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AI Powers Autonomous Materials Discovery
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AI Powers Autonomous Materials Discovery

Cornell University researchers have developed an artificial intelligence tool that aims to speed up the process of materials discovery.

Delivering Smart Warehouses
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Delivering Smart Warehouses

Companies old and new, large and small, are working to establish themselves in the smart warehouse and distribution center market.

Minnesota Mathematicians, Data Scientists Use Technology to Shape Political Districts
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Minnesota Mathematicians, Data Scientists Use Technology to Shape Political Districts

A dozen mathematicians and data scientists claim to have used advanced computational technology to generate fair political redistricting maps for Minnesota.

Creating Text Out of Thin Air
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Creating Text Out of Thin Air

Researchers at China's Zhejiang University have developed a smartwatch application in which users write text in mid-air with a finger, and the text is captured...

Seconds Before Earthquake Rattled California, Phones Got Vital Warning
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Seconds Before Earthquake Rattled California, Phones Got Vital Warning

An early-alert system managed by the U.S. Geological Survey on Monday warned Californians of a 6.2-magnitude earthquake by phone, seconds before it struck.

Different Strokes: Using AI to Tell Art Apart
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Different Strokes: Using AI to Tell Art Apart

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University have developed an artificial intelligence algorithm that can distinguish between the brush strokes of different artists...

AI Can Predict Who Will Develop Dementia with 92% Accuracy
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AI Can Predict Who Will Develop Dementia with 92% Accuracy

The technique works by spotting patterns linked to dementia outcome in data.

Is Artificial Intelligence About to Transform the Mammogram?
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Is Artificial Intelligence About to Transform the Mammogram?

A Massachusetts Institute of Technology researcher who survived breast cancer has devised a technique that seems to predict many breast cancer cases.

Trucks Catch Up in Self-Driving Vehicle Race
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Trucks Catch Up in Self-Driving Vehicle Race

Some investors expect trucks to overtake cars in becoming fully autonomous and profitable, as trucks face fewer regulatory and technological barriers to deployment...

ML Speeds Up Vehicle Routing
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ML Speeds Up Vehicle Routing

A new machine learning approach could speed up vehicle routing algorithms, which tend to slow down when applied to large urban datasets.

South Korea to Test AI-Powered Facial Recognition to Track COVID-19 Cases
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South Korea to Test AI-Powered Facial Recognition to Track COVID-19 Cases

South Korea in January plans launch a pilot project to track the movements of persons infected with COVID-19 and anyone with whom they had close contact

DHL Doubles Robots as Humans Alone Can't Handle Holiday Crunch
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DHL Doubles Robots as Humans Alone Can't Handle Holiday Crunch

DHL's supply-chain unit has doubled the number of robots it uses in the U.S. to about 1,500 ahead of the holidays, in addition to hiring 15,000 seasonal workers...

Gunfire or Plastic Bag Popping? Trained Computer Knows the Difference
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Gunfire or Plastic Bag Popping? Trained Computer Knows the Difference

Florida Atlantic University researchers found that gunshot sound detector systems misclassified 75% of plastic bag popping sounds as gunshot sounds.

ML Flags Remedies That Might Do More Harm Than Good
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ML Flags Remedies That Might Do More Harm Than Good

Scientists designed a machine learning model to identify medical treatments that could pose greater potential danger than alternatives.

Converting Laws to Programs
From Communications of the ACM

Converting Laws to Programs

In highly regulated industries, it is critical that laws are translated precisely into code that reflects their intent.

Monetizing Your Personal Data
From Communications of the ACM

Monetizing Your Personal Data

What is your private data worth, to you and to the companies willing to pay you for it?

See Little Robots Get Swole in This Virtual 'Gym'
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See Little Robots Get Swole in This Virtual 'Gym'

The bizarre robots look like cobbled-together Tetris pieces. A new system "evolves" them to run, climb, and throw stuff better.

Tiny ML Design Alleviates Bottleneck in Memory Usage on IoT Devices
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Tiny ML Design Alleviates Bottleneck in Memory Usage on IoT Devices

Researchers come up with a machine learning method to reduce the amount of memory required for Internet of Things devices.

'Black Box' to Chronicle Ravages of Climate Change
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'Black Box' to Chronicle Ravages of Climate Change

Australia is building "Earth's Black Box," a reportedly indestructible steel structure containing a real-time archive of climate change news and research.

Amazon Shutting Down One of the Oldest Staples on the Internet
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Amazon Shutting Down One of the Oldest Staples on the Internet

The ecommerce giant is closing down Alexa.com, an online service that the vast majority of Amazon customers are likely unaware even existed.
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