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Boston Dynamics’ Robot Dog Is Now Armed—in the Name of Art

Boston Dynamics’ Robot Dog Is Now Armed—in the Name of Art

has racked up hundreds of millions of YouTube views with viral clips of its futuristic, legged robots , , and .A group of meme-spinning pranksters now wants to present a more dystopian view of the company's robotic tech. They added a paintball gun to , the company’s doglike machine, and plan to let others control it inside a mocked-up art gallery via the internet later this week.The project, called , is the work of (pronounced “mischief,” of course), an internet collective that regularly carries out meme-worthy pranks.Previous MSCHF stunts include creating to whomever could hold a button...

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The AI Research Paper Was Real. The ‘Coauthor’ Wasn't

The AI Research Paper Was Real. The ‘Coauthor’ Wasn't

co-director of a prestigious lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts, was scanning an in December when he noticed something odd—his name listed as an author alongside three researchers in China whom he didn’t know on two papers he didn’t recognize.At first, he didn’t think much of it. The name Cox isn’t uncommon, so he figured there must be another David Cox doing AI research. “Then I opened up the PDF and saw my own picture looking back at me,” says. “It was unbelievable.”It isn’t clear how prevalent this kind of academic fraud may be, or why someone would list as a coauthor someone not involved...

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As Robots Fill the Workplace, They Must Learn to Get Along

As Robots Fill the Workplace, They Must Learn to Get Along

work at Changi General Hospital in Singapore that until recently it wasn’t uncommon to find two delivery bots sitting in a hallway or outside an elevator in a standoff. Such impasses used to happen “several times a day,” says Selina Seah, who directs the hospital’s . Unsure how to move around another object, or human passersby, the would simply freeze, each waiting for the other to move first. “The humans would have to actually go down and pull them apart,” she says.Seah says Changi has about 50 robots, from eight manufacturers. As at other hospitals, robotic systems assist professionals...

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This AI Could Go From ‘Art’ to Steering a Self-Driving Car

This AI Could Go From ‘Art’ to Steering a Self-Driving Car

wondered what a knight made of spaghetti would look like, but here’s the answer anyway—courtesy of a clever new program from , a company in San Francisco.The program, , released earlier this month, can concoct images of all sorts of weird things that don't exist, like avocado armchairs, robot giraffes, or radishes wearing tutus. OpenAI generated several images, including the spaghetti knight, at WIRED’s request.DALL-E is a version of , trained on text scraped from the web that’s capable of producing surprisingly coherent text. DALL-E was fed images and accompanying descriptions; in...

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This Chinese Lab Is Aiming for Big AI Breakthroughs

This Chinese Lab Is Aiming for Big AI Breakthroughs

building overlooking a busy intersection in Beijing, , a middle-aged scientist with thin-rimmed glasses and a mop of black hair, excitedly describes a project that could advance one of the hottest areas of .Wen leads a team at the (BAAI), a government-sponsored research lab that’s testing a powerful new language algorithm—something similar to , a revealed in June by researchers at that digests large amounts of text and can generate remarkably coherent, free-flowing language. “This is a big project,” Wen says with a big grin. “It takes a lot of computing infrastructure and money.”Wen, a...

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AI-Powered Text From This Program Could Fool the Government

AI-Powered Text From This Program Could Fool the Government

Idaho proposed changing its Medicaid program. The state needed approval from the federal government, which solicited public feedback via .Roughly 1,000 comments arrived. But half came not from concerned citizens or even internet trolls. They were generated by . And a study found that people could not distinguish the real comments from the fake ones.The project was the work of Max Weiss, a tech-savvy medical student at Harvard, but it received little attention at the time. Now, with AI language systems advancing rapidly, some say the government, and internet companies, need to rethink how...

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AI-powered text from this program could fool the government

AI-powered text from this program could fool the government

In October 2019, Idaho proposed changing its Medicaid program. The state needed approval from the federal government, which solicited public feedback via .Roughly 1,000 comments arrived. But half came not from concerned citizens or even Internet trolls. They were generated by . And a study found that people could not distinguish the real comments from the fake ones.The project was the work of Max Weiss, a tech-savvy medical student at Harvard, but it received little attention at the time. Now, with AI language systems advancing rapidly, some say the government and Internet companies need to...

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The US Needs More Foreign Artificial Intelligence Know-How

The US Needs More Foreign Artificial Intelligence Know-How

two terms in the White House, Jason Furman was a top economic policy adviser and a key voice on the growing importance of .Furman served as deputy director of the National Economic Council before becoming chair of the Council of Economic Advisers. He also coauthored a report issued by the Obama administration in October 2016 that to the US.Furman, who is now a professor of the practice of economic policy at Harvard, spoke to WIRED senior writer Will Knight. This transcript has been edited for length and clarity.WIRED: The report produced under President Obama, Preparing for the Future of...

