Month: November 2020

AI Turns Spoken Words into Sign Language

For several centuries sign language has served as a means of communication for those who are auditorily impaired. Ben Saunders at The University of Surrey, UK, and his colleagues recently created a system capable of translating spoken language into sign language. The device, SignGAN, employs a neural network to map signs to a 3D model of the human skeleton. AI that can create photo-realistic videos of sign language interpreters from speech could boost accessibility by eliminating the need for humans. AI is paving the way in many areas and redefining the capabilities when it comes to communication.   ...

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Blind Runner Completes 5k Guided by AI

AI is allowing us to expand our perceptions of what we once thought was possible. Thomas Panek, a blind man, and CEO of Guiding Eyes for the Blind,  recently completed a solo 5-kilometer run. Panek officially partnered with Google to create an app that lets him run without the help of humans or guide dogs. His app is available on a standard Android phone using its camera to detect the line and sends audio prompts via the headphones to direct the runner and keep them on track. As we continue to harness the power and capabilities of AI, there...

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Art and AI Intersect

In the past, science and art have been seen as two separate disciplines; however, recently, we have seen how the two have become increasingly intertwined. Sougwen Chung is a world-renowned artist who also has a background in artificial intelligence serving as a researcher at MIT’s media lab, a leading center for human and machine collaboration. Chung has garnered artist’s and scientists’ attention due to her artistic style, which acts as an intersection between technology and arts. Chung has developed a system that measures her brain waves and consists of a robot arm that paints alongside her. This could very...

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AI detects Asymptomatic Covid-19 Infections Through Cellphone-Recorded Coughs

A lot of confusion surrounding the pandemic has been the possibility of people being infected without showing any symptoms. In turn, these people are less likely to seek out testing and can be unknowingly spreading the virus to others. Researchers recently sampled tens of thousands of recordings of people coughing who had tested positive for the virus and those who had tested negative. The team built an AI model capable of indicating key points in the recordings that could be cross-referenced to identify asymptomatic people who had contracted the virus. The team is currently attempting to harness the AI...

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Covid-19 Disinfecting Robot

Creatives have come up with new measures to combat the Corona Virus, and  Nevoa President, Ernest Cunningham, is one of the ones leading the charge. Cunningham, out of Arizona, created the NimbusTM robot that eliminates airborne pathogens. The machine has already been distributed to over 600 hospitals to limit cases to healthcare workers who are tasked with working with those infected. However, the Nimbus was not only created as a response to Covid -19; rather, it has the capability to eliminate various bacterias. Inventions like these are not only saving lives today but also sets us up for a...

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