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Chinese Advances In Artificial Intelligence

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Artificial intelligence, or AI, is everywhere these days, from self-driving cars and voice-activated software like Siri and Alexa. It's being used in fields from criminal justice to finance. So this year in All Tech Considered, we're going to spend some time exploring AI. Its leadership wants to dominate the tech world. It's one way China can beat possible competitors and adversaries.


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Scientists have developed a computer model that breaks through a key test used to tell a human from a bot. Text-based CAPTCHAs, a rough acronym for Completely Automated Public Turing Test To Tell Computers and Humans Apart, are groups of jumbled characters along with squiggly lines and other background noise.


Quantity Of 'Skills' Doesn't Mean Quality In Amazon Echo's Alexa

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Amazon Echo's Alexa has helped people do all sorts of tasks. Although Alexa now has more than 15,000 so-called "skills," critics say that many of Amazon's skills are low-quality.


iPhone X's Face ID Inspires Privacy Worries -- But Convenience May Trump Them

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Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, announces features of the new iPhone X on Sept. 12 at the Steve Jobs Theater on the new Apple campus in Cupertino, Calif. The phone's new ability to unlock itself using a scan of its owner's face inspired a strong, divided reaction. The phone's new ability to unlock itself using a scan of its owner's face inspired a strong, divided reaction. A feature of Apple's new high end iPhone X called Face ID -- the phone will unlock when you look at it, or rather when it looks at you -- has got privacy advocates nervous. The new feature set off a fairly silly joke meme on Twitter with jibes such as "Face ID is the worst thing to happen to Beverly Hills plastic surgeons."



Apple Gets Mixed Reactions To New iPhone's Facial Recognition Technology

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Clare Garvie of Georgetown University's Law Center on Privacy and Technology talks with NPR's Michel Martin about the implications of Apple's embrace of facial recognition technology.


Sam Harris: What Happens When Humans Develop Super Intelligent AI?

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Does superhuman artificial intelligence sound like science fiction? He says it's not a question of if but when -- with potentially destructive consequences. Sam Harris is a writer, neuroscientist, philosopher, and host of the podcast, Waking Up With Sam Harris. He has written five New York Times best-sellers, and his writings cover a range of topics from neuroscience and religion to violence and human reasoning.


Department Of Transportation Rolls Out New Guidelines For Self-Driving Cars

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A Ford Fusion development vehicle equipped with autonomous controls, seen at a test facility Tuesday in Ann Arbor, Mich. A Ford Fusion development vehicle equipped with autonomous controls, seen at a test facility Tuesday in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Department of Transportation released its revised guidelines on automated driving systems Tuesday, outlining its recommended -- but not mandatory -- best practices for companies developing self-driving cars. The first such guidelines released under the Trump administration, the Vision for Safety 2.0 scales back some of the recommendations outlined last year under President Obama. In a statement released Tuesday, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao lauded the possibilities of automated driving systems, saying "we can look forward to a future with fewer traffic fatalities and increased mobility for all Americans."


Telecom Companies Turn To Drones For Help After Hurricanes

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A drone is flown during a property inspection following Hurricane Harvey in Houston. The mass destruction brought on by Harvey has been a seminal moment for drone operators, proving that they can effectively map flooding, locate people in need of rescue and verify damage to speed insurance claims. A drone is flown during a property inspection following Hurricane Harvey in Houston. The mass destruction brought on by Harvey has been a seminal moment for drone operators, proving that they can effectively map flooding, locate people in need of rescue and verify damage to speed insurance claims. Tropical Storm Harvey disrupted at least 17 emergency call centers and 320 cellular sites, and it caused outages for more than 148,000 Internet, TV, and phone customers, according to the Federal Communications Commission.


Scanning The Future, Radiologists See Their Jobs At Risk

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He's sitting inside a dimly lit reading room, looking at digital images from the CT scan of a patient's chest, trying to figure out why he's short of breath. Health care companies like vRad, which has radiologists analyzing 7 million scans a year, provide data to partners that develop medical algorithms. Chief Medical Officer Eldad Elnekave says computers can detect diseases from images better than humans because they can multitask -- say, look for appendicitis while also checking for low bone density. Radiologist John Mongan is researching ways to use artificial intelligence in radiology.