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Facebook Helped Create an AI Scavenger Hunt That Could Lead to the First ­seful Home Robots
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Facebook Helped Create an AI Scavenger Hunt That Could Lead to the First ­seful 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
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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 ­seful Home Robots
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Facebook Helped Create an AI Scavenger Hunt that Could Lead to the First ­seful 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 Assistants Say Dumb Things, and We're About to Find Out Why
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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.

China Wants to Make the Chips that Will Add AI to Any Gadget
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China Wants to Make the Chips that Will Add AI to Any Gadget

In an office at Tsinghua University in Beijing, a computer chip is crunching data from a nearby camera, looking for faces stored in a database.

Every Study We Could Find on What Automation Will Do to Jobs, in One Chart
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Every Study We Could Find on What Automation Will Do to Jobs, in One Chart

You've seen the headlines: "Robots Will Destroy Our Jobs—and We're Not Ready for It." "You Will Lose Your Job to a Robot—and Sooner Than You Think." "Robots May...

The Next Big Step For Ai? U­nderstanding Video
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The Next Big Step For Ai? U­nderstanding Video

The Moments in Time Dataset is a massive archive of three-second video clips annotated with minute details of the action being performed.

Google Has Released an AI Tool That Makes Sense of Your Genome
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Google Has Released an AI Tool That Makes Sense of Your Genome

Google has released an artificial intelligence tool that uses gene sequencing data to build a more accurate genomic model.

AI Is Dreaming ­p New Kinds of Video Games
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AI Is Dreaming ­p New Kinds of Video Games

Angelina is an artificial intelligence that can imagine new video games from scratch, which has produced hundreds of experimental games since 2011.

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.

This Inquisitive AI Will Kick Your Butt at Battleship
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This Inquisitive AI Will Kick Your Butt at Battleship

Researchers have developed an artificial intelligence that can skillfully play a Battleship-like game by determining how to ask questions as efficiently as possible...

Humans Are Still Better Than AI at Starcraft--For Now
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Humans Are Still Better Than AI at Starcraft--For Now

Professional player Song Byung-gu won a recent "StarCraft" tournament in South Korea, beating four artificial intelligence programs in less than 30 minutes.

Building Tomorrow's Robots
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Building Tomorrow's Robots

When Brandon Araki arrived at MIT in 2015 as a master's candidate in mechanical engineering, he brought along the picobug, a tiny robot that can fly, crawl, and...

How We Feel About Robots That Feel
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How We Feel About Robots That Feel

Octavia, a humanoid robot designed to fight fires on Navy ships, has mastered an impressive range of facial expressions.

Alphago Zero Shows Machines Can Become Superhuman Without Any Help
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Alphago Zero Shows Machines Can Become Superhuman Without Any Help

DeepMind's upgrade to the AlphaGo algorithm, AlphaGo Zero, beat its predecessor in a 100-game Go match, acquiring skills by playing millions of games against itself...

AI Algorithms Are Starting to Teach AI Algorithms
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AI Algorithms Are Starting to Teach AI Algorithms

Artificial intelligence researchers and companies are applying machine learning to automate the more complicated aspects of AI algorithm development.

Now There's an Iq Test For Siri and Friends
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Now There's an Iq Test For Siri and Friends

Researchers used an intelligence test they developed to rank intelligent assistants such as Google Assistant and Siri on the same scale used for humans.

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.

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.
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