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Virtual doctor visits are getting more popular, but questions remain about who pays

Tucked into the federal budget law Congress passed in February was a provision that significantly expands the use of telemedicine — long a hyped health-care reform and now poised to go mainstream within five to 10 years.<p>“There’s much broader recognition of the benefits,” said Mei Wa Kwong, …

Health Care

Lighthouse Is The Next Big Deal In Home Security Technology

Over the past few weeks, I’ve had the pleasure of evaluating Lighthouse, a new next-generation home security device from a Palo Alto-based startup Lighthouse AI. After spending a couple of weeks with it, using my mom’s New Jersey home for evaluation, I’ve concluded that this remarkable device …

Home Security

Lobe’s ridiculously simple machine learning platform aims to empower non-technical creators

Machine learning may be the tool de jour for everything from particle physics to recreating the human voice, but it’s not exactly the easiest field to get into. Despite the complexities of video editing and sound design, we have UIs that let even a curious kid dabble in them — so why not with …

Machine Learning

With 'Siren,' Unreal Engine blurs the line between CGI and reality

Epic Games has been obsessed with real-time motion capture for years, but the company is now trying to take its experiments with the technology one step further. Enter "Siren," a digital personality that it created alongside a few prominent firms in the gaming industry: Vicon, Cubic Motion, …

Second sun: Researchers find new evidence that another star grazed solar system 70,000 years ago

Evidence is building that a red dwarf star once grazed the edges of our solar system, and may have been visible in the night sky to humans and some …

Windows 10's next major update includes an AI platform

How important is AI to Microsoft? So important that it's making the technology a staple of its software. The company has revealed that the next big Windows 10 update will include an AI platform, Windows ML, that lets developers use pre-trained machine learning systems in their apps. This will save …

This Website Tracks the Market Value of Used Camera Gear

Want to quickly find out the current market value of a used camera or lens? Bokeh Market is a new website that can tell you the real-time value of …

This AI Creates Photo-Realistic Faces of People Who Don’t Exist

Instead of searching for the ideal model for a photo shoot, photographers of the future may be able to generate one using artificial intelligence. …

Building A.I. That Can Build A.I.

SAN FRANCISCO — They are a dream of researchers but perhaps a nightmare for highly skilled computer programmers: artificially intelligent machines that can build other artificially intelligent machines.<p>With recent speeches in both Silicon Valley and China, Jeff Dean, one of Google’s leading …

Artificial Intelligence

Microsoft and Facebook's open AI ecosystem gains more support

Artificial intelligence has helped jump start everything from self-driving cars to soft robotics. As if that wasn't enough, it's also tearing down language barriers to bring the world closer together. But, at the same time, machine learning is dealing with its own, self-constructed walls. Last …

World Bank chief sounds alarm over job automation

<b>The world is on a "crash course" as people's hopes collide with a future in which millions of jobs are automated, the World Bank chief has said.</b><p>Jim Yong Kim said policymakers should take action by investing in education and health.<p>The World Bank president was speaking in New York ahead of the …

World Bank

Google Assistant’s new male/female voices are more realistic thanks to Alphabet’s DeepMind AI lab

Ahead of last week’s October 4th hardware event, Google rolled out male and female voice options for Assistant in English. A nice customization, the new voices also sound more realistic. This is due to work done by Alphabet’s DeepMind division and the new deep neural network being leveraged for …

Artificial Intelligence

Microsoft's Cortana finds answers inside your Skype chats

You can already count on a dash of AI assistance in some mobile messaging apps, whether it's Google Assistant in Allo or the smart replies you find across iOS. But what if Skype is your chat app of choice? You're covered: as of today, Microsoft is rolling out its Cortana assistant to the Skype apps …

Nvidia built a real Holodeck, aimed at creative collaboration

Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang once told me that one of the things he was most excited about for the future of his company’s tech was bringing the Holodeck to life – and now, that’s exactly what Nvidia is doing with its new Holodeck photorealistic VR platform for designers and developers.<p>Nvidia Holodeck …

