Video showing traffic signals controlled by AI
Vision

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.
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New approach to automated real-estate assessment
Vision

Home Sweet AI-Appraised Home

Real estate websites helped turn automated real-estate assessment into a classic AI problem. The latest approach by a leader in the field gets a boost from deep learning.
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Series of imagen showing how an insect-sorting robot works
Vision

Bugbot

An insect-sorting robot could help scientists grapple with the global biodiversity crisis. An automated insect classifier sucks in tiny arthropods, classifies them, and maps their most important identifying features.
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Woman at an Amazon Go using Just Walk Out technology
Vision

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.
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Few-shot Learning with a Universal Template (FLUTE)
Vision

Pattern for Efficient Learning

Getting high accuracy out of a classifier trained on a small number of examples is tricky. You might train the model on several large-scale datasets prior to few-shot training, but what if the few-shot dataset includes novel classes? A new method performs well even in that case.
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Fire-spotting cameras alerting a fire engine
Vision

Where There’s Smoke, There’s AI

An automated early warning system is alerting firefighters to emerging blazes.
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Computer vision is probing the history of ancient pottery
Vision

Sorting Shattered Traditions

Computer vision is probing the history of ancient pottery | What’s new: Researchers at Northern Arizona University developed a machine learning model that identifies different styles of Native American painting on ceramic fragments and sorts the shards by historical period.
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A self-riding bicycle
Vision

A Bicycle Built for Zero

Self-driving cars, get ready to share the road with self-riding bikes. Beijing-based machine learning researcher Zhihui Peng built a riderless bike that stays upright, navigates, and avoids collisions.
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Two images showing the process of turning handwriting into text
Vision

The Writing, Not the Doodles

Systems designed to turn handwriting into text typically work best on pages with a consistent layout, such as a single column unbroken by drawings, diagrams, or extraneous symbols. A new system removes that requirement.
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AI face recognition system for borderline patrol
Vision

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.
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Automated nail-painting devices working
Vision

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.
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Architecture of vision-language tasks
Vision

One Model for Vision-Language

Researchers have proposed task-agnostic architectures for image classification tasks and language tasks. New work proposes a single architecture for vision-language tasks.
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A group of drones flying over a field
Vision

Deadly Drones Act Alone

Autonomous weapons are often viewed as an alarming potential consequence of advances in AI — but they may already have been used in combat. Libyan forces unleashed armed drones capable of choosing their own targets against a breakaway rebel faction last year.
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X-rays and charts about AI use in radiology
Vision

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.
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A new metod for compressing images and yielding better classification
Vision

What Machines Want to See

Researchers typically downsize images for vision networks to accommodate limited memory and accelerate processing. A new method not only compresses images but yields better classification.
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