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Predicting the Lifespan of an App
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Predicting the Lifespan of an App

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

Do Cloth Masks Work? Supercomputer Fugaku Says Yes
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Do Cloth Masks Work? Supercomputer Fugaku Says Yes

Japan's Fugaku supercomputer, the world's fastest, was used to determine that nonwoven fabric masks block virus-laden respiratory droplets more effectively than...

Elephants vs Trains: AI Helps Ensure They Don't Collide
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Elephants vs Trains: AI Helps Ensure They Don't Collide

Researchers have developed a "smart ear" to help prevent fatal collisions involving elephants and trains in India.

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.

The Conscience of Silicon Valley
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The Conscience of Silicon Valley

Tech oracle Jaron Lanier warned us all about the evils of social media. Too few of us listened. Now, in the most chaotic of moments, his fears—and his bighearted...

Direct Communication
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Direct Communication

Brain-to-Brain interfaces give a new meaning to putting our heads together.

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

MIT, Boston Dynamics Team Up on Robot for Remote Covid-19 Vital Sign Measurement
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MIT, Boston Dynamics Team Up on Robot for Remote Covid-19 Vital Sign Measurement

A diverse group of researchers developed a robot to remotely measure vital signs in patients for Covid-19 with contactless equipment.

Army Researchers Develop Sensors for Small Drones
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Army Researchers Develop Sensors for Small Drones

Researchers have developed a novel sensor and software application to help unmanned aerial systems avoid active power lines.

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.

Scientists Create 3D-Printed Buildings From Soil
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Scientists Create 3D-Printed Buildings From Soil

Texas A&M University researchers have come up with a technique for using a three-dimensional printer to build greener buildings from soil.

U.S. Agency Takes Part in Simulated Cyberattack on Critical Systems
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U.S. Agency Takes Part in Simulated Cyberattack on Critical Systems

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency  successfully completed a biannual simulated cyberattack on critical...

It's Alive!
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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.

Virtual Collaboration in the Age of the Coronavirus
From Communications of the ACM

Virtual Collaboration in the Age of the Coronavirus

Videoconferencing apps took off during the COVID-19 lockdowns, but more efficient ways to collaborate virtually are waiting in the wings.

With Virtual Reality, Caregivers Can Become Patients
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With Virtual Reality, Caregivers Can Become Patients

Carrie Shaw's struggle with her mother's dementia led her to create a company that allows users to experience the struggles of growing older.

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...
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