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Log In to Your Phone with a Finger-Drawn Doodle Instead of a Password
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Log In to Your Phone with a Finger-Drawn Doodle Instead of a Password

Rather than painstakingly typing in passwords on your smartphone, you may eventually just swipe a shape or other pattern on its display to authenticate yourself...

Google ­nveils Neural Network with 'superhuman' Ability to Determine the Location of Almost Any Image
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Google ­nveils Neural Network with 'superhuman' Ability to Determine the Location of Almost Any Image

Here's a tricky task. Pick a photograph from the Web at random. Now try to work out where it was taken using only the image itself.

The Missing Link of Artificial Intelligence
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The Missing Link of Artificial Intelligence

In 2012 the world learned of a surprising research project inside Google's secretive X lab.

Robot Art Raises Questions About Human Creativity
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Robot Art Raises Questions About Human Creativity

Art created by machines raises unanswered questions about its potential and whether it can truly be defined as creative or imaginative. 

Better Brain Imaging Could Show Computers a Smarter Way to Learn
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Better Brain Imaging Could Show Computers a Smarter Way to Learn

Machine learning is an extremely clever approach to computer programming.

Will AI-Powered Hedge Funds Outsmart the Market?
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Will AI-Powered Hedge Funds Outsmart the Market?

Every day computers make many millions of electronic trades by performing delicate calculations aimed at eking out a tiny edge in terms of speed or efficiency.

Next Big Test For Ai: Making Sense of the World
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Next Big Test For Ai: Making Sense of the World

A few years ago, a breakthrough in machine learning suddenly enabled computers to recognize objects shown in photographs with unprecedented—almost spooky—accuracy...

Can Augmented Reality Make Remote Communication Feel More Intimate?
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Can Augmented Reality Make Remote Communication Feel More Intimate?

Nothing beats talking to another person face-to-face, but a group of researchers are considering whether a life-size projection of a person that appears to be sitting...

How Future Cars Will Predict Your Driving Maneuvers Before You Make Them
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How Future Cars Will Predict Your Driving Maneuvers Before You Make Them

Buy a new car these days and the chances are that it will be fitted with an array of driver-assistance technologies.

Programmable Material Algorithm Solves ­niversal Coating Problem
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Programmable Material Algorithm Solves ­niversal Coating Problem

Research from Arizona State University answers a question that has stumped mathematicians pondering the properties of programmable materials. 

In Pursuit of an Affordable Tablet For the Blind
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In Pursuit of an Affordable Tablet For the Blind

An inexpensive, full-page braille tablet could make topics like science and math more easily accessible to the blind, according to a team of researchers who have...

A Master Algorithm Lets Robots Teach Themselves to Perform Complex Tasks
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A Master Algorithm Lets Robots Teach Themselves to Perform Complex Tasks

For all the talk of machines becoming intelligent, getting a sophisticated robot to do anything complex, like grabbing a heavy object and moving it from one place...

Baidu's Self-Driving Car Takes On Beijing Traffic
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Baidu's Self-Driving Car Takes On Beijing Traffic

Driving around Beijing often feels unnervingly like a contact sport, with vehicles recklessly plunging through thick traffic, sneaking along the shoulder, or cutting...

Here's What Developers Are Doing with Google’s AI Brain
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Here's What Developers Are Doing with Google’s AI Brain

An artificial intelligence engine that Google uses in many of its products, and that it made freely available last month, is now being used by others to perform...

Patients Favor Changing the Genes of the Next Generation with Crispr
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Patients Favor Changing the Genes of the Next Generation with Crispr

Jeff Carroll inherited the DNA mutation that causes Huntington's disease.

Everything You Need to Know About Crispr Gene Editing's Monster Year
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Everything You Need to Know About Crispr Gene Editing's Monster Year

Muscle-bound beagles. Hornless cows. Better potatoes. Genetically modified human embryos.

Single Artificial Neuron Taught to Recognize Hundreds of Patterns
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Single Artificial Neuron Taught to Recognize Hundreds of Patterns

Artificial intelligence is a field in the midst of rapid, exciting change. That's largely because of an improved understanding of how neural networks work and the...

Robot Toddler Learns to Stand By "imagining" How to Do It
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Robot Toddler Learns to Stand By "imagining" How to Do It

The ability of robots to carry out tasks and move about their environment is increasingly impressive, but they still face major challenges. 

To Study the Brain, a Doctor Puts Himself Under the Knife
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To Study the Brain, a Doctor Puts Himself Under the Knife

Phil Kennedy no longer saw any other way to get the data.

Now You Can ­se Emojis to Search For Cute Cat Videos
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Now You Can ­se Emojis to Search For Cute Cat Videos

In a move that makes it possible to seamlessly combine your love of emojis with adorable animal videos, a group of researchers has built a prototype of a search...
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