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'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. 

Mitsubishi Planning Predictive User Interface For Cars
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Mitsubishi Planning Predictive User Interface For Cars

Mitsubishi Electric recently demonstrated prototype technology that predicts in-car operations. 

New "look And Link" Wireless Technology Enables Device-to-Device Links By Pointing
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New "look And Link" Wireless Technology Enables Device-to-Device Links By Pointing

Researchers recently demonstrated their new Look and Link wireless technology, which could improve device-to-device communications. 

Nasa Jsc Unveils 'valkyrie' Drc Robot
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Nasa Jsc Unveils 'valkyrie' Drc Robot

When teams participating in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) were announced last year, almost all of them provided reasonably detailed renderings that gave us...

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.

The Status of Moore's Law: It's Complicated
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The Status of Moore's Law: It's Complicated

As computer chips grow denser, it becomes increasingly difficult to measure the progression of Moore's Law. Exacerbating this situation is the mutability of the...

Scrambled Code Keeps Software Safe
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Scrambled Code Keeps Software Safe

Computer scientists have developed a "mathematical obfuscation" scheme to prevent hackers from reverse-engineering software. 

Can an AI Get Into the University of Tokyo?
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Can an AI Get Into the University of Tokyo?

Researchers are attempting to create an artificial intelligence (AI) program capable of passing school entrance exams. 

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.

This Robot Wants to Beat You at Air Hockey
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This Robot Wants to Beat You at Air Hockey

Researchers have developed an air-hockey robot that can change its strategy in response to the playing style of its human opponent. 

Ibm's Watson Tries to Learn...everything
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Ibm's Watson Tries to Learn...everything

IBM has given Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute an open-ended three-year charter to improve the intelligence of IBM's Watson software. 

MIT Robots Can Assemble Your Ikea Furniture For You
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MIT Robots Can Assemble Your Ikea Furniture For You

Oh, IKEA. Your modern and affordable Scandinavian-inspired furniture is full of such promise.

Cheetah-Cub Quadruped Robot Learns to Walk, Trot Using Gait Patterns From Real Animal
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Cheetah-Cub Quadruped Robot Learns to Walk, Trot Using Gait Patterns From Real Animal

Researchers say the Cheetah-Cub robotic quadruped proves that gait primitives from the motion capture of an animal can be adapted to a robot. 

This Humanoid Robot Gets Pushed Around but Stays on Its Feet
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This Humanoid Robot Gets Pushed Around but Stays on Its Feet

The COmpliant huMANoid (COMAN) robot features joints with variable stiffness. 

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...

Google Glass Features and Apps Still in Flux
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Google Glass Features and Apps Still in Flux

In an interview, Google Glass project leader Babak Parviz discusses where the wearable device is heading in the near future.
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