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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.

Origami-Inspired Robot Gripper Grasps Objects ­p to 120 Times Its Weight
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Origami-Inspired Robot Gripper Grasps Objects ­p to 120 Times Its Weight

Researchers have designed a robot-mounted gripper that can lift items of various weights, shapes, and sizes.

Google Releases Dataset to Help AI Systems Spot Fake Audio Recordings
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Google Releases Dataset to Help AI Systems Spot Fake Audio Recordings

The Google News unit and artificial intelligence research division Google AI have released a speech database in an attempt to identify bogus audio recordings.

Xiaomi's AI Restores Details, Enhances Colors in Poorly Exposed Photos
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Xiaomi's AI Restores Details, Enhances Colors in Poorly Exposed Photos

Researchers at Chinese smartphone company Xiaomi have devised an artificial intelligence system that corrects details and colors in poorly exposed photos.

Oracle Open-Sources Graphpipe to Make It Easier to Deploy Machine Learning Models
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Oracle Open-Sources Graphpipe to Make It Easier to Deploy Machine Learning Models

Oracle has released an open-source tool called Graphpipe to facilitate the deployment of machine learning models.

Nvidia ­nveils Real-Time Ray Tracing Turing Graphics Architecture
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Nvidia ­nveils Real-Time Ray Tracing Turing Graphics Architecture

Nvidia says it has "reinvented computer graphics" with its Turing graphics-processing unit architecture, which will serve as the platform for a new GPU family that...

IBM Researchers Train AI to Follow Code of Ethics
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IBM Researchers Train AI to Follow Code of Ethics

The new artificial intelligence recommendation technique optimizes results to user preferences and also conforms to other constraints, like ethical and behavioral...

Machine Learning Could Improve How Doctors Diagnose Heart Attacks
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Machine Learning Could Improve How Doctors Diagnose Heart Attacks

Researchers say they have used machine learning to teach computers to read cardiac electrical signals and interpret electrocardiograms with greater accuracy.
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