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Tool Makes It Easier to Evade Online Censors
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Tool Makes It Easier to Evade Online Censors

After the huge chemical explosion in Tianjin, China, this month, two cleanup efforts began.

Robots Learn to Make Pancakes From Wikihow Articles
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Robots Learn to Make Pancakes From Wikihow Articles

European researchers have developed a robot that is learning to make pizzas and pancakes by reading through WikiHow's written directions. 

Teaching Machines to ­nderstand ­S
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Teaching Machines to ­nderstand ­S

The first time Yann LeCun revolutionized artificial intelligence, it was a false dawn.

This Is What Controversies Look Like in the Twittersphere
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This Is What Controversies Look Like in the Twittersphere

Kiran Garimella and colleagues at Aalto University in Finland say they have developed a more reliable way of spotting controversies in the Twitterstream in real...

Military Robots: Armed, But How Dangerous?
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Military Robots: Armed, But How Dangerous?

An open letter calling for a ban on lethal weapons controlled by artificially intelligent machines was signed last week by thousands of scientists and technologists...

Flying Robots That Can See
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Flying Robots That Can See

A tiny artificial eye inspired by the vision systems of insects could help small flying drones navigate their surroundings well enough to avoid collisions while...

Deep Neural Nets Can Now Recognize Your Face in Thermal Images
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Deep Neural Nets Can Now Recognize Your Face in Thermal Images

Researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany have developed a method of matching infrared images and visible light images of the same face. 

Cars May Soon ­nderstand More of What You Say
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Cars May Soon ­nderstand More of What You Say

Many cars today now come with limited voice control, but more elaborate and robust systems could be coming to cars soon. 

Minecraft Shows Robots How to Stop Dithering
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Minecraft Shows Robots How to Stop Dithering

The computer game Minecraft, which depicts a world made up of retro, pixelated blocks that can be modified and rearranged in endless architectural configurations...

An Algorithmic Sense of Humor? Not Yet.
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An Algorithmic Sense of Humor? Not Yet.

In recent months, artificial-intelligence researchers have made giant strides in matching human performance in all kind of tasks that had, until recently, been...

Google's Deep Learning Machine Learns to Synthesize Real World Images
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Google's Deep Learning Machine Learns to Synthesize Real World Images

Google Street View offers panoramic views of more or less any city street in much of the developed world, as well as views along countless footpaths, inside shopping...

How Ads Follow You from Phone to Desktop to Tablet
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How Ads Follow You from Phone to Desktop to Tablet

Imagine you slack off at work and read up online about the latest Gibson 1959 Les Paul electric guitar replica.

How Machine Vision Solved One of the Great Mysteries of 20th-Century Surrealist Art
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How Machine Vision Solved One of the Great Mysteries of 20th-Century Surrealist Art

A pair of identical paintings attributed to Belgian surrealist artist Rene Magritte has long mystified art experts as to which one is the original. 

Injectable Implants Could Help Crack the Brain's Codes
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Injectable Implants Could Help Crack the Brain's Codes

Understanding how the brain works—or doesn't, as the case may be—depends on deciphering the patterns of electrical signals its neurons produce.

Google Deepmind Teaches Artificial Intelligence Machines to Read
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Google Deepmind Teaches Artificial Intelligence Machines to Read

Karl Moritz Hermann and his team at Google DeepMind say the way some news sites display articles facilitates the creation of a database computers can use to learn...

Who Will Own the Robots?
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Who Will Own the Robots?

The way Hod Lipson describes his Creative Machines Lab captures his ambitions: "We are interested in robots that create and are creative."  

Deep-Learning Machine Beats Humans in Iq Test
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Deep-Learning Machine Beats Humans in Iq Test

Researchers say they have built a deep-learning machine that outperforms the average human's ability to answer verbal reasoning questions. 

Deep Learning Catches On in New Industries, from Fashion to Finance
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Deep Learning Catches On in New Industries, from Fashion to Finance

A machine-learning technique that has already given computers an eerie ability to recognize speech and categorize images is now creeping into industries ranging...

Household Robots Are Here, but Where Are They Going?
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Household Robots Are Here, but Where Are They Going?

Social robots like the quasi-anthropomorphic Jibo and Amazon's far more utilitarian Echo are beginning to find their places in our living rooms.

Is This the First Computational Imagination?
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Is This the First Computational Imagination?

Imagine an oak tree in a field of wheat, silhouetted against a cloudless blue sky on a dreamy sunny afternoon.
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