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California Moves to Expand K-12 Computer Science Instruction
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California Moves to Expand K-12 Computer Science Instruction

California's 2017-2018 state budget includes funding for initiatives to broaden K-12 student access to computer science coursework and instruction.

Two Giants of AI Team Up to Head Off the Robot Apocalypse
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Two Giants of AI Team Up to Head Off the Robot Apocalypse

There's nothing new about worrying that superintelligent machines may endanger humanity, but the idea has lately become hard to avoid.

Peering Inside an AI's Brain Will Help Us Trust Its Decisions
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Peering Inside an AI's Brain Will Help Us Trust Its Decisions

Oi, AI—What do you think you're looking at? Understanding why machine learning algorithms can be tricked into seeing things that aren't there is becoming more important...

As Elites Switch to Texting, Watchdogs Fear Loss of Transparency
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As Elites Switch to Texting, Watchdogs Fear Loss of Transparency

In a bygone analog era, lawmakers and corporate chiefs traveled great distances to swap secrets, to the smoke-filled back rooms of the World Economic Forum in Davos...

Thousands of Rome's Historical Images Digitized With Help of Stanford Researchers
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Thousands of Rome's Historical Images Digitized With Help of Stanford Researchers

Researchers at Stanford University have contributed to the creation of a digital visual archive charting Rome's evolution over the centuries.

EU Developing Robot Badgers for Underground Excavation
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EU Developing Robot Badgers for Underground Excavation

The European Union is underwriting the roBot for Autonomous unDerGround trenchless opERations, mapping, and navigation (BADGER) project.

Tracking Humans in 3D With Off-the-Shelf Webcams
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Tracking Humans in 3D With Off-the-Shelf Webcams

VNect is a new system for capturing human movements digitally in three dimensions in real time using a single video camera.

Making Waves
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Making Waves

Researchers have introduced a novel representation of waves that improves computational efficiency by at least an order of magnitude.

Practical Parallelism
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Practical Parallelism

Researchers have developed a system called Fractal that enables up to 88-fold acceleration in a parallelism strategy known as speculative execution.

LHC Physicists Unveil a Charming New Particle
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LHC Physicists Unveil a Charming New Particle

Physicists using the Large Hadron Collider beauty (LHCb) experiment at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland, have discovered a new kind of heavy particle, they announced...

 How AI Detectives Are Cracking Open the Black Box of Deep Learning
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How AI Detectives Are Cracking Open the Black Box of Deep Learning

Loosely modeled after the brain, deep neural networks are spurring innovation across science.

Robocalypse Now? Central Bankers Argue Whether Automation Will Kill Jobs
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Robocalypse Now? Central Bankers Argue Whether Automation Will Kill Jobs

The rise of robots has long been a topic for sci-fi best sellers and video games and, as of this week, a threat officially taken seriously by central bankers.

Light-Powered Computers Brighten AI's Future
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Light-Powered Computers Brighten AI's Future

The idea of building a computer that uses light rather than electricity goes back more than half a century.

DU Physicists Put New Spin on Computer Technology
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DU Physicists Put New Spin on Computer Technology

Researchers at the University of Denver have demonstrated spin transport through a synthetic material that is amorphous, or non-ordered, both magnetically and structurally...

UC Santa Cruz Launches New Data Science Research Center
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UC Santa Cruz Launches New Data Science Research Center

The University of California, Santa Cruz has launched a new data science research center that provides a platform for collaboration between industry and academia...

AI Will Prepare Robots for the Unknown
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AI Will Prepare Robots for the Unknown

Researchers suggest artificial intelligence could greatly benefit robotic exploratory spacecraft by giving them autonomy.

Study Finds Hackers Could Use Brainwaves to Steal Passwords
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Study Finds Hackers Could Use Brainwaves to Steal Passwords

A recent study suggests brainwave-sensing electroencephalograph headsets need better security.

How Video Games Helped Give Us the Self-Driving Car
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How Video Games Helped Give Us the Self-Driving Car

Self-driving cars. They're the future of transportation—and they're getting smarter all the time.

Conference Organizers Say U.S. Travel Ban Not A Disaster – Yet
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Conference Organizers Say U.S. Travel Ban Not A Disaster – Yet

Travel restrictions appear to have had minimal impact on conference attendance so far.

By Teaching Computers to Track Asteroids, UW Scientists May Save the Earth
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By Teaching Computers to Track Asteroids, UW Scientists May Save the Earth

Researchers at the University of Washington (UW) are participating in a project to track asteroids so collisions with Earth can be predicted and averted.
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