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Just a Few Self-Driving Cars Stop Traffic Jams
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Just a Few Self-Driving Cars Stop Traffic Jams

University of California, Berkeley researchers demonstrated that a few self-driving cars can prevent traffic jams, and in some cases double the average speed of...

Harvard Wants to School Congress About AI
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Harvard Wants to School Congress About AI

Harvard Kennedy School's Dipayan Ghosh and former U.S. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler have launched a new AI policy initiative aimed at educating U.S. politicians and...

CMU, Microsoft Join Forces to Advance Edge Computing Research
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CMU, Microsoft Join Forces to Advance Edge Computing Research

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and Microsoft will collaborate to further edge computing via CMU's Living Edge Laboratory, a testbed for applications that produce...

How AI Is Changing Wildlife Research
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How AI Is Changing Wildlife Research

A software program developed by the conservation technology nonprofit Wild ME automatically identifies individual animals by their unique coat patterns or other...

Learning to See
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Learning to See

Machine learning turns the spotlight on elusive viruses.

AI Judges and Juries
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AI Judges and Juries

Artificial intelligence is changing the legal industry.

This Company Is Helping Build China's Panopticon. It Won't Stop There 
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This Company Is Helping Build China's Panopticon. It Won't Stop There 

The lobby of SenseTime's Beijing office makes you feel a bit like you've stumbled into a Philip K. Dick novel.

Robots Finally Learning to Clean the Bathroom
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Robots Finally Learning to Clean the Bathroom

Researchers at the University of Koblenz-Landa in Germany developed a robotic system that was able to successfully clean at least 80% of the liquid from on and...

Merging Memory and Computation, Programmable Chip Speeds AI, Slashes Power Use
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Merging Memory and Computation, Programmable Chip Speeds AI, Slashes Power Use

Princeton University researchers have constructed a programmable computer chip that incorporates in-memory computing, eliminating the need for processors to retrieve...

Learning to Attack the Cyberattackers Can't Happen Fast Enough
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Learning to Attack the Cyberattackers Can't Happen Fast Enough

Carnegie Mellon University's CyLab Security and Privacy Institute aims to expand the boundaries of technology and protect people when that technology or its users...

Disaster Relief Is Dangerously Broken. Can AI Fix It?
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Disaster Relief Is Dangerously Broken. Can AI Fix It?

The use of artificial intelligence in disaster relief is gaining favor as weather-related catastrophes grow in frequency and severity.

Playing Catch-Up, Germany Throws Money at AI
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Playing Catch-Up, Germany Throws Money at AI

Germany plans to invest more than 3 billion euros ($3.39 million) by 2025 to beef up its artificial intelligence capabilities and appoint 100 professors to lecture...

New Deep Knowledge AI System Could Resolve Bottlenecks in Drug Research
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New Deep Knowledge AI System Could Resolve Bottlenecks in Drug Research

A new system can predict the binding of biosequences in seconds and potentially reduce bottlenecks in drug research.

What Complex Technology Can Learn From Simple Ants
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What Complex Technology Can Learn From Simple Ants

Ants' pheromone-laying and -following behavior has inspired an algorithm that uses artificial ants in a virtual environment to solve optimization problems.

AI Could Make Cyberattacks More Dangerous, Harder to Detect
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AI Could Make Cyberattacks More Dangerous, Harder to Detect

Scientists warn that hackers could weaponize artificial intelligence to conceal and accelerate cyberattacks and potentially escalate their damage.

Pitt Researcher Uses Video Games to Unlock New Levels of AI
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Pitt Researcher Uses Video Games to Unlock New Levels of AI

The University of Pittsburgh's Daniel Jiang has developed algorithms that learn decision strategies in complex and uncertain environments, and tests them on video...

A Robot Scientist Will Dream Up New Materials
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A Robot Scientist Will Dream Up New Materials

Startup Kebotix has created software that learns material chemistry from models of molecules with known properties in order to design novel compounds.

China's Xinhua Agency Unveils AI News Presenter
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China's Xinhua Agency Unveils AI News Presenter

China's Xinhua state news agency has debuted a virtual newsreader that the agency said "can read texts as naturally as a professional news anchor."

To Keep Pace With Moore's Law, Chipmakers Turn to 'Chiplets'
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To Keep Pace With Moore's Law, Chipmakers Turn to 'Chiplets'

In 2016, the chip industry's clock ran out.

At China’s Internet Conference, a Darker Side of Tech Emerges
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At China’s Internet Conference, a Darker Side of Tech Emerges

Discussion topics included counterterrorism, data breaches, and surveillance.
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