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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


New Technology Enables 5-Dimensional Imaging in Live Animals and Humans
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New Technology Enables 5-Dimensional Imaging in Live Animals and Humans

University of Southern California researchers have developed an image-analysis technique that makes finding important biological molecules and learning how they...

11 Predictions for the Future of Programming
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11 Predictions for the Future of Programming

Among the expected trends for computer programming in 2017 and beyond is the cloud overtaking Moore's Law, which will require coders to find algorithms that can...

Give Robots 'Personhood' Status, EU Committee Argues
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Give Robots 'Personhood' Status, EU Committee Argues

The European parliament has urged the drafting of a set of regulations to govern the use and creation of robots and artificial intelligence, including a form of...

Hackers Trigger Yet Another Power Outage in Ukraine
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Hackers Trigger Yet Another Power Outage in Ukraine


A Darker Theme in Obama's Farewell: Automation Can Divide Us
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A Darker Theme in Obama's Farewell: Automation Can Divide Us

Underneath the nostalgia and hope in President Obama's farewell address Tuesday night was a darker theme: the struggle to help the people on the losing end of technological...

Air Force Tests IBM's Brain-Inspired Chip as an Aerial Tank Spotter
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Air Force Tests IBM's Brain-Inspired Chip as an Aerial Tank Spotter

The U.S. Air Force Research Lab is exploring whether brain-inspired computer chips could give satellites, aircraft, and drones the ability to automatically identify...

Army of 350,000 Star Wars Bots Found Lurking on Twitter
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Army of 350,000 Star Wars Bots Found Lurking on Twitter

Researchers at University College London in the U.K. discovered a Twitter botnet that could be comprised of more than 350,000 accounts.

N.S.A. Gets More Latitude to Share Intercepted Communications
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N.S.A. Gets More Latitude to Share Intercepted Communications

In its final days, the Obama administration has expanded the power of the National Security Agency to share globally intercepted personal communications with the...

Poker Play Begins in 'Brains vs. AI: Upping the Ante'
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Poker Play Begins in 'Brains vs. AI: Upping the Ante'

Play began Jan. 11 for "Brains Vs. Artificial Intelligence: Upping the Ante," a competition at Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh that pits a Carnegie Mellon University...

Robots Will Take Jobs, but Not as Fast as Some Fear, New Report Says
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Robots Will Take Jobs, but Not as Fast as Some Fear, New Report Says

The march of automation will displace jobs more gradually than some alarming forecasts suggest.

Huygens: 'Ground Truth' From an Alien Moon
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Huygens: 'Ground Truth' From an Alien Moon

After a two-and-a-half-hour descent, the metallic, saucer-shaped spacecraft came to rest with a thud on a dark floodplain covered in cobbles of water ice, in temperatures...

DOD Successfully Tests Terrifying Swarm of 104 Micro-Drones
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DOD Successfully Tests Terrifying Swarm of 104 Micro-Drones

The Department of Defense has released video of a test of swarming drones conducted in the skies over the US Navy's test range at Naval Air Weapons Station China...

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...

Robots Will Destroy Our Jobs, and We're Not Ready for It
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Robots Will Destroy Our Jobs, and We're Not Ready for It

The McDonald's on the corner of Third Avenue and 58th Street in New York City doesn/t look all that different from any of the fast-food chain's other locations...

Black Holes Hide in Our Cosmic Backyard
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Black Holes Hide in Our Cosmic Backyard

Monster black holes sometimes lurk behind gas and dust, hiding from the gaze of most telescopes. But they give themselves away when material they feed on emits...

UA-Developed Avatar Is Helping to Screen New Arrivals at Bucharest Airport
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UA-Developed Avatar Is Helping to Screen New Arrivals at Bucharest Airport

University of Arizona researchers have developed a virtual border agent to question international travelers and flag those that seem suspicious.

Air Force Tests IBM's Brain-Inspired Chip as an Aerial Tank Spotter
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Air Force Tests IBM's Brain-Inspired Chip as an Aerial Tank Spotter

Satellites, aircraft, and growing numbers of drones—the U.S. Air Force has a lot of electronic eyes in the sky.  
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