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Facial Recognition Is Only the Beginning
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Facial Recognition Is Only the Beginning

Apple says the inclusion of its Face ID technology in the upcoming iPhone X will make smartphone unlocking, payment, and other operations possible via facial recognition...

Streaming on a Wireless Power Connection
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Streaming on a Wireless Power Connection

Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a system that can deliver watts of power while also transmitting data at rates sufficiently high to...

Choir: Bringing Harmony to Discord in the IoT World
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Choir: Bringing Harmony to Discord in the IoT World

Carnegie Mellon University professor Swarun Kumar says networking the vast number of devices making up the Internet of Things requires a sweeping technological...

An Extra Challenge in a Crisis: Dealing With Rare Languages
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An Extra Challenge in a Crisis: Dealing With Rare Languages

Researchers at the University of Southern California's Information Sciences Institute are building machine-learning systems to quickly translate any of the world's...

World-First Microchip: 'Storing Lightning Inside Thunder'
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World-First Microchip: 'Storing Lightning Inside Thunder'

Researchers at the University of Sydney, Australia have stored photonic information on a microchip as an acoustic wave, which they say is an important breakthrough...

These Robots Can Merge and Split Their Brains to Form New Modular Bots
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These Robots Can Merge and Split Their Brains to Form New Modular Bots

We cover all kinds of modular robotics around here, and when we do, we're almost always talking about one overall robotic system made up of many different modules...

How the Internet Kept Humming During 2 Hurricanes
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How the Internet Kept Humming During 2 Hurricanes

At one node of the industrial backbone that keeps the internet running, employees sheltered from the worst of Hurricane Irma in a stairwell of a seven-story building...

Infrared Signals in Surveillance Cameras Let Malware Jump Network Air Gaps
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Infrared Signals in Surveillance Cameras Let Malware Jump Network Air Gaps

Researchers have devised malware that can jump airgaps by using the infrared capabilities of an infected network's surveillance cameras to transmit data to and...

Wind, Warm Water Revved Up Melting Antarctic Glaciers
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Wind, Warm Water Revved Up Melting Antarctic Glaciers

A NASA study has located the Antarctic glaciers that accelerated the fastest between 2008 and 2014 and finds that the most likely cause of their speedup is an observed...

Researchers Unite in Quest for 'Standard Model' of the Brain
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Researchers Unite in Quest for 'Standard Model' of the Brain

Leading neuroscientists are joining forces to study the brain—in much the same way that physicists team up in mega-projects to hunt for new particles.

Chips Off the Old Block: Computers Are Taking Design Cues From Human Brains
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Chips Off the Old Block: Computers Are Taking Design Cues From Human Brains

We expect a lot from our computers these days. They should talk to us, recognize everything from faces to flowers, and maybe soon do the driving.

Conservatives, Liberals Unite Against Silicon Valley
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Conservatives, Liberals Unite Against Silicon Valley

The days of unqualified praise from Washington are over for the country's biggest tech companies, whose size and power are increasingly drawing attacks from both...

Stretchy Artificial 'Skin' Could Give Robots a Sense of Touch
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Stretchy Artificial 'Skin' Could Give Robots a Sense of Touch

Rubberized electronics and sensors that function normally when stretched up to half of their length could operate as artificial skin on robots.

Congressional Redistricting Less Contentious When Resolved Using Computer Algorithm
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Congressional Redistricting Less Contentious When Resolved Using Computer Algorithm

Researchers at the University of Illinois have proposed a computer algorithm that could ease congressional districting and make the process fairer for constituents...

Inside the Equifax Hack
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Inside the Equifax Hack

The Equifax breach, attributed to a server flaw disclosed by Cisco researchers that went unpatched, has potentially exposed an estimated 143 million Americans'...

Connecting Up the Global Quantum Internet
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Connecting Up the Global Quantum Internet

Researchers say they have taken a major step in building the practical components of a global quantum Internet.

Kathy Yelick Charts the Promise and Progress of Exascale Science
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Kathy Yelick Charts the Promise and Progress of Exascale Science

ACM Fellow Kathy Yelick of the University of California, Berkeley, discusses the scientific applications fueling exascale computing.

Back to Saturn? Five Missions Proposed to Follow Cassini
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Back to Saturn? Five Missions Proposed to Follow Cassini

For 13 years, NASA's Cassini spacecraft sent back captivating observations of Saturn, and its rings and moons, solving some mysteries but raising plenty of new...

Wanna Stop Distracted Driving? Make Cars That Watch Their Humans
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Wanna Stop Distracted Driving? Make Cars That Watch Their Humans

Everyone knows that distracted driving is a problem, but it tends to fall in the "other people/not me" category of personal risk assessment among drivers.

Artificial Intelligence Pioneer Says We Need to Start Over
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Artificial Intelligence Pioneer Says We Need to Start Over

Hinton suggested that, to get to where neural networks are able to become intelligent on their own, "I suspect that means getting rid of back-propagation."
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