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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
From ACM TechNews

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. ...

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...

Rice has Role in New $250M Robotics Manufacturing Institute
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Rice has Role in New $250M Robotics Manufacturing Institute

Rice University will be among 40 academic partners working to create, deploy robotic technology.

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
From ACM TechNews

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...

Cheery Robots May Make Creepy Companions, but Could Be Intelligent Assistants
From ACM TechNews

Cheery Robots May Make Creepy Companions, but Could Be Intelligent Assistants

An international team of researchers has found cheery robots may make users uneasy, while serious robots can reduce anxiety depending on how users perceive the...

4G Network Infrastructure Could Mean Fewer Accidents by Drivers
From ACM TechNews

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
From ACM TechNews

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...

Will Blockchain-Based Election Systems Make E-Voting Possible?
From ACM TechNews

Will Blockchain-Based Election Systems Make E-Voting Possible?

Determining whether blockchain technology can accurately count votes and ensure the integrity of an electronic voting system was the purpose of a competition among...

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...

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...

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...

Computer Models Help Fight Climate Change
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Computer Models Help Fight Climate Change

Salt marsh modeling holds the potential to protect coastal locations from rising sea levels.
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