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October 2018


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Watching YouTube Videos May Someday Let Robots Copy Humans

Watching YouTube Videos May Someday Let Robots Copy Humans

Researchers have trained a neural network to reconstruct human acrobatics in YouTube video clips and manipulate a simulated humanoid to ape those movements.


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All Systems Go for Second-Ever Mission to Enter Mercury's Orbit

All Systems Go for Second-Ever Mission to Enter Mercury's Orbit

A European rocket is ready to launch the most ambitious mission ever taken towards Mercury, Earth's once-neglected sibling in the Solar System.


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Google to Release DeepMind's StreetLearn for Teaching Machine Learning Agents to Navigate Cities

Google to Release DeepMind's StreetLearn for Teaching Machine Learning Agents to Navigate Cities

Google is preparing a November release of its DeepMind unit's StreetLearn dataset for training machine learning models to navigate cities without a map.


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Supercomputer Predicts Optical, Thermal Properties of Complex Hybrid Materials

Supercomputer Predicts Optical, Thermal Properties of Complex Hybrid Materials

Researchers used a supercomputer to predict the electrical and optical characteristics of semiconductors fashioned from layered hybrid organic-inorganic perovskites.


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An Evaluation of the Accuracy-Efficiency Tradeoffs of Neural Language Models

An Evaluation of the Accuracy-Efficiency Tradeoffs of Neural Language Models

Researchers studying the accuracy-efficiency tradeoffs of neural language models have proposed a simple technique to recover some perplexity using negligible memory.


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Learning to ­se Data Better

Learning to ­se Data Better

Using artificial intelligence to process medical sensor data can have great impact on health-related costs and outcomes.

 


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­pdate on Opportunity Rover after Martian Dust Storm

­pdate on Opportunity Rover after Martian Dust Storm

One month since increasing their commanding frequency, engineers have yet to hear from NASA's Opportunity rover.


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We’d Be Crippled by a Cyberattack on Our ­tilities

We’d Be Crippled by a Cyberattack on Our ­tilities

It's time we come up with a strategy to defend our nation from potentially crippling cyberattacks that would put states at the forefront of the fight.


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Microsoft Co-founder Paul Allen Dies of Cancer at Age 65

Microsoft Co-founder Paul Allen Dies of Cancer at Age 65

Allen was a philanthropist and also the owner of the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers, the NFL's Seattle Seahawks, and had a stake in Seattle's Sounders soccer team.


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World's Fastest Camera Can See Light Moving in Slo-Mo

World's Fastest Camera Can See Light Moving in Slo-Mo

Scientists from Caltech and the University of Quebec have developed the world's fastest camera, which is capable of capturing a record-breaking 10 trillion frames per second.


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Internet Hacking Is About to Get Much Worse

Internet Hacking Is About to Get Much Worse

Writer Bruce Schneier is a fellow and lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School.


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Microsoft just made 60,000 of its patents open source

Microsoft just made 60,000 of its patents open source

Apart from older Linux Kernel and Android patents, Microsoft's patent library includes upcoming technologies like LF Energy and HyperLedger.


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Riskiest Landing of Japan's Asteroid Mission Delayed ­ntil January

Riskiest Landing of Japan's Asteroid Mission Delayed ­ntil January

Touchdown of the Hayabusa2 mothership has been postponed because of unexpectedly rough terrain.


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As Companies Embrace AI, It's a Job-Seeker's Market

As Companies Embrace AI, It's a Job-Seeker's Market

Dozens of employers looking to hire the next generation of tech employees descended on the University of California, Berkeley in September to meet students at an electrical engineering and computer science career fair.


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The Pentagon's Push to Program Soldiers' Brains

The Pentagon's Push to Program Soldiers' Brains

The military wants future super-soldiers to control robots with their thoughts.


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New Technology Allows Spinal Cord Patients to Drive a NASCAR Race Car

New Technology Allows Spinal Cord Patients to Drive a NASCAR Race Car

Mechanics and electronics specialists collaborated to develop an adaptive auto that can be driven by quadriplegics.


