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Researchers want your voice to train coronavirus-detecting AI

Researchers behind an AI app that detects coronavirus in your voice have asked for volunteers to help by uploading audio of them coughing, breathing, and talking. Scientists from Cambridge University will use the data to develop machine learning algorithms that analyze a voice for symptoms of COVID-19. The COVID-19 Sounds App joins a growing list of tools using voice analysis to diagnose the coronavirus. The method remains unproven, but the team believes the sounds made by COVD-19 patients are s...
Tags: Startups, UK, Science, Artificial Intelligence, Cambridge University, Neural, Coronavirus, COVD


This smart toilet offers advanced poop analysis and analprinting

An international team of researchers recently developed a fully automated sensor package that turns any regular toilet into the Tesla Model S of commodes. Designed to monitor your health, the system comes complete with nearly a dozen sensors that can do everything from perform an on-site specimen exam (it checks your poop and urine for things like consistency, color, and glucose and red blood cell count) to time your movements. And it even has built-in cameras and a fingerprint sensor for securi...
Tags: Startups, Science, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Neural


AI can’t predict a child’s future success, no matter how much data we give it

A trio of Princeton social scientists recently conducted a mass experiment with 160 research teams to see if any of them could predict how children’s lives would turn out. The participants were given fifteen years of data and were allowed to use any technique they wanted, from good old fashioned statistical analysis to modern-day artificial intelligence.  Nobody even came close. That’s because artificial intelligence – much like psychics and headless chickens – cannot predict the future. Sure, i...
Tags: Startups, Science, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Princeton, Neural


MIT researchers use AI to turn the coronavirus into a haunting melody

An AI system that turns the coronavirus‘ structure into music could help scientists spot details about COVID-19 that a microscope would miss. The AI-generated tune is an audible representation of the coronavirus’ “spike” proteins, which spread the infection by poking out of the virus and binding to human cells. These spikes make the surface of the virus look like a crown — or “corona” in Latin. The spikes are formed of protein building blocks called amino acids. Researchers from the Massachusett...
Tags: Startups, Science, Mit, Artificial Intelligence, Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT, Neural, Coronavirus


AI reveals that mice’s faces express a range of emotions — just like humans

AI has revealed that mice have a range of facial expressions that show they feel — offering fresh clues about how emotional responses arise in human brains. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology in Germany made the discovery by recording the faces of lab mice when they were exposed to different stimuli, such as sweet flavors and electric shocks. The researchers then used machine learning algorithms to analyze how the rodents’ faces changed when they experienced different feeling...
Tags: Startups, Science, Germany, Artificial Intelligence, Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology, Neural


R&D Roundup: Ultrasound/AI medical imaging, assistive exoskeletons and neural weather modeling

In the time of COVID-19, much of what transpires from the science world to the general public relates to the virus, and understandably so. But other domains, even within medical research, are still active — and as usual, there are tons of interesting (and heartening) stories out there that shouldn’t be lost in the furious activity of coronavirus coverage. This last week brought good news for several medical conditions as well as some innovations that could improve weather reporting and maybe sav...
Tags: Startups, TC, Gadgets, Science, Hardware, Stanford, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Cambodia, Columbia University, Satellite Imagery, Ultrasound, Deep Learning, Retina, Emerging-technologies, Ozone


Google research makes for an effortless robotic dog trot

As capable as robots are, the original animals after which they tend to be designed are always much, much better. That’s partly because it’s difficult to learn how to walk like a dog directly from a dog — but this research from Google’s AI labs make it considerably easier. The goal of this research, a collaboration with UC Berkeley, was to find a way to efficiently and automatically transfer “agile behaviors” like a light-footed trot or spin from their source (a good dog) to a quadrupedal robot....
Tags: Google, Science, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Robots, Robotics, Berkeley, UC Berkeley, Georgia Institute of Technology, Biomimetic, Google AI, Biomimesis


