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This AI Could Go From ‘Art’ to Steering a Self-Driving Car

DALL-E drew laughs for creating images of a daikon radish in a tutu. But it builds on an important advance in computer vision with serious applications.

Why we like it

These new algorithms exercise their creativity in imagining new foods and understanding texts that could potentially help robots.


A language learning system that pays attention — more efficiently than ever before

SpAtten, a hardware and software system developed at MIT, streamlines state-of-the-art natural language processing. The advance could reduce the computing power, energy, and time required for text analysis and generation.

Why we like it

This article explains how natural language processing works and how researchers are making it more efficient.


Scientists stumbled onto toothy deep-sea "top predator," and named it after elite sumo wrestlers

When scientists pulled an unfamiliar monster from the depths of a well-fished, well-explored Japanese bay, they couldn't believe it was really a new species.

Why we like it

Researchers in Japan discover a new deep sea predator amidst popular fishing location off the coast of Japan.


Robust artificial intelligence tools to predict future cancer 

MIT researchers have improved their machine learning system, Mirai, developed to predict cancer risk from mammogram images, and validated their effectiveness with studies across several hospitals.

Why we like it

Artificial intelligence can be used in many different fields. MIT researchers help detect early on-set cancer using advanced AI algorithms.


Australian scientists warn urgent action needed to save 19 'collapsing' ecosystems\

A ‘confronting and sobering’ report details degradation of coral reefs, outback deserts, tropical savanna, Murray-Darling waterways, mangroves and forests

Why we like it

Due to environmental changes, ecosystems around the globe are losing species and the vital ability to produce pollen.


How can human-centered AI fight bias in machines and people?

A new MIT Sloan Experts Series talk explains how algorithms and humans can work together to compensate for blind spots and create clearer outcomes.

Why we like it

Algorithms are supposed to perform unbiased operations however this is not always the case. Researchers from MIT discuss the benefits of unbiased AI.


Explainable AI for decoding genome biology

Researchers at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research, in collaboration with colleagues at Stanford University and Technical University of Munich have developed advanced explainable artificial intelligence (AI) in a technical tour de force to decipher regulatory instructions encoded in DNA. In a report published online February 18, 2021, in Nature Genetics, the team found that a neural network trained on high-resolution maps of protein-DNA interactions can uncover subtle DNA sequence patterns throughout the genome and provide a deeper understanding of how these sequences are organized to regulate genes.

Why we like it

Researchers have built a neural network to help interpret the genome's code.


‘It will change everything’: DeepMind’s AI makes gigantic leap in solving protein structures

Google’s deep-learning program for determining the 3D shapes of proteins stands to transform biology, say scientists.

Why we like it

Google's AI program, DeepMind, is helping biologists understand the amino acid make-up of proteins by providing 3D images.


Satellite boom attracts technology giants

Tech giants promise faster, wider access to data thanks to cheaper satellite launches.

Why we like it

There's a new space race and it involves nanosatellites!


Learning with — and about — AI technology | MIT News | Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MIT Media Lab Personal Robots group head Cynthia Breazeal joined MIT Education Arcade Director Eric Klopfer for a conversation about AI's role in K-12 education as part of a new webinar series from MIT Open Learning.

Why we like it

These artificially intelligent animals are engaging kids in educational activities.


Google Used Artificial Intelligence to Create Two New Mashup Desserts Based on Baking Search Data

Meet the Cakie (half cake/half cookie) and the Breakie (half bread/half cookie).

Why we like it

This algorithm has used search data to come up with new baking recipes!


These five AI developments will shape 2021 and beyond

Despite the travesties of 2020, artificial intelligence has quickened its progress. Baidu upped its performance across vaccines, autonomous vehicles, language processing, and quantum computing.

Why we like it

Artificial intelligence is lending a helping hand in developing vaccines, automating taxis, and other applications.


AIs that read sentences are now catching coronavirus mutations

NLP algorithms designed for language, words and sentences, can also be used to read genetic changes in viruses—including coronavirus, HIV and flu—speeding up lab work to spot new variants.

Why we like it

Scientists are using natural language processing (NLP) models to understand how viruses mutate and how medical personnel can prepare for flu season.


The Evolution of Artificial Intelligence in Video Games

Artificial intelligence runs on troves of data to make video games more immersive and visually effective where gamers can live and play games in realistic and natural way.

