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Pocket Brains: Neuromorphic Hardware Arrives for Our Brain-Inspired Algorithms
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Pocket Brains: Neuromorphic Hardware Arrives for Our Brain-Inspired Algorithms

As the world's great companies pursue autonomous cars, they're essentially spending billions of dollars to get machines to do what your average two-year-old can...

More Progress on Carbon Nanotube Processors: A 2.8GHz Ring Oscillator
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More Progress on Carbon Nanotube Processors: A 2.8GHz Ring Oscillator

Back in 2012, I had the pleasure of visiting the IBM Watson research center.

'Internet of Ships' Tells Tale of USS Fitzgerald Tragedy, Or Half of It
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'Internet of Ships' Tells Tale of USS Fitzgerald Tragedy, Or Half of It

On early Saturday morning off the coast of Japan, the Philippines-flagged cargo container carrierACX Crystal struck the USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) on its starboard...

US Gov’t Taps The Machine to Beat China to Exascale Supercomputing
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US Gov’t Taps The Machine to Beat China to Exascale Supercomputing

With China threatening to build the world's first exascale supercomputer before the US, the US Department of Energy has awarded a research grant to Hewlett Packard...

Light-Based Neural Network Does Simple Speech Recognition
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Light-Based Neural Network Does Simple Speech Recognition

While there are lots of things that artificial intelligence can't do yet—science being one of them—neural networks are proving themselves increasingly adept at...

How a Few Yellow Dots Burned the Intercept's NSA Leaker
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How a Few Yellow Dots Burned the Intercept's NSA Leaker

When reporters at The Intercept approached the National Security Agency on June 1 to confirm a document that had been anonymously leaked to the publication in May...

Leaked NSA Report Says Russians Tried to Hack State Election Officials
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Leaked NSA Report Says Russians Tried to Hack State Election Officials

A Top Secret NSA analyst's report published by The Intercept suggests that, in August 2016, the Russian General Main Staff Intelligence Directorate (GRU) hacked...

Got a Face-Recognition Algorithm? Uncle Sam Wants to Review It
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Got a Face-Recognition Algorithm? Uncle Sam Wants to Review It

The nation's top-level intelligence office, the Director of National Intelligence, wants to find "the most accurate unconstrained face recognition algorithm."

Heads Up: Augmented Reality Prepares for the Battlefield
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Heads Up: Augmented Reality Prepares for the Battlefield

At last week's Pentagon Lab Day in Washington, DC, the Army's Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC) and Army Research...

River Channels on Three Worlds Reveal a History of Shifting Landscapes
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River Channels on Three Worlds Reveal a History of Shifting Landscapes

At this point, we've worked out the basics of the processes that produced the topography around us here on Earth.

Bigger Is Better: Quantum Volume Expresses Computer's Limit 
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Bigger Is Better: Quantum Volume Expresses Computer's Limit 

The race to build the first useful quantum computer continues apace. And, like all races, there are decisions to be made, including the technology each competitor...

The State of the Car Computer: Forget Horsepower, We Want Megahertz!
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The State of the Car Computer: Forget Horsepower, We Want Megahertz!

If I asked you "how many computing devices do you own?" your mind will probably first jump to your PCs and laptops at home, and then to your smartphones and tablets...

The AI Revolution Is Making Game Characters Move More Realistically
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The AI Revolution Is Making Game Characters Move More Realistically

When we talk about artificial intelligence in games, we usually picture smarter or more realistic enemies that don't come off as mindless automatons.

On Venus, Tectonics Without the Plates
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On Venus, Tectonics Without the Plates

As we've explored the Solar System, some items we're familiar with from Earth's geology have kept appearing in new places.

'We All Love the Tomahawk:' A Brief History of U.S.'s Favorite Robotic Killer
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'We All Love the Tomahawk:' A Brief History of U.S.'s Favorite Robotic Killer

In the early hours of Friday morning, two U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyers in the waters of the eastern Mediterranean Sea launched a barrage of Tomahawk Land...

For Sale: Your Private Browsing History
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For Sale: Your Private Browsing History

The US House of Representatives voted Tuesday to eliminate ISP privacy rules, following the Senate vote to take the same action last week. The legislation to kill...

To Keep Tor Hack Source Code Secret, DOJ Dismisses Child Porn Case
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To Keep Tor Hack Source Code Secret, DOJ Dismisses Child Porn Case

Rather than share the now-classified technological means that investigators used to locate a child porn suspect, federal prosecutors in Washington state have ...

Single Atom Feels the Quantum Heat
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Single Atom Feels the Quantum Heat

Thermal transport—the way heat is carried away from a processor, for instance—is very familiar to us.

Observations Catch a Supernova Three Hours After It Exploded
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Observations Catch a Supernova Three Hours After It Exploded

The skies are full of transient events.

We Finally Have a Computer that Can Survive the Surface of Venus
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We Finally Have a Computer that Can Survive the Surface of Venus

Venus is one of the most inhospitable places in the solar system.
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