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Neural Networks Predict Forces in Jammed Granular Solids
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Neural Networks Predict Forces in Jammed Granular Solids

A team of researchers used machine learning and computer simulations to create a tool for predicting force chains within granular solids.

Computational Model Could Speed Development of Semiconductors for Quantum Applications
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Computational Model Could Speed Development of Semiconductors for Quantum Applications

A new computational model can forecast how doping semiconductor material zinc selenide with halogen elements chlorine and fluorine changes its optical properties...

Teen Invents ML Tool to Detect Elephant Poachers in Real Time
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Teen Invents ML Tool to Detect Elephant Poachers in Real Time

According to the teen, the software is four times more accurate than existing state-of-the-art detection methods.

YouTube More Likely to Direct Election-Fraud Videos to Users Doubting 2020 Election
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YouTube More Likely to Direct Election-Fraud Videos to Users Doubting 2020 Election

Researchers found YouTube algorithms were more likely to recommend election fraud-related videos to users who already doubted the legitimacy of the 2020 U.S. presidential...

The Animal Translators
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The Animal Translators

Researchers are using machine learning systems to decode animal communication.

What Deep Learning Algorithms Can Teach Us About Snow
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What Deep Learning Algorithms Can Teach Us About Snow

The DeepPrecip neural network developed by Fraser King and colleagues at the University of Waterloo models weather in order to measure annual snowfall and snowmelt...

French Bureaucrats: We Won't Be Enslaved by Robots
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French Bureaucrats: We Won't Be Enslaved by Robots

France's highest administrative court dismissed the notion that artificial intelligence threatens humanity.

French Tax Officials Use AI to Spot 20,000 Undeclared Pools
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French Tax Officials Use AI to Spot 20,000 Undeclared Pools

French tax officials used artificial intelligence to identify over 20,0000 undeclared private swimming pools, constituting about €10 million (over $10 million)...

Earthquakes Seem to Come in a More Predictable Pattern Than We Thought
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Earthquakes Seem to Come in a More Predictable Pattern Than We Thought

A machine learning model developed by researchers at the University of California, Davis can analyze decades of earthquake data to predict future earthquakes.

Did My Cat Just Hit On Me? An Adventure in Pet Translation
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Did My Cat Just Hit On Me? An Adventure in Pet Translation

Entrepreneurs are aiming to put A.I.-powered pet translation tools into our pockets.

The Animal Translators
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The Animal Translators

Scientists are using machine learning to eavesdrop on naked mole rats, fruit bats, crows, and whales—and to communicate back.

One Man's Dream of Fusing A.I. With Common Sense
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One Man's Dream of Fusing A.I. With Common Sense

Artificial intelligence systems can process vast amounts of data in seconds, but they can't make sense of the world or explain their decisions. David Ferrucci wants...

AI In Your Ears
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AI In Your Ears

Binaural learning enhances speech while minimizing noise.

The Low Threshold for Face Recognition in New Delhi
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The Low Threshold for Face Recognition in New Delhi

Police in India's capital say they only require an 80% accuracy rate for matches, raising new alarm bells for civil liberty advocates.

No-Code AI: Platforms and Tools
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No-Code AI: Platforms and Tools

In the 1990s, tools like Macromedia Dreamweaver made Web development accessible to all. Today, no-code tools aim to do the same for artificial intelligence.

Sloppy Use of Machine Learning Is Causing a 'Reproducibility Crisis' in Science
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Sloppy Use of Machine Learning Is Causing a 'Reproducibility Crisis' in Science

AI hype has researchers in fields from medicine to sociology rushing to use techniques they don't always understand—causing a wave of spurious results.

A Neuromorphic Chip for AI on the Edge
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A Neuromorphic Chip for AI on the Edge

An international team of researchers created the NeuRRAM neuromorphic chip to compute directly in memory.

Meta Lets Algorithm Pick 60 Employees to Fire
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Meta Lets Algorithm Pick 60 Employees to Fire

The staff had no warning and noone to appeal to; all video calls were anonymized.

How AI Is Driving the Esports Boom
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How AI Is Driving the Esports Boom

Artificial intelligence is helping the esports industry take the world by storm.

AI Model Recommends Personalized Fonts to Improve Reading, Accessibility
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AI Model Recommends Personalized Fonts to Improve Reading, Accessibility

Model matches reader characteristics, such as font familiarity and age, with specific font characteristics, such as heavier weight.
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