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Robot Performs Keyhole Surgery on Pigs
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Robot Performs Keyhole Surgery on Pigs

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University programmed a robot to perform minimally invasive keyhole surgery on pigs.

IRS Wants to Scan Your Face
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IRS Wants to Scan Your Face

By this summer, Americans wanting to access their Internal Revenue Service records online will be required to submit a facial video to confirm their identity.

Facebook's Cryptocurrency Venture to Wind Down, Sell Assets
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Facebook's Cryptocurrency Venture to Wind Down, Sell Assets

Diem Association is selling its technology to crypto-focused bank Silvergate Capital for $200 million.

Scientists Simulate 'Fingerprint' of Noise on Quantum Computer
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Scientists Simulate 'Fingerprint' of Noise on Quantum Computer

Researchers developed a technique that creates a "fingerprint" of noise on a quantum computer, as seen by a simulation running on the machine.

AI Model Helps Discover Causes of Motor Neuron Disease
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AI Model Helps Discover Causes of Motor Neuron Disease

A new machine learning model has identified 690 risk genes for motor neuron disease.

Engineers Build Molecular Framework to Bridge Experimental, Computer Sciences for Peptide-Based Materials Engineering
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Engineers Build Molecular Framework to Bridge Experimental, Computer Sciences for Peptide-Based Materials Engineering

Engineers have closed the gap between experimental and computer sciences to better predict peptide structures with a molecular framework.

Flaws Plague Tool Meant to Help Low-Risk Federal Prisoners Win Early Release
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Flaws Plague Tool Meant to Help Low-Risk Federal Prisoners Win Early Release

The U.S. Department of Justice found persistent flaws in an algorithm used to qualify low-risk federal prisoners for early release.

AI Can Analyze Eye Scans To Identify Risk of Heart Attack
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AI Can Analyze Eye Scans To Identify Risk of Heart Attack

The system—which has 70% to 80% accuracy—predicts if patients are at risk of a heart attack over the next year.

Controlling Complex Systems with AI
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Controlling Complex Systems with AI

Scientists have developed an artificial intelligence system that can solve complex control problems.

Artificial Intelligence: Digital Pen Helps People Learn to Write
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Artificial Intelligence: Digital Pen Helps People Learn to Write

Teachers are given more freedom for creative and communicative tasks.

AI's Potential Boon to Businesses
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AI's Potential Boon to Businesses

E-commerce companies can more efficiently organize products and help customers find what they want with artificial intelligence.

First Felony Charges in Fatal Crash Involving Autopilot
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First Felony Charges in Fatal Crash Involving Autopilot

The driver of a Tesla on Autopilot that ran a red light and killed two people in another car in 2019 faces two counts of vehicular manslaughter.  

Solving for Why
From Communications of the ACM

Solving for Why

A focus on causality is promising to help researchers overcome shortcomings that have bedeviled more traditional approaches to artificial intelligence.

Virtual Duplicates
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Virtual Duplicates

Digital twins aim to model reality so we can see how it changes.

Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and the Fight Against World Hunger
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Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and the Fight Against World Hunger

Advancements in AI, machine learning, and next-gen technologies are transforming the fight against world hunger.

The Rise of A.I. Fighter Pilots
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The Rise of A.I. Fighter Pilots

Artificial intelligence is being taught to fly warplanes. Can the technology be trusted?

The First AI Breast Cancer Sleuth That Shows Its Work
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The First AI Breast Cancer Sleuth That Shows Its Work

An artificial intelligence platform developed by researchers at Duke University analyzes mammography scans to determine whether patients should undergo an invasive...

Deep Learning Model Shows Eyes Hold the Key to True Biological Age
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Deep Learning Model Shows Eyes Hold the Key to True Biological Age

An international study suggests the eye's retina could determine a person's true biological age.

UC Engineers Develop Navigation to Avoid Collisions
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UC Engineers Develop Navigation to Avoid Collisions

A new collision-avoidance system brings engineers a step closer to designing robots to repair satellites or spacecraft in orbit.

AI Turned a Rembrandt Masterpiece into 5.6 Terabytes of Data
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AI Turned a Rembrandt Masterpiece into 5.6 Terabytes of Data

An ultra-high-resolution image of Rembrandt's "The Night Watch" was constructed from 8,439 photos that were digitized, color-corrected, and stitched together by...
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