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The Best Image-Recognition AIs are Fooled by Slightly Rotated Images
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The Best Image-Recognition AIs are Fooled by Slightly Rotated Images

Artificial intelligence is much worse at identifying objects by sight than many people realize.

AIs Could Debate Whether a Smart Assistant Should Snitch on You
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AIs Could Debate Whether a Smart Assistant Should Snitch on You

Researchers suggest that since ethical behavior is not consistent across societies, artificial intelligence systems should be flexible to reflect local law and...

Smart, Fluffy Storytelling Robot to Be Trialed in U.S. Classrooms
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Smart, Fluffy Storytelling Robot to Be Trialed in U.S. Classrooms

A cute, fluffy robot can help boost language skills in young children.

Mind-Controlled Robot Lets You Weld Metal Without Using Your Hands
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Mind-Controlled Robot Lets You Weld Metal Without Using Your Hands

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign researchers have developed a robot that can follow mental instructions from its operator to weld metal.

Self-Taught Robot Figures Out What It Looks Like, What It Can Do
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Self-Taught Robot Figures Out What It Looks Like, What It Can Do

Columbia University researchers have developed a robot that learns what it looks like without any outside help.

Hackers Are Stealing Computer Power to Make Millions in Cryptocurrency
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Hackers Are Stealing Computer Power to Make Millions in Cryptocurrency

Groups of hackers are stealing millions of dollars through cryptojacking, which works by illicitly harnessing the computing power of thousands to mine cryptocurrency...

Robot Hand That Plays Jingle Bells Could Help Make Better Limbs
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Robot Hand That Plays Jingle Bells Could Help Make Better Limbs

It's not the best version of Jingle Bells you'll ever hear—it's being played by a rubber robot hand. But the hand could point the way to better designs for robot...

Quantum Network Joins Four People Together for Encrypted Messaging
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Quantum Network Joins Four People Together for Encrypted Messaging

A new network design uses quantum key distribution to secure messages among four users.

Major Companies Are Using AI to Decide Who You Speak to on the Phone
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Major Companies Are Using AI to Decide Who You Speak to on the Phone

Many large companies around the world use artificial intelligence-based software to manage millions of call-center conversations.

UK Police Wants AI to Stop Violent Crime Before It Happens
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UK Police Wants AI to Stop Violent Crime Before It Happens

Police in the UK want to predict serious violent crime using artificial intelligence, New Scientist can reveal. The idea is that individuals flagged by the system...

An AI Lie Detector Will Interrogate Travelers at Some EU Borders
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An AI Lie Detector Will Interrogate Travelers at Some EU Borders

An artificial intelligence-based lie detector system will be used on international travelers during a six-month pilot program at border crossings in Hungary, Latvia...

Search Engine for CCTV Lets You Find People From Their Description
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Search Engine for CCTV Lets You Find People From Their Description

A new system uses machine learning to automatically match individuals in videos with their descriptions.

NATO Military Exercise Will Test Robots, Autonomous Vehicles
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NATO Military Exercise Will Test Robots, Autonomous Vehicles

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is conducting a month-long military exercise using a variety of new technologies.

AI Makes New Video Games by Watching People Play Super Mario, Kirby
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AI Makes New Video Games by Watching People Play Super Mario, Kirby

A machine learning system taught itself the basics of video game design by watching videos of people playing games.

Your Brain Is Like 100 Billion Mini-Computers All Working Together
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Your Brain Is Like 100 Billion Mini-Computers All Working Together

Each of our brain cells could work like a mini-computer, according to the first recording of electrical activity in human cells at a super-fine level of detail....

Electric Chewing Gum Zaps Your Tongue to Create a Virtual Flavor Hit
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Electric Chewing Gum Zaps Your Tongue to Create a Virtual Flavor Hit

Researchers have developed a piece of chewing gum equipped with piezoelectric elements and electrodes that stimulate taste buds as long as it is chewed.

AIs Invent Weird New Limbs to Beat Virtual Obstacle Courses
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AIs Invent Weird New Limbs to Beat Virtual Obstacle Courses

What are the best two legs for running an obstacle course? One leg that crawls at the knee joint, and one massive leg dragged behind for stability like a kangaroo's...

Smartphone With a Finger Crawls Across the Table to Stroke Your Wrist
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Smartphone With a Finger Crawls Across the Table to Stroke Your Wrist

MobiLimb is a realistic-looking mechanical finger that plugs into the USB port of a mobile device as an additional way to interact with a smartphone or tablet. ...

This Robot Crawls Over Your Body and Scans Your Skin With a Microscope
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This Robot Crawls Over Your Body and Scans Your Skin With a Microscope

A palm-sized bipedal robot can carry out a medical inspection of a patient when a doctor is unavailable.

Stupid AI: How Humans Can Stop Machines From Falling for Visual Tricks
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Stupid AI: How Humans Can Stop Machines From Falling for Visual Tricks

Research from Johns Hopkins University suggests new ways to prevent artificial intelligence from being visually deceived.
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