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Why the Card Game Hanabi Is Next Big Hurdle for AI
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Why the Card Game Hanabi Is Next Big Hurdle for AI

Researchers hope to train artificial intelligence to master Hanabi, a card game in which everyone wins or loses depending on how well they communicate.

How Gaming Technology May Help Taxi Drivers in Japan
From ACM TechNews

How Gaming Technology May Help Taxi Drivers in Japan

Tokyo, Japan-based DeNA has developed a program to direct cruising taxi drivers to streets where they are most likely to find customers.

Toyota Robot Can't Slam Dunk, but Shoots a Mean 3-Pointer
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Toyota Robot Can't Slam Dunk, but Shoots a Mean 3-Pointer

Researchers at Toyota Motor have developed a robot that can make free throws and three-point shots on a basketball court.

Australian Regulators Cautiously Embrace AI to Boost Compliance
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Australian Regulators Cautiously Embrace AI to Boost Compliance

Australian regulators are cautiously using artificial intelligence to address a lack of compliance across that nation’s financial sector.

Amazon Schooled on AI Facial Technology by Turing Award Winner
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Amazon Schooled on AI Facial Technology by Turing Award Winner

Artificial intelligence researchers are calling on Amazon to stop selling its facial recognition software to police.

Changing How a Country Types
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Changing How a Country Types

Researchers led by Aalto University in Finland used computational methods to reposition keyboard characters for easier, more intuitive typing in French.

AI Pioneer: 'The Dangers of Abuse Are Very Real'
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AI Pioneer: 'The Dangers of Abuse Are Very Real'

Yoshua Bengio is one of three computer scientists who last week shared the US$1-million A. M. Turing award—one of the field's top prizes.

Computer Program Predicts Risk of Deadly Irregular Heart Beats
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Computer Program Predicts Risk of Deadly Irregular Heart Beats

A new computer-based set of rules more accurately predicts when patients with a rare heart condition might benefit from lifesaving implanted defibrillators.

AI Is Flying Drones (Very, Very Slowly)
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AI Is Flying Drones (Very, Very Slowly)

Researchers have developed an autonomous drone that navigates using artificial intelligence.

The Animal-AI Olympics Is Going to Treat AI Like a Lab Rat
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The Animal-AI Olympics Is Going to Treat AI Like a Lab Rat

In one of Aesop's fables, a thirsty crow finds a pitcher with a small amount of water beyond the reach of its beak.

How Can Doctors Be Sure A Self-Taught Computer Is Making The Right Diagnosis?
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How Can Doctors Be Sure A Self-Taught Computer Is Making The Right Diagnosis?

Researchers at Stanford University have developed an algorithm that can teach itself how to diagnose conditions.

Food Lion, Other Grocers Will ­se AI for Food Suppliers
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Food Lion, Other Grocers Will ­se AI for Food Suppliers

Food Lion and five sister U.S. grocery chains will use artificial intelligence to revamp their food-ordering process.

Banks ­se AI to Catch Rogue Traders Before the Act
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Banks ­se AI to Catch Rogue Traders Before the Act

Over the past few years, banks have made significant strides in trader surveillance, embracing communication monitoring tools that look for obvious flash phrases...

Driverless Car Learns to Perform High-Speed Turns Without Crashing
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Driverless Car Learns to Perform High-Speed Turns Without Crashing

Researchers at Stanford University have created a system that allowed an autonomous car to learn to make high-speed turns without spinning out.

He Helped Create AI. Now, He Worries About 'Killer Robots'
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He Helped Create AI. Now, He Worries About 'Killer Robots'

Yoshua Bengio, a co-recipient of the 2018 ACM A.M. Turing Award, is concerned about artificial intelligence being weaponized.

DeepMind and Google: the Battle to Control Artificial Intelligence
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DeepMind and Google: the Battle to Control Artificial Intelligence

Demis Hassabis founded a company to build the world's most powerful AI. Then Google bought him out. Hal Hodson asks who is in charge.

How Smarter Technology Will Feed the Planet
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How Smarter Technology Will Feed the Planet

Technology solutions increasingly are being employed to enable more efficient and intelligent agriculture.

Chinese, ­.S. Researchers Develop Simulator for Improving Self-Driving Car Safety Before Road Test
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Chinese, ­.S. Researchers Develop Simulator for Improving Self-Driving Car Safety Before Road Test

A new system could make self-driving technology easier to evaluate in the lab and ensure more reliable safety before expensive road testing.

AI Can Make Eye Doctors More Effective
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AI Can Make Eye Doctors More Effective

Research at Google has found that artificial intelligence algorithms can help eye doctors make more accurate diagnoses.

Censorship Pays: China's State Newspaper Expands Lucrative Online Scrubbing Business
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Censorship Pays: China's State Newspaper Expands Lucrative Online Scrubbing Business

People.cn, the online unit of China's influential People's Daily, is boosting its numbers of human internet censors backed by artificial intelligence to help firms...
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