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­nique Games Conjecture Results in Nevanlinna Prize
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­nique Games Conjecture Results in Nevanlinna Prize

Theoretical computer scientist Subhash Khot is recognized for his "prescient definition of the ‘Unique Games’ problem" and for "leading the effort to understand...

Surgical Robots Deliver Care More Precisely
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Surgical Robots Deliver Care More Precisely

Computer-controlled robotic surgical systems and tumor-targeting radiation systems provide a greater level of precision in treatment than doctors alone can provide...

Brain Power
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Brain Power

A "kick" during the World Cup opening ceremonies shows the progress of helping the paralyzed to move again.

Technology Confounds the Courts
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Technology Confounds the Courts

Despite the need to make decisions relevant to technologies, the U.S. Supreme Court is not the most techno-savvy group.

Commercial Drones Grounded By a Lack of Regulation
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Commercial Drones Grounded By a Lack of Regulation

The U.S. is moving very slowly in regulating the commercial use of aerial drones.

World Without Wires
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World Without Wires

Capturing electricity from ambient RF transmissions can keep low-power applications off the grid.

Weaponizing Robots
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Weaponizing Robots

Should we expect to see autonomous killing machines on future battlefields?

Legal Issues with Robots
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Legal Issues with Robots

Who is responsible when property is damaged or someone is injured by an automated system? Existing product liability laws have not yet been tested in the context...

Software-Defined Networking
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Software-Defined Networking

Novel architecture allows programmers to quickly reconfigure network resource usage.
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