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How the Government Can Read Your Email
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How the Government Can Read Your Email

With Congress focused on reforming the tax code and replacing Obamacare—plus keeping the government open—there's little oxygen for other policy issues.

Beyond the Five Senses
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Beyond the Five Senses

The world we experience is not the real world. It's a mental construction, filtered through our physical senses. Which raises the question: How would our world...

Smart Doll Fitted With AI Chip Can Read Your Child's Emotions
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Smart Doll Fitted With AI Chip Can Read Your Child's Emotions

Researchers have developed a doll equipped that can run artificially intelligent algorithms, and have programmed it to recognize emotions in facial images.

Government Researchers Hope to Teach New Robots Some of the Old Tricks of Etiquette
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Government Researchers Hope to Teach New Robots Some of the Old Tricks of Etiquette

Researchers are working to enable robots to learn human etiquette.

New Operating System Will Improve Navy Computing Power
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New Operating System Will Improve Navy Computing Power

A Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University professor has developed a prototype operating system for compiling different coding languages into one.

How an Entire Nation Became Russia's Test Lab for Cyberwar
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How an Entire Nation Became Russia's Test Lab for Cyberwar

The clocks read zero when the lights went out.

New Database Allows Stanford Researchers to Find Disparities in Officers' Treatment of Minority Motorists
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New Database Allows Stanford Researchers to Find Disparities in Officers' Treatment of Minority Motorists

Researchers at Stanford University have created a national database comprised of data on state patrol stops to uncover evidence of a double standard applied to...

'Internet of Ships' Tells Tale of USS Fitzgerald Tragedy, Or Half of It
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'Internet of Ships' Tells Tale of USS Fitzgerald Tragedy, Or Half of It

On early Saturday morning off the coast of Japan, the Philippines-flagged cargo container carrierACX Crystal struck the USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) on its starboard...

AI for the Common Good
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AI for the Common Good

Considering guiding principles for artificial intelligence with regard to privacy and security.

How to Build Software for a Computer 50 Times Faster Than Anything in the World
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How to Build Software for a Computer 50 Times Faster Than Anything in the World

Argonne National Laboratory scientists aim to produce exascale-enabled software by surmounting problems in memory, power, and computational resources.

World's Most Powerful Particle Collider Taps AI to Expose Hack Attacks
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World's Most Powerful Particle Collider Taps AI to Expose Hack Attacks

Thousands of scientists worldwide tap into CERN's computer networks each day in their quest to better understand the fundamental structure of the universe.

Data-Mining 100 Million Instagram Photos Reveals Global Clothing Patterns
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Data-Mining 100 Million Instagram Photos Reveals Global Clothing Patterns

Researchers applied data-mining technology to determine the global variance of clothing styles from 100 million Instagram photos taken in 44 cities.

Cars Could Soon Negotiate Smart Intersections Without Ever Having to Stop
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Cars Could Soon Negotiate Smart Intersections Without Ever Having to Stop

Researchers have developed a model of a system in which smart cars do not have to stop at red lights at intersections.

Envisioning the Car of the Future as a Living Room on Wheels
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Envisioning the Car of the Future as a Living Room on Wheels

Swiveling seats? Movies projected across the windshield? Social media feeds on the windows?

GitHub Survey: Open Source Is Popular, Plagued by Poor Docs and Rude People
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GitHub Survey: Open Source Is Popular, Plagued by Poor Docs and Rude People

A new GitHub survey found open source development's popularity is tempered by poor documentation and provocation, mainly rudeness, among developers.

UTA-Led Interdisciplinary Team to Construct Computer Program to Identify Fake News
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UTA-Led Interdisciplinary Team to Construct Computer Program to Identify Fake News

Researchers say they are developing computer tools to detect social bots within the World Wide Web that create and spread fake news.

Face Recognition System 'K-Eye' Presented by KAIST
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Face Recognition System 'K-Eye' Presented by KAIST

Researchers have developed a semiconductor chip that runs artificial intelligence algorithms using ultra-low power.

Agencies 'Flying Blind' Without More Data
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Agencies 'Flying Blind' Without More Data

U.S. government agencies require better tools and datasets to assess how artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies will impact the private-sector...

DeepMind's Neural Network Teaches AI to Reason About the World
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DeepMind's Neural Network Teaches AI to Reason About the World

Google's DeepMind has developed a neural network that gives computers the ability to understand how different objects are related to each other.

Graphene Transistor Could Mean Computers That Are 1,000 Times Faster
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Graphene Transistor Could Mean Computers That Are 1,000 Times Faster

A new graphene-based transistor could someday be used in computers that are 1,000 times faster and use one-100th of the power of conventional computer systems. ...
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