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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.

New Computer Vision Challenge Wants to Teach Robots to See in 3D
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New Computer Vision Challenge Wants to Teach Robots to See in 3D

The progress made in training algorithms to recognize images via the ImageNet Large Scale Visual Recognition Challenge has prompted its 2018 replacement with the...

Synthetic Humans Help Computers Understand How Real People Act
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Synthetic Humans Help Computers Understand How Real People Act

Researchers are working to help computers understand human behavior by feeding them videos and images of computer-generated bodies in motion

Synthetic Humans Help Computers Understand How Real People Act 
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Synthetic Humans Help Computers Understand How Real People Act 

We are difficult for computers to understand.

Bias Test to Prevent Algorithms Discriminating Unfairly
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Bias Test to Prevent Algorithms Discriminating Unfairly

Researchers are developing a framework to identify and eliminate algorithmic bias.

Virtual Lemonade Sends Color and Taste to a Glass of Water
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Virtual Lemonade Sends Color and Taste to a Glass of Water

Researchers say they have developed a system that can digitally transmit the color and sourness of a glass of lemonade to a tumbler of water.

Atomic Clocks Make Best Measurement Yet of Relativity of Time
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Atomic Clocks Make Best Measurement Yet of Relativity of Time

Our most accurate clocks are probing a key tenet of Einstein's theory of relativity: the idea that time isn't absolute.

Robot Eavesdrops on Men and Women to See How Much They Talk
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Robot Eavesdrops on Men and Women to See How Much They Talk

Researchers at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden have developed a robotic head that analyzes how people interact with each other.

Why the Dark Net Is More Resilient to Attack Than the Internet
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Why the Dark Net Is More Resilient to Attack Than the Internet

Researchers who built their own model of the dark net ran simulations to see how the model would react to three failure scenarios.
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