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When a Story is Breaking, AI Can Help Consumers Identify Fake News
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When a Story is Breaking, AI Can Help Consumers Identify Fake News

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute researchers have determined that artificial intelligence can help assess news stories accurately, but only when a story is first...

ML Method Makes Better Predictions of Material Properties Using Low Quality Data
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ML Method Makes Better Predictions of Material Properties Using Low Quality Data

Nanoengineers have developed a new machine learning method that uses low-quality data to predict material properties with greater accuracy than existing models....

'Are You Real?'
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'Are You Real?'

An ecosystem is emerging for ‘digital human’ development.

How to Train a Robot (Using AI and Supercomputers)
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How to Train a Robot (Using AI and Supercomputers)

Computer scientists are using generative adversarial networks to train robots about objects.

Smart Algorithm Bursts Social Networks' 'Filter Bubbles'
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Smart Algorithm Bursts Social Networks' 'Filter Bubbles'

Finnish and Danish researchers have developed an algorithm that boosts diversity of exposure on social networks, while still ensuring widely shared content.

Google Agrees to Pay French Publishers for News
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Google Agrees to Pay French Publishers for News

The agreement comes after several months of talks between Google France and France's Alliance de la Presse d'Information Generale.

Facebook AI Predicts Likelihood of Worsening Covid Symptoms
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Facebook AI Predicts Likelihood of Worsening Covid Symptoms

Researchers at Facebook claim to have developed software that can forecast the probability of a Covid-19 patient's symptoms escalating, based on their chest x-rays...

Appreciating a Flower's Texture, Color, Shape Leads to Better Drone Landings
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Appreciating a Flower's Texture, Color, Shape Leads to Better Drone Landings

A new optical flow-based learning process lets robots calculate distances through the visual appearance of objects in view.

Optimizing Traffic Signals to Reduce Intersection Wait Times
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Optimizing Traffic Signals to Reduce Intersection Wait Times

Researchers at Texas A&M University and the U.K.'s University of Edinburgh have developed a system that uses machine learning to optimize the timing of traffic...

ACM TechNews Top Articles of 2020
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ACM TechNews Top Articles of 2020

Once again, the 10 most-clicked-on items in ACM TechNews during 2020 included more than a bit of coverage on  programming and programming languages.

Spotting High-Risk Behavior Online
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Spotting High-Risk Behavior Online

Using machine learning to identify signs of dangerous behavior on social media.

NASA Readies Astrobee Flying Robots for Serious Space Science
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NASA Readies Astrobee Flying Robots for Serious Space Science

Astrobee flying robots are being prepared by astronauts on the International Space Station, to help perform science investigations.

Scientists Count Elephants From Space with Satellites, Computer Smarts
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Scientists Count Elephants From Space with Satellites, Computer Smarts

Scientists in the U.K. have developed a technique for counting African elephant populations using satellite camera imagery and a deep learning algorithm.

Scientists Use Supercomputers, AI to Determine How Good (or Deadly) Your Street Drugs Are
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Scientists Use Supercomputers, AI to Determine How Good (or Deadly) Your Street Drugs Are

An artificial intelligence system developed by scientists at Canada's University of Victoria can ascertain the predicted chemical composition of drugs.

Fleet of Robots Successfully Tracks, Monitors Marine Microbes
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Fleet of Robots Successfully Tracks, Monitors Marine Microbes

Researchers have demonstrated that a fleet of autonomous robots can track and study a community of marine microbes.

Venice Is Watching Tourists' Every Move
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Venice Is Watching Tourists' Every Move

Officials in Venice, Italy, are using technology to track the number of tourists in the city, and where they go.

Microsoft, Oracle and Salesforce Join Push for Digital Vaccination Credentials
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Microsoft, Oracle and Salesforce Join Push for Digital Vaccination Credentials

In the U.S., there is no federal system consumers can use to get easy access to their immunization records online and establish their vaccination status for work...

Microscanner Mirrors Replace Human Vision
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Microscanner Mirrors Replace Human Vision

Researchers have developed a microscanner mirror for LiDAR systems that enables the three-dimensional scanning of a vehicle's surroundings out to more than 200...

Sharper Signals: How Machine Learning Is Cleaning Up Microscopy Images
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Sharper Signals: How Machine Learning Is Cleaning Up Microscopy Images

Researchers increasingly are using machine learning to eliminate noise from microscopy images.

Slouch or Slack Off, This 'Smart' Office Chair Cushion Will Record It
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Slouch or Slack Off, This 'Smart' Office Chair Cushion Will Record It

"Smart cushions" designed by a Chinese technology company and used in office chairs have engendered controversy over privacy and surveillance.
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