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 GPT-3: AI Game-changer or Environmental Disaster?
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GPT-3: AI Game-changer or Environmental Disaster?

The tech giants' latest machine-learning system comes with both ethical and environmental costs.

Instant Videos: Just Add Text
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Instant Videos: Just Add Text

Artificial intelligence software can create a video montage from a few typed words.

This Tool Could Protect Your Photos From Facial Recognition
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This Tool Could Protect Your Photos From Facial Recognition

Researchers at the University of Chicago want you to be able to post selfies without worrying that the next Clearview AI will use them to identify you.

AI Identifies Prostate Cancer With Near-Perfect Accuracy
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AI Identifies Prostate Cancer With Near-Perfect Accuracy

Researchers trained an artificial intelligence program to recognize and characterize prostate cancer, achieving the highest accuracy rate to date.

AI Is All the Rage. So Why Aren’t More Businesses Using It?
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AI Is All the Rage. So Why Aren’t More Businesses Using It?

A big study by the U.S. Census Bureau finds that only about 9% of firms employ tools like machine learning or voice recognition—for now.

Machine Learning Reveals Recipe for Building Artificial Proteins
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Machine Learning Reveals Recipe for Building Artificial Proteins

Researchers at the University of Chicago's Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering (PME) have created a process that uses big data to design new proteins.

How the Coronavirus Pandemic Is Breaking Artificial Intelligence and How to Fix It
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How the Coronavirus Pandemic Is Breaking Artificial Intelligence and How to Fix It

Among the many things the coronavirus outbreak has highlighted is how fragile our artificial intelligence systems are. We need new approaches to ensure our AI systems...

How AI Systems Use Mad Libs to Teach Themselves Grammar
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How AI Systems Use Mad Libs to Teach Themselves Grammar

Artificial intelligence researchers at Stanford University have found that advanced AI systems can work out linguistic principles like grammar by themselves.

New Zealand Claims World First in Setting Standards for Government Use of Algorithms
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New Zealand Claims World First in Setting Standards for Government Use of Algorithms

New Zealand's Statistics minister says the new charter on algorithms is an 'important part of building public trust."

Face Masks are Thwarting Even the Best Facial Recognition Algorithms, Study Finds
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Face Masks are Thwarting Even the Best Facial Recognition Algorithms, Study Finds

Researchers from the U.S. National Institute of Scence and Technology found that face masks are causing facial recognition algorithms to fail as much as 50% of...

The Impact of AI on Organizations
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The Impact of AI on Organizations

Implementing artificial intelligence through the looking glass of digital anthropology.

A Speedier Solution for Molecular Biomedical Research
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A Speedier Solution for Molecular Biomedical Research

Doctors, medical researchers, and quantum physicists together have developed an algorithm that analyzes nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy readings using quantum...

Tech Execs Urge Washington to Accelerate AI Adoption for National Security
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Tech Execs Urge Washington to Accelerate AI Adoption for National Security

Technology company CEOs have issued 35 recommendations to Congress for maintaining global artificial intelligence supremacy.  

Researchers Developing Tools to Calculate AI's Carbon Footprint
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Researchers Developing Tools to Calculate AI's Carbon Footprint

Researchers are creating tools to calculate the carbon footprint of artificial intelligence models to help developers understand their environmental impact.

New York Bans Facial Recognition in Schools Statewide
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New York Bans Facial Recognition in Schools Statewide

The New York State legislature Wednesday passed a moratorium on the use of facial recognition and other biometric identification methods in schools statewide until...

Self-Driving Industry Takes to the Highway After Robotaxi Failure
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Self-Driving Industry Takes to the Highway After Robotaxi Failure

FThe autonomous vehicle industry is refocusing on more-profitable opportunities after efforts to commercialize robotaxis failed to live up to the hype.

What's That Smell?
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What's That Smell?

A new system can mimic the brain's olfactory senses.

Tracking Misinformation Campaigns in Real-Time Is Possible, Study Shows
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Tracking Misinformation Campaigns in Real-Time Is Possible, Study Shows

The researchers hope software engineers will be able to build on their work to create a real-time monitoring system for exposing foreign influence in American politics...

Photon-Based Processing Units Enable More Complex Machine Learning
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Photon-Based Processing Units Enable More Complex Machine Learning

Researchers proposed a new machine learning approach that induces a photonic tensor core to conduct multiplications of matrices in parallel, boosting the speed...

Light Shaken, Stirred to Help Autonomous Vehicles Better Scan for Nearby Fast-Moving Objects
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Light Shaken, Stirred to Help Autonomous Vehicles Better Scan for Nearby Fast-Moving Objects

Researchers have developed a technique for realizing higher-resolution detection of nearby fast-moving objects in frequency modulated continuous wave LiDAR, critical...
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