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February 2019


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Winners Announced for the Zillow Prize

Winners Announced for the Zillow Prize

The Zillow Prize competition pitted nearly 4,000 teams against one another in an effort to develop a computerized system that could predict the future sale price of homes.


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'Hamlet' in Virtual Reality Casts the Viewer in the Play

'Hamlet' in Virtual Reality Casts the Viewer in the Play

Boston’s Commonwealth Shakespeare Company and Google have created a virtual reality (VR) version of "Hamlet" in which the viewer plays the ghost of Hamlet’s father.


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How Facebook Has Changed Computing

How Facebook Has Changed Computing

Because of Facebook's openness, many of its technologies have become industry standards.


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The Rise of the Robot Reporter

The Rise of the Robot Reporter

As reporters and editors find themselves the victims of layoffs at digital publishers and traditional newspaper chains alike, journalism generated by machine is on the rise.


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5 Reasons Why Autonomous Cars Aren't Coming Anytime Soon

5 Reasons Why Autonomous Cars Aren't Coming Anytime Soon

In the world of autonomous vehicles, Pittsburgh and Silicon Valley are bustling hubs of development and testing. But ask those involved in self-driving vehicles when we might actually see them carrying passengers in every city…


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Engineers Program Marine Robots to Take Calculated Risks

Engineers Program Marine Robots to Take Calculated Risks

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed an algorithm that lets autonomous underwater vehicles weigh the risks and rewards of exploring an unknown region.


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Data Scientists Face Off in LSST Machine-Learning Competition

Data Scientists Face Off in LSST Machine-Learning Competition

An international machine learning challenge hosted on the Kaggle.com platform asked participants to identify which of 15 classifications was the best fit for each object.


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Volvo's Self-Driving Car Venture Gets Nod to Test on Swedish Roads

Volvo's Self-Driving Car Venture Gets Nod to Test on Swedish Roads

A joint venture between Volvo Cars and Veoneer has won approval to begin hands-free testing of its software for self-driving cars on Swedish highways.


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How Machine Learning Could Keep Dangerous DNA Out of Terrorists' Hands

How Machine Learning Could Keep Dangerous DNA Out of Terrorists' Hands

Biologists the world over routinely pay companies to synthesize snippets of DNA for use in the laboratory or clinic.


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Harvard's Top Astronomer Says an Alien Ship May Be Among ­s, and He Doesn't Care What His Colleagues Think

Harvard's Top Astronomer Says an Alien Ship May Be Among ­s, and He Doesn't Care What His Colleagues Think

Before he started the whole alien spaceship thing last year, the chairman of Harvard University's astronomy department was known for public lectures on modesty.


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Computing Touch

Computing Touch

Research groups working independently are closing in on imbuing limbs with a sense of touch via "e-dermis."


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Amazon Scout Robots Take to Pavements in Washington State

Amazon Scout Robots Take to Pavements in Washington State

Amazon is pilot-testing a wheeled electric robot that travels on pavements to deliver packages to customers in Snohomish County, WA.


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This Video Game Tournament Will Test the Wits of Computers

This Video Game Tournament Will Test the Wits of Computers

Unity Technologies has announced the Obstacle Tower game and challenge, a video game tournament intended to contribute to artificial intelligence research.


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Digital Design, QB Investments Could Aid Football Helmets

Digital Design, QB Investments Could Aid Football Helmets

Major football helmet manufacturers are funding and refining new digitally designed models with enhanced safety features.


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Putting Neural Networks ­nder the Microscope

Putting Neural Networks ­nder the Microscope

Researchers have developed a method of identifying individual nodes in neural networks that capture specific linguistic features.


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Most People Overlook AI Despite Flawless Advice

Most People Overlook AI Despite Flawless Advice

U.S. Army researchers and colleagues have found a persistent gap in basic knowledge about the use of artificial intelligence.


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Drones Help Rid Galapagos Island of Rats

Drones Help Rid Galapagos Island of Rats

Drones flying over the Galapagos island of North Seymour dropped rat poison in an effort to eliminate invasive black and brown rats.


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­tah Tech Leaders Throw Down $5M Education Gauntlet at Silicon Slopes Summit

­tah Tech Leaders Throw Down $5M Education Gauntlet at Silicon Slopes Summit

Five leaders each offer $1 million to match legislative funding for computer science in a first-of-its-kind program.


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Deep Learning 'Godfather' Bengio Worries About China's ­se of AI

Deep Learning 'Godfather' Bengio Worries About China's ­se of AI

Yoshua Bengio, a Canadian computer scientist who helped pioneer the techniques underpinning much of the current excitement around artificial intelligence, is worried about China's use of AI for surveillance and political control…


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“This Guy’s Arrogance Takes Your Breath Away”

“This Guy’s Arrogance Takes Your Breath Away”

Letters between John W. Backus and Edsger W. Dijkstra, 1979.


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Do Data Scientists Need Certification?

Do Data Scientists Need Certification?

The Open Group information technology consortium has announced the establishment of a data scientist certification program to address the shortage of data scientists.


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IBM Facial Recognition Dataset Aims to Remove Gender, Skin Bias

IBM Facial Recognition Dataset Aims to Remove Gender, Skin Bias

IBM will provide a new million-image dataset to the global research community, to help developers eliminate gender and skin-type biases from facial recognition software.


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Fleet of Robots to Park Cars at Gatwick Airport

Fleet of Robots to Park Cars at Gatwick Airport

Gatwick Airport in the U.K. is working with Stanley Robotics to test a fleet of robot valets to park cars for arriving travelers.


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Expanding 3D Printing Network Aims to Improve ­.S. Veterans' Healthcare

Expanding 3D Printing Network Aims to Improve ­.S. Veterans' Healthcare

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has expanded its integrated virtual three-dimensional printing network from three hospitals in early 2017 to 20 at the end of last year.


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Apple Exerts Power as Privacy Protector

Apple Exerts Power as Privacy Protector

Apple has penalized Google and Facebook for violating its developer policies controlling personal data by suspending internal apps used by both companies.


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Being Recognized Everywhere

Being Recognized Everywhere

How facial and voice recognition are reshaping society.


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A Brave New World of Genetic Engineering

A Brave New World of Genetic Engineering

Genetic engineering technologies are advancing at a furious rate, changing the world one cell at a time.


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Technologizing Agriculture

Technologizing Agriculture

An array of technologies are making farms more efficient, safer, and profitable.

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