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This A.I. Subculture's Motto: Go, Go, Go
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This A.I. Subculture's Motto: Go, Go, Go

The eccentric pro-tech movement known as "Effective Accelerationism" wants to unshackle powerful A.I., and party along the way.

E.U. Agrees on Landmark Artificial Intelligence Rules
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E.U. Agrees on Landmark Artificial Intelligence Rules

The agreement over the A.I. Act solidifies one of the world's first comprehensive attempts to limit the use of artificial intelligence.

Samet Honored with ACM SIGSPATIAL Lifetime Impact Award
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Samet Honored with ACM SIGSPATIAL Lifetime Impact Award

Hanan Samet was honored with the inaugural Lifetime Impact Award from ACM’s Special Interest Group on Spatial Information (SIGSPATIAL).

AI Networks Vulnerable to Attacks
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AI Networks Vulnerable to Attacks

Tianfu Wu at North Carolina State University and colleagues developed the QuadAttacK software to test deep neural networks for adversarial vulnerabilities.

Multimodal AI Connects the Digital Dots
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Multimodal AI Connects the Digital Dots

By knitting together multiple components and data streams, multimodal AI offers the promise of smarter, more human-like systems.

Google's Gemini Is Not the Generative AI Model We Expected
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Google's Gemini Is Not the Generative AI Model We Expected

DeepMind product VP Eli Collins claims Gemini Ultra can comprehend "nuanced" information in text, images, audio and code.

How Nations Are Losing a Global Race to Tackle A.I.'s Harms
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How Nations Are Losing a Global Race to Tackle A.I.'s Harms

Alarmed by the power of artificial intelligence, Europe, the U.S. and others are trying to respond, but the technology is evolving more rapidly than their policies...

Researchers Taught an Algorithm to 'Taste'
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Researchers Taught an Algorithm to 'Taste'

Scientists taught an algorithm to better predict an individual's tastes in wines.

Using LLMs to Code New Tasks for Robots
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Using LLMs to Code New Tasks for Robots

A research team developed a tool that uses large language models to code new tasks for robots, which it then simulates.

Crowdsourced Feedback Helps Train Robots
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Crowdsourced Feedback Helps Train Robots

A reinforcement learning approach trains robots using crowdsourced feedback from nonexpert users.

The Inside Story of Microsoft's Partnership with OpenAI
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The Inside Story of Microsoft's Partnership with OpenAI

The companies had honed a protocol for releasing artificial intelligence ambitiously but safely. Then OpenAI's board exploded all their carefully laid plans.

Robot Can Tidy Up Clothes in a Messy Bedroom
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Robot Can Tidy Up Clothes in a Messy Bedroom

Ken Goldberg at the University of California, Berkeley, and colleagues developed a robot system to efficiently pick up strewn clothes.

AI Detects Methane Plumes from Space
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AI Detects Methane Plumes from Space

A new machine learning tool uses data from hyperspectral satellites to automatically detect methane plumes from space.

New York City Takes Aim at AI
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New York City Takes Aim at AI

The Big Apple fields an action plan for artificial intelligence.

How Jensen Huang's Nvidia Is Powering the A.I. Revolution
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How Jensen Huang's Nvidia Is Powering the A.I. Revolution

The company's C.E.O. bet it all on a new kind of chip. Now that Nvidia is one of the biggest companies in the world, what will he do next?

Synthetic Imagery Sets New Bar in AI Training Efficiency
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Synthetic Imagery Sets New Bar in AI Training Efficiency

A team of researchers demonstrated that training machine learning models with synthetic images can outperform traditional training methods using real images.

ML Technique Better at Predicting Cancer Cure Rates
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ML Technique Better at Predicting Cancer Cure Rates

A machine learning model developed by University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) researchers can better predict cancer cure rates.

The AI Safety Debate is Tearing Silicon Valley Apart
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The AI Safety Debate is Tearing Silicon Valley Apart

OpenAI's leadership drama is the latest flare-up in the raging debate between AI's safety-first technocrats and its libertarian techno-optimists.

South Korea Allows Autonomous Robots to Use Sidewalks
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South Korea Allows Autonomous Robots to Use Sidewalks

The South Korean government is allowing authorized autonomous robots to drive along the country's sidewalks.

Researchers Find More Potential Discrimination in Facebook Ads
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Researchers Find More Potential Discrimination in Facebook Ads

A study of job advertisements on Meta's Facebook identified potentially discriminatory employment ads with images of people that overrepresented or excluded certain...
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