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Computer Vision Leader Fei-Fei Li on Why AI Needs Diversity
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Computer Vision Leader Fei-Fei Li on Why AI Needs Diversity

As artificial intelligence technologies increasingly are deployed to meet industrial and personal needs, the field will need to address its lack of ethnic and gender...

This Robot Can Do More Push-­ps Because It Sweats
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This Robot Can Do More Push-­ps Because It Sweats

Researchers from the University of Tokyo's JSK Lab say they have developed a more efficient way to cool humanoid robots.

Two-Dimensional Materials Combined to Produce 'quantum Led'
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Two-Dimensional Materials Combined to Produce 'quantum Led'

Devices made from thin layers of graphene, boron nitride, and transition metal dichalcogenides can generate a single photon entirely by electricity. Built at the...

Fujitsu Memory Tech Speeds Up Deep-Learning AI
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Fujitsu Memory Tech Speeds Up Deep-Learning AI

Japan-based Fujitsu has developed an approach to accelerating parallel computing driven by deep-learning neural network algorithms.

Google Translate Gets a Deep-Learning ­pgrade
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Google Translate Gets a Deep-Learning ­pgrade

Google has launched a Google Translate upgrade utilizing enhanced deep-learning techniques to produce more accurate translations.

Cheap Lidar: The Key to Makingself-Driving Cars Affordable
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Cheap Lidar: The Key to Makingself-Driving Cars Affordable

Chances are you've never seen a fully autonomous self-driving car out on the street.

Carbon Nanotube Transistors Finally Outperform Silicon
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Carbon Nanotube Transistors Finally Outperform Silicon

Back in the 1990s, observers predicted that the single-walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) would be the nanomaterial that pushed silicon aside and created a post-CMOS...

The Surprising Story of the First Microprocessors
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The Surprising Story of the First Microprocessors

Transistors, the electronic amplifiers and switches found at the heart of everything from pocket radios to warehouse-size supercomputers, were invented in 1947.

Goat Robot Leg Demonstrates Explosive Jumping
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Goat Robot Leg Demonstrates Explosive Jumping

Carnegie Mellon University's Simon Kalouche is developing a new design for legs that would enable a robot to navigate the terrain a goat typically traverses.

Robot Octopus Points the Way to Soft Robotics With Eight Wiggly Arms
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Robot Octopus Points the Way to Soft Robotics With Eight Wiggly Arms

Several labs from European and Israeli universities have together built a robot 0ctopus.

Top Programming Languages Trends: The Rise of Big Data
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Top Programming Languages Trends: The Rise of Big Data

Big data programming languages are gaining in importance because they enable the mining of massive datasets.

Single-Actuator Wave Robot Zips Around With High-Speed Wiggles
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Single-Actuator Wave Robot Zips Around With High-Speed Wiggles

David Zarrouk of Israel's Ben Gurion University of the Negev has developed a robot that can move forward and backward by producing a continuously advancing wave...

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. 
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