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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...

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. 

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. 

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. 

Fujitsu Develops Compact Rfid For Wearables, Metal
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Fujitsu Develops Compact Rfid For Wearables, Metal

Fujitsu says its new radio frequency identification tag technology can work on surfaces such as metal, which can otherwise impede radio waves. 

Researchers, Medical Workers Seek Tech Answers to Ebola Outbreak
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Researchers, Medical Workers Seek Tech Answers to Ebola Outbreak

Robotics researchers plan to meet with healthcare and aid workers as part of a series of workshops on how technology can help fight Ebola and other dangerous viruses...

Computer Scientists Say Meme Research Doesn't Threaten Free Speech
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Computer Scientists Say Meme Research Doesn't Threaten Free Speech

U.S. House lawmakers go viral over information diffusion study funded by the feds.  

Computer Scientists Say Meme Research Doesn't Threaten Free Speech
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Computer Scientists Say Meme Research Doesn't Threaten Free Speech

The heads of five of the U.S.'s largest computing research organizations are refuting political attacks on research on what makes ideas go viral, particularly on...

Researchers to Meet With Aid Workers to Build Ebola-Fighting Robots
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Researchers to Meet With Aid Workers to Build Ebola-Fighting Robots

Robotics researchers from numerous institutions are working to organize workshops that will bring together roboticists and humanitarian workers to discuss how robots...

One in Three Jobs Will Be Taken By Software or Robots By 2025
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One in Three Jobs Will Be Taken By Software or Robots By 2025

By 2025, software, robots, or other "smart machines" will have replaced as many as one in three existing jobs, Gartner predicts.

­.s. May Be Falling Behind in Researching Tech's Next Big Thing
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­.s. May Be Falling Behind in Researching Tech's Next Big Thing

A University of Virginia professor says the U.S. is not spending enough on research and development of cyber-physical systems. 

It Skills That Are in Demand, and Those That Will Be
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It Skills That Are in Demand, and Those That Will Be

A recent survey of employers found IT professionals with cloud and security-related certifications were in greatest demand.  

Googlex to Circle the Earth With Internet-Connected Balloons
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Googlex to Circle the Earth With Internet-Connected Balloons

GoogleX's Project Loon aims to provide wireless Internet access to billions of people living in remote locations by building a ring of balloons around the Earth...

For Half, STEM Degrees Lead to Other Jobs
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For Half, STEM Degrees Lead to Other Jobs

A recent U.S. Census Bureau report says only about 26 percent of those who graduate with a four-year degree in a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM)...

China Still Has the Fastest Supercomputer, but the ­.s. Still Rules
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China Still Has the Fastest Supercomputer, but the ­.s. Still Rules

Although China has the world's most powerful supercomputer, the United States produces more supercomputers than any other country.
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