KW 43: Database to train AI for early breast cancer detection, Robot dolphins could revolutionize zoos, Researchers to fight money laundering with AI


Database to train AI for early breast cancer detection: The humanitarian organization HIPPO AI Foundation, which was founded in Berlin last year, is working on the world’s largest open database to cure breast cancer. The “Viktoria 1.0” database is intended to collect records of breast cancer patients worldwide, with algorithms helping to recognize tumors earlier. With the help of the data, it should be possible in the future to develop better AI tools for the early detection of breast cancer. The NGO hopes that the AI can be trained in a more targeted and precise manner through a large amount of varied data.

Robot dolphins could revolutionize zoos: San Francisco-based engineering company Edge Innovations has designed and built a robot dolphin that looks and acts almost exactly like the real thing. These artificial dolphins, which currently cost 3 to 5 million dollars a piece, could one day entertain crowds at theme parks, instead of wild animals held in captivity. Swimmers could dive with robotic great white sharks or even reptiles that filled Jurassic-era seas millions of years ago.

Researchers to fight money laundering with AI: Scientists from the Max Planck Institute have criticized the German government’s draft law to fight money laundering. The researchers would prefer to track down criminals with the help of artificial intelligence and are calling on the country’s Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) to use AI in order to be able to recognize patterns. So far, suspected cases have been examined in isolation from each other, which is part of the reason for the currently modest clearup rate.

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EU plans European cloud network: Cloud computing is fundamental for a genuine and competitive single market for data and services. It is an essential condition for an innovative economy. The European Commission’s recent Data Strategy aims to enable access to more secure, sustainable, interoperable, environmentally friendly and scalable cloud infrastructures and services for European businesses.

BMW’s seven principles for the use of AI: The use of artificial intelligence is a central element of the digital transformation process at the BMW Group. Building on the fundamental requirements formulated by the EU for trustworthy AI, the BMW Group has worked out seven basic principles covering the use of AI within the company. These include transparency, privacy and data governance, technical robustness and safety as well as human agency and oversight.

New type of artificial intelligence based on biological models: A research team from Austria has developed a new type of artificial intelligence that is based on nature and learns from it. In the process, new mathematical models for neurons and synapses have been developed that are intended to massively reduce the complexity of AI technology, according to Prof. Thomas Henzinger. The advantages over deep learning models have been tested in autonomous driving, where the newly developed networks only manage 75,000 trainable parameters instead of having to work with millions of parameters. The results are easier to interpret.

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In a Bitkom consumer study, 77 percent of those surveyed assumed that companies primarily use AI to personalize advertising, while in reality only 4 percent of companies use AI for this purpose.


When AIs produce art: Painting, writing, making music – artificial intelligence can now keep up with humans artistically. While no AI-produced hit has reached the top of the charts, software can already imitate the music styles of certain artists. The question arises whether this has artistic value or is just machine imitation. Copyright issues could soon arise as well.

AI discovers 2 billion trees in deserts: The desert is alive. With the help of satellite technology and AI, an international team of researchers, including staff from the US space agency Nasa, discovered almost two billion trees in the Sahara and Sahel deserts. An AI had searched satellite images for trees with a crown coverage of three square meters or more. The area investigated was previously considered largely treeless because previous studies had concentrated on tree areas with a canopy coverage of 25 percent or more.


Bamberg researchers are making robots suitable for everyday use: In the next few years, seven new professorships will be created at the University of Bamberg to research the everyday suitability of robots. The researchers will teach new AI systems for everyday use. The focus will also be on how robots can safely perform tasks involving potentially dangerous household items like knives.


“The main area of focus in the future is to use machines for work instead of humans, because that is more efficient. There are certain things that these machines can do better than humans – and, above all, much cheaper.”
Philosopher Richard David Precht on the dangers of artificial intelligence in capitalist economies.


Martian robot in Germany: An unusual visitor has come to the Bremen racecourse: The Martian robot SherpaTT from the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) in Bremen, which usually roams deserts to prepare itself for the conditions on Mars, ran along the racecourse of the German city last week. The landscape has little in common with that of the foreign planet. So it is not surprising that the mission was actually a backup plan, because due to Covid, the researchers could not fly to the United States or to the Spanish island of Fuerteventura, where SherpaTT is normally used.

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