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Nvidia Demos a Car Computer Trained with 'deep Learning'
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Nvidia Demos a Car Computer Trained with 'deep Learning'

Many cars now include cameras or other sensors that record the passing world and trigger intelligent behavior, such as automatic braking or steering to avoid an...

New Form of Memory Could Advance Brain-Inspired Computers
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New Form of Memory Could Advance Brain-Inspired Computers

A new form of computer memory might help machines match the capabilities of the human brain when it comes to tasks such as interpreting images or video footage.

2014 in Computing: Breakthroughs in Artificial Intelligence
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2014 in Computing: Breakthroughs in Artificial Intelligence

The holy grail of artificial intelligence—creating software that comes close to mimicking human intelligence—remains far off. But 2014 saw major strides in machine...

Robobrain: The World's First Knowledge Engine For Robots
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Robobrain: The World's First Knowledge Engine For Robots

One of the most exciting changes influencing modern life is the ability to search and interact with information on a scale that has never been possible before.

Artificial Skin That Senses, and Stretches, Like the Real Thing
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Artificial Skin That Senses, and Stretches, Like the Real Thing

Some high-tech prosthetic limbs can be controlled by their owners, using nerves, muscles, or even the brain. However, there's no way for the wearer to tell if an...

'nanobuds' Could Turn Almost Any Surface Into a Touch Sensor
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'nanobuds' Could Turn Almost Any Surface Into a Touch Sensor

Transparent films containing carbon nanobuds—molecular tubes of carbon with ball-like appendages—could turn just about any surface, regardless of its shape, into...

Who Owns the Biggest Biotech Discovery of the Century?
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Who Owns the Biggest Biotech Discovery of the Century?

Last month in Silicon Valley, biologists Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier showed up in black gowns to receive the $3 million Breakthrough Prize, a glitzy...

Google's Intelligence Designer
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Google's Intelligence Designer

Demis Hassabis started playing chess at age four and soon blossomed into a child prodigy.

3-D-Printing Bio-Electronic Parts
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3-D-Printing Bio-Electronic Parts

A 3-D printer can already make a prototype or spare part out of metal or polymer.

How Google 'translates' Pictures Into Words ­sing Vector Space Mathematics
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How Google 'translates' Pictures Into Words ­sing Vector Space Mathematics

Translating one language into another has always been a difficult task.

Machine-Learning Algorithm Ranks the World's Most Notable Authors
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Machine-Learning Algorithm Ranks the World's Most Notable Authors

New software automatically ranks authors and creators whose work is in the public domain by how likely they are to be of interest to academics and the public. 

Fmri Data Reveals the Number of Parallel Processes Running in the Brain
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Fmri Data Reveals the Number of Parallel Processes Running in the Brain

The human brain is often described as a massively parallel computing machine. That raises an interesting question: just how parallel is it?

How Wikipedia Data Is Revolutionizing Flu Forecasting
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How Wikipedia Data Is Revolutionizing Flu Forecasting

This time last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta launched a competition to find the best way to forecast the characteristics of the...

Random Image Experiment Reveals The Building Blocks of Human Imagination
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Random Image Experiment Reveals The Building Blocks of Human Imagination

Here's a curious experiment.

Google's Secretive Deepmind Start-up ­nveils A 'neural Turing Machine'
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Google's Secretive Deepmind Start-up ­nveils A 'neural Turing Machine'

One of the great challenges of neuroscience is to understand the short-term working memory in the human brain.

Materials Trick Might Help Move Computers Beyond Silicon
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Materials Trick Might Help Move Computers Beyond Silicon

After decades of repeated reinvention, the silicon transistor is starting to show its age, and the industry is hunting for alternatives.

Should Industrial Robots Be Able to Hurt Their Human Coworkers?
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Should Industrial Robots Be Able to Hurt Their Human Coworkers?

How much should a robot be allowed to hurt its coworkers?

Microsoft's Quantum Mechanics
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Microsoft's Quantum Mechanics

In 2012, physicists in the Netherlands announced a discovery in particle physics that started chatter about a Nobel Prize.

How 3-D Printing Is Revolutionizing the Display of Big Data
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How 3-D Printing Is Revolutionizing the Display of Big Data

One of the characteristics of our increasingly information-driven lives is the huge amounts of data being generated about everything from sporting activities and...

Town Built For Driverless Cars
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Town Built For Driverless Cars

A mocked-up set of busy streets in Ann Arbor, Michigan, will provide the sternest test yet for self-driving cars.
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