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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. 

Malware Could Steal Data From Iphones ­sing Siri
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Malware Could Steal Data From Iphones ­sing Siri

A security vulnerability in the iPhone 5 series of smartphone could be exploited by malicious software and compromise a user's personal information via Siri.

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.

Robot Octopus Takes to the Sea
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Robot Octopus Takes to the Sea

Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas researchers have nearly doubled the swimming speed of their robotic octopus.

Spherical Display Lets You See 3-D Animations from Any Angle
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Spherical Display Lets You See 3-D Animations from Any Angle

Researchers at the University of Sao Paulo and the University of British Columbia have developed Spheree, a spherical display that enables users to see and interact...

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. 

Can Winograd Schemas Replace Turing Test For Defining Human-Level Ai?
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Can Winograd Schemas Replace Turing Test For Defining Human-Level Ai?

A new proposed method of testing artificial intelligence are so-called Winograd schemas, which present an AI system with an ambiguously worded sentence and asks...

Introducing the Vacuum Transistor: A Device Made of Nothing
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Introducing the Vacuum Transistor: A Device Made of Nothing

In September 1976, in the midst of the Cold War, Victor Ivanovich Belenko, a disgruntled Soviet pilot, veered off course from a training flight over Siberia in...

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...
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