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A Massive New Library of 3D Images Could Help Your Robot Butler Get Around Your House
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A Massive New Library of 3D Images Could Help Your Robot Butler Get Around Your House

Researchers created ScanNet, a new database of three-dimensional images with millions of annotated objects, to help train machines to better understand the physical...

Scientists Can Blind a Self-Driving Car From Seeing Pedestrians
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Scientists Can Blind a Self-Driving Car From Seeing Pedestrians

Researchers have demonstrated it is possible to prevent machine-vision systems from seeing specific categories of objects in a scene.

Organ Donation: A New Frontier for AI?
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Organ Donation: A New Frontier for AI?

Researchers are developing a computerized machine-learning method for better predicting how well a typical organ transplant will proceed.

Can Facebook Fix Its Own Worst Bug?
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Can Facebook Fix Its Own Worst Bug?

In early January, I went to see Mark Zuckerberg at MPK20, a concrete-and-steel building on the campus of Facebook's headquarters, which sits across a desolate highway...

Inside China's Plans for World Robot Domination
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Inside China's Plans for World Robot Domination

Scenes from China's quest to dominate the robotic future: At startup E-Deodar, a human-looking droid serves coffee to employees who are building $15,000 industrial...

What Netflix Can Teach Us About Treating Cancer
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What Netflix Can Teach Us About Treating Cancer

Johns Hopkins University professor Elana Fertig details her research to enhance precision medicine in cancer, using the techniques developed for finding patterns...

Find Out If a Robot Will Take Your Job 
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Find Out If a Robot Will Take Your Job 

At a community college in upstate New York, 12 cafeteria workers recently learned that they will lose their jobs—and be replaced by self-serve machines.

Pattern Discovery Over Pattern Recognition: A New Way for Computers to See
From ACM TechNews

Pattern Discovery Over Pattern Recognition: A New Way for Computers to See

Researchers are designing machine-learning systems to enable supercomputers to identify large-scale atmospheric structures in climate data.

Deep Learning Tells Giraffes From Gazelles in the Serengeti
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Deep Learning Tells Giraffes From Gazelles in the Serengeti

Researchers used a database of 3.2 million photos to train a deep-learning system to distinguish between 48 animal species.

Machine Learning Storms Into Climate Research
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Machine Learning Storms Into Climate Research

Climate change researchers are aggressively pushing for the incorporation of machine learning within their field.

Explained: Neural Networks
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Explained: Neural Networks

Deep learning is a new name for the neural-networking approach to artificial intelligence.

The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI
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The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI

Some experts warn deep-learning artificial intelligence technologies cannot be adopted without reservations if their creators cannot understand how they reason....

Don't Worry, Driverless Cars Are Learning From Grand Theft Auto
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Don't Worry, Driverless Cars Are Learning From Grand Theft Auto

In the race to the autonomous revolution, developers have realized there aren't enough hours in a day to clock the real-world miles needed to teach cars how to...

New Tools Needed to Track Technology's Impact on Jobs, Panel Says
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New Tools Needed to Track Technology's Impact on Jobs, Panel Says

New tools must be developed to track and measure the impact of artificial intelligence and automation on the U.S. job market, according to a report from an expert...

Google Tests New Approach to Training Machine Learning Models
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Google Tests New Approach to Training Machine Learning Models

Google is testing a new collaborative machine-learning training method in which training data is diffused across millions of individual mobile devices instead of...

AI Programs Exhibit Racial and Gender Biases, Research Reveals
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AI Programs Exhibit Racial and Gender Biases, Research Reveals

Researchers at the University of Bath and Princeton University have demonstrated an artificial intelligence tool that enables computers to interpret everyday language...

What Americans Are Most Worried About When It Comes to Robots
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What Americans Are Most Worried About When It Comes to Robots

Fifty-seven percent of surveyed U.S. adults already notice the presence of artificial intelligence in their daily lives, but they are divided concerning its threat...

The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI
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The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI

Last year, a strange self-driving car was released onto the quiet roads of Monmouth County, New Jersey.

Machines Learning Evolves, and Hackers Stand to Gain
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Machines Learning Evolves, and Hackers Stand to Gain

Experts say the growing pervasiveness and maturity of machine learning makes it an increasingly attractive candidate for cybersecurity applications.

Canada Tries to Turn Its A.I. Ideas Into Dollars
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Canada Tries to Turn Its A.I. Ideas Into Dollars

Long before Google started working on cars that drive themselves and Amazon was creating home appliances that talk, a handful of researchers in Canada—backed by...
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