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A New Language for Quantum Computing
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A New Language for Quantum Computing

Twist is an MIT-developed programming language that can describe and verify which pieces of data are entangled to prevent bugs in a quantum program.

ML Speeds Up Vehicle Routing
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ML Speeds Up Vehicle Routing

A new machine learning approach could speed up vehicle routing algorithms, which tend to slow down when applied to large urban datasets.

ML Flags Remedies That Might Do More Harm Than Good
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ML Flags Remedies That Might Do More Harm Than Good

Scientists designed a machine learning model to identify medical treatments that could pose greater potential danger than alternatives.

Tiny ML Design Alleviates Bottleneck in Memory Usage on IoT Devices
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Tiny ML Design Alleviates Bottleneck in Memory Usage on IoT Devices

Researchers come up with a machine learning method to reduce the amount of memory required for Internet of Things devices.

Machines That See the World More Like Humans Do
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Machines That See the World More Like Humans Do

The 3D Scene Perception via Probabilistic Programming system helps machines perceive the world in a more human-like manner.

Generating a Realistic 3D World
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Generating a Realistic 3D World

Researchers developed the ThreeDWorld platform to simulate high-fidelity audio and visual environments.

Taking Some Guesswork Out of Drug Discovery
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Taking Some Guesswork Out of Drug Discovery

The deep learning GeoMol model can rapidly predict the three-dimensional shapes of drug-like molecules, which could expedite drug discovery.

Timber or Steel? Study Helps Builders Reduce Carbon Footprint of Truss Structures
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Timber or Steel? Study Helps Builders Reduce Carbon Footprint of Truss Structures

Architects and engineers could design truss structures minimizing embodied carbon by using a new set of computational tools.

Toward Speech Recognition for Uncommon Spoken Languages
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Toward Speech Recognition for Uncommon Spoken Languages

The new Prune, Adjust, and Re-Prune (PARP) technique allows an advanced speech-learning model learn uncommon spoken languages more easily.

Making ML More Useful to High-Stakes Decision Makers
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Making ML More Useful to High-Stakes Decision Makers

An international research team developed a visual analytics tool to address challenges faced by child welfare specialists using machine learning models to screen...

AI Sheds Light on How the Brain Processes Language
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AI Sheds Light on How the Brain Processes Language

Research by neuroscientists suggests the latest predictive language models' underlying mechanism functions similarly to the human brain's language-processing centers...

Artificial Networks Learn to Smell Like the Brain
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Artificial Networks Learn to Smell Like the Brain

A machine learning model can train itself to smell by building an artificial neural network that mimics the brain's odor-processing olfactory circuits.

One Giant Leap for the Mini Cheetah
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One Giant Leap for the Mini Cheetah

A new control system enhances the speed and agility of legged robots as they leap across gaps.

Accelerating the Discovery of Materials for 3D Printing
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Accelerating the Discovery of Materials for 3D Printing

Researchers have developed a less costly, less wasteful machine learning system for identifying three-dimensionally-printable materials.

These Neural Networks Know What They're Doing
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These Neural Networks Know What They're Doing

Researchers have shown that a specific neural network can learn the cause-and-effect structure of a navigation task it is taught.

Tool for Predicting Pedestrian Flow Expands Its Reach
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Tool for Predicting Pedestrian Flow Expands Its Reach

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed and applied a predictive model of pedestrian traffic to Melbourne, Australia.

AI Is Smart, but Does It Play Well with Others?
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AI Is Smart, but Does It Play Well with Others?

Researchers explored humans' ability to play a card game with an artificial intelligence model trained to play with teammates never before encountered.

Robot Finds Lost Items
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Robot Finds Lost Items

A robotic arm can track down lost items using a camera and radio frequency antenna attached to its gripper.

Deep Learning Helps Predict Drug Combinations to Fight COVID-19
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Deep Learning Helps Predict Drug Combinations to Fight COVID-19

A research team used deep learning to identify drug combinations that can fight COVID-19.

Universal System Decodes Any Type of Data Sent Across a Network
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Universal System Decodes Any Type of Data Sent Across a Network

Scientists have programmed a universal algorithm to enable a silicon chip to decode any data transmitted across a network, irrespective of structure.
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