Trump Administration blacklists top Chinese AI startups for human rights violations: The White House added 28 organizations to the Entity List for human rights abuses in Xinjiang, prohibiting them from buying U.S.-developed technologies. The list named eight tech companies, including Megvii, iFlytek and SenseTime (three of China’s top AI companies), along with Dahua and Hikvision (leading manufacturers of surveillance products).
OpenAI’s AI-powered robot learns to solve a Rubik’s Cube one-handed: OpenAI announced yesterday that it used reinforcement learning to enable a dextrous robot to complete a Rubik’s Cube. While robots have mastered Rubik’s Cubes before, “Dactyl” is unique in that it was trained in a variety of simulated environments and learned to adapt to the real world. The result is a high level of adaptability for a robotic hand, which the researchers believe may be an important step toward general-purpose robots.
NSF creates new program to fund $200M in long-term AI research over six years: The National Science Foundation announced the creation of a new National AI Research Institutes program to advance large-scale, long-term AI research. The grant will fund the creation of research institutes at the nexus of government, industry and academia focused on a series of core priorities in AI. In the first year, NSF anticipates disbursing $120 million in grants. Grant proposals are due to NSF by late January 2020.
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