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December 2017


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Towards Data Storage at the Single Molecule Level

Towards Data Storage at the Single Molecule Level

Researchers have developed a process for storing information on a single spin-crossover molecule.


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AI Will Replace Coders By 2040, Warn Academics

AI Will Replace Coders By 2040, Warn Academics

Coders and programmers could find themselves becoming marginalized by emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence.


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Virtual Reality Users Must Learn to Use What They See

Virtual Reality Users Must Learn to Use What They See

A new study has found virtual reality users need training to effectively perceive and use virtual imagery.


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Dubious Claim of Week: Air Force's 'emp Missile' Could Disable N. Korean Icbms

Dubious Claim of Week: Air Force's 'emp Missile' Could Disable N. Korean Icbms

On Monday, NBC Nightly News broadcast a report claiming that White House officials had discussed using an experimental weapon to disrupt or disable a North Korean missile launch.


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Found: Most Distant Black Hole

Found: Most Distant Black Hole

Scientists have uncovered a rare relic from the early universe: the farthest known supermassive black hole. This matter-eating beast is 800 million times the mass of our Sun, which is astonishingly large for its young age.


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The Next Big Step For Ai? Understanding Video

The Next Big Step For Ai? Understanding Video

The Moments in Time Dataset is a massive archive of three-second video clips annotated with minute details of the action being performed.


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New Robots Can See Into Their Future

New Robots Can See Into Their Future

Visual foresight is a new learning technology enabling robots to foresee the outcome of their actions..


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Robot Learning Improves Student Engagement

Robot Learning Improves Student Engagement

Online students who use innovative robots feel more engaged and connected to the instructor and students in the classroom.


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Uh Manoa Field Testing Mobile App For Visually Impaired at Yosemite National Park

Uh Manoa Field Testing Mobile App For Visually Impaired at Yosemite National Park

Researchers recently conducted a user test of the UniD mobile app, which is designed to make brochures at national parks accessible to the visually impaired.


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In Pursuit of an Artificial Brain

In Pursuit of an Artificial Brain

Researchers are creating artificial life to take thinking beyond the human realm; the approach could redefine artificial intelligence.


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Will Tech Firms Challenge China's 'open' Internet?

Will Tech Firms Challenge China's 'open' Internet?

Sometimes you can gauge how proud someone is about being at an event by the extent to which they want to talk about it.


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Google Missed Out on China. Can It Flourish in India?

Google Missed Out on China. Can It Flourish in India?

Every month, about four million more Indians get online. They include people like Manju, a 35-year-old seamstress in this city of ancient palaces, who got her first internet phone last week.


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Demand For AI Talent Turns Once-Staid Conference Into Draft Day

Demand For AI Talent Turns Once-Staid Conference Into Draft Day

Actors in robot costumes stood in the lobby of the Westin hotel in Long Beach, California on Sunday night, "Intel Inside" stickers displayed on their foam torsos.


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Taking a Second Look at the Learn-to-Code Craze

Taking a Second Look at the Learn-to-Code Craze

Over the past five years, the idea that computer programming–or "coding"–is the key to the future for both children and adults alike has become received wisdom in the U.S.


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Schools Dive In to Computer Science Education Week

Schools Dive In to Computer Science Education Week

This year's Computer Science Education Week, which started Monday, continues an ongoing effort to encourage K-12 students to engage with coding and computer science.


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New Software Can Verify Someone's Identity By Their Dna in Minutes

New Software Can Verify Someone's Identity By Their Dna in Minutes

Researchers have developed a new method to quickly and accurately identify people and cell lines from their DNA.


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Butterfly Pattern Emerges From Quantum Simulation

Butterfly Pattern Emerges From Quantum Simulation

Researchers have simulated the energy spectrum predicted for two-dimensional electrons in a magnetic field, known as the Hofstadter butterfly.


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Phones Vulnerable to Location Tracking Even When Gps Services Off

Phones Vulnerable to Location Tracking Even When Gps Services Off

PinMe is an application that can pinpoint and monitor people via their smartphones even when global-positioning system data access is deactivated.


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More Realistic Ar Display Places Digital Images Among Real Objects

More Realistic Ar Display Places Digital Images Among Real Objects

A prototype augmented reality display can show a virtual image that both blocks real-world objects sitting behind it and can itself be blocked by other real-world objects placed in front of it.


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Making AI 'intentional'

Making AI 'intentional'

A new game-playing artificial intelligence program is imbued with social reasoning and "intentionality."


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Artificial Intelligence Predicts Outcomes of Chemical Reactions

Artificial Intelligence Predicts Outcomes of Chemical Reactions

By thinking of atoms as letters and molecules as words, artificial intelligence software from IBM is now employing the same methods computers use to translate languages to predict outcomes of organic chemical reactions, which…


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How AI Will Invade Every Corner of Wall Street

How AI Will Invade Every Corner of Wall Street

It was AI versus Warren Buffett.


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Helping Hands Guide Robots as They Learn

Helping Hands Guide Robots as They Learn

A new program guides robots toward the most helpful ways to collaborate on tasks, with the goal of simplifying the training of robots to work efficiently with humans.


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The Ultimate Defense Against Hackers May Be Just a Few Atoms Thick

The Ultimate Defense Against Hackers May Be Just a Few Atoms Thick

A new class of unclonable cybersecurity primitives has been made from a low-cost nanomaterial with the highest possible level of structural randomness.


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Google Has Released an AI Tool That Makes Sense of Your Genome

Google Has Released an AI Tool That Makes Sense of Your Genome

Google has released an artificial intelligence tool that uses gene sequencing data to build a more accurate genomic model.


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The Quantum Threat to Cryptocurrencies

The Quantum Threat to Cryptocurrencies

Quantum computing could fundamentally break cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and throw markets into turmoil.

 


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Judea Pearl to Receive Inaugural Ulf Grenander Prize in Stochastic Theory and Modeling

Judea Pearl to Receive Inaugural Ulf Grenander Prize in Stochastic Theory and Modeling

Pearl, a professor of computer science and statistics at the University of California Los Angeles, was the recipient of the ACM A.M. Turing Award for 2011.


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China's A.i. Advances Help Its Tech Industry, and State Security

China's A.i. Advances Help Its Tech Industry, and State Security

During President Trump's visit to Beijing, he appeared on screen for a special address at a tech conference.


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Future Wars May Depend as Much on Algorithms as on Ammunition, Report Says. 

Future Wars May Depend as Much on Algorithms as on Ammunition, Report Says. 

The Pentagon is increasingly focused on the notion that the might of U.S. forces will be measured as much by the advancement of their algorithms as by the ammunition in their arsenals.


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Squeezing Light Into a Tiny Channel Brings Optical Computing a Step Closer

Squeezing Light Into a Tiny Channel Brings Optical Computing a Step Closer

Researchers have paved the way for computers based on light rather than electronics.