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The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI
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The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI

Last year, a strange self-driving car was released onto the quiet roads of Monmouth County, New Jersey.

Machine-Learning Algorithm Watches Dance Dance Revolution, Then Creates Dances of Its Own
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Machine-Learning Algorithm Watches Dance Dance Revolution, Then Creates Dances of Its Own

Dance Dance Convolution is a new system that takes as an input the raw audio files of pop songs, and produces dance routines as an output.

This Paralyzed Man Is ­sing a Neuroprosthetic to Move His Arm For the First Time in Years
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This Paralyzed Man Is ­sing a Neuroprosthetic to Move His Arm For the First Time in Years

William Kochevar of Cleveland can slowly move his right arm and hand. No big deal—except that the 56-year-old had been paralyzed from the shoulders down since a...

Machine Learning Opens ­p New Ways to Help Disabled People
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Machine Learning Opens ­p New Ways to Help Disabled People

Companies are developing and launching machine-learning technologies and applications to enhance the experience of disabled persons.

The ­.s. Military Wants Its Autonomous Machines to Explain Themselves
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The ­.s. Military Wants Its Autonomous Machines to Explain Themselves

Intelligence agents and military operatives may come to rely heavily on machine learning to parse huge quantities of data, and to control a growing arsenal of autonomous...

Inside the Far-Out Glass Lab
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Inside the Far-Out Glass Lab

Engineers at Corning's research lab in New York are developing new materials in their quest to expand the capabilities of glass.

This App Offers Personal Recommendations While Keeping Your Data Private
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This App Offers Personal Recommendations While Keeping Your Data Private

A personalized news recommendation application collects data about the user to suggest relevant stories without sending any personal information to a remote server...

AI Software Learns to Make AI Software
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AI Software Learns to Make AI Software

Several research organizations are working to create artificial intelligences that can in turn develop machine-learning software.

The Internet Is Sick
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The Internet Is Sick

The Mozilla Foundation's new Internet Health Report identifies obstacles that undermine entrepreneurship and democracy online.

Data Mining Solves the Mystery of Your Slow Wi-Fi Connection
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Data Mining Solves the Mystery of Your Slow Wi-Fi Connection

Researchers at Tsinghua University in China have discovered why slow or failed Wi-Fi connectivity happens and how to avoid it, by measuring the time it took for...

Air Force Tests Ibm's Brain-Inspired Chip as an Aerial Tank Spotter
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Air Force Tests Ibm's Brain-Inspired Chip as an Aerial Tank Spotter

The U.S. Air Force Research Lab is exploring whether brain-inspired computer chips could give satellites, aircraft, and drones the ability to automatically identify...

5 Big Predictions For Artificial Intelligence in 2017
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5 Big Predictions For Artificial Intelligence in 2017

Among the expected advancements in artificial intelligence for 2017 is progress in applying deep reinforcement learning to real-world challenges such as automated...

Everything You Need to Know About Gene Therapy's Most Promising Year 
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Everything You Need to Know About Gene Therapy's Most Promising Year 

For a few lucky patients, 2016 was the year when gene therapy turned from promises to cures.

AI Begins to Understand the 3D World
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AI Begins to Understand the 3D World

Artificial intelligence researchers are constructing systems that can visualize the three-dimensional world and take action.

Meet the World's First Completely Soft Robot
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Meet the World's First Completely Soft Robot

Harvard University researchers have created the first self-contained soft robot.

Security Experts Warn Congress That the Internet of Things Could Kill People
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Security Experts Warn Congress That the Internet of Things Could Kill People

A growing mass of poorly secured devices on the Internet of things represents a serious risk to life and property, and the government must intervene to mitigate...

China Turns Big Data Into Big Brother 
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China Turns Big Data Into Big Brother 

It was a drab, chill day in November, and the clocks were striking thirteen.

China's Driverless Trucks Are Revving Their Engines
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China's Driverless Trucks Are Revving Their Engines

China is gearing up to overhaul its road delivery with fleets of self-driving long-haul trucks.

Can Crispr Save Ben Dupree?
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Can Crispr Save Ben Dupree?

At 24, Benjamin Dupree has outlived many people with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

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...
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