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Silicon Valley is Racing to Build the Next Version of the Internet. Fortnite Might Get There First.
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Silicon Valley is Racing to Build the Next Version of the Internet. Fortnite Might Get There First.

In recent years, there's been serious talk about how to build the Metaverse, the next version of the Internet, and who will build it first.

With Coronavirus Closing Schools, Here's How Video Games are Helping Teachers
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With Coronavirus Closing Schools, Here's How Video Games are Helping Teachers

The quarantine caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted teachers to utilize popular video games to conduct lessons on a range of topics.

NASA Created a Game That Lets You Help Map the Ocean's Coral Reefs
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NASA Created a Game That Lets You Help Map the Ocean's Coral Reefs

A new game can help map the ocean's diversity of coral reefs.

ACM Prize in Computing Awarded to AlphaGo Developer
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ACM Prize in Computing Awarded to AlphaGo Developer

David Silver Recognized for Breakthrough Advances in Computer Game-Playing

Dead Languages Come to Life
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Dead Languages Come to Life

Artificial intelligence automates the translation of extinct languages.

Machine Learning, Meet Whiskey
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Machine Learning, Meet Whiskey

Technologies are coming increasingly closer to approximating the human senses of taste and smell.

How Universities Deploy Student Data
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How Universities Deploy Student Data

Personalizing efforts to drive greater student retention and success.

Buffed-Up Avatars Deter Us From Exercising Hard
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Buffed-Up Avatars Deter Us From Exercising Hard

Researchers demonstrated that virtual reality users are more likely to exercise better when vying with realistic, rather than idealized, avatars of themselves. ...

Can YouTube Quiet Its Conspiracy Theorists?
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Can YouTube Quiet Its Conspiracy Theorists?

While YouTube has reduced how often its algorithm recommends conspiracy theory-related videos, its progress in dealing with conspiracy theories has been uneven....

UCI, Disney Research Scientists Develop AI-Enhanced Video Compression Model
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UCI, Disney Research Scientists Develop AI-Enhanced Video Compression Model

An AI-enhanced video compression model has shown that deep learning can provide results comparable to established video compression technology. 

Across the Language Barrier
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Across the Language Barrier

Translation devices are getting better at making speech and text understandable in different languages.

Good at StarCraft? DARPA Wants to Train Military Robots with Your Brain Waves
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Good at StarCraft? DARPA Wants to Train Military Robots with Your Brain Waves

The University at Buffalo's gaming project is all about trying to make machines that think more like humans.

Jigsaw Tool to Help Journalists Spot Doctored Images
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Jigsaw Tool to Help Journalists Spot Doctored Images

Jigsaw has released a free tool, designed to help journalists identify doctored photos, including those generated through the use of artificial intelligence. 

MIT's 'Smart Surface' Could Improve Your Wi-Fi Signal Tenfold
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MIT's 'Smart Surface' Could Improve Your Wi-Fi Signal Tenfold

Researchers have designed a prototype "smart surface" that can concentrate wireless radio signals to maximize reception. 

Tracking Shoppers
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Tracking Shoppers

Retailers of all stripes are using technology to follow consumers through their brick-and-mortar stores in order to develop detailed profiles of their shopping...

Dark Web's Doppelgängers Aim to Dupe Antifraud Systems
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Dark Web's Doppelgängers Aim to Dupe Antifraud Systems

Digital doppelgängers that fool online payment fraud detection systems are a threat to your bank balance.

Grindr, OkCupid Spread Personal Details, Study Says
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Grindr, OkCupid Spread Personal Details, Study Says

Online dating services are spreading personal user information in ways that may violate privacy laws in Europe and elsewhere.

Samsung's Neon 'Artificial Humans' Look Like Super-Realistic Video Chatbots
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Samsung's Neon 'Artificial Humans' Look Like Super-Realistic Video Chatbots

At CES 2020, Samsung's STAR Labs research group unveiled Neon, a simulated human assistant.  

'Holy Grail' Digital Effects Rewinding the Clock for Actors
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'Holy Grail' Digital Effects Rewinding the Clock for Actors

Recent movies have made extensive use of digital visual effects to make performers appear younger.

Finding a Good Read Among Billions of Choices
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Finding a Good Read Among Billions of Choices

MIT and IBM researchers have developed a new text-analysis method for rapidly narrowing down reading material from billions of online options. 
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