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Top Computer Scientists Form European Lab Devoted to AI
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Top Computer Scientists Form European Lab Devoted to AI

Prominent computer scientists have formed a coalition to establish a pan-European laboratory concentrating on artificial intelligence.

The Chef That Can Make a Gourmet Burger Every 30 Seconds
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The Chef That Can Make a Gourmet Burger Every 30 Seconds

A restaurant in San Francisco employs two robots to prepare gourmet burgers for diners.

The 'Weird Events' That Make Machines Hallucinate
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The 'Weird Events' That Make Machines Hallucinate

Computers can be tricked into misidentifying objects and sounds, raising issues about the real-world use of artificial intelligence; experts call such glitches...

All Hail the AI Overlord: Smart Cities and the AI Internet of Things
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All Hail the AI Overlord: Smart Cities and the AI Internet of Things

Cities generate lots of data. The exact amount depends on the size of the city and its sophistication and ambitions, but it's certainly more than mere humans can...

DeepMind Achieves Holy Grail: An AI That Can Master Games Like Chess and Go Without Human Help
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DeepMind Achieves Holy Grail: An AI That Can Master Games Like Chess and Go Without Human Help

DeepMind, the London-based subsidiary of Alphabet, has created a system that can quickly master any game in the class that includes chess, Go, and Shogi, and do...

NASA's Next Mars Rover Will ­se AI to Be a Better Science Partner
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NASA's Next Mars Rover Will ­se AI to Be a Better Science Partner

NASA can't yet put a scientist on Mars. But in its next rover mission to the Red Planet, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is hoping to use artificial intelligence...

An Inside Look at Apple's Biggest Step Yet in Health Care
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An Inside Look at Apple's Biggest Step Yet in Health Care

Captain America and Black Panther were about to defend Earth from the villain Thanos when Kevin Foley first noticed something was wrong.

The Designer Changing the Way Aircraft Are Built
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The Designer Changing the Way Aircraft Are Built

Generative design is being employed to design seatbelt brackets in cars, motorbike chassis, cabin partitions in passenger aircraft, and other everyday industrial...

Overcoming AI Bias with AI Fairness
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Overcoming AI Bias with AI Fairness

New tools aim to remove unconscious and other types of bias from algorithms.

Searching an Artificial Bee Colony for Real-World Results
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Searching an Artificial Bee Colony for Real-World Results

Researchers in Japan have proposed a scale-free mechanism to guide an artificial bee colony algorithm's exploration process.

More Than an Auto-Pilot, AI Charts Its Course in Aviation
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More Than an Auto-Pilot, AI Charts Its Course in Aviation

Ask anyone what they think of when the words "artificial intelligence" and aviation are combined, and it's likely the first things they'll mention are drones.

Facial Gestures Can Move This AI-Motorized Wheelchair
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Facial Gestures Can Move This AI-Motorized Wheelchair

A new prototype kit exploits artificial intelligence to enable a disabled person to drive a motorized wheelchair using facial expressions.

OK, Computer: How Much Is My House Worth?
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OK, Computer: How Much Is My House Worth?

Computer algorithm-based valuations could replace appraisers.

Artificial Intelligence: A Roadmap for California
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Artificial Intelligence: A Roadmap for California

The Little Hoover Commission is calling for immediate action by California's governor and legislature on artificial intelligence.

AI a Focus as ­.S. Preps Export Controls
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AI a Focus as ­.S. Preps Export Controls

The U.S. Commerce Department has called for input by Dec. 19 on which of 14 emerging technologies should face export controls.

The Drive Toward Self-Driving Food Delivery Vehicles
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The Drive Toward Self-Driving Food Delivery Vehicles

Are pizza delivery guys destined to be so 20th century?

The Friendship That Made Google Huge
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The Friendship That Made Google Huge

One day in March of 2000, six of Google's best engineers gathered in a makeshift war room.

How Supercomputers Can Help Fix Our Wildfire Problem
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How Supercomputers Can Help Fix Our Wildfire Problem

Fire is chaos. Fire doesn't care what it destroys or who it kills—it spreads without mercy, leaving total destruction in its wake, as California's Camp and Woolsey...

Making AI Algorithms Crazy Fast ­sing Chips Powered by Light
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Making AI Algorithms Crazy Fast ­sing Chips Powered by Light

Inside a small laboratory in Boston's seaport district, buried within a jumble of lasers, lenses, mirrors, and a tangle of wiring, is a tiny chip that might be...

Behind an Effort to Fact-Check Live News With Speed and Accuracy
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Behind an Effort to Fact-Check Live News With Speed and Accuracy

A new artificial intelligence-driven voice-scanning tool can identify dubious statements seconds after their utterance, in an effort to more accurately fact-check...
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