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AI Advances Make It Possible to Search, Shop With Images
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AI Advances Make It Possible to Search, Shop With Images

The improvement of image-recognition software via deep learning could help usher in an era of image-based Web shopping/browsing.

Machine Vision Algorithm Learns to Recognize Hidden Facial Expressions
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Machine Vision Algorithm Learns to Recognize Hidden Facial Expressions

A new machine-vision algorithm can detect and identify microexpressions better than humans can.

Track Your Heart With Your Phone, Even If Your Phone's in Your Bag
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Track Your Heart With Your Phone, Even If Your Phone's in Your Bag

The BioPhone project will derive a person's heart and breathing rates from a smartphone's accelerometer. 

Single Artificial Neuron Taught to Recognize Hundreds of Patterns
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Single Artificial Neuron Taught to Recognize Hundreds of Patterns

Artificial intelligence is a field in the midst of rapid, exciting change. That's largely because of an improved understanding of how neural networks work and the...

To Study the Brain, a Doctor Puts Himself Under the Knife
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To Study the Brain, a Doctor Puts Himself Under the Knife

Phil Kennedy no longer saw any other way to get the data.

Google Tries to Make Machine Learning a Little More Human
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Google Tries to Make Machine Learning a Little More Human

Google CEO Sundar Pichai says advances in machine learning would soon affect every product and service the company provides.

Google Aims to Make Vr Hardware Irrelevant Before It Even Gets Going
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Google Aims to Make Vr Hardware Irrelevant Before It Even Gets Going

Google and Facebook are pushing virtual-reality technology along two different lines. 

Data Mining Reveals the Extent of China's Ghost Cities
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Data Mining Reveals the Extent of China's Ghost Cities

China has experienced a tremendous amount of urban growth in the last 30 years, yet many of the newly built residential areas remain vacant. 

Robots Can Now Teach Each Other New Tricks
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Robots Can Now Teach Each Other New Tricks

Two robots operating in different academic research labs have demonstrated a rudimentary ability to exchange knowledge. 

Now You Can ­se Emojis to Search For Cute Cat Videos
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Now You Can ­se Emojis to Search For Cute Cat Videos

In a move that makes it possible to seamlessly combine your love of emojis with adorable animal videos, a group of researchers has built a prototype of a search...

How Your Device Knows Your Life Through Images
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How Your Device Knows Your Life Through Images

Researchers have designed an artificial neural network to identify scenes in photographs taken by people using wearable cameras or mobile phones. 

Drivers Push Tesla's Autopilot Beyond Its Abilities
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Drivers Push Tesla's Autopilot Beyond Its Abilities

Enthusiastic Tesla owners cheered last Wednesday when the company enabled the use of an automated driving system, called Autopilot, in its Model S all-electric...

Paralyzed Man's Arm Wired to Receive Brain Signals
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Paralyzed Man's Arm Wired to Receive Brain Signals

Scientists at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio say they’ve used electronics to get around a paralyzed man's spinal injury, permitting him to use an implant...

Why Self-Driving Cars Must Be Programmed to Kill
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Why Self-Driving Cars Must Be Programmed to Kill

When it comes to automotive technology, self-driving cars are all the rage.

Wi-Fi Trick Gives Devices Super-Accurate Indoor Location Fixes
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Wi-Fi Trick Gives Devices Super-Accurate Indoor Location Fixes

New technology promises to offer more accurate indoor location technology based on Wi-Fi. 

A Robot Finds Its Way ­sing Artificial 'gps' Brain Cells
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A Robot Finds Its Way ­sing Artificial 'gps' Brain Cells

The behavior and interplay of two types of neurons in the brain helps give humans and other animals an uncanny ability to navigate by building a mental map of their...

IBM Making Plans to Commercialize Its Brain-Inspired Chip
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IBM Making Plans to Commercialize Its Brain-Inspired Chip

In August last year, IBM unveiled a chip designed to operate something like the neurons and synapses of the brain (see "IBM Chip Process Data Similar to the Way...

An Algorithm Helps Robots Fall Safely
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An Algorithm Helps Robots Fall Safely

At a major robotics competition held in June, several multi-million-dollar robots struggled to perform even simple tasks like climbing a flight of stairs; someimpeccable...

Microsoft Researchers Are Working on Multi-Person Virtual Reality
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Microsoft Researchers Are Working on Multi-Person Virtual Reality

Augmented or mixed reality, which renders virtual images in a view of the real world, can be spectacular to experience. But it may be even more fun when you bring...

A Shocking Way to Fix the Brain
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A Shocking Way to Fix the Brain

When Emad Eskandar talks about one of his neurosurgery patients with obsessive compulsive disorder, he's not talking about someone who arranges his record collection...
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