA A30 and A10 GPUs combine high performance with low power consumption to provide enterprises with mainstream options for a broad range of AI inference, training, graphics and traditional enterprise compute workloads. Cisco, Dell Technologies, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Inspur and Lenovo are expected to integrate the GPUs into their highest volume servers starting this summer. NVIDIA achieved these results taking advantage of the full breadth of the NVIDIA AI platform ― encompassing a wide range of GPUs and AI software, including TensorRT™ and NVIDIA Triton™ Inference Server ― which is deployed by leading enterprises, such as Microsoft, Pinterest, Postmates, T-Mobile, USPS and WeChat. “As AI continues to transform every industry, MLPerf is becoming an even more important tool for companies to make informed decisions on their IT infrastructure investments,” said Ian Buck, general manager and vice president of Accelerated Computing at NVIDIA. “Now, with every major OEM submitting MLPerf results, NVIDIA and our partners are focusing not only on delivering world-leading performance for AI, but on democratizing AI with a coming wave of enterprise servers powered by our new A30 and A10 GPUs.” MLPerf ResultsNVIDIA is the only company to submit results for every test in the data center and edge categories, delivering top performance results across all MLPerf workloads. Several submissions also use Triton Inference Server, which simplifies the complexity of deploying AI in applications by supporting models from all major frameworks, running on GPUs, as well as CPUs, and optimizing for different query types including batch, real-time and streaming. Triton submissions achieved performance close to that of the most optimized GPU implementations, as well as CPU implementations, with comparable configurations. NVIDIA also broke new ground with its submissions using the NVIDIA Ampere architecture’s Multi-Instance GPU capability by simultaneously running all seven MLPerf Offline tests on a single GPU using seven MIG instances. The configuration showed nearly identical performance compared with a single MIG instance running alone. These submissions demonstrate MIG’s performance and versatility, which enable infrastructure managers to provision right-sized amounts of GPU compute for specific applications to get maximum output from every data center GPU. In addition to NVIDIA’s own submissions, NVIDIA partners Alibaba Cloud, Dell Technologies, Fujitsu, GIGABYTE, HPE, Inspur, Lenovo and Supermicro submitted a total of over 360 results using NVIDIA GPUs. NVIDIA’s Expanding AI PlatformThe NVIDIA A30 and A10 GPUs are the latest additions to the NVIDIA AI platform, which includes NVIDIA Ampere architecture GPUs, NVIDIA Jetson AGX Xavier™ and Jetson Xavier NX, and a full stack of NVIDIA software optimized for accelerating AI. The A30 delivers versatile performance for industry-standard servers, supporting a broad range of AI inference and mainstream enterprise compute workloads, such as recommender systems, conversational AI and computer vision. The NVIDIA A10 GPU accelerates deep learning inference, interactive rendering, computer-aided design and cloud gaming, enabling enterprises to support mixed AI and graphics workloads on a common infrastructure. Using NVIDIA virtual GPU software, management can be streamlined to improve the utilization and provisioning of virtual desktops used by designers, engineers, artists and scientists. The NVIDIA Jetson platform, based on the NVIDIA Xavier™ system-on-module, provides server-class AI performance at the edge, enabling a wide variety of applications in robotics, healthcare, retail and smart cities. Built on NVIDIA’s unified architecture and the CUDA-X™ software stack, Jetson is the only platform capable of running all the edge workloads in compact designs while consuming less than 30W of power. Availability NVIDIA A100 GPUs are available in servers from leading manufacturers and in the cloud from all major cloud service providers. Additionally, A100 GPUs are featured across the NVIDIA DGX™ systems portfolio, including the NVIDIA DGX Station A100, NVIDIA DGX A100 and NVIDIA DGX SuperPOD. The A30 and A10, which consume just 165W and 150W, are expected in a wide range of servers starting this summer, including NVIDIA-Certified Systems™ that go through rigorous testing to ensure high performance across a wide range of workloads. The Jetson AGX Xavier and Jetson Xavier NX system-on-module are available from distributors globally. NVIDIA Triton and NVIDIA TensorRT are both available on NGC™, NVIDIA’s software catalog. About NVIDIA NVIDIA’s (NASDAQ: NVDA) invention of the GPU in 1999 sparked the growth of the PC gaming market and has redefined modern computer graphics, high performance computing and artificial intelligence. The company’s pioneering work in accelerated computing and AI is reshaping trillion-dollar industries, such as transportation, healthcare and manufacturing, and fueling the growth of many others. More information at https://nvidianews.nvidia.com/. Certain statements in this press release including, but not limited to, statements as to: NVIDIA setting and smashing records; the benefits, performance and impact of our products and technologies, including its AI inference and AI platforms, A30 GPUs, A10 GPUs, Triton Inference Server, Multi-Instance GPUs, NVIDIA virtual GPU software and NVIDIA Jetson; the companies expected to integrate GPUs into their servers this summer; the entities deploying our products; AI transforming every industry; the importance of MLPerf; which OEMs are submitting results; democratizing AI with NVIDIA; what MIG enables; and the availability of NVIDIA A100, A30 and A10 GPUs, Jetson AGX Xavier, Jenson Xavier NX system-on-a-module, NVIDIA Triton and NVIDIA TensorRT are forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause results to be materially different than expectations. