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What People See in 157 Robot Faces
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What People See in 157 Robot Faces

A study of robot faces across 76 dimensions found that robots whose faces were rated less-friendly lacked a mouth and pupils, but had eyelids.

To Speed ­p AI, Mix Memory and Processing
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To Speed ­p AI, Mix Memory and Processing

The University of Illinois' Naresh Shanbhag is pushing for a new computer architecture that blends computing and memory so devices can be smarter without consuming...

To Speed ­p AI, Mix Memory and Processing
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To Speed ­p AI, Mix Memory and Processing

If John von Neumann were designing a computer today, there's no way he would build a thick wall between processing and memory. At least, that's what computer engineer Naresh...

Robotic Tortoise Helps Kids to Learn That Robot Abuse Is a Bad Thing
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Robotic Tortoise Helps Kids to Learn That Robot Abuse Is a Bad Thing

Researchers used a tortoise-shaped robot to teach children not to abuse robots.

Cracking Open the Black Box of AI with Cell Biology
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Cracking Open the Black Box of AI with Cell Biology

The deep neural networks that power today's artificial intelligence systems work in mysterious ways.

Big Data Shows Women Engineers Downplay Coding Skills
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Big Data Shows Women Engineers Downplay Coding Skills

Female engineers contributing to open source software websites are less likely than males to self-report their coding skills in job candidate profiles.

Chipmakers Test Ferroelectrics as a Route to ­ltralow-Power Chips
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Chipmakers Test Ferroelectrics as a Route to ­ltralow-Power Chips

Semiconductor companies are investigating ferroelectrics.

Modeling ­ncertainty Helps MIT's Drone Zip Around Obstacles
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Modeling ­ncertainty Helps MIT's Drone Zip Around Obstacles

It's not too hard to make a drone that can fly very fast, and it's not too hard to make a drone that can avoid obstacles.

Swirly Skyrmions Could Be the Future of Data Storage
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Swirly Skyrmions Could Be the Future of Data Storage

Researchers are moving toward commercializing skyrmion-based magnetic data storage by electrically detecting for the first time a single skyrmion at room temperature...

Drones That Smash Into Obstacles Can Be a Good and ­seful Thing
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Drones That Smash Into Obstacles Can Be a Good and ­seful Thing

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania are working on small aerial drones that purposefully collide with obstacles and then move on to perform various functions...

Designing Customizable Self-Folding Swarm Robots
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Designing Customizable Self-Folding Swarm Robots

Researchers are developing robotic swarms that can be rapidly customized, self-assembled, and self-deployed without human intervention.

This AI Hunts Poachers
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This AI Hunts Poachers

Protection Assistant for Wildlife Security is an artificial intelligence program that uses machine learning algorithms to predict where poaching is likely to occur...

With the Summit Supercomputer, U.s. could Retake Computing's Top spot
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With the Summit Supercomputer, U.s. could Retake Computing's Top spot

In November of 2012, the semiannual Top500 rankings of the world's supercomputers gave top billing to a machine constructed at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory...

Hacked Dog Pics Can Play Tricks on Computer Vision AI
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Hacked Dog Pics Can Play Tricks on Computer Vision AI

Researchers at MIT have demonstrated a new way to fool computer vision algorithms that enable artificial intelligence systems to see. 

Artificial Intelligence Predicts Outcomes of Chemical Reactions
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Artificial Intelligence Predicts Outcomes of Chemical Reactions

By thinking of atoms as letters and molecules as words, artificial intelligence software from IBM is now employing the same methods computers use to translate languages...

Not Your Father's Analog Computer
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Not Your Father's Analog Computer

Significant work is underway in analog computing in the context of machine learning, machine intelligence, and biomimetic circuits.

Far From Radio Interference, the Square Kilometre Array Takes Root in South Africa and The australian outback
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Far From Radio Interference, the Square Kilometre Array Takes Root in South Africa and The australian outback

Even in early winter, the sun is harsh in Western Australia's Murchison shire.

Two New Simulators Tease Future of Quantum Computing
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Two New Simulators Tease Future of Quantum Computing

A universal quantum computer capable of outperforming today's classical computers in solving many different problems remains the biggest future prize for many engineers...

4 Strange New Ways to Compute
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4 Strange New Ways to Compute

With Moore's Law slowing, engineers have been taking a cold hard look at what will keep computing going when it's gone.

To Build the World's Smallest Atomic Clock, Trap a Nitrogen Atom in a Carbon Cage
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To Build the World's Smallest Atomic Clock, Trap a Nitrogen Atom in a Carbon Cage

For Fridtjof Nansen, 13 April 1895 started well.
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