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China Turns Big Data Into Big Brother 
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China Turns Big Data Into Big Brother 

It was a drab, chill day in November, and the clocks were striking thirteen.

Neural Network Learns to Identify Criminals By Their Faces
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Neural Network Learns to Identify Criminals By Their Faces

Researchers from Shanghai Jiao Tong University applied a variety of machine-vision algorithms to study faces of criminals and noncriminals. Their neural network...

World's First Silicon Photonic Neural Network ­nveiled
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World's First Silicon Photonic Neural Network ­nveiled

Alexander Tait and colleagues at Princeton University say they have built the world's first integrated silicon photonic neuromorphic chip, a development that could...

China's Driverless Trucks Are Revving Their Engines
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China's Driverless Trucks Are Revving Their Engines

China is gearing up to overhaul its road delivery with fleets of self-driving long-haul trucks.

World's First Photonic Neural Network ­nveiled
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World's First Photonic Neural Network ­nveiled

Neural networks are taking the world of computing by storm.

Can Crispr Save Ben Dupree?
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Can Crispr Save Ben Dupree?

At 24, Benjamin Dupree has outlived many people with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

How Vector Space Mathematics Helps Machines Spot Sarcasm
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How Vector Space Mathematics Helps Machines Spot Sarcasm

Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay led by Aditya Joshi report developing a new strategy to help computers better detect the presence of sarcasm...

Japanese Robotics Giant Gives Its Arms Some Brains
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Japanese Robotics Giant Gives Its Arms Some Brains

The big, dumb, monotonous industrial robots found in many factories could soon be quite a bit smarter, thanks to the introduction of machine-learning skills that...

Physicists Create World's First Time Crystal
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Physicists Create World's First Time Crystal

University of Maryland researchers say they have created the world's first time crystal, which could lead to quantum memory systems.

Google Builds a Robotic Hive-Mind Kindergarten
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Google Builds a Robotic Hive-Mind Kindergarten

How many robots does it take to open a door?

Google's New Service Translates Languages Almost as Well as Humans Can
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Google's New Service Translates Languages Almost as Well as Humans Can

Google's latest advance in machine learning could make the world a little smaller.

Humans Do Dumb Things with Smart Cities
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Humans Do Dumb Things with Smart Cities

New York City wants to make Wi-Fi available to anyone who walks its streets. But Gotham is finding out the hard way that free and open Internet access is ripe for...

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
From ACM TechNews

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.
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