Nurse’s Mechanical Helper
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Nurse’s Mechanical Helper

Hospitals are using robots to lighten the load on clinical staff.What’s new: A number of U.S. hospitals are using Moxi, a robot from Diligent Robotics, to ferry supplies, lab specimens, soiled laundry, and other items, Wired

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Autonomy Becomes Autonomous
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Autonomy Becomes Autonomous

In Beijing, self-driving cars are rolling without a driver behind the wheel.What’s new: China’s capital city authorized Pony.ai and Apollo Go, a Baidu subsidiary, to deploy self-driving taxis without a human in the driver’s seat,

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How To Build Truly Free Social Networks
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How To Build Truly Free Social Networks

It's official: Elon Musk will buy Twitter, pending approval of the transaction by the company's stockholders and the U.S. government. While some people are celebrating the deal in the name of free speech, others are worried about the

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Algorithm as Real Estate Agent
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Algorithm as Real Estate Agent

House sales priced by algorithms account for a small but growing portion of the real estate market.What’s new: Companies that use algorithmic pricing models to buy and sell

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The Hammer Drops
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The Hammer Drops

The U.S. government punished an app vendor for building an algorithm based on ill-gotten data.What’s new: The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the U.S. agency in charge of consumer protection, ruled that an app developed

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Animal Animations From Video
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Animal Animations From Video

A video game studio is looking to machine learning to cut the effort and expense of populating three-dimensional scenes with animated animals.What’s new: Ubisoft showed off ZooBuilder, a pipeline of machine learning tools

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Does AI Have a Role in Warfare?
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Does AI Have a Role in Warfare?

Dear friends, Russian troops have invaded Ukraine, and the terrifying prospect of a war in Europe weighs on my mind. My heart goes out to all the civilians affected, and I hope we won’t see the loss of life, liberty, or property that many

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Chips at Risk
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Chips at Risk

The hardware that runs the latest AI systems faces rising uncertainty as models grow larger and more computationally intensive.What’s new: The U.S. Commerce Department sounded an alarm over bottlenecks

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Roadblocks to Regulation
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Roadblocks to Regulation

Most U.S. state agencies use AI without limits or oversight. An investigative report probed reasons why efforts to rein them in have made little headway.What’s new: Since 2018, nearly every proposed bill aimed at studying or

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Governments Lay Down the Law
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Governments Lay Down the Law

Legislators worldwide wrote new laws — some proposed, some enacted — to rein in societal impacts of automation.What happened: Authorities at all levels ratcheted up regulatory pressure as

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AI Hubs Are Few and Far Between
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AI Hubs Are Few and Far Between

A new study warns that the geographic concentration of AI in the United States is making the industry too insular.What’s new: A report by the Brookings Institution documents the extent to

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White House Supports Limits on AI
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White House Supports Limits on AI

As governments worldwide mull their AI strategies and policies, the Biden administration called for a “bill of rights” to mitigate adverse consequences.What’s new: Top advisors to the U.S. president announced a plan to issue rules

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Who Needs a Covid Test? AI Decides
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Who Needs a Covid Test? AI Decides

Greece’s border agents last year had enough Covid tests to swab only 17 percent of people who sought to enter the country. They managed the shortage by using an AI system to flag high-risk visitors.

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Distance Killing
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Distance Killing

A remote sniper used an automated system to take out a human target located thousands of miles away.What happened: The Israeli intelligence agency Mossad used an AI-assisted rifle in the November killing of Iran’s chief nuclear scientist,

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Driverless Delivery in High Gear
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Driverless Delivery in High Gear

Walmart aims to deliver goods via self-driving vehicles this year.What’s new: The retail giant will test autonomous delivery in three U.S. cities. Cars built by Ford and piloted by Argo AI will ferry merchandise

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