Tag: Carnegie Mellon University

This Article Is Spying on You

The press has performed admirably in reporting on privacy violations by the National Security Agency and major internet companies. But news sites often expose users to the same surveillance programs and data-collection companies they criticize. Even stories that explained how the N.S.A. was using Google cookies to “pinpoint targets for hacking” often included the exact […]

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AI researchers translate language into physical movement

Carnegie Mellon University AI researchers have created an AI agent that is able to translate words into physical movement. Called Joint Language-to-Pose, or JL2P, the approach combines natural language with 3D pose models. The pose forecasting joint embedding is learned with end-to-end curriculum learning, a training approach that stresses shorter task completion sequences before moving […]

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Carnegie Mellon and Oregon State team wins first leg of DARPA Subterranean Challenge robot competition

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) kicked off the Subterranean Challenge in December 2017, with the goal of equipping future warfighters and first responders with tools to rapidly map, navigate, and search hazardous underground environments. The final winner of the four-event competition won’t be selected until 2021, but Team Explorer from Carnegie Mellon […]

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How Many Triangles Are There? Here’s How to Solve the Puzzle

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about a viral math problem — 8÷2(2+2) = ? — that drew the disdain of many mathematicians because it contained little actual math. In its place I described a more interesting math problem, offered by Po-Shen Loh of Carnegie Mellon University. Unlike the viral “problem,” this puzzle did […]

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AI startup Gather uses drones and computer vision for warehouse inventory

Gather, a company that uses autonomous drones for warehouse inventory, launched out of stealth today. Founded in 2017, the company of about 10 employees is based in Pittsburgh. Gather’s founding team is made up of Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University graduates, including cofounder and chief robotics officer Sankalp Arora, whose work with the Office […]

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Google and Facebook Are Quietly Tracking You on Sex Websites

Silicon Valley’s biggest companies are always watching you — even when you’re browsing pornography websites in incognito mode. Trackers from tech companies like Google and Facebook are logging your most personal browsing details, according to a forthcoming New Media & Society paper, which scanned 22,484 pornography websites. Where that data ultimately goes is not always […]

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Facebook’s AI beats human poker champions

Facebook AI Research and Carnegie Mellon University today detailed the creation of Pluribus, a poker-playing AI that Facebook claims is the first to beat professionals in Texas Hold’em. Poker is a game sometimes used to benchmark the performance of artificial intelligence or game theory. The bot bested 15 human professionals, all of whom have won […]

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Unleashed, Robo-Insect Takes Flight

For years now, scientists have sought to build aerial robots inspired by bees and other flying insects. But they have always run into a fundamental problem: Flying takes a lot of energy. Insects flap their wings, generating the thrust needed to move through the air by utilizing the energy stored in strong muscles. Their robot […]

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DoD’s Joint AI Center to open-source natural disaster satellite imagery data set

As climate change escalates, the impact of natural disasters is likely to become less predictable. To encourage the use of machine learning for building damage assessment this week, Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute and CrowdAI — the U.S. Department of Defense’s Joint AI Center (JAIC) and Defense Innovation Unit — open-sourced a labeled data […]

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Google Brain’s XLNet bests BERT at 20 NLP tasks

A group of Google Brain and Carnegie Mellon University researchers this week introduced XLNet, an AI model capable of outperforming Google’s cutting-edge BERT in 20 NLP tasks and achieving state-of-the-art results on 18 benchmark tasks. BERT (Bidirectional Encoder Representations from Transform) is Google’s language representation model for unsupervised pretraining of NLP models first introduced last […]

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Facebook launches robotics framework PyRobot

Facebook’s AI team has been extra thirsty for robotics lately. Over the course of the past year, Facebook has expanded its robotics operations around the world and taught hexapod robots to walk. Last week, Facebook AI released the Replica photorealistic training data set and Habitat, a simulation engine for embodied AI, like robots. As part […]

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DeepMind Can Now Beat Us at Multiplayer Games, Too

Capture the flag is a game played by children across the open spaces of a summer camp, and by professional video gamers as part of popular titles like Quake III and Overwatch. In both cases, it’s a team sport. Each side guards a flag while also scheming to grab the other side’s flag and bring […]

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