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Japanese Team Dominates Competition to Create Generation of Rescue Robots
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Japanese Team Dominates Competition to Create Generation of Rescue Robots

The Schaft robot developed by Japanese researchers dominated the U.S. Pentagon's Defense Advance Research Projects Agency's Robotics Challenge 2013 Trials. 

Japanese Team Dominates Competition to Create Rescue Robots
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Japanese Team Dominates Competition to Create Rescue Robots

An international competition to pave the way for a new generation of rescue robots was dominated by a team of Japanese roboticists who were students in the laboratory...

Officials Say ­.s. May Never Know Extent of Snowden's Leaks
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Officials Say ­.s. May Never Know Extent of Snowden's Leaks

American intelligence and law enforcement investigators have concluded that they may never know the entirety of what the former National Security Agency contractor...

Google Puts Money on Robots, ­sing the Man Behind Android
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Google Puts Money on Robots, ­sing the Man Behind Android

In an out-of-the-way Google office, two life-size humanoid robots hang suspended in a corner.

When Algorithms Grow Accustomed to Your Face
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When Algorithms Grow Accustomed to Your Face

Computer software currently exists that can read subtle, millisecond-long facial cues of a person's emotions via frame-by-frame video analysis. 

Already Anticipating 'terminator' Ethics
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Already Anticipating 'terminator' Ethics

What could possibly go wrong?

Ibm to Announce More Powerful Watson via the Internet
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Ibm to Announce More Powerful Watson via the Internet

Welcome to the age of supercomputing for everyone.

Big Data's Little Brother
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Big Data's Little Brother

David Soloff is recruiting an army of "hyperdata" collectors.

Nest's Tony Fadell on Smart Objects, and the Singularity of Innovation
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Nest's Tony Fadell on Smart Objects, and the Singularity of Innovation

Tony Fadell is the founder and chief executive of Nest, a company that is trying to bring a high-end technology experience to some of the most prosaic areas of...

As Interest Fades in the Humanities, Colleges Worry
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As Interest Fades in the Humanities, Colleges Worry

On Stanford University’s sprawling campus, where a long palm-lined drive leads to manicured quads, humanities professors produce highly regarded scholarship on...

Making Robots More Like ­S
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Making Robots More Like ­S

On a recent morning Natanel Dukan walked into the Paris offices of the French robot maker Aldebaran and noticed one of the company's humanoid NAO robots sitting...

Of Fact, Fiction and Defibrillators
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Of Fact, Fiction and Defibrillators

In a chilling episode of "Homeland" last year, a terrorist killed the vice president with a fiendishly clever weapon: a remote-control device that attacked the...

The Information-Gathering Paradox
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The Information-Gathering Paradox

Consumer trust is a vital currency for every big Internet company, which helps to explain why the giants of Silicon Valley have gone to great lengths in recent...

The ­mbilical Link of Man to Robot
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The ­mbilical Link of Man to Robot

Atlas doesn't shrug. But he teeters, loses his grip, stutters, and staggers.

Contractors See Weeks of Work on Health Site
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Contractors See Weeks of Work on Health Site

Federal contractors have identified most of the main problems crippling President Obama's online health insurance marketplace, but the administration has been slow...

The Rapid Advance of Artificial Intelligence
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The Rapid Advance of Artificial Intelligence

The latest work in the realm of artificial intelligence by scientists, roboticists, and others could potentially transform the world within the next five years. ...

On a New Jersey Islet, Twilight of the Landline
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On a New Jersey Islet, Twilight of the Landline

Hurricane Sandy devastated this barrier island community of multimillion-dollar homes, but in Peter Flihan's view, Verizon Communications has delivered a second...

N.s.a. Director Gives Firm and Broad Defense of Surveillance Efforts
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N.s.a. Director Gives Firm and Broad Defense of Surveillance Efforts

The director of the National Security Agency, Gen. Keith B. Alexander, said in an interview that to prevent terrorist attacks he saw no effective alternative to...

The Rapid Advance of Artificial Intelligence
From ACM News

The Rapid Advance of Artificial Intelligence

A gaggle of Harry Potter fans descended for several days this summer on the Oregon Convention Center in Portland for the Leaky Con gathering, an annual haunt of...

Bit By Bit, Virtual Reality Heads For the Holodeck
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Bit By Bit, Virtual Reality Heads For the Holodeck

While sitting in a stuffy Hollywood hotel conference room recently, I plotted my next move outside a snow-covered, ancient castle.
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