AI Predicts Humans Have an Ancestor We Don't Even Know About Yet


Using artificial intelligence, a number of European evolutionary biologists now believe that humans have an ancient ancestor whose identity is unknown to modern science. The ancestor, based out of Asia, would have been a hybrid of Neanderthals and Denisovans, a subspecies of archaic humans. The Denisovans are less well-known than the famous Neanderthals, but the two were separate groups who split off from their common ancestor around 744,000 years ago. While Neanderthals settled in Europe and parts of western Asia, Denisovan remains have been found in central Asia and Siberia--their name comes from the Denisova Cave in the Siberian Altai Mountains, where a Denisovan bone was first discovered in 2008. The groups were genetically independent from each other.

Virtual Justice: How Big Data Could Undermine Society


"There is a battle going on for fairness, inclusion and justice in the digital world." Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation, was referring to burgeoning research that has uncovered systematic racial, gender, and other biases built into algorithms used for everything from Netflix "recommended" titles to surveillance systems. In one dramatic case, researchers testing facial-recognition software found that it was reliable – when using photos of white males. But for photos of darker-skinned people, the systems failed as much as 35 percent of the time to correctly identify the gender of black women (Lhor, 2018). Such facial-recognition technology is being rapidly developed for a range of applications.

IIT Hyderabad to Launch B-Tech in Artificial Intelligence


Hyderabad: A full-fledged B-Tech programme in Artificial Intelligence would be introduced by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Hyderabad, from the coming academic year. Admission to the course with an intake of around 20 students would be through the JEE-Advanced, a release said here. IIT Hyderabad has become the first Indian Educational Institution to offer such a course in AI. The mission of the Department of Artificial Intelligence, IIT Hyderabad, is to produce students with a sound understanding of the fundamentals of theory and practice of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, it said. IIT Hyderabad is already offering an M-Tech course in Artificial Intelligence Machine Learning.

Israeli AI transforms cervical cancer screening - Israel News - Jerusalem Post


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How visual recognition is set to change advertising - MarTech Today


Ad relevancy is key to moving a customer down their purchase path. The consumer profiles we build on each individual user provide insight into their needs, brand biases, social stances and much, much more. When done correctly, we are able to better understand a prospect, allowing us to place a relevant ad in front of a person who is actively shopping for our brands or products. To be even more successful, we need to go beyond what that individual wants at that specific moment. Behavioral economics has shown that consistent touch points over a period of time allow us to influence potential customers when they are activated to make a purchase decision at a later date.

9 of the best drones according to Amazon reviews


Over the past few years, drones and quadcopters have become more accessible. The cost of designing and manufacturing a good quality drone has gone down, so now more and more people can take up the hobby or up their photography game with impressive and daring photos and videos. But some drones are definitely better than others, so we rounded up the best drones for just about any person and situation. But before you start flying, it's important to register your new drone with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) first, so you won't get in trouble with the authorities. After all, piloting an unregistered drone is against the law.

The Sound Of AI Music: How AI Is Taking Over Music Industry


When we talk about artificial intelligence, people always tend to think of the only spaces where this tech can replace humans. However, there is another vertical, which is one of those least expected, that AI has influenced in recent times -- Music composition. The music industry has also witnessed tremendous transformations done by AI over the past couple of years -- not only in terms of listening to music but also in terms of how music is made. American singer-songwriter, Taryn Southern in 2017 created a big, moody ballad song Break Free entirely produced by an AI. Not only the song but Southern also went on to create the entire album I AM AI which is the first LP to be entirely composed and produced using AI.

China's greatest natural resource may be its data


Kai-Fu Lee built his career working for the giants of Silicon Valley: Apple, Microsoft, and Google. But today, as one of the most successful venture capitalists in the field of artificial intelligence, Lee has decided that best place to be an AI capitalist is in communist China. Lee's firm, Sinovation Ventures, has funded 140 AI startups, including shared-bicycle companies, education companies, and a firm that's developing dishwashing robots. Lee says that the future for AI companies in China offers more promise than anywhere else, because of the simple fact that in a country of 1.4 billion, there's just more data than anywhere else. In China, data has become its own kind of abundant natural resource.

Bacteria-inspired Swiss microbot will be able to deliver drugs inside human body

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LONDON - A tiny sliver of elastic material swims along a narrow tube, coiling up and changing shape in response to the thickness of fluid and the contours of the tube around it as it moves toward its goal. The miniature robot -- the brainchild of scientists in Switzerland seeking new methods to deliver drugs to diseased tissue -- is designed to wend its way through blood vessels and other systems in the body. The team is led by Selman Sakar at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne and Bradley Nelson at ETH Zurich, two leading research institutes for science and technology. "Nature has evolved a multitude of micro-organisms that change shape as their environmental conditions change. This basic principle inspired our microrobot design," Nelson said.

Facebook hackathon applies machine learning to Seattle data to solve civic challenges


October 6, 2017 at 12:00 pm October 6, 2017 at 10:59 am GeekWire Summit: Tickets here! Tomorrow, Facebook's Seattle engineering hub will host a hackathon focused on applying machine learning to Seattle's wealth of public data. Here is an example of the kinds of things we might see come out of the event according to Aria Haghighi, a Facebook engineering manager who is leading the event: "We have bicycle accident data -- where bicycle accidents are happening -- and we also have map data on what the terrain looks like there," Haghighi said. "So, one thing you could do is build a model to predict, based on the map, where are you likely to see accidents and see how that does with some of the data we have." N. David Doyle, program manager for Seattle's open data initiative, said the city hasn't yet delved deeply into what machine learning can do for its municipal data sets.