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include: global economic conditions; our reliance on third parties to manufacture, assemble, package and test our products; the impact of technological development and competition; development of new products and technologies or enhancements to our existing product and technologies; market acceptance of our products or our partners’ products; design, manufacturing or software defects; changes in consumer preferences or demands; changes in industry standards and interfaces; unexpected loss of performance of our products or technologies when integrated into systems; as well as other factors detailed from time to time in the most recent reports NVIDIA files with the Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, including, but not limited to, its annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. Copies of reports filed with the SEC are posted on the company’s website and are available from NVIDIA without charge. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and speak only as of the date hereof, and, except as required by law, NVIDIA disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect future events or circumstances. © 2021 NVIDIA Corporation. All rights reserved. NVIDIA, the NVIDIA logo, CUDA-X, DGX, DGX Station, Jetson, Jetson AGX Xavier, NGC, NVIDIA DGX SuperPOD, NVIDIA Triton, NVIDIA-Certified Systems, TensorRT and Xavier are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of NVIDIA Corporation in the U.S. and other countries. Other company and product names may be trademarks of the respective companies with which they are associated. Features, pricing, availability and specifications are subject to change without notice. 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NEW YORK, April 21, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Madison Realty Capital, a fully integrated real estate private equity firm focused on debt and equity investment strategies, today announced that it has provided a $110 million loan to a joint venture between Harridge Development, Silverpeak Real Estate Partners and an affiliate of Cerberus Capital Management for single family home lots located at 27812 South Western Avenue in San Pedro, California. To date, the majority of the lots in the master planned gated community have been sold or are in contract with home developers. “We are pleased to provide an attractive, flexible financing solution to an institutional sponsorship group to support the final stages of the development of much needed, high-quality, and well-priced housing for San Pedro, a historic neighborhood less than 20 miles south of Downtown Los Angeles,” said Josh Zegen, Managing Principal and Co-Founder of Madison Realty Capital. “Madison Realty Capital has deep experience financing residential projects across the country through every stage of development, from construction through lease-up. Moreover, this transaction represents the third project we have financed for Harridge Development, a world-class real estate developer with a strong track record of execution.” The sponsorship group purchased the lots in 2018 and subsequently completed the horizontal development of infrastructure and roads to prepare the site to be sold to national home builders. Adi Chugh of Maverick Commercial Properties advised the sponsorship group on the transaction. About Madison Realty Capital Madison Realty Capital is a New York City based real estate private equity firm focused on debt and equity investment strategies with regional offices in key markets including Los Angeles and Dallas. Founded in 2004, MRC has closed on approximately $13 billion of transactions in the multifamily, retail, office, industrial and hotel sectors nationwide. The firm manages investments in the United States on behalf of a global investor base. MRC is a fully integrated firm with over 60 employees across all real estate investment, development, and property management disciplines. Among other industry recognitions, MRC has been named to the Commercial Observer’s prestigious “Power 100” list of New York City real estate players and is consistently cited as one of the industry’s top construction lenders. To learn more, follow us on LinkedIn and visit www.madisonrealtycapital.com. CONTACT: Nathaniel Garnick/Grace Cartwright Gasthalter & Co. (212) 257-4170 email@example.com
Brivia Group, in partnership with Tianqing Investment Group, is proud to announce a new real estate project in the heart of downtown Montréal. Mansfield is strategically located at the corner of Sainte-Catherine and Mansfield streets, where the emblematic Loew's Theatre once stood. More recently, this location was home to the Mansfield Athletic Club.
Affirm, a more flexible and transparent alternative to credit cards, today announced a partnership with Ulla Johnson, the esteemed label of effortless, free-spirited womenswear. Now, eligible consumers can shop Ulla Johnson’s collection of refined, globally-inspired and meticulously constructed dresses, handbags, shoes and more, while paying over time.
