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Brain Scan for Artificial Intelligence Shows How Software Thinks
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Brain Scan for Artificial Intelligence Shows How Software Thinks

Israel Institute of Technology researchers have developed a new technique for taking snapshots of neural networks as they work through a problem. 

Tiny, Blurry Pictures Find the Limits of Computer Image Recognition
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Tiny, Blurry Pictures Find the Limits of Computer Image Recognition

Computers have started to get really good at visual recognition.

NASA Introduces New, Wider Set of Eyes on the Universe
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NASA Introduces New, Wider Set of Eyes on the Universe

After years of preparatory studies, NASA is formally starting an astrophysics mission designed to help unlock the secrets of the universe—the Wide Field Infrared...

Apple Sees Value in Its Stand to Protect Security
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Apple Sees Value in Its Stand to Protect Security

It took six years for Apple to persuade China's largest wireless carrier, China Mobile, to sell the iPhone.

First Evidence for the Happiness Paradox--That Your Friends Are Happier Than You Are
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First Evidence for the Happiness Paradox--That Your Friends Are Happier Than You Are

Mathematical analysis has demonstrated the validity of the claim that most people's friends have more friends than they do. 

Digital Baby Project's Aim: Computers That See Like Humans
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Digital Baby Project's Aim: Computers That See Like Humans

A cognitive psychology experiment has revealed differences in how humans and computers see images, says Weizmann Institute of Science professor Shimon Ullman. 

White House Wants to Train K-12 Students to Be Nation's Future Cyber Defense
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White House Wants to Train K-12 Students to Be Nation's Future Cyber Defense

A $4-billion effort encouraging U.S. public schools to offer computer science courses is part of a longer-term effort to fill the shortage of federal cyber experts...

Faster Airport Queues With Facial Recognition
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Faster Airport Queues With Facial Recognition

Researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology have developed facial-recognition technology that could automate security checks at airports. 

How the U.S. Fights Encryption--and Also Helps Develop It
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How the U.S. Fights Encryption--and Also Helps Develop It

Some U.S. government agencies are financing the development of encryption technologies to protect communications even as others seek to circumvent them. 

Apple's FBI Battle Is Complicated. Here's What's Really Going On
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Apple's FBI Battle Is Complicated. Here's What's Really Going On

The news this week that a magistrate ordered Apple to help the FBI hack an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooter suspects has polarized the nation—and...

Pluto's 'Hulk-like' Moon Charon: A Possible Ancient Ocean?
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Pluto's 'Hulk-like' Moon Charon: A Possible Ancient Ocean?

Pluto's largest moon may have gotten too big for its own skin.

TED 2016: HoloLens Unveils 'Teleportation' to Mars
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TED 2016: HoloLens Unveils 'Teleportation' to Mars

HoloLens creator Alex Kipman has shown off Microsoft's augmented reality technology at the TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference.

Inspiring Computer Scientists
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Inspiring Computer Scientists

University of Delaware professor Lori Pollock has been selected to receive the ACM SIGSOFT Influential Educator Award.

Google's Balloon-Powered Internet Ready for Carrier Testing
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Google's Balloon-Powered Internet Ready for Carrier Testing

Google's Project Loon, which aims to deliver Internet connectivity via a global network of high-altitude balloons, could be ready for carrier testing later this...

Eternal 5D Data Storage Could Record the History of Humankind
From ACM TechNews

Eternal 5D Data Storage Could Record the History of Humankind

Researchers have developed recording and retrieval processes for five-dimensional digital data by femtosecond laser writing. 

Marvin Minsky's Legacy of Students and Ideas
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Marvin Minsky's Legacy of Students and Ideas

The late computer science pioneer and ACM A.M. Turing Award recipient Marvin Minsky left behind a wealth of ideas.

Enabling Human-Robot Rescue Teams
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Enabling Human-Robot Rescue Teams

Researchers say they have developed a new way of modeling robot collaboration. 

Encryption Isn't at Stake, the FBI Knows Apple Already Has the Desired Key
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Encryption Isn't at Stake, the FBI Knows Apple Already Has the Desired Key

Apple has been served with a court order at the FBI's request, demanding that it assist the government agency with unlocking an iPhone 5C that was used by Syed...

John McAfee Offers To Decrypt San Bernardino iPhone For FBI And Save America
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John McAfee Offers To Decrypt San Bernardino iPhone For FBI And Save America

Eccentric 'cybersecurity legend' John McAfee is on a mission to save America. How so? By cracking the code on that San Bernardino iPhone that's causing such a ruckus...

The Missing Link of Artificial Intelligence
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The Missing Link of Artificial Intelligence

In 2012 the world learned of a surprising research project inside Google's secretive X lab.
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