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July 2017


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Reshaping Computer-Aided Design

Reshaping Computer-Aided Design

Researchers have developed InstantCAD to facilitate interactive real-time editing, enhancement, and optimization of computer-aided design  models via a simpler workflow.


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New Camera Designed By Stanford Researchers Could Improve Robot Vision and Virtual Reality

New Camera Designed By Stanford Researchers Could Improve Robot Vision and Virtual Reality

A new four-dimensional camera captures almost 140 degrees of information, with implications for robot visual perception and virtual reality.


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Neural Nets Model Audience Reactions to Movies

Neural Nets Model Audience Reactions to Movies

Disney researchers applied deep-learning neural networks to develop a new way of evaluating movie audiences' reactions using facial expressions.


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The Rise of AI Is Forcing Google and Microsoft to Become Chipmakers

The Rise of AI Is Forcing Google and Microsoft to Become Chipmakers

By now our future is clear: We are to be cared for, entertained, and monetized by artificial intelligence.


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Saturn Surprises As Cassini Continues its Grand Finale

Saturn Surprises As Cassini Continues its Grand Finale

As NASA's Cassini spacecraft makes its unprecedented series of weekly dives between Saturn and its rings, scientists are finding—so far—that the planet's magnetic field has no discernible tilt.


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Level ­p: How Video Games Evolved to Solve Significant Scientific Problems

Level ­p: How Video Games Evolved to Solve Significant Scientific Problems

In the early 1950s, just as rock 'n' roll was hinting at social change, the first video games were quietly being designed in the form of technology demonstrations—and a scientist was behind it.


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Concerned About Connected Car Privacy? Bluetooth Sensors Used to Track Traffic

Concerned About Connected Car Privacy? Bluetooth Sensors Used to Track Traffic

One big promise of the connected car revolution has been the potential to help clear up traffic problems.


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Iarpa Announces Map of the World Challenge For Satellite Imagery

Iarpa Announces Map of the World Challenge For Satellite Imagery

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity has launched the functional Map of the World Challenge.


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Holograms Taken to New Dimension

Holograms Taken to New Dimension

Researchers say they have developed a method to create inexpensive full-color two- and three-dimensional holograms.


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Bikes May Have to Talk to Self-Driving Cars For Safety's Sake

Bikes May Have to Talk to Self-Driving Cars For Safety's Sake

Researchers envision bicycles communicating with autonomous vehicles so the latter can predict cyclists' movements.


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DARPA Calls For Post-Moore Ideas

DARPA Calls For Post-Moore Ideas

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Electronics Resurgence Initiative aims to cultivate partnerships and advance progress of post-Moore's Law technologies.


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Who Will Control the Swarm?

Who Will Control the Swarm?

Researchers at Stanford University believe future device swarms will operate via centralized management.


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Opening the Lid on Criminal Sentencing Software

Opening the Lid on Criminal Sentencing Software

Researchers are using machine learning to train computers to build statistical models that can predict future criminal behavior.


From ACM News

The Emerging Science of Computational Psychiatry

The Emerging Science of Computational Psychiatry

Machine learning, data mining, and artificial intelligence are revolutionizing the study and understanding of mental illness.


From ACM Careers

Pittsburgh Gets a Tech Makeover

Pittsburgh Gets a Tech Makeover

In 2015, Monocle magazine, a favorite read of the global hipsterati, published an enthusiastic report on Lawrenceville, the former blue-collar neighborhood here filled with cafes, hyped restaurants and brick rowhouses being renovated…


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How Checkers Was Solved

How Checkers Was Solved

The story of a duel between two men, one who dies, and the nature of the quest to build artificial intelligence.


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From Mars Rover: Panorama Above 'perseverance Valley'

From Mars Rover: Panorama Above 'perseverance Valley'

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity recorded a panoramic view before entering the upper end of a fluid-carved valley that descends the inner slope of a large crater's rim.


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We Could Build a Galactic Internet but It May Take 300,000 Years

We Could Build a Galactic Internet but It May Take 300,000 Years

If there are advanced alien civilizations in the Milky Way, we ought to be thinking about how to say hello to our neighbours.


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China's Got a Huge Artificial Intelligence Plan

China's Got a Huge Artificial Intelligence Plan

China aims to make the artificial intelligence industry a "new, important" driver of economic expansion by 2020, according to a development plan issued by the State Council.


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Mind-Reading Computer Moves Closer to Reality

Mind-Reading Computer Moves Closer to Reality

Researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences have developed a mind-reading program that deciphers symbols that people have viewed.


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Robot Physical Therapist Helps People Walk Again After a Stroke

Robot Physical Therapist Helps People Walk Again After a Stroke

A new smart harness uses artificial intelligence to help people regain their mobility following certain neurological injuries.


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Deer Caught in the Headlights? Your Car May Soon See Them

Deer Caught in the Headlights? Your Car May Soon See Them

Automakers are working to develop systems that would enable self-driving cars to avoid hitting large animals such as deer.


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MIT Research Could Make Neural Networks Portable

MIT Research Could Make Neural Networks Portable

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers are developing a neural network designed specifically to work on mobile devices.


From ACM Opinion

Deepmind's Founder Says to Build Better Computer Brains, We Need to Look at Our Own

Deepmind's Founder Says to Build Better Computer Brains, We Need to Look at Our Own

After decades in the wilderness, AI has swaggered back onto center stage.


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Beijing Wants AI to Be Made in China By 2030

Beijing Wants AI to Be Made in China By 2030

The country laid out a development plan on Thursday to become the world leader in A.I. by 2030.


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New Algorithm, Metrics Improve Autonomous ­nderwater Vehicles' Energy Efficiency

New Algorithm, Metrics Improve Autonomous ­nderwater Vehicles' Energy Efficiency

Researchers have built a framework for autonomous underwater vehicles that enables the machines to plan energy-efficient trajectories.


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Titan Simulations Show Importance of Close Two-Way Coupling Between Human and Earth Systems

Titan Simulations Show Importance of Close Two-Way Coupling Between Human and Earth Systems

Researchers have used supercomputers to integrate massive codes that combine physical and biological processes in the Earth system with feedback from human activity.


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Hybrid Approach Optimizes Grid

Hybrid Approach Optimizes Grid

Researchers at Lehigh University's Optimization and Machine Learning research group and IBM Research have made progress in solving optimal smart grid power flow problems.


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Artificial Intelligence Helps Scientists Map Behavior in the Fruit Fly Brain

Artificial Intelligence Helps Scientists Map Behavior in the Fruit Fly Brain

Scientists have used artificial intelligence technology to make 100 billion annotations of behavior from 400,000 fruit flies.


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Nasa Catches Glimpse of Ancient and Elusive Object

Nasa Catches Glimpse of Ancient and Elusive Object

NASA just caught a glimpse of the mysterious and elusive object that its New Horizons spacecraft will visit next.