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Scanners Can Be Hijacked to Perpetrate Cyberattacks
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Scanners Can Be Hijacked to Perpetrate Cyberattacks

Researchers have found a typical office scanner can be infiltrated and an organization's network compromised through it..

Computers Learn to Cooperate Better Than Humans
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Computers Learn to Cooperate Better Than Humans

Computers have for the first time trained themselves to cooperate in games in which the goal is to achieve the best possible outcome for all players.

Protecting Web Users' Privacy
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Protecting Web Users' Privacy

Splinter is a new encryption system that disguises users' database queries so they reveal no private information.

I Took the AI Class Facebookers Are Literally Sprinting to Get Into
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I Took the AI Class Facebookers Are Literally Sprinting to Get Into

Chia-Chiunn Ho was eating lunch inside Facebook headquarters, at the Full Circle Cafe, when he saw the notice on his phone: Larry Zitnick, one of the leading figures...

NASA Tests Observing Capability on Hawaii's Coral Reefs
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NASA Tests Observing Capability on Hawaii's Coral Reefs

NASA pulled off a scientific double play in Hawaii this winter, using the same instruments and aircraft to study both volcanoes and coral reefs.

Evidence That Robots Are Winning the Race for American Jobs
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Evidence That Robots Are Winning the Race for American Jobs

Who is winning the race for jobs between robots and humans?

Can Tech Speed Up Emergency Room Care?
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Can Tech Speed Up Emergency Room Care?

The next frontier in digital health may be one of the most unlikely: the emergency room.

Berkeley Lab Researchers Target Chem Code for Knights Landing
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Berkeley Lab Researchers Target Chem Code for Knights Landing

Researchers are helping computational chemists prepare to compute efficiently on next-generation exascale machines.

Toward Printable, Sensor-Laden 'Skin' for Robots
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Toward Printable, Sensor-Laden 'Skin' for Robots

Researchers believe three-dimensional printing of flexible electronics integrating sensors and processing circuitry is key to bulk manufacturing of a robot "skin...

Machine Learning Lets Scientists Reverse-Engineer Cellular Control Networks
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Machine Learning Lets Scientists Reverse-Engineer Cellular Control Networks

Researchers are using the Texas Advanced Computing Center's Stampede supercomputer to create tadpoles with pigmentation never before seen in nature.

Software Synthesis Learns by Example
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Software Synthesis Learns by Example

Neural networks will assist, rather than replace, human programmers.

Google's AI Explosion in One Chart
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Google's AI Explosion in One Chart

Nature. The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  The Journal of the American Medical Association.

These AI Bots Created Their Own Language to Talk to Each Other
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These AI Bots Created Their Own Language to Talk to Each Other

OpenAI last week disclosed new research detailing the training of artificial intelligence bots to generate their own shared language.

Silicon Valley's Quest to Live Forever
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Silicon Valley's Quest to Live Forever

On a velvety March evening in Mandeville Canyon, high above the rest of Los Angeles, Norman Lear's living room was jammed with powerful people eager to learn the...

Scientists Hack a Human Cell and Reprogram It Like a Computer
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Scientists Hack a Human Cell and Reprogram It Like a Computer

Cells are basically tiny computers: They send and receive inputs and output accordingly.

People Remain Calm as the World Ends, Video Game Study Suggests
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People Remain Calm as the World Ends, Video Game Study Suggests

University at Buffalo researchers found despite some violent acts, most people will be helpful to others as the world ends.

New AI Algorithm Beats Even the World's Worst Traffic
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New AI Algorithm Beats Even the World's Worst Traffic

Researchers have developed an intelligent routing algorithm designed to minimize the occurrence of spontaneous traffic jams across a roadway network.

What It Means to {Codelikeagirl}
From ACM TechNews

What It Means to {Codelikeagirl}

The University of Rochester has significantly increased the number of female students graduating with computer science degrees.

Machine Learning Opens Up New Ways to Help Disabled People
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Machine Learning Opens Up New Ways to Help Disabled People

Companies are developing and launching machine-learning technologies and applications to enhance the experience of disabled persons.

Virtual Lemonade Sends Color and Taste to a Glass of Water
From ACM TechNews

Virtual Lemonade Sends Color and Taste to a Glass of Water

Researchers say they have developed a system that can digitally transmit the color and sourness of a glass of lemonade to a tumbler of water.
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