Series of images showing how single trained network generates 3D reconstructions of multiple scenes
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One Network, Many Scenes

To reconstruct the 3D world behind a set of 2D images, machine learning systems usually require a dedicated neural network for each scene. New research enables a single trained network to generate 3D reconstructions of multiple scenes.
Screen captures of a job interviews automation system
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Danke for the Interview

An independent test found flaws in AI systems designed to evaluate job applicants. MyInterview and Curious Thing, which automate job interviews, gave a candidate who spoke only in German high marks on English proficiency, according to MIT Technology Review.
Image showing how object detectors work
Vision

I Know It When I See It

Object detectors typically detect only items that were labeled in their training data. A new method liberates them to locate and recognize a much wider variety of objects.
Video showing traffic signals controlled by AI
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Lighter Traffic Ahead

Traffic signals controlled by AI are keeping vehicles rolling citywide. Several U.S. cities are testing systems from Israel-based startup NoTraffic that promise to cut both commute times and carbon emissions.
New approach to automated real-estate assessment
Vision

Home Sweet AI-Appraised Home

Real estate websites helped turn automated real-estate assessment into a classic AI problem. The latest approach by a leader in the field gets a boost from deep learning.
Series of imagen showing how an insect-sorting robot works
Vision

Bugbot

An insect-sorting robot could help scientists grapple with the global biodiversity crisis. An automated insect classifier sucks in tiny arthropods, classifies them, and maps their most important identifying features.
Few-shot Learning with a Universal Template (FLUTE)
Vision

Pattern for Efficient Learning

Getting high accuracy out of a classifier trained on a small number of examples is tricky. You might train the model on several large-scale datasets prior to few-shot training, but what if the few-shot dataset includes novel classes? A new method performs well even in that case.
Woman at an Amazon Go using Just Walk Out technology
Vision

No Cashier? No Problem

Shoppers at Amazon’s newest grocery store can skip the checkout line. Amazon opened its first full-scale supermarket that monitors which items customers place in their cart and charges them automatically when they leave. It calls the system Just Walk Out.
Fire-spotting cameras alerting a fire engine
Vision

Where There’s Smoke, There’s AI

An automated early warning system is alerting firefighters to emerging blazes.
Computer vision is probing the history of ancient pottery
Vision

Sorting Shattered Traditions

Computer vision is probing the history of ancient pottery | What’s new: Researchers at Northern Arizona University developed a machine learning model that identifies different styles of Native American painting on ceramic fragments and sorts the shards by historical period.
Two images showing the process of turning handwriting into text
Vision

The Writing, Not the Doodles

Systems designed to turn handwriting into text typically work best on pages with a consistent layout, such as a single column unbroken by drawings, diagrams, or extraneous symbols. A new system removes that requirement.
A self-riding bicycle
Vision

A Bicycle Built for Zero

Self-driving cars, get ready to share the road with self-riding bikes. Beijing-based machine learning researcher Zhihui Peng built a riderless bike that stays upright, navigates, and avoids collisions.
AI face recognition system for borderline patrol
Vision

Borderline AI

U.S. immigration officials expect over 2 million migrants to reach the country’s southern border by the end of the year. They’re counting on face recognition to streamline processing of those who seek asylum.
Automated nail-painting devices working
Vision

Every Problem Looks Like a Nail

Robots are brushing their way into the beauty market. A trio of companies is developing automated nail-painting devices that integrate robotics and computer vision.
A group of drones flying over a field
Vision

Deadly Drones Act Alone

Autonomous weapons are often viewed as an alarming potential consequence of advances in AI — but they may already have been used in combat. Libyan forces unleashed armed drones capable of choosing their own targets against a breakaway rebel faction last year.

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