AIs seem to be much worse at recognising objects from poorer countries

Artificial intelligence seems to be much worse at recognising objects from poorer countries. This could have a negative impact on a variety of systems that can rely on AI, including driverless cars. Terrance DeVries and colleagues at Facebook AI Research took six standard image recognition systems and showed them photos of 135 different types of objects. The AIs were less effective at recognising household items from non-Western and … Continue reading AIs seem to be much worse at recognising objects from poorer countries

How a ghostly, forgotten particle could be the saviour of physics

THIS is the story of a particle that has refused to die. For 50 years, it has haunted particle physics, with hints of its presence appearing in maddeningly ambiguous ways. Some believe they have seen it. Others think it is a figment of our imagination. But every time we think it is definitely not there, a sudden gust of wind knocks over the furniture and once more … Continue reading How a ghostly, forgotten particle could be the saviour of physics

Surveillance drones can now spot violent attacks as they happen

A new drone surveillance system can spot when someone in a crowd is acting violently. It uses artificial intelligence and is going to be tested at a university festival in India later this year. The system assesses the way each person in a crowd is standing via two cameras on the drone. Currently it can recognise punching, stabbing, shooting, kicking and strangling. However, once the technology goes on … Continue reading Surveillance drones can now spot violent attacks as they happen

AI is now better than humans at spotting signs of cardiac arrest

Time to start hoping a robot takes that emergency call. When it comes to spotting signs of cardiac arrest, artificial intelligence is beating humans. New Scientist first covered Copenhagen-based artificial intelligence company Corti earlier this year. Its AI was being trialled in Denmark to listen in on emergency calls in real-time. It searches for patterns of communication, including features like tone of voice and breathing sounds. Now we … Continue reading AI is now better than humans at spotting signs of cardiac arrest

Would you let a company see your text messages to get a loan?

You might think that your text message and phone calls have no bearing on your financial future, but you could be wrong. Some companies are using their customers’ smartphone habits to decide whether or not they should be granted a loan, according to a report by campaign group Privacy International. The report looked at the way tech-savvy loan companies work in India and Kenya, finding that they’re turning … Continue reading Would you let a company see your text messages to get a loan?

An AI might help identify missing children when they’re older

Every two years, new, artificially aged pictures are released of Madeleine McCann, a British girl who disappeared at the age of five while on holiday with her parents in Portugal in 2007. Ten years later, photos of the little girl are unlikely to help find her today, a common problem for all long-term searches for missing children. But a new AI could identify images of missing children even as they age. Police currently … Continue reading An AI might help identify missing children when they’re older