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The Extraordinary Link Between Deep Neural Networks and the Nature of the ­niverse
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The Extraordinary Link Between Deep Neural Networks and the Nature of the ­niverse

In the last couple of years, deep learning techniques have transformed the world of artificial intelligence.

Microsoft's Top Lawyer Becomes a Civil Rights Crusader
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Microsoft's Top Lawyer Becomes a Civil Rights Crusader

When Apple CEO Tim Cook refused to help the FBI get into a mass murderer's iPhone last winter, he was hailed for his boldness in fighting the government on ...

Self-Driving Cars Can Learn a Lot By Playing Grand Theft Auto
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Self-Driving Cars Can Learn a Lot By Playing Grand Theft Auto

Several research groups are using the "Grand Theft Auto" video game to educate algorithms with potential application to self-driving vehicle navigation.

What Robots Can Learn From Babies
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What Robots Can Learn From Babies

New software can predict how objects captured by a computing device's camera will most likely behave.

High-Speed Video Footage Solves One of the Great Mysteries of Human Blood Flow
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High-Speed Video Footage Solves One of the Great Mysteries of Human Blood Flow

Red blood cells are flexible biconcave discs that spend their lives suspended in blood plasma.

How an Algorithm Learned to Identify Depressed Individuals By Studying Their Instagram Photos
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How an Algorithm Learned to Identify Depressed Individuals By Studying Their Instagram Photos

Researchers have trained a machine-learning algorithm to spot warning signs for depression on Instagram by analyzing the composition of posted images.

Seven Over 70
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Seven Over 70

Yet more proof that innovation isn’t only for the young.

Arm Wrestles Its Way Into Supercomputing
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Arm Wrestles Its Way Into Supercomputing

The designer of the chips that run most of the world's mobile devices has announced its first dedicated processor for use in supercomputers.

Internet Voting Leaves Out a Cornerstone of Democracy: The Secret Ballot
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Internet Voting Leaves Out a Cornerstone of Democracy: The Secret Ballot

Internet voting invalidates the secrecy of ballots, according to a report from Verified Voting.

These States Are at the Greatest Risk of Having Their Voting Process Hacked
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These States Are at the Greatest Risk of Having Their Voting Process Hacked

Not everything belongs on the Internet, and the American electoral process is a textbook example. But 31 states don't see it that way.

New Brain-Mapping Technique Captures Every Connection Between Neurons
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New Brain-Mapping Technique Captures Every Connection Between Neurons

The human brain is among the universe’s greatest remaining uncharted territories. And as with any mysterious land, the secret to understanding it begins with a...

This Supercomputer Will Try to Find Intelligence on Reddit
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This Supercomputer Will Try to Find Intelligence on Reddit

Is it possible that the secret to building machine intelligence lies in spending endless hours reading Reddit?

The Robot You Want Most Is Far From Reality
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The Robot You Want Most Is Far From Reality

House-cleaning robots will surely be popular, but building one will be a daunting challenge, according to researchers.

Data Mining Reveals First Evidence That Absence Really Does Make the Heart Grow Fonder
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Data Mining Reveals First Evidence That Absence Really Does Make the Heart Grow Fonder

A project to data-mine mobile phone records found people invest more in relationships where there exists a risk of the relationship weakening.

Machine-Learning Algorithm Combs the Darknet For Zero Day Exploits, and Finds Them
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Machine-Learning Algorithm Combs the Darknet For Zero Day Exploits, and Finds Them

In February 2015, Microsoft identified a critical vulnerability in its Windows operating system that potentially allowed a malicious attacker to remotely control...

Single-Pixel Camera Reaches Milestone, Mimicking Human Vision
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Single-Pixel Camera Reaches Milestone, Mimicking Human Vision

Computational imaging is undergoing a revolution. This is the discipline of making images using computational techniques rather than optical ones.

Pentagon Bot Battle Shows How Computers Can Fix Their Own Flaws
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Pentagon Bot Battle Shows How Computers Can Fix Their Own Flaws

It might be the least spectacular show to ever grace a Las Vegas stage.

Machine Vision's Achilles' Heel Revealed By Google Brain Researchers
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Machine Vision's Achilles' Heel Revealed By Google Brain Researchers

Machine vision algorithms have a weakness that enables them to be deceived by images modified in ways humans could easily detect.

Facebook Plans to Beam Internet to Backwaters With Lasers
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Facebook Plans to Beam Internet to Backwaters With Lasers

Facebook Connectivity Lab researchers have developed an optical technology to help laser beams deliver fast Internet access to remote areas.

Minecraft Is a Testing Ground For Human-AI Collaboration
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Minecraft Is a Testing Ground For Human-AI Collaboration

The blockish and slightly dorky computer game Minecraft may turn out to be a great place for humans and AI to learn how to work together.
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