Your Salesbot Connection
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Your Salesbot Connection

Marketers are using fake social media personas — enhanced by AI-generated portraits — to expand their reach without busting their budgets.What’s new: Renee DiResta and Josh Goldstein at Stanford Internet Observatory
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Who Needs Programming?
Business

Who Needs Programming?

The next killer AI application may be developed by someone who has never heard of gradient descent.What’s new: A rising generation of software development platforms serves users
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Investorbots: Too Good to Be True?
Business

Investorbots: Too Good to Be True?

Machine learning models aren’t likely to replace human stock-market analysts any time soon, a new study concluded.What’s new: Wojtek Buczynski at University of Cambridge and colleagues at Cambridge and Oxford Brookes University
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Colleague in the Machine
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Colleague in the Machine

Your next coworker may be an algorithmic teammate with a virtual face.What’s new: 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
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Remote Meter Reader
Business

Remote Meter Reader

Industrial gauges are often located on rooftops, underground, or in tight spaces — but they’re not out of reach of computer vision.What’s new: The Okinawa startup LiLz Gauge provides a system that reads
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Woman walking on a store scanning codes
Business

Let the Model Choose Your Outfit

Amazon’s first brick-and-mortar clothing store is getting ready to deliver automated outfit recommendations.What’s new: The ecommerce giant announced plans to open a flagship Amazon Style location at a Los Angeles-area mall this year.
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Multimodal deep learning model
Business

AI Versus the Garbage Heap

Amazon reported long-term success using machine learning to shrink its environmental footprint. What’s new: The online retailer developed a system that fuses product descriptions, images, and structured data to decide how an item should be packed for shipping. It evolved over six years, ultimately helping Amazon cut packaging waste equivalent to over 2 billion shipping boxes. How it works: The system initially made packaging decisions based on text descriptions. Last year, the company integrated
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Robot cleaning a table
Business

Robots in the Workplace

Machines are doing light janitorial work in the uncontrolled environment of Google’s offices. Everyday Robots, a new spin-out from Google’s experimental X Development division, unleashed 100 robots to perform an array of cleanup tasks.
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Computer vision from SewerAI identifies flaws in water pipes.
Business

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.
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Animated video shows the Flippy 2 autonomous restaurant robot making french fries
Business

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.
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Animated image showing different Zillow listings
Business

Price Prediction Turns Perilous: How Covid Broke Zillow's Pricing Algorithm

The real-estate website Zillow bought and sold homes based on prices estimated by an algorithm — until Covid-19 confounded the model’s predictive power. Zillow, whose core business is providing real-estate information for prospective buyers, shut down its house-flipping division after...
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An animation of a protein modeled by AlphaFold 2.
Business

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.
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Animation showing GPT-3 in full action
Business

GPT-3 for All: GPT-3 is Available for Select Azure Users

Microsoft is making GPT-3 available to selected customers through its Azure cloud service.
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Images showing different data regarding AI research and activities in the U.S.
Business

AI Hubs Are Few and Far Between: U.S. AI Hubs are Concentrated in a Few Cities

A new study warns that the geographic concentration of AI in the United States is making the industry too insular.What’s new: A report by the Brookings Institution documents the extent to
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Inside of a Tesla car in motion
Business

Only Safe Drivers Get Self-Driving: Tesla Opens Beta Test of Full Self Driving Feature

Tesla’s autonomous driving capability has inspired hair-raising antics on the road. Now the company is deploying an algorithm to determine whether customers have shown sufficiently sound judgement to use its “Full Self-Driving” software.
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