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Scientists Can Read a Bird's Brain and Predict Its Next Song
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Scientists Can Read a Bird's Brain and Predict Its Next Song

Researchers have built a brain-to-tweet interface that predicts the song a finch is going to sing a fraction of a second before it does so.

Put Humans at the Center of AI
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Put Humans at the Center of AI

Stanford University Artificial Intelligence Lab director Fei-Fei Li advocates for more human-centered AI and the benefits it can yield.

Inside the Moonshot Effort to Finally Figure Out the Brain
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Inside the Moonshot Effort to Finally Figure Out the Brain

"Here's the problem with artificial intelligence today," says David Cox.

Google Reveals Blueprint For Quantum Supremacy
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Google Reveals Blueprint For Quantum Supremacy

Researchers say they have outlined a way to achieve quantum supremacy, demonstrating a proof-of-principle version of a quantum computer.

Warning: This Algorithm Will Self-Destruct After It's ­sed
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Warning: This Algorithm Will Self-Destruct After It's ­sed

Two researchers say they have built a proof-of-principle algorithm that destroys itself after use.

Facial Recognition Is Only the Beginning
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Facial Recognition Is Only the Beginning

Apple says the inclusion of its Face ID technology in the upcoming iPhone X will make smartphone unlocking, payment, and other operations possible via facial recognition...

Why Google's AI Can Write Beautiful Songs but Still Can't Tell a Joke
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Why Google's AI Can Write Beautiful Songs but Still Can't Tell a Joke

Creating noodling piano tunes and endless configurations of cat drawings with AI may not sound like an obvious project for Google, but it makes a lot of sense to...

AI Programs Are Learning to Exclude Some African-American Voices
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AI Programs Are Learning to Exclude Some African-American Voices

Researchers warn some artificial intelligence programs are inheriting biases against certain dialects, which could lead to automatic discrimination as language-based...

First Evidence That Social Bots Play a Major Role in Spreading Fake News
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First Evidence That Social Bots Play a Major Role in Spreading Fake News

Researchers say they have proof that social bots are the key to the online proliferation of fake news.

First Evidence That Social Bots Play a Major Role in Spreading Fake News
From ACM News

First Evidence That Social Bots Play a Major Role in Spreading Fake News

Fake news and the way it spreads on social media is emerging as one of the great threats to modern society.

An Algorithm Trained on Emoji Knows When You're Being Sarcastic on Twitter
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An Algorithm Trained on Emoji Knows When You're Being Sarcastic on Twitter

Researchers have developed a deep-learning textual sentiment algorithm which can analyze tweets to pick up sarcasm and general emotional subtext.

To Build a Smarter Chatbot, First Teach It a Second Language
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To Build a Smarter Chatbot, First Teach It a Second Language

Researchers at Salesforce have developed a method that could improve the performance of modern language programs.

First Human Embryos Edited in ­.s.
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First Human Embryos Edited in ­.s.

The first known attempt at creating genetically modified human embryos in the United States has been carried out by a team of researchers in Portland, Oregon, MIT Technology...

For Computers, Too, It's Hard to Learn to Speak Chinese
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For Computers, Too, It's Hard to Learn to Speak Chinese

Researchers often call 2017 the year of the conversational computer in China.

The Emerging Science of Computational Psychiatry
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The Emerging Science of Computational Psychiatry

Machine learning, data mining, and artificial intelligence are revolutionizing the study and understanding of mental illness.

Your Best Teammate Might Someday Be an Algorithm
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Your Best Teammate Might Someday Be an Algorithm

Google's People + AI Research (PAIR) project aims to develop and release tools designed to help make the inner workings of artificial intelligence systems more...

First Object Teleported from Earth to Orbit
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First Object Teleported from Earth to Orbit

Last year, a Long March 2D rocket took off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in the Gobi Desert carrying a satellite called Micius, named after an ancient...

New Model of Evolution Finally Reveals How Cooperation Evolves
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New Model of Evolution Finally Reveals How Cooperation Evolves

One of the great unanswered question in biology is why organisms have evolved to cooperate.

Data-Mining 100 Million Instagram Photos Reveals Global Clothing Patterns
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Data-Mining 100 Million Instagram Photos Reveals Global Clothing Patterns

Researchers applied data-mining technology to determine the global variance of clothing styles from 100 million Instagram photos taken in 44 cities.

Inspecting Algorithms For Bias
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Inspecting Algorithms For Bias

Courts, banks, and other institutions are using automated data analysis systems to make decisions about your life. Let's not leave it up to the algorithm makers...
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