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Engineers Program Marine Robots to Take Calculated Risks
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Engineers Program Marine Robots to Take Calculated Risks

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed an algorithm that lets autonomous underwater vehicles weigh the risks and rewards of exploring...

Data Scientists Face Off in LSST Machine-Learning Competition
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Data Scientists Face Off in LSST Machine-Learning Competition

An international machine learning challenge hosted on the Kaggle.com platform asked participants to identify which of 15 classifications was the best fit for each...

Volvo's Self-Driving Car Venture Gets Nod to Test on Swedish Roads
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Volvo's Self-Driving Car Venture Gets Nod to Test on Swedish Roads

A joint venture between Volvo Cars and Veoneer has won approval to begin hands-free testing of its software for self-driving cars on Swedish highways.

This Video Game Tournament Will Test the Wits of Computers
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This Video Game Tournament Will Test the Wits of Computers

Unity Technologies has announced the Obstacle Tower game and challenge, a video game tournament intended to contribute to artificial intelligence research.

How Machine Learning Could Keep Dangerous DNA Out of Terrorists' Hands
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How Machine Learning Could Keep Dangerous DNA Out of Terrorists' Hands

Biologists the world over routinely pay companies to synthesize snippets of DNA for use in the laboratory or clinic.

Computing Touch
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Computing Touch

Research groups working independently are closing in on imbuing limbs with a sense of touch via "e-dermis."

Drones Help Rid Galapagos Island of Rats
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Drones Help Rid Galapagos Island of Rats

Drones flying over the Galapagos island of North Seymour dropped rat poison in an effort to eliminate invasive black and brown rats.

Most People Overlook AI Despite Flawless Advice
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Most People Overlook AI Despite Flawless Advice

U.S. Army researchers and colleagues have found a persistent gap in basic knowledge about the use of artificial intelligence.

Amazon Scout Robots Take to Pavements in Washington State
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Amazon Scout Robots Take to Pavements in Washington State

Amazon is pilot-testing a wheeled electric robot that travels on pavements to deliver packages to customers in Snohomish County, WA.

Digital Design, QB Investments Could Aid Football Helmets
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Digital Design, QB Investments Could Aid Football Helmets

Major football helmet manufacturers are funding and refining new digitally designed models with enhanced safety features.

Putting Neural Networks Under the Microscope
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Putting Neural Networks Under the Microscope

Researchers have developed a method of identifying individual nodes in neural networks that capture specific linguistic features.

Utah Tech Leaders Throw Down $5M Education Gauntlet at Silicon Slopes Summit
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Utah Tech Leaders Throw Down $5M Education Gauntlet at Silicon Slopes Summit

Five leaders each offer $1 million to match legislative funding for computer science in a first-of-its-kind program.

Deep Learning 'Godfather' Bengio Worries About China's Use of AI
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Deep Learning 'Godfather' Bengio Worries About China's Use of AI

Yoshua Bengio, a Canadian computer scientist who helped pioneer the techniques underpinning much of the current excitement around artificial intelligence, is worried...

“This Guy’s Arrogance Takes Your Breath Away”
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“This Guy’s Arrogance Takes Your Breath Away”

Letters between John W. Backus and Edsger W. Dijkstra, 1979.

Do Data Scientists Need Certification?
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Do Data Scientists Need Certification?

The Open Group information technology consortium has announced the establishment of a data scientist certification program to address the shortage of data scientists...

IBM Facial Recognition Dataset Aims to Remove Gender, Skin Bias
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IBM Facial Recognition Dataset Aims to Remove Gender, Skin Bias

IBM will provide a new million-image dataset to the global research community, to help developers eliminate gender and skin-type biases from facial recognition...

Fleet of Robots to Park Cars at Gatwick Airport
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Fleet of Robots to Park Cars at Gatwick Airport

Gatwick Airport in the U.K. is working with Stanley Robotics to test a fleet of robot valets to park cars for arriving travelers.

Expanding 3D Printing Network Aims to Improve U.S. Veterans' Healthcare
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Expanding 3D Printing Network Aims to Improve U.S. Veterans' Healthcare

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has expanded its integrated virtual three-dimensional printing network from three hospitals in early 2017 to 20 at the end...

Apple Exerts Power as Privacy Protector
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Apple Exerts Power as Privacy Protector

Apple has penalized Google and Facebook for violating its developer policies controlling personal data by suspending internal apps used by both companies.

Want to Squelch Fake News? Let Readers Take Charge
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Want to Squelch Fake News? Let Readers Take Charge

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers demonstrated that crowdsourced judgments about the quality of news sources can marginalize online misinformation...
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