Series of images showing AI research labs' campuses
Automation

Fresh Funds for U.S. Research: The U.S. plans to build new civilian AI research labs.

The U.S. plans to build nearly a dozen new civilian AI research labs. The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) committed $220 million to fund 11 National Artificial Intelligence Research Institutes, complementing seven other AI research institutes that were established last year.
Amazon delivery driver working
Automation

When Algorithms Manage Humans

Some delivery drivers fired by Amazon contend that the retailer’s automated management system played an unfair role in terminating their employment. Drivers in Amazon Flex, an Uber-like program that enables independent drivers to earn money delivering the company’s packages.
Screen captures of a job interviews automation system
Automation

Danke for the Interview

An independent test found flaws in AI systems designed to evaluate job applicants. MyInterview and Curious Thing, which automate job interviews, gave a candidate who spoke only in German high marks on English proficiency, according to MIT Technology Review.
Video showing traffic signals controlled by AI
Automation

Lighter Traffic Ahead

Traffic signals controlled by AI are keeping vehicles rolling citywide. Several U.S. cities are testing systems from Israel-based startup NoTraffic that promise to cut both commute times and carbon emissions.
Woman at an Amazon Go using Just Walk Out technology
Automation

No Cashier? No Problem

Shoppers at Amazon’s newest grocery store can skip the checkout line. Amazon opened its first full-scale supermarket that monitors which items customers place in their cart and charges them automatically when they leave. It calls the system Just Walk Out.
Series of universities entrances
Automation

Machine Learning for Human Learners

AI is guiding admissions, grading homework, and even teaching classes on college campuses.
AI face recognition system for borderline patrol
Automation

Borderline AI

U.S. immigration officials expect over 2 million migrants to reach the country’s southern border by the end of the year. They’re counting on face recognition to streamline processing of those who seek asylum.
Automated nail-painting devices working
Automation

Every Problem Looks Like a Nail

Robots are brushing their way into the beauty market. A trio of companies is developing automated nail-painting devices that integrate robotics and computer vision.
X-rays and charts about AI use in radiology
Automation

Radiologists Eye AI

AI lately has achieved dazzling success interpreting X-rays and other medical imagery in the lab. Now it’s catching on in the clinic. Roughly one-third of U.S. radiologists use AI in some form in their work.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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