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Computers Crack the Code of Pop-Song Success: It Helps to Be 'Happy' and 'Female'
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Computers Crack the Code of Pop-Song Success: It Helps to Be 'Happy' and 'Female'

University of California, Irvine researchers analyzed the properties of more than 500,000 songs released over three decades to extract the most popular ones.

AI Generates New Doom Levels for Humans to Play
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AI Generates New Doom Levels for Humans to Play

Researchers at the Polytechnic University of Milan in Italy have found it is possible to have a deep learning algorithm create compelling new game levels in Doom...

House Democrats Release 3,500 Russia-Linked Facebook Ads
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House Democrats Release 3,500 Russia-Linked Facebook Ads

On Thursday, Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee published more than 3,500 Facebook and Instagram ads linked to the Russian propaganda group Internet...

Facebook Adds A.I. Labs in Seattle and Pittsburgh, Pressuring Local Universities
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Facebook Adds A.I. Labs in Seattle and Pittsburgh, Pressuring Local Universities

At a conference in Silicon Valley this week, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's chief executive, vowed that his company would "keep building" despite a swirl of questions...

Where Countries Are Tinderboxes and Facebook Is a Match
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Where Countries Are Tinderboxes and Facebook Is a Match

Past the end of a remote mountain road, down a rutted dirt track, in a concrete house that lacked running water but bristled with smartphones, 13 members of an...

Watch a Computer Learn to Play 'Doom' Inside a Dream
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Watch a Computer Learn to Play 'Doom' Inside a Dream

Researchers taught a machine to "hallucinate" its idea of the video game "Doom," then got a virtual agent to play its own dream version of the game so it could...

Chips for Artificial Intelligence
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Chips for Artificial Intelligence

Companies are racing to develop hardware that more directly empowers deep learning.

Artificial (Emotional) Intelligence
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Artificial (Emotional) Intelligence

Enabled by advances in computing power and neural networks, machines are getting better at recognizing and dealing with human emotions.

Machine Learning Drives NSynth Super's New Sounds of Music
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Machine Learning Drives NSynth Super's New Sounds of Music

Google's Project Magenta researchers have developed a machine to serve as an instrument that acts as a physical interface for the NSynth algorithm, which uses a...

For Blind Gamers, Equal Access to Racing Video Games
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For Blind Gamers, Equal Access to Racing Video Games

A Columbia University student has created a new system to help the visually impaired play racing video games.

AI Cheats at Old Atari Games by Finding Unknown Bugs in the Code
From ACM TechNews

AI Cheats at Old Atari Games by Finding Unknown Bugs in the Code

A new algorithm plays Atari games and advances within them either by baiting an enemy to kill itself, or by exploiting bugs that allow the algorithm to cheat.

Has Dopamine Got Us Hooked on Tech?
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Has Dopamine Got Us Hooked on Tech?

In an unprecedented attack of candour, Sean Parker, the 38-year-old founding president of Facebook, recently admitted that the social network was founded not to...

In Pursuit of Virtual Life
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In Pursuit of Virtual Life

Scientists are simulating biological organisms and replicating evolution in the lab. How far can they expand the boundaries of virtual life?

Fake News 'Vaccine': Online Game May 'Inoculate' by Simulating Propaganda Tactics
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Fake News 'Vaccine': Online Game May 'Inoculate' by Simulating Propaganda Tactics

A new online game is designed to provide "general immunity" against fake news and propaganda.

How Pixar's Cartoon Cheese Led to a Smarter View of Science
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How Pixar's Cartoon Cheese Led to a Smarter View of Science

Ten years ago, a chunk of animated cheese in Pixar's "Ratatouille" captured the imagination of cell biologist Janet Iwasa. So much so that it changed the way she...

Drone Light Shows Look Cool, but How Do They Work?
From ACM TechNews

Drone Light Shows Look Cool, but How Do They Work?

Scientists are exploring multi-robot systems technology.

Going Serverless
From Communications of the ACM

Going Serverless

Serverless computing lets businesses and application developers focus on the program they need to run, without worrying about the machine on which it runs, or the...

Trash Talk From an AI Could Help Humans Cooperate Better
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Trash Talk From an AI Could Help Humans Cooperate Better

Researchers have developed an algorithm to help artificial intelligence and humans learn to cooperate.

'earworm Melodies With Strange Aspects'--What Happens When AI Makes Music
From ACM TechNews

'earworm Melodies With Strange Aspects'--What Happens When AI Makes Music

The FlowMachines project has produced the first entire studio album co-created by artists and artificial intelligence.

No Evidence to Support Link Between Violent Video Games and Behavior
From ACM TechNews

No Evidence to Support Link Between Violent Video Games and Behavior

The results of experiments involving more than 3,000 participants demonstrates that increasing the realism of violent video games does not necessarily boost aggression...
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