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Artificial Intelligence: The 3 Big Trends to Watch in 2017
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Artificial Intelligence: The 3 Big Trends to Watch in 2017

Experts expect artificial intelligence trends to progress in three major areas in 2017.

­.n. Opens Formal Discussions on AI-Powered Autonomous Weapons, Could Ban 'killer Robots'
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­.n. Opens Formal Discussions on AI-Powered Autonomous Weapons, Could Ban 'killer Robots'

Leaders at the United Nations in Geneva just agreed to officially discuss guidelines for the design, development, and engineering of autonomous weapons. Here's...

100 Million Students Worldwide Will Learn to Code This Week For Hour of Code
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100 Million Students Worldwide Will Learn to Code This Week For Hour of Code

Computer Science Education Week begins today (December 5), and more than 100 million students worldwide will participate in Hour of Code, a 60-minute introduction...

Ddos Defenses Emerging From Homeland Security
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Ddos Defenses Emerging From Homeland Security

Public, private, and academic researchers are collaborating on new distributed denial-of-service defenses.

AI Experts Weigh in on the White House Approach to Artificial Intelligence
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AI Experts Weigh in on the White House Approach to Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence experts stress the need for clarity around certain economic and safety ramifications of artificial intelligence technologies.

Tech's Gender Gap Is Getting Worse, Not Better, Report Says
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Tech's Gender Gap Is Getting Worse, Not Better, Report Says

Unless technology companies and educators start reaching out to young women and girls, the number of women in the computer science field will drop, a new report...

Mit's 'moral Machine' Crowdsources Decisions About Autonomous Driving, but Experts Call It Misguided
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Mit's 'moral Machine' Crowdsources Decisions About Autonomous Driving, but Experts Call It Misguided

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab's "Moral Machine" platform lets the public judge the types of ethical decisions autonomous vehicles should make...

Australia Says Its First Self-Driving Car Can 'navigate Without Driver Input'
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Australia Says Its First Self-Driving Car Can 'navigate Without Driver Input'

An autonomous automobile developed by German manufacturer Bosch in collaboration with the Australian government were to be tested on Australian roads this week....

How Quantum Computing Could ­npick Encryption to Reveal Decades of Online Secrets
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How Quantum Computing Could ­npick Encryption to Reveal Decades of Online Secrets

The advent of a universal quantum computer could herald the end of effective data encryption.

Blockchain Could Bring Electronic Voting to Australia By 2017
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Blockchain Could Bring Electronic Voting to Australia By 2017

Australia intends to employ blockchain technology to let citizens vote online.

Toyota Teaches Cars to Drive By Studying Human Drivers
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Toyota Teaches Cars to Drive By Studying Human Drivers

The development of autonomous-driving capabilities and home-care robots are areas the recently created Toyota Research Institute (TRI) is exploring.

No Place For the Old? Is Software Development a Young Person's Game?
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No Place For the Old? Is Software Development a Young Person's Game?

Statistics and anecdotal evidence suggest software developers tend to be under 30.

MIT AI System Predicts When People Will Kiss, Hug, or Shake Hands
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MIT AI System Predicts When People Will Kiss, Hug, or Shake Hands

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed an artificial intelligence that can accurately predict human interactions.

Computer Science Teachers Need Cybersecurity Education, Says CSTA Industry Group
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Computer Science Teachers Need Cybersecurity Education, Says CSTA Industry Group

ACM's Computer Science Teachers Association is crafting a cybersecurity certification program for computer science teachers. 

IBM Watson Machine Learns the Art of Writing a Good Headline
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IBM Watson Machine Learns the Art of Writing a Good Headline

The latest milestone for IBM researchers in their development of the Watson platform is the creation of a system for automatically abstracting documents.

­nited Nations Cito: Artificial Intelligence Will Be Humanity's Final Innovation
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­nited Nations Cito: Artificial Intelligence Will Be Humanity's Final Innovation

United Nations chief information technology officer Atefeh Riazi emphasizes artificial-intelligence innovation as the next nexus of human technological advancement...

Online Tracking By News Organizations Is Excessive, Say Researchers
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Online Tracking By News Organizations Is Excessive, Say Researchers

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have found that news organizations permit far more use of third-party tracking than the average website. 

Angelica Lim: Flutist. Global Roboticist. Proud Master of a Robot Dalmatian Named Sparky.
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Angelica Lim: Flutist. Global Roboticist. Proud Master of a Robot Dalmatian Named Sparky.

Angelica Lim, a "developer on emotion recognition" on the Pepper robot at Aldebaran Robotics in Paris, specializes in building robots that can express emotions. ...

Ibm's Brain-Like Chip and the Quest For a 'cognitive Planet'
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Ibm's Brain-Like Chip and the Quest For a 'cognitive Planet'

IBM's recently announced TrueNorth chip follows the principles of brain-inspired neuromorphic computing.

IBM Says Carbon, Oxygen Essential to Advancing Resistive Memory
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IBM Says Carbon, Oxygen Essential to Advancing Resistive Memory

Researchers at IBM Zurich believe they have overcome some of the key challenges that have stood in the way of building memory technology using carbon. 
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