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We need a new field of AI to combat racial bias – TechCrunch

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Since widespread protests over racial inequality began, IBM announced it would cancel its facial recognition programs to advance racial equity in law enforcement. Amazon suspended police use of its Rekognition software for one year to "put in place stronger regulations to govern the ethical use of facial recognition technology." But we need more than regulatory change; the entire field of artificial intelligence (AI) must mature out of the computer science lab and accept the embrace of the entire community. We can develop amazing AI that works in the world in largely unbiased ways. But to accomplish this, AI can't be just a subfield of computer science (CS) and computer engineering (CE), like it is right now.


Machine Learning Bootcamp the Ultimate 2019 Deep Learning

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This course was designed to bring anyone up to speed on Machine Learning & Deep Learning in the shortest time. This particular field in computer engineering has gained an exponential growth in interest worldwide following major progress in this field. The course starts with building on foundation concepts relating to Neural Networks. Then the course goes over Tensorflow libraries and Python language to get the students ready to build practical projects. You will build a practical Tensorflow project for each of the above Neural Networks.


Medical robotics in China: the rise of technology in three charts

Nature

A da Vinci surgical robot system performs heart surgery in 2017 at a hospital in Hefei, China.Credit: Shutterstock In 2006, China highlighted the importance of robotics in its 15-year plan for science and technology. In 2011, the central government fleshed out these ambitions in its 12th five-year plan, specifying that robots should be used to support society in a wide range of roles, from helping emergency services during natural disasters and firefighting, to performing complex surgery and aiding in medical rehabilitation. Guang-Zhong Yang, head of the Institute of Medical Robotics at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, says that China's robotics research output has been growing steadily for two decades, driven by three major factors: "The clinical utilization of robotics; increased funding levels driven by national planning needs; and advances in engineering in areas such as precision mechatronics, medical imaging, artificial intelligence and new materials for making robots." Yang points out that funding levels for medical robotics from the National Natural Science Foundation of China and the Ministry of Science and Technology began to increase more sharply in 2011 compared to the previous decade. The accompanying rises in research output are closely related to the introduction of specialized robotics equipment in medical-research facilities, says Yao Li, a research scientist at Stanford Robotics Laboratory in California and founder of the company Borns Medical Robotics, based in both Chengdu, China, and Silicon Valley, California.


The five: robots helping to tackle coronavirus

The Guardian > Technology

Singapore park-goers have been reminded of their social distancing obligations by Boston Dynamics' yellow "dog". The robot hound is equipped with numerous cameras and sensors, which it can use to detect transgressors and broadcast pre-recorded warnings. The authorities have reassured locals it is not a quadruped data-collection device. In Milton Keynes a recently expanded fleet of six-wheeled robots has been delivering food and small supermarket shopping consignments to hungry residents. The town's large network of cycle paths makes it ideally suited to the knee-high machines, which trundle along at a top speed of 4mph.


Robot is cracking down on people's social distancing at a park

USATODAY - News Top Stories

Robot in Singapore is cracking down on people's social distancing Singapore has employed a four-legged robot named SPOT to patrol a popular park and remind people to maintain social distancing.


Robot with pincers can detect and remove weeds without harming crops

New Scientist - News

Artificial intelligence is getting down in the weeds. An AI-powered robot that can distinguish weeds from crops and remove them could eventually be used as an alternative to chemical insecticides. Kevin Patel and Nihar Chaniyara at tech start-up AutoRoboCulture in Gandhinagar, India, have created a prototype of the device, called Nindamani, specifically for cauliflower crops. The robot is powered by a pre-existing image-recognition algorithm.


Gallery robot helps people experience art from home

BBC News - Technology

The collaboration between Hastings Contemporary and Bristol Robotics Laboratory is being trialled while the gallery is closed to visitors during the coronavirus lockdown.


Robots with 3D-printed muscles are powered by the spines of rats

New Scientist - News

Collin Kaufman at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his colleagues built biological robots using 3D-printed muscles made of lab-grown mouse cells. But on their own, the muscles can't do much – what is needed is some way to control them.


Worth the cost? A closer look at the da Vinci robot's impact on prostate cancer surgery

Nature

Urology fellow, Jeremy Fallot, and nurse, Shauna Harnedy, assist in robotic surgery by Ruban Thanigasalam (out of view) in Sydney, Australia.Credit: Ken Leanfore for Nature Loved by surgeons and patients alike for its ease of use and faster recovery times, the da Vinci surgical robot is less invasive than conventional procedures, and lacks the awkwardness of laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery. But the robot's US$2-million price tag and negligible effect on cancer outcomes is sparking concern that it's crowding out more affordable treatments. There are more than 5,500 da Vinci robots globally, manufactured by California-based tech giant, Intuitive. The system is used in a range of surgical procedures, but its biggest impact has been in urology, where it has a market monopoly on robot-assisted radical prostatectomies (RARP), the removal of the prostate and surrounding tissues to treat localized cancer. Uptake in the United States, Europe, Australia, China and Japan for performing this procedure has been rapid.


Cybersecurity tool uses machine learning, honeypots to stop attacks

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In recent months, the FBI issued a high-impact cybersecurity warning in response to increasing attacks on government targets. Government officials have warned major cities such hacks are a disturbing trend likely to continue. Purdue University researchers may help stop some of those threats with a tool designed to alert organizations to cyberattacks. The system is called LIDAR – which stands for lifelong, intelligent, diverse, agile and robust. "The name for this architecture for network security really defines its significant attributes," said Aly El Gamal, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering in Purdue's College of Engineering.