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Tesla’s Autopilot Could Save the Lives of Millions, But It Will Kill Some People First
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Tesla’s Autopilot Could Save the Lives of Millions, But It Will Kill Some People First

The complicated ethics of Elon Musk's grand autonomous vehicle experiment.

Robot Prototype Shows Promise for Microsurgery on Eyes, Aneurysms
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Robot Prototype Shows Promise for Microsurgery on Eyes, Aneurysms

Researchers have developed a continuum robot that achieves multi-scale motion and may allow previously impossible complex microsurgeries. 

With Face Scans, Automated Marking, Singapore Carves AI Niche
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With Face Scans, Automated Marking, Singapore Carves AI Niche

Singapore has unveiled an effort to become a global leader in artificial intelligence by 2030.

Maintaining U.S. Dominance in AI
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Maintaining U.S. Dominance in AI

Standards are seen as a way to eliminate bias and incorporate trustworthiness in artificial intelligence, even as the U.S. seeks to secure its lead in the field...

Tech Companies Step Up Fight Against 'Deepfakes'
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Tech Companies Step Up Fight Against 'Deepfakes'

Companies such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google are working to slow the spread of maliciously doctored content, known as deepfakes, ahead of the 2020 election. ...

IBM: The Fight Against A.I. Bias Is Never Over
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IBM: The Fight Against A.I. Bias Is Never Over

"When you deliver an A.I. system ...every design choice, not just training data, can bring unconscious bias."

Computing Power Needed to Train AI Is Rising Seven Times Faster Than Before
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Computing Power Needed to Train AI Is Rising Seven Times Faster Than Before

The computational power needed to train AI models is doubling at a rate seven times faster than before.

Nuclear Warheads? This Robot Can Find Them
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Nuclear Warheads? This Robot Can Find Them

Researchers at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory and Princeton University have developed a swarm of autonomous, rolling robots that can identify the source...

Future of Autonomous Delivery May Be Unfolding in Suburban Houston
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Future of Autonomous Delivery May Be Unfolding in Suburban Houston

Robotics company Nuro has been field-testing delivery via autonomous vehicles (AV) in Houston.

U.S. Army Creating Robots That Can Follow Orders
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U.S. Army Creating Robots That Can Follow Orders

Researchers have developed software that allows robots to understand verbal instructions, carry out those instructions, and report back.

Man versus Artificial Intelligence: From Deep Blue to DeepMind in 20 Years
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Man versus Artificial Intelligence: From Deep Blue to DeepMind in 20 Years

Garry Kasparov and DeepMind's CEO Demis Hassabis discuss Kasparov's new book "Deep Thinking: Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins," his chess...

Can a Unicorn Outrun Earthquakes?
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Can a Unicorn Outrun Earthquakes?

Researchers are using the IBM AC922 Summit supercomputer to simulate the Cascadia Subduction Zone.

Worker Robots that Learn from Mistakes
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Worker Robots that Learn from Mistakes

Computer scientists are using the artificial intelligence techniques of automated planning and reinforcement learning to train a robot to find an object in a cluttered...

Machine Learning vs. Machine Learning
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Machine Learning vs. Machine Learning

Using machine learning to detect deepfakes created for criminal purposes with machine learning.

Meal-Detection Technology Brings Artificial Pancreas Closer to Reality
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Meal-Detection Technology Brings Artificial Pancreas Closer to Reality

Artificial intelligence researchers at Stevens Institute of Technology have created a system that detects when someone is eating and calculates their carbohydrate...

This Piece of Music Could Stop Your Amazon Alexa
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This Piece of Music Could Stop Your Amazon Alexa

Carnegie Mellon University researchers developed a technique to inhibit the Amazon Alexa voice assistant's ability to respond to commands by playing an audio clip...

What Self-driving Cars Can’t Recognize May be a Matter of Life and Death
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What Self-driving Cars Can’t Recognize May be a Matter of Life and Death

Engineers are racing to program artificial intelligence to recognize different scenarios that human drivers know inherently.

Pentagon Advisory Board Releases Principles for Ethical Use of AI in Warfare
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Pentagon Advisory Board Releases Principles for Ethical Use of AI in Warfare

The U.S. Defense Innovation Board has published a set of ethical principles for how military agencies should design weapons enabled by artificial intelligence and...

Only Humans Can Be Accountable For AI
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Only Humans Can Be Accountable For AI

Joanna Bryson is one of the few computer scientists who are experts in both artificial intelligence and natural intelligence.

AI Tool Detects Global Fashion Trends
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AI Tool Detects Global Fashion Trends

A new artificial intelligence tool scans millions of publicly available photos to effectively identify fashion trends around the world, as well as traditions and...
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