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Robot judges? Edmonton research crafting artificial intelligence for courts

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A professor in computing science at the University of Alberta, Goebel has partnered with scientists in Japan to develop artificial intelligence programs designed for the legal world. "It's just extending the research required to more deeply understand language, so you can support or take over some of the things that humans do with legal reasoning," Goebel said in an interview with CBC Edmonton's Radio Active. "My colleague started studying law [in Japan], he took a law degree and started writing bar exams and he failed the bar exams," said Goebel. Building machines that understand language well enough to reason about law is a pretty interesting challenge."


Predictive Learning Market Estimated to Experience a Hike in Growth by 2025 – Find Market Research

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With recent advances in science and technology, particularly in machine learning, organizations need to adopt more comprehensive analytics strategies rather than basic analytics as large volumes of data is needed to be analyzed. However, Lack of expertise can be a hinder in the growth of the market.On the basis of deployment, predictive learning market can be segmented into cloud and on-premises.On the basis of end-user, predictive learning market can be segmented into BFSI, Retail, Telecommunications and IT, Energy and Utilities, Manufacturing, Government and Public Sector, Transportation and Logistics, Healthcare and Life Sciences, Media and Entertainment, Travel and Hospitality and Others. On the basis of Application, predictive learning can be segmented into finance and risk, operations and workforce, Customer and channel, and Sales and marketing.On the basis of region, predictive learning market can be segmented into North America, Latin America, Western Europe, Middle East & Africa (MEA), Asia Pacific excluding Japan (APEJ) and Japan. North America is the largest market for predictive learning due to continuous advancement of technologies and increasing priorities among different enterprises over the past couple of years.


Video Friday: Boston Dynamics, Inflatable Robots, and Japan's Space Ball

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The latest example of this trend is C-Turtle, which its creators at Arizona State University's Interactive Robotics lab call a "crawling paper robot for the detection of landmines or the exploration of Mars...or your living room." Nicholas Paine, from Apptronik, a new robotics spinoff from UT Austin's Human Centered Robotics Lab, writes in to share a video of their prototype robotic leg: "The Apptronik/UT Draco leg is a prototype robotic leg aimed at advancing high power high efficiency robotic locomotion. "This video shows footage from a recent demonstration of the Digital Farmhand robot at Richmond, NSW. Digital Farmhand is a low cost row crop robot aimed towards helping small scale farmers in Australia & overseas to perform crop analytics and automation of simple farming tasks.


How logic games have advanced AI thinking

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Raymond Bird, the electronics engineer who was tasked with developing the HEC, described the demonstration of the noughts and crosses game as a great success in showing the potential power of computers. It led to the development of expert systems – machines that could become domain experts in areas such as medical diagnosis, says Herbert. With ubiquitous internet access, much more data became available, which led to what is now called machine learning. A big driver was search engine development by the likes of Bing, Google and AltaVista and, later, the recommendation engines – all of which are based on pattern recognition technology.


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The iPhone 8 will pack a new 4.7-inch Retina HD display, while the iPhone 8 Plus has 5.5-inch Retina HD display -- what's new here is the addition of Apple's True Tone tech. Apple has embedded Qi inductive wireless charging to mean that both phones will charge on compatible pucks and and surfaces when they launch. Qi charging surfaces are already on sale pretty much everywhere.


China is poised to dominate robotics markets sooner than expected

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Faced with rising labor costs, China is making a strong move to establish itself as the world's leading manufacturer of robots. According to a report from the International Federation of Robotics (IFR), China will triple its sales of robots by 2018. You would expect Chinese firms to dominate a trade show held in Beijing. In the U.S., The Robotic Industries Association (RIA), the industry's trade group in North America, just announced that Siasun Robot & Automation Co. Ltd., China's largest robot supplier, has joined RIA as its first Chinese member.


Nissan Introduces Its New Leaf

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MAKUHARI, Japan-- Nissan Motor Co. NSANY 0.90% introduced its new Leaf electric car here Wednesday, with improved range, autonomous-driving technology and a price tag that undercuts rivals in a bid to jump-start slowing sales. Tesla's base model $35,000 Model 3 can go 220 miles on a single charge. In the next year, Nissan plans to introduce a higher-performance Leaf with a 60 kilowatt-hour battery, compared with the 40 kilowatt-hour battery on the version unveiled Wednesday, Mr. Saikawa said. Tesla says the most expensive versions of its Model 3 can go 310 miles on a single charge based on EPA standards.


Europe's biggest tech show finally delivered

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The company claims that the gear can be installed and running within 10 minutes, letting you explore the world of Windows Mixed Reality almost immediately. What I appreciate the most about Sphero's latest Star Wars toys is the attention to detail. From washing machines and pianos to speakers and smartphones, all manner of home appliances and gadgets are learning to think for themselves to better serve humans. After a few years heading up Engadget's coverage from Japan, covering high-tech toilets and robot restaurants, he heads up our UK bureau in London.


The rise of AI

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From virtual assistants to driverless cars, technology imitating human intelligence is on the rise. The robotics arm of Japanese telecommunications company SoftBank released its first humanoid robot, "Nao", in 2006 and "Pepper", a robot designed to read human emotions, in 2014. One of Japan's biggest banks, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, started using Nao a few years ago as a robot bank teller and Pepper is used in SoftBank shops around Japan to attract and greet customers and keep them entertained in-store. Auckland University of Technology artificial intelligence research centre director Albert Yeap says for him, AI is about figuring out how the mind works and then working out how to reproduce it on a computer.


Nokia 8's dual-camera is good, but rival phones offer more

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Also, after being spoiled with the camera app control options of Nokia's Lumia phones years ago, the lack of true manual controls and tweaks was also disappointing. There are three focus modes: include center-weighted, evaluative -- which generally involves face detection -- and old-fashioned auto, while there's similarly limited options for focal range photography. The simple control UI includes the ability to combine the front facing camera with the rear-facing duo for simultaneous photos and video. After a few years heading up Engadget's coverage from Japan, covering high-tech toilets and robot restaurants, he heads up our UK bureau in London.