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Baidu's AI Can Do Simultaneous Translation Between Any Two Languages
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Baidu's AI Can Do Simultaneous Translation Between Any Two Languages

Would-be travelers of the galaxy, rejoice: The Chinese tech giant Baidu has invented a translation system that brings us one step closer to a software Babel fish...

The Computer Chauffeur Is Creeping Closer
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The Computer Chauffeur Is Creeping Closer

With artificial intelligence discreetly improving driving safety, the technology is likely to find its way into luxury vehicles.

Brain-Inspired Algorithm Helps AI Systems Multitask and Remember
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Brain-Inspired Algorithm Helps AI Systems Multitask and Remember

Researchers have found that adapting a well-known brain mechanism can dramatically improve the ability of artificial neural networks to learn multiple tasks.

Recruiting With Virtual Reality
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Recruiting With Virtual Reality

As the market for new employees grows increasingly competitive, some recruiters use virtual reality applications to attract qualified candidates.

Will There Be a Ban on Killer Robots?
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Will There Be a Ban on Killer Robots?

A group of arms control advocates, humans rights groups, and technologists is lobbying the United Nations to craft a global decree that bans autonomous weapons....

Here's What the Quantum Internet Has in Store
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Here's What the Quantum Internet Has in Store

A future 'quantum internet' could find use long before it reaches technological maturity, a team of physicists predicts.

NOAA Is About to Make Some Big Changes to Its Global Weather Model
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NOAA Is About to Make Some Big Changes to Its Global Weather Model

The nation's weather and climate organization, NOAA, has appointed a new director of its Environmental Modeling Center.

How Smartphone Apps Track Users and Share Data
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How Smartphone Apps Track Users and Share Data

Researchers analyzing about 33% of the Android apps in the Google Play Store found almost nine out of 10 track smartphone data and transmit it back to Google.

3D-Printed Supercapacitor Electrode Breaks Records in Lab Tests
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3D-Printed Supercapacitor Electrode Breaks Records in Lab Tests

Researchers have developed supercapacitor electrodes using a printable graphene aerogel to build a porous three-dimensional scaffold equipped with pseudocapacitive...

The White House Is Wooing Tech Workers to Do Tours of Duty in Government
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The White House Is Wooing Tech Workers to Do Tours of Duty in Government

White House officials has been meeting with technology giants to try to persuade them to allow their employees to take leaves of absence to help modernize government...

Perfecting Crops With AI-Powered Indoor Farms
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Perfecting Crops With AI-Powered Indoor Farms

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Laboratory's Open Agriculture Initiative has developed a self-contained indoor farm.

Manufacturers Adopt Robots That Help Human Workers, Not Replace Them. For Now.
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Manufacturers Adopt Robots That Help Human Workers, Not Replace Them. For Now.

Collaborative robots, or “cobots,” are becoming an increasingly popular automation tool for manufacturers seeking to boost productivity.

Your Brain Is Like 100 Billion Mini-Computers All Working Together
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Your Brain Is Like 100 Billion Mini-Computers All Working Together

Each of our brain cells could work like a mini-computer, according to the first recording of electrical activity in human cells at a super-fine level of detail....

U.S. Begins First Cyberoperation Against Russia Aimed at Protecting Elections
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U.S. Begins First Cyberoperation Against Russia Aimed at Protecting Elections

The United States Cyber Command is targeting individual Russian operatives to try to deter them from spreading disinformation to interfere in elections, telling...

Data on Demand: Creating a Search Engine for Microbiome Sciences
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Data on Demand: Creating a Search Engine for Microbiome Sciences

The University of Arizona's Hurwitz Laboratory is helping researchers around the world gain greater access to data collected at remote ocean sites.

Automated System Identifies Dense Tissue, a Risk Factor for Breast Cancer, in Mammograms
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Automated System Identifies Dense Tissue, a Risk Factor for Breast Cancer, in Mammograms

A new automated system assesses dense breast tissue in mammograms as reliably as human radiologists.

AI on a MEMS Device Brings Neuromorphic Computing to the Edge
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AI on a MEMS Device Brings Neuromorphic Computing to the Edge

Researchers have outfitted a micro-electromechanical system with artificial intelligence, enabling neuromorphic computing in a microscale device and bringing edge...

Chip Implants Get Real
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Chip Implants Get Real

The notion of using implantable chips to authenticate people is gaining support, but it raises important privacy questions.

I Fell for Facebook Fake News. Here's Why Millions of You Did, Too.
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I Fell for Facebook Fake News. Here's Why Millions of You Did, Too.

The Facebook video is nuts, but I can't tear my eyes away. A plane, struggling in a huge storm, does a 360-degree flip before safely landing and letting out terrified...

The Next Tech Talent Shortage: Quantum Computing Researchers
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The Next Tech Talent Shortage: Quantum Computing Researchers

U.S. corporations and universities could face a major shortage of qualified quantum computing scientists unless immigration policies and priorities change.
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