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Disney's Deepfakes Closer to Big-Screen Debut
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Disney's Deepfakes Closer to Big-Screen Debut

Disney researchers have demonstrated what they described as the first photorealistic deepfake at megapixel resolution.

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...

Drone With Bubble Machine Can Pollinate Flowers Like a Bee
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Drone With Bubble Machine Can Pollinate Flowers Like a Bee

Researchers have developed a method of pollinating flowers using an aerial drone that emits pollen-infused soap bubbles.

Waymo, Uber Propose AI Techniques to Improve Self-Driving Systems
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Waymo, Uber Propose AI Techniques to Improve Self-Driving Systems

Researchers at Waymo and Uber have unveiled new technologies that aim to make their self-driving systems safer and more reliable.

New Techniques Improve Quantum Communication, Entangle Phonons
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New Techniques Improve Quantum Communication, Entangle Phonons

Scientists have demonstrated a new quantum communication method.

Countries Agree on Regulations for Automated Driving
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Countries Agree on Regulations for Automated Driving

The United Nations announced that 53 countries have agreed on common automated driving regulations.

California City Bans Predictive Policing in U.S. First
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California City Bans Predictive Policing in U.S. First

Santa Cruz, CA, has become the first U.S. city to ban predictive policing.

Blocking Facial Recognition
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Blocking Facial Recognition

Facial recognition technology faces opposition from technology industry giants, and from the grass roots.

AI Takes Player Performance Analysis to New Dimension
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AI Takes Player Performance Analysis to New Dimension

New artificial intelligence algorithms could revolutionize player performance analysis for football (soccer) clubs.

Uber, Lyft Pricing Algorithms Charge More in Non-White Areas
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Uber, Lyft Pricing Algorithms Charge More in Non-White Areas

George Washington University researchers found apparent racial bias in pricing algorithms used by ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft.

AI Researchers Condemn Predictive Crime Software, Citing Racial Bias, Flawed Methods
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AI Researchers Condemn Predictive Crime Software, Citing Racial Bias, Flawed Methods

A coalition of more than 1,000 researchers, academics, and experts in artificial intelligence condemned soon-to-be-published research claims of predictive crime...

Wrongfully Accused by an Algorithm
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Wrongfully Accused by an Algorithm

In what may be the first known case of its kind, a faulty facial recognition match led to a Michigan man's arrest for a crime he did not commit.

Chinese Researchers Unveil AI That Can Turn Simple Sketches Into Fake Photorealistic Pictures
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Chinese Researchers Unveil AI That Can Turn Simple Sketches Into Fake Photorealistic Pictures

A new artificial intelligence can convert simple sketches of a face into photorealistic images.

La Trobe University Uses AI to Bring Mental Health Care to Cancer Patients
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La Trobe University Uses AI to Bring Mental Health Care to Cancer Patients

Using the framework can help medical personnel. understand a patient's behavior, emotions, and decision-making based on data shared by the patient.

Circular Reasoning: Spiraling Circuits for More Efficient AI
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Circular Reasoning: Spiraling Circuits for More Efficient AI

Researchers stacked resistive random-access memory modules for artificial intelligence applications in a novel three-dimensional spiral.

Your Wish Is My CMD
From Communications of the ACM

Your Wish Is My CMD

Artificial intelligence could automate software coding.

Riding Out Quarantine With a Chatbot Friend: ‘I Feel Very Connected’
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Riding Out Quarantine With a Chatbot Friend: ‘I Feel Very Connected’

The digital companions may sound like science fiction. But when social isolation became the norm, they helped deal with the loneliness, some users say.

Who’s a Bot? Who’s Not?
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Who’s a Bot? Who’s Not?

It sometimes seems automated bots are taking over social media and driving human discourse. But some (real) researchers aren't so sure.

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.

Access Denied: Faulty Automated Background Checks Freeze Out Renters
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Access Denied: Faulty Automated Background Checks Freeze Out Renters

Computer algorithms that scan everything from terror watch lists to eviction records spit out flawed tenant screening reports. And almost nobody is watching.
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