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Not only will jaywalkers be publicly shamed by having their photos and family names broadcast in public on billboards above traffic intersections, but they’ll also be fined via text message in the near future. The tech uses facial recognition to identify the offender and then send the person an electronic ticket. This new fining method is currently being vetted with local phone companies.

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You’re at your desk in elementary school listening to your teacher describe how Baleen whales eat plankton as their food source, and you think it’s bizarre that such a large animal can survive on such tiny foodstuffs. But what your teacher doesn’t tell the class is that those tiny foodstuffs do much more than feed whales. They also act as ocean, lake, and river sensors because they’re extremely sensitive to shifts in water. If their behavior changes, it can indicate changing water quality or temperature. But we need to know more about plankton reactions to water changes to understand what these tiny creatures may be telling us. Maybe there’s been an oil spill, chemical runoff, or a looming red tide.

IBM has an idea. It’s created a small microscope for in-ocean observation of plankton behavior. Until now, scientists generally observe plankton behavior in a lab, but with IBM deploying their ocean microscopes around the world, or at least that’s the current aim, observing them in their natural habitat will help us understand plankton behavior better, hopefully leading to identifying when something goes wrong in our oceans.

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It’s been hot news for the last 24 hours: Google’s developed a machine learning algorithm that can scan images of your eyes and predict your risk of heart disease. While this tech is not ready for clinical use yet (it needs more testing), it holds a lot of promise—it predicts heart disease to about the same level of accuracy as other current medical methods, and it’s fast because testing doesn’t require analyzing blood results.

What are the implications? Once this tool goes live in a medical setting, it’ll save doctors and patients time, time that doctors can use to better treat patients.

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A policeman in China

Chinese police officers are starting to employ smart glasses to identify criminals in a crowd. They simply snap the best picture they can get with their glasses of a suspicious person, and the tech checks the potential criminal’s face against the state’s system to find a match, using facial recognition. They say it’s worked in seven criminal cases so far. Some people welcome this change hoping it will decrease crime. Others find it alarming when added on top of the state’s current use of facial recognition tech.

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While the ship date for this new AI application is delayed until April 2018 (or longer), Arsenal, a deep-learning photography assistant, will likely revolutionize advanced picture taking, at least for photography newbies. It simplifies the process of choosing control settings, like shutter speed, aperture, and ISO, on a professional camera. Funded on Kickstarter.com last June, it’s hit a snag in getting an Apple certificate, but it hopes to be ready to ship soon.

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Fashionable woman in India

If you want to be the embodiment of the latest Bollywood fashion wherever you go, there is an AI for you. Fashin AI will scan the latest Bollywood YouTube videos and find you items of apparel you can purchase online that will match with the latest trends. Become your inner Bollywood.


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Prada? Gucci? Fendi? Balenciaga? Luis Vuitton? Goyard? Dior? Wal-Mart?

If you can spot the non-luxury brand above, you’ve taken your first step to becoming AI that can spot a luxury purse from a knock-off. Now if you can do the same thing in 30 seconds by just looking at the purse itself, you could do the job of Entrupy AI. But it might be a tough job—Entrupy AI gets it right 98 percent of the time, and well-made mimics aren’t nearly as obvious as the list of words above.


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Have a photo where the subject isn’t smiling? Dead set on changing that? Here’s an AI application that may help. It can change facial expressions to smiles, and it works 80 percent of the time—although you may have to contact the creator to access it.

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Detectives need to look for similar or related cases when they are trying to solve a crime, and it can take hours of time trying to gather all of the necessary information and make that information easy to understand.

VALCRI, an AI-powered system, can do all of this automatically by analyzing millions of police records and identify patterns that might be useful to the detectives. To try and avoid any bias and erroneous conclusions that the system comes up with, everything is presented to the detectives and they can choose and tell the system what is useful and what isn’t. As a result of this interaction, the AI gets more intelligent as it goes.

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medical journal and instruments

The portable ultrasound device made by Butterfly is not only an amazing piece of hardware (when you consider that it can take ultrasound images better than much more expensive and bulky devices) but also this hardware takes it one step further by including artificial intelligence. They call it Butterfly iQ.

It can recognize signs of cancer, among other things, meaning that not only can ultrasound imaging be taken from a small device that connects to your iPhone, but it can also do some interpretation of those images for you. This could not only potentially save thousands of dollars in expensive imaging fees, but also your life.