Tag: Big Data

Mayo Clinic starts using autonomous vehicles to deliver coronavirus tests and medical supplies

The Mayo Clinic today announced a partnership with Bestmile and the Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) to deploy autonomous shuttles that transport medical equipment and COVID-19 tests collected at the hospital’s drive-thru testing site. The hope is that they’ll expedite the delivery of much-needed supplies while reducing the risk of human exposure to the coronavirus. On […]

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Google’s AI accurately predicts physicians’ prescribing decisions 75% of the time

An AI system developed by researchers at Google and the University of California, San Francisco anticipates physician’s prescribing decisions 75% of the time,  according to a paper published in the journal Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics. If someday applied to a health care system, it could identify prescriptions that look abnormal for patients and their situations, […]

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Surveillance, AI, and saving lives top agenda at coronavirus conference

The Stanford Institute of Human-Centered AI (HAI) hosted a conference to discuss applications of AI that governments, technologists, and public health officials are using to save human lives during the global coronavirus pandemic. Based on current mitigation efforts, the U.S. — which has more cases than any other country on Earth — could see 100,000 […]

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Amazon and SenseTime detail OmniSource, a framework that scrapes web videos to train AI

Researchers at AI startup SenseTime, Amazon, and the Chinese University of Hong Kong say they’ve developed a new framework for leveraging web data — OmniSource — that notches records in the video recognition domain. By overcoming barriers between data formats like images, short videos, and long untrimmed videos and adopting good practices like data balancing, […]

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Microsoft brings new voice styles to Azure Cognitive Services

Microsoft today announced the launch of new neural text-to-speech (TTS) capabilities in Azure Cognitive Services, its suite of AI-imbued APIs and SDKs, that enable developers to tailor the voice of their apps and services to fit their brand. Each of three new styles — newscast, customer service, and digital assistant — offer fluid and natural-sounding […]

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Phantom AI raises $22 million to develop ADAS products

Phantom AI, a startup developing advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) for cars and trucks, today announced that it has raised $22 million. CEO Hyunggi Cho says it will enable the company to expand availability of its modular, software-based platform, which lets OEMs and Tier 1 automakers select components they wish to integrate and customize their configuration. […]

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Waymo’s AI improves autonomous vehicle performance while saving costs

Waymo, Alphabet’s self-driving vehicle research division, today detailed a system — Progressive Population Based Augmentation (PPBA) — it claims has improved the performance of its autonomous systems while reducing the amount of data required to train them. Specifically, Waymo says that PPBA bolstered its cars’ object detection capabilities while decreasing costs and accelerating the training […]

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Collibra raises $112 million at $2.3 billion valuation to provide better data governance

Collibra has raised $112.5 million in venture capital at a $2.3 billion valuation as the Brussels-based unicorn continues to expand its data intelligence service. ICONIQ Capital and Index Ventures led the round of funding which also included participation by Durable Capital Partners, Battery Ventures, CapitalG and Dawn Capital. The funding essentially doubled its valuation from […]

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Concertio taps AI to optimize apps and servers in real time

AI-powered optimization software provider Concertio today announced that it has raised $4.2 million, which it says it will use to scale its platform that boosts app performance by tailoring x86 server settings. Customers won’t only benefit from faster, more stable apps and hardware as a result, says Concertio, but from lower infrastructure costs as well. […]

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IBM’s Watson Assistant for Citizens answers coronavirus questions by phone or text

IBM today announced the launch of Watson Assistant for Citizens, a new chatbot solution available to government agencies, health care institutions, and academic organizations free of charge for 90 days. The hope is that by tapping AI technologies like natural language processing, it’ll triage residents looking for guidance on COVID-19, which has affected 204 countries […]

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Google’s WaveNetEQ fills in speech gaps during Duo calls

Google today detailed an AI system — WaveNetEQ — it recently deployed to Duo, its cross-platform voice and video chat app, that can realistically synthesize short snippets of speech to replace garbled audio caused by an unstable internet connection. It’s fast enough to run on a smartphone while delivering state-of-the-art, natural-sounding audio quality, laying the […]

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Researchers release data set of CT scans from coronavirus patients

