Convolutional Neural Networks: The Biologically-Inspired Model Codementor

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Since then, this competition has become the benchmark arena where state-of-the-art computer vision models are introduced. In particular, there have been many competing models using deep Convolutional Neural Nets as their backbone architecture. The most popular ones that achieved excellent results in the ImageNet competition include: ZFNet (2013), GoogLeNet (2014), VGGNet (2014), ResNet (2015), DenseNet (2016), etc. These architectures were getting deeper and deeper year by year.


Startup develops AI that can detect machine failure just by listening to sounds

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Listen to your vehicle - this is an advice that all car and motorcycle owners are given when they're getting to know more about the vehicle. Now, a new AI service developed by 3Dsignals, an Israel based start-up is doing just that. The AI system can detect an impending failure in cars or other machines, just by listening to the sound. The system depends on deep learning technique to identify the noise patterns of a car. As per a report by IEEE spectrum, 3Dsignals promises to reduce machinery downtime by 40% and improve efficiency.


IBM is using its AI to predict how employees will perform

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IBM may have the most forward-thinking employee performance review system around. Rather than simply judge employees on what they've already done, the company uses its Watson AI to predict what they're going to do in the future. How it works: Predicting the future is right inside of Watson's wheelhouse. In this case it isn't determining whether you're going to win the lottery and quit, it's using company data to make logical projections about individual performance. Why it's cool: IBM has 380,000 employees worldwide.


An Israeli Startup Raises $12.5 Million To Help Governments Spy On IoT

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Surveillance companies are showing an increasing interest in hacking into IoT devices like the Amazon Echo. With an impressive seed raise of $12.5 million and ex-Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak as co-founder, alongside an "all-star" leadership team, Tel Aviv-based Toka Cyber can certainly claim to have nailed the definition of an auspicious beginning. But, as it comes out of stealth Monday, Toka is revealing itself as an atypical force in the digital security sphere, acting as a one-stop hacking shop for intelligence and law enforcement agencies. Whatever spy tool they need, Toka will try to craft it for them. Privacy activists are hoping the company follows through on its promise to operate ethically.


Gait speed and survival of older surgical patient with cancer: Prediction after machine learning

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Gait speed in older patients with cancer is associated with mortality risk. One approach to assess gait speed is with the ‘Timed Up and Go’ (TUG) test. We utilized machine learning algorithms to automatically predict the results of the TUG tests and its association with survival, using patient-generated responses. A decision tree classifier was trained based on functional status data, obtained from preoperative geriatric assessment, and TUG test performance of older patients with cancer. The functional status data were used as input features to the decision tree, and the actual TUG data was used as ground truth labels.


Flexible 'Dragon' Drone Autonomously Shapeshifts to Fly Through Tight Spaces

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A group of roboticists at the University of Tokyo have created a flexible, flying "drone-robot" that could see a multitude of uses. The Dual-rotor embedded multilink Robot with the Ability of multi-deGree-of-freedom aerial transformatiON, is (thankfully) better known by its acronym, DRAGON. As illustrated in the video below, it can change its shape mid-flight and fly through tight spaces. The current version of DRAGON consists of four modules, each equipped with a set of maneuverable thrusters. Battery-powered hinged joints link the modules.


iFlytek to invest 2b yuan in cognitive science

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In collaboration with more than 20 national universities, iFlytek launched its "Brain Science and Education" program on Saturday. The program will focus on the study of cognitive development of children, in a bid to explore new methods for individual learning and teaching. The domestic intelligent voice recognition technology company will invest more than 2 billion yuan ($299.03 million) in the program over the next 10 years. "I believe the program will be of great significance to the development of China's cognitive science and education industry," Liu Qingfeng, iFlytek's chairman, said at the launch event for the program, which was held in Beijing on Saturday. Liu also introduced some major breakthroughs the company achieved in the past year that would be applied to the new program.


How Skilling The Workforce About AI Useful For Smart Cities?

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The workforce is not just the backbone of a business but also of the economy of a city. It is said that if the workforce is highly skilled, it could significantly impact the growth of an economy. Undoubtedly, this factor is another opportunity for cities to transform into smart cities. This is the rising era of artificial intelligence. And according to reports, if businesses leverage the benefits of AI for a competitive edge, they could gain a unique position in the marketplace.


We must prepare for the AI revolution

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If the internet was the major change for humanity following the agricultural and industrial revolutions, the application of artificial intelligence is perhaps the next transformation. Last week's headline, "Robots could take a million local jobs by 2038", may sound incredible or even be seen as scaremongering. But human resources being replaced by artificial intelligence will be an inevitable trend we have to reckon with. It is perhaps time we put more thought into the implications and the corresponding actions needed to help cope with the challenge. If the study by the One Country, Two Systems Research Institute is any reference, more than a quarter of Hong Kong's workforce, including secretaries and accountants, is vulnerable to automation.


We must prepare for the AI revolution

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If the internet was the major change for humanity following the agricultural and industrial revolutions, the application of artificial intelligence is perhaps the next transformation. Last week's headline, "Robots could take a million local jobs by 2038", may sound incredible or even be seen as scaremongering. But human resources being replaced by artificial intelligence will be an inevitable trend we have to reckon with. It is perhaps time we put more thought into the implications and the corresponding actions needed to help cope with the challenge. If the study by the One Country, Two Systems Research Institute is any reference, more than a quarter of Hong Kong's workforce, including secretaries and accountants, is vulnerable to automation.