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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.

Warning: This Algorithm Will Self-Destruct After It's ­sed
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Warning: This Algorithm Will Self-Destruct After It's ­sed

Two researchers say they have built a proof-of-principle algorithm that destroys itself after use.

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...

AI Programs Are Learning to Exclude Some African-American Voices
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AI Programs Are Learning to Exclude Some African-American Voices

Researchers warn some artificial intelligence programs are inheriting biases against certain dialects, which could lead to automatic discrimination as language-based...

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.

An Algorithm Trained on Emoji Knows When You're Being Sarcastic on Twitter
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An Algorithm Trained on Emoji Knows When You're Being Sarcastic on Twitter

Researchers have developed a deep-learning textual sentiment algorithm which can analyze tweets to pick up sarcasm and general emotional subtext.

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.

The Emerging Science of Computational Psychiatry
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The Emerging Science of Computational Psychiatry

Machine learning, data mining, and artificial intelligence are revolutionizing the study and understanding of mental illness.

First Object Teleported from Earth to Orbit
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First Object Teleported from Earth to Orbit

Last year, a Long March 2D rocket took off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in the Gobi Desert carrying a satellite called Micius, named after an ancient...

Inspecting Algorithms For Bias
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Inspecting Algorithms For Bias

Courts, banks, and other institutions are using automated data analysis systems to make decisions about your life. Let's not leave it up to the algorithm makers...

How a Wireless Sensor System in the Busiest City Intersections Can Save Lives
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How a Wireless Sensor System in the Busiest City Intersections Can Save Lives

Every city has at least one dangerous intersection where cars, trucks, and buses jostle for space with pedestrians and bicyclists, often resulting in injury, and...

Curiosity May Be Vital For Truly Smart AI
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Curiosity May Be Vital For Truly Smart AI

A computer algorithm equipped with a form of artificial curiosity can learn to solve tricky problems even when it isn't immediately clear what actions might help...

Microsoft Has a Plan to Add Dna Data to its Cloud
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Microsoft Has a Plan to Add Dna Data to its Cloud

Microsoft Research plans to have a DNA-based data storage system functioning within a data center by 2020.

Patching the Electric Grid
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Patching the Electric Grid

Electric grids worldwide are increasingly vulnerable to attack as new technologies like smart meters and analytical software are added to them, with mature systems...

An Ostrich-Like Robot Pushes the Limits of Legged Locomotion
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An Ostrich-Like Robot Pushes the Limits of Legged Locomotion

The Planar Elliptical Runner is a two-legged robot that will help explore how mechanical design can be used to enable sophisticated legged locomotion.

An Ostrich-Like Robot Pushes the Limits of Legged Locomotion
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An Ostrich-Like Robot Pushes the Limits of Legged Locomotion

What looks like a tiny mechanical ostrich chasing after a car is actually a significant leap forward for robot-kind.

A Massive New Library of 3D Images Could Help Your Robot Butler Get Around Your House
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A Massive New Library of 3D Images Could Help Your Robot Butler Get Around Your House

Researchers created ScanNet, a new database of three-dimensional images with millions of annotated objects, to help train machines to better understand the physical...

Google's New Chip Is a Stepping Stone to Quantum Computing Supremacy
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Google's New Chip Is a Stepping Stone to Quantum Computing Supremacy

A team of Google researchers by the end of this year plans to build a device that achieves "quantum supremacy."
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