On our radar #4


We’re back with our next round-up of AI news from the around the world. From touching-up a Rembrandt masterpiece to tackling deadly diseases, there’s been no shortage of interesting content this week! Here’s our pick of just five stories on our AI radar this week:  

1) Machine learning could save firefighters from deadly flashovers

When all combustible material in a room ignites simultaneously, it releases a huge amount of energy. The result? A flashover, which is one of the most hazardous threats that firefighters face. Now, thanks to machine learning, it’s now possible to predict the precise moment that a flashover may occur.

2) Rembrandt’s ‘The Night Watch’ painting restored by AI

Picture the scene: it’s 1715 and you can’t get your new Rembrandt painting through the doors to the town hall. What do you do? Chop the edges off. Thankfully, AI can restore it to its former glory.

3) Using artificial intelligence to overcome mental health stigma   

In a study published in BMJ Open, Japanese researchers have revealed that an AI system could predict psychological distress among workers, which is a risk factor for depression.

4) DeepMind wants to use its AI to cure neglected diseases

Alphabet-owned AI company DeepMind has partnered with the Swiss Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi). This partnership will help tackle some of the world’s deadliest diseases: sleeping sickness, Chagas disease, and Leishmaniasis.

5) SoftBank has halted production of its Pepper robot

Pepper was the first humanoid robot able to “read” emotions, for use both in the home and in public places, such as shops and airports. But sadly, it’s manufacturer SoftBank has reportedly halted production. And with Robotics expert Professor Sharkey saying he would be “happy to see an end to it”, it’s not looking hopeful for Pepper.