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Dave Gershgorn covers artificial intelligence for Quartz.
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DARPA’s New Cars Are Mechanical Mountain Goats

July 21, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. government’s defense research agency is trying to figure out whether four motors are better than one. In a new video, the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency showed off a series of new vehicle designs, including a vehicle that looks a lot like a dune buggy and uses...

Google Is Using AI to See Inside the Brain Like Never Before

July 16, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Neuroscientists have a lot of data on the brain—we can see it, take pictures of it, study it. But for all the data, the brain’s workings are still relatively unknown. A new paper published in Nature Methods might help neuroscientists better understand the structure of the brain and how it...

Microsoft Wants Congress to Regulate Facial Recognition

July 14, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Microsoft is asking Congress to create a bipartisan, expert-led committee to draft regulations for facial recognition, the company’s president Brad Smith wrote in a blog post Friday. But the rules aren’t just to keep tech companies on the right track. Microsoft argued that regulation is necessary because it also laysfoundations...

AI Is Getting Closer to Replacing Animal Testing

July 13, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Scientists test new chemical compounds on animals because we still don’t completely understand the world around us. New compounds might interact with living cells in unexpected ways, causing unforeseen harm. But an artificial intelligence system published in the research journal Toxicological Sciences shows that it might be possible to automate...

Google’s Duplex AI Could Kill the Call Center

July 6, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The robots on the other side of the customer support line could soon start to sound a lot more human. Google is reportedly shopping its Duplex AI system around as a tool for call centers, according to The Information, including a large insurance company. Duplex would handle simple calls for...

Tech Companies Just Woke Up to a Big Problem With Their AI

July 2, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Tech companies are beginning to accept that the artificial intelligence they’re building their futures on could be flawed. From studies showing that language-processing AI can be sexist to more recent research on facial recognition’s failures on darker skin tones, years of research have erupted into a flurry of actions from...

CEO of a Facial Recognition Company: The Tech is Too Volatile to Give to Law Enforcement

June 28, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Brian Brackeen, CEO of facial recognition company Kairos, has a message about the technology his firm develops: It’s not yet ready for the burden of upholding the law. In an editorial for TechCrunch, the tech CEO explains that artificial intelligence algorithms powering facial recognition need massive amounts of data to...

Facial Recognition Company CEO: The Tech Is Too Volatile to Give to Law Enforcement

June 27, 2018 Brian Brackeen, CEO of facial recognition company Kairos, has a message about the technology his firm develops: It’s not yet ready for the burden of upholding the law. In an editorial for TechCrunch, the tech CEO explains that artificial intelligence algorithms powering facial recognition need massive amounts of data to...

Scientists Built a Transforming Flying Robot Dragon

June 26, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow There’s plenty to be scared of in 2018. If nightmares of being chased down by Boston Dynamics’ robot dogs weren’t enough, here’s a new fresh horror: robot dragons. Scientists from the University of Tokyo synced four thrusters together to create a serpentine, floating aircraft called DRAGON. The acronym stands for...

Facial Recognition Is Here to Stay. And We Should All Probably Accept It

June 25, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow For the past few years, the world’s biggest tech companies have been on a mission to put artificial-intelligence tools in the hands of every coder. The benefits are clear: Coders familiar with free AI frameworks from Google, Amazon, Microsoft, or Facebook might be more inclined to someday work for one...