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Heart-stopping predictions from AI doctors could save lives

AI can predict when you’ll keel over and die clutching at your chest from a heart attack better than doctors can, apparently. A group of researchers scraped together dataset from over 80,000 patients from CALIBER, a large clinical research project studying mortality in England, and used machine learning methods to find common …

Lights, camera, AI-ction! Robo-drones turned into spies, er, filmmakers

Video Cameras on drones have helped make aerial photography more accessible – and with machine-learning software, they may be able to assist budding filmmakers in the future, too. A team of researchers from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in the US, and Yamaha Motors in Japan, have published a paper showing how drones can be used …

Google goes bilingual, Facebook fleshes out translation and TensorFlow is dope

Roundup Hello, here's a quick roundup of what's been happening in the world of AI. Google has a new framework to help researchers develop reinforcement learning algorithms, and Google Assistant is now bilingual. Also watch how Microsoft's Azure Machine Learning Studio is helping Japanese fish farmers. Unsupervised machine translation …
When white dwarf stars collide

Black holes can briefly bring dead white dwarf stars back to life

Black holes can bring dead stars back to life - even if it’s just for a few seconds, according to a new study. When stars teeter too close to the menacing voids, they can kickstart tidal disruption events (TDEs). Stars are yanked in towards the black hole by its strong gravitational field, and are eventually ripped apart by …
Katyanna Quach, 31 Aug 2018
Fruit fly in nature - drosophila melanogaster

Fruit flies use the power of the sun to help them fly in straight lines

Fruit flies may have tiny brains about as big as poppy seeds, but their noggins are complex enough to the remember the Sun’s position to help with navigation, according to a new study in the journal Current Biology. Without these special compass cells in their brain fruit flies, known as Drosophila, would end up flying …
Katyanna Quach, 31 Aug 2018

AI sucks at stopping online trolls spewing toxic comments

New research has shown just how bad AI is at dealing with online trolls. Such systems struggle to automatically flag nudity and violence, don’t understand text well enough to shoot down fake news and aren’t effective at detecting abusive comments from trolls hiding behind their keyboards. A group of researchers from Aalto …
Katyanna Quach, 31 Aug 2018
NASA New Horizons artist's impression

New Horizons eyeballs Kuiper Belt object Ultima Thule, its next flyby goal

Pic NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has peeped its next flyby target: Ultima Thule. Ultima Thule is a small object floating amongst all the comets, asteroids, and icy rocks in the Kuiper Belt. It was discovered in June 2014 by the Hubble Space Telescope, and was given the unexciting official name of (486958) 2014 MU69 before being …
Katyanna Quach, 30 Aug 2018

AI software may help eggheads predict where aftershocks will strike

Neural networks can predict where aftershocks will occur after earthquakes to a higher accuracy than standard techniques, according to a new study published in Nature on Wednesday. After a major earthquake aftershocks can endanger the survivors and those seeking to help them. Now a group of researchers from Harvard University …
Katyanna Quach, 29 Aug 2018

Russian volcanoes fingered for Earth's largest mass extinction

The largest mass extinction event in Earth's history may have been driven by incredibly violent million-year long volcanic explosions that destroyed the ozone layer some 250 million years ago. Scientists call it the Great Dying, where almost 90 per cent of creatures perished at the end of the Permian era. Animals in water and …
Katyanna Quach, 29 Aug 2018

US watchdog OKs robo-doc AI that spies eye disease all on its own

The first FDA-approved AI system for diagnosing an eye disease caused by diabetes is completely autonomous, and doesn’t require a doctor to interpret the results. Several corporations including Google and DeepMind have been working on building machine-learning algorithms for detecting diabetic retinopathy, a leading cause of …
Katyanna Quach, 28 Aug 2018

AI image recognition systems can be tricked by copying and pasting random objects

You don’t always need to build fancy algorithms to tamper with image recognition systems – adding objects in random places will do the trick. In most cases, adversarial models are used to change a few pixels here and there to distort images so objects are incorrectly recognized. A few examples have included stickers that turn …
Katyanna Quach, 28 Aug 2018

Jupiter suffered growing pains before becoming our system's big daddy

Jupiter may be heavier than all the other planets in the Solar System combined, but it took a surprisingly long time to balloon in size. The gas giant is the fifth planet from the Sun and is the oldest planet, known for its magnitude and number of moons. It’s swollen and puffy with hydrogen gas, and measures about 318 times …
Katyanna Quach, 28 Aug 2018

Smut slinger dreams of AI software to create hardcore flicks with your face – plus other machine-learning news

Roundup It's a long weekend in England and Wales, with many Reg vultures taking time out and making the most of what's left of the quiet August month. We haven't forgotten you, though, so here's a roundup of artificial intelligent software related tidbits. Oh dear, a porn company wants to monetize the deepfakes craze: Hey, remember …
Katyanna Quach, 27 Aug 2018

