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10 Bits: The Data News Hotlist

by Morgan Stevens
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This week’s list of top data news highlights covers February 25, 2023 to March 3, 2023 and includes articles on integrating AI tools into new applications and reducing herbicide use with an AI-powered weed sprayer.

1. Advancing AI Research
The White House and the European Commission have held their first meeting for a transatlantic AI research partnership. During the meeting, the two governments directed their agencies to provide guidance on AI research in extreme weather and climate forecasting, emergency response management, health and medicine, electric grid optimization, and agriculture optimization within 60 days.

2. Testing Autonomous Vehicles
Waymo, a U.S.-based autonomous vehicle company, has announced plans to start testing fully autonomous cars in Los Angeles, California. According to the company, the tests mark the first time a fully autonomous car will drive in the city.

3. Filing Police Reports
The Austin Police Department has partnered with Versaterm, a Canadian public safety software company, to launch an AI-powered non-emergency reporting system. Residents can use the system to file police reports through voice, mobile, web, or text applications. The department will use the system to speed up intake and investigation processes.

4. Reducing Herbicide Use
John Deere, a U.S.-based farming equipment company, has created a weed sprayer that can reduce herbicide use on corn, soybean, and cotton crops by two-thirds. The system has 36 cameras that collect data on surrounding plants and an AI system that uses the data to target weeds.

5. Studying Alzheimer’s Disease
Researchers at the University of Florida have created two AI systems that can predict a patient’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease up to five years before a diagnosis. Using health records on patients with and without the disease, the team trained the first system on known risk factors and the second system on any potential factors. While both models performed well, the second model performed slightly better than the first and identified new risk factors.

6. Monitoring Public Safety
The Baltimore Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement has launched a dashboard tracking data on criminal activity in the city. Viewers can use the dashboard to access data on crimes, arrests, convictions, and dispositions.

7. Updating Operating Systems
Microsoft has updated its Windows 11 operating system to add its new AI-powered Bing search engine to the taskbar. Windows 11 customers can use the icon to access Bing and start a Bing chat more quickly.

8. Integrating AI Tools
OpenAI, a U.S.-based AI company, has launched application programming interfaces (APIs) for ChatGPT and the transcription model Whisper. Developers can use the APIs to add both AI tools to their applications.

9. Personalizing Skincare
Galderma, a Swiss skincare company that manufactures Cetaphil products, has created an AI-powered tool that can advise users about skin concerns. Users can upload a selfie and the tool will offer a personalized skin assessment and skincare recommendations.

10. Learning About President Lincoln
The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois has partnered with Google to launch new interactive exhibits to teach visitors about President Lincoln. The exhibits will use AI systems and augmented reality to customize visitors’ learning experiences and make content more accessible to visitors who don’t speak English or have a disability.

Image credit: Flickr user Coen Dijkman

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