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Dubai Police Will Use Citywide Network of Drones to Respond to Crime
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Dubai Police Will Use Citywide Network of Drones to Respond to Crime

Dubai is creating a network of pre-positioned drone bases so police can respond to incidents with drones anywhere in the city within a minute.

Simulator Helps Robots Sharpen Their Cutting Skills
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Simulator Helps Robots Sharpen Their Cutting Skills

A new robotic cutting simulator replicates the forces acting on a knife slicing through foods.

Fujitsu Uses Quantum-Inspired Algorithm to Tackle Space Waste
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Fujitsu Uses Quantum-Inspired Algorithm to Tackle Space Waste

Researchers developed an artificial neural network-based rapid trajectory design algorithm to address the removal of space debris.

DeepMind Releases Accurate Picture of the Human Proteome
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DeepMind Releases Accurate Picture of the Human Proteome

"We believe this represents the most significant contribution AI has made to advancing scientific knowledge to date," said DeepMind founder and CEO Demis Hassabis...

Algorithm May Help Autonomous Vehicles Navigate Narrow, Crowded Streets
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Algorithm May Help Autonomous Vehicles Navigate Narrow, Crowded Streets

An algorithm could enable autonomous vehicles to navigate crowded, narrow streets where vehicles traveling in opposite directions do not have enough space to pass...

Will AI Grade Your Next Test?
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Will AI Grade Your Next Test?

Stanford University researchers have developed an artificial intelligence system designed to provide automated feedback to students taking the online Code in Place...

Researchers Hid Malware Inside an AI's 'Neurons' And It Worked Scarily Well
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Researchers Hid Malware Inside an AI's 'Neurons' And It Worked Scarily Well

  In a proof-of-concept, researchers reported they could embed malware in up to half of an AI model's nodes and still obtain very high accuracy.

DeepMind Creates 'Transformative' Map of Human Proteins Drawn by AI
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DeepMind Creates 'Transformative' Map of Human Proteins Drawn by AI

DeepMind plans to release hundreds of millions of protein structures for free.

How Computers with Humanlike Senses Will Change Our Lives
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How Computers with Humanlike Senses Will Change Our Lives

Artificial intelligence's sensory perceptions are advancing toward humanlike capabilities through customized sensors, machine learning, and neural networks.

No Soil. No Growing Seasons. Just Add Water, Technology.
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No Soil. No Growing Seasons. Just Add Water, Technology.

Hydroponic farms are growing crops with innovative technologies, including machine learning algorithms, data analytics, and proprietary software, in the absence...

Screen Recognition Makes Apps More Accessible
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Screen Recognition Makes Apps More Accessible

Apple's Screen Recognition algorithm identifies the metadata necessary to communicate the functions of any app or Web page to the visually impaired.

Algorithm May Help Scientists Demystify Complex Networks
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Algorithm May Help Scientists Demystify Complex Networks

A new algorithm capable of analyzing models of biological systems can lead to greater understanding of their underlying decision-making mechanisms.

The Pentagon Is Bolstering Its AI Systems—by Hacking Itself
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The Pentagon Is Bolstering Its AI Systems—by Hacking Itself

A new "red team" will try to anticipate and thwart attacks on machine learning programs.

How AI Is Fighting Wildfires
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How AI Is Fighting Wildfires

The University of California, San Diego's Ilkay Altintas and colleagues have spent eight years helping fire managers and scientists combat wildfires through the...

Joke-Cracking Chatbots Boost Learning Levels
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Joke-Cracking Chatbots Boost Learning Levels

The role of humor in training, and conversing with, chatbots.

Bourdain Documentary's Use of A.I. to Mimic Voice Draws Questions
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Bourdain Documentary's Use of A.I. to Mimic Voice Draws Questions

The documentary "Roadrunner" by Morgan Neville uses 45 seconds of a voice that sounds like Bourdain, generated with artificial intelligence. Is it ethical?

Resetting Your IoT Device Before Reselling It Isn't Enough, Researchers Find
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Resetting Your IoT Device Before Reselling It Isn't Enough, Researchers Find

A new study suggests Amazon's recommendation that users factory reset their Internet of Things devices to erase personal information before reselling them may not...

WHO Releases AI Guidelines for Health
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WHO Releases AI Guidelines for Health

A new report from the World Health Organization offers guidance for the ethical use of artificial intelligence in the health sector.

Singapore Launching $50 Million Program to Advance Research on AI, Cybersecurity
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Singapore Launching $50 Million Program to Advance Research on AI, Cybersecurity

Singapore intends to invest $50 million in research on artificial intelligence and cybersecurity for next-generation communications infrastructures.

UOC Team Develops Neural Network to Identify Tiger Mosquitoes
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UOC Team Develops Neural Network to Identify Tiger Mosquitoes

A deep neural network can learn to identify tiger mosquitoes using a large set of images captured on mobile phones and uploaded to the Mosquito Alert platform by...
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