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This Piece of Music Could Stop Your Amazon Alexa
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This Piece of Music Could Stop Your Amazon Alexa

Carnegie Mellon University researchers developed a technique to inhibit the Amazon Alexa voice assistant's ability to respond to commands by playing an audio clip...

What Self-driving Cars Can’t Recognize May be a Matter of Life and Death
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What Self-driving Cars Can’t Recognize May be a Matter of Life and Death

Engineers are racing to program artificial intelligence to recognize different scenarios that human drivers know inherently.

Pentagon Advisory Board Releases Principles for Ethical Use of AI in Warfare
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Pentagon Advisory Board Releases Principles for Ethical Use of AI in Warfare

The U.S. Defense Innovation Board has published a set of ethical principles for how military agencies should design weapons enabled by artificial intelligence and...

Only Humans Can Be Accountable For AI
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Only Humans Can Be Accountable For AI

Joanna Bryson is one of the few computer scientists who are experts in both artificial intelligence and natural intelligence.

AI Tool Detects Global Fashion Trends
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AI Tool Detects Global Fashion Trends

A new artificial intelligence tool scans millions of publicly available photos to effectively identify fashion trends around the world, as well as traditions and...

Better Autonomous 'Reasoning' at Tricky Intersections
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Better Autonomous 'Reasoning' at Tricky Intersections

A new model can help autonomous vehicles determine when it is safe to proceed into traffic at intersections with obstructed views.

Henry Kissinger Warns That AI Will Fundamentally Alter Human Consciousness
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Henry Kissinger Warns That AI Will Fundamentally Alter Human Consciousness

"I've become convinced that AI and the surrounding disciplines are going to bring a change in human consciousness, like the Enlightenment."

This MIT Robot Wants to Use Your Reflexes to Walk and Balance
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This MIT Robot Wants to Use Your Reflexes to Walk and Balance

Researchers have developed a teleoperation system that allows a two-legged robot to "borrow" a human operator's physical skills to move with greater agility. 

Military Algorithm Can Predict Illness 48 Hours Before Symptoms Show
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Military Algorithm Can Predict Illness 48 Hours Before Symptoms Show

Researchers in two U.S. Department of Defense units collaborated with a health IT company to develop a predictive algorithm that determines if a service member...

Patent Office Seeks Help From AI
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Patent Office Seeks Help From AI

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is expanding its use of artificial intelligence to handle a steadily increasing number of patent applications, including an...

Delivery Drones Could Land on Public Transport to Extend Their Range
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Delivery Drones Could Land on Public Transport to Extend Their Range

Researchers at Stanford University have developed a computer program that plans deliveries by getting drones to piggyback on public transport for a range boost....

Artificial Networks Shed Light on Human Face Recognition
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Artificial Networks Shed Light on Human Face Recognition

Researchers have gained new insights on humans' ability to recognize faces, through the use of deep neural networks.

Rebel Robot Helps Researchers Understand Human-Machine Cooperation
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Rebel Robot Helps Researchers Understand Human-Machine Cooperation

Researchers have developed a handheld robot that predicts a user's plans,  then frustrates the user by rebelling against those plans, demonstrating an understanding...

Warning! AI Is Heading for a Cliff
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Warning! AI Is Heading for a Cliff

Stuart Russell wants to harness artificial intelligence before it's too late.

Researchers Find Racial Bias in Hospital Algorithm
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Researchers Find Racial Bias in Hospital Algorithm

A predictive hospital algorithm was more likely to choose white patients to receive additional medical assistance than black patients.

AI Could Help Count How Many People are in Large Crowds
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AI Could Help Count How Many People are in Large Crowds

German Aerospace Center researchers have developed an artificial intelligence system that can accurately count the number of people in large crowds.

Swarm of Tiny Drones Explores Unknown Environments
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Swarm of Tiny Drones Explores Unknown Environments

Researchers created a swarm of tiny drones that can explore unknown environments on their own.

Google Just Got Better at Understanding Your Trickiest Searches
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Google Just Got Better at Understanding Your Trickiest Searches

Google is rolling out an update to its English-language search engine that vice president of search Pandu Nayak calls "the single biggest change we've had in the...

Use of AI Poised to Grow in State Government, Survey Finds
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Use of AI Poised to Grow in State Government, Survey Finds

A survey of state chief information officers found many U.S. states are exploring the use of artificial intelligence.

Real-World Applications for Drones
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Real-World Applications for Drones

Unmanned vehicles have a number of compelling real-world use cases.
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