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New Device Could Increase Battery Life of Electronic Devices by More Than a Hundred-Fold
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New Device Could Increase Battery Life of Electronic Devices by More Than a Hundred-Fold

Researchers have developed a material that could extend battery life and reduce the heat generation of battery-powered electronic devices.

Making Radio Chips for Hell
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Making Radio Chips for Hell

A new wireless radio mixer integrated circuit can operate at temperatures up to 500 degrees Celsius.

An Electronic Rescue Dog
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An Electronic Rescue Dog

ETH Zurich researchers in Switzerland have created technology that can detect human metabolic emissions, which could potentially aid search and rescue teams.

In a First, Students Will Be Able to Major in AI at CMU
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In a First, Students Will Be Able to Major in AI at CMU

Carnegie Mellon University this fall will launch the first undergraduate degree program in artificial intelligence in the U.S.

AI Generates New Doom Levels for Humans to Play
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AI Generates New Doom Levels for Humans to Play

Researchers at the Polytechnic University of Milan in Italy have found it is possible to have a deep learning algorithm create compelling new game levels in Doom...

The Most Important Inventor You've Never Heard Of
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The Most Important Inventor You've Never Heard Of

When The Economist called Stanford Ovshinsky "the Edison of our age," the name might have been unfamiliar to most people, but the comparison was apt.

AI Made These Paintings
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AI Made These Paintings

In Bloomberg Businessweek's annual Sooner Than You Think issue, artificial intelligence is also driving cars, making money, exploring oceans … and freaking people...

Apple and Its Rivals Bet Their Futures on These Men's Dreams
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Apple and Its Rivals Bet Their Futures on These Men's Dreams

Over the past five years, artificial intelligence has gone from perennial vaporware to one of the technology industry's brightest hopes.

In Silicon Valley, Chinese 'Accelerators' Aim to Bring Startups Home
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In Silicon Valley, Chinese 'Accelerators' Aim to Bring Startups Home

Beijing's unslakeable thirst for the latest technology has spurred a proliferation of "accelerators" in Silicon Valley that aim to identify promising startups and...

Penn Staters Create Smart Mirror to Match Tech With Beauty in Global Competition
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Penn Staters Create Smart Mirror to Match Tech With Beauty in Global Competition

Three Pennsylvania State University researchers will participate this week in the world finals of the 2018 L'Oreal Brandstorm contest in Paris.

AI Detects Patterns of Gut Microbes for Cholera Risk
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AI Detects Patterns of Gut Microbes for Cholera Risk

Researchers used algorithms to identify patterns within communities of bacteria in the human gut that could not be detected with the naked eye.

Feel What This Robot Feels Through Tactile Expressions
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Feel What This Robot Feels Through Tactile Expressions

Cornell University's Human-Robot Collaboration and Companionship Lab is developing a robot designed to explore textual communication.

Fear of Job Loss to Automation Hurts Productivity
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Fear of Job Loss to Automation Hurts Productivity

Fear of job loss due to automation, combined with confusion over which skill sets one will be needed to be employable in the future, is affecting worker health...

Eye Scanner Can Tell If You've Mastered a Foreign Language
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Eye Scanner Can Tell If You've Mastered a Foreign Language

A new algorithm monitors a person's unconscious eye movements as they read, to assess their proficiency in a foreign language.

To Build Truly Intelligent Machines, Teach Them Cause and Effect
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To Build Truly Intelligent Machines, Teach Them Cause and Effect

Judea Pearl, a pioneering figure in artificial intelligence, argues that AI has been stuck in a decades-long rut. His prescription for progress? Teach machines...

Tech Firms Move to Put Ethical Guard Rails Around AI
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Tech Firms Move to Put Ethical Guard Rails Around AI

One day last summer, Microsoft's director of artificial intelligence research, Eric Horvitz, activated the Autopilot function of his Tesla sedan.

Silicon Valley Faces Regulatory Fight on Its Home Turf
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Silicon Valley Faces Regulatory Fight on Its Home Turf

The staging ground for one of the biggest regulatory fights facing the technology industry is far removed from Washington or Brussels, tucked into an alley next...

Big Data Tool Predicts Best Lung Cancer Treatment
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Big Data Tool Predicts Best Lung Cancer Treatment

Researchers have developed a personalized risk assessment tool designed to predict the survival rate and treatment outcomes of early-stage lung cancer patients....

Email Encryption Standards Hacked
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Email Encryption Standards Hacked

A team of researchers successfully hacked the popular Secure/Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions and OpenPGP email encryption standards.

Graphene-Based Sensor Learns to Feel Like a Human
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Graphene-Based Sensor Learns to Feel Like a Human

An electric sensor has been integrated with a machine learning program to create a device that can differentiate between surface textures.
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