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For all of the hype about artificial intelligence (AI), most software is still geared toward engineers. To demystify AI and unlock its benefits, the MIT Quest for Intelligence created the Quest Bridge to bring new intelligence tools and ideas into classrooms, labs, and homes. This spring, more than a dozen Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) students joined the project in its mission to make AI accessible to all. Undergraduates worked on applications designed to teach kids about AI, improve access to AI programs and infrastructure, and harness AI to improve literacy and mental health. Six projects are highlighted here.


How to Use Machine Learning in Five Minutes

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Artificial intelligence (AI) is the science of programming computers to perceive their environment and make rational, cognitive decisions in order to achieve a goal. It is one of the most rapidly progressing and sought after technologies in the world. It is, however, a rather general term. When most people talk about artificial intelligence, they are usually talking about machine learning. At its most basic definition, machine learning is a method of teaching computers to make predictions based on data.


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Companies face issues with training data quality and labeling when launching AI and machine learning initiatives, according to a Dimensional Research report. The worldwide spending on artificial intelligence (AI) systems is predicted to hit $35.8 billion in 2019, according to IDC. This increased spending is no surprise: With digital transformation initiatives critical for business survival, companies are making large investments in advanced technologies. However, nearly eight out of 10 organizations engaged in AI and machine learning said that projects have stalled, according to a Dimensional Research report. The majority (96%) of these organizations said they have run into problems with data quality, data labeling necessary to train AI, and building model confidence.


Why Machine Learning And Progressive Web Apps Are A Great Match

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Machine learning is playing an increasingly important role in web development. Responsive web design practices first started becoming popular around seven years ago. However, advances in machine learning have made them much more robust. One of the most important ways that machine learning is changing the Internet user experience is with the development of progressive web applications (PWAs). Info World published an article about the importance of PWAs last year.


Deep Dream Generator

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Initially it was invented to help scientists and engineers to see what a deep neural network is seeing when it is looking in a given image. Later the algorithm has become a new form of psychedelic and abstract art.


Top US-Based FinTechs Making a Difference Through Artificial Intelligence

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One of the two task forces announced to be formed by the US House Committee on financial services will be investigating the use of artificial intelligence technologies (AI) for FinTech. The focus of the task force will be to examine digital identification technologies using AI to reduce fraud. It will also look into issues such as regulating ML in the financial services industry, risks associated with algorithms & big data, and the impact of automation on jobs and the economy in the US. AI has been one of the hottest technologies used by emerging FinTech players. It is used in automation, social media analytics & intelligence tools, cybersecurity, fraud prevention, and other areas.


'Deepfake' videos can be generated with a single photo, research paper says

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Deepfakes are video manipulations that can make people say seemingly strange things. Barack Obama and Nicolas Cage have been featured in these videos. We all know about Mona Lisa's smile. Now, you can watch her talk. A research paper from experts at Samsung's AI Center in Moscow and the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology shows how fake videos can be created with a single image, including the classic artwork.


Are YOU a kinesthetic or auditory learner?

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Whether you're studying for an exam or revising for a presentation, a quiz on identifying different learning methods promises to help you maximise the amount of information you can retain. Formed of ten questions, the quick quiz by Tutor House asks participants to consider how they would respond in a series of scenarios. This technique reveals if they would benefit most from visual, auditory, read and write or kinesthetic (interactive) learning methods. Created by Tutor House in partnership with educational experts, the quiz considers the widely used VARK (Visual, Aural, Read/write, and Kinesthetic) learning styles developed by Fleming's in 1987. Visual learners are likely to respond to visual stimuli like photos and videos to remember things.


Amazon is giving away $25 gift cards to anyone who agrees to let the firm 3D scan their entire body

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Amazon is offering up $25 gift cards in exchange for 3D scans of your body. The internet giant is currently conducting a study at its New York office as part of Amazon Body Labs that seeks to'learn about diversity among body shapes,' according to a listing, which was first spotted by Mashable. Participants who set up a 30-minute appointment will be asked to take a survey and agree to have 3D scans, photos and videos taken of them. The move comes as Amazon has faced privacy concerns around its collection of data from Echo devices, as well as the deployment of its controversial facial recognition software. Amazon is offering up $25 gift cards in exchange for 3D scans of your body.


The tiny yellow console with a CRANK that will give you a 'surprise' new game every week

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A peculiar new console small enough to fit in your back pocket is shaking up the patterns of portable gaming. Software company Panic, best known for developing Mac apps and more recently as publisher of the hit indie game Firewatch, has made its foray into hardware with a $149 handheld gaming device dubbed Playdate. It comes equipped with 12 'surprise' games at no extra cost – but, unlike other consoles with pre-loaded packages, Playdate's will be delivered one at a time on a weekly basis over a span of 12 weeks. The small yellow box sports a crank on the side which serves as a rotational controller and its LCD screen only displays in black-and-white. Panic unveiled the device this week after four years of development, and says it will officially launch in 2020.