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A Better Technique For Spotting Bugs in Self-Driving AI Could Save Lives
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A Better Technique For Spotting Bugs in Self-Driving AI Could Save Lives

Most software bugs won't kill you.

To Secure the Internet of Things, We Must Build It Out of 'patchable' Hardware
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To Secure the Internet of Things, We Must Build It Out of 'patchable' Hardware

The security of the Internet of Things could depend on its constituent hardware being "patchable" so it can adapt to future threats, write several experts.

What Cmu's Snake Robot Team Learned While Searching For Mexican Earthquake Survivors
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What Cmu's Snake Robot Team Learned While Searching For Mexican Earthquake Survivors

Researchers used their snake robots in search-and-rescue missions in Mexico City shortly after a major earthquake struck the region in September.

China Demonstrates Quantum Encryption By Hosting a Video Call
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China Demonstrates Quantum Encryption By Hosting a Video Call

Chinese researchers have completed a practical demonstration of quantum key distribution, showing that it's possible to encrypt and send data between two locations...

How We Won Gold in the Cyborg Olympics' Brain Race
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How We Won Gold in the Cyborg Olympics' Brain Race

In October 2016, inside a sold-out arena in Zurich, a man named Numa Poujouly steered his wheelchair up to the central podium.

The Future of Computing Depends on Making It Reversible
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The Future of Computing Depends on Making It Reversible

For more than 50 years, computers have made steady and dramatic improvements, all thanks to Moore's Law—the exponential increase over time in the number of transistors...

Magnetothermal Genetics: A Fourth Tool in the Brain-Hacking Toolbox
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Magnetothermal Genetics: A Fourth Tool in the Brain-Hacking Toolbox

A scientist wanting to hack into an animal's brain used to have three different tools to choose from: electric current, drugs, and light. Now there's a fourth:...

Blossom: A Handmade Approach to Social Robotics from Cornell and Google
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Blossom: A Handmade Approach to Social Robotics from Cornell and Google

As excited as we are about the forthcoming generation of social home robots (including Jibo, Kuri, and many others), it's hard to ignore the fact that most of them...

Biocomputer and Memory Built Inside Living Bacteria
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Biocomputer and Memory Built Inside Living Bacteria


E-Zpass Could Kickstart Smart Cities
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E-Zpass Could Kickstart Smart Cities

Everyone likes the idea of a smart city. Traffic lights would automatically adjust to optimize traffic flow, you could find parking spaces without circling for...

Jpl's Design For a Clockwork Rover to Explore Venus
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Jpl's Design For a Clockwork Rover to Explore Venus

The longest amount of time that a spacecraft has survived on the surface of Venus is 127 minutes.

Nanoneurons Enable Neuromorphic Chips For Voice Recognition
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Nanoneurons Enable Neuromorphic Chips For Voice Recognition

Last month, IEEE Spectrum ran a special report focusing on the question "Can We Copy the Brain?" The report offered a thorough examination of all the ongoing efforts...

Complex Biological Computer Commands Living Cells
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Complex Biological Computer Commands Living Cells

Researchers have developed a biological computer that functions inside living bacterial cells and tells them what to do, according to a report published yesterday...

Smart Contact Lenses and Eye Implants Will Give Doctors Medical Insights
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Smart Contact Lenses and Eye Implants Will Give Doctors Medical Insights

Poets say the eyes are a window to the soul. But biomedical engineers are using the eyes to gain insight into the body.

­c Berkeley Releases Massive Dex-Net 2.0 Dataset
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­c Berkeley Releases Massive Dex-Net 2.0 Dataset

A University of California, Berkeley professor has announced the release of a massive dataset for Dex-Net 2.0.

A Hybrid of Quantum Computing and Machine Learning Is Spawning New Ventures
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A Hybrid of Quantum Computing and Machine Learning Is Spawning New Ventures

Researchers think the field of merging quantum computing with machine learning may soon be ripe for commercialization.

Taxonomy Goes Digital: Getting a Handle on Social Bots
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Taxonomy Goes Digital: Getting a Handle on Social Bots

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is funding research on social networks.

Deepmind Shows AI Has Trouble Seeing Homer Simpson's Actions
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Deepmind Shows AI Has Trouble Seeing Homer Simpson's Actions

DeepMind has created a YouTube dataset of 300,000 video clips and 400 human action classes to train its deep-learning algorithms to better identify human activities...

The Benefits of Old Age (for Transistors)
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The Benefits of Old Age (for Transistors)

In case you didn't know, the transistors in your computer's processor, your smartphone's memory, and your car's autobrake system get old.

We Know What You're Watching (even If It's Encrypted)
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We Know What You're Watching (even If It's Encrypted)

I stand firm in the opinion that it's my basic, human right to binge-watch six hours of trashy detective shows on a Friday night with a silent phone in my lap and...
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