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Computers Will Stitch Together First-Ever Megamovie of Solar Eclipse
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Computers Will Stitch Together First-Ever Megamovie of Solar Eclipse

Researchers are working on the "Eclipse Megamovie" project, in which volunteers take photos of the solar eclipse's path across the U.S. and upload the images to...

How AI Is Creating Building Blocks to Reshape Music and Art
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How AI Is Creating Building Blocks to Reshape Music and Art

Innovators are using deep neural networks to train machines to produce artwork by analyzing massive datasets. Google researcher Douglas Eck envisions artificial...

New Research Could Show How Legendary Musicians Would Play Modern Music
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New Research Could Show How Legendary Musicians Would Play Modern Music

Researchers are developing a system that could be used to show how musicians from any era would have played a piece of music from any other era.

New Tool Increases Adaptability, Autonomy of 'skyrim' Nonplayer Characters
From ACM TechNews

New Tool Increases Adaptability, Autonomy of 'skyrim' Nonplayer Characters

CIF-CK is a new artificial intelligence architecture program that uses social behavior models to make individual "Skyrim" non-player characters more reactive and...

How Apps Can Motivate You By Tapping Into Your Personality
From ACM TechNews

How Apps Can Motivate You By Tapping Into Your Personality

Rita Orji at the University of Waterloo in Canada is designing interactive persuasive computer games customized to the player's motivational style.

'magic Bench' Lets ­sers See, Hear, and Feel Animated Characters
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'magic Bench' Lets ­sers See, Hear, and Feel Animated Characters

Researchers at Disney have developed the "Magic Bench," a combined augmented and mixed reality experience in which multiple users experience virtual surroundings...

Robots, Start Your Engines!
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Robots, Start Your Engines!

There's nothing like a throw-down to push new technologies out to the masses.

AI-Generated Map Predicts Who Will Die Next in 'game of Thrones'
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AI-Generated Map Predicts Who Will Die Next in 'game of Thrones'

A new machine-learning algorithm can predict which characters on "Game of Thrones" will die next.

The Algorithm That Makes Preschoolers Obsessed With Youtube
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The Algorithm That Makes Preschoolers Obsessed With Youtube

Toddlers crave power. Too bad for them, they have none. Hence the tantrums and absurd demands.

Neural Nets Model Audience Reactions to Movies
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Neural Nets Model Audience Reactions to Movies

Disney researchers applied deep-learning neural networks to develop a new way of evaluating movie audiences' reactions using facial expressions.

Why Virtual Reality Will Transform a Workplace Near You
From Communications of the ACM

Why Virtual Reality Will Transform a Workplace Near You

A clutch of companies are changing how work gets done---by using virtual reality and augmented reality technologies.

A New System to Estimate the Duration of a Walk in the Countryside
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A New System to Estimate the Duration of a Walk in the Countryside

Researchers at the University of Seville have developed a system to estimate the time that it takes to complete a walk in the countryside. A system algorithm uses...

Here's a Peek at the Iphone's Next Big Trick
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Here's a Peek at the Iphone's Next Big Trick

We've all heard about the promise of augmented reality coming to the iPhone. With iOS 11 due later this year, Apple is releasing ARKit–a software that allows developers...

Artificial Musician Builds New Melodies Without Music Theory
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Artificial Musician Builds New Melodies Without Music Theory

A new deep-learning algorithm can generate melodies that imitate a given style of music.

How Video Games Helped Give ­S the Self-Driving Car
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How Video Games Helped Give ­S the Self-Driving Car

Self-driving cars. They're the future of transportation—and they're getting smarter all the time.

Artificially Intelligent Painters Invent New Styles of Art
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Artificially Intelligent Painters Invent New Styles of Art

Researchers have modified a generative adversarial network to create an artificial intelligence program that produces images in unconventional styles.

Cracking the Code on DNA Storage
From Communications of the ACM

Cracking the Code on DNA Storage

Researchers are tapping DNA to create a new and different type of storage media. The technology could prove revolutionary.

Artificial Intelligence Poised to Ride a New Wave
From Communications of the ACM

Artificial Intelligence Poised to Ride a New Wave

Flush with recent successes, and pushed by even newer technology, AI systems could get much smarter.

How Scratch and Minecraft Developers Hope to Keep Kids Coding For Life
From ACM TechNews

How Scratch and Minecraft Developers Hope to Keep Kids Coding For Life

Researchers at MIT's Media Lab aim to nurture a lifelong enthusiasm for programming among young students, using the Scratch learn-to-code platform. 

Envisioning the Car of the Future as a Living Room on Wheels
From ACM News

Envisioning the Car of the Future as a Living Room on Wheels

Swiveling seats? Movies projected across the windshield? Social media feeds on the windows?
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