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Inside AI (Mar 7th, 2019)

1. CogitAI developed a reinforcement learning platform for companies. The California-based startup was founded by AI experts including University of Texas professor Peter Stone, and the "father of reinforcement learning" Rich Sutton serves as an advisor. Reinforcement learning, the type of machine learning used by DeepMind's AlphaGo to master the game Go, is relatively new and the CogitAI platform incorporates cutting-edge algorithms and the ability to apply learning to new situations. — TECHNOLOGY REVIEW

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2. Google is rolling out its Duplex technology to Pixel users in 43 states. The two-way conversational Google Assistant AI feature was first unveiled at last year's I/O conference, and was pilot tested in four cities late last year. The technology will be able to make a reservation by phone at any restaurant that does not have online booking. Duplex will also be available to Android and iOS users in the coming weeks. — TECHCRUNCH

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3. Intel released a response to the American AI Initiative launched last month by the Trump Administration. The company produced a white paper with recommendations on implementing the initiative. Intel's suggestions are to invest in R&D and education, to create a federal policy that encourages data sharing and provides an ethical framework for AI, and to regulate AI without infringing on proprietary work in private industry. IBM made similar suggestions to sculpt the Obama-era AI strategy in 2018. — XCONOMY

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4. The market for AI in medicine generated $719 million in 2017 and could reach $18 billion by 2025, according to a new report from Big Market Research. The report predicts that the market will have a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 49.6 percent, and that natural language processing will generate more than one-third of the overall revenue. Big Market Research said that the market growth will be due to AI's ability to compensate for a lack of skilled professionals and the rapid adoption of the technology in developing countries. — RADIOLOGY BUSINESS

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5. Google introduced a new privacy module for its machine learning framework, TensorFlow.  TensorFlow Privacy will let developers protect users' data with a technique called "differential privacy," ensuring that AI models can't encode identifying information. The technique is used in Apple's iOS 10 and in Gmail's Smart Reply feature. The privacy tool is important to Google's commitment to develop AI responsibly

6. University of Gothenburg researchers are using a combination of AI and statistics to study risk factors for type 1 diabetes. The machine learning models trained on a dataset of more than 32,000 patients and were able to predict mortality and cardiovascular events based on 17 risk factors. The research is published in the AHA Journal. — SCIENCE DAILY

7. Skylum launched a new AI photo editor for drone images called AirMagic. Photographers drag aerial images into the app, which uses machine learning to enhance the sky, remove haze, and make other adjustments. — DIGITAL TRENDS

8. Berlin-based startup Bunch.ai created Emma, a Chrome extension that adds a layer of information to a LinkedIn profile. Emma uses AI to analyze a user's profile, posts, and recommendations and fits the person into one of 14 behavioral types. — FAST COMPANY

9. Dr. Fatmah Baothman has become the first woman in the Middle East to earn a PhD in AI. Baothman was born in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and studied in the U.S. and the U.K. She now works at King Abdulaziz University and plans to establish an AI lab in Jeddah. — ARAB NEWS

10. AI will be used for the first time at this month's 2019 Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi. The technology will be used to analyze crowds and for communication between the event's organizers and participants. — SPUTNIK NEWS

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Written and curated by Deb Dion Kees, a writer, editor, and publisher based in Telluride, Colorado. Kees is a lover of science, technology, skiing, and adventure, and does her best work using a mobile hotspot to write from her Ford camper van office.

Editing team: Kim Lyons (managing editor at Inside, a Pittsburgh-based journalist with recent bylines in the NYTimes and Columbia Journalism Review.) and Susmita Baral (senior editor at Inside, recent bylines in NatGeo, Teen Vogue, and Quartz. Runs the biggest mac and cheese account on Instagram).

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