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Stanford Trained AI to Diagnose Pneumonia Better Than a Radiologist in Just Two Months

November 18, 2017 There’s a clear trend that having more data makes it easier to train artificial intelligence. Bigger datasets, like ImageNet, originally showed that AI could be useful for tasks like image recognition, leading to a race among everyone from large technology companies to academics to compile new datasets to stretch the...

More Than 50 Experts Just Told DHS That Using AI for “Extreme Vetting” Is Dangerously Misguided

November 17, 2017 A group of experts from Google, Microsoft, MIT, NYU, Stanford, Spotify, and AI Now are urging the Department of Homeland Security to reconsider using automated software powered by machine learning to vet immigrants and visitors trying to enter the United States. The controversial program, which hasn’t yet been implemented, would...

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More Than 50 Experts Told DHS That Using AI For 'Extreme Vetting' Is Dangerously Misguided

November 16, 2017 A group of experts from Google, Microsoft, MIT, NYU, Stanford, Spotify, and AI Now are urging (pdf) the Department of Homeland Security to reconsider using automated software powered by machine learning to vet immigrants and visitors trying to enter the United States. The controversial program, which hasn’t yet been implemented,...

The Field of AI Research Is About to Get Way Bigger Than Code

November 16, 2017 When it comes to developing artificial intelligence, the largest technology companies in the world are all-in. Google and Microsoft say they’re “AI-first,” and businesses like Facebook and Amazon wouldn’t be possible without the scalable personalization that AI allows. But if you look for research on how artificial intelligence affects society—like...

Inside the Mechanical Brain of the World’s First Robot Citizen

November 13, 2017 Jimmy Fallon is concerned. “You brought a friend with you here, and this is really freaking me out,” the Tonight Show host tells David Hanson, CEO of Hanson Robotics, before inspecting the humanoid robot on stage. Sophia raises an eyebrow while looking out past the two men on stage. Hanson...

Human-Driven Truck Hits Self-Driving Shuttle in Las Vegas

November 10, 2017 A low-speed collision with a delivery truck marked the first day of self-driving shuttle buses in Las Vegas. The autonomous shuttle, which can’t go faster than 15 miles per hour, was clipped by a human-driven truck pulling out into the road. The driverless vehicle detected the truck and stopped, according...

Alexa Doesn’t Have the Attention Span to Secretly Eavesdrop on Your Conversations

November 8, 2017 If you own a smart speaker, chances are you own an Amazon Echo. More people trust Amazon to put a microphone in their bedrooms and kitchens than they do Google or anyone else—but still, there’s a nagging feeling that Alexa, the virtual personal assistant, is listening to all your conversations....

The Era of Easily Faked, AI-Generated Photos is Quickly Emerging

October 30, 2017 Three years ago, after an argument at a bar with some fellow artificial intelligence researchers, Ph.D student Ian Goodfellow cobbled together a new way for AI to think about creating images. The idea was simple: one algorithm tries to generate a realistic image of an object or a scene, while...

Nerds Rejoice: Google Just Released its Internal Tool to Collaborate on AI

October 28, 2017 As if giving the world its AI framework wasn’t enough, Google is now letting others work with a once-internal development tool, Colaboratory. The software works a lot like Google Docs, its document collaboration tool, but with the ability to run code and show that code’s output within the document. Colaboratory...

The Invention That Turned Our Phones Into Cameras Was Originally Developed by NASA for Space Travel

October 26, 2017 Next time you take a selfie, thank Eric Fossum. Smartphone cameras, webcams, backup cameras in cars, and even some medical-imaging machines wouldn’t be possible without his 1992 invention, the active pixel sensor. Fossum’s sensor was smaller and far more power-efficient than the competition, which enabled machines to see their surroundings...