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Are Cyborg Warriors a Good Idea?
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Are Cyborg Warriors a Good Idea?

You already have a lot to worry about. Climate change, fake news, inequality, the stability of democracy. But I feel obliged to point out yet another threat: soldiers...

Scaling Up Search for Analogies Could Be Key to Innovation
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Scaling Up Search for Analogies Could Be Key to Innovation

Investment in research is at an all-time high, yet the rate of scientific breakthroughs isn't setting any records. To resolve this quandary, scientists are turning...

Heathrow Trials AI System for Landing Planes in Bad Weather
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Heathrow Trials AI System for Landing Planes in Bad Weather

The U.K.'s National Air Traffic Services is testing an artificial intelligence system at London's Heathrow Airport to help guide airplanes in low visibility.

New Program Reduces Spine Surgery Errors Linked to 'Wrong Level' Labeling
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New Program Reduces Spine Surgery Errors Linked to 'Wrong Level' Labeling

A new computer program helps surgeons identify and label spinal segments during real-time operating room procedures, to help prevent surgical errors.

Ripple Adds 11 New University Blockchain Research Initiative Partners to Fund Research and Education
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Ripple Adds 11 New University Blockchain Research Initiative Partners to Fund Research and Education

Blockchain network provider Ripple has added 11 universities to its University Blockchain Research Initiative.

Software-Defined Power Cuts Costs
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Software-Defined Power Cuts Costs

Hyper-scale datacenters need more efficient control of their electrical use.

New York Beats Out San Francisco to Be World's Best Tech City
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New York Beats Out San Francisco to Be World's Best Tech City

New York City is the best city in the world for the technology industry, according to the Savills Index.

Football: New TV Technology to Take Fans 'Inside the Game'
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Football: New TV Technology to Take Fans 'Inside the Game'

Intel has partnered with the U.K.-based soccer teams Manchester City, Liverpool, and Arsenal to introduce its state-of-the-art True View system to each team's respective...

Open Access Satellite Data Allows Tracking of Seasonal Population Movements
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Open Access Satellite Data Allows Tracking of Seasonal Population Movements

Researchers have provided open access to detailed satellite data on brightness for five cities in Niger and Nigeria.

Auto Engineers Warn Your Car Might Be Easier to Hack Than You Think
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Auto Engineers Warn Your Car Might Be Easier to Hack Than You Think

Adding sophisticated features to vehicles to make drivers' daily commutes easier also make their new vehicles more vulnerable to cyberattacks, according to a new...

'Robbie the Robot' Can Spot Worsening Dementia After Watching 13 Episodes of Emmerdale
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'Robbie the Robot' Can Spot Worsening Dementia After Watching 13 Episodes of Emmerdale

A robot equipped with artificial intelligence learned to recognize facial expressions by watching TV.

Trump's Plan to Keep America First in AI
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Trump's Plan to Keep America First in AI

U.S. President Donald Trump today will sign an executive order for the federal government to channel funds, programs, and data in support of artificial intelligence...

The Era of General Purpose Computers is Ending
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The Era of General Purpose Computers is Ending

The computational economics enabled by Moore's Law is now changing. 

There's No Good Reason to Trust Blockchain Technology
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There's No Good Reason to Trust Blockchain Technology

Opinion by Bruce Schneier, a security technologist who teaches at the Harvard Kennedy School.

The Real Reason America Is Scared of Huawei: Internet-Connected Everything
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The Real Reason America Is Scared of Huawei: Internet-Connected Everything

There was a time when the world's two great superpowers were obsessed with nuclear weapons technology.

A DNA Search Engine for Microbes
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A DNA Search Engine for Microbes

Researchers at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory's European Bioinformatics Institute have developed a DNA search engine for microbial data.

Mind-Controlled Robot Lets You Weld Metal Without Using Your Hands
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Mind-Controlled Robot Lets You Weld Metal Without Using Your Hands

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign researchers have developed a robot that can follow mental instructions from its operator to weld metal.

How Analytics are Making Peace Between Fishermen, Turtles
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How Analytics are Making Peace Between Fishermen, Turtles

New predictive analytics technologies are helping researchers protect turtles, albatrosses, whales, and other endangered species from fishermen.

Software That Can Automatically Detect Fake News
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Software That Can Automatically Detect Fake News

Researchers have developed a system that automatically analyzes social media posts and filters out fake news and disinformation.

Argonne Researchers Develop Method to Reduce Quantum Noise
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Argonne Researchers Develop Method to Reduce Quantum Noise

Argonne National Laboratory researchers have developed a technique for reducing the effects of "noise" in quantum information systems.
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