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Facebook's New 'AI Camera' Team Wants to Add a Layer to the World
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Facebook's New 'AI Camera' Team Wants to Add a Layer to the World

Take a video of a birthday cake's candles sparkling in an Instagram story, then tap the sticker button. Near the top of the list you'll see a slice of birthday...

A Brain Built From Atomic Switches Can Learn
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A Brain Built From Atomic Switches Can Learn

Researchers are constructing a device "inspired by the brain to generate the properties that enable the brain to do what it does."

Internet Rulemaking Is Going to Get More Complicated
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Internet Rulemaking Is Going to Get More Complicated

A new report warns of cybersecurity measures undermining personal rights and freedoms through censorship and other means if "multilateral" government policies continue...

Real or Fake? Creating Fingers to Protect Identities
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Real or Fake? Creating Fingers to Protect Identities

Michigan State University researchers have designed and created a fake finger containing multiple properties of human skin.

3D-Printing Human Body Parts
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3D-Printing Human Body Parts

Bioprinting has generated bones, cartilage, and some muscles; hearts and livers are still years away.

Robot Judges? Edmonton Research Crafting Artificial Intelligence for Courts
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Robot Judges? Edmonton Research Crafting Artificial Intelligence for Courts

University of Alberta professor Randy Goebel's team in Canada is working with researchers in Japan to develop artificial intelligence software for legal reasoning...

As More Women Enter STEM Fields, Difficulties Remain
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As More Women Enter STEM Fields, Difficulties Remain

A new report suggests women may be more inclined to drop out of certain STEM fields when they get low grades in stereotypically male disciplines..

Digital Hearing
From Communications of the ACM

Digital Hearing

Advances in audio processing help separate the conversation from background noise.

NASA Designed This Low-Tech Rover to Survive Venus
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NASA Designed This Low-Tech Rover to Survive Venus

Venus is not pleasant. Its surface, approximately 850 degrees Fahrenheit, is hot enough for paper to spontaneously combust. Its atmosphere, an oppressive mix of...

New Theory Cracks Open the Black Box of Deep Learning
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New Theory Cracks Open the Black Box of Deep Learning

A new idea called the "information bottleneck" is helping to explain the puzzling success of today's artificial-intelligence algorithms—and might also explain how...

Some of the Best Parts of Autonomous Vehicles Are Already Here
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Some of the Best Parts of Autonomous Vehicles Are Already Here

Fully automated cars are still many years away. Amid the government activity and potential for social benefits, it's important not to lose sight of smaller improvements...

Scientists From the RUDN University Will Make Computer Networks More Robust
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Scientists From the RUDN University Will Make Computer Networks More Robust

Researchers from the RUDN University in Russia have applied a new mathematical model called a Markovian arrival process to the breakdown of telecommunication systems...

Reducing the Massive Energy Appetite of Data Centers
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Reducing the Massive Energy Appetite of Data Centers

Researchers are developing new chips and approaches to reduce the power consumption of data centers, which accounted for about one-fiftieth of all U.S. electricity...

Drones Can Almost See in the Dark
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Drones Can Almost See in the Dark

Researchers at the University of Zurich and NCCR Robotics have taught flying drones to navigate with an eye-inspired camera, which could create a path toward operating...

Autonomous Vehicles' Future May Be Further Away, Different Than Imagined
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Autonomous Vehicles' Future May Be Further Away, Different Than Imagined

Experts think autonomous vehicles (AVs) may arrive later than expected, or in a different form than most people anticipate. Ben McKeever with California PATH says...

Artificial Intelligence Just Made Guessing Your Password a Whole Lot Easier
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Artificial Intelligence Just Made Guessing Your Password a Whole Lot Easier

Researchers at Stevens Institute of Technology used artificial intelligence to generate a program that successfully guessed 27 percent of the passwords from more...

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...
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