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Google Just Gave Control Over Data Center Cooling to an AI
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Google Just Gave Control Over Data Center Cooling to an AI

Google says the cooling systems of several of its data centers are now governed by an artificial intelligence algorithm.

Crowdsourcing Algorithms to Predict Epileptic Seizures
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Crowdsourcing Algorithms to Predict Epileptic Seizures

More than 10,000 crowdsourced algorithms can enable clinically relevant epileptic seizure prediction across a broad spectrum of patients.

AI Has a Racial Bias Problem. Google Is Funding Summer Camps to Try to Change That
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AI Has a Racial Bias Problem. Google Is Funding Summer Camps to Try to Change That

The Oakland, CA-based nonprofit AI4All will use a $1-million grant from Google.org to broaden its outreach to young underrepresented minorities and women.

How to Make a Robot Use Theory of Mind
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How to Make a Robot Use Theory of Mind

Imagine standing in an elevator as the doors begin to close and suddenly seeing a couple at the end of the corridor running toward you.

Oracle Open-Sources Graphpipe to Make It Easier to Deploy Machine Learning Models
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Oracle Open-Sources Graphpipe to Make It Easier to Deploy Machine Learning Models

Oracle has released an open-source tool called Graphpipe to facilitate the deployment of machine learning models.

Replacing Your Boss With a Cruel Robot Could Make You Concentrate More
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Replacing Your Boss With a Cruel Robot Could Make You Concentrate More

A mean robot could motivate human employees to improve their cognitive performance, compared to supervision by a friendly robot or no robot supervision, researchers...

IBM Has a Watson Dilemma
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IBM Has a Watson Dilemma

IBM's Watson system is falling short of some expectations for its outcomes in the fight against cancer, with many users citing inaccuracy, susceptibility to error...

To Get Ready for Robot Driving, Some Want to Reprogram Pedestrians
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To Get Ready for Robot Driving, Some Want to Reprogram Pedestrians

You're crossing the street wrong.

Automating Negotiation
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Automating Negotiation

Computers are starting to outperform the average human at negotiation.

How a Computer Learns to Dribble: Practice, Practice, Practice
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How a Computer Learns to Dribble: Practice, Practice, Practice

Researchers have developed a physics-based, real-time method for controlling animated characters that can learn basketball dribbling skills from experience.

The Underwater Drones That Hunt for Oil Spills
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The Underwater Drones That Hunt for Oil Spills

Researchers at the Technical University of Cartagena in Spain deployed five autonomous underwater vehicles to locate and track oil spills below the surface of the...

Google Tracks Your Movements, Like It or Not
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Google Tracks Your Movements, Like It or Not

Researchers have confirmed that many Google services on Android devices and iPhones store location data, even if the user selects a setting that purports to prevent...

Here Come the Drones
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Here Come the Drones

The U.S. is getting serious about filling the skies with unmanned aircraft.  

AI for Social Good: Addressing the Need for Women in Tech
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AI for Social Good: Addressing the Need for Women in Tech

May's AI for Social Good Lab initiative provided 30 undergraduate women from across Canada the opportunity to use artificial intelligence to address a social issue...

U.S. Defense Department Produces First Tools for Catching Deepfakes
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U.S. Defense Department Produces First Tools for Catching Deepfakes

U.S. Defense researchers say they have created the first forensic tools for catching fake videos, known as "deepfakes," created with artificial intelligence.

Watch a Sporty AI Teach Itself to Dribble Better Than You
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Watch a Sporty AI Teach Itself to Dribble Better Than You

I'm not what you'd call a coordinated man, so basketball horrifies me. All the dribbling, all the shooting—all while running and dodging people trying to smack...

Robots Are Getting More Social. Are Humans Ready?
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Robots Are Getting More Social. Are Humans Ready?

Personal home robots that can socialize with people are starting to roll out of the laboratory and into our living rooms and kitchens. But are humans ready to invite...

New Genre of AI Programs Take Hacking to Another Level
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New Genre of AI Programs Take Hacking to Another Level

IBM has identified a variety of artificial intelligence hacking program that could get past top-tier defensive measures.

Research Identifies Key Weakness in Modern Computer Vision Systems
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Research Identifies Key Weakness in Modern Computer Vision Systems

Brown University researchers have demonstrated a flaw in modern computer vision algorithms that hinders them in differentiating between two objects in an image....
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