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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.

A Smarter Kind of Crash Test Dummy
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A Smarter Kind of Crash Test Dummy

Car crash simulations are being run on a supercomputer using a combination of actual vehicle, scene, and medical data by Wake Forest University researchers. 

Patients Favor Changing the Genes of the Next Generation with Crispr
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Patients Favor Changing the Genes of the Next Generation with Crispr

Jeff Carroll inherited the DNA mutation that causes Huntington's disease.

Everything You Need to Know About Crispr Gene Editing's Monster Year
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Everything You Need to Know About Crispr Gene Editing's Monster Year

Muscle-bound beagles. Hornless cows. Better potatoes. Genetically modified human embryos.

Data Mining Reveals How Smiling Evolved During a Century of Yearbook Photos
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Data Mining Reveals How Smiling Evolved During a Century of Yearbook Photos

A new machine-vision strategy for data-mining a massive database of high school yearbook photos has been pioneered at the University of California, Berkeley.

Why Ball Tracking Works For Tennis and Cricket but Not Soccer or Basketball
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Why Ball Tracking Works For Tennis and Cricket but Not Soccer or Basketball

Tracking balls in some sports--such as basketball, volleyball, and soccer--is significantly harder for machine-vision algorithms than it is in other sports. 

The Machine-Vision Algorithm For Analyzing Children's Drawings
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The Machine-Vision Algorithm For Analyzing Children's Drawings

Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne have developed a machine-vision algorithm that can objectively analyze children's drawings. ...

AI Advances Make It Possible to Search, Shop With Images
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AI Advances Make It Possible to Search, Shop With Images

The improvement of image-recognition software via deep learning could help usher in an era of image-based Web shopping/browsing.

Machine Vision Algorithm Learns to Recognize Hidden Facial Expressions
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Machine Vision Algorithm Learns to Recognize Hidden Facial Expressions

A new machine-vision algorithm can detect and identify microexpressions better than humans can.

Track Your Heart With Your Phone, Even If Your Phone's in Your Bag
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Track Your Heart With Your Phone, Even If Your Phone's in Your Bag

The BioPhone project will derive a person's heart and breathing rates from a smartphone's accelerometer. 

Single Artificial Neuron Taught to Recognize Hundreds of Patterns
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Single Artificial Neuron Taught to Recognize Hundreds of Patterns

Artificial intelligence is a field in the midst of rapid, exciting change. That's largely because of an improved understanding of how neural networks work and the...

To Study the Brain, a Doctor Puts Himself Under the Knife
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To Study the Brain, a Doctor Puts Himself Under the Knife

Phil Kennedy no longer saw any other way to get the data.

Google Tries to Make Machine Learning a Little More Human
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Google Tries to Make Machine Learning a Little More Human

Google CEO Sundar Pichai says advances in machine learning would soon affect every product and service the company provides.

Google Aims to Make Vr Hardware Irrelevant Before It Even Gets Going
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Google Aims to Make Vr Hardware Irrelevant Before It Even Gets Going

Google and Facebook are pushing virtual-reality technology along two different lines. 

Data Mining Reveals the Extent of China's Ghost Cities
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Data Mining Reveals the Extent of China's Ghost Cities

China has experienced a tremendous amount of urban growth in the last 30 years, yet many of the newly built residential areas remain vacant. 

Robots Can Now Teach Each Other New Tricks
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Robots Can Now Teach Each Other New Tricks

Two robots operating in different academic research labs have demonstrated a rudimentary ability to exchange knowledge. 

Now You Can ­se Emojis to Search For Cute Cat Videos
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Now You Can ­se Emojis to Search For Cute Cat Videos

In a move that makes it possible to seamlessly combine your love of emojis with adorable animal videos, a group of researchers has built a prototype of a search...

How Your Device Knows Your Life Through Images
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How Your Device Knows Your Life Through Images

Researchers have designed an artificial neural network to identify scenes in photographs taken by people using wearable cameras or mobile phones. 

Drivers Push Tesla's Autopilot Beyond Its Abilities
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Drivers Push Tesla's Autopilot Beyond Its Abilities

Enthusiastic Tesla owners cheered last Wednesday when the company enabled the use of an automated driving system, called Autopilot, in its Model S all-electric...

Paralyzed Man's Arm Wired to Receive Brain Signals
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Paralyzed Man's Arm Wired to Receive Brain Signals

Scientists at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio say they’ve used electronics to get around a paralyzed man's spinal injury, permitting him to use an implant...
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