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How One City Saved $5 Million by Routing School Buses With an Algorithm
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How One City Saved $5 Million by Routing School Buses With an Algorithm

An algorithm developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology won a competition to determine the best solution for busing 25,000 students to Boston schools...

AI Is Learning From Humans. Many Humans.
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AI Is Learning From Humans. Many Humans.

While artificial intelligence systems are viewed by most people in technology as the future of the industry, tech executives rarely discuss the labor-intensive...

Despite Chinese Efforts, U.S. Still Leads in AI
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Despite Chinese Efforts, U.S. Still Leads in AI

The U.S. remains the global leader in artificial intelligence research and development, according to a new study.

Facial Recognition Technique Could Improve Hail Forecasts
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Facial Recognition Technique Could Improve Hail Forecasts

Researchers have found that the same artificial intelligence method used in facial recognition systems could help improve the prediction of hailstorms and their...

Augmented Reality Gets Real
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Augmented Reality Gets Real

Formidable optical challenges are yielding to intensive research, development.

Guided by AI, Robotic Platform Automates Molecule Manufacture
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Guided by AI, Robotic Platform Automates Molecule Manufacture

A new artificial intelligence-guided system uses robots to automate small-molecule fabrication.

Canada Shows the Way on Autonomous Vehicles
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Canada Shows the Way on Autonomous Vehicles

Researchers at universities across Canada are helping the country prepare for the coming autonomous vehicle and electric vehicle revolution, while raising Canada's...

Two Fraudsters, One Passport – Computers Detect Fraudulent Identity Photos
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Two Fraudsters, One Passport – Computers Detect Fraudulent Identity Photos

Researchers at the University of Lincoln found that computers are more accurate than humans at detecting photos that have undergone face morphing, a digital manipulation...

People With Autism Are Hot Hires for AI Jobs
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People With Autism Are Hot Hires for AI Jobs

Ernst & Young and other companies are recruiting people with autism for artificial intelligence jobs through neurodiversity hiring programs.

NHS to Set Up National AI Lab
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NHS to Set Up National AI Lab

The U.K. National Health Service is launching a national AI laboratory to enhance the care of patients and facilitate research.

Facial Recognition Coming to a Supermarket Near You
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Facial Recognition Coming to a Supermarket Near You

Rapid advancements of AI and facial recognition technologies, combined with a dramatic decline in costs, means that these systems are now viable for use by supermarkets...

A Breakthrough in Explainable AI
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A Breakthrough in Explainable AI

Researchers create an artificial intelligence agent that explains its reasoning.

Most People Would Rather Lose Their Job to a Robot Than Another Human
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Most People Would Rather Lose Their Job to a Robot Than Another Human

Most people would prefer to lose their job to a robot than to another person, but at the same time would rather see a co-worker replaced by a human than a robot...

Visa to Test Advanced AI to Prevent Fraud
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Visa to Test Advanced AI to Prevent Fraud

Visa is launching a platform to help its engineers quickly test artificial intelligence algorithms designed to detect and prevent credit card fraud.

Instead of Practicing, This AI Mastered Chess by Reading About It
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Instead of Practicing, This AI Mastered Chess by Reading About It

A new chess algorithm evaluates the quality of chess moves by analyzing the reactions of expert commentators.

Machine Vision Can Spot Unknown Links Between Classic Artworks
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Machine Vision Can Spot Unknown Links Between Classic Artworks

A new machine vision system can analyze the poses of human subjects in fine art paintings throughout history, then identify other paintings that contain people...

New York City’s first self-driving shuttle service launches today
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New York City’s first self-driving shuttle service launches today

Six autonomous six-seater shuttles will be offering free rides around a one-mile loop of New York's Brooklyn Navy Yard.

What the Machine Learning Value Chain Means for Geopolitics
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What the Machine Learning Value Chain Means for Geopolitics

Artificial intelligence  has become a major source of economic value, contributing as much as $2 trillion to today's global economy. Sophisticated machine learning...

How Hospitals Are Using AI to Save Their Sickest Patients, Curb 'Alarm Fatigue'
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How Hospitals Are Using AI to Save Their Sickest Patients, Curb 'Alarm Fatigue'

Intensive care units are using artificial intelligence to save patients by helping staff respond faster.

And Now, a Bicycle Built for None
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And Now, a Bicycle Built for None

Researchers from Tsinghua University in China have developed a self-driving bicycle.
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