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Helping Robots Collaborate to Get the Job Done
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Helping Robots Collaborate to Get the Job Done

A new algorithm aims to foster cooperation between information-gathering robot teams.

Precise Touchscreens, Thanks to AI
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Precise Touchscreens, Thanks to AI

A new artificial intelligence technique more precisely estimates where a finger touches a mobile phone screen, to reduce typing errors.

The Pentagon Inches Toward Letting AI Control Weapons
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The Pentagon Inches Toward Letting AI Control Weapons

Drills involving swarms of drones raise questions about whether machines could outperform a human operator in complex scenarios.

Amazon Cloud Technology Aids NFL in Schedule Making
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Amazon Cloud Technology Aids NFL in Schedule Making

The National Football League used Amazon Web Services' cloud platform to arrange its just-released 272-game 2021 schedule.

 The Autonomous Vehicle World is Shrinking — It's Overdue
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The Autonomous Vehicle World is Shrinking — It's Overdue

'The AV industry has promised too much for too long, and has delivered too little'

Integrating Medical Imaging, Cancer Biology with Deep Neural Networks
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Integrating Medical Imaging, Cancer Biology with Deep Neural Networks

Deep neural networks can replicate reported associations between gene expression, histology, and computed tomography-derived image features of lung cancer, and...

Self-Learning Robots Go Full Steam Ahead
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Self-Learning Robots Go Full Steam Ahead

Researchers in the Netherlands have demonstrated that a group of autonomous self-learning robots can change what they are doing in response to changing conditions...

This System Helps Robots Better Navigate Emergency Rooms
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This System Helps Robots Better Navigate Emergency Rooms

A new navigation system aims to improve the ability of robots to navigate busy clinical environments, especially hospital emergency departments.

Researchers Develop Protocols to Validate Integrity of ML Models
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Researchers Develop Protocols to Validate Integrity of ML Models

Cryptographic algorithms called zero-knowledge proof protocols are a mathematical method that enables the owner of an ML model to generate a succinct proof to demonstrate...

NYPD Robot Dog's Run is Cut Short After Fierce Backlash
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NYPD Robot Dog's Run is Cut Short After Fierce Backlash

The New York Police Department has abruptly terminated its deployment of a robot dog developed by Boston Dynamics after several incidents prompted allegations of...

Untangle Your Hair With Help From Robots
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Untangle Your Hair With Help From Robots

Researchers have develop a robotic arm setup that can comb tangled hair.

The Doctor Will Hear You Soon
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The Doctor Will Hear You Soon

The vocal biomarker community is getting louder.  

Is Amazon Recommending Books on QAnon, White Nationalism?
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Is Amazon Recommending Books on QAnon, White Nationalism?

A study found that Amazon's recommendation algorithms directs people to books about conspiracy theories and extremism, including those by authors banned by other...

Technology Could Turn You Into a Tiffany
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Technology Could Turn You Into a Tiffany

Companies are developing digital tools for the design of personalized jewelry, which can be fabricated via sophisticated three-dimensional metal printing.

Ford's Ever-Smarter Robots Are Speeding Up the Assembly Line
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Ford's Ever-Smarter Robots Are Speeding Up the Assembly Line

A transmission factory shows how artificial intelligence may creep into industrial processes in gradual and often imperceptible ways.

France’s Macron Eyes Artificial Intelligence to Monitor Terrorism
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France’s Macron Eyes Artificial Intelligence to Monitor Terrorism

The move comes as the French president comes under pressure to crack down on terrorism and Islamist separatism.

AI Experts Even More in Demand as Economy Opens Up
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AI Experts Even More in Demand as Economy Opens Up

CompTIA has observed surging demand for artificial intelligence experts as the economy opens up and companies expand the technology's usage.

AI Agent Helps Identify Material Properties Faster
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AI Agent Helps Identify Material Properties Faster

Researchers have demonstrated that artificial intelligence can speed up X-ray diffraction data analysis and improve accuracy in searches for new materials.

This Researcher Says AI Is Neither Artificial nor Intelligent
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This Researcher Says AI Is Neither Artificial nor Intelligent

Kate Crawford, who holds positions at USC and Microsoft, says in a new book that even experts working on the technology misunderstand AI.

Now for AI's Latest Trick: Writing Computer Code
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Now for AI's Latest Trick: Writing Computer Code

Programs such as GPT-3 can compose convincing text. Some people are using the tool to automate software development and hunt for bugs.
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