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AI Has Some Explaining to Do
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AI Has Some Explaining to Do

Software makers offer more transparent machine-learning tools—but there's a trade-off.

Taking the Reins of AI
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Taking the Reins of AI

A new report calls for the U.S. government to watch, encourage, and regulate (where necessary) artificial intelligence.  

Searching for the Perfect Artificial Synapse for AI
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Searching for the Perfect Artificial Synapse for AI

What's the best type of device from which to build a neural network? Of course, it should be fast, small, consume little power, have the ability to reliably store...

This Artist Is ­sing AI to Paint With His Mind
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This Artist Is ­sing AI to Paint With His Mind

Roboticist Alexander Reben uses artificial intelligence to create works of art.

Europe’s AI Researchers Launch Professional Body Over Fears of Falling Behind
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Europe’s AI Researchers Launch Professional Body Over Fears of Falling Behind

Universities on the continent are rapidly losing talent to industry in the United States and China, say scientists behind the initiative.

China Has Never Had a Real Chip Industry. Making AI Chips Could Change That.
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China Has Never Had a Real Chip Industry. Making AI Chips Could Change That.

Donald Trump is speaking Mandarin.

The Key to Cracking Long-Dead Languages
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The Key to Cracking Long-Dead Languages

Broken and scorched black by fire, the dense, wedge-shaped marks etched into the ancient clay tablets are only just visible under the soft light at the British...

Quantum Computing Needs You to Help Solve Its Core Mystery
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Quantum Computing Needs You to Help Solve Its Core Mystery

Since 2016, IBM has offered online access to a quantum computer. Anyone can log in and execute commands on a 5-qubit or 14-qubit machine located in Yorktown Heights...

Major Companies Are ­sing AI to Decide Who You Speak to on the Phone
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Major Companies Are ­sing AI to Decide Who You Speak to on the Phone

Many large companies around the world use artificial intelligence-based software to manage millions of call-center conversations.

Canada, France Plan an International Panel to Assess AI Dangers
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Canada, France Plan an International Panel to Assess AI Dangers

Canada and France recently announced plans for an international panel to assess the dangers of artificial intelligence and formulate appropriate policies.

Seeking Equilibria in Economics, Computer Science
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Seeking Equilibria in Economics, Computer Science

Daskalakis' work brings deep theoretical analysis to bear on high-impact problems with direct effects on real-world applications.

'Superhuman' AI Triumphs Playing the Toughest Board Games
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'Superhuman' AI Triumphs Playing the Toughest Board Games

DeepMind's self-learning AlphaZero algorithm has demonstrated superhuman success at complex board games including chess, shogi, and go.

Inside Huawei's Secret HQ, China Is Shaping the Future
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Inside Huawei's Secret HQ, China Is Shaping the Future

The surprise arrest of Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies Co., has thrust the company into a political firestorm and deepened a core threat...

Researchers ­se Computer Model to Predict Prostate Cancer Progression
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Researchers ­se Computer Model to Predict Prostate Cancer Progression

Researchers from Denmark and Germany trained a computer model on prostate cancer patient data to predict disease progression.

Xiaomi's AI Restores Details, Enhances Colors in Poorly Exposed Photos
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Xiaomi's AI Restores Details, Enhances Colors in Poorly Exposed Photos

Researchers at Chinese smartphone company Xiaomi have devised an artificial intelligence system that corrects details and colors in poorly exposed photos.

Smarter Voice Assistants Recognize Your Favorite Brands—and Health
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Smarter Voice Assistants Recognize Your Favorite Brands—and Health

People often surrender their data privacy to their continuously listening voice assistants without understanding the implications.

Top Computer Scientists Form European Lab Devoted to AI
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Top Computer Scientists Form European Lab Devoted to AI

Prominent computer scientists have formed a coalition to establish a pan-European laboratory concentrating on artificial intelligence.

The Chef That Can Make a Gourmet Burger Every 30 Seconds
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The Chef That Can Make a Gourmet Burger Every 30 Seconds

A restaurant in San Francisco employs two robots to prepare gourmet burgers for diners.

The 'Weird Events' That Make Machines Hallucinate
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The 'Weird Events' That Make Machines Hallucinate

Computers can be tricked into misidentifying objects and sounds, raising issues about the real-world use of artificial intelligence; experts call such glitches...

All Hail the AI Overlord: Smart Cities and the AI Internet of Things
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All Hail the AI Overlord: Smart Cities and the AI Internet of Things

Cities generate lots of data. The exact amount depends on the size of the city and its sophistication and ambitions, but it's certainly more than mere humans can...
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