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Engineers Program Marine Robots to Take Calculated Risks
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Engineers Program Marine Robots to Take Calculated Risks

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed an algorithm that lets autonomous underwater vehicles weigh the risks and rewards of exploring...

Putting Neural Networks ­nder the Microscope
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Putting Neural Networks ­nder the Microscope

Researchers have developed a method of identifying individual nodes in neural networks that capture specific linguistic features.

Identifying Artificial Intelligence 'Blind Spots'
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Identifying Artificial Intelligence 'Blind Spots'

A novel model developed by MIT and Microsoft researchers identifies instances in which autonomous systems have "learned" from training examples that don't match...

Democratizing Data Science
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Democratizing Data Science

Researchers have developed a tool for nonstatisticians that automatically generates models for analyzing raw data. The tool takes in datasets and generates sophisticated...

Deep Learning Technique Reveals 'Invisible' Objects in the Dark
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Deep Learning Technique Reveals 'Invisible' Objects in the Dark

Engineers used a deep neural network to train a computer to reconstruct transparent objects from images captured in almost total darkness.

Automated System Identifies Dense Tissue, a Risk Factor for Breast Cancer, in Mammograms
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Automated System Identifies Dense Tissue, a Risk Factor for Breast Cancer, in Mammograms

A new automated system assesses dense breast tissue in mammograms as reliably as human radiologists.

Reducing False Positives in Credit Card Fraud Detection
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Reducing False Positives in Credit Card Fraud Detection

A new machine learning technique can drastically reduce false positives in fraud-detecting technology that incorrectly flag credit card sales as suspicious.

Software Finds the Best Way to Stick a Mars Landing
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Software Finds the Best Way to Stick a Mars Landing

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed software that could inform the selection of landing sites for scientific expeditions to Mars.

Machine Learning System Tackles Speech and Object Recognition, All at Once
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Machine Learning System Tackles Speech and Object Recognition, All at Once

A new system can learn to identify objects within an image, based on a spoken description of the image.

Creating 3D-Printed 'Motion Sculptures' From 2D Videos
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Creating 3D-Printed 'Motion Sculptures' From 2D Videos

A new algorithm can take two-dimensional videos and turn them into three-dimensionally-printed "motion sculptures" that show how a human body moves through space...

Taking Machine Thinking Out of the Black Box
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Taking Machine Thinking Out of the Black Box

Researchers are using two main approaches to replacing black-box machine learning models with prediction methods that are more transparent.

Robots Can Now Pick ­p Any Object After Inspecting It
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Robots Can Now Pick ­p Any Object After Inspecting It

Dense Object Nets is a system that lets robots inspect random objects and visually understand them enough to accomplish specific tasks without having seen them...

Model Can More Naturally Detect Depression in Conversations
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Model Can More Naturally Detect Depression in Conversations

A new neural network model can analyze raw text and audio data from clinical interviews to detect speech patterns signaling depression.

Doctors Rely on More Than Just Data for Medical Decision Making
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Doctors Rely on More Than Just Data for Medical Decision Making

An analysis found doctors' "gut feelings" about an intensive-care patient's condition played a significant role in determining how many tests were ordered for the...

Personalized 'Deep Learning' Equips Robots for Autism Therapy
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Personalized 'Deep Learning' Equips Robots for Autism Therapy

A personalized deep learning network is designed to help robots gauge the effect of autism therapy on children, using data that is unique to each patient.

Faster Analysis of Medical Images
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Faster Analysis of Medical Images

A new machine learning algorithm can register brain scans and other three-dimensional images about 1,000 times faster than previously possible using novel learning...

Device Allows a Personal Computer to Process Huge Graphs
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Device Allows a Personal Computer to Process Huge Graphs

A new device uses inexpensive flash storage to process huge graphs using a personal computer.

Making Driverless Cars Change Lanes More Like Human Drivers Do
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Making Driverless Cars Change Lanes More Like Human Drivers Do

A new algorithm developed by the MIT CSAIL could improve the way driverless vehicles change lanes. The algorithm allows for more aggressive lane changes and will...

Artificial Antimicrobial Peptides Could Help Overcome Drug-Resistant Bacteria
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Artificial Antimicrobial Peptides Could Help Overcome Drug-Resistant Bacteria

A new streamlined approach to developing antimicrobial peptide drugs uses a computer algorithm that mimics natural evolution.

Computer Searches Telescope Data for Evidence of Distant Planets
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Computer Searches Telescope Data for Evidence of Distant Planets

Researchers have trained a machine learning system to search for debris disks around stars using telescopic data.
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