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These Weird, Unsettling Photos Show That AI is Getting Smarter
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These Weird, Unsettling Photos Show That AI is Getting Smarter

Models are learning how to generate images from captions, a sign that they're getting better at understanding our world.

Machines can Spot Mental Health Issues—If you Hand Over your Personal Data
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Machines can Spot Mental Health Issues—If you Hand Over your Personal Data

Digital diagnosis could transform psychiatry by mining your most intimate data for clues. But is the privacy cost worth it?

The Quest for Quantum-Proof Encryption Just Made a Leap Forward
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The Quest for Quantum-Proof Encryption Just Made a Leap Forward

The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology says there are 15 contenders remaining in its competition to develop quantum-proof encryption, down from...

Our Weird Behavior During the Pandemic is Messing With AI Models
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Our Weird Behavior During the Pandemic is Messing With AI Models

Machine-learning models trained on normal behavior are showing cracks —forcing humans to step in to set them straight.

COVID-19 has Blown Apart the Myth of Silicon Valley Innovation
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COVID-19 has Blown Apart the Myth of Silicon Valley Innovation

The pandemic shows that the U.S. is no longer much good at coming up with technologies relevant to our most basic needs.

Radio Corona, May 5: Vint Cerf, Internet Pioneer and COVID-19 Survivor
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Radio Corona, May 5: Vint Cerf, Internet Pioneer and COVID-19 Survivor

In this episode of Radio Corona, Gideon Lichfield will discuss the future of our connected world with Vint Cerf, one of the people known as a "father of the internet...

This Robot Taught Itself to Walk Entirely on Its Own
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This Robot Taught Itself to Walk Entirely on Its Own

Researchers at Google have developed a four-legged robot that learned to walk completely on its own in just a few hours. 

IBM's Debating AI Just Got a Lot Closer to Being a Useful Tool
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IBM's Debating AI Just Got a Lot Closer to Being a Useful Tool

IBM upgraded the neural networks of its Project Debater system to improve the quality of evidence the argument-mining system uncovers.

Why the Quantum Internet Should Be Built in Space
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Why the Quantum Internet Should Be Built in Space

Louisiana State University researchers have proposed a satellite array for building a global quantum Internet to broadcast entangled photon pairs to two different...

A Virtual Version of da Vinci's Mystery Glass Orb Has Helped Explain Its Weirdness
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A Virtual Version of da Vinci's Mystery Glass Orb Has Helped Explain Its Weirdness

Researchers used computer graphics software to reproduce Leonardo da Vinci's painting Salvator Mundi in order to study how light refracts through glass orbs.

Baidu Has Trick for Teaching AI the Meaning of Language
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Baidu Has Trick for Teaching AI the Meaning of Language

Chinese technology company Baidu outperformed Microsoft and Google in the General Language Understanding Evaluation, a benchmark for artificial intelligence comprehension...

Facebook is Under Fire for Political Ads. Twitter Just Banned Them Completely.
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Facebook is Under Fire for Political Ads. Twitter Just Banned Them Completely.

Twitter will ban political ads—both for candidates and for specific issues—starting November 22, according to CEO Jack Dorsey.

New York City’s first self-driving shuttle service launches today
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New York City’s first self-driving shuttle service launches today

Six autonomous six-seater shuttles will be offering free rides around a one-mile loop of New York's Brooklyn Navy Yard.

Ambient AI is About to Devour the Software Industry
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Ambient AI is About to Devour the Software Industry

Amazon has casually unveiled what could turn into a fundamentally different way to build software.

Soon Your Doctor Will Be Able to Wirelessly Track Your Health—Even Through Walls
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Soon Your Doctor Will Be Able to Wirelessly Track Your Health—Even Through Walls

A Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor has created a box that, when placed in a user's home, can track his/her physiological signals, even through walls...

The Emerging Science of Computational Psychiatry
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The Emerging Science of Computational Psychiatry

Machine learning, data mining, and artificial intelligence are revolutionizing the study and understanding of mental illness.

Inspecting Algorithms For Bias
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Inspecting Algorithms For Bias

Courts, banks, and other institutions are using automated data analysis systems to make decisions about your life. Let's not leave it up to the algorithm makers...

Increasingly, Robots of All Sizes Are Human Workmates
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Increasingly, Robots of All Sizes Are Human Workmates

Most industrial robots are far less friendly than the Roomba robot vacuum cleaner, which is safe enough to be a surprisingly popular means of feline transportation...

10 Breakthrough Technologies 2014
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10 Breakthrough Technologies 2014

Technology news is full of incremental developments, but few of them are true milestones.

World Cup Mind-Control Demo Faces Deadlines, Critics
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World Cup Mind-Control Demo Faces Deadlines, Critics

In less than 60 days, Brazil will begin hosting soccer's 2014 World Cup, even though workers are still hurrying to pour concrete at three unfinished stadiums.
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