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Hummingbird Robot Flies, Hovers Like Real Thing
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Hummingbird Robot Flies, Hovers Like Real Thing

Purdue University researchers have built robot hummingbirds that learn to fly and hover like their real-world counterparts, using algorithms and computer simulation...

AI Accelerates Innovation
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AI Accelerates Innovation

Yet patent attorneys fear the darker consequences of artificial intelligence.

White House Kicks Off Effort to Develop AI Standards
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White House Kicks Off Effort to Develop AI Standards

The White House Office of Science and Technology has launched a request for information seeking insight into developing standards around artificial intelligence...

Early Warning System Predicts Risk of Online Students Dropping Out
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Early Warning System Predicts Risk of Online Students Dropping Out

Researchers in Spain have developed a predictive modeling system for personalized student dropout rates.

Oregon's a Testing Ground for Amazon's Facial Recognition Policing, But What if Rekognition Gets it Wrong?
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Oregon's a Testing Ground for Amazon's Facial Recognition Policing, But What if Rekognition Gets it Wrong?

Police in Washington County, OR, have used a facial-recognition algorithm from Amazon to publicly test new surveillance techniques for more than a year.

Improving Security as AI Moves to Smartphones
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Improving Security as AI Moves to Smartphones

Researchers suggest the vulnerability of compressed, or quantized, artificial intelligence models to adversarial attack could be remedied by adding a mathematical...

Partnership on AI: Algorithms Aren't Ready to Automate Pretrial Bail Hearings
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Partnership on AI: Algorithms Aren't Ready to Automate Pretrial Bail Hearings

The Partnership on AI has released a report declaring the algorithms now in use to automate the pre-trial bail process unfit to do so.

Facial Recognition Software Meets Its Match: Barnyard Animals
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Facial Recognition Software Meets Its Match: Barnyard Animals

Attempts to identify barnyard animals via facial recognition are complicated by the software's difficulty in distinguishing between animals.

They Asked AI to Create a New Game. One of Its First Ideas Involved Exploding Frisbees.
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They Asked AI to Create a New Game. One of Its First Ideas Involved Exploding Frisbees.

Design firm AKQA used artificial intelligence to create a new game that combines elements of rugby, croquet, soccer, and Ultimate Frisbee.

Robotic Tube for Surgery Autonomously Navigates Inside a Beating Heart
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Robotic Tube for Surgery Autonomously Navigates Inside a Beating Heart

Harvard Medical School researchers have developed a robotic catheter that can autonomously navigate inside a beating heart.

­U.S. Airports Will ­se AI To Scan 97% Of Passengers' Faces Within 4 Years
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­U.S. Airports Will ­se AI To Scan 97% Of Passengers' Faces Within 4 Years

U.S. Customs and Border Protection plans to expand its Biometric Exit program to cover 97% of outbound air passengers within four years.

Forget about Artificial Intelligence, Extended Intelligence is the Future
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Forget about Artificial Intelligence, Extended Intelligence is the Future

We should challenge the cult of Singularity. Artificial Intelligence won't take over the world.

Academics Hide Humans From Surveillance Cameras With 2D Prints
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Academics Hide Humans From Surveillance Cameras With 2D Prints

Researchers have developed a technique of using simple two-dimensional images to render wearers invisible to surveillance cameras.

In Australia, Hacked Lime Scooters Spew Racism, Profanity
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In Australia, Hacked Lime Scooters Spew Racism, Profanity

Vandals hacked the audio files of scooters in Australia, to make them generate profanities and racist speech.

Coming to Store Shelves: Cameras That Guess Your Age, Sex
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Coming to Store Shelves: Cameras That Guess Your Age, Sex

Retailers are testing in-store cameras designed to guess shoppers' ages and genders, to inform real-time advertisements on store video screens.

AI That Spots Inequality Could Monitor Living Conditions in Cities
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AI That Spots Inequality Could Monitor Living Conditions in Cities

Researchers have trained an artificial intelligence to detect inequalities in four U.K. cities using a combination of government statistics and images from Google...

Questioning Quantum
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Questioning Quantum

Researchers hunt for ways to keep quantum computing honest.

Training Data for Autonomous Driving
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Training Data for Autonomous Driving

Understand.ai is a startup launched in Germany to improve and accelerate the labeling of image elements for autonomous driving algorithms.

IARPA Is Investing in AI That Constantly Analyzes Worldwide Satellite Images
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IARPA Is Investing in AI That Constantly Analyzes Worldwide Satellite Images

The U.S. Intelligence Advanced Research Project Activity has released a draft solicitation for an analytics tool that can combine satellite images and detect human...

Software Tool Could Provide Answers to Some of Life's Most Intriguing Questions
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Software Tool Could Provide Answers to Some of Life's Most Intriguing Questions

A new software tool combines machine learning with digital signal processing to make it possible to definitively answer challenging questions.
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