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It's Time to Dump Moore's Law to Advance Computing, Researcher Says
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It's Time to Dump Moore's Law to Advance Computing, Researcher Says

R. Stanley Williams, a senior fellow at Hewlett Packard Labs, proposes no longer following Moore's Law in chipmaking, saying in a recent research paper that the...

AI Player AlphaGo to Play Chinese Go Champion
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AI Player AlphaGo to Play Chinese Go Champion

DeepMind's Go-playing artificial intelligence program AlphaGo in May will play against top Chinese Go player Ke Jie in a three-game match in China.

Computer Crashes May Be Due to Forces Beyond Our Solar System
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Computer Crashes May Be Due to Forces Beyond Our Solar System

Vanderbilt University professor Bharat Bhuva on Friday gave a presentation on single-event upsets at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement...

IBM's Hub for Wearables Could Have You Out of the Hospital Faster
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IBM's Hub for Wearables Could Have You Out of the Hospital Faster

IBM Research scientists have created a device that siphons health data from multiple wearable devices and shares the results with a patient's doctor.

Intel Researches Tech to Prepare for a Future Beyond Today's PCs
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Intel Researches Tech to Prepare for a Future Beyond Today's PCs

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich says his company is investigating and investing in technologies that promise to transcend the computing capabilities of current PCs and...

Will AI Usher in a New Era of Hacking?
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Will AI Usher in a New Era of Hacking?

Advanced artificial intelligence systems developed to defend assets in cyberspace might be turned to malevolent purposes by cybercriminals.

Japan Aims for Superefficient Supercomputer by 2017
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Japan Aims for Superefficient Supercomputer by 2017

Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology plans to build a super-efficient supercomputer.

Research Chip Modeled After the Brain Aims to Bring Smarts to Computers
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Research Chip Modeled After the Brain Aims to Bring Smarts to Computers

University of Tennessee, Knoxville researchers have developed a neuromorphic chip designed for intelligent computers that are structured to discover patterns through...

Researchers Make Progress Toward Computer Video Recognition
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Researchers Make Progress Toward Computer Video Recognition

Google researchers are working to advance video-recognition technology, which Rajat Monga on Google's Brain team says is due to progress in deep-learning models...

Vint Cerf's Dream Do-Over: 2 Ways He'd Make the Internet Different
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Vint Cerf's Dream Do-Over: 2 Ways He'd Make the Internet Different

Google chief Internet evangelist and former ACM president Vint Cerf said he would change a few things about the Internet's creation if he could do it over again...

U.S. Says Transfer of Internet Governance Will Go Ahead on Oct. 1
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U.S. Says Transfer of Internet Governance Will Go Ahead on Oct. 1

The U.S. will move forward with its plan to transfer governance of the Internet domain name system to a multi-stakeholder entity on Oct. 1.

U.S. Pumps $400 Million Into Next-Generation Wireless Research
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U.S. Pumps $400 Million Into Next-Generation Wireless Research

The U.S. National Science Foundation will invest more than $400 million over the next seven years to fund next-generation wireless research.

EU Plans $2B Investment in Cybersecurity Research
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EU Plans $2B Investment in Cybersecurity Research

The European Union is contributing $500 million to fund research into cybersecurity, and is asking the private sector to contribute an additional $1.5 billion.

Disposable Robots Can Sprint, Fly, and Potentially Save Lives
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Disposable Robots Can Sprint, Fly, and Potentially Save Lives

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley are developing inexpensive mini-robots that can run, climb, fly, and communicate with emergency personnel....

HPE Shows Off a Computer Intended to Emulate the Human Brain
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HPE Shows Off a Computer Intended to Emulate the Human Brain

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is showing off a prototype computer designed to imitate the parallelism of the human brain using circuit boards and memory chips.  

Shoot an Atom Into Silicon, and You May Have the Beginnings of a Quantum Computer
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Shoot an Atom Into Silicon, and You May Have the Beginnings of a Quantum Computer

Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories say they have devised a possible first step toward the creation of a practical quantum computer. 

How Toy Street Lamps Are Shedding New Light on Quantum Computing
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How Toy Street Lamps Are Shedding New Light on Quantum Computing

The bulbs from toy street lamps, among other things, are helping to reveal new insights into quantum computing. 

Not Lost in Translation: Researchers 'Teach' Computers to Translate Accurately
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Not Lost in Translation: Researchers 'Teach' Computers to Translate Accurately

Scientists are seeking to improve the capabilities of online translation programs by embedding new artificial intelligence methods to build complete sentences. 

Diamonds May Be Quantum Computing's Best Friend
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Diamonds May Be Quantum Computing's Best Friend

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a new approach to maintaining quantum superposition using synthetic diamonds. 

What Will it Take to Make A.I. Sound More Human?
From ACM TechNews

What Will it Take to Make A.I. Sound More Human?

Conversation fillers such as "hmm" and "uh-huh" are critical to improving communication between humans and artificial intelligence.
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