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Touch-Sensitive Avatar-Robotic Arm Based on Real-Time Haptics
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Touch-Sensitive Avatar-Robotic Arm Based on Real-Time Haptics

Researchers say they have developed a "real-time-avatar-robotic arm" that transmits sound, vision, and tactile sensations to remotely located users.

Killer Robots: Australia's AI Leaders Urge PM to Support a Ban on Lethal Autonomous Weapons
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Killer Robots: Australia's AI Leaders Urge PM to Support a Ban on Lethal Autonomous Weapons

A letter from 122 members of the Australian artificial intelligence research community urges Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to support for a ban on...

Nanoscale 'Abacus' Uses Pulses of Light Instead of Wooden Beads to Perform Calculations
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Nanoscale 'Abacus' Uses Pulses of Light Instead of Wooden Beads to Perform Calculations

Researchers have developed a nanoscale optical "abacus" that uses light signals to perform arithmetic computation.

NAS Report Investigates the Growth of Computer Science Undergraduate Enrollments
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NAS Report Investigates the Growth of Computer Science Undergraduate Enrollments

The National Academy of Sciences recently released a report titled "Assessing and Responding to the Growth of Computer Science Undergraduate Enrollments."

China's Technology Ambitions Could Upset the Global Trade Order
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China's Technology Ambitions Could Upset the Global Trade Order

When President Trump arrives in Beijing on Wednesday, he will most likely complain about traditional areas of dispute like steel and cars.

System Uses 'Deep Learning' to Detect Cracks in Nuclear Reactors
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System Uses 'Deep Learning' to Detect Cracks in Nuclear Reactors

Purdue University researchers are developing an artificial intelligence system to detect cracks captured in videos of a nuclear reactor.

A Third of the Internet Is Under Attack
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A Third of the Internet Is Under Attack

Researchers completing the first large-scale analysis of victims of Internet denial-of-service attacks worldwide found about a third of the IPv4 address space was...

Johns Hopkins-Led Team Aims to Turn Computer Systems Into Digital Detectives
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Johns Hopkins-Led Team Aims to Turn Computer Systems Into Digital Detectives

An international team of researchers is using an $11-million U.S. Department of Defense grant to streamline investigations by developing algorithms for extracting...

Broadening the CS Cohort
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Broadening the CS Cohort

Innovative programs are drawing women and minority students to computer science, and giving them the support they need to succeed.

How to Ensure AI Is Good for Girls: A Robot for Every Child
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How to Ensure AI Is Good for Girls: A Robot for Every Child

Rapid progress is being made in the field of artificial intelligence and robotics, as milestones are being passed in a wide range of areas.

The Disappearing American Grad Student
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The Disappearing American Grad Student

There are two very different pictures of the students roaming the hallways and labs at New York University's Tandon School of Engineering.

Researcher: 'We Should Be Worried' This Computer Thought a Turtle Was a Gun
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Researcher: 'We Should Be Worried' This Computer Thought a Turtle Was a Gun

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's LabSix artificial intelligence team has demonstrated the first example of a three-dimensional object becoming "adversarial"...

Can AI Help to Detect and Cure Cancer?
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Can AI Help to Detect and Cure Cancer?

University of Southern California Viterbi professor Fei Sha plans to focus her efforts on applying the findings of statistical machine learning to medical science...

Stanford Researchers Seek Citizen Scientists to Contribute to Worldwide Mosquito Tracking
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Stanford Researchers Seek Citizen Scientists to Contribute to Worldwide Mosquito Tracking

Researchers are seeking citizen scientists to contribute to a mosquito-monitoring platform.

UMD Hosted Women Around the Country for Its Annual All-Female Hackathon
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UMD Hosted Women Around the Country for Its Annual All-Female Hackathon

The University of Maryland recently hosted its third all-women hackathon.

Bringing History to Life
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Bringing History to Life

Sankofa is a new immersive computer game that aims to bring the cultural history of Ghana to life via gameplay while providing a unique learning experience.

Building A.I. That Can Build A.I.
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Building A.I. That Can Build A.I.

They are a dream of researchers but perhaps a nightmare for highly skilled computer programmers: artificially intelligent machines that can build other artificially...

A Better Technique for Spotting Bugs in Self-Driving AI Could Save Lives
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A Better Technique for Spotting Bugs in Self-Driving AI Could Save Lives

Most software bugs won't kill you.

CAPTCHA Is Dying. This Is How It's Being Reinvented for the AI Age
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CAPTCHA Is Dying. This Is How It's Being Reinvented for the AI Age

Completely Automated Public Turing Tests to tell Computers and Humans Apart (CAPTCHAs) appear to be heading toward obsolescence.

Crowdsourcing Big-Data Analysis
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Crowdsourcing Big-Data Analysis

FeatureHub is a new collaboration tool designed to make feature identification more efficient and effective.
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