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Meet the Scientist Teaching AI to Police Human Speech
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Meet the Scientist Teaching AI to Police Human Speech

Alexis Conneau's work has helped Facebook and Google build artificial intelligence systems that can understand dozens of languages with startling accuracy.

Blood Test That Finds 50 Types of Cancer Accurate Enough to Be Rolled Out
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Blood Test That Finds 50 Types of Cancer Accurate Enough to Be Rolled Out

Researchers found that a blood test developed using a machine learning algorithm is accurate in detecting more than 50 types of cancer.

Engineering Additional Creativity
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Engineering Additional Creativity

Can artificial intelligence augment human creativity in writing?

AI Breakthrough in Premature Baby Care
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AI Breakthrough in Premature Baby Care

A hybrid neural network can accurately forecast premature babies' individual mortality risk in order to better guide their care.

Using ML to Build Maps That Give Smarter Driving Advice
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Using ML to Build Maps That Give Smarter Driving Advice

Scientists used machine learning to develop an automatic mapping service that can enhance traffic management with greater intelligence.

Linux Foundation Creates Standards for Voice Technology with Major Partners
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Linux Foundation Creates Standards for Voice Technology with Major Partners

The Linux Foundation and partners Target, Microsoft, Veritone, Schwarz Gruppe, Wegmans Food Markets, and Deutsche Telekom, created the Open Voice Network.

Bank of Israel Testing Ethereum Tech in Digital Shekel Trial
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Bank of Israel Testing Ethereum Tech in Digital Shekel Trial

The Bank of Israel is testing Ethereum's blockchain technology as part of a new internal digital shekel trial.

Channeling the Inner Voice of Robots
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Channeling the Inner Voice of Robots

People have inner voices, why not robots?

Security Robots Expand Across U.S., with Few Tangible Results
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Security Robots Expand Across U.S., with Few Tangible Results

Concrete proof that security robots reduce crime is lacking, despite wider deployment by U.S. government agencies and the private sector.

Intelligent Carpet Gives Insight into Human Poses
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Intelligent Carpet Gives Insight into Human Poses

A new tactile sensing carpet assembled from pressure-sensitive film and conductive thread is able to calculate human poses without cameras.

Musical Chairs? Swapping Seats Could Reduce Orchestra Aerosols
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Musical Chairs? Swapping Seats Could Reduce Orchestra Aerosols

Researchers used a computer model to determine whether rearranging musicians could significantly reduce aerosol buildup on the stage of a concert hall.

ML Methods Could Improve Environmental Predictions
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ML Methods Could Improve Environmental Predictions

New process- or knowledge-guided machine learning techniques can predict flow and temperature in river networks more accurately even when data is scarce.

Rembrandt's 'Night Watch' on Display with Missing Figures Restored by AI
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Rembrandt's 'Night Watch' on Display with Missing Figures Restored by AI

Researchers at the Rijksmuseum in the Netherlands used artificial intelligence to restore missing parts of Rembrandt’s "The Night Watch."

NASA Struggles to Restore Aging Payload Computer on Hubble Space Telescope
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NASA Struggles to Restore Aging Payload Computer on Hubble Space Telescope

NASA may have to resort to the backup system.

Meteorite-Hunting Drones Could Help Find Freshly Fallen Space Rocks
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Meteorite-Hunting Drones Could Help Find Freshly Fallen Space Rocks

A team of scientists used drones and machine learning to try to find just-landed meteorites.

Developers are Fans of Blockchain, but Most Have Not Used it Much at Work
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Developers are Fans of Blockchain, but Most Have Not Used it Much at Work

A survey finds that most people are interested in Ethereum, but only 24% of surveyed developers have built anything with blockchain.

Digitizing Rural Land Records, 1 Drone at a Time
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Digitizing Rural Land Records, 1 Drone at a Time

The Indian government's Svamitva project involves the use of drone technology to survey the inhabited areas of rural villages.

Algorithm That Predicts Deadly Infections Is Often Flawed
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Algorithm That Predicts Deadly Infections Is Often Flawed

An algorithm designed to forecast sepsis infections is significantly lacking in accuracy.

Quantum Data Link Established Between 2 Distant Chinese Cities
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Quantum Data Link Established Between 2 Distant Chinese Cities

Researchers created a secure quantum link extending 511 kilometers (almost 320 miles) between two Chinese cities.

Israeli Researchers Develop Electronic Nose to Detect Diseases, Poisons
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Israeli Researchers Develop Electronic Nose to Detect Diseases, Poisons

An artificial nose can distinguish between different types of bacteria, viruses, and poisonous gases .
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