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Beyond Silicon: Squeezing More Out of Chips
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Beyond Silicon: Squeezing More Out of Chips

Ali Farhadi holds a puny $5 computer, called a Raspberry Pi, comfortably in his palm and exults that his team of researchers has managed to squeeze into it a powerful...

The Stakes Are Rising in Google's Antitrust Fight With Europe
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The Stakes Are Rising in Google's Antitrust Fight With Europe

Google is locked in a six-year battle with Europe's antitrust officials. And the stakes for both sides are getting higher.

The Pentagon's 'terminator Conundrum': Robots That Could Kill on Their Own
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The Pentagon's 'terminator Conundrum': Robots That Could Kill on Their Own

The Pentagon has made artificial intelligence the core of its agenda to maintain the U.S. position as the world's leading military power.

The Pentagon's 'terminator Conundrum': Robots That Could Kill on Their Own
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The Pentagon's 'terminator Conundrum': Robots That Could Kill on Their Own

The small drone, with its six whirring rotors, swept past the replica of a Middle Eastern village and closed in on a mosque-like structure, its camera scanning...

A New Era of Internet Attacks Powered By Everyday Devices
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A New Era of Internet Attacks Powered By Everyday Devices

When surveillance cameras began popping up in the 1970s and '80s, they were welcomed as a crime-fighting tool, then as a way to monitor traffic congestion, factory...

If Planet Nine Is Out There, It Tilts Our Solar System
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If Planet Nine Is Out There, It Tilts Our Solar System

Most people think the eight planets in our solar system orbit the sun along a straight plane, like a disc on a record player.

Venus: Inhospitable, and Perhaps Instructional
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Venus: Inhospitable, and Perhaps Instructional

Venus is not a placid paradise—that much we know.

Stepping ­p Security For an Internet-of-Things World
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Stepping ­p Security For an Internet-of-Things World

The vision of the so-called internet of things—giving all sorts of physical things a digital makeover—has been years ahead of reality. But that gap is closing fast...

­nder Hawaii's Starriest Skies, a Fight Over Sacred Ground
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­nder Hawaii's Starriest Skies, a Fight Over Sacred Ground

Little lives up here except whispering hopes and a little bug called Wekiu.

­.s. Tech Giants Are Investing Billions to Keep Data in Europe
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­.s. Tech Giants Are Investing Billions to Keep Data in Europe

In the battle to dominate Europe's cloud computing market, American tech giants are spending big to build up their local credibility.

The Problem With Google's 'star Trek' Computer
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The Problem With Google's 'star Trek' Computer

Google is hoping to develop its Assistant, a Siri-like technology to be included on the company's new smartphones and other products, into something like the computer...

A Single Migration From Africa Populated the World, Studies Find
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A Single Migration From Africa Populated the World, Studies Find

Modern humans evolved in Africa roughly 200,000 years ago. But how did our species go on to populate the rest of the globe?

In a Lab in Poland, Plastic That Can Crawl
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In a Lab in Poland, Plastic That Can Crawl

Researchers at Poland's University of Warsaw have developed a robotic caterpillar that can move across a surface by itself when exposed to a specific shade of green...

In Backing Autonomous Cars, ­.s. Tells Automakers to Figure It Out
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In Backing Autonomous Cars, ­.s. Tells Automakers to Figure It Out

The Obama administration's approach to hands-free driving is remarkably hands-off.

Artificial Intelligence Software Is Booming. But Why Now?
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Artificial Intelligence Software Is Booming. But Why Now?

This is the year artificial intelligence came into its own for mainstream businesses, at least as a marketing feature.

A Lesson of Tesla Crashes? Computer Vision Can't Do It All Yet
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A Lesson of Tesla Crashes? Computer Vision Can't Do It All Yet

Jitendra Malik, a researcher in computer vision for three decades, doesn't own a Tesla, but he has advice for people who do.

Your Car's New Software Is Ready. Update Now?
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Your Car's New Software Is Ready. Update Now?

Tired of your vehicle and its aging, limited features? Don’t trade it in just yet. Download new software instead.

Nasa Aims at an Asteroid Holding Clues to the Solar System's Roots
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Nasa Aims at an Asteroid Holding Clues to the Solar System's Roots

For the next two years, NASA's latest robotic spacecraft will be chasing down an asteroid near Earth in the hopes of scooping up some of the most primordial bits...

Does the Messaging Service Telegram Take Privacy Too Far?
From ACM News

Does the Messaging Service Telegram Take Privacy Too Far?

The encryption of digital information is considered the best protection against hackers, snoops or potential enemies looking to poke around into private exchanges...

No Sailors Needed: Robot Sailboats Scour the Oceans for Data
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No Sailors Needed: Robot Sailboats Scour the Oceans for Data

Two robotic sailboats trace lawn-mower-style paths across the violent surface of the Bering Sea, off the coast of Alaska.
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