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International Group Aims to Protect the Core of the Public Internet
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International Group Aims to Protect the Core of the Public Internet

The Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace has established a research group to protect the public Internet's core and critical infrastructure.

AI, People, and Society
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AI, People, and Society

Isaac Asimov's stories about the relationship between people and robots were only a few years old when the phrase "artificial intelligence" was used in a 1955 study...

More Progress on Carbon Nanotube Processors: A 2.8GHz Ring Oscillator
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More Progress on Carbon Nanotube Processors: A 2.8GHz Ring Oscillator

Back in 2012, I had the pleasure of visiting the IBM Watson research center.

Sun's Gravity Could Power Interstellar Video Streaming
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Sun's Gravity Could Power Interstellar Video Streaming

Need to send a message across interstellar space? Use the sun for a signal boost. A new proposal suggests that the sun's gravity could be used to amplify signals...

New 3D Chip Combines Computing and Data Storage
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New 3D Chip Combines Computing and Data Storage

A new computer chip integrates carbon nanotubes and resistive random-access memory cells.

Artificial Intelligence-Based System Warns When a Gun Appears in a Video
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Artificial Intelligence-Based System Warns When a Gun Appears in a Video

A new artificial intelligence program automatically detects in real time when a subject in a video draws a gun.

Detecting Forged Parts of Photographs Faster and More Accurately
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Detecting Forged Parts of Photographs Faster and More Accurately

Researchers say they have developed a method for detecting "copy-move forgery" in photographs that is more successful and faster than conventional methods.

Artificial Musician Builds New Melodies Without Music Theory
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Artificial Musician Builds New Melodies Without Music Theory

A new deep-learning algorithm can generate melodies that imitate a given style of music.

To End Distracted Driving, MIT Figures Out How People Really Drive
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To End Distracted Driving, MIT Figures Out How People Really Drive

Researchers are producing accurate models of people's behavior in cars, in order to shape that behavior to preserve safety.

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.
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