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November 2017


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How to Ensure AI Is Good For Girls: A Robot For Every Child

How to Ensure AI Is Good For Girls: A Robot For Every Child

Rapid progress is being made in the field of artificial intelligence and robotics, as milestones are being passed in a wide range of areas.


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Building A.i. That can Build A.i.

Building A.i. That can Build A.i.

They are a dream of researchers but perhaps a nightmare for highly skilled computer programmers: artificially intelligent machines that can build other artificially intelligent machines.


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Wormholes Join Black Holes By Quantum Teleportation

Wormholes Join Black Holes By Quantum Teleportation

A century after wormholes were first theorized, scientists have posited that passages through space-time can be traversed using a special quantum connection between two black holes.


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A Better Technique For Spotting Bugs in Self-Driving AI Could Save Lives

A Better Technique For Spotting Bugs in Self-Driving AI Could Save Lives

Most software bugs won't kill you.


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Graphene Enables High-Speed Electronics on Flexible Materials

Graphene Enables High-Speed Electronics on Flexible Materials

Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden have used graphene transistors on plastic substrates to develop a flexible detector for terahertz frequencies.


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Humans Are Still Better Than AI at Starcraft--For Now

Humans Are Still Better Than AI at Starcraft--For Now

Professional player Song Byung-gu won a recent "StarCraft" tournament in South Korea, beating four artificial intelligence programs in less than 30 minutes.


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Crowdsourcing Big-Data Analysis

Crowdsourcing Big-Data Analysis

FeatureHub is a new collaboration tool designed to make feature identification more efficient and effective.


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Smart Access to Homes and Cars ­sing Fingers

Smart Access to Homes and Cars ­sing Fingers

Researchers at Rutgers University have developed a low-cost, minimal-power smart access system that can authenticate users by sensing their finger vibrations.


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Captcha Is Dying. This Is How It's Being Reinvented For the AI Age

Captcha Is Dying. This Is How It's Being Reinvented For the AI Age

Completely Automated Public Turing Tests to tell Computers and Humans Apart (CAPTCHAs) appear to be heading toward obsolescence.


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Uss mccain collision Ultimately Caused By Ui Confusion

Uss mccain collision Ultimately Caused By Ui Confusion

On November 1, the US Navy issued its report on the collisions of the USS Fitzgerald and USS John S. McCain this summer.


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Russian Ads, Now Publicly Released, Show Sophistication of Influence Campaign

Russian Ads, Now Publicly Released, Show Sophistication of Influence Campaign

Lawmakers on Wednesday released a trove of ads that Russian operatives bought on Facebook, providing the fullest picture yet of how foreign actors sought to promote Republican Donald Trump, denigrate Democrat Hillary Clinton …


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Propaganda Bots vs. Transparency

Propaganda Bots vs. Transparency

An electoral 'arms race.'


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Ornl, City of Oak Ridge Partner on Sensor Project to Capture Trends in Cities

Ornl, City of Oak Ridge Partner on Sensor Project to Capture Trends in Cities

Researchers are partnering with Oak Ridge, TN, to develop a sensor network and real-time visualization platform that helps cities evaluate urban activity trends.


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­. of Michigan Expert Puts Bird-Like Robot Through Its Paces

­. of Michigan Expert Puts Bird-Like Robot Through Its Paces

University of Michigan researchers are working with a two-legged robot bird they say could eventually be used in search-and-rescue missions.


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Next Mars Rover Will Have 23 'eyes'

Next Mars Rover Will Have 23 'eyes'

When NASA's Mars Pathfinder touched down in 1997, it had five cameras: two on a mast that popped up from the lander, and three on NASA's first rover, Sojourner.


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Google's AI Wizard ­nveils a New Twist on Neural Networks

Google's AI Wizard ­nveils a New Twist on Neural Networks

If you want to blame someone for the hoopla around artificial intelligence, 69-year-old Google researcher Geoff Hinton is a good candidate.


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New Robobee Flies, Dives, Swims, and Explodes Out of the Water

New Robobee Flies, Dives, Swims, and Explodes Out of the Water

The latest generation of RoboBee is an aerial-to-aquatic robot that is 1,000 times lighter than any previous model.


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Small Words in an Email Can Reveal a Person's Identity

Small Words in an Email Can Reveal a Person's Identity

Researchers have demonstrated it is possible to identify someone by analyzing small sequences of words in emails.


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How Songbirds Learn a New Song

How Songbirds Learn a New Song

Researchers studying how Zebra finches learn new songs have found the birds' strategy closely resembles methods used in computer linguistics to compare documents.


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The 10 Programming Languages Developers Hate the Most

The 10 Programming Languages Developers Hate the Most

Perl, Delphi, and VBA top the list of the 10 programming languages that developers like the least, according to a new Stack Overflow report.


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'twisted' Light Could Illuminate New Path For Wireless Communications

'twisted' Light Could Illuminate New Path For Wireless Communications

Researchers have researched "optical angular momentum" to overcome challenges with using "twisted" photons across open spaces and enable advanced wireless communications.


From ACM Careers

Building Tomorrow's Robots

Building Tomorrow's Robots

When Brandon Araki arrived at MIT in 2015 as a master's candidate in mechanical engineering, he brought along the picobug, a tiny robot that can fly, crawl, and grasp small objects.


From Communications of the ACM

Overcoming Disabilities

Overcoming Disabilities

Brain-computer interfaces hold the promise of fully featured replacements for body parts that don't work or are missing.


From Communications of the ACM

Censoring Sensors

Censoring Sensors

Amid growing outcry over controversial online videos, tech firms grapple with how best to police online advertising.


From Communications of the ACM

A Block on the Old Chip

A Block on the Old Chip

Block copolymers may help transistors shrink to tinier dimensions.

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