Digital health startup Buoy launches AI-powered, symptom-checking chatbot

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It has become an undeniable fact of life that people are going to Google their health symptoms. However, as most physicians are reminded every day by patients who come to the hospital or office armed with their smartphones or printouts of their search results, the internet often leads people to draw erroneous or even harmful conclusions about their health. Fed up with the confusion and misinformation of patients he was encountering as a third-year medical resident in 2014, Harvard Medical School student Andrew Le thought there had to be a better way. Over the past three years, Le and his colleague Eddie Reyes worked with a team at the Innovation Laboratory at Harvard to develop a digital health tool that would function as a health-specific search engine while also giving patients pointers and compassion along the way. "Right now, the status quo is Googling symptoms and getting scared.


An AI Framework to Teach English as a Foreign Language: CSIEC

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CSIEC (Computer Simulation in Educational Communication), is not only an intelligent web-based human-computer dialogue system with natural language for English instruction, but also a learning assessment system for learners and teachers. Its multiple functions—including grammar-based gap filling exercises, scenario show, free chatting and chatting on a given topic—can satisfy the various requirements for students with different backgrounds and learning abilities. After a brief explanation of the conception of our dialogue system, as well as a survey of related works, we will illustrate the system structure, and describe its pedagogical functions with the underlying AI techniques in detail such as NLP and rule-based reasoning. We will summarize the free Internet usage within a six month period and its integration into English classes in universities and middle schools. The evaluation findings about the class integration show that the chatting function has been improved and frequently utilized by the users, and the application of the CSIEC system on English instruction can motivate the learners to practice English and enhance their learning process. Finally, we will conclude with potential improvements.


Harvard Business School Is Teaching MBAs About Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning -- Here's Why

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At Harvard Business School (HBS), MBA students are pondering a future when robots rule the road. The pioneers of the driverless car movement -- such as Google and Tesla -- are mapping the MBAs a future in which artificial intelligence and robotics will likely impact the entire job market and global economy. David Yoffie, professor of international business administration at HBS, believes such disruptive technologies are now an "essential" part of the b-school landscape. "What I'm trying to teach students is: What can these technologies deliver? And what are the challenges and opportunities for a company that does AI?" he says.


The Best AI Still Flunks 8th Grade Science

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In 2012, IBM Watson went to medical school. So said The New York Times, announcing that the tech giant's artificially intelligent question-and-answer machine had begun a "stint as a medical student" at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. This was just a metaphor. Clinicians were helping IBM train Watson for use in medical research. But as metaphors go, it wasn't a very good one.


'Minecraft' tops 100 million sales

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Much of that success can be attributed to the game's open structure and limitless potential. Players can build anything they imagine, provided its outward-facing geometry is made up of simple, colorful blocks. The focus on creativity is why so many players, young and old, have been drawn to the game and continue to play years after its release. Mojang has supported the game with a steady stream of updates that have added new mechanics, creatures and materials. The game's flexibility has also made it a smash-hit in the classroom, teaching art, geology, coding and other subjects.