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Google ­nveils Neural Network with 'superhuman' Ability to Determine the Location of Almost Any Image
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Google ­nveils Neural Network with 'superhuman' Ability to Determine the Location of Almost Any Image

Here's a tricky task. Pick a photograph from the Web at random. Now try to work out where it was taken using only the image itself.

What Role Should Silicon Valley Play in Fighting Terrorism?
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What Role Should Silicon Valley Play in Fighting Terrorism?

On Friday, January 8, several high-level officials from the Obama administration—including the attorney general, the White House chief of staff, and the directors...

First Evidence For the Happiness Paradox--That Your Friends Are Happier Than You Are
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First Evidence For the Happiness Paradox--That Your Friends Are Happier Than You Are

Mathematical analysis has demonstrated the validity of the claim that most people's friends have more friends than they do. 

The Missing Link of Artificial Intelligence
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The Missing Link of Artificial Intelligence

In 2012 the world learned of a surprising research project inside Google's secretive X lab.

Better Brain Imaging Could Show Computers a Smarter Way to Learn
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Better Brain Imaging Could Show Computers a Smarter Way to Learn

Machine learning is an extremely clever approach to computer programming.

Will AI-Powered Hedge Funds Outsmart the Market?
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Will AI-Powered Hedge Funds Outsmart the Market?

Every day computers make many millions of electronic trades by performing delicate calculations aimed at eking out a tiny edge in terms of speed or efficiency.

Next Big Test For Ai: Making Sense of the World
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Next Big Test For Ai: Making Sense of the World

A few years ago, a breakthrough in machine learning suddenly enabled computers to recognize objects shown in photographs with unprecedented—almost spooky—accuracy...

How an AI Algorithm Learned to Write Political Speeches
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How an AI Algorithm Learned to Write Political Speeches

Researchers have developed an artificial intelligence machine that learned how to write political speeches that are very similar to real speeches. 

Can Augmented Reality Make Remote Communication Feel More Intimate?
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Can Augmented Reality Make Remote Communication Feel More Intimate?

Nothing beats talking to another person face-to-face, but a group of researchers are considering whether a life-size projection of a person that appears to be sitting...

How Future Cars Will Predict Your Driving Maneuvers Before You Make Them
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How Future Cars Will Predict Your Driving Maneuvers Before You Make Them

Buy a new car these days and the chances are that it will be fitted with an array of driver-assistance technologies.

In Pursuit of an Affordable Tablet For the Blind
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In Pursuit of an Affordable Tablet For the Blind

University of Michigan researchers have developed an inexpensive, full-page braille tablet. 

In Pursuit of an Affordable Tablet For the Blind
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In Pursuit of an Affordable Tablet For the Blind

An inexpensive, full-page braille tablet could make topics like science and math more easily accessible to the blind, according to a team of researchers who have...

AI Algorithm Identifies Humorous Pictures
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AI Algorithm Identifies Humorous Pictures

Researchers report training a machine-learning algorithm to recognize and generate humorous scenes. 

How Drones May Avoid Collisions By Sharing Knowledge
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How Drones May Avoid Collisions By Sharing Knowledge

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration is working with more then 130 research teams to determine how to manage drone traffic. 

Four Important Things to Expect in Virtual Reality in 2016
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Four Important Things to Expect in Virtual Reality in 2016

Virtual reality has grown immensely over the past few years, but 2016 looks like the most important year yet: it will be the first time that consumers can get their...

How Twitter Bots Turn Tweeters Into Activists
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How Twitter Bots Turn Tweeters Into Activists

A recent Microsoft study details the use of Twitter bots to engage Twitter users with political activism. 

A Master Algorithm Lets Robots Teach Themselves to Perform Complex Tasks
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A Master Algorithm Lets Robots Teach Themselves to Perform Complex Tasks

For all the talk of machines becoming intelligent, getting a sophisticated robot to do anything complex, like grabbing a heavy object and moving it from one place...

Baidu's Self-Driving Car Takes On Beijing Traffic
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Baidu's Self-Driving Car Takes On Beijing Traffic

Driving around Beijing often feels unnervingly like a contact sport, with vehicles recklessly plunging through thick traffic, sneaking along the shoulder, or cutting...

Here's What Developers Are Doing with Google’s AI Brain
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Here's What Developers Are Doing with Google’s AI Brain

An artificial intelligence engine that Google uses in many of its products, and that it made freely available last month, is now being used by others to perform...

China Wants to Replace Millions of Workers with Robots
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China Wants to Replace Millions of Workers with Robots

China is laying the groundwork for a robot revolution by planning to automate the work currently done by millions of low-paid workers.
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