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Managing Medical Uncertainty
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Managing Medical Uncertainty

Hospitals across the United States are relying on AI to keep patients safe.What’s new: Doctors are using a variety of machine learning systems to assess the risk that a given patient will suffer complications, The Wall Street Journal

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Predicting the Next Pandemic
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Predicting the Next Pandemic

Odds are that the next mass contagion will jump to humans from animals. But which species?What’s new: Virus hunters are using learning algorithms to learn which animals are likely to carry microbes that pose a danger to humans,

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Slime Pays
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Slime Pays

A new machine learning technique is boosting algae as a renewable, carbon-neural source of fuel for airplanes and other vehicles typically powered by fossil fuels.What’s new: Researchers at Texas A&M and the National Renewable Energy

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AI Designs Chemical Weapons
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AI Designs Chemical Weapons

It’s surprisingly easy to turn a well-intended machine learning model to the dark side.What’s new: In an experiment, Fabio Urbina and colleagues at Collaborations Pharmaceuticals, who had built a drug-discovery model to design useful

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Barnyard Sentiment Analysis
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Barnyard Sentiment Analysis

Neural networks may help farmers make sure their animals are happy. Researchers led by Elodie Briefer and Ciara Sypherd at the University of Copenhagen developed a system that interprets the moods behind a pig’s grunts and squeals.

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Coordinating Robot Limbs
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Coordinating Robot Limbs

A dog doesn’t think twice about fetching a tennis ball, but an autonomous robot typically suffers from delays between perception and action. A new machine-learning model helped a quadruped robot coordinate its sensors and actuators.

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High-Energy Deep Learning
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High-Energy Deep Learning

Nuclear fusion technology, long touted as an unlimited source of safe, clean energy, took a step toward reality with a machine learning algorithm that molds the fuel in a reactor’s core.

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Getting a Jump on Climate Change
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Getting a Jump on Climate Change

Startups are predicting how climate change will affect global commerce.What’s new: Companies that specialize in climate analytics are training neural networks to help businesses manage risks posed by a warming globe,

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Full-Bodied With Hints of Forest Fire
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Full-Bodied With Hints of Forest Fire

Wineries in areas affected by wildfires are using machine learning to produce vintages that don’t taste like smoke.What’s new: Some California winemakers are using a service called Tastry to identify grapes tainted by smoke

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Fighting Addiction or Denying Care?
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Fighting Addiction or Denying Care?

An epidemic of opioid abuse in the U.S. killed 93,000 people in 2020 alone. An algorithm intended to help doctors prescribe the drugs responsibly may be barring worthy patients from pain relief.

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AI Sees Race in X-Rays
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AI Sees Race in X-Rays

Algorithms trained to diagnose medical images can recognize the patient’s race — but how?What’s new: Researchers from Emory University, MIT, Purdue University, and other institutions found that deep learning systems

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To Bee or Not to Bee
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To Bee or Not to Bee

nsects that spread pollen to fruiting plants are in trouble. A possible alternative: Robots.What’s new: Farmers in Australia and the U.S. are using robots from Israeli startup Arugga Farming to pollinate greenhouse

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Biomedical Treasure Chest
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Biomedical Treasure Chest

DeepMind opened access to AlphaFold, a model that finds the shapes of proteins, and to its output so far — a potential cornucopia for biomedical research.What’s new: The research lab, a division of Google’s parent company

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Listening to the Brain
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Listening to the Brain

Neural networks translated a paralyzed man’s brainwaves into conversational phrases. What’s new: Researchers at UC San Francisco and UC Berkeley trained a system to interpret electrical impulses from the brain of a man who had lost the ability to

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Behavioral Cloning Shootout
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Behavioral Cloning Shootout

Neural networks have learned to play video games like Dota 2 via reinforcement learning by playing for the equivalent of thousands of years (compressed into far less time). In new work, an automated player learned not by playing for millennia

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