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Automated Health Care Offers Freedom from Shame, But Is It What Patients Need?

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A few years ago, Timothy Bickmore, a computer scientist at Northeastern University, developed an artificial-intelligence program to help low-income patients at Boston Medical Center prepare for their return home from the hospital. The virtual nurse, alternately called Louise or Elizabeth, was embodied as an animated figure on a screen. It began by asking patients whether they were Red Sox fans, then walked them through what they should do after they were discharged. This medication is for your stomach. You will take one pill in the morning.") Bickmore has since created a slew of these programs--an A.I. couples counsellor, an exercise coach, a palliative-care consultant--all aimed at disadvantaged clients. "It's where we think we can have the most impact," he told me recently. "Hopefully, the A.I. is better than nothing." It sounds like a classic techno-dystopia--human warmth displaced by a cold computer, one made somehow worse by the patronizing nod to local-sports fandom.


Computers have learned to make us jump through hoops John Naughton

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The other day I had to log in to a service I hadn't used before. Since I was a new user, the website decided that it needed to check that I wasn't a robot and so set me a Captcha (Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computers and Humans Apart). This is a challenge-response test to enable a computer to determine whether the user is a person rather than a machine. I was presented with an image of a roadside scene over which was overlaid a grid. My "challenge" was to click on each cell in the grid that contained a traffic sign, or part thereof.


American Link flight simulators win Britain's top computer conservation award

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TechWorks has won the Tony Sale Award for bringing back to life a Second World War analogue flight simulator, a 1960s-era General Aviation Trainer (GAT-1), and an all-digital Super GAT trainer from the 1980s. The three pioneering pilot trainers are available to visitors to the TechWorks museum in Binghamton in New York State. Britain's Computer Conservation Society holds a competition for the Tony Sale Award every other year to remember the man who, among other things, led the reconstruction of the Colossus computer hosted at The National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) at Bletchley Park, north of London. Also: Hitler's "unbreakable" encryption machine -- and the Bletchley Park devices which cracked the code Binghamton has been described as "the birthplace of Virtual Reality" because it is where Ed Link built the first Link flight simulator. Link's father owned a pipe organ and player piano factory, and Link -- who already knew how to fly -- thought that bouncing on an organ bellows was a bit like flying.


Artificial intelligence in medicine: The computer knows what you need DW 12.11.2018

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But in some work environments, like medicine, mistakes can be deadly. That's why more and more medical personnel are turning to artificial intelligence (AI) to help reduce the rate of error. Although, many experienced doctors are skeptical about using AI in medicine, researchers around the globe are working on new ways to apply it. The options are diverse -- and in some cases rather peculiar. The AI technology is a lot more precise than the human nose in analyzing a person's breath Human breath contains numerous chemicals that can be helpful in the diagnosis of different diseases.


The 3 Ways That Artificial Intelligence Will Change Content Marketing

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In many ways, artificial intelligence (AI) is already influencing digital marketing in general, and content marketing in particular. But the truth is, there is so much more to come โ€“ so many more changes and improvements that AI will surely bring to content marketing. In this blog post, I'm going to explore some of these changes in order to try to understand what the future holds โ€“ read on to discover the 3 ways that artificial intelligence will change content marketing. Before I can discuss the effects of artificial intelligence โ€“ also known as AI, machine intelligence and in some cases, machine learning - on content marketing, it's important to first understand what exactly artificial intelligence is. So, what is AI, exactly? Techopedia defines it as "an area of computer science that emphasizes the creation of intelligent machines that work and react like humans.


Automation Paradox: Why Automation Needs Humans

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Computers work perfectly--until they don't. They can experience glitches and errors that impair their performance. In fact, in some cases, computers are more vulnerable to errors and mistakes than humans. Most of the focus around self-driving cars has been on how they are safer and more capable than humans. However, how many times have you heard about their disengagement--the rates at which a human driver needs to take over control to avoid an accident from happening?


Radars, Cameras, and Lidar: How Self-Driving Cars See the Road

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Q: How Do Self-Driving Cars See? You head into a left turn, and before you change lanes, you crane your head around for a quick look back. That's when you see it. Chugging along behind you, in that left lane you're aiming to call your own. Your pressing question--Does it see me?--is answered when the vehicle slows down, giving you plenty of space.


This weird robotic head will be the friendly face of artificial intelligence

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Do you ever wish that Amazon's Alexa or Google Assistant were a bit more present for your chats? The answer might be this robotic head from tech company Furhat Robotics. As well as offering you a more human way to talk to a computer the Furhat robot also has the advantages of being able to emote, something Alexa and Assistant struggle with. Designed by a Swedish firm, Furhat isn't entirely designed to replace consumer products like Alexa and Assistant. The robots are currently being used by larger companies who need to give some life to artificial intelligence.


Silver screen machines: These are the all-time best movies about A.I.

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There are some great tech documentaries out there, but sometimes you just need a good feature film. But which one to choose for the discerning A.I. fan? Combing through the cinematic archives, we've made our picks for the best A.I.-themed movies you have to see before you die. Or, at least, before the machines take over and we're put to work in the dung mines with no time for frivolous entertainment. Artificial intelligence wasn't formed as its own official discipline until the mid-1950s, but the first "must watch" movie on this list pre-dates this by more than a quarter century. Made by German expressionist filmmaker Fritz Lang, Metropolis is an epic science fiction film which has inspired countless other movies in the genre.


Einride's Electric, Driverless Truck Is Moving Stuff and Making Money

WIRED

Look at just about any rendering or essayistic sketch of the world's transportation future, and you'll notice two things about the cars, trucks, vans, and whatever elses tootling around the roads: They drive themselves and they run on electricity. The funny thing about that pairing is that there's no inherent relationship between a vehicle's ability to drive itself and what it uses to move its wheels. Relying on a battery can actually be problematic for vehicles running piles of computers and sensors, but electric rides are a popular choice for autonomy developers anyway, because they feel more like the future. For Swedish trucking startup Einride, though, the connection between electric and autonomous technology is fundamental. Getting rid of the human, founder and CEO Robert Falck says, makes the formidable challenge of running a truck on batteries far easier.