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An AI that Writes Convincing Prose Risks Mass-Producing Fake News
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An AI that Writes Convincing Prose Risks Mass-Producing Fake News

Here's some breaking fake news … Russia has declared war on the United States after Donald Trump accidentally fired a missile in the air.

Pentagon Drafts AI to Fight Wildfires
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Pentagon Drafts AI to Fight Wildfires

The Pentagon has launched a program to use artificial intelligence to analyze data collected by drones to improve how wildfires are fought.

Making New Drugs With a Dose of AI
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Making New Drugs With a Dose of AI

An artificial intelligence designed by Google's DeepMind unit recently won the Critical Assessment of Structure Prediction competition.

Teaching Self-Driving Cars to Predict Pedestrian Movement
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Teaching Self-Driving Cars to Predict Pedestrian Movement

University of Michigan researchers are teaching self-driving cars to recognize and predict pedestrian movements with greater precision than conventional systems...

Scaling Up Search for Analogies Could Be Key to Innovation
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Scaling Up Search for Analogies Could Be Key to Innovation

Investment in research is at an all-time high, yet the rate of scientific breakthroughs isn't setting any records. To resolve this quandary, scientists are turning...

Heathrow Trials AI System for Landing Planes in Bad Weather
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Heathrow Trials AI System for Landing Planes in Bad Weather

The U.K.'s National Air Traffic Services is testing an artificial intelligence system at London's Heathrow Airport to help guide airplanes in low visibility.

'Robbie the Robot' Can Spot Worsening Dementia After Watching 13 Episodes of Emmerdale
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'Robbie the Robot' Can Spot Worsening Dementia After Watching 13 Episodes of Emmerdale

A robot equipped with artificial intelligence learned to recognize facial expressions by watching TV.

Trump's Plan to Keep America First in AI
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Trump's Plan to Keep America First in AI

U.S. President Donald Trump today will sign an executive order for the federal government to channel funds, programs, and data in support of artificial intelligence...

How Analytics are Making Peace Between Fishermen, Turtles
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How Analytics are Making Peace Between Fishermen, Turtles

New predictive analytics technologies are helping researchers protect turtles, albatrosses, whales, and other endangered species from fishermen.

Software That Can Automatically Detect Fake News
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Software That Can Automatically Detect Fake News

Researchers have developed a system that automatically analyzes social media posts and filters out fake news and disinformation.

Making New Drugs With a Dose of Artificial Intelligence
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Making New Drugs With a Dose of Artificial Intelligence

You can think of it as a World Cup of biochemical research.

MIT Robot Combines Vision, Touch to Learn Game of Jenga
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MIT Robot Combines Vision, Touch to Learn Game of Jenga

Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineers have created a robot that taught itself to play Jenga.

Lawmakers Put Pentagon's Cyber in Their Sights
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Lawmakers Put Pentagon's Cyber in Their Sights

Congress has a new rising target when it comes to cyber: The Pentagon.

Self-Taught Robot Figures Out What It Looks Like, What It Can Do
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Self-Taught Robot Figures Out What It Looks Like, What It Can Do

Columbia University researchers have developed a robot that learns what it looks like without any outside help.

The Rise of the Robot Reporter
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The Rise of the Robot Reporter

As reporters and editors find themselves the victims of layoffs at digital publishers and traditional newspaper chains alike, journalism generated by machine is...

5 Reasons Why Autonomous Cars Aren't Coming Anytime Soon
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5 Reasons Why Autonomous Cars Aren't Coming Anytime Soon

In the world of autonomous vehicles, Pittsburgh and Silicon Valley are bustling hubs of development and testing. But ask those involved in self-driving vehicles...

Engineers Program Marine Robots to Take Calculated Risks
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Engineers Program Marine Robots to Take Calculated Risks

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed an algorithm that lets autonomous underwater vehicles weigh the risks and rewards of exploring...

Data Scientists Face Off in LSST Machine-Learning Competition
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Data Scientists Face Off in LSST Machine-Learning Competition

An international machine learning challenge hosted on the Kaggle.com platform asked participants to identify which of 15 classifications was the best fit for each...

This Video Game Tournament Will Test the Wits of Computers
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This Video Game Tournament Will Test the Wits of Computers

Unity Technologies has announced the Obstacle Tower game and challenge, a video game tournament intended to contribute to artificial intelligence research.

How Machine Learning Could Keep Dangerous DNA Out of Terrorists' Hands
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How Machine Learning Could Keep Dangerous DNA Out of Terrorists' Hands

Biologists the world over routinely pay companies to synthesize snippets of DNA for use in the laboratory or clinic.
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