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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'
From ACM News

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.

At Alibaba's Futuristic Hotel, Robots Deliver Towels and Mix Cocktails
From ACM TechNews

At Alibaba's Futuristic Hotel, Robots Deliver Towels and Mix Cocktails

A hotel that opened in China last month utilizes robots and a suite of other high-tech tools that drastically reduce the hotel's cost of human labor.

Boeing's Self-Driving Air Taxi Completes First Test Flight
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Boeing's Self-Driving Air Taxi Completes First Test Flight

A prototype self-driving air taxi from Boeing's research and development unit completed its first flight in Manassas, VA, last week.

Program Allows Ordinary Digital Camera to See Round Corners
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Program Allows Ordinary Digital Camera to See Round Corners

Researchers have demonstrated a computer program that turns a normal digital camera into a periscope, allowing the camera to see objects hidden from view around...

George Mason Students Have New Dining Option: Food Delivered by Robots
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George Mason Students Have New Dining Option: Food Delivered by Robots

George Mason University students will soon have a fleet of 25 autonomous wheeled robots delivering meals to them across campus.

Reinforcement Learning Expedites 'Tuning' of Robotic Prosthetics
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Reinforcement Learning Expedites 'Tuning' of Robotic Prosthetics

Researchers have developed an intelligence system for "tuning" powered prosthetic knees, a breakthrough allowing patients to walk with the prosthetic device in...

Gemalto Reports Increase in Blockchain ­se for Securing the Internet of Things
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Gemalto Reports Increase in Blockchain ­se for Securing the Internet of Things

Gemalto reported the adoption of blockchain-based technology to help secure Internet of Things data, devices, and services rose from 9% to 19% year over year in...

Driverless Cars Tap the Brakes After Years of Hype
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Driverless Cars Tap the Brakes After Years of Hype

After years of hype, autonomous vehicle developers are taking a more cautious approach in the wake of a number of crashes.

Facebook Funds New AI Ethics Institute at Technical ­niversity of Munich
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Facebook Funds New AI Ethics Institute at Technical ­niversity of Munich

Facebook has teamed with the Technical University of Munich to establish an Institute of Ethics in Artificial Intelligence (AI), via a five-year, $7.5-million grant...

AI Spots Guns
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AI Spots Guns

Artificial intelligence-based weapon detection systems head to market.

Victoria to Allow Trial of Driverless Cars on Country Roads
From ACM TechNews

Victoria to Allow Trial of Driverless Cars on Country Roads

The state of Victoria in Australia has approved a trial of driverless cars on rural roads.

How Do You Govern Machines That Can Learn? Policymakers Are Trying to Figure That Out
From ACM TechNews

How Do You Govern Machines That Can Learn? Policymakers Are Trying to Figure That Out

Expert discussions on artificial intelligence took place last week in support potentially arrive at consensual recommendations for AI policy by the summer.

Washington Fears New Threat from 'Deepfake' Videos
From ACM News

Washington Fears New Threat from 'Deepfake' Videos

Lawmakers and experts are sounding the alarm about "deepfakes," forged videos that look remarkably real, warning they will be the next phase in disinformation campaigns...

Giving Algorithms a Sense of ­ncertainty Could Make Them More Ethical
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Giving Algorithms a Sense of ­ncertainty Could Make Them More Ethical

Algorithms are increasingly being used to make ethical decisions. Perhaps the best example of this is a high-tech take on the ethical dilemma known as the trolley...

Venture Capitalists Balk at Proposed Export Limits on AI, Quantum Computing
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Venture Capitalists Balk at Proposed Export Limits on AI, Quantum Computing

Venture capitalists are warning the Trump administration against limiting exports on emerging technologies like artificial intelligence and quantum computing.

How Do You Fight an Algorithm You Cannot See?
From ACM TechNews

How Do You Fight an Algorithm You Cannot See?

Activists in Germany have facilitated a method to assess the accountability of proprietary algorithms via a crowdsourcing platform.

Democratizing Data Science
From ACM TechNews

Democratizing Data Science

Researchers have developed a tool for nonstatisticians that automatically generates models for analyzing raw data. The tool takes in datasets and generates sophisticated...
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