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This article takes you through the evolution of artificial intelligence in video games.


Nasa's Mars rover and the 'seven minutes of terror' - BBC News

The US space agency releases an animation to show how its Perseverance robot will land on Mars.

Why we like it

Computers play a critical role in getting a rover to Mars.


Neuroscientists find a way to make object-recognition models perform better

MIT neuroscientists have developed a way to overcome computer vision models’ vulnerability to “adversarial attacks,” by adding to these models a new layer that is designed to mimic V1, the earliest stage of the brain’s visual processing system.

Why we like it

MIT neuroscientists help refine neural networks that help make object recognition more accurate.


Salmon have been dying mysteriously on the West Coast for years. Scientists think a chemical in tires may be responsible

For decades, huge numbers of coho salmon have been turning up dead as they return to spawn in streams along the US West Coast. Now scientists have zeroed in on what they think is the culprit: a toxic chemical antioxidant that's used in tires.

Why we like it

After a heavy rainfall, salmon have mysteriously shown up dead and investigators have recently found out why.


Boston Dynamics engineer reveals the 1 job that's perfect for aspiring roboticists

Chris Bentzel didn't think he would get hired at Boston Dynamics. The video game developer didn't have the right background, he thought. It turns out he had the perfect one.

Why we like it

This article explores the many opportunities at the intersection of robotics and game design.


The AI that spots Alzheimer's from cookie drawing

The machine learning system analysed speech patterns to predict who would develop the disease

Why we like it

Scientists are training an AI model to detect the early onsets of the Alzheimer's disease.


How Technology Has Changed The Holidays

Over the past 15 years, technology has grown rapidly, and the advancements have meant changes to how we gift and how we spend the holidays. Here are a few ways technology has transformed the holiday season.

Why we like it

Technology has changed the way we give and receive gifts during the holiday season.


U.S. To Equip MQ-9 Reaper Drones With Artificial Intelligence

The Pentagon’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center has awarded a $93.3 million contract to General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc to equip their drone with new AI technology for smart, autonomous operations.

Why we like it

The military makes great use of drones and artificial intelligence.


Adidas' Futurenatural wasn't sewn together—it was forged like metal

Amazing design using cool technoloies.

Why we like it

The fashion industries uses technology to build better and more efficient shoes.


Amazon will make $25 custom-fit t-shirts using 3D tech, measurements

Amazon's Made For You brand employs a 3D technology that uses "your height, weight, and two photos to create a precise fit" for the custom garments.

Why we like it

3D technology is improving the online shopping experience for consumers.


How artificial intelligence may be making you buy things

Retailers are increasingly using AI to try to predict and encourage what customers purchase.

Why we like it

AI learns what individual shoppers like and tailors ads to encourage people to buy company's products.


Artificial intelligence classifies supernova explosions with unprecedented accuracy

Artificial intelligence is classifying real supernova explosions without the traditional use of spectra, thanks to a team of astronomers at the Center for Astrophysics.

Why we like it

AI helps astrophysicists identify supernovae explosions to a high degree of accuracy.


AI Copilot: Air Force achieves first military flight with artificial intelligence

Signaling a major leap forward for national defense in the digital age, the Air Force flew with artificial intelligence as a working aircrew member onboard a military aircraft for the first time Dec.

Why we like it

AI helps U.S. military pilot achieve critical tasks during a flight mission.


AI can now train on tiny 4-bit computers

Powerful neural networks could soon train on smartphones with dramatically faster speeds and less energy.

Why we like it

Researchers are finding more resourceful ways to support AI.


UCI biologist who harnesses antibodies honored as inventor

A process Charles Glabe invented enables scientists to detect individual disease forms more precisely

Why we like it

This professor discovers a new way to detect diseases more quickly than ever before.


Creating animal food from a greenhouse gas - BBC News

Animal feed is often transported thousands of miles so scientists are looking at new production methods.

Why we like it

Scientists have found a more sustainable way to produce animal feed and repurpose CO2 waste from companies.


Using machine learning to track the pandemic’s impact on mental health

Researchers have found an increase in anxiety and in thoughts about suicide in response to Covid-19 after analyzing Reddit posts. They used machine learning to study hundreds of thousands of posts, allowing them to identify changes in the tone and content of language that people used as the pandemic progressed.

Why we like it

It is fascinating to see how machine learning can help track those struggling with their mental health, especially during a pandemic.