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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.

Kenshiro Robot Gets New Muscles and Bones
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Kenshiro Robot Gets New Muscles and Bones

University of Tokyo researchers have developed Kenshiro, a human-like musculoskelatal robot whose underlying structure closely mimics the human form.

The Cosmological Supercomputer
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The Cosmological Supercomputer

When it comes to reconstructing the past, you might think that astrophysicists have it easy. After all, the sky is awash with evidence,

Low-Power Chips to Model a Billion Neurons
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Low-Power Chips to Model a Billion Neurons

For all their progress, computers are still pretty unimpressive.

Declarations of Cyberwar
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Declarations of Cyberwar

Debate continues to be focused on how cyberattacks relate to war and foreign policy and what the international community's appropriate response to such incidents...

A Texas Hold 'em Tournament For Ais
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A Texas Hold 'em Tournament For Ais

This year's Annual Computer Poker Competition includes three poker games, including heads-up limit, heads-up no limit, and three-player limit Texas Hold 'Em.

The Biometric Wallet
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The Biometric Wallet

Hitachi and Fujitsu have pioneered a new technique in which a person's vein configurations are scanned as proof of identity, and the technology is being integrated...

Fixing the Brain With Computers
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Fixing the Brain With Computers

Disabilities such as epilepsy, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and Parkinson’s disease are being treated with neuroimplants, says St. Louis University...

Robotics Trends For 2012
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Robotics Trends For 2012

IEEE's Erico Guizzo and Hizook.com founder Travis Deyle make several predictions regarding what will be big news in robotics this year.

From ACM Opinion

It's Time to Start 3d Scanning the World

When Microsoft was developing its Kinect 3D sensor, a critical task was to calibrate its algorithms to rapidly and accurately recognize parts of the human body,...

3-D Chips Grow Up
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3-D Chips Grow Up

Researchers are starting to build chips in the third dimension, and many industry experts believe that this year the chip will start to become a cube. Building...

The Future of Riots
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The Future of Riots

On 6 August, peaceful protests over the police shooting of a local man in London's Tottenham district exploded into full-blown riots. During four days of assaults...

The Making of Arduino
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The Making of Arduino

How five friends engineered a small circuit board that’s taking the DIY world by storm.

How Google's Self-Driving Car Works
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How Google's Self-Driving Car Works

Once a secret project, Google's autonomous vehicles are now out in the open, quite literally, with the company test-driving them on public roads and, on one occasion...
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