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Learn to Code by Solving Problems: A Python Programming Primer , Zingaro, Daniel, eBook - Amazon.com

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"The book is an exceptionally well-written technical Python book for beginners that uses active learning techniques. If you're a beginner to intermediate-level coder, this book will significantly improve your Python skills. It's easy to read, and solving the problems is fun and satisfying." Dr. Daniel Zingaro is an award-winning Associate Professor of Computer Science in the teaching stream at University of Toronto Mississauga, and is internationally recognized for his expertise in Active Learning. He is also the author of Algorithmic Thinking (No Starch Press, 2021).


Paige Receives First Ever FDA Approval for AI Product in Digital Pathology

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NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Paige, the global leader in AI-based diagnostic software in pathology, today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted de novo marketing authorization for Paige Prostate, a clinical-grade AI solution for prostate cancer detection. As a novel technology, Paige Prostate is the first AI-based pathology product to receive de novo approval from the FDA, allowing in vitro diagnostic (IVD) use via Paige's FDA-cleared FullFocus digital pathology viewer. With a projected 60 percent increase in the number of cancer cases globally in the next two decades and a decrease in the number of pathologists relative to this diagnostic demand, there is a significant need to provide new technologies for the practice of pathology. Paige Prostate is a cancer detection solution that identifies foci suspicious for cancer and provides this information to the pathologist. Paige Prostate is designed to assist pathologists in finding small foci of cancer and enable pathologists to work efficiently and confidently in their diagnostic process.


Greece used AI to curb COVID: what other nations can learn

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Greece's decision to deploy machine learning in pandemic surveillance will be much-studied around the world.Credit: Konstantinos Tsakalidis/Bloomberg/Getty A few months into the COVID-19 pandemic, operations researcher Kimon Drakopoulos e-mailed both the Greek prime minister and the head of the country's COVID-19 scientific task force to ask if they needed any extra advice. Drakopoulos works in data science at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and is originally from Greece. To his surprise, he received a reply from Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis within hours. The European Union was asking member states, many of which had implemented widespread lockdowns in March, to allow non-essential travel to recommence from July 2020, and the Greek government needed help in deciding when and how to reopen borders. Greece, like many other countries, lacked the capacity to test all travellers, particularly those not displaying symptoms.


Xenobots -- When Robots Start Living

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Imagine if all the microplastics in the sea could be cleared and collected by biodegradable organisms, or if tiny programmable species could detect and destroy cancerous tumours. Both of these have been listed as possible applications for xenobots -- synthetic bio-bots created by a team of scientists at the University of Vermont. This combination of artificial intelligence and biology is revolutionary and has the potential to change what the science field looks like in the future.


FedEx uses autonomous trucks for first time on delivery route

Mashable

That truck driving down the interstate might not have a flesh-and-blood driver. On Wednesday FedEx announced its first autonomously-driven Class 8 truck delivery route ("Class 8 truck" is an industry term for what many Americans call a "semi-trailer truck"). Working with truck maker PACCAR and self-driving company Aurora, which is backed by Amazon, FedEx will start making deliveries in Texas using an autonomous semi. The route on Interstate 45 between Houston and Dallas is about 500 miles round trip, and expected to be busy as the holiday shopping season approaches. The test route will run multiple times each week starting Wednesday.


Chapter 4: Using t-SNE Plots as a Human-AI Translator

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History: For my masters research project at University of Toronto, I was given airport Xray baggage scan images containing gun and knife to develop a model that performs an automatic detection of gun and knife in the baggage. Given only a small amount of Xray images, I am using Domain Adaptation by using a large number of normal non-Xray images of gun and knife from the web to train a model and adapting the model to perform well on the Xray images. In this post, I will address a strange behaviour of ResNet50 and show how the t-SNE visualization technique helped clear up the fog. In Chapter 3.2, I addressed a concerning and unintuitive behaviour of ResNet50 that was fine-tuned for gun vs. knife binary classification task using only web images (no Xray images). It classified images unrelated to gun or knife (e.g.


How AI can help forecast how much Arctic sea ice will shrink

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In the next week or so, the sea ice floating atop the Arctic Ocean will shrink to its smallest size this year, as summer-warmed waters eat away at the ice's submerged edges. Record lows for sea ice levels will probably not be broken this year, scientists say. In 2020, the ice covered 3.74 million square kilometers of the Arctic at its lowest point, coming nail-bitingly close to an all-time record low. Currently, sea ice is present in just under 5 million square kilometers of Arctic waters, putting it on track to become the 10th-lowest extent of sea ice in the area since satellite record keeping began in 1979. It's an unexpected finish considering that in early summer, sea ice hit a record low for that time of year. The surprise comes in part because the best current statistical- and physics-based forecasting tools can closely predict sea ice extent only a few weeks in advance, but the accuracy of long-range forecasts falters.


Sid Meier and the Meaning of "Civilization"

The New Yorker

Sid Meier is famous for creating the video game Civilization. He's also known for having his name on the box. Meier released Civilization thirty years ago this month, after developing it with Bruce Shelley, a veteran board-game designer. The pair were inspired by the illustrated history books you might find on a middle-school library shelf, and by titles like Seven Cities of Gold (1984), a video game of Spanish conquest created by the designer Danielle Berry. In Civilization, you start with a covered wagon on a map that is largely obscured. You learn metalwork, horse riding, feudalism, democracy, and diplomatic relations. Eventually, the rest of the world is revealed--a patchwork of nations.


How a drone-in-a-box can help fight wildfires

ZDNet

In fact, fire frequencies are projected to increase by approximately 27% globally by 2050. Areas such as North America, Northern Eurasia, and Australia are deemed to be most susceptible to wildfires, making finding effective methods to respond to them increasingly more important. Increasingly, fire departments across the globe have started to deploy first responder drones to ensure firefighter safety as well as enhance operational effectiveness when tackling a wide range of emergency sites including oil wells, high rises, and wildfires. In response to a recent forest fire that broke out in Athens, Defense Minister Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos said that the armed forces would strengthen their capabilities in fire prevention, deploying drones over other vulnerable sites across the country to obtain accurate data. Drone deployment in a fire emergency ensures the protection of personnel, gathers situational awareness speedily and accurately, and provides a cost-effective helicopter replacement and enables fast mapping for incident response and recovery.


Ed Rollins: Why 2022 midterms could be a catastrophe for Biden

FOX News

Lara Logan joined Lt. Gen. William Boykin on'Fox News Primetime' to discuss the U.S. drone strike that killed 10 civilians, including seven children. Logan said the U.S. betrayal of Afghan allies caused a scarcity in intelligence. The news cycle may have shifted away from Afghanistan, but not because the country is in a better place. To the contrary, the Afghanistan crisis is only getting worse. If anything, the shift in press coverage only exposes the pitfalls of media bias, with the liberal media doing everything in its power to change the subject and deflect blame from President Biden.