Best AI and ML Applications of the Week—February 15, 2018

How to Avoid a Global Catastrophe A large asteroid is on a direct collision course with our planet. You’re a top researcher in the astrophysics field, and you’re being urgently asked how to deflect it . . . This sounds like a recurring nightmare for some top astrophysicists, and it’s a question people continue to research. One team recently developed a machine-learning algorithm, called the “Deflector Selector,” that’s been trained

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Exposing World Corruption with a Unique Dataset

Transparency International started when a rebellious World Bank employee quit to dedicated himself to exposing corruption. Now the organization claims the media’s attention for about one week a year when it publishes its annual Corruption Perceptions Index, an index that ranks countries in order of perceived corruption. Find out how the organization sources the data, what an important bias is in that data, and how that data ultimately impacts the

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Best AI and ML Applications of the Week—February 8, 2018

Brain Boost University of Pennsylvania researchers have developed a way to kick the brain’s memorization activity up a notch. In their study, they monitored patients’ neural activity in real time and, with the help of personalized algorithms, sent pulses to brain areas that they believed needed more activity for patients’ to better memorize information. It worked—patients’ word recall increased by 15 percent. Swapping Queens for Pawns Last week we mentioned how

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Best AI and ML Applications of the Week—February 1, 2018

A lot of AI applications this week talk about autonomous transportation. Let’s take a look. Your Very Own Jeeves We’ve heard a lot about robots delivering food orders, like pizza, but what about a little autonomous vehicle that can not only bring things to you but also deliver things for you? Did your kid forget her lunch while rushing out the door to school? Maybe you can send her those savory snacks

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Best AI Applications of the Week—January 25, 2018

Narcissistic Tendencies or Simply Intrigue? There’s an AI you can use to create your very own “digital voice”—and all it takes is a one-minute audio clip of your dulcet tones to create it. This means you can listen to “yourself” read books, text messages, and maybe even the latest news. As narcissistic as listening to your own voice all the time sounds, you have to admit, it’s intriguing and may bring to

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