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Self-Taught AI Masters Rubik’s Cube Without Human Help

Fancy algorithms capable of solving a Rubik’s Cube have appeared before, but a new system from the University of California, Irvine uses artificial intelligence to solve the 3D puzzle from scratch and without any prior help from humans—and it does so with impressive speed and efficiency. Read More >>

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‘Superhuman’ AI Crushes Poker Pros at Six-Player Texas Hold’em

Computer scientists have developed a card-playing bot, called Pluribus, capable of defeating some of the world’s best players at six-person no-limit Texas hold’em poker, in what’s considered an important breakthrough in artificial intelligence. Read More >>

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Google May Have Used Your Mannequin Challenge Videos to Train AI

Remember back in 2016 when everybody was posting those Mannequin Challenge videos? Well, it turns out that instead of collecting dust in Ye Olde Meme Archive, Google researchers are using the videos to help train robots to better navigate their surroundings. Read More >>

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MIT Is Teaching the Machines How to Make Pizza Based On a Single Photo

Generative adversarial networks (GAN) can do a lot of things—it’s basically the type of machine learning used to generate realistic AI faces and deepfakes. But researchers at MIT are using GAN to do the holy, blessed work of building a neural network to teach computers how to make pizza. Read More >>

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Meet the Deepfake Zuckerberg, Same as the Flesh Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg may be famed for looking and acting like a (slightly damp) synthetic being trying to infiltrate human society, but a team of artists working with advertising company Canny appears to built a software version of the Facebook CEO that could one day threaten to make hardware Zuckerberg obsolete. Read More >>

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Researchers Want to Build Fake Photo Detection Tools Right Into Our Cameras

There are ways in which digital forensics experts can identify if an image has been manipulated, but there’s certainly room for improvement, especially at a time when faking images is only getting easier, more realistic, and, most insidiously, more coordinated. And researchers see the very technology being weaponised to create a fake image as a way to detect it. Read More >>

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Google Researchers Trained an Algorithm to Detect Lung Cancer Better Than Radiologists

Algorithms have screwed up in horrifying, hilarious, and unfortunate ways, so it’s nice when one with the potential to save lives nearly nails it. On Monday, Google AI researchers along with healthcare researchers published research showing that they’ve successfully trained a deep learning algorithm to detect lung cancer with a 94.4 per cent success rate. Read More >>

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‘Private Post’ Means Something Slightly Different to Facebook

When you privately share something to a specific group of friends on Facebook, there’s a chance other people will read it. Reuters reports that Facebook employs a couple hundred contractors to read all Facebook posts, including the private ones, in order to train the company’s software. There’s no way to opt out of this. Read More >>

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Surgeons Use Self-Navigating Robot to Find Leaky Valve in Pig Hearts

During a recent experiment at Boston Children’s Hospital, bioengineers used a robotic catheter to reach a leaky valve inside pig hearts. But get this – the device was completely autonomous, navigating through the heart all by itself and without the benefit of a surgeon’s guiding hand. Welcome to the future of heart surgery. Read More >>

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Amazon’s Human Helpers Are Quietly Listening in on Some Alexa Recordings

There’s been a number of incidents where Amazon’s Alexa digital assistant has done things like misinterpret something it overheard and started sending random people recordings of private conversations, or audio files kept by the company wound up in the wrong hands. But a real-life stranger could potentially be listening to anything you tell Alexa by design, per a report in Bloomberg on Wednesday. Read More >>

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The First Machine-Generated Book by a Scholarly Publisher Is a Boring Read

Amazon’s online book store is plagued with thousands of auto-generated ebooks crudely hacked together from other texts by shady "authors" just looking to cash in. Most are unreadable, but it’s not always going to be that way. Springer Nature, a publisher serving the research community, just published its first book that was generated by an algorithm using machine learning. It’s no Stephen King page-turner, but that’s not why this book was created. Read More >>

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McDonald’s Spent £231 Million On Its Own Version of the Non-Chronological Feed

If you’ve ever walked into McDonald’s and thought you’d like a side of tech with your Big Mac, don’t worry—the fast food chain as you covered. McDonald’s has just dropped $300 million (£231 million) to revamp its electronic menus with the help of some machine learning. Read More >>

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Google Is Trying to Clean Up Internet Comments With an AI Chrome Extension, Isn’t That Cute

“Don’t read the comments” has become a common maxim among anyone who has spent any meaningful time online – it means that, if you go sifting through online comments, you’re going to see some shit. A new experimental tool from Google is trying to give users more power over what they do and don’t see – as it stands, it seems nice in concept but still pretty futile in reality. Read More >>

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Your March Horoscope Is Here, And Our AI Astrologer Is Growing Smarter

Welcome to AIstrology. With the help of research scientist Janelle Shane, we built a bot to generate monthly horoscopes. Each horoscope below is a prediction based on a wealth of predictions for each sign; a distillation of what the stars have in store for you this month. Read More >>

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This Remarkably Agile Robot Hand Teaches Itself How to Handle Objects

In a split second before you reach to pick up an object, your brain pre-calculates all the movements needed to safely reach and grasp it securely. It’s a subconscious approach that’s the result of years of childhood development and learning, and one that robotics researchers are now using for their own creations. Festo’s new BionicSoftHand is not only remarkably dextrous, but using AI, it figures out how to properly hold and manipulate an object before it makes any actual movements. Read More >>