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Researchers Develop Soft Robot That Shifts from Land to Sea with Ease
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Researchers Develop Soft Robot That Shifts from Land to Sea with Ease

Soft robots developed by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University can transition from walking to swimming or crawling to rolling, shifts found in most animals....

Deepfake 'News' Videos Ramp Up Misinformation in Venezuela
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Deepfake 'News' Videos Ramp Up Misinformation in Venezuela

Generative AI technology from Synthesia was used to create recent deepfake videos that attempted to spread misinformation and propaganda in Venezuela.

A Video Game Company Made a Bot the CEO, and Its Stock Climbed
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A Video Game Company Made a Bot the CEO, and Its Stock Climbed

The stock of NetDragon Websoft has outpaced the Hong Kong market in recent months since appointing a virtual bot as CEO of its flagship subsidiary.

Scientists Develop Mobile System for Object Detection, Image Analysis in Disaster Response
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Scientists Develop Mobile System for Object Detection, Image Analysis in Disaster Response

A prototype system developed by researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory can detect and assess utility pole damage following...

How Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant Lost the A.I. Race
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How Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant Lost the A.I. Race

The virtual assistants had more than a decade to become indispensable. But they were hampered by clunky design and miscalculations, leaving room for chatbots to...

'Let 1,000 Flowers Bloom': A.I. Funding Frenzy Escalates
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'Let 1,000 Flowers Bloom': A.I. Funding Frenzy Escalates

In just weeks, a gold rush into artificial intelligence start-ups has become a full-blown mania.

Meet ALAN, a Robot That Requires Minimal Human Supervision
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Meet ALAN, a Robot That Requires Minimal Human Supervision

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have developed an autonomous robot, ALAN, that can make decisions and complete tasks based on its observations of its environment...

South Korean Girl Band Offers Glimpse into Metaverse
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South Korean Girl Band Offers Glimpse into Metaverse

South Korean girl quartet MAVE: exists exclusively in the metaverse.

Making Deepfakes Gets Cheaper and Easier Thanks to A.I.
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Making Deepfakes Gets Cheaper and Easier Thanks to A.I.

Meme-makers and misinformation peddlers are embracing artificial intelligence tools to create convincing fake videos on the cheap.

Computer Scientists Paint a Picture of Six Decades of Movies
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Computer Scientists Paint a Picture of Six Decades of Movies

Computer scientists analyzed the trailers of 29,000 North American movies released from 1960 to 2019 to identify the dominant colors used in individual films, genres...

Google's PaLM-E Generalist Robot Brain Takes Commands
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Google's PaLM-E Generalist Robot Brain Takes Commands

Researchers at Google and Germany's Technical University of Berlin recently debuted PaLM-E, described as the largest visual-language model ever created.

AI Re-Creates What People See by Reading Brain Scans
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AI Re-Creates What People See by Reading Brain Scans

The Stable Diffusion artificial intelligence algorithm can read functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) brain scans to replicate images people have recently...

Meet DuckAssist, DuckDuckGo's New AI Feature
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Meet DuckAssist, DuckDuckGo's New AI Feature

DuckAssist isn't a chatbot, but it uses artificial intelligence to help answer your questions.

The Chatbots Are Here, and the Internet Industry Is in a Tizzy
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The Chatbots Are Here, and the Internet Industry Is in a Tizzy

The new technology could upend many online businesses. But for companies that figure out how to work with it, A.I. could be a boon.

Suspicion Machines
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Suspicion Machines

Unprecedented experiment on welfare surveillance algorithm reveals discrimination.

Computer Science Researchers Lead the Defense Against the Dark Side of Tech
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Computer Science Researchers Lead the Defense Against the Dark Side of Tech

Bimal Viswanath and his colleagues amassed one of the largest datasets of AI-manipulated media in existence, to explore ways to detect and disarm weaponized media...

As A.I. Booms, Lawmakers Struggle to Understand the Technology
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As A.I. Booms, Lawmakers Struggle to Understand the Technology

Tech innovations are again racing ahead of Washington's ability to regulate them, lawmakers and A.I. experts said.

Using A.I. to Detect Breast Cancer That Doctors Miss
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Using A.I. to Detect Breast Cancer That Doctors Miss

Hungary has become a major testing ground for A.I. software to spot cancer, as doctors debate whether the technology will replace them in medical jobs.

How Generative AI Could Lower Healthcare Costs, Speed Up Drug Development
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How Generative AI Could Lower Healthcare Costs, Speed Up Drug Development

In the future, specifying a drug target may be like sitting down to ChatGPT. After a few clicks, you'll have your novel therapeutic.

How Doctors Use AI to Help Diagnose Patients
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How Doctors Use AI to Help Diagnose Patients

Artificial intelligence is enhancing physicians' diagnostic abilities to better identify patients who might be vulnerable to certain ailments.
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