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These Friendly Helpful Robots Will Likely Be Your Future Rehabilitation Partners
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These Friendly Helpful Robots Will Likely Be Your Future Rehabilitation Partners

A study by researchers at Freiburg University in Germany concluded that socially assistive robots will be used increasingly in the future.

The World’s Oldest Blockchain Has Been Hiding in The New York Times since 1995
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The World’s Oldest Blockchain Has Been Hiding in The New York Times since 1995

This really gives a new meaning to the "paper of record."

How Trump Could Hurt Google
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How Trump Could Hurt Google

President Donald Trump's Tuesday morning attack on Google for delivering "rigged" search results met with a swift denial from the company, but Trump's threat to...

Scientists Hope Artificial Stupidity Could Save Humans
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Scientists Hope Artificial Stupidity Could Save Humans

Some scientists are suggesting limiting how smart artificial intelligence can get—all the way down to human intelligence.

An Avatar Uses Your Gait to Predict How Many Calories You Will Burn
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An Avatar Uses Your Gait to Predict How Many Calories You Will Burn

Researchers analyzed gait parameters to develop software that uses an avatar to predict how many calories people will expend when walking.

Soft Bioelectronic Mesh Tested on Human Wrist, Pig's Heart
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Soft Bioelectronic Mesh Tested on Human Wrist, Pig's Heart

A new wearable/implantable device measures electrophysiological signals and applies electrical and thermal stimulations as needed.

Facebook, NYU Aim to Use AI to Speed Up MRI Scans
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Facebook, NYU Aim to Use AI to Speed Up MRI Scans

Facebook's artificial intelligence laboratory, working with the New York University School of Medicine, generated reliable magnetic resonance imaging scans with...

Growing a Mind in a Machine
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Growing a Mind in a Machine

MIT's Josh Tenenbaum on how people think and learn, and how to make machines do likewise.

Trump Says He Will 'Address' Google's 'Suppressing' of Conservative News
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Trump Says He Will 'Address' Google's 'Suppressing' of Conservative News

On Tuesday morning, the 45th president of the United States woke up around 5:30am Eastern Time and decided to begin his Tuesday by berating the "Fake News Media...

Artificial Intelligence Is Now a Pentagon Priority. Will Silicon Valley Help?
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Artificial Intelligence Is Now a Pentagon Priority. Will Silicon Valley Help?

In a May memo to President Trump, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis implored him to create a national strategy for artificial intelligence.

Enhanced 'Listening Skill' Makes Robot Better at Talking
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Enhanced 'Listening Skill' Makes Robot Better at Talking

Researchers have improved the ability of a conversational human-like robot to have a natural dialogue with people by enhancing its listening skills.

Picture This: A Camera With No Lens
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Picture This: A Camera With No Lens

A new camera substitutes a regular pane of glass for the lens, in conjunction with a computer running an algorithm to interpret the images.

Flint Water Crisis: How AI Is Finding Thousands of Hazardous Pipes
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Flint Water Crisis: How AI Is Finding Thousands of Hazardous Pipes

Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have developed an artificial intelligence algorithm that can determine the location of dangerous lead pipes in Flint...

Kids Connect With Robot Reading Partners
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Kids Connect With Robot Reading Partners

University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers have developed a robot to serve as a reading partner for middle school students.

Helping the Microchip Industry Go (Very Low) With the Flow
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Helping the Microchip Industry Go (Very Low) With the Flow

Researchers have rooted out the cause of error in an industry-standard calibration method that could add up to massive losses for microchip manufacturers.

Fake News Detector Algorithm Works Better Than a Human
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Fake News Detector Algorithm Works Better Than a Human

An algorithm-based system that identifies linguistic cues in fake news stories could provide news aggregators and social media sites with a new weapon against misinformation...

A New Artificial Neural Network Framework for Gait-Based Biometrics
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A New Artificial Neural Network Framework for Gait-Based Biometrics

Researchers have developed an approach for securing the wireless communications of wearable and implantable medical devices.

A Monitor's Ultrasonic Sounds Can Reveal What's on the Screen
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A Monitor's Ultrasonic Sounds Can Reveal What's on the Screen

You probably assume that someone can only see what's on your computer screen by looking at it.

A Toolkit for Data Transparency Takes Shape
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A Toolkit for Data Transparency Takes Shape

Julia Stewart Lowndes studied metre-long Humboldt squid (Dosidicus gigas), tagging them to track their dives, as a graduate student at Stanford University in California...

A 'GPS for Inside Your Body'
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A 'GPS for Inside Your Body'

A new "in-body global-positioning system" can locate ingestible implants within the body using low-power wireless signals.
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