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Get Ready to Live in a Trillion-Device World
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Get Ready to Live in a Trillion-Device World

University of California, Berkeley professor Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli predicts the world will be completely suffused with tiny sensors within 10 years. 

MIT Builds a 3D Printer That Can ­se 10 Materials at Once
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MIT Builds a 3D Printer That Can ­se 10 Materials at Once

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers say they have built a three-dimensional printer capable of building objects with 10 photopolymer materials.

Remember Conficker? It's Still Around
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Remember Conficker? It's Still Around

Malware called Conficker began widely infecting computers in 2008; about 1 million computers worldwide are still infected despite years of cleanup efforts.

Ibm's Machine-Learning Crystal Ball Can Foresee Renewable Energy Availability
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Ibm's Machine-Learning Crystal Ball Can Foresee Renewable Energy Availability

Researchers have developed a machine-learning algorithm that can predict days in advance how much power solar and wind plants will generate for the U.S. power grid...

DARPA Challenge Greatly Propelled Humanoid Robotics
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DARPA Challenge Greatly Propelled Humanoid Robotics

The DARPA Robotics Challenge has significantly advanced the field of humanoid robotics thanks to contributions from academia, including the Worcester Polytechnic...

Google's AI System Gets Its Snark From Humans
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Google's AI System Gets Its Snark From Humans

A recent study by Google scientists details how their machine-learning and natural-language research project trained a computer to answer various questions by feeding...

Will AI Drive the Human Race Off a Cliff?
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Will AI Drive the Human Race Off a Cliff?

A recent panel discussion focused on the need to develop policies to prevent artificial intelligence from evolving to the point where it threatens humanity's existence...

Nasa Tests Darpa Challenge Robot For Space Manufacturing
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Nasa Tests Darpa Challenge Robot For Space Manufacturing

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Jet Propulsion Lab plans to use a robot to build parts in space. 

9 Programming Languages and the Women Who Created Them
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9 Programming Languages and the Women Who Created Them

Women have made many important and lasting contributions to software development, including the development of programming languages. 

Up Against Laws of Physics, Bell Labs Pushes Network Performance
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Up Against Laws of Physics, Bell Labs Pushes Network Performance

Alcatel-Lucent's Bell Labs shared some of its vision for networks in 2020 at a recent event. 

Robotics Can Now Give You a Leg Up--Literally
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Robotics Can Now Give You a Leg Up--Literally

Researchers are developing a lightweight, unpowered exoskeleton that fits over the lower leg, which they say could reduce the energy used to walk by 7 percent. 

Is Your Robot a Little Cheeky? Google May Build It That Way
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Is Your Robot a Little Cheeky? Google May Build It That Way

Google is developing robots that have individual personalities. 

Electrical Engineering Employment Declines Nearly 10%, but Developers up 12%
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Electrical Engineering Employment Declines Nearly 10%, but Developers up 12%

The number of people working as electrical engineers declined by 29,000 last year, even as the number of software developers increased by 132,000.

­.k. Researchers Are Building Robotic Pants
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­.k. Researchers Are Building Robotic Pants

Scientists at the University of Bristol have developed robotic pants with built-in artificial muscles designed to aid the elderly or people with disabilities. 

Nasa Rides Artificial Intelligence to the Moon and Mars
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Nasa Rides Artificial Intelligence to the Moon and Mars

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration will use artificial intelligence to schedule research opportunities for its many probes and rovers.

Over-the-Air Software Coming Soon to Your Next Car
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Over-the-Air Software Coming Soon to Your Next Car

Car manufacturers soon hope to upgrade vehicles' software over-the-air, which they say will enhance customer satisfaction, boost safety, and curb costs. 

Atlas ­nplugged: DARPA Challenge Robot Gets Major Makeover
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Atlas ­nplugged: DARPA Challenge Robot Gets Major Makeover

Boston Robotics has rebuilt its robot to be used in the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Robotics Challenge finals in June.

Microsoft Researchers ­se Light Beams to Charge Smartphones
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Microsoft Researchers ­se Light Beams to Charge Smartphones

Microsoft researchers in Beijing have developed AutoCharge, a prototype automatic wireless charging system for smartphones. 

The 8080 Chip at 40: What's Next For the Mighty Microprocessor?
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The 8080 Chip at 40: What's Next For the Mighty Microprocessor?

Descendants of the Intel 8080 microprocessor, which gave rise to the personal computer industry, promise to lead to further computer technology evolution. 

Santa (well, Santa Tracker) Helps Google Test Its Dev Tools
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Santa (well, Santa Tracker) Helps Google Test Its Dev Tools

Google again this year enabled kids of all ages to use its Santa Tracker website and app to follow St. Nick and his elves as they deliver presents around the world...
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