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Deep Learning at Scale for Construction of Galaxy Catalogs
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Deep Learning at Scale for Construction of Galaxy Catalogs

Researchers combined artificial intelligence with high-performance computing to expedite analysis of massive datasets generated by cosmological surveys.

Artificial Intelligence Confronts a 'Reproducibility' Crisis
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Artificial Intelligence Confronts a 'Reproducibility' Crisis

Machine-learning systems are black boxes even to the researchers that build them. That makes it hard for others to assess the results.

Smile-to-Pay: Chinese Shoppers Turn to Facial Payment Technology
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Smile-to-Pay: Chinese Shoppers Turn to Facial Payment Technology

China is embracing facial payment technology, which allows consumers to purchase goods simply by posing in front of point-of-sale machines equipped with cameras...

Popular Mobile Games Can Detect Cognitive Decline
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Popular Mobile Games Can Detect Cognitive Decline

Researchers have found that popular mobile phone games can be used as a tool to help doctors identify early signs of cognitive decline.

Artificial Leg with Sensors Helps People Feel Every Step
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Artificial Leg with Sensors Helps People Feel Every Step

A new artificial leg is equipped with sensors that allow users to feel when the leg flexes and lands on the ground.

Research Team Introduces 'Phyjama,' a Physiological Sensing Pajama
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Research Team Introduces 'Phyjama,' a Physiological Sensing Pajama

University of Massachusetts, Amherst researchers have unveiled physiological-sensing textiles that can be woven or stitched into sleep apparel.

Optical Lace Gives Robots Heightened Sensory Ability
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Optical Lace Gives Robots Heightened Sensory Ability

Researchers have developed a stretchable optical lace that could give soft robots a soft touch.

Cloud-Based Tool Provides Clear Communication for Disaster Situations
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Cloud-Based Tool Provides Clear Communication for Disaster Situations

A new self-contained communication tool provides support for first-responders from separate organizations operating in a disaster situation.

AI Facial Recognition Software Now Works for Wild Chimpanzees, Too
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AI Facial Recognition Software Now Works for Wild Chimpanzees, Too

A new facial recognition artificial intelligence program can detect and identify individual chimpanzees captured in video footage recorded in the wild.

Crime Prevention Through Crime Prediction
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Crime Prevention Through Crime Prediction

Students in a Louisiana State University computer science class developed a crime-prediction software program.

AIs That Deblur Faces Could Make People on CCTV Easier to Identify
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AIs That Deblur Faces Could Make People on CCTV Easier to Identify

A new artificial intelligence system can automatically deblur photographs of people's faces.

How a Zebrafish Model May Hold a Key to Biology
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How a Zebrafish Model May Hold a Key to Biology

Harvard University reseaerchers used open-source software tools to build a neural network with an architecture different from that of a zebrafish brain, for comparison...

The Top Programming Languages 2019
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The Top Programming Languages 2019

IEEE Spectrum's 2019 roster of leading programming languages once again ranks Python in the top slot.

Get Ready for More Humanlike Bots, Better Deep-Fake Videos, Wall-to-Wall Disinformation in 2020 Race
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Get Ready for More Humanlike Bots, Better Deep-Fake Videos, Wall-to-Wall Disinformation in 2020 Race

Two new studies anticipate that foreign and domestic actors will ramp up efforts to disseminate disinformation and fake news in order to manipulate voters in the...

An AI First: Voice-Mimicking Software Reportedly Used in a Major Theft
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An AI First: Voice-Mimicking Software Reportedly Used in a Major Theft

A French insurance company said one of its clients had been victimized by thieves using voice-mimicking software to imitate a company executive and dupe an employee...

British Farm Moo-ves into New Tech with 5G Collars on Cows
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British Farm Moo-ves into New Tech with 5G Collars on Cows

Researchers at the Agricultural Engineering Precision Innovation Center in the U.K. are testing next-generation 5G mobile technology aimed at helping make dairy...

Amazon Tests Tool That Scans Your Hand to Let You Pay at Whole Foods
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Amazon Tests Tool That Scans Your Hand to Let You Pay at Whole Foods

Amazon is reportedly testing a hand-scanning payments system to enable shoppers to pay for groceries at Whole Foods markets.

Google Wants to Help Tech Companies Know Less About You
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Google Wants to Help Tech Companies Know Less About You

By releasing its homegrown differential privacy tool, Google will make it easier for any company to boost its privacy bona fides.

Algorithms Should’ve Made Courts More Fair. What Went Wrong?
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Algorithms Should’ve Made Courts More Fair. What Went Wrong?

A 2011 Kentucky law requires judges to consult an algorithm when deciding whether defendants must post cash bail. More whites were allowed to go home, but not blacks...

Stretchable Wireless Sensor Could Monitor Healing of Cerebral Aneurysms
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Stretchable Wireless Sensor Could Monitor Healing of Cerebral Aneurysms

Researchers have developed a wireless sensor small enough to be implanted in the blood vessels of the human brain.
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