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Yann LeCun, Yoshua Bengio: Self-Supervised Learning is Key to Human-Level Intelligence
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Yann LeCun, Yoshua Bengio: Self-Supervised Learning is Key to Human-Level Intelligence

ACM A.M. Turing Award recipients Yann LeCun and Yoshua Bengio say  self-supervised learning could lead to artificial intelligence programs more humanlike in their...

AI Can Search Satellite Data to Find Plastic Floating in the Sea
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AI Can Search Satellite Data to Find Plastic Floating in the Sea

Researchers have developed an artificial intelligence system that can identify sea plastic in satellite imagery.

Reducing the Carbon Footprint of AI
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Reducing the Carbon Footprint of AI

Researchers have developed an automated artificial intelligence system for training and running certain types of neural networks, which has a small carbon footprint...

Australian Researchers Tap Cloud to Save the Tasmanian Devil
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Australian Researchers Tap Cloud to Save the Tasmanian Devil

Researchers in Australia have partnered with Amazon Web Services on using cloud-based services to process, analyze, and categorize genomic data to protect endangered...

AI Enables Teachers to Rapidly Develop Intelligent Tutoring Systems
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AI Enables Teachers to Rapidly Develop Intelligent Tutoring Systems

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have created an artificial intelligence-based technique to help educators rapidly develop intelligent computerized tutoring...

How A.I. Steered Doctors Toward a Possible Coronavirus Treatment
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How A.I. Steered Doctors Toward a Possible Coronavirus Treatment

Specialists at the London start-up BenevolentAI helped identify the arthritis drug baricitinib, which is now part of a clinical trial.

New Design Could Make Fiber Communications More Energy Efficient
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New Design Could Make Fiber Communications More Energy Efficient

A new optical device emits light in one direction, to make fiber communications more efficient.

Power to the People
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Power to the People

Artificial Intelligence software helps citizens end-run censors.

Device Simulates Feel of Walls, Solid Objects in VR
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Device Simulates Feel of Walls, Solid Objects in VR

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have created a device to help simulate the feel of objects in virtual reality.

Governments Must Build Trust in AI to Fight COVID-19
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Governments Must Build Trust in AI to Fight COVID-19

To maintain trust, governments must put much-needed artificial intelligence governance architectures in place.

AI Can Distinguish Between Bots, Humans Based on Twitter Activity
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AI Can Distinguish Between Bots, Humans Based on Twitter Activity

Researchers trained an artificial intelligence system to detect Twitter bots based on differences in the patterns of Tweeting activity of real and fake accounts...

An ESPN Commercial Hints at Advertising's Deepfake Future
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An ESPN Commercial Hints at Advertising's Deepfake Future

With the pandemic having shut down production, companies are asking ad agencies to create commercials made up of digitally altered footage.

Pay Users to Spot Bias in AI, Say Top Researchers
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Pay Users to Spot Bias in AI, Say Top Researchers

Leading researchers have proposed a system of financially rewarding users to spot bias in algorithms.

Doctors are Using AI to Triage COVID-19 patients. The Tools May Be Here to Stay
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Doctors are Using AI to Triage COVID-19 patients. The Tools May Be Here to Stay

Faced with staff shortages and overwhelming patient loads, a growing number of hospitals are turning to automated tools to help them manage the pandemic.

Researchers Propose a Privacy-Preserving Communication Protocol for AI Training, Inference
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Researchers Propose a Privacy-Preserving Communication Protocol for AI Training, Inference

A team of researchers has developed an end-to-end framework for secure computation of artificial intelligence models and batch normalization.

AI for Drug Design
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AI for Drug Design

Artificial intelligence allows the screening of billions of molecules, until you find the one(s) you want.

Australia's Fire Season Ends, Researchers Look to the Next One
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Australia's Fire Season Ends, Researchers Look to the Next One

The effectiveness of many technologies being developed to cope with wildfires in Australia hinges on the ability to predict how fuel types like eucalyptus trees...

Coronavirus Disruption Puts Supply Chain Software to the Test
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Coronavirus Disruption Puts Supply Chain Software to the Test

Software firms are strengthening their algorithms as the coronavirus outbreak stresses food supply chains.

Algorithm Maps Where Fashions Originate, How They Spread Around the World
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Algorithm Maps Where Fashions Originate, How They Spread Around the World

A new machine learning algorithm can recognize new fashions, then use images of  them to seek similar styles styles in a global database of geotagged images.

Computer Model Predicts How Drugs Affect Heart Rhythm
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Computer Model Predicts How Drugs Affect Heart Rhythm

A new computer model can screen drugs for unintended cardiac side effects, such as arrhythmia.
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