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The New Science of Seeing Around Corners
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The New Science of Seeing Around Corners

While vacationing on the coast of Spain in 2012, the computer vision scientist Antonio Torralba noticed stray shadows on the wall of his hotel room that didn't...

Are We Ready for the Future of Warfare?
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Are We Ready for the Future of Warfare?

Warfare has always been about exerting political will.

Artificial Intelligence Is Now a Pentagon Priority. Will Silicon Valley Help?
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Artificial Intelligence Is Now a Pentagon Priority. Will Silicon Valley Help?

In a May memo to President Trump, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis implored him to create a national strategy for artificial intelligence.

A Toolkit for Data Transparency Takes Shape
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A Toolkit for Data Transparency Takes Shape

Julia Stewart Lowndes studied metre-long Humboldt squid (Dosidicus gigas), tagging them to track their dives, as a graduate student at Stanford University in California...

What Went Wrong With IBM's Watson
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What Went Wrong With IBM's Watson

What if artificial intelligence can't cure cancer after all?

Chief of Europe's €1-Billion Brain Project Steps Down
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Chief of Europe's €1-Billion Brain Project Steps Down

The executive director of the European Union's ambitious—but contentious—Human Brain Project (HBP) has left his post after a disagreement with the institution that...

As Cars Collect More Data, Companies Try to Move It All Faster
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As Cars Collect More Data, Companies Try to Move It All Faster

Cars need to get faster—not on the road, but on the inside.

The 'Neuropolitics' Consultants Who Hack Voters' Brains
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The 'Neuropolitics' Consultants Who Hack Voters' Brains

Maria Pocovi slides her laptop over to me with the webcam switched on.

To Get Ready for Robot Driving, Some Want to Reprogram Pedestrians
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To Get Ready for Robot Driving, Some Want to Reprogram Pedestrians

You're crossing the street wrong.

The Most Terrifying Device Hacks from This Year's Def Con
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The Most Terrifying Device Hacks from This Year's Def Con

Def Con, one of the most prominent annual hacking conferences in the world, was held in Las Vegas over the weekend.

Why AI Researchers Shouldn't Turn Their Backs on the Military
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Why AI Researchers Shouldn't Turn Their Backs on the Military

More than 2,400 AI researchers recently signed a pledge promising not to build so-called autonomous weapons—systems that would decide on their own whom to kill....

Quantum Computing Will Create Jobs. But Which Ones?
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Quantum Computing Will Create Jobs. But Which Ones?

Chris Monroe's vision for quantum computers is simple: He wants people to use them.

Startup JITX ­ses AI to Automate Complex Circuit Board Design
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Startup JITX ­ses AI to Automate Complex Circuit Board Design

While anyone can learn how to design a circuit board, it takes a skilled engineer to design a circuit board that is both well optimized and unlikely to melt, explode...

As Moore's Law Dies, the Chip Giants Seek Fresh Prey
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As Moore's Law Dies, the Chip Giants Seek Fresh Prey

After a five-year, $240 billion acquisition spree, there's a suspicion that the nature of deal-making in the semiconductor industry may be starting to change.

UTA Technology Could Change the Way Computers Dissipate Heat
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UTA Technology Could Change the Way Computers Dissipate Heat

University of Texas at Arlington researchers have received a patent on a novel cold electron transistor that drastically reduces the amount of energy required to...

How Robot Hands Are Evolving to Do What Ours Can
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How Robot Hands Are Evolving to Do What Ours Can

A robotic hand? Four autonomous fingers and a thumb that can do anything your own flesh and blood can do? That is still the stuff of fantasy.

The Hackers Teaching Old DNA Sequencers New Tricks
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The Hackers Teaching Old DNA Sequencers New Tricks

In a basement storeroom at Stanford University in California, the guts of a dozen DNA sequencers lie exposed—hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of cameras and...

Sorry, Nerds: Terraforming Might Not Work on Mars
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Sorry, Nerds: Terraforming Might Not Work on Mars

Listen, I get it. You want to go to Mars. I want to go to Mars. (Sort of.) And the plan—it's good.

DARPA Has an Ambitious $1.5 Billion Plan to Reinvent Electronics
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DARPA Has an Ambitious $1.5 Billion Plan to Reinvent Electronics

The U.S. military agency is worried the United States could lose its edge in semiconductor chips.

The Ethics of Computer Science: This Researcher Has a Controversial Proposal
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The Ethics of Computer Science: This Researcher Has a Controversial Proposal

In the midst of growing public concern over artificial intelligence (AI), privacy and the use of data, Brent Hecht has a controversial proposal: the computer-science...
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