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AI Will Replace Coders by 2040, Warn Academics
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AI Will Replace Coders by 2040, Warn Academics

Coders and programmers could find themselves becoming marginalized by emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence.

Towards Data Storage at the Single Molecule Level
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Towards Data Storage at the Single Molecule Level

Researchers have developed a process for storing information on a single spin-crossover molecule.

Google's 'Superhuman' DeepMind AI Claims Chess Crown
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Google's 'Superhuman' DeepMind AI Claims Chess Crown

Google says its DeepMind unit's AlphaGo Zero algorithm defeated world-leading specialist software Stockfish 8 in a chess match within hours of teaching itself the...

'Grinch Bots' Attempt to Steal Christmas by Driving Up Toy Prices
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'Grinch Bots' Attempt to Steal Christmas by Driving Up Toy Prices

Online fraudsters are frustrating Christmas shoppers by using software bots to buy up the most popular toys to resell at inflated prices at third-party websites...

Virtual Reality Users Must Learn to Use What They See
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Virtual Reality Users Must Learn to Use What They See

A new study has found virtual reality users need training to effectively perceive and use virtual imagery.

Tech Is Taking Over Our Lives, and Our 401(k) Accounts
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Tech Is Taking Over Our Lives, and Our 401(k) Accounts

As technology takes over more of people's daily lives, it's also taking over ever-bigger chunks of their retirement accounts.

Dubious Claim of Week: Air Force's 'EMP Missile' Could Disable N. Korean ICBMs
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Dubious Claim of Week: Air Force's 'EMP Missile' Could Disable N. Korean ICBMs

On Monday, NBC Nightly News broadcast a report claiming that White House officials had discussed using an experimental weapon to disrupt or disable a North Korean...

New Robots Can See Into Their Future
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New Robots Can See Into Their Future

Visual foresight is a new learning technology enabling robots to foresee the outcome of their actions..

The Next Big Step for AI? Understanding Video
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The Next Big Step for AI? Understanding Video

The Moments in Time Dataset is a massive archive of three-second video clips annotated with minute details of the action being performed.

Robot Learning Improves Student Engagement
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Robot Learning Improves Student Engagement

Online students who use innovative robots feel more engaged and connected to the instructor and students in the classroom.

UH Manoa Field Testing Mobile App for Visually Impaired at Yosemite National Park
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UH Manoa Field Testing Mobile App for Visually Impaired at Yosemite National Park

Researchers recently conducted a user test of the UniD mobile app, which is designed to make brochures at national parks accessible to the visually impaired.

Phones Vulnerable to Location Tracking Even When GPS Services Off
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Phones Vulnerable to Location Tracking Even When GPS Services Off

PinMe is an application that can pinpoint and monitor people via their smartphones even when global-positioning system data access is deactivated.

Will Tech Firms Challenge China's 'open' Internet?
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Will Tech Firms Challenge China's 'open' Internet?

Sometimes you can gauge how proud someone is about being at an event by the extent to which they want to talk about it.

Google Missed Out on China. Can It Flourish in India?
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Google Missed Out on China. Can It Flourish in India?

Every month, about four million more Indians get online. They include people like Manju, a 35-year-old seamstress in this city of ancient palaces, who got her first...

Demand for AI Talent Turns Once-Staid Conference Into Draft Day
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Demand for AI Talent Turns Once-Staid Conference Into Draft Day

Actors in robot costumes stood in the lobby of the Westin hotel in Long Beach, California on Sunday night, "Intel Inside" stickers displayed on their foam torsos...

 Taking a Second Look at the Learn-to-Code Craze
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Taking a Second Look at the Learn-to-Code Craze

Over the past five years, the idea that computer programming–or "coding"–is the key to the future for both children and adults alike has become received wisdom...

Schools Dive In to Computer Science Education Week
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Schools Dive In to Computer Science Education Week

This year's Computer Science Education Week, which started Monday, continues an ongoing effort to encourage K-12 students to engage with coding and computer science...

More Realistic AR Display Places Digital Images Among Real Objects
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More Realistic AR Display Places Digital Images Among Real Objects

A prototype augmented reality display can show a virtual image that both blocks real-world objects sitting behind it and can itself be blocked by other real-world...

Butterfly Pattern Emerges From Quantum Simulation
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Butterfly Pattern Emerges From Quantum Simulation

Researchers have simulated the energy spectrum predicted for two-dimensional electrons in a magnetic field, known as the Hofstadter butterfly.
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