A coroner’s report in the case of Ella Kissi-Debrah recommends stricter legally binding targets for particulate matter pollution to reduce deaths.
The Canadian Football League is pushing back the start of its 2021 season and reducing the number of games played due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The original schedule was slated to open June 10 with each team playing a full 18-game regular season, but with Canada dealing with a third wave of the virus, the CFL board of governors also decided to reduce the schedule to 14 games. The decision also pushes back the Grey Cup game three weeks, to Dec. 12 in Hamilton, Ontario.
TORONTO — The chief executive of Rogers Communications Inc. said Wednesday that he and his team are "deeply disappointed" by the widespread outage that affected many of its wireless customers this week. "We worked very hard to earn the trust of our customers, and we're going to work very hard to earn it back," Rogers CEO Joe Natale said in a conference call about financial results. Total net income for the company, including its home internet, radio and television and sports businesses, was $361 million or 70 cents per diluted share. That was up from $352 million or 68 cents per diluted share in the first quarter of 2020, which included a few weeks of Canada's first COVID-related shutdowns. In a later speech at the company's virtual annual meeting, chairman Edward Rogers — part of the family that controls the company — said he was "tremendously proud" of the way it performed last year while keeping employees safe and customers connected. Natale thanked wireless customers for their patience during Monday's outage, which is undergoing an in-depth review with network partner Ericsson. "And we'll use the findings to help prevent this from ever happening again," Natale said. The nearly daylong wireless interruption affected business sales and services, and the ability for some customers to book or check in for medical appointments. Many users expressed frustration with the outage, noting that they rely on the wireless service to work from home under ongoing COVID-19 restrictions. The company said in an email Tuesday that it will issue a credit, equivalent to Monday's wireless service fee, to be applied automatically to May bills, with no action required by customers. Monday's outage followed strong year-over-year customer growth for its wireless division in the first quarter ended March 31. The division, which accounts for nearly 60 per cent of overall revenue, had its strongest first quarter in three years in terms of loading and post-paid net additions, Natale said. Edward Rogers, son of founder Ted Rogers, told shareholders that his family and the family of Shaw Communications founder J.R. Shaw want to combine the businesses. Twenty years ago, he said, Rogers made most of its revenue and profit from cable television services — but they now face competition from Netflix, Amazon Prime and "hundreds of other streaming services from within Canada and around the world." "Today's telecommunications networks require scale to compete on the world stage," Rogers said. The acquisition of Calgary-based Shaw, which owns Freedom Mobile, will allow Rogers to grow far more quickly and efficiently than either company could on its own, he said. The combined assets of the two companies will also allow them to invest more in network facilities, especially in remote and underserved parts of Canada, he said. "We also need to recognize that Canada is not just competing with itself, against itself, but we're increasingly part of a global competitive landscape," Rogers said. Earlier Wednesday, Rogers reported a three per cent increase in first-quarter profit compared with the same time last year, which included the first weeks of Canada's COVID-19 lockdowns. Adjusted net income was $394 million or 77 cents per diluted share, which was 16.4 per cent above analyst estimates. Total revenue was nearly $3.49 billion, also above estimates and up two per cent from $3.42 billion a year ago. About $2 billion of total revenue was from the Rogers wireless business, down slightly from last year. The cable division, which includes home internet service, generated about $1 billion of revenue. Media, which includes the Toronto Blue Jays baseball franchise, generated $440 million in revenue. On average, analysts had estimated 66 cents per share of adjusted net income and $3.35 billion of revenue, according to financial information provider Refinitiv. This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 21, 2021. — with files from Brett Bundale. Companies in this story: (TSX:RCI.B, TSX:SJR.B) David Paddon, The Canadian Press
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The European Union won't take up an extra 300 million doses of AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines that it has secured as options under existing contracts, a senior EU official told Reuters. The decision is the latest sign Brussels is looking to distance itself from AstraZeneca amid simmering tensions after the drugmaker slashed its delivery targets due to production problems. It is also further evidence the bloc is sidelining vaccines that have been linked with a very rare, but potentially fatal side effect, and is confident current suppliers - led by Pfizer/BioNTech - will deliver enough doses to inoculate at least 70% of EU adults by the end of the summer.
The Paley Center for Media will assemble a number of notable Asian American personalities in various industries from entertainment to sports to discuss how media can help stop the spread of anti-Asian and anti-Asian American hate. The panel, titled Media’s Role In Combating Hate and Violence Towards Asians and Pacific Islanders, will start on Thursday […]
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Proper mental health counselling and support services should also be available to all health workers at this time.
