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Firefighters Had Secret Weapon When Notre Dame Caught Fire: A Robot Named 'Colossus'
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Firefighters Had Secret Weapon When Notre Dame Caught Fire: A Robot Named 'Colossus'

Paris firefighters used a 1,100-pound, tank-like robot to mitigate damage to Notre Dame cathedral and prevent the conflagration from spreading further by entering...

Aviation Automation Climbs New Heights With ALIAS
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Aviation Automation Climbs New Heights With ALIAS

DARPA's Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automation System (ALIAS) project aims to develop autonomous artificial intelligences to improve flight safety and performance...

If Your Image Is Online, It Might Be Training Facial-Recognition AI
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If Your Image Is Online, It Might Be Training Facial-Recognition AI

The photo is undeniably cute: a mom and a dad—he with a stubbly beard and rimless glasses, she with choppy brown hair and a wide grin—goofing around and eating...

Can a Computer Write a Script? Machine Learning Goes Hollywood
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Can a Computer Write a Script? Machine Learning Goes Hollywood

The idea of using machine learning programs to help write scripts and other tasks is becoming increasingly popular in Hollywood.

YouTube's Notre Dame-9/11 Flub Highlights AI's Blind Spots
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YouTube's Notre Dame-9/11 Flub Highlights AI's Blind Spots

YouTube might need a few more humans. The machines whose job is to tamp down conspiracy theories are not cutting it just yet.

Algorithms to Enhance Forest Inventories
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Algorithms to Enhance Forest Inventories

A researcher at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland has developed algorithms capable of determining inventory parameters of trees over large...

A Robot Has Figured Out How to Use Tools
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A Robot Has Figured Out How to Use Tools

A new robotic system can figure out at least the first principles of tool use, through a combination of experimentation and observation.

Robotic Heads Powered by AI to Help Passengers at Major German Airport
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Robotic Heads Powered by AI to Help Passengers at Major German Airport

Frankfurt Airport in Germany is the site of a six-week trial of a robotic head powered by artificial intelligence as an information resource for travelers.

Amazon Workers Are Listening to What You Tell Alexa
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Amazon Workers Are Listening to What You Tell Alexa

Amazon employs thousands of people around the world to listen to voice recordings captured in Echo owners' homes and offices.

Self-Driving Car Learns to Navigate Narrow European Streets Like a Human Driver
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Self-Driving Car Learns to Navigate Narrow European Streets Like a Human Driver

U.K. startup Wayve said it has created an autonomous vehicle that can learn to drive the way a human does, through trial and error, using cameras and satellite...

Machine Learning Is Making Pesto Even More Delicious
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Machine Learning Is Making Pesto Even More Delicious

Researchers have used machine learning to create basil plants that are extra-tasty.

Europe Making AI Rules Now to Avoid New Tech Crisis
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Europe Making AI Rules Now to Avoid New Tech Crisis

The European Commission this week introduced ethics guidelines to inform the development of artificial intelligence.

Why the Card Game Hanabi Is Next Big Hurdle for AI
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Why the Card Game Hanabi Is Next Big Hurdle for AI

Researchers hope to train artificial intelligence to master Hanabi, a card game in which everyone wins or loses depending on how well they communicate.

How Gaming Technology May Help Taxi Drivers in Japan
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How Gaming Technology May Help Taxi Drivers in Japan

Tokyo, Japan-based DeNA has developed a program to direct cruising taxi drivers to streets where they are most likely to find customers.

Toyota Robot Can't Slam Dunk, but Shoots a Mean 3-Pointer
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Toyota Robot Can't Slam Dunk, but Shoots a Mean 3-Pointer

Researchers at Toyota Motor have developed a robot that can make free throws and three-point shots on a basketball court.

Australian Regulators Cautiously Embrace AI to Boost Compliance
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Australian Regulators Cautiously Embrace AI to Boost Compliance

Australian regulators are cautiously using artificial intelligence to address a lack of compliance across that nation’s financial sector.

Amazon Schooled on AI Facial Technology by Turing Award Winner
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Amazon Schooled on AI Facial Technology by Turing Award Winner

Artificial intelligence researchers are calling on Amazon to stop selling its facial recognition software to police.

Changing How a Country Types
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Changing How a Country Types

Researchers led by Aalto University in Finland used computational methods to reposition keyboard characters for easier, more intuitive typing in French.

AI Pioneer: 'The Dangers of Abuse Are Very Real'
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AI Pioneer: 'The Dangers of Abuse Are Very Real'

Yoshua Bengio is one of three computer scientists who last week shared the US$1-million A. M. Turing award—one of the field's top prizes.

Computer Program Predicts Risk of Deadly Irregular Heart Beats
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Computer Program Predicts Risk of Deadly Irregular Heart Beats

A new computer-based set of rules more accurately predicts when patients with a rare heart condition might benefit from lifesaving implanted defibrillators.
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