Weekly Data Science News – 16th August, 2021

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Elon Musk announces humanoid robot Tesla Bot that uses artificial intelligence : 


Billionaire Elon Musk has announced that Tesla is working on a humanoid robot called “Tesla Bot” that uses artificial intelligence and will launch the prototype in 2022 : see video. This comes after the US safety officials opened a preliminary investigation into Tesla’s Autopilot after identifying 11 crashes involving the driver assistance system. The robot is 5’8” tall and will be able to handle jobs from attaching bolts to cars with a wrench, or picking up groceries at stores, Musk said at Tesla’s AI event. He also said Tesla will also introduce new hardware for its self-driving computer for its Cybertruck electric pick-up truck in “about a year or so.”


Google is all set to introduce its own machine learning processor with Pixel Series : 


Google is all set to release Pixel 6 this fall. With this, it intends to set an example in one of the most exciting machine learning experiments by creating its own processor, Google Tensor. The name Google Tensor is a nod to the name of Google’s Tensor Processing Unit the company uses for cloud computing. It’s a full system on a chip, or SoC, that the company says will offer big improvements to photo and video processing on phones, along with features like voice-to-speech and translation. And it includes a dedicated processor that runs artificial intelligence applications, in addition to a CPU, GPU and image signal processor. It will allow the phone to process more information on the device instead of having to send data to the cloud.


Machine learning discovers new sequences to boost drug delivery :


MIT researchers employ machine learning to find powerful peptides that could improve a gene therapy drug for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The research was supported by the MIT Jameel Clinic, Sarepta Therapeutics, the MIT-SenseTime Alliance, and the National Science Foundation.


BPCL launches AI-enabled chatbot Urja :


Privatisation-bound Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL), has launched Urja, a virtual assistant with AI/NLP (Artificial Intelligence/Natural Language Processing) capabilities and trained on more than 600 use cases, the company said. The virtual assistant is designed to deliver a seamless self-service experience and enable faster resolution of consumer queries/issues.


With the objective of making BPCL’s customer interface comprehensive and integrated digitally, Urja, the chabot is now available on the company website for any queries for both B2B & B2C. The virtual assistant is designed to deliver a seamless self-service experience and enable faster resolution of consumer queries/issues.


Artificial Intelligence Helps Identify Existing Drugs That Can Kill SARS-Cov-2 In Cells :


Scientists have used artificial intelligence (AI) to identify several drug contenders already in use for other purposes — including one dietary supplement — that can block or reduce SARS-CoV-2 infection in cells. Early data suggests this efficacy extends even to newer variants of SARS-CoV-2, including the highly transmissible Delta variant, the researchers said.


Data Science, Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence are something that are raising bars everyday and are being used to help mankind achieve the unimaginable. 

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