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Nuclear Warheads? This Robot Can Find Them
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Nuclear Warheads? This Robot Can Find Them

Researchers at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory and Princeton University have developed a swarm of autonomous, rolling robots that can identify the source...

Robots Aim to Boost Astronaut Efficiency
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Robots Aim to Boost Astronaut Efficiency

A multitude of robotic assistants for astronauts and rovers are in development to make space exploration more resource-efficient.

Malevolent Machine Learning
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Malevolent Machine Learning

AI attacks throw light on the nature of deep learning.

Future of Autonomous Delivery May Be Unfolding in Suburban Houston
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Future of Autonomous Delivery May Be Unfolding in Suburban Houston

Robotics company Nuro has been field-testing delivery via autonomous vehicles (AV) in Houston.

U.S. Army Creating Robots That Can Follow Orders
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U.S. Army Creating Robots That Can Follow Orders

Researchers have developed software that allows robots to understand verbal instructions, carry out those instructions, and report back.

Man versus Artificial Intelligence: From Deep Blue to DeepMind in 20 Years
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Man versus Artificial Intelligence: From Deep Blue to DeepMind in 20 Years

Garry Kasparov and DeepMind's CEO Demis Hassabis discuss Kasparov's new book "Deep Thinking: Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins," his chess...

Can a Unicorn Outrun Earthquakes?
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Can a Unicorn Outrun Earthquakes?

Researchers are using the IBM AC922 Summit supercomputer to simulate the Cascadia Subduction Zone.

Worker Robots that Learn from Mistakes
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Worker Robots that Learn from Mistakes

Computer scientists are using the artificial intelligence techniques of automated planning and reinforcement learning to train a robot to find an object in a cluttered...

Machine Learning vs. Machine Learning
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Machine Learning vs. Machine Learning

Using machine learning to detect deepfakes created for criminal purposes with machine learning.

Meal-Detection Technology Brings Artificial Pancreas Closer to Reality
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Meal-Detection Technology Brings Artificial Pancreas Closer to Reality

Artificial intelligence researchers at Stevens Institute of Technology have created a system that detects when someone is eating and calculates their carbohydrate...

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...
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