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DARPA lets robots take over nuclear plant

SATSOP, Wash. — Amid the ruins of what was meant to be a nuclear power plant, a robot catches a whiff of carbon dioxide — and hundreds of feet away, its master perks up his ears. “I think I’ve got … Continue reading

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White House’s top techie touts AI trends

One year after the White House kicked off the American AI Initiative, its effects on research and development in the burgeoning field of artificial intelligence are just beginning to sink in. And Michael Kratsios, the White House’s chief technology officer, says … Continue reading

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Microsoft’s Eric Horvitz sees AI-human synergy

Artificial intelligence is often portrayed as a rising competitor for human intelligence, in settings ranging from human-vs.-machine card games to the “Terminator” movie series. But according to Eric Horvitz, the director of Microsoft Research Labs, the hottest trends in AI have more to do … Continue reading

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AI2 sets up robo-challenge in virtual and real rooms

Computer vision and navigation have improved by leaps and bounds, thanks to artificial intelligence, but how well do the computer models work in the real world? That’s the challenge that Seattle’s Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence is setting for AI … Continue reading

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Amazon patents ‘Doctor Who’ delivery robots

Amazon is already testing robots that deliver packages, but a newly issued patent covers a far more ambitious scheme, involving storage compartment vehicles that can roam the sidewalks to make multiple deliveries along their routes. As described in the patent application … Continue reading

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ANA Avatar XPRIZE teams go to the next level

Seventy-seven teams from 19 countries around the globe have qualified to participate in the $10 million ANA Avatar XPRIZE competition, which aims to promote the development of robotic systems that let travelers connect with far-flung locales virtually. The roster of competitors includes 27 teams … Continue reading

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Study: AI takes aim at high-paying jobs

When experts talk about the disruptive effects of artificial intelligence, they tend to focus on low-paid laborers — but a newly published study suggests higher-paid, more highly educated workers will be increasingly exposed to job challenges. The study puts Seattle toward … Continue reading

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PNNL plays role in new AI research center

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is joining forces with two other research powerhouses to pioneer a new $5.5 million research center created by the U.S. Department of Energy to focus on the biggest challenges in artificial intelligence. The Center for Artificial Intelligence-Focused Architectures and Algorithms, … Continue reading

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SonoSite and AI2 add AI to ultrasound imaging

A new collaboration between Fujifilm SonoSite and the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence aims to use AI to generate better interpretations of ultrasound images, opening the way for new applications and enhanced accuracy. The collaboration demonstrates how Pacific Northwest connections can pay off: Fujifilm … Continue reading

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Xnor teases AI gizmo that’ll keep groceries in stock

Artificial intelligence is coming to a grocery store shelf near you. Xnor.ai, a spin-out from Seattle’s Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, has been working with partners on low-cost, low-power AI monitoring devices, including a camera with the ability to detect when a … Continue reading

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