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La Trobe University Uses AI to Bring Mental Health Care to Cancer Patients
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La Trobe University Uses AI to Bring Mental Health Care to Cancer Patients

Using the framework can help medical personnel. understand a patient's behavior, emotions, and decision-making based on data shared by the patient.

Circular Reasoning: Spiraling Circuits for More Efficient AI
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Circular Reasoning: Spiraling Circuits for More Efficient AI

Researchers stacked resistive random-access memory modules for artificial intelligence applications in a novel three-dimensional spiral.

Your Wish Is My CMD
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Your Wish Is My CMD

Artificial intelligence could automate software coding.

Riding Out Quarantine With a Chatbot Friend: ‘I Feel Very Connected’
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Riding Out Quarantine With a Chatbot Friend: ‘I Feel Very Connected’

The digital companions may sound like science fiction. But when social isolation became the norm, they helped deal with the loneliness, some users say.

Who’s a Bot? Who’s Not?
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Who’s a Bot? Who’s Not?

It sometimes seems automated bots are taking over social media and driving human discourse. But some (real) researchers aren't so sure.

Facebook's TransCoder AI Converts Code From One Programming Language Into Another
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Facebook's TransCoder AI Converts Code From One Programming Language Into Another

Facebook says its TransCoder can convert code from one high-level programming language into another.

Access Denied: Faulty Automated Background Checks Freeze Out Renters
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Access Denied: Faulty Automated Background Checks Freeze Out Renters

Computer algorithms that scan everything from terror watch lists to eviction records spit out flawed tenant screening reports. And almost nobody is watching.

Microsoft Bans Police Face Recognition Sales as Big Tech Reacts to Protests
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Microsoft Bans Police Face Recognition Sales as Big Tech Reacts to Protests

The announcement came a day after rival Amazon.com declared it was pausing police use of its "Rekognition" service for a year.

AI vs. AI
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AI vs. AI

Financial institutions use AI to create "synthetic identities" for customers; hackers use 'bad' AI to fool the 'good' AI.

Untold History of AI: Algorithmic Bias Was Born in the 1980s
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Untold History of AI: Algorithmic Bias Was Born in the 1980s

A medical school thought a computer program would make the admissions process fairer—but it did just the opposite.

Stanford Lab Envisions Delivery Drones That Save Energy by Taking the Bus
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Stanford Lab Envisions Delivery Drones That Save Energy by Taking the Bus

Stanford University researchers have developed a methodology that allows delivery drones to take the bus.

Manned Fighter to Face Autonomous Drone Next Year in Movie-Like Showdown
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Manned Fighter to Face Autonomous Drone Next Year in Movie-Like Showdown

The planned test is part of a project to develop an artificial intelligence-driven drone that could change the face of air combat.

Training Agents to Walk with Purpose
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Training Agents to Walk with Purpose

A new classification algorithm for relational data is more accurate and orders of magnitude more efficient than previous methods.

Evolutionary Algorithm Spawns ‘Living Robots’ from Frog Cells
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Evolutionary Algorithm Spawns ‘Living Robots’ from Frog Cells

When an evolutionary algorithm generates a successful robot design, the next step is usually to manufacture a physical robot from metals or plastics. Now, researchers...

Self-driving Cars Could only Prevent a Third of U.S. Crashes: Study
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Self-driving Cars Could only Prevent a Third of U.S. Crashes: Study

Traffic experts say nine in 10 crashes result from human error, and more than 36,000 people died in U.S. car crashes last year.

Underwater Drones Join Hunt for Trillions in Mineral Riches Trapped on Ocean's Floor
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Underwater Drones Join Hunt for Trillions in Mineral Riches Trapped on Ocean's Floor

The nascent seabed mining industry is using underwater drones to map the ocean floor in the hunt for precious minerals worth trillions.

MSN Fires Journalists, Replaces Them With AI
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MSN Fires Journalists, Replaces Them With AI

Microsoft announced that it's laying off dozens of journalists, editors, and other workers at MSN and its other news divisions.

Interactive Model Simulates Keeping House on Mars
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Interactive Model Simulates Keeping House on Mars

The Arizona State University (ASU) School of Earth and Space Exploration Interplanetary Initiative is running a pilot program to assess simulated Mars habitats....

In Virus-Hit South Korea, AI Monitors Lonely Elders
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In Virus-Hit South Korea, AI Monitors Lonely Elders

SK Telecom operates an artificial intelligence-powered network of voice-enabled "smart" speakers to monitor thousands of seniors during the coronavirus pandemic...

'Artificial Chemist' Combines AI, Robotics to Conduct Autonomous R&D
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'Artificial Chemist' Combines AI, Robotics to Conduct Autonomous R&D

A new technology combines artificial intelligence with robotics for conducting chemical reactions,  to expedite R&D and synthesis of materials.
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