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"A Chinese university suspended a student's enrollment because of his dad's bad social credit score." Apparently one of the pilot projects is a blacklist designed to punish debtors by preventing them from flying, using high-speed trains, booking fancy hotels, or enrolling their children at expensive schools, and this appears to be the type of blacklist the student's father ended up on.
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A new actuating material, nickel hydroxide-oxyhydroxide, has been developed that functions with stress and speed comparable to mammalian skeletal muscles. It can "produce a fast deformation and exert a force equivalent to 3000 times of its own weight. The material cost of a typical actuator is as low as HKD 4 per cm2 and can be easily fabricated within three hours."

"In addition to its Vis light actuation properties, this novel material system can also be actuated by electricity, enabling it to be integrated into the present well-developed robotics technology. It is also responsive to heat and humidity changes so that they might potentially be applied in autonomous machines that harness the tiny energy change in the environment. Because the major component is nickel, the material cost is low. The fabrication only involves electrodeposition which is a simple process, and the time required for the fabrication is around three hours, therefore the material can be easily scaled up and manufactured in industry."
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The "market of independent automated investment services is saturated." So says Bill Winterberg, founder of FPPad.com, a technology consulting firm that serves financial advisors, commenting on the demise of Hedgeable, one of the first robo-advisors, launched in 2010.
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CloudPainter won first place in the Robotart robot art competition. "Incorporating machine-learning technology, CloudPainter was able to paint evocative portraits with varying degrees of abstraction. The source code and 3d models for CloudPainter are available online, and its creator has written about and given talks on his philosophy and methodology."

PIX18/Creative Machines Lab from Columbia Univeristy won 2nd place, CMIT ReART from Kasetsart University (Thailand) won 3rd place, Late Night Projects won 4th, Joanne Hastie won 5th, Jeremy Kraybill -- Independent (Australia), BABOT from MIT won 7th, Ozpainter (Australia) won 8th, CARP from Worcester Polytechnic Institute won 9th, Portrait Painter Robot Project from Spain won 10th. You can check out all their art at the website.
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"We can create an experimental set-up that still puts human visual reasoning tests to good use. Rather than study knowledge transfer from everyday life to visual reasoning problems (as in human testing), we instead studied knowledge transfer from one controlled set of visual reasoning problems to another."

"To achieve this, we built a generator for creating matrix problems, involving a set of abstract factors, including relations like 'progression' and attributes like 'colour' and 'size'. While the question generator uses a small set of underlying factors, it can nonetheless create an enormous number of unique questions."

"Next, we constrained the factors or combinations available to the generator to create different sets of problems for training and testing our models, to measure how well our models can generalise to held-out test sets. For instance, we created a training set of puzzles in which the progression relation is only encountered when applied to the colour of lines, and a test set when it is applied to the size of shapes. If a model performs well on this test set, it would provide evidence for an ability to infer and apply the abstract notion of progression, even in situations in which it had never previously seen a progression."

"In the typical generalisation regime applied in machine learning evaluations, where training and test data are sampled from the same underlying distribution, all of the networks we tested exhibited good generalisation error, with some achieving impressive absolute performance at just above 75%."
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"In September 2017, a screenshot of a simple conversation went viral on the Russian-speaking segment of the internet. It showed the same phrase addressed to two conversational agents: the English-speaking Google Assistant, and the Russian-speaking Alisa, developed by the popular Russian search engine Yandex. The phrase was straightforward: 'I feel sad.' The responses to it, however, couldn't be more different. 'I wish I had arms so I could give you a hug,' said Google. 'No one said life was about having fun,' replied Alisa."

"Artificial intelligence (AI) is no longer just about the ability to calculate the quickest driving route from London to Bucharest, or to outplay Garry Kasparov at chess. Think next-level; think artificial emotional intelligence."
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"Having data scientists all on a separate team makes it nearly impossible for their work to be appropriately integrated with the rest of the company. Have your data scientists distributed throughout the company, but also have a team doing data science evangelism within the company. Vertical product teams need to know what is possible and how to best utilize data science. It's too hard for a lone data scientist to advocate for the role of data-driven decisions within the team they're embedded in."

"Data scientists should report to both a data science manager and a manager within the product team."
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Lyrebird voice production technology is being used to give people with ALS (motor neuron disease) the ability to speak with a synthesized version of their own voice. Some other AI technologies are included in this video as well, including AI that can see through walls using Wi-fi and IBM's AI for Wimbledon highlights.
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An autonomous and all-electric logging truck called the T-log has been unveiled by Swedish tech startup Einride. "No driver's cab enables a smaller vehicle, increased loading capacity, greater flexibility, lower production costs, lower operating costs and optimized energy consumption, allowing the T-log to run solely on batteries, even in difficult environments."

"Einride says that it is using the Nvidia Drive self-driving platform and that it can not only work autonomously but also be remote-controlled."
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Bulbasaur is a six-legged robot with a potted plant on its back that moves towards sunlight.
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