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Neural Implant Enables Paralyzed Als Patient to Type Six Words Per Minute
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Neural Implant Enables Paralyzed Als Patient to Type Six Words Per Minute

Typing six words per minute may not sound very impressive. But for paralyzed people typing via a brain-computer interface (BCI), it's a new world record.

The Fuzzy Logic of Fleeing For Your Life
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The Fuzzy Logic of Fleeing For Your Life

A special session at the IEEE International Conference on Intelligence Transportation Systems dealt with intelligent pedestrian traffic and evacuation dynamics.

Europe Gears ­p For Land, Air, and Sea Robotics Competition
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Europe Gears ­p For Land, Air, and Sea Robotics Competition

The euRathlon 2015 Grand Challenge is designed to assess how well cooperative robot systems perform as part of a simulated emergency-response operation.

Researcher Hacks Self-Driving Car Sensors
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Researcher Hacks Self-Driving Car Sensors

Laser-ranging (lidar) systems that most self-driving cars use to detect obstacles can be hacked by a setup costing about $60.

Is a Cambrian Explosion Coming For Robotics?
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Is a Cambrian Explosion Coming For Robotics?

New technological developments are fomenting an explosion in the diversity and application of robotics.

Estimate: Human Brain 30 Times Faster Than Best Supercomputers
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Estimate: Human Brain 30 Times Faster Than Best Supercomputers

Two Ph.D. students are seeking to determine how soon artificial intelligence might exceed the capabilities of the human brain.  

Fbi Wants Better Automated Image Analysis For Tattoos
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Fbi Wants Better Automated Image Analysis For Tattoos

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation collaborated with the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology to find a better way to search for matching tatoos...

See Through Walls By the Glow of Your Wi-Fi
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See Through Walls By the Glow of Your Wi-Fi

University College London researchers have developed a system that can sense people moving behind masonry walls 25 centimeters thick using only passive radiation...

Testing Trust in Autonomous Vehicles By Fooling Human Passengers
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Testing Trust in Autonomous Vehicles By Fooling Human Passengers

A team at Stanford University's Center for Design Research has developed the Real Road Autonomous Driving Simulation that fools human participants into thinking...

Children Beating ­p Robot Inspires New Escape Maneuver System
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Children Beating ­p Robot Inspires New Escape Maneuver System

An experiment to see how mall patrons react to a social robot surprisingly found children were hostile toward the robot. 

Beyond Just 'big' Data
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Beyond Just 'big' Data

As big data technologies advance and the challenges of extracting meaning from these data sets shift, computer scientists will need new vocabulary. 

Spintronic Devices Possible Without Magnetic Material
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Spintronic Devices Possible Without Magnetic Material

Argonne National Laboratory researcher Stephen Wu has found it may be possible to generate spin current from insulators without a magnetic material.

The 2015 Top 10 Programming Languages
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The 2015 Top 10 Programming Languages

Java remains at the top of IEEE Spectrum's second annual ranking of programming languages. 

Mother Robots Build Children Robots to Experiment With Artificial Evolution
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Mother Robots Build Children Robots to Experiment With Artificial Evolution

ETH Zurich researchers sought to bypass some of the limitations of evolutionary robotics by training a "mother robot" to autonomously assemble children robots. 

The Computer Chip That Never Forgets
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The Computer Chip That Never Forgets

In 1945, mathematician John von Neumann wrote down a very simple recipe for a computer.

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...

Soggy Computing: Liquid Devices Might Match the Brain's Efficiency
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Soggy Computing: Liquid Devices Might Match the Brain's Efficiency

Researchers are studying a class of materials capable of switching from an insulating state to a conductive, metallic one. 

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. 

Li-Fi-Like System Would Bring 100-Gbps Speeds Straight to Your Computer
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Li-Fi-Like System Would Bring 100-Gbps Speeds Straight to Your Computer

Researchers are developing a system that takes light from optic fiber, amplifies it, and beams it across a room to deliver data at more than 100 Gbps. 
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