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New AI-driven technology for breast cancer screening


This included the technology ProFound AI for Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (DBT), which is said to be the first artificial intelligence software for DBT to be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Also on offer at the event were medical software solutions designed for 2D mammography and to assess breast density. During the meeting, the iCAD unveiled its vision for future technologies. This predictive aspect included technologies that should enable clinicians to more easily interpret patients' earlier images and prospective breast cancer risk assessment to form a clearer picture of the specific patient's condition. Clinical data from a large reader study involving ProFound AI for DBT were recently published in the journal Radiology: Artificial Intelligence ("Improving Accuracy and Efficiency with Concurrent Use of Artificial Intelligence for Digital Breast Tomosynthesis").

Study: Advanced Technology May Indicate How Brain Learns Faces


Facial recognition technology has advanced swiftly in the last five years. As University of Texas at Dallas researchers try to determine how computers have gotten as good as people at the task, they are also shedding light on how the human brain sorts information. UT Dallas scientists have analyzed the performance of the latest echelon of facial recognition algorithms, revealing the surprising way these programs -- which are based on machine learning -- work. Their study, published online Nov. 12 in Nature Machine Intelligence, shows that these sophisticated computer programs -- called deep convolutional neural networks (DCNNs) -- figured out how to identify faces differently than the researchers expected. "For the last 30 years, people have presumed that computer-based visual systems get rid of all the image-specific information -- angle, lighting, expression and so on," said Dr. Alice O'Toole, senior author of the study and the Aage and Margareta Møller Professor in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences.

Deepfake video: It takes AI to beat AI


By now, most of us have shared a few chuckles over AI-generated deepfake videos, like those in which the face of comedian and impressionist Bill Hader gradually takes on the likenesses of Tom Cruise, Seth Rogen, and Arnold Schwarzenegger as he imitates the celebrities. We've seen actor Ryan Reynolds' mug superimposed over Gene Wilder's in the 1971 classic film "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory." We've even marveled over businessman Elon Musk being turned into a baby. It all can be quite humorous, but not everyone is laughing. Tech companies, researchers, and politicians alike are growing concerned that the increasing sophistication of the artificial intelligence and machine learning technology powering deepfakes will outpace our ability to discern between genuine and doctored imagery.

The 5G report card: Building today's smart IoT ecosystem


Almost every presentation began apologetically with the refrain, "In a 5G world" practically challenging the industry's rollout goals. At one point Brigitte Daniel-Corbin, IoT Strategist with Wilco Electronic Systems, sensed the need to reassure the audience by exclaiming, 'its not a matter of if, but when 5G will happen!' Frontier Tech pundits too often prematurely predict hyperbolic adoption cycles, falling into the trap of most soothsaying visions. The IoTC Summit's ability to pull back the curtain left its audience empowered with a sober roadmap forward that will ultimately drive greater innovation and profit. The industry frustration is understandable as China announced earlier this month that 5G is now commercially available in 50 cities, including: Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen.

US military says Russian air defenses shot down unarmed drone near Libyan capital: report

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Fox News Flash top headlines for Dec. 7 are here. Check out what's clicking on The U.S. military believes the unarmed drone that went missing over the Libyan capital last month was actually shot down by Russian air defenses. The U.S. Africa Command is demanding the return of the aircraft's wreckage, which had been part of an operation conducted in Libya to assess the area's security and monitor for violent extremist activity. The command didn't give a reason for the drone loss after the Nov. 21 incident, but they had been investigating, Reuters reported.

How AI is helping spot wildfires faster


Beyond that, the alerts can help first responders arrive more quickly, too. While a motorist or airplane pilot may call in a smoke report for a general area, Descartes' text-based tool narrows down where the fire is. "That's very beneficial," Griego said, "especially at night when it's hard to determine what mountain range this fire's actually on when you're on top of a peak 20 miles away." The need for all manner of fire-fighting solutions is growing as climate change worsens wildfires across California and the Southwestern US. Wildfires blazed through California's wine country and the Los Angeles area in October, less than a year after a devastating fire leveled the California town of Paradise.

How AI is helping spot wildfires faster


San Francisco (CNN Business)As wildfire season raged in California this fall, a startup a few states away used artificial intelligence to pinpoint the location of blazes there within minutes -- in some cases far faster than these fires might otherwise be noticed by firefighters or civilians. Santa Fe-based Descartes Labs, which uses AI to analyze satellite imagery, launched its US wildfire detector in July. The company's AI software pores over images coming in roughly every few minutes from two different US government weather satellites, in search of any changes -- the presence of smoke, a shift in thermal infrared data showing hot spots -- that could indicate a fire has ignited. Descartes is testing its detector by sending alerts to select forestry officials in its home state of New Mexico and told CNN Business its wildfire detector has spotted about 6,200 total thus far. The company says it can often detect these fires when they're just about 10 acres in size.

ESA sends floating robot with a face to the ISS to help astronauts cope with life in space

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This week, astronauts on the International Space Station got a new helper that goes by the nickname'Simon.' More formally known as Crew Interactive Mobile Companion 2 (CIMON 2), Simon was developed in a joint project by IBM's Watson team, Airbus, and the German Aerospace Center. The Crew Interactive Mobile Companion 2 (CIMON 2, pronounced'Simon,' pictured above) will help astronauts conduct experiments and talk through their feelings The robotic helper was delivered to the ISS on SpaceX's Dragon capsule launched from Cape Canaveral this week. Last year, an earlier model of CIMON was sent to the ISS, but the new version has been updated with AI enhancements that IBM says will make it more'emotionally intelligent.' 'The overall goal is to really create a true companion,' IBM's Matthias Biniok told ABC. 'The relationship between an astronaut and CIMON is really important.'

IoT and the Age of Autonomy IoT Slam


The Age of Autonomy is upon us. Truly autonomous devices are quickly replacing those that are merely automated. This is a natural evolution of IoT due to autonomy becoming a necessity to handle the volume, velocity and veracity of real-time data being generated. Every device and even some of the things we don't generally regard as devices (e.g. The centralized solution architectures and services in our enterprise data centers today are not viable for the industry use cases that the Age of Autonomy brings so fundamental changes must be made.