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Mental health support made accessible using AI-powered chat - Microsoft Accessibility Blog


With current research showing that most users do not use mental health apps beyond two weeks, the texting platform offers a more promising alternative. The platform works by offering pushed text messages throughout the day, giving the user the opportunity to engage whenever they're ready. Because it uses SMS, there's no need for data or internet access to interact with the AI bot. After signing up on the MHA website, a text conversation is initiated and the user answers questions. From there, the platform uses machine learning to drive specific engagement interests and learn more about the activities of the user, like the topics they're interested in and the best format for information.

Sleep Staging Using End-to-End Deep Learning Model


Sleep staging using nocturnal sounds recorded from common mobile devices may allow daily at-home sleep tracking. The objective of this study is to introduce an end-to-end (sound-to-sleep stages) deep learning model for sound-based sleep staging designed to work with audio from microphone chips, which are essential in mobile devices such as modern smartphones. Patients and Methods: Two different audio datasets were used: audio data routinely recorded by a solitary microphone chip during polysomnography (PSG dataset, N 1154) and audio data recorded by a smartphone (smartphone dataset, N 327). The audio was converted into Mel spectrogram to detect latent temporal frequency patterns of breathing and body movement from ambient noise. The proposed neural network model learns to first extract features from each 30-second epoch and then analyze inter-epoch relationships of extracted features to finally classify the epochs into sleep stages. Results: Our model achieved 70% epoch-by-epoch agreement for 4-class (wake, light, deep, REM) sleep stage classification and robust performance across various signal-to-noise conditions. The model performance was not considerably affected by sleep apnea or periodic limb movement. Conclusion: The proposed end-to-end deep learning model shows potential of low-quality sounds recorded from microphone chips to be utilized for sleep staging. Future study using nocturnal sounds recorded from mobile devices at home environment may further confirm the use of mobile device recording as an at-home sleep tracker. Sound-based sleep staging can be a potential candidate for non-contact home sleep trackers. However, existing works were limited to audio measured with a contact manner (ie, tracheal sounds), with a limited distance (ie, 25 cm), or by a professional microphone. For convenience, a more practical way is to utilize easily obtainable audio, such as sounds recorded from commercial mobile devices.

Why Giving "Human Rights" to AI Is a Bad Idea


In a recent Living in the Solutionpodcast with otolaryngologist and broadcaster Elaina George at Liberty Talk radio, Wesley J. Smith, lawyer and host of the Humanize podcast at Discovery Institute's Center on Human Exceptionalism tackled the question of "Can You be a Christian and Believe in Transhumanism?" (June 4, 2022) Transhumanism or H, as it is sometimes called, is a movement to create immortality through new biotechnology or merger with artificial intelligence (AI). In the first portion of the podcast, which we covered on Sunday, June 12, they talked about the way being a human, a computer, or an animal is viewed by transhumanists as all just a choice now, thanks to new technology. In the second, they looked at the religious elements in transhumanism. In this third and final segment, they discuss the difference in values between Christianity and transhumanism. A partial transcript and notes follow.

I listen to podcasts while I game because there's only so much time


Some people get used to not having as much free time as they did when they were kids. I am not one of those people. As a working adult with an admittedly compromised social life (thanks, COVID!) and numerous other time-sucking obligations, finding time for both video games and podcasts has become a challenge. I truly, deeply adore both things; gaming is a lifelong passion and podcasts have been making me laugh on a daily basis for 15 years. I had to hear a lot of talk radio as a kid, so podcasts changed everything once I found out that the format could be funny and lively instead of dusty and decrepit.

Machine Learning in Elixir with Sean Moriarity


Sean Moriarity, the author of Genetic Algorithms in Elixir, lays out Machine Learning in the Elixir space. We talk about where it is today and where it's going in the future. Sean talks more about his book, how that led to working with José Valim which then led to the creation of Nx. He fills us in on recent ML events with Google and Facebook and shows us how Elixir fits into the bigger picture. It's a fast developing area and Sean helps us follow the important points even if we aren't doing ML ourselves… because our teams may still need it.

