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Google to Release DeepMind's StreetLearn for Teaching Machine Learning Agents to Navigate Cities
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Google to Release DeepMind's StreetLearn for Teaching Machine Learning Agents to Navigate Cities

Google is preparing a November release of its DeepMind unit's StreetLearn dataset for training machine learning models to navigate cities without a map.

New Low Light Camera Tech Will Improve AR Apps, Facial Recognition in Smartphones
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New Low Light Camera Tech Will Improve AR Apps, Facial Recognition in Smartphones

Researchers in Israel have developed new imaging software that could help improve facial recognition systems and augmented reality apps on smartphones.

73 Percent of Developers Who Don't ­se AI Plan to Learn How in 2018
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73 Percent of Developers Who Don't ­se AI Plan to Learn How in 2018

Although only 17 percent of software developers worked with artificial intelligence or machine learning this year, 73 percent of those who did not say they are...

Artificial Intelligence: The 3 Big Trends to Watch in 2017
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Artificial Intelligence: The 3 Big Trends to Watch in 2017

Experts expect artificial intelligence trends to progress in three major areas in 2017.

­.n. Opens Formal Discussions on AI-Powered Autonomous Weapons, Could Ban 'killer Robots'
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­.n. Opens Formal Discussions on AI-Powered Autonomous Weapons, Could Ban 'killer Robots'

Leaders at the United Nations in Geneva just agreed to officially discuss guidelines for the design, development, and engineering of autonomous weapons. Here's...

AI Experts Weigh in on the White House Approach to Artificial Intelligence
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AI Experts Weigh in on the White House Approach to Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence experts stress the need for clarity around certain economic and safety ramifications of artificial intelligence technologies.

Mit's 'moral Machine' Crowdsources Decisions About Autonomous Driving, but Experts Call It Misguided
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Mit's 'moral Machine' Crowdsources Decisions About Autonomous Driving, but Experts Call It Misguided

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab's "Moral Machine" platform lets the public judge the types of ethical decisions autonomous vehicles should make...

Australia Says Its First Self-Driving Car Can 'navigate Without Driver Input'
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Australia Says Its First Self-Driving Car Can 'navigate Without Driver Input'

An autonomous automobile developed by German manufacturer Bosch in collaboration with the Australian government were to be tested on Australian roads this week....

Toyota Teaches Cars to Drive By Studying Human Drivers
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Toyota Teaches Cars to Drive By Studying Human Drivers

The development of autonomous-driving capabilities and home-care robots are areas the recently created Toyota Research Institute (TRI) is exploring.

MIT AI System Predicts When People Will Kiss, Hug, or Shake Hands
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MIT AI System Predicts When People Will Kiss, Hug, or Shake Hands

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed an artificial intelligence that can accurately predict human interactions.

­nited Nations Cito: Artificial Intelligence Will Be Humanity's Final Innovation
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­nited Nations Cito: Artificial Intelligence Will Be Humanity's Final Innovation

United Nations chief information technology officer Atefeh Riazi emphasizes artificial-intelligence innovation as the next nexus of human technological advancement...

Angelica Lim: Flutist. Global Roboticist. Proud Master of a Robot Dalmatian Named Sparky.
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Angelica Lim: Flutist. Global Roboticist. Proud Master of a Robot Dalmatian Named Sparky.

Angelica Lim, a "developer on emotion recognition" on the Pepper robot at Aldebaran Robotics in Paris, specializes in building robots that can express emotions. ...

Wozniak Talks: Self-Driving Cars, Apple Watch, and How AI Will Benefit Humanity
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Wozniak Talks: Self-Driving Cars, Apple Watch, and How AI Will Benefit Humanity

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak said he envisions artificial intelligence eventually controlling the world for the betterment of humanity.

Cynthia Breazeal: Social Robotics Pioneer. MIT Lab Leader. Proud Mom
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Cynthia Breazeal: Social Robotics Pioneer. MIT Lab Leader. Proud Mom

In an interview, Cynthia Breazeal, director of the robotics lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and creator of the Jibo family robot, explores her...
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