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Amazon Brings Its Cashierless Tech to Two Whole Foods Stores
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Amazon Brings Its Cashierless Tech to Two Whole Foods Stores

Just Walk Out tech lets shoppers skip the checkout line

UN Human Rights Commissioner Urges Moratorium on AI System Sale, Use
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UN Human Rights Commissioner Urges Moratorium on AI System Sale, Use

Says artificial intelligence risks to privacy and other rights demand urgent action

AI Can Detect Deepfake Face Because Its Pupils Have Jagged Edges
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AI Can Detect Deepfake Face Because Its Pupils Have Jagged Edges

A computer model developed by researchers at New York’s University of Albany can determine whether an image of a face is a deepfake by examining its pupils.

A Stanford Proposal Over AI's 'Foundations' Ignites Debate
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A Stanford Proposal Over AI's 'Foundations' Ignites Debate

A research paper that dubs some artificial intelligence models "foundational" is sparking a dispute over the future of the field.

ILA Says Union Will Not Service Automated Ships Without Crews
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ILA Says Union Will Not Service Automated Ships Without Crews

The union specifically highlighted the efforts to develop ships guided by satellites, onboard sensors, and artificial intelligence.

GLOM: Teaching Computers to See the Way(s) We Do
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GLOM: Teaching Computers to See the Way(s) We Do

Geoffrey Hinton wants to design neural networks so they have different ways of seeing the same thing.

In the U.S., the AI Industry Risks Becoming Winner-Take-Most
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In the U.S., the AI Industry Risks Becoming Winner-Take-Most

A new study illustrates just how geographically concentrated AI activity has become.

Royal Navy Reveals Future Vision Based on Autonomous Technology
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Royal Navy Reveals Future Vision Based on Autonomous Technology

The Navy's vision sees drones based in the stratosphere, which are capable of being launched at a moment's notice.

Only Humans, Not AI Machines, Get a U.S. Patent, Judge Rules
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Only Humans, Not AI Machines, Get a U.S. Patent, Judge Rules

U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema in Alexandria, VA, has ruled that only an actual human can be listed as an inventor on patents under U.S. law.

Imaginary Numbers Protect AI from Very Real Threats
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Imaginary Numbers Protect AI from Very Real Threats

Computer engineers at Duke University have shown that numbers with both real and imaginary components can be critical in securing artificial intelligence algorithms...

Singapore Trials Patrol Robots to Deter Bad Social Behavior
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Singapore Trials Patrol Robots to Deter Bad Social Behavior

A Singapore government agency announced that a three-week trial will use robot patrols of public areas with high foot traffic in central Singapore to curb poor...

Using Adversarial Attacks to Refine Molecular Energy Predictions
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Using Adversarial Attacks to Refine Molecular Energy Predictions

MIT researchers find new way to quantify the uncertainty in molecular energies predicted by neural networks

Computer Scientists Create Search Systems to Limit COVID-19 Misinformation
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Computer Scientists Create Search Systems to Limit COVID-19 Misinformation

New system increases the correctness and reliability of health-related searches by 80%

Ethereum Weathers Bug That Underlines Possible Blockchain Risks
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Ethereum Weathers Bug That Underlines Possible Blockchain Risks

Ethereum co-founder Joseph Lubin said the blockchain survived a flaw from outdated software that divided the digital ledger last week, thanks to a quick program...

AI Technology Set to Transform Heart Imaging
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AI Technology Set to Transform Heart Imaging

An international research team has developed an artificial intelligence technology to improve heart imaging.

Mutual Attention Inception Network Developed for Remote Sensing Visual Question Answering
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Mutual Attention Inception Network Developed for Remote Sensing Visual Question Answering

Researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences have designed a novel mutual attention inception network and a remote sensing visual question answering dataset. ...

The Fight to Define When AI Is 'High Risk'
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The Fight to Define When AI Is 'High Risk'

Everyone from tech companies to churches wants a say in how the E.U. regulates artificial intelligence that could harm people.

China Swoops on Algorithms in Latest Tech Clampdown
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China Swoops on Algorithms in Latest Tech Clampdown

The Cyberspace Administration of China has issued draft rules to more strictly control the development and use of algorithmic models.

Harnessing the Particle-Tracking Power of the Algorithm
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Harnessing the Particle-Tracking Power of the Algorithm

Researchers have developed a faster, more accurate three-dimensional particle-tracking system for monitoring the motion of particles in flow.

Baby Detector Software in Digital Camera Rivals ECG
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Baby Detector Software in Digital Camera Rivals ECG

New software uses a digital camera to automatically detect a baby's face in a hospital bed and remotely monitor its health.
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