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Facebook improves AI photo descriptions for the visually impaired

Facebook Facebook has long been using AI to describe photos for the visually impaired, but it’s stepping up its efforts in 2021. The social media giant has detailed a new version of automatic alternative text (AAT) that promises much more information. Instead of relying on heavily supervised AI learning, Facebook is now using weak supervision …

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New York City proposes regulating algorithms used in hiring

Enlarge John Lamb | Getty Images In 1964, the Civil Rights Act barred the humans who made hiring decisions from discriminating on the basis of sex or race. Now, software often contributes to those hiring decisions, helping managers screen résumés or interpret video interviews. That worries some tech experts and civil rights groups, who cite …

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This robot dog learned how to get up after being knocked down

Yang et al At some point when you were a toddler, you learned how to pick yourself up after falling and eventually how to walk on your own two feet. You likely had encouragement from your parents, but for the most part, you learned through trial and error. That’s not how robots like Spot and …

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Lessons in Failing to Apply Blockchain and AI to Combat COVID

This year 2020 has seen quite a variety of exciting developments in the blockchain space. To name just a few: the emergence of decentralized finance (DeFi) and nonfungible tokens (NFTs) as major economic forces and sources of crypto network user tractions, the maturation of layer 2 Ethereum solutions and the rollout of a variety of …

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Recommended Reading: The best long-form stories of 2020

USA Today Sports / reuters On a semi-weekly basis, we compile a collection of the best long-form stories on tech, tech culture and more. We’ve collected a list of the best selections from 2020 for you to revisit — or enjoy for the first time — as we finish up one dumpster fire of a …

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Google develops an AI that can learn both chess and Pac-Man

The first major conquest of artificial intelligence was chess. The game has a dizzying number of possible combinations, but it was relatively tractable because it was structured by a set of clear rules. An algorithm could always have perfect knowledge of the state of the game and know every possible move that both it and …

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Amon, AI-Powered Crypto Wallet and Card Is Fundraising on BnkToTheFuture

<div class=”featured_image_container”> </div> PRESS RELEASE. Amon, known for their innovative app that aims to make using digital currencies stress-free, will soon release their <a href=”https://amon.tech/?utm_source=NewsBitcoinVero2020&utm_medium=NewsBitcoinVero2020&utm_campaign=NewsBitcoinVero2020″>debit card</a> in 31 EEA countries. The company, which recently got approval to release a crypto debit card, is currently fundraising on the online platform that facilitates investments in FinTech, blockchain, …

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Netflix explains how it uses AI to sell you on a show

Alin Surdu on Unsplash If Netflix’s decisions on marketing its hundreds of original shows seem highly calculated… that’s probably because they were. Netflix has outlined how it uses AI to market shows and predict their success in ways that conventional box office numbers and Nielsen ratings likely couldn’t match. Effectively, it comes down to finding …

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Google’s ‘Verse by Verse’ AI can help you write in the style of famous poets

Chainarong Prasertthai via Getty Images If you’ve ever fancied yourself as a poet but don’t quite have the lyrical and rhythmic skills one might require, Google’s Verse by Verse tool can help you to craft the most delectable verse. The company’s latest experiment with AI-driven poetry offers suggestions in the style of America’s most renowned …

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Robots invade the construction site

</figure>Theresa Arevalo was in high school when she first tried finishing drywall at her brother’s construction company. “It’s a fine art,” she says of mudding—applying and smoothing drywall. “Like frosting a cake, you have to give the illusion that the wall is flat.” Fast-forward a few decades: Arevalo now works at Canvas, a company that’s …

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