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We Could Build a Galactic Internet but It May Take 300,000 Years
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We Could Build a Galactic Internet but It May Take 300,000 Years

If there are advanced alien civilizations in the Milky Way, we ought to be thinking about how to say hello to our neighbours.

Robot Physical Therapist Helps People Walk Again After a Stroke
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Robot Physical Therapist Helps People Walk Again After a Stroke

A new smart harness uses artificial intelligence to help people regain their mobility following certain neurological injuries.

AI Coach Will Train Hopeless Chatbots to Pass the Turing Test
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AI Coach Will Train Hopeless Chatbots to Pass the Turing Test

"I can't define obscenity, but I know it when I see it." US Justice Potter Stewart's famous turn of phrase could also be an apt description of the Turing test,...

Neural Network Poetry Is So Bad We Think It's Written by Humans
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Neural Network Poetry Is So Bad We Think It's Written by Humans

A neural network trained on poetry has attempted to write its own lines; ts best efforts can convince people they are reading the words of a human poet.

Sun's Gravity Could Power Interstellar Video Streaming
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Sun's Gravity Could Power Interstellar Video Streaming

Need to send a message across interstellar space? Use the sun for a signal boost. A new proposal suggests that the sun's gravity could be used to amplify signals...

Peering Inside an AI's Brain Will Help Us Trust Its Decisions
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Peering Inside an AI's Brain Will Help Us Trust Its Decisions

Oi, AI—What do you think you're looking at? Understanding why machine learning algorithms can be tricked into seeing things that aren't there is becoming more important...

Artificially Intelligent Painters Invent New Styles of Art
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Artificially Intelligent Painters Invent New Styles of Art

Researchers have modified a generative adversarial network to create an artificial intelligence program that produces images in unconventional styles.

Synthetic Iris Could Let Cameras React to Light Like Our Eyes Do
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Synthetic Iris Could Let Cameras React to Light Like Our Eyes Do

An artificial iris can open and close in response to sunlight without any other outside control, just like the ones in your eyes.

DeepMind Now Learns from Human Preferences, Just Like a Toddler
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DeepMind Now Learns from Human Preferences, Just Like a Toddler

AI systems continue to get increasingly powerful, but still need far too much hand-holding by their human masters. New research from DeepMind and OpenAI suggests...

DeepMind's Neural Network Teaches AI to Reason About the World
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DeepMind's Neural Network Teaches AI to Reason About the World

Google's DeepMind has developed a neural network that gives computers the ability to understand how different objects are related to each other.

Chatbots Learn How to Negotiate and Drive a Hard Bargain
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Chatbots Learn How to Negotiate and Drive a Hard Bargain

What's in it for me?

Smart Jacket and VR Headset Let You Pilot a Drone With Your Body
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Smart Jacket and VR Headset Let You Pilot a Drone With Your Body

Researchers say they have created a virtual reality headset and jacket system that enables operators to control a drone using only their body movement.

DeepMind's Neural Network Teaches AI to Reason About the World
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DeepMind's Neural Network Teaches AI to Reason About the World

The world is a confusing place, especially for an AI.

Robot Dog Has an Artificial Woof That Sounds Like the Real Thing
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Robot Dog Has an Artificial Woof That Sounds Like the Real Thing

Researchers say they have developed a vocalization synthesizer that generates biologically fitting sounds for land mammals of any size.

Robots Will Be More Useful if They are Made to Lack Confidence
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Robots Will Be More Useful if They are Made to Lack Confidence

University of California, Berkeley researchers are developing an artificial intelligence system that seeks and accepts human oversight.

AI Will Be Able to Beat Us at Everything by 2060, Say Experts
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AI Will Be Able to Beat Us at Everything by 2060, Say Experts

There is a 50% chance that machines will outperform humans in all tasks within 45 years, according to a survey of 352 artificial intelligence (AI) researchers conducted...

Waltzing Robot Teaches Beginners How to Dance Like a Pro
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Waltzing Robot Teaches Beginners How to Dance Like a Pro

Researchers at Tohoku University in Japan have developed a robotic dance instructor.

Nanofridge Could Keep Quantum Computers Cool Enough to Calculate
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Nanofridge Could Keep Quantum Computers Cool Enough to Calculate

Researchers have conceived of a nanoscale refrigerator to maintain temperatures cold enough to keep qubits functioning in a quantum computer.

Inquisitive Bot Asks Questions to Test Your Understanding
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Inquisitive Bot Asks Questions to Test Your Understanding

Researchers say they have developed an artificial intelligence system that has learned to ask questions of its own.

Deep Learning Tells Giraffes From Gazelles in the Serengeti
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Deep Learning Tells Giraffes From Gazelles in the Serengeti

Researchers used a database of 3.2 million photos to train a deep-learning system to distinguish between 48 animal species.
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