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Inside the 20-Year Quest to Build Computers That Play Poker
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Inside the 20-Year Quest to Build Computers That Play Poker

Recent breakthroughs in artificial intelligence research raise questions about the threat that bots pose to the online gambling industry.

For the Next Election, Don't Recount the Vote. Encrypt It
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For the Next Election, Don't Recount the Vote. Encrypt It

Let's be honest: The 2016 election wasn’t a sterling display of American democracy.

Study Reveals Substantial Evidence of Holographic Universe
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Study Reveals Substantial Evidence of Holographic Universe

A UK, Canadian and Italian study has provided what researchers believe is the first observational evidence that our universe could be a vast and complex hologram...

CSU Professor Starts Club to Combat Stereotypes Against Women in Computer Sciences
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CSU Professor Starts Club to Combat Stereotypes Against Women in Computer Sciences

The computer science program at Colorado State University is making a concentrated effort to attract female students and create a more diverse and welcoming environment...

$4.3 Million in Research Takes Aim at Devastating Citrus Disease
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$4.3 Million in Research Takes Aim at Devastating Citrus Disease

Clemson University researchers are working on a $4.3-million study aimed at protecting citrus crops from a bacterial disease that has affected at least 10 states...

Berkeley Launches RISELab, Enabling Computers to Make Intelligent Real-Time Decisions
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Berkeley Launches RISELab, Enabling Computers to Make Intelligent Real-Time Decisions

The University of California, Berkeley recently launched the RISELab, which  aims to improve how machines make intelligent decisions based on real-time input.

Supercomputers to Replace Particle Accelerators?
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Supercomputers to Replace Particle Accelerators?

Moving beyond the need for physical experiments.

Finding Credibility Clues on Twitter
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Finding Credibility Clues on Twitter

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have built a language model that identifies words and phrases that lead to strong or weak perceived levels of...

Inside the 20-Year Quest to Build Computers That Play Poker
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Inside the 20-Year Quest to Build Computers That Play Poker

Four of the best professional poker players in the world spent most of January holed up at the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh, losing.

Google's Go-Playing Machine Opens the Door to Robots that Learn
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Google's Go-Playing Machine Opens the Door to Robots that Learn

Two robotic arms face two closed doors. Both reach forward and miss the door handles entirely.

Close Views Show Saturn's Rings in Unprecedented DetailĀ 
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Close Views Show Saturn's Rings in Unprecedented DetailĀ 

Newly released images showcase the incredible closeness with which NASA's Cassini spacecraft, now in its "Ring-Grazing" orbits phase, is observing Saturn's dazzling...

Unhappy Developers Lead to Bad Code and Bad Processes
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Unhappy Developers Lead to Bad Code and Bad Processes

Researchers at the University of Stuttgart in Germany have found unhappy developers adversely affect the development process and software products.

Vanishing Point: The Rise of the Invisible Computer
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Vanishing Point: The Rise of the Invisible Computer

Experts agree the steady advances of computer chip transistor shrinkage--faster chip speeds, greater efficiency, and less-expensive manufacturing--will soon reach...

Smart City Transport Systems
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Smart City Transport Systems

Researchers have developed a machine-learning program to accurately recreate and predict public transport use based on the distribution of land use and amenities...

I Can See Clearly Now
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I Can See Clearly Now

University of Utah researchers have created "smart glasses" with liquid-based lenses that can automatically adjust focus on what a person is seeing, whether it...

U.S. Intelligence Seeks a Universal Translator for Text Search in Any Language
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U.S. Intelligence Seeks a Universal Translator for Text Search in Any Language

The U.S. Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity's Machine Translation for English Retrieval of Information in Any Language program aims to give researchers...

Tech Scrambles After Trump Issues Immigration Order
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Tech Scrambles After Trump Issues Immigration Order

President Donald Trump's broad executive order to restrict visas and refugees particularly from Muslim countries left tech giants like Apple, Facebook, Google and...

Quantum Computers Versus Hackers, Round One. Fight!
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Quantum Computers Versus Hackers, Round One. Fight!

This week D-Wave, a leader in the nascent field of quantum computing, unveiled its latest machine, D-Wave 2000Q, as well as its first customer: a cybersecurity...

Top TechNews Stories of 2016
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Top TechNews Stories of 2016

Readers voted with their clicks.

A New Test for Life on Other Planets
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A New Test for Life on Other Planets

A simple chemistry method could vastly enhance how scientists search for signs of life on other planets.
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