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Study: Nobody Wants Social Robots That Look Like Humans Because They Threaten Our Identity
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Study: Nobody Wants Social Robots That Look Like Humans Because They Threaten Our Identity

A recent study found the adoption of social robots into people's lives is complicated by humans' tendency to view human-like robots as a threat to their identity...

Sensors Slip Into the Brain, Then Dissolve When the Job Is Done
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Sensors Slip Into the Brain, Then Dissolve When the Job Is Done

University of Illinois researchers have developed flexible sensors that can operate accurately inside the human body for at least five days before dissolving. 

Yahoo's Engineers Move to Coding Without a Net
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Yahoo's Engineers Move to Coding Without a Net

Software engineering at Yahoo has undergone a transformation resulting in fewer errors and a much faster development cycle. 

Custom AI Programs Take on Top Ranked Humans in Starcraft
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Custom AI Programs Take on Top Ranked Humans in Starcraft

In a recent contest, three Artificial Intelligence programs played against a Russian player in StarCraft: Brood War.

Leap Second Heads Into Fierce Debate
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Leap Second Heads Into Fierce Debate

When Earth's rotation gets far enough out of sync with the drumbeat of atomic time, a leap second is added to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) and the world’s clocks...

Novel Nanostructures Could Usher in Touchless Displays
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Novel Nanostructures Could Usher in Touchless Displays

The swipe--without actually needing to touch a screen with a finger--will be the next dominant computer interface method, according to researchers in Germany. 

The Fuzzy Logic of Fleeing For Your Life
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The Fuzzy Logic of Fleeing For Your Life

A special session at the IEEE International Conference on Intelligence Transportation Systems dealt with intelligent pedestrian traffic and evacuation dynamics.

Europe Gears ­p For Land, Air, and Sea Robotics Competition
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Europe Gears ­p For Land, Air, and Sea Robotics Competition

The euRathlon 2015 Grand Challenge is designed to assess how well cooperative robot systems perform as part of a simulated emergency-response operation.

Is a Cambrian Explosion Coming For Robotics?
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Is a Cambrian Explosion Coming For Robotics?

New technological developments are fomenting an explosion in the diversity and application of robotics.

Estimate: Human Brain 30 Times Faster Than Best Supercomputers
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Estimate: Human Brain 30 Times Faster Than Best Supercomputers

Two Ph.D. students are seeking to determine how soon artificial intelligence might exceed the capabilities of the human brain.  

Fbi Wants Better Automated Image Analysis For Tattoos
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Fbi Wants Better Automated Image Analysis For Tattoos

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation collaborated with the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology to find a better way to search for matching tatoos...

Children Beating ­p Robot Inspires New Escape Maneuver System
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Children Beating ­p Robot Inspires New Escape Maneuver System

An experiment to see how mall patrons react to a social robot surprisingly found children were hostile toward the robot. 

Beyond Just 'big' Data
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Beyond Just 'big' Data

As big data technologies advance and the challenges of extracting meaning from these data sets shift, computer scientists will need new vocabulary. 

Medical Microbots Take a Fantastic Voyage Into Reality
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Medical Microbots Take a Fantastic Voyage Into Reality

In the 1966 film Fantastic Voyage, scientists at a U.S. laboratory shrink a submarine called Proteus and its human crew to microscopic size and then inject the...

Mitsubishi Quiets Car Noise With Machine Learning
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Mitsubishi Quiets Car Noise With Machine Learning

Mitsubishi Electric says its new noise suppression technology can improve the quality of hands-free phone communication in cars. 

Eben Upton: The Raspberry Pi Pioneer
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Eben Upton: The Raspberry Pi Pioneer

Eben Upton, the inventor of the Raspberry Pi computer, got his start coding games in BASIC on a BBC Micro when he was 10. 

Atlas Drc Robot Is 75 Percent New, Completely ­nplugged
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Atlas Drc Robot Is 75 Percent New, Completely ­nplugged

We've always known that the ATLAS DRC humanoid robot was due for some serious upgrades before the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals, because having a robot that's...

Artificial-Intelligence Experts to Explore Turing Test Triathlon
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Artificial-Intelligence Experts to Explore Turing Test Triathlon

Intelligentsia of AI will gather to come up with a battery of alternatives to the traditional Turing test.

Toshiba Android Will Take You For a Trip Down the ­ncanny Valley
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Toshiba Android Will Take You For a Trip Down the ­ncanny Valley

Researchers have developed Aiko Chihiro, a lifelike communication android. 

To Foil Cyberattacks, Connected Cars Need Overlapping Shields
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To Foil Cyberattacks, Connected Cars Need Overlapping Shields

Smart cars will need many more layers of cyberprotection than automakers believe is necessary.
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