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U.S. Says Humans Will Always Be In Control of AI Weapons, but the Age of Autonomous War is Already Here
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U.S. Says Humans Will Always Be In Control of AI Weapons, but the Age of Autonomous War is Already Here

The Pentagon says a ban on AI weapons isn't necessary, But missiles, guns and drones that think for themselves already kill people in combat, and have been for...

AI's Role in Debugging Code Expected to Grow
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AI's Role in Debugging Code Expected to Grow

Technology companies are developing artificial intelligence (AI)-based tools to debug code as software maintenance becomes ever more challenging.

Meet the Scientist Teaching AI to Police Human Speech
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Meet the Scientist Teaching AI to Police Human Speech

Facebook and Google have engineered artificial intelligence systems capable of understanding dozens of languages through the efforts of scientists like Alexis Conneau...

MIT Robot Could Help People with Limited Mobility Dress Themselves
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MIT Robot Could Help People with Limited Mobility Dress Themselves

Researchers designed an algorithm to help a robot efficiently dress a human, theoretically ensuring human safety by reasoning about the human model's uncertainty...

A Global Smart-City Competition Highlights China's Rise in AI
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A Global Smart-City Competition Highlights China's Rise in AI

Chinese entrants swept all five categories, featuring technologies to improve civic life. But the advances could also be tools for surveillance.

Technion Study Finds Warmth of AI Systems More Important Than Capability
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Technion Study Finds Warmth of AI Systems More Important Than Capability

Researchers found that potential users of artificial intelligence systems consider such systems’ “warmth” more important than capability and competence.

We Tested AI Interview Tools. Here's What We Found.
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We Tested AI Interview Tools. Here's What We Found.

One gave our candidate a high score for English proficiency when she spoke only in German.

Using AI to Drill Down in Physics
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Using AI to Drill Down in Physics

Artificial intelligence can give a boost to particle physics.

Using AI to Predict 3D Printing Processes
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Using AI to Predict 3D Printing Processes

Engineers have developed physics-informed neural networking artificial intelligence to predict the performance of three-dimensionally-printed objects.

AI Learns to Predict Human Behavior From Videos
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AI Learns to Predict Human Behavior From Videos

A computer vision algorithm developed by Columbia Engineering researchers can intuitively predict human interactions and body language in video.

Robots Can Make Music, but Can They Sing?
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Robots Can Make Music, but Can They Sing?

At an international competition called the A.I. Song Contest, tracks exploring the technology as a tool for music making revealed the potential — and the limitations...

Elon Musk Just Now Realizing that Self-driving Cars are a 'Hard Problem'
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Elon Musk Just Now Realizing that Self-driving Cars are a 'Hard Problem'

Overpromising and underdelivering.

Will AI Rewrite Coding?
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Will AI Rewrite Coding?

There is an emerging effort to tap artificial intelligence to write code based on short text descriptions of what the code should do.

Meet the Scientist Teaching AI to Police Human Speech
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Meet the Scientist Teaching AI to Police Human Speech

Alexis Conneau's work has helped Facebook and Google build artificial intelligence systems that can understand dozens of languages with startling accuracy.

How AI Is Taking Over Our Gadgets
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How AI Is Taking Over Our Gadgets

Artificial intelligence is taking over "edge" devices, including smartphones, home appliances, industrial sensors and actuators, and other devices with a microchip...

Blood Test That Finds 50 Types of Cancer Accurate Enough to Be Rolled Out
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Blood Test That Finds 50 Types of Cancer Accurate Enough to Be Rolled Out

Researchers found that a blood test developed using a machine learning algorithm is accurate in detecting more than 50 types of cancer.

Engineering Additional Creativity
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Engineering Additional Creativity

Can artificial intelligence augment human creativity in writing?

Using A.I. to Find Bias in A.I.
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Using A.I. to Find Bias in A.I.

The problem of bias in artificial intelligence is facing increasing scrutiny from regulators and is a growing business for start-ups and tech stalwarts.

Crashes Involving Tesla Autopilot, Other Driver-Assistance Systems Attract Scrutiny
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Crashes Involving Tesla Autopilot, Other Driver-Assistance Systems Attract Scrutiny

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is requiring automakers to report crashes involving vehicles with advanced driver-assistance systems.

Fired by Bot at Amazon: 'It's You Against the Machine'
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Fired by Bot at Amazon: 'It's You Against the Machine'

Contract drivers say algorithms terminate them by email—even when they have done nothing wrong.
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