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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.

AI Tries Bad Improv Comedy to Trick People Into Thinking It Is Human
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AI Tries Bad Improv Comedy to Trick People Into Thinking It Is Human

Improbotics is an artificial intelligence-based comedy theater that includes a human, a puppet, and a cyborg.

AIs Are Being Tested to See How Well They Understand Our Thoughts
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AIs Are Being Tested to See How Well They Understand Our Thoughts

Researchers have created a set of tests to explore the progress of artificial intelligence in understanding the world.

Flint Water Crisis: How AI Is Finding Thousands of Hazardous Pipes
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Flint Water Crisis: How AI Is Finding Thousands of Hazardous Pipes

Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have developed an artificial intelligence algorithm that can determine the location of dangerous lead pipes in Flint...

Future Robot Swarms Should Copy Lazy Ants Who Let Others Do the Work
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Future Robot Swarms Should Copy Lazy Ants Who Let Others Do the Work

Researchers found insights into ant cooperation could be incorporated into the development of large swarms of robots.

Replacing Your Boss With a Cruel Robot Could Make You Concentrate More
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Replacing Your Boss With a Cruel Robot Could Make You Concentrate More

A mean robot could motivate human employees to improve their cognitive performance, compared to supervision by a friendly robot or no robot supervision, researchers...

The Underwater Drones That Hunt for Oil Spills
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The Underwater Drones That Hunt for Oil Spills

Researchers at the Technical University of Cartagena in Spain deployed five autonomous underwater vehicles to locate and track oil spills below the surface of the...

AI Camera to Help Spot the Best Grapes for Making Pesticide-Free Wine
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AI Camera to Help Spot the Best Grapes for Making Pesticide-Free Wine

Researchers in Germany have developed a mobile laboratory to automate and accelerate the process of checking the wax coverage of grapes, a task prone to human error...

Think Your Surfing Is Secret in Private Browsing Mode? Think Again
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Think Your Surfing Is Secret in Private Browsing Mode? Think Again

Many computer users incorrectly believe private browsing protects them against computer viruses, targeted ads, geolocation, and tracking by employers and governments...

Delivery Drones Can Learn to See, Dodge Obstacles In-Flight
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Delivery Drones Can Learn to See, Dodge Obstacles In-Flight

The University of Zurich in Switzerland and Intel  jointly developed a method to enable aerial drones to learn to avoid in-flight collisions.

How to Stop Artificial Intelligence Being Biased
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How to Stop Artificial Intelligence Being Biased

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Germany have developed a new method to avoid embedding bias into machine learning algorithms....
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