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Can We Make Machines Listen More Carefully?

You probably use voice recognition technology already, if in a limited capacity. Maybe you use Google's voice-activated search, or take advantage of its (somewhat...

Replacing Lost Abilities With a Robot
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Replacing Lost Abilities With a Robot

Researchers at Georgia Tech and Willow Garage have developed a special user interface that enables a mute and partially paralyzed stroke victim to control a robot...

Replacing Lost Abilities with a Robot
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Replacing Lost Abilities with a Robot

Henry Evans recently shaved himself for the first time since a stroke left him mute and partly paralyzed 10 years ago. His achievement came thanks to researchers...

A New Direction for Digital Compasses
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A New Direction for Digital Compasses

Cell phones and many other mobile devices now come packed with sensors capable of tracking them as they move. The digital compasses, gyroscopes, and accelerometers...

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Can Google Get Web Users Talking?

Google researchers are implementing voice-driven Web search capability on computers, with the goal of making such searches as easy to perform as they are on the...

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How Divorce Lawyers Use Social Networks

Updates you've posted to Facebook and Twitter can present obvious problems when you're searching for a job or starting a new relationship. But a growing number...

Was the Space Shuttle a Mistake?
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Was the Space Shuttle a Mistake?

Forty years ago, I wrote an article for Technology Review titled "Shall We Build the Space Shuttle?" Now, with the 135th and final flight of the shuttle at hand...

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Bug-Squashing Tools Offered to Improve Network Security

The Department of Homeland Security has announced an initiative to shore up security by squashing software bugs. This follows a slew of high-profile attacks on...

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Could This Brain Implant Revive Paralyzed Limbs?

In the annals of great oxymorons, "non-invasive brain implant" would surely rank up there. Misnomer or not, the University of Michigan is touting just such a...

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Google Voice Search Offers Natural User Input

Google Voice Search for desktop computers isn't much more than the company porting a technology that's been on mobile phones for a while to PCs. But don't write...

How Robots Will Beat Humans at Billiards
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How Robots Will Beat Humans at Billiards

Once a year, at the International Computer Olympiad, teams pit their AI software against others' in a variety of nerd-appropriate sports: chess, go, backgammon...

Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo Team Up to Advance Semantic Web
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Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo Team Up to Advance Semantic Web

The move may finally encourage widespread use of technology that makes online information as comprehensible to computers as it is to humans. If the effort works...

Tracking Down Twitter's Best Rumor Spreaders
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Tracking Down Twitter's Best Rumor Spreaders

Sometimes it's easy to know which messages will spread through Twitter like wildfire. Just ask Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-New York), who faces pressure to resign...

Making the Case For Security
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Making the Case For Security

Major corporations have made serious mistakes with information security recently, resulting in spectacular failures to protect business and customer records....

What Bitcoin Is, and Why It Matters
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What Bitcoin Is, and Why It Matters

Recent weeks have been exciting for a relatively new kind of currency speculator. In just three weeks, the total value of a unique new digital currency called...

The Invisible iPhone
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The Invisible iPhone

Hasso Plattner Institute researchers have developed a system that enables iPhone users to perform actions on their devices without actually holding the phone. 

Tracking How Mobile Apps Track You
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Tracking How Mobile Apps Track You

Third-party apps are the weakest link in user privacy on smart phones. They often get access to large quantities of user data, and there are few rules covering...

The Next Big Thing in Analytics: Tracking Your Cursor's Every Move
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The Next Big Thing in Analytics: Tracking Your Cursor's Every Move

Media, search engines, advertisers and social networks have been tracking what you click since the birth of the Web, but this measurement yields an incomplete...

A Business Analytics Engine that Began with the Military
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A Business Analytics Engine that Began with the Military

Big technology companies like Netflix and Facebook make clever use of the digital traces we leave online: their algorithms can make connections between data and...

Workplace Robots Need a Better View
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Workplace Robots Need a Better View

Robotics pioneer Rodney Brooks says a new generation of industrial robots could be enabled by better machine vision.
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