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Why Machines Do Not Understand Human Speech
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Why Machines Do Not Understand Human Speech

From the moment people are born, they learn to make associations and to understand words depending on the context of a sentence. This learning continues throughout...

Glonass: Has Russia's Sat-Nav System Come of Age?
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Glonass: Has Russia's Sat-Nav System Come of Age?

With the Glonass satellite-navigation constellation nearly complete, Russia's plan to wean itself off the US Global Positioning System (GPS) appears to be coming...

Skin Becomes Gadget Control Pad
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Skin Becomes Gadget Control Pad

A method in which tapping one's skin to control gadgets using a combination of sensors and software has been worked out by Carnegie Mellon University Ph.D student...

Mobile Phones Learn to Lip Read
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Mobile Phones Learn to Lip Read

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology professor Tanja Shultz demonstrated a prototype device for communicating without speaking at the recent CeBIT conference. 

Digital Cloud Plan For City Skies
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Digital Cloud Plan For City Skies

A giant "digital cloud" that would "float" above London's skyline has been outlined by an international team of architects, artists and engineers. The construction...

Google Invites ­sers to Join Wave
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Google Invites ­sers to Join Wave

Google developers Lars and Jens Rasmussen have released a limited preview of an open source messenger called Wave. Users must be invited to test the application...

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Smart Sensors Power Interaction

More than 70 demonstrations of interactive technologies that use sensors for a wide range of applications were showcased at the Human Computer Interaction conference's...

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Computer 'agents' Take to the Web

Artificial intelligence agents that automatically negotiate for online shoppers, called Negotiation Ninjas, will be tested on a shopping Web site called Aroxo this...

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Call For Debate on Autonomous Military Robots

BBC NewsAs robots are increasingly used in warfare, civilian lives will be put at greater and greater risk, according to University of Sheffield professor NoelView...

Big Brother Untangles Baby Babble
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Big Brother Untangles Baby Babble

Deb Roy, an artificial intelligence researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab, is exploring children's development of communication skills...

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The Future of Gadget Interaction

Many innovative technologies funded by the European Commission (EC) were spotlighted at the Science Beyond Fiction conference in Prague. The EC announced in April...

Web Tool 'as Important as Google'
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Web Tool 'as Important as Google'

Physicist Stephen Wolfram says the goal of his free Wolfram Alpha program, which will be available to the public starting in the middle of May, is to "make expert...
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