WHO says play video games as healthy social pastime during coronavirus pandemic

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Video games are being prescribed as a recommended treatment for our ongoing homebound existence, brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. Game makers on Saturday began kicking off a new World Health Organization (WHO) initiative entitled #PlayApartTogether to encourage people on how to entertain themselves and also practice physical distancing. The initiative is particularly noteworthy because WHO previously designated video game addiction as an official mental health disorder. But the group hopes that the industry can "reach millions with important messages to help prevent the spread of COVID-19," said Ray Chambers, the U.S. ambassador to WHO in a statement. Game companies will encourage players to stay distanced and observe other safety measures including hand hygiene, he said.


Apple's New Tool Let's You Screen Yourself For COVID-19

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Apple's new COVID-19 app and website provides the latest information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Apple's new COVID-19 app and website provides the latest information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Apple's new COVID-19 website and app allow users to screen themselves for coronavirus symptoms and receive recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on what to do next. The tool was developed in partnership with the CDC, the White House's coronavirus task force and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Both the website and the app were made publicly available on Friday.


Inside the lab where Waymo is building the brains for its driverless cars

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Right now, a minivan with no one behind the steering wheel is driving through a suburb of Phoenix, Arizona. And while that may seem alarming, the company that built the "brain" powering the car's autonomy wants to assure you that it's totally safe. Waymo, the self-driving unit of Alphabet, is the only company in the world to have fully driverless vehicles on public roads today. That was made possible by a sophisticated set of neural networks powered by machine learning about which very is little is known -- until now. For the first time, Waymo is lifting the curtain on what is arguably the most important (and most difficult-to-understand) piece of its technology stack. The company, which is ahead in the self-driving car race by most metrics, confidently asserts that its cars have the most advanced brains on the road today. Anyone can buy a bunch of cameras and LIDAR sensors, slap them on a car, and call it autonomous. But training a self-driving car to behave like a human driver, or, more importantly, to drive better than a human, is on the bleeding edge of artificial intelligence research.


AI (Artificial Intelligence) Companies That Are Combating The COVID-19 Pandemic

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AI (Artificial Intelligence) has a long history, going back to the 1950s when the computer industry started. It's interesting to note that much of the innovation came from government programs, not private industry. This was all about how to leverage technologies to fight the Cold War and put a man on the moon. The impact of these program would certainly be far-reaching. They would lead to the creation of the Internet and the PC revolution.


AI (Artificial Intelligence) Companies That Are Combating The COVID-19 Pandemic

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AI (Artificial Intelligence) has a long history, going back to the 1950s when the computer industry started. It's interesting to note that much of the innovation came from government programs, not private industry. This was all about how to leverage technologies to fight the Cold War and put a man on the moon. The impact of these program would certainly be far-reaching. They would lead to the creation of the Internet and the PC revolution.


Buy Intel Stock Because It Dominates AI and Autonomous Driving, Analyst Says

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Intel makes processors that act as the main computing brains for PCs and servers. Nomura Instinet chip analyst David Wong initiated coverage on Intel on Tuesday with a Buy rating, predicting long-term sales growth of 8% to 10% annually for the technology giant. "Intel is the world leader in processors for artificial intelligence and autonomous driving," he wrote. "We think that microprocessor growth could well be above overall semiconductor industry growth over the next decade, fueling long-term top-line growth for Intel." The analyst started his price target for Intel at $65, representing 17% upside to the current stock price.


Can AI Achieve Common Sense to Make Machines More Intelligent?

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Today machines with artificial intelligence (AI) are becoming more prevalent in society. Across many fields, AI has taken over numerous tasks that humans used to do earlier. As the reference is to human intelligence, artificial intelligence is being modified into what humans can do. However, the technology has not yet matched the level of utmost wisdom possessed by humans and it seems like it is not going to achieve the milestone any time sooner. To replace human beings at most jobs, machines need to exhibit what we intuitively call "common sense".


Google releases Semantic Reactor for natural language understanding experimentation

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Google today released Semantic Reactor, a Google Sheets add-on for experimenting with natural language models. The tech giant describes it as a demonstration of how natural language understanding (NLU) can be used with pretrained, generic AI models, as well as a means to dispel intimidation around using machine learning. "Companies are using NLU to create digital personal assistants, customer service bots, and semantic search engines for reviews, forums and the news," wrote Google AI researchers Ben Pietrzak, Steve Pucci, and Aaron Cohen in a blog post. "However, the perception that using NLU and machine learning is costly and time-consuming prevents a lot of potential users from exploring its benefits." Semantic Reactor, then, which is currently a whitelisted experiment in the Google Cloud AI Workshop, allows users to sort lines of text in a sheet using a range of AI models.


Applications of Artificial Intelligence in the HR Industry

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Automated systems allow for a more intuitive, personalized, simple HR experience for candidates and employees. The trends and applications of AI in the HR and recruiting industry are countless, meeting the needs of employees and candidates through talent sourcing, candidate evaluation, employee development, scheduling interviews and meetings, and engaging with employees writes Valerie Caswell, online marketing professional, Gumessay. In all aspects of business, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is changing the way things are done. With innovations in machine-learning technologies continually being developed, the future of the HR industry lies in the unique combination of digital AI and human services. Automated systems allow for a more intuitive, personalized, simple HR experience for candidates and employees.


Growth in Machine Learning Leading to Demand for Automated ML - AI Trends

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Machine learning has been used successfully in many disciplines that increasingly depend on it. However, the success relies on human machine learning experts to perform many tasks, according to an account on AutoML.org, a website of the community. These tasks include: Preprocessing and cleaning the data; selecting and constructing appropriate features; selecting an appropriate model family; optimizing model hyper parameters; post-processing machine learning models; and critically analyzing the results. The growth of machine learning applications has created a demand for off-the-shelf machine learning methods that can be used more easily and without necessarily expert knowledge. The goal is to progressively automate these manual tasks in what is being called AutoML.