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Robot Precisely Moves Objects It's Never Seen Before
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Robot Precisely Moves Objects It's Never Seen Before

Researchers have developed a system that allows robots to do many different pick-and-place tasks, without having ever seen the objects with which they are interacting...

Soft Robots Look to New Environments
From Communications of the ACM

Soft Robots Look to New Environments

These non-standard automatons appear best suited for applications under water and in space.

The Best Image-Recognition AIs are Fooled by Slightly Rotated Images
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The Best Image-Recognition AIs are Fooled by Slightly Rotated Images

Artificial intelligence is much worse at identifying objects by sight than many people realize.

Stanford Helped Pioneer Artificial Intelligence. Now the University Wants to Put Humans at Its Center.
From ACM News

Stanford Helped Pioneer Artificial Intelligence. Now the University Wants to Put Humans at Its Center.

A Stanford University scientist coined the term artificial intelligence. Others at the university created some of the most significant applications of it, such...

Why AI Is Still Terrible at Spotting Violence Online
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Why AI Is Still Terrible at Spotting Violence Online

Artificial intelligence can identify people in pictures, find the next TV series you should binge watch on Netflix, and even drive a car.

Computer Kidney Could Provide Safer Tests for New Medications
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Computer Kidney Could Provide Safer Tests for New Medications

The first computational model of the human kidney is enabling scientists to more deeply explore kidney function and how new medications may work.

Facial Recognition's 'Dirty Little Secret': Millions of Online Photos Scraped Without Consent
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Facial Recognition's 'Dirty Little Secret': Millions of Online Photos Scraped Without Consent

Legal experts warn people's online photos are being used without permission to power facial-recognition technology that could eventually be used for surveillance...

DeepMind is Asking How AI Helped Turn the Internet into an Echo Chamber
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DeepMind is Asking How AI Helped Turn the Internet into an Echo Chamber

Researchers have analyzed how different recommendation algorithms can accelerate or decelerate filter bubbles and echo chambers online.

China Is Catching ­p to the ­S in A.I. Research, Fast
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China Is Catching ­p to the ­S in A.I. Research, Fast

At the world's top computer-vision conference last June, Google and Apple sponsored an academic contest that challenged algorithms to make sense of images from...

Republicans Want Kaspersky, Huawei Banned from Sensitive ­niversity Research Projects
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Republicans Want Kaspersky, Huawei Banned from Sensitive ­niversity Research Projects

If Kaspersky, Huawei and ZTE are suspected of helping Russia and China spy on U.S. government computer systems, they shouldn't be allowed near sensitive academic...

AI Efforts at Large Companies May Be Hindered by Poor Quality Data
From ACM TechNews

AI Efforts at Large Companies May Be Hindered by Poor Quality Data

Poor-quality customer and business data may be keeping companies from leveraging digital tools to reduce costs, increase revenue, and stay competitive.

­ltra-Low Power Chips Help Make Small Robots More Capable
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­ltra-Low Power Chips Help Make Small Robots More Capable

A new ultra-low power hybrid chip inspired by the human brain could help small robots collaborate and learn from their experiences.

These Cameras Can Spot Shoplifters Even Before They Steal
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These Cameras Can Spot Shoplifters Even Before They Steal

Japanese startup Vaak has developed artificial intelligence software that looks for potential shoplifters on video surveillance footage.

Top ­niversities Join to Push 'Public Interest Technology'
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Top ­niversities Join to Push 'Public Interest Technology'

As technology becomes increasingly pervasive in American life, universities across the United States have been devising ways to teach students how to grapple with...

India Fights Diabetic Blindness With Help From AI
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India Fights Diabetic Blindness With Help From AI

The Aravind Eye Hospital in Madurai, India, is working with Google artificial intelligence scientists to automate the identification of diabetic retinopathy.

Canada’s New Federal Directive Makes Ethical AI a National Issue
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Canada’s New Federal Directive Makes Ethical AI a National Issue

How do you ensure an AI platform or service fairly and adequately caters to the needs of its clients?

Know-It-All Bot Shuts Down Dubious Family Texts
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Know-It-All Bot Shuts Down Dubious Family Texts

Taiwanese researchers have developed an artificial intelligence bot that interjects in real time to identify factual errors and alternative interpretations in news...

Animal-AI Olympics Will Test AI on Intelligence Tasks Designed for Crows, Chimps
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Animal-AI Olympics Will Test AI on Intelligence Tasks Designed for Crows, Chimps

The University of Cambridge's Leverhulme Center for the Future of Intelligence and the Czech Republic's GoodAI are partnering to launch the Animal-AI Olympics. ...

­ber Escapes Criminal Charges for 2018 Self-Driving Death in Arizona
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­ber Escapes Criminal Charges for 2018 Self-Driving Death in Arizona

A prosecutor in Arizona has decided not to press charges against Uber in the March 2018 death of Elaine Herzberg. One of Uber's self-driving cars crashed into Herzberg...

Managing with Technology
From ACM News

Managing with Technology

Human Resources departments are taking advantage of the workforce management capabilities provided by artificial intelligence.
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