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'Hands Free': Automakers Race to Next Level of Not-Quite-Self-Driving Cars
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'Hands Free': Automakers Race to Next Level of Not-Quite-Self-Driving Cars

Auto industry executives are speeding up plans to automate routine driving tasks and aim to make the technologies widely available within five years.

Siri, Alexa Targeted as E.U. Probes Internet of Things
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Siri, Alexa Targeted as E.U. Probes Internet of Things

The European Commission is mounting an antitrust investigation into the Internet of Things, targeting voice assistants such as Apple's Siri and Amazon's Alexa. ...

Giving Robots Human-Like Perception of Their Physical Environments
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Giving Robots Human-Like Perception of Their Physical Environments

Kimera builds a dense three-dimensional semantic mesh of an environment and can track humans in the environment.

Google, Amazon, J&J Join WHO to Fight Covid-Era Smoking
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Google, Amazon, J&J Join WHO to Fight Covid-Era Smoking

Google, Amazon, and Johnson & Johnson have joined the World Health Organization effort to combat the global Covid-19 pandemic's threat to smokers, partly with artificial...

A Life-Saving Jog to the Memory
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A Life-Saving Jog to the Memory

An artificial intelligence-based sensor system can prevent children from being forgotten in locked cars.

Bill Gates-Backed Company to Hunt for Cobalt Near Glencore Mine
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Bill Gates-Backed Company to Hunt for Cobalt Near Glencore Mine

Kobold Metals, a startup backed by Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, and others, aims to search for cobalt near a nickel mine in northern Quebec using data analytics.

AI Seeks ET: Machine Learning Powers Hunt for Life in the Solar System
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AI Seeks ET: Machine Learning Powers Hunt for Life in the Solar System

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration is testing a pilot artificial intelligence system for use on a future Mars mission.

UNESCO Launches Worldwide Online Public Consultation on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence
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UNESCO Launches Worldwide Online Public Consultation on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence

UNESCO is inviting interested stakeholders to comment on the draft text before July 31.

Japan Is Figuring Out How to Deliver Goods Untouched by Humans
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Japan Is Figuring Out How to Deliver Goods Untouched by Humans

Japanese companies are developing next-generation logistics technology to deliver goods untouched by humans, driven by worker shortages and the Covid-19 pandemic...

AI Enables Efficiencies in Quantum Information Processing
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AI Enables Efficiencies in Quantum Information Processing

Researchers at the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command's Army Research Laboratory and Tulane University integrated machine learning with quantum information...

Study: Only 18% of Data Science Students Are Learning AI Ethics
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Study: Only 18% of Data Science Students Are Learning AI Ethics

Only 15% of university instructors and professors surveyed are teaching artificial intelligence (AI) ethics, and just 18% of students say they are learning about...

AI's Carbon Footprint Problem
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AI's Carbon Footprint Problem

A new tool measures the hidden cost of machine learning.

Recyclers Turn to Robots After Waste Import Bans
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Recyclers Turn to Robots After Waste Import Bans

Waste import bans have prompted many companies to use robotic technologies to enhance their processing capabilities.

Now You See It, Now You Don’t
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Now You See It, Now You Don’t

The potential of augmented reality art.

System Combines Smartphone Videos to Create 4D Visualizations
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System Combines Smartphone Videos to Create 4D Visualizations

Carnegie Mellon University researchers combined iPhone videos shot "in the wild" by separate cameras to produce four-dimensional visualizations.

How AI Helps Historians Solve Ancient Puzzles
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How AI Helps Historians Solve Ancient Puzzles

Artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques are helping historians restore or recreate archaeological artifacts from photos of fragments.

Study Shows Consumer Excitement For Drones, Self-Driving Vehicles Has Grown Amid Pandemic
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Study Shows Consumer Excitement For Drones, Self-Driving Vehicles Has Grown Amid Pandemic

Study finds 26% of consumers now view autonomous delivery technologies more favorably

São Paulo Subway Facial Recognition System Slammed Over User Data Security, Privacy
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São Paulo Subway Facial Recognition System Slammed Over User Data Security, Privacy

Consumer rights groups say the agency operating the subway system in São Paulo, Brazil, has not shown that a new facial recognition technology platform protects...

Can an Algorithm Predict the Pandemic’s Next Moves?
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Can an Algorithm Predict the Pandemic’s Next Moves?

Researchers have developed a model that uses social-media and search data to forecast outbreaks of Covid-19 well before they occur.

Disney's Deepfakes Closer to Big-Screen Debut
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Disney's Deepfakes Closer to Big-Screen Debut

Disney researchers have demonstrated what they described as the first photorealistic deepfake at megapixel resolution.
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