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New Algorithm Can Pinpoint Mutations Favored by Natural Selection in Large Sections of the Human Genome
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New Algorithm Can Pinpoint Mutations Favored by Natural Selection in Large Sections of the Human Genome

A new algorithm can identify mutations in the human genome favored by natural selection.

In Pursuit of Virtual Life
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In Pursuit of Virtual Life

Scientists are simulating biological organisms and replicating evolution in the lab. How far can they expand the boundaries of virtual life?

The Car of the Future Will Sell Your Data
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The Car of the Future Will Sell Your Data

Picture this: You're driving home from work, contemplating what to make for dinner, and as you idle at a red light near your neighborhood pizzeria, an ad offering...

Copycatch
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Copycatch

Researchers in India have created a deep-learning algorithm to help people identify doctored images by focusing on specific areas of the human face.

Good News: A.I. Is Getting Cheaper. That’s Also Bad News.
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Good News: A.I. Is Getting Cheaper. That’s Also Bad News.

A.I. experts and pundits have discussed the threats created by the technology for years, but this is among the first efforts to tackle the issue head-on.

Can a Cockroach Teach a Robot How to Scurry Across Rugged Terrain?
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Can a Cockroach Teach a Robot How to Scurry Across Rugged Terrain?

Researchers aim to build robots with cockroach-inspired behavior.

Do Computers Really Think?
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Do Computers Really Think?

Do smart assistants exhibit actual intelligence?

Modeling Uncertainty Helps MIT's Drone Zip Around Obstacles
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Modeling Uncertainty Helps MIT's Drone Zip Around Obstacles

It's not too hard to make a drone that can fly very fast, and it's not too hard to make a drone that can avoid obstacles.

How Artificial Intelligence Is Edging Its Way Into Our Lives
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How Artificial Intelligence Is Edging Its Way Into Our Lives

In Phoenix, Ariz., cars are self-navigating the streets. In many homes, people are barking commands at tiny machines, with the machines responding. On our smartphones...

Universities Rush to Roll Out Computer Science Ethics Courses
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Universities Rush to Roll Out Computer Science Ethics Courses

U.S. universities are starting to offer ethics courses relating to computer science.

As China Marches Forward on  A.I., the White House Is Silent
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As China Marches Forward on A.I., the White House Is Silent

In July, China unveiled a plan to become the world leader in artificial intelligence and create an industry worth $150 billion to its economy by 2030.

Deep Neural Network Trained to Detect Early Signs of Diabetes
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Deep Neural Network Trained to Detect Early Signs of Diabetes

Researchers have demonstrated the feasibility of a deep neural network programmed to detect diabetes.

Come Meet ZJU's Robot Dog 'Jueying'
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Come Meet ZJU's Robot Dog 'Jueying'

Jueying is a quadruped robot dog that can run up a steep slope, walk on thick snow, and regain its balance after receiving a heavy blow.

Mr. Robot
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Mr. Robot

Geoffrey Hinton spent 30 years hammering away at an idea most other scientists dismissed as nonsense. Then, one day in 2012, he was proven right.

Social Robot Developed at UNSW Set to Revolutionize Workplace Experience
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Social Robot Developed at UNSW Set to Revolutionize Workplace Experience

Researchers have developed a social robot to promote creativity and collaboration in the workplace.

Center for Machine Intelligence Launched to Help Build a Smarter and Safer Society
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Center for Machine Intelligence Launched to Help Build a Smarter and Safer Society

The University of Southampton in the U.K. recently launched the Center for Machine Intelligence.

Where's the Bear?
From ACM TechNews

Where's the Bear?

Researchers are using machine learning to identify and classify wildlife caught on camera.

App Translates Lectures Into Text
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App Translates Lectures Into Text

Researchers at the University at Buffalo have developed Lecture Buddy, a smartphone application that translates lectures into text using a continuous speech recognition...

Drones That Smash Into Obstacles Can Be a Good and Useful Thing
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Drones That Smash Into Obstacles Can Be a Good and Useful Thing

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania are working on small aerial drones that purposefully collide with obstacles and then move on to perform various functions...

Army Researchers Develop New Algorithms to Train Robots
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Army Researchers Develop New Algorithms to Train Robots

Researchers at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory and the University of Texas at Austin have developed new methods for robots or computer programs to learn how to...
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