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If Software Looks Like a Brain and Acts Like a Brain—will We Treat It Like One?
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If Software Looks Like a Brain and Acts Like a Brain—will We Treat It Like One?

Long the domain of science fiction, researchers are now working to create software that perfectly models human and animal brains.

Computer Algorithm Can Accurately Identify Jackson Pollock Paintings
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Computer Algorithm Can Accurately Identify Jackson Pollock Paintings

Like his work or hate it, it's clear that the painter Jackson Pollock pioneered a distinctive visual style with his drip paintings.

Washington Lawmakers Want Computer Science to Count as Foreign Language
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Washington Lawmakers Want Computer Science to Count as Foreign Language

Two Washington state legislators have recently introduced a bill that would allow computer science class (e.g., programming) to effectively count as a foreign language...

Look Into My Eyes: Tracking Your Gaze Could Be the Next Big Gaming Input
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Look Into My Eyes: Tracking Your Gaze Could Be the Next Big Gaming Input

The bulk of the press release announcing a March 10 release for the PC port of Assassin's Creed Rogue is strictly boilerplate.

Don't Call Them 'utility' Rules: The Fcc's Net Neutrality Regime, Explained
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Don't Call Them 'utility' Rules: The Fcc's Net Neutrality Regime, Explained

Within a few weeks we’ll have a huge document full of legalese on the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rules, to replace the near-200-page ...

Cops Get Handheld Radar that Can 'detect People Breathing' Through Walls
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Cops Get Handheld Radar that Can 'detect People Breathing' Through Walls

At least 50 local law enforcement agencies—and the United States Marshals—have acquired a type of handheld radar that allows cops to scan through walls to detect...

Catching ­p with Stern Pinball on Its New Spike System and Wrestlemania Limited Edition
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Catching ­p with Stern Pinball on Its New Spike System and Wrestlemania Limited Edition

When we were in Las Vegas last week, we unexpectedly ran into some representatives from Stern Pinball, who said the company would be announcing a brand new game...

Snowden: ­.s. Has Put Too Much Emphasis on Cyber-Offense, Needs Defense
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Snowden: ­.s. Has Put Too Much Emphasis on Cyber-Offense, Needs Defense

In an on-camera interview with James Bamford for an upcoming episode of PBS' NOVA, Edward Snowden warned that the U.S. Department of Defense and National Security...

Fbi Says Search Warrants Not Needed to Use 'stingrays' in Public Places
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Fbi Says Search Warrants Not Needed to Use 'stingrays' in Public Places

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is taking the position that court warrants are not required when deploying cell-site simulators in public places.

4 Seconds of Body Cam Video Can Reveal a Biometric Fingerprint, Study Says
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4 Seconds of Body Cam Video Can Reveal a Biometric Fingerprint, Study Says

Researchers say they can have computers examine body camera video footage and accurately identify a person wearing a body-mounted device in about four seconds,a...

Baer's Odyssey: Meet the Serial Inventor Who Built the World's First Game Console
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Baer's Odyssey: Meet the Serial Inventor Who Built the World's First Game Console

Even if you're a devoted fan of video games, there's a decent chance you're not familiar with the name Ralph H. Baer.

Finding an Image with an Image and Other Feats of Computer Vision
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Finding an Image with an Image and Other Feats of Computer Vision

"We found that people were searching for squirrels just to favorite them, just to click 'like.' And the same with buses."

Scientific Computing's Future: Can Any Coding Language Top a 1950s Behemoth?
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Scientific Computing's Future: Can Any Coding Language Top a 1950s Behemoth?

Cutting-edge research still universally involves Fortran; a trio of challengers wants in.

One Arrow of Time to Rule Them All?
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One Arrow of Time to Rule Them All?

Time is something we're all very aware of.

Beyond Gaming, the Vr Boom Is Everywhere—from Classrooms to Therapy Couches
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Beyond Gaming, the Vr Boom Is Everywhere—from Classrooms to Therapy Couches

When Oculus almost single-handedly revived the idea of virtual reality from its '90s vaporware grave, it chose the 2012 Electronic Entertainment Expo as the place...

Prepare For the Part-Time Self-Driving Car
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Prepare For the Part-Time Self-Driving Car

Self-driving AI cars have been a staple in popular culture for some time—any child of the 1980s will fondly remember both the Autobots and Knight Rider's KITT—but...

Time Dilation Measured at 40 Percent of the Speed of Light—in the Lab
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Time Dilation Measured at 40 Percent of the Speed of Light—in the Lab

Einstein is most famous for general relativity, which is really a theory of gravity.

Julian Assange on Snowden, Disliking Google, and His 'inevitable' Freedom
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Julian Assange on Snowden, Disliking Google, and His 'inevitable' Freedom

It would be too much to say that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange feels optimistic.

Fantasy Footballers and Coaches Rejoice—nfl Players to Wear Rfid Tags
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Fantasy Footballers and Coaches Rejoice—nfl Players to Wear Rfid Tags

The surveillance society, it seems, is broadening at NFL stadiums.

Air Force Research: How to ­se Social Media to Control People Like Drones
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Air Force Research: How to ­se Social Media to Control People Like Drones

Facebook isn't the only organization conducting research into how attitudes are affected by social media.
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