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AI Poker Bot Is First to Beat Professionals at Multiplayer Game
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AI Poker Bot Is First to Beat Professionals at Multiplayer Game

A new artificial intelligence program beat elite professional poker players at six-player no-limit Texas hold'em poker.

Major League Baseball 'Robot ­mp' Calls 1st Professional Baseball Game with 1 Hitch, No Controversy
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Major League Baseball 'Robot ­mp' Calls 1st Professional Baseball Game with 1 Hitch, No Controversy

A computer in the press box communicated to the umpire whether each pitch was in or out of the strike zone, and the umpire relayed the calls to the field as usual...

Robot ­ses Machine Learning to Harvest Lettuce
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Robot ­ses Machine Learning to Harvest Lettuce

A new vegetable-picking robot uses machine learning to identify and harvest iceberg lettuce.

Shopping Centers Exploring Facial Recognition in Brave New World of Retail
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Shopping Centers Exploring Facial Recognition in Brave New World of Retail

U.S. mall owners and retailers are ramping up their use of facial recognition to ascertain shoppers' traffic patterns, employee performance, and consumer response...

Chipping Away at Big Data
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Chipping Away at Big Data

Neural network chips whittle big data down to size.

FBI, ICE Find State Driver's License Photos a Gold Mine for Facial-Recognition Searches
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FBI, ICE Find State Driver's License Photos a Gold Mine for Facial-Recognition Searches

U.S. federal investigators using facial-recognition technology to search millions of Americans' state driver's license photos, without their knowledge or permission...

The ­pside of Adversarial Attacks
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The ­pside of Adversarial Attacks

They may lead to better neural networks.

Neuromorphic Computing Finds New Life in Machine Learning
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Neuromorphic Computing Finds New Life in Machine Learning

Researchers are working to resolve the fact that spiking neurons currently have no way that they can be trained via gradient descent—the basis of conventional machine...

China's Big Brother Casinos Can Spot Who's Most Likely to Lose Big
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China's Big Brother Casinos Can Spot Who's Most Likely to Lose Big

Some of the world's biggest casino operators in the Chinese territory of Macao are using technology to identify which of their customers are likely to lose the...

Astronomy Bot Speeds Search for Jupiter's Twins
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Astronomy Bot Speeds Search for Jupiter's Twins

A new astronomy algorithm can help identify stars around which planets may revolve.

Researchers Develop 'Vaccine' Against Attacks on Machine Learning
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Researchers Develop 'Vaccine' Against Attacks on Machine Learning

New techniques can "vaccinate" algorithms against adversarial attacks.

New AI Programming Language Goes Beyond Deep Learning
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New AI Programming Language Goes Beyond Deep Learning

General-purpose language works for computer vision, robotics, statistics, and more.

Eavesdropping on the Brain
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Eavesdropping on the Brain

Putting sound to thought, to hear what the brain is 'hearing.'

MIT Develops a System to Give Robots More Human Senses
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MIT Develops a System to Give Robots More Human Senses

Researchers at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have developed a system that could give robots the ability to link multiple senses....

From One Brain Scan, More Information for Medical AI
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From One Brain Scan, More Information for Medical AI

Researchers at MIT have developed a system to gather more information from images used to train machine-learning models, including those that can analyze medical...

The Edge of Computational Photography
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The Edge of Computational Photography

Smartphones and consumer cameras increasingly give professional photographers a run for their money.

Google's Language Techniques Help O2 Czech Republic Reveal Network Secrets
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Google's Language Techniques Help O2 Czech Republic Reveal Network Secrets

Word2vec, a neural network technique developed to understand human languages, also can interpret raw cell tower data.

Environmental DNA Program Makes Conservation Research Faster, More Efficient
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Environmental DNA Program Makes Conservation Research Faster, More Efficient

New open source software simplifies environmental DNA research by allowing scientists to quickly recognize a broad spectrum of species.

How Computation is Changing Journalism
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How Computation is Changing Journalism

Nicholas Diakopoulos has helped to make journalism is increasingly computational. 

Algorithm Tells Robots Where Nearby Humans are Headed
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Algorithm Tells Robots Where Nearby Humans are Headed

A new algorithm accurately aligns partial trajectories in real time, allowing motion predictors in self-driving cars to accurately anticipate the timing of a person's...
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