In an effort to spur the development of systems that can quickly spot signs of the novel coronavirus, a team of researchers at the University of San Diego this week released a data set — the COVID-CT-Dataset — containing 275 CT scans collected from 143 patients with confirmed cases of COVID-19, which they claim is […]

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Startup accelerators forge ahead with new virtual programs

As companies scramble to adapt their businesses to a world of remote working and isolation, startups vying for investors’ cash and mentorship are facing a new world order too. Intel Ignite, a 12-week accelerator program led by Intel in Tel Aviv, today announced the 10 startups that will constitute its second cohort which is scheduled […]

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Microsoft’s Mahjong-winning AI could lead to sophisticated finance market prediction systems

Last August, Microsoft Research Asia detailed an AI system dubbed Super Phoenix (Suphx for short) that could defeat Mahjong players after learning from only 5,000 matches. A revised preprint paper out this week delves a bit deeper, revealing that Suphx — whose performance improved with additional training — is now rated above 99.99% of all […]

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Cordio and Rambam Hospital will trial AI that detects coronavirus cases from speech samples

Cordio Medical today announced that it will begin a clinical trial at Haifa’s Rambam Hospital on an app-based AI system that analyzes speech to diagnose and remotely monitor COVID-19 patients. Assuming it passes scientific muster, the tech could be used to help treat self-quarantined patients who are likely to have COVID-19 but who haven’t yet […]

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Babylon Health claims its AI accurately triages patients in 85% of cases

A team of researchers at Babylon Health, the well-funded UK-based startup that facilitates telemedical consultations between patients and health experts, claim that they’ve developed an AI system capable of matching expert clinician decisions in 85% of cases. If it holds up to scrutiny, the system could lift a burden off of the overloaded U.S. health […]

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MIT CSAIL’s CommPlan AI helps robots efficiently collaborate with humans

In a new study, researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab propose a framework called CommPlan, which gives robots that work alongside humans principles for “good etiquette” and leave it to the robots to make decisions that let them finish tasks efficiently. They claim it’s a superior approach to handcrafted rules, because it […]

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Security visualization service Amazon Detective launches in general availability

Amazon today announced that Amazon Detective, a service that automatically collates data from customers’ Amazon Web Services (AWS) resources and taps AI, statistical analysis, and graph theory to build a data set for cybersecurity investigations, is now generally available following a preview. It’s designed to help suss out the root cause of findings while eliminating […]

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LinkedIn details how it keeps new features from promoting inequality

In a newly published paper, LinkedIn describes the internal approach it’s taken to pairing product testing with economic metrics to lower users’ barriers to networking opportunities. The company claims that across thousands of A/B tests it analyzed, the approach reshaped research and design practices across teams, increasing understanding of the underlying causes of inequality. As […]

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DeepMind’s Agent57 beats humans at 57 classic Atari games

In a preprint paper published this week by DeepMind, Google parent company Alphabet’s U.K.-based research division, a team of scientists describe Agent57, which they say is the first system that outperforms humans on all 57 Atari games in the Arcade Learning Environment data set. Assuming the claim holds water, Agent57 could lay the groundwork for […]

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Microsoft previews Azure Edge Zones for 5G carriers, private networks

Although new 5G cell tower radios are capable of transmitting data at incredibly high speeds, bottlenecks elsewhere in 5G networks can prevent overall performance from being impressive, particularly for latency — the responsiveness between cloud services and client devices. So today, Microsoft is announcing Azure Edge Zones that will reduce latency for public and private […]

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YouTube spinout PlanetScale Iaunches Kubernetes-based multi-cloud database to accelerate scaling

Leaning on technology originally developed for YouTube, PlanetScale today announced the public launch of its database-as-a-service, which runs on Kubernetes and is designed to help companies rapidly scale operations. Called PlanetScaleDB, the service allows companies that store their data in databases across multiple cloud services to virtually treat them as a single database. By simplifying […]

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Orion Labs raises $29 million to automate real-time voice communications

Orion Labs, a startup developing voice-activated communication and automation solutions for deskless workers, today announced that it has raised $29 million. Newly appointed CEO Gregory P. Taylor, who takes the reins from founder Jesse Robbins (who’s now executive chairman), says the funding will be used to scale Orion’s solutions worldwide. Orion was cofounded in 2013 […]

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