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This is the Most Aerodynamic Bike, According to AI

Competitors at this year’s World Human Powered Speed Challenge are going to have to contend with this — a bullet-shaped bike designed by an artificially intelligent software program. Read More >>

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My 15 Favourite Science and Tech Books for Smart Beach Reading

Summer is upon us, which means it’s time to put together a reading list, whether it’s for the beach, your cottage, or the hammock in your garden. Here are 15 science and technology books that will keep your nerdy brains engaged and titillated. Read More >>

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Google is Reportedly Looking to Take Over Call Centres With Its Duplex AI Assistant

When Google introduced Google Duplex, its AI assistant designed to speak like a human, the company showed off how the average person could use the tech to save time making reservations and whatnot. What wasn’t touched on was the possibility that Duplex may have a use on the other side of the line, taking over for call centre employees and telemarketers. Read More >>

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AI and Carbon Nanotubes Are Now Being Used to Improve the World’s… Keyboards?

When it comes to groundbreaking research, there are two fields that seem to occupy the newscycle: carbon nanotubes and artificial intelligence. The potential combination of those two fields of study seems like it could radically change the word as we know it, or, as South Korean scientists have discovered, at least change how we type. Read More >>

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Self-Taught AI Masters Rubik’s Cube in Just 44 Hours

Meet DeepCube, an artificially intelligent system that’s as good at playing the Rubik’s Cube as the best human master solvers. Incredibly, the system learned to dominate the classic 3D puzzle in just 44 hours and without any human intervention. Read More >>

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Mozilla Puts Up £168,000 to Explore How AI Threatens a ‘Healthy Internet’

Mozilla announced today that it’s offering five-figure grants to researchers and creatives studying the impact of artificial intelligence on society. This latest round of the annual Mozilla awards will net lucky winners up to $50,000 (£37,000) for producing AI-awareness content: videos, browser extensions, or interactive data visualisations. Read More >>

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Researchers Are Training a Robot Butler to Do the Chores You Hate in a Sims-Inspired Virtual House

Researchers are teaching machines to get stuff done using video simulations, a database of chores, and a virtual home reminiscent of your favourite time-wasting video game. The end goal? Teaching robots the same way you teach yourself how to install a toilet: instructional videos. Read More >>

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This AI Knows Who You Are by the Way You Walk

Our individual walking styles, much like snowflakes, are unique. With this in mind, computer scientists have developed a powerful new footstep-recognition system using AI, and it could theoretically replace retinal scanners and fingerprinting at security checkpoints, including airports. Read More >>

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Chinese School Piloting Face-Recognition Software to Make Sure Students Pay Attention in Class

At least one school in China is trying out face recognition software that scans students’ faces to check if they’re paying attention in class, Epoch Times reports. Read More >>

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Deep Learning Can Now Flawlessly Correct Photos Taken in Almost Complete Darkness

There are typically two approaches to taking usable photos in low-light conditions. You can either use a slow shutter, which requires a tripod to eliminate blur, or electronically increase the sensitivity of a camera’s sensor, which introduces ugly noise artefacts. But there’s now a third approach that takes advantage of machine learning to artificially boost the brightness of a dark photo afterwards—with stunning results. Read More >>

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Gmail Now Writes Emails for You

Emails take too long. Well, at least according to Google, which is why today at Google I/O, the company announced a new Gmail feature called Smart Compose. The feature allows for artificial intelligence to auto-fill information in the emails you compose in an effort to cut down on the time spent typing up mindless messages. If typing emails is truly one of the bane’s of your day-to-day existence, this feature is here to alleviate that stress. Read More >>

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American Researchers Want to Use AI to ‘Predict’ When Crimes Are Gang-Related

Researchers in the US are using predictive artificial intelligence to help police officers classify crimes and determine whether they are gang-related. Read More >>

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AI Could Dramatically Increase Risk of Nuclear War by 2040, Says New Report

The common conception of a technologically enabled apocalypse foresees a powerful artificial intelligence that, either deliberately or by accident, destroys human civilisation. But as a new report from the RAND Corporation points out, the reality may be far subtler: As AI slowly erodes the foundations that made the Cold War possible, we may find ourselves hurtling towards all-out nuclear war. Read More >>

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Government Official Says It’s Too Expensive to Delete All the Mugshots of Innocent People in Police Databases

In 2012, a High Court ruling found that keeping the mugshots of innocent people in police databases was unlawful. But almost six years later, the Home Office has defended the continued retention of such images, saying, basically, the problem is too expensive to fix. Read More >>

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This AI-Controlled Roach Breeding Site Is a Nightmare Factory

In the city of Xichang, located in the southwestern Sichuan province, there is a massive, artificial intelligence-powered roach breeding farm that is producing more than six billion cockroaches per year. Read More >>