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Most People Would Rather Lose Their Job to a Robot Than Another Human
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Most People Would Rather Lose Their Job to a Robot Than Another Human

Most people would prefer to lose their job to a robot than to another person, but at the same time would rather see a co-worker replaced by a human than a robot...

Visa to Test Advanced AI to Prevent Fraud
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Visa to Test Advanced AI to Prevent Fraud

Visa is launching a platform to help its engineers quickly test artificial intelligence algorithms designed to detect and prevent credit card fraud.

Instead of Practicing, This AI Mastered Chess by Reading About It
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Instead of Practicing, This AI Mastered Chess by Reading About It

A new chess algorithm evaluates the quality of chess moves by analyzing the reactions of expert commentators.

Machine Vision Can Spot Unknown Links Between Classic Artworks
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Machine Vision Can Spot Unknown Links Between Classic Artworks

A new machine vision system can analyze the poses of human subjects in fine art paintings throughout history, then identify other paintings that contain people...

New York City’s first self-driving shuttle service launches today
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New York City’s first self-driving shuttle service launches today

Six autonomous six-seater shuttles will be offering free rides around a one-mile loop of New York's Brooklyn Navy Yard.

What the Machine Learning Value Chain Means for Geopolitics
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What the Machine Learning Value Chain Means for Geopolitics

Artificial intelligence  has become a major source of economic value, contributing as much as $2 trillion to today's global economy. Sophisticated machine learning...

How Hospitals Are Using AI to Save Their Sickest Patients, Curb 'Alarm Fatigue'
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How Hospitals Are Using AI to Save Their Sickest Patients, Curb 'Alarm Fatigue'

Intensive care units are using artificial intelligence to save patients by helping staff respond faster.

And Now, a Bicycle Built for None
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And Now, a Bicycle Built for None

Researchers from Tsinghua University in China have developed a self-driving bicycle.

Learning to Look
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Learning to Look

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Joint Genome Institute have developed an algorithm that could improve the accuracy of searches in microbial and metagenomic...

Toby Walsh, A.I. Expert, Is Racing to Stop the Killer Robots
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Toby Walsh, A.I. Expert, Is Racing to Stop the Killer Robots

Autonomous weapons, capable of acting without human oversight, are closer than we think, Walsh believes, and must be banned.

A More Human Approach to Artificial Intelligence
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A More Human Approach to Artificial Intelligence

Philosopher Andy Clark reflects on what it will take for artificially intelligent agents to become more capable.

AI Can Lead to Lower Dentist Bills
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AI Can Lead to Lower Dentist Bills

Dental support organizations are starting to use artificial intelligence to analyze X-ray images and automate certain steps in common procedures.

The Algorithm That Changed Quantum Machine Learning
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The Algorithm That Changed Quantum Machine Learning

A college student discovered a classical computing algorithm that experts overlooked. It promises to change both classical and quantum machine learning.

I Don't Understand My Car
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I Don't Understand My Car

Self-driving cars will need good communication skills.

What Makes a Robot Likable?
From Communications of the ACM

What Makes a Robot Likable?

Interactions with robotics teach us more about people.

Microsoft Quantum Algorithm Boosts Medical Imaging
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Microsoft Quantum Algorithm Boosts Medical Imaging

Microsoft and Case Western Reserve University researchers have enhanced the speed and quality of medical imaging with an algorithm designed to work on a future...

Robots Have a Hard Time Grasping "Adversarial Objects"
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Robots Have a Hard Time Grasping "Adversarial Objects"

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have extended the concept of adversarial images to robot grasping, using physical objects designed to be...

Recognizing Kidney Injury Due to Burns Is Improved by AI
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Recognizing Kidney Injury Due to Burns Is Improved by AI

A new artificial intelligence/machine learning model can predict burn-related acute kidney injury quicker and more accurately than ever.

Baseball's Robot ­mpires Are Here. You Might Not Notice the Difference.
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Baseball's Robot ­mpires Are Here. You Might Not Notice the Difference.

The Atlantic League was the first U.S. professional baseball league to use a "robot" umpire, at its recent All-Star Game.

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.
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