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Take a Walk on Mars, in Your Own Living Room
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Take a Walk on Mars, in Your Own Living Room

When NASA scientists want to follow the path of the Curiosity rover on Mars, they can don a mixed-reality headset and virtually explore the Martian landscape.

This Company's Robots Are Making Everything, and Reshaping the World
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This Company's Robots Are Making Everything, and Reshaping the World

The headquarters of Fanuc sit in the shadow of Mt. Fuji, on a sprawling, secluded campus of 22 windowless factories and dozens of office buildings.

Back to the Canyon
From ACM TechNews

Back to the Canyon

A team of researchers hopes to determine if fatigue can be predicted and whether life-threatening fatigue can be differentiated from recoverable fatigue.

Andrew Ng Has a Chatbot That Can Help With Depression
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Andrew Ng Has a Chatbot That Can Help With Depression

Stanford University professor Andrew Ng is supporting the development of a Facebook chatbot to offer interactive cognitive behavior therapy to people suffering...

Tech Giants Are Paying Huge Salaries for Scarce AI Talent
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Tech Giants Are Paying Huge Salaries for Scarce AI Talent

With artificial intelligence expertise in short supply, artificial intelligence talent is commanding huge salaries from the largest technology companies.

FBI Couldn't Access Nearly 7K Devices Because of Encryption  
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FBI Couldn't Access Nearly 7K Devices Because of Encryption  

The FBI hasn't been able to retrieve data from more than half of the mobile devices it tried to access in less than a year, FBI Director Christopher Wray said Sunday...

Rendering the Invisible Visible
From ACM TechNews

Rendering the Invisible Visible

Researchers at multiple institutions are working on the Mobile Material Characterization and Localization by Electromagnetic Sensing project.

Making Big Data a Little Smaller
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Making Big Data a Little Smaller

Researchers  have validated the Johnson-Lindenstrauss lemma for reducing data dimensionality.

DeepMind AlphaGo Team Receives Inaugural IJCAI Marvin Minsky Medal for Outstanding Achievements in AI
From ACM News

DeepMind AlphaGo Team Receives Inaugural IJCAI Marvin Minsky Medal for Outstanding Achievements in AI

The DeepMind team will be presented with the award at the IJCAI-2018 conference in Stockholm, Sweden, next July.

Deep Space Communications via Faraway Photons
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Deep Space Communications via Faraway Photons

A spacecraft destined to explore a unique asteroid will also test new communication hardware that uses lasers instead of radio waves.

What CMU's Snake Robot Team Learned While Searching for Mexican Earthquake Survivors
From ACM TechNews

What CMU's Snake Robot Team Learned While Searching for Mexican Earthquake Survivors

Researchers used their snake robots in search-and-rescue missions in Mexico City shortly after a major earthquake struck the region in September.

For $1,000, Anyone Can Purchase Online Ads to Track Your Location and App Use
From ACM TechNews

For $1,000, Anyone Can Purchase Online Ads to Track Your Location and App Use

Researchers suggest it could cost only about $1,000 for someone to buy and target online ads in order to monitor the location of others, as well as their application...

AlphaGo Zero Shows Machines Can Become Superhuman Without Any Help
From ACM TechNews

AlphaGo Zero Shows Machines Can Become Superhuman Without Any Help

DeepMind's upgrade to the AlphaGo algorithm, AlphaGo Zero, beat its predecessor in a 100-game Go match, acquiring skills by playing millions of games against itself...

Using Artificial Intelligence to Improve Early Breast Cancer Detection
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Using Artificial Intelligence to Improve Early Breast Cancer Detection

Researchers are working to apply artificial intelligence to improving the detection and diagnosis of breast cancer.

'Low Cost Android' to Study the Brain
From ACM TechNews

'Low Cost Android' to Study the Brain

Researchers working on the European Union-funded MoCoTi project say they have designed the prototype of an android that learns how to actuate its own limbs.

The Shape of Work to Come 
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The Shape of Work to Come 

Last year, entrepreneur Sebastian Thrun set out to augment his sales force with artificial intelligence.

AI Algorithms Are Starting to Teach AI Algorithms
From ACM TechNews

AI Algorithms Are Starting to Teach AI Algorithms

Artificial intelligence researchers and companies are applying machine learning to automate the more complicated aspects of AI algorithm development.

U.S. Mass Killings Occurring at 'Uniform' Rate
From ACM TechNews

U.S. Mass Killings Occurring at 'Uniform' Rate

Mass murders in the U.S. occur at a stable, once-every-two-weeks rate, according to a recent University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign study.

New Method to Detect Spin Current in Quantum Materials Unlocks Potential for Alternative Electronics
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New Method to Detect Spin Current in Quantum Materials Unlocks Potential for Alternative Electronics

Researchers have developed a new method that precisely measures the mysterious behavior and magnetic properties of electrons flowing across the surface of quantum...

WPI Computer Scientists Use Mixed Reality to Visualize Complex Biological Networks
From ACM TechNews

WPI Computer Scientists Use Mixed Reality to Visualize Complex Biological Networks

Researchers are developing new mixed-reality methods for visualizing complex biological networks so they can find the most salient information and linkages.
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