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New Toronto Declaration Calls on Algorithms to Respect Human Rights
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New Toronto Declaration Calls on Algorithms to Respect Human Rights

"In a world of machine learning systems, who will bear accountability for harming human rights?"

Deep Learning Can Now Flawlessly Correct Photos Taken in Almost Complete Darkness
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Deep Learning Can Now Flawlessly Correct Photos Taken in Almost Complete Darkness

Machine learning can artificially increase the brightness of photos taken in low-light conditions.

How China Acquires 'the Crown Jewels' of U.S. Technology
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How China Acquires 'the Crown Jewels' of U.S. Technology

The U.S. government was well aware of China's aggressive strategy of leveraging private investors to buy up the latest American technology when, early last year...

AI Generates New Doom Levels for Humans to Play
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AI Generates New Doom Levels for Humans to Play

Researchers at the Polytechnic University of Milan in Italy have found it is possible to have a deep learning algorithm create compelling new game levels in Doom...

AI Made These Paintings
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AI Made These Paintings

In Bloomberg Businessweek's annual Sooner Than You Think issue, artificial intelligence is also driving cars, making money, exploring oceans … and freaking people...

Apple and Its Rivals Bet Their Futures on These Men's Dreams
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Apple and Its Rivals Bet Their Futures on These Men's Dreams

Over the past five years, artificial intelligence has gone from perennial vaporware to one of the technology industry's brightest hopes.

In Silicon Valley, Chinese 'Accelerators' Aim to Bring Startups Home
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In Silicon Valley, Chinese 'Accelerators' Aim to Bring Startups Home

Beijing's unslakeable thirst for the latest technology has spurred a proliferation of "accelerators" in Silicon Valley that aim to identify promising startups and...

Penn Staters Create Smart Mirror to Match Tech With Beauty in Global Competition
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Penn Staters Create Smart Mirror to Match Tech With Beauty in Global Competition

Three Pennsylvania State University researchers will participate this week in the world finals of the 2018 L'Oreal Brandstorm contest in Paris.

AI Detects Patterns of Gut Microbes for Cholera Risk
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AI Detects Patterns of Gut Microbes for Cholera Risk

Researchers used algorithms to identify patterns within communities of bacteria in the human gut that could not be detected with the naked eye.

Eye Scanner Can Tell If You've Mastered a Foreign Language
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Eye Scanner Can Tell If You've Mastered a Foreign Language

A new algorithm monitors a person's unconscious eye movements as they read, to assess their proficiency in a foreign language.

To Build Truly Intelligent Machines, Teach Them Cause and Effect
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To Build Truly Intelligent Machines, Teach Them Cause and Effect

Judea Pearl, a pioneering figure in artificial intelligence, argues that AI has been stuck in a decades-long rut. His prescription for progress? Teach machines...

Tech Firms Move to Put Ethical Guard Rails Around AI
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Tech Firms Move to Put Ethical Guard Rails Around AI

One day last summer, Microsoft's director of artificial intelligence research, Eric Horvitz, activated the Autopilot function of his Tesla sedan.

Hiding Information in Plain Text
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Hiding Information in Plain Text

Computer scientists have now invented a way to hide secret messages in ordinary text by imperceptibly changing the shapes of letters.

AI Researchers Allege that Machine Learning Is Alchemy
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AI Researchers Allege that Machine Learning Is Alchemy

Ali Rahimi, a researcher in artificial intelligence (AI) at Google in San Francisco, California, took a swipe at his field last December—and received a 40-second...

How Can We Be Sure AI Will Behave? Perhaps by Watching It Argue With Itself
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How Can We Be Sure AI Will Behave? Perhaps by Watching It Argue With Itself

Researchers say having two artificial intelligence systems debate a particular goal could ensure that they behave reliably when executing complex functions.

Inside Google, a Debate Rages: Should It Sell Artificial Intelligence to the Military?
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Inside Google, a Debate Rages: Should It Sell Artificial Intelligence to the Military?

Last July, 13 U.S. military commanders and technology executives met at the Pentagon's Silicon Valley outpost, two miles from Google headquarters.

Monkey Face Recognition App Can Help Spot Endangered Primates
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Monkey Face Recognition App Can Help Spot Endangered Primates

Researchers at Michigan State University have developed a mobile application that can identify and track primates in the wild from facial photos.

Facebook Helped Create an AI Scavenger Hunt That Could Lead to the First Useful Home Robots
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Facebook Helped Create an AI Scavenger Hunt That Could Lead to the First Useful Home Robots

Researchers have developed a scavenger hunt that could help artificial intelligence programs develop common sense.

How the Power of Mathematics Can Help Assess Lung Function
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How the Power of Mathematics Can Help Assess Lung Function

A novel mathematical method to analyze lung scans could transform diagnosis and assessment of respiratory maladies.
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