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Medical Microbots Take a Fantastic Voyage Into Reality
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Medical Microbots Take a Fantastic Voyage Into Reality

In the 1966 film Fantastic Voyage, scientists at a U.S. laboratory shrink a submarine called Proteus and its human crew to microscopic size and then inject the...

Mitsubishi Quiets Car Noise With Machine Learning
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Mitsubishi Quiets Car Noise With Machine Learning

Mitsubishi Electric says its new noise suppression technology can improve the quality of hands-free phone communication in cars. 

Eben Upton: The Raspberry Pi Pioneer
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Eben Upton: The Raspberry Pi Pioneer

Eben Upton, the inventor of the Raspberry Pi computer, got his start coding games in BASIC on a BBC Micro when he was 10. 

Atlas Drc Robot Is 75 Percent New, Completely ­nplugged
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Atlas Drc Robot Is 75 Percent New, Completely ­nplugged

We've always known that the ATLAS DRC humanoid robot was due for some serious upgrades before the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals, because having a robot that's...

Artificial-Intelligence Experts to Explore Turing Test Triathlon
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Artificial-Intelligence Experts to Explore Turing Test Triathlon

Intelligentsia of AI will gather to come up with a battery of alternatives to the traditional Turing test.

Toshiba Android Will Take You For a Trip Down the ­ncanny Valley
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Toshiba Android Will Take You For a Trip Down the ­ncanny Valley

Researchers have developed Aiko Chihiro, a lifelike communication android. 

To Foil Cyberattacks, Connected Cars Need Overlapping Shields
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To Foil Cyberattacks, Connected Cars Need Overlapping Shields

Smart cars will need many more layers of cyberprotection than automakers believe is necessary.

Machine-Learning Maestro Michael Jordan on the Delusions of Big Data and Other Huge Engineering Efforts
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Machine-Learning Maestro Michael Jordan on the Delusions of Big Data and Other Huge Engineering Efforts

University of California, Berkeley professor Michael I. Jordan says rhetoric about machine learning and other computer science fields goes too far. 

Machine-Learning Maestro Michael Jordan on the Delusions of Big Data and Other Huge Engineering Efforts
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Machine-Learning Maestro Michael Jordan on the Delusions of Big Data and Other Huge Engineering Efforts

The overeager adoption of big data is likely to result in catastrophes of analysis comparable to a national epidemic of collapsing bridges.

Skype's Real-Time Translator Learns How to Speak From Social Media
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Skype's Real-Time Translator Learns How to Speak From Social Media

Microsoft says its upcoming Skype Translator app will translate multilingual conversations in real time. 

Beyond Tianhe-2
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Beyond Tianhe-2

The TOP500 semi-annual ranking of the world's most powerful supercomputers, announced yesterday, revealed that China's Tianhe-2 has kept its first-place position...

Digital Actors Go Beyond the ­ncanny Valley
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Digital Actors Go Beyond the ­ncanny Valley

Graphics specialists are close to developing interactive, photorealistically lifelike digital humans that will transform acting, entertainment, and computer games...

'wearable Eyes' Make You Appear Friendly, Social Even When You're Not
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'wearable Eyes' Make You Appear Friendly, Social Even When You're Not

AgencyGlass is a wearable device that produces "virtual eyes" to give the wearer a semblance of friendliness and approachability. 

The Highs and Hazards of Bitcoin
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The Highs and Hazards of Bitcoin

Bitcoin, the leading online alternative currency, has attracted high-minded entrepreneurs and crooks alike.

Profile: Juan Wachs
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Profile: Juan Wachs

Surgeons could use his hand-gesture system to control robots.

The Making of Facebook’s Graph Search
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The Making of Facebook’s Graph Search

Graph Search could help Facebook grow from a tool for entertainment and communication into a search tool that could challenge Google's search dominance. 

Hardware Trick Could Keep Cloud Data Safe
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Hardware Trick Could Keep Cloud Data Safe

The new Ascend chip could protect data in the cloud by concealing the way in which central processing units request information in cloud servers. 

Emergency Alert Study Reveals Metadata’s Better Side
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Emergency Alert Study Reveals Metadata’s Better Side

Cellphone metadata offers real-time information in emergency situations that could help first responders and protect the public.

Nanoscale Chip Design Enables Future 'internet of Things'
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Nanoscale Chip Design Enables Future 'internet of Things'

With each passing day we are becoming more intertwined into the Internet of Things, where each and every object in the world—your clothes closet and every article...

The Job Market of 2045
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The Job Market of 2045

Rice University professor Moshe Vardi predicts that by 2045 artificial intelligence machines will be able to perform a significant percentage of human work. "We...
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