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Teaching machines to see illusions may help computer vision get smarter

Researchers are teaching computers to see optical illusions. The reason? To create smarter, more brain-like vision recognition algorithms for everything from robots to autonomous cars.
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Current tech for detecting hate speech is woefully inadequate, researchers find

Researchers from Finland have analyzed various anti-hate speech systems, including tools built by Google’s Counter Abuse team. Their findings show just how easily these systems can be tricked.
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A.I. bests experts at predicting deaths from heart disease

An artificial intelligence algorithm has bested experts at predicting patient deaths from heart disease. In a study published in the journal PLOS One, researchers make yet another case for using A.I. to inform medical diagnoses.
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Watch this robot tiptoe over stepping stones with human-like grace and agility

Walking across irregularly sized and spaced stepping stones is something even a small kid can manage. It turns out that it's pretty difficult for robots, though -- until now at least.
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Chinese search giant Baidu creates an open-source A.I. for detecting cancer

Chinese search giant Baidu developed a new artificial intelligence algorithm which can help doctors to more accurately diagnose breast cancer. And did we mention it will be an open-source technology, too?
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Here’s what art looks like in 2018: Spheres that react to your presence

This fleet of autonomous flying spheres flocks together like a group of birds, while keeping an eye on nearby humans. They are the work of an art collective called Random International.
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MIT’s new A.I. could help map the roads Google hasn’t gotten to yet

Researchers from MIT CSAIL have come up with a neural network artificial intelligence that can make the manual mapping of the 20 million miles of roadways around the world significantly easier.
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Amazing software turns 3D scans into knitted objects, no grannies required

Researchers in Carnegie Mellon University's Textiles Lab have created a new computer system that can turn 3D scans into instructions ready to be knitted by a machine. Here's how it works.

Computers can’t keep shrinking, but they’ll keep getting better. Here’s how

Moore's Law is one of the reasons computers have seen so much improvement over the past few decades. But when it comes to an end does that mean the end of better machines? Not quite.
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Can an algorithm be racist? Spotting systemic oppression in the age of Google

A new book titled Algorithms of Oppression argues that the algorithms which dominate our lives can be racist and harmful to minorities. Here's how the author suggests we change that.
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These drones could team up to lift injured soldiers off the battlefield

Georgia Tech engineers have been working on a new drone-based system that involves teams of drones working together to lift wounded soldiers from the battlefield. Here's how it works.
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Facial recognition has a race problem — here’s how Gyfcat is fixing that

The makers of smart GIF search engine Gfycat were shocked to find their cutting-edge facial-recognition tech couldn't distinguish between some Asian actors. Here's how they solved the problem.
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The Pipe is a futuristic new instrument that looks like a cyberpunk saxophone

Musician-engineer Vlad Kreimer's innovative cyberpunk instrument, the Pipe, is capable of transforming a person’s voice into a drumbeat or synth. And you'll soon be able to try it for yourself.
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Bored by Skype and FaceTime? 3D video chat is on its way to a phone near you

Purdue University's new technology enables high-quality 3D video communication on mobile devices using only existing standard wireless networks. Imagine a 3D version of Skype and you've got the idea!
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Social media algorithm pops filter bubbles by presenting ideas you disagree with

The "filter bubble" means that people are often not exposed to online points of view they disagree with. Researchers in Finland and Italy have created an algorithm to help counter its effects.
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That turtle is a gun! MIT scientists highlight major flaw in image recognition

Researchers from MIT CSAIL have 3D printed a turtle that can fool image recognition algorithms into thinking it's a rifle. Here's why that's terrifying for future security systems.
Social Media

Facebook used a screenshot of a death threat to promote Instagram

Facebook algorithms choose the most engaging Instagram posts to cross-promote the network -- which accidentally promoted this death threat. Instagram apologized and said the notification post was not a paid ad.
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Algorithms guide robot design toward telescope-like structures

The robot design algorithms take suggested shapes and convert them into complex, telescoping structures that can twist, turn, and pack into itself. The program could help design shape-shifting robots in the future.