Best AI Applications of the Week—January 18, 2018

Am I Really that Old? Maybe Not. Your birthday comes around reliably every year, same day. It tells you how “old” you are, but it doesn’t tell you how biologically old you are. There’s a difference in geroscience. Your birthday may numerically bump you up every year, but if you’re, say, really fit, your biological age may be lower than your traditional age. Essentially, your body isn’t deteriorating as quickly as other peoples’ born the

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Best AI Applications of the Week—January 11, 2018

AI Can (Sort of) Read Your Mind One of the most intriguing AI applications we’ve seen in the past week is a new step toward mind-reading AI. Scientists are getting closer to visualizing more sophisticated human thought. In the past, researchers have been able to visualize basic images from recorded brain waves, like black-and-white letters. This new study, however, employs color and recreates more complex pictures. While showing subjects a picture (or

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Data Science Reveals When Donald Trump Isn’t Donald Trump

Few things are as controversial in these perilous times as Donald Trump’s Twitter account, often laced with derogatory language, hateful invective, and fifth-grade name-calling. But not all of Trump’s tweets sound like they came straight out of a dystopian dictator’s mouth. Some of them are actually nice. Probably because he didn’t write them. Join us on a discerning journey as two data scientists tackle Donald Trump’s Twitter account and, through

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Best AI Applications of the Week—January 4, 2018

Hunting the Hunters In the cover of night, when poachers seek their fortunes by killing forbidden treasures, like rhinos and elephants and big cats, this unmanned, autonomous drone uses a combo of infrared and AI to identify, watch, and follow humans. The aim is to help authorities catch the ignominious poachers. The creators hope to get the drone into the hands of park rangers in African National Parks. This drone tech belongs to a

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Best AI Applications of the Week—December 28, 2017

AI-Powered Prosthetic Allows Musician to Play the Piano Again Playing the piano requires complex and dexterous finger movements, controlled by the musician’s brain. After losing his arm, musician Jason Barnes thought he would never play two-handed again—until researchers at Georgia Tech developed a prosthetic arm that allowed him to do so. It uses a deep neural network trained to sense, through ultrasound, the muscle movements in the arm and predict which finger

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