Last Week in AI #50

Eduardo Cerna, June 2, 2020

AI starts taking journalists' jobs, AI to map the oceans and more...
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Microsoft Replaces Journalists with AI

Dozens of journalists at MSN are being laid off as part of a move to rely more on artificial intelligence to pick and curate news on their site. Microsoft has gradually been moving towards AI for its Microsoft News work in recent months.

Read more at: The Verge

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AI to Help Prevent Wildfires

As global temperatures rise, the numbers of reported wildfires has been steadily increasing all over the world. Researchers at Stanford University are using satellite imagery to track and predict dry and at-risk areas. They fed the imagery to a machine learning model and compared the results with old data, and the results have been promising.

Read more at: TechCrunch

AI to Help Map Global Ocean Communities

Unlike on land, it is rather difficult to distinguish between different regions in the ocean due to microscopic life and a lively ecosystem. However, a team of scientists developed a machine learning technique that divided the oceans into 100 types of “provinces”. Any given location in the ocean would fit into any of these 100 ecological zones.

Read more at: MIT Tech Review

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