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The Pediatric AI That Outperformed Junior Doctors

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Training a doctor takes years of grueling work in universities and hospitals. Building a doctor may be as easy as teaching an AI how to read. Artificial intelligence has taken another step towards becoming an integral part of 21st-century medicine. New research out of Guangzhou, China, published February 11th in Nature Medicine Letters, has demonstrated a natural-language processing AI that is capable of out-performing rookie pediatricians in diagnosing common childhood ailments. The massive study examined the electronic health records (EHR) from nearly 600,000 patients over an 18-month period at the Guangzhou Women and Children's Medical Center and then compared AI-generated diagnoses against new assessments from physicians with a range of experience.


Pentagon points to China, Russia competition in new AI strategy

FOX News

China steps up plans for using artificial intelligence to strengthen its military; Bill Hemmer reports. The President and the Pentagon are signaling that artificial intelligence (AI) is now a major priority for U.S. national security, and competition from China and Russia may be a key motivator. President Trump issued an executive order on Feb. 11 titled "Maintaining American Leadership in Artificial Intelligence." It's a directive that he says "will affect the missions of nearly all executive departments and agencies," and he didn't mince words on the significance of this quest. "Continued American leadership in AI is of paramount importance to maintaining the economic and national security of the United States," the executive order reads.


Samsung Galaxy S10: Best network deals in the UK from EE, O2, Sky Mobile and more

The Independent

Samsung has unveiled a whole range of new smartphones, including the Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10e and Galaxy S10 . The official release date is on 8 March but UK customers can already pre-order the phone from EE, Sky Mobile, O2, BT Mobile and other local networks. Depending on which network they choose. The full price of the S10 without a network plan is £799, while the S10e is £699 and the S10 is £899. Anyone who pre-orders the S10 or S10 before the official release date will receive a free pair of Samsung Galaxy Buds headphones.


Galaxy S10, S10e and S10 Plus: Price, release date and everything you need to know about Samsung's new phone

The Independent

Samsung has announced a range of new state-of-the-art smartphones, 10 years after its first ever flagship Galaxy S-series smartphone. The Galaxy S10 comes in three variants - the Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 - and features a number of new features, including an ultrasonic in-screen fingerprint sensor and ground-breaking camera. The S10 includes a triple rear camera system, which includes an ulta-wide and telephoto lens to take pictures ranging from landscapes to "incredible" close-ups. "With this camera, what you see is what you get," said Suzanne De Silva, director of product marketing at Samsung. Samsung partnered with Instagram to allow Galaxy S10 users to upload images to the photo-sharing app directly from the camera.


Nike Adapt BB sneakers stop working after Android app breaks

The Independent

People's shoes are crashing after a Nike app stopped working. Nike's new Adapt BB shoes have been hailed as the future of sneakers, after they were released just days ago. They use futuristic motors to allow them to be precisely tightened up automatically, without any shoelaces or other input. All of that can be controlled by an app, which allows people to slip on the shoes and then let the motors do the work of tightening them up, in a way shoelaces would traditionally work. They use much the same technology that allowed Nike to recreate the self-lacing shoes from Back To The Future in a limited run.


Trump's Artificial Intelligence Strategy: Aspirations Without Teeth

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On Feb. 11, the White House released an executive order on "Maintaining American Leadership in Artificial Intelligence" (AI)--the latest attempt to develop a national strategy for AI. The order envisions the United States taking significant steps to increase research and development efforts while reforming its executive agencies to better compete with the Chinese government's investments in AI development through its Made in China 2025 plan. Although the order is full of promising language and constructive suggestions for executive agencies, it is unlikely to have much of a long-term effect without further support from Congress. The executive order has three basic prongs. First, it charges executive agencies to "prioritize AI" across several dimensions.


Google says it put hidden microphone in home alarm system and didn't tell customers

The Independent

Google has admitted to installing hidden microphones in a home product and not telling customers they were there. The company says it never meant to keep the listening devices a secret and they had only been left of the box because of an "error". The Nest Secure alarm system did not include the microphone as part of its specifications but it was "never intended to be a secret", parent company Google said. The hardware feature came to light after Google announced a software update to the Nest Secure system would enable it to use its voice-activated helper, Google Assistant, which is powered by artificial intelligence to answer queries and commands. Until then, the product web page for the device did not say it contained a microphone.


Chinese state media's latest innovation is an AI female news anchor

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China continues to make remarkable strides in making human journalists obsolete. State news outlet Xinhua announced yesterday (Feb. The anchor will make "her" debut during the upcoming Two Sessions political meetings at the start of March. The announcement comes after Xinhua debuted the world's first male AI news anchor, Qiu Hao, during China's annual World Internet Conference held in November in the town of Wuzhen. Xinhua and Sogou said that they also developed an improved male anchor called Xin Xiaohao, who is also able to stand up and gesticulate and has more natural mouth movements.


Huawei has big plans for new Singapore cloud region

ZDNet

Huawei has opened a cloud region in Singapore with plans to develop the site into "one of its largest" outside its domestic Chinese market. The facility will offer the vendor's full cloud stack and support local customers as well as China-based businesses looking to expand into Asia-Pacific. The Singapore cloud region also would be suited up with artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities aimed at helping startups and key vertical industries in Asia-Pacific, the tech giant said in a statement on Wednesday. Huawei currently operates cloud regions in Asia-Pacific, Europe, and Latin America, including Hong Kong, Thailand, Russia, South Africa, and three Chinese cities Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Beijing. Worldwide, it has 40 availability zones across 23 regions.


China regulator requests pause in new video game applications to clear backlog

The Japan Times

BEIJING/SHANGHAI - China's top content regulator has asked local authorities to stop submitting requests to monetize new video games while it processes a backlog of applications built up after a lengthy pause last year, three people with knowledge of the matter have said. The General Administration of Press and Publications (GAPP) issued the notice this week, the people said, indicating the impact on gaming stocks of the nine-month hiatus could continue and dulling hopes raised by the recent resumption of approvals. The regulator's notice has not previously been reported. China stopped approving the monetization of new titles last March amid a regulatory body reshuffle triggered by growing criticism of games being violent and addictive, as well as concern over the increase in myopia among young people. Gaming firms such as Tencent -- China's most valuable listed company -- were able to continue filing applications, building up a backlog.