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Facebook Can Make Your Profile Pic Wink and Scowl
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Facebook Can Make Your Profile Pic Wink and Scowl

Researchers have been developing a tool that can take a single image of a face and create an animated version that puts on either a happy, sad, or angry expression...

Researcher: 'We Should Be Worried' This Computer Thought a Turtle Was a Gun
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Researcher: 'We Should Be Worried' This Computer Thought a Turtle Was a Gun

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's LabSix artificial intelligence team has demonstrated the first example of a three-dimensional object becoming "adversarial"...

Driverless Cars Could Let You Choose Who Survives in a Crash
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Driverless Cars Could Let You Choose Who Survives in a Crash

Researchers have developed a dial that will switch a smart car's setting from "full altruist" to "full egoist," with the middle setting being impartial.

This AI Can Tell True Hate Speech From Harmless Banter
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This AI Can Tell True Hate Speech From Harmless Banter

Researchers at McGill University have taught machine-learning software to identify hate speech by acquiring knowledge on how members of hateful communities speak...

Half the Universe's Missing Matter Has Just Been Finally Found
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Half the Universe's Missing Matter Has Just Been Finally Found

The missing links between galaxies have finally been found. This is the first detection of the roughly half of the normal matter in our universe—protons, neutrons...

Robot Made from a DNA Strand Could Deliver Cargo in Your Blood
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Robot Made from a DNA Strand Could Deliver Cargo in Your Blood

You won't read about a smaller robot than this one any time soon. It consists of just a single strand of DNA, and moves by taking tiny 6-nanometre steps—around...

Siri and Alexa Can Be Turned Against You by Ultrasound Whispers
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Siri and Alexa Can Be Turned Against You by Ultrasound Whispers

Researchers have developed a method to hijack intelligent voice assistant using sounds above the range of human hearing.

Facebook AI Learns Human Reactions After Watching Hours of Skype
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Facebook AI Learns Human Reactions After Watching Hours of Skype

There's something not quite right about humanoid robots.

Facebook AI Learns Human Reactions After Watching Hours of Skype
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Facebook AI Learns Human Reactions After Watching Hours of Skype

Researchers at Facebook's Artificial Intelligence lab have developed an expressive animated bot controlled by an artificially intelligent algorithm trained on hundreds...

Your Broadband Provider Can Use Your Smart Devices to Spy on You
From ACM TechNews

Your Broadband Provider Can Use Your Smart Devices to Spy on You

Internet service providers can access the data on Internet-connected devices people use in their homes, even when those devices are set up to protect users' privacy...

Your Broadband Provider Can Use Your Smart Devices to Spy on You
From ACM News

Your Broadband Provider Can Use Your Smart Devices to Spy on You

How much of your privacy would you trade for a smarter home? Internet service providers (ISPs) can peek at the internet-connected devices people use in their own...

Inside the Fighter Jet of the Future Where AI Is the Pilot 
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Inside the Fighter Jet of the Future Where AI Is the Pilot 

I'm in the cockpit of a Typhoon fighter jet. It's an overwhelming sea of buttons, twiddly knobs and square screens displaying various diagrams and measurements....

AI Artist Conjures Up Convincing Fake Worlds From Memories
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AI Artist Conjures Up Convincing Fake Worlds From Memories

Researchers have developed a neural network capable of creating realistic photos based on real-world images.

DeepMind AI Teaches Itself About the World by Watching Videos
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DeepMind AI Teaches Itself About the World by Watching Videos

Researchers at Google's DeepMind unit have developed an artificial intelligence system that teaches itself to recognize visual and audio concepts by watching video...

DeepMind AI Teaches Itself About the World by Watching Videos
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DeepMind AI Teaches Itself About the World by Watching Videos

To an untrained AI, the world is a blur of confusing data streams.

Sneaky Attacks Trick AIs Into Seeing or Hearing What's Not There
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Sneaky Attacks Trick AIs Into Seeing or Hearing What's Not There

A new technique could be used by hackers to trick autonomous cars into ignoring stop signs or prevent surveillance cameras from spotting a suspect.

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.
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