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Polite Drones Do Awkward Dance to Avoid Crashing
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Polite Drones Do Awkward Dance to Avoid Crashing

No, I insist, after you.

Computers Are Learning to See the World Like We Do
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Computers Are Learning to See the World Like We Do

On the website Park or Bird on Flickr, a computer makes an educated guess as to whether a photograph was taken in a national park or shows a bird. 

Computers Are Learning to See the World Like We Do
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Computers Are Learning to See the World Like We Do

What animal is in the picture above?

Automatic Authors: Making Machines That Tell Tales
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Automatic Authors: Making Machines That Tell Tales

Many artificial intelligence researchers believe one of the major breakthroughs in AI will be creating systems that are effective story-tellers. 

Ethical Trap: Robot Paralyzed By Choice of Who to Save
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Ethical Trap: Robot Paralyzed By Choice of Who to Save

Bristol Robotics Laboratory's Alan Winfield and colleagues recently tested an ethical challenge for a robot.

Google's Fact-Checking Bots Build Vast Knowledge Bank
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Google's Fact-Checking Bots Build Vast Knowledge Bank

Google is building the largest store of knowledge in human history—and it's doing so without any human help.

Art By Algorithm: Computer Evolves New Artworks
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Art By Algorithm: Computer Evolves New Artworks

New software  creates digital artworks using algorithms that mimic natural selection. 

U.s. Government Chatbot Gets You to Tell All
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U.s. Government Chatbot Gets You to Tell All

Want access to the U.S. government's secrets? Talk to the robot.

Meet Jibo, the Cute Social Robot that Knows the Family
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Meet Jibo, the Cute Social Robot that Knows the Family

In suite 712 of the Eventi Hotel, high above the sticky June bustle of Midtown Manhattan, New York, one of the world's most advanced consumer robots awaits command...

Make Robots ­seful By Teaching Them to Talk Like ­S
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Make Robots ­seful By Teaching Them to Talk Like ­S

When Ashutosh Saxena wants some coffee or ice cream, he can ask a robot to make it for him.

Computer Spots Rare Diseases in Family Photos
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Computer Spots Rare Diseases in Family Photos

Doctors faced with the tricky task of spotting rare genetic diseases in children may soon be asking parents to email their family photos.

Kindergarten Bots Teach Language to Tots
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Kindergarten Bots Teach Language to Tots

A series of experiments is aimed at determining how well children retain new words learned from robots over time. 

Sentient Robots? Not Possible If You Do the Maths
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Sentient Robots? Not Possible If You Do the Maths

So long, robot pals—and robot overlords.

Cyborg Angst: 5 Ways Computers Will Perplex ­S in 2039
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Cyborg Angst: 5 Ways Computers Will Perplex ­S in 2039

Brain chips mean we are struggling to distinguish our own thoughts from ideas implanted by advertisers.

Watson in Your Pocket: Supercomputer Gets Own Apps
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Watson in Your Pocket: Supercomputer Gets Own Apps

If you could quiz Watson, IBM's all-knowing supercomputer, from an app on your phone, what would you ask it?

The Robot Tricks to Bridge the Uncanny Valley
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The Robot Tricks to Bridge the Uncanny Valley

If A robot bleeped and squeaked with personality like R2D2 from Star Wars, would you like it better?

Hot on the Trail of Consciousness in Brain and Machine
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Hot on the Trail of Consciousness in Brain and Machine

"Nowhere in science have so many devoted so much to create so little consensus," writes physicist, author, and TV presenter Michio Kaku of consciousness research...

Perjurers and Fake Reviews Train Software to Spot Lies
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Perjurers and Fake Reviews Train Software to Spot Lies

Lawyers and judges use skill and instinct to sense who might be lying in court.

Mind Meld: The Genius of Swarm Thinking
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Mind Meld: The Genius of Swarm Thinking

Iain Couzin does not have fond memories of field research.

China's Jade Rabbit Rover May Be Victim of Moon Dust
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China's Jade Rabbit Rover May Be Victim of Moon Dust

A plucky bunny on the moon may have just met an untimely end.
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