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Use Google in the car? Google Assistant, Android Auto get fresh updates, and new partner in Honda

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Google is updating critical features for the millions of drivers who depend on its technology to help them get around. The tech giant announced the upcoming changes Thursday to Google Assistant and Android Auto driving modes and a new automaker, Honda, will have Google technology installed in its vehicles. Google said that drivers using Google Assistant on Android phones will soon see a new dashboard they say will reduce "the need to fiddle with your phone while also making sure you stay focused on the road." Instead of scrolling while driving, Google said drivers could tap to see who just called or sent a text and have access to several apps to listen to music with the new dashboard. The dashboard will also include a new messaging update where drivers can say, "Hey Google, turn on auto-read," to hear their new messages read aloud when they come in and respond by voice.


Should politics be in games? Giancarlo Esposito says they have to be.

Washington Post - Technology News

Esposito is a prominent actor, known for villainous turns as Gustavo Fring in "Breaking Bad" and Moff Gideon in "The Mandalorian." The character he plays in "Far Cry 6," dictator Antón Castillo, and the game's fictional setting of Yara have drawn comparisons to the political situation in Cuba. Khavari released a statement in May clarifying that, yes, "Far Cry 6" would invoke political themes, after an interview in which he said, "Our game doesn't want to make a political statement about what's happening in Cuba specifically."


Improved pathogenicity prediction for rare human missense variants

#artificialintelligence

The success of personalized genomic medicine depends on our ability to assess the pathogenicity of rare human variants, including the important class of missense variation. There are many challenges in training accurate computational systems, e.g., in finding the balance between quantity, quality, and bias in the variant sets used as training examples and avoiding predictive features that can accentuate the effects of bias. Here, we describe VARITY, which judiciously exploits a larger reservoir of training examples with uncertain accuracy and representativity. To limit circularity and bias, VARITY excludes features informed by variant annotation and protein identity. To provide a rationale for each prediction, we quantified the contribution of features and feature combinations to the pathogenicity inference of each variant.


Automating Machine Learning In A Single Line Of Code

#artificialintelligence

Creating a Machine Learning model is a difficult task because we need to write a lot of code to try different models and find out the performing model for that particular problem.


Berkshire Grey launches AI-powered robotic shuttle put wall - Mobile Robot Guide

#artificialintelligence

The new robotic put wall helps to mitigate labor shortages and meet surging eCommerce demands. Berkshire Grey Inc, (Nasdaq: BGRY) launches a news AI-powered Robotic Shuttle Put Wall (RSPW) solution for eCommerce order fulfillment. This new solution helps to buffer and sort inventory items while increasing order processing speeds. The solutions helps retailers to meet the current eCommerce surge and manual labor shortages resulting from the pandemic, while handling holiday peak seasons. RSPW provides businesses the ability to increase customer order throughput and meet heightened customer expectations.


Deploying Machine Learning models to production -- Inference service architecture patterns

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Deploying machine learning models to production in order to perform inference, i.e. predict results on new data points, has proved to be a confusing and risky area of engineering. Many projects fail to make the transition from the lab to production, partially because these difficulties are not addressed on time. There are many technical decisions when deploying Machine Learning to production -- packaging, versioning, server stack selection, hardware profile, methodology for performance tuning, capacity planning, monitoring needs etc. This post focuses on introducing the architectural patterns and considerations for decomposing inference tasks into services. The post assumes you have some experience in deploying services to production, and focus mostly on the decisions/characteristics which are unique to Model Inference.


Scientists use AI to create drug regime for rare form of brain cancer in children

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Scientists have successfully used artificial intelligence to create a new drug regime for children with a deadly form of brain cancer that has not seen survival rates improve for more than half a century. The breakthrough, revealed in the journal Cancer Discovery, is set to usher in an "exciting" new era where AI can be harnessed to invent and develop new treatments for all types of cancer, experts say. "The use of AI promises to have a transformative effect on drug discovery," said Prof Kristian Helin, chief executive of The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR), London, where a team of scientists, doctors and data analysts made the discovery. "In this study, use of AI has identified a drug combination which appears to have promise as a future treatment for some children with incurable brain cancer. It's exciting to think that it could become one of the first examples of a treatment proposed by AI going on to benefit patients."


Artificial Intelligence Program Helps Detect Prostate Cancer

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The FDA has authorized the first artificial intelligence software to help doctors detect prostate cancer. The program, called Paige Prostate, is the first approved AI system in pathology. "We really believe this product can make a huge difference," Paige CEO Leo Grady, PhD, says. The program was approved to help doctors, not to replace them. "For a second opinion today, you ship a glass slide to somebody else or you do another stain that's really expensive or you do another molecular test," Grady says.


Android's accessibility updates include a way to control your phone using your face

Engadget

Google has introduced quite a lengthy list of Android features, including new accessibility tools for the mobile OS that rely on eye and facial gestures. Starting this week, users will see a new addition to the Android Accessibility Suite that can turn a phone's front-facing camera into a switch. Aptly called Camera Switch, the tool replaces keyboards, mice and touchscreen displays as a device's input method. With the feature, users will be able to navigate their phones with eye movements or with facial features, such as smiling or opening and closing their mouths. The tech giant started beta testing it in August, but it's now giving the feature a wider rollout. The tech giant has also launched a new application called Project Activate specifically for those don't speak or have neurological conditions.


What the hell is going on in 'Deltarune'?

Washington Post - Technology News

You learn that this universe has two realms: the "Light Realm" populated by Lightners, and the "Dark Realm" populated by Darkners. The Dark Realm is actually a series of worlds created from Fountains of Darkness, which only Lightners can create in the Light Realm. Both chapters involve Kris and a friend named Suzie, both Lightners, and a Darkner named Ralsei (who looks suspiciously like your brother Asriel) entering one of these Dark Realm worlds and sealing up a Fountain of Darkness. This causes that world to disappear, which is good: If too many Fountains are created, not only will all Darkners turn to stone, but the Light Realm will experience "The Roaring," an event where giant Titans will come to ravage the land.