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People's Notions About AI Are Terrible, an MIT Study Asks Whether They Can Be Helped
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People's Notions About AI Are Terrible, an MIT Study Asks Whether They Can Be Helped

Researchers surveyed several hundred people to determine whether they view artificial intelligence as an agent or a tool.

UW Researchers Hone Computer Models to Identify Animals in Photos
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UW Researchers Hone Computer Models to Identify Animals in Photos

Computer models developed by researchers at the University of Wyoming use artificial intelligence to identify images of wild animals in camera-trap photographs....

Bouncing Balls and Quantum Computing
From Communications of the ACM

Bouncing Balls and Quantum Computing

A lighthearted method for calculating π is analogous to a fundamental algorithm for quantum computing.

Who Has Access to Your Smartphone Data?
From Communications of the ACM

Who Has Access to Your Smartphone Data?

ISPs, app developers, and even the government may know more about you than you think.

Fran Allen
From Communications of the ACM

Fran Allen: 1932-2020

Frances E. Allen was the first woman recipient of the ACM A.M. Turing Award.

If We Put Computers in Our Brains, Strange Things Might Happen to Our Minds
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If We Put Computers in Our Brains, Strange Things Might Happen to Our Minds

Using a brain-computer interface can fundamentally change our grey matter, a view of ourselves, and even how fast our brains can change the world.

Computational Modeling Explains Why Blues, Greens Are Brightest Colors in Nature
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Computational Modeling Explains Why Blues, Greens Are Brightest Colors in Nature

Researchers at the U.K.'s University of Cambridge have demonstrated via computational modeling why blue and green are the most vivid natural hues.

Accident Prevention Software for Autonomous Vehicles
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Accident Prevention Software for Autonomous Vehicles

Researchers at Germany's Technical University of Munich say they have created accident-preventing software for autonomous vehicles that anticipates variations of...

Singapore to Pay Citizens for Keeping Healthy with Apple Watch
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Singapore to Pay Citizens for Keeping Healthy with Apple Watch

Apple and Singapore's government have partnered on the two-year LumiHealth initiative, which will monitor and reward user behavior via the Apple Watch and an iPhone...

Glove-Like Device Mimics Sense of Touch
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Glove-Like Device Mimics Sense of Touch

A soft wearable device developed by engineers at the University of New South Wales Sydney in Australia recreates the sense of touch using haptic technology.

Huang's Law Is the New Moore's Law, and Explains Why Nvidia Wants Arm
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Huang's Law Is the New Moore's Law, and Explains Why Nvidia Wants Arm

The rule that the same dollar buys twice the computing power every 18 months is no longer true, but a new law—which we named for the CEO of Nvidia, the company...

Data Processing Module Makes Deep Neural Networks Smarter
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Data Processing Module Makes Deep Neural Networks Smarter

Researchers have enhanced deep neural network performance by integrating feature normalization and feature attention modules into a hybrid attentive normalization...

Automated Mobility District 'Digital Twin' Provides Insights for Urban Transportation Systems
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Automated Mobility District 'Digital Twin' Provides Insights for Urban Transportation Systems

Researchers have developed a modeling and simulation toolkit to help researchers and city planners determine the specific advantages and disadvantages of urban...

Smart Transportation Systems Need to Reckon with Rogues
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Smart Transportation Systems Need to Reckon with Rogues

Arizona State University engineers have come up with an algorithm that manages autonomous vehicle traffic through intersections safely, under real-life conditions...

Walmart Launches On-Demand Drone Delivery Pilot
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Walmart Launches On-Demand Drone Delivery Pilot

Walmart said it has partnered with end-to-end drone delivery company Flytrex to roll out an on-demand drone delivery pilot program in Fayetteville, NC.

AI Can Edit Video in Real Time to Sync Audio to People's Lips
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AI Can Edit Video in Real Time to Sync Audio to People's Lips

Researchers at India's International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) have developed artificial intelligence that tweaks video footage in real time to...

Insights Into Dreams and What They Say About Us
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Insights Into Dreams and What They Say About Us

Computer scientists are using artificial intelligence and digital databases to examine dreams and potentially identify mental issues.

Smartphones Can Predict Brain Function Associated with Anxiety, Depression
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Smartphones Can Predict Brain Function Associated with Anxiety, Depression

A study from Dartmouth College found information from smartphones can predict connectivity between brain regions that govern emotion, and anticipate neural functions...

Microsoft's Underwater Datacenter Resurfaces After Two Years
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Microsoft's Underwater Datacenter Resurfaces After Two Years

Microsoft has retrieved an underwater datacenter that it sunk off the coast of Orkney in Scotland two years ago, and is analyzing its performance data.

Malware Gang Uses .NET Library to Generate Excel Docs That Bypass Security Checks
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Malware Gang Uses .NET Library to Generate Excel Docs That Bypass Security Checks

Security researchers at NVISO Labs discovered a malware gang is using a .NET library to create malicious Excel files.
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