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Robotaxis Are Making Enemies as They Go Around San Francisco
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Robotaxis Are Making Enemies as They Go Around San Francisco

Despite receiving recent approval to expand their robotaxi services in San Francisco, Waymo and Cruise continue to face backlash over traffic and safety concerns...

Using Physics Data to Refocus Computer Vision
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Using Physics Data to Refocus Computer Vision

Exploring ways to supplement conventional computer vision data with metadata collected from physics-based sensors and systems.

Microsoft Infuses AI With Human-Like Reasoning Via an 'Algorithm of Thoughts'
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Microsoft Infuses AI With Human-Like Reasoning Via an 'Algorithm of Thoughts'

A new technique combines the strengths of human cognition with algorithmic logic.

AI Misinformation: Why It Works and How to Spot It
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AI Misinformation: Why It Works and How to Spot It

Determining what's real online is getting more difficult. But there are steps you can take to deal with it.

These Tools Could Help Protect Our Pictures From AI
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These Tools Could Help Protect Our Pictures From AI

However, these tools are neither perfect, nor enough on their own.

Embuing AI with Ethics
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Embuing AI with Ethics

In lieu of regulations, companies are starting to develop their own guidelines to control the use of artificial intelligence.

Novel Algorithm Proposed for Selecting Variables Efficiently
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Novel Algorithm Proposed for Selecting Variables Efficiently

Researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences' Hefei Institutes of Physical Science has developed a variable selection algorithm for chemometrics applications....

Framework Allows Robots to Perform Interactive Tasks in Sequential Order
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Framework Allows Robots to Perform Interactive Tasks in Sequential Order

A new framework allows quadruped robots to perform tasks that get progressively more complex without having to relearn motions.

Despite Cheating Fears, Schools Repeal ChatGPT Bans
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Despite Cheating Fears, Schools Repeal ChatGPT Bans

Some districts that once raced to block A.I. chatbots are now trying to embrace them.

Behind the AI Boom, an Army of Overseas Workers in 'Digital Sweatshops'
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Behind the AI Boom, an Army of Overseas Workers in 'Digital Sweatshops'

More than 2 million people in the Philippines perform "crowdwork," according to informal government estimates, as part of AI's vast underbelly.

Opening the Black Box
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Opening the Black Box

Researchers hope to enable scientists and processor designers to understand the underlying reasoning of deep learning accelerator designs through explainable-design...

AI Can Spot Early Signs of a Tsunami from Atmospheric Shock Waves
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AI Can Spot Early Signs of a Tsunami from Atmospheric Shock Waves

Researchers found that off-the-shelf artificial intelligence (AI) models can detect the early signs of a tsunami in two-dimensional (2D) images from GPS satellites...

AI Brings the Robot Wingman to Aerial Combat
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AI Brings the Robot Wingman to Aerial Combat

Artificial intelligence (AI) operates the U.S. Air Force's pilotless XQ-58A Valkyrie experimental aircraft, which the military envisions as a next-generation robot...

ML System Based on Light Could Yield More Powerful, Efficient LLMs
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ML System Based on Light Could Yield More Powerful, Efficient LLMs

A team of researchers has developed a light-based machine learning system that could surpass the system behind ChatGPT in terms of power and efficiency, while also...

The Myth of 'Open Source' AI
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The Myth of 'Open Source' AI

A new analysis shows that "open source" AI tools like Llama 2 are still controlled by big tech companies in a number of ways.

Driverless Cars May Struggle to Spot Children, Dark-Skinned People
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Driverless Cars May Struggle to Spot Children, Dark-Skinned People

Scientists evaluated eight artificial intelligence-based pedestrian detectors used in driverless car research, and found they may have difficulty detecting children...

Distilling What We Know
From Communications of the ACM

Distilling What We Know

Researchers look to cut large GPT models down to size.

The AI-Powered, Totally Autonomous Future of War Is Here
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The AI-Powered, Totally Autonomous Future of War Is Here

Ships without crews. Self-directed drone swarms. How a U.S. Navy task force is using off-the-shelf robotics and artificial intelligence to prepare for the next...

Octopus' Complex Cells Are Key to Their High Intelligence
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Octopus' Complex Cells Are Key to Their High Intelligence

Researchers explored the octopus's neural makeup that defines its learning processes using automated tissue preparation and new machine learning reconstruction...

An AI Scans Eyes to Spot Parkinson's Years Before Diagnosis
From ACM News

An AI Scans Eyes to Spot Parkinson's Years Before Diagnosis

Turns out the windows to the soul can teach us a lot about our own health.
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