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Roads in the Future Will Need Data Standards as Well as Signs, Says Dot's Cio
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Roads in the Future Will Need Data Standards as Well as Signs, Says Dot's Cio

Data standards will be needed to facilitate traffic flow in the future, and government officials, engineers, and automakers are considering how to implement the...

Meet Diesel, a Cute Dog and Organic Robot
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Meet Diesel, a Cute Dog and Organic Robot

A Labrador Retriever named Diesel has become a canine that functions as a Cyber-Physical Search and Rescue Dog through a high-tech vest. 

Hail Cyborgs! The Line Between Robots and Humans Is Blurring
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Hail Cyborgs! The Line Between Robots and Humans Is Blurring

The advance of robotics heralds an increasingly porous boundary between machines and people.

It's Now Possible to Wirelessly Charge 40 Smartphones From 16 Feet Away
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It's Now Possible to Wirelessly Charge 40 Smartphones From 16 Feet Away

Researchers have broken a record by transmitting enough power wirelessly over a distance of about 16 feet to simultaneously charge up to 40 smartphones. 

AI Gets Its Groove Back
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AI Gets Its Groove Back

The field of artificial intelligence is making real progress after a long period of sporadic advances that failed to pan out. 

Home ­sers Cite Laziness For Lax Online Security
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Home ­sers Cite Laziness For Lax Online Security

A survey examining why people do not adequately protect their home computers found that about 80 percent of respondents said they were too lazy. 

Nasa 'codeathon' Seeks Apps That Address Coastal Flooding
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Nasa 'codeathon' Seeks Apps That Address Coastal Flooding

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration's third global codeathon offers four climate-themed challenges. 

AI Researcher Says Amoral Robots Pose a Danger to Humanity
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AI Researcher Says Amoral Robots Pose a Danger to Humanity

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute professor Selmer Bringsjord says understanding morality is increasingly important as robots become smarter and more autonomous. ...

Gps Tech Built to Find Missing Aircraft Not Always Used
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Gps Tech Built to Find Missing Aircraft Not Always Used

Aviation experts have cited multiple possible reasons for the problems in the multi-country effort to locate the Malaysia Airlines jetliner that dropped off the...

Cyberattacks Could Paralyze ­.s., Former Defense Chief Warns
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Cyberattacks Could Paralyze ­.s., Former Defense Chief Warns

Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said a large-scale cyberattack against U.S. infrastructure is "the most serious threat in the 21st century." 

Open Source Challenges a Proprietary Internet of Things
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Open Source Challenges a Proprietary Internet of Things

The Linux Foundation recently created the AllSeen Alliance, which combines the AllJoyn Framework with its open source network. 

Half of Americans Want to Live in a Smart City With Driverless Cars
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Half of Americans Want to Live in a Smart City With Driverless Cars

Nearly half of Americans want to live in a city where all vehicles are driverless, and a third think that might happen in the next 10 years, according to an Intel...

Nasa's New Robots May Revolutionize Space Exploration
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Nasa's New Robots May Revolutionize Space Exploration

U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration researchers are developing a interstellar robot that could land on a planet by hitting the surface and bouncing...

By 2018, Cars Will Be Self-Aware
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By 2018, Cars Will Be Self-Aware

"Cars will become the first robot most of us experience in our lifetime," says Gartner analyst Thilo Koslowski. 

Thanks to the Nsa, Quantum Computing May Some Day Be in the Cloud
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Thanks to the Nsa, Quantum Computing May Some Day Be in the Cloud

The U.S. National Security Agency is spending about $80 million for basic quantum computing research.

Researchers Compete to Bring Humanoid Robots to Life
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Researchers Compete to Bring Humanoid Robots to Life

During the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Robotics Challenge,  researchers will compete to enable humanoid robots to collaborate with humans. 

From ACM News

Why the ­.s. May Lose the Race to Exascale

In the global race to build the next generation of supercomputers—exascale—there is no guarantee the U.S. will finish first.

Nasa Says First Space Internet Test 'beyond Expectations'
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Nasa Says First Space Internet Test 'beyond Expectations'

The first tests of a laser communication system by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration have been surprisingly error-free.

Facebook's Sandberg Takes on the Tech Gender Gap
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Facebook's Sandberg Takes on the Tech Gender Gap

Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg took aim at the gender gap in the technology industry at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing.

­.s. Appetite For Internet ­ser Data Not ­nique
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­.s. Appetite For Internet ­ser Data Not ­nique

Despite recent concerns about information collection by the United States, law enforcement agencies in Europe and other nations appear to gather equal or greater...
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