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,
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
Lighter Traffic Ahead
Traffic signals controlled by AI are keeping vehicles rolling citywide. What’s new: Several U.S. cities are testing systems from Israel-based startup NoTraffic that promise to cut both commute times and carbon emissions,
An insect-sorting robot could help scientists grapple with the global biodiversity crisis. What’s new: An automated insect classifier sucks in tiny arthropods, classifies them, and maps their most important identifying features.
Pattern for Efficient Learning
Getting high accuracy out of a classifier trained on a small number of examples is tricky. You might train the model on several large-scale datasets prior to few-shot training, but what if the few-shot dataset includes novel classes? A new method performs well even in that case.
AI Against Covid: Progress Report
A new report assessed how AI has helped address Covid-19 and where it has fallen short.What’s new: Machine learning systems haven’t lived up to their promise in some areas, but in others they’ve made a substantial impact, biomedical
Radiologists Eye AI
AI lately has achieved dazzling success interpreting X-rays and other medical imagery in the lab. Now it’s catching on in the clinic. What’s new: Roughly one-third of U.S. radiologists use AI in some form in their
Tesla All-In For Computer Vision
Tesla is abandoning radar in favor of a self-driving system that relies entirely on cameras. What’s new: The electric car maker announced it will no longer include radar sensors on Model 3 sedans and Model Y compact SUVs sold in North America.