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Now AI Can Identify Microscopic Marine Organisms

"This work demonstrates the successful first step toward building a robotic platform that will be able to identify, pick and sort forams automatically," Lobaton noted

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Researchers have developed an Artificial Intelligence (AI) programme that can automatically identify microscopic marine organisms, according to a new study.

The study showed that specifically, the AI programme has proven capable of identifying six species of foraminifera or forams — organisms that have been prevalent in Earth’s oceans for more than 100 million years.

“At this point, the AI correctly identifies the forams about 80 per cent of the time, which is better than most trained humans,” said Edgar Lobaton, Associate Professor at the North Carolina State University.

“We also plan to expand the AI’s purview, so that it can identify at least 35 species of forams, rather than the current six,” said Lobaton.

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The current system works by placing a foram under a microscope capable of taking photographs. An LED ring shines light onto the foram from 16 directions — one at a time — while taking an image of the foram with each change in light.

These 16 images are combined to provide as much geometric information as possible about the foram’s shape.

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The AI then uses this information to identify the foram’s species, said the study, published in the journal Marine Micropaleontology.

“This work demonstrates the successful first step toward building a robotic platform that will be able to identify, pick and sort forams automatically,” Lobaton noted. (IANS)

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Google Adding AI Dictation Feature on its Gboard Keyboard

For now, the on-device Gboard speech recogniser has been made available in American English language on all Pixel devices

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Google adding an Artificially Intelligent (AI) offline dictation feature on its Gboard keyboard for Pixel phones that would allow users to speak out emails and texts even without an Internet connection.

“We’re happy to announce the rollout of an end-to-end, all-neural, on-device speech recognizer to power speech input in Gboard which is always available, even when you are offline,” Johan Schalkwyk, Speech Team, Google wrote in a blog post on Tuesday.

Google has designed the feature to work at the character level.

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“As you speak, it outputs words character-by-character, just as if someone was typing out what you say in real-time. It is exactly as you’d expect from a keyboard dictation system,” Schalkwyk said.

To increase use-parameters of the speech recognition feature, Google said it has hosted the new model on device in order to avoid the latency and inherent unreliability of communication networks.

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For now, the on-device Gboard speech recogniser has been made available in American English language on all Pixel devices.

“We are hopeful that the techniques presented here can soon be adopted in more languages and across broader domains of application,” Schalkwyk added. (IANS)