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A Robot Scientist Will Dream Up New Materials
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A Robot Scientist Will Dream Up New Materials

Startup Kebotix has created software that learns material chemistry from models of molecules with known properties in order to design novel compounds.

Using Wi-Fi to 'See' Behind Closed Doors Is Easier than Anyone Thought
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Using Wi-Fi to 'See' Behind Closed Doors Is Easier than Anyone Thought

Researchers have developed a technique to see through walls using ambient Wi-Fi signals and an ordinary smartphone.

A Robot Scientist Will Dream Up New Materials to Advance Computing and Fight Pollution
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A Robot Scientist Will Dream Up New Materials to Advance Computing and Fight Pollution

In a laboratory that overlooks a busy shopping street in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a robot is attempting to create new materials.

Using Wi-Fi to 'See' Behind Closed Doors Is Easier than Anyone Thought
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Using Wi-Fi to 'See' Behind Closed Doors Is Easier than Anyone Thought

Wi-Fi fills our world with radio waves. In your home, in the office, and increasingly on city streets, humans are bathed in a constant background field of 2.4-...

The U.S. Pushes to Build Unhackable Quantum Networks
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The U.S. Pushes to Build Unhackable Quantum Networks

A few years ago, Edward Snowden, a contractor working for the US National Security Agency, leaked documents that showed the ways in which intelligence agenciestapped...

Bot Disguised as a Human Software Developer Fixes Bugs
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Bot Disguised as a Human Software Developer Fixes Bugs

A new software bot can find bugs in code and write patches with effectiveness comparable to that of human developers.

Neural Networks Don't Understand What Optical Illusions Are
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Neural Networks Don't Understand What Optical Illusions Are

Researchers have found that machine vision systems cannot process optical illusions in the same way humans can.

The First 'Social Network' of Brains Lets Three People Transmit Thoughts to Each Other's Heads
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The First 'Social Network' of Brains Lets Three People Transmit Thoughts to Each Other's Heads

University of Washington in Seattle researchers have developed a brain-to-brain network that transmits thoughts among members of a group.

China's Leaders Are Softening Their Stance on AI
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China's Leaders Are Softening Their Stance on AI

China might be at loggerheads with the United States over trade, but it is calling for a friendlier approach to the development of artificial intelligence.

Meet the Winner of Robotics' World Cup
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Meet the Winner of Robotics' World Cup

A two-legged robot developed at the University of Bonn in Germany won the soccer World Cup for adult-size robots this summer in Montreal, Canada.

Soon Your Doctor Will Be Able to Wirelessly Track Your Health—Even Through Walls
From ACM TechNews

Soon Your Doctor Will Be Able to Wirelessly Track Your Health—Even Through Walls

A Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor has created a box that, when placed in a user's home, can track his/her physiological signals, even through walls...

For Safety’s Sake, We Must Slow Innovation in Internet-connected Things
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For Safety’s Sake, We Must Slow Innovation in Internet-connected Things

That's the view of security expert Bruce Schneier, who fears lives will be lost in a cyber disaster unless governments act swiftly.

Google Just Gave Control Over Data Center Cooling to an AI
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Google Just Gave Control Over Data Center Cooling to an AI

Google says the cooling systems of several of its data centers are now governed by an artificial intelligence algorithm.

The 'Neuropolitics' Consultants Who Hack Voters' Brains
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The 'Neuropolitics' Consultants Who Hack Voters' Brains

Maria Pocovi slides her laptop over to me with the webcam switched on.

Meet the Guy With Four Arms, Two of Which Someone Else Controls in VR
From ACM TechNews

Meet the Guy With Four Arms, Two of Which Someone Else Controls in VR

Fusion is a robotic project to explore how people may be able to work together to control, or augment, a person's body.

U.S. Defense Department Produces First Tools for Catching Deepfakes
From ACM TechNews

U.S. Defense Department Produces First Tools for Catching Deepfakes

U.S. Defense researchers say they have created the first forensic tools for catching fake videos, known as "deepfakes," created with artificial intelligence.

The Defense Department Has Produced the First Tools for Catching Deepfakes
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The Defense Department Has Produced the First Tools for Catching Deepfakes

The first forensics tools for catching revenge porn and fake news created with AI have been developed through a program run by the US Defense Department.

An AI-Driven Robot Hand Spent a Hundred Years Teaching Itself to Rotate a Cube
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An AI-Driven Robot Hand Spent a Hundred Years Teaching Itself to Rotate a Cube

AI researchers have demonstrated a self-teaching algorithm that gives a robot hand remarkable new dexterity.

Hordes of Research Robots Could Be Hijacked for Fun and Sabotage
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Hordes of Research Robots Could Be Hijacked for Fun and Sabotage

Many experimental robots that live in research laboratories around the world may be wide open to hackers.

This Algorithm Can Tell Which Number Sequences a Human Will Find Interesting
From ACM TechNews

This Algorithm Can Tell Which Number Sequences a Human Will Find Interesting

A new machine learning algorithm can spot specific patterns in mathematical structures and apply them to extract interesting sequences from randomly generated ones...
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