The AI Foundation, which ambitiously hopes to develop “ethical” AI agents that can be trained to complete tasks, today closed a $17 million funding round. A spokesperson said the funds will be used to scale the company’s platform, which allows people to create a digital persona that mirrors their own. As the pandemic makes virtual meetups …

When we think of artificial intelligence (AI) going rogue, prime examples from the movies include HAL 9000 from 2001: Space Odyssey and Skynet from The Terminator, which were mainframe computers that reacted to the real-world problems in unexpected ways. From industrial manufacturing to autonomous vehicles, machine learning models are becoming increasingly embedded in our lives. …

Business intelligence workflows at any organization can help the business make better decisions, like where to expand your company and how to most effectively deploy your resources. My work as a data analyst, open data advocate, and former lead of the Google Cloud Public Datasets Program has given me a broad view into how data teams develop …

As part of the federal government’s effort to speed the development of quantum computers, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded the University of California, Berkeley, $25 million over five years to establish a multi-university institute focused on advancing quantum science and engineering and training a future workforce to build and use quantum computers. The …

Despite a global pandemic and some technical delays, NASA’s 2020 Mars Rover – the aptly named Perseverance – is scheduled to launch this summer (currently slated for July 30) on a groundbreaking endeavor. Traveling from Earth to Mars is best done when the planets orbit nearest one another, providing only a narrow window of opportunity …

As communities take various measures to reopen for business while reducing the risk of further COVID-19 outbreaks, navigating the recovery is daunting. It’s a historic juggling of public health considerations with the need to revive the economy. Business and community leaders are struggling to pilot through a dense fog. Using AI-powered health and economic data, …

As electric vehicles rapidly grow in popularity worldwide, there will soon be a wave of used batteries whose performance is no longer sufficient for vehicles that need reliable acceleration and range. But a new study shows that these batteries could still have a useful and profitable second life as backup storage for grid-scale solar photovoltaic …

The existence of parallel universes may seem like something cooked up by science fiction writers, with little relevance to modern theoretical physics. But the idea that we live in a “multiverse” made up of an infinite number of parallel universes has long been considered a scientific possibility – although it is still a matter of …

Allergy sufferers care a lot about what goes on outside with allergens, pollen, air quality, and more. In fact, 68% of allergy sufferers surveyed use weather forecasts and information to help manage their seasonal allergies (Source: AdSales AI Health & Weather Impact Study, Sept 2019). As spring continues and summer nears, The Weather Channel data …

A major public message by health authorities in the midst of the COVID-19 can probably be summarized through one concept — we must do our best to flatten the curve. While the graphic has been considerably successful in spreading the important message in this pandemic, there are some misconceptions about this “curve” that may lead …