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Machine Learning, Meet Quantum Computing
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Machine Learning, Meet Quantum Computing

Researchers have constructed the world's first single-layer neural network, known as a perceptron, and induced it to perform simple image processing tasks.

China's Great Wall Is 'Crumbling.' Now Architects Are Using Drones to Save It.
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China's Great Wall Is 'Crumbling.' Now Architects Are Using Drones to Save It.

China is deploying drones to scan portions of the Great Wall reportedly too hazardous to cross, compiling information to support its rehabilitation.

How Will We Outsmart AI Liars?
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How Will We Outsmart AI Liars?

The advancement of machine learning via neural networks is stoking concerns of artificial intelligence being used for mass manipulation and misinformation.

The Looming Crisis in the Internet of Things
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The Looming Crisis in the Internet of Things

California tries to legislate IoT security.

Maryland Test Confirms Drones Can Safely Deliver Human Organs
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Maryland Test Confirms Drones Can Safely Deliver Human Organs

University of Maryland researchers have tested organ delivery via aerial drone.

You Will Be Replaced. Here's How
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You Will Be Replaced. Here's How

Route 9 skims by Boston and cuts clear across Massachusetts to Pittsfield, a city of roughly 50,000, the largest in Berkshire County.

Brain-Computer Interface Lets Paralyzed People Control Tablet Devices
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Brain-Computer Interface Lets Paralyzed People Control Tablet Devices

A brain-computer interface has enabled three people suffering from tetraplegia to control a commercial tablet computer with their thoughts.

A Smartphone, New Software Could Help Save Infants Born Preterm
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A Smartphone, New Software Could Help Save Infants Born Preterm

Duke University researchers have developed an automated method for determining the gestational age of newborns, which could be crucial in saving the lives of premature...

Breaking the Code: Program Trains Young Adults for Computer Industry
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Breaking the Code: Program Trains Young Adults for Computer Industry

A program sponsored by the Resilient Coders nonprofit is training young adults of color in the Boston area to break into the computer industry.

Finally, a Machine That Can Finish Your Sentence
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Finally, a Machine That Can Finish Your Sentence

Google researchers have unveiled an artificial intelligence system that can complete English sentences with human-like accuracy.

Catching Whisky Fakers
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Catching Whisky Fakers

Researchers across Europe are applying multiple methods to combat food and beverage counterfeiting.

How Cheap Labor Drives China's A.I. Ambitions
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How Cheap Labor Drives China's A.I. Ambitions

Some of the most critical work in advancing China's technology goals takes place in a former cement factory in the middle of the country's heartland, far from the...

Research Teams Use Summit Supercomputer to Win Gordon Bell Prize
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Research Teams Use Summit Supercomputer to Win Gordon Bell Prize

Researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have jointly been awarded ACM's Gordon Bell Prize for outstanding work...

AI Is Watching Employee Expenses
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AI Is Watching Employee Expenses

AppZen has developed an artificial intelligence program that can identify dubious work expense claims and educate employees about travel and expense policies.

Beijing to Judge Every Resident Based on Behavior by End of 2020
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Beijing to Judge Every Resident Based on Behavior by End of 2020

China's plan to judge each of its 1.3 billion people based on their social behavior is moving a step closer to reality, with Beijing set to adopt a lifelong points...

Harvard Wants to School Congress About AI
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Harvard Wants to School Congress About AI

Harvard Kennedy School's Dipayan Ghosh and former U.S. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler have launched a new AI policy initiative aimed at educating U.S. politicians and...

The Snowden Legacy: What's Changed, Really?
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The Snowden Legacy: What's Changed, Really?

Digital privacy has come a long way since June 2013. In the five years since documents provided by Edward Snowden became the basis for a series of revelations that...

How AI Is Changing Wildlife Research
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How AI Is Changing Wildlife Research

A software program developed by the conservation technology nonprofit Wild ME automatically identifies individual animals by their unique coat patterns or other...

Technology for the Deaf
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Technology for the Deaf

Why aren't better assistive technologies available for those communicating using ASL?

This Company Is Helping Build China's Panopticon. It Won't Stop There 
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This Company Is Helping Build China's Panopticon. It Won't Stop There 

The lobby of SenseTime's Beijing office makes you feel a bit like you've stumbled into a Philip K. Dick novel.
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