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The Pandemic is Testing the Limits of Face Recognition
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The Pandemic is Testing the Limits of Face Recognition

Government use of face ID systems exploded during the pandemic—but tying it to critical services has left some people locked out at the moment they needed help...

U.S. Government Agencies to Increase Use of Facial Recognition Technology
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U.S. Government Agencies to Increase Use of Facial Recognition Technology

A new survey shows the controversial systems are poised to play an even bigger role in federal business.

Using ML to Build Maps That Give Smarter Driving Advice
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Using ML to Build Maps That Give Smarter Driving Advice

Scientists used machine learning to develop an automatic mapping service that can enhance traffic management with greater intelligence.

We Investigated Whether Digital Contact Tracing Actually Worked in the U.S.
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We Investigated Whether Digital Contact Tracing Actually Worked in the U.S.

A year ago, engineers built apps to track potential virus exposure. Our research shows the impact has been mixed—but there's still potential.

This Avocado Armchair Could Be the Future of AI
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This Avocado Armchair Could Be the Future of AI

Researchers at artificial intelligence company OpenAI have engineered two deep learning models combining language and images to improve AI's understanding of text...

A Radical Technique Lets AI Learn with Practically No Data
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A Radical Technique Lets AI Learn with Practically No Data

Scientists at Canada's University of Waterloo suggest artificial intelligence models should be capable of “less than one”-shot learning.

These Weird, Unsettling Photos Show That AI is Getting Smarter
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These Weird, Unsettling Photos Show That AI is Getting Smarter

Models are learning how to generate images from captions, a sign that they're getting better at understanding our world.

Machines can Spot Mental Health Issues—If you Hand Over your Personal Data
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Machines can Spot Mental Health Issues—If you Hand Over your Personal Data

Digital diagnosis could transform psychiatry by mining your most intimate data for clues. But is the privacy cost worth it?

Doctors are Using AI to Triage COVID-19 patients. The Tools May Be Here to Stay
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Doctors are Using AI to Triage COVID-19 patients. The Tools May Be Here to Stay

Faced with staff shortages and overwhelming patient loads, a growing number of hospitals are turning to automated tools to help them manage the pandemic.

IBM's Debating AI Just Got a Lot Closer to Being a Useful Tool
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IBM's Debating AI Just Got a Lot Closer to Being a Useful Tool

IBM upgraded the neural networks of its Project Debater system to improve the quality of evidence the argument-mining system uncovers.

Baidu Has Trick for Teaching AI the Meaning of Language
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Baidu Has Trick for Teaching AI the Meaning of Language

Chinese technology company Baidu outperformed Microsoft and Google in the General Language Understanding Evaluation, a benchmark for artificial intelligence comprehension...

Facebook is Under Fire for Political Ads. Twitter Just Banned Them Completely.
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Facebook is Under Fire for Political Ads. Twitter Just Banned Them Completely.

Twitter will ban political ads—both for candidates and for specific issues—starting November 22, according to CEO Jack Dorsey.

Russian Hackers Infiltrating Companies via Office Printer
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Russian Hackers Infiltrating Companies via Office Printer

Microsoft warns hackers associated with Russian spy agencies are exploiting Internet-of-Things devices to infiltrate corporate networks.

Instead of Practicing, This AI Mastered Chess by Reading About It
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Instead of Practicing, This AI Mastered Chess by Reading About It

A new chess algorithm evaluates the quality of chess moves by analyzing the reactions of expert commentators.

Machine Vision Can Spot Unknown Links Between Classic Artworks
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Machine Vision Can Spot Unknown Links Between Classic Artworks

A new machine vision system can analyze the poses of human subjects in fine art paintings throughout history, then identify other paintings that contain people...

Mapping the World in 3D Will Let ­s Paint Streets With Augmented Reality
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Mapping the World in 3D Will Let ­s Paint Streets With Augmented Reality

The U.K. startup Scape provides a visual positioning service that uses global positioning systems and multiple camera images to localize users.

 A Revolutionary Imaging Technique ­ses a Single Pixel to Fill Our Terahertz Blind Spot
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A Revolutionary Imaging Technique ­ses a Single Pixel to Fill Our Terahertz Blind Spot

At almost every wavelength, engineers have electromagnetic antennae that can detect and record the waves and create exotic images of the world at radio, microwave...

The Animal-AI Olympics Is Going to Treat AI Like a Lab Rat
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The Animal-AI Olympics Is Going to Treat AI Like a Lab Rat

In one of Aesop's fables, a thirsty crow finds a pitcher with a small amount of water beyond the reach of its beak.

Russia Wants to Cut Itself Off from the Global Internet. Here's What that Really Means.
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Russia Wants to Cut Itself Off from the Global Internet. Here's What that Really Means.

In the next two weeks, Russia is planning to attempt something no other country has tried before. It's going to test whether it can disconnect from the rest of...

A 'Halo Drive' Could Accelerate Interstellar Spacecraft to Close to the Speed of Light
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A 'Halo Drive' Could Accelerate Interstellar Spacecraft to Close to the Speed of Light

Back in 2016, the physicist Stephen Hawking and the billionaire Yuri Milner unveiled a plan to travel to the stars. The so-called Breakthrough Starshot project...
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