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A Revolution in the Making
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A Revolution in the Making

On a dark and stormy night two weeks ago in Schenectady, N.Y., Ken Hislop was relaxing at home when his cellphone suddenly began buzzing in his pocket. It was an...

Will Google's Ray Kurzweil Live Forever?
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Will Google's Ray Kurzweil Live Forever?

Ray Kurzweil must encounter his share of interviewers whose first question is: What do you hope your obituary will say?

Smartphones Are Reinventing—and Ditching—the Keyboard
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Smartphones Are Reinventing—and Ditching—the Keyboard

In the future, your smartphone won't auto-correct your errors. It will correct them before they're even made.

Liability Issues Create Potholes on the Road to Driverless Cars
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Liability Issues Create Potholes on the Road to Driverless Cars

Although widespread commercial use of driverless cars is still years away, Google and others are already testing the technology on roads and automakers have raised...

An Explosion in Innovation
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An Explosion in Innovation

Innovation in eight emerging areas of science and technology is poised to skyrocket as the number of people online grows from 2 billion in 2010 to 5 billion by...

Who's Behind the Wheel? Nobody.
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Who's Behind the Wheel? Nobody.

The Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca is a 2.2-mile asphalt roller coaster plunging and soaring across California's tawny Monterey highlands.

My Life as a Telecommuting Robot
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My Life as a Telecommuting Robot

I was strolling down the hall to a meeting on a Wednesday afternoon when I suddenly blacked out, coming to a halt.

Autopilots Take to the Ground
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Autopilots Take to the Ground

For decades, autopilots have controlled how planes climb, cruise and descend in the air.

The Eyes Have It: Marketers Now Track Shoppers' Retinas
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The Eyes Have It: Marketers Now Track Shoppers' Retinas

Consumer-products companies are turning to new technology to overcome the biggest obstacle to learning what shoppers really think: what the shoppers say.

Pentagon Digs In on Cyberwar Front
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Pentagon Digs In on Cyberwar Front

The U.S. military is accelerating its cyberwarfare training programs in an aggressive expansion of its preparations for conflict on an emerging battlefield.

In the Afghan War, a Little Robot Can Be a Soldier's Best Friend
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In the Afghan War, a Little Robot Can Be a Soldier's Best Friend

The 310 SUGV is a distant cousin of the Roomba, the robotic vacuum cleaner currently being promoted as a Father's Day gift. In Afghanistan, the Marines call him...

Drone ­se Takes Off on the Home Front
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Drone ­se Takes Off on the Home Front

With little public attention, dozens of universities and law-enforcement agencies have been given approval by federal aviation regulators to use unmanned aircraft...

Work on Causality Causes Judea Pearl to Win Prize
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Work on Causality Causes Judea Pearl to Win Prize

Humans have always made inferences about causes and effects, sometimes based on scanty information. Many machines do now, too, and Judea Pearl is frequently cited...

A Roboticist's Trip From Mines to the Moon
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A Roboticist's Trip From Mines to the Moon

Robots created by William "Red" Whittaker have crawled into mines and volcanoes, crossed deserts, won a 60-mile road race, helped clean up nuclear waste and harvested...

Ibm's Watson Becomes Big Man on Campus With Jeopardy Win
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Ibm's Watson Becomes Big Man on Campus With Jeopardy Win

Jeopardy champion Watson is making IBM as sexy to work for as Apple, Google or Facebook.

Algorithms Take Control of Wall Street
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Algorithms Take Control of Wall Street

Last spring, Dow Jones launched a new service called Lexicon, which sends real-time financial news to professional investors. This in itself is not surprising...

Wiring The Brain to Aid People With Paralysis
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Wiring The Brain to Aid People With Paralysis

Scientists are reporting progress in their efforts to channel brain waves to power mechanical devices, a development that could someday help paralyzed people...

From ACM News

Letting the Machines Decide

Wall Street is notorious for not learning from its mistakes. Maybe machines can do better.

From ACM TechNews

In Search For Intelligence, a Silicon Brain Twitches

Blue Brain is a supercomputer-powered software model designed to closely simulate the activity of a rat's neocortical column (NCC) in the hope of gaining insights...
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