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On 'jeopardy,' Watson's a Natural
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On 'jeopardy,' Watson's a Natural

In the end, the humans on "Jeopardy!" surrendered meekly.

Progress in Artificial Intelligence Brings Wonders and Fears
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Progress in Artificial Intelligence Brings Wonders and Fears

At the dawn of the modern computer era, two Pentagon-financed laboratories bracketed Stanford University. At one laboratory, a small group of scientists and engineers...

Better Than Human? What's Next for Jeopardy! Computer
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Better Than Human? What's Next for Jeopardy! Computer

A medical robot; a Google-killer; a financial advisor; a tool for trawling legal documents; an aide for the intelligence services. These are just some of the...

From ACM News

For Watson Technology, What Happens After 'jeopardy!'?

Wouldn't it be nice to have your very own supercomputer in your pocket?

Behind-the-Scenes with Ibm's 'jeopardy!' Computer, Watson
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Behind-the-Scenes with Ibm's 'jeopardy!' Computer, Watson

His name is Watson. He's bad with puns. Great at math. And, next week, he will compete on the game show "Jeopardy!" against real, live, breathing, thinking humans...

Mind vs. Machine
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Mind vs. Machine

In the race to build computers that can think like humans, the proving ground is the Turing Test—an annual battle between the world’s most advanced artificial...

From ACM Opinion

What Is Artificial Intelligence?

In the category "What Do You Know?," for $1 million: This four-year-old upstart the size of a small R.V. has digested 200 million pages of data about everything...

From ACM TechNews

I, Algorithm: A New Dawn For Artificial Intelligence

The field of artificial intelligence (AI) is undergoing a revival, spurred by probabilistic programming that merges classic AI's logical principles with the power...

Robots Get Ready For Mass Markets
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Robots Get Ready For Mass Markets

The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology's Laboratory of Intelligent Systems and a group of laboratories are collaborating to launch the National Center of Competence...

Information Theory After Shannon
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Information Theory After Shannon

Purdue University's Science of Information Center seeks new principles to answer the question 'What is information?'

Researchers Build Flying Robotic 'tree Helicopter'
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Researchers Build Flying Robotic 'tree Helicopter'

University of Maryland researchers have developed a robotic flying device based on samaras — single-winged seeds that are released by trees. The researchers built...

Rise of the Robot Astronomers
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Rise of the Robot Astronomers

Mount Palomar Observatory's Palomar Transient Factory uses AI to locate variable stars, or transients. "Our grand goal is to remove astronomers from the real-time...

The Human Touch, in Robots
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The Human Touch, in Robots

Researchers at the A*STAR Institute of High Performance Computing are developing robots that can respond directly to human speech. 

For Robust Robots, Let Them Be Babies First
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For Robust Robots, Let Them Be Babies First

A University of Vermont scientist has created robots that change their body forms while learning how to walk, like tadpoles becoming frogs. These evolving robots...

Robotic Ghost Knifefish Is Born
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Robotic Ghost Knifefish Is Born

Northwestern University researchers have developed GhostBot, a robotic fish that can instantly change directions using a ribbon-like fin, potentially revolutionizing...

Google's Artificial Intelligence Translates Poetry
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Google's Artificial Intelligence Translates Poetry

Researchers at Google are tackling what they call one of the most difficult challenges in artificial intelligence.

From ACM TechNews

Madrid Opts For Robotics For Its Citizens Services

The Autonomous Community of Madrid is sponsoring Robocity2030, a consortium aimed at developing new applications for service robots to help improve humans' quality...

Cockroach Inspires Robotic Hand to Get a Grip
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Cockroach Inspires Robotic Hand to Get a Grip

Harvard University researcher Robert D. Howe and Yale University professor Aaron Dollar have developed a robotic hand, based on the legs of a cockroach, that is...

Metamorphosis Key to Creating Stable Walking Robots
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Metamorphosis Key to Creating Stable Walking Robots

A study to find the quickest way to evolve walking behaviors in virtual robots was conducted by University of Vermont researcher Josh Bongard. He ran simulations...

Algorithms Take Control of Wall Street
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Algorithms Take Control of Wall Street

Last spring, Dow Jones launched a new service called Lexicon, which sends real-time financial news to professional investors. This in itself is not surprising...
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