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Are AI Ethics Teams Doomed to be a Facade?
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Are AI Ethics Teams Doomed to be a Facade?

Women who pioneered them weigh in.

Duke Energy Used Computer Vision, Robots to Cut Costs by $74 Million
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Duke Energy Used Computer Vision, Robots to Cut Costs by $74 Million

Bonnie Titone at Duke Energy said the U.S. utility has slashed its labor costs by more than $74 million via artificial intelligence and machine learning solutions...

IBM Partners with U.K. on $300 Million Quantum Computing Research Initiative
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IBM Partners with U.K. on $300 Million Quantum Computing Research Initiative

A five-year, $297.5-million partnership between IBM and the U.K. government will research quantum computing and artificial intelligence in the quest for sustainable...

AI Ethics Research Conference Suspends Google Sponsorship
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AI Ethics Research Conference Suspends Google Sponsorship

The decision followed days of questions about whether the conference would continue its relationship with Google following the company's treatment of Ethical AI...

Python Pioneer Assesses the 30-year-old Programming Language
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Python Pioneer Assesses the 30-year-old Programming Language

Software engineer Pablo Galindo discusses the challenges of enabling a programming language to grow and evolve without sacrificing backward compatibility.

EU Report Warns AI Makes Autonomous Vehicles 'Highly Vulnerable' to Attack
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EU Report Warns AI Makes Autonomous Vehicles 'Highly Vulnerable' to Attack

A report by the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) describes autonomous vehicles as "highly vulnerable to a wide range of attacks."

How Machines Are Changing the Way Companies Talk
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How Machines Are Changing the Way Companies Talk

Economics and machine learning researchers have found artificial intelligence is making companies change how they communicate.

Researchers Find Even 'Fair' Hiring Algorithms Can Be Biased
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Researchers Find Even 'Fair' Hiring Algorithms Can Be Biased

Researchers at Harvard University and Germany's Technische Universität Berlin analyzing how "fair" ranking algorithms affect gender uncovered inconsistent ranking...

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.

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.  

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.

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...

Michigan's 'Marshall Plan for Talent' Aims to Become Model for Tech Education Nationwide
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Michigan's 'Marshall Plan for Talent' Aims to Become Model for Tech Education Nationwide

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder recently unveiled a five-year, $100-million "Marshall Plan for Talent" to better prepare students for technology fields with the most...

How Pixar Made Monsters ­niversity, Its Latest Technological Marvel
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How Pixar Made Monsters ­niversity, Its Latest Technological Marvel

Monsters University, the new animated film from Disney's Pixar division that debuts on June 21, will serve as light summer entertainment for most audiences. But...

iPad Teardown Reveals $375.10 Total Cost; Samsung Wins Big
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iPad Teardown Reveals $375.10 Total Cost; Samsung Wins Big

The new iPad costs about $364.35 for its bill of materials, according to a teardown analysis by IHS iSuppli. 
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