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AI Algorithms Are Slimming Down to Fit in Your Fridge

AI Algorithms Are Slimming Down to Fit in Your Fridge

has made stunning strides, but it often needs absurd amounts of data and computer power to get there. Now some AI researchers are focused on making the technology as efficient as possible.Last week researchers showed it is possible to squeeze a powerful algorithm onto a simple, low-power computer chip that can run for months on a battery. The trick could help bring more advanced AI capabilities, like image and voice recognition, to home appliances and wearable devices, along with medical gadgets and industrial sensors. It could also help keep data private and secure by reducing the need to...

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Robots invade the construction site

Robots invade the construction site

Theresa Arevalo was in high school when she first tried finishing drywall at her brother’s construction company. “It’s a fine art,” she says of mudding—applying and smoothing drywall. “Like frosting a cake, you have to give the illusion that the wall is flat.”Fast-forward a few decades: Arevalo now works at , a company that’s built a using that’s capable of drywalling with almost as much artistry as a skilled human worker.The robot has been deployed, under Arevalo’s supervision, at several construction sites in recent months, including the new Harvey Milk Terminal at San Francisco...

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The AI Company Helping the Pentagon Assess Disinfo Campaigns

The AI Company Helping the Pentagon Assess Disinfo Campaigns

and Armenia over , a disputed territory in the Caucasus mountains. By then, an information warfare campaign over the region had been underway for several months.The campaign was identified using technology being developed for (SOCOM), which oversees US special forces operations.The AI system, from , a company focused on the intelligence industry, identified key themes in the information campaign by analyzing thousands of public news sources. In practice, Primer’s system can analyze classified information too. The analysis, compiled for WIRED, shows how Russian news outlets began pushing a...

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The Left and the Right Speak Different Languages—Literally

The Left and the Right Speak Different Languages—Literally

often seem to speak different languages. A new study using says that is now literally true.Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University collected more than 86.6 million comments from more than 6.5 million users on 200,000 YouTube videos, then analyzed them using an AI technique normally employed to translate between two languages.The researchers found that people on opposing sides of the political divide often use different words to express similar ideas. For instance, the term “mask” among liberal commenters is roughly equivalent to the term “muzzle” for conservatives. Similar pairings were...

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Sales Calls Have Gone Virtual, and AI Is Listening In

Sales Calls Have Gone Virtual, and AI Is Listening In

has converted thousands of salespeople from road warriors to Zoom warriors. Some companies are making the most of this shift by using tools powered by to track and analyze their salesforce’s virtual pitches.“You definitely miss the lunch, the dinner, the happy hour,” says Jeramee Waldum, vice president of global sales at , a maker of project management software whose dozens of once-traveling salespeople are now stuck behind webcams.Before , Waldum says, the MavenLink sales team spent roughly half its time on the road, treating customers to lunches, holding seminars with prospective clients,...

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These Robots Use AI to Learn How to Clean Your House

These Robots Use AI to Learn How to Clean Your House

home, a suspended from the ceiling slowly expands arms holding a sponge, before carefully wiping a kitchen surface clean. Nearby, another robot gently cleans a flat-screen television, causing it to wobble slightly.The cleaning robots live inside a mock home located at the in Los Altos, California. The institute’s researchers are testing a range of robot technologies designed to help finally realize the dream of a home robot.After looking at homes in Japan, which were often small and cluttered, the researchers realized they needed a creative solution. “We thought, you know, how can we use...

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It’s Not Just TikTok. Chinese Firms Face More US Roadblocks

It’s Not Just TikTok. Chinese Firms Face More US Roadblocks

his lungs on the line in March 2016. On a trip to Beijing seemingly aimed at helping persuade the government to let operate inside China, the CEO in a polluted Tiananmen Square.Back home in Silicon Valley, meanwhile, , Tencent, was enjoying an easier overseas adventure. The owner of the popular messaging app acquired a controlling stake in Los Angeles-based Riot Games, producer of smash hit , in 2011, and assumed full ownership in December 2015.The contrast has widened in the years since Zuckerberg’s smog jog. The stunt ultimately did little to help Facebook vault China’s Great Firewall and...

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AI Is All the Rage. So Why Aren’t More Businesses Using It?

AI Is All the Rage. So Why Aren’t More Businesses Using It?

AB InBev, the Belgian giant behind Budweiser and other beers, began adding a little to its brewing recipe. Using data collected from a brewery in Newark, New Jersey, the company to predict potential problems with the filtration process used to remove impurities from beer.Paul Silverman, who runs the , a small operation not far from the AB InBev brewery, says his team isn’t even using computers, let alone AI. “We sit around tasting beer and thinking about what to make next,” he says. “We’re very un-computerized.”The divide between the two breweries highlights the pace at which AI is being...