Scientists are using AI to predict which coronavirus patients need ventilators

Computer scientists from the University of Copenhagen are using AI to calculate which coronavirus patients need ventilators and intensive care. The system will help doctors identify the symptoms that seriously ill patients have in common. Hospitals could use the insights provided by the AI to work how many patients will need a ventilator at specific times in the future, and plan their resources accordingly. “We are aware of certain things that increase risk, such as age, smoking, asthma and hear...
Tags: Startups, Europe, Science, Artificial Intelligence, Denmark, University of Copenhagen, Neural, Frederiksberg Hospitals, Espen Solem


How AI can determine which coronavirus patients require hospitalization

As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread across the world, governments and hospitals are being overwhelmed with an influx of patients. Under such circumstances, one of the key challenges they must address is managing their resources and developing care and hospitalization strategies that can prioritize the riskiest patients. This is one area where artificial intelligence can help, experts at Jvion believe. The company, which specializes in clinical AI, is undertaking a data analys...
Tags: Startups, Science, Artificial Intelligence, Syndication, Neural, Jvion


Google's Art App Now Turns Your Selfies Into Famous Masterpieces

In what promises to be an excellent way to kill a solid 10 minutes, the Google Arts & Culture app has been updated with a new Art Transfer feature that will apply the look of countless famous paintings and artists to your own photos using machine learning techniques.Read more...
Tags: Google, Art, Apps, Science, Artificial Intelligence, Artists, Machine Learning, Ai, Neural Networks, Google Arts And Culture


NASA issues agency-wide crowdsourcing call for ideas around COVID-19 response

There’s crowdsourcing a problem, and then there’s crowdsourcing a problem within NASA, where some of the smartest, most creative and resourceful problem-solvers in the world solve real-world challenges daily as part of their job. That’s why it’s uplifting to hear that NASA has issued a call to its entire workforce to come up with potential ways the agency and its resources can contribute to the ongoing effort to fight the current coronavirus pandemic. NASA is using its crowdsourcing platform ...
Tags: TC, Crowdsourcing, Space, Science, White House, Tech, Nasa, Artificial Intelligence, Problem Solving, Aerospace, Coronavirus, COVID-19


Scientists use AI system to translate brain activity into text

A new AI system that converts brain activity into text could transform communication for people who can’t speak or type. The mind-reading machine uses brain implants to track what neurons do when someone speaks. An algorithm then converts the data into a string of numbers, which another system then translates into a sequence of words. For one participant, just 3% of sentences needed to be corrected. This made the AI more accurate than professional human transcribers, whose error rates have been ...
Tags: Startups, Science, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Neural


AI Trained on Moon Craters Is Helping Find Unexploded Bombs From the Vietnam War

There’s still no completely safe and surefire method for locating unexploded ordinance after a war is over, but researchers at Ohio State University have found a way to harness image processing algorithms, powered by machine learning, to study satellite imagery and locate hot spots where UXO are likely to be located.Read more...
Tags: Science, Artificial Intelligence, Ai, Satellite Imagery, Vietnam War, Deep Learning, Neural Networks, Bombs, Uxo, Ohio State University


11 of the Coolest Builds By Bored People With a Lot of Lego Bricks

There are a lot of reasons why Lego remains one of the world’s most popular toys, over 3,700, in fact: the number of unique Lego pieces that have been created over the decades. It allows everything from Batmobiles, to excavators, to Kessel running space ships to be built from plastic bricks, but Lego can be used to…Read more...
Tags: Toys, Science, Cranes, Artificial Intelligence, Lego, Guinness World Records, Lord Of The Rings, Neural Networks, Bugatti, Nerf, Bugatti Chiron, Pinball, Rubiks Cube, Blasters, Kessel, Lego Bricks


Facial recognition and AI will invade public privacy — but it can be done ethically

We live in an age where we have unprecedented access to almost any information we need. With the emergence of new technology like artificial intelligence (AI), facial recognition, big data, and more, the human experience is being changed forever. Almost anything you need is just a tap away; but this access comes at a price—data for data. A simple online search may seem harmless, but before you know it, you’re being bombarded with ads offering you exactly what you were looking for. How exactly do...
Tags: Startups, Science, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Syndication


