Artificial Intelligence

The Air Force’s Latest GPS Alternative: Earth’s Magnetic Fields

Officials just launched a public challenge to help create the artificial intelligence needed to turn the planet’s magnetic fields into readable maps.

Figuring Out School Bus Routes Is More Complicated Than Ever. Districts Are Turning to Technology for Help.

In places where kids go to in-person school, buses will look different this year as systems deal with the challenges of transporting kids during a pandemic.

Photo Tweaks Could Protect Your Privacy from Algorithms

End users can use this technology to help mask vital attributes on their photos before posting them online.

Facial Recognition Algorithms Struggle to Detect Faces Under Masks, NIST Study Finds

A new study from the National Institute of Standards and Technology found facial recognition algorithms developed pre-pandemic struggle to identify masked faces.

New Intelligence-Community AI Principles Seek to Make Tools Useful—and Law-Abiding

Over the last five years, AI has grown considerably, as has public concern about its use, particularly for national security purposes.

Cloud Adoption Can Be Risky Business—But That’s Not Bad, Officials Say

Permission to fail on smaller projects can help pave the way to successful deployments.

4 Senators Introduce Bill with New Tools to Compete Against China

The bill includes major tech proposals, calling for more investment and closer partnerships with allies.

Commerce to Ban U.S. Business Involvement with Forced Labor, Detention Camps in China

A new rule will deny most export licenses to 11 companies implicated in human rights violations of Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in China.

One City Rejected a Policing Algorithm. Could It Be Used For Other Purposes?

In Pittsburgh, an algorithm that deployed law enforcement officers to predicted crime “hot spots” might be repurposed to send social services to areas in need instead.

Attorney General: China May Supplant U.S. If It Wins AI Race

William Barr blasted Google, Microsoft and other American big tech companies for being short-sighted while meeting the Chinese government’s demands for operating within the country. 

Contact Tracing Starts with Clean Data

Regardless of how information is gathered, the scale is immense, as is the problem of data accuracy.

Report: Agencies Should Turn to AI Before Disaster Strikes

But government agency-led applications have much room for improvement.

Walter Reed Scientists Use Artificial Intelligence to Screen Drugs to Potentially Treat COVID-19

The Experimental Therapeutics Branch accelerated its research by turning to machine learning, AI and high-performance computing.

Congress Inches Closer to Creating a National Cloud for AI Research

Legislation launched in early June received new attention and support this week.

China and AI: What the World Can Learn and What It Should Be Wary of

The world needs to engage seriously with China’s AI development and take a closer look at what’s really going on.

Artificial Intelligence Systems Will Need to Have Certification, CISA Official Says

A process for vetting algorithms and their input data is needed to build confidence in the tech but is still very far off.