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Computer-Human Hybrids Could Be Best at Scanning For Danger
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Computer-Human Hybrids Could Be Best at Scanning For Danger

In A world of algorithms, there are still a few places where humans reign supreme.

Cyber Attack: How Easy Is It to Take Out a Smart City?
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Cyber Attack: How Easy Is It to Take Out a Smart City?

When is a smart city not so smart?

Smart Mirror Monitors Your Face For Telltale Signs of Disease
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Smart Mirror Monitors Your Face For Telltale Signs of Disease

A new mirror can assess the health of someone looking into it by analyzing facial expressions, fatty tissue, and how flush or pale the person is. 

Cyborg Cockroach and Drone Teams Can Locate Disaster Survivors
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Cyborg Cockroach and Drone Teams Can Locate Disaster Survivors

Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed cyborg cockroaches to serve as search-and-rescue scouts during disasters. 

The Rise of On-Body Cameras and How They Will Change How We Live
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The Rise of On-Body Cameras and How They Will Change How We Live

Shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court's blockbuster decision on marriage equality, a short YouTube video made the rounds online.

The Rapid Rise of Neural Networks and Why They'll Rule Our World
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The Rapid Rise of Neural Networks and Why They'll Rule Our World

Neural network technology has advanced to the point where it underpins cutting-edge speech, text, and image-recognition systems, and scientists such as the University...

Computer Comedian Suggests Pics to Make Your Online Chat Funnier
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Computer Comedian Suggests Pics to Make Your Online Chat Funnier

New software can bring a sense of humor to online chat. 

Facebook Can Recognise You in Photos Even If You're Not Looking
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Facebook Can Recognise You in Photos Even If You're Not Looking

Thanks to the latest advances in computer vision, we now have machines that can pick you out of a line-up. But what if your face is hidden from view?

Face Recognition Row Over Right to Identify You in the Street
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Face Recognition Row Over Right to Identify You in the Street

"If you are walking down the street, a public street, should a company be able to identify you without your permission?"

Style Software Gives Fashion Tips After Judging What You Wear
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Style Software Gives Fashion Tips After Judging What You Wear

New software can judge outfits from a photograph and offer suggestions to make them look more chic.

Cyber Citizen Tool Shows Which Countries' Laws Cover Our Surfing
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Cyber Citizen Tool Shows Which Countries' Laws Cover Our Surfing

London artist James Bridle has created a tool that can determine how much time users spend on different countries' websites and then compute their algorithmic citizenship...

Cyber Citizen Tool Shows Which Countries' Laws Cover Our Surfing
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Cyber Citizen Tool Shows Which Countries' Laws Cover Our Surfing

"Where am I?" In the real world, it's an easy question to answer. Online, things can get more complicated.

Giving Physical Shape to Invisible Signals
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Giving Physical Shape to Invisible Signals

When a newly renovated apartment in San Francisco went on the market earlier this year for roughly $8.5 million, its asking price included a somewhat unexpected...

Gadgets Powered Wirelessly at Home With a Simple Wi-Fi Router
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Gadgets Powered Wirelessly at Home With a Simple Wi-Fi Router

A multi-university team of researchers has developed a system that can power electrical devices with just a wireless router's signal.

Your Brain's ­nique Response to Words Can Reveal Your Identity
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Your Brain's ­nique Response to Words Can Reveal Your Identity

New research suggests security systems could use brainwaves to verify the identity of individuals. 

Brain Implant Allows Paralyzed Man to Sip a Beer at His Own Pace
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Brain Implant Allows Paralyzed Man to Sip a Beer at His Own Pace

Researchers placed an implant in the posterior parietal cortex of a man paralyzed from the neck down, who then controlled a robotic arm with his mind. 

Your Brain's ­nique Response to Words Can Reveal Your Identity
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Your Brain's ­nique Response to Words Can Reveal Your Identity

Watch your language. Words mean different things to different people—so the brainwaves they provoke could be a way to identify you.

Say Hello to Machines That Read Your Emotions to Make You Happy
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Say Hello to Machines That Read Your Emotions to Make You Happy

EmoSPARK is an artificial intelligence-based device that can gauge a person's mood based on what they say and how they say it. 

Human vs Machine As Top Poker Pros Take On AI
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Human vs Machine As Top Poker Pros Take On AI

It's humans versus machine at the Rivers casino in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Four professional poker players are squaring up to an artificial intelligence over...

Proto Quantum Computer Inspired By Victorians Gets a Speed Boost
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Proto Quantum Computer Inspired By Victorians Gets a Speed Boost

Quantum computers should theoretically outpace ordinary ones, but attempts to build a speedy quantum machine have so far come up short. Now an approach based on...
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