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Google DeepMind Could Invent the Next Generation of AI by Playing Starcraft 2
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Google DeepMind Could Invent the Next Generation of AI by Playing Starcraft 2

The announcement at BlizzCon 2016 that met with the most muted response was arguably the most revolutionary.

Network Operators Beef Up Last Mile For Cord-Cutters
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Network Operators Beef Up Last Mile For Cord-Cutters

Consumers increasingly are bypassing traditional content providers to download content a la carte via broadband connection.

Two Sigma Announces Public Launch of Halite, A.I. Coding Game
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Two Sigma Announces Public Launch of Halite, A.I. Coding Game

Halite creates an engaging game environment in which to learn, write, and visualize code in action. 

How Humans Can Force the Machines to Play Fair
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How Humans Can Force the Machines to Play Fair

Cynthia Dwork is best known for inventing "differential privacy," a set of techniques that safeguard the privacy of individuals in a large database.

German Spies "Alarmed" Over Threat To Election From Fake News, Russians
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German Spies "Alarmed" Over Threat To Election From Fake News, Russians

An intelligence source told BuzzFeed News they fear 2017’s federal elections could see a repeat of the misinformation and hacking that disrupted the U.S. presidential...

Google Warns Journalists and Professors: Your Account is Under Attack
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Google Warns Journalists and Professors: Your Account is Under Attack

A flurry of social media reports suggests a major hacking campaign has been uncovered.

Telescope That 'Ate Astronomy' Is on Track to Surpass Hubble
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Telescope That 'Ate Astronomy' Is on Track to Surpass Hubble

The next great space telescope spread its golden wings this month.

Programmers are Having a Huge Discussion About the Unethical and Illegal Things They've Been Asked to Do
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Programmers are Having a Huge Discussion About the Unethical and Illegal Things They've Been Asked to Do

A response to a post that went viral, called "Code I’m Still Ashamed Of."

Indium Selenide Takes on the Mantle of the New Wonder Material
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Indium Selenide Takes on the Mantle of the New Wonder Material

Is there a research institute with a more distinguished pedigree in graphene research than the University of Manchester?

President Obama Names Recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
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President Obama Names Recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom

The 21 latest recipients of the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom included Margaret Hamilton and Grace Hopper.

Internet of Things Will Demand a Step-Change in Search Solutions
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Internet of Things Will Demand a Step-Change in Search Solutions

New Internet search mechanisms will need to be developed to support the growing Internet of Things.

Will AI Usher in a New Era of Hacking?
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Will AI Usher in a New Era of Hacking?

Advanced artificial intelligence systems developed to defend assets in cyberspace might be turned to malevolent purposes by cybercriminals.

Google's DeepMind AI Can Lip-Read TV Shows Better Than a Pro
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Google's DeepMind AI Can Lip-Read TV Shows Better Than a Pro

Researchers at Google's DeepMind and the University of Oxford are using deep-learning techniques to create a lip-reading system that can perform better than professional...

Japan Aims for Superefficient Supercomputer by 2017
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Japan Aims for Superefficient Supercomputer by 2017

Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology plans to build a super-efficient supercomputer.

Researchers Build Tool to Help Prevent 'Selfie Deaths'
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Researchers Build Tool to Help Prevent 'Selfie Deaths'

A growing number of people die every year while taking photos of themselves at dangerous locations, leading researchers at Carnegie Mellon University to look for...

China's Secretive Space Program Threatens NASA's Dominance
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China's Secretive Space Program Threatens NASA's Dominance

The launch of the Shenzhou 11 spacecraft in western China last month marked another great leap forward for the nation's space program and its ambition to send manned...

Richard Tapia Receives the AAAS Public Engagement with Science Award
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Richard Tapia Receives the AAAS Public Engagement with Science Award

The award recognizes Tapia’s “remarkable career blending world-class scholarship, admirable mentoring and profound contributions to science, technology, engineering...

NASA Saturn Mission Prepares for 'Ring-Grazing Orbits'
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NASA Saturn Mission Prepares for 'Ring-Grazing Orbits'

A thrilling ride is about to begin for NASA's Cassini spacecraft.

Japan Plans Supercomputer to Leap Into Technology Future
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Japan Plans Supercomputer to Leap Into Technology Future

Japan plans to build the world's fastest-known supercomputer in a bid to arm the country's manufacturers with a platform for research that could help them develop...

Making Sense of Exabytes of Data at SC16
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Making Sense of Exabytes of Data at SC16

“Think about how you got here,” said Katharine Frase, head of strategy and business development for IBM’s Watson Education unit, at the SC16 conference in Salt...
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