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The ­.S. Military Wants AI to Dream ­p Weird New Helicopters
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The ­.S. Military Wants AI to Dream ­p Weird New Helicopters

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is funding efforts to employ artificial intelligence to conceptualize complex component designs, including the...

AI Assistants Say Dumb Things, and We're About to Find Out Why
From ACM TechNews

AI Assistants Say Dumb Things, and We're About to Find Out Why

A new test will pose elementary-school-level multiple-choice science questions to artificial intelligence systems.

Google Thinks It's Close to 'Quantum Supremacy.' Here's What That Really Means.
From ACM News

Google Thinks It's Close to 'Quantum Supremacy.' Here's What That Really Means.

Seventy-two may not be a large number, but in quantum computing terms, it's massive.

A New Data Trove Could Teach Computers to Tell Blind People What They Need to Know
From ACM TechNews

A New Data Trove Could Teach Computers to Tell Blind People What They Need to Know

Researchers are publishing a database of images and challenging the machine-vision community to use it to train machines as effective assistants for those with...

Forecasts of Genetic Fate Just Got a Lot More Accurate
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Forecasts of Genetic Fate Just Got a Lot More Accurate

When Amit Khera explains how he predicts disease, the young cardiologist's hands touch the air, arranging imaginary columns of people: 30,000 who have suffered...

Serious Quantum Computers Are Finally Here. What Are We Going to Do with Them?
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Serious Quantum Computers Are Finally Here. What Are We Going to Do with Them?

Inside a small laboratory in lush countryside about 50 miles north of New York City, an elaborate tangle of tubes and electronics dangles from the ceiling. This...

Old-Fashioned Silicon Might Be the Key to Building ­biquitous Quantum Computers
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Old-Fashioned Silicon Might Be the Key to Building ­biquitous Quantum Computers

Scientists are investigating silicon as a key ingredient in the creation of scalable quantum computers.

A Phone that Says 'No' to Little Kid Fingers
From ACM TechNews

A Phone that Says 'No' to Little Kid Fingers

A new algorithm can identify who is swiping a smartphone screen, which could lead to child-proof devices.

How Nuclear Weapons Research Revealed New Climate Threats
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How Nuclear Weapons Research Revealed New Climate Threats

After atmospheric scientist Ivana Cvijanovic began pushing a computerized climate simulation to its limits, she noticed a disturbing result: as Arctic sea ice nearly...

A Small-Scale Demonstration Shows How Quantum Computing Could Revolutionize Data Analysis
From ACM TechNews

A Small-Scale Demonstration Shows How Quantum Computing Could Revolutionize Data Analysis

An experiment by researchers at the University of Science and Technology of China used quantum computers to calculate Betti numbers. The work "suggests that data...

China Wants to Make the Chips that Will Add AI to Any Gadget
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China Wants to Make the Chips that Will Add AI to Any Gadget

In an office at Tsinghua University in Beijing, a computer chip is crunching data from a nearby camera, looking for faces stored in a database.

Every Study We Could Find on What Automation Will Do to Jobs, in One Chart
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Every Study We Could Find on What Automation Will Do to Jobs, in One Chart

You've seen the headlines: "Robots Will Destroy Our Jobs—and We're Not Ready for It." "You Will Lose Your Job to a Robot—and Sooner Than You Think." "Robots May...

Bitcoin and Ethereum Have a Hidden Power Structure, and It's Just Been Revealed
From ACM News

Bitcoin and Ethereum Have a Hidden Power Structure, and It's Just Been Revealed

In cryptocurrency circles, calling something "centralized" is an insult.

Wisdom of the Crowd Accurately Predicts Supreme Court Decisions
From ACM TechNews

Wisdom of the Crowd Accurately Predicts Supreme Court Decisions

Researchers say they have analyzed how well crowdsourcing can predict decisions made by the U.S. Supreme Court by crunching data from the online FantasySCOTUS league...

Crispr in 2018: Coming to a Human Near You
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Crispr in 2018: Coming to a Human Near You

Ever since scientists first used CRISPR-Cas9 to edit living human cells in 2013, they've been saying that the possibilities for using it to treat disease are virtually...

The Next Big Step For Ai? U­nderstanding Video
From ACM TechNews

The Next Big Step For Ai? U­nderstanding Video

The Moments in Time Dataset is a massive archive of three-second video clips annotated with minute details of the action being performed.

More Realistic Ar Display Places Digital Images Among Real Objects
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More Realistic Ar Display Places Digital Images Among Real Objects

A prototype augmented reality display can show a virtual image that both blocks real-world objects sitting behind it and can itself be blocked by other real-world...

Google Has Released an AI Tool That Makes Sense of Your Genome
From ACM TechNews

Google Has Released an AI Tool That Makes Sense of Your Genome

Google has released an artificial intelligence tool that uses gene sequencing data to build a more accurate genomic model.

Global Mosquito-Sensing Network Being Built ­sing Smartphones
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Global Mosquito-Sensing Network Being Built ­sing Smartphones

MozzWear is a low-cost smartphone sensor system that can identify and monitor mosquito populations.

AI Is Dreaming ­p New Kinds of Video Games
From ACM TechNews

AI Is Dreaming ­p New Kinds of Video Games

Angelina is an artificial intelligence that can imagine new video games from scratch, which has produced hundreds of experimental games since 2011.
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