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Japanese Robotics Giant Gives Its Arms Some Brains
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Japanese Robotics Giant Gives Its Arms Some Brains

The big, dumb, monotonous industrial robots found in many factories could soon be quite a bit smarter, thanks to the introduction of machine-learning skills that...

Physicists Create World's First Time Crystal
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Physicists Create World's First Time Crystal

University of Maryland researchers say they have created the world's first time crystal, which could lead to quantum memory systems.

Google Builds a Robotic Hive-Mind Kindergarten
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Google Builds a Robotic Hive-Mind Kindergarten

How many robots does it take to open a door?

Google's New Service Translates Languages Almost as Well as Humans Can
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Google's New Service Translates Languages Almost as Well as Humans Can

Google's latest advance in machine learning could make the world a little smaller.

Humans Do Dumb Things with Smart Cities
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Humans Do Dumb Things with Smart Cities

New York City wants to make Wi-Fi available to anyone who walks its streets. But Gotham is finding out the hard way that free and open Internet access is ripe for...

The Extraordinary Link Between Deep Neural Networks and the Nature of the ­niverse
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The Extraordinary Link Between Deep Neural Networks and the Nature of the ­niverse

In the last couple of years, deep learning techniques have transformed the world of artificial intelligence.

Microsoft's Top Lawyer Becomes a Civil Rights Crusader
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Microsoft's Top Lawyer Becomes a Civil Rights Crusader

When Apple CEO Tim Cook refused to help the FBI get into a mass murderer's iPhone last winter, he was hailed for his boldness in fighting the government on ...

High-Speed Video Footage Solves One of the Great Mysteries of Human Blood Flow
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High-Speed Video Footage Solves One of the Great Mysteries of Human Blood Flow

Red blood cells are flexible biconcave discs that spend their lives suspended in blood plasma.

Arm Wrestles Its Way Into Supercomputing
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Arm Wrestles Its Way Into Supercomputing

The designer of the chips that run most of the world's mobile devices has announced its first dedicated processor for use in supercomputers.

New Brain-Mapping Technique Captures Every Connection Between Neurons
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New Brain-Mapping Technique Captures Every Connection Between Neurons

The human brain is among the universe’s greatest remaining uncharted territories. And as with any mysterious land, the secret to understanding it begins with a...

This Supercomputer Will Try to Find Intelligence on Reddit
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This Supercomputer Will Try to Find Intelligence on Reddit

Is it possible that the secret to building machine intelligence lies in spending endless hours reading Reddit?

Machine-Learning Algorithm Combs the Darknet For Zero Day Exploits, and Finds Them
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Machine-Learning Algorithm Combs the Darknet For Zero Day Exploits, and Finds Them

In February 2015, Microsoft identified a critical vulnerability in its Windows operating system that potentially allowed a malicious attacker to remotely control...

Single-Pixel Camera Reaches Milestone, Mimicking Human Vision
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Single-Pixel Camera Reaches Milestone, Mimicking Human Vision

Computational imaging is undergoing a revolution. This is the discipline of making images using computational techniques rather than optical ones.

Pentagon Bot Battle Shows How Computers Can Fix Their Own Flaws
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Pentagon Bot Battle Shows How Computers Can Fix Their Own Flaws

It might be the least spectacular show to ever grace a Las Vegas stage.

Minecraft Is a Testing Ground For Human-AI Collaboration
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Minecraft Is a Testing Ground For Human-AI Collaboration

The blockish and slightly dorky computer game Minecraft may turn out to be a great place for humans and AI to learn how to work together.

Inside Facebook's Artificial Intelligence Engine Room
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Inside Facebook's Artificial Intelligence Engine Room

A complex in Prineville, OR, that houses Facebook servers recently was expanded with high-powered servers designed to accelerate research into machine learning....

DARPA Hopes Automation Can Create the Perfect Hacker
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DARPA Hopes Automation Can Create the Perfect Hacker

Look out, human hackers. Pentagon research agency DARPA says people are too slow at finding and fixing security bugs and wants to see smart software take over the...

If a Driverless Car Goes Bad We May Never Know Why
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If a Driverless Car Goes Bad We May Never Know Why

Two recent accidents involving Tesla's Autopilot system may raise questions about how computer systems based on learning should be validated and investigated when...

Control Your Smartphone with Your Eyes
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Control Your Smartphone with Your Eyes

In an effort to make eye tracking cheap, compact, and accurate enough to be included in smartphones, a group of researchers is crowdsourcing the collection of gaze...

Quantum Cryptographers Set 400k Distance Record
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Quantum Cryptographers Set 400k Distance Record

Researchers in China say they have demonstrated a form of device-independent quantum cryptography, sending a key over a distance of more than 100 kilometers at...
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