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Making New Drugs With a Dose of Artificial Intelligence
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Making New Drugs With a Dose of Artificial Intelligence

You can think of it as a World Cup of biochemical research.

MIT Robot Combines Vision, Touch to Learn Game of Jenga
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MIT Robot Combines Vision, Touch to Learn Game of Jenga

Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineers have created a robot that taught itself to play Jenga.

Lawmakers Put Pentagon's Cyber in Their Sights
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Lawmakers Put Pentagon's Cyber in Their Sights

Congress has a new rising target when it comes to cyber: The Pentagon.

Self-Taught Robot Figures Out What It Looks Like, What It Can Do
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Self-Taught Robot Figures Out What It Looks Like, What It Can Do

Columbia University researchers have developed a robot that learns what it looks like without any outside help.

The Rise of the Robot Reporter
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The Rise of the Robot Reporter

As reporters and editors find themselves the victims of layoffs at digital publishers and traditional newspaper chains alike, journalism generated by machine is...

5 Reasons Why Autonomous Cars Aren't Coming Anytime Soon
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5 Reasons Why Autonomous Cars Aren't Coming Anytime Soon

In the world of autonomous vehicles, Pittsburgh and Silicon Valley are bustling hubs of development and testing. But ask those involved in self-driving vehicles...

Engineers Program Marine Robots to Take Calculated Risks
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Engineers Program Marine Robots to Take Calculated Risks

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed an algorithm that lets autonomous underwater vehicles weigh the risks and rewards of exploring...

Data Scientists Face Off in LSST Machine-Learning Competition
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Data Scientists Face Off in LSST Machine-Learning Competition

An international machine learning challenge hosted on the Kaggle.com platform asked participants to identify which of 15 classifications was the best fit for each...

This Video Game Tournament Will Test the Wits of Computers
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This Video Game Tournament Will Test the Wits of Computers

Unity Technologies has announced the Obstacle Tower game and challenge, a video game tournament intended to contribute to artificial intelligence research.

How Machine Learning Could Keep Dangerous DNA Out of Terrorists' Hands
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How Machine Learning Could Keep Dangerous DNA Out of Terrorists' Hands

Biologists the world over routinely pay companies to synthesize snippets of DNA for use in the laboratory or clinic.

Most People Overlook AI Despite Flawless Advice
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Most People Overlook AI Despite Flawless Advice

U.S. Army researchers and colleagues have found a persistent gap in basic knowledge about the use of artificial intelligence.

Putting Neural Networks ­nder the Microscope
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Putting Neural Networks ­nder the Microscope

Researchers have developed a method of identifying individual nodes in neural networks that capture specific linguistic features.

Deep Learning 'Godfather' Bengio Worries About China's ­se of AI
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Deep Learning 'Godfather' Bengio Worries About China's ­se of AI

Yoshua Bengio, a Canadian computer scientist who helped pioneer the techniques underpinning much of the current excitement around artificial intelligence, is worried...

IBM Facial Recognition Dataset Aims to Remove Gender, Skin Bias
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IBM Facial Recognition Dataset Aims to Remove Gender, Skin Bias

IBM will provide a new million-image dataset to the global research community, to help developers eliminate gender and skin-type biases from facial recognition...

Amazon Open Sources SageMaker Neo to Run Machine Learning Models at the Edge
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Amazon Open Sources SageMaker Neo to Run Machine Learning Models at the Edge

Amazon has launched a new open source project that aims to optimize the performance of machine learning models for numerous platforms.

Researchers Take Step Closer to Creating Tech That Can Read Minds
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Researchers Take Step Closer to Creating Tech That Can Read Minds

Columbia University researchers have developed a system that can produce intelligible synthetic speech through computer processing of human brain activity.

AI Teaches Robots to Walk by Creating Custom Obstacle Courses
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AI Teaches Robots to Walk by Creating Custom Obstacle Courses

Uber AI Labs researchers have designed an algorithm that organizes its own curriculum for teaching simulated robots to walk on uneven ground without falling.

We Analyzed 16,625 Papers to Figure Out Where AI Is Headed Next
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We Analyzed 16,625 Papers to Figure Out Where AI Is Headed Next

A study of 25 years of artificial-intelligence research suggests the era of deep learning is coming to an end.

Identifying Artificial Intelligence 'Blind Spots'
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Identifying Artificial Intelligence 'Blind Spots'

A novel model developed by MIT and Microsoft researchers identifies instances in which autonomous systems have "learned" from training examples that don't match...

Being Recognized Everywhere
From Communications of the ACM

Being Recognized Everywhere

How facial and voice recognition are reshaping society.
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