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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?
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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
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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...

National Health Service Trials AI Software to Diagnose Breast Cancer
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National Health Service Trials AI Software to Diagnose Breast Cancer

Several European companies have trained artificial intelligence to detect signs of breast cancer.

Neural Learning on the Edge
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Neural Learning on the Edge

The next generation of neural networks will learn from real-time data streamed from smartphones, Internet of Things devices, and machine-to-machine connections....

A Fleet of Autonomous Robots Is Making One of the World's Oldest Foods
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A Fleet of Autonomous Robots Is Making One of the World's Oldest Foods

An autonomous, bread-making robotic oven made by Wilkinson Baking of Walla Walla, WA, can produce 235 loaves daily.

A Neural Network Can Learn to Organize the World It Sees Into Concepts, Just Like We Do
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A Neural Network Can Learn to Organize the World It Sees Into Concepts, Just Like We Do

GANs, or generative adversarial networks, are the social-media starlet of AI algorithms. They are responsible for creating the first AI painting ever sold at an ...

AI vs. the Hackers
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AI vs. the Hackers

Microsoft, Google, Amazon, and various startups increasingly are implementing machine learning algorithms that adapt to hackers' constantly evolving tactics.

A New Approach to ­Understanding How Machines Think
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A New Approach to ­Understanding How Machines Think

Been Kim is developing a "translator for humans" so that we can understand when artificial intelligence breaks down.

The American Public is Already Worried about AI Catastrophe
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The American Public is Already Worried about AI Catastrophe

A new report suggests that we expect big advances in software capabilities—and we're nervous.

AI Helps Auto-Loan Company Handle Industry's Trickiest Turn
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AI Helps Auto-Loan Company Handle Industry's Trickiest Turn

Prestige Financial Services is among a growing number of lenders using artificial intelligence to digest increasing volumes of data to determine creditworthiness...

Machine Learning Can Offer New Tools, Fresh Insights for the Humanities
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Machine Learning Can Offer New Tools, Fresh Insights for the Humanities

Truly revolutionary political transformations are naturally of great interest to historians, and the French Revolution at the end of the 18th century is widely...

AI Technology Can Identify Genetic Diseases by Looking at Your Face
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AI Technology Can Identify Genetic Diseases by Looking at Your Face

A new artificial intelligence technology accurately identifies rare genetic disorders using a photo of a patient's face.

The AI Learned to Hide Data From Its Creators to Cheat at Tasks They Gave It
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The AI Learned to Hide Data From Its Creators to Cheat at Tasks They Gave It

A neural network learned to "hide" information about a source image within the images it generated via a nearly imperceptible, high-frequency signal.

AI Removes the Drudgery from Legal Due Diligence
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AI Removes the Drudgery from Legal Due Diligence

Software can review contracts, and more, faster and more accurately than lawyers.

'DeepSqueak' Helps Researchers Decode Rodent Chatter
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'DeepSqueak' Helps Researchers Decode Rodent Chatter

Researchers have developed a software program to identify and decode rodent vocalizations.

Artificial Intelligence Vs. the Hackers
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Artificial Intelligence Vs. the Hackers

Last year, Microsoft Corp.'s Azure security team detected suspicious activity in the cloud computing usage of a large retailer: One of the company's administrators...

Martian Robot Will Explore the Red Planet With Mind of Its Own
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Martian Robot Will Explore the Red Planet With Mind of Its Own

Researchers in the U.K.  have completed testing on an artificial intelligence-enabled rover that will make its own decisions about where it explores on Mars.

Miners Dig AI but the Gold Rush Hasn't Come
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Miners Dig AI but the Gold Rush Hasn't Come

Despite expectations by the mining industry that artificial intelligence would transform operations, some experts consider that promise overhyped and unrealistic...
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