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Forget Chess—the Real Challenge Is Teaching AI to Play D&D
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Forget Chess—the Real Challenge Is Teaching AI to Play D&D

Some artificial intelligence experts think role playing adventure games will help machines learn to be as clever as we are.

Fact-Finding Mission
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Fact-Finding Mission

Artificial intelligence provides automatic fact-checking and fake news detection, but with limits.

Can the Biases in Facial Recognition Be Fixed; Also, Should They?
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Can the Biases in Facial Recognition Be Fixed; Also, Should They?

Many facial recognition systems used by law enforcement are shot through with biases. Can anything be done to make them fair and trustworthy?

South Korea Used AI to Bring Dead Superstar's Voice Back to the Stage, but Ethical Concerns Abound
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South Korea Used AI to Bring Dead Superstar's Voice Back to the Stage, but Ethical Concerns Abound

South Korean broadcaster SBS plans to use artificial intelligence (AI) to "resurrect" deceased folk singer Kim Kwang-seok for a new AI vs. human competition.

Sundance Film Festival Makes a Giant Leap Into VR
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Sundance Film Festival Makes a Giant Leap Into VR

The Sundance Film Festival is giving attendees access to a virtual reality platform that can be accessed with or without a VR headset by logging onto a website....

Technological Responses to COVID-19
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Technological Responses to COVID-19

Companies are finding new ways to enforce social distancing, clean public spaces, and provide substitutes for human workers.

Neural Networks Playing Video Games Teach Us About Our Own Brains
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Neural Networks Playing Video Games Teach Us About Our Own Brains

Researchers found artificial intelligence's “neurons” behaved similarly to neurons in the human brain when playing classic Atari video games.

First-Ever Quantum Chess Tournament Won by Amazon Researcher
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First-Ever Quantum Chess Tournament Won by Amazon Researcher

Amazon researcher Aleksander Kubica won the world's first quantum chess tournament during the virtual Practical Quantum Computing (Q2B) conference.

DeepMind's AI Masters Games Without Even Being Taught the Rules
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DeepMind's AI Masters Games Without Even Being Taught the Rules

The MuZero artificial intelligence developed by Alphabet subsidiary DeepMind can master games without learning their rules beforehand.

Geometric Deep Learning Advances Data Science
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Geometric Deep Learning Advances Data Science

Researchers are pushing beyond the limitations of convolutional neural networks using geometric deep learning techniques.

Fugaku Takes the Lead
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Fugaku Takes the Lead

Japan tops the Top500 supercomputer rankings, for the moment.

Coalition of the Willing Takes Aim at COVID-19
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Coalition of the Willing Takes Aim at COVID-19

Data science can only do so much in the face of a pandemic.

Create Realistic VR Experience Using Normal 360-Degree Camera
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Create Realistic VR Experience Using Normal 360-Degree Camera

Scientists at the U.K.'s University of Bath have captured 360-degree virtual reality video footage using a commercially available camera on a rotating selfie stick...

This Robot Can Rap—Really
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This Robot Can Rap—Really

A Georgia Institute of Technology music technologist modified an improvisational musical robot called Shimon to create lyrics and perform rap in real time.

'Accessible Christmas,' an Application That Allows Blind People to Enjoy Christmas Lights
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'Accessible Christmas,' an Application That Allows Blind People to Enjoy Christmas Lights

Visually impaired people can enjoy Christmas lights in Madrid through a mobile application from researchers at Spain's Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.

Worries of Widespread 'Tech Addiction' May Be Overblown, Says Study
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Worries of Widespread 'Tech Addiction' May Be Overblown, Says Study

Researchers found a weak relationship between early technology use and later technology use, indicating fears of widespread, long-lasting tech addiction may be...

Technologies for the Visually Impaired
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Technologies for the Visually Impaired

The last decade has seen major advancements in technology for the blind and visually impaired, but problems remain.

Softening Up Robots
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Softening Up Robots

Giving robots soft, artificial skin would enable them to work more closely with people.

Tracking COVID, Discreetly
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Tracking COVID, Discreetly

Tracing the contacts of those who come into contact with the coronavirus is not that simple.

Computer Scientists Launch Counteroffensive Against Video Game Cheaters
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Computer Scientists Launch Counteroffensive Against Video Game Cheaters

University of Texas at Dallas computer scientists have developed a countermeasure against video game cheaters.
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