Zoho (ManageEngine) Named a Leader in the IDC MarketScape for Unified Endpoint Management


AI and ML News: Why SMBs Shouldn't Be Afraid of Artificial Intelligence (AI) "We have SOC alerts scheduled. So whenever we receive an alert, we have knowledge on that endpoint's health and patch status, helping us identify the cause of the SOC alert [and], in turn, optimizing the time taken for troubleshooting." It has also been positioned as a Major Player in the IDC MarketScape: Worldwide UEM Software for Ruggedized/Internet of Things Device Deployments 2022 Vendor Assessment (doc #US48325322, May 2022). The IDC MarketScape: Worldwide UEM Software 2022 Vendor Assessment report notes, "Patch management is one of the main capabilities across Windows and Mac platforms, as well as extensive patch and vulnerability management support for third-party apps and software on both platforms. It also supports broader automation of PCLM routines such as patches, deploying software and OS imaging (in addition to mobile device management) and application management."

Could Artificial Intelligence Replace Photography?


With technology continuing to move on at a swift pace, there's been plenty of recent discussion as to whether digital renders can truly ever replace product photography. Taking this one step further, is it possible that one day, artificial intelligence could simply create images without needing any input from a photographer or digital artist at all? As photographers, we often marvel at how amazing modern technology can be, how magical that new "must-have" camera feature is, or how smart the image-processing software has become. I don't consider myself to be especially old, but when I think back to using a manual-focusing 35mm SLR (because that's all we had to use, not because I'm a hipster) and compare that experience to the incredible face detection or eye detection autofocus on modern mirrorless cameras, it's hard to believe these huge technological advances have happened within my lifetime. Even the act of sitting in my living room, controlling the lighting and home entertainment with my voice, or video-calling a friend in another country on an iPad are literally things that my child self would have considered science fiction.

Global Big Data Conference


Today, IKEA is launching a new AI-driven interactive design experience called IKEA Kreativ for and the IKEA app. With the new feature, U.S. customers can design and visualize their own living spaces with digitalized furniture on their smartphones instead of traveling to the brick-and-mortar store where they are likely to be distracted by the warehouse-shaped labyrinth of showrooms, blue shopping bags and Swedish meatballs. Currently, the IKEA Kreativ feature is available on iOS devices and desktops. It will be coming to Android devices later this summer. The AI (Artificial Intelligence) experience is expected to launch in additional countries in September. However, there are no exact launch dates.

Apple Quietly Released One of The Most Impressive AR Room-mapping Tools


The Daily Roundup is our comprehensive coverage of the VR industry wrapped up into one daily email, delivered directly to your inbox. Apple has barely mentioned augmented or virtual reality in its big keynotes lately, however at WWDC 2022 earlier this month, the company quietly released probably one of the best 3D room-mapping tools for mobile AR yet. Called RoomPlan, the ARKit Swift API uses the camera and LiDAR scanner on recent iPhones and iPads to create a 3D floor plan of a room, including key characteristics such as dimensions and types of furniture. Apple says it's aiming to appeal to professionals like architecture and interior designers for conceptual exploration and planning, as well as developers of real estate, e-commerce, or hospitality apps; developers can integrate RoomPlan directly into their AR-capable apps. When it was released earlier this month, Jonathan Stephens, Chief Evangelist at spatial computing company EveryPoint, took RoomPlan for a test drive to see what it could do.

Polestar adds Apple CarPlay support to its EVs


Polestar promised Apple CarPlay support for its EVs two years ago, and it's finally delivering. As The Verge explains, the car brand has released an over-the-air update for the Polestar 2 that makes CarPlay available on the Android Automotive-based sedan. If you'd rather use Apple Maps instead of Google Maps or prefer to talk to Siri in lieu of Google Assistant, you now have that choice as long as you connect your iPhone. The most fun part about driving a Polestar is driving it, but there's more to it. Our latest over-the-air update for the Polestar 2 comes with Apple CarPlay, allowing Polestar owners with an iPhone to change music, use apps, and communicate through Siri or the infotainment system