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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 ­sing Chips Powered by Light
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Making AI Algorithms Crazy Fast ­sing 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 ­p New Materials
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A Robot Scientist Will Dream ­p New Materials

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

­sing Wi-Fi to 'See' Behind Closed Doors Is Easier than Anyone Thought
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­sing 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 ­p New Materials to Advance Computing and Fight Pollution
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A Robot Scientist Will Dream ­p 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.

­sing Wi-Fi to 'See' Behind Closed Doors Is Easier than Anyone Thought
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­sing 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 ­.S. Pushes to Build ­nhackable Quantum Networks
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The ­.S. Pushes to Build ­nhackable 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...

Bot Disguised as a Human Software Developer Fixes Bugs
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Bot Disguised as a Human Software Developer Fixes Bugs

A new software bot can find bugs in code and write patches with effectiveness comparable to that of human developers.

Neural Networks Don't ­nderstand What Optical Illusions Are
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Neural Networks Don't ­nderstand What Optical Illusions Are

Researchers have found that machine vision systems cannot process optical illusions in the same way humans can.

The First 'Social Network' of Brains Lets Three People Transmit Thoughts to Each Other's Heads
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The First 'Social Network' of Brains Lets Three People Transmit Thoughts to Each Other's Heads

University of Washington in Seattle researchers have developed a brain-to-brain network that transmits thoughts among members of a group.

China's Leaders Are Softening Their Stance on AI
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China's Leaders Are Softening Their Stance on AI

China might be at loggerheads with the United States over trade, but it is calling for a friendlier approach to the development of artificial intelligence.

Meet the Winner of Robotics' World Cup
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Meet the Winner of Robotics' World Cup

A two-legged robot developed at the University of Bonn in Germany won the soccer World Cup for adult-size robots this summer in Montreal, Canada.

Soon Your Doctor Will Be Able to Wirelessly Track Your Health—Even Through Walls
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Soon Your Doctor Will Be Able to Wirelessly Track Your Health—Even Through Walls

A Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor has created a box that, when placed in a user's home, can track his/her physiological signals, even through walls...

For Safety’s Sake, We Must Slow Innovation in Internet-connected Things
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For Safety’s Sake, We Must Slow Innovation in Internet-connected Things

That's the view of security expert Bruce Schneier, who fears lives will be lost in a cyber disaster unless governments act swiftly.

Google Just Gave Control Over Data Center Cooling to an AI
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Google Just Gave Control Over Data Center Cooling to an AI

Google says the cooling systems of several of its data centers are now governed by an artificial intelligence algorithm.

The 'Neuropolitics' Consultants Who Hack Voters' Brains
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The 'Neuropolitics' Consultants Who Hack Voters' Brains

Maria Pocovi slides her laptop over to me with the webcam switched on.

Meet the Guy With Four Arms, Two of Which Someone Else Controls in VR
From ACM TechNews

Meet the Guy With Four Arms, Two of Which Someone Else Controls in VR

Fusion is a robotic project to explore how people may be able to work together to control, or augment, a person's body.
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