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To Study the Brain, a Doctor Puts Himself Under the Knife
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To Study the Brain, a Doctor Puts Himself Under the Knife

Phil Kennedy no longer saw any other way to get the data.

IBM Making Plans to Commercialize Its Brain-Inspired Chip
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IBM Making Plans to Commercialize Its Brain-Inspired Chip

In August last year, IBM unveiled a chip designed to operate something like the neurons and synapses of the brain (see "IBM Chip Process Data Similar to the Way...

A Shocking Way to Fix the Brain
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A Shocking Way to Fix the Brain

When Emad Eskandar talks about one of his neurosurgery patients with obsessive compulsive disorder, he's not talking about someone who arranges his record collection...

The Roomba Now Sees and Maps a Home
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The Roomba Now Sees and Maps a Home

The world's most successful home robot, the Roomba, is getting some new skills. The robotic vacuum cleaner is gaining a camera and image-processing software that...

The Coming Wave of Bionic Hearing Gadgets
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The Coming Wave of Bionic Hearing Gadgets

In a windowless office on a tiny San Francisco side street, Noah Kraft is making me hear things in a way I’ve never heard them before.

Lessons from the Digital Classroom
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Lessons from the Digital Classroom

In four small schools scattered across San Francisco, a data experiment is under way.

Personal Robots: Artificial Friends with Limited Benefits
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Personal Robots: Artificial Friends with Limited Benefits

If you visit Softbank's flagship store in downtown Tokyo, you may be greeted by a charming, slightly manic new member of the staff: a gleaming white humanoid robot...

Point, Click, and Fire in Virtual Reality—with Just Your Eyes
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Point, Click, and Fire in Virtual Reality—with Just Your Eyes

It's testament to the speed at which the current crop of virtual-reality headsets are evolving that newcomer Fove is able to make its competitors seem, if not outdated...

Firefox Maker Battles to Save the Internet—and Itself
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Firefox Maker Battles to Save the Internet—and Itself

In Silicon Valley, most pioneers pursue big ideas and giant personal fortunes with equal zeal. Then there’s Mozilla, an innovation dynamo that refuses to get rich...

Machine Dreams
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Machine Dreams

There is a shrine inside Hewlett-Packard's headquarters in Palo Alto, in the heart of Silicon Valley.

Ibm Tests Mobile Computing Pioneer's Controversial Brain Algorithms
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Ibm Tests Mobile Computing Pioneer's Controversial Brain Algorithms

For more than a decade Jeff Hawkins, founder of mobile computing company Palm, has dedicated his time and fortune to a theory meant to explain the workings of the...

Toolkits For the Mind
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Toolkits For the Mind

When the Japanese computer scientist Yukihiro Matsumoto decided to create Ruby, a programming language that has helped build Twitter, Hulu, and much of the modern...

Virtual Creatures in a Box, Controlled By You
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Virtual Creatures in a Box, Controlled By You

A Canadian startup is working to make monsters, fish, and other creatures seem to come alive inside a tabletop box.

New Display Technology Lets Lcds Produce Princess Leia-Style Holograms
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New Display Technology Lets Lcds Produce Princess Leia-Style Holograms

During a famous scene in Star Wars, Princess Leia has R2D2 play a holographic video message in midair in which she pleads for help from Obi-Wan Kenobi. In the near...

Magic Leap
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Magic Leap

Logically, I know there isn’t a hulking four-armed, twisty-horned blue monster clomping in circles in front of me, but it sure as hell looks like it.

Alipay Leads a Digital Finance Revolution in China
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Alipay Leads a Digital Finance Revolution in China

Not many years ago, Jane Yang, a 26-year-old civil servant in Beijing, paid her landlord in three-month installments with a stack of 100-yuan notes.

What Are Moocs Good For?
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What Are Moocs Good For?

A few years ago, the most enthusiastic advocates of MOOCs believed that these "massive open online courses" stood poised to overturn the century-old model of higher...

Google's Intelligence Designer
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Google's Intelligence Designer

Demis Hassabis started playing chess at age four and soon blossomed into a child prodigy.

With $100 Million, Entrepreneur Sees Path to Disrupt Medical Imaging
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With $100 Million, Entrepreneur Sees Path to Disrupt Medical Imaging

A scanner the size of an iPhone that you could hold up to a person’s chest and see a vivid, moving, 3-D image of what’s inside is being developed by entrepreneur...

Materials Trick Might Help Move Computers Beyond Silicon
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Materials Trick Might Help Move Computers Beyond Silicon

After decades of repeated reinvention, the silicon transistor is starting to show its age, and the industry is hunting for alternatives.
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