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Walmart, Cruise Launch Pilot to Deliver Orders via Self-Driving Cars
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Walmart, Cruise Launch Pilot to Deliver Orders via Self-Driving Cars

Autonomous vehicle startup Cruise has announced a partnership with Walmart to deliver orders from a Scottsdale, AZ, Walmart store to local customers' homes.

Google's Breast Cancer-Predicting AI Research Is Useless Without Transparency, Critics Say
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Google's Breast Cancer-Predicting AI Research Is Useless Without Transparency, Critics Say

Experts have taken issue with Google Health's artificial intelligence model for predicting breast cancer.

GitHub Launches Code Scanning to Unearth Vulnerabilities Early
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GitHub Launches Code Scanning to Unearth Vulnerabilities Early

GitHub last week launched a code-scanning tool to help developers identify flaws in code prior to its public rollout.

Amsterdam, Helsinki Launch Algorithm Registries to Bring Transparency to Public AI Deployments
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Amsterdam, Helsinki Launch Algorithm Registries to Bring Transparency to Public AI Deployments

The cities of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and Helsinki, Finland, have launched beta versions of artificial intelligence registries.

Google's TF-Coder Tool Automates Machine Learning Model Design
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Google's TF-Coder Tool Automates Machine Learning Model Design

Google Brain researchers have created an automated coding tool for machine learning frameworks like TensorFlow, that outperforms humans on challenging development...

Researchers' AI System Strips Identifiable Attributes Like Gender From Speech Recordings
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Researchers' AI System Strips Identifiable Attributes Like Gender From Speech Recordings

Researchers have proposed a technique that can remove attributes like gender from speech data to protect sensitive information.

Tech Execs Urge Washington to Accelerate AI Adoption for National Security
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Tech Execs Urge Washington to Accelerate AI Adoption for National Security

Technology company CEOs have issued 35 recommendations to Congress for maintaining global artificial intelligence supremacy.  

New York Bans Facial Recognition in Schools Statewide
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New York Bans Facial Recognition in Schools Statewide

The New York State legislature Wednesday passed a moratorium on the use of facial recognition and other biometric identification methods in schools statewide until...

Lyft Releases Self-Driving Vehicle Data Set, Launches $30,000 Challenge
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Lyft Releases Self-Driving Vehicle Data Set, Launches $30,000 Challenge

Lyft has released a Prediction Dataset, which contains the logs of movements of cars, pedestrians, and other obstacles encountered by its 23 autonomous vehicles...

Facebook's TransCoder AI Converts Code From One Programming Language Into Another
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Facebook's TransCoder AI Converts Code From One Programming Language Into Another

Facebook says its TransCoder can convert code from one high-level programming language into another.

Stanford Lab Envisions Delivery Drones That Save Energy by Taking the Bus
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Stanford Lab Envisions Delivery Drones That Save Energy by Taking the Bus

Stanford University researchers have developed a methodology that allows delivery drones to take the bus.

IBM Claims Its Neural Computer Achieves Record AI Model Training Time
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IBM Claims Its Neural Computer Achieves Record AI Model Training Time

Researchers at IBM have developed a reconfigurable parallel processing system called the IBM Neural Computer.

EU Robotics Project Gives Maintenance Workers a 'Second Pair of Hands'
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EU Robotics Project Gives Maintenance Workers a 'Second Pair of Hands'

A five-year EU effort to develop a proactive humanoid assistant as a "second pair of hands" for industrial workers has concluded with the development of a new robotic...

UC Berkeley Researchers Open-Source RAD to Improve Any Reinforcement Learning Algorithm
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UC Berkeley Researchers Open-Source RAD to Improve Any Reinforcement Learning Algorithm

A team of researchers has open-sourced Reinforcement Learning with Augmented Data.

Yann LeCun, Yoshua Bengio: Self-Supervised Learning is Key to Human-Level Intelligence
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Yann LeCun, Yoshua Bengio: Self-Supervised Learning is Key to Human-Level Intelligence

ACM A.M. Turing Award recipients Yann LeCun and Yoshua Bengio say  self-supervised learning could lead to artificial intelligence programs more humanlike in their...

Researchers Propose a Privacy-Preserving Communication Protocol for AI Training, Inference
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Researchers Propose a Privacy-Preserving Communication Protocol for AI Training, Inference

A team of researchers has developed an end-to-end framework for secure computation of artificial intelligence models and batch normalization.

Intel Trains Neuromorphic Chip to Detect Odors
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Intel Trains Neuromorphic Chip to Detect Odors

Intel and Cornell University researchers have trained Intel's Loihi neuromorphic processor to identify 10 materials from their odors.

Google's ML-Fairness-Gym Lets Researchers Study the Long-Term Effects of AI's Decisions
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Google's ML-Fairness-Gym Lets Researchers Study the Long-Term Effects of AI's Decisions

Researchers at Google have developed a set of components for evaluating algorithmic fairness in simulated social environments.

Ubisoft Uses AI to Teach a Car to Drive Itself in Racing Game
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Ubisoft Uses AI to Teach a Car to Drive Itself in Racing Game

Ubisoft is testing a reinforcement-learning algorithm that can manage discrete, continuous video game actions in a principled, predictable manner.
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