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AI Tool Automatically Reveals How to Write Apps That Drain Less Battery

AI Tool Automatically Reveals How to Write Apps That Drain Less Battery

A new tool uses artificial intelligence to determine if a specific application feature should be improved to drain less battery power from a mobile device.


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From Rat Brains to Cancer Cells, ­T Professor Improves Imaging Techniques

From Rat Brains to Cancer Cells, ­T Professor Improves Imaging Techniques

The University of Texas' Chandrajit Bajaj is developing advanced imaging methods, including software that generates more dynamic images from neurons.


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Just 36 Teachers Across ­.S. Graduated in 2016 Ready to Teach CS

Just 36 Teachers Across ­.S. Graduated in 2016 Ready to Teach CS

U.S. universities graduated only 36 new teachers prepared to teach computer science in 2016, and only 35% of U.S. high schools teach the subject.


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The Robots Are Coming to Las Vegas

The Robots Are Coming to Las Vegas

Las Vegas hotels are experimenting with robots and other automation.


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Mozilla's Ambitious Plan to Teach Coders Not to Be Evil

Mozilla's Ambitious Plan to Teach Coders Not to Be Evil

Several organizations last week jointly launched an academic contest to incorporate ethics into undergraduate computer science education.


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Mars Virtual Reality Software Wins NASA Award

Mars Virtual Reality Software Wins NASA Award

A mixed-reality software that allows scientists and engineers to virtually walk on Mars recently received NASA's 2018 Software of the Year Award.


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Facebook Tackles Rising Threat: Americans Aping Russian Schemes to Deceive

Facebook Tackles Rising Threat: Americans Aping Russian Schemes to Deceive

When Christine Blasey Ford testified before Congress last month about Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh's alleged sexual assault, a website called Right Wing News sprang into action on Facebook.


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Supercharged Crime-Scene DNA Analysis Sparks Privacy Concerns

Supercharged Crime-Scene DNA Analysis Sparks Privacy Concerns

Genetic sleuthing techniques that led to the arrest of a suspect in the infamous Golden State Killer case this year are set to become vastly more powerful, suggest two papers published today.


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AIs Invent Weird New Limbs to Beat Virtual Obstacle Courses

AIs Invent Weird New Limbs to Beat Virtual Obstacle Courses

What are the best two legs for running an obstacle course? One leg that crawls at the knee joint, and one massive leg dragged behind for stability like a kangaroo's tail, according to a recent simulation.


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Lynn Conway and the VLSI Revolution in Microchip Design

Lynn Conway and the VLSI Revolution in Microchip Design

Although struggling with personal life, Conway made a breakthrough discovery that rewrote what engineers thought single-stream computer architecture might achieve. 


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Amazon Scraps Secret AI Recruiting Tool That Showed Bias Against Women

Amazon Scraps Secret AI Recruiting Tool That Showed Bias Against Women

Amazon discontinued an artificial intelligence recruiting tool its machine learning specialists developed to automate the hiring process because it was biased against women.


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Cyber Tests Showed 'Nearly All' New Pentagon Weapons Vulnerable to Attack, GAO Says

Cyber Tests Showed 'Nearly All' New Pentagon Weapons Vulnerable to Attack, GAO Says

Most of the U.S. Department of Defense's newest weapons systems are plagued by security issues, according to a new Government Accountability Office report.


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Forbes Releases Inaugural Top Women in Tech List in Honor of Ada Lovelace Day

Forbes Releases Inaugural Top Women in Tech List in Honor of Ada Lovelace Day

In honor of Ada Lovelace Day 2018, Forbes issued its inaugural unranked list of Top Women in Technology.


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HyQ Steps Across Gaps Despite Getting Yanked Around

HyQ Steps Across Gaps Despite Getting Yanked Around

Researchers used a convolutional neural network to reduce the amount of time the HyQ quadruped robot needs to plan its foot placement by several orders of magnitude.