FORTUNE: A view from A.I.’s biggest conference

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First, the big picture: for the first time, the number of papers submitted for possible inclusion in the conference declined slightly, falling 3.5% to 9,122. Whether this indicates that the hype around A.I. is dissipating, or at least plateauing, or whether the drop is just a blip, is hard to say. At the same time, the number of papers selected for inclusion in the conference jumped more than 23% to 2,344, which is the most ever chosen. The acceptance rate, at 26%, was also slightly higher than in recent years.

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