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AI Under the Hood: Object Detection Model Capable of Identifying Floating Plastic Beneath the Surface of the Ocean

A group of researchers, Gautam Tata, Sarah-Jeanne Royer, Olivier Poirion, and Jay Lowe, have written a new paper “DeepPlastic: A Novel Approach to Detecting Epipelagic Bound Plastic Using Deep Visual Models.” The workflow described in the paper includes creating and preprocessing a domain-specific data set, building an object detection model utilizing a deep neural network, and evaluating the model’s performance.

Mastercard’s Five Pillars of AI

Businesses are rushing to adopt AI — but they need to consider ethics right off the bat if they want to build trust and future-proof their business. This special report from Brighterion highlights how more than 60% of consumers consider brands more trustworthy if they think their use of AI is ethical — meaning today’s businesses must be able to demonstrate responsible AI as the technology becomes critical to the future of work.

How AI and Behavioral Science are Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy

In this special guest feature, Ram Prasad, Co-Founder, The Final Mile, a Fractal Analytics Company, discusses how AI can help identify problem areas and how behavioral science could be pivotal in understanding why individuals have delayed immunization.

Why Predictive Analytics Is Crucial for Maximizing College Retention Efforts

In this contributed article, Bryan Bell, Chief Data Scientist at Aviso Retention, discusses how using data analytics and business intelligence programs to make smarter student enrollment choices helped colleges reduce their “summer melt” by about 1 percent last fall. These colleges also performed three times better than the national average in terms of their fall 2020 enrollment figures.

Applying GANs to Image Generation Tasks

This contributed article by Maksym Tatariants, PhD, AI Engineer at MobiDev, overviews StyleGAN2 application to image generation task and is based on MobiDev’s logotype synthesis research. When it comes to powerful generative models for image synthesis, the most commonly mentioned are StyleGAN and its updated version StyleGAN2.

How AI Can Decrease Drug-related Health Equity Challenges

Surveyor Health Corporation launched the SurveyorAI platform, a patented technology that drives efficiency and affordability for population medication management using drug knowledge from FDB (First Databank). The company also released the results of a Stanford-guided two-year study and peer reviewed research in the Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy.

Non-negotiables for SaaS solutions

In this contributed article, Jon Siegler, Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer at LogicGate, discusses the future of the graph database, its impact on SaaS solutions, and his experience architecting products built on the flexible data model.

Is AI the Future of the Insurance Industry?

In this contributed article, Paul Ford, CEO of TRAFFK, discusses how the insurance companies that are able to successfully merge cloud-based data driven AI technology with the traditional methods of engagement through their agents are the ones who will rise to the top.

Walmart Innovates at the Retail Edge with AI

Through the combination of world-class software from Malong Technologies and a powerful processing platform Dell Technologies and NVIDIA, Walmart is able to deliver groundbreaking AI acceleration at the store edge.

Can Data Scientists Produce Fair and Accurate Recidivism Forecasts?

The U.S. National Institute of Justice’s (NIJ) “Recidivism Forecasting Challenge” (the Challenge) aims to increase public safety and improve the fair administration of justice across the United States. The Challenge offers an opportunity for contestants to win prize money totaling over $700,000 for their development of a recidivism forecasting model using data provided by NIJ. The winning Challenge forecasts will be used to help improve recidivism rates, the likelihood of a past criminal offender to reoffend, and inform policies and practices.