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Simple Eye Exam With Powerful Artificial Intelligence Could Lead to Early Parkinson’s Disease Diagnosis
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Simple Eye Exam With Powerful Artificial Intelligence Could Lead to Early Parkinson’s Disease Diagnosis

The researchers deployed a type of artificial intelligence called support vector machine (SVM) learning, which has been around since 1989.

Autonomous Robot Cars to Deliver Medicine Around London
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Autonomous Robot Cars to Deliver Medicine Around London

A fleet of autonomous, electrically-powered robot vehicles has started delivering medicine to care homes in London's Borough of Hounslow as part of a public trial...

When AI Sees a Man, It Thinks 'Official.' A Woman? 'Smile'
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When AI Sees a Man, It Thinks 'Official.' A Woman? 'Smile'

New research renews concerns about bias in image recognition services offered by Google, Microsoft, and Amazon. 

AI Research Finds 'Compute Divide' Concentrates Power, Accelerates Inequality in Era of Deep Learning
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AI Research Finds 'Compute Divide' Concentrates Power, Accelerates Inequality in Era of Deep Learning

An unequal distribution of compute power in academia is exacerbating inequality in deep learning, say researchers at Virginia Tech and Western University.

Meat Giant Tyson Girds for Virus Surge, Tracking Covid-19 with Algorithms
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Meat Giant Tyson Girds for Virus Surge, Tracking Covid-19 with Algorithms

Tyson Foods CEO Dean Banks said the U.S. meatpacking company is using infection-tracking algorithms and employee testing to protect workers from a Covid-19 surge...

Technologies for the Visually Impaired
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Technologies for the Visually Impaired

The last decade has seen major advancements in technology for the blind and visually impaired, but problems remain.

Softening Up Robots
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Softening Up Robots

Giving robots soft, artificial skin would enable them to work more closely with people.

Tracking COVID, Discreetly
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Tracking COVID, Discreetly

Tracing the contacts of those who come into contact with the coronavirus is not that simple.

Don't Fear the Robots, and Other Lessons From a Study of the Digital Economy
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Don't Fear the Robots, and Other Lessons From a Study of the Digital Economy

A task force assembled by MIT examined how technology has changed, and will change, the work force.

How to Make AI Less Biased
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How to Make AI Less Biased

Academic researchers and the technology industry are working to eliminate bias from artificial intelligence systems.

Walmart, Cruise Launch Pilot to Deliver Orders via Self-Driving Cars
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Walmart, Cruise Launch Pilot to Deliver Orders via Self-Driving Cars

Autonomous vehicle startup Cruise has announced a partnership with Walmart to deliver orders from a Scottsdale, AZ, Walmart store to local customers' homes.

Training Facial Recognition on Some New Furry Friends: Bears
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Training Facial Recognition on Some New Furry Friends: Bears

Silicon Valley software developers have trained facial recognition technology to monitor individual bears, as part of a project called BearID.

AI Pioneer Recognized for Outstanding Contribution to Computing
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AI Pioneer Recognized for Outstanding Contribution to Computing

Imperial Vice-Provost professor Nick Jennings and University of Oxford professors Ian Horrocks and Michael Wooldridg have been awarded the Lovelace Medal of the...

AI May Help Identify Patients with Early-Stage Dementia
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AI May Help Identify Patients with Early-Stage Dementia

Scientists are exploring whether artificial intelligence can help clinicians better identify patients with early-stage dementia.

AI Shows Potential to Gauge Voter Sentiment
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AI Shows Potential to Gauge Voter Sentiment

Some technology experts believe using artificial intelligence to gauge voter sentiment could help to better understand the electorate.

AI News Bias Tool Created by USC Computer Scientists
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AI News Bias Tool Created by USC Computer Scientists

University of Southern California computer scientists have developed an artificial intelligence tool to automatically detect bias in news.

NHS Signs Up for Tim Berners-Lee Pilot to Reinvent Web
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NHS Signs Up for Tim Berners-Lee Pilot to Reinvent Web

The U.K.'s National Health Service is among more than a dozen partners that have signed up for a pilot program of Tim Berners-Lee's new company to promote a new...

AI Model Detects Asymptomatic Covid-19 Infections Through Cellphone-Recorded Coughs
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AI Model Detects Asymptomatic Covid-19 Infections Through Cellphone-Recorded Coughs

A new artificial intelligence model between asymptomatic people infected with Covid-19 and healthy individuals via forced-cough recordings.

How AI Can Help Save Forests
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How AI Can Help Save Forests

Scientists are developing artificial intelligence-driven methods to aid forest conservation by enabling a new level of real-time awareness.

Autonomous Boats Could Be Your Next Ride
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Autonomous Boats Could Be Your Next Ride

Researchers have developed the world's first fleet of autonomous boats, along with algorithms to permit communication and collaboration among the boats.
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