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Seeing Sound
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Seeing Sound

Texas A&M University professor Tim Davis uses sparse matrix algorithms to create works of electronic art by visualizing music.

A Professor Built an AI Teaching Assistant for His Courses--and It Could Shape the Future of Education
From ACM TechNews

A Professor Built an AI Teaching Assistant for His Courses--and It Could Shape the Future of Education

Georgia Institute of Technology professor Ashok Goel has created an artificially intelligent teaching assistant.

The U.S. Military Wants Its Autonomous Machines to Explain Themselves
From ACM News

The U.S. Military Wants Its Autonomous Machines to Explain Themselves

Intelligence agents and military operatives may come to rely heavily on machine learning to parse huge quantities of data, and to control a growing arsenal of autonomous...

How Pedestrians Will Defeat Autonomous Vehicles
From ACM News

How Pedestrians Will Defeat Autonomous Vehicles

A recently published paper in the Journal of Planning Education and Research explores how interactions between humans and self-driving cars could change the rules...

Researchers Are Using Darwin's Theories to Evolve AI, So Only the Strongest Algorithms Survive
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Researchers Are Using Darwin's Theories to Evolve AI, So Only the Strongest Algorithms Survive

Researchers at Google Brain and OpenAI are applying Darwinian principles of evolution to advance artificial intelligence.

It Begins: Bots Are Learning to Chat in Their Own Language
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It Begins: Bots Are Learning to Chat in Their Own Language

Igor Mordatch is IS working to build machines that can carry on a conversation.

Sorry, a Robot Is Not About to Replace Your Lawyer
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Sorry, a Robot Is Not About to Replace Your Lawyer

Impressive advances in artificial intelligence technology tailored for legal work have led some lawyers to worry that their profession may be Silicon Valley's next...

Kurzweil Claims That the Singularity Will Happen by 2045
From ACM TechNews

Kurzweil Claims That the Singularity Will Happen by 2045

Google director of engineering and ACM Fellow Ray Kurzweil this week predicted the technological singularity will arrive by 2045.

In Black Box Algorithms We Trust (or Do We?)
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In Black Box Algorithms We Trust (or Do We?)

Some issues that arise from the use of algorithms may be due to the data they are fed, rather than their black-box nature.  

Is Reliable Artificial Intelligence Possible?
From ACM TechNews

Is Reliable Artificial Intelligence Possible?

Artificial intelligence technology should be openly available, according to researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne in France.

Can Amazon Echo Help Solve a Murder? Police Will Soon Find Out.
From ACM News

Can Amazon Echo Help Solve a Murder? Police Will Soon Find Out.

A 2015 Arkansas murder case that had raised privacy questions surrounding "always-on" electronic home devices took a step forward last week after Amazon agreed...

Predicting Lawsuits
From ACM News

Predicting Lawsuits

Deep learning yields the ability to forecast the potential for litigation.

Language Learning Robot Could Advance Autonomous Vehicles, Help Emergency Responders in the Future
From ACM TechNews

Language Learning Robot Could Advance Autonomous Vehicles, Help Emergency Responders in the Future

Researchers have developed algorithms that enable a wheeled robot to learn the meanings of words from sentences that describe example paths taken by the robot,...

Google Computers Trained to Detect Cancer
From ACM TechNews

Google Computers Trained to Detect Cancer

Google has developed a new breast cancer detection technique that utilizes machine learning, predictive analytics, and pattern recognition to train a computer to...

Baxter the Robot Fixes Its Mistakes by Reading Your Mind
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Baxter the Robot Fixes Its Mistakes by Reading Your Mind

Baxter is but a child, with bright eyes and a subtle grin.

How Rival Bots Battled Their Way to Poker Supremacy
From ACM News

How Rival Bots Battled Their Way to Poker Supremacy

Artificial-intelligence programs harness game-theory strategies and deep learning to defeat human professionals in two-player hold'em.

How Rival Bots Battled Their Way to Poker Supremacy
From ACM News

How Rival Bots Battled Their Way to Poker Supremacy

A complex variant of poker is the latest game to be mastered by artificial intelligence (AI). And it has been conquered not once, but twice, by two rival bots developed...

Microsoft's AI Is Learning to Write Code by Itself, Not Steal It
From ACM TechNews

Microsoft's AI Is Learning to Write Code by Itself, Not Steal It

Researchers at Microsoft and the University of Cambridge in the U.K. have developed an algorithm that can create code to solve simple math problems.

Machine Learning Is Bringing the Cosmos Into Focus
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Machine Learning Is Bringing the Cosmos Into Focus

The telescope offers one of the most seductive suggestions a technological object can carry: the idea that humans might pick up a thing, peer into it, and finally...

Government Sets Sights on AI as Economic Opportunity
From ACM TechNews

Government Sets Sights on AI as Economic Opportunity

The U.K. government has launched its Digital Strategy, which includes significant funding for artificial intelligence research so the technology will play a larger...
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