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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...

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. 

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...

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

The overeager adoption of big data is likely to result in catastrophes of analysis comparable to a national epidemic of collapsing bridges.

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. 

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...

Digital Actors Go Beyond the ­ncanny Valley
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Digital Actors Go Beyond the ­ncanny Valley

Graphics specialists are close to developing interactive, photorealistically lifelike digital humans that will transform acting, entertainment, and computer games...

Software Teaches Hybrids When (and When Not) to Go Electric
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Software Teaches Hybrids When (and When Not) to Go Electric

Chalmers University of Technology Ph.D. Viktor Larsson's doctoral dissertation describes software that would help hybrid vehicles optimize battery usage. 

Cars That Look and Listen to Find Themselves a Parking Spot
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Cars That Look and Listen to Find Themselves a Parking Spot

Researchers affiliated with South Korea's Hanyang University are developing a system to fully automate the parking process, including helping find a parking space...

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. 

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.

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.

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. 

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.
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