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Could Ms. Pac-Man Train the Next Generation of Military Drones?
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Could Ms. Pac-Man Train the Next Generation of Military Drones?

Thirty-five years ago, while Martin Amis was writing "Money," one of the novels that defined the nineteen-eighties, he admitted to a distracting dalliance with...

Who Owns Your Face?
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Who Owns Your Face?

It takes a feast of facial imagery to teach a machine how to recognize an individual person.

New Quantum Gadget Could Make Contactless Payment More Secure
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New Quantum Gadget Could Make Contactless Payment More Secure

Researchers have developed a prototype gadget that transmits secret quantum keys to encrypt data sent from a mobile device to a payment terminal.

Scanners Can Be Hijacked to Perpetrate Cyberattacks
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Scanners Can Be Hijacked to Perpetrate Cyberattacks

Researchers have found a typical office scanner can be infiltrated and an organization's network compromised through it..

Computers Learn to Cooperate Better Than Humans
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Computers Learn to Cooperate Better Than Humans

Computers have for the first time trained themselves to cooperate in games in which the goal is to achieve the best possible outcome for all players.

Protecting Web Users' Privacy
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Protecting Web Users' Privacy

Splinter is a new encryption system that disguises users' database queries so they reveal no private information.

I Took the AI Class Facebookers Are Literally Sprinting to Get Into
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I Took the AI Class Facebookers Are Literally Sprinting to Get Into

Chia-Chiunn Ho was eating lunch inside Facebook headquarters, at the Full Circle Cafe, when he saw the notice on his phone: Larry Zitnick, one of the leading figures...

NASA Tests Observing Capability on Hawaii's Coral Reefs
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NASA Tests Observing Capability on Hawaii's Coral Reefs

NASA pulled off a scientific double play in Hawaii this winter, using the same instruments and aircraft to study both volcanoes and coral reefs.

Evidence That Robots Are Winning the Race for American Jobs
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Evidence That Robots Are Winning the Race for American Jobs

Who is winning the race for jobs between robots and humans?

Google's AI Explosion in One Chart
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Google's AI Explosion in One Chart

Nature. The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  The Journal of the American Medical Association.

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.

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.

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 ...

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.

Mathematicians Create Warped Worlds in Virtual Reality
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Mathematicians Create Warped Worlds in Virtual Reality

"It feels like the entire universe is within a sphere that is maybe within a couple metres' radius," says topologist Henry Segerman at Oklahoma State University...

The U.S. Military Wants Its Autonomous Machines to Explain Themselves
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The U.S. Military Wants Its Autonomous Machines to Explain Themselves

Intelligence agents and military operatives may come to rely heavily on machine learning to parse huge quantities of data, and to control a growing arsenal of autonomous...

DARPA Wants to Cultivate the Ultimate Transistor of the Future
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DARPA Wants to Cultivate the Ultimate Transistor of the Future

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency this month will present the Dynamic Range-enhanced Electronics and Materials program, which aims to develop a...
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