Imagine an AI with an imagination

Understanding "why" may be the key to unlocking an AI's imagination.

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  • Humans are really good at imagining things based on the mixing and matching of existing elements.
  • One of the holy grails of computer science is the development of an AI that can extrapolate from data, and USC researchers have a model for how that could happen.
  • Rather than focusing on the tiny details of individual samples, the model uses groups of related samples to encourage AI to figure out broader principles.
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Autonomous killer robots may have already killed on the battlefield

A brief passage from a recent UN report describes what could be the first-known case of an autonomous weapon, powered by artificial intelligence, killing in the battlefield.

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  • Autonomous weapons have been used in war for decades, but artificial intelligence is ushering in a new category of autonomous weapons.
  • These weapons are not only capable of moving autonomously but also identifying and attacking targets on their own without oversight from a human.
  • There's currently no clear international restrictions on the use of new autonomous weapons, but some nations are calling for preemptive bans.
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MIT artificial intelligence tech can generate 3D holograms in real-time

A new method could make holograms for virtual reality, 3D printing, and more. You can even run it can run on a smartphone.

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Despite years of hype, virtual reality headsets have yet to topple TV or computer screens as the go-to devices for video viewing.

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Algorithm is 88% accurate at spotting dementia in how a person drives

New machine-learning algorithms from Columbia University detect cognitive impairment in older drivers.

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  • Driving a car is a complex activity that involves perceptual and motor skills.
  • Newly developed algorithms can identify cognitive problems in older drivers based on their driving habits with 88% accuracy.
  • The machine learning algorithms incorporate both driving behaviors and demographic information.
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    Smartly dressed: Researchers develop clothes that sense movement via touch

    Measuring a person's movements and poses, smart clothes could be used for athletic training, rehabilitation, or health-monitoring.

    In recent years there have been exciting breakthroughs in wearable technologies, like smartwatches that can monitor your breathing and blood oxygen levels.

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