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Neural Network Learns to Identify Criminals by Their Faces
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Neural Network Learns to Identify Criminals by Their Faces

Researchers from Shanghai Jiao Tong University applied a variety of machine-vision algorithms to study faces of criminals and noncriminals. Their neural network...

Malware Turns PCs into Eavesdropping Devices
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Malware Turns PCs into Eavesdropping Devices

Researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev have demonstrated SPEAKE(a)R, malware that can turn computers into perpetual eavesdropping machines. The malware...

AI Academic Warns on Brain Drain to Tech Groups
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AI Academic Warns on Brain Drain to Tech Groups

As artificial intelligence (AI) professionals increasingly seek positions within major technology companies, the exodus threatens to stall academic research in...

Single Photon Converter – A Key Component of Quantum Internet
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Single Photon Converter – A Key Component of Quantum Internet

Physicists from the University of Warsaw and the University of Oxford have constructed an electro-optical device capable of modifying the quantum properties of...

Miniature Wi-Fi Device Supplies Missing Link for the Internet of Things
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Miniature Wi-Fi Device Supplies Missing Link for the Internet of Things

Stanford University researchers have developed HitchHike, a tiny, ultra-low-energy wireless radio that enables data transmission using just micro-watts of energy...

Cracked, Frozen, and Tipped Over: New Clues From Pluto's Past
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Cracked, Frozen, and Tipped Over: New Clues From Pluto's Past

Sputnik Planitia, a 1,000-kilometer-wide basin within the iconic heart-shaped region observed on Pluto's surface, could be in its present location because accumulation...

Mars Ice Deposit Holds as Much Water as Lake Superior
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Mars Ice Deposit Holds as Much Water as Lake Superior

Frozen beneath a region of cracked and pitted plains on Mars lies about as much water as what's in Lake Superior, largest of the Great Lakes, researchers using...

World's First Silicon Photonic Neural Network Unveiled
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World's First Silicon Photonic Neural Network Unveiled

Alexander Tait and colleagues at Princeton University say they have built the world's first integrated silicon photonic neuromorphic chip, a development that could...

Great. Now Even Your Headphones Can Spy on You
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Great. Now Even Your Headphones Can Spy on You

Cautious computer users put a piece of tape over their webcam.

Tracking the Flow of Quantum Information
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Tracking the Flow of Quantum Information

Yale University researchers have developed a formula for understanding where quantum objects land when they are transmitted, which they say provides insight for...

Computers Learn to Recognize Molecules That Can Enter Cells
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Computers Learn to Recognize Molecules That Can Enter Cells

Researchers at UCLA and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign determined that a computer program they developed started to recognize features of peptides...

Cognitive Computers Work Like the Human Brain
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Cognitive Computers Work Like the Human Brain

Neural networks and cognitive computing software emulate the way humans think.

Fire Up the Atom Forge
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Fire Up the Atom Forge

Electron microscopy is on the brink of a transition.

Artificial Intelligence Robots: Why Human Baby Brains Are Smarter Than AI
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Artificial Intelligence Robots: Why Human Baby Brains Are Smarter Than AI

Machines are capable of understanding speech, recognizing faces and driving cars safely, making recent technological advancements seem impressively powerful.

Google, Facebook, and Microsoft Are Remaking Themselves Around AI
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Google, Facebook, and Microsoft Are Remaking Themselves Around AI

Fei-Fei Li is a big deal in the world of AI. As the director of the Artificial Intelligence and Vision labs at Stanford University, she oversaw the creation of...

Microsoft Spends Big to Build a Computer Out of Science Fiction
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Microsoft Spends Big to Build a Computer Out of Science Fiction

Microsoft is dedicating significant funding and manpower to its efforts related to quantum computing. Microsoft's decision to build a working prototype highlights...

Research Chip Modeled After the Brain Aims to Bring Smarts to Computers
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Research Chip Modeled After the Brain Aims to Bring Smarts to Computers

University of Tennessee, Knoxville researchers have developed a neuromorphic chip designed for intelligent computers that are structured to discover patterns through...

Google Translate: 'This Landmark Update Is Our Biggest Single Leap in 10 Years'
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Google Translate: 'This Landmark Update Is Our Biggest Single Leap in 10 Years'

Google says it is has vastly improved the accuracy of Google Translate through its new Neural Machine Translation system, which utilizes neural networks to train...

CertiKOS: A Breakthrough Toward Hacker-Resistant Operating Systems
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CertiKOS: A Breakthrough Toward Hacker-Resistant Operating Systems

Researchers at Yale University have developed CertiKOS, a new operating system they say could lead to a new generation of reliable and secure systems. 

An Efficient Approach for Tracking Physical Activity With Wearable Health-Monitoring Devices
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An Efficient Approach for Tracking Physical Activity With Wearable Health-Monitoring Devices

A new technique developed by researchers at North Carolina State University could enable wearable health devices to track user physical activity accurately and...
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