Original vs processed image checking for leaks on a compressor
automation

Super-Human Quality Control

A computer vision model, continually trained and automatically updated, can boost quality control in factories. Landing AI, a machine learning platform company led by Andrew Ng, helped a maker of compressors for refrigeration check them for leaks.
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Animation of SourceAI working
automation

Robocoders

Language models are starting to take on programming work. SourceAI uses GPT-3 to translate plain-English requests into computer code in 40 programming languages. The French startup is one of several companies that use AI to ease coding.
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Tractable app determining the cost of a car's damage
automation

Wreck Recognition

Automobile insurers are increasingly turning to machine learning models to calculate the cost of car repairs. The pandemic has made it difficult for human assessors to visit vehicles damaged in crashes, so the insurance industry is embracing automation.
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Operators working with factory machinery
automation

Who Watches the Welders?

A robot inspector is looking over the shoulders of robot welders. Farm equipment maker John Deere described a computer vision system that spots defective joints, helping to ensure that its heavy machinery leaves the production line ready to roll.
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Graph showing system that examines X-ray images to predict which Covid-19 patients are at greatest risk of decline
automation

Covid-19 Triage

The pandemic has pushed hospitals to their limits. A new machine learning system could help doctors make sure the most severe cases get timely, appropriate care.
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Some findings from a study by the U.S. nonprofit National Bureau of Economic Research.
automation

Annual Report, Robot Edition

Corporations are tailoring their financial reports to be read by machines. Automated systems download far more company financial reports than humans, according to a study by the U.S. nonprofit National Bureau of Economic Research.
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Results of a survey related to trust, transparency and AI
automation

Labor Pushes Back

Labor unions aim to give workers more protection against the automated systems that increasingly rule the workplace. The Trades Union Congress (TUC) launched a task force to lobby for collective bargaining, increased transparency, and legal protections related to AI in the workplace.
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Data related to AI patents in the U.S.
automation

Charting the AI Patent Explosion

A new study used AI to track the explosive growth of AI innovation. Researchers from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office deployed natural language processing to track AI’s increasing presence in four decades of patent data.
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Doctor holding candy and kid dressed as a ghost on a wheighing scale
automation

Unfair Outcomes Destroy Trust

Will AI that discriminates based on race, gender, or economic status undermine the public’s confidence in the technology? Seduced by the promise of cost savings and data-driven decision making, organizations will deploy biased systems that end up doing real-world damage.
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Illustration of a neighborhood haunted by an evil pumpkin and a black cat
automation

Giant Models Bankrupt Research

What if AI requires so much computation that it becomes unaffordable?The fear: Training ever more capable models will become too pricey for all but the richest corporations and government agencies. Rising costs will
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Forbidden sign over different potentially dangerous falsehood symbols
automation

YouTube vs. Conspiracy Theorists

Facing a tsunami of user-generated disinformation, YouTube is scrambling to stop its recommendation algorithm from promoting videos that spread potentially dangerous falsehoods.
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Different chess moves
automation

Chess: The Next Move

AI has humbled human chess masters. Now it’s helping them take the game to the next level. DeepMind and retired chess champion Vladimir Kramnik trained AlphaZero, a reinforcement learning model that bested human experts in chess, Go, and Shogi, to play-test changes in the rules.
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Autopiloted aircraft
automation

Deep Learning Is in the Air

An aviation startups is using neural networks to put air freight on autopilot.What’s new: Xwing, a California startup, is test-flying an autonomous pilot system aboard cargo aircraft with an eye toward crewless commercial flights in 2022.
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AI-powered traffic monitoring in an intersection
automation

Near-Miss Detection

AI is helping avert traffic accidents by assessing the risk of car crashes at specific intersections. MicroTraffic, a Canadian video analytics company, predicts the odds that accidents will occur at intersections that traditional methods overlook.
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Series of images and videclips related to the smartphone app Tuna Scope
automation

Grade-AI Sushi

Computer vision is helping sushi lovers enjoy top-quality maguro. Japanese restaurant chain Kura Sushi is using a smartphone app called Tuna Scope to grade its suppliers’ offerings, according to the news outlet The Asahi Shimbun.
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