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1. Scientists from the University of California, Berkeley, and Google Brain developed an AI system that taught a robot to walk. The team used a "maximum entropy" reinforcement learning framework to learn locomotion skills without simulated training. - VENTURE BEAT

2. China and the U.S. are leading the global AI race, according to a study by the U.N. World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The report found that U.S. tech company IBM had, by a wide margin, the most AI patents with 8,920; Microsoft was second with 5,930. - REUTERS

3. Summit, the world's most powerful supercomputer, broke a record for the fastest-running machine learning experiment. The experiment used algorithms to detect extreme weather patterns such as hurricanes out of a huge dataset of climate simulations. - WIRED

4. Trump signed an executive order in February launching the "American AI Initiative." The national AI strategy includes five key goals: redirect funding, create resources for researchers, establish standards, retrain workers, and engage internationally. - TECHNOLOGY REVIEW

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More: Shortly after Trump signed the executive order, the Pentagon unveiled its own AI strategy to help the country compete against China and Russia. The strategy centers on the newly formed Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, led by Lt. Gen. Jack Shanahan. Intel also released its own response to the American AI Initiative in a white paper back in March.

5. OpenAI developed its unsupervised language-learning model - GPT2 - that can write news and answer reading comprehension problems. The system learned from reading 8 million internet articles and set a performance record on Winograd schemas. It can also generate text. - VOX

6. China's Xinhua News Agency unveiled a female AI news anchor. Xin Xiaomeng launched in March after Xinhua debuted its male AI news anchor Qiu Hao. - QUARTZ

7. Chinese chip maker Horizon Robotics raised $600 million in a Series B funding round. The funding was led by South Korean chipmaker SK Hynix and several auto manufacturer-backed VC funds. - REUTERS

8. In March, OpenAI announced that it's restructuring into a for-profit institution. The nonprofit AI organization began calling itself a "capped-profit" company that can issue stock to its employees and generate returns. Most of the money earned is returned to the nonprofit entity. - BUSINESS INSIDER

9. MIT researchers developed an algorithm that can build a neural network much faster — up to 200 times faster — than conventional methods. The Neural Architecture Search (NAS) algorithm can learn specialized convolutional neural networks for specific hardware platforms in just 200 GPU hours. - ENGADGET

10. A group of AI researchers, including a Turing Award winner, asked Amazon to stop selling its biased facial-recognition technology to law enforcement agencies. They signed an open letter saying that the company's algorithms are flawed and biased against darker-skinned and female faces. - NY TIMES

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