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Robots Conduct Daily Health Inspections of Schoolchildren in China
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Robots Conduct Daily Health Inspections of Schoolchildren in China

More than 2,000 preschools in China are using a robot to check the health status of students each day before they enter the classroom.  

Framework Improves 'Continual Learning' for AI
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Framework Improves 'Continual Learning' for AI

Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a new framework for deep neural networks that allows artificial intelligence systems to better learn...

MIT and ­.S. Air Force Sign Agreement to Launch AI Accelerator
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MIT and ­.S. Air Force Sign Agreement to Launch AI Accelerator

MIT and the U.S. Air Force have signed an agreement to launch a new program designed to make fundamental advances in artificial intelligence that could improve...

New Research Accurately Predicts Australian Wheat Harvests Months in Advance
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New Research Accurately Predicts Australian Wheat Harvests Months in Advance

A U.S. National Science Foundation-funded project found machine learning techniques could anticipate Australian wheat yields two months before the end of the growing...

Big Data Helps Identify Better Way to Research Breast Cancer's Spread
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Big Data Helps Identify Better Way to Research Breast Cancer's Spread

Researchers at Michigan State University are analyzing big data to determine better research models to fight the spread of breast cancer and test potential drugs...

Researchers Find Patterns Associated with Extreme Floods
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Researchers Find Patterns Associated with Extreme Floods

Researchers used a machine-learning based analysis of extreme floods in the U.S. to learn that these events are associated with four types of atmospheric patterns...

Waymo and Lyft Partner to Scale Self-Driving Robotaxi Service in Phoenix
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Waymo and Lyft Partner to Scale Self-Driving Robotaxi Service in Phoenix

Technology developer Waymo and ride-hailing company Lyft have partnered to deploy driverless vehicles for Lyft's robotaxi service in Phoenix, AZ.

Robots Thrive in the Forest on Jobs Humans Find Too Boring
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Robots Thrive in the Forest on Jobs Humans Find Too Boring

Sweden's forest companies are embracing technology to cut costs and boost profits, while freeing employees from mundane tasks.

San Francisco Bans Facial Recognition Technology
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San Francisco Bans Facial Recognition Technology

San Francisco's Board of Supervisors has banned the use of facial recognition technology for surveillance purposes by police and other agencies in the city.

Scientists in China Develop ­ltra-Long Range AI Camera
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Scientists in China Develop ­ltra-Long Range AI Camera

Researchers in China have developed camera technology that can render human sized-subjects from up to 28 miles away.

Hummingbird Robot Flies, Hovers Like Real Thing
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Hummingbird Robot Flies, Hovers Like Real Thing

Purdue University researchers have built robot hummingbirds that learn to fly and hover like their real-world counterparts, using algorithms and computer simulation...

AI Accelerates Innovation
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AI Accelerates Innovation

Yet patent attorneys fear the darker consequences of artificial intelligence.

White House Kicks Off Effort to Develop AI Standards
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White House Kicks Off Effort to Develop AI Standards

The White House Office of Science and Technology has launched a request for information seeking insight into developing standards around artificial intelligence...

Early Warning System Predicts Risk of Online Students Dropping Out
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Early Warning System Predicts Risk of Online Students Dropping Out

Researchers in Spain have developed a predictive modeling system for personalized student dropout rates.

Oregon's a Testing Ground for Amazon's Facial Recognition Policing, But What if Rekognition Gets it Wrong?
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Oregon's a Testing Ground for Amazon's Facial Recognition Policing, But What if Rekognition Gets it Wrong?

Police in Washington County, OR, have used a facial-recognition algorithm from Amazon to publicly test new surveillance techniques for more than a year.

Improving Security as AI Moves to Smartphones
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Improving Security as AI Moves to Smartphones

Researchers suggest the vulnerability of compressed, or quantized, artificial intelligence models to adversarial attack could be remedied by adding a mathematical...

Partnership on AI: Algorithms Aren't Ready to Automate Pretrial Bail Hearings
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Partnership on AI: Algorithms Aren't Ready to Automate Pretrial Bail Hearings

The Partnership on AI has released a report declaring the algorithms now in use to automate the pre-trial bail process unfit to do so.

Facial Recognition Software Meets Its Match: Barnyard Animals
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Facial Recognition Software Meets Its Match: Barnyard Animals

Attempts to identify barnyard animals via facial recognition are complicated by the software's difficulty in distinguishing between animals.

They Asked AI to Create a New Game. One of Its First Ideas Involved Exploding Frisbees.
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They Asked AI to Create a New Game. One of Its First Ideas Involved Exploding Frisbees.

Design firm AKQA used artificial intelligence to create a new game that combines elements of rugby, croquet, soccer, and Ultimate Frisbee.

Robotic Tube for Surgery Autonomously Navigates Inside a Beating Heart
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Robotic Tube for Surgery Autonomously Navigates Inside a Beating Heart

Harvard Medical School researchers have developed a robotic catheter that can autonomously navigate inside a beating heart.
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