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A Neural Network Can Learn to Organize the World It Sees Into Concepts, Just Like We Do
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A Neural Network Can Learn to Organize the World It Sees Into Concepts, Just Like We Do

GANs, or generative adversarial networks, are the social-media starlet of AI algorithms. They are responsible for creating the first AI painting ever sold at an ...

These Incredibly Realistic Fake Faces Show How Algorithms Can Now Mess with ­s
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These Incredibly Realistic Fake Faces Show How Algorithms Can Now Mess with ­s

These faces don't seem particularly remarkable. They could easily be taken from, say, Facebook or LinkedIn. In reality, they were dreamed up by a new kind of AI...

China's Tech Giants Want to Go Global. Just One Thing Might Stand in Their Way.
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China's Tech Giants Want to Go Global. Just One Thing Might Stand in Their Way.

In the early 1980s, a cluster of fledging computer companies opened up shop in a chaotic corner of northwest Beijing, near the campuses of Peking and Tsinghua Universities...

Canada, France Plan an International Panel to Assess AI Dangers
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Canada, France Plan an International Panel to Assess AI Dangers

Canada and France recently announced plans for an international panel to assess the dangers of artificial intelligence and formulate appropriate policies.

Harvard Wants to School Congress About AI
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Harvard Wants to School Congress About AI

Harvard Kennedy School's Dipayan Ghosh and former U.S. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler have launched a new AI policy initiative aimed at educating U.S. politicians and...

­sing Wi-Fi to 'See' Behind Closed Doors Is Easier than Anyone Thought
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­sing Wi-Fi to 'See' Behind Closed Doors Is Easier than Anyone Thought

Researchers have developed a technique to see through walls using ambient Wi-Fi signals and an ordinary smartphone.

For Safety’s Sake, We Must Slow Innovation in Internet-connected Things
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For Safety’s Sake, We Must Slow Innovation in Internet-connected Things

That's the view of security expert Bruce Schneier, who fears lives will be lost in a cyber disaster unless governments act swiftly.

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.

Hordes of Research Robots Could Be Hijacked for Fun and Sabotage
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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.

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

Forecasts of Genetic Fate Just Got a Lot More Accurate
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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...

A Phone that Says 'No' to Little Kid Fingers
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A Phone that Says 'No' to Little Kid Fingers

A new algorithm can identify who is swiping a smartphone screen, which could lead to child-proof devices.

Bitcoin and Ethereum Have a Hidden Power Structure, and It's Just Been Revealed
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Bitcoin and Ethereum Have a Hidden Power Structure, and It's Just Been Revealed

In cryptocurrency circles, calling something "centralized" is an insult.

This AI Can Spot Art Forgeries By Looking at One Brushstroke
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This AI Can Spot Art Forgeries By Looking at One Brushstroke

Researchers have developed an artificial intelligence system that can identify an art forgery by examining the piece's brush strokes.

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

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

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...

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...

How a Wireless Sensor System in the Busiest City Intersections Can Save Lives
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How a Wireless Sensor System in the Busiest City Intersections Can Save Lives

Every city has at least one dangerous intersection where cars, trucks, and buses jostle for space with pedestrians and bicyclists, often resulting in injury, and...

Patching the Electric Grid
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Patching the Electric Grid

Electric grids worldwide are increasingly vulnerable to attack as new technologies like smart meters and analytical software are added to them, with mature systems...
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