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Robotic Ship Sets Off to Retrace the Mayflower's Journey
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Robotic Ship Sets Off to Retrace the Mayflower's Journey

The Mayflower Autonomous Ship set off this week to retrace the journey of its 1620 namesake across the Atlantic Ocean.

Facebook Researchers Say They Can Detect Deepfakes And Where They Came From
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Facebook Researchers Say They Can Detect Deepfakes And Where They Came From

Facebook's artificial intelligence program looks for cracks left behind in the manufacturing process used to change an image's digital "fingerprint."

USPS Uses Edge AI Apps to Help Track Down Missing Packages Faster
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USPS Uses Edge AI Apps to Help Track Down Missing Packages Faster

The U.S. Postal Service is using artificial intelligence technology from NVIDIA to help it gain efficiencies.

Computers Predict People's Tastes in Art
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Computers Predict People's Tastes in Art

Researchers have come up with a program to predict people's art preferences.

UW Researchers Can Turn a Single Photo into a Video
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UW Researchers Can Turn a Single Photo into a Video

A new deep learning method can convert a single photo of any flowing material into an animated video running in a seamless loop.

Creating 'Digital Twins' at Scale
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Creating 'Digital Twins' at Scale

Researchers have designed a model for generating digital twins—precise computer simulations—at scale.

Drone Refuels U.S. Navy Fighter Jet in Midair for the First Time
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Drone Refuels U.S. Navy Fighter Jet in Midair for the First Time

U.S. Navy officials said an aerial drone successfully refueled a fighter jet in midair for the first time during a June 4 test flight.

DeepMind AI Taught Digital People to Play Football from Scratch
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DeepMind AI Taught Digital People to Play Football from Scratch

An artificial intelligence-trained computer learned to play football from scratch, using digital players.

Scientists Can Predict How Well a Stroke Survivor Will Recover Language Skills Using Computer Simulations of the Brain
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Scientists Can Predict How Well a Stroke Survivor Will Recover Language Skills Using Computer Simulations of the Brain

Scientists used computer simulations of the brain to predict the extent to which bilingual Hispanic stroke survivors will recover language skills.

Researchers Fine-Tune Control Over AI Image Generation
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Researchers Fine-Tune Control Over AI Image Generation

Refined control over artificial intelligence-driven conditional image generation has potential for use in fields ranging from autonomous robotics to AI training...

Keeping a Closer Eye on Seabirds with Drones
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Keeping a Closer Eye on Seabirds with Drones

A new study found using drones and artificial intelligence to monitor seabird colonies can less expensive, labor-intensive, and error-prone than on-the-ground surveillance...

Researchers Create AI-Powered Deep Learning Model to Support Medical Diagnostics
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Researchers Create AI-Powered Deep Learning Model to Support Medical Diagnostics

Computer scientists developed a deep learning model capable of identifying diseases from medical scans quickly and more accurately.

Semantics Beats Syntax
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Semantics Beats Syntax

IBM, Google, and Microsoft are all developing algorithms that understand the meaning of words.

Archaeologists vs. Computers: A Study Tests Who's Best at Sifting the Past
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Archaeologists vs. Computers: A Study Tests Who's Best at Sifting the Past

When it came to the tedious task of categorizing pottery fragments, a deep-learning model was found to be just as accurate as four human experts, and far more efficient...

A.I. Drone May Have Acted on Its Own in Attacking Fighters, U.N. Says
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A.I. Drone May Have Acted on Its Own in Attacking Fighters, U.N. Says

A United Nations report suggested that a drone, used against militia fighters in Libya's civil war, may have selected a target autonomously.

Israel's Operation Against Hamas Was the World's First AI War
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Israel's Operation Against Hamas Was the World's First AI War

Israel's military calls its recent campaign against Hamas in the Gaza Strip the world's first artificial intelligence (AI) war.

Technology to Manage Mental Health at Your Fingertips
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Technology to Manage Mental Health at Your Fingertips

An electronic platform can read facial cues and vocal patterns and integrate readings from smartwatch sensors to detect psychological stress, according to Texas...

Geico to Use AI to Speed Up Car Repairs
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Geico to Use AI to Speed Up Car Repairs

Insurer to work with tech firm Tractable to assess body-shop damage estimates.

More Than Half of Europeans Want to Replace Lawmakers with AI, Study Says
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More Than Half of Europeans Want to Replace Lawmakers with AI, Study Says

Most Europeans would prefer artificial intelligence replace some lawmakers, according to a study by researchers at IE University's Center for the Governance of...

Changing How Data is Used
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Changing How Data is Used

Federated AI Learning promises to reshape data security, privacy.
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