Machine Learning

Dazzled by the Sun, NASA taps AI to give its solar telescope an eye-test

Dazzled by the Sun, NASA taps AI to give its solar telescope an eye-test

Staring at the Sun is ill-advised if you want to keep your eyesight, but NASA's solar telescopes have some sneaky ways to avoid burn-out as the space agency gleans vital information about our closest star. The Solar Dynamics Observatory has been working for more than a decade, unlocking unprecedented details about the ferocious forces boiling away in the Sun, but new AI tech is making sure its solar eyesight is 20/20.

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WHO guidance details the benefits and risks of adding AI to healthcare

WHO guidance details the benefits and risks of adding AI to healthcare

The World Health Organization has published new guidance on the use of artificial intelligence in health, something that took experts across multiple fields 18 months to debate. WHO acknowledges this technology offers many benefits to the healthcare industry, including when it comes to diagnosing tricky illnesses, but there are also some big issues that need to be addressed.

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Battling bias, Google is changing how skin color is classified

Battling bias, Google is changing how skin color is classified

Google is changing how it classifies skin color, quietly working on a new system which the search giant hopes will avoid embarrassing accusations of bias in future tech. The ways in which machine learning and artificial intelligence, along with wearables and other devices, deal with different skin colors has led to numerous problems in recent years.

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Royal Navy uses AI systems in first test against live supersonic missiles

Royal Navy uses AI systems in first test against live supersonic missiles

For the first time, the UK's Royal Navy is using artificial intelligence in a test against live missiles at sea, providing a look at the future of autonomous systems in the military. The exercise will take place over three weeks and involve testing two systems: Sycoiea and Startle. The Royal Navy says this is the largest test of its kind conducted thus far.

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Google LaMDA lets users have a Natural Language conversation with a paper airplane

Google LaMDA lets users have a Natural Language conversation with a paper airplane

This week Google announced their Google Translate app was being used 4x as much as last year. They suggested that their latest advances in automatic understanding of images in Google Photos allowed over 2-billion "Memories" to be viewed and enjoyed. Google Lens is being used 3-billion times a month. Basically, Google is pumped up about how their tech is being used to translate and interpret information all the time.

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Google Assistant will be smarter about names and contexts

Google Assistant will be smarter about names and contexts

Smart assistants sound almost magical in what they're able to do at our command but they are all powered by computers and code behind the scenes. Unfortunately, computers can actually be quite dumb sometimes, especially with things we take for granted because they come so naturally to us humans. That's especially true with the names we give to our friends and acquaintances. Unsurprisingly, that has also been one of Google Assistant's weaknesses but Google will soon let you fix that by teaching it how those names really sound.

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Alphabet’s X moonshot division wants to bring AI to the electric grid

Alphabet’s X moonshot division wants to bring AI to the electric grid

Google parent Alphabet has been working on "a moonshot" for the electric grid, with a secret project in its X R&D division aiming to figure out how to make power use more stable, and more green, than it is today. The research, revealed at the White House Leaders Summit on Climate, has been underway for the past three years.

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Google Play Store app install optimization rolls out

Google Play Store app install optimization rolls out

Google has always been banking on AI and machine learning to help improve its process in lieu of manpower. Machine learning, however, always requires more data to learn from, and there is perhaps no better source of millions of pieces of data than the millions of Android users out there. One such example is in optimizing how apps are downloaded and installed, a federated learning feature that Google has now started rolling out to Android users.

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Google Lens OCR lands on the desktop via Google Photos

Google Lens OCR lands on the desktop via Google Photos

Google Lens has long been a handy tool that demonstrates the strength of Google's various computer vision and AI capabilities. It has, however, mostly been limited to its smartphone incarnation where it admittedly has the most opportunities to be used. Google Lens, however, also has some features that can be useful even when not used in real-time, like when looking at images already stored on your computer. Thankfully, Google is slowly bringing those features to the desktop via Google Photos on a desktop web browser.

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Google Assistant to improve its hearing through federated learning

Google Assistant to improve its hearing through federated learning

Smart assistants like Siri have once been the butt of jokes when it comes to mishearing their activation hotwords. Users eventually realized, however, how those mistakes can cost them, especially when it came to potential privacy problems and embarrassing situations. The companies behind these smart assistants are always trying to improve how they properly detect hotwords and Google is now trying to practically crowdsource the data Google Assistant needs to learn from but without going through the potentially messy and controversial route of the cloud.

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New virtual unfolding tech unlocks antique letters without damage

New virtual unfolding tech unlocks antique letters without damage

When King Tut was removed from his tomb in 1922, his body was effectively ripped to pieces in order to separate his jewelry for transport and/or display. Here in modernity, scientists and archeologists take a much more conservative approach to preserving materials for optimum study. Since the dawn of time, ancient folded or "locked" documents, like those part of a study published this week, have been cut to bits in order to read the writings they contained With what's been developed by researchers and presented here in 2021, antique document destruction-by-default may become a thing of the past.

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High-tech threads sense how and when the wearer moves

High-tech threads sense how and when the wearer moves

Tufts University engineers have developed a flexible thread-based sensor that can measure neck movement and provide data on direction, angle of rotation, and degree of displacement of the head. Researchers say the breakthrough has the potential to be used as a thin tattoo-like patch that could measure athletic performance, monitor worker or driver fatigue, assist with physical therapy, enhance VR games, and improve computer-generated imagery for cinematographers. The thread-based sensors can be woven directly into textiles.

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