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Latest 2021 Stanford AI Study Gives Deep Look into the State of the Global AI Marketplace

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Despite major disruptions from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, global investment in AI technologies grew by 40 percent in 2020 to $67.9 billion, up from $48.8 billion in 2019, as AI research and use continues to boom across broad segments of bioscience, healthcare, manufacturing and more. The figures, compiled as part of Stanford University's Artificlal Intelligence Index Report 2021 on the state of AI research, development, implementation and use around the world, help illustrate the continually changing scope of the still-maturing technology. The 222-page AI Index 2021 report, touted as the school's fourth annual study of AI impact and progress, was released March 3 by Stanford's Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence. The report provides a detailed portrait of the AI waterfront last year, including increasing AI investments and use in medicine and healthcare, China's growth in AI research, huge gains in AI capabilities across industries, concerns about diversity among AI researchers, ongoing debates about AI ethics and more. "The impact of AI this past year was both societal and economic, driven by the increasingly rapid progress of the technology itself," AI Index co-chair Jack Clark said in a statement.


New McDonald's drive-thru is using AI technology to take orders, make suggestions

FOX News

The Big Mac might be McDonald's most famous item, but a lot of people don't know much about it. Check out the history of the fast-food chain's beloved burger. The COVID-19 pandemic brought a lot of changes to restaurants. Since many casual restaurants had to close their doors and switch to take-out only, people were ordering fast food even more than usual. And because the "grab-and-go" factor is already a perk of fast-food restaurants, it was basically a no-brainer for those who hoped grab a meal and maintain social distancing.


FDA authorizes new test to detect past Covid-19 infections

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The Food and Drug Administration on Friday issued an emergency authorization for a new test to detect Covid-19 infections -- one that stands apart from the hundreds already authorized. Unlike tests that detect bits of SARS-CoV-2 or antibodies to it, the new test, called T-Detect COVID, looks for signals of past infections in the body's adaptive immune system -- in particular, the T cells that help the body remember what its viral enemies look like. Developed by Seattle-based Adaptive Biotechnologies, it is the first test of its kind. Adaptive's approach involves mapping antigens to their matching receptors on the surface of T cells. They and other researchers had already shown that the cast of T cells floating around in an individual's blood reflects the diseases they've encountered, in many cases years later.


How Edge AI Chipsets Will Make AI Tasks More Efficient

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Artificial intelligence (AI) is an innovation powerhouse. It autonomously learns on its own and evolves to meet simple and complex needs, from product recommendations to business predictions. As more people and services produce data, more powerful AI is necessary to process it all. AI chipsets that use edge computing are the solution. Cloud computing has been the leader for AI chipsets for years.



Talking Tech: If you are TV shopping, you need to know the facts about these buying myths

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Having a new television to play video games on or stream Netflix, Disney and the new Paramount service on is great. But buying a new TV, that can be a hassle. Because your eyes for a larger TV may be bigger than your budget allows. However, most say opt for larger if you can afford it – I've never heard anyone say, "Gee, I wish my TV was smaller." But there are other issues to consider when you are buying a TV, our tech columnist colleague Marc Saltzman says.


Screen time is up--here's how to refocus on reading

National Geographic

Marisa Johnson's six-year-old daughter was just learning to read independently when her Alameda, California, school shut down last year. Without solid literacy skills and lots of time stuck at home, the tot is spending much more time playing video games and watching shows than reading books. "She's definitely reading less," Johnson says. "The only way we can be alone among ourselves is with screens." As many parents know, screen time has ballooned during the pandemic.


May I take your order? How AI is changing fast-food drive-thrus

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As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, many Americans have turned to the drive-thru as a safer means of picking up food. For some, the voice on the speaker by the menu board may be the only other person they interact with all day. But a new wave of technology that is set to transform the fast food industry may change all that. The next time you order a value meal, it might be the equivalent of Siri or Alexa taking your order. As artificial intelligence (AI) continues to play a big role in our daily lives, customers should prepare for an automated voice to ask: Do you want fries with that?


Global Military Artificial Intelligence (AI) And Cybernetics Market 2020-2026

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The Global Military Artificial Intelligence (AI) And Cybernetics Market report provides information by Key Players, Geography, End users, Applications, Competitor analysis, Sales, Revenue, Price, Gross Margin, Market Share, Import-Export, Trends and Forecast. Initially, the report provides a basic overview of the industry including definitions, classifications, applications and industry chain structure. The Military Artificial Intelligence (AI) And Cybernetics market analysis is provided for the international markets including development trends, competitive landscape analysis, and key regions development status. Effect of COVID-19: Military Artificial Intelligence (AI) And Cybernetics Market report investigate the effect of Coronavirus (COVID-19) on the Military Artificial Intelligence (AI) And Cybernetics industry. Since December 2020, the COVID-19 infection spread to practically 180 nations around the world with the World Health Organization pronouncing it a general wellbeing crisis.


The (robotic) doctor will see you now

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In the era of social distancing, using robots for some health care interactions is a promising way to reduce in-person contact between health care workers and sick patients. However, a key question that needs to be answered is how patients will react to a robot entering the exam room. Researchers from MIT and Brigham and Women's Hospital recently set out to answer that question. In a study performed in the emergency department at Brigham and Women's, the team found that a large majority of patients reported that interacting with a health care provider via a video screen mounted on a robot was similar to an in-person interaction with a health care worker. "We're actively working on robots that can help provide care to maximize the safety of both the patient and the health care workforce. The results of this study give us some confidence that people are ready and willing to engage with us on those fronts," says Giovanni Traverso, an MIT assistant professor of mechanical engineering, a gastroenterologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital, and the senior author of the study.