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A Chip Revolution Will Bring Better Vr Sooner Than You Think
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A Chip Revolution Will Bring Better Vr Sooner Than You Think

David Kosslyn and Ian Thompson are the founders of a virtual reality company called Angle Technologies.

We Know What You're Watching (even If It's Encrypted)
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We Know What You're Watching (even If It's Encrypted)

I stand firm in the opinion that it's my basic, human right to binge-watch six hours of trashy detective shows on a Friday night with a silent phone in my lap and...

Star Trek's Holodeck: From Science Fiction to a New Reality
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Star Trek's Holodeck: From Science Fiction to a New Reality

Advances in artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction, and computer graphics are converging to make the Holodeck featured on "Star Trek: The Next Generation"...

Ghost in the Sell: Hollywood's Mischievous Vision of AI
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Ghost in the Sell: Hollywood's Mischievous Vision of AI

Watch enough science fiction movies and you'll probably come to the conclusion that humans are living on borrowed time.

Could Ms. Pac-Man Train the Next Generation of Military Drones?
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Could Ms. Pac-Man Train the Next Generation of Military Drones?

Thirty-five years ago, while Martin Amis was writing "Money," one of the novels that defined the 1980s, he admitted to a distracting dalliance with another contemporary...

People Remain Calm as the World Ends, Video Game Study Suggests
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People Remain Calm as the World Ends, Video Game Study Suggests

University at Buffalo researchers found despite some violent acts, most people will be helpful to others as the world ends.

Sensors on the Brain
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Sensors on the Brain

Implantable wireless monitors give researchers a new look inside the human body.

Digitizing the World
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Digitizing the World

Digital maps trawl for real-time updates.

Computing the Arts
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Computing the Arts

Artists can use software to create art, and some software creates art all on its own.

New Studies Illustrate How Gamers Get Good
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New Studies Illustrate How Gamers Get Good

A new study followed players of the computer games "Halo: Reach" and "StarCraft 2" to learn how they acquired and maintained their skill level.

AI Beats Professional Players at Super Smash Bros. Video Game
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AI Beats Professional Players at Super Smash Bros. Video Game

Researchers trained an artificial intelligence system to play Nintendo's "Super Smash Bros. Melee" using deep-learning algorithms, and then challenged and defeated...

Thinking Deeply to Make Better Speech
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Thinking Deeply to Make Better Speech

More work is needed to make synthesized speech more natural, easier to understand, and more pleasant to hear.

Gamespace Offers a Playable Visualization of 16,000 Videogames
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Gamespace Offers a Playable Visualization of 16,000 Videogames

Researchers have created a playable visualization of 16,000 video games grouped according to shared commonalities such as gameplay, cultural reactions, and game...

Holograms From Sci-Fi Movies May Soon Become Reality
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Holograms From Sci-Fi Movies May Soon Become Reality

Researchers say they have developed a device that could generate the highest-quality holographic images ever produced and may lead to imaging technologies similar...

Inside the 20-Year Quest to Build Computers That Play Poker
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Inside the 20-Year Quest to Build Computers That Play Poker

Four of the best professional poker players in the world spent most of January holed up at the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh, losing.

It's Not the Algorithm, It's the Data
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It's Not the Algorithm, It's the Data

In risk assessment and predictive policing, biased data can yield biased results.

After First Week, AI System Is Beating Human Poker Players
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After First Week, AI System Is Beating Human Poker Players

An artificial intelligence system called Libratus has gained the upper hand against human poker players in the first week of a 20-day tournament in Pittsburgh. ...

Hans Berliner, Master Chess Player and Programmer, Dies at 87
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Hans Berliner, Master Chess Player and Programmer, Dies at 87

A former world champion of correspondence chess who later helped develop game-playing computers, Hans Berliner died on Friday in Riviera Beach, FL, at the age of 87...

He Helped Create the 'google Brain.' Here's What He Thinks About AI Now
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He Helped Create the 'google Brain.' Here's What He Thinks About AI Now

Trucks that can drive themselves along delivery routes. Computers capable of defeating world champions in a notoriously complex game. Apps that can translate sentences...

Taking Graphics Cards Beyond Gaming
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Taking Graphics Cards Beyond Gaming

A new mathematical solver enables the graphics cards found in gaming computers to solve computationally intensive mathematical problems.
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