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Google's New Service Translates Languages Almost as Well as Humans Can
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Google's New Service Translates Languages Almost as Well as Humans Can

Google's latest advance in machine learning could make the world a little smaller.

Humans Do Dumb Things with Smart Cities
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Humans Do Dumb Things with Smart Cities

New York City wants to make Wi-Fi available to anyone who walks its streets. But Gotham is finding out the hard way that free and open Internet access is ripe for...

Self-Driving Cars Can Learn a Lot By Playing Grand Theft Auto
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Self-Driving Cars Can Learn a Lot By Playing Grand Theft Auto

Several research groups are using the "Grand Theft Auto" video game to educate algorithms with potential application to self-driving vehicle navigation.

How an Algorithm Learned to Identify Depressed Individuals By Studying Their Instagram Photos
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How an Algorithm Learned to Identify Depressed Individuals By Studying Their Instagram Photos

Researchers have trained a machine-learning algorithm to spot warning signs for depression on Instagram by analyzing the composition of posted images.

Arm Wrestles Its Way Into Supercomputing
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Arm Wrestles Its Way Into Supercomputing

The designer of the chips that run most of the world's mobile devices has announced its first dedicated processor for use in supercomputers.

Internet Voting Leaves Out a Cornerstone of Democracy: The Secret Ballot
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Internet Voting Leaves Out a Cornerstone of Democracy: The Secret Ballot

Internet voting invalidates the secrecy of ballots, according to a report from Verified Voting.

These States Are at the Greatest Risk of Having Their Voting Process Hacked
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These States Are at the Greatest Risk of Having Their Voting Process Hacked

Not everything belongs on the Internet, and the American electoral process is a textbook example. But 31 states don't see it that way.

New Brain-Mapping Technique Captures Every Connection Between Neurons
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New Brain-Mapping Technique Captures Every Connection Between Neurons

The human brain is among the universe’s greatest remaining uncharted territories. And as with any mysterious land, the secret to understanding it begins with a...

This Supercomputer Will Try to Find Intelligence on Reddit
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This Supercomputer Will Try to Find Intelligence on Reddit

Is it possible that the secret to building machine intelligence lies in spending endless hours reading Reddit?

The Robot You Want Most Is Far From Reality
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The Robot You Want Most Is Far From Reality

House-cleaning robots will surely be popular, but building one will be a daunting challenge, according to researchers.

Single-Pixel Camera Reaches Milestone, Mimicking Human Vision
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Single-Pixel Camera Reaches Milestone, Mimicking Human Vision

Computational imaging is undergoing a revolution. This is the discipline of making images using computational techniques rather than optical ones.

Pentagon Bot Battle Shows How Computers Can Fix Their Own Flaws
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Pentagon Bot Battle Shows How Computers Can Fix Their Own Flaws

It might be the least spectacular show to ever grace a Las Vegas stage.

Minecraft Is a Testing Ground For Human-AI Collaboration
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Minecraft Is a Testing Ground For Human-AI Collaboration

The blockish and slightly dorky computer game Minecraft may turn out to be a great place for humans and AI to learn how to work together.

Tougher Turing Test Exposes Chatbots' Stupidity
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Tougher Turing Test Exposes Chatbots' Stupidity

The results of the Winograd Schema Challenge revealed much more work needs to be done to make computers truly intelligent.

Inside Facebook's Artificial Intelligence Engine Room
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Inside Facebook's Artificial Intelligence Engine Room

A complex in Prineville, OR, that houses Facebook servers recently was expanded with high-powered servers designed to accelerate research into machine learning....

DARPA Hopes Automation Can Create the Perfect Hacker
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DARPA Hopes Automation Can Create the Perfect Hacker

Look out, human hackers. Pentagon research agency DARPA says people are too slow at finding and fixing security bugs and wants to see smart software take over the...

If a Driverless Car Goes Bad We May Never Know Why
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If a Driverless Car Goes Bad We May Never Know Why

Two recent accidents involving Tesla's Autopilot system may raise questions about how computer systems based on learning should be validated and investigated when...

Are Face Recognition Systems Accurate? Depends on Your Race
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Are Face Recognition Systems Accurate? Depends on Your Race

The U.S. Government Accountability Office issued a report finding the Federal Bureau of Investigation has not properly tested the accuracy of its face-matching...

Control Your Smartphone with Your Eyes
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Control Your Smartphone with Your Eyes

In an effort to make eye tracking cheap, compact, and accurate enough to be included in smartphones, a group of researchers is crowdsourcing the collection of gaze...

As It Searches For Suspects, the Fbi May Be Looking at You
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As It Searches For Suspects, the Fbi May Be Looking at You

The FBI has access to nearly 412 million photos in its facial recognition system—perhaps including the one on your driver's license.
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