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Researchers, Scared by Their Own Work, Hold Back 'Deepfakes for Text' AI

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 14:28

OpenAI, a non-profit research company investigating "the path to safe artificial intelligence," has developed a machine learning system called Generative Pre-trained Transformer-2 (GPT-2 ), capable of generating text based on brief writing prompts. The result comes so close to mimicking human writing that it could potentially be used for "deepfake" content.

These Android Apps Have Been Tracking You, Even When You Say Stop

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 12:00

International Computer Science Institute researchers estimated that about 17,000 Android apps collect identifying information.

The AI That Can Write Fake News Stories From Handful of Words

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 12:00

The OpenAI research group has demonstrated artificial intelligence that can compose authentic-looking fake news articles from a few fragments of information.

Is That a Robot? Dr. Bear Bot Helps Care for Kids at Local Hospital

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 12:00

Children's National Health System in Washington, D.C., is the first pediatric hospital to deploy a remote-monitoring virtual liaison robot in its cardiac intensive care unit.

Coffee Farmers Bet on Blockchain to Boost Business

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 12:00

A report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization says blockchain technology could address challenges faced by smallholder coffee farmers.

Renewable Energy Generation With Kites and Drones

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 12:00

Researchers have developed software for analyzing energy-generation systems based on kites and drones.

Call to Ban Killer Robots in Wars

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 12:00

A scientific coalition is urging a ban on the development of weapons governed by artificial intelligence.

The Two Codes Your Kids Need to Know

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 09:45

The College Board came up with a surprising conclusion about keys to success for college and life. By Thomas L. Friedman, Opinion Columnist.

Scientist Warns Against Discoveries Made With AI

Wed, 02/20/2019 - 09:38

Inaccurate findings are being made in some areas of biomedical research.

Farmworker vs Robot

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 17:28

Both human and machine have 10 seconds per plant. They must find the ripe strawberries in the leaves, gently twist them off the stems and tuck them into a plastic clamshell. Repeat, repeat, repeat, before the fruit spoils.

NASA Selects New Mission to Explore Origins of Universe

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 17:02

NASA has selected a new space mission that will help astronomers understand both how our universe evolved and how common are the ingredients for life in our galaxy's planetary systems.

The US Cannot Crush Us, Says Huawei Founder

Tue, 02/19/2019 - 10:33

The founder of Huawei has said there is "no way the US can crush" the company, in an exclusive interview with the BBC.

The Secret History of Women in Coding

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 16:07

Computer programming once had much better gender balance than it does today. What went wrong?

Gravitational-Wave Observatory LIGO Set to Double Its Detecting Power

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 16:06

Spotting gravitational waves is due to become an almost hourly event in the next decade. Starting around 2023, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) will undergo its most significant upgrade since 2015, UK and US funding agencies announced on 14 February.

An AI that Writes Convincing Prose Risks Mass-Producing Fake News

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 15:49

Here's some breaking fake news … Russia has declared war on the United States after Donald Trump accidentally fired a missile in the air.

Girls Get Tech. They Just Need Others to Believe It.

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 12:00

A survey on the use of smartphones, tablets, laptops, and gaming devices found girls on equal footing with boys in terms of technology, or exceeding them in some respects.

Technology Could Make Hard Border Disappear, but at a Cost

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 12:00

“Hard” borders could potentially become invisible in the next few years, but practical applications could carry high costs and intrusive electronic surveillance.

Pioneering Black Scientist to Receive 'Nobel Prize of Climate Change'

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 12:00

Retired National Center for Atmospheric Research scientist Warren Washington will receive the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement.

Software Reads Cardiac Data, Can Predict Risk of Heart Disease

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 12:00

New open source software can predict the risk of potentially deadly heart maladies.

Pentagon Drafts AI to Fight Wildfires

Fri, 02/15/2019 - 12:00

The Pentagon has launched a program to use artificial intelligence to analyze data collected by drones to improve how wildfires are fought.