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DOD Adopts Ethical Principles for Artificial Intelligence
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DOD Adopts Ethical Principles for Artificial Intelligence

The recommendations came after 15 months of consultation with experts on artificial intelligence from industry, government, academia, and the American public.

UCI, Disney Research Scientists Develop AI-Enhanced Video Compression Model
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UCI, Disney Research Scientists Develop AI-Enhanced Video Compression Model

An AI-enhanced video compression model has shown that deep learning can provide results comparable to established video compression technology. 

U.S. Energy Department Appoints AI Leader
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U.S. Energy Department Appoints AI Leader

Cheryl Ingstad, the department's first director of its Artificial Intelligence and Technology Office, will oversee the DOE's AI activities

U.S. Military Facial Recognition System Could Work From 1 Kilometer Away
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U.S. Military Facial Recognition System Could Work From 1 Kilometer Away

The U.S. Special Operations Command  is developing a portable facial recognition system that can identify individuals from 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) off. 

Coding for Uncertainty Increases Security
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Coding for Uncertainty Increases Security

Computer scientists have designed an algorithm to combat poaching in wildlife preserves.

Pentagon Adopts New Ethical Principles for Using AI in War
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Pentagon Adopts New Ethical Principles for Using AI in War

The new principles follow recommendations made last year by the Defense Innovation Board, a group led by former Google CEO Eric Schmidt.

Across the Language Barrier
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Across the Language Barrier

Translation devices are getting better at making speech and text understandable in different languages.

Can Nanosheet Transistors Keep Moore's Law Alive?
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Can Nanosheet Transistors Keep Moore's Law Alive?

The technology promises to advance semiconductors and computing, but also introduces new questions and challenges.

AI Algorithm Better Predicts Corn Yield
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AI Algorithm Better Predicts Corn Yield

An interdisciplinary research team developed a convolutional neural network that generates crop yield predictions, incorporating information from topographic variables...

Powerful antibiotic discovered using machine learning for first time
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Powerful antibiotic discovered using machine learning for first time

Team says halicin kills some of the world's most dangerous strains.

EU’s Agenda to Regulate AI Does Little to Rein in Facial Recognition
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EU’s Agenda to Regulate AI Does Little to Rein in Facial Recognition

Europe is backpedaling on facial recognition.

High Performers Show the Way Toward AI Adoption
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High Performers Show the Way Toward AI Adoption

A McKinsey Global Institute survey offers lessons from high-performing companies on artificial intelligence (AI) adoption, of whom about 3% are realizing outsize...

'Sensorized' Skin Helps Soft Robots Find Their Bearings
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'Sensorized' Skin Helps Soft Robots Find Their Bearings

Researchers have created "sensorized" skin to increase soft robots' awareness of their bodily motion and orientation.   

Iran Unveils Its Most Advanced Humanoid Robot Yet
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Iran Unveils Its Most Advanced Humanoid Robot Yet

A team of researchers at the University of Tehran in Iran has developed a fourth version of the Surena humanoid robotic system. 

AI Shortcuts Speed Simulations Billions of Times
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AI Shortcuts Speed Simulations Billions of Times

Researchers used artificial intelligence to generate accurate machine learning emulator algorithms for accelerating simulations billions of times, for all scientific...

An Algorithm That Grants Freedom, or Takes It Away
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An Algorithm That Grants Freedom, or Takes It Away

Local authorities in the U.S. and Europe use predictive governance algorithms to assess people's risk of criminality, and base probation, jail time, and other decisions...

Google's ML-Fairness-Gym Lets Researchers Study the Long-Term Effects of AI's Decisions
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Google's ML-Fairness-Gym Lets Researchers Study the Long-Term Effects of AI's Decisions

Researchers at Google have developed a set of components for evaluating algorithmic fairness in simulated social environments.

Brazil Takes a Page From China, Taps Facial Recognition to Solve Crime
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Brazil Takes a Page From China, Taps Facial Recognition to Solve Crime

Brazil is following China's example and adopting facial-recognition technology to crack down on crime. 

Self-Driving the Longest Route Yet
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Self-Driving the Longest Route Yet

A self-driving vehicle has completed a 230-mile drive along roads in Britain as part of a project overseen by researchers at the U.K.'s University of Leeds and...

Making 3D Printing Smarter with Machine Learning
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Making 3D Printing Smarter with Machine Learning

Researchers have spent six years to improve the printing accuracy of three-dimensional (3D) printing software by 50% or more. 
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