Artificial intelligence is evolving all by itself

JAKARIN2521/ISTOCK.COM Artificial intelligence (AI) is evolving—literally. Researchers have created software that borrows concepts from Darwinian evolution, including “survival of the fittest,†to build AI programs that improve generation after generation without human input. The program replicated decades of AI research in a matter of days, and its designers think that one day, it could discover new approaches to AI. “While most people were taking baby steps, they took a giant…

Private Industry, Accademia Stepping Up in AI Fight Against Covid-19

Innovative private enterprises and selected academics are employing AI in the fight against the spread of the Covid-29 virus, each hoping for the breakthrough idea. (GETTY IMAGES) The worldwide Covid-19 spread is a tragic experience that is spurring innovators to try many approaches to slowing it down, measuring it, treating it and ultimately the hope is, prevent it with an effective vaccine. Here we look at examples of how innovative…

Bringing AI To The Fight Against Healthcare Payments Fraud

The coronavirus pandemic poses an unprecedented challenge to healthcare systems that will likely extend for months — and perhaps even years — to come. More than ever, hospitals and other medical facilities need to focus their resources on healing the sick and avoid getting bogged down by administrative costs and inefficiencies. This brings a longstanding challenge to the fore: Healthcare organizations have long struggled with fraud, waste and abuse (FWA), costing the United States healthcare sector more…

Sprayable user interfaces

Photo: Jason Dorfman/MIT CSAIL CSAIL’s SprayableTech system lets users create large-scale interactive surfaces with sensors and displays using airbrushed inks. For decades researchers have envisioned a world where digital user interfaces are seamlessly integrated with the physical environment, until the two are virtually indistinguishable from one another.  This vision, though, is held up by a few boundaries. First, it’s difficult to integrate sensors and display elements into our tangible world…

Retailers Pursuing AI to Help Negotiate Prices, Enhance Operations

Retailers are expanding their use of AI beyond online shopping to contract negotiations with suppliers and achieving more efficient operations. (GETTY IMAGES)   Retailers are not only using AI to enhance the online shopping experience. Walmart has an agreement to pilot AI technology from Pactum to help it negotiate prices with its vendors. Walmart has hundreds of thousands of vendors, so AI can be helpful to keep track of things.…

Computational thinking class enables students to engage in Covid-19 response

Left to right: Department of Mathematics Professor Alan Edelman, his co-instructor and family Corgi Philip, and visiting professor and longtime Julia lab collaborator David Sanders have altered their computational thinking course to encourage input on COVID-19 responses. Nearly 300 students join an open course that applies data science, artificial intelligence, and mathematical modeling using the Julia language to study Covid-19. When an introductory computational science class, which is open to…

Microsoft exec says coronavirus could spark big shift for AI in health care

Credit: CC0 Public Domain     Microsoft chief technology officer Kevin Scott grew up fascinated by the 1960s Apollo space program and then-President John F. Kennedy’s vision of a moon shot. Now, he envisions just as ambitious a project taking shape as a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic. Just as the U.S. government significantly invested to put Neil Armstrong and others on the moon by 1969—$200 billion in today’s dollars…

AI Community of Experts Making Contributions to Coronavirus Fight

Since the White House issued a “call to action” to AI researchers to help fight the coronavirus spread, researchers have stepped up in multiple ways, including to find answers to key scientific questions. (GETTY IMAGES) Since the White House issued a “call to action” to AI researchers to help fight the coronavirus spread, researchers have stepped up in multiple ways. Here is an update: Lots of data is available. The…

Voice of the Car Summit: Worldwide Online Event – April 7-8

When we’re born, all we have is our mother’s voice – And then, we develop an inner voice. So it stands to reason: as computing evolves, it will evolve to become voice-first. – The modern connected car has much to gain from integrating voice. Already, the race is on, as brands such as BMW, Mercedes, Tesla, Hyundai, Ford, and many others are integrating various voice assistants and conversational AI into their vehicles. Where are…

Q&A: Markus Buehler on setting coronavirus and AI-inspired proteins to music

Image courtesy of Markus Buehler. Translated into sound, SARS-CoV-2 tricks our ear in the same way the virus tricks our cells. The proteins that make up all living things are alive with music. Just ask Markus Buehler: The musician and MIT professor develops artificial intelligence models to design new proteins, sometimes by translating them into sound. His goal is to create new biological materials for sustainable, non-toxic applications. In a…