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How AI is Reinventing What Computers Are
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How AI is Reinventing What Computers Are

Three key ways artificial intelligence is changing what it means to compute.

AI Has Cracked a Key Mathematical Puzzle for Understanding Our World
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AI Has Cracked a Key Mathematical Puzzle for Understanding Our World

Partial differential equations can describe everything from planetary motion to plate tectonics, but they're notoriously hard to solve.

The Pandemic is Testing the Limits of Face Recognition
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The Pandemic is Testing the Limits of Face Recognition

Government use of face ID systems exploded during the pandemic—but tying it to critical services has left some people locked out at the moment they needed help...

 2021 has Broken the Record for Zero-Day Hacking Attacks
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2021 has Broken the Record for Zero-Day Hacking Attacks

The reasons why are complicated—and not all bad news.

The Cloud: Game Changer in IT Security
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The Cloud: Game Changer in IT Security

The move to the cloud makes it harder for companies to keep track of all Internet-connected digital assets.

U.S. Government Agencies to Increase Use of Facial Recognition Technology
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U.S. Government Agencies to Increase Use of Facial Recognition Technology

A new survey shows the controversial systems are poised to play an even bigger role in federal business.

Mathematicians Are Deploying Algorithms to Stop Gerrymandering
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Mathematicians Are Deploying Algorithms to Stop Gerrymandering

Mathematicians are implementing algorithms designed to halt gerrymandering—the partisan manipulation of U.S. Census data to redraw electoral maps for one political...

We Tested AI Interview Tools. Here's What We Found.
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We Tested AI Interview Tools. Here's What We Found.

One gave our candidate a high score for English proficiency when she spoke only in German.

Using ML to Build Maps That Give Smarter Driving Advice
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Using ML to Build Maps That Give Smarter Driving Advice

Scientists used machine learning to develop an automatic mapping service that can enhance traffic management with greater intelligence.

We Investigated Whether Digital Contact Tracing Actually Worked in the U.S.
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We Investigated Whether Digital Contact Tracing Actually Worked in the U.S.

A year ago, engineers built apps to track potential virus exposure. Our research shows the impact has been mixed—but there's still potential.

Geoffrey Hinton Has a Hunch about What's Next for AI
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Geoffrey Hinton Has a Hunch about What's Next for AI

A decade ago, the artificial-intelligence pioneer transformed the field with a major breakthrough. Now he's working on a new imaginary system named GLOM.

How Facebook Got Addicted to Spreading Misinformation
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How Facebook Got Addicted to Spreading Misinformation

The company's AI algorithms gave it an insatiable habit for lies and hate speech. Now the man who built them can't fix the problem.

Google Says It's Too Easy for Hackers to Find New Security Flaws
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Google Says It's Too Easy for Hackers to Find New Security Flaws

Attackers are exploiting the same types of software vulnerabilities over and over again, because companies often miss the forest for the trees

This Avocado Armchair Could Be the Future of AI
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This Avocado Armchair Could Be the Future of AI

Researchers at artificial intelligence company OpenAI have engineered two deep learning models combining language and images to improve AI's understanding of text...

AI Needs to Face Up to its Invisible-Worker Problem
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AI Needs to Face Up to its Invisible-Worker Problem

Machine-learning models are trained by low-paid online gig workers. They're not going away—but we can change the way they work, says Saiph Savage.

Tiny Four-Bit Computers Are Now All You Need to Train AI
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Tiny Four-Bit Computers Are Now All You Need to Train AI

IBM researchers have proposed reducing the number of computer bits from the current industry standard of 16 to just four.

AI Needs to Face Up to its Invisible-worker Problem
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AI Needs to Face Up to its Invisible-worker Problem

Machine-learning models are trained by low-paid online gig workers. They're not going away—but we can change the way they work, says Saiph Savage.

A Radical Technique Lets AI Learn with Practically No Data
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A Radical Technique Lets AI Learn with Practically No Data

Scientists at Canada's University of Waterloo suggest artificial intelligence models should be capable of “less than one”-shot learning.

These Weird, Unsettling Photos Show That AI is Getting Smarter
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These Weird, Unsettling Photos Show That AI is Getting Smarter

Models are learning how to generate images from captions, a sign that they're getting better at understanding our world.

We’re Not Ready for AI, Says Winner of New $1-Million AI Prize
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We’re Not Ready for AI, Says Winner of New $1-Million AI Prize

Regina Barzilay, the first winner of the Squirrel AI Award, on why the pandemic should be a wake-up call.
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