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Robot See, Robot Do: How Robots Can Learn New Tasks By Observing
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Robot See, Robot Do: How Robots Can Learn New Tasks By Observing

It can take weeks to reprogram an industrial robot to perform a complicated new task, which makes retooling a modern manufacturing line painfully expensive and...

Martian Life Could Be a Biotech Bonanza
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Martian Life Could Be a Biotech Bonanza

When NASA scientists announced that instruments on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter sensed signs of liquid water seeping on the Martian surface, they meant a solution...

Fighting Isis Online
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Fighting Isis Online

The two men pecked out messages on opposite sides of the country.

Moon-Landing Equivalent For Robotics: Assembling an Ikea Chair
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Moon-Landing Equivalent For Robotics: Assembling an Ikea Chair

Researchers at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore are developing a robot that will be able to assemble an IKEA chair.

King Man + Woman = Queen: The Marvelous Mathematics of Computational Linguistics
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King Man + Woman = Queen: The Marvelous Mathematics of Computational Linguistics

Computational linguistics has dramatically changed the way researchers study and understand language.

Facebook's Cyborg Virtual Assistant Is Learning From Its Trainers
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Facebook's Cyborg Virtual Assistant Is Learning From Its Trainers

Several hundred users of Facebook's mobile messaging app late last month were given access to M, the social network's new artificial intelligence-based virtual...

The False Science of Cryonics
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The False Science of Cryonics

I woke up on Saturday to a heartbreaking front-page article in the New York Times about a terminally ill young woman who chooses to freeze her brain.

First Detailed Public Map of ­.s. Internet Backbone Could Make It Stronger
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First Detailed Public Map of ­.s. Internet Backbone Could Make It Stronger

It may not look like much at first glance, but a map created by University of Wisconsin computer science professor Paul Barford and about a dozen colleagues took...

How International Monitors Spot Nukes and Other Rumblings
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How International Monitors Spot Nukes and Other Rumblings

The ultimate nightmare for critics of the Iran nuclear deal being debated in Congress is that somehow, despite the agreement and all its built-in safeguards, Iran...

Your Smartphone Can Tell If You're Bored
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Your Smartphone Can Tell If You're Bored

Researchers at Telefonica Research in Spain have developed an algorithm that enables a smartphone to determine whether or not its user is bored.  

Researchers Employ Baxter Robot to Help the Blind
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Researchers Employ Baxter Robot to Help the Blind

Robotics researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are developing assistive robots to help visually impaired travelers navigate the smart cities of the future.

How Artificial Intelligence Can Fight Air Pollution in China
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How Artificial Intelligence Can Fight Air Pollution in China

IBM is testing a prototype computer system capable of learning to predict the severity of air pollution in different parts of Beijing.

­ber Project May Improve Autonomous Cars' Vision
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­ber Project May Improve Autonomous Cars' Vision

Uber is collaborating with the University of Arizona on a mapping and safety project for self-driving cars.

Tool Makes It Easier to Evade Online Censors
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Tool Makes It Easier to Evade Online Censors

After the huge chemical explosion in Tianjin, China, this month, two cleanup efforts began.

Robots Learn to Make Pancakes From Wikihow Articles
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Robots Learn to Make Pancakes From Wikihow Articles

European researchers have developed a robot that is learning to make pizzas and pancakes by reading through WikiHow's written directions. 

Teaching Machines to ­nderstand ­S
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Teaching Machines to ­nderstand ­S

The first time Yann LeCun revolutionized artificial intelligence, it was a false dawn.

This Is What Controversies Look Like in the Twittersphere
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This Is What Controversies Look Like in the Twittersphere

Kiran Garimella and colleagues at Aalto University in Finland say they have developed a more reliable way of spotting controversies in the Twitterstream in real...

Military Robots: Armed, But How Dangerous?
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Military Robots: Armed, But How Dangerous?

An open letter calling for a ban on lethal weapons controlled by artificially intelligent machines was signed last week by thousands of scientists and technologists...

Flying Robots That Can See
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Flying Robots That Can See

A tiny artificial eye inspired by the vision systems of insects could help small flying drones navigate their surroundings well enough to avoid collisions while...

Deep Neural Nets Can Now Recognize Your Face in Thermal Images
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Deep Neural Nets Can Now Recognize Your Face in Thermal Images

Researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany have developed a method of matching infrared images and visible light images of the same face. 
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