FluSense system tracks sickness trends by autonomously monitoring public spaces

One of the obstacles to accurately estimating the prevalence of sickness in the general population is that most of our data comes from hospitals, not the 99.9 percent of the world that isn’t hospitals. FluSense is an autonomous, privacy-respecting system that counts the people and coughs in public spaces to keep health authorities informed. Every year has a flu and cold season, of course, though this year’s is of course far more dire. But it’s like an ordinary flu season in that the main way any...
Tags: Health, Gadgets, Science, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Flu, Rahman, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Coronavirus, COVID-19, Tauhidur Rahman, Forsad Al Hossain


AI analyzes biology studies to find out we’re getting better at wildlife conservation

A new AI system has revealed that we’re finally getting better at wildlife conservation. Researchers came to this conclusion after using machine learning to analyze more than 4,000 studies on species reintroduction across four decades. The system evaluated the outcomes of conservation programs by assessing the study abstracts with sentiment analysis, a form of AI that identifies positive and negative emotions expressed in text. The results suggested that a growing number of initiatives were work...
Tags: Startups, Science, Artificial Intelligence, Neural


This AI system listens to coughs to learn where the coronavirus is spreading

A new AI-powered system monitors coughing sounds to understand where the coronavirus is spreading. The FluSense device first detects coughing and crowd sizes in real-time. It then analyzes the data to predict the progress of COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases. These insights could guide public health responses to the pandemic, such as the allocation of medical supplies, travel restriction, and vaccine campaigns. [Read: This startup will map the coronavirus spread by looking at your poo] “I’...
Tags: Startups, Science, Artificial Intelligence, Neural, Coronavirus, Tauhidur Rahman


Scientists successfully created a cybernetic neural network

An international team of researchers spread out over three labs in Switzerland, Italy, and the UK have successfully joined artificial neurons and an organic neuron to form the first operational biological-artificial hybrid neural network. They’ve made a cyborg. The team set out to recreate a classic experiment showing how neurons can “learn” by transferring information through synapses. In a classic neural network, various neurons “light up” in response to stimulus. Over time the neurons will re...
Tags: Startups, UK, Science, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Switzerland Italy, Neural


R&D Roundup: Smart chips, dream logic and crowdsourcing space

I see far more research articles than I could possibly write up. This column collects the most interesting of those papers and advances, along with notes on why they may prove important in the world of tech and startups. This week: crowdsourcing in space, vision on a chip, robots underground and under the skin and other developments. The eye is the brain Computer vision is a challenging problem, but the perennial insult added to this difficulty is the fact that humans process visual informatio...
Tags: Gadgets, Space, Science, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Facial Recognition, Voyager 2, Image-processing, Quantum Computing, Quantum Cryptography, Vienna University of Technology TU Wien, Neural Network, Extra Crunch, Communications Satellites


Stressed Pooches, Global Outbreak, and Immortality: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

With all this talk about the spread of COVID-19, I would blame you if you’re considering staying inside and away from people (more than usual, at least) until all this blows over. I know I am. Thankfully, if voluntary house arrest is in your future, the good folks at Gizmodo have plenty of amazing coverage to keep you…Read more...
Tags: Ebooks, Dog, Star Wars, Science, Climate Change, Dogs, Hiv, Joe Biden, Artificial Intelligence, Libraries, Ai, Biden, Gizmodo, Avengers, Quantum Computing, Honeywell


This VFX Team Made a Tupac Deepfake to Rap with Snoop Dogg

I’m going to go ahead and file that under “headlines I never imagined I’d be writing in 2020.”Read more...
Tags: Science, Artificial Intelligence, Tupac, Ai, Neural Networks, Snoop Dogg, 2pac, Deepfakes


Scientists figured out how to fool state-of-the-art Deepfake detectors

A team of researchers from UC San Diego recently came up with a relatively simple method for convincing fake video-detectors that AI-generated fakes are the real deal. AI-generated videos called “Deepfakes” started flooding the internet a few years back when bad actors realized they could be used to exploit women and, potentially, spread political misinformation. The first generation of these AI systems produced relatively easy-to-spot fakes but further development has lead to fakes that are har...
Tags: Startups, Science, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, UC San Diego, Neural


