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This Inquisitive AI Will Kick Your Butt at Battleship
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This Inquisitive AI Will Kick Your Butt at Battleship

Researchers have developed an artificial intelligence that can skillfully play a Battleship-like game by determining how to ask questions as efficiently as possible...

UCLA Engineers Use Deep Learning to Reconstruct Holograms and Improve Optical Microscopy
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UCLA Engineers Use Deep Learning to Reconstruct Holograms and Improve Optical Microscopy

Researchers have developed two new uses for machine learning--reconstructing a hologram to form a microscopic image of an object, and improving optical microscopy...

Can Computers Be Creative?
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Can Computers Be Creative?

Pennsylvania State University researchers are training computers to produce original design ideas, in order to determine whetyer they are technically feasible. ...

Five Technologies That Will Rock Your World
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Five Technologies That Will Rock Your World

After the Russian hacking of the 2016 election, many people worry that technology has gone too far.

The Field of AI Research Is About to Get Way Bigger Than Code
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The Field of AI Research Is About to Get Way Bigger Than Code

The new AI Now Institute is a cross-disciplinary initiative that will research the impact of artificial intelligence on society.

Improving Clinical Trials With Machine Learning
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Improving Clinical Trials With Machine Learning

Machine learning could improve the ability to determine whether a new drug works in the brain, and could enable researchers to detect drug effects missed by conventional...

Supercomputing Speeds Up Deep Learning Training
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Supercomputing Speeds Up Deep Learning Training

A team led by Texas Advanced Computing Center researchers has published the results of an effort to use supercomputers to train a deep neural network for rapid...

Robots Can Help Us Better Understand How Infants Learn
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Robots Can Help Us Better Understand How Infants Learn

Johan Kwisthout of Radboud University in the Netherlands' discusses efforts to use robots to replicate the brains infants in order to better understand their learning...

Stanford Algorithm Can Diagnose Pneumonia Better Than Radiologists
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Stanford Algorithm Can Diagnose Pneumonia Better Than Radiologists

A new deep-learning algorithm that evaluates chest x-rays for signs of disease and can outperform radiologists at diagnosing pneumonia.

The Power of AI in the Sky
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The Power of AI in the Sky

Researchers are using artificial intelligence to sift massive amounts of big data in support of astronomy projects.

Inside the Mechanical Brain of the World's First Robot Citizen
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Inside the Mechanical Brain of the World's First Robot Citizen

Hanson Robotics' humanoid robot, Sophia, is defined by creator Ben Goertzel as more of a user interface than a conscious artificial intelligence.

Researchers Study Human Movement to Build Better Robots
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Researchers Study Human Movement to Build Better Robots

Researchers at Northeastern University are studying how people and robots move independently and in tandem.

Walk This Way: A Better Way to Identify Gait Differences
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Walk This Way: A Better Way to Identify Gait Differences

Researchers re developing new input/output architectures for convolutional neural network-based cross-view gait recognition by utilizing a Siamese network for verification...

Training for Artificial Intelligence in Warfare
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Training for Artificial Intelligence in Warfare

Governments are taking a closer look at artificial intelligence as a way to further their strategic interests in areas such as national defense.

TV Show Gives Computers a Lead in Solving Problems
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TV Show Gives Computers a Lead in Solving Problems

Researchers have taught artificially intelligent machines to study the TV show "CSI" and identify the perpetrator in each episode.

Salesforce AI Researchers Came Up With a Faster Way to Translate Text--and It's Based on Tech From Google
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Salesforce AI Researchers Came Up With a Faster Way to Translate Text--and It's Based on Tech From Google

Salesforce artificial intelligence researchers have disclosed details of their project to translate text without human input, using Google's Transformer system....

Brown/Hasbro Team to Design Smart Robotic Companions to Assist Seniors
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Brown/Hasbro Team to Design Smart Robotic Companions to Assist Seniors

Researchers are using a U.S. National Science Foundation grant to enhance Hasbro's Joy for All Companion Pets into smart robots that can help older adults with...

Choreography With Computers
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Choreography With Computers

Singapore Management University professor Akshat Kumar is developing computational methods for choreographing the movements of autonomous cars and ships.

Killer Robots: Australia's AI Leaders Urge PM to Support a Ban on Lethal Autonomous Weapons
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Killer Robots: Australia's AI Leaders Urge PM to Support a Ban on Lethal Autonomous Weapons

A letter from 122 members of the Australian artificial intelligence research community urges Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to support for a ban on...

China's Technology Ambitions Could Upset the Global Trade Order
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China's Technology Ambitions Could Upset the Global Trade Order

When President Trump arrives in Beijing on Wednesday, he will most likely complain about traditional areas of dispute like steel and cars.
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