Doctors as app makers? Sure, no coding required

Tools like Doctella are giving medical professionals a cheap and easy way to communicate with patients outside the office.<p>The days leading up to surgery can often be nerve-racking for a patient. Easier communication with doctors could help relieve some of those fears, and technology can play a key …

Apps

Google's new browser experiment lets you learn about basic AI

Just how does machine learning work? You’ve probably read a primer or two on the subject, but often the best way to understand a thing is to try it out for yourself. With that in mind, check out this little in-browser experiment from Google named Teachable Machine. It’s a perfect two-minute summary …

Efinix’s Programmable Chips Could Push AI Out to the Edges

Startup gets $9.5 million to develop smaller, more flexible FPGAs Photo: Yuichiro Chino/Getty ImagesBy its cofounder’s reckoning, Efinix is in the …

Asphalt-lithium metal batteries fully charge in five minutes

As useful and ubiquitous as they are, lithium-ion batteries are nearing their limits, and it's unlikely we'll be able to squeeze much more juice out …

Google's AI is no smarter than a 6-year-old, study says

Chinese researchers also found Google’s artificial intelligence technology to be twice as smart as Apple's Siri.<p>Google's AlphaGo may have unseated Ke Jie as the Go world champion this year, but the artificial intelligence behind AlphaGo is actually no smarter than a 6-year-old child.<p>A study …

Artificial Intelligence

Why are smartphone chips suddenly including an AI processor?

If virtual assistants have been the breakthrough technology in this year’s smartphone software, then the AI processor is surely the equivalent on the hardware side.<p>Apple has taken to calling its latest SoC the A11 Bionic on account of its new AI “Neural Engine”. Huawei’s latest Kirin 970 boasts a …

A robot named Heliograf got hundreds of stories published last year

Robots are taking our jobs, no doubt about it. Just in the past year we’ve seen barista robots, fast-food robots, pizza delivery robots, and even a …

High School Sports

China Has Already More Than Doubled Its 2020 Solar Power Target

By Jing Yan and Lauri Myllyvirta<p>China has more than doubled its end-of-decade solar power target, with new installations dramatically outstripping …

This Bright Idea Is Turning London's Streetlights Into Car Charging Points

Brilliantly simple.<p>For electric cars to really hit the mainstream we need to build better networks of charging points so drivers can 'fill up' more …

Samsung Wants You To Use The Flip Phone Again

Samsung wants you to go back to the flip phone. Two of their new handset phones are perfect for those who hate smartphones and can’t get used to …

Monitoring your blood pressure? Careful, 70% of home devices may be inaccurate

The error range is enough to sway decisions about taking or stopping medication.<p>Millions of people stand to benefit from closely monitoring their …

Medicine

Watch a working concept of a holographic Cortana assistant

To control your home or your local Ring installation<p>When Microsoft unveiled its digital assistant in 2014, it looked to the <i>Halo</i> franchise for inspiration, naming its system Cortana, after Master Chief’s AI companion. One ambitious fan has gone a step further and created his own holographic version …

UK trials body cameras for staff in mental health wards

An early trial has found that staff-worn body cameras can reduce confrontation and aggressive behaviour in patients suffering from mental health issues. The pilot ran for three months at Berrywood Hospital, a psychiatric facility in Northampton, England, and was primarily concerned with the …

Comparison: All of the Android Wear devices announced or released in 2017 so far

Article Contents<p>1 At a glance<p>2 The watches<p>2.0.1 LG Watch Sport<br>• 2.0.2 LG Watch Style<br>• 2.0.3 Casio Pro Trek WSD-F20<br>• 2.0.4 New Balance RunIQ<br>• 2.0.5 Huawei …

Wearable Tech

Banco Santander Invests in Artificial Intelligence Startups

Spanish lender Banco Santander SA has invested in two artificial-intelligence companies, part of the financial industry’s increased focus on …

Eight ways intelligent machines are already in your life

<b>Many people are unsure about exactly what machine learning is. But the reality is that it is already part of everyday life.</b><p>A form of artificial intelligence, it allows computers to learn from examples rather than having to follow step-by-step instructions.<p>The Royal Society believes it will have an …

Machine Learning