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Could These Grain-Sized Computers ­sing Blockchain Networks Thwart Counterfeiters?
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Could These Grain-Sized Computers ­sing Blockchain Networks Thwart Counterfeiters?

IBM researchers have developed granular microcomputers that could work with a blockchain electronic ledger to verify and track any product.

Cpu Architecture After Moore's Law: What's Next?
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Cpu Architecture After Moore's Law: What's Next?

Views differ on how central-processing unit architecture will proceed as Moore's Law becomes increasingly irrelevant.

Here's Why Self-Driving Cars May Never Really Be Self-Driving
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Here's Why Self-Driving Cars May Never Really Be Self-Driving

Researchers are exploring unpredictable issues with autonomous car technology that might be solved with embedded software to avoid accidents.

­ts to Launch Programming Environment For the Quantum Era
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­ts to Launch Programming Environment For the Quantum Era

Researchers at the University of Technology Sydney in Australia say they will soon unveil a quantum-era programming environment at the UTS Center for Quantum Software...

After First Week, AI System Is Beating Human Poker Players
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After First Week, AI System Is Beating Human Poker Players

An artificial intelligence system called Libratus has gained the upper hand against human poker players in the first week of a 20-day tournament in Pittsburgh. ...

Nram Set to Spark a 'holy War' Among Memory Technologies
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Nram Set to Spark a 'holy War' Among Memory Technologies

A non-volatile memory technology based on carbon nanotubes could be more disruptive to enterprise storage, servers, and consumer electronics than flash memory when...

DARPA Wants to Create Secure Data-Sharing Tech
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DARPA Wants to Create Secure Data-Sharing Tech

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is launching the Secure Handhelds on Assured Resilient networks at the tactical Edge project.

China's Policing Robot: Cattle Prod Meets Supercomputer
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China's Policing Robot: Cattle Prod Meets Supercomputer

Chinese researchers have developed an "intelligent security robot" and deployed it in a Shenzhen airport.

China Claims Exascale By 2020, Three Years Before ­.s.
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China Claims Exascale By 2020, Three Years Before ­.s.

China wants to deliver an exascale computing system by 2020, three years ahead of the U.S. plan to achieve the same goal.

New Electronic Display Is 10 Times Thinner Than Human Skin
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New Electronic Display Is 10 Times Thinner Than Human Skin

University of Tokyo researchers have developed a thin-film electronic display that can be laminated onto a person's body without the wearer knowing it is there. ...

A Fleet of Self-Driving Trucks Rumbles Across Europe
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A Fleet of Self-Driving Trucks Rumbles Across Europe

A fleet of about 12 self-driving trucks from six manufacturers for the first time completed a trip across parts of Europe this week. 

­.s. Military Wants to Create Cyborg Soldiers
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­.s. Military Wants to Create Cyborg Soldiers

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is working to create a chip to implant in a soldier's brain to connect it directly to computers. 

Quantum Computing May Be Moving Out of Science Fiction
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Quantum Computing May Be Moving Out of Science Fiction

True quantum computing could be realized relatively soon, according to some industry analysts.

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.

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. 

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. 

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. 

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.

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. 
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