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AI Detects Patterns of Gut Microbes for Cholera Risk
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AI Detects Patterns of Gut Microbes for Cholera Risk

Researchers used algorithms to identify patterns within communities of bacteria in the human gut that could not be detected with the naked eye.

Feel What This Robot Feels Through Tactile Expressions
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Feel What This Robot Feels Through Tactile Expressions

Cornell University's Human-Robot Collaboration and Companionship Lab is developing a robot designed to explore textual communication.

Eye Scanner Can Tell If You've Mastered a Foreign Language
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Eye Scanner Can Tell If You've Mastered a Foreign Language

A new algorithm monitors a person's unconscious eye movements as they read, to assess their proficiency in a foreign language.

To Build Truly Intelligent Machines, Teach Them Cause and Effect
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To Build Truly Intelligent Machines, Teach Them Cause and Effect

Judea Pearl, a pioneering figure in artificial intelligence, argues that AI has been stuck in a decades-long rut. His prescription for progress? Teach machines...

Tech Firms Move to Put Ethical Guard Rails Around AI
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Tech Firms Move to Put Ethical Guard Rails Around AI

One day last summer, Microsoft's director of artificial intelligence research, Eric Horvitz, activated the Autopilot function of his Tesla sedan.

Silicon Valley Faces Regulatory Fight on Its Home Turf
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Silicon Valley Faces Regulatory Fight on Its Home Turf

The staging ground for one of the biggest regulatory fights facing the technology industry is far removed from Washington or Brussels, tucked into an alley next...

Big Data Tool Predicts Best Lung Cancer Treatment
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Big Data Tool Predicts Best Lung Cancer Treatment

Researchers have developed a personalized risk assessment tool designed to predict the survival rate and treatment outcomes of early-stage lung cancer patients....

Email Encryption Standards Hacked
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Email Encryption Standards Hacked

A team of researchers successfully hacked the popular Secure/Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions and OpenPGP email encryption standards.

Graphene-Based Sensor Learns to Feel Like a Human
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Graphene-Based Sensor Learns to Feel Like a Human

An electric sensor has been integrated with a machine learning program to create a device that can differentiate between surface textures.

During Disasters, Active Twitter Users Likely to Spread Falsehoods
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During Disasters, Active Twitter Users Likely to Spread Falsehoods

Researchers examining more than 20,000 tweets sent during Hurricane Sandy and the Boston Marathon bombing found up to 91% of users spread falsehoods.

Robot Teaches Itself How to Dress People
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Robot Teaches Itself How to Dress People

A team of researchers says it has developed a robot that helps hospital patients slide on their gowns.

Fundamental Equations Guide Marine Robots to Optimal Sampling Sites
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Fundamental Equations Guide Marine Robots to Optimal Sampling Sites

Systems of mathematical equations can forecast the most informative data to collect for an autonomous underwater vehicle mission and the best way to reach the sampling...

Strain Improves Performance of Atomically Thin Semiconductor Material
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Strain Improves Performance of Atomically Thin Semiconductor Material

Researchers significantly enhanced the performance of an atomically thin semiconductor material by stretching it.

How Can We Be Sure AI Will Behave? Perhaps by Watching It Argue With Itself
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How Can We Be Sure AI Will Behave? Perhaps by Watching It Argue With Itself

Researchers say having two artificial intelligence systems debate a particular goal could ensure that they behave reliably when executing complex functions.

Inside Google, a Debate Rages: Should It Sell Artificial Intelligence to the Military?
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Inside Google, a Debate Rages: Should It Sell Artificial Intelligence to the Military?

Last July, 13 U.S. military commanders and technology executives met at the Pentagon's Silicon Valley outpost, two miles from Google headquarters.

A New Sense for Underwater Robots
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A New Sense for Underwater Robots

Marrja Kruusmaa and her colleagues in Estonia have developed a way for underwater robots to better understand their environment.

Software Transforms Complex Data Into Visualizable Shapes
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Software Transforms Complex Data Into Visualizable Shapes

The HyperTools open source software package leverages mathematical techniques to understand high-dimensional datasets via the underlying geometric structures they...

Monkey Face Recognition App Can Help Spot Endangered Primates
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Monkey Face Recognition App Can Help Spot Endangered Primates

Researchers at Michigan State University have developed a mobile application that can identify and track primates in the wild from facial photos.

W&M Computing Mentorship for Girls Receives ACM National Service Award
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W&M Computing Mentorship for Girls Receives ACM National Service Award

The College of William & Mary's Society of Women in Computing has been named to receive the ACM Outstanding Community Service Award.

Italian Researchers Develop Lighter, Cheaper Robotic Hand
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Italian Researchers Develop Lighter, Cheaper Robotic Hand

The Hennes robotic hand streamlines the mechanical design of other myoelectric prosthetics, using sensors that respond to the brain's electrical stimuli to the...
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