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A Stanford Professor Says Working From Home Makes You Happier and More Efficient. There's Just 1 Catch

Take 250 people, all doing the same job for the same company. Tell half to work from home and half to come into the office for nine months. Then compare everything. Here are the results.<p>Work from home or go to an office: Which kind of workers are happier and more efficient?<p>For the first …

Work from Home

Amazon unveils $250 AI camera and machine learning tools for businesses

Off-the-shelf artificial intelligence services to take on Google<p>Amazon wants companies to take advantage of artificial intelligence — and, more importantly, it wants to sell them the tools to do so.<p>Today, the online retailer’s business subsidiary, Amazon Web Services (AWS), unveiled a suite of new …

Artificial Intelligence

Amazon Transcribe is a sophisticated transcription service for AWS

Amazon is hosting AWS Re:INVENT today, its developer conference for all things AWS . And the company just announced a promising new service called Amazon Transcribe. The service is now available as a preview and goes beyond many automated transcribing services.<p>Now that video and audio have …

Cloud Computing

A Silicon Valley startup is quietly taking over U.S. classrooms

Silicon Valley is determined to improve education by infusing it with technology. Its latest example is Kiddom, whose personalized learning software …

Algorithm outperforms radiologists at diagnosing pneumonia | Stanford News

Stanford researchers have developed an algorithm that offers diagnoses based off chest X-ray images. It can diagnose up to 14 types of medical …

Machine Learning

You Could Become an AI Master Before You Know It. Here’s How. - MIT Technology Review

At first blush, Scot Barton might not seem like an AI pioneer. He isn’t building self-driving cars or teaching computers to thrash humans at computer …

Artificial Intelligence

Germany has way more industrial robots than the US, but they haven’t caused job losses

The rise of the robots, coming first for our jobs, then maybe our lives, is a growing concern in today’s increasingly automated world. Just today (Oct. 10), the World Bank chief said the world is on a “crash course” to automate millions of jobs. But a recent report from Germany paints a less …

German Economy

Is it art? Pix2Pix will make something horrifying from your drawings

As hyper-efficient as machines are rapidly becoming, they aren’t quite up to snuff when it comes to creativity, even if they can be somewhat artistic …

This app uses artificial intelligence to turn design mockups into source code

While traditionally it has been the task of front-end developers to transform the work of designers from raw graphical user interface mockups to actual source code, this trend might soon be a thing of the past – courtesy of artificial intelligence.<p>Copenhagen-based startup UIzard Technologies has …

5 fantastic things VR can do for children

From learning to entertainment, VR has captured a plethora of opportunities and fields. Questions about VR being safe for children were raised continuously but now seems to finally be answered accurately.<p>For all those parents who dread showing VR content to their kids, it’s completely safe for …

Virtual Reality

This AI can learn your voice and mimic it in a minute or less, and that’s incredibly scary

When it comes to personal privacy and overall security, we often think of passwords, fingerprints, and even our own faces as being the keys that …

Google has taught an AI to doodle

Hot on the heels of the company's art and music generation program, Project Magenta, a pair of Google researchers have taught a neural network to sketch simple drawings all on its own.<p>The researchers relied on data from Quick, Draw!, an app that asks users to draw a simple item and then guesses at …

Drawing

This bricklaying bot could be the architect of the future

If you want curves like this, you'll need a robot. Designed by architects Archi-Union, the undulating exterior of the Chi She Gallery in Shanghai was …

Architecture

Will You Lose Your Job to Artificial Intelligence? Here's What Experts Really Think

An insurance firm in Japan is replacing 34 claims adjusters with artificial intelligence. What does it mean for the future of work?<p>A few months into my time as an insurance claims adjuster, a customer called and said he thought his house was breaking apart. He'd heard what sounded like wood beams …

Artificial Intelligence

Eligible founder Katelyn Gleason’s plan to upend the billion dollar medical billing industry

Medical billing is a largely untapped and lucrative industry, potentially pulling in $55 billion globally by 2020. But its inner workings are still very murky — most of the time it’s not clear how much something will cost and sometimes you don’t even get the (possibly whopping) bill until months …

‘Your animal life is over. Machine life has begun.’ The road to immortality

In California, radical scientists and billionaire backers think the technology to extend life – by uploading minds to exist separately from the body – is only a few years away<p>Here’s what happens. You are lying on an operating table, fully conscious, but rendered otherwise insensible, otherwise …

Singularity

Hate to Break It to Steve Mnuchin, But AI's Already Taking Jobs

Today, in 2017, the president's top economic advisor said he had no worries about robots putting people out of work. "In terms of artificial …

Amazon’s Ambitions Unboxed: Stores for Furniture, Appliances and More

SEATTLE — Last Sunday in Palm Springs, Calif., Jeffrey P. Bezos, the chief executive of Amazon, climbed into the cockpit of a 13-foot robot and began flailing his arms as though warming up for a workout, causing the robot’s enormous appendages to mimic his movements.<p>“Why do I feel so much like …

J.C. Penney store closings latest sign that ecommerce may finally be devastating brick-and-mortar retail

This week, J.C. Penney released details of its plans to shutter 138 stores (out of 1,014) and to cut 5,000 retail jobs.<p>This is part of the ongoing reinvention of a company that seemed to be on the verge of collapse just a few years ago. J.C. Penney says physical stores remain vital to its business, …

A professor built an AI teaching assistant for his courses — and it could shape the future of education

Ashok Goel needed help.<p>In his regular courses at Georgia Tech, the computer science professor had at most a few dozen students. But his online class had 400 students  —  students based all over the world; students who viewed his class videos at different times; students with questions. Lots and …

Recycling robots: AI could reverse the UK's decline

Robotic waste sorting is gaining ground as an idea, but experts say the economics don’t yet stack up for household waste<p>A team of robots scans objects on a recycling line, sorting wood from concrete at a rate of 4,000 pieces an hour.<p>The footage is part of a promotional video for Helsinki-based firm …

Recycling

How AI Can Prove Workers' Best Defense In The Race Against Automation

United Technology’s announcement last November that its Carrier Corp. plant would keep jobs in Indiana rather than move them to Mexico was heralded as a significant victory for American workers. However, the true impact of the deal was hidden below the headlines. United Technologies CEO, Greg …

How Artificial Intelligence enhances education

In the past years, a collection of hardware, software and online service have managed to bring changes and reforms to classrooms and teaching methods. But the true disruption of education is yet to arrive.<p>Artificial Intelligence has proven its role as a game changing factor in an increasing number …

10,000 AI startups need to learn these lessons

Artificial intelligence is having its breakout moment. Once confined to the realm of science fiction, it seems bright-eyed entrepreneurs everywhere are now getting into AI. As renowned author, editor, and futurist Kevin Kelly puts it, “The business plans of the next 10,000 startups are easy to …

Adobe Is Building An AI To Automate Web Design. Should You Worry?

An experimental Adobe project brings machine learning and artificial intelligence to the graphic and web design worlds. That might not be a bad thing.<p>Adobe, one of the world’s largest and most powerful software companies, is trying something new: It’s applying machine learning and image recognition …

Machine Learning

Opinion: Robots could make Japan into a stock investor’s cash machine

Japan would appear to be the last country whose stock market would look attractive to a value-oriented investor. And that’s why the contrarians among …

Stock Markets

Too Much Screen Time May Make Kids Less Ready for Kindergarten

A new study has found a link between screen time and kids' fundamental school-readiness skills in math, letters and words, and cognitive and social-emotional competencies.<p>We are all guilty of sticking our kids in front of the television so we can get a few things done, like make dinner or return a …

Parenting

Salesforce Einstein AI can generate models automatically

When Salesforce announced its spring release this week, it revealed that its artificial intelligence platform, dubbed Einstein, can build data models automatically, even when customers have customized their products to meet the company’s unique requirements.<p>They called this “using artificial …

Scalable Stream Processing: A Survey of Storm, Samza, Spark and Flink

1. Introduction<p>Through technological advance and increasing connectivity between people and devices, the amount of data available to (web) companies, …