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The 'Neuropolitics' Consultants Who Hack Voters' Brains
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The 'Neuropolitics' Consultants Who Hack Voters' Brains

Maria Pocovi slides her laptop over to me with the webcam switched on.

Meet the Guy With Four Arms, Two of Which Someone Else Controls in VR
From ACM TechNews

Meet the Guy With Four Arms, Two of Which Someone Else Controls in VR

Fusion is a robotic project to explore how people may be able to work together to control, or augment, a person's body.

U.S. Defense Department Produces First Tools for Catching Deepfakes
From ACM TechNews

U.S. Defense Department Produces First Tools for Catching Deepfakes

U.S. Defense researchers say they have created the first forensic tools for catching fake videos, known as "deepfakes," created with artificial intelligence.

The Defense Department Has Produced the First Tools for Catching Deepfakes
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The Defense Department Has Produced the First Tools for Catching Deepfakes

The first forensics tools for catching revenge porn and fake news created with AI have been developed through a program run by the US Defense Department.

An AI-Driven Robot Hand Spent a Hundred Years Teaching Itself to Rotate a Cube
From ACM News

An AI-Driven Robot Hand Spent a Hundred Years Teaching Itself to Rotate a Cube

AI researchers have demonstrated a self-teaching algorithm that gives a robot hand remarkable new dexterity.

Hordes of Research Robots Could Be Hijacked for Fun and Sabotage
From ACM News

Hordes of Research Robots Could Be Hijacked for Fun and Sabotage

Many experimental robots that live in research laboratories around the world may be wide open to hackers.

This Algorithm Can Tell Which Number Sequences a Human Will Find Interesting
From ACM TechNews

This Algorithm Can Tell Which Number Sequences a Human Will Find Interesting

A new machine learning algorithm can spot specific patterns in mathematical structures and apply them to extract interesting sequences from randomly generated ones...

AI Could Get 100 Times More Energy-Efficient with IBM's New Artificial Synapses
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AI Could Get 100 Times More Energy-Efficient with IBM's New Artificial Synapses

Neural networks are the crown jewel of the AI boom. They gorge on data and do things like transcribe speech or describe images with near-perfect accuracy (see "10...

The US Military Is Funding an Effort to Catch Deepfakes and Other AI Trickery
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The US Military Is Funding an Effort to Catch Deepfakes and Other AI Trickery

Think that AI will help put a stop to fake news? The US military isn't so sure.

AI Generates New Doom Levels for Humans to Play
From ACM TechNews

AI Generates New Doom Levels for Humans to Play

Researchers at the Polytechnic University of Milan in Italy have found it is possible to have a deep learning algorithm create compelling new game levels in Doom...

How Can We Be Sure AI Will Behave? Perhaps by Watching It Argue With Itself
From ACM TechNews

How Can We Be Sure AI Will Behave? Perhaps by Watching It Argue With Itself

Researchers say having two artificial intelligence systems debate a particular goal could ensure that they behave reliably when executing complex functions.

Facebook Helped Create an AI Scavenger Hunt That Could Lead to the First Useful Home Robots
From ACM TechNews

Facebook Helped Create an AI Scavenger Hunt That Could Lead to the First Useful Home Robots

Researchers have developed a scavenger hunt that could help artificial intelligence programs develop common sense.

Computer Scientists Find the Longest Straight Line You Could Sail Without Hitting Land
From ACM TechNews

Computer Scientists Find the Longest Straight Line You Could Sail Without Hitting Land

A new algorithm can calculate the longest straight-line path around the world on land or sea.

Facebook Helped Create an AI Scavenger Hunt that Could Lead to the First Useful Home Robots
From ACM News

Facebook Helped Create an AI Scavenger Hunt that Could Lead to the First Useful Home Robots

Artificial-intelligence programs could develop some much-needed common sense by competing in scavenger hunts inside virtual homes filled with simulated coffee tables...

AI Can Spot Signs of Alzheimer's Before Your Family Does
From ACM TechNews

AI Can Spot Signs of Alzheimer's Before Your Family Does

Researchers are exploring machine learning as a tool for identifying signs of Alzheimer's disease that physicians and loved ones may otherwise overlook.

The U.S. Military Wants AI to Dream Up Weird New Helicopters
From ACM TechNews

The U.S. Military Wants AI to Dream Up Weird New Helicopters

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is funding efforts to employ artificial intelligence to conceptualize complex component designs, including the...

AI Assistants Say Dumb Things, and We're About to Find Out Why
From ACM TechNews

AI Assistants Say Dumb Things, and We're About to Find Out Why

A new test will pose elementary-school-level multiple-choice science questions to artificial intelligence systems.

Google Thinks It's Close to 'Quantum Supremacy.' Here's What That Really Means.
From ACM News

Google Thinks It's Close to 'Quantum Supremacy.' Here's What That Really Means.

Seventy-two may not be a large number, but in quantum computing terms, it's massive.

A New Data Trove Could Teach Computers to Tell Blind People What They Need to Know
From ACM TechNews

A New Data Trove Could Teach Computers to Tell Blind People What They Need to Know

Researchers are publishing a database of images and challenging the machine-vision community to use it to train machines as effective assistants for those with...

Forecasts of Genetic Fate Just Got a Lot More Accurate
From ACM News

Forecasts of Genetic Fate Just Got a Lot More Accurate

When Amit Khera explains how he predicts disease, the young cardiologist's hands touch the air, arranging imaginary columns of people: 30,000 who have suffered...
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