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White Castle Plans to Use Robot in More Locations
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White Castle Plans to Use Robot in More Locations

The White Castle restaurant chain said it is expanding the use of the Flippy Robot-on-a-Rail system to more U.S. locations.

Disney Research Makes Robotic Gaze Interaction Eerily Lifelike
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Disney Research Makes Robotic Gaze Interaction Eerily Lifelike

A team of researchers is imbuing animatronic robots with lifelike eye gaze.

Software Can Spy on What You Type in Video Calls by Tracking Your Arms
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Software Can Spy on What You Type in Video Calls by Tracking Your Arms

A new model can track the movement of the shoulders and arms of a person typing during a video call to determine what they are typing.

Regulation of AI Remains Elusive
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Regulation of AI Remains Elusive

The U.S. and EU are considering regulations on artificial intelligence, but none have been implemented...yet.

Dog Training Methods Help JHU Teach Robots to Learn New Tricks
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Dog Training Methods Help JHU Teach Robots to Learn New Tricks

Computer scientists at Johns Hopkins University used positive reinforcement to show a robot how to teach itself new tasks quickly.

AI Can Diagnose COVID-19 Through Cellphone-Recorded Coughs – Even if You Don’t Have Symptoms
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AI Can Diagnose COVID-19 Through Cellphone-Recorded Coughs – Even if You Don’t Have Symptoms

Results might provide a convenient screening tool for people who may not suspect they are infected.

Smarter Models, Smarter Choices
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Smarter Models, Smarter Choices

A new high-confidence approach to artificial intelligence-based models incorporates uncertainty, error, physical laws, expert knowledge, and missing data within...

With Deep Learning Algorithms, Standard CT Technology Produces Spectral Images
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With Deep Learning Algorithms, Standard CT Technology Produces Spectral Images

Engineers have developed a deep neural network that produces spectral images almost as well as dual-energy computed tomography imaging technology.

Brazil Launches AI Center
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Brazil Launches AI Center

Brazil's Artificial Intelligence Center officially launched earlier this month.

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.

Activists Turn Facial Recognition Tools Against the Police
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Activists Turn Facial Recognition Tools Against the Police

"We're now approaching the technological threshold where the little guys can do it to the big guys," one researcher said.

Driverless Cars Go Humble to Get Real
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Driverless Cars Go Humble to Get Real

Recent developments point to promise for driverless car technology, if we stay realistic.

A Radical Technique Lets AI Learn with Practically No Data
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A Radical Technique Lets AI Learn with Practically No Data

Scientists at Canada's University of Waterloo suggest artificial intelligence models should be capable of “less than one”-shot learning.

Seeking Artificial Common Sense
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Seeking Artificial Common Sense

The long-standing goal of providing artificial intelligence some measure of common sense remains elusive.

Natural Language Misunderstanding
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Natural Language Misunderstanding

How do we eliminate bias in automated speech recognition?

Terahertz Networks Move Closer to Reality
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Terahertz Networks Move Closer to Reality

The desire for faster, higher-frequency wireless networking is a constant. Terahertz technology could deliver large gains.

AI Is About to Face a Major Test: Can It Differentiate Covid-19 From Flu?
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AI Is About to Face a Major Test: Can It Differentiate Covid-19 From Flu?

Researchers are turning to artificial intelligence to help doctors differentiate between Covid-19 and the flu.

GM to Run Driverless Cars in San Francisco Without Human Backups
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GM to Run Driverless Cars in San Francisco Without Human Backups

General Motors' Cruise autonomous vehicle unit said it will remove human backup drivers from the driverless vehicles it is testing on San Francisco streets by year's...

Use AI to Convert Ancient Maps Into Satellite-Like Images
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Use AI to Convert Ancient Maps Into Satellite-Like Images

Researchers have developed a machine learning algorithm that can transform ancient maps into Google-style satellite image.

Opening the Black Box of Neural Networks
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Opening the Black Box of Neural Networks

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory researchers used deep learning neural networks to model water molecule interactions.
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