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1. MIT researchers have developed a robot that uses machine learning to gauge the engagement of autistic children during therapy sessions. Robots are often used to help autistic kids recognize and respond appropriately to emotions, but the MIT robots were also equipped with a deep-learning system. The machines were able to detect and analyze the children's facial expressions and reactions. The research was published in Science Robotics. — MIT NEWS


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2. The ad tech company Criteo is spending $23 million to create an AI lab in Paris. The VP of Research Suju Rajan will lead the division and hire researchers to work in the lab. Criteo specializes in ad retargeting, but now that many internet browsers offer tracking protection, Criteo’s ads are less effective and its stock price has dropped. The new lab will help the company diversify its portfolio of products. — TECHCRUNCH


3. According to a new research paper, AI that is developed to think like a human could someday be susceptible to stress or depression. The authors say that even current AI display something similar to human cognitive issues, whether it is reward hacking or learning bad behavior. Google’s DeepMind was even able to use psychological tools to learn how a neural network was classifying images.  — AXIOS


4. Elon Musk’s OpenAI company is sending its new bot to compete in the International Dota 2 tournament in Canada this August. The OpenAI Five bot will compete in the “5v5” team division against teams of five human players. OpenAI competed in last year’s single player division, but this new bot uses five neural networks that are trained to cooperate and work together. The ability for the networks to perform as a team is considered a breakthrough in the AI industry. — IGN


5. A new company is using AI and blockchain technology to lower energy bills. The Singapore-based company Electrify offers a platform for businesses that uses AI to connect consumers to the best utility plan based on their budget and usage. The platform makes contracts between consumers and providers using blockchain's decentralized ledger, saving 30 percent in transaction costs. Electrify saved its customers $1.1 million in the past year. — CNBC


6. RivetAI tools for filmmakers launched this week. The debut product in the suite of tools is Agile Producer, which analyzes scripts to identify props, characters, and settings. RivetAI also uses AI to create a budget, make a schedule, and to help tighten the narrative structure in a script. RivetAI is a spinoff company that originated at the film technology firm End Cue. — BIZ JOURNALS


7. China's AI startup SenseTime is expanding to the U.S., Singapore, and Japan. The company just closed a $620 million funding round, pushing its valuation to more than $4.5 billion. The funding was led by  Alibaba Group Holding, Qualcomm, Chinese retailer Suning.com, Fidelity International, Hopu Capital, Silver Lake, and Temasek Holdings. The company makes AI software for facial recognition, tracking, object detection, image and video processing, and data analysis. — NIKKEI ASIAN REVIEW


8. Chinese tech giant Alibaba is testing an AI ambulance service in Hangzhou. The service uses transportation data to help guide the vehicle through crowded city traffic and find the fastest route to the hospital. — REUTERS


9. According to a study conducted by Oracle and Work Force, the majority of people (77 percent) would trust instructions given to them by an AI bot. The survey also revealed that 51 percent of employees are concerned that they will not be able to adjust to adopting AI as a part of their job. — MEDIAPOST


10. Dr. Fei-Fei Li, Google's chief scientist for artificial intelligence, will be reducing the amount of time she spends working at the company. LI was criticized for her role in Google's AI defense contracts with the Pentagon for Project Maven, and her sabbatical from working at Stanford University ends this year. — BUSINESS INSIDER


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