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NDSU Research Could Change Wind Power Grid
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NDSU Research Could Change Wind Power Grid

North Dakota State University researchers are exploring the possibility of using direct current wind power grids. 

Future Delivery Drones Start Learning How to Fly on Their Own
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Future Delivery Drones Start Learning How to Fly on Their Own

Boston University researchers are developing ways to enable drones to learn how to fly on their own. 

CERN Engineers Have to Identify and Disconnect 9,000 Obsolete Cables
From ACM News

CERN Engineers Have to Identify and Disconnect 9,000 Obsolete Cables

In the past, when parts of the accelerators have been upgraded or added to, engineers would often additionally replace the cables that connected them.

If Killer Robots Arrive, the Terminator Will Be the Least of Our Problems
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If Killer Robots Arrive, the Terminator Will Be the Least of Our Problems

Experts warned of the threat of autonomous weaponry at last week's World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. 

Is Blockchain the Most Important IT Invention of Our Age?
From ACM News

Is Blockchain the Most Important IT Invention of Our Age?

There are not many occasions when one can give an unqualified thumbs-up to something the government does, but this is one such occasion.

A Bright Approach to Brain Implants
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A Bright Approach to Brain Implants

The brain was once considered a "black box," a device so mysterious that you could only guess what it was doing by observing human behavior.

Go Players React to Computer Defeat
From ACM Opinion

Go Players React to Computer Defeat

For decades, the ancient game of Go has stood out as the one board game that computers couldn't crack.

Wee ARCHIE: Digital Dinos Put Bite-Sized Supercomputer Through Its Paces
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Wee ARCHIE: Digital Dinos Put Bite-Sized Supercomputer Through Its Paces

University of Edinburgh researchers have developed Wee ARCHIE, a miniature supercomputer that powers virtual dinosaur races. 

Mechanical Quanta See the Light
From ACM TechNews

Mechanical Quanta See the Light

Researchers say they have taken a first step toward a universal quantum connection based on a nanomechanical device's quantum-mechanical vibrations. 

Scenic Sat-Nav Will Take You on the Prettiest Route
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Scenic Sat-Nav Will Take You on the Prettiest Route

Autobahn is an artificial intelligence system that can use Google Street View images to optimize a driving route for a particular type of scenery. 

Who Needs a Computer Science Degree These Days?
From ACM TechNews

Who Needs a Computer Science Degree These Days?

An increasing number of software developers are entering the job market lacking degree-level training, according to a VisionMobile survey.

Wanted: Agile Robots
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Wanted: Agile Robots

The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology plans a contest to make robots more agile, removing "a major obstacle" to their adoption by manufacturers...

In Memoriam: Marvin Minsky 1927-2016
From ACM News

In Memoriam: Marvin Minsky 1927-2016

A pioneer in artificial intelligence, Minsky's impact was enormous.

Next Big Test for AI: Making Sense of the World
From ACM News

Next Big Test for AI: Making Sense of the World

A few years ago, a breakthrough in machine learning suddenly enabled computers to recognize objects shown in photographs with unprecedented—almost spooky—accuracy...

That 'Gut Feeling' Can Now Be Measured
From ACM News

That 'Gut Feeling' Can Now Be Measured

The next generation of multi-purpose ingestible technologies is emerging in proof-of-concept studies.

Marvin Minsky, Pioneer in Artificial Intelligence, Dies at 88
From ACM News

Marvin Minsky, Pioneer in Artificial Intelligence, Dies at 88

Marvin Minsky, who combined a scientist's thirst for knowledge with a philosopher's quest for truth as a pioneering explorer of artificial intelligence, work that...

MSU Computer Simulations May Help States Predict Flooding
From ACM TechNews

MSU Computer Simulations May Help States Predict Flooding

Researchers are performing supercomputer simulations in an attempt to determine how much water levee systems can withstand before breaking, leading to flooding. 

Smart Clothes Adapt So You Are Always the Right Temperature
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Smart Clothes Adapt So You Are Always the Right Temperature

The U.S. Department of Energy is funding research into clothing that can change its thermal properties to adapt to the environment, as well as to the body of the...

Defending Your Computer From Cyberattacks, Sun Tzu Style
From ACM TechNews

Defending Your Computer From Cyberattacks, Sun Tzu Style

Deception has been used to thwart cyberattacks before, mostly in "honeypot" strategies, but what sets a new operating system apart is inconsistent deception. 

Penn Profs Work to Build Bug-Free Computer Programs
From ACM TechNews

Penn Profs Work to Build Bug-Free Computer Programs

The Science of Deep Specification project is aimed at helping developers build bug-free programs.
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