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Researchers develop 'soft' valves to make entirely soft robots

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In recent years, an entirely new class of robot -- inspired by natural forms and built using soft, flexible elastomers -- has taken the field by storm, with designs capable of gripping objects, walking, and even jumping. Yet despite those innovations, so-called "soft" robots still carried some "hard" parts. In particular, said Philipp Rothemund, a doctoral student working in the lab of Woodford L. and Ann A. Flowers University Professor George Whitesides, the inflation and deflation of the robots was typically controlled by off-the-shelf pneumatic valves -- until now. Rothemund and postdoctoral fellow Daniel Preston have created a soft valve that could replace such hard components, and could lead to the creation of entirely soft robots. The valve's structure can also be used to produce unique, oscillatory behavior and could even be used to build soft logic circuits.


Artificial Intelligence Opportunities: A More Intelligent Manufacturing Industry

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In a 2016 article from Business Insider, General Electric described what an ideal intelligent factory would look like. Their vision for the "Brilliant Factory," as they called it, would start with automatic ordering based on detected customer need, and use 3D printing technologies to design, prototype, and test a new part in hours rather than days or weeks. Streamlining production would be next, with highly intelligent robots bearing a majority of the assembly workload. These stages would be continuously monitored by artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to detect abnormalities or faults, and eliminate downtime in the process. While posing an interesting trajectory for the manufacturing field, this "Brilliant Factory" remains in the future for now.


What is Artificial Intelligence Marketing? – Becoming Human: Artificial Intelligence Magazine

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Artificial Intelligence (AI) has made the transition from once being a glorious manifestation of sci-fi imagination to today emerging as a technological reality capable of disrupting industries. In an increasingly hypercompetitive business environment, the marketing function is no exception to the application of AI. In fact, in a recent PwC study, 72% of the marketers interviewed, consider AI as a "business advantage". When actionable data is considered the fulcrum for growth, the modern marketer barely utilises 5% of the customer-centric data -- that often exists in straitjacketed silos -- at his disposal. This is where Artificial Intelligence Marketing comes into the picture.


These full-body deepfakes are like nothing we've ever seen

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Deepfakes are manipulated and misleading videos that use deep learning technology to produce sophisticated doctored videos. Normally this involved splicing someone's face onto an existing video, often making it seem like a celebrity or public figure did something that never happened. Now the tools exist to do the same thing with someone's entire body, like a digital puppeteer. That's thanks to a new technique out of Heidelberg University that was recently published to Github and presented at September's European Conference on Computer Vision -- a step forward for deepfakes that has escaped mainstream scrutiny, but that could lead to the next generation of altered footage. The technology isn't perfect yet, but it's a worrisome preview of what could come.


Future Talks: AI Is the New UX

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Oracle's Steve Miranda, EVP Oracle Applications Product Development, sits down with analyst Ray Wang to talk about tech trends in the cloud including AI, autonomous database, and user experiences--AI is the new UX.


Artificial intelligence's rise exposes gaping gender gap

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The challenges of making the technology industry a more welcoming place for women are numerous, especially in the booming field of artificial intelligence. To get a sense of just how monumental a task the tech community faces, look no further than the marquee gathering for AI's top scientists. Preparations for this year's event drew controversy not only because there weren't enough female speakers or study authors. The biggest debate was over the conference's name. The annual Conference and Workshop on Neural Information Processing Systems, formerly known as NIPS, had become a punchline symbol about just how bad the gender imbalance is for artificial intelligence.


20 More AI Predictions For 2019

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Artificial intelligence (AI) is everywhere, driven by large investments, lots of startups, all established technology vendors, and enterprises big and small experimenting with what it can do for their bottom line. "Some AI Applications will not live up to the hype, and that's OK. People have been planning to have self-driving cars for a while. Some still fear an AI take over might be just 20 years away but the truth is we're still a long way away from truly autonomous cars. And as for an AI takeover, that will only exist in SciFi movies for the foreseeable future. My prediction is that our expectations for AI and the reality of its capability will meet somewhere in the middle. The next 5 years will look a lot like they do now, but our day-to-day will become more and more efficient in subtle, yet significant, ways. AI bots will get better at answering questions and vetting customer service cases, smart assistants will be more equipped to complete tasks and self-driving car features ...


Text-to-animation A.I. technology introduced at Brockton Hospital

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A Boston-based company called Larissa Technologies has been working with Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital, rolling out technology that uses artificial intelligence to convert text into instructional animation. BROCKTON – They say music is the universal language. A Boston-based company called Larissa Technologies has been working with Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital this year, rolling out technology that uses artificial intelligence and digital animation to convert text into instructional cartoon videos. The goal, in this application, is to accurately convey discharge information to patients at the hospital in Brockton, a diverse city where people speak a variety of languages, including Spanish, Haitian Creole and Cape Verdean Creole. "The power of animation is that it can speak any language," said Erdem Yilmaz, co-founder and CEO of Larissa Technologies.


Medication Assisted Treatment Virtual Reality: MATVR.

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The Future Of Opioid Addiction Treatment Medication Assisted Treatment Virtual Reality will be a part of the future of addiction treatment. In fact, it is already, in the form of telemedicine, in use today. Patients are getting medical help to recover from opiate and opioid addiction without having to leave their homes. MATVR will someday advance opioid therapy to the point that remote treatment may be superior to regular in-office visits. What must we do to make MATVR a reality?


AI in 2019: The Good, The Bad -- And the Unknown - SPONSOR CONTENT FROM PWC

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Twenty percent of executives at U.S. companies with artificial intelligence initiatives report that they will roll out AI across their business this year, according to PwC's 2019 AI Predictions report. These companies expect their AI investment, which is often part of intelligent automation initiatives, to go beyond improving productivity and cutting costs. They see AI as a path to growing profits and revenue in 2019. However, the executives in the survey said that there are challenges, such as training employees to use AI systems, and security threats remain a concern. Success in leveraging AI will be built on strategies for the organization and the workforce, for creating responsible AI and AI-ready data, for reinventing the business, and for integrating AI with other technologies.