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What Better Way for the Marines to Prepare for Future Wars Than With Sci-Fi?
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What Better Way for the Marines to Prepare for Future Wars Than With Sci-Fi?

Lance Cpl. Steven West steps into a remote enemy hideout clad in a 350-pound exoskeleton, sensors piercing the darkness and displaying digital info on his helmet...

Impact of Job-Stealing Robots a Growing Concern at Davos
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Impact of Job-Stealing Robots a Growing Concern at Davos

Open markets and global trade have been blamed for job losses over the last decade, but global CEOs say the real culprits are increasingly machines.

DARPA Wants to Simulate How Social Media Spreads Info Like Wildfire
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DARPA Wants to Simulate How Social Media Spreads Info Like Wildfire

A new program from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency aims to better understand the spread and evolution of information online.

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. ...

Artificial Fingertip That 'Feels' Wins Harvard's Robotics Competition
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Artificial Fingertip That 'Feels' Wins Harvard's Robotics Competition

Researchers from the University of Bristol recently won Harvard University's international Soft Robotics competition for TacTip, an open source three-dimensionally...

New Smartwatch Application for Accurate Signature Verification Developed
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New Smartwatch Application for Accurate Signature Verification Developed

Researchers say they have developed a system that uses smartwatch devices and software to verify handwritten signatures and detect even the most skilled forgeries...

Brainwaves Could Act as Your Password--but Not if You're Drunk
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Brainwaves Could Act as Your Password--but Not if You're Drunk

Rochester Institute of Technology have found that although brainwave readings can accurately authenticate someone's identity about 94% of the time, there could...

In 2017, China Is Doubling Down on AI
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In 2017, China Is Doubling Down on AI

This year, China looks set to make larger waves than ever in artificial intelligence and augmented reality.

Back to the Future: Silicon May Work for Quantum Computing
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Back to the Future: Silicon May Work for Quantum Computing

Although I write a lot about quantum computing, I've not really paid much attention to performing quantum computations with silicon-based qubits. Luckily Stephanie...

Research Led by Clemson University Could Help Revolutionize Transportation
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Research Led by Clemson University Could Help Revolutionize Transportation

Researchers at Clemson University's new Center for Connected Multimodal Mobility aim to improve the mobility of people and goods and explore how the emerging Internet...

Wearables Could Soon Know You're Sick Before You Do
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Wearables Could Soon Know You're Sick Before You Do

Consumer wearables, which track simple metrics such as step counts and heart rates, have the potential to provide actionable health data, according to Stanford...

4G Network Infrastructure Could Mean Fewer Accidents by Drivers
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4G Network Infrastructure Could Mean Fewer Accidents by Drivers

Researchers at the University of Bristol in the U.K. have found a preexisting 4G network infrastructure could help drivers make safe decisions in or near accidents...

Microsoft Thinks Machines Can Learn to Converse by Making Chat a Game
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Microsoft Thinks Machines Can Learn to Converse by Making Chat a Game

Microsoft is buying a deep learning startup based in Montreal, a global hub for deep learning research.

NASA Is Making New Robots That Can Control Themselves
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NASA Is Making New Robots That Can Control Themselves

NASA wants humans and robots to work together as teams. 

Scientists Propose a Novel Regional Path Tracking Scheme for Autonomous Ground Vehicles
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Scientists Propose a Novel Regional Path Tracking Scheme for Autonomous Ground Vehicles

Researchers at Jilin University in China have proposed a model predictive control algorithm that could track a complex road by monitoring the desired lateral position...

New Fingerprinting Techniques Identify Users Across Different Browsers on the Same PC
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New Fingerprinting Techniques Identify Users Across Different Browsers on the Same PC

A U.S.-based multi-university research effort has yielded distinct fingerprinting methods to track users when they use different browsers installed on the same...

Using Mathematics to Hunt for Computer Errors
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Using Mathematics to Hunt for Computer Errors

The Austrian Science Fund FWF is funding the development of methods to apply mathematical analysis to enhancing software and hardware security.

Mars Rover Curiosity Examines Possible Mud Cracks
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Mars Rover Curiosity Examines Possible Mud Cracks

Scientists used NASA's Curiosity Mars rover in recent weeks to examine slabs of rock cross-hatched with shallow ridges that likely originated as cracks in drying...

Darpa's Off-Roaders Ditch Windows for a Digital World View
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Darpa's Off-Roaders Ditch Windows for a Digital World View

Autonomous warriors may dominate the battlefield of tomorrow, but even those that still require human flesh will take on a robotic sheen. That shift could start...

Who's Winning the Cyber War? The Squirrels, of Course
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Who's Winning the Cyber War? The Squirrels, of Course

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