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Iraq, cut off from decades of technological progress because of dictatorship, sanctions and wars, recently took a big step out of isolation and into the digital world when its telecommunications system was linked to a vast new…
One hundred years after Alan Turing was born, his eponymous test remains an elusive benchmark for artificial intelligence. Now, for the first time in decades, it's possible to imagine a machine making the grade.
Stanford University’s Technology Ventures leader discusses tools to enhance creativity, how entrepreneurs can create ingenious products more efficiently, and ways that educators unwittingly stifle innovation.
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee researchers have discovered a new carbon-based material that could lead to the next generation of electronics.
Chinese researchers recently used a process called adiabatic computing to find the prime factors of the number 143, beating the previous record for a quantum computer of 21.
Researchers at the Interuniversity Microelectronics Center and Ghent University recently launched IPKISS, a generic and modular open source software framework for the parametric design of photonic integrated components and circuits…
Most computer chips today have anywhere from four to 10 separate cores, or processing units, which can work in parallel, increasing the chips' efficiency. But the chips of the future are likely to have hundreds or even thousands…
Modern science relies upon researchers sharing their work so that their peers can check and verify success or failure.
The question has an almost koan-like quality. And yet at a time when the ranks of billion-dollar social-media companies keep growing (Instagram being the latest), it's a good time to ask about the value of the services they provide…
One way to describe Facebook is as the most extensive data set on human social behavior that ever was.
Everyone knows how long a minute is.
B.S. Abdur Rahman University computer scientists M.P. Sivaram Kumar and S. Rajasekaran recently published a research paper that says the existing methods for preventing and extinguishing forest fires are inefficient.
Lehigh University professor Gang Tan has developed automated techniques to scan for errors in large software systems.
The principles of openness and universal access that underpinned the creation of the Internet three decades ago are under greater threat than ever, according to Google co-founder Sergey Brin.
More than 1,500 people died in the sinking of the Titanic, but more than 700 survived. Those who did owed their escape to the newest communications technology of the time: wireless telegraphy.
A*STAR Data Storage Institute researchers have developed an algorithm for correcting errors that occur when information is stored and read out incorrectly.
What is a quantum computer and when can I have one?
How do you solve a problem like Apophis?
The Defense Department has reportedly ordered augmented-reality displays from startup Innovega, only a week after Google disclosed its own augmented-reality project.
In the two decades since the passing of science fiction author Isaac Asimov, his concept of robots programmed to meet certain safety standards has become a touchstone for artificial intelligence researchers.
University College London researchers Soo Ling Lim and Peter Bentley have developed a simulation of the Apple App Store to study how it works.
The Web Real Time Communication (WebRTC) standard is expected to gain widespread use once it is mature, according to technology observers.
In an ordinary computer network, data in the form of binary numbers are transferred from one machine (node) to another via some sort of electronic signal, either electrical or optical.
While many of the boys in Idan Yahya's high school class were buffing up and preparing themselves for selection into elite combat units, this gawky teenager was spending "a lot of time" playing Warcraft—the real-time strategy…
Dropbox Inc. followed the Internet start-up playbook to a tee last year.
Kobe University researchers have built a billiard ball computer using soldier crabs.
University of Missouri researchers recently solved a biological mystery by using a computer algorithm to find identical DNA sequences in different plant and animal species.
A new research center is developing a comprehensive intellectual framework for software-defined networking.
The most recent footprints on the moon are 40 years old, and the next artificial mark on the lunar surface will probably be made by a robot’s wheels rather than human soles.
A bill that allows Tennessee public school teachers to teach alternatives to mainstream scientific theories, such as evolution, will become law this month after the governor refused to sign or veto the measure.