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A Robot Scientist Will Dream ­p New Materials to Advance Computing and Fight Pollution
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A Robot Scientist Will Dream ­p New Materials to Advance Computing and Fight Pollution

In a laboratory that overlooks a busy shopping street in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a robot is attempting to create new materials.

­sing Wi-Fi to 'See' Behind Closed Doors Is Easier than Anyone Thought
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­sing Wi-Fi to 'See' Behind Closed Doors Is Easier than Anyone Thought

Wi-Fi fills our world with radio waves. In your home, in the office, and increasingly on city streets, humans are bathed in a constant background field of 2.4-...

The ­.S. Pushes to Build ­nhackable Quantum Networks
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The ­.S. Pushes to Build ­nhackable Quantum Networks

A few years ago, Edward Snowden, a contractor working for the US National Security Agency, leaked documents that showed the ways in which intelligence agenciestapped...

Neural Networks Don't ­nderstand What Optical Illusions Are
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Neural Networks Don't ­nderstand What Optical Illusions Are

Researchers have found that machine vision systems cannot process optical illusions in the same way humans can.

The First 'Social Network' of Brains Lets Three People Transmit Thoughts to Each Other's Heads
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The First 'Social Network' of Brains Lets Three People Transmit Thoughts to Each Other's Heads

University of Washington in Seattle researchers have developed a brain-to-brain network that transmits thoughts among members of a group.

China's Leaders Are Softening Their Stance on AI
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China's Leaders Are Softening Their Stance on AI

China might be at loggerheads with the United States over trade, but it is calling for a friendlier approach to the development of artificial intelligence.

Meet the Guy With Four Arms, Two of Which Someone Else Controls in VR
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Meet the Guy With Four Arms, Two of Which Someone Else Controls in VR

Fusion is a robotic project to explore how people may be able to work together to control, or augment, a person's body.

An AI-Driven Robot Hand Spent a Hundred Years Teaching Itself to Rotate a Cube
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An AI-Driven Robot Hand Spent a Hundred Years Teaching Itself to Rotate a Cube

AI researchers have demonstrated a self-teaching algorithm that gives a robot hand remarkable new dexterity.

This Algorithm Can Tell Which Number Sequences a Human Will Find Interesting
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This Algorithm Can Tell Which Number Sequences a Human Will Find Interesting

A new machine learning algorithm can spot specific patterns in mathematical structures and apply them to extract interesting sequences from randomly generated ones...

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.

How Can We Be Sure AI Will Behave? Perhaps by Watching It Argue With Itself
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How Can We Be Sure AI Will Behave? Perhaps by Watching It Argue With Itself

Researchers say having two artificial intelligence systems debate a particular goal could ensure that they behave reliably when executing complex functions.

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

Researchers have developed a scavenger hunt that could help artificial intelligence programs develop common sense.

Computer Scientists Find the Longest Straight Line You Could Sail Without Hitting Land
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Computer Scientists Find the Longest Straight Line You Could Sail Without Hitting Land

A new algorithm can calculate the longest straight-line path around the world on land or sea.

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...

AI Assistants Say Dumb Things, and We're About to Find Out Why
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AI Assistants Say Dumb Things, and We're About to Find Out Why

A new test will pose elementary-school-level multiple-choice science questions to artificial intelligence systems.

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.

A New Data Trove Could Teach Computers to Tell Blind People What They Need to Know
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A New Data Trove Could Teach Computers to Tell Blind People What They Need to Know

Researchers are publishing a database of images and challenging the machine-vision community to use it to train machines as effective assistants for those with...

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...
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