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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...

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.

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.

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 ­nfairly
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Bias Test to Prevent Algorithms Discriminating ­nfairly

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

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.

First Hint of How Dna Calculators Could Supercharge Computing
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First Hint of How Dna Calculators Could Supercharge Computing

By making DNA endlessly change, researchers have shown how a biological computer might one day solve problems much faster than conventional computers or even ...

AI Learns to Write Its Own Code By Stealing from Other Programs
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AI Learns to Write Its Own Code By Stealing from Other Programs

Out of the way, human, I've got this covered.

AI Learns to Solve Quantum State of Many Particles at Once
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AI Learns to Solve Quantum State of Many Particles at Once

The same type of artificial intelligence that mastered the ancient game of Go could help wrestle with the amazing complexity of quantum systems containing billions...

Blind People 'see' Microscope Images Using Touch-Feedback Device
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Blind People 'see' Microscope Images Using Touch-Feedback Device


Voice-Checking Device Stops Hackers Hijacking Your Siri or Alexa
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Voice-Checking Device Stops Hackers Hijacking Your Siri or Alexa

A wearable device under development at the University of Michigan provides continuous authentication for voice assistants such as Apple's Siri or Amazon's Alexa...

Posture Could Explain Why Women Get More Vr Sickness Than Men
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Posture Could Explain Why Women Get More Vr Sickness Than Men

New studies explore why women experience more motion sickness than men while using virtual reality.

AI Learns to Predict the Future By Watching 2 Million Videos 
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AI Learns to Predict the Future By Watching 2 Million Videos 

An artificial intelligence system can predict how a scene will unfold and dream up a vision of the immediate future.

Google's Deepmind AI Can Lip-Read Tv Shows Better Than a Pro
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Google's Deepmind AI Can Lip-Read Tv Shows Better Than a Pro

Researchers at Google's DeepMind and the University of Oxford are using deep-learning techniques to create a lip-reading system that can perform better than professional...
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