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Meta Has Built a Massive New Language AI—and It's Giving It Away for Free
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Meta Has Built a Massive New Language AI—and It's Giving It Away for Free

Facebook's parent company is inviting researchers to pore over and pick apart the flaws in its version of GPT-3.

Meta Has Built a Massive New Language AI—And It's Giving It Away for Free
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Meta Has Built a Massive New Language AI—And It's Giving It Away for Free

Facebook's parent company is inviting researchers to pore over and pick apart the flaws in its version of GPT-3.

House-Flipping Algorithms are Coming to Your Neighborhood
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House-Flipping Algorithms are Coming to Your Neighborhood

Despite millions of dollars in losses, iBuying's failure doesn't signal the end of tech-led disruption, just a fumbled beginning.

Startup Built Record-Breaking 256-qubit Quantum Computer
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Startup Built Record-Breaking 256-qubit Quantum Computer

QuEra Computing, launched by physicists at Harvard and MIT, is trying a different quantum approach to tackle impossibly hard computational tasks.

Brain Implants Could Be the Next Computer Mouse
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Brain Implants Could Be the Next Computer Mouse

What the world's fastest brain-typist is telling us about the future of computer interfaces.

How AI Could Solve Supply Chain Shortages and Save Christmas
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How AI Could Solve Supply Chain Shortages and Save Christmas

Just-in-time shipping is dead. Long live supply chains stress-tested with AI digital twins.

AI Has Cracked a Key Mathematical Puzzle for Understanding Our World
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AI Has Cracked a Key Mathematical Puzzle for Understanding Our World

Partial differential equations can describe everything from planetary motion to plate tectonics, but they're notoriously hard to solve.

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.

How Facebook Got Addicted to Spreading Misinformation
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How Facebook Got Addicted to Spreading Misinformation

The company's AI algorithms gave it an insatiable habit for lies and hate speech. Now the man who built them can't fix the problem.

Tiny Four-Bit Computers Are Now All You Need to Train AI
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Tiny Four-Bit Computers Are Now All You Need to Train AI

IBM researchers have proposed reducing the number of computer bits from the current industry standard of 16 to just four.

AI Needs to Face Up to its Invisible-worker Problem
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AI Needs to Face Up to its Invisible-worker Problem

Machine-learning models are trained by low-paid online gig workers. They're not going away—but we can change the way they work, says Saiph Savage.

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.

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?

Why the Coronavirus Lockdown is Making the Internet Stronger Than Ever
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Why the Coronavirus Lockdown is Making the Internet Stronger Than Ever

Far from breaking it, the surge in usage the internet is seeing right now is driving a major upgrade.

How CDC is Trying to Forecast Coronavirus's Spread
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How CDC is Trying to Forecast Coronavirus's Spread

A group of researchers at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) is one of several dozen teams enlisted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to adapt their annual...

This Robot Taught Itself to Walk Entirely on Its Own
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This Robot Taught Itself to Walk Entirely on Its Own

Researchers at Google have developed a four-legged robot that learned to walk completely on its own in just a few hours. 

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.

Why the Quantum Internet Should Be Built in Space
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Why the Quantum Internet Should Be Built in Space

Louisiana State University researchers have proposed a satellite array for building a global quantum Internet to broadcast entangled photon pairs to two different...

A Virtual Version of da Vinci's Mystery Glass Orb Has Helped Explain Its Weirdness
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A Virtual Version of da Vinci's Mystery Glass Orb Has Helped Explain Its Weirdness

Researchers used computer graphics software to reproduce Leonardo da Vinci's painting Salvator Mundi in order to study how light refracts through glass orbs.
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