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Deep Learning Tells Giraffes From Gazelles in the Serengeti
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Deep Learning Tells Giraffes From Gazelles in the Serengeti

Researchers used a database of 3.2 million photos to train a deep-learning system to distinguish between 48 animal species.

New Computer Vision Challenge Wants to Teach Robots to See in 3D
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New Computer Vision Challenge Wants to Teach Robots to See in 3D

The progress made in training algorithms to recognize images via the ImageNet Large Scale Visual Recognition Challenge has prompted its 2018 replacement with the...

Synthetic Humans Help Computers Understand How Real People Act
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Synthetic Humans Help Computers Understand How Real People Act

Researchers are working to help computers understand human behavior by feeding them videos and images of computer-generated bodies in motion

Synthetic Humans Help Computers Understand How Real People Act 
From ACM News

Synthetic Humans Help Computers Understand How Real People Act 

We are difficult for computers to understand.

Bias Test to Prevent Algorithms Discriminating Unfairly
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Bias Test to Prevent Algorithms Discriminating Unfairly

Researchers are developing a framework to identify and eliminate algorithmic bias.

Virtual Lemonade Sends Color and Taste to a Glass of Water
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Virtual Lemonade Sends Color and Taste to a Glass of Water

Researchers say they have developed a system that can digitally transmit the color and sourness of a glass of lemonade to a tumbler of water.

Atomic Clocks Make Best Measurement Yet of Relativity of Time
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Atomic Clocks Make Best Measurement Yet of Relativity of Time

Our most accurate clocks are probing a key tenet of Einstein's theory of relativity: the idea that time isn't absolute.

Robot Eavesdrops on Men and Women to See How Much They Talk
From ACM TechNews

Robot Eavesdrops on Men and Women to See How Much They Talk

Researchers at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden have developed a robotic head that analyzes how people interact with each other.

Why the Dark Net Is More Resilient to Attack Than the Internet
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Why the Dark Net Is More Resilient to Attack Than the Internet

Researchers who built their own model of the dark net ran simulations to see how the model would react to three failure scenarios.

First Hint of How DNA Calculators Could Supercharge Computing
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First Hint of How DNA Calculators Could Supercharge Computing

By making DNA endlessly change, researchers have shown how a biological computer might one day solve problems much faster than conventional computers or even ...

AI Beats Professional Players at Super Smash Bros. Video Game
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AI Beats Professional Players at Super Smash Bros. Video Game

Researchers trained an artificial intelligence system to play Nintendo's "Super Smash Bros. Melee" using deep-learning algorithms, and then challenged and defeated...

AI Learns to Write Its Own Code by Stealing from Other Programs
From ACM News

AI Learns to Write Its Own Code by Stealing from Other Programs

Out of the way, human, I've got this covered.

Tiny 3D-Printed Camera Lens Could Give Drones Vision Like Ours
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Tiny 3D-Printed Camera Lens Could Give Drones Vision Like Ours

Researchers at the University of Stuttgart in Germany have created a camera that combines four three-dimensionally-printed lenses to mimic natural vision.

Software Helps Musicians Stop Slouching by Ruining Their Music
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Software Helps Musicians Stop Slouching by Ruining Their Music

New software identifies when musicians' posture is poor and gives them an audible notification.

Robotic Bee Could Help Pollinate Crops as Real Bees Decline
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Robotic Bee Could Help Pollinate Crops as Real Bees Decline

Researchers have created a drone that transports pollen between flowers.

AI Learns to Solve Quantum State of Many Particles at Once
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AI Learns to Solve Quantum State of Many Particles at Once

The same type of artificial intelligence that mastered the ancient game of Go could help wrestle with the amazing complexity of quantum systems containing billions...

Internet 'Playground' Trials New Tech to Deliver Smart Cities
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Internet 'Playground' Trials New Tech to Deliver Smart Cities

Researchers at the University of Bristol in the U.K. are working on the Initiate project, which aims to set up an "Internet playground" to test new kinds of Internet...

Blind People 'See' Microscope Images Using Touch-Feedback Device
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Blind People 'See' Microscope Images Using Touch-Feedback Device


Voice-Checking Device Stops Hackers Hijacking Your Siri or Alexa
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Voice-Checking Device Stops Hackers Hijacking Your Siri or Alexa

A wearable device under development at the University of Michigan provides continuous authentication for voice assistants such as Apple's Siri or Amazon's Alexa...

Blind People 'See' Microscope Images Using Touch-Feedback Device
From ACM TechNews

Blind People 'See' Microscope Images Using Touch-Feedback Device

Purdue University researchers have developed a system that uses a haptic device to let people interpret visual information using their hands.
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