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March 2017


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It Begins: Bots Are Learning to Chat in Their Own Language

It Begins: Bots Are Learning to Chat in Their Own Language

OpenAI's Igor Mordatch is investigating new ways for machines to converse with each other.


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How Aristotle Created the Computer

How Aristotle Created the Computer

Modern computers would not exist without the influence of Aristotelean principles.


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DARPA Wants to Cultivate the ­ltimate Transistor of the Future

DARPA Wants to Cultivate the ­ltimate Transistor of the Future

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency this month will present the Dynamic Range-enhanced Electronics and Materials program, which aims to develop a new generation of radiofrequency and millimeter-wave transistors…


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Origami-Inspired Robot Can Hitch a Ride with a Rover

Origami-Inspired Robot Can Hitch a Ride with a Rover

The next rovers to explore another planet might bring along a scout.


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Inside the Hunt For Russia's Most Notorious Hacker

Inside the Hunt For Russia's Most Notorious Hacker

On the morning of December 30, the day after Barack Obama imposed sanctions on Russia for interfering in the 2016 US election, Tillmann Werner was sitting down to breakfast in Bonn, Germany.


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How Pedestrians Will Defeat Autonomous Vehicles

How Pedestrians Will Defeat Autonomous Vehicles

A recently published paper in the Journal of Planning Education and Research explores how interactions between humans and self-driving cars could change the rules of the road.


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How Aristotle Created the Computer

How Aristotle Created the Computer

George Boole is often described as a mathematician, but he saw himself as a philosopher, following in the footsteps of Aristotle.


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Stanford Researchers Map Fear and Happiness in Historic London

Stanford Researchers Map Fear and Happiness in Historic London

Researchers have mapped out how readers of 18th- and 19th-century British novels felt emotionally about London.


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Bringing Augmented Reality to Warehouses

Bringing Augmented Reality to Warehouses

Researchers have created PickAR, a headset that uses AR technology to overlay picking information so warehouses can find and process orders with greater efficiency.


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New Extension Improves Inflight Wi-Fi

New Extension Improves Inflight Wi-Fi

A new Google Chrome browser extension dramatically upgrades Wi-Fi browsing speeds at an altitude of 30,000 feet.


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Beta Boom

Beta Boom

Crowdsourcing opens up opportunities for 'civilian' beta testers.


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Does Mars Have Rings? Not Right Now, But Maybe One Day

Does Mars Have Rings? Not Right Now, But Maybe One Day

As children, we learned about our solar system's planets by certain characteristics—Jupiter is the largest, Saturn has rings, Mercury is closest to the sun. Mars is red, but it's possible that one of our closest neighbors also…


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It Begins: Bots Are Learning to Chat in Their Own Language

It Begins: Bots Are Learning to Chat in Their Own Language

Igor Mordatch is IS working to build machines that can carry on a conversation.


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Researchers Are ­sing Darwin's Theories to Evolve Ai, So Only the Strongest Algorithms Survive

Researchers Are ­sing Darwin's Theories to Evolve Ai, So Only the Strongest Algorithms Survive

Researchers at Google Brain and OpenAI are applying Darwinian principles of evolution to advance artificial intelligence.


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X-Rays Map the 3D Interior of Integrated Circuits

X-Rays Map the 3D Interior of Integrated Circuits

Researchers have used x-rays to peer within commercial integrated circuits and reconstruct them in three dimensions.


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Quantum Physics Offers Insights Into Music Expressivity

Quantum Physics Offers Insights Into Music Expressivity

Researchers have pioneered a new approach to understanding the musical experience by analyzing the vibrato effect using the Filter Diagonalization Method in music signal processing.


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Wi-Fi on Rays of Light: 100 Times Faster, and Never Overloaded

Wi-Fi on Rays of Light: 100 Times Faster, and Never Overloaded

Researchers have developed a Wi-Fi network based on directable infrared light rays.


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A Scientist and a Supercomputer Re-Create a Tornado

A Scientist and a Supercomputer Re-Create a Tornado

Researchers are using supercomputer simulations to study the structure of tornado-producing supercell thunderstorms.


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Computing With Spiders' Webs

Computing With Spiders' Webs

Researchers at the universities of Bristol and Oxford in the U.K. are examining spiders' webs to determine their computational capabilities.


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Sorry, a Robot Is Not About to Replace Your Lawyer

Sorry, a Robot Is Not About to Replace Your Lawyer

Impressive advances in artificial intelligence technology tailored for legal work have led some lawyers to worry that their profession may be Silicon Valley's next victim.


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Chemists Are First in Line For Quantum Computing's Benefits

Chemists Are First in Line For Quantum Computing's Benefits

This month IBM and Google both said they aim to commercialize quantum computers within the next few years (Google specified five), selling access to the exotic machines in a new kind of cloud service.


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How Chip Designers Are Breaking Moore's Law

How Chip Designers Are Breaking Moore's Law

Microprocessors got smaller, faster, and more power-efficient, but as they reach their physical limitations, chip architecture is driving performance gains.


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Experiments Show Titan Lakes May Fizz with Nitrogen

Experiments Show Titan Lakes May Fizz with Nitrogen

A recent NASA-funded study has shown how the hydrocarbon lakes and seas of Saturn's moon Titan might occasionally erupt with dramatic patches of bubbles.


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Ancestryai Algorithm Traces Your Family Tree Back More Than 300 Years

Ancestryai Algorithm Traces Your Family Tree Back More Than 300 Years

Researchers have developed a family tree artificial intelligence algorithm that looks for connections between 5 million baptisms from the end of the 17th century to the beginning of the 20th century.


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Why We Need Exascale Computing

Why We Need Exascale Computing

Potentially everyone on earth could be affected by the benefits of exascale computing, writes Paul Messina, director of the Argonne National Laboratory's Exascale Project.


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Researchers Present Early Warning System For Mass Cyberattacks

Researchers Present Early Warning System For Mass Cyberattacks

Researchers have developed an early warning system for massive distributed denial-of-service attacks.


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Kurzweil Claims That the Singularity Will Happen By 2045

Kurzweil Claims That the Singularity Will Happen By 2045

Google director of engineering and ACM Fellow Ray Kurzweil this week predicted the technological singularity will arrive by 2045.


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Robot Eavesdrops on Men and Women to See How Much They Talk

Robot Eavesdrops on Men and Women to See How Much They Talk

Researchers at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden have developed a robotic head that analyzes how people interact with each other.


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­.s. Science Agencies Face Deep Cuts in Trump Budget

­.s. Science Agencies Face Deep Cuts in Trump Budget

The Environmental Protection Agency and the National Institutes of Health are big losers — but planetary science at NASA stands to gain.


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Cineca's Hpc Systems Tackle Italy's Biggest Computing Challenges

Cineca's Hpc Systems Tackle Italy's Biggest Computing Challenges

Cineca, the leading Italian high-performance computing consortium, manages a supercomputing resource hub to advance innovations in scientific computing.