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ML Tools Automatically Classify 1,000 Supernovae
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ML Tools Automatically Classify 1,000 Supernovae

A machine learning algorithm autonomously classified 1,000 supernovae using data from the Zwicky Transient Facility sky survey instrument at Caltech's Palomar Observatory...

The Long Road to Driverless Trucks
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The Long Road to Driverless Trucks

Self-driving eighteen-wheelers are on U.S. highways, but there are still human "safety drivers" behind the wheel. What will it take to get them out?

Lawsuit Takes Aim at the Way A.I. Is Built
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Lawsuit Takes Aim at the Way A.I. Is Built

A programmer is suing Microsoft, GitHub, and OpenAI over artificial intelligence technology that generates its own computer code.

AI Material Learns Behaviors, Adapts to Changing Conditions
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AI Material Learns Behaviors, Adapts to Changing Conditions

University of California, Los Angeles engineers have developed a new class of material.

AI Is Better at Answering Questions if You Get Another AI to Ask Them
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AI Is Better at Answering Questions if You Get Another AI to Ask Them

An artificial intelligence (AI) model that makes suggestions to another AI generates results as good as if they were prompts from people.

Can You Tell Whether This Headline Was Written by a Robot?
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Can You Tell Whether This Headline Was Written by a Robot?

Not this time, but artificial intelligence is churning out articles, illustrations, fake product reviews and even videos.

Italy Outlaws Facial Recognition Tech, Except to Fight Crime
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Italy Outlaws Facial Recognition Tech, Except to Fight Crime

Italy has banned the use of facial recognition technology and "smart glasses," except when used in judicial investigations or the fight against crime.

AI Uses Artificial Sleep to Learn New Task without Forgetting the Last
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AI Uses Artificial Sleep to Learn New Task without Forgetting the Last

Scientists taught an artificial intelligence a second distinct task without overwriting connections learned from a first task, through the use of simulated sleep...

AI Diversity Scoring System Could Help Root Out Algorithmic Bias
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AI Diversity Scoring System Could Help Root Out Algorithmic Bias

Princeton University's Adji Bousso Dieng and Dan Friedman have developed a diversity score for artificial intelligence to help detect bias.

Algorithms Quietly Run the City of DC—and Maybe Your Hometown
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Algorithms Quietly Run the City of DC—and Maybe Your Hometown

A new report finds that municipal agencies in Washington deploy dozens of automated decision systems, often without residents' knowledge.

A New Brain Model Could Pave the Way for Conscious AI
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A New Brain Model Could Pave the Way for Conscious AI

A new model of the human brain.

AI is Better at Answering Questions if You Get Another AI to Ask Them
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AI is Better at Answering Questions if You Get Another AI to Ask Them

Getting good answers from an artificial intelligence can be a tricky task, and now researchers have found that an AI is better at asking questions of another AI...

Herzog, Žižek Become AI Bots Trapped in Endless Conversation
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Herzog, Žižek Become AI Bots Trapped in Endless Conversation

The Infinite Conversation website features a nonstop "chat" between artificial intelligence versions of German director Werner Herzog and Slovenian philosopher...

Shift Robotics Used AI to Create 'World's Fastest Shoes'
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Shift Robotics Used AI to Create 'World's Fastest Shoes'

Shift Robotics has unveiled what it calls the "world's fastest shoes," which allow wearers to "walk at the speed of a run" via a combination of artificial intelligence...

Unpiloted Military Helicopter Flies 134 km in Simulated Mission
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Unpiloted Military Helicopter Flies 134 km in Simulated Mission

The U.S. Army flew an autonomous Black Hawk Helicopter 134 kilometers (83 miles) to deliver 230 kilograms (507 lbs.) of simulated and real blood.

Trust in Online Content Moderation Depends on Moderator
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Trust in Online Content Moderation Depends on Moderator

New research found an individual's trust in online content moderation systems depends on whether the moderator is human or artificial intelligence, and the type...

Researcher Combines AI, Microelectronics to Create Neural Implants that Fight Brain Disorders
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Researcher Combines AI, Microelectronics to Create Neural Implants that Fight Brain Disorders

Researchers at Canada's University of Toronto are leveraging microelectronics and artificial intelligence to make neural implants smarter and safer.

Music, Science and Healing Intersect in an A.I. Opera
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Music, Science and Healing Intersect in an A.I. Opera

The work-in-progress "Song of the Ambassadors" got a test run at Alice Tully Hall — with Lincoln Center's artistic director lending her brain.

Applying the Metaverse
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Applying the Metaverse

Business, entertainment, and fashion companies already are staking their claims in this enhanced virtual world.
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