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Developers are Fans of Blockchain, but Most Have Not Used it Much at Work
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Developers are Fans of Blockchain, but Most Have Not Used it Much at Work

A survey finds that most people are interested in Ethereum, but only 24% of surveyed developers have built anything with blockchain.

Google to Release DeepMind's StreetLearn for Teaching Machine Learning Agents to Navigate Cities
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Google to Release DeepMind's StreetLearn for Teaching Machine Learning Agents to Navigate Cities

Google is preparing a November release of its DeepMind unit's StreetLearn dataset for training machine learning models to navigate cities without a map.

73 Percent of Developers Who Don't ­se AI Plan to Learn How in 2018
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73 Percent of Developers Who Don't ­se AI Plan to Learn How in 2018

Although only 17 percent of software developers worked with artificial intelligence or machine learning this year, 73 percent of those who did not say they are...

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....

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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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