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Army of 350,000 Star Wars Bots Found Lurking on Twitter
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Army of 350,000 Star Wars Bots Found Lurking on Twitter

Researchers at University College London in the U.K. discovered a Twitter botnet that could be comprised of more than 350,000 accounts.

Transistor Stretchier Than Skin for Ultra-Flexible Wearable Tech
From ACM TechNews

Transistor Stretchier Than Skin for Ultra-Flexible Wearable Tech

Stanford University researchers have developed a new transistor that can be stretched to twice its length without losing conductivity, making it well-suited for...

Drones Inspired by Insects Could Keep Flying Even When Damaged
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Drones Inspired by Insects Could Keep Flying Even When Damaged

Researchers at Wageningen University in the Netherlands programmed a robotic fly to mimic insects with different levels of wing damage, enabling them to examine...

Posture Could Explain Why Women Get More VR Sickness Than Men
From ACM TechNews

Posture Could Explain Why Women Get More VR Sickness Than Men

New studies explore why women experience more motion sickness than men while using virtual reality.

Quantum Computers Ditch All the Lasers for Easier Engineering
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Quantum Computers Ditch All the Lasers for Easier Engineering

Researchers from the University of Sussex in the U.K. have replaced the millions of lasers in traditional quantum computing systems with several static magnets...

Lazy Coders Are Training Artificial Intelligences to Be Sexist
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Lazy Coders Are Training Artificial Intelligences to Be Sexist

Artificial intelligence systems can form flawed and stereotypical word associations by learning from biased data samples.

AI Learns to Predict the Future by Watching 2 Million VideosĀ 
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AI Learns to Predict the Future by Watching 2 Million VideosĀ 

An artificial intelligence system can predict how a scene will unfold and dream up a vision of the immediate future.

Intelligence Rethought: AIs Know Us, but Don't Think Like Us
From ACM TechNews

Intelligence Rethought: AIs Know Us, but Don't Think Like Us

Machine-learning artificial intelligences become more capable with experience, but the trade-off is a lack of understanding about the nature of their intelligence...

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

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...

Quantum Computers Can Talk to Each Other via a Photon Translator
From ACM TechNews

Quantum Computers Can Talk to Each Other via a Photon Translator

Researchers from Germany's University of Paderborn have developed a system that can convert photons from one spread of frequencies to another, while preserving...

Face Electrodes Let You Taste and Chew in Virtual Reality
From ACM TechNews

Face Electrodes Let You Taste and Chew in Virtual Reality

Researchers have created a spoon with electrodes that can amplify salty, sour, or bitter flavors, and used thermal stimulation to mimic the sensation of sweetness...

Face Electrodes Let You Taste and Chew in Virtual Reality
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Face Electrodes Let You Taste and Chew in Virtual Reality

You're having dinner in a virtual reality game. The banquet scene in front of you looks so real that your mouth is watering.

Glasses Make Face Recognition Tech Think You're Milla Jovovich
From ACM TechNews

Glasses Make Face Recognition Tech Think You're Milla Jovovich

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have designed eyeglasses with patterned frames that can obscure the identity of the wearer to facial-recognition algorithms...

Pasta Spirals Link Neutron Stars and the Machinery of Your Cells
From ACM News

Pasta Spirals Link Neutron Stars and the Machinery of Your Cells

The conditions are vastly different, but the pasta is the same.

Paralyzed People Inhabit Distant Robot Bodies With Thought Alone
From ACM TechNews

Paralyzed People Inhabit Distant Robot Bodies With Thought Alone

The European Union's VERE project aims to dissolve the boundary between the human body and a surrogate.

Playing Grand Theft Auto Can Teach Autonomous Cars How to Drive
From ACM TechNews

Playing Grand Theft Auto Can Teach Autonomous Cars How to Drive

Self-driving cars can learn the rules of the road by studying virtual traffic on videogames such as Grand Theft Auto V, according to a new study.

Your Home's Online Gadgets Could Be Hacked By Ultrasound
From ACM News

Your Home's Online Gadgets Could Be Hacked By Ultrasound

This may have happened to you. You idly browse a pair of shoes online one morning, and for the rest of the week, those shoes follow you across the Internet, appearing...

ExoMars Spacecraft Splits in Two to Explore Mars Surface and Air
From ACM News

ExoMars Spacecraft Splits in Two to Explore Mars Surface and Air

Sometimes breaking up is the right thing to do. On Sunday at 17:20 GMT, the twin spacecraft of the first stage of the ExoMars mission split in two – one of the...

Germany to Create World's First Highway Code for Driverless Cars
From ACM TechNews

Germany to Create World's First Highway Code for Driverless Cars

The first legal framework for autonomous vehicles was outlined in a recently proposed bill in Germany governing how such cars perform in potentially deadly crashes...

The Wikipedia Bots that Are Engaged in Spats that Never End
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The Wikipedia Bots that Are Engaged in Spats that Never End

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