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Fear of Robots Taking Jobs Spurs a Bold Idea: Guaranteed Pay
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Fear of Robots Taking Jobs Spurs a Bold Idea: Guaranteed Pay

Driverless trucks. Factory robots. Delivery drones. Virtual personal assistants.

Artificial Intelligence Cyberattacks Are Coming--but What Does That Mean?
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Artificial Intelligence Cyberattacks Are Coming--but What Does That Mean?

Artificial intelligence could play a key role in the next major cyberattack.

Most TV Computer Scientists Are Still White Men. Google Wants to Change That
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Most TV Computer Scientists Are Still White Men. Google Wants to Change That

Google is urging Hollywood to diversify the gender and ethnicity of computer scientists appearing on TV and film.

Neuroscientist Harnesses the Power of Virtual Reality to Unlock the Mysteries of Memory
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Neuroscientist Harnesses the Power of Virtual Reality to Unlock the Mysteries of Memory

Researchers are using virtual reality to study how a person's brain encodes and retrieves memories while they explore a new virtual environment.

Flip-Flop Qubits: Radical New Quantum Design Invented
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Flip-Flop Qubits: Radical New Quantum Design Invented

Researchers have created a new quantum computing architecture based on "flip-flop quantum bits (qubits)."

Google's New Street View Cameras Will Help Algorithms Index the Real World
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Google's New Street View Cameras Will Help Algorithms Index the Real World

Steve Silverman helped build cameras for two NASA rovers that went to Mars.

The Smartphone's Future: It's All About the Camera
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The Smartphone's Future: It's All About the Camera

We all know the drill. For the last decade, smartphones have gotten thinner and faster and thinner and faster and, well, you get the picture.

Facebook AI Learns Human Reactions After Watching Hours of Skype
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Facebook AI Learns Human Reactions After Watching Hours of Skype

Researchers at Facebook's Artificial Intelligence lab have developed an expressive animated bot controlled by an artificially intelligent algorithm trained on hundreds...

Unlocking Wind's Potential: Supercomputing's Grand Challenge
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Unlocking Wind's Potential: Supercomputing's Grand Challenge

Supercomputing-led scientific advances could halve the cost of wind energy by 2030.

Ames Laboratory Scientists Move Graphene Closer to Transistor Applications
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Ames Laboratory Scientists Move Graphene Closer to Transistor Applications

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory have successfully manipulated the electronic structure of graphene.

Can AI Solve Poverty?
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Can AI Solve Poverty?

Researchers are turning to artificial intelligence to gain insights into factors that lead to poverty and other social problems.

EU Drafting Rules to Protect Technology From Foreign Takeovers
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EU Drafting Rules to Protect Technology From Foreign Takeovers

Law might follow German rules that let Berlin veto takeover.

What the Industrial Revolution Really Tells Us About the Future of Automation and Work
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What the Industrial Revolution Really Tells Us About the Future of Automation and Work

The Industrial Revolution led to centuries of social and economic upheaval. Are economists telling us not to worry about workplace automation because things will...

Why a 24-Year-Old Chipmaker Is One of Tech's Hot Prospects
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Why a 24-Year-Old Chipmaker Is One of Tech's Hot Prospects

Engineers at CTA.ai, an imaging-technology start-up in Poland, are trying to popularize a more comfortable alternative to the colonoscopy.

Calhoun Who? Yale Drops Name of Slavery Advocate for Computer Pioneer
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Calhoun Who? Yale Drops Name of Slavery Advocate for Computer Pioneer

Yale University's Calhoun College today will be dedicated as Hopper College, after Grace Murray Hopper.

How to Regulate Artificial Intelligence
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How to Regulate Artificial Intelligence

The views of Oren Etzioni, chief executive of the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence.

Putin: Leader in Artificial Intelligence Will Rule World
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Putin: Leader in Artificial Intelligence Will Rule World

Russian President Vladimir Putin says that whoever reaches a breakthrough in developing artificial intelligence will come to dominate the world.

ORNL Researchers Turn to Deep Learning to Solve Science's Big Data Problem
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ORNL Researchers Turn to Deep Learning to Solve Science's Big Data Problem

Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have received a $2-million grant to study the potential of machine learning to revolutionize scientific data analysis...

Professor, Experts Aim to Improve Emergency Response
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Professor, Experts Aim to Improve Emergency Response

Researchers at Texas A&M University have developed a system to improve the transmission of critical information for emergency responders.

Blossom: A Handmade Approach to Social Robotics From Cornell and Google
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Blossom: A Handmade Approach to Social Robotics From Cornell and Google

Blossom is a social robot built from natural materials like cotton and wool.
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