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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...

Explained: Why Cyber Hygiene is Very Important
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Explained: Why Cyber Hygiene is Very Important

Microsoft India group head and director of government affairs Ashutosh Chadha said cybercrime costs economies more than $6 trillion (Rs. 4.6 crore crore) each year...

The Power and Pitfalls of AI for U.S. Intelligence
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The Power and Pitfalls of AI for U.S. Intelligence

Artificial intelligence use is booming, but it's not the secret weapon you might imagine.

Alexa Has a New Voice — Your Dead Relative's
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Alexa Has a New Voice — Your Dead Relative's

Experts call the device's new feature a slippery slope, comparing it to an episode of 'Black Mirror'

Google Wants to Challenge AI with 200 Tasks, to Replace the Turing Test
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Google Wants to Challenge AI with 200 Tasks, to Replace the Turing Test

Artificial intelligence researchers have proposed an update to the Turing test for rating the capabilities of AI technology.

Using Makeup to Block Surveillance
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Using Makeup to Block Surveillance

Altering one's facial features with a special type of makeup can keep them from being recognized by artificial intelligence.

Microsoft Plans to Eliminate Face Analysis Tools in Push for 'Responsible AI'
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Microsoft Plans to Eliminate Face Analysis Tools in Push for 'Responsible AI'

The technology giant will stop offering automated tools that predict a person's gender, age and emotional state and will restrict the use of its facial recognition...

Using AI to Improve Farm Animal Welfare
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Using AI to Improve Farm Animal Welfare

Technology helps to interpret what animals are thinking and feeling, from what they utter and how they move.

Yoshua Bengio, Fellow AI Pioneers, Honored with Spain's Princess of Asturias Award
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Yoshua Bengio, Fellow AI Pioneers, Honored with Spain's Princess of Asturias Award

The 50,000-euro Princess of Asturias Award is one of the most prestigious in the Spanish-speaking world, covering the arts, humanities and literature, among others...

AI Model Tries to Re-create the Mind of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
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AI Model Tries to Re-create the Mind of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Researchers at Israeli artificial intelligence company AI21 Labs have developed and released an AI model of late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg....

Teslas Running Autopilot Have Been in 273 Crashes in Less Than a Year
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Teslas Running Autopilot Have Been in 273 Crashes in Less Than a Year

Regulators released the first batch of data since mandating that companies such as Tesla report on serious crashes involving their driver-assistance systems.

Why You May Have a Thinking Digital Twin Within a Decade
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Why You May Have a Thinking Digital Twin Within a Decade

Artificial intelligence combined with the Internet of Things allows the digital construction of digital twins that constantly learn from and help improve their...

Logan Ury Says You're Dating All Wrong
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Logan Ury Says You're Dating All Wrong

This is Ms. Ury's job: to validate, as much as to volley back what she claims are research-backed strategies for hacking modern romance.

Self-Driving Truck Will Deliver Goods to 34 Sam's Club Locations
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Self-Driving Truck Will Deliver Goods to 34 Sam's Club Locations

The Dallas Morning News A California-based autonomous trucking company will soon make deliveries to 34 Sam's Club locations in Dallas-Fort Worth, TX, using autonomous...

The Google Engineer Who Thinks the Company's AI has Come to Life
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The Google Engineer Who Thinks the Company's AI has Come to Life

AI ethicists warned Google not to impersonate humans. Now one of Google's own thinks there's a ghost in the machine.

Edible QR Code Takes a Shot at Fake Whiskey
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Edible QR Code Takes a Shot at Fake Whiskey

Biomedical engineers have developed a quick response (QR) code to confirm whether a whiskey is authentic or counterfeit.

Google Developers Set Another Record for Calculating Digits of Pi: 100 Trillion
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Google Developers Set Another Record for Calculating Digits of Pi: 100 Trillion

Software developer Emma Haruka Iwao and colleagues at Google Cloud calculated pi—the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter—to 100 trillion digits.

Hallucinating to Better Text Translation
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Hallucinating to Better Text Translation

Scientists developed the VALHALLA machine learning method to hallucinate images of written words, and using those to help translate that text into target languages...
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