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In his 1942 short story 'Runaround', science-fiction writer Isaac Asimov introduced the Three Laws of Robotics—engineering safeguards and built-in ethical principles that he would go on to use in dozens of stories and novels.
One of the first electronic, programmable computers in the world is remembered today mostly by its nickname: Colossus.
A new adaptive importance sampling algorithm can help generate more accurate predictions than a data assimilation algorithm when uncertainty is involved.
U.K. scientists have developed a new microphone system with the potential to help future robots pay closer attention to what they hear.
New research by Michigan State University professor Anil Jain has proven one's fingerprint pattern is persistent over time.
Researchers at Wichita State University are working with Vigo Technologies to develop a device that can detect drowsiness and warn drivers.
A number of the dust jets emerging from Rosetta's comet can be traced back to active pits that were likely formed by a sudden collapse of the surface.
Imagine you slack off at work and read up online about the latest Gibson 1959 Les Paul electric guitar replica.
Robin Pedraja, a lanky 28-year-old former design student from Havana, walked into the Cuban government’s office of periodicals and publications early last year seeking approval for a dream: starting an online magazine about Cuba’s…
In the movie Interstellar, the main character Cooper escapes from a black hole in time to see his daughter Murph in her final days.
China's legislature adopted a sweeping national security law on Wednesday that covers everything from territorial sovereignty to measures to tighten cyber security, a move likely to rile foreign businesses.
It' not fun getting into a car when the interior is 130 degrees, but that's a typical problem during the summer for those who live in a city like Phoenix, where outside temperatures can regularly soar well past 100.
The Pentagon's Office of Force Readiness and Training, Lockheed Martin, and the National Science Foundation are creating a platform for immersive training.
In genetic improvement, an automated "programmer" is written to manipulate the source code of a piece of software via trial and error, to boost its efficiency.
Researchers have developed a computing system that views video game play on streaming services, analyzes the footage, and then creates new sections of a game.
A recent panel discussion focused on the need to develop policies to prevent artificial intelligence from evolving to the point where it threatens humanity's existence.
New software can bring a sense of humor to online chat.
President Barack Obama wears a FitBit monitor on his wrist to count his steps and calories, and has waxed poetic about the power of wearable technology to "give each of us information that allows us to stay healthier."
The rapid advancement of technology has supported changes in many aspects of computer science education, while other aspects have remained consistent.
Open source tools assist data science.
Neural networks, which support online image search and speech recognition, eventually will drive more advanced services.
How urban information systems are slowly revamping the modern metropolis.
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