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Robot Dog Learns to Walk in One Hour
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Robot Dog Learns to Walk in One Hour

Researchers taught a four-legged, dog-sized robot to walk in one hour with the help of a Bayesian optimization algorithm.

Raising the Voices of the Dead
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Raising the Voices of the Dead

Experts urge caution in using AI agents to simulate dead people.

Flawed AI Makes Robots Racist, Sexist
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Flawed AI Makes Robots Racist, Sexist

New work led by several universities, including Johns Hopkins, shows neural networks built from biased Internet data teach robots to enact toxic stereotypes.

What AI Still Doesn't Know How to Do
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What AI Still Doesn't Know How to Do

Artificial intelligence programs that learn to write and speak can sound almost human—but they can't think creatively like a small child can.

Researchers Defeat Facial Recognition Systems with Universal Face Mask
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Researchers Defeat Facial Recognition Systems with Universal Face Mask

Researchers have found that facial recognition systems may be thwarted by fabric face masks bearing adversarial patterns.

AI-Enhanced System to Track Players for Offside Calls at 2022 World Cup
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AI-Enhanced System to Track Players for Offside Calls at 2022 World Cup

The Federation Internationale de Football Association will use a semi-automated AI system to help referees make offside calls during the 2022 World Cup.

ML Algorithms Help Healthcare Staff Diagnose Alcohol-Associated Hepatitis, Acute Cholangitis
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ML Algorithms Help Healthcare Staff Diagnose Alcohol-Associated Hepatitis, Acute Cholangitis

A study found that machine learning algorithms can help healthcare providers distinguish between acute cholangitis and alcohol-associated hepatitis.

Cruise Self-Driving Crash in San Francisco Resulted in Injuries
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Cruise Self-Driving Crash in San Francisco Resulted in Injuries

A self-driving vehicle operated by Cruise was involved in a June 3 crash in San Francisco which resulted in injuries to occupants in both vehicles.

The Fight Over Which Uses of AI Europe Should Outlaw
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The Fight Over Which Uses of AI Europe Should Outlaw

A new European Union law will set rules for what the technology can and can't do to people, like whether it's okay to deploy lie detectors at borders.

Using AI to Fight Food Fraud
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Using AI to Fight Food Fraud

The use of artificial intelligence to test food and beverages to determine whether labels accurately indicate their content.

Measuring AI's Carbon Footprint
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Measuring AI's Carbon Footprint

New tools track and reduce emissions from machine learning.

The Lost Masterpieces Being Revealed
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The Lost Masterpieces Being Revealed

Advanced technologies are revealing previously hidden masterpieces.

Scientists Diagnose Brain Tumors Using AI
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Scientists Diagnose Brain Tumors Using AI

The team named the combination of data from different MRI methods with multiclass machine learning 'radiophysiomics.'

MIT Engineers Devise Recipe for Improving Any Autonomous Robotic System
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MIT Engineers Devise Recipe for Improving Any Autonomous Robotic System

A general-purpose optimizer aims to speed development of autonomous robotic systems by using an optimization code that automatically determines how to boost performance...

IBM Open Source Tools Help Companies Spot Bias in Advertising
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IBM Open Source Tools Help Companies Spot Bias in Advertising

IBM's Artificial Intelligence Fairness 360 toolkit has confirmed the existence of bias in digital advertising.

AI-Powered Coding Assistant Aims to Help, Not Replace Developers
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AI-Powered Coding Assistant Aims to Help, Not Replace Developers

GitHub Copilot, launched last week, acts like a predictive-text feature to help ease the process of writing long lines of computer code.

Self-Driving Big Rigs Are Coming. Is America Ready?
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Self-Driving Big Rigs Are Coming. Is America Ready?

Autonomous trucks that mostly stick to highways could make sense, both technologically and economically, in ways robotaxis have not.

Pentagon Unveils Plan to Make 'Responsible Military AI' More Than Just a Buzzword
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Pentagon Unveils Plan to Make 'Responsible Military AI' More Than Just a Buzzword

The Pentagon cited supposed threats from China as a key motivator for ramping up "responsible" military applictions for artificial intelligence.

Tech Companies Want More Eyes in the Sky for Wildfire Season
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Tech Companies Want More Eyes in the Sky for Wildfire Season

The growing threat of wildfires in the U.S. has created opportunities for technology companies offering artificial intelligence solutions to help bring them under...

By Exploring Virtual Worlds, AI Learns in New Ways
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By Exploring Virtual Worlds, AI Learns in New Ways

Intelligent beings learn by interacting with the world. Artificial intelligence researchers have adopted a similar strategy to teach their virtual agents new skills...
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