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Jennifer Rexford Announced as the 2017 NCWIT Harrold and Notkin Award Recipient
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Jennifer Rexford Announced as the 2017 NCWIT Harrold and Notkin Award Recipient

The award recognizes faculty members from non-profit institutions who distinguish themselves with outstanding research and excellent graduate mentoring.

US Gov’t Taps The Machine to Beat China to Exascale Supercomputing
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US Gov’t Taps The Machine to Beat China to Exascale Supercomputing

With China threatening to build the world's first exascale supercomputer before the US, the US Department of Energy has awarded a research grant to Hewlett Packard...

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

GitHub Survey: Open Source Is Popular, Plagued by Poor Docs and Rude People
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GitHub Survey: Open Source Is Popular, Plagued by Poor Docs and Rude People

A new GitHub survey found open source development's popularity is tempered by poor documentation and provocation, mainly rudeness, among developers.

Russian Researchers Developed a Reliable Forward Error Correction Method for Digital Data
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Russian Researchers Developed a Reliable Forward Error Correction Method for Digital Data

Researchers at Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University have proposed a new channel coding method for the fifth generation of wireless systems.

UTA-Led Interdisciplinary Team to Construct Computer Program to Identify Fake News
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UTA-Led Interdisciplinary Team to Construct Computer Program to Identify Fake News

Researchers say they are developing computer tools to detect social bots within the World Wide Web that create and spread fake news.

Face Recognition System 'K-Eye' Presented by KAIST
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Face Recognition System 'K-Eye' Presented by KAIST

Researchers have developed a semiconductor chip that runs artificial intelligence algorithms using ultra-low power.

Agencies 'Flying Blind' Without More Data
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Agencies 'Flying Blind' Without More Data

U.S. government agencies require better tools and datasets to assess how artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies will impact the private-sector...

China's Quantum Satellite Clears Major Hurdle on Way to Ultrasecure Communications
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China's Quantum Satellite Clears Major Hurdle on Way to Ultrasecure Communications

Just months into its mission, the world's first quantum-communications satellite has achieved one of its most ambitious goals.

 An Artificial Intelligence Developed Its Own Non-Human Language
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An Artificial Intelligence Developed Its Own Non-Human Language

A buried line in a new Facebook report about chatbots' conversations with one another offers a remarkable glimpse at the future of language.

The Pentagon Looks to Videogames for the Future of War
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The Pentagon Looks to Videogames for the Future of War

The first real computer, the ENIAC, was built in 1946. The first computer war game appeared two years later.

DeepMind's Neural Network Teaches AI to Reason About the World
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DeepMind's Neural Network Teaches AI to Reason About the World

Google's DeepMind has developed a neural network that gives computers the ability to understand how different objects are related to each other.

A Hybrid of Quantum Computing and Machine Learning Is Spawning New Ventures
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A Hybrid of Quantum Computing and Machine Learning Is Spawning New Ventures

Researchers think the field of merging quantum computing with machine learning may soon be ripe for commercialization.

Safety and Security for Intelligent Infrastructure
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Safety and Security for Intelligent Infrastructure

Several new white papers describes the challenging threats to safety, security, and privacy via intelligent infrastructure.

Graphene Transistor Could Mean Computers That Are 1,000 Times Faster
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Graphene Transistor Could Mean Computers That Are 1,000 Times Faster

A new graphene-based transistor could someday be used in computers that are 1,000 times faster and use one-100th of the power of conventional computer systems. ...

Protecting the Smart Grid
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Protecting the Smart Grid

Microgrids can provide greater resiliency.

Mania and the Machine
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Mania and the Machine

Researchers at the University of Cincinnati used "genetic fuzzy trees" to generate a 100% accurate predictive model of patient response to lithium.

Chatbots Learn How to Negotiate and Drive a Hard Bargain
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Chatbots Learn How to Negotiate and Drive a Hard Bargain

What's in it for me?

U.S. Weighs Restricting Chinese Investment in Artificial Intelligence
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U.S. Weighs Restricting Chinese Investment in Artificial Intelligence

The United States appears poised to heighten scrutiny of Chinese investment in Silicon Valley to better shield sensitive technologies seen as vital to U.S. national...

The 'Time Machine' Reconstructing Ancient Venice's Social Networks
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The 'Time Machine' Reconstructing Ancient Venice's Social Networks

Only metres away from the tourist throngs that bustle through Venice's crowded piazzas, the silence inside Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari is so profound it hurts...
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