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Girl with 3D-printed robotic hand to throw first pitch at World Series game

ZDNet

A seven-year-old Las Vegas girl will throw out the first pitch in game four of the upcoming World Series. Hailey Dawson was born with Poland syndrome and is missing three fingers on her right hand. At the time, Dawson couldn't find any companies that could fit Hailey with a robotic hand for a reasonable cost. Over more than a year, the UNLV engineering students and faculty worked to develop a variety of robotic 3-D printed hands for then-five-year-old Hailey.


Using Recurrent Neural Networks to Predict Player Performance

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For data prone to noise and anomalies (most data, if we're being honest), a Long Short Term Memory network (LSTM), preserves the long term memory capabilities of the RNN, while filtering out irrelevant data points that are not part of the pattern. Mechanically speaking, the LSTM adds an extra operation to nodes on the map, the outcome of which determines whether the data point will be remembered as part of a potential pattern, used to update the weight matrix, or forgotten and cast aside as noise. For example, to train the HR network, the first input to the network is the number of homers the player hit in his first game, the second input to the network is the number the player hit in his second game and so on. With a network to train and data to train it with, we can now look at a test case where the network attempted to learn Manny Machado's performance patterns and then made some predictions.


A robot named Heliograf got hundreds of stories published last year

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The rise of artificial intelligence in journalism brings up many questions about the future of reporting. The dogged reporters, members of the vaunted Fourth Estate, the men and women who bring us the news stories we read every day? It's happening, and odds are that you've been reading stories created by artificial intelligence in local and world news already. Over the past year, the Post has published 850 stories from Heliograf, expanding its reach to include reporting on subject like congressional races and high-school football games.


Girl with robotic hand will throw out first pitch during World Series

Los Angeles Times

Hailey Dawson is 7 years old and has already thrown out the first pitch before many Major League Baseball games. By using a robotic hand made with a 3-D printer, she has thrown out the ceremonial first pitch for several MLB teams, including the Washington Nationals, Baltimore Orioles, New York Mets, Milwaukee Brewers, Seattle Mariners, Oakland A's, Minnesota Twins and Detroit Tigers. The Las Vegas native first threw out a ceremonial pitch before a UNLV game in 2014, then set her sights on doing so at major league stadiums. More than 20 of the league's teams, including the Dodgers and Angels, reached out to Dawson through that tweet.


'In the thirty years world will be different', says Sentient AI founder, Antoine Blondeau

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From the contents of your fridge to room temperature, digital assistants ensure your home runs smoothly. Predictions for an AI-dominated future are increasingly common, but Antoine Blondeau has experience in reading, and arguably manipulating, the runes, he helped develop technology that evolved into predictive texting and Apple's Siri. Work, as we know it, will be redundant, he says, visual and sensory advances in robotics will see smart factories make real time decisions requiring only human oversight rather than workers, while professions such as law, journalism, accounting, and retail will be streamlined with AI doing the grunt work. In partnership with US retailer, it created an interactive'smart shopper', which uses an algorithm that picks up information from gauging not just what you like, but what you don't, offering suggestions in the way a real retail assistant would.


AI revolution will be all about humans, says Siri trailblazer

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From the contents of your fridge to room temperature - digital assistants ensure your home runs smoothly. Predictions for an AI-dominated future are increasingly common, but Antoine Blondeau has experience in reading, and arguably manipulating, the runes - he helped develop technology that evolved into predictive texting and Apple's Siri. In partnership with US retailer, it created an interactive'smart shopper', which uses an algorithm that picks up information from gauging not just what you like, but what you don't, offering suggestions in the way a real retail assistant would. The prospect of AI surpassing human capabilities has divided leaders in science and technology.


AI revolution will be all about humans, says Siri trailblazer

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From the contents of your fridge to room temperature -- digital assistants ensure your home runs smoothly. Predictions for an AI-dominated future are increasingly common, but Antoine Blondeau has experience in reading, and arguably manipulating, the runes -- he helped develop technology that evolved into predictive texting and Apple's Siri. In partnership with US retailer, it created an interactive'smart shopper', which uses an algorithm that picks up information from gauging not just what you like, but what you don't, offering suggestions in the way a real retail assistant would. The prospect of AI surpassing human capabilities has divided leaders in science and technology.


How Is Deep Learning Changing The World Of Sports?

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In ice hockey, Toronto-based startup ICEBERG is using AI and computer vision to give teams a nuanced understanding of the data behind player positioning and activity. AI systems have beat the world's top eSports players at complicated multi-player games like Super Smash Bros. and the world's top poker pros in no-limit Texas Hold'em. Canary Speech, a Utah-based startup, is building voice tests that use deep learning to pick up the subtle voice tremors, slower speech, and gaps between words that may reveal concussions. GPUs (graphics processing units) are commonly used to digest the enormous amounts of data involved in AI deep learning algorithms, including all of the above applications.


New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox: TV Schedule, Start Times And Series Pitching Matchups

International Business Times

The New York Yankees (60-53) host the Boston Red Sox (65-49) Friday, as the longtime rivals battle for the American League East title in a three-game series. The Red Sox, who have won eight games in a row, own a 4 1/2 game lead on the struggling Yankees. John Farrell's squad has been winning behind excellent pitching, as Boston held the Chicago White Sox and Tampa Bay Rays to a combined 13 runs over six games. Boston, who boast Cy Young favorite Chris Sale, has the best ERA (3.63) in the American League.


Facebook takes on TV and YouTube with revamped video offering

The Guardian

Partners who produce original video content exclusively for Facebook will earn 55% of revenue generated by ad breaks inserted into the content, leaving Facebook with the rest. It will also be available on desktop and via Facebook's TV apps, including those made for Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV. The Videos tab in the Facebook app already acts as a hub for video content, however Watch makes it easier to discover trending content, or videos friends are watching, and enables users to save specific shows into a watchlist that will send notifications when new episodes are added. While those "things" can be cute videos of kids bossing chefs around, Zuckerberg makes no mention of the possibility those things might also be a shared hatred of a minority or religious group.