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Artificial Intelligence-Based System Warns When a Gun Appears in a Video

Mon, 07/10/2017 - 12:00

A new artificial intelligence program automatically detects in real time when a subject in a video draws a gun.

Two Giants of AI Team Up to Head Off the Robot Apocalypse

Mon, 07/10/2017 - 10:23

There's nothing new about worrying that superintelligent machines may endanger humanity, but the idea has lately become hard to avoid.

Peering Inside an AI's Brain Will Help Us Trust Its Decisions

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 15:48

Oi, AI—What do you think you're looking at? Understanding why machine learning algorithms can be tricked into seeing things that aren't there is becoming more important with the advent of things like driverless cars.

As Elites Switch to Texting, Watchdogs Fear Loss of Transparency

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 15:24

In a bygone analog era, lawmakers and corporate chiefs traveled great distances to swap secrets, to the smoke-filled back rooms of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, or the watering holes at the annual Allen & Company conference in Sun Valley, Idaho.

Thousands of Rome's Historical Images Digitized With Help of Stanford Researchers

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 12:00

Researchers at Stanford University have contributed to the creation of a digital visual archive charting Rome's evolution over the centuries.

Making Waves

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have introduced a novel representation of waves that improves computational efficiency by at least an order of magnitude.

Practical Parallelism

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have developed a system called Fractal that enables up to 88-fold acceleration in a parallelism strategy known as speculative execution.

EU Developing Robot Badgers for Underground Excavation

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 12:00

The European Union is underwriting the roBot for Autonomous unDerGround trenchless opERations, mapping, and navigation (BADGER) project.

Tracking Humans in 3D With Off-the-Shelf Webcams

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 12:00

VNect is a new system for capturing human movements digitally in three dimensions in real time using a single video camera.

LHC Physicists Unveil a Charming New Particle

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 11:11

Physicists using the Large Hadron Collider beauty (LHCb) experiment at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland, have discovered a new kind of heavy particle, they announced this week at a conference in Venice.

How AI Detectives Are Cracking Open the Black Box of Deep Learning

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 09:57

Loosely modeled after the brain, deep neural networks are spurring innovation across science.

Robocalypse Now? Central Bankers Argue Whether Automation Will Kill Jobs

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 14:08

The rise of robots has long been a topic for sci-fi best sellers and video games and, as of this week, a threat officially taken seriously by central bankers.

Light-Powered Computers Brighten AI's Future

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 13:58

The idea of building a computer that uses light rather than electricity goes back more than half a century.

DU Physicists Put New Spin on Computer Technology

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 12:00

Researchers at the University of Denver have demonstrated spin transport through a synthetic material that is amorphous, or non-ordered, both magnetically and structurally.

UC Santa Cruz Launches New Data Science Research Center

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 12:00

The University of California, Santa Cruz has launched a new data science research center that provides a platform for collaboration between industry and academia in the data science space.

AI Will Prepare Robots for the Unknown

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 12:00

Researchers suggest artificial intelligence could greatly benefit robotic exploratory spacecraft by giving them autonomy.

Study Finds Hackers Could Use Brainwaves to Steal Passwords

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 12:00

A recent study suggests brainwave-sensing electroencephalograph headsets need better security.

How Video Games Helped Give Us the Self-Driving Car

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 10:32

Self-driving cars. They're the future of transportation—and they're getting smarter all the time.

Conference Organizers Say U.S. Travel Ban Not A Disaster – Yet

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 09:50

Travel restrictions appear to have had minimal impact on conference attendance so far.

DARPA's Ex-Leader's Speculative Dream of Mind-Melding Empathy

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 13:40

The former head of DARPA, Arati Prabhakar, has a dream. It's a civilian utopian neuroscience dream that's kind of the inverse of the scenarios that the far-out research wing of the military normally develops.