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This Algorithm Can Tell If You’re Depressed Just From Your Instagram Posts

You might not yet know you’re depressed, but your photos do.<p>Primary care doctors aren’t particularly good at spotting patients with depression. But a new study suggests that an algorithm analyzing your Instagram photos might be. In combination with other tools, like technology that could detect …

Depression

A teenage girl has created a 3D-printed lens and app that can detect eye disease

The app uses an AI system to identify diabetic retinopathy in photos<p>A teenage girl has created a 3D-printed lens that, when fitted onto a smartphone and used with an app, can give a preliminary diagnosis for people with diabetic retinopathy, reports <i>IEEE Spectrum</i>. Diabetic retinopathy is the most …

Machine Learning

IBM Claims Big Breakthrough in Deep Learning

The race to make computers smarter and more human-like continued this week with IBM claiming it has developed technology that dramatically cuts the …

Deep Learning

BuzzFeed News Trained A Computer To Search For Hidden Spy Planes. This Is What We Found.

From planes tracking drug traffickers to those testing new spying technology, US airspace is buzzing with surveillance aircraft operated for law enforcement and the military.<p><b>A secret spy plane operated</b> by the US Marshals hunted drug cartel kingpins in Mexico. A military contractor that tracks …

Surveillance

With over 4,000 craft breweries in the United States alone, people are having trouble finding unique names for their beers. That’s a problem, because when two breweries accidentally use the same name, it results in potential confusion at best and at worst, a legal battle. Litigation over craft beer trademarks is noticeably on the rise.

The Real Limitations of Big Data

“Every revolution in science—from the Copernican heliocentric model to the rise of statistical and quantum mechanics, from Darwin’s theory of …

Big Data

An Algorithm Trained on Emoji Knows When You’re Being Sarcastic on Twitter - MIT Technology Review

Scroll through Twitter and you’ll find plenty of sarcastic comments—not to mention lots of cases where sarcasm apparently went straight over …

Machine Learning

How Big Data Analytics Underpins Every Healthcare Trend

July 31, 2017 - While the concept of leveraging big data analytics has quickly moved from cutting-edge novelty to fundamental competency for …

Digital Health

AI is a powerful tool in the fight against anxiety and depression

The state of mental healthcare in the US is in crisis. Suicide is the second leading cause of death in the US, and at a 30-year high. Anxiety and depression are literally killing us. Something has to give.<p>Part of the problem is the stigma attached to seeking help for emotional problems, part of it …

Mental Health

5 Mind-Bending Experiments That Show Where Creativity Is Headed Next

Researchers showed off new tools to augment human creativity at Siggraph, the year’s biggest computer graphics conference.<p>Every year, the Association for Computing Machinery hosts a conference called Siggraph where artists, researchers, designers, and developers show off their work on computer …

Machine Learning

Agriculture gets even smarter | The Network | The Network

The matter of growing enough food to feed the planet is a serious issue. Already, one in nine people lack sufficient sustenance, according to the United Nations—and the problem is only going to get worse. Mix a global population projected to reach 9 billion in 20 years, from 7.5 billion today, with …

Agriculture

The Data Science Revolution That's Transforming Aviation

The cockpit of a Boeing 787 Dreamliner Photographer: Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg<p>Twentieth-century airplanes generated a lot of data — about the engine systems, fuel use, crew activity, and even weather systems they encountered. But airlines and airports had little to no capability to do much of …

Big Data

Businesses Will Need One Million Data Scientists by 2018

<b>The man-machine dichotomy blurs</b><p>Cognitive technologies gathered more than $1 billion in venture capital funding in 2014 and 2015. The overall market …

Big Data

Machine learning best practices: detecting rare events

<i>This is the second post in my series of machine learning best practices. If you missed it, read the first post, Machine learning best practices: the</i> …

Machine Learning

Tools - Proportional Ink

The Principle of Proportional Ink<p>In this article we explore a basic rule for the design of data graphics, the <b>principle of proportional ink</b>. The rule …

Infographics

Facets: An Open Source Visualization Tool for Machine Learning Training Data

Posted by James Wexler, Senior Software Engineer, Google Big Picture Team<i><br>(Cross-posted on the Google Open Source Blog)</i><br>Getting the best results out of …

Data Science

Data Science, AI, Machine Learning Cheat Sheets

A curated set of resources for artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, data science, big data, internet of things (IoT), and more.<p>This is a …

Machine Learning

Solving The Bee Crisis With Machine Learning | Articles | Big Data

Without the natural pollination bees provide, global food supply would deplete so rapidly, the effects would be disastrous. They’re an essential part …

Bees

Learning the Enigma with Recurrent Neural Networks

An ~Enigma~ machine, famed for its inner complexity.<p>Recurrent Neural Networks (RNNs) are Turing-complete. In other words, they can approximate any …

Deep Learning

Introductory Machine Learning Terminology with Food

I was just pondering some ways to discuss machine learning terminology in a way that would be accessible to beginners, and figured I’d share my …

Data Science

You Say Data, I Say System

In the fall of 2009, I wrote a pair of algorithms to place nearly 3,000 names on the 9/11 memorial in Manhattan. The crux of the problem was to …

Data Science

If Taxi Trips were Fireflies: 1.3 Billion NYC Taxi Trips Plotted

The NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) has publicly released a dataset of taxi trips from January 2009 — June 2016 with GPS coordinates for …

Top 5 Python IDEs For Data Science

IDE stands for Integrated Development Environment. It’s a coding tool which allows you to write, test and debug your code in an easier way, as they …

Python Programming

The Word Choices That Explain Why Jane Austen Endures

Two hundred years after her death, Jane Austen commands a cultural empire — fan fiction, adaptations, merchandise — with her six novels at the center. It raises the question: Why her, as opposed to someone else?<p>Franco Moretti, founder of the Stanford Literary Lab, which applies data analysis to the …

Literature

Exploring the State of the Union Addresses: A Case Study with cleanNLP

Models<p>The get_tfidf function provided by <b>cleanNLP</b> converts a token table into a sparse matrix representing the term-frequency inverse document …

Fake News Is About to Get Even Scarier than You Ever Dreamed

What we saw in the 2016 election is nothing compared to what we need to prepare for in 2020.<p>Less than a month after <b>Donald Trump</b> was improbably elected the 45th president of the United States, a strange story began to make its way across social media. In the quaint days before Russia’s dissemination …

Two of AI's biggest names team up to teach robots to not cheat

Maybe it's all those Terminator movies, sci-fi novels, and post-apocalyptic video games, but it just makes sense to be wary of super-intelligent …

How AI detectives are cracking open the black box of deep learning

As neural nets push into science, researchers probe back

Deep Learning