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Washington State Signs Facial Recognition Curbs Into Law; Critics Want Ban
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Washington State Signs Facial Recognition Curbs Into Law; Critics Want Ban

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee on Tuesday signed the first U.S. state law curbing law enforcement's use of facial recognition technology.

Tech's Next Disruption Target: The Coronavirus
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Tech's Next Disruption Target: The Coronavirus

Silicon Valley technology experts are pursuing various projects to combat the coronavirus, with thousands of volunteers contributing to hundreds of hastily organized...

A Debate Between AI Experts Shows a Battle Over the Technology’s Future
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A Debate Between AI Experts Shows a Battle Over the Technology’s Future

The field is in disagreement about where it should go and why.

How AI Can Reduce Traffic Congestion, Fuel Consumption
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How AI Can Reduce Traffic Congestion, Fuel Consumption

Researchers used artificial intelligence and machine learning to design a computer-vision system to keep traffic moving efficiently through intersections while...

Big Data Helps Taiwan Fight Coronavirus
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Big Data Helps Taiwan Fight Coronavirus

Taiwan has largely controlled the propagation of the  coronavirus, which an international team of researchers credit mainly to the emergency deployment of big data...

Machine Learning Technique Sharpens Prediction of Material's Mechanical Properties
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Machine Learning Technique Sharpens Prediction of Material's Mechanical Properties

Scientists utilized machine learning to improve the accuracy of material testing.

 If It Quacks Like a Duck...
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If It Quacks Like a Duck...

The looming threat of artificial intelligence-based deepfake voice conversion.

Facebook Sent Home Thousands of Human Moderators Due to the Coronavirus. Now the Algorithms Are in Charge
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Facebook Sent Home Thousands of Human Moderators Due to the Coronavirus. Now the Algorithms Are in Charge

Facebook has placed its army of human moderators on paid leave, forcing the company to police disinformation without them.

System Trains Driverless Cars in Simulation Before They Hit the Road
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System Trains Driverless Cars in Simulation Before They Hit the Road

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have created a simulation system to train driverless cars prior to their deployment on actual streets.

AI-Powered Shoes Unlock Secrets of Your Sole
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AI-Powered Shoes Unlock Secrets of Your Sole

A new smart insole powered by artificial intelligence  analyzes a person's gait in real time when worn in their shoe. \

How AI Could Help Translate the Written Language of Ancient Civilizations
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How AI Could Help Translate the Written Language of Ancient Civilizations

A collaboration by the University of Chicago's Oriental Institute and its Department of Computer Science could enable automated transcription of ancient tablets...

There Is a Racial Divide in Speech Recognition Systems, Researchers Say
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There Is a Racial Divide in Speech Recognition Systems, Researchers Say

Technology from Amazon, Apple, Google, IBM, and Microsoft misidentified 35% of words from people who were black. White people fared much better.

Computer Scientists Develop AI System that Predicts Air Pollution Levels
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Computer Scientists Develop AI System that Predicts Air Pollution Levels

A new artificial intelligence  system can predict air pollution levels as much as two days in advance.

This Drone Can Play Dodgeball
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This Drone Can Play Dodgeball

Researchers equipped a quadcopter with event cameras and algorithms to reduce its reaction time and enable it to avoid a ball thrown at it from a short distance...

The Humble Tire Gets Kitted Out with Technology
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The Humble Tire Gets Kitted Out with Technology

Tire manufacturers are designing intelligent tires to improve the braking of self-driving vehicles.   

Dead Languages Come to Life
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Dead Languages Come to Life

Artificial intelligence automates the translation of extinct languages.

Coronavirus Highlights Strengths of Self-Driving Delivery Vehicles
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Coronavirus Highlights Strengths of Self-Driving Delivery Vehicles

With quarantines across China, one company is showing the usefulness of autonomous vehicles.

AI Taps Human Wisdom for Faster, Better Cancer Diagnosis
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AI Taps Human Wisdom for Faster, Better Cancer Diagnosis

Researchers in Canada have developed a system that combines artificial intelligence with human knowledge to provide faster, more accurate cancer diagnoses.

Intel Trains Neuromorphic Chip to Detect Odors
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Intel Trains Neuromorphic Chip to Detect Odors

Intel and Cornell University researchers have trained Intel's Loihi neuromorphic processor to identify 10 materials from their odors.
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