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Book Review Artificial Intelligence Run the marathon to the very last mile. – Law Made

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Those who run regularly or who have experienced the endorphin euphoria known as "runner's high", can experience the same heady feeling reading Joanna Goodman's "Robots in Law: How Artificial Intelligence is Transforming Legal Services" (Ark, 2016). The hope was that like Nike running apps, "Robots" would provide her with the tools and insights she needed to understand the AI legal tech hype, and intelligently speak to the topic with fellow colleagues in legal innovation. While the Twitterati debate gets granular rather quickly with varying definitions of the terms artificial intelligence, lawyer and robot, the takeaway is consistent with the "and" versus "or" conundrum – none of, robot (traditional AI), lawyer (human intelligence), or a robot lawyer (augmented AI) provide a perfect solution or path forward. Goodman showcases LISA as an example of AI augmentation since the tool leaves more complex issues to human lawyers, but misses the opportunity to explore further with insights on the critical limitations of the App.


Using Artificial Intelligence to Run your Best Marathon

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So, imagine a runner, let's call her Ann, who has previously run the London marathon in a time of 4 hours 13 minutes (253 minutes), with a given pacing profile; that is, a given set of split-paces. This is a common machine learning technique, based on the intuition that, to solve some new problem (predicting a PB time for Ann) we should look to similar problems in the past (those runners who ran similar non-PB times to Ann) and use their solutions (subsequent PB times) as the basis of a prediction for Ann. In the case of our marathon PB prediction task, if we have lots and lots of cases, covering male and female runners, of all ages and experience levels, and representing a wide range of finish-times, then we have a good chance of being able to find similar runners to act as a basis of a prediction for any given runner whose PB we wish to predict. A key idea in case-based reasoning concerns how we determine the similarity between a new situation (Ann's recent marathon race) and a past problem in some case (Sarah's non-PB race).


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I had been testing out Vi, a set of $249 Bluetooth running headphones with its own built-in AI assistant and biometric tracking features. After a convoluted series of events in which I was offered a potentially illegal entry to the Brooklyn Half Marathon a week before the race, I found my adventure: I decided to run my own 13.1 miles in the Prospect Park Loop with nothing but the AI headphones to guide me, using Vi for a crash training course to prep in less than a week. Vi doesn't offer much more than other running apps I've used: It tracks the distance you run, measures your heart rate, and offers some realtime coaching direction to fine-tune your step rate to find your ideal pace, which it calls your "Comfort Zone," -- but it leaves much to be desired as a next-gen personal trainer. It currently has no dedicated feature to set specific goals, so users prepping for races like me have no guide to train for big events or set more defined goals than just fine-tuning their running style.


Pushing the limits of assistive technology during the Boston Marathon

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Erich Manser finished his eighth Boston Marathon on Monday, but this race was different than any one before it: It was his first time completing the course with an assistive technology called Aira. Because Manser, 44, is legally blind due to a disease called retinitis pigmentosa, a sighted guide has run alongside him during past marathons. Yesterday, in addition to that guide, he also wore a pair of Google Glasses that sent a live video feed to Jessica Jakeway, who from over 600 miles away in Columbus, Ohio, coached him through the race via a Bluetooth headset. There were some glitches, and how the race went exposes both the pitfalls and potential of a technology designed to help people who are blind or visually impaired. It was an incredibly intense trial for a system not specifically designed for the grueling and mobbed environment of a marathon, but the rigor of the racing field could help drive the company to improve.


Police drones will watch over runners at this year's Boston Marathon

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Two drones will buzz above a sea of 30,000 runners at this year's Boston Marathon. They'll hover more than a football field's distance above the starting line during the race, which takes place on April 17, and transmit surveillance video to different public safety stations. Security has been a primary focus of race organizers since the blasts at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon killed three people and injured more than 260 others. "It's really something new we're going to be using where we have a very dense population of people between the village and the start line," said Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency Director Kurt Schwartz. The drones will keep watch over the area near the starting line, including the makeshift "village" where runners hang out in the minutes and hours leading up to the race, and the starting pens.


Bombing survivor now a model

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Adrianne Haslet overcame adversity when she lost her left leg below the knee during the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing, and now, the survivor is defying stereotypes by walking on the runway with her high-tech prosthetic leg. Haslet, a former dance instructor who became an advocate for amputees after her injury, wrote on her Instagram page that it was an "honor to open and close the show for Canadian designer Lesley Hampton at Vancouver Fashion Week." To help empower other amputees, Hampton partnered with the Be Body Aware project to help promote more inclusivity on the catwalk, according to a news release. In addition to casting Haslet, Hampton sought models with all different shapes and sizes for her show. "Having [Haslet] as part of my wolfpack and giving her another chance to tell her story through my designs is an inspiration and an incredible experience," Hampton said in the release.


A.I. Takes a Stroll Through Amsterdam

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Read about the world's tallest building, the longest bicycle, the most modern tractor and a discovered time capsule that cannot be opened until the year 2957. Shoe manufacturer New Balance is stepping onto the 3-D printing platform with a new running shoe that incorporates a 3-D printed midsole that can be customized to each runner. New Balance is making the shoe available for the first time in Boston in April, 2016 -- timed to coincide with the Boston Marathon. It's difficult to believe that with all of the unrest in Iraq, a company such as AMBS Architects would propose building a skyscraper to rival Dubai's Burj Khalifa, which stands 830-meters high. But here it is: the 1,152-meter-tall Bride's tower.


Tool Knows Your Age, Sex From Social Media Updates

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Read about the world's tallest building, the longest bicycle, the most modern tractor and a discovered time capsule that cannot be opened until the year 2957. Shoe manufacturer New Balance is stepping onto the 3-D printing platform with a new running shoe that incorporates a 3-D printed midsole that can be customized to each runner. New Balance is making the shoe available for the first time in Boston in April, 2016 -- timed to coincide with the Boston Marathon. It's difficult to believe that with all of the unrest in Iraq, a company such as AMBS Architects would propose building a skyscraper to rival Dubai's Burj Khalifa, which stands 830-meters high. But here it is: the 1,152-meter-tall Bride's tower.


Running robot aims to take on Usain Bolt

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We've seen running bipedal robots before, but they tend to move like, well, robots. Ryuma Niiyama of MIT's Robot Locomotion Group wants to build a bot that runs as much like a human as possible, right down to the black nylon running shorts. The robot, aptly named Athlete, sports an artificial musculoskeletal system that mirrors human muscles in the leg, hip, lower abdomen, and booty and has a springy elastic blade foot like those seen on prosthetic running legs. Niiyama's goal is a flexible, agile robot with less of a mechanical gait and more of a Usain Bolt-type stride. Athlete has seven sets of actuator-driven artificial muscles in each leg, plus touch sensors on each foot and an inertial measurement unit on the torso for detecting the body's orientation.


Christmas shopping can be as stressful as running a marathon

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