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Magazine issue focuses on artificial intelligence

Aalto University Magazine 23, just released, explores today's hottest topic.
Aalto University Magazine 23 covers. Photo: Anni Kääriä.

“We recently launched the Finnish Centre for Artificial Intelligence FCAI in cooperation with the University of Helsinki and VTT - - it’s doors are open to corporate partners who wish to tackle significant problems with us,” says Computer Science Academy Professor Samuel Kaski in this issue’s Openings column. He points out that the most interesting developments take place in the territory connecting traditional academic bunkers.  

Encounters between different sectors – or even outright induced collisions – are also promoted by visual art educator and artist Kasperi Mäki-Reinikka. As part of the Brains on Arts collective, he is developing a machine learning image-recognition system. The goal is to explore what will happen when a machine viewer begins to organise and evaluate images based on its own logic.

The main article looks at how AI is revolutionising medicine. It can help physicians plan treatments and pharmaceutical doses individually instead of by cohorts and averages, as is the current practice. The data needed to treat everyone as an individual already exists – there’s just too much of it to be processed by humans. More intelligence is required.

AI helpers are already available to handle some everyday chores, but how do they function, or do they function at all? Check out our article to find out more and learn some of the jargon on the subject.

The Who column interviews Aalto alumnus Miika Aittala, a researcher at the world-renowned MIT. His work takes advantage of neural networks to develop ever more sophisticated tools for computer graphics professionals, such as filmmakers and game designers. 

The On Science articles talk about the relationship between materials science and AI, atomic layer deposition, how biomaterials are challenging plastics, and an innovation to help transfer tacit knowledge that was created by playing with Lego.

Aalto University Magazine is published in Finnish and English. Pick up your copy on Aalto University campuses or access an electronic facsimile on issuu.com. Some articles are also published at aalto.fi/magazine.

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