LONDON — Risky uses of artificial intelligence that threaten people’s safety or rights such as live facial scanning should be banned or tightly controlled, European Union officials said Wednesday as they outlined an ambitious package of proposed regulations to rein in the rapidly expanding technology. The draft regulations from the EU's executive commission include rules for applications deemed high risk such as AI systems to filter out school, job or loan applicants. They would also ban artificial intelligence outright in a few cases considered too risky, such as government “social scoring” systems that judge people based on their behaviour. The proposals are the 27-nation bloc’s latest move to maintain its role as the world’s standard-bearer for technology regulation, as it tries to keep up with the world's two big tech superpowers, the U.S. and China. EU officials say they are taking a four-level “risk-based approach” that seeks to balance important rights such as privacy against the need to encourage innovation. “With these landmark rules, the EU is spearheading the development of new global norms to make sure AI can be trusted,” Margrethe Vestager, the European Commission’s executive vice-president for the digital age, said in a statement. “By setting the standards, we can pave the way for to ethical technology worldwide and ensure that the EU remains competitive along the way.” To be sure, the draft rules have a long way to go before they take effect. They need to be reviewed by the European Parliament and the European Council and could be amended in a process that could take several years, though officials declined to give a specific timeframe. Previous EU tech regulation efforts have been far reaching and influential, earning it a reputation as a pioneer. Vestager, also the bloc's competition chief, filed aggressive antitrust challenges against Silicon Valley giants like Google years before such action became fashionable. The EU was also early to the data privacy battle with stringent rules known as General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, that became the de facto global standard. However, results have been mixed: Google still retains its online dominance and EU privacy cases against global tech companies are backed up. Officials are also working on updating the EU's digital rulebook to protect internet users from harmful material or rogue traders. Under the AI proposals, unacceptable uses would also include manipulating behaviour, exploiting children's vulnerabilities or using subliminal techniques. "It can be a case where a toy uses voice systems to manipulate a child into doing something dangerous," Vestager told a media briefing. “Such uses have no place in Europe and therefore we propose to ban them.” The proposals include a prohibition in principle on controversial “remote biometric identification,” such as the use of live facial recognition to pick people out of crowds in real time, because “there is no room for mass surveillance in our society," Vestager said. There will, however, be an exception for narrowly defined law enforcement purposes such as searching for a missing child or a wanted person or preventing a terror attack. But some EU lawmakers and digital rights groups want the carve-out removed over fears it could be used by authorities to justify widespread future use of the technology, which they say is intrusive and inaccurate. Biometric and mass surveillance technology “in our public spaces undermines our freedom and threatens our open societies,” said Patrick Breyer, an EU Pirate party lawmaker. "We cannot allow the discrimination of certain groups of people and the false incrimination of countless individuals by these technologies” Other AI applications are considered high risk because they “interfere with important aspects of our lives," Vestager said, including criminal courts, law enforcement, critical infrastructure such as transportation — think software for self-driving cars — and management of migration, asylum and border control. But their use is allowed provided operators follow rules including using high quality data to minimize discrimination and having a human in charge. Herbert Swaniker, a technology lawyer at law firm Clifford Chance, compared the proposals to GDPR, which affect companies worldwide. “With GDPR, we saw the EU’s rules reach every corner of the world and apply pressure on countries globally to reach a new international gold standard,” Swaniker said. “We can expect this too for AI regulation. This is just the beginning.” The draft regulations also cover AI applications that pose “limited risk," such as chatbots which should be labeled so people know they are interacting with a machine. Most AI applications, such as email spam filters, will be unaffected or covered by existing consumer protection rules, officials said. To help develop standards and enforce the rules, which would apply to anyone providing an AI system in the EU or using one that affects people in the bloc, the commission proposes setting up a European Artificial Intelligence Board. Violations could result in fines of up to 30,000 euros (more than $36,000), or for companies, up to 6% of their global annual revenue, whichever is higher, although Vestager said authorities would first ask providers to fix their AI products or remove them from the market. EU officials, trying to catch up with the Chinese and American tech industries, said the rules would encourage the industry’s growth by raising trust in artificial intelligence systems and by introducing legal clarity for companies. ___ For all of AP’s tech coverage, visit https://apnews.com/apf-technology ___ Follow Kelvin Chan at https://www.twitter.com/chanman Kelvin Chan, The Associated Press