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Google's Deep Learning Machine Learns to Synthesize Real World Images
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Google's Deep Learning Machine Learns to Synthesize Real World Images

Google Street View offers panoramic views of more or less any city street in much of the developed world, as well as views along countless footpaths, inside shopping...

Automated Vehicles: One Eye on the Road, Another on You
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Automated Vehicles: One Eye on the Road, Another on You

The importance of tracking motorist behavior will grow as more automated vehicles are rolled out, especially as it relates to the issue of assigning liability in...

The Real Software Security Problem Is ­S
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The Real Software Security Problem Is ­S

There are simple steps that can be taken to make software more secure and resilient, writes Carnegie Mellon University professor Jean Yang. 

Injectable Implants Could Help Crack the Brain's Codes
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Injectable Implants Could Help Crack the Brain's Codes

Understanding how the brain works—or doesn't, as the case may be—depends on deciphering the patterns of electrical signals its neurons produce.

Google Deepmind Teaches Artificial Intelligence Machines to Read
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Google Deepmind Teaches Artificial Intelligence Machines to Read

Karl Moritz Hermann and his team at Google DeepMind say the way some news sites display articles facilitates the creation of a database computers can use to learn...

Who Will Own the Robots?
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Who Will Own the Robots?

The way Hod Lipson describes his Creative Machines Lab captures his ambitions: "We are interested in robots that create and are creative."  

Deep-Learning Machine Beats Humans in Iq Test
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Deep-Learning Machine Beats Humans in Iq Test

Researchers say they have built a deep-learning machine that outperforms the average human's ability to answer verbal reasoning questions. 

Emtech Digital: Project Loon Head Details How the Balloons Interact
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Emtech Digital: Project Loon Head Details How the Balloons Interact

Google's Project Loon intends to use interconnected balloons to bring Internet service to parts of the world that remain largely disconnected. 

An Algorithm That Can Help Robots Walk Off Injuries
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An Algorithm That Can Help Robots Walk Off Injuries

University of Wyoming and Pierre and Marie Curie University researchers are developing robots that find ways to adapt and keep moving after an injury. 

Household Robots Are Here, but Where Are They Going?
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Household Robots Are Here, but Where Are They Going?

Social robots like the quasi-anthropomorphic Jibo and Amazon's far more utilitarian Echo are beginning to find their places in our living rooms.

Is This the First Computational Imagination?
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Is This the First Computational Imagination?

Imagine an oak tree in a field of wheat, silhouetted against a cloudless blue sky on a dreamy sunny afternoon.

Computational Aesthetics Algorithm Spots Beauty That Humans Overlook
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Computational Aesthetics Algorithm Spots Beauty That Humans Overlook

A team of researchers has developed a machine-vision algorithm that can identify and highlight beautiful images.

Oculus Rift Hack Transfers Your Facial Expressions Onto Your Avatar
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Oculus Rift Hack Transfers Your Facial Expressions Onto Your Avatar

Researchers have developed a system to track the facial expressions of users wearing a virtual-reality headset and transfer them to a virtual avatar. 

The Machine Vision Algorithm Beating Art Historians at Their Own Game
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The Machine Vision Algorithm Beating Art Historians at Their Own Game

Recent advances in machine learning such as deep convolutional neural networks are enabling the development of machines that perform pattern-recognition tasks. 

Can We Identify Every Kind of Cell in the Body?
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Can We Identify Every Kind of Cell in the Body?

How many types of cells are there in the human body? Textbooks say a couple of hundred. But the true number is undoubtedly far larger.

Baidu's Artificial-Intelligence Supercomputer Beats Google at Image Recognition
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Baidu's Artificial-Intelligence Supercomputer Beats Google at Image Recognition

Chinese search giant Baidu says it has invented a powerful supercomputer that brings new muscle to an artificial-intelligence technique giving software more power...

Even Robots Now Have Their Own Virtual World
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Even Robots Now Have Their Own Virtual World

In a month's time, a motley assortment of robots will attempt to navigate a punishing obstacle course laid out in a fairground park in Pomona, California.

A Better Way to Build Brain-Inspired Chips
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A Better Way to Build Brain-Inspired Chips

Memristors, exotic electronic devices only confirmed to exist in 2008, have been used to create a chip that borrows design points from the brain.

Deep Learning Machine Solves the Cocktail Party Problem
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Deep Learning Machine Solves the Cocktail Party Problem

Researchers have separated human voices from the background in a wide range of songs using some of the latest advances associated with deep neural networks. 

Deep Learning Machine Solves the Cocktail Party Problem
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Deep Learning Machine Solves the Cocktail Party Problem

The cocktail party effect is the ability to focus on a specific human voice while filtering out other voices or background noise.
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