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Crosswords Go the Way of Go: An AI system beat 1,300 humans at a crossword puzzle contest.

A hybrid of deep learning and symbolic AI took the prize at a major puzzle competition. A system called Dr. Fill outscored nearly 1,300 human contestants at April’s annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament.
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Bespoke Models on a Grand Scale: How FreshWorks uses AI to build products for sales teams.

When every email, text, or call a company receives could mean a sale, reps need to figure out who to reply to first. Machine learning can help, but using it at scale requires a highly automated operation.
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Old Drugs for New Ailments: AI searches for Covid-19 treatments among existing drugs.

Many medical drugs work by modulating the body’s production of specific proteins. Recent research aimed to predict this activity, enabling researchers to identify drugs that might counteract the effects of Covid-19.
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Cake + Cookie = Cakie: Google AI creates new dessert recipes.

AI may help revolutionize the human diet – or dessert, at least. Google applied AI engineer Dale Markowitz and developer advocate Sara Robinson trained a model to predict whether a recipe is...
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The Language of Viruses: Researchers trained a neural net to predict viruses in DNA.

A neural network learned to read the genes of viruses as though they were text. That could enable researchers to page ahead for potentially dangerous mutations. Researchers at MIT trained a language model to predict mutations that would enable infectious viruses to become even more virulent.
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AI Versus Lead Poisoning: How BlueConduit uses AI to identify lead water lines.

An algorithm is helping cities locate pipes that could release highly toxic lead into drinking water. BlueConduit, a startup that focuses on water safety, is working with dozens of North American municipal governments to locate lead water lines so they can be replaced.
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Charting the AI Patent Explosion: AI patents doubled between 2012 and 2019.

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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AI Versus Voters: The companies using AI to predict elections

Major polling organizations took a drubbing in the press after they failed to predict the outcome in last week’s U.S. elections. At least one AI-powered model fared much better.
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Got Model?: How NotMilk used AI to create its dairy-free milk recipe

Who needs cows when you can make milk from scratch? NotMilk, a dairy-free milk substitute that was designed with help from a deep learning model, made its debut in American grocery stores.
Example of disinformation detection system working on a news article about Syria
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Propaganda Watch: How military contractors fight disinformation with AI

The U.S. military enlisted natural language processing to combat disinformation. Primer, a San Francisco startup, is developing a system for the Department of Defense that sifts through news, social media, research, and reports to spot propaganda campaigns.
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Getting a Charge From AI: How battery developers are using AI

Machine learning is helping to design energy cells that charge faster and last longer. Battery developers are using ML algorithms to devise new chemicals, components, and charging techniques faster than traditional techniques allow.
Screenshots of some of the online registries storing algorithms for Amsterdam and Helsinki
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Transparency for Smart Cities: Amsterdam and Helsinki launch public AI registries.

Two European capitals launched public logs of AI systems used by the government. Amsterdam and Helsinki provide online registries that describe the algorithms that govern municipal activities, such as automated parking control and a public health chatbot.
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The Internet in a Knowledge Graph: How DiffBot is building the world's largest knowledge graph

An ambitious company is using deep learning to extract and find associations from all the information on the internet — and it isn’t Google. Diffbot built a system that reads web code, parses text, classifies images, and assembles them into what it says is the world’s largest knowledge graph.
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Credit Where It’s Due: How Visa powers real-time credit card approval with AI

A neural network is helping credit card users continue to shop even when the lender’s credit-approval network goes down. Visa developed a deep learning system that analyzes individual cardholders’ behavior in real time to predict whether credit card transactions should be approved or denied.
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AI Grading Doesn’t Make the Grade: The UK canceled its plan for AI-generated grading.

The UK government abandoned a plan to use machine learning to assess students for higher education. The UK Department of Education discarded grades generated by an algorithm designed to predict performance on the annual Advanced Level qualifications, which had been canceled due to the pandemic.

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