Face recognition system identifying a person wearing a mask
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Mask Monitor

Cameras that detect face masks are helping French authorities to evaluate citizens’ adherence to government mandates intended to fight Covid-19. Starting this week, everyone riding public transportation in France is required to wear a face mask.
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Data related to neural networks
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Undercover Networks

Neural networks can spill their secrets to those who know how to ask. A new approach secures them from prying eyes. Researchers demonstrate that that adversaries can find out a model’s parameter values by measuring its power use.
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Excerpts from Newspaper Navigator
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An Archive Unearthed

An algorithm indexed photos, ads, and other images embedded in 170 years of American newspapers. Created by researchers at the University of Washington and U.S. Library of Congress, Newspaper Navigator uses object recognition to organize visual features of newspapers dating back to 1789.
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Series of images related to Jukebox, a deep learning system by OpenAI
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Roll Over, Beyoncé

A new generative model croons like Elvis and raps like Eminem. It might even make you think you’re listening to a lost demo by the Beatles. OpenAI released Jukebox, a deep learning system that has generated thousands of songs in styles from country to metal and soul.
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Self-driving software working
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Tracking the Elusive Stop Sign

Recognizing stop signs, with their bold color scheme and distinctive shape, ought to be easy for computer vision — but it turns out to be a tricky problem. Tesla pulled back the curtain on what it takes to train its self-driving software to perform this task and others.
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Road sign with the word "trust"
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Toward AI We Can Count On

A consortium of top AI experts proposed concrete steps to help machine learning engineers secure the public’s trust. Dozens of researchers and technologists recommended actions to counter public skepticism toward artificial intelligence, fueled by issues like data privacy.
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Series of images and data related to a tool that maps where hurricanes and other calamities have wiped out roads
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Roads to Recovery

Deep learning promises to help emergency responders find their way through disaster zones. MIT researchers developed a tool that maps where hurricanes and other calamities have wiped out roads, helping to show aid workers the fastest ways to get to people in need.
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Graph related to a machine learning model that reads the titles of bug reports
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Bug Squasher

A new algorithm can triage programming bugs, highlighting dangerous flaws. Microsoft researchers developed a machine learning model that reads the titles of bug reports and recognizes those describing flaws that compromise security.
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Smartvid.io tool recognizing when workers get too close to each other
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Workers of the World, Don’t Unite

Computer vision is helping construction workers keep their social distance. Smartvid.io, a service that focuses on construction sites, offers a tool that recognizes when workers get too close to each other. The tool sends distancing warnings and reports to construction superintendents.
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Precision Health Toilet illustration
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A Neural Net in Every Bathroom

It’s time to stop flushing valuable data down the toilet. The Precision Health Toilet, a suite of sensors that attach to an ordinary commode, monitors human waste for input for signs of disease. It identifies individual users by scanning where the sun doesn’t shine.
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Illustration of doctor seeing a patient
AI & Society

Diagnosis: The Telltale Heart

The wearable revolution is helping doctors figure out what’s troubling your ticker — thanks to deep learning. The problem: Arrhythmias, a range of conditions in which the heart beats too fast, too slow, or erratically, can cause heart attack or stroke.
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Illustration of a patient in a hospital bed
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Prognosis: Early Warning for Sepsis

An AI-driven alarm system helps rescue patients before infections become fatal. The problem: Machine learning can spot patterns in electronic health data indicating where a patient’s condition is headed that may be too subtle for doctors and nurses to catch.
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Illustration of doctor sheets and a pencil
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Data: From Patient to Health Record

Doctors are overwhelmed by clerical work. Healthcare-savvy voice assistants are picking up the slack.
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Screen capture of online conference called Covid-19 and AI
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Online Conference Goes Antiviral

AI experts convened to discuss how to combat the coronavirus crisis. An online conference hosted by Stanford University’s Institute for Human-Centered AI explored how machine learning is being deployed to address this pandemic — and prepare for the next one.
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Scans representing pedestrians and other objects
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Data Augmentation in 3D

An unconventional approach to modifying data is cutting the amount of work required to train self-driving cars. Waymo unveiled a machine learning pipeline that varies lidar scans representing pedestrians and other objects.
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