Bugbot
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Bugbot

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.

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Lighter Traffic Ahead
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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,

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Pattern for Efficient Learning
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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.

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AI Against Covid: Progress Report
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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

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Tesla All-In For Computer Vision
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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.

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Radiologists Eye AI
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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

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Medical AI Gets a Grip
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Medical AI Gets a Grip

Surgical robots perform millions of delicate operations annually under human control. Now they’re getting ready to operate on their own.What’s new: Researchers at UC Berkeley, UC San Francisco, and SRI

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Algorithms for Orcas
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Algorithms for Orcas

A combination of computer vision and drones could help restore dwindling killer whale populations.What’s new: Researchers at Oregon State University and conservation groups SR3 and Vulcan developed a system that assesses

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Robocoders
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Robocoders

Language models are starting to take on programming work. What’s new: SourceAI uses GPT-3 to translate plain-English requests into computer code in 40 programming languages. The French startup is one of several

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Boosting Biomedicine
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Boosting Biomedicine

The U.S. government aims to turbocharge biomedical AI research. What’s new: The National Institutes of Health, which invests $41.7 billion annually in medical research, announced a program called Bridge to Artificial

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Would Your Doctor Take AI’s Advice?
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Would Your Doctor Take AI’s Advice?

Some doctors don’t trust a second opinion when it comes from an AI system.What’s new: A team at MIT and Regensburg University investigated how physicians responded to diagnostic advice they received from a machine

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Covid-19 Triage
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Covid-19 Triage

The pandemic has pushed hospitals to their limits. A new machine learning system could help doctors make sure the most severe cases get timely, appropriate care.

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Materials Science Gets a Boost
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Materials Science Gets a Boost

Neural nets could speed up development of new materials.What’s new: A deep learning system from Sandia National Laboratories dramatically accelerated simulations that help scientists understand how

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Algorithms For Elephants
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Algorithms For Elephants

An AI-powered collar may help protect wild elephants from poachers, hunters, and other hostile humans.What’s new: Ten ElephantEdge wireless tracking collars will be fitted onto African elephants next year, TechCrunch reported.

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Crowdsourcing Against Coronavirus
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Crowdsourcing Against Coronavirus

Covid Moonshot, an open-source project to vet potential medicines using machine learning, is closing in on compounds that might help curb Covid-19.What’s new: Four new antiviral drugs identified by the project are ready to

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