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AI Could Get 100 Times More Energy-Efficient with IBM's New Artificial Synapses
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AI Could Get 100 Times More Energy-Efficient with IBM's New Artificial Synapses

Neural networks are the crown jewel of the AI boom. They gorge on data and do things like transcribe speech or describe images with near-perfect accuracy (see "10...

The ­S Military Is Funding an Effort to Catch Deepfakes and Other AI Trickery
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The ­S Military Is Funding an Effort to Catch Deepfakes and Other AI Trickery

Think that AI will help put a stop to fake news? The US military isn't so sure.

Facebook Helped Create an AI Scavenger Hunt that Could Lead to the First ­seful Home Robots
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Facebook Helped Create an AI Scavenger Hunt that Could Lead to the First ­seful Home Robots

Artificial-intelligence programs could develop some much-needed common sense by competing in scavenger hunts inside virtual homes filled with simulated coffee tables...

Google Thinks It's Close to 'Quantum Supremacy.' Here's What That Really Means.
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Google Thinks It's Close to 'Quantum Supremacy.' Here's What That Really Means.

Seventy-two may not be a large number, but in quantum computing terms, it's massive.

Forecasts of Genetic Fate Just Got a Lot More Accurate
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Forecasts of Genetic Fate Just Got a Lot More Accurate

When Amit Khera explains how he predicts disease, the young cardiologist's hands touch the air, arranging imaginary columns of people: 30,000 who have suffered...

Serious Quantum Computers Are Finally Here. What Are We Going to Do with Them?
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Serious Quantum Computers Are Finally Here. What Are We Going to Do with Them?

Inside a small laboratory in lush countryside about 50 miles north of New York City, an elaborate tangle of tubes and electronics dangles from the ceiling. This...

How Nuclear Weapons Research Revealed New Climate Threats
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How Nuclear Weapons Research Revealed New Climate Threats

After atmospheric scientist Ivana Cvijanovic began pushing a computerized climate simulation to its limits, she noticed a disturbing result: as Arctic sea ice nearly...

A Small-Scale Demonstration Shows How Quantum Computing Could Revolutionize Data Analysis
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A Small-Scale Demonstration Shows How Quantum Computing Could Revolutionize Data Analysis

An experiment by researchers at the University of Science and Technology of China used quantum computers to calculate Betti numbers. The work "suggests that data...

China Wants to Make the Chips that Will Add AI to Any Gadget
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China Wants to Make the Chips that Will Add AI to Any Gadget

In an office at Tsinghua University in Beijing, a computer chip is crunching data from a nearby camera, looking for faces stored in a database.

Every Study We Could Find on What Automation Will Do to Jobs, in One Chart
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Every Study We Could Find on What Automation Will Do to Jobs, in One Chart

You've seen the headlines: "Robots Will Destroy Our Jobs—and We're Not Ready for It." "You Will Lose Your Job to a Robot—and Sooner Than You Think." "Robots May...

Bitcoin and Ethereum Have a Hidden Power Structure, and It's Just Been Revealed
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Bitcoin and Ethereum Have a Hidden Power Structure, and It's Just Been Revealed

In cryptocurrency circles, calling something "centralized" is an insult.

Crispr in 2018: Coming to a Human Near You
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Crispr in 2018: Coming to a Human Near You

Ever since scientists first used CRISPR-Cas9 to edit living human cells in 2013, they've been saying that the possibilities for using it to treat disease are virtually...

Building Tomorrow's Robots
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Building Tomorrow's Robots

When Brandon Araki arrived at MIT in 2015 as a master's candidate in mechanical engineering, he brought along the picobug, a tiny robot that can fly, crawl, and...

How We Feel About Robots That Feel
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How We Feel About Robots That Feel

Octavia, a humanoid robot designed to fight fires on Navy ships, has mastered an impressive range of facial expressions.

Inside the Moonshot Effort to Finally Figure Out the Brain
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Inside the Moonshot Effort to Finally Figure Out the Brain

"Here's the problem with artificial intelligence today," says David Cox.

Google Reveals Blueprint For Quantum Supremacy
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Google Reveals Blueprint For Quantum Supremacy

Researchers say they have outlined a way to achieve quantum supremacy, demonstrating a proof-of-principle version of a quantum computer.

Why Google's AI Can Write Beautiful Songs but Still Can't Tell a Joke
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Why Google's AI Can Write Beautiful Songs but Still Can't Tell a Joke

Creating noodling piano tunes and endless configurations of cat drawings with AI may not sound like an obvious project for Google, but it makes a lot of sense to...

First Evidence That Social Bots Play a Major Role in Spreading Fake News
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First Evidence That Social Bots Play a Major Role in Spreading Fake News

Fake news and the way it spreads on social media is emerging as one of the great threats to modern society.

First Human Embryos Edited in ­.s.
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First Human Embryos Edited in ­.s.

The first known attempt at creating genetically modified human embryos in the United States has been carried out by a team of researchers in Portland, Oregon, MIT Technology...

For Computers, Too, It's Hard to Learn to Speak Chinese
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For Computers, Too, It's Hard to Learn to Speak Chinese

Researchers often call 2017 the year of the conversational computer in China.
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