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MIT Aids Human, Robot Cooperation With Cross-Training
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MIT Aids Human, Robot Cooperation With Cross-Training

MIT researchers have developed an algorithm that enables robots to learn from switching roles with humans.

City Living: There's an App For That
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City Living: There's an App For That

U.S. citizens increasingly are developing mobile applications that rely on a wealth of publicly available municipal data. For example, Portland, Ore., has developed...

Intel Plans on Controlling Computers With a Dirty Look
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Intel Plans on Controlling Computers With a Dirty Look

Perceptual computing was the focus of Intel researchers at the recent International CES conference. Intel views gestures, voice commands, and facial expressions...

Quantum Computers Will Be Commercially Available in 20 Years: Scientist
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Quantum Computers Will Be Commercially Available in 20 Years: Scientist

University of New South Wales professor Andrew Dzurak predicts that commercially available quantum computing will in arrive two decades, while demonstrations of...

­.s. Sees Tech's 'center of Gravity' Shifting to Asia
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­.s. Sees Tech's 'center of Gravity' Shifting to Asia

The U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence recently released a report that outlines potential worldwide scenarios over the next 15 to 20 years. It...

By 2020, There Will Be 5,200 Gbytes of Data For Every Person on Earth
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By 2020, There Will Be 5,200 Gbytes of Data For Every Person on Earth

Over the next eight years more than 40 zettabytes of digital data will be produced, which is equal to 5,200 gigabytes of data for every person on Earth, according...

China Moves to Beat U.s. in Exascale Computing
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China Moves to Beat U.s. in Exascale Computing

China recently has fully embraced high-performance computing and now has 72 systems on the most recent Top500 supercomputer list, making it the second largest HPC...

High-Performance Computing Turns to Apps to Cut Cost and Frustration
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High-Performance Computing Turns to Apps to Cut Cost and Frustration

The concept of apps could enable more companies to take advantage of high-performance computing (HPC), considering the cost of HPC hardware and software makes adoption...

Twitter a Big Winner in 2012 Presidential Election
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Twitter a Big Winner in 2012 Presidential Election

Both Twitter and Facebook played a big role in the 2012 U.S. presidential election, as this was the first national election since social-networking technology became...

Intel Researchers Work on New Way to Display, Share Images
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Intel Researchers Work on New Way to Display, Share Images

Intel researchers are developing Display without Borders, a system to display photos and videos in order to make them more social and collaborative.  

Intel Strives to Develop Tiny Chips to Run Wearable Computers
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Intel Strives to Develop Tiny Chips to Run Wearable Computers

Intel researchers are developing tiny microprocessors that would power wearable computers. 

Kurzweil: Brains Will Extend to the Cloud
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Kurzweil: Brains Will Extend to the Cloud

Inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil says human brains will one day extend into the cloud, and it will be possible to selectively erase pieces of memory while keeping...

Self-Driving Cars a Reality For 'ordinary People' Within 5 Years, Says Google's Sergey Brin
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Self-Driving Cars a Reality For 'ordinary People' Within 5 Years, Says Google's Sergey Brin

Self-driving, autonomous vehicles will be available for "ordinary people" in less than five years and they will be much safer than those driven by humans, says...

10 Hot It Skills For 2013
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10 Hot It Skills For 2013

The demand for high-tech professionals continues to rise, as 33 percent of IT professionals in Computerworld's 2013 Forecast survey say they plan to hire more workers...

Big Data Brings Big Academic Opportunities
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Big Data Brings Big Academic Opportunities

Many colleges and universities are developing advanced degree programs in analytics to manage big data.  

Google Raises Ante for Next Chrome Hacking Contest to $2M
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Google Raises Ante for Next Chrome Hacking Contest to $2M

Google announced that it will pay up to $2 million for the discovery of major vulnerabilities in the Chrome browser at the Pwnium hacking contest. 

Nasa ­pgrades Mars Curiosity Software ... from 350m Miles Away
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Nasa ­pgrades Mars Curiosity Software ... from 350m Miles Away

Picture doing a remote software upgrade. Now picture doing it when the machine you're upgrading is a robotic rover sitting 350 million miles away, on the surface...

Icann Backflips on Batching For New Tlds
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Icann Backflips on Batching For New Tlds

ICANN recently announced that it will no longer attempt to batch new generic top-level domains in groups of 500.

App That Allows Deaf People to Verbally Communicate Wins Imagine Cup
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App That Allows Deaf People to Verbally Communicate Wins Imagine Cup

First place in the 2012 Imagine Cup went to a Ukrainian university team that developed an application that enables deaf people to verbally communicate using sensory...

Silicon Valley's Top Threat Is China, Survey Finds
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Silicon Valley's Top Threat Is China, Survey Finds

Many high-level technology executives are convinced that some other country, probably China, will supplant Silicon Valley as the global center for innovation within...
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