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Could Ms. Pac-Man Train the Next Generation of Military Drones?
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Could Ms. Pac-Man Train the Next Generation of Military Drones?

Thirty-five years ago, while Martin Amis was writing "Money," one of the novels that defined the nineteen-eighties, he admitted to a distracting dalliance with...

I Took the AI Class Facebookers Are Literally Sprinting to Get Into
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I Took the AI Class Facebookers Are Literally Sprinting to Get Into

Chia-Chiunn Ho was eating lunch inside Facebook headquarters, at the Full Circle Cafe, when he saw the notice on his phone: Larry Zitnick, one of the leading figures...

Evidence That Robots Are Winning the Race for American Jobs
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Evidence That Robots Are Winning the Race for American Jobs

Who is winning the race for jobs between robots and humans?

Machine Learning Lets Scientists Reverse-Engineer Cellular Control Networks
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Machine Learning Lets Scientists Reverse-Engineer Cellular Control Networks

Researchers are using the Texas Advanced Computing Center's Stampede supercomputer to create tadpoles with pigmentation never before seen in nature.

Google's AI Explosion in One Chart
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Google's AI Explosion in One Chart

Nature. The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  The Journal of the American Medical Association.

These AI Bots Created Their Own Language to Talk to Each Other
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These AI Bots Created Their Own Language to Talk to Each Other

OpenAI last week disclosed new research detailing the training of artificial intelligence bots to generate their own shared language.

Elon Musk's Billion-Dollar Crusade to Stop the A.I. Apocalypse
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Elon Musk's Billion-Dollar Crusade to Stop the A.I. Apocalypse

It was just a friendly little argument about the fate of humanity. Demis Hassabis, a leading creator of advanced artificial intelligence, was chatting with ...

Seeing Sound
From ACM TechNews

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
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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
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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
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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?
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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.
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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
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Predicting Lawsuits

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