How Neural Networks Can Read Thoughts and Restore Movement to Paralyzed Limbs

While diving into the Atlantic Ocean off the shores of North Carolina with his friends in 2010, Ian Burkhart, then a college student, sustained a devastating spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed from the chest down. But with a brain-computer interface powered by neural networks, he can now use his right hand to pick Read article >

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Cell by Cell: Deep Learning Powers Drug Discovery Effort for Hundreds of Rare Diseases

Cancer, diabetes, heart disease. These diseases attract a ton of research effort and funding, and for good reason: They afflict tens of millions of people each year. But there are about 7,000 known rare diseases that rarely get attention. Also called “orphan” diseases, these conditions collectively affect about 400 million worldwide and were historically neglected Read article >

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How AI Is Helping Address the Rohingya Refugee Healthcare Crisis

More than 700,000 Rohingya refugees have fled Myanmar in the past year, finding temporary shelter across the border in Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar district. Their overcrowded, unhygienic living conditions make them especially vulnerable to infections and other diseases — a need the United Nations has called “immense,” with healthcare services “grossly under-funded.” Help in addressing these Read article >

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How Deep Learning Is Aiding Preservation of Seneca and Other Endangered Languages

Linguists estimate that at least half of the world’s estimated 7,000 spoken languages will become extinct by the century’s end, due to forces ranging from globalization to cultural assimilation. Part of the challenge of documenting and revitalizing endangered languages is a lack of texts and speech recordings to work with. Seneca, a language of one Read article >

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The Bright Continent: Tales from Africa’s AI Ecosystem — ‘Just Two Laptops and a Lot of Enthusiasm’

Ignoring his friends’ advice, Karim Beguir left his career five years ago in London as a financial engineer and returned home to Tunisia to found an AI startup. And he hasn’t looked back since. At NeurIPS, the world’s top AI research conference, Beguir spoke earlier this month to 300 attendees at the Black in AI Read article >

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Israeli AI Startup Restores Speech Abilities to Stroke Victims, Others with Impaired Language

When Danny Weissberg’s grandmother was overcome by a stroke 10 years ago, she lost the ability to speak intelligibly, and their family lost the primary way to communicate with its matriarch. In the wake of his grandmother’s sudden impairment, the young engineer resolved he’d find a way to help. The result is Voiceitt, a Tel Read article >

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How Healthcare Industry Is Using NVIDIA AI to Better Meet Patients’ Needs

AI has the potential to transform healthcare. And in few places is that potential greater than in fast-growing China, home to one of the world’s largest elderly populations. As the country’s healthcare industry works to address the needs of this aging demographic, technology is playing a central role — especially in medical imaging and analytics Read article >

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Swatting Down Disease: Puerto Rican Startup Takes Bite Out of Mosquito-Borne Sickness

Ask folks which animal kills the most people each year and they’ll probably say crocodiles, sharks or maybe lions. But the correct answer is a lot less obvious — the mosquito. To give a sense of the damage they’ve wrought, an analysis of all the deaths that have occurred on Earth estimates that the pests, Read article >

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Fish Out of Water: Using Drones to Help African Nations Spot Illegal Fishing

The undulating western coast of Africa is one of the most diverse fishing zones in the world, with more than 1,000 identified fish species. It’s also one of the most at risk. One of the World Wildlife Fund’s “Critical Regions of the World,” the West African marine region has been overfished for decades, with rampant Read article >

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MIT Deploys Deep Learning Tool for Analyzing Mammograms

Depending on which radiologist analyzes a mammogram, there’s a huge variation in breast density readings — an assessment that indicates a patient’s risk for developing breast cancer. One study found that radiologists classified anywhere between six and 85 percent of mammograms into the higher cancer risk areas of “heterogeneously dense” or “extremely dense.” Researchers at Read article >

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