Everybody dance now: Watch this AI code fool friends into thinking you can cut a rug like a pro

Updated to add Are you a bad dancer? Do you want to pirouette like a ballet pro? Don’t worry you can fake it until you make it – with the help of artificial intelligence. Some clever cookies at the University of California, Berkeley, in the US have developed machine-learning software that use generative adversarial networks (GANs) that can …
Katyanna Quach, 24 Aug 2018

Game over, machines: Humans defeat OpenAI bots once again at video games Olympics

OpenAI’s bots were knocked out of The International – the Dota 2 computer game's annual Olympics – on Thursday after they lost to human pros 2-0 in a best-of-three contest. Dota 2 is a hugely popular online battle strategy game (think Command and Conquer meets Tolkien) played by several hundred thousand people worldwide. The …
Katyanna Quach, 24 Aug 2018

OpenAI bots smashed in their first clash against human Dota 2 pros

The International In the past hour, OpenAI's artificially intelligent bots lost their first match against professional players at smash-hit computer game Dota 2 at The International – the video game's annual championship tournament. It's the first bout in a best-of-three competition between human professional players versus OpenAI's code, the …
Katyanna Quach, 23 Aug 2018

It's official – satellite spots water ice at the Moon's chilly poles

Ancient water ice is hidden on the surface dotted around craters on the Moon’s poles, scientists have confirmed in a paper on Monday. The idea that the Moon carries water has long been suspected, but never directly observed. Scientists have relied on studying its mineral content to deduce that water does exist on its surface …
Katyanna Quach, 21 Aug 2018
Jensen Huang of Nvidia

Nvidia shrugs off crypto-mining crash, touts live ray-tracing GPUs, etc

Roundup Here's your quick roundup of AI news beyond what we've already written about this week. Crypto-mining is bust for Nvidia: Nvidia reported strong growth in its second quarter financial results, emitted this week, in areas expected like the data center and gaming – but not for cryptocurrency mining. Here is a quick snapshot of …
Katyanna Quach, 18 Aug 2018

DeepMind AI bots tell Google to literally chill out: Software takes control of server cooling

DeepMind’s artificially intelligent algorithms are directly controlling the cooling systems within Google’s data centers to improve efficiency. Google’s vast warehouses are filled with hundreds of thousands of heat-generating servers, chugging away to keep all those adverts, Gmail messages, YouTube videos, and Google Search …
Katyanna Quach, 17 Aug 2018

Lo and behold, Earth's special chemical cocktail for life seems to be pretty common

Earth appears to be unique and inhabited by living creatures, but the building blocks required for life to bloom are actually quite common, according to new research. "Most of the building blocks we have looked at in other planetary systems have a composition broadly similar to that of the Earth", said Siyi Xu, an an assistant …
Katyanna Quach, 17 Aug 2018

Boffins build the smallest transistor, controlled by an atom

The world’s smallest transistor can be controlled by a single atom, according to a scientists from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany. Unlike more traditional transistors it isn’t made from semiconductors. Instead, it’s crafted from metal and the gate - the part that acts as a switch turning a transistor on or …
Katyanna Quach, 16 Aug 2018

Kids are more likely than adults to submit to peer pressure from robots

Children are more likely than adults to buckle under peer pressure from robots, according to a study published in Science on Wednesday. “People are known to change their behavior and decisions to conform to others, even for obviously incorrect facts. Because of recent developments in artificial intelligence and robotics, …
Katyanna Quach, 16 Aug 2018

Drama as boffins claim to reach the Holy Grail of superconductivity

A pair of physicists have claimed to reach the holy grail in physics: room temperature superconductivity. Unsurprisingly, the results have raised several eyebrows and the fear of another cold fusion fiasco. It has also led to a series of strange events involving the impersonation of a famous physicist using an encrypted email …
Katyanna Quach, 15 Aug 2018

Microsoft's Chinese chatbot inspired by images to write poetry

Microsoft’s chatbot Xiaoice does a lot more than other bots. She has presented the weather on live TV and now even composed a book of poems. Xiaoice has written 12 million of poems in fact. In a paper on arXiv, researchers from Microsoft, National Taiwan University, and the University of Montreal explained that all text …
Katyanna Quach, 15 Aug 2018

Boffins get fish drunk to prove what any bouncer already knows

Can fish get drunk? Yes, apparently. They’re more likely to become anti-social daredevils when the alcohol is mixed with energy drinks, according to a paper published in the Journal of Psychiatric Research. A team of researchers discovered this when conducting experiments with zebrafish. They doped up a group of 192 zebrafish …
Katyanna Quach, 15 Aug 2018

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