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You may like to look at our GeomLab website which will introduce you to some of the most important ideas in computer programming in an interactive, visual way through a guided activity. The Turtle system is a graphics programming environment designed to provide an enjoyable introduction to programming in Java syntax, together with a practical insight into fundamental concepts of computer science such as compilation and machine code. The Alice system from Carnegie Mellon University provides a point-and-click environment for designing 3-D animations and is a useful introduction to object-oriented programming. Elizabeth is an automated conversation and natural language processing program that provides an enjoyable introduction to natural language processing, and that can give insights into some of the fundamental methods and issues of artificial intelligence within an entertaining context. CodeAcademy provides a fun introduction to programming.


Hitachi, Toshiba and Miraca join forces to raise output of antigen test kits

The Japan Times

Industrial conglomerates Hitachi Ltd. and Toshiba Corp, as well as Miraca Holdings subsidiary Fujirebio, said on Friday they will jointly set up a facility to produce antigen-testing kits for the coronavirus. The line would help double production of Fujirebio's testing kits, which received government approval in May, to 400,000 a week, the companies said. It would start operations by December in Hokkaido. Antigen tests scan for proteins found on or inside a virus. They can detect the virus quickly but produce false negatives at a higher rate than the polymerase chain reaction tests currently in use.


AI, AR, and the (Somewhat) Speculative Future of a Tech-Fueled FBI

WIRED

Burn-In: A Novel of the Real Robotic Revolution is a technothriller that follows the hunt for a terrorist through the streets of a future Washington, DC. More than 300 factual explanations and predictions (with endnotes) are baked into the story, and the research for it ranged from assembling the latest job automation reports to interviews with AI scientists and water-system cybersecurity experts. This is the first chapter, where we meet the main character, FBI special agent Lara Keegan, who is responding to an emergency alert at Washington's Union Station. Soon Keegan will be assigned to test out a robotic policing tool and launched into a conspiracy whose mastermind is using cutting-edge tech to tear the nation apart. The man's greasy red beard and braided Viking-style Mohawk had likely not been washed in a couple weeks, but the way that he cradled his AR-15 assault rifle made it clear he took care of what most mattered to him.


Machine Learning Meets Quantum Physics

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To overcome this challenge, recently there have been increased efforts to accelerate quantum simulations with machine learning (ML). This emerging interdisciplinary community encompasses chemists, material scientists, physicists, mathematicians and computer scientists, joining forces to contribute to the exciting hot topic of progressing machine learning and AI for molecules and materials. The book that has emerged from a series of workshops provides a snapshot of this rapidly developing field. It contains tutorial material explaining the relevant foundations needed in chemistry, physics as well as machine learning to give an easy starting point for interested readers. In addition, a number of research papers defining the current state-of-the-art are included.


Art and artifice – IAM Network

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An AI developed in Vienna is now debuting in the art business, and will curate the Bucharest Biennale. Practitioners in the arts labour under the misapprehension that the human factor of creativity would shield them from the depredations of artificial intelligence. It is assumed that like machines freed us from physical labour, machine intelligence would rid us of intellectual chores. They would put production line workers, bookkeepers, bank tellers and inventory managers out of work, but novelists and artists, and the marketing networks which have developed around their products, would be unharmed. A computer at Stanford which has digested the complete works of Shakespeare does almost passable knockoffs.


How Machine Learning in Search Works: Everything You Need to Know

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In the world of SEO, it's important to understand the system you're optimizing for. Another crucial area to understand is machine learning. Now, the term "machine learning" gets thrown around a lot these days. But how does machine learning actually impact search and SEO? This chapter will explore everything you need to know about how search engines use machine learning.


The VC's Guide to Machine Learning

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In the Greek mythology of "The Argonauts and the Quest for the Golden Fleece", Jason – a mortal hero and leader of the Argonauts – searches for the "Golden Fleece" and along his arduous journey battles Talos--a gargantuan non-human made of solid bronze.


Artificial intelligence, healthcare and the pandemic

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Artificial intelligence, as a revolutionary force in restructuring production and consumption patterns, has long been on the agenda of policy-makers.


Chinese Debates on the Military Utility of Artificial Intelligence

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The Chinese military believes it is losing a high-stakes competition with the United States and Russia to lead the world in artificial intelligence (AI).