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IARPA Announces Map of the World Challenge for Satellite Imagery
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IARPA Announces Map of the World Challenge for Satellite Imagery

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity has launched the functional Map of the World Challenge.

Pittsburgh Gets a Tech Makeover
From ACM Careers

Pittsburgh Gets a Tech Makeover

In 2015, Monocle magazine, a favorite read of the global hipsterati, published an enthusiastic report on Lawrenceville, the former blue-collar neighborhood here...

How Checkers Was Solved
From ACM News

How Checkers Was Solved

The story of a duel between two men, one who dies, and the nature of the quest to build artificial intelligence.

MIT Research Could Make Neural Networks Portable
From ACM TechNews

MIT Research Could Make Neural Networks Portable

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers are developing a neural network designed specifically to work on mobile devices.

Deer Caught in the Headlights? Your Car May Soon See Them
From ACM TechNews

Deer Caught in the Headlights? Your Car May Soon See Them

Automakers are working to develop systems that would enable self-driving cars to avoid hitting large animals such as deer.

China's Got a Huge Artificial Intelligence Plan
From ACM News

China's Got a Huge Artificial Intelligence Plan

China aims to make the artificial intelligence industry a "new, important" driver of economic expansion by 2020, according to a development plan issued by the State...

DeepMind's Founder Says to Build Better Computer Brains, We Need to Look at Our Own
From ACM Opinion

DeepMind's Founder Says to Build Better Computer Brains, We Need to Look at Our Own

After decades in the wilderness, AI has swaggered back onto center stage.

Beijing Wants AI to Be Made in China by 2030
From ACM News

Beijing Wants AI to Be Made in China by 2030

The country laid out a development plan on Thursday to become the world leader in A.I. by 2030.

Artificial Intelligence Helps Scientists Map Behavior in the Fruit Fly Brain
From ACM TechNews

Artificial Intelligence Helps Scientists Map Behavior in the Fruit Fly Brain

Scientists have used artificial intelligence technology to make 100 billion annotations of behavior from 400,000 fruit flies.

Research Makes Robots Better at Following Spoken Instructions
From ACM TechNews

Research Makes Robots Better at Following Spoken Instructions

Researchers at Brown University have developed a system designed to help robots better follow spoken instructions.

Automated Security Kiosk Could Alleviate Travel, Border Woes
From ACM TechNews

Automated Security Kiosk Could Alleviate Travel, Border Woes

Nathan Twyman at the Missouri University of Science and Technology has created an automated screening kiosk to enhance safety at airports and border crossings. ...

Beauty Spot or Landscape Blot? Computer Trained to Judge Scenery
From ACM TechNews

Beauty Spot or Landscape Blot? Computer Trained to Judge Scenery

New software that can differentiate scenic views from blots on the landscape.

Detecting Long-Term Concussion in Athletes
From ACM TechNews

Detecting Long-Term Concussion in Athletes

Researchers recently conducted a study examining the brains of athletes who had suffered concussions, and comparing them to athletes who had not suffered concussions...

Pocket Brains: Neuromorphic Hardware Arrives for Our Brain-Inspired Algorithms
From ACM News

Pocket Brains: Neuromorphic Hardware Arrives for Our Brain-Inspired Algorithms

As the world's great companies pursue autonomous cars, they're essentially spending billions of dollars to get machines to do what your average two-year-old can...

AI Coach Will Train Hopeless Chatbots to Pass the Turing Test
From ACM News

AI Coach Will Train Hopeless Chatbots to Pass the Turing Test

"I can't define obscenity, but I know it when I see it." US Justice Potter Stewart's famous turn of phrase could also be an apt description of the Turing test,...

Machines Will Soon Be Able to Imitate Human Moral Behavior
From ACM TechNews

Machines Will Soon Be Able to Imitate Human Moral Behavior

A recent study highlights the feasibility of incorporating human moral decision-making into machines.

How Can We Stop Algorithms Telling Lies?
From ACM News

How Can We Stop Algorithms Telling Lies?

Algorithms can dictate whether you get a mortgage or how much you pay for insurance. But sometimes they're wrong – and sometimes they are designed to deceive.

Wheelchairs Get Robotic Retrofit to Become Self-Driving
From ACM TechNews

Wheelchairs Get Robotic Retrofit to Become Self-Driving

Researchers have used sensors and artificial intelligence to create self-driving electric wheelchairs.

Watch 3-D Movies at Home, Sans Glasses
From ACM TechNews

Watch 3-D Movies at Home, Sans Glasses

"Home3D" allows users to watch three-dimensional movies without wearing special glasses.

This Deep Learning AI Generated Thousands of Creepy Cat Pictures
From ACM TechNews

This Deep Learning AI Generated Thousands of Creepy Cat Pictures

The Meow Generator is a collection of machine-learning algorithms that have created more than 15,000 disturbing cat faces.
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