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After First Week, AI System Is Beating Human Poker Players
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After First Week, AI System Is Beating Human Poker Players

An artificial intelligence system called Libratus has gained the upper hand against human poker players in the first week of a 20-day tournament in Pittsburgh. ...

Hans Berliner, Master Chess Player and Programmer, Dies at 87
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Hans Berliner, Master Chess Player and Programmer, Dies at 87

A former world champion of correspondence chess who later helped develop game-playing computers, Hans Berliner died on Friday in Riviera Beach, FL, at the age of 87...

He Helped Create the 'Google Brain.' Here's What He Thinks About AI Now
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He Helped Create the 'Google Brain.' Here's What He Thinks About AI Now

Trucks that can drive themselves along delivery routes. Computers capable of defeating world champions in a notoriously complex game. Apps that can translate sentences...

Taking Graphics Cards Beyond Gaming
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Taking Graphics Cards Beyond Gaming

A new mathematical solver enables the graphics cards found in gaming computers to solve computationally intensive mathematical problems.

UCLA Mathematicians Bring Ocean to Life for Disney's 'Moana'
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UCLA Mathematicians Bring Ocean to Life for Disney's 'Moana'

University of California, Los Angeles researchers applied their knowledge of math, physics, and computer science to help animate "Moana," a three-dimensional computer...

Man vs. AI Machine in Texas Hold'em Matchup
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Man vs. AI Machine in Texas Hold'em Matchup

Four top professional poker players will challenge an artificial intelligence system in a 20-day Heads-Up No-Limit Texas Hold'em poker tournament billed as an "epic...

A Digital Portrayal of James Joyce's 'Portrait'
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A Digital Portrayal of James Joyce's 'Portrait'

Computer scientists and literature scholars at University College Dublin in Ireland have teamed up to create a multimedia version of James Joyce's novel "A Portrait...

Apple and Nokia Battle Over Cellphone Patents
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Apple and Nokia Battle Over Cellphone Patents

Apple's iPhone is a technological marvel.

U.S. Government Begins Asking Foreign Travelers about Social Media
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U.S. Government Begins Asking Foreign Travelers about Social Media

The U.S. government quietly began requesting that select foreign visitors provide their Facebook, Twitter and other social media accounts upon arriving in the country...

A Level Playing Field: Lab Adapts Toys for Disabled Children
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A Level Playing Field: Lab Adapts Toys for Disabled Children

A University of North Florida program is now in its third year of adapting toys from store shelves for disabled children.

Swearing Dolls, Other IoT Intrusions Threaten Children's Well-being, Privacy, Data
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Swearing Dolls, Other IoT Intrusions Threaten Children's Well-being, Privacy, Data

The Internet of Playthings is not necessarily a safe place.

Posture Could Explain Why Women Get More VR Sickness Than Men
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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.

Google's Improbable Deal to Recreate the Real World in VR
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Google's Improbable Deal to Recreate the Real World in VR

Let a thousand virtual worlds rain down from the clouds. Or rather, the cloud.

Is Your Favorite Ballplayer Hitting When It Matters, or Just Padding His Stats?
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Is Your Favorite Ballplayer Hitting When It Matters, or Just Padding His Stats?

Researchers have added to the field of baseball statistics with the first analysis of hitters' performance when their team is either almost guaranteed to win, or...

A Handful of Photos Yields a Mouthful of (Digital) Teeth
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A Handful of Photos Yields a Mouthful of (Digital) Teeth

Disney researchers have developed a model-based method of realistically reconstructing teeth for digital actors and for medical applications.

Coding Comics
From ACM News

Coding Comics

Macarthur Fellow Gene Luen Yang's graphic novels introduce kids to computer programming.

Google DeepMind Makes AI Training Platform Publicly Available
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Google DeepMind Makes AI Training Platform Publicly Available

Alphabet's Google DeepMind is making its game platform available to the general public on GitHub. DeepMind is open sourcing the entire source code for its training...

Google DeepMind Could Invent the Next Generation of AI by Playing Starcraft 2
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Google DeepMind Could Invent the Next Generation of AI by Playing Starcraft 2

The announcement at BlizzCon 2016 that met with the most muted response was arguably the most revolutionary.

Two Sigma Announces Public Launch of Halite, A.I. Coding Game
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Two Sigma Announces Public Launch of Halite, A.I. Coding Game

Halite creates an engaging game environment in which to learn, write, and visualize code in action. 

Virtual Reality App Makes Haptics as Immersive as Visuals
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Virtual Reality App Makes Haptics as Immersive as Visuals

Disney Research has developed a 360-degree virtual reality application and a haptic chair that enable users to enhance their virtual experience with customizable...
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