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Even the Best AI Models Are No Match for the Coronavirus

Even the Best AI Models Are No Match for the Coronavirus

appears strangely indifferent to these days, but that wasn’t true in March, as the scale and breadth of the crisis hit home. By one measure, it was in stock market history; on March 16, the Dow Jones average fell almost 13 percent, its biggest one-day decline since 1987.To some, the vertigo-inducing episode also exposed a weakness of quantitative (or quant) trading firms, which rely on mathematical models, including , to make trading decisions.Some prominent quant firms fared particularly badly in March. By mid-month, some funds had fallen 21 percent for the year to that point, according to...

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Prepare for Artificial Intelligence to Produce Less Wizardry

Prepare for Artificial Intelligence to Produce Less Wizardry

a large European supermarket chain deployed to predict what customers would buy each day at different stores, to help keep shelves stocked while reducing costly spoilage of goods.The company already used purchasing data and a simple statistical method to predict sales. With , a technique that has helped produce spectacular AI advances in recent years—as well as additional data, including local weather, traffic conditions, and competitors’ actions—the company cut the number of errors by three-quarters.It was precisely the kind of high-impact, cost-saving effect that people expect from AI....

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In These Factories, Inspector Robot Will Check Your Work

In These Factories, Inspector Robot Will Check Your Work

adds water-repelling nanocoatings to smartphones and other gadgets. Normally, it flies engineers to its clients’ factories to identify and solve quality-control problems.That’s not an option in a world where flights are grounded, borders closed, and security tightened. So in some plants, P2i now relies on a system that uses to look for even the slightest defects.“Over the last four months, since the coronavirus, we've had to reevaluate how we are going to service and deploy our machines worldwide,” says Neal Harkrider, chief operating officer at P2i.To spot problems, P2i is using technology...

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Schools Turn to Surveillance Tech to Prevent Covid-19 Spread

Schools Turn to Surveillance Tech to Prevent Covid-19 Spread

to school in New Albany, Ohio, in August, they’ll be carefully watched as they wander through red-brick buildings and across well-kept lawns—and not only by teachers. The school district, with five schools and 4,800 students, plans to test a system that would require each student to wear an electronic beacon to track their location to within a few feet throughout the day. It will record where students sit in each classroom, show who they meet and talk to, and reveal how they gather in groups. The hope is such technology could prevent or minimize an outbreak of , the deadly respiratory...

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MIT Cuts Ties With a Chinese AI Firm Amid Human Rights Concerns

MIT Cuts Ties With a Chinese AI Firm Amid Human Rights Concerns

a research collaboration with iFlytek, a Chinese company accused of supplying technology for surveilling Muslims in the northwestern province of Xinjiang.The university canceled the relationship in February after reviewing an upcoming project under governing funding from companies in China, Russia, and Saudi Arabia. MIT has not said why it terminated the iFlytek collaboration or disclosed details about the project that prompted the review, but it has faced pushback from some students and staff about the arrangement since it began two years ago.“We take very seriously concerns about national...

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Jack Ma Offers to Supply the US With Covid-19 Tests and Masks

Jack Ma Offers to Supply the US With Covid-19 Tests and Masks

As the US government promises to ramp up more Covid-19 testing, an unlikely billionaire is offering to lend his help: , cofounder of the Chinese tech giant Alibaba. Ma’s philanthropic organization, the Jack Ma Foundation, said early Friday morning it would donate 500,000 Covid-19 testing kits and 1 million protective face masks to the US. The action comes after US health authorities have for weeks to test people for , falling testing rates in other developed countries like Italy and South Korea.“The crisis presents a huge challenge to all humankind in a globalized world,” Ma said in a...

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Defeated Chess Champ Garry Kasparov Has Made Peace With AI

Defeated Chess Champ Garry Kasparov Has Made Peace With AI

Garry Kasparov is perhaps the greatest chess player in history. For almost two decades after becoming world champion in 1985, he dominated the game with a ferocious style of play and an equally ferocious swagger.Outside the chess world, however, Kasparov is best known for losing to a machine. In 1997, at the height of his powers, Kasparov was by an IBM supercomputer called Deep Blue. The loss sent shock waves across the world, and seemed to herald a new era of machine mastery over man.The years since have put things into perspective. Personal computers have grown vastly more powerful, with...

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An AI that writes convincing prose risks mass-producing fake news

An AI that writes convincing prose risks mass-producing fake news

Hello,We noticed you're browsing in private or incognito mode.To continue reading this article, please exit incognito modeor .Not a subscriber? Subscribe now for unlimited access to online articles.Visitors are allowed 3 free articles per month (without a subscription), and private browsing prevents us from counting how many stories you've read. We hope you understand, and consider for unlimited online access.if you are seeing this message in error.Ms. TechHere’s some breaking fake news …Recommended for YouRussia has declared war on the United States after Donald Trump accidentally fired a...

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