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Army of a Million Microscopic Robots Created to Explore on Tiny Scale
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Army of a Million Microscopic Robots Created to Explore on Tiny Scale

University of Pennsylvania  researchers have developed microscopic robots that move by themselves, using an actuator fashioned from a thin layer of platinum.

Quantum Version of the Ancient Game of Go Could Be Ultimate AI Test
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Quantum Version of the Ancient Game of Go Could Be Ultimate AI Test

Researchers have created a more complex version of the ancient Chinese board game Go using quantum entanglement.

Deepfake Software Translates Videos from One Language to Another
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Deepfake Software Translates Videos from One Language to Another

New software automatically translates a video of a person speaking in one language into another language, while matching their lip movements to the new words.

AI Facial Recognition Software Now Works for Wild Chimpanzees, Too
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AI Facial Recognition Software Now Works for Wild Chimpanzees, Too

A new facial recognition artificial intelligence program can detect and identify individual chimpanzees captured in video footage recorded in the wild.

­K Police Wants AI to Stop Violent Crime Before It Happens
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­K Police Wants AI to Stop Violent Crime Before It Happens

Police in the UK want to predict serious violent crime using artificial intelligence, New Scientist can reveal. The idea is that individuals flagged by the system...

AI Makes New Video Games by Watching People Play Super Mario, Kirby
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AI Makes New Video Games by Watching People Play Super Mario, Kirby

A machine learning system taught itself the basics of video game design by watching videos of people playing games.

Your Brain Is Like 100 Billion Mini-Computers All Working Together
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Your Brain Is Like 100 Billion Mini-Computers All Working Together

Each of our brain cells could work like a mini-computer, according to the first recording of electrical activity in human cells at a super-fine level of detail....

AIs Invent Weird New Limbs to Beat Virtual Obstacle Courses
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AIs Invent Weird New Limbs to Beat Virtual Obstacle Courses

What are the best two legs for running an obstacle course? One leg that crawls at the knee joint, and one massive leg dragged behind for stability like a kangaroo's...

Largest Prime Number Ever Found Has Over 23 Million Digits
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Largest Prime Number Ever Found Has Over 23 Million Digits

Tennessee electrical engineer Jonathan Pace has discovered the largest-ever prime number.

Largest Prime Number Ever Found Has Over 23 Million Digits
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Largest Prime Number Ever Found Has Over 23 Million Digits

Maths fans can't get enough of numbers that are millions of digits long and can only be divided by themselves and one. Now, through a collaborative effort, utilising...

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...
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