Using artificial intelligence to automate sea-ice charting

Ship operators require precise up-to-date information on the location of ice edges and open water and the ice type and concentration along their vessel’s route. Credit: European Space Agency Reliable maps of sea-ice conditions and forecasts are of vital importance for maritime safety, safe navigation and planning. The continued retreating and thinning of Arctic sea… read more »

Photovoltaics could cool our homes with the power of the sun

Credit: CC0 Public Domain The International Energy Agency has dubbed increased global cooling demand as one of the most critical blind spots in today’s energy debate. A new study titled “Meeting Increased Global Cooling Demand with Photovoltaics during the 21st Century” yields critical new insight to a fundamental question: What is the required photovoltaic (PV)… read more »

That muffled voice on the other side of the McDonald’s drive-thru could be replaced by a robot

Credit: CC0 Public Domain McDonald’s on Tuesday announced plans to acquire a voice technology company to help speed up ordering at the drive thru, the latest in a series of high-tech investments by the fast-food chain as it strives to improve wait times and draw customers to its restaurants. McDonald’s declined to disclose the terms… read more »

Turkish high court to review Wikipedia appeal against ban

Wikipedia logo. Turkey’s highest court on Wednesday began considering an appeal by Wikipedia aiming to reverse the Turkish government’s more than two-year ban on the online encyclopedia. Turkey blocked Wikipedia in April 2017, accusing it of being part of a “smear campaign” against Turkey, after the website refused to remove content that allegedly portrayed Turkey… read more »

How big data can affect your bank account

Credit: ULU_BIRD/Shutterstock.com Mustafa loves good coffee. In his free time, he often browses high-end coffee machines that he cannot currently afford but is saving for. One day, traveling to a friend’s wedding abroad, he gets to sit next to another friend on the plane. When Mustafa complains about how much he paid for his ticket,… read more »

Investigating the self-attention mechanism behind BERT-based architectures

September 11, 2019 feature Investigated BERT architecture has the architecture of 12 layers by 12 heads. Each cell in this figure shows the performance of BERT if the corresponding head is switched off. Darker colors indicate higher performance, and white cells indicate heads without which BERT’s performance decreases. Stanford Sentiment Treebank (SST-2): There are multiple… read more »