Artificial intelligence

AI empowers environmental regulators

Monitoring environmental compliance is a particular challenge for governments in poor countries. A new machine learning approach that uses satellite imagery to pinpoint highly polluting brick kilns in Bangladesh could provide a low-cost solution.

Assessing regulatory fairness through machine learning

Applying machine learning to a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency initiative reveals how key design elements determine what communities bear the burden of pollution. The approach could help ensure fairness and accountability in machine learning used by government regulators.

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The 2021 AI Index: Major growth despite the pandemic

This year’s report shows a maturing industry, significant private investment and rising competition between China and the U.S.

Hybrid chips can run AI on battery-powered devices

In traditional electronics, separate chips process and store data, wasting energy as they toss data back and forth over what engineers call a “memory wall.” New algorithms combine several energy-efficient hybrid chips to create the illusion of one mega–AI chip.

Studying trust in autonomous products

Stanford engineers investigated how people’s moods might affect their trust of autonomous products, such as smart speakers. They uncovered a complicated relationship.

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When algorithms compete, who wins?

Over time, prediction algorithms become specialized for an increasingly narrow slice of the population, and the average quality of their predictions declines.

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AI improves control of robot arms

Algorithms developed by Stanford researchers could one day help disabled people fluidly and intuitively control robot arms to help with everyday tasks.