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Toward an ML Model That Can Reason About Everyday Actions
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Toward an ML Model That Can Reason About Everyday Actions

Researchers trained a hybrid language-vision machine learning model to recognize abstract concepts in video.

Wildfire Spotting Goes High Tech: Can Silicon Valley Save Northern California?
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Wildfire Spotting Goes High Tech: Can Silicon Valley Save Northern California?

High-technology implementations in Northern California are making fire spotters and firefighters more adaptive to changing conditions while improving their safety...

Machines Rival Expert Analysis of Stored Red Blood Cell Quality
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Machines Rival Expert Analysis of Stored Red Blood Cell Quality

A three-year, multi-institutional study by 19 researchers at 12 institutions in five countries yielded artificial intelligence models that can automate evaluations...

AI Identifies 50 New Planets From Old NASA Data
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AI Identifies 50 New Planets From Old NASA Data

Machine learning artificial intelligence found 50 new planets by mining old data from the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

ML Model Finds SARS-COV-2 Growing More Infectious
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ML Model Finds SARS-COV-2 Growing More Infectious

Researchers have developed a novel machine-learning model that suggests SAR-CoV-2 has become more infectious due to genome mutations.

F-16 Pilot Took on AI in a Dogfight. Here's Who Won
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F-16 Pilot Took on AI in a Dogfight. Here's Who Won

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency recently hosted virtual "AlphaDogFight Trials," in which an artificial intelligence program easily beat a U.S. Air...

Japanese Town to Test Autonomous Amphibious Bus
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Japanese Town to Test Autonomous Amphibious Bus

The Japanese town of Naganohara will test a consortium's autonomous amphibious bus in a trial beginning in December and running through March 2021.

Argonne Scientists Use AI to Strengthen Power Grid Resiliency
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Argonne Scientists Use AI to Strengthen Power Grid Resiliency

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory have created a new artificial intelligence technique that can help operators understand...

Machines can Spot Mental Health Issues—If you Hand Over your Personal Data
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Machines can Spot Mental Health Issues—If you Hand Over your Personal Data

Digital diagnosis could transform psychiatry by mining your most intimate data for clues. But is the privacy cost worth it?

Predicting the Lifespan of an App
From ACM TechNews

Predicting the Lifespan of an App

Northwestern Polytechnical University researchers have developed a model for predicting the lifespan of an app.

Visa Unveils More Powerful AI Tool That Approves or Denies Card Transactions
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Visa Unveils More Powerful AI Tool That Approves or Denies Card Transactions

The deep-learning application makes more accurate decisions on behalf of banks experiencing network disruptions, Visa says.

A Dogfight Renews Concerns About AI's Lethal Potential
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A Dogfight Renews Concerns About AI's Lethal Potential

Alphabet's DeepMind pioneered reinforcement learning. A California company used it to create an algorithm that defeated an F-16 pilot in a simulation.

White House Plans to Boost AI, Quantum Funding by 30%
From ACM TechNews

White House Plans to Boost AI, Quantum Funding by 30%

The Trump administration has proposed a 30% increase in spending in the 2021 U.S. nondefense budget for artificial intelligence (AI) and quantum information science...

AI Researchers Devise Cheap Data Collection Method to Scale Training Robots
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AI Researchers Devise Cheap Data Collection Method to Scale Training Robots

Researchers have created a low-cost method of training robots, in an effort to scale the collection of training data and enable widespread adoption.

AI-Based Traffic Management Gets Green Light
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AI-Based Traffic Management Gets Green Light

The NoTraffic autonomous traffic management company has deployed an artificial intelligence-driven traffic management system in Phoenix, AZ.

It's Alive!
From Communications of the ACM

It's Alive!

Scientists and engineers cross the reality gap, transferring simulated evolution into real machines.

AI on Edge
From Communications of the ACM

AI on Edge

Shifting artificial intelligence to the "edge" of the network could transform computing . . . and everyday life.

For Quick Coronavirus Testing, Israel Turns to a Clever Algorithm
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For Quick Coronavirus Testing, Israel Turns to a Clever Algorithm

Inspired by a mother's question, the new method will be introduced across Israel this fall, just in time for flu season, and could be coming soon to the U.S.

Facebook AI, NYU Langone Create Accurate MRIs with Less Time and Data
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Facebook AI, NYU Langone Create Accurate MRIs with Less Time and Data

Researchers at Facebook Inc. and NYU Langone Health say that a two-year experiment demonstrates how artificial intelligence can produce a fourfold increase in the...

Deep Learning on Cell Signaling Networks Establishes Interpretable AI for Single-Cell Biology
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Deep Learning on Cell Signaling Networks Establishes Interpretable AI for Single-Cell Biology

Researchers at the Research Center for Molecular Medicine of the Austrian Academy of Sciences have created knowledge-primed neural networks which utilize signaling...
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