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Ito: Think Twice About Immortality and the Singularity
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Ito: Think Twice About Immortality and the Singularity

Ray Kurzweil's vision of the "singularity"—when nanobots make humans immortal and computer progress is so fast that the future becomes profoundly unknowable—is...

Samsung's Secret Weapon in the Mobile Wars: Tizen
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Samsung's Secret Weapon in the Mobile Wars: Tizen

You've probably never heard of Tizen, but the companies behind it are some of the most recognizable brands in the tech industry.

Google's Kurzweil on Teaching Human Language to Computers
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Google's Kurzweil on Teaching Human Language to Computers

Famed inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil joined Google last month to work on "some of the hardest problems in computer science," specifically machine learning and...

Obama's Win a Big Vindication for Nate Silver, King of the Quants
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Obama's Win a Big Vindication for Nate Silver, King of the Quants

In the end, big data won.

Ftc Offers $50,000 to Robocall Killers
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Ftc Offers $50,000 to Robocall Killers

The Federal Trade Commission is offering a cash reward of $50,000 to whoever develops a solution to block robotic calling on both landlines and mobiles.

Inside Google's Sci-Fi Search Experiments
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Inside Google's Sci-Fi Search Experiments

The familiar whistle of a smartphone notification told me that Paco was hungry.

At Getty Museum, Revelations of Art via Tech
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At Getty Museum, Revelations of Art via Tech

Walking through gallery after gallery of classical European paintings, sculptures, and other antiquities at the J. Paul Getty Museum here, it's easy to get lost...

Bravely Going Where Pixar Animation Tech Has Never Gone
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Bravely Going Where Pixar Animation Tech Has Never Gone

As people, we understand instinctively what flowing hair looks like. Or the way layers of clothes move on someone's body, or how water would splash when a bear...

Leap Motion: 3D Hands-Free Motion Control, Unbound
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Leap Motion: 3D Hands-Free Motion Control, Unbound

Hands-free motion control, a technology pioneered by Nintendo's Wii and later improved upon by Microsoft's Kinect, just took a very big leap forward.

Survey: Android Programmers Shifting Toward Web Apps
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Survey: Android Programmers Shifting Toward Web Apps

Android is gradually slipping down mobile programmers' priority list, with Web apps stepping in as an answer to development difficulties, according to a recent...

Smithsonian Turns to 3d to Bring Collection to the World
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Smithsonian Turns to 3d to Bring Collection to the World

With just 2% of the Smithsonian's archive of 137 million items available to the public at any one time, an effort is under way at the world's largest museum and...

Expert Hacks Car System, Says Problems Reach to Scada Systems
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Expert Hacks Car System, Says Problems Reach to Scada Systems

Researcher Don A. Bailey will be showing at the Black Hat security conference how easy it is to open and even start a car remotely by hacking the cellular network...

Long-Range Undersea Robot Does Its Own Research
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Long-Range Undersea Robot Does Its Own Research

A new breed of undersea robot promises to give oceanographers a deeper understanding of ocean life by going faster, farther, and longer than its predecessors—and...

From ACM News

Google Finding Its Voice

Google's Mike Cohen won't be satisfied until anyone who wants to talk to their computer can do so without laughing at the hideous translation or sighing in frustration...

From ACM News

Working to Make Combat Soldiers' Lives Easier

In combat, things can be so chaotic and loud that soldiers sometimes aren't even aware they're being shot at.

A Trip Beyond the Edge of the Observable Universe
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A Trip Beyond the Edge of the Observable Universe

If you want to see what outer space looks like, there may be no better way to do so than to have Carter Emmart take you on a ride there.

Algorithm Ranks World's Top Soccer Talent
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Algorithm Ranks World's Top Soccer Talent

These days, in pretty much every sport, there is no hiding from statistics. Coaches, team owners, fantasy leaguers, and fans are tracking and analyzing a player's...

The Ground-Breaking Tech of 'toy Story 3'
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The Ground-Breaking Tech of 'toy Story 3'

At Pixar Animation Studios, which will release "Toy Story 3," its 11th feature film, on Friday, each new movie is an opportunity both to notch huge box office numbers...

Inside NASA's World-Class Supercomputer Center
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Inside NASA's World-Class Supercomputer Center

If you're a materials scientist at NASA's Glenn Research Center, or an engineer at the Johnson or Marshall Space Centers studying Space Shuttle flow-control valves...

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Feds Push For Tracking Cell Phones

Two years ago, when the FBI was stymied by a band of armed robbers known as the "Scarecrow Bandits" that had robbed more than 20 Texas banks, it came up with aconvicted...
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