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April 2021


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Japan to Join EU, China in Issuing Digital Vaccine Passport

Japan to Join EU, China in Issuing Digital Vaccine Passport

Japan plans to issue digital vaccine passports to citizens who have been immunized against the coronavirus, in order to facilitate international travel.


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Robots Could Replace Hundreds of Thousands of Oil, Gas Jobs by 2030

Robots Could Replace Hundreds of Thousands of Oil, Gas Jobs by 2030

A Norwegian energy research firm predicted robotics and automation could replace hundreds of thousands of oil and gas workers worldwide by 2030.


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AI Conferences Use AI to Assign Papers to Reviewers

AI Conferences Use AI to Assign Papers to Reviewers

The Toronto Paper Matching System calculates the affinity between submitted papers and reviewers' expertise by comparing the text in submissions and reviewers' papers.


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The Man Who Made Online College Work

The Man Who Made Online College Work

Years before Covid, Zvi Galil launched Georgia Tech's successful online master's in computer science. Is Zoom U. the future?


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VR Brings Joy to People in Assisted-Living Facilities

VR Brings Joy to People in Assisted-Living Facilities

Long-term care communities increasingly are using virtual reality devices and systems to improve residents' wellness and quality of life amid pandemic-related restrictions.


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Australian Researchers Use ML to Analyze Rock Art

Australian Researchers Use ML to Analyze Rock Art

South Australian researchers at Flinders University are analyzing the evolution of rock art via machine learning.


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Smart Bandage Could Hasten Healing, Might Even Detect Covid

Smart Bandage Could Hasten Healing, Might Even Detect Covid

A new smart bandage could reduce the number of in-person doctor's visits required for patients with open wounds.


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Early Warning System for Self-Driving Cars

Early Warning System for Self-Driving Cars

An early warning system for self-driving vehicles leverages artificial intelligence to learn from real traffic situations.


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System Using Smartphone or Computer Cameras to Measure Pulse, Respiration Rate Could Help Future Personalized Telehealth

System Using Smartphone or Computer Cameras to Measure Pulse, Respiration Rate Could Help Future Personalized Telehealth

A new system uses a person's smartphone or computer camera to read pulse and respiration from video of their face.


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That Spotty Wi-Fi? There’s $100 Billion to Fix It.

That Spotty Wi-Fi? There’s $100 Billion to Fix It.

Clearing hurdles to fast Internet for all.


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Waiting for Quantum Computing? Try Probabilistic Computing

Waiting for Quantum Computing? Try Probabilistic Computing

An engineer channels Galileo to describe a new approach to computing: p-bits.


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ML Helps Spot Gait Problems in Individuals With Multiple Sclerosis

ML Helps Spot Gait Problems in Individuals With Multiple Sclerosis

A new method uses machine learning to help clinicians determine whether gait issues in adults over 50 with multiple sclerosis are associated with disease progression or aging.


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Goodnight Ninja? Knuffle Blobfish? Children's Books Get the Algorithm Treatment

Goodnight Ninja? Knuffle Blobfish? Children's Books Get the Algorithm Treatment

Online children's book platform Epic uses an anonymous trove of data collected from readers to customize reading recommendations and guide new title creation.


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Soft Robotic Dragonfly Signals Environmental Disruptions

Soft Robotic Dragonfly Signals Environmental Disruptions

Duke University engineers modeled a soft robot after a dragonfly; the robot can skim across water and react to environmental conditions, without electronics.


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To Learn to Deal With Uncertainty, This AI Plays Pong

To Learn to Deal With Uncertainty, This AI Plays Pong

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a new algorithm that enables artificial intelligence models to account for uncertain data.


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Microsoft Wins $21 Billion U.S. Army Contract for Augmented Reality Headsets

Microsoft Wins $21 Billion U.S. Army Contract for Augmented Reality Headsets

Microsoft has been working to develop the Integrated Visual Augmentation System for years.


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Predicting When Volcanoes Will Blow

Predicting When Volcanoes Will Blow

Experts hope machine learning can help warn local residents of impending eruptions.


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If You Care About Privacy, It's Time to Try a New Web Browser

If You Care About Privacy, It's Time to Try a New Web Browser

A new crop of Internet browsers from Brave, DuckDuckGo, and others offer stronger privacy protections than what you might be used to.


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Deep Learning Speeds MRI Scans

Deep Learning Speeds MRI Scans

Machine intelligence significantly reduces the time needed for an MRI scan, which can help reduce patient anxiety.


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The Best of NLP

The Best of NLP

Natural language processing delves more deeply into its knowledge gap.


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The Worsening State of Ransomware

The Worsening State of Ransomware

Sophisticated, dangerous ransomware is the new normal … and there is no simple fix.

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