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DARPA Wants Brain Interfaces for Able-Bodied Warfighters
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DARPA Wants Brain Interfaces for Able-Bodied Warfighters

Until now, the neuroscience programs at DARPA, the mad science wing of the Department of Defense, have focused on technologies for warfighters who have returned...

Deepfakes Are a Threat to National Security, Say Lawmakers
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Deepfakes Are a Threat to National Security, Say Lawmakers

Deepfakes are a deep concern for Congress.

A ­W Professor Argued that Women Don’t Want to Code. What do Women Computer Scientists Have to Say?
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A ­W Professor Argued that Women Don’t Want to Code. What do Women Computer Scientists Have to Say?

Six women computer scientists from the University of Washington respond to an essay about why women don't pursue computer science as often as men.

The Causal Revolutionary
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The Causal Revolutionary

Judea Pearl  is a computer scientist and philosopher, best known for championing the probabilistic approach to artificial intelligence and the development of Bayesian...

How AI Technology Can Tame the Scientific Literature
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How AI Technology Can Tame the Scientific Literature

When computer scientist Christian Berger's team sought to get its project about self-driving vehicle algorithms on the road, it faced a daunting obstacle.

Hackers Can Steal a Tesla Model S in Seconds by Cloning Its Key Fob
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Hackers Can Steal a Tesla Model S in Seconds by Cloning Its Key Fob

Tesla has taken plenty of innovative steps to protect the driving systems of its kitted-out cars against digital attacks. It's hired top-notch security engineers...

Building Quantum Computers With Photons
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Building Quantum Computers With Photons

Researchers at the National University of Defense Technology in China have built a photonic quantum processor, which generates and manipulates two photonically...

The Pentagon Is Investing $2 Billion into Artificial Intelligence
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The Pentagon Is Investing $2 Billion into Artificial Intelligence

The Pentagon's high-tech research agency laid the groundwork for the Internet, stealth aircraft and self-driving cars. Now, it's going big on artificial intelligence...

AI Can Recognize Images. But Can It ­nderstand This Headline?
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AI Can Recognize Images. But Can It ­nderstand This Headline?

In 2012, artificial intelligence researchers revealed a big improvement in computers' ability to recognize images by feeding a neural network millions of labeled...

Curiosity Surveys a Mystery ­nder Dusty Skies
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Curiosity Surveys a Mystery ­nder Dusty Skies

After snagging a new rock sample on Aug. 9, NASA's Curiosity rover surveyed its surroundings on Mars, producing a 360-degree panorama of its current location on...

Scientists Create a Clock So Accurate It Won't Lose Time for 40 Million Years 
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Scientists Create a Clock So Accurate It Won't Lose Time for 40 Million Years 

The Cryogenic Sapphire Oscillator is one of the most precise clocks ever invented—and it's not just keeping time, it's keeping Australia safe.

Martian Skies Clearing over Opportunity Rover
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Martian Skies Clearing over Opportunity Rover

A planet-encircling dust storm on Mars, which was first detected May 30 and halted operations for the Opportunity rover, continues to abate.

Engineering Tour de Force Births Programmable Optical Quantum Computer
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Engineering Tour de Force Births Programmable Optical Quantum Computer

There comes a moment in every physicist's life when they think the unthinkable: I wish I were an engineer. I suspect this thought crossed the minds of the 14-odd...

The New Science of Seeing Around Corners
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The New Science of Seeing Around Corners

While vacationing on the coast of Spain in 2012, the computer vision scientist Antonio Torralba noticed stray shadows on the wall of his hotel room that didn't...

Meet the Rose Hip Cell, a New Kind of Neuron
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Meet the Rose Hip Cell, a New Kind of Neuron

It's been more than a century since Spanish neuroanatomist Santiago Ramón y Cajal won the Nobel Prize for illustrating the way neurons allow you to walk, talk,...

Here's What We Know about Google's Mysterious Search Engine
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Here's What We Know about Google's Mysterious Search Engine

President Trump thinks Google's search engine is "rigged." By featuring more mainstream news outlets and relatively fewer conservative sites in the results he sees...

Researchers Find Way to Spy on Remote Screens, through the Webcam Mic
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Researchers Find Way to Spy on Remote Screens, through the Webcam Mic

Ever wonder what the people on the other end of a Hangouts session are really looking at on their screens?

Scientists Hope Artificial Stupidity Could Save Humans
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Scientists Hope Artificial Stupidity Could Save Humans

Some scientists are suggesting limiting how smart artificial intelligence can get—all the way down to human intelligence.

Artificial Intelligence Is Now a Pentagon Priority. Will Silicon Valley Help?
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Artificial Intelligence Is Now a Pentagon Priority. Will Silicon Valley Help?

In a May memo to President Trump, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis implored him to create a national strategy for artificial intelligence.

The Desperate Quest for Genomic Compression Algorithms
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The Desperate Quest for Genomic Compression Algorithms

Have you had your genome sequenced yet? Millions of people around the world already have, and by 2025 that number could reach a billion.
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