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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...

Are Face Recognition Systems Accurate? Depends on Your Race
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Are Face Recognition Systems Accurate? Depends on Your Race

The U.S. Government Accountability Office issued a report finding the Federal Bureau of Investigation has not properly tested the accuracy of its face-matching...

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...

As It Searches For Suspects, the Fbi May Be Looking at You
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As It Searches For Suspects, the Fbi May Be Looking at You

The FBI has access to nearly 412 million photos in its facial recognition system—perhaps including the one on your driver's license.

Supercomputer Powered By Mobile Chips Suggests New Threat to Intel
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Supercomputer Powered By Mobile Chips Suggests New Threat to Intel


Machine-Vision Algorithm Learns to Transform Hand-Drawn Sketches Into Photorealistic Images
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Machine-Vision Algorithm Learns to Transform Hand-Drawn Sketches Into Photorealistic Images

Researchers at Denmark's Radboud University have trained a deep convolutional neural network to convert hand-drawn sketches of faces into photorealistic portraits...

First Experimental Demonstration of a Quantum Enigma Machine
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First Experimental Demonstration of a Quantum Enigma Machine

One of the great unsung heroes of 20th century science was a mathematician and engineer at the famous Bell Laboratories in New Jersey called Claude Shannon.

How Ad Blockers Have Triggered an Arms Race on the Web
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How Ad Blockers Have Triggered an Arms Race on the Web

A team at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology has conducted the first large-scale analysis of ad-block detection on the Internet. 

How to Create a Malevolent Artificial Intelligence
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How to Create a Malevolent Artificial Intelligence

The possibility that a malevolent artificial intelligence might pose a serious threat to humankind has become a hotly debated issue.

Robots Learn How to Make Friends and Influence People
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Robots Learn How to Make Friends and Influence People

Stanford University researchers have developed a computer-vision algorithm that predicts the movement of people in a busy space. 

How to Make Passwords That Cannot Be Compromised By Torture or Coercion
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How to Make Passwords That Cannot Be Compromised By Torture or Coercion

Researchers have hypothesized a method to measure an individual's stress levels and determine whether they are being coerced into revealing a password. 

Moore's Law Is Dead. Now What?
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Moore's Law Is Dead. Now What?

The looming obsolescence of Moore's Law is forcing scientists to look for other ways to improve computer performance and innovation. 

Algorithm Clones Van Gogh's Artistic Style and Pastes It Onto Other Images, Movies
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Algorithm Clones Van Gogh's Artistic Style and Pastes It Onto Other Images, Movies

The nature of artistic style is something of a mystery to most people.

Gene Therapy's First Out-and-Out Cure Is Here
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Gene Therapy's First Out-and-Out Cure Is Here

A treatment now pending approval in Europe will be the first commercial gene therapy to provide an outright cure for a deadly disease.

Ibm Inches Ahead of Google in Race For Quantum Computing Power
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Ibm Inches Ahead of Google in Race For Quantum Computing Power

All kinds of things are hooked up to the Internet these days, but Jerry Chow's computer stands out. Chilled by liquid helium, his superconducting processor uses...

A Simple Way to Hasten the Arrival of Self-Driving Cars
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A Simple Way to Hasten the Arrival of Self-Driving Cars

Researchers have compiled a massive public dataset for self-driving vehicles culled from thousands of hours of data from a single stretch of road over a 12-month...

Why a Chip That's Bad at Math Can Help Computers Tackle Harder Problems
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Why a Chip That's Bad at Math Can Help Computers Tackle Harder Problems

Your math teacher lied to you. Sometimes getting your sums wrong is agood thing.

Moore's Law's Ultraviolet Savior Is Finally Ready
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Moore's Law's Ultraviolet Savior Is Finally Ready

It is easy to take for granted the advancements in our mobile phones, wearable electronics, and other gadgets. But advances in computing rely on processes that...
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