Wednesday, August 4, 2021
How AI Will Help Keep Time at the Tokyo Olympics
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How AI Will Help Keep Time at the Tokyo Olympics

“In volleyball, we're now using cameras with computer vision technologies to track not only athletes, but also the ball,” says Alain Zobrist, head of Omega Timing. “So it's a combination where we use camera technology…

The Pentagon Is Bolstering Its AI Systems—by Hacking Itself
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The Pentagon Is Bolstering Its AI Systems—by Hacking Itself

The Pentagon sees artificial intelligence as a way to outfox, outmaneuver, and dominate future adversaries. But the brittle nature of AI means that without due care, the technology could perhaps hand enemies a new way…

The Pentagon Scrubs a Cloud Deal and Looks to Add More AI
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The Pentagon Scrubs a Cloud Deal and Looks to Add More AI

Late in 2019, the Pentagon chose Microsoft for a $10 billion contract called JEDI that aimed to use the cloud to modernize US military computing infrastructure. Tuesday, the agency ripped up that deal. The Pentagon…

What Really Happened When Google Ousted Timnit Gebru
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What Really Happened When Google Ousted Timnit Gebru

In April 1998, two Stanford grad students named Larry Page and Sergey Brin presented an algorithm called PageRank at a conference in Australia. A month later, war broke out between Ethiopia and Eritrea, setting off…

The All-Seeing Eyes of New York’s 15,000 Surveillance Cameras
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The All-Seeing Eyes of New York’s 15,000 Surveillance Cameras

A new video from human rights organization Amnesty International maps the locations of more than 15,000 cameras used by the New York Police Department, both for routine surveillance and in facial-recognition searches. A 3D model…

This Brain-Controlled Robotic Arm Can Twist, Grasp—and Feel
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This Brain-Controlled Robotic Arm Can Twist, Grasp—and Feel

The brain is bidirectional: It takes information in while also sending signals out to the rest of the body, telling it to act. Even a motion that seems as straightforward as grabbing a cup calls…