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MIT's 'Smart Surface' Could Improve Your Wi-Fi Signal Tenfold
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MIT's 'Smart Surface' Could Improve Your Wi-Fi Signal Tenfold

Researchers have designed a prototype "smart surface" that can concentrate wireless radio signals to maximize reception. 

Self-Learning Heat­ing Control System
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Self-Learning Heat­ing Control System

Researchers have developed a smart heating control system that can assess a building's behavior and provide greater comfort and lower energy costs.

The Secret History of Facial Recognition
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The Secret History of Facial Recognition

Sixty years ago, a sharecropper's son invented a technology to identify faces. Then the record of his role all but vanished.

If A Novel Was Good, Would You Care If It Was Created by Artificial Intelligence?
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If A Novel Was Good, Would You Care If It Was Created by Artificial Intelligence?

The first computer-generated screenplays are promised within five years. Fiction can't be far behind.

Illinois Law Gives Candidates Rights to Understand How Employers Use Algorithms to Rate Job Interviewees
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Illinois Law Gives Candidates Rights to Understand How Employers Use Algorithms to Rate Job Interviewees

A new law in Illinois aims to give job candidates a better understanding of how companies use artificial intelligence to screen video interviews.

Virtual Assistants Provide Disappointing Advice When Asked for First Aid, Emergency Information: Study
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Virtual Assistants Provide Disappointing Advice When Asked for First Aid, Emergency Information: Study

Researchers have found the major virtual assistants do not live up to their potential in terms of providing users with reliable, relevant information on medical...

IBM's Debating AI Just Got a Lot Closer to Being a Useful Tool
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IBM's Debating AI Just Got a Lot Closer to Being a Useful Tool

IBM upgraded the neural networks of its Project Debater system to improve the quality of evidence the argument-mining system uncovers.

Facebook Speeds Up AI Training by Culling the Weak
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Facebook Speeds Up AI Training by Culling the Weak

Facebook engineers have accelerated the training of artificial intelligence (AI) agents by eliminating laggards. 

Report: Whichever Country Claims AI Supremacy This Decade Will Rule the Earth
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Report: Whichever Country Claims AI Supremacy This Decade Will Rule the Earth

Global economy expert Indermit Gill predicts the global leader in artificial intelligence in 2030 will go on to rule the planet for the balance of this century....

Brain-Like Network Uses Disorder to Detect Order
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Brain-Like Network Uses Disorder to Detect Order

Researchers have developed a brain-inspired disordered network for detecting ordered patterns, which uses "hopping conduction" to reach solutions without predesigned...

U.K. Police Use of Facial Recognition Tests Public's Tolerance
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U.K. Police Use of Facial Recognition Tests Public's Tolerance

The testing of facial recognition technology by police in the U.K. has provoked outrage.

The Way You Dance is Unique, and Computers Can Tell It's You
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The Way You Dance is Unique, and Computers Can Tell It's You

Researchers at Finland’s University of Jyvaskyla have taught computers to identify individuals by their dance style.

AI Can Do Great Things—if It Doesn't Burn the Planet
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AI Can Do Great Things—if It Doesn't Burn the Planet

The computing power required for AI landmarks, such as recognizing images and defeating humans at Go, increased 300,000-fold from 2012 to 2018.

Study Finds AI Viable Tool to Detect Changes in Patients' Mental Health
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Study Finds AI Viable Tool to Detect Changes in Patients' Mental Health

A study found machine learning artificial intelligence is as accurate as physicians in detecting changes in clinical states from patients' speech.

Are Your Students Bored? This AI Could Tell You
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Are Your Students Bored? This AI Could Tell You

Researchers have created an artificial intelligence (AI) system that analyzes students' emotions to measure their engagement level in a class. 

How to Beat South Korea's AI Hiring Bots and Land a Job
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How to Beat South Korea's AI Hiring Bots and Land a Job

Major South Korean companies are using artificial intelligence (AI) to screen job applicants, giving rise to an industry to help job-seekers beat these systems. ...

Samsung's Neon 'Artificial Humans' Look Like Super-Realistic Video Chatbots
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Samsung's Neon 'Artificial Humans' Look Like Super-Realistic Video Chatbots

At CES 2020, Samsung's STAR Labs research group unveiled Neon, a simulated human assistant.  

Neural Networks Can Drive Virtual Racecars Without Learning
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Neural Networks Can Drive Virtual Racecars Without Learning

A study found artificial neural networks can evolve to perform tasks without learning.

Researchers: Are We on the Cusp of an 'AI Winter'?
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Researchers: Are We on the Cusp of an 'AI Winter'?

There are signs that the hype over artificial intelligence might be about to start cooling off.

AI Comes to the Operating Room
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AI Comes to the Operating Room

Surgeons are utilizing artificial intelligence and new imaging methods to diagnose brain tumors faster than pathologists, and with similar accuracy.
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