Last Week in AI

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Every week, Invector Labs publishes a newsletter that covers the most recent developments in AI research and technology. You can find this week's issue below. You can sign up for it below. Games are often seen as a great benchmark to evaluate the ability of artificial intelligence(AI) algorithms to generalize knowledge. From the different data environments that we can create, games come the closest to resemble real world environments.


Learning about artificial intelligence: A hub of MIT resources for K-12 students

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In light of the recent events surrounding Covid-19, learning for grades K-12 looks very different than it did a month ago. Parents and educators may be feeling overwhelmed about turning their homes into classrooms. With that in mind, a team led by Media Lab Associate Professor Cynthia Breazeal has launched aieducation.mit.edu to share a variety of online activities for K-12 students to learn about artificial intelligence, with a focus on how to design and use it responsibly. Learning resources provided on this website can help to address the needs of the millions of children, parents, and educators worldwide who are staying at home due to school closures caused by Covid-19, and are looking for free educational activities that support project-based STEM learning in an exciting and innovative area. The website is a collaboration between the Media Lab, MIT Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing, and MIT Open Learning, serving as a hub to highlight diverse work by faculty, staff, and students across the MIT community at the intersection of AI, learning, and education.


AI: The End Of Premature Deaths?

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) represents a drastic change in the technological evolution. At the moment, this technology is used in every field of science. We have seen the use of AI in various arenas such as autonomous vehicles, face recognition and robotics, among others. Similarly, it is also embedded in the medical field in areas such as disease prediction using representational images, i.e. prediction of breast cancer using CNN (Convolutional Neural Networks) in a deep learning model. But currently, we are moving a step forward into the future in order to find the risk of premature death in individuals with underlying chronic diseases.


Courtroom Transcription using Artificial Intelligence: How Does It Work?

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There is no denying that in the court of law, any mistake in communication can end up turning a case over its head. When there are inaccuracies with the recording of statements and audio files, it can be quite easy for a case to become more confusing than it should be. The worst part is that a case could end up punishing the wrong people. In an industry that often deals with life and death, it is no wonder why legal transcriptionists are highly valued. There are even advancements being made where AI is utilized to take over in courtroom transcription.


AI-powered software can detect coronavirus in chest X-rays in SECONDS and with 98 percent accuracy

Daily Mail - Science & tech

US healthcare officials are working tirelessly to deliver coronavirus test results in a timely manner, but the process includes getting tested, having the sample processed and then delivering the results. Now, a scientist has developed new technology that can produce a diagnosis in just a matter of seconds and with 98 percent accuracy. Barath Narayanan, a scientist at the University of Dayton Research Institute, has designed a specific software code that can detect the disease just by scanning chest X-rays. The process uses a deep learning algorithm that was trained using scans of those with and without the disease in order to search searches for markings associated with coronavirus. A scientist has developed new technology that can produce a diagnosis in just a matter of seconds and with 98 percent accuracy.


Classical music can help us perform better in exams, study reveals

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Listening to classical music during lectures and throughout the night while sleeping may help us perform better in big exams, a new study suggests. US economics students who listened to Beethoven and Chopin during a lecture and again later in the night performed 18 per cent higher in exams the next day. This compared with a control group of students who were in the same lecture but slept that night with white noise on in the background. Researchers say that classical music activated a process called'targeted memory reactivation' (TMR), when the music stimulates the brain to consolidate memories. The study suggests classical music is the key to strengthening existing memories of lectures during sleep and, as a result, doing better in exams.


Self-driving vans are ferrying coronavirus tests from drive-thru sites to a Mayo Clinic campus

Daily Mail - Science & tech

The Mayo Clinic in Florida is using self-driving shuttles to ferry coronavirus test from a drive-thru location to its Jacksonville campus. Four vehicles have been making round trips every day since March 30th in a bid to limit exposure and free up medical staff from having to deliver the tests. Healthcare workers place the samples into a secure container and loads it into a van that deliveries it to be processed. The route is isolated from pedestrians and traffic and the van is followed by the Jacksonville Transportation Authority to ensure a safe journey. This is the'first time in history' autonomous vehicles are being used to transport medical supplies.


NASA reveals plans for 'Artemis Base Camp' on the moon that help astronauts get ready for Mars

Daily Mail - Science & tech

NASA has released a detailed plan for an'Artemis Base Camp' that will be home to first woman and next man on the moon in 2024. The 13-page document highlights elements such as a terrain vehicle for transporting the astronauts around the landing zone, a permanent habit and a mobility platform to travel across the lunar surface. The plans suggest a crew of four astronauts would call the moon home for a week at a time, but also describes accommodations with water, waste disposal systems and radiation shields if their time is extended. The Artemis mission will use the moon as its stepping stone, allowing the crew to test robots and other technologies before exploring farther into the solar system, with Mars being their next stop. NASA has released a detailed plan for an'Artemis Base Camp' that will be home to first woman and next man on the moon in 2024.


Running out of beds and gear, Tokyo medical staff say Japan's 'state of emergency' already here

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As Japan faces a fresh wave of coronavirus infections and the government readies itself to declare a state of emergency, medical staff say a shortage of beds and a rise in cases linked to hospitals are pushing Tokyo's medical system to the brink of collapse. The crisis has already arrived at Eiju General Hospital, a pink, 10-story building in central Tokyo that has reported 140 cases of COVID-19 in the past two weeks. Of those, at least 44 are doctors, nurses and other medical staff. On a recent weekday, the glass doors of Eiju General were plastered with posters saying the hospital was closed until further notice. More than 60 patients with the virus are still being treated inside.


Alexa, Google could be listening to your work calls. Here's what to do.

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

A reminder to those who are working at home: You might want to turn your Amazon or Google smart home speaker them off, or at the very least, mute the microphone. What most people forget is that Alexa and the Google Assistant are always listening. Sure, they only come to life after you utter "Alexa" or "Hey, Google," but what happens when you slip those words in the middle of sentences? Amazon and Google record every interaction, even if you don't ask a specific question, and the recordings are stored on Amazon and Google servers. Sometimes the speakers are awakened with words that they mistake for the wake words.