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Does AI in Healthcare Need More Emotion?
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Does AI in Healthcare Need More Emotion?

Emotion artificial intelligence applications in healthcare are rare, with many scientists skeptical of the technology's utility.

How Humans Use Objects in Novel Ways to Solve Problems
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How Humans Use Objects in Novel Ways to Solve Problems

Researchers have developed a cognitive model that learns to use objects in novel ways to solve problems, like humans do.

AI Can Turn Spoken Language Into Photorealistic Sign Language Videos
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AI Can Turn Spoken Language Into Photorealistic Sign Language Videos

Researchers at the U.K.'s University of Surrey employed a neural network to render spoken language as sign language.

Do You Have a Conflict of Interest? This Robotic Assistant May Find It First
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Do You Have a Conflict of Interest? This Robotic Assistant May Find It First

A Swiss publisher of open-access journals has rolled out a robotic review assistant to check for potential conflicts of interest.

Disney Is Teaching Robots How to Sculpt with Clay
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Disney Is Teaching Robots How to Sculpt with Clay

Researchers created a system that allows human artists to train robots to sculpt clay, with tools that allow them to emulate artistic styles.  

Search and Rescue Drones Use AI to Find People Lost in Woods
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Search and Rescue Drones Use AI to Find People Lost in Woods

New drones are equipped with a deep learning application that improves the images they collect during search and rescue missions to better distinguish people from...

London AI Lab Claims Breakthrough That Could Accelerate Drug Discovery
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London AI Lab Claims Breakthrough That Could Accelerate Drug Discovery

Researchers at DeepMind say they have solved "the protein folding problem," a task that has bedeviled scientists for more than 50 years.

A Neural Network Learns When It Should Not Be Trusted
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A Neural Network Learns When It Should Not Be Trusted

Researchers have enabled a neural network to rapidly process data, yielding both predictions and confidence levels based on the quality of the available data.

Deep Learning Helps Robots Grasp, Move Objects with Ease
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Deep Learning Helps Robots Grasp, Move Objects with Ease

New artificial intelligence software integrates neural networks with motion-planning software to enable robots to assist humans in warehouse settings.

Climate Researchers Enlist Big Cloud Providers for Big Data Challenges
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Climate Researchers Enlist Big Cloud Providers for Big Data Challenges

Climate science researchers increasingly are turning to the cloud for its ability to manage large amounts of data using machine-learning algorithms.

TLDR: This AI Sums Up Research Papers in a Sentence
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TLDR: This AI Sums Up Research Papers in a Sentence

Software called TLDR (too long, didn't read) automatically produces one-sentence abstracts of research papers.

Need a Hypothesis? This A.I. Has One
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Need a Hypothesis? This A.I. Has One

Slowly, machine-learning systems are beginning to generate ideas, not just test them.

Cloud Computing Is Grabbing More of Your IT Spending
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Cloud Computing Is Grabbing More of Your IT Spending

Cloud-based corporate information technology spending should expand in the coming years, as businesses transition more applications and services, says Gartner. ...

Modelling Clouds and Climate
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Modelling Clouds and Climate

Machine learning algorithms are showing promise at helping better simulate the effect of clouds, making climate models more accurate.

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...
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