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Doctors slam popular genetic tests such as 23andMe for sparking confusion and fear in patients

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The NHS is having to'pick up the pieces' of growing use of cheap genetic tests, doctors warned last night. Popular DNA tests such as those made by '23andMe' - which are widely available in pharmacists and online - can easily be misinterpreted, experts said. A panel of experts from Southampton University, Exeter University and Southampton Hospital said'direct-to-consumer' genetic tests are unreliable and leave people confused and uncertain. Writing in the British Medical Journal, they said genetic information is complex and even if people are shown to be at risk they need carefully walking through the results by a doctor – not left to panic at home. The writers, who include Professor Anneke Lucassen, president of the British Society for Genetic Medicine, said these tests should'absolutely not be used to inform health decisions without further scrutiny'.


Hubble telescope captures the best photo yet of the interstellar comet Borisov

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An Astronomer has released our best and sharpest look to date at Comet Borisov, the second ever-known interstellar object to visit our solar system, using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope to capture the new image. The comet was travelling at around 110,000 miles per hour when University of California Los Angeles astronomer David Jewitt studied it on October 12, 2019, when it was 260 million miles away. The comet -- which is named after the Crimean astronomer who discovered it -- will pass within around 177,000 miles (285,000 kilometres) of the Earth in early December this year. It is trailing behind it a 100,000 mile-long tail of dust, which is released as the comet melts in the Sun's glare. After this, it will head back out towards interstellar space, passing Jupiter around the middle of 2020.


StradVision, ushering in the era of the fully autonomous vehicle - PetaCrunch

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StradVision has raised $16.6M in total. We talked with Junhwan Kim, its CEO. How would you describe StradVision in a single tweet? StradVision is a pioneer in deep learning-based vision processing technology, providing the software that will allow Advanced Driver-Assistance Aystems (ADAS) in autonomous vehicles to reach the next level of safety, and usher in the era of the fully autonomous vehicle. How did it all start and why?


TUGU Insurance launches AI-enabled app for agents and policyholders

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Indonesian insurance provider TUGU Insurance has launched the "tdrive" mobile app to deliver a seamless brand experience to its agents and customers. Developed by Singapore-based insurtech company Zensung, the app leverages artificial intelligence and Internet of Things to prevent and reduce fraudulent claims. The app is currently available for TUGU Insurance's auto insurance products, but plans to expand it to other verticals such as travel, medical and home insurance are in the pipeline. While enabling agents and policyholders to buy insurance and submit their claims digitally, the app also aims to help them understand potential risks. According to a press release, tdrive includes functions to promote safe driving and drivers safety as well as carbon footprint awareness for drivers and organisations.


The Digital Single Market: A focus on robotics and artificial intelligence

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The Digital Single strategy of the European Commission sets out to "open up digital opportunities for people and business and enhance Europe's position as a world leader in the digital economy."(1) This article will briefly examine a part of that by looking at the work of the Robotics and Artificial Intelligence (Unit A.1). We know that the Unit sets out to push forward the development of a competitive industry in robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) throughout Europe. Certainly, this includes industrial and service robots plus the growing field of autonomous systems from drones and driverless vehicles to computing and cognitive vision. Also, the Unit encourages the wide uptake and best use of robotics and AI in all societal and industrial fields.


First Autonomous Humanoid Robot with Artificial Skin - WebSystemer.no

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A research team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) under the guidance of Professor Gordon Cheng has developed artificial skin for the whole body of a humanoid robot. The artificial skin even covers the soles of the feet of the H-1 Robot. This is, however, not their first attempt giving artificial skin to robots. Eight years ago in 2011, the same team had equipped a smaller robot with 31 of these hexagonal "skin cells." They have outdone themselves with the latest endeavor -- putting 1260 of these hexagonal skin cells on a humanoid robot, providing a total of 13,000 sensors.


Introducing the MLflow Model Registry--Machine Learning Model Hub

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At today's Spark AI Summit in Amsterdam, we announced the availability of the MLflow Model Registry, a new component in the MLflow open source ML platform. Since we introduced MLflow at Spark AI Summit 2018, the project has gained more than 140 contributors and 800,000 monthly downloads on PyPI, making MLflow one of the fastest growing open source projects in machine learning! MLflow already has the ability to track metrics, parameters, and artifacts as part of experiments, package models and reproducible ML projects, and deploy models to batch or real-time serving platforms. The MLflow Model Registry builds on MLflow's existing capabilities to provide organizations with one central place to share ML models, collaborate on moving them from experimentation to testing and production, and implement approval and governance workflows. Since we started MLflow, model management was the top requested feature among our open source users, so we are excited to launch a model management system that integrates directly with MLflow.


Move the Deal Episode 17: Using AI to Improve Talent Strategy with Talkpush's Max Armbruster

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This week's episode of Move the Deal features Max Armbruster, founder and CEO of Talkpush. Based in Hong Kong, Talkpush brings artificial intelligence to large-scale recruiting to make hiring and finding talent easier. With vast industry knowledge, Armbruster noticed in the field of automation selection and screening that the solutions available weren't user-friendly and required candidates to jump through too many hoops before qualifying for a job. Talkpush works with companies who hire a few thousand people a year, focusing on automating recruitment conversations. Candidates connect to recruiters through chatbots, using a conversational interface that allows recruiters to save time by eliminating those who aren't a good fit.


Abu Dhabi establishes world's first AI University

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Abu Dhabi has announced that it has established the Mohamed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI) the first graduate level, research-based artificial intelligence university in the world. MBZUAI will enable graduate students, businesses, and governments to advance in the AI field, and will introduce a new model of academia and research to the field of AI. This will provide students and faculty access to some of the world's most advanced AI systems to unleash its potential for economic and societal development, it said. Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of State, who has been appointed Chair of the MBZUAI Board of Trustees and is spearheading the establishment of the University, said the university aligns with the vision of the UAE leadership and is based on sustainable development and finding practical solutions based on innovation and state-of-the-art technology. The University will offer Master of Science, MSc, and PhD level programmes in key areas of AI – Machine Learning, Computer Vision, and Natural Language Processing – while also engaging policymakers and businesses around the world so that AI is harnessed responsibly as a force for positive transformation.


Jio Launches AI-Powered Video Assistant Tool

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India's telecom giant Reliance Jio has unveiled an artificial intelligence-based video call assistant that a user can use via their 4G phone with just a call, without having the need for any other application. The announcement came during the India Mobile Congress event held in the capital of the country, New Delhi. The video assistant has been developed by Reliance Jio along with the helping hands from US-based Radisys, a Reliance Industries Ltd subsidiary. Interestingly, the firm at the launch of the service noted that they already have a number of companies like HDFC willing to use the offering. The user can make a normal call via their 4G phone and then by clicking on a video call, a human will answer the question through a pre-recorded video message.