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When AI Asks Dumb Questions, It Gets Smart Fast
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When AI Asks Dumb Questions, It Gets Smart Fast

New research suggests patiently correcting artificial intelligence (AI) when it asks dumb questions may be key to helping the technology learn.

What Are Data Scientists' Biggest Concerns?
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What Are Data Scientists' Biggest Concerns?

Among the key concerns identified in Anaconda's State of Data Science 2022 report was the barriers to adoption of data science overall.

Face Recognition for Pigs Could Improve Welfare on Farms
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Face Recognition for Pigs Could Improve Welfare on Farms

Wenhao Zhang and colleagues at the U.K.'s University of the West of England have developed a facial recognition system for pigs.

Cleveland Wants to Use AI to Fight Illegal Dumping
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Cleveland Wants to Use AI to Fight Illegal Dumping

The city intends to deploy smart cameras outfitted with the new technology on two corridors known for being dumping hotspots.

Crops for a Changing Planet
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Crops for a Changing Planet

An Oak Ridge team links plant performance and genetics, seeking a food-biofuel balance in a changing climate.

Mars Rover, Drone Prototypes Brave Iceland Winds
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Mars Rover, Drone Prototypes Brave Iceland Winds

This summer, prototype rovers and drones designed to operate on Mars were tested in high winds and other harsh environmental conditions in Iceland.

From Analog to Digital
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From Analog to Digital

Researchers at the University of Missouri are using artificial intelligence to perform anatomical studies virtually, rather than through actual dissection.

NASA Webb Space Telescope Data Could Be Misinterpreted
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NASA Webb Space Telescope Data Could Be Misinterpreted

Scientists warn of a possible disconnect between the power of the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration's James Webb Space Telescope and current datasets...

AI-Powered 'Smart Bin' Sorts Recycling
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AI-Powered 'Smart Bin' Sorts Recycling

A prototype "smart bin" can sort recyclable materials automatically through a combination of artificial intelligence, robotics, and machine vision.

Biden Issues New Order to Block Chinese Investment in Technology in the U.S.
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Biden Issues New Order to Block Chinese Investment in Technology in the U.S.

The move reflects growing unease about China's ability to access the personal information that Americans hand over to mobile apps and other services.

AI Supports Displaced Peoples, Refugees in Ukraine and Beyond
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AI Supports Displaced Peoples, Refugees in Ukraine and Beyond

Artificial intelligence is playing a growing role in refugee relief and resettlement programs.

NIST, Google to Create Chips for Researchers, Startups
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NIST, Google to Create Chips for Researchers, Startups

The National Institute of Standards and Technology and Google have signed an agreement to develop and produce chips researchers can use to create new technologies...

This Robot Catches Grandma Before She Falls
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This Robot Catches Grandma Before She Falls

A mobile robot balance assistant developed by scientists at Singapore's Nanyang Technological University can anticipate and catch seniors before they fall.

AI System Makes Models Like DALL-E 2 More Creative
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AI System Makes Models Like DALL-E 2 More Creative

The Composable Diffusion model can help artificial intelligence-based image generators produce more complex imagery with better comprehension.

He Used AI to Win a Fine-Arts Competition. Was It Cheating?
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He Used AI to Win a Fine-Arts Competition. Was It Cheating?

One judge said the striking piece evoked Renaissance art. But some critics compared it to 'entering a marathon and driving a Lamborghini to the finish line.'

English Bias in Computing: Images to the Rescue
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English Bias in Computing: Images to the Rescue

An image-based benchmark could overcome cultural bias stemming from machine learning (ML) training datasets being written in English.

Next Generation of Hearing Aids Reads Lips Through Masks
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Next Generation of Hearing Aids Reads Lips Through Masks

An international team of researchers developed a system that can read lips accurately through face masks using radio-frequency sensing and artificial intelligence...

Cops Wanted to Keep Mass Surveillance App Secret; Privacy Advocates Refused
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Cops Wanted to Keep Mass Surveillance App Secret; Privacy Advocates Refused

Fog Reveal is "almost invisible" when attempting to search for it online.

DeepMind AI Learns to Play Soccer Using Decades of Match Simulations
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DeepMind AI Learns to Play Soccer Using Decades of Match Simulations

Researchers trained an artificial intellgence to play soccer using an athletic curriculum resembling an accelerated model of a human baby maturing into a soccer...

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.
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