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Can We Quantify Machine Consciousness?
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Can We Quantify Machine Consciousness?

The argument that consciousness is computable--and instillable within machines--cannot be verified or refuted until a measurable theory of consciousness becomes...

Soft Robotic Structures Fold Themselves ­p in Hot Water
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Soft Robotic Structures Fold Themselves ­p in Hot Water

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have developed a new approach for making compliant, controllable robotic structures.

Google Plans to Demonstrate the Supremacy of Quantum Computing
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Google Plans to Demonstrate the Supremacy of Quantum Computing

Google researchers say they plan to demonstrate "quantum supremacy" by year's end.

The Benefits of Old Age (for Transistors)
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The Benefits of Old Age (for Transistors)

In case you didn't know, the transistors in your computer's processor, your smartphone's memory, and your car's autobrake system get old.

Robot Ray Swims ­sing High-Voltage Artificial Muscles
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Robot Ray Swims ­sing High-Voltage Artificial Muscles

Researchers have developed a robotic ray that is propelled by soft, flapping wings made of dielectric elastomers, which bend when electricity is applied to them...

We Know What You're Watching (even If It's Encrypted)
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We Know What You're Watching (even If It's Encrypted)

I stand firm in the opinion that it's my basic, human right to binge-watch six hours of trashy detective shows on a Friday night with a silent phone in my lap and...

Inkjet-Printed Flexible Memory Devices
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Inkjet-Printed Flexible Memory Devices

Researchers have developed flexible, inkjet-printable memory cells they say could lead to mass-produced printable electronics. T

Point-and-Click Method Makes Robot Grasping Control Less Tedious
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Point-and-Click Method Makes Robot Grasping Control Less Tedious

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology are working to make the process of a robot autonomously grasping an object easier.

X-Rays Map the 3D Interior of Integrated Circuits
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X-Rays Map the 3D Interior of Integrated Circuits

Researchers have used x-rays to peer within commercial integrated circuits and reconstruct them in three dimensions.

Amoeba-Like Robot Programmed With Dna
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Amoeba-Like Robot Programmed With Dna

Researchers have developed a tiny robotic system that is programmed and controlled by DNA and moves like a living cell.

Want an Energy-Efficient Data Center? Build It ­nderwater
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Want an Energy-Efficient Data Center? Build It ­nderwater

Microsoft engineers have proposed underwater server farms to help cloud providers deal with data center expansion in an environmentally friendly manner.

Browser Fingerprinting Tech Works Across Different Browsers For the First Time
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Browser Fingerprinting Tech Works Across Different Browsers For the First Time

Researchers at Lehigh University have developed new browser fingerprinting software that identifies users across Web browsers more accurately than the most sophisticated...

AI Predicts Autism From Infant Brain Scans
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AI Predicts Autism From Infant Brain Scans

Researchers at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill have detected brain growth changes linked to autism in children as young as six months old.

Millimeter-Scale Computers: Now With Deep Learning Neural Networks on Board
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Millimeter-Scale Computers: Now With Deep Learning Neural Networks on Board

University of Michigan computer scientists are researching micro mote computers.

AI Could Transform the Science of Counting Crowds
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AI Could Transform the Science of Counting Crowds

The University of Central Florida has been developing artificial intelligence solutions to relieve crowd scientists from the task of manually counting heads.

Superfast Camera Sees Shock Wave from Light
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Superfast Camera Sees Shock Wave from Light

A camera system that captures a snapshot of overlapping light waves in a tiny fraction of a second could lead to new methods for imaging, allowing scientists to...

Graphene Temporary Tattoo Tracks Vital Signs
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Graphene Temporary Tattoo Tracks Vital Signs

University of Texas at Austin researchers are developing graphene-based health sensors that stick to a person's skin like a temporary tattoo and take measurements...

Intel Finds Moore's Law’s Next Step at 10 Nanometers
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Intel Finds Moore's Law’s Next Step at 10 Nanometers

These days, forecasts about the future of Moore's Law tend to look quite gloomy. But Intel's outlook—at least for the next few years—is decidedly bright.

Expect Deeper and Cheaper Machine Learning
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Expect Deeper and Cheaper Machine Learning

Machine-learning technologies are undergoing a transformation, appearing in products and systems that experts predict will be less expensive and more focused on...

Deep Learning AI Listens to Machines For Signs of Trouble
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Deep Learning AI Listens to Machines For Signs of Trouble

Driving your car until it breaks down on the road is never anyone's favorite way to learn the need for routine maintenance.
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