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These AI Bots Created Their Own Language to Talk to Each Other
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These AI Bots Created Their Own Language to Talk to Each Other

OpenAI last week disclosed new research detailing the training of artificial intelligence bots to generate their own shared language.

Silicon Valley's Quest to Live Forever
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Silicon Valley's Quest to Live Forever

On a velvety March evening in Mandeville Canyon, high above the rest of Los Angeles, Norman Lear's living room was jammed with powerful people eager to learn the...

Scientists Hack a Human Cell and Reprogram It Like a Computer
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Scientists Hack a Human Cell and Reprogram It Like a Computer

Cells are basically tiny computers: They send and receive inputs and output accordingly.

People Remain Calm as the World Ends, Video Game Study Suggests
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People Remain Calm as the World Ends, Video Game Study Suggests

University at Buffalo researchers found despite some violent acts, most people will be helpful to others as the world ends.

New AI Algorithm Beats Even the World's Worst Traffic
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New AI Algorithm Beats Even the World's Worst Traffic

Researchers have developed an intelligent routing algorithm designed to minimize the occurrence of spontaneous traffic jams across a roadway network.

What It Means to {Codelikeagirl}
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What It Means to {Codelikeagirl}

The University of Rochester has significantly increased the number of female students graduating with computer science degrees.

Machine Learning Opens Up New Ways to Help Disabled People
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Machine Learning Opens Up New Ways to Help Disabled People

Companies are developing and launching machine-learning technologies and applications to enhance the experience of disabled persons.

Virtual Lemonade Sends Color and Taste to a Glass of Water
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Virtual Lemonade Sends Color and Taste to a Glass of Water

Researchers say they have developed a system that can digitally transmit the color and sourness of a glass of lemonade to a tumbler of water.

Elon Musk's Billion-Dollar Crusade to Stop the A.I. Apocalypse
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Elon Musk's Billion-Dollar Crusade to Stop the A.I. Apocalypse

It was just a friendly little argument about the fate of humanity. Demis Hassabis, a leading creator of advanced artificial intelligence, was chatting with ...

Unexpected, Star-Spangled Find May Lead to Advanced Electronics
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Unexpected, Star-Spangled Find May Lead to Advanced Electronics

Researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas say they have developed a material that can transform from an atomically thin, two-dimensional sheet into an array...

Quadruped Robot Exhibits Spontaneous Changes in Step with Speed
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Quadruped Robot Exhibits Spontaneous Changes in Step with Speed

Researchers from Tohoku University in Japan have successfully demonstrated that a quadruped robot can spontaneously change its steps between energy-efficient patterns...

Seeing Sound
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Seeing Sound

Texas A&M University professor Tim Davis uses sparse matrix algorithms to create works of electronic art by visualizing music.

Using Virtual Reality to Catch a Real Ball
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Using Virtual Reality to Catch a Real Ball

Disney researchers have developed ways to enhance virtual experiences involving interactions with physical objects by showing how a person using a virtual reality...

'Girls in STEM' Culture Is Failing Both Girls and STEM
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'Girls in STEM' Culture Is Failing Both Girls and STEM

Cleoniki Kesidis writes that a culture that tries to encourage girls to enter science, technology, engineering, and math fields guilt-tripped her into pursuing...

How to Hunt for a Black Hole with a Telescope the Size of Earth
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How to Hunt for a Black Hole with a Telescope the Size of Earth

Here's how to catch a black hole. First, spend many years enlisting eight of the top radio observatories across four continents to join forces for an unprecedented...

Atomic Clocks Make Best Measurement Yet of Relativity of Time
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Atomic Clocks Make Best Measurement Yet of Relativity of Time

Our most accurate clocks are probing a key tenet of Einstein's theory of relativity: the idea that time isn't absolute.

Research Leads to a Golden Discovery for Wearable Technology
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Research Leads to a Golden Discovery for Wearable Technology

Missouri S&T researchers have developed a way to "grow" thin layers of gold on single crystal wafers of silicon and use them as substrates on which to grow other...

Point-and-Click Method Makes Robot Grasping Control Less Tedious
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Point-and-Click Method Makes Robot Grasping Control Less Tedious

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology are working to make the process of a robot autonomously grasping an object easier.

WPI Researcher Wants to Transform Your Commute
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WPI Researcher Wants to Transform Your Commute

Worcester Polytechnic Institute professor Yanhua Li has proposed an alternative urban transit system that uses a hub-and-spoke configuration with shared shuttles...

A Professor Built an AI Teaching Assistant for His Courses--and It Could Shape the Future of Education
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A Professor Built an AI Teaching Assistant for His Courses--and It Could Shape the Future of Education

Georgia Institute of Technology professor Ashok Goel has created an artificially intelligent teaching assistant.
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