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A Guide to Healthy Skepticism of Artificial Intelligence and Coronavirus
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A Guide to Healthy Skepticism of Artificial Intelligence and Coronavirus

Like many tools, artificial intelligence has a role to play, but its effect on the coronavirus outbreak is probably small.

NASA Created a Game That Lets You Help Map the Ocean's Coral Reefs
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NASA Created a Game That Lets You Help Map the Ocean's Coral Reefs

A new game can help map the ocean's diversity of coral reefs.

AI Techniques Used to Improve Battery Health, Safety
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AI Techniques Used to Improve Battery Health, Safety

A new machine learning method can predict battery health with 10 times greater accuracy than the current industry standard.

UC Berkeley's AI-Powered Robot Teaches Itself to Drive Off-Road
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UC Berkeley's AI-Powered Robot Teaches Itself to Drive Off-Road

A new robot learning system can learn about the environment through its own experiences in the real world.

Artificial Intelligence is Evolving All by Itself
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Artificial Intelligence is Evolving All by Itself

Artificial intelligence (AI) is evolving—literally.

Google, UCSF Collaborate on Machine Learning Tool to Help Prevent Harmful Prescription Errors
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Google, UCSF Collaborate on Machine Learning Tool to Help Prevent Harmful Prescription Errors

A new machine learning model  predicts normal physician drug prescribing patterns, using a patient's electronic health records as input.

DeepMind AI Can Understand the Unusual Atomic Structure of Glass
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DeepMind AI Can Understand the Unusual Atomic Structure of Glass

DeepMind researchers used machine learning to simulate how atomic particles in a piece of glass respond to different temperatures and pressures.

AI Helping Scientists Understand an Ocean's Worth of Data
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AI Helping Scientists Understand an Ocean's Worth of Data

Researchers have trained a neural network to distinguish humpback whale songs from other ocean noise.

You Can’t Spell Creative Without A.I.
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You Can’t Spell Creative Without A.I.

Advances in software applications that process human language lie at the heart of the debate over whether computer technologies will enhance or even substitute...

Computers Already Learn From Us. But Can They Teach Themselves?
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Computers Already Learn From Us. But Can They Teach Themselves?

Scientists are exploring approaches that would help machines develop their own sort of common sense.

AI Tool Predicts Which Patients with Pandemic Virus Will Develop Serious Respiratory Disease
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AI Tool Predicts Which Patients with Pandemic Virus Will Develop Serious Respiratory Disease

An experimental artificial intelligence tool accurately predicted which patients newly infected with the COVID-19 virus would develop severe respiratory disease...

Medical Professionals Tap AI to Combat COVID-19
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Medical Professionals Tap AI to Combat COVID-19

Artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things are aiding hospitals and healthcare experts in the battle against the coronavirus.

To Tune Up Your Quantum Computer, Better Call an AI Mechanic
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To Tune Up Your Quantum Computer, Better Call an AI Mechanic

Researchers have developed a method for teaching an artificial intelligence program to make an interconnected set of adjustments to tiny quantum dots.

A 3D-Printed Brain Could Make It Easier to Find Cancer Treatments
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A 3D-Printed Brain Could Make It Easier to Find Cancer Treatments

Researchers have developed a technique to study glioblastoma brain tumors using a three-dimensionally (3D)-printed framework composed of human brain cells and biomaterials...

Study Uses AI to Estimate Unexploded Bombs From Vietnam War
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Study Uses AI to Estimate Unexploded Bombs From Vietnam War

Researchers at The Ohio State University (OSU) used artificial intelligence to find unexploded Vietnam War-era bombs in Cambodia.

That Chatbot May Be Chatty, but Is It Engaging?
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That Chatbot May Be Chatty, but Is It Engaging?

Researchers have developed a technique for evaluating chatbots' conversational skills based on whether their dialogues are genuinely interesting to the user.

CNNs Catch Animals in the Wild
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CNNs Catch Animals in the Wild

Researchers are using convolutional neural networks to identify the few frames of interest among massive amounts of visual information.

Washington State Signs Facial Recognition Curbs Into Law; Critics Want Ban
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Washington State Signs Facial Recognition Curbs Into Law; Critics Want Ban

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee on Tuesday signed the first U.S. state law curbing law enforcement's use of facial recognition technology.

Tech's Next Disruption Target: The Coronavirus
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Tech's Next Disruption Target: The Coronavirus

Silicon Valley technology experts are pursuing various projects to combat the coronavirus, with thousands of volunteers contributing to hundreds of hastily organized...

A Debate Between AI Experts Shows a Battle Over the Technology’s Future
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A Debate Between AI Experts Shows a Battle Over the Technology’s Future

The field is in disagreement about where it should go and why.
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