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Robotics researchers propose AI that locates and safely moves items on shelves

A pair of new robotics studies from Google and the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) propose ways of finding occluded objects on shelves and solving “contact-rich” manipulation tasks like moving objects across a table. The UC Berkeley research introduces Lateral Access maXimal Reduction of occupancY support Area (LAX-RAY), a system that predicts a target object’s location even when only […]

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Practical strategies to minimize bias in machine learning

We’ve been seeing the headlines for years: “Researchers find flaws in the algorithms used…” for nearly every use case for AI, including finance, health care, education, policing, or object identification. Most conclude that if the algorithm had only used the right data, was well vetted, or was trained to minimize drift over time, then the bias never would have happened. […]

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IBM claims its AI can improve neonatal outcomes and predict the onset of Type 1 diabetes

IBM this week presented research investigating how AI and machine learning could be used to improve maternal health in developing countries and predict the onset and progression of Type 1 diabetes. In a study funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, IBM researchers built models to analyze demographic datasets from African countries, finding “data-supported” links between the number of […]

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Loadsmart raises $90 million for AI that matches shippers with truck transportation

Loadsmart, a New York-based startup that leverages AI and hundreds of data sources to automate truckload booking, today announced a $90 million round. The funding comes after the startup experienced 250% revenue growth between January and November and expanded its offerings to support rail transportation. Roughly 80% of all cargo in the U.S. is transported by the 7.1 million people who […]

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Google’s Project Guideline uses AI to help low-vision users navigate running courses

In collaboration with nonprofit organization Guiding Eyes for the Blind, Google today piloted an AI system called Project Guideline, designed to help blind and low-vision people run races independently with just a smartphone. Using an app that tracked the virtual race via GPS and a Google-designed harness that delivered audio prompts to indicate the location of a prepainted line, Guiding […]

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Facebook’s improved AI isn’t preventing harmful content from spreading

Facebook claims it’s becoming better at detecting — and removing — objectionable content from its platform, despite the fact that misleading, untrue, and otherwise harmful posts continue to make their way into millions of users’ feeds. During a briefing with reporters ahead of Facebook’s latest Community Standards Enforcement Report, which outlines the actions Facebook took between June and August to […]

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Resonai offers enterprises an AR-AI concierge for commercial buildings

Though humans historically provided concierge services for commercial buildings, guiding visitors to their destinations and answering questions, artificial intelligence and computer vision have advanced to the stage where fully digital alternatives can offer the same or better guidance. So Resonai is targeting enterprises with today’s launch of Vera Concierge, an augmented reality system that replaces any commercial location’s human help […]

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What enterprise CISOs need to know about AI and cybersecurity

Hari Sivaraman is the Head of AI Content Strategy at Venturebeat. Modern day enterprise security is like guarding a fortress that is being attacked on all fronts, from digital infrastructure to applications to network endpoints. That complexity is why AI technologies such as deep learning and machine learning have emerged as a game-changing defensive weapon in the enterprise’s arsenal over […]

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Via partners with troubled May Mobility for autonomous shuttle pilot in Arlington

Via today announced a partnership with troubled autonomous vehicle startup May Mobility to develop a platform that integrates on-demand shared rides, public transportation, and transit options for passengers with accessibility needs. May says it will adopt Via’s autonomous fleet platform to power booking, routing, passenger and vehicle assignment and identification, customer experience, and fleet management. The longer-term strategy involves multiple […]

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