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New Model of Evolution Finally Reveals How Cooperation Evolves
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New Model of Evolution Finally Reveals How Cooperation Evolves

One of the great unanswered question in biology is why organisms have evolved to cooperate.

Data-Mining 100 Million Instagram Photos Reveals Global Clothing Patterns
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Data-Mining 100 Million Instagram Photos Reveals Global Clothing Patterns

Researchers applied data-mining technology to determine the global variance of clothing styles from 100 million Instagram photos taken in 44 cities.

Inspecting Algorithms for Bias
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Inspecting Algorithms for Bias

Courts, banks, and other institutions are using automated data analysis systems to make decisions about your life. Let's not leave it up to the algorithm makers...

How a Wireless Sensor System in the Busiest City Intersections Can Save Lives
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How a Wireless Sensor System in the Busiest City Intersections Can Save Lives

Every city has at least one dangerous intersection where cars, trucks, and buses jostle for space with pedestrians and bicyclists, often resulting in injury, and...

Curiosity May Be Vital for Truly Smart AI
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Curiosity May Be Vital for Truly Smart AI

A computer algorithm equipped with a form of artificial curiosity can learn to solve tricky problems even when it isn't immediately clear what actions might help...

Microsoft Has a Plan to Add DNA Data to its Cloud
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Microsoft Has a Plan to Add DNA Data to its Cloud

Microsoft Research plans to have a DNA-based data storage system functioning within a data center by 2020.

Patching the Electric Grid
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Patching the Electric Grid

Electric grids worldwide are increasingly vulnerable to attack as new technologies like smart meters and analytical software are added to them, with mature systems...

Should the Government Keep Stockpiling Software Bugs?
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Should the Government Keep Stockpiling Software Bugs?

As the dust settles from the global ransomware attack that has crippled systems in more than 150 countries since Friday, the U.S. government's shadowy process for...

NVIDIA Lets You Peer Inside the Black Box of Its Self-Driving AI
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NVIDIA Lets You Peer Inside the Black Box of Its Self-Driving AI

NVIDIA researchers have developed a neural network for autonomous driving that emphasizes what areas it is focusing on in a video image.

An Ostrich-Like Robot Pushes the Limits of Legged Locomotion
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An Ostrich-Like Robot Pushes the Limits of Legged Locomotion

The Planar Elliptical Runner is a two-legged robot that will help explore how mechanical design can be used to enable sophisticated legged locomotion.

An Ostrich-Like Robot Pushes the Limits of Legged Locomotion
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An Ostrich-Like Robot Pushes the Limits of Legged Locomotion

What looks like a tiny mechanical ostrich chasing after a car is actually a significant leap forward for robot-kind.

This Robot Knows When It's Confused and Asks for Help
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This Robot Knows When It's Confused and Asks for Help

Brown University researchers have developed a robot that measures its own confusion and then asks for help if it thinks it is required.

A Massive New Library of 3D Images Could Help Your Robot Butler Get Around Your House
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A Massive New Library of 3D Images Could Help Your Robot Butler Get Around Your House

Researchers created ScanNet, a new database of three-dimensional images with millions of annotated objects, to help train machines to better understand the physical...

Google's New Chip Is a Stepping Stone to Quantum Computing Supremacy
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Google's New Chip Is a Stepping Stone to Quantum Computing Supremacy

A team of Google researchers by the end of this year plans to build a device that achieves "quantum supremacy."

The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI
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The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI

Some experts warn deep-learning artificial intelligence technologies cannot be adopted without reservations if their creators cannot understand how they reason....

Supercomputer Simulation Offers Peek at the Future of Quantum Computers
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Supercomputer Simulation Offers Peek at the Future of Quantum Computers

Researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich in Switzerland have used the fifth-most powerful supercomputer in the world to simulate the behavior...

The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI
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The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI

Last year, a strange self-driving car was released onto the quiet roads of Monmouth County, New Jersey.

Machine-Learning Algorithm Watches Dance Dance Revolution, Then Creates Dances of Its Own
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Machine-Learning Algorithm Watches Dance Dance Revolution, Then Creates Dances of Its Own

Dance Dance Convolution is a new system that takes as an input the raw audio files of pop songs, and produces dance routines as an output.

This Paralyzed Man Is Using a Neuroprosthetic to Move His Arm for the First Time in Years
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This Paralyzed Man Is Using a Neuroprosthetic to Move His Arm for the First Time in Years

William Kochevar of Cleveland can slowly move his right arm and hand. No big deal—except that the 56-year-old had been paralyzed from the shoulders down since a...

Google's AI Explosion in One Chart
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Google's AI Explosion in One Chart

Nature. The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  The Journal of the American Medical Association.
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