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A Country's Ambitious Plan to Teach Anyone the Basics of AI
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A Country's Ambitious Plan to Teach Anyone the Basics of AI

Finland has launched an ambitious challenge to teach the basics of artificial intelligence to 1% of its population.

A Neural Network Can Learn to Organize the World It Sees Into Concepts, Just Like We Do
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A Neural Network Can Learn to Organize the World It Sees Into Concepts, Just Like We Do

GANs, or generative adversarial networks, are the social-media starlet of AI algorithms. They are responsible for creating the first AI painting ever sold at an ...

The US and China Are in a Quantum Arms Race that Will Transform Warfare
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The US and China Are in a Quantum Arms Race that Will Transform Warfare

In the 1970s, at the height of the Cold War, American military planners began to worry about the threat to US warplanes posed by new, radar-guided missile defenses...

Deep Learning Turns Mono Recordings Into Immersive Sound
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Deep Learning Turns Mono Recordings Into Immersive Sound

Researchers have taught an artificial intelligence system to convert ordinary monaural sounds into nearly three-dimensional sounds.

Machine Vision Can Create Harry Potter-Style Photos for Muggles
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Machine Vision Can Create Harry Potter-Style Photos for Muggles

New software can animate the central character in a photograph while leaving the rest of the image untouched.

These Incredibly Realistic Fake Faces Show How Algorithms Can Now Mess with Us
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These Incredibly Realistic Fake Faces Show How Algorithms Can Now Mess with Us

These faces don't seem particularly remarkable. They could easily be taken from, say, Facebook or LinkedIn. In reality, they were dreamed up by a new kind of AI...

China's Tech Giants Want to Go Global. Just One Thing Might Stand in Their Way.
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China's Tech Giants Want to Go Global. Just One Thing Might Stand in Their Way.

In the early 1980s, a cluster of fledging computer companies opened up shop in a chaotic corner of northwest Beijing, near the campuses of Peking and Tsinghua Universities...

Ambient AI is About to Devour the Software Industry
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Ambient AI is About to Devour the Software Industry

Amazon has casually unveiled what could turn into a fundamentally different way to build software.

China Has Never Had a Real Chip Industry. Making AI Chips Could Change That.
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China Has Never Had a Real Chip Industry. Making AI Chips Could Change That.

Donald Trump is speaking Mandarin.

Radical New Neural Network Design Could Overcome Big Challenges in AI
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Radical New Neural Network Design Could Overcome Big Challenges in AI

A new design for neural networks lacks traditional stacked layers of simple computational nodes that work together to find patterns in data.

Canada, France Plan an International Panel to Assess AI Dangers
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Canada, France Plan an International Panel to Assess AI Dangers

Canada and France recently announced plans for an international panel to assess the dangers of artificial intelligence and formulate appropriate policies.

Machine Learning Identifies Cryptocurrency Scams Before They Happen
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Machine Learning Identifies Cryptocurrency Scams Before They Happen

Researchers in the U.K. have developed an algorithm that can predict "pump-and-dump" cryptocurrency scams prior to their occurrence.

Making AI Algorithms Crazy Fast Using Chips Powered by Light
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Making AI Algorithms Crazy Fast Using Chips Powered by Light

Inside a small laboratory in Boston's seaport district, buried within a jumble of lasers, lenses, mirrors, and a tangle of wiring, is a tiny chip that might be...

Machine Learning, Meet Quantum Computing
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Machine Learning, Meet Quantum Computing

Researchers have constructed the world's first single-layer neural network, known as a perceptron, and induced it to perform simple image processing tasks.

Harvard Wants to School Congress About AI
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Harvard Wants to School Congress About AI

Harvard Kennedy School's Dipayan Ghosh and former U.S. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler have launched a new AI policy initiative aimed at educating U.S. politicians and...

A Robot Scientist Will Dream Up New Materials
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A Robot Scientist Will Dream Up New Materials

Startup Kebotix has created software that learns material chemistry from models of molecules with known properties in order to design novel compounds.

Using Wi-Fi to 'See' Behind Closed Doors Is Easier than Anyone Thought
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Using Wi-Fi to 'See' Behind Closed Doors Is Easier than Anyone Thought

Researchers have developed a technique to see through walls using ambient Wi-Fi signals and an ordinary smartphone.

A Robot Scientist Will Dream Up New Materials to Advance Computing and Fight Pollution
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A Robot Scientist Will Dream Up New Materials to Advance Computing and Fight Pollution

In a laboratory that overlooks a busy shopping street in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a robot is attempting to create new materials.

Using Wi-Fi to 'See' Behind Closed Doors Is Easier than Anyone Thought
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Using Wi-Fi to 'See' Behind Closed Doors Is Easier than Anyone Thought

Wi-Fi fills our world with radio waves. In your home, in the office, and increasingly on city streets, humans are bathed in a constant background field of 2.4-...

The U.S. Pushes to Build Unhackable Quantum Networks
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The U.S. Pushes to Build Unhackable Quantum Networks

A few years ago, Edward Snowden, a contractor working for the US National Security Agency, leaked documents that showed the ways in which intelligence agenciestapped...
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