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IBM's Debating AI Just Got a Lot Closer to Being a Useful Tool
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IBM's Debating AI Just Got a Lot Closer to Being a Useful Tool

IBM upgraded the neural networks of its Project Debater system to improve the quality of evidence the argument-mining system uncovers.

Why the Quantum Internet Should Be Built in Space
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Why the Quantum Internet Should Be Built in Space

Louisiana State University researchers have proposed a satellite array for building a global quantum Internet to broadcast entangled photon pairs to two different...

A Virtual Version of da Vinci's Mystery Glass Orb Has Helped Explain Its Weirdness
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A Virtual Version of da Vinci's Mystery Glass Orb Has Helped Explain Its Weirdness

Researchers used computer graphics software to reproduce Leonardo da Vinci's painting Salvator Mundi in order to study how light refracts through glass orbs.

Baidu Has Trick for Teaching AI the Meaning of Language
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Baidu Has Trick for Teaching AI the Meaning of Language

Chinese technology company Baidu outperformed Microsoft and Google in the General Language Understanding Evaluation, a benchmark for artificial intelligence comprehension...

Why The Rise of the App Has Put Thousands of People in the Hospital
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Why The Rise of the App Has Put Thousands of People in the Hospital

People are being distracted by apps on their phones, and getting injured as a result.

Facebook is Under Fire for Political Ads. Twitter Just Banned Them Completely.
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Facebook is Under Fire for Political Ads. Twitter Just Banned Them Completely.

Twitter will ban political ads—both for candidates and for specific issues—starting November 22, according to CEO Jack Dorsey.

New York City’s first self-driving shuttle service launches today
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New York City’s first self-driving shuttle service launches today

Six autonomous six-seater shuttles will be offering free rides around a one-mile loop of New York's Brooklyn Navy Yard.

Ambient AI is About to Devour the Software Industry
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Ambient AI is About to Devour the Software Industry

Amazon has casually unveiled what could turn into a fundamentally different way to build software.

Canada, France Plan an International Panel to Assess AI Dangers
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Canada, France Plan an International Panel to Assess AI Dangers

Canada and France recently announced plans for an international panel to assess the dangers of artificial intelligence and formulate appropriate policies.

Soon Your Doctor Will Be Able to Wirelessly Track Your Health—Even Through Walls
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Soon Your Doctor Will Be Able to Wirelessly Track Your Health—Even Through Walls

A Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor has created a box that, when placed in a user's home, can track his/her physiological signals, even through walls...

The Emerging Science of Computational Psychiatry
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The Emerging Science of Computational Psychiatry

Machine learning, data mining, and artificial intelligence are revolutionizing the study and understanding of mental illness.

Inspecting Algorithms For Bias
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Inspecting Algorithms For Bias

Courts, banks, and other institutions are using automated data analysis systems to make decisions about your life. Let's not leave it up to the algorithm makers...

Seven Over 70
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Seven Over 70

Yet more proof that innovation isn’t only for the young.

Increasingly, Robots of All Sizes Are Human Workmates
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Increasingly, Robots of All Sizes Are Human Workmates

Most industrial robots are far less friendly than the Roomba robot vacuum cleaner, which is safe enough to be a surprisingly popular means of feline transportation...

10 Breakthrough Technologies 2014
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10 Breakthrough Technologies 2014

Technology news is full of incremental developments, but few of them are true milestones.

Jupiter's Radio Emissions Could Reveal the Oceans on Its Icy Moons, Say Planetary Geologists
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Jupiter's Radio Emissions Could Reveal the Oceans on Its Icy Moons, Say Planetary Geologists

Among the most exciting destinations in the Solar System are Jupiter's icy moons Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto.

World Cup Mind-Control Demo Faces Deadlines, Critics
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World Cup Mind-Control Demo Faces Deadlines, Critics

In less than 60 days, Brazil will begin hosting soccer's 2014 World Cup, even though workers are still hurrying to pour concrete at three unfinished stadiums.

Internet Archaeologists Reconstruct Lost Web Pages
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Internet Archaeologists Reconstruct Lost Web Pages

Researchers recently embarked on an effort to reconstruct deleted social media posts and resources, in part from the clues they leave behind on the web.

At&t Researchers Set a Long-Haul Data Record
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At&t Researchers Set a Long-Haul Data Record

Researchers at AT&T have devised a way to increase the distance that large amounts of data can travel through a fiber-optic connection. The technique should allow...

Can You Trust Crowd Wisdom?
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Can You Trust Crowd Wisdom?

A researcher who studied the voting patterns on Amazon.com, the Internet Movie Database (IMDb), and the book review site BookCrossings says a small group of users...
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