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Deep Learning Helps Predict Drug Combinations to Fight COVID-19
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Deep Learning Helps Predict Drug Combinations to Fight COVID-19

A research team used deep learning to identify drug combinations that can fight COVID-19.

AI Technique Could Lead to Ways to Predict Cancer Prognosis, Treatment Response
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AI Technique Could Lead to Ways to Predict Cancer Prognosis, Treatment Response

An artificial intelligence technique can determine which neoantigens (cell surface peptides generated by cancer cells) are recognized by the immune system.

The Pandemic is Testing the Limits of Face Recognition
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The Pandemic is Testing the Limits of Face Recognition

Government use of face ID systems exploded during the pandemic—but tying it to critical services has left some people locked out at the moment they needed help...

Deep Learning's Diminishing Returns
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Deep Learning's Diminishing Returns

The cost of improvement is becoming unsustainable.

AI Calling ET: How Artificial Intelligence Supports the Search for Extraterrestrial Life
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AI Calling ET: How Artificial Intelligence Supports the Search for Extraterrestrial Life

Researchers increasingly ask AI whether anybody is out there.

Finding the Needles in a Haystack of High-Dimensional Datasets
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Finding the Needles in a Haystack of High-Dimensional Datasets

A new algorithm enables the smallest, most relevant subset of features to be selected from high-dimensional datasets.

How Greece Let in Tourists, Kept Out COVID-19
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How Greece Let in Tourists, Kept Out COVID-19

Researchers from multiple institutions collaborated on the development of an algorithm that can identify asymptomatic COVID-19 infections in travelers.

U.K. Publishes 10-Year Plan to Become 'A.I. Superpower'
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U.K. Publishes 10-Year Plan to Become 'A.I. Superpower'

The National AI Strategy includes a number of programs, reports and initiatives.

7 Revealing Ways AIs Fail
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7 Revealing Ways AIs Fail

Neural networks can be disastrously brittle, forgetful, and surprisingly bad at math.

Artificial Intelligence Is Taking Over Real Estate – Here's What That Means for Homebuyers
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Artificial Intelligence Is Taking Over Real Estate – Here's What That Means for Homebuyers

Real estate companies are increasingly using artificial intelligence in every aspect of buying, selling and home financing.

Preparing for a Future Pandemic with AI
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Preparing for a Future Pandemic with AI

Artificial intelligence-driven investigations into COVID treatments are yielding insights for application to future pandemic responses.

Algorithmic Poverty
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Algorithmic Poverty

Algorithms can have a devastating impact on people's lives, especially if they already are struggling economically.

Tesla Drivers Become 'Inattentive' When Using Autopilot, Study Finds
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Tesla Drivers Become 'Inattentive' When Using Autopilot, Study Finds

Drivers glanced less at the road and more on "non-driving related areas."

Ancient Mesopotamian Cuneiform Tablets Could Be Decoded by AI
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Ancient Mesopotamian Cuneiform Tablets Could Be Decoded by AI

A deep learning artificial intelligence model has decoded ancient Mesopotamian cuneiform tablets.

Here Comes the Rain Again
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Here Comes the Rain Again

Using machine learning to better forecast floods.

Urgent Action Needed over AI Risks to Human Rights
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Urgent Action Needed over AI Risks to Human Rights

States should place moratoriums on the sale and use of artificial intelligence systems until adequate safeguards are put in place, said U.N. human rights chief...

Latest Chapter in 100-year Study Says AI's Promises, Perils are Getting Real
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Latest Chapter in 100-year Study Says AI's Promises, Perils are Getting Real

The AI100 project is designed to track trends in artificial intelligence over the course of a century.

3D-Printed Sensor Can Detect Herbicide in Beverages
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3D-Printed Sensor Can Detect Herbicide in Beverages

A new low-cost sensor device can detect and quantify the herbicide glyphosate in liquids.

Technology Makes It Possible to See Clearly Through Murky Water
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Technology Makes It Possible to See Clearly Through Murky Water

Researchers at China's Tianjin University have devised a methodology that automatically generates clear images through murky water.

Smart Tugboat to Journey More Than 1,000 Miles, Autonomously
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Smart Tugboat to Journey More Than 1,000 Miles, Autonomously

A 35-foot-long tugboat carrying passengers will embark from Hamburg, Germany, on a 1,000-nautical-mile (1,150-mile) autonomous voyage around Denmark.
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