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The Algorithms of August
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The Algorithms of August

The AI arms race won't be like previous competitions, and both the U.S. and China could be left in the dust.

How Coronavirus Is Eroding Privacy
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How Coronavirus Is Eroding Privacy

Governments worldwide are using digital surveillance technologies to track the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, raising concerns about the erosion of privacy...

Algorithms in the Courtroom
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Algorithms in the Courtroom

The use of software to determine bail and sentencing terms has gone mainstream. How fair are these systems?

Toward Computers That Teach Themselves
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Toward Computers That Teach Themselves

The artificial intelligence industry is experiencing a supervised learning revolution, as researchers teach computers to recognize patterns and learn from them....

Machine Learning Reveals New Candidate Materials for Biocompatible Electronics
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Machine Learning Reveals New Candidate Materials for Biocompatible Electronics

New machine learning tools can screen self-assembled peptides in an effort to develop electronic devices that are compatible with the human body.

The Origins of Artificial Intelligence
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The Origins of Artificial Intelligence

We will delve into the origins of artificial intelligence and how it burgeoned through the years.

A Guide to Healthy Skepticism of Artificial Intelligence and Coronavirus
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A Guide to Healthy Skepticism of Artificial Intelligence and Coronavirus

Like many tools, artificial intelligence has a role to play, but its effect on the coronavirus outbreak is probably small.

NASA Created a Game That Lets You Help Map the Ocean's Coral Reefs
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NASA Created a Game That Lets You Help Map the Ocean's Coral Reefs

A new game can help map the ocean's diversity of coral reefs.

AI Techniques Used to Improve Battery Health, Safety
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AI Techniques Used to Improve Battery Health, Safety

A new machine learning method can predict battery health with 10 times greater accuracy than the current industry standard.

UC Berkeley's AI-Powered Robot Teaches Itself to Drive Off-Road
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UC Berkeley's AI-Powered Robot Teaches Itself to Drive Off-Road

A new robot learning system can learn about the environment through its own experiences in the real world.

Artificial Intelligence is Evolving All by Itself
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Artificial Intelligence is Evolving All by Itself

Artificial intelligence (AI) is evolving—literally.

Google, UCSF Collaborate on Machine Learning Tool to Help Prevent Harmful Prescription Errors
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Google, UCSF Collaborate on Machine Learning Tool to Help Prevent Harmful Prescription Errors

A new machine learning model  predicts normal physician drug prescribing patterns, using a patient's electronic health records as input.

DeepMind AI Can Understand the Unusual Atomic Structure of Glass
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DeepMind AI Can Understand the Unusual Atomic Structure of Glass

DeepMind researchers used machine learning to simulate how atomic particles in a piece of glass respond to different temperatures and pressures.

AI Helping Scientists Understand an Ocean's Worth of Data
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AI Helping Scientists Understand an Ocean's Worth of Data

Researchers have trained a neural network to distinguish humpback whale songs from other ocean noise.

You Can’t Spell Creative Without A.I.
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You Can’t Spell Creative Without A.I.

Advances in software applications that process human language lie at the heart of the debate over whether computer technologies will enhance or even substitute...

Computers Already Learn From Us. But Can They Teach Themselves?
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Computers Already Learn From Us. But Can They Teach Themselves?

Scientists are exploring approaches that would help machines develop their own sort of common sense.

AI Tool Predicts Which Patients with Pandemic Virus Will Develop Serious Respiratory Disease
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AI Tool Predicts Which Patients with Pandemic Virus Will Develop Serious Respiratory Disease

An experimental artificial intelligence tool accurately predicted which patients newly infected with the COVID-19 virus would develop severe respiratory disease...

Medical Professionals Tap AI to Combat COVID-19
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Medical Professionals Tap AI to Combat COVID-19

Artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things are aiding hospitals and healthcare experts in the battle against the coronavirus.

To Tune Up Your Quantum Computer, Better Call an AI Mechanic
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To Tune Up Your Quantum Computer, Better Call an AI Mechanic

Researchers have developed a method for teaching an artificial intelligence program to make an interconnected set of adjustments to tiny quantum dots.

A 3D-Printed Brain Could Make It Easier to Find Cancer Treatments
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A 3D-Printed Brain Could Make It Easier to Find Cancer Treatments

Researchers have developed a technique to study glioblastoma brain tumors using a three-dimensionally (3D)-printed framework composed of human brain cells and biomaterials...
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