For a concrete example of the impact of voice technology, check out Suki, which recently raised $15M to grow its virtual assistant for doctors. Through the interpretation of voice, Suki logs doctors notes and uses machine learning to identify action items.
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Nature’s new Machine Intelligence Journal is due to be published for the first time in January 2019. Nature said it will cover the “best research from across the field of artificial intelligence” but it will also be a closed access journal, and this has angered many in the AI community who want to see AI research openly
available to everyone.
Over 2,000 people — including more than 75 from Google, 25 from Microsoft, 23 from DeepMind, 16 from Facebook, and 11 from Amazon — have pledged to “not submit to, review, or edit for this new journal”. They each signed a statement from Oregon State University‘s Professor Thomas Dietterich that was published on Monday.
Starship Technologies, an autonomous delivery startup created in 2014 by two Skype co-founders, has been in public testing mode in 20 countries around the world since 2015. Now the company says it is ready for its first “major commercial rollout”.
Employees of finance developer Intuit in Mountain View, California, will be able to order breakfast, lunch and coffee from their staff cafeteria and have it delivered to any point in the company’s Silicon Valley campus by one of Starship’s 10kg six-wheeled autonomous robots.
The pond-dwelling Hydra is not a very complex little animal but it does have a complex repertoire of moves that aren’t clear until after extensive human observation. Examining these moves took a long time and scientists were never sure that they had seen all of them. Now, thanks to an algorithm used to catch spam, researchers have been able to catalog
all of the Hydra’s various moves, allowing them to map those moves to the neurons firing in its weird little head.
“People have used machine learning algorithms to partly analyse how a fruit fly flies, and how a worm crawls, but this is the first systematic description of an animal’s behavior,” said Rafael Yuste, a neuroscientist at Columbia University . “Now that we can measure the entirety of Hydra’s behavior in real-time, we can see if it can learn, and if so, how its neurons respond.”
Hangzhou Zhongheng Electric is one of several companies equipping its laborers with helmets that read their brain activity, reports the South China Morning Post. The idea is that
managers at these companies can see, with cold hard data, when their workers are stressed, happy, angry or sad, and adjust the work flow accordingly. Hangzhou’s State Grid Zhejiang Electric Power also reportedly uses the technology, with an executive telling the publication that brain surveillance has improved profits by over $300 million over the past four years.
MIT Technology Review, however, is skeptical about brain surveillance’s efficacy. “Over-the-skin brain scanning through EEG is still very limited in what it can detect, and the relationship between those signals and human emotion is not yet clear,” the Technology Review said in a blogpost. It added that the claims of $300 million worth of efficiencies ARE “incredibly doubtful.”
The archives aren’t much use to modern scholars, because they are so inaccessible. Of those 53 miles, just a few millimeters’ worth of pages have been scanned and made available online. Even fewer pages have been transcribed into computer text and made searchable. If you want to peruse anything else, you have to apply for special access, schlep all the way to Rome, and go through every page by hand.
But a new project could change all that. Known as In Codice Ratio, it uses a combination of artificial intelligence and optical-character-recognition (OCR) software to scour these neglected texts and make their transcripts available for the very first time. If successful, the technology could also open up untold numbers of other documents at historical archives around the world. You can check out the paper which outlines their approach hee.
Yesterday, Fitbit announced plans to utilise Google’s new Cloud Healthcare API, in order to continue its push into the world of serious healthcare devices. It’s a bit of a no-brainer as far as partnerships go.
The plan is to offer a centralised stop for doctors to monitor both electronic medical records and regular monitoring from Fitbit’s devices. Recently acquired Twine Health, meanwhile, will help the company give more insight into issues like diabetes and hypertension.
“We will have our own bot, our own little agent, our own avatar to negotiate on our behalf – a sort of digital ambassador,” futurist Sophie Hackford explained at the Condé International Luxury conference earlier this month. It will represent the world to us by giving us information and news, and represent us to the world by allowing brands to market directly to it,
rather than us.
Designers, for example, will be able to visualise fabric composition using nano-scale simulations, or see how people will interact with new products using big virtual worlds, like computer games.“This innovation could be the moment the luxury industry has been waiting for,” she offers. “It’s pretty easy to copy a designer bag nowadays, but new materials are going to be very difficult to counterfeit because they’re so complex.”