Evolution of circuits for machine learning


The operation of the circuit is tuned by applying voltages to control wires. Inputs to the circuit are provided by voltages on input wires, and the circuit's output is determined by whether or not charge flows through an output wire.

The AI that allows self-driving cars to 'see' around corners


Researchers at US universities have created an imaging system powered by artificial intelligence that could help self-driving cars "see" around corners in minute detail to identify hazards. The imaging system uses a conventional camera sensor and a laser beam that can be "bounced" off walls and onto objects to create a pattern – visually similar to the static on an old untuned television to the naked eye. The image is then reconstructed by an AI algorithm, eliminating the'noise' and able to produce images of even 1cm tall letters. Deep-learning is a form of artificial intelligence that mimics the working of the human brain to process data and create patterns. It is a particularly powerful subset of machine learning AI, able to learn unsupervised with unstructured data.

'PigeonBot' Brings Robots Closer To Bird-Like Flight

NPR Technology

A team of Stanford University researchers designed the PigeonBot. A team of Stanford University researchers designed the PigeonBot. For decades, scientists have been trying to create machines that mimic the way birds fly. A team from Stanford University has gotten one big step closer. They created the PigeonBot -- a winged robot that they say approximates the graceful complexities of bird flight better than any other robot to date.

Artist Refik Anadol Turns Data Into Art, With Help From AI


Giant stashes of data are valuable assets to corporations in industries from fossil fuels to finance. Artist Refik Anadol sees pools of data as something else--material for what he calls a new kind of "sculpture." Anadol creates mesmerizing art installations by seeking out interesting data sets and processing them into swirling visualizations of how computers capture the world and people in it. He does it by using techniques from artificial intelligence, specifically machine learning algorithms, to filter or expand on his raw material. The results, shown on giant screens or projected onto walls or entire buildings, use data points in a kind of AI pointillism.

Mysterious drone swarms flying at night are baffling US authorities

New Scientist

Mysterious drone swarms have been seen flying in Colorado, Nebraska and Wyoming at night since December, sometimes over locations believed to house nuclear missile silos. A federal task force has been formed to investigate the drones' origin and purpose. The Phillips County Sheriff's Office in Colorado reported the first drones on 20 December. There have been hundreds of sightings since, some of groups of drones flying in grid patterns. Some observers assumed the drones were part of a military exercise, but the US Air Force has denied involvement.

Electronic Health Records Need a Shot in the Arm


A YOUNG MAN, let's call him Roger, arrives at the emergency department complaining of belly pain and nausea. A physical exam reveals that the pain is focused in the lower right portion of his abdomen. The doctor worries that it could be appendicitis. But by the time the imaging results come back, Roger is feeling better, and the scan shows that his appendix appears normal. The doctor turns to the computer to prescribe two medications, one for nausea and Tylenol for pain, before discharging him. This is one of the fictitious scenarios presented to 55 physicians around the country as part of a study to look at the usability of electronic health records (EHRs).

Vampires, gangsters and Keanu Reeves: our games picks for 2020

The Guardian

From the developers of Assassin's Creed: Odyssey, it sends the player out to face creatures drawn from the gnarliest Greek legends and rescue the gods. A platform game for anyone who thinks video games are too easy these days, Ori draws its play inspiration from classics such as Mario, Mega Man and Metroid, but its looks are bang up to date. Guiding a spirit through an intensely beautiful forest, you'll come up against puzzles and obstacles that challenge both your mind and your reflexes. Let's hope they're still sharp. Originally released in 1997, Final Fantasy VII is one of the most beloved and acclaimed role-playing titles of all time.

Study: Tinder, Grindr And Other Apps Share Sensitive Personal Data With Advertisers

NPR Technology

Dating apps, including Tinder, give sensitive information about users to marketing companies, according to a Norwegian study released Tuesday. Dating apps, including Tinder, give sensitive information about users to marketing companies, according to a Norwegian study released Tuesday. A group of civil rights and consumer groups is urging federal and state regulators to examine a number of mobile apps, including popular dating apps Grindr, Tinder and OKCupid for allegedly sharing personal information with advertising companies. The push by the privacy rights coalition follows a report published on Tuesday by the Norwegian Consumer Council found that 10 apps collect sensitive information including a user's exact location, sexual orientation, religious and political beliefs, drug use and other information and then transmits the personal data to at least 135 different third-party companies. The data harvesting, according to the Norwegian government agency, appears to violate the European Union's rules intended to protect people's online data, known as the General Data Protection Regulation.

Neural Networks Can Drive Virtual Racecars Without Learning


New research has found that artificial neural networks can evolve to perform tasks without learning. A study found artificial neural networks can evolve to perform tasks without learning. Such networks usually adjust the weight or strengths of the connections between computing elements (neurons), and the new technique looks for networks for which the weights are irrelevant. Starting with an array of simple networks that connects inputs to behavioral outputs, the process assesses the nets' performance on a given task, retains the best-performing networks, and adds a neuron or link or adjusts a neuron's sensitivity to the total of its inputs. A shared random number is then assigned to all of a network's weights to yield Weight Agnostic Neural Networks.

Reimagining the future of travel and hospitality with artificial intelligence


Over the years, the influence of artificial intelligence (AI) has spread to almost every aspect of the travel and the hospitality industry. Thirty percent of hospitality businesses use AI to augment at least one of their primary sales processes, and most customer personalisation is done using AI. The proliferation of AI in the travel and hospitality industry can be credited to the humongous amount of data being generated today. AI helps analyse data from obvious sources, brings value in assimilating patterns in image, voice, video, and text, and turns it into meaningful and actionable insights for decision making. Trends, outliers, and patterns are figured out using machine learning-based algorithms that help in guiding a travel or hospitality company to make informed decisions.