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AI Learns to Play Hide and Seek

Agents discover progressively more complex tool use while playing a simple game of hide-and-seek. This suggests that multi-agent co-adaptation may one day produce extremely complex and intelligent behavior.

Why Deep-Learning AIs Are so Easy to Fool

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Brilliant at what they do, taken into unfamiliar terrain Deep Neural Networks are fundamentally brittle. AI researchers say they are making progress in fixing the flaws, but acknowledge that they’re still groping for new techniques.

Friday Nite Videos | September 13, 2019

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Edward Snowden in Exile: ‘You Have to Be Ready to Stand for Something.’ Musicians Love Making Fun of Bob Dylan. Beto O'Rourke: 'We're going to take away your AR-15.' John Oliver: Filibuster. How Black Americans Were Robbed of Their Land.

Media Bits and Bytes - Truth Busters

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The unstraight scoop from NPR, Chuck Todd, NYT; Trump's everyday outrages; Female anchors fight back; AI and the election; SCOTUS social media crackdown

Friday Nite Videos | June 28, 2019

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The Investigation: A Search for the Truth in Ten Acts. Prophets Of Rage | Made With Hate. The Amazing Brains and Morphing Skin of Octopuses. AOC, Tiffany Cabán and the Struggle for a People's DA in Queens. These Photos Ended Child Labor in the US.

The Amazing Brains and Morphing Skin of Octopuses and Other Cephalopods

Octopus, squid and cuttlefish have strange, massive, distributed brains. What do they do with all that neural power? Dive into the ocean with marine biologist Roger Hanlon, who shares astonishing footage of the camouflaging abilities of cephalopods, which can change their skin color and texture in a flash. Learn how their smart skin, and their ability to deploy it in sophisticated ways, could be evidence of an alternative form of intelligence -- and how it could lead to breakthroughs in AI, fabrics, cosmetics and beyond.

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