Weekly Top 10 Automation Articles

1. IBM's AI blood test could help with early Alzheimer's detection

Previous attempts to find a cure for Alzheimer's ended up in failure, but a new study out of IBM Research has the potential to spark a major breakthrough. A group of IBM researchers have harnessed the powers of machine learning to figure out a way to detect a biological marker associated with the disease -- a peptide called amyloid-beta -- with a simple blood test. The solution they came up with can even detect an individual's risk for Alzheimer's earlier than a brain scan can and way before symptoms start showing up. It can arm doctors with the ammo they need to be able to take better care of their patients. According to a study published in 2017, the concentration of amyloid-beta in a person's spinal fluid starts changing decades before the first signs of the disease show up. People already experiencing mild cognitive impairment with an abnormal concentration of the peptide in their spinal fluid are apparently 2.5 times more likely to develop the illness.

Author: Mariella Moon

Read More On: Engadget

2. How Artificial Intelligence Could Transform Medicine

Last month, President Trump signed an executive order making the development and regulation of artificial intelligence a federal priority. But one area where artificial intelligence is already taking hold is health care. Doctors are already using A.I. to spot potentially lethal lesions on mammograms. Scientists are also developing A.I. systems that can diagnose common childhood conditions, predict whether a person will develop Alzheimer’s disease and monitor people with conditions like multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. Dr. Eric Topol, a cardiologist and the founder and director of the Scripps Research Translational Institute, has long heralded this convergence of technology and medicine. Now, in a new book called “Deep Medicine: How Artificial Intelligence Can Make Healthcare Human Again,” Dr. Topol explores how A.I. is likely to transform almost everything that doctors do.

Author: Anahad O’Connor

Read More On: The New York Times

3. AI-Driven Robotic Leg Teaches Itself to Walk

Researchers from the University of Southern California (USC) have developed a robot leg that can correct itself when tripped, even though it was never specifically programmed to do so. The phenomenal breakthrough is inspired - like so much of science and technology - from nature.

Author: Jessica Miley

Read More On: Interesting Engineering

4. AI Robotic Perception System Can Recognize Objects By Touching Them

It’s a well-established fact that humans learn a lot about the world from touch. In fact, some studies show that kinesthetic learning — a learning style in which students carry out physical activities, rather than listen to a lecture or watch a demonstration — can improve outcomes for even those more strongly aligned with visual, auditory, or reading and writing learning.

Author : Kyle Wiggers

Read More On: VENTURE Beat

5. Google's Real-Time Speech Recognition AI Can Run Offline On Pixel

You can now dictate your texts with Google's Gboard keyboard even when you're offline, at least if you use a Pixel. Google's AI team announced that it updated the Gboard's speech recognizer to recognize characters one-by-one as they're spoken, and it is now hosted directly on the device. By no longer having to send data over the internet, Gboard's voice typing should now be faster and more reliable. Google explained in a blog post that it wanted to create a speech recognizer that was "compact enough to reside on a phone" and wouldn't be derailed by unreliable WiFi or mobile networks.

Author: Amrita Khalid

Read More On: Engadget

6. Can Artificial Intelligence Solve The Mysteries Of Quantum Physics?

Under the direction of Mobileye founder Amnon Shashua, a research group at Hebrew University of Jerusalem's School of Engineering and Computer Science has proven that artificial intelligence (AI) can help us understand the world on an infinitesimally small scale called quantum physics phenomena.

Read More On: Phy.Org

7. People Want To Know About Algorithms—But Not Too Much

ONE FINE SUMMER morning, you show up for a scheduled appointment for your regular checkup at the highly rated local health clinic. You walk in feeling fine. You raise your arm and say, “Doc, it hurts when I do this.” The doctor responds, “Then don’t do that.” You both chuckle. But several tests later, your mood changes. Your internist, friendly old Dr. Culverton Smith, has some bad news.

Author: Kartik Hosanagar

Read More On: Wired

8. Data Science Is Now Bigger Than 'Big Data

In a world in which “big data” and “data science” seem to adorn every technology-related news article and social media post, have the terms finally reached public interest saturation? As the use of large amounts of data has become mainstream, is the role of “data science” replacing the hype of “big data?”

Author: Kalev Leetaru

Read More On: Forbes

9. A Doctor Explains How Artificial Intelligence Could Improve The Patient-Doctor Bond

His newest book is called Deep Medicine: How Artificial Intelligence Can Make Healthcare Human Again (out now from Basic Books). Topol argues that humans will always crave the bond of being cared for by other humans and that AI can help enhance that bond and bring it back — if doctors are willing to stand up to business interests.

The Verge spoke to Topol about how health care works today, health privacy concerns in the age of AI, and the importance of physician activism.

Author: Angela Chen

REad More On: The Verge

10. Combining Artificial Intelligence With Their Passions

Computational thinking will be the mark of an MIT education when the MIT Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing opens this fall, and glimpses of what's to come were on display during the final reception of a three-day celebration of the college Feb. 26-28.

Author: Kim Martineau

Read More On: MIT News

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