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Roomba Mistaken For a Burglar by Spooked Homeowners
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Roomba Mistaken For a Burglar by Spooked Homeowners

Police called to investigate possible home intruders found a hard-working robotic vacuum instead.

Lasers Learn to Accurately Spot Space Junk
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Lasers Learn to Accurately Spot Space Junk

Chinese researchers have developed a set of algorithms that significantly improves the accuracy of detecting space junk in earth's orbit.

Tool Uses AI to Flag Fake News for Media Fact-Checkers
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Tool Uses AI to Flag Fake News for Media Fact-Checkers

Researchers have developed an artificial intelligence tool that could help social media networks and news organizations screen out fake news.

Will Deepfakes Do Deep Damage?
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Will Deepfakes Do Deep Damage?

The ability to produce fake videos that appear amazingly real is here. Researchers are now developing ways to detect and prevent them.

Don’t Trust AI Until We Build Systems That Earn Trust
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Don’t Trust AI Until We Build Systems That Earn Trust

Progress in artificial intelligence belies a lack of transparency that is vital for its adoption, says Gary Marcus, coauthor of "Rebooting AI"

AI-Driven Robots Are Improving Solar Cells, Other Technologies
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AI-Driven Robots Are Improving Solar Cells, Other Technologies

A new single-armed robotic system is equipped with an artificial intelligence algorithm, in order to perform materials science design tests.

Princeton Researchers Listen In on the Chemical Conversation of the Human Microbiome
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Princeton Researchers Listen In on the Chemical Conversation of the Human Microbiome

New computer algorithms that can detect biosynthetic gene clusters by analyzing and interpreting metagenomic sequencing data from the tissues or excretions of human...

Recognizing Kin
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Recognizing Kin

Researchers are using convolutional neural networks pre-trained on faces from the largest visual database of families to date, to identify people's relatives.

A Self-Driving Truck Delivered Butter from California to Pennsylvania in Three Days
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A Self-Driving Truck Delivered Butter from California to Pennsylvania in Three Days

Startup Plus.ai has completed the first commercial freight cross-country trip by an autonomous truck.

Advanced Technology May Indicate How Brain Learns Faces
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Advanced Technology May Indicate How Brain Learns Faces

Researchers have demonstrated that deep convolutional neural networks operate similarly to the way human brains do, in terms of identifying faces.

Spying on Hippos with Drones to Help Conservation
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Spying on Hippos with Drones to Help Conservation

Researchers in Australia are using drones to help conservation efforts for hippos.

A Sobering Message About the Future at AI's Biggest Party
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A Sobering Message About the Future at AI's Biggest Party

Leaders in artificial intelligence warn that progress is slowing, big challenges remain, and simply throwing more computers at a problem isn't sustainable.

Introducing the AI Index 2019 Report
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Introducing the AI Index 2019 Report

The AI Index 2019 Report is an independent initiative within Stanford University's Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence Institute, the result of a collaborative...

Killer Robots Aren’t Regulated. Yet.
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Killer Robots Aren’t Regulated. Yet.

"Killing in the Age of Algorithms" is a New York Times documentary examining the future of artificial intelligence and warfare.

Researchers Criticize AI Software That Predicts Emotions
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Researchers Criticize AI Software That Predicts Emotions

The AI Now Institute at New York University is urging a ban on the use of artificial intelligence that automatically analyzes facial expressions to influence hiring...

Japanese Researchers Teaching Robots to Repair Themselves
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Japanese Researchers Teaching Robots to Repair Themselves

Researchers have demonstrated how to teach a PR2 robot to perform simple repairs on itself by tightening its own screws. 

Framework Brings Accuracy, Efficiency to Identifying Stop Words
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Framework Brings Accuracy, Efficiency to Identifying Stop Words

An algorithmic approach for data analysis automatically recognizes uninformative words, known as stop words, in a large collection of text.

Facebook's AI Masters the Card Game Hanabi
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Facebook's AI Masters the Card Game Hanabi

Researchers at Facebook have taught the company's artificial intelligence software how to play the game Hanabi, a Solitaire-like card game that requires players...

Do We Need A Theory of AI?
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Do We Need A Theory of AI?

What would a theory of artificial intelligence look like, and how might it be achieved?

Emotion-Sensing Robot Launches to Assist Space Station Astronauts
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Emotion-Sensing Robot Launches to Assist Space Station Astronauts

A robot with emotion-sensing voice detectors has been launched to the International Space Station.
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