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Free Cash to Fight Income Inequality? California City Is First in U.S. to Try

STOCKTON, Calif. - This town in California's Central Valley has long functioned as a display case for wrenching troubles afflicting American life: The housing bust that turned Stockton into an epicenter of a national foreclosure disaster and plunged the city into bankruptcy. The homeless people clustered in tents along the railroad tracks.

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The carbon-eating tower is rising in the East

As Asian cities continue to battle air pollution, eco-friendly solutions are on the rise -- and this twisted skyscraper is one of them.

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Technology companies could soon drive down health care costs, says Mary Meeker

JGI/Jamie Grill | Blend Images | Getty Images Technology companies could soon drive down healthcare costs, according to Mary Meeker, a partner at venture firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers. As people in the U.S.

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Google promises ethical principles to guide development of military AI

Google is drawing up a set of guidelines that will steer its involvement in developing AI tools for the military, according to a report from The New York Times . What exactly these guidelines will stipulate isn't clear, but Google says they will include a ban on the use of artificial intelligence in weaponry.

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CRISPR-edited rice plants increase grain yield by up to 31%

Scientists from China and the USA report the use of CRISPR/Cas9 to develop a variety of rice producing 25-31% more grain than traditional breeding methods.

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Experimenting with Artificial Intelligence in Health Care

One health care provider looks to bring artificial intelligence to patient care.advertisement MIT Sloan Management Review: I saw your title, vice president for population health, and I was curious to know a little more about it. What does it mean to be the vice president of population health, and what is population health?

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Algorithms raise a number of critical issues for regulation

The regulation of and by algorithms has become of growing relevance to the delivery of public services, coinciding with the related interest in open and big data. Debates about the consequences of the rise of algorithms have been however limited.

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Are algorithms better lawyers than humans?

Artificial Intelligence is tipped to disrupt virtually all industries and law is no exception. The world of paralegals involves sifting through masses of documents and contracts. As a predictive technology, AI has been trained to analyse the same documents, highlighting where the potential risks may lie.

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GM will soon be 20% of the way to its 100% renewable energy goal

General Motors says a new wind farm being constructed in Ohio brings it one step closer to running all its facilities worldwide on 100% renewable energy. The 100 megawatt wind farm in northwest Ohio was grandfathered in, before a new law made it almost impossible to build wind farms in that state.

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The US lags behind 8 other countries in AI and automation readiness

Hold the narrative about self-aware artificial intelligence wiping out the human race, at least for now. We've got more pressing issues. According to a study published last week, the United States is quickly falling behind other developed nations in preparing workers for a future driven by AI and automation.

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New water-based battery offers large-scale energy storage | Stanford News

Stanford researchers have developed a water-based battery that could provide a cheap way to store wind or solar energy generated when the sun is shining and wind is blowing so it can be fed back into the electric grid and be redistributed when demand is high.

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Angry and frustrated, more customers are quitting the grid | One Step Off The Grid

It seems that even big users of energy and the owners of residential mansions are choosing to cut their links with the main network, and go off-grid. Installers and energy consultants tell One Step Off The Grid that the numbers of consumers choosing to go off grid is rising quickly, in response to rising cost of grid energy, and the hopeless political environment.

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100% Renewable Alaska

Just after sunrise, the icy hoarfrost clinging to the willow branches in the Tanana River Valley begin to shudder. At first, the wind comes in a light zephyr. Branches lazily sway; a few ice crystals lose hold and fall from their perch, catching the rosy dawn light, making the morning air sparkle.

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Laser frequency combs may be the future of Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi and cellular data traffic are increasing exponentially but, unless the capacity of wireless links can be increased, all that traffic is bound to lead to unacceptable bottlenecks.

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