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Why Self-Driving Cars Must Be Programmed to Kill
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Why Self-Driving Cars Must Be Programmed to Kill

The fact that automated cars can never be perfectly safe raises ethical issues, such as how they should be programmed to act in the event of an unavoidable collision...

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...

You've Been Misled About What Makes a Good Password
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You've Been Misled About What Makes a Good Password

Symantec researchers recently found requiring numbers and uppercase characters in passwords does not do much to make them stronger. 

Why Self-Driving Cars Must Be Programmed to Kill
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Why Self-Driving Cars Must Be Programmed to Kill

When it comes to automotive technology, self-driving cars are all the rage.

Wi-Fi Trick Gives Devices Super-Accurate Indoor Location Fixes
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Wi-Fi Trick Gives Devices Super-Accurate Indoor Location Fixes

New technology promises to offer more accurate indoor location technology based on Wi-Fi. 

A Robot Finds Its Way ­sing Artificial 'gps' Brain Cells
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A Robot Finds Its Way ­sing Artificial 'gps' Brain Cells

The behavior and interplay of two types of neurons in the brain helps give humans and other animals an uncanny ability to navigate by building a mental map of their...

IBM Making Plans to Commercialize Its Brain-Inspired Chip
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IBM Making Plans to Commercialize Its Brain-Inspired Chip

In August last year, IBM unveiled a chip designed to operate something like the neurons and synapses of the brain (see "IBM Chip Process Data Similar to the Way...

An Algorithm Helps Robots Fall Safely
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An Algorithm Helps Robots Fall Safely

At a major robotics competition held in June, several multi-million-dollar robots struggled to perform even simple tasks like climbing a flight of stairs; someimpeccable...

Microsoft Researchers Are Working on Multi-Person Virtual Reality
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Microsoft Researchers Are Working on Multi-Person Virtual Reality

Augmented or mixed reality, which renders virtual images in a view of the real world, can be spectacular to experience. But it may be even more fun when you bring...

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

The University of Maryland's Autonomy, Robotics, and Cognition Lab is developing robots that can learn how to do a new job by watching others do it first. 

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...

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.

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...

Deep Learning Machine Teaches Itself Chess in 72 Hours, Plays at International Master Level
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Deep Learning Machine Teaches Itself Chess in 72 Hours, Plays at International Master Level

Imperial College London's Matthew Lai has developed a new artificial intelligence machine which he says can play chess at a master level.

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...

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.
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