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Sharper Signals: How Machine Learning Is Cleaning Up Microscopy Images
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Sharper Signals: How Machine Learning Is Cleaning Up Microscopy Images

Researchers increasingly are using machine learning to eliminate noise from microscopy images.

U.S. Law Sets Stage for Boost to AI Research
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U.S. Law Sets Stage for Boost to AI Research

If funded, the National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Act of 2020, which became law last week, would significantly ramp up federal AI investments.

White House Launches the National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Office
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White House Launches the National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Office

The White House's new National AI Initiative Office will be integral to the Federal Government's efforts to maintain its leadership position in artificial intelligence...

Tweaking AI Software to Function Like a Human Brain Improves Computer's Learning Ability
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Tweaking AI Software to Function Like a Human Brain Improves Computer's Learning Ability

Neuroscientists have developed a model that enables artificial intelligence software to function more like a human brain and learn new visual concepts more quickly...

Your Next Car May Let You Drive Hands-Free. Is That a Good Thing?
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Your Next Car May Let You Drive Hands-Free. Is That a Good Thing?

More automakers are installing automated steering and speed control in more vehicles, using sensors, radar, and cameras to keep the car centered, control speed,...

Robot Foresters Could Plant Thousands of Trees a Day
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Robot Foresters Could Plant Thousands of Trees a Day

Two types of autonomous robot foresters developed by Estonia's University of Tartu and robot manufacturer Milrem are planting trees from Milrem's driverless ground...

Neural Networks Playing Video Games Teach Us About Our Own Brains
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Neural Networks Playing Video Games Teach Us About Our Own Brains

Researchers found artificial intelligence's “neurons” behaved similarly to neurons in the human brain when playing classic Atari video games.

Using AI to Find New Uses for Existing Medications
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Using AI to Find New Uses for Existing Medications

Ohio State University researchers used artificial intelligence to process massive datasets to determine whether existing drugs could be applied to illnesses for...

This Avocado Armchair Could Be the Future of AI
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This Avocado Armchair Could Be the Future of AI

Researchers at artificial intelligence company OpenAI have engineered two deep learning models combining language and images to improve AI's understanding of text...

Court Rules Deliveroo Used 'Discriminatory' Algorithm
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Court Rules Deliveroo Used 'Discriminatory' Algorithm

An Italian court determined that companies can be held liable even if an algorithm unintentionally discriminates against a protected group.

How DOE Researchers Are Using AI, Robots to Design the Successor to Lithium-Ion Batteries
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How DOE Researchers Are Using AI, Robots to Design the Successor to Lithium-Ion Batteries

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Joint Center for Energy Storage Research are using artificial intelligence and robots to design an organic redox-flow...

Autonomous Shipping Charts Its Course
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Autonomous Shipping Charts Its Course

The maritime industry wades into digitalization; will it float?

Leading Computer Scientists Debate the Next Steps for AI in 2021
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Leading Computer Scientists Debate the Next Steps for AI in 2021

Canadian research company MontrealAI convened leading computer scientists in December to debate moving artificial intelligence (AI) forward in the year ahead.

A Decade Of AI: Most Defining Moments 2010-20
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A Decade Of AI: Most Defining Moments 2010-20

Be it access to world standard courses, platforms, libraries, frameworks, hardware, this was the decade when AI went mainstream.

Leading Computer Scientists Debate the Next Steps for AI in 2021
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Leading Computer Scientists Debate the Next Steps for AI in 2021

What do we need to push AI to the next level? More data and larger neural networks? New deep learning algorithms? Approaches other than deep learning?

A Quick Look Under the Skin
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A Quick Look Under the Skin

Researchers have developed self-learning algorithms that can help analyze medical image data.

How Machines Are Changing the Way Companies Talk
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How Machines Are Changing the Way Companies Talk

Economics and machine learning researchers have found artificial intelligence is making companies change how they communicate.

Another Arrest, and Jail Time, Due to a Bad Facial Recognition Match
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Another Arrest, and Jail Time, Due to a Bad Facial Recognition Match

A New Jersey man was accused of shoplifting and trying to hit an officer with a car. He is the third known Black man to be wrongfully arrested based on face recognition...

Adding AI to Education
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Adding AI to Education

Some fear artificial intelligence could replace teachers, but it has a long way to go.

A Rare Pandemic Silver Lining: Mental Health Start-Ups
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A Rare Pandemic Silver Lining: Mental Health Start-Ups

Using teletherapy, metrics, and matching algorithms, entrepreneurs are focusing on addressing aspects of the mental health care system that they view as broken....
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