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Columbus, Ohio, Region Boosts Smart Mobility Research
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Columbus, Ohio, Region Boosts Smart Mobility Research

The Columbus, OH, region is funding smart mobility and driverless vehicle research.

Can Artificial Intelligence Predict Earthquakes?
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Can Artificial Intelligence Predict Earthquakes?

Paul Johnson's research team at Los Alamos National Laboratory is applying artificial intelligence to earthquake prediction, using machine-learning algorithms,...

A Computer to Rival the Brain
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A Computer to Rival the Brain

More than two hundred years ago, a French weaver named Joseph Jacquard invented a mechanism that greatly simplified textile production.

What News-Writing Bots Mean for the Future of Journalism
From ACM News

What News-Writing Bots Mean for the Future of Journalism

When Republican Steve King beat back Democratic challenger Kim Weaver in the race for Iowa's 4th congressional district seat in November, The Washington Post snapped...

Can Artificial Intelligence Predict Earthquakes?
From ACM News

Can Artificial Intelligence Predict Earthquakes?

Predicting earthquakes is the holy grail of seismology.

New Software Will Standardize Data Collection for Great White Sharks
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New Software Will Standardize Data Collection for Great White Sharks

Researchers collaborated on software that helps researchers collect and manage data on great white sharks spotted along the coast.

Success by Deception
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Success by Deception

Researchers at ETH Zurich in Switzerland say they have refined machine learning by deliberately misleading intelligent machines.

Physicists Teach AI to Identify Exotic States of Matter
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Physicists Teach AI to Identify Exotic States of Matter

Put a tray of water in the freezer. For a while, it's liquid. And then—boom—the molecules stack into little hexagons, and you've got ice.

AI Learns to Solve Quantum State of Many Particles at Once
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AI Learns to Solve Quantum State of Many Particles at Once

The same type of artificial intelligence that mastered the ancient game of Go could help wrestle with the amazing complexity of quantum systems containing billions...

The AI Threat Isn't Skynet. It's the End of the Middle Class
From ACM Opinion

The AI Threat Isn't Skynet. It's the End of the Middle Class

In February 1975, a group of geneticists gathered in a tiny town on the central coast of California to decide if their work would bring about the end of the world...

Trick of Tweet: Data Tool Pinpoints Words Seen as Credible
From ACM News

Trick of Tweet: Data Tool Pinpoints Words Seen as Credible

Sixty-two percent of Americans get their news from social media, according to a 2016 poll by Pew Research Center.

Mathematically Optimizing Traffic Lights in Road Intersections
From ACM TechNews

Mathematically Optimizing Traffic Lights in Road Intersections

A team of researchers is addressing the challenge of computing optimal traffic light settings for city road intersections by applying traffic flow conservation...

Chinese Firms Racing to the Front of the AI Revolution
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Chinese Firms Racing to the Front of the AI Revolution

Chinese companies are outpacing U.S. firms in the development of artificial intelligence technologies, according to reports from the U.S. government and others....

Poker-Playing AI Beats Top Human Players
From ACM News

Poker-Playing AI Beats Top Human Players

Developers at Carnegie Mellon University create an artificial intelligence that learns, wins.

Artificial Intelligence Helps Identify Effective Cancer Drug Combinations
From ACM TechNews

Artificial Intelligence Helps Identify Effective Cancer Drug Combinations

Researchers at Cornell University have found artificial intelligence can help scientists predict what combinations of existing drugs could combat different types...

China's Intelligent Weaponry Gets Smarter
From ACM News

China's Intelligent Weaponry Gets Smarter

Robert O. Work, the veteran defense official retained as deputy secretary by President Trump, calls them his "A.I. dudes."

IU, NSWC Crane Partnering to Bolster National Defense Through 'Smart Tech' Agreement
From ACM TechNews

IU, NSWC Crane Partnering to Bolster National Defense Through 'Smart Tech' Agreement

Indiana University  and the U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, have entered into a collaborative research agreement to improve military sensor technology...

Astronomers Explore Uses for AI-Generated Images
From ACM News

Astronomers Explore Uses for AI-Generated Images

Volcanoes, monasteries, birds, thistles: the varied images in Jeff Clune's research paper could be his holiday snaps.

Computer Diagnoses Cataracts as Well as Eye Doctors Can
From ACM TechNews

Computer Diagnoses Cataracts as Well as Eye Doctors Can

Scientists at Sun Yat-Sen University in China are using a new artificial neural network to recognize and diagnose congenital cataracts as accurately as eye doctors...

Inside the 20-Year Quest to Build Computers That Play Poker
From ACM News

Inside the 20-Year Quest to Build Computers That Play Poker

Recent breakthroughs in artificial intelligence research raise questions about the threat that bots pose to the online gambling industry.
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