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Curiosity May Be Vital for Truly Smart AI
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Curiosity May Be Vital for Truly Smart AI

A computer algorithm equipped with a form of artificial curiosity can learn to solve tricky problems even when it isn't immediately clear what actions might help...

Smart Machines Pick Up the Pace
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Smart Machines Pick Up the Pace

Massachusetts Institute of Technology principal research scientist Andrew McAfee says the pace of machine-learning advancement is often underestimated.

Google Researchers Are Teaching Their AI to Build Its Own, More Powerful AI
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Google Researchers Are Teaching Their AI to Build Its Own, More Powerful AI

Google has unveiled a new approach to machine learning in which neural networks are used to build better neural networks.

Ready, Set, Go! Rematch of Man vs. Machine in Ancient Game
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Ready, Set, Go! Rematch of Man vs. Machine in Ancient Game

AlphaGo, Google DeepMind's artificial intelligence program, will compete against the Chinese world champion Go player Ke Jie in a three-game series.

Your Camera Wants to Kill the Keyboard
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Your Camera Wants to Kill the Keyboard

Snapchat knew it from the start, but in recent months Google and Facebook have all but confirmed it: The keyboard, slowly but surely, is fading into obscurity. ...

In Memoriam Alain Colmerauer: 1941-2017
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In Memoriam Alain Colmerauer: 1941-2017

French computer scientist Alain Colmerauer passed away on May 15.

Machine Learning Algorithms Re-Create City in 3D Using Only Image Data
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Machine Learning Algorithms Re-Create City in 3D Using Only Image Data

Varcity is a new platform that collects massive amounts of image data of a city and uses algorithms to automatically create a three-dimensional model of it.

Imec Demonstrates Self-Learning Neuromorphic Chip That Composes Music
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Imec Demonstrates Self-Learning Neuromorphic Chip That Composes Music

Researchers say they have created the world's first self-learning neuromorphic chip, based on OxRAM technology, that demonstrates the ability to compose music. ...

What This Apple-Picking Robot Means for the Future of Farm Workers
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What This Apple-Picking Robot Means for the Future of Farm Workers

Robots are replacing human workers at a faster pace than any other point in history. Most of these robots are in factories, but a new kind of mechanized worker...

Virtual Top Hats Allow Swarming Robots to Fly in Tight Formation
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Virtual Top Hats Allow Swarming Robots to Fly in Tight Formation

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have created a team of autonomous flying robots that do not collide or undercut each other.

Tech Majority Disagrees With AI Warnings From Hawking, Musk, and Gates
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Tech Majority Disagrees With AI Warnings From Hawking, Musk, and Gates

A new study demonstrates strong public and expert skepticism of warnings about artificial intelligence.

Artificial Intelligence Course Creates AI Teaching Assistant
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Artificial Intelligence Course Creates AI Teaching Assistant

A team of researchers has developed a virtual teacher's assistant, called Jill Watson, using technologies from IBM's Watson platform.

Better Screenings Through Artificial Intelligence
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Better Screenings Through Artificial Intelligence

Researchers say they have developed a cervical cancer screening technique that could perform as well as, or better than, traditional screening methods at a greatly...

Internet of Things Made Simple: One Sensor Package Does Work of Many
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Internet of Things Made Simple: One Sensor Package Does Work of Many

Researchers have developed a plug-in sensor package that tracks multiple phenomena in a room.

Computer Accurately Identifies and Delineates Breast Cancers on Digital Tissue Slides
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Computer Accurately Identifies and Delineates Breast Cancers on Digital Tissue Slides

Researchers say a new deep-learning computer network is 100% accurate in identifying the presence of invasive forms of breast cancer in whole biopsy slides.

Father of the Internet: 'AI Stands for Artificial Idiot'
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Father of the Internet: 'AI Stands for Artificial Idiot'

Google chief Internet evangelist Vint Cerf said modern artificial intelligence systems are only as smart as the people who interact with them.

What's Holding Back Self-Driving Cars? Human Drivers
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What's Holding Back Self-Driving Cars? Human Drivers

The challenge of understanding drivers' behavior and the quirks of local traffic means the use of autonomous vehicles on public roads will be constrained for many...

Mobile Device Can Accurately and Inexpensively Monitor Air Quality Using Machine Learning
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Mobile Device Can Accurately and Inexpensively Monitor Air Quality Using Machine Learning

c-Air is a new, cost-effective mobile device designed to measure air quality.

Cornell CIS and Adobe Collaboration Creates AI Photo Tool
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Cornell CIS and Adobe Collaboration Creates AI Photo Tool

Deep Photo Style Transfer software can transpose the look of one photo onto another.
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