Automatic license plate reader
Vision

Glimpse My Ride

Police in the U.S. routinely use AI to track cars with little accountability to the public. Documents obtained by Wired revealed just how intensively police in Los Angeles, California, have been using automatic license plate readers.
Autonomous vehicle detecting images projected on the street
Vision

Phantom Menace

Some self-driving cars can’t tell the difference between a person in the roadway and an image projected on the street. A team of researchers used projectors to trick semiautonomous vehicles into detecting people, road signs, and lane markings that didn’t exist.
Heart shape made with two hands
Vision

That Swipe-Right Look

In an online dating profile, the photo that highlights your physical beauty may not be the one that makes you look smart or honest — also important traits in a significant other. A new neural network helps pick the most appealing shots.
Packing robot
Vision

Packing Robots Get a Grip

Robots are moving into a job that traditionally required the human touch.What’s new: A commercial warehouse that ships electrical supplies deployed AI-driven robotic arms from Covariant, a high-profile Silicon Valley robotics firm.
Capture of an Instagram post related to drug dealing
Vision

Hunting Online Drug Dealers

Can machine learning help address the scourge of opioid addiction? A public health researcher developed a neural network that spots sellers of opioids on social media, Recode reported.
Information related to Greedy InfoMax (GIM)
Vision

Better Than Backprop

End-to-end backpropagation and labeled data are the peanut butter and chocolate of deep learning. However, recent work suggests that neither is necessary to train effective neural networks to represent complex data.
ImageNet face recognition labels on a picture
Vision

ImageNet Gets a Makeover

Computer scientists are struggling to purge bias from one of AI’s most important datasets. ImageNet’s 14 million photos are a go-to collection for training computer-vision systems, yet their descriptive labels have been rife with derogatory and stereotyped attitudes toward race, gender, and sex.
Breast cancer screening
Vision

Cancer in the Crosshairs

Computer vision has potential to spot cancer earlier and more accurately than human experts. A new system surpassed human accuracy in trials, but critics aren’t convinced.
EfficientDet explained
Vision

Easy on the Eyes

Researchers aiming to increase accuracy in object detection generally enlarge the network, but that approach also boosts computational cost. A novel architecture sets a new state of the art in accuracy while cutting the compute cycles required.
Chelsea Finn
Vision

Chelsea Finn: Robots That Generalize

Many people in the AI community focus on achieving flashy results, like building an agent that can win at Go or Jeopardy. This kind of work is impressive in terms of complexity.
Graph related to Noisy Student performance on ImageNet
Vision

Self-Training for Sharper Vision

The previous state-of-the-art image classifier was trained on the ImageNet dataset plus 3.5 billion supplemental images from a different database. A new method achieved higher accuracy with one-tenth as many supplemental examples — and they were unlabeled, to boot.
Excerpt from Ring commercial
Vision

Neighborhood Watchers

Smart doorbell maker Ring has built its business by turning neighborhoods into surveillance networks. Now the company is drawing fire for using private data without informing customers and sharing data with police.
Volcano erupting
Vision

Predicting the Next Eruption

AI is providing an early warning system for volcanoes on the verge of blowing their top. Researchers at the University of Leeds developed a neural net that scans satellite data for indications that the ground near a volcano is swelling—a sign it may be close to erupting.
Solar panels
Vision

Solar Power Heats Up

Solar-thermal power plants concentrate the sun’s energy using huge arrays of mirrors. AI is helping those arrays stay in focus.
Ancient geoglyph analysed by AI
Vision

Prehistoric Pictures Rediscovered

Image analysis guided by AI revealed a 2,000-year-old picture dug into the Peruvian desert. Researchers analyzing aerial imagery shot over Peru found a pattern that looks like a three-horned humanoid holding a staff.

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