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Air Force Tests IBM's Brain-Inspired Chip as an Aerial Tank Spotter
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Air Force Tests IBM's Brain-Inspired Chip as an Aerial Tank Spotter

The U.S. Air Force Research Lab is exploring whether brain-inspired computer chips could give satellites, aircraft, and drones the ability to automatically identify...

New Camera Can See Around Corners
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New Camera Can See Around Corners

Researchers at Xi'an Jiaotong University in China have built a single-pixel camera that can capture images of objects even when they are not in direct view.

New Camera Can See Around Corners
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New Camera Can See Around Corners

In the last few years, single-pixel cameras have begun to revolutionize the field of imaging.

5 Big Predictions for Artificial Intelligence in 2017
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5 Big Predictions for Artificial Intelligence in 2017

Among the expected advancements in artificial intelligence for 2017 is progress in applying deep reinforcement learning to real-world challenges such as automated...

Everything You Need to Know About Gene Therapy's Most Promising Year 
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Everything You Need to Know About Gene Therapy's Most Promising Year 

For a few lucky patients, 2016 was the year when gene therapy turned from promises to cures.

AI Begins to Understand the 3D World
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AI Begins to Understand the 3D World

Artificial intelligence researchers are constructing systems that can visualize the three-dimensional world and take action.

Meet the World's First Completely Soft Robot
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Meet the World's First Completely Soft Robot

Harvard University researchers have created the first self-contained soft robot.

Security Experts Warn Congress That the Internet of Things Could Kill People
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Security Experts Warn Congress That the Internet of Things Could Kill People

A growing mass of poorly secured devices on the Internet of things represents a serious risk to life and property, and the government must intervene to mitigate...

Security Experts Warn Congress That the Internet of Things Could Kill People
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Security Experts Warn Congress That the Internet of Things Could Kill People

Prominent computer security experts in November warned the U.S. Congress that a poorly secured Internet of Things could seriously threaten life and property. 

China Turns Big Data Into Big Brother 
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China Turns Big Data Into Big Brother 

It was a drab, chill day in November, and the clocks were striking thirteen.

Neural Network Learns to Identify Criminals by Their Faces
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Neural Network Learns to Identify Criminals by Their Faces

Researchers from Shanghai Jiao Tong University applied a variety of machine-vision algorithms to study faces of criminals and noncriminals. Their neural network...

World's First Silicon Photonic Neural Network Unveiled
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World's First Silicon Photonic Neural Network Unveiled

Alexander Tait and colleagues at Princeton University say they have built the world's first integrated silicon photonic neuromorphic chip, a development that could...

China's Driverless Trucks Are Revving Their Engines
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China's Driverless Trucks Are Revving Their Engines

China is gearing up to overhaul its road delivery with fleets of self-driving long-haul trucks.

World's First Photonic Neural Network Unveiled
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World's First Photonic Neural Network Unveiled

Neural networks are taking the world of computing by storm.

Can CRISPR Save Ben Dupree?
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Can CRISPR Save Ben Dupree?

At 24, Benjamin Dupree has outlived many people with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

How Vector Space Mathematics Helps Machines Spot Sarcasm
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How Vector Space Mathematics Helps Machines Spot Sarcasm

Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay led by Aditya Joshi report developing a new strategy to help computers better detect the presence of sarcasm...

Japanese Robotics Giant Gives Its Arms Some Brains
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Japanese Robotics Giant Gives Its Arms Some Brains

The big, dumb, monotonous industrial robots found in many factories could soon be quite a bit smarter, thanks to the introduction of machine-learning skills that...

Physicists Create World's First Time Crystal
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Physicists Create World's First Time Crystal

University of Maryland researchers say they have created the world's first time crystal, which could lead to quantum memory systems.

Google Builds a Robotic Hive-Mind Kindergarten
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Google Builds a Robotic Hive-Mind Kindergarten

How many robots does it take to open a door?

Google's New Service Translates Languages Almost as Well as Humans Can
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Google's New Service Translates Languages Almost as Well as Humans Can

Google's latest advance in machine learning could make the world a little smaller.
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