Robot uses AI to personalize teaching of autistic children

Researchers have developed a new personalized learning robot for autistic children that uses machine learning to adapt its lessons to each kid’s changing needs. The University of Southern California team put a “socially assistive robot” called Kiwi in the homes of 17 autistic children and set the two-foot-tall, green-feathered robot to give each child personalized classes. Over the course of a month, the children played space-themed math games on a tablet device while Kiwi provided feedback and ...
Tags: Startups, Science, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Robots, Kiwi, The University of Southern California, Neural


New AI-powered sensor can predict heart failure days before it happens

Scientists have created a prototype of a new AI-powered wearable that could save lives and dramatically reduce hospitalization rates by predicting heart failure days before it happens. The adhesive patch — which is yet to be named — is equipped with a  sensor that monitors the user’s heart rate and rhythm, breathing patterns, sleep quality, body posture, and physical activity. It sends the information via Bluetooth to a smartphone app that uses AI to turn this data into a normal baseline for eac...
Tags: Startups, Science, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Neural, University of Utah Health, VA Salt Lake


IBM and David Clark Cause announce 2020 Call For Code Challenge

IBM and its partner David Clark Cause today announced the official commencement of the 2020 Call For Code Challenge. The annual contest will focus on climate change this year and begins accepting submissions on March 22. Call For Code, returning for its third year, is a five year developers’ challenge issued by David Clark Cause, IBM, the Linux Foundation, and United Nations Human Rights. Each year the coalition issues a global challenge calling for solutions to some of the world’s largest probl...
Tags: Startups, Science, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Ibm, Linux Foundation, David Clark, Neural, David Clark Cause, United Nations Human Rights Each


U.S. Military Adopts New Ethics Guidelines For Artificial Intelligence

The U.S. military has adopted new ethics guidelines for the use of artificial intelligence in its futuristic robot tanks and smart weapons systems, according to a new press release by the U.S. Department of Defense. And at least one outside expert is actually impressed with the result, provided the Pentagon adheres to…Read more...
Tags: Science, War, Artificial Intelligence, Robots, Pentagon, Ai, Donald Trump, U S Department of Defense, President Trump, Robot Tanks


New discoveries in neuroscience show what’s right and wrong with AI

Two separate studies, one by UK-based artificial intelligence lab DeepMind and the other by researchers in Germany and Greece, display the fascinating relations between AI and neuroscience. As most scientists will tell you, we are still decades away from building artificial general intelligence, machines that can solve problems as efficiently as humans. On the path to creating general AI, the human brain, arguably the most complex creation of nature, is the best guide we have. Advances in neuros...
Tags: Startups, UK, Science, Greece, Germany, Tech, World, Artificial Intelligence, Syndication


Clever Browser Tool Erases People From Live Webcam Feeds in Real Time

An extra post-it note is all you really need to prevent someone from spying on you through a laptop’s built-in webcam. But Jason Mayes apparently likes to do things the hard way: He’s developed an AI-powered tool for browsers that can erase people from live webcam feeds in real-time but leave everything else in the…Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Webcams, Privacy, Javascript, Browsers, Artificial Intelligence, Ai, Deep Learning, Tensorflow, Tensor Flow, Jason Mayes


This Office Space Meets The Matrix Deepfake Deserves a Theatrical Release

The deepfake hits just keep on coming. Following an excellent reimagining of Back to the Future where Christopher Lloyd and Michael J. Fox are replaced with Robert Downey Jr. and Tom Holland, another talented deepfaker has put Keanu Reeves and Hugo Weaving into Office Space, creating the fourth Matrix film we really…Read more...
Tags: Science, Robert Downey Jr, Artificial Intelligence, Ai, Keanu Reeves, Neural Networks, Michael J Fox, The Matrix, Office Space, Tom Holland, Christopher Lloyd, Hugo Weaving, Deepfakes



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