AI Tools Boost Simple Technologies in a Shared World

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Research NewsNovember 19, 2020• Physics 13, 180Bicycles and indoor lighting are among many everyday features that can benefit from recent advances in artificial intelligence.

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Bike-sharing fleets could become roving data collectors.

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In the digital world, the stuff of science fiction has become the fabric of daily life: Our environments tailor themselves to our personal tastes; our handheld devices infer our thoughts; and machines perform many daily tasks at home and at work. Earlier this month at the Future Technologies Conference (FTC) 2020, researchers from around the world came together virtually to discuss the latest computing, engineering, and data science behind artificial intelligence tools. Motivating some of these developments is the growing need for thoughtful and safe sharing of spaces, from cities to workplaces. Representative of this sharing emphasis are two novel concepts: bicycles rigged for data collection and office environments that put everyone in the spotlight.
Bicycles may be tried-and-true technology, but they still have room for innovation. As bicycle sharing becomes a popular solution for city dwellers, some researchers are seeing an opportunity to create decentralized networks of mobile sensors. Several bike-sharing companies have started to equip their vehicles with …

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