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Baxter the Robot Fixes Its Mistakes by Reading Your Mind
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Baxter the Robot Fixes Its Mistakes by Reading Your Mind

Baxter is but a child, with bright eyes and a subtle grin.

To Keep Tor Hack Source Code Secret, DOJ Dismisses Child Porn Case
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To Keep Tor Hack Source Code Secret, DOJ Dismisses Child Porn Case

Rather than share the now-classified technological means that investigators used to locate a child porn suspect, federal prosecutors in Washington state have ...

Artificial Data Give the Same Results as Real Data--Without Compromising Privacy
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Artificial Data Give the Same Results as Real Data--Without Compromising Privacy

The Synthetic Data Vault is a new machine-learning system that automatically creates synthetic data, which can be used in data science efforts that otherwise would...

Software Engineers Have Figured Out a Way to Turn Charts Into Music for the Blind
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Software Engineers Have Figured Out a Way to Turn Charts Into Music for the Blind

Legally blind SAS software engineer Ed Summers in February guided the company's release of a free browser plug-in that scans Web pages for graphs or charts and...

Kids Want Parental Help With Online Risk, but Fear Parental Freak Outs
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Kids Want Parental Help With Online Risk, but Fear Parental Freak Outs

Researchers found teens rarely talked to their parents about potentially risky online experiences.

Social Media Algorithm Says Trump 'Tweets Like a Bachelor'
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Social Media Algorithm Says Trump 'Tweets Like a Bachelor'

Researchers have developed an algorithm that predicts a user's marital status with 86% accuracy using data from Twitter, Foursquare, and Instagram.

Singing Posters and Talking Shirts: UW Engineers Turn Everyday Objects Into FM Radio Stations
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Singing Posters and Talking Shirts: UW Engineers Turn Everyday Objects Into FM Radio Stations

Researchers are enabling everyday objects to communicate directly with smartphones and car radios and transmit information to them.

How Rival Bots Battled Their Way to Poker Supremacy
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How Rival Bots Battled Their Way to Poker Supremacy

Artificial-intelligence programs harness game-theory strategies and deep learning to defeat human professionals in two-player hold'em.

2017 CRA Distinguished Service and A. Nico Habermann Awardees Announced
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2017 CRA Distinguished Service and A. Nico Habermann Awardees Announced

The Computing Research Association board of directors is pleased to announce its selections for the 2017 CRA Awards.

How Rival Bots Battled Their Way to Poker Supremacy
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How Rival Bots Battled Their Way to Poker Supremacy

A complex variant of poker is the latest game to be mastered by artificial intelligence (AI). And it has been conquered not once, but twice, by two rival bots developed...

NASA Orbiter Steers Clear of Mars Moon Phobos
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NASA Orbiter Steers Clear of Mars Moon Phobos

NASA's MAVEN spacecraft performed a previously unscheduled maneuver this week to avoid a collision in the near future with Mars' moon Phobos.

Merging Our Brains With Machines Won't Stop the Rise of the Robots
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Merging Our Brains With Machines Won't Stop the Rise of the Robots

The assumption that physically interfacing the human brain with machines will give humanity a competitive edge over increasingly advanced robots is dubious, because...

Scientists Reveal New Super-Fast Form of Computer That 'Grows as It Computes'
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Scientists Reveal New Super-Fast Form of Computer That 'Grows as It Computes'

Researchers have shown it is possible to build a new super-fast form of computer that "grows as it computes."

Microsoft's AI Is Learning to Write Code by Itself, Not Steal It
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Microsoft's AI Is Learning to Write Code by Itself, Not Steal It

Researchers at Microsoft and the University of Cambridge in the U.K. have developed an algorithm that can create code to solve simple math problems.

Who Can Find the Fish That Makes the Best Sound?
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Who Can Find the Fish That Makes the Best Sound?

Researchers at TU Wien in Austria have developed a computational method that can determine the shape a metal object must be in order to generate a specific sound...

Why the Dark Net Is More Resilient to Attack Than the Internet
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Why the Dark Net Is More Resilient to Attack Than the Internet

Researchers who built their own model of the dark net ran simulations to see how the model would react to three failure scenarios.

First Hint of How DNA Calculators Could Supercharge Computing
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First Hint of How DNA Calculators Could Supercharge Computing

By making DNA endlessly change, researchers have shown how a biological computer might one day solve problems much faster than conventional computers or even ...

Machine Learning Is Bringing the Cosmos Into Focus
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Machine Learning Is Bringing the Cosmos Into Focus

The telescope offers one of the most seductive suggestions a technological object can carry: the idea that humans might pick up a thing, peer into it, and finally...

Medical Devices Are the Next Security Nightmare
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Medical Devices Are the Next Security Nightmare

Hacked medical devices make for scary headlines.

Coming Soon: Oil Spill-Mapping Swarms of Flying Drones
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Coming Soon: Oil Spill-Mapping Swarms of Flying Drones

Researchers have devised a way to program a team of off-the-shelf, low-powered drones to map an oil spill in a matter of minutes.
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