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Half the ­niverse's Missing Matter Has Just Been Finally Found
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Half the ­niverse's Missing Matter Has Just Been Finally Found

The missing links between galaxies have finally been found. This is the first detection of the roughly half of the normal matter in our universe—protons, neutrons...

Robot Made from a Dna Strand Could Deliver Cargo in Your Blood
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Robot Made from a Dna Strand Could Deliver Cargo in Your Blood

You won't read about a smaller robot than this one any time soon. It consists of just a single strand of DNA, and moves by taking tiny 6-nanometre steps—around...

Facebook AI Learns Human Reactions After Watching Hours of Skype
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Facebook AI Learns Human Reactions After Watching Hours of Skype

There's something not quite right about humanoid robots.

Your Broadband Provider Can ­se Your Smart Devices to Spy on You
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Your Broadband Provider Can ­se Your Smart Devices to Spy on You

How much of your privacy would you trade for a smarter home? Internet service providers (ISPs) can peek at the internet-connected devices people use in their own...

Inside the Fighter Jet of the Future Where AI Is the Pilot 
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Inside the Fighter Jet of the Future Where AI Is the Pilot 

I'm in the cockpit of a Typhoon fighter jet. It's an overwhelming sea of buttons, twiddly knobs and square screens displaying various diagrams and measurements....

Deepmind AI Teaches Itself About the World By Watching Videos
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Deepmind AI Teaches Itself About the World By Watching Videos

To an untrained AI, the world is a blur of confusing data streams.

We Could Build a Galactic Internet but It May Take 300,000 Years
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We Could Build a Galactic Internet but It May Take 300,000 Years

If there are advanced alien civilizations in the Milky Way, we ought to be thinking about how to say hello to our neighbours.

AI Coach Will Train Hopeless Chatbots to Pass the Turing Test
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AI Coach Will Train Hopeless Chatbots to Pass the Turing Test

"I can't define obscenity, but I know it when I see it." US Justice Potter Stewart's famous turn of phrase could also be an apt description of the Turing test,...

Sun's Gravity Could Power Interstellar Video Streaming
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Sun's Gravity Could Power Interstellar Video Streaming

Need to send a message across interstellar space? Use the sun for a signal boost. A new proposal suggests that the sun's gravity could be used to amplify signals...

Peering Inside an Ai's Brain Will Help ­S Trust Its Decisions
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Peering Inside an Ai's Brain Will Help ­S Trust Its Decisions

Oi, AI—What do you think you're looking at? Understanding why machine learning algorithms can be tricked into seeing things that aren't there is becoming more important...

Synthetic Iris Could Let Cameras React to Light Like Our Eyes Do
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Synthetic Iris Could Let Cameras React to Light Like Our Eyes Do

An artificial iris can open and close in response to sunlight without any other outside control, just like the ones in your eyes.

Deepmind Now Learns from Human Preferences, Just Like a Toddler
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Deepmind Now Learns from Human Preferences, Just Like a Toddler

AI systems continue to get increasingly powerful, but still need far too much hand-holding by their human masters. New research from DeepMind and OpenAI suggests...

Chatbots Learn How to Negotiate and Drive a Hard Bargain
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Chatbots Learn How to Negotiate and Drive a Hard Bargain

What's in it for me?

Deepmind's Neural Network Teaches AI to Reason About the World
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Deepmind's Neural Network Teaches AI to Reason About the World

The world is a confusing place, especially for an AI.

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
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Synthetic Humans Help Computers Understand How Real People Act

We are difficult for computers to understand.

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.

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

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

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.
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