AI-generated personas
Automation

Colleague in the Machine: Your future co-worker may be powered by AI.

Your next coworker may be an algorithmic teammate with a virtual face. WorkFusion unveiled a line of AI tools that automate daily business tasks. One thing that sets them apart is the marketing pitch: Each has a fictitious persona including a name, face, and professional résumé.
Industrial gauges being placed
Automation

Remote Meter Reader: Computer vision tool reads analog gauges at industrial sites.

Industrial gauges are often located on rooftops, underground, or in tight spaces — but they’re not out of reach of computer vision. The Okinawa startup LiLz Gauge provides a system that reads analog gauges and reports their output to a remote dashboard.
Robot Stock by country graph
Automation

Robots Don’t Want Human Jobs: Countries with high automation have more jobs.

Research challenges long-held assumptions about how automation will affect employment. Studies in various countries found that automation is associated with more jobs, fewer working hours , and higher productivity.
Transport of stock on warehouse
Automation

No Hardhat Required: How AI powered robots are navigating warehouses.

Workers can operate a forklift in their pajamas and never leave their bedrooms, thanks to a new generation of AI-assisted robots. Companies are pairing semi-autonomous vehicles with remote human operators to execute tasks that the vehicles can’t handle on their own.
Woman walking on a store scanning codes
Automation

Let the Model Choose Your Outfit: Inside Amazon's AI-powered clothes stores.

Amazon’s first brick-and-mortar clothing store is getting ready to deliver automated outfit recommendations. The ecommerce giant announced plans to open a flagship Amazon Style location at a Los Angeles-area mall this year.
Matt Zeiler
Automation

Matt Zeiler: Advance AI for good.

There’s a reason why artificial intelligence is sometimes referred to as “software 2.0”: It represents the most significant technological advance in decades. Like any groundbreaking invention, it raises concerns about the future, and much of the media focus is on the threats it brings.
Giant snowman taking over the city while helicopters try to take it down
Automation

Governments Lay Down the Law: Governments around the world increasingly regulate AI.

Legislators worldwide wrote new laws — some proposed, some enacted — to rein in societal impacts of automation.What happened: Authorities at all levels ratcheted up regulatory pressure as
Computer vision from SewerAI identifies flaws in water pipes.
Automation

AI Goes Underground: Computer Vision From SewerAI Classifies Defective Pipes

A system from California startup SewerAI analyzes videos of underground pipes to prioritize those in need of repair.
Animated charts show the results of a machine learning model that predicts the best depression drugs for a patient.
Automation

Which Drug Helps Your Depression?: AI System Matches Patients With the Right Depression Drug

Deep learning can predict how patients will respond to two antidepressant medicines.
Animated video shows the Flippy 2 autonomous restaurant robot making french fries
Automation

Deep Learning for Deep Frying: White Castle Uses Robots to Cook French Fries

Flippy 2, a robotic fry station from California-based Miso Robotics, has been newly deployed in a Chicago White Castle location.
Customs and immigration kiosks for entering South Korea.
Automation

When Officials Share Personal Data: South Korea Supplied Foreigner Data to Face Recognition Developers

The government of South Korea is supplying personal data to developers of face recognition algorithms.
A graph shows the cost in dollars of training large natural language processing models.
Automation

Who Can Afford to Train AI?: Cost of AI is Too Expensive for Many Small Companies

The cost of training top-performing machine learning models has grown beyond the reach of smaller companies.
An animation of a protein modeled by AlphaFold 2.
Automation

DeepMind Doubles Down on AlphaFold: DeepMind Launches Company to Commercialize AlphaFold 2

Isomorphic aims to build its business on AlphaFold 2, an ensemble of neural networks that finds the shapes of protein molecules.
United Nations (UN) logo displayed multiple times
Automation

UN Calls Out AI: UN Report Highlights AI-Related Risks for Privacy, Bias

Human rights officials called for limits on some uses of AI.What’s new: Michelle Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, appealed to the organization’s member states to suspend certain
Animation showing NarxCare, a system that analyzes databases that track drug prescriptions in the US
Automation

Fighting Addiction or Denying Care?: NarxCare Medical AI Denies Painkillers to Patients in Need

An epidemic of opioid abuse in the U.S. killed 93,000 people in 2020 alone. An algorithm intended to help doctors prescribe the drugs responsibly may be barring worthy patients from pain relief.

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