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AI can gauge the risk of dying from heart conditions

AI’s ability to predict threats to your health could soon include deadly heart conditions. Researchers at MIT’s CSAIL have developed a machine learning system, RiskCardio, that can estimate the risk of death due to cardiovascular issues that block or reduce blood flow. All it needs is a 15-minute ECG reading — from there, it gauges the danger based on the sets of consecutive…
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Did AI kill off spam and we just didn’t notice?

I was pwned online recently. My contact information was revealed to the internet by the Entertainment Software Association’s leaky exhibitor portal. Luckily, confidential info like my SSN and birthdate were not spilled but I still found myself preparing for the…
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Deep Fusion is the iPhone's take on AI photography

In announcing the iPhones 11 Pro, Phil Schiller tipped us off to a new feature that’ll come to the flagship smartphones in the next year. Deep Fusion is a system which Schiller describes as “computational photography mad science,” which is likely to be the…
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McDonald’s plans to bring AI voice technology to its drive-thrus

Fast food is about to get even faster. McDonald announced today that it is buying the voice tech startup Apprente so it can automate its drive-thru menu. The Mountain View-based company specializes in building voice-based agents that can take orders in multiple languages and accents. The fast food giant has been testing Apprente’s technology in several locations and expects it will allow for…
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Google Assistant will help you find Tile trackers

You don’t want to lose an item tagged with a Tile Bluetooth tracker, but you’ll at least have an easier time finding it in the near future. Tile is planning Google Assistant support that will let you directly ring your tracker from any device that supports the AI…
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Google Assistant's Ambient Mode turns Android devices into smart displays

Google wants to put your device to work even when it’s charging or resting on a living room table or kitchen counter. Today at IFA, the company announced Ambient Mode for Google Assistant. The new feature will turn the latest Android devices into smart displays. Ambient Mode will make it easier to see notifications, start a playlist and control smart home devices from the lock screen. And…
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Hitting the Books: Robots came for our jobs, then they came for our coffee

Welcome to Hitting the Books. With less than one in five Americans reading just for fun these days, we’ve done the hard work for you by scouring the internet for the most interesting, thought provoking books on science and technology we can find and delivering an easily digestible nugget of their stories. We have no chance of escaping the coming robot revolution, nor should we want to. Our…
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