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Transistors Will Stop Shrinking in 2021, Moore's Law Roadmap Predicts
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Transistors Will Stop Shrinking in 2021, Moore's Law Roadmap Predicts

The 2015 International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors predicts the transistor could stop shrinking in only five years.

How the World's Most Powerful Supercomputer Inched Toward the Exascale
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How the World's Most Powerful Supercomputer Inched Toward the Exascale

China's Sunway TaihuLight in June topped the Top500 list as the world's most powerful supercomputer.

Wheeled Robot With Soft Rotary Motors Is 100-Percent Squishy
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Wheeled Robot With Soft Rotary Motors Is 100-Percent Squishy

Rutgers University researchers have put four silicone-based wheels with air-powered motors inside of them on a robot that is as soft as a Crocs shoe.

Durus Brings Human-Like Gait (and Fancy Shoes) to Hyper-Efficient Robots
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Durus Brings Human-Like Gait (and Fancy Shoes) to Hyper-Efficient Robots

SRI International's DURUS robot can now walk like a human while wearing normal shoes.

In-Ear Eeg Makes ­nobtrusive Brain-Hacking Gadgets a Real Possibility
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In-Ear Eeg Makes ­nobtrusive Brain-Hacking Gadgets a Real Possibility

Two research teams are developing electroencephalogram sensors that fit inside the ear.

Haptic Taco Helps You Navigate By Feel
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Haptic Taco Helps You Navigate By Feel

Yale University researchers are developing small haptic peripherals to help drivers navigate using just their sense of touch. 

How to Build a Moral Robot
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How to Build a Moral Robot

With robots expected to play an increasingly critical role in making judgment calls where human lives are at stake, it is imperative to model moral reasoning in...

Google's Eric Schmidt Says AI Will Make Him Smarter, Cooler
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Google's Eric Schmidt Says AI Will Make Him Smarter, Cooler

Alphabet executive chairman Eric Schmidt says the next major trend in the technology industry will be artificial intelligence. 

Jumproach Is a Robotic Bug That Leaps and Flips Just Like an Insect
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Jumproach Is a Robotic Bug That Leaps and Flips Just Like an Insect

Researchers say they have developed a new kind of jumping mechanism for robots that has the potential to scale from tiny hops to a catapult launch. 

Researchers Teaching Robots to Feel and React to Pain
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Researchers Teaching Robots to Feel and React to Pain

Researchers  are developing an "artificial robot nervous system to teach robots how to feel pain" and quickly react in order to avoid potential damage. 

This Robot ­ses Machine Learning to Take Care of Absent-Minded Humans
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This Robot ­ses Machine Learning to Take Care of Absent-Minded Humans

The Watch-bot robot can independently learn a user's household activity patterns to provide helpful reminders. 

Autonomous Mini Rally Car Teaches Itself to Powerslide
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Autonomous Mini Rally Car Teaches Itself to Powerslide

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology are developing control algorithms that enable small-scale autonomous cars to race around dirt tracks at high...

Nsa Can Legally Access Metadata of 25,000 Callers Based on a Single Suspect's Phone
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Nsa Can Legally Access Metadata of 25,000 Callers Based on a Single Suspect's Phone

Despite changes to the law, the U.S. National Security Agency can still request metadata from tens of thousands of private phones if they are indirectly connected...

Holoflex: A Flexible Smartphone With a Holographic Display
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Holoflex: A Flexible Smartphone With a Holographic Display

The HoloFlex is a flexible smartphone with a holographic lightfield display that can simultaneously project glasses-free three-dimensional images to multiple users...

Creating a Prosthetic Hand That Can Feel
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Creating a Prosthetic Hand That Can Feel

Researchers have developed a "myoelectric" haptic system designed to work with a prosthetic hand. 

Graphene Filter Could Make Wireless Data Transmission 10 Times Faster
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Graphene Filter Could Make Wireless Data Transmission 10 Times Faster

Swiss researchers have developed a graphene filter for microchips that could lead to wireless transmission rates 10 times as fast as what chips deliver today. 

Tiny Little Multi-Modal Picobug Walks, Flies, Grabs Stuff
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Tiny Little Multi-Modal Picobug Walks, Flies, Grabs Stuff

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania's GRASP Laboratory have designed a robot called Picobug that can fly and walk, and soon will be able to grab things...

Linux at 25: Q&a With Linus Torvalds
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Linux at 25: Q&a With Linus Torvalds

Linux kernel creator Linus Torvalds reflects in an interview on what the past wrought and what the future holds for Linux. 

How Google Wants to Solve Robotic Grasping By Letting Robots Learn For Themselves
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How Google Wants to Solve Robotic Grasping By Letting Robots Learn For Themselves

Google Research is letting robots them learn for themselves how to grasp objects. 

What's the Year, Make, and Model of Your Vehicular Cloud?
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What's the Year, Make, and Model of Your Vehicular Cloud?

Old Dominion University  engineers want to use Internet-connected cars as a cloud computing resource. 
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