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Autonomous Boats Can Target, Latch Onto Each Other
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Autonomous Boats Can Target, Latch Onto Each Other

Researchers have designed autonomous boats that can automatically target and latch onto each other.

This Robot Helps You Lift Objects--By Looking at Your Biceps
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This Robot Helps You Lift Objects--By Looking at Your Biceps

A new robotic system uses machines to help people lift objects by monitoring their muscle movements, producing a smoother robot-human collaboration.

Bringing Human-Like Reasoning to Driverless Car Navigation
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Bringing Human-Like Reasoning to Driverless Car Navigation

A new system could enable autonomous vehicles to navigate complex environments by checking a basic global positioning system-like map and employing video feeds....

MIT and U.S. Air Force Sign Agreement to Launch AI Accelerator
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MIT and U.S. Air Force Sign Agreement to Launch AI Accelerator

MIT and the U.S. Air Force have signed an agreement to launch a new program designed to make fundamental advances in artificial intelligence that could improve...

New Approach Could Accelerate Efforts to Catalog Vast Numbers of Cells
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New Approach Could Accelerate Efforts to Catalog Vast Numbers of Cells

A new technique can derive fully comprehensive samples, or "sketches," of vast cellular datasets, to simplify analysis.

Improving Security as AI Moves to Smartphones
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Improving Security as AI Moves to Smartphones

Researchers suggest the vulnerability of compressed, or quantized, artificial intelligence models to adversarial attack could be remedied by adding a mathematical...

Robots That Can Sort Recycling
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Robots That Can Sort Recycling

A new robotic system can detect if an object is paper, metal, or plastic.

Computing the Future
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Computing the Future

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology hosted a fireside chat, featuring six of its professors who have received ACM's A.M. Turing Award.

Robots Track Moving Objects With Unprecedented Precision
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Robots Track Moving Objects With Unprecedented Precision

Researchers are employing radio-frequency identification tags to help track moving objects with unprecedented accuracy and speed.

MIT Robot Combines Vision, Touch to Learn Game of Jenga
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MIT Robot Combines Vision, Touch to Learn Game of Jenga

Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineers have created a robot that taught itself to play Jenga.

Engineers Program Marine Robots to Take Calculated Risks
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Engineers Program Marine Robots to Take Calculated Risks

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed an algorithm that lets autonomous underwater vehicles weigh the risks and rewards of exploring...

Putting Neural Networks Under the Microscope
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Putting Neural Networks Under the Microscope

Researchers have developed a method of identifying individual nodes in neural networks that capture specific linguistic features.

Want to Squelch Fake News? Let Readers Take Charge
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Want to Squelch Fake News? Let Readers Take Charge

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers demonstrated that crowdsourced judgments about the quality of news sources can marginalize online misinformation...

Democratizing Data Science
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Democratizing Data Science

Researchers have developed a tool for nonstatisticians that automatically generates models for analyzing raw data. The tool takes in datasets and generates sophisticated...

DNA Design That Anyone Can Do
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DNA Design That Anyone Can Do

A new computer program allows users to translate any free-form drawing into a two-dimensional, nanoscale structure made of DNA.

Customizing Computer-Aided Design
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Customizing Computer-Aided Design

A new technique developed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology "reverse-engineers" complex three-dimensional (3-D) computer-aided design...

Deep Learning Technique Reveals 'Invisible' Objects in the Dark
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Deep Learning Technique Reveals 'Invisible' Objects in the Dark

Engineers used a deep neural network to train a computer to reconstruct transparent objects from images captured in almost total darkness.

Ingestible Capsule Can Be Controlled Wirelessly
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Ingestible Capsule Can Be Controlled Wirelessly

A new ingestible capsule can be customized to dispatch drugs, sense environmental conditions, or both, and can remain in the stomach for at least a month.

Why Some Wikipedia Disputes Go Unresolved
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Why Some Wikipedia Disputes Go Unresolved

Researchers found that factors such as excessive bickering and poorly worded arguments led to about a third of Requests for Comment by Wikipedia editors going unresolved...

Fleets of Drones Could Aid Searches for Lost Hikers
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Fleets of Drones Could Aid Searches for Lost Hikers

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed an autonomous system to direct a fleet of drones.
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