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April 2018


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To Speed ­p AI, Mix Memory and Processing

To Speed ­p AI, Mix Memory and Processing

The University of Illinois' Naresh Shanbhag is pushing for a new computer architecture that blends computing and memory so devices can be smarter without consuming more energy.


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Augmented Reality App Created by NY­ Students Can Translate Sign Language in Real Time

Augmented Reality App Created by NY­ Students Can Translate Sign Language in Real Time

ARSL is a new app that enables users to capture sign language with a smartphone camera and see a live translation into their native language.


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'Bar Codes' Could Trace Errant Brain Wiring in Autism and Schizophrenia

'Bar Codes' Could Trace Errant Brain Wiring in Autism and Schizophrenia

Neuroscientists today know a lot about how individual neurons operate but remarkably little about how large numbers of them work together to produce thoughts, feelings and behavior.


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Trump's China Concern Adds Pressure in Race to Be First With 5G

Trump's China Concern Adds Pressure in Race to Be First With 5G

The Trump administration's concern about China's growing technology clout is putting even more pressure on U.S. wireless carriers in their marketing battle over which company will be the first to offer 5G.


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Robot Designed to Defend Factories Against Cyberthreats

Robot Designed to Defend Factories Against Cyberthreats

The HoneyBot is designed to deceive industrial hackers into exposing information to cybersecurity professionals.


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Computer Searches Telescope Data for Evidence of Distant Planets

Computer Searches Telescope Data for Evidence of Distant Planets

Researchers have trained a machine learning system to search for debris disks around stars using telescopic data.


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Students Create 3D Printed Robot Prosthetic Limb

Students Create 3D Printed Robot Prosthetic Limb

Students have designed and built a low-cost, three-dimensionally-printed robotic prosthetic hand that could provide a more affordable alternative for amputees.


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Potholes? Self-Powered Wireless Sensors Embedded in Roads Could Spot Them

Potholes? Self-Powered Wireless Sensors Embedded in Roads Could Spot Them

ePave is a project to set up networks of self-powered wireless sensors under roads to provide updates on road conditions to transportation planners, drivers with connected cars, and others.


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N­S Scientists Develop Novel Chip for Fast, Accurate Disease Detection

N­S Scientists Develop Novel Chip for Fast, Accurate Disease Detection

National University of Singapore researchers have developed a microfluidic chip that could identify minuscule amounts of biomolecules without intricate lab equipment.


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Redmonk Language Rankings See Rapid Rise for Kotlin, Swift

Redmonk Language Rankings See Rapid Rise for Kotlin, Swift

JavaScript, Java, Python, PHP, and C# are the top five programming languages for the first quarter of 2018, according to the latest ranking by industry analyst firm Redmonk.


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Emmanuel Macron Talks About France's AI Strategy

Emmanuel Macron Talks About France's AI Strategy

The French government will spend €1.5 billion ($1.85 billion) over five years to support research in artificial intelligence, encourage startups, and collect data that can be used, and shared, by engineers.


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Chips for Artificial Intelligence

Chips for Artificial Intelligence

Companies are racing to develop hardware that more directly empowers deep learning.


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Artificial (Emotional) Intelligence

Artificial (Emotional) Intelligence

Enabled by advances in computing power and neural networks, machines are getting better at recognizing and dealing with human emotions.


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Always Out of Balance

Always Out of Balance

Computational theorists prove there is no easy algorithm to find Nash equilibria, so game theory will have to look in new directions.

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