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At the Math Olympiad, Computers Prepare to Go for the Gold - Facts So Romantic

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Reprinted with permission from Quanta Magazine's Abstractions blog. The 61st International Mathematical Olympiad, or IMO, began yesterday. It may go down in history for at least two reasons: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic it's the first time the event has been held remotely, and it may also be the last time that artificial intelligence doesn't compete. Indeed, researchers view the IMO as the ideal proving ground for machines designed to think like humans. If an AI system can excel here, it will have matched an important dimension of human cognition.


Should Robots, Instead of Humans, Go Into Space?

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Are we here to re-create ourselves as robotic humanoids? In a recent podcast, Robert J. Marks discusses what robots can do for us with retired internist and author Geoffrey Simmons. In his most recent book, Are We Here to Re-Create Ourselves?: The Convergence of Designs (2019), Simmons argues that in creating artificially intelligent robots, we are trying to recreate the human being. But can we really recreate everything about ourselves? For example, they discussed, can robots be counselors? Should robots go into space instead of humans?



Video meet app Google Duo arriving on Android TV - Express Computer

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Video calling app Google Duo is coming to Android TVs and the company is rolling out a Beta on Android TV in the coming weeks globally. With Google Duo, people can initiate one-on-one and group calls from their TVs. If the TV doesn't have a camera built-in, people can simply plug in a USB camera. "2020 may go down as the year of the video call. It's become an indispensable tool, one we all use more than we likely would have imagined," said TJ Varghese, Group Product Manager, Google Meet hardware.


Robots go their own way deep in the ocean

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"It's very common," says Jess Hanham casually, when asked how often he finds suspected unexploded bombs. Mr Hanham is a co-founder of Spectrum Offshore, a marine survey firm that does a lot of work in the Thames Estuary. His firm undertakes all sorts of marine surveying, but working on sites for new offshore wind farms has become a big business for him. Work in the Thames Estuary, and other areas that were the targets of bombing in World War 2, are likely to involve picking up signals of unexploded munitions. "You can find a significant amount of contacts that need further investigation and for a wind farm that will be established in the initial pre-engineering survey," he says.


Meet the computer scientist and activist who got Big Tech to stand down

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Today, Buolamwini is galvanizing a growing movement to expose the social consequences of artificial intelligence. Through her nearly four-year-old nonprofit, the Algorithmic Justice League (AJL), she has testified before lawmakers at the federal, state, and local levels about the dangers of using facial recognition technologies with no oversight of how they're created or deployed. Since George Floyd's death, she has called for a complete halt to police use of face surveillance, and is providing activists with resources and tools to demand regulation. Many companies, such as Clearview AI, are still selling facial analysis to police and government agencies. And many police departments are using facial recognition technologies to identify, in the words of the New York Police Department, individuals that have committed, are committing, or are about to commit crimes.


A captivating robot turns temperature screening into "feel good" experience – IAM Network

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Misty, the programmable person robot, is designed to be almost anything an engineer can dream up, from senior companion and wellbeing monitor to friendly pal who will tirelessly play catch with your dog.Now joining the fight against the pandemic, the engineers at Misty Robotics have defined a new role for her: A highly engaging temperature screening assistant. It is a new, turnkey offering designed for customers who want to screen temperatures at a point of entry to a facility, but who likely do not have the technical background of an engineer the robotics platform was originally created for. "Misty was'purpose-built' for developers who use the platform to create their own applications, using third party APIs, hardware modifications, etc. Typically, we provide developer support, sample code, and documentation," said Ian Bernstein, Founder and CTO of Misty Robotics. "But for this application, we started getting inquiries from all sorts of end user companies that do not have technical people. So, we knew we had to develop a solution that was turnkey and came with super easy and clear setup and operating instructions."



Key Machine Learning Definitions

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An AI agent or intelligent agent is a bot used in AI-related tasks. An algorithm is a process that follows a set of rules, a problem solver -- mainly used by computers. AlphaGo is a computer program that plays the board game Go. It is recognized as the first Computer Go program to beat a professional human Go player [5]. Artificial intelligence (AI), as defined by Professor Andrew Moore, is the science and engineering of making computers behave in ways that, until recently, we thought required human intelligence [1].


How artificial intelligence arrives to health care

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Big data analytics and artificial intelligence are poised to revolutionize the field of healthcare in the coming years given the abundance of data and powerful algorithms. Currently, the U.S., China and the EU are all competing for dominance in the field, investing significant resources into human capital, infrastructure as well as into laws balancing the usability and protection of data. In the current decade, the European Commission seeks to attract €20 billion of investment per year in order to remain competitive in the global market. Artificial intelligence might evoke ideas of self-driving cars, algorithms beating the best players in chess, or a dystopic future of autonomous robots making us obsolete. Only recently, Google's AlphaGo beat the best player in the game of Go, where the possible number of moves is greater than the number of atoms in the universe.