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Google Lookout ­ses AI to Describe Surroundings for Visually Impaired
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Google Lookout ­ses AI to Describe Surroundings for Visually Impaired

A new Google app uses artificial intelligence to help visually impaired users better perceive their surroundings by providing verbal feedback via smartphones.

RFID Tag Arrays Can Be ­sed to Track a Person's Movement
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RFID Tag Arrays Can Be ­sed to Track a Person's Movement

Radio-frequency identification tags may be used to track movement.

Playing With Molecules in Virtual Reality
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Playing With Molecules in Virtual Reality

A growing number of companies are using virtual reality to enable scientists to view, design, and manipulate molecular structures.

­NSW Has Found a Way to Access Information Stored Within Atoms
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­NSW Has Found a Way to Access Information Stored Within Atoms

Researchers at the University of New South Wales in Australia have demonstrated a compact sensor for accessing information stored in the electrons of individual...

Watching YouTube Videos May Someday Let Robots Copy Humans
From ACM TechNews

Watching YouTube Videos May Someday Let Robots Copy Humans

Researchers have trained a neural network to reconstruct human acrobatics in YouTube video clips and manipulate a simulated humanoid to ape those movements.

What is Cyberwar?
From ACM Opinion

What is Cyberwar?

At its core, cyberwarfare refers the use of digital attacks by one country or nation to disrupt the computer systems of another with the aim of create significant...

Facebook, NY­ Aim to ­se AI to Speed ­p MRI Scans
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Facebook, NY­ Aim to ­se AI to Speed ­p MRI Scans

Facebook's artificial intelligence laboratory, working with the New York University School of Medicine, generated reliable magnetic resonance imaging scans with...

Meet REM­S, the Robot That Discovered $17 Billion in Sunken Treasure
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Meet REM­S, the Robot That Discovered $17 Billion in Sunken Treasure

Two years ago, an autonomous underwater vehicle from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute located an underwater wreck containing $17 billion in sunken treasure.

Tech Giants Hit by NSA Spying Slam Encryption Backdoors
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Tech Giants Hit by NSA Spying Slam Encryption Backdoors

A coalition of Silicon Valley tech giants has doubled down on its criticism of encryption backdoors following a proposal that would give law enforcement access...

­niversity of Sydney Develops Quantum Trick to Block Background Sensor 'chatter'
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­niversity of Sydney Develops Quantum Trick to Block Background Sensor 'chatter'

Researchers have developed a method to block background "chatter," which they say solves a common problem associated with quantum sensing devices.

Google's AI Can Now Spot Shoulder-Surfers Peeking at Your Screen
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Google's AI Can Now Spot Shoulder-Surfers Peeking at Your Screen

Google researchers have developed an "electronic screen protector" application that can immediately spot people glancing at a user's handheld screen.

Humans, Cover Your Mouths: Lip Reading Bots in the Wild
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Humans, Cover Your Mouths: Lip Reading Bots in the Wild

A new algorithm has outperformed professional human lip readers.

Back to Self-Driving School: The Simulator Teaching Vehicle Ais Road Sense
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Back to Self-Driving School: The Simulator Teaching Vehicle Ais Road Sense

Researchers have developed a simulator employing convolutional neural networks and deep learning to enhance how vehicle artificial intelligence systems manage environmental...

Rise of the Robo-Journalists? Google Teaches an AI the Art of Writing a Good Headline
From ACM TechNews

Rise of the Robo-Journalists? Google Teaches an AI the Art of Writing a Good Headline

The Google Brain Team says it has made strides in teaching computers to summarize text, and has developed an algorithm that can write "very good" headlines.

Encryption's Quantum Leap: The Race to Stop the Hackers of Tomorrow
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Encryption's Quantum Leap: The Race to Stop the Hackers of Tomorrow

Researchers are looking into the construction of new quantum-proof cryptography ito thwart quantum-based schemes future hackers could use to crack sensitive data...

How Google Deepmind's Ant Soccer Skills Can Help Improve Your Search Results
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How Google Deepmind's Ant Soccer Skills Can Help Improve Your Search Results

Google's DeepMind artificial intelligence is learning to navigate thee-dimensional environments and games, including a soccer game played as a virtual ant.

Ai, Md: How Artificial Intelligence Is Changing the Way Illness Is Diagnosed and Treated
From ACM TechNews

Ai, Md: How Artificial Intelligence Is Changing the Way Illness Is Diagnosed and Treated

Frost & Sullivan's Venkat Rajan observes the concept of artificial intelligence in healthcare has entered reached "early-stage commercialization, adoption, and...

Why We Won't Trust Robot Cars Until They Drive Just Like US
From ACM TechNews

Why We Won't Trust Robot Cars Until They Drive Just Like US

Eight separate research projects into autonomous vehicles will receive financial support from the U.K. government. 

South Korean Researchers Develop ­ser-Friendly, 3D Printing Tech
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South Korean Researchers Develop ­ser-Friendly, 3D Printing Tech

South Korea Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute researchers say they have developed a handheld three-dimensional scanner.

France and Spain Team Up to Jumpstart Europe's Exascale Computing Ambitions
From ACM TechNews

France and Spain Team Up to Jumpstart Europe's Exascale Computing Ambitions

France's Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission and Spain's Barcelona Supercomputing Center have announced a